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October 2011 News  
WSJ: Tokyo Temporarily Takes in Thai Workers
The Japanese government will grant temporary visas to Thai workers employed by Japanese companies in Thailand affected by that country's devastating floods, notes an article in The Wall Street Journal. This will enable Thai nationals to work in Japan for about six months, presumably at hastily-established production facilities in the electronics, automotives and other industries whose factories and suppliers have been particularly hard hit by Thailand's worst flooding in 50 years. Facilities in Thailand that have been damaged or destroyed include a Nikon digital SLR and lens factory, some of Sony's digital SLR, NEX and sensor production and a Canon inkjet printer assembly plant.
October 31, 2011 | FULL STORY 
MSNBC features the week in sports
MSNBC features a fine gallery of peak-action images in the Week in Sports Pictures.
October 31, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Old man winter hits northeastern US
Photographers caught the moments in this Northeastern US winter storm gallery from The Frame by The Sacramento Bee.
October 31, 2011 | FULL STORY 
WWII gallery one of the best in series
The Atlantic's excellent series, World War II in Photos, features World War II: After the War, an incredible collection of photos from this time.
October 31, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Atlantic features the Pan Am games
The Atlantic features a gallery on the 2011 Pan American Games, under way in Guadalajara, Mexico since Oct. 14.
October 29, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Post captures fine collection for latest gallery
The Denver Post photo blog features a fine collection of images in Pictures of the Week: October, 28, 2011.
October 29, 2011 | FULL STORY 
World Series gallery a winner
You don't need to be a baseball fan to appreciate the photography in this MSNBC World Series gallery of Game 6 between the St Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.
October 28, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Nikon reportedly exploring a purchase of WebOS mobile operating system
Fox News is reporting that Hewlett-Packard has been shopping around its much-praised but recently mothballed mobile operating system, WebOS, and that one of the interested potential buyers is Nikon. Fox says its source for this information is unnamed members of HP's WebOS team.
October 28, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Carl Zeiss announces Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0 lens for Nikon, Canon
Carl Zeiss has announced the Distagon T* 2/25 (25mm f/2.0) lens in ZE (Canon EOS) and ZF.2 (Nikon) mounts. The new manual focus wide-angle lens features two aspheric elements and will begin shipping at the end of this year.
October 28, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Aperture updated to v3.2.1, iPhoto to v9.2.1
Aperture 3.2.1, a maintenance release of the pro photo management and RAW conversion software from Apple, fixes a crashing problem on Macs with Core Duo processors and corrects bugs related to the Crop tool as well as the map display in Places view. Apple has also released iPhoto 9.2.1, which fixes an instance of the program crashing when the 3ivxVideoCodec is installed.
October 28, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Lowepro announces new roller and messenger-style camera bags
Lowepro has announced two new series of all-weather camera bags. The Pro Messenger AW series comprises three different sizes of soft-sided messenger-style bags designed for a discreet look; the Pro Roller Lite AW series includes two different size bags, and they are the lightest rolling bags Lowepro makes.
October 27, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Article on blueSLR for Android/BlackBerry updated
We've published corrected information regarding the cross-compatibility of recently-announced blueSLR modules for Android/BlackBerry and existing modules for Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. If you own a blueSLR module now or have been considering the purchase of one, please read the update.
October 27, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Adobe rolls out Carousel multiple-device photo syncing service
Carousel, a subscription-based computer and mobile device photo syncing service from Adobe, is now live. At launch, apps for Apple's iOS devices as well as an application for Mac are available. Support for Android and Windows is expected in the first half of next year.
October 27, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Think Tank Photo to release redesigned Modular Rotation System components
In December, Think Tank Photo will begin shipping 18 new or updated components in its Modular Rotation System, including four additions to the company's lightweight Skin line. Designed to be attached to the company's waist belts, the redesigned lens and gear pouches feature "easier photography gear retrieval, better equipment fit, and an updated/inclusive style," says a press release.
