HDRtist bonus app in MacLegion Spring Bundle


HDRtist Pro graphics software

If you are thinking of buying the MacLegion Spring Bundle of Mac apps then time is running out if you want to get HDRtist Pro along with the other ten apps. That’s because only the first 9,000 purchasers get the app and already the number of purchasers is up to 2239 (when I just checked).

HDRtist Pro allows you to create HDR or Exposure Enhanced images easily. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Exposure Blending make it possible to create highly detailed and ultra-realistic photographs with your digital camera. HDR works by combining exposure information using complex mathematics, while Exposure Blending works by simply selecting and cutting out the best parts of each photo.

With its complex mathematical algorithms, HDRtist Pro can handle 128-Bit floating-point images (that’s 16,843,009 times more precision than a JPEG photo) to produce images that look hyper-real. HDR images can be something of an acquired taste and are something that is easily overdone. However, when done well, the results can be nothing short of superb.

Below is an example that exemplifies what is possible:

HDR example imageTo read the full feature list of what HDRtist Pro offers check out the Ohanaware site.

Apple announces over 200 new features in Aperture 3!


Aperture 3

Apple has released Aperture 3 with over 200 new features. its available for £169.00 (or £79 if upgrading from earlier versions).

Top new features in Aperture 3

* Organise photos by the people in them using Faces.
* Use Places to find photos based on where they were taken.
* Perfect images with nondestructive, edge-aware brushes.
* Use adjustment presets to apply imaging effects.
* Browse your entire library with the new full-screen Browser.
* Create stunning multimedia slideshows that weave together HD video, audio tracks, and custom titles.

There are also some updates for iLife 09 (inc. iPhoto) and Camera RAW, available via Apple’s Software Update. Apple says the following about these:

Provides system software resources that are shared by iLife and other applications. This update improves overall stability for the Media Browser and iPhoto slideshows. It also provides compatibility between Aperture 3 and the Media Browser.

The update is recommended for all users of iLife ’09, iWork ’09, and Aperture.

And the camera updates:

This update extends RAW image compatibility for Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’09 for the following cameras and formats:

Canon PowerShot S90
Canon sRAW
Canon mRAW
Leica D-LUX 4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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First Challenge Win on RedBubble!


Bliss by newbeltane was voted the winner of this great sunny challenge!! We had some amazing entries in this one… I am now warmed up 🙂

This is my first challenge win on RB so I am feelign somewhat chuffed!

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Leica announce radical new S-System!


The Leica S-System
Innovative digital technology and the heart of a classic

Leica have introduced their new radical platform to provide medium-format quality and resolution in a DSLR size body.

The Leica S2, with its premium AF objectives including everything from ultra wide to super telephoto, is an absolute photographic highlight. The digital SLR camera has a special new sensor with 30 x 45 mm and 37.5 megapixels. The S2’s metal body is appreciably smaller and easier to carry than similar models from other camera brands, and yet it’s also nearly twice as fast thanks to ultra modern processor technology.

With the S2, Leica has created an entirely new class of camera – technically innovative but incredibly flexible thanks to a wide selection of accessories. It’s a must for every professional photographer who is looking to upgrade from standard 35mm SLR systems.

Price is TBC but in the region of €20,000.

Leica is also developing a new range of lenses specially designed for the S system.

Nine new lenses will be introduced over the next two years.

Four prime lenses will be released when the S2 is launched: the Summarit-S 35mm f/2.5 CS ASPH, the Summarit-S 70mm f/2.5 CS ASPH, the Apo-Macro-Summarit-S 120mm f/2.5 CS, and the Apo-Elmar-S 180mm f/3.5 CS.

They will be followed by five further primes (24mm, 35mm, 100mm, 120mm and 350mm), a 30-90mm zoom lens and a 30mm tilt-and-shift lens.

The dual shutter system, which sees the S2 incorporating its own in-body shutter blades, will allow photographers to use shutterless lenses, expanding the range of optical options at their disposal.

More info here

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iLovePhotos | free softeware for your Mac


 

iLovePhotos is free software for your Mac that helps you organize, share, and enjoy your photos based on the people who are in them.

Face Detection

iLovePhotos finds faces in your photos to make tagging them a piece of cake. After you’ve tagged your photos with iLP, browsing and sharing them is easier than ever.


Automatic Sharing

With iLovePhotos, you connect your photos to your friends and contacts, so sharing them takes no time at all. You can even let iLovePhotos automatically share photos with people anytime you add and tag new photos of them.


Smart Slideshows

iLovePhotos makes every slideshow special. With powerful algorithms, iLP works its magic, using what it knows about the people in your photos to create unique and elegant slideshows that you can save to your computer or iPod or share as a QuickTime movie.

