Photographers Aid Samoan Tsunami Relief

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In the wake of the terrible disaster that recently befell Samoa, two Wellington-based photographers decided to help out by doing what they do best. When an 8.3 Richter-scale earthquake last week, followed by an extremely powerful tsunami, the Island nation saw many of its citizens perish, and 90 per cent of its housing decimated.

Sean Aickin, who many would know from Wellington Photographic Supplies, and others from his feature in the last issue of D-Photo, is offering ten images taken during a trip to his family land in the Islands. WPS has kindly offered to meet printing costs, so 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Red Cross NZ Samoan Tsunami Relief Fund. Check out the gallery of Sean’s images at here.

Talented photographer and digital visual effects artist, Karim Sahai, who recently spoke at ...full story

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iPhotographers Get Better Camera App

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Online photography phenomenon Chase Jarvis, whose motto, ˜The best camera is the one you have with you,’ rings out over blogs across the land, has released a new application that is reportedly ˜like Photoshop for the iPhone.’

Called Best Camera, Jarvis’ customised app allows iPhotographers to process their shots a la Lightroom, while offering a number of filters, which can be stacked, removed and save at will. It also links in to an online digital photography communities, including Facebook, Twitter and Jarvis’ own bestcamera.com

On first glance, the interface is undoubtedly simple to use, although it does tend to make your images redolent of Jarvis’ own.

The software has been getting some pretty sparkling reviews, and is available over Apple’s iTunes for three ...full story

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Pentax Shoots Under the Sea

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Continuing its recent focus on cameras designed for the adventurous types, Pentax has announced the release of the Optio WS80.

The 10-megapixel point-and-shoot can dive to depths of 1.5 metres and shoot for two hours continuously, while offering all the mod-camera-cons like HD video, 5X zoom and face recognition functions. The WS80 also uses three kinds of anti shake protection for low-light situations.

Available early this month, the cameras are reportedly up for sale at $599.

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D-Photo/The Photographer’s Mail newsletter issue 10 – 02-10-09

Quick Tips

Latest IssueTo be able to pre-visualise a photograph it’s important to know the difference between how our eyes ˜see’ and how a camera ˜sees’. Two different kinds of receptors, rods and cones help us see in both light and dark situations. Unfortunately, there are no rods or cones in your dSLR, just light-sensitive receptors that become more sensitive to light as we dial up our ISO. Getting your camera’s sensitivity just right takes time and practice, but there’s a few hints that’ll help you master high and low key photograph.

  • In high-key images, the midtones are high on the exposure scale, making them lighter and brighter.
  • Low-key images emphasise the dark parts of a shot.

keep reading after the break…

News

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  • Secretary Of Defence Takes Offence at AP
  • Bushy Book Out Next ...full story

    Phase One develops 645DF with Mamiya

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    A new medium format camera from Phase One has been tipped for release, the 645DF. Developed with medium-format royalty, Mamiya Digital Imaging, it boasts high flash sync speeds up to 1/6000 of a second.

    “Our patent-pending flash sync breakthrough eases working with wide open apertures and fill-in flash on location,” said Jan H. Christiansen, Phase One marketing director. “We already offer the most flexible exposure times ranging from 1/4000 of a second to one full hour. Setting new performance standards is all about expanding creative options for photographers.”

    The 645DF also features a number of improvements over its predecessor, with autofocus speed reportedly providing performance 5 times faster than previously possible. A range of custom-shooting modes are available for the first time on a medium format camera, allowing photographers to ˜dial up’ a predefined mode.

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    Leica D-Lux 4 – Review – 29

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    Phil Hanson goes wide with Leica’s new compact and says it delivers pictures a pro would be pleased with.

    Most of today’s compact digitals are good at pulling in reasonably distant objects with the ˜long’ end of their lens but suffer at the other end of the zoom range, where some cannot even offer a modest 35mm full-frame equivalent.

    That’s fine for many photographers who can’t or don’t want to get close to the action, or who like a nice telephoto effect for their portraits. But the market hasn’t been kind to those who like to take photographs in the thick of things, or who enjoy the visual impact of wide panoramas.

    Leica’s D-Lux 4 embraces the needs of wide-angle enthusiasts, offering a genuine 24mm full-frame equivalent view. And it goes one step further, with an optional 24mm optical viewfinder that slides into the hot shoe.

    DÉJÀ VIEW

    The D-Lux 4 replaces the similar looking and well regarded D-Lux 3 but there are many changes to what at first seems like a familiar camera. For example, ...full story

    Hyperdrive Colourspace – Review – 29

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    Harley Ogier says the HyperDrive Colorspace is a fast and robust unit that can be easily upgraded

    Sanho is responsible for the HyperDrive range of photo backup devices, an award-winning line of hand-held units that allow you to back up your digital photographs quickly and easily on the road.

    The Colorspace Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) is the latest addition to its line-up.

    Strictly utilitarian

    The casing is made up of a black plastic front and a black metal back, with open slots for memory cards and a power cable. You won’t find plastic or rubber flaps for dust protection, nor will you find anything ergonomic. However, it’s a solid machine that’ll transfer files from your card at blistering speeds.

    The model I reviewed came with a 120-gigabyte hard drive, which could easily hold tens of thousands of 12 megapixel JPEGs or several thousand RAW files; other versions are available up to 500 gigabytes. The drive is easily user-replaceable and a case-only version is available for people who want to install the drive themselves.

    Quick save

    The Colorspace UDMA provides extremely ...full story