October 27, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Camera Bits to demonstrate Photo Mechanic 5, Photo Mechanic Catalog
Starting tomorrow at the PhotoPlus Expo trade show in New York, Camera Bits will be showcasing an upcoming revision of its pro photo browsing and transmitting software. Photo Mechanic 5 will include new features such as the ability to play video files within the application as well as extract and crop still frames from video, optional automatic import from a newly-inserted memory card, easier use on a two monitor setup, faster re-sorting of large folders of pictures within a Contact Sheet window, a refreshed appearance and more. The company will also be unveiling Photo Mechanic Catalog, a searchable multi-user database application.
October 26, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Veolia contest features 67 top-notch nature images
The Natural History Museum features a gallery of 67 commended images from the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 competition.
October 26, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Atlantic shows flooding in Bangkok
The Atlantic features Bangkok Underwater, a gallery showing the flooding in Bangkok and area.
October 26, 2011 | FULL STORY 
OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 now available
OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 6, first announced last month, is now available for purchase. Perfect Photo Suite 6 is a collection of plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, and, now, also for Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. The suite includes a new application called Perfect Portrait 1, and updated or redesigned versions of Perfect Effects 3 (formerly Photo Tools), Perfect Layers, Perfect Mask (formerly Mask Pro), and others.
October 26, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Olympus Chairman resigns under pressure
Olympus Chairman and President Tsuyoshi Kikukawa resigned today after questions about the company's mergers and acquisitions have caused a 50% plunge in the company's value in less than two weeks. The questions were triggered on October 14th when Olympus fired its previous president, Michael Woodford, who is now in the United States to meet FBI investigators.
October 26, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Stern features the best in sports
Stern's online magazine features a gallery of peak action and interesting perspectives from the sports world.
October 25, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Phase One releases Media Pro 1.1
Phase One has released v1.1 of its Media Pro image cataloging application for Mac and Windows. New features including faster importing, the option (in the Mac version) to choose between Phase One's RAW rendering or Apple's, improved integration between Capture One and Media Pro including proper tracking of Capture One adjustments when renaming and moving files within Media Pro, support for the RAW formats of several new Olympus, Panasonic and Sony cameras plus bug fixes.
October 25, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Canon announces Pixma Pro-1, 13-inch printer
Canon Europe has announced the Pixma Pro-1, a new 13-inch/A3+ professional inkjet printer that uses a new 12-color pigment inkset. The new printer promises an expanded color gamut, increased black density, superior black-and-white prints, and significantly increased speed compared to the Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II, its nearest predecessor.
October 24, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Apple gives minor refresh to Macbook Pro lineup
Apple today updated its Macbook Pro lineup with faster processors and graphics. Design, form factors, and prices remain the same.
October 24, 2011 | FULL STORY 
GoPro announces HD HERO2 wearable POV camera and Wi-Fi streaming accessories
GoPro has announced a powerful new model in its HERO line of wearable point-of-view (POV) still/video cameras. The HD HERO2 features a new 11MP sensor with improved low light image quality, a revamped lens design that's promised be significantly sharper, a 10fps still frame burst mode that captures at the camera's full resolution, video recording at up to 120fps (at 848 x 480 pixels) plus 1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps and other settings combinations, timelapse intervals as short as 0.5s at 11MP, a 3.5mm stereo mic input, a menu interface that makes it much easier to check and change options, an integrated battery warmer and more.
October 24, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Atlantic: population reaches 7 billion
The Atlantic features Population Seven Billion, an interesting gallery showing what it takes to sustain the ever-increasing population.
October 24, 2011 | FULL STORY 
TIME LightBox features Burtynsky aerials
TIME's LightBox features Edward Burtynsky's View From Above, a gallery of aerial images from his work on Dryland Farming in Spain.
October 24, 2011 | FULL STORY 
LATimes: features best of week
The Los Angeles Times features The Week in Pictures: October 17 - October 23, 2011.
October 24, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Nikon issues second notice on Thai flooding
Nikon has issued a second notice on the flooding of its DSLR factory in Thailand in which it states that the first floor of the factory is still flooded up to a height of as high as two meters. Nikon says it cannot determine when the factory might be operational again, and the company is considering alternate production locations and planning the purchase of new production equipment.