Download iLovePhotos For OS X 10.4+ • 11.8 mb

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Casio HIGH SPEED EXILIM Pro EX-FH20 CameraCasio HIGH SPEED EXILIM Pro EX-FH20 Camera


Casio HIGH SPEED EXILIM Pro EX-FH20

Casio HIGH SPEED EXILIM Pro EX-FH20 Camera
with Ultra High-Speed Burst Shooting and HD Movie Functions, the EX-FH20 takes 40 shots per second and records high speed movies at 1000 fps. Its a better specified follow-up to the ground-breaking EX-F1. However, in order to up the pixel resolution, Casio have slowed it down a bit, not that you’d really notice with its 1000 fps video! Pixel resolution is now a useful 9.1 MP compared to the 6 MP of the EX-F1. It also has an improved zoom, with a focal length of 26 – 520 mm (35m,m equivalent). That’s a whopping 20x optical!

Key product highlights include:

9.1 effective megapixels and a high power, wide angle zoom lens
The EX-FH20 is equipped with a 26 mm-equivalent wide angle zoom lens that can close in on subjects with a powerful 20x optical zoom. The camera also features a CMOS shift anti-shake function to support power-zoom shots.

Never miss a photographic opportunity, with high speed burst shooting up to 40 fps
The EX-FH20 can capture action in high definition, 7 megapixel (3072 x 2304 pixel) images with ultra-high speed burst shooting at up to 40 fps. Users can select from seven burst settings, allowing them to capture from 1 fps up to 40 fps in a single burst. Further, users can prerecord up to 40 still images not just at the instant they press the shutter button, but before! Even if they press the shutter a little late, they will still catch that vital moment.

High speed movie recording at up to 1,000 fps
The EX-FH20 can record high speed movie footage of motion too fast for the human eye, for ultra slow motion playback. Users can select from recording speeds of 1,000 fps, 420 fps or 210 fps and can also switch from the standard speed of 30 fps to high speed recording at 210 fps during recording at the touch of a button. The EX-FH20 makes it easy to capture critical moments on video.

High Speed Anti-Shake function
This function corrects images by automatically synthesizing multiple images captured during high speed burst shooting.

High Speed Night Scene setting
With or without a tripod, this feature ensures that high speed night shots come out clear and beautiful.

HD Movie function
The EX-FH20’s HD Movie function records at 1280 x 720 pixels, at 30 fps.

UK Price:TBC but in region of £399.

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Sony announce the world’s first full-frame DSLR with 24.6 megapixels


Just when you thought it was safe to take a breather from all the recent announcements from Canon and Nikon, along comes Sony and trumps both of them!

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DSLR-A900

The 24.6 megapixel DSLR-A900 comes with a full-frame CMOS sensor with Exmor™ technology. It has a high-performance pentaprism viewfinder with 100% coverage, a high-speed 9-point AF, SteadyShot and a photo quality 3.0-inch 921k dot LCD.

With 5 fps continuous shooting at full resolution 24.6 MP, it certainly offers a strong challenge to anything Canon or Nikon can offer. Allowing up to 105 JPEGS or 12 RAW images is what its competitors can manage. Bear in mind however, that the Sony is doing this at 24.6 MP!

Its 9-point centre cross AF system has 10 focus assist points and is claimed to be fast and accurate. We have every reason to accept Sony’s claim here but the final verdict will have to wait for comparative tests.

With the usual SteadyShot image stabilisation offering 2.5 – 4.0 extra steps of performance, it certainly compares well with Nikon and Canon’s offerings.

The Dual anti-dust systems and the D-Range Optimiser are two other features that make this an attractive proposition and compare well with the similar systems in Nikon’s and Canon’s offerings.

What differs, surprisingly, is thae lack of Live view or a built-in pop-up flash. Sony’s implementation of Live View in the A350 was widely praised and so its absence here is somethng of a surprise. The lack of built-in pop-up flash is less of a problem. What the market will make of this remains to be seen. For professinal photographers this may be less of an issue than for the enthusiast or semi-pro. However, one of the benfits of the Live View system is in low-level photography, such as macro-photography out in the field.

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Another feature lacking is video, which in light of the Nikon D90 offering HD video (5 minbs recording at a time), may be a minus point for some. It does, however, offer HDMI output at 1920 x 1081i, which is better than the 720p offered by the Nikon.

The α900 full-frame digital SLR will be available from October 2008. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM and 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM lenses will be available from early 2009. Price TBC

UPDATE: The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the list price will be £1,195 when it comes on sale in October. This is considerably less than price previously mentioned by other sources. If its true, then the street price may well be less than this by the time Christmas comes around, possibly around the £995 price point (body only). It would also mean that the likes of Canon and Nikon will seriously have to up their game, when you consider the Nikon’s D3 costs £2,679.00 inc. VAT, body only, and which has only 12.2 MP sensor. The Canon EOS-1 Mk III offers 21 MP and is available for around £4,739.99 inc. VAT.

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