TPM Issue 191 – Winners

Subscriber Competition – Epson Stylus Photo RX610 Printer

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Apple Updates iPhoto

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Apple has updated its popular photo management software, iPhoto, fixing issues affecting face recognition performance and accuracy.

The program allows users to simply store, edit and manage their digital photography collection.

The update is available from Apple’s site now, free of charge.

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Creative Kiwis Clean Up Photo5

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Results are in for Canon’s vaunted Photo5 competition, with creative Kiwis taking out two of the top five positions.

Entrants were sent a box containing five briefs, each with their own special object to test their photographic mettle.

Photographer Sam Hobson took out the Close Up category. The challenge involved getting as close to a packet of hundreds and thousands as possible, which Hobson mastered by using a reverse-lens technique coupled with live view.Photo5-2

Fellow New Zealander, Shona Kebble bested the ˜Practically Black’ category, which, as its name suggests, is all about shooting in the dark. Kebble found her winning image in a shed on a ...full story

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Viola at TheNewDowse

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An exhibition from internationally acclaimed video artist, Bill Viola, is set to appear at TheNewDowse during the New Zealand International Arts Festival.

Described as an ˜art world superstar,’ Viola is a pioneer in the video medium, exploring state-of-the-art technology for the last 35 years. His piece The Messenger is to go on show in the Lower Hutt gallery from February 20 to July 4, 2010.The Messenger

The Messenger was inspired by the 11th century Norman architecture of the UK’s Durham Cathedral where it premiered in 1996. It consists simply of a young man rising to the surface of a ...full story

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Canon Powershot SX1 IS – Review – 30

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With its versatile zoom lens and HD video recording, Steve Hart can’t put the SX1 IS down

At first glance the PowerShot SX1 IS looks like a dSLR but this model has a lens fixed to its body and is a little smaller than one might expect.

Five minutes after opening the box you would have slotted in your four AA batteries and started shooting. You will be impressed by its 20x optical zoom lens that delivers clear, crisp images to the camera’s 10 megapixel CMOS sensor. It is the first time Canon has used this type of sensor in a compact camera.

Only trouble is, I wouldn’t quite call this a compact, given the ultra-slim shirt pocket models that are now doing the rounds. Certainly, CMOS sensors have ” until now ” only ever featured in the firm’s interchangeable lens dSLR cameras.

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It is probably because of the SX1 IS’s dSLR-like body that Canon has been able to fit in a CMOS sensor over the much smaller CCD (which was ...full story

Ricoh CX1 – Review – 30

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Harley Ogier takes Ricoh’s latest compact out to experience its special features

The CX1 from Ricoh is a quality digital compact camera that has a particularly professional feel about it. And its revolutionary Dynamic Range mode delivers a little bit of magic that boosts the quality of photos ” but more of that later.

Its 7.1x (28-200mm equivalent) zoom lens is impressive for such a compact and lightweight camera and the lens is also a decent physical size, which is equally uncommon in this type of prodict.

The CX1 also provides good macro functionality, although extreme close-ups don’t seem quite as sharp or as detailed as they could be ” I guess it all depends what you are used to.
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The CX1 uses a nine megapixel CMOS image sensor, a point of difference with most digital compact cameras currently using CCDs. Traditionally, CCD sensors are used in high-end cameras for their greater image quality, but the technologies have converged on the quality field and that’s no longer exclusively the case.

This little camera does display notably more ...full story

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Getty Grants Go On

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Stock photography behemoth Getty Images has announced that it is set to continue its two major grants programs, Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography and Getty Images Grants for Good.

The two grants programs have provided photographers with over $US500,000 since 2004, enabling emerging and established photojournalists and photographic artists to pursue projects of their choosing. Five professional photojournalism projects will receive $20,00 each and four students receive grants of $5,000, while two grants of $15,000 each are to be awarded to the creative and nonprofit communities.Brenda_full7

“As we are all aware, these are trying times for our industry as many of the traditional resources that would have given financial support to photojournalists have all but ...full story

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