October 21, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Pop Photo: This is what a 14fps SLR looked like in 1984
Popular Photography reminds us that the EOS-1D X, announced earlier this week, isn't the first SLR from Canon to be capable of 14fps continuous shooting.
October 21, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Canon USA announces changes to CPS program requirements
Canon USA has announced that the requirements for membership in its Canon Professional Services (CPS) program have changed. Now, a wider range of equipment can be used to establish eligibility, plus each item of Canon gear you own is assigned a points value; accrue enough points and you're then eligible for membership (the number of points required is different for each of the three CPS tiers offered).
October 21, 2011 | FULL STORY 
MSNBC features week in pictures
MSNBC features another fine gallery in the latest edition of the Week in Pictures.
October 21, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Impact on camera industry of Thai flooding looks increasingly severe
The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun reports that both the Nikon and Sony factories in Thailand that produce DSLR cameras and lenses have "no prospect of recovery", although the exact implications of that phrase are not spelled out. Nikon's Thai factory produces all of its APS-C format DSLR cameras (90% of Nikon's DSLR production), as well as many Nikkor lenses. Sony's flooded Thai factory (or factories) manufactures all of the company's DSLR cameras.
October 21, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Use your iOS device as a shutter release with upcoming ioShutter app and cables
Photography accessories maker enlight photo has announced ioShutter, a cable and an app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that enables these devices to fire a connected camera. The ioShutter cable runs from the headphone jack to the camera's remote input; at launch, cables will be available for Canon, Pentax and Hasselblad models with a 2.5mm remote port, plus N3 socket Canons too, while a Nikon 10-pin cable is planned. The app provides several operating modes including a countdown timer, timelapse and Bulb, as well as triggering by sound or by shaking the iOS device.
October 21, 2011 | FULL STORY 
MSNBC gallery shows Ghadafi's capture
MSNBC features Conflict in Libya, a gallery which includes a cellphone image of former leader Moammar Ghadafi's arrest.
October 20, 2011 | FULL STORY 
National Geographic features the Sami
National Geographic features the work of photographer Erica Larsen in The People Who Walk With Reindeer.
October 20, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Lytro unveils first commercially available "light field" camera
Lytro has announced the first light field camera that it will be selling to the public. Light field (also known as plenoptic) cameras use a special microlens array to capture pictures that can be focused after the fact, using a computer, on any part of the image. The new Lytro, which resembles a squared-off monocular, breaks most current digital camera design paradigms. Photographs taken with the camera, which Lytro calls "living pictures", must be viewed using software that allows real-time processing and interaction with the image.
October 20, 2011 | FULL STORY 
SI features pictures of the week
Sports Illustrated features Leading Off: Pictures of the Week, a gallery of the week's best images from the world of sports.
October 20, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Atlantic posts images from 50 years ago
The Atlantic features 50 Years Ago: The World in 1961, an interesting gallery of images from that time.
October 19, 2011 | FULL STORY 
National Geographic features contest submissions
National Geographic features a number of galleries based on submissions to Photo Contest 2011. A drop-down menu will offer Nature, People and Places categories as well as submissions for each week.
October 19, 2011 | FULL STORY 
U.K. web sites take tour of Nikon 1-series system factory
Two U.K.-based web sites, ePHOTOzine and Pocket-lint, have separately published reports on touring the Nikon factory in Wuxi, China, not far from Shanghai, where the new V1 and J1, CX format compact system cameras are being made.
October 18, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Canon, Nikon announce production milestones
Nikon has announced that earlier this month, the total number of Nikkor interchangeable lenses produced has reached 65 million, only about seven months after hitting the 60-million mark in March 2011. Canon projects that later this month, total production of Canon EF lenses will surpass 70 million, while the company has built 50 million EOS film and digital cameras as of September 2011. For both companies, the pace of production has accelerated dramatically in the digital era.
