A-Data Develops Underwater Storage


A-Data has come up with a device that’ll store your photos safely, even underwater.

The waterproof and shock resistant portable hard disk drive, the HDD SH93, can survive under a metre of water for half and hour. The drive can also withstand military-level drop tests, keeping digital photography safe against the most unexpected bumps.

It also uses a discreetly-stored USB cable that tucks into the drive’s body. Available in 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, and 640GB, the drive also comes with a three-year warranty and a ‘racing car yellow’ paint job.

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Test Lightroom 3 for Free!


Digital photographers, your prayers have been answered: there’s new version of Lightroom up online, and, incredibly, it’s absolutely free.

Adobe is beta-testing the new version of its popular photo workflow and image editing software, Lightroom 3, which reportedly includes ‘intuitive’ importing, improved noise reduction, enhanced slideshows and direct online publishing options to services such as Flickr.

The program has apparently been ˜completely redesigned under-the-hood’ — a process which is still ongoing — and photographers are being encouraged todownload an early version and test it out. Go on!

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New Kodak HD Video Cards Released


Lexar Media and Kodak have teamed up to create a new memory card designed especially for high-definition video in any flash-based digital camcorders, point-and-shoot cameras and any SDHC-compatible devices.

The new KODAK SDHC Video Memory Card in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB capacities have the ability to record up to 90 minutes, 3 hours, and 6 hours of HD video content respectively.

The new cards are also designed to be fast, with a Class 4 rating, offering high-speed video transfer from the card to a computer. The cards come with a five-year warranty, and start at $29.80, ranging to $88.20.

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Leibovitz Shoots Obamas


Celebrity photographer Annie Leibowitz has been following around even bigger celebrities of late, snapping the Obama family in the White House in a recent portrait that has surfaced on Flickr.

According to the Washington Post, Leibovitz didn’t accept a fee for the shoot, which features President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia seated in the Green Room of the White House.

Leibowitz had previously shot portraits of the First Lady for Vogue and much of the Obama administration staff, but had not been granted a session with the President until now.

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Cambridge Student Steals Sony Fashion Prize

Sony Photography Comp winner photo

Cambridge student, Marcelle Te Huia has come up trumps in the Sony Alpha Photography Competition, besting fourteen other finalists who spent seven days behind the scenes snapping Air New Zealand Fashion Week.

The 23-year-old student survived a week in the thick of the churning fashion industry, and returned with a Sony Alpha D-SLR Camera Package worth more than $2,500 and a $3,000 scholarship for a course relating to fine arts, design or photography in 2010.

Te Huia said she found the experience exhilarating: “The best part of the week was having full access to all the designers’ shows and seeing my work displayed on the Sony BRAVIAs for everyone to see,” she said. “It really helped me gain ...full story

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MacBook Lineup Gets Souped Up


Apple has updated its entry-level laptop offering, the MacBook, adding a new, durable polycarbonate unibody design fwith LED-backlit display, a glass Multi-Touch trackpad and built-in battery which lasts for up to seven hours.

A new 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and powerful NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics is likely to make post-processing that little bit easier. It also comes standard with the latest version of Mac OS X and a copy of iLife, suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.

The MacBook is available now for recommended retail price NZ$1699 including GST.

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Canon IXUS 110 IS – Review – 30

Canon Ixus 110 IS 01

Phil Hanson enjoys the simple pleasure of taking photos with one of the easiest to use cameras on the market today.

Despite what the pundits have been saying, the megapixel race seems far from over ” little shirt-pocket compacts that may never be called upon to make anything bigger than an A5-sized print are showing up with 12 to 15 megapixel sensors.

So it is with the Canon IXUS 110 IS, a 12.1 megapixel wonder that has a Smart Auto mode that uses scene detection technology to analyse the shooting scene in detail and select one of 18 modes.
Improved motion detection technology makes blur-free capture of moving subjects easier, while i-Contrast brightens the dark parts of a photo without blowing out correctly exposed areas.
The now common face detection incorporates blink detection, which, as Canon puts it, “helps avoid the disappointment of a mistimed portrait shot”. Face self-timer technology, already seen on other cameras, simplifies group shots or self-portraits by waiting until the user enters the frame before shooting; ...full story