October 18, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Canon announces 17.92 million image pixel EOS-1D X
Canon has announced the EOS-1D X, its new flagship digital SLR that features a 17.92 million image pixel full-frame CMOS image sensor, 12fps top shooting rate (or 14fps with the mirror locked up), a standard ISO range of 100-51,200 (which can be expanded to as high as 204,800), an all-new 61-point AF system, all-new 100,000-pixel RGB ambient/flash metering sensor, twin CompactFlash slots, dual DIGIC 5+ image/data processors, 1080p/29.97fps video capture with new compression options and timecode embedding, in-camera multiple exposure capability, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a higher-capacity LP-E4N battery, all in a dust and weather sealed magnesium alloy body.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Canon unveils Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6/WFT-E6A and GPS Receiver GP-E1
Canon has also unveiled two accessories for the new EOS-1D X, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6/WFT-E6A and GPS Receiver GP-E1.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Reuters: Accusations of financial impropriety drive Olympus shares down
A Reuters article states that shares in Japanese camera and optical firm Olympus plunged 24 percent today after its recently-sacked CEO accused the board of "firing him for probing allegations of improper payments related to acquisitions." The article also notes that Olympus' camera division lost 15 billion yen (about US$195 million at current exchange rates) in its most recent fiscal year, though the company overall is profitable.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
NEX-7 among Sony cameras to be delayed because of Thailand flooding
A note from Sony Canada sent to Canadian dealers today indicates that delivery of the NEX-7, SLT-A77 and SLT-A65 digital cameras will be delayed because of recent flooding at Sony's Thailand factories.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Dpreview publishes Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review
DPReview has posted its review of the Epson Stylus Photo R3000. The R3000 is the latest in Epson's well-known line of professional quality 13-inch pigment-ink printers that use the UltraChrome K3 ink set.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
NYT LENS: Peter Dench's look at the lighter side
LENS, The New York Times photo blog, features A Decade of Winks and Winces, a story and gallery on the work of British photographer Peter Dench.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The end of film in the movie business?
The last three makers of film-based movie cameras -- Panavision, ARRI, and Aaton -- have stopped manufacturing them in the past year, according to an interesting article at Creative Cow magazine. Along with reporting this development, the article goes on to discuss related developments in the rapid changeover to all-digital production in motion pictures and television; digital projection in theaters; the shrinking of the motion picture film processing industry; and issues involved with archiving film and digital footage.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
MSNBC features superb sports gallery
While MSNBC's sports galleries are always good, this edition of the Week in Sports Pictures deserves special mention.
October 17, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Canon Professional Network web site available in new languages
The Canon Professional Network web site, published by Canon Professional Services Europe, will now be providing some of its content in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, in addition to English. The CPN web site often publishes useful technical articles on using Canon equipment, as well as photographer profiles and other content aimed at professional and advanced Canon photographers.
October 14, 2011 | FULL STORY 
PDN: How photographers turn ideas into photo products
PDNOnline has published a story detailing how several photographers have turned their ideas about photo gadgets they wish they had into photo accessory businesses. Among the products discussed are the Lightsphere flash modifier from Gary Fong, the Shootsac, a camera/lens bag, and ShootQ, a studio management software application.
October 14, 2011 | FULL STORY 
MSNBC: the week in pictures gallery a winner
MSNBC never disappoints with its selection of images in the Week in Pictures gallery.
October 14, 2011 | FULL STORY 
NYT LENS: Jules Allen's work in the gym
LENS, The New York Times photo blog, features The Sweet Science of Body and Soul, a story and gallery on the black-and-white work of Jules Allen at Gleason's Gym.
October 14, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Tiffen releases Dfx Digital Filter Suite 3.0
Tiffen has released version 3.0 of its Dfx Digital Filter Suite, a collection of digital and video filters and effects available as a plug-in to popular image editing programs or as a standalone application. Improvements in the new version include a speed boost, new filter effects, interface tweaks, and more.
October 13, 2011 | FULL STORY 
FotoWeekDC competition results are in
Winners have been announced for the FotoWeekDC International Awards Competition and a gallery of winning photos can be viewed here.
October 13, 2011 | FULL STORY 
blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation device coming to Android and BlackBerry (updated)
blueSLR, a line of Bluetooth modules that enable Nikon digital SLRs to be wirelessly triggered from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, with optional geolocation data embedding, will soon be available for Android and BlackBerry too. Starting the week of October 24, XEquals, the Canadian maker of blueSLR, will begin shipping modules that are compatible with Bluetooth-equipped Android and BlackBerry devices. Two new blueSLR modules will be available, encompassing 12 current and previous-generation Nikons, for US$149. Shipping is free to those who pre-order by October 21.
October 13, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Atlantic shows flooding in Thailand
The Atlantic features a gallery of images showing the scope of the the worst flooding in Thailand in decades.
October 13, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Aperture 3.2, iPhoto 9.2 among flurry of Apple updates
Apple has released Aperture 3.2, an update of its pro photo management and RAW conversion application for Mac. The new version introduces compatibility with Apple's just-launched iCloud online storage and syncing service, including support for Photo Stream, as well as with mobile devices running iOS 5. It also incorporates several feature tweaks and bug fixes. It's much the same story for iPhoto 9.2 for Mac, which gains iCloud support including Photo Stream plus compatibility with iOS 5 devices and minor tweaks and fixes.
October 12, 2011 | FULL STORY 
New Canon USA facility caters to Hollywood film and television customers
Canon USA has announced the opening of the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center, a new facility located on the Sunset Gower Studios lot in the heart of southern California's film and television industry in Los Angeles (Technicolor is among Canon's new neighbours). Services offered at the Canon center will range from on-site repair to education.
October 12, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Useful gear: New canvas backdrops and a slim HDMI cable
Professional Photographer magazine has published short write-ups on two products of interest to pro shooters. The first are Bad Sass canvas backdrops, which are available in a number of patterns and configurations, including some with faux flooring treatments. The second is Redmere "active" HDMI cables for connecting iPads, cameras, or laptops to large HD displays; the Redmere cables can be coiled into much smaller dimensions than typical HDMI or USB cables of equivalent length.
October 12, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Journalism professor: Local newspapers should abandon most video
In two recent posts on her blog, Internet Revolution, J-School Evolution, Stony Brook University journalism professor Barbara Selvin argued that all but the largest national newspapers should abandon the production of most video content in favor of still image web galleries. Selvin cites statistics showing that less than 10% of unique visitors to most newspaper web sites watch streaming video content.
October 12, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Frog steals show in sports gallery
While there are many fine peak-action images in Leading Off: Pictures of the Week gallery from Sports Illustrated, a frog on a soccer pitch has the jump on its rivals.
October 12, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Atlantic features top-notch fall gallery
The Atlantic features Fall Is in the Air, a gallery featuring spectacular fall colours from around the world.
October 12, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Nikon digital camera and lens manufacturing plant affected by Thailand flooding
Nikon's Thailand subsidiary, where it manufactures digital SLRs such as the D7000 and D5100, numerous mostly consumer-level interchangeable lenses as well as camera parts, was forced to cease operation last week ahead of anticipated major flooding of the industrial park in which they're located. Significant flood waters did arrive over the weekend, swamping their facilities. In a statement issued today, Nikon indicates that the "1st floor of all buildings at the premises are presently submerged" and that they are "unable to predict how soon operation will be resumed." Bloomberg is reporting that Canon has shut down its Thai inkjet printer facility as well, and that numerous other global brands with plants in the same area of central Thailand have been similarly affected.
October 11, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Celebrating fall with MSNBC
MSNBC features a colourful image gallery on Celebrating fall.
October 11, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Support for i1Display Pro added to NEC SpectraView II
SpectraView II, NEC's superb calibration and profiling software for many of its flat panel displays, has been updated to v1.1.09. The primary change in both the Mac and Windows versions is the addition of support for the X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter (as well as the upcoming NEC-branded version of this device, known as the SpectraSensor Pro). The Mac release also corrects a problem with saving profiles in OS X Lion.
October 11, 2011 | FULL STORY 
National Geographic: Crowd-funding photojournalism
The National Geographic web site has posted a short interview with Tina Ahrens, COO of Emphas.is, the recently launched photojournalism crowd-funding service. Like other crowd-funding sites, Emphas.is publishes project proposals and seeks public contributions to the project, but Emphas.is focuses exclusively on photojournalism.
October 11, 2011 | FULL STORY 
MSNBC highlights the week in sports
MSNBC always selects a fine batch of images in its Week in Sports Pictures gallery.
October 10, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Atlantic adds gallery to WWII series
The Atlantic features World War II: The Fall of Nazi Germany, the latest addition to its excellent WWII retrospective.
October 9, 2011 | FULL STORY 
CNN features war photographer Don McCullin
CNN features Don McCullin's war with guilt, an interesting clip (slow loading for me) and story about war photographer.
October 8, 2011 | FULL STORY 
The Denver Post captures week's best
The Denver Post photo blog features a fine selection of images in Pictures of the Week: October 7, 2011.
October 8, 2011 | FULL STORY 
LA Times Framework: here's the best of the week
The Los Angeles Times features The Week in Pictures: Oct. 3 - 9, 2011, a fine selection of the week's best.
October 8, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Researchers turn iPhone into cheap, high quality medical imager
Researchers at The University of California, Davis have developed inexpensive ways to transform iPhone cameras into reasonably high quality microscopes and spectrometers. The modifications involve affixing inexpensive add-ons to the camera's lens, and the researchers envision the techniques being used to help cheaply diagnose medical conditions in the field.
October 7, 2011 | FULL STORY 
NYT LENS features fine art in Africa
LENS, The New York Times photo blog, features In East Africa, Fine Art Meets Conservation, a story about photographer Nick Brandt and a gallery of his stunning black-and-white work.
October 7, 2011 | FULL STORY 
PDN: photographers remember photographing Steve Jobs
PDN Pulse, the blog of PDNOnline, has published an interesting post with several professional photographers offering memories of their assignments photographing Steve Jobs. Included among the stories is Albert Watson's account of shooting the image, said to be Jobs's favorite, that Apple has used on its web site and in its stores in memoriam to the Apple founder, who died on Wednesday.
October 7, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Litepanels Croma on-camera LED light offers variable colour temperature control
Later this year, Litepanels will release Croma, an on-camera LED light aimed at news and event video shooters, including those using digital SLRs for video capture, that features variable colour temperature control from 5600K to 3200K and the ability to dim from full to minimum brightness with "no noticeable color shift," says a press release.
October 6, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Fuji to introduce compact interchangeable-lens system camera next year
In a press conference to announce an upcoming superzoom point-and-shoot camera called the X-S1, Fujifilm CEO Shigetaka Komori revealed that Fuji will be introducing an interchangeable-lens compact system camera next year. It will be part of the company's X-series model lineup, whose current flagship is the X100, a compact with an APS-C format sensor and a fixed lens.
October 6, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Steve Jobs: 1955-2011
Steve Jobs died yesterday at age 56. Among the outpouring of tributes to the Apple co-founder, U.S. President Barack Obama's captured the essence of the technology visionary: "Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it."
October 6, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Nik releases updates to HDR Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro 2
Nik has released minor compatibility and bug-fix updates to two of its photography filter effects products. The Mac edition of HDR Efex Pro gains compatibility with Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) and Silver Efex Pro 2 gets several bugs fixed on both Mac and Windows editions. The updates are free to current owners of the products.
October 5, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Tenba announces two new Discovery series camera bags
Tenba has announced two new additions to its Discovery series of lightweight camera bags. The Discovery Top Load is a small bag designed to accomodate one DSLR body with lens; the Discovery Mini Photo/Latop Messenger is a messenger style bag designed to hold a DSLR body, 2-3 lenses, and a 13-inch laptop.
October 5, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Lensrentals.com: A look at sample variation in lenses and cameras
Roger Cicala of Lensrentals.com has published an interesting blog post with the results of his tests of sample variation in lenses and camera bodies. He tested multiple copies of the same lens model on a single camera body, and autofocus accuracy with multiple camera bodies of the same model using a single lens. His results show detectable but not dramatic sample variation in the Canon and Zeiss products he tested.
October 5, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Eye-Fi issues firmware update for X2 cards
Eye-Fi has released firmware v4.5166 for its X2 series of Wi-Fi/memory SDHC combo cards. The release notes indicate "improved camera interoperability" but give no other details.
October 5, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Apple to release iPhone 4S later this month along with iOS 5, iCloud and more
Apple today has unveiled the iPhone 4S, and will ship it on October 14 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany and Japan, with pre-ordering to begin October 7. Other countries will follow starting on October 28. The company has also set October 12 for the release of iOS 5, the next major iteration of the operating system for the company's range of mobile devices, as well as iCloud, their new online storage and syncing service, plus updated and iCloud-savvy versions of Keynote, Pages and Numbers for Mac.
October 4, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Portrait specialist Gregory Heisler coming to Calgary
Portrait specialist Gregory Heisler, the "creator of more Time Magazine covers than any other living photographer," is bringing his expertise to a two-day workshop here in our hometown of Calgary, Canada. The event runs November 5-6, 2011 and will feature extensive on-stage live demonstrations of the process Heisler "undertakes to set up and light his iconic portraits," says the course description.
October 4, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Public beta of i1Profiler version for Eye-One Display LT/2 now available
XRite has issued a public beta of a special version of i1Profiler for Mac that's meant exclusively for the Eye-One Display LT and Eye-One Display 2 colorimeters. Called i1Profiler D2LionEdition, the software is compatible with Mac OS X Lion only, and has a feature set that is meant to be comparable to Eye-One Match.
October 4, 2011 | FULL STORY 
LPA Design updates firmware for MiniTT1, FlexTT5 for Nikon
LPA Design has posted new firmware for the Nikon versions of the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5. Firmware version 3.003 corrects a bug that affected TTL flash exposures when the Speedlight to subject distance was more than about 10ft/3m.
October 3, 2011 | FULL STORY 
ShutterSnitch 2.1.7 released
ShutterSnitch 2.1.7 for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, our favourite app for receiving pictures from a wireless camera, adds a "zoom to fill screen" option and fixes bugs.
October 3, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Lowepro adds video-focused bags to Fastpack line (updated)
Lowepro has announced a trio of new backpacks in its Fastpack line, each with an emphasis on the transport of digital SLR video and audio equipment. The DSLR Video Fastpack 150 AW, 250 AW and 350 AW combine a side-entry camera compartment (meant to be accessed while the bag is suspended from one shoulder and swung to the front), an upper compartment for audio gear (a removable pouch is included) and a padded laptop slot; a mount on the side of the bag enables a tripod or video rig to be attached. The three backpacks include a built-in rain cover as well.
October 3, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Adobe announces Photoshop Touch app for tablets, Creative Cloud and more
Adobe has unveiled a slew of new products and services this morning, including Photoshop Touch, a new imaging editing app for tablets that incorporates a range of selection, layer and adjustment features, file format compatibility with Photoshop on a computer and integration with the company's new Creative Cloud service, also announced today. Photoshop Touch will ship first for Android devices next month, with an announcement regarding iOS availability coming in early 2012.
October 3, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Kodak troubles in the news
Several news outlets are reporting that Kodak is considering filing for bankruptcy amid doubts that its recovery strategy can succeed. Last week saw the iconic photography company's share price plummet after it drew unexpectedly on its credit line and then, on Friday, hired a law firm known for its bankruptcy and restructuring practice.
October 3, 2011 | FULL STORY 
LA Times Framework: the week's best images selected
The Los Angeles Times features The Week in Pictures: Sept. 26 - Oct. 2, 2011, a gallery of the best images from throughout the world.
October 3, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Digital image analysis verifies authenticity of Reuters photograph
Last week, Reuters published a photograph of a Libyan fighter firing a rocket-propelled grenade, and the image drew immediate accusations that it was faked. Computer scientist Dr. Neal Krawetz has now published an interesting analysis of the image that concludes it is authentic.
October 3, 2011 | FULL STORY 
Nikon posts ViewNX 2 v2.2.1
Nikon has released ViewNX 2 v2.2.1 for Mac and Windows, an update that adds RAW conversion support for the Nikon 1 system cameras and Coolpix P7100 and implements a long list of feature tweaks and corrections.
October 2, 2011 | FULL STORY 
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