ACD Systems has announced the latest version of its ACDSee photo management and editing software for Windows. ACDSee16 gains a range of editing and organizational tools, including features that simulate out-of-focus regions and tilt-shift lens effects. The latest version is available at a reduced price ($50), for a limited time, with existing users being about to upgrade for $30. A 15-day free trial is available from the company's website.
May 30, 2013 at 17:49
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance reporters and photographers in the future to save costs. The layoffs, which are believed to take effect immediately, were announced to the 28-strong photo staff on Thursday morning. In a statement issued by the paper, it suggested that the move was in response to a demand for 'more video content' from its audience. Click through for more details.
previewMay 30, 2013 at 17:38
We've had a chance to take another look at an 'initial production' Olympus PEN E-P5, and have updated our preview with some more first impressions and image samples. Olympus has only allowed us to publish downsampled images, but we've still been able to get more of an idea of how well the camera works. We hope to get our hands on a production E-P5 that we can use to shoot full size images towards the middle of June, but until then click through for our updated preview to whet your appetite.
May 30, 2013 at 11:48
Nikon UK has announced a summer cashback offer on its 1 system cameras. From 30th May to 4th September, buyers can claim back £50 on the S1 and J3 models, and £80 on the V2 (or €60 and €80 respectively for customers in Eire). The offer applies to both body-only purchases and single- and twin-lens kits, and all colours of camera; cashback has to be claimed by 4th October 2013. Click through for full details.
May 30, 2013 at 00:40
Michael Markieta, a transportation planner at global engineering and design firm Arup, has created a series of beautiful visualizations of aircraft flight paths as they span the globe. Using different shades for short and long-distant flights, the images map the world in a ghostly spiderweb of connections from airports small and large. Markieta has marked more than 58,000 flightpaths and the results are stunning. Click through for images (via BBC.co.uk)
Leica has announced that it has a 'new family member' coming on June 11th and, as the German manufacturer continues to tease what it's calling the 'Mini M' on its website, a photo has emerged which may reveal more details about the forthcoming camera. A French iPad app has published what seems to be an advertisement for the new Mini M and, if genuine, it reveals that the Mini M will sport a 16MP APS-C sensor and an 28-70mm (equivalent) F3.5-6.4 zoom lens. Click through for more (alleged) details.
mobileMay 29, 2013 at 16:47
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May 29, 2013 at 16:30
Canon has posted a firmware update for its EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1Ds Mark III full-frame DSLRs to allow them to work correctly with the new EF 200-400mm F4 L IS 1.4x lens. Firmware versions 1.1.3 (1D Mark IV) and 1.2.2 (1Ds Mark III) allow the cameras' central AF points to achieve focus with the lens when it is used with an extender, where the combined aperture is F8. Both updates are available for immediate download.
reviewMay 29, 2013 at 13:25
DxOMark has tested two recently-announced announced long telezooms, the Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II and the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, as well as the older AF Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR. As part of our ongoing collaboration we've added the test data to our lens comparison widget, and to add a little more context we've also included a couple of super-tele primes from Canon. Click through to see how these lenses compare, with links to view the results in our lens widget, and for the full data on DxOMark.
lens newsMay 29, 2013 at 09:42
Canon has announced that it has now produced 90 million EF lenses since the launch of the EOS system in 1987. The proliferation of digital SLRs has seen a rapid increase in lens production in recent years, and the company's 90 millionth lens - an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM - was manufactured on May 23 2013, just over 9 months after its 80 millionth. The company's lens lineup currently consists of no fewer than 84 models, ranging from the inexpensive EF 50mm f/1.8 II to high-end exotica such as the recently-announced EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x - the world's first SLR lens with a built-in switchable teleconverter.
reviewMay 29, 2013 at 00:03
We've just posted our head-to-head review of the Canon PowerShot G15 and Nikon Coolpix P7700. These two 12MP zoom compacts have comparable designs and share a lot of similar features, but which one is best for you? We've run them through a series of studio and real-world tests to find out. Click through for links to our head-to-head review.
May 28, 2013 at 20:50
DPReview is hiring! We have two open positions available: we're looking for an Editor to join our team of writers and reviewers, and a Software Manager. If you're interested in joining our growing team and you have experience either writing photography-related content for the web, or managing developer teams to launch successful projects, you should click through for more details.
camera newsMay 28, 2013 at 19:53
Samsung has published the source code for its NX300 and NX2000 mirrorless cameras - the first attempt we've seen at offering public access to a mainstream camera's operating system. The approach, which the company has previously used with its smartphones, stands in stark contrast to other camera manufacturers, which have not engaged with the community of programmers looking to enhance the capabilities of their cameras.
video newsMay 28, 2013 at 19:15
Camera feature modifier Magic Lantern has piqued interest in the five-year-old Canon EOS 50D by enabling video recording on this previously stills-only camera. The development work is still in early stages, but a user has posted raw video footage at 1592 x 720 resolution at 24p. Click through to see why videographers are excited about this newly added feature. (via EOSHD.com)
mobileMay 28, 2013 at 18:34
Astro-hobbyist Dave Akerman sends the affordable camera/computer combo up in a weather balloon.
May 27, 2013 at 05:16
In the second, concluding article of his 2-part tutorial explaining Photoshop's Gradient tool, Jean Miele explains how to use linear, reflected and radial gradients in layer masks to improve your digital photographs. In this article Jean takes us through four clear, easy steps, and also includes more tips for making the most out of gradients in both Photoshop and Lightroom. Click through for links to the article.
mobileMay 25, 2013 at 18:33
We round up the best app news of the week.
We've been fans of Aaron Johnson's comic strip 'What the Duck' for years. 'WTD' is one of the best satirical comic strips in the world, and it's published here every week, as well as being included in our weekly newsletter. Barbed, topical and always amusing, we hope you enjoy WTD as much as we do. Click through for this week's strip.
May 25, 2013 at 00:16
The Phottix BG-5DIII battery grip is a budget-friendly alternative to Canon's BG-E11 battery grip for the EOS 5D Mark III, allowing you to double the battery life and enhance handling when shooting vertical format images. Can it do the same job for less cash, or should you save up for the Canon-branded accessory? Find out in our review.
Just a reminder - you can get a weekly update of all that's new in the digital photography world by subscribing to the Digital Photography Review Newsletter! As well as updates on what we've published, we'll also be sharing sneak peeks at what we've got in the pipeline, as well as a weekly cartoon strip, and occasionally also readers' polls, (bad) jokes, suggestions for photo projects and more. Click through for more details.
mobileMay 24, 2013 at 15:49
However, wearing a camera on your face might always be awkward.
lens newsMay 24, 2013 at 10:00
In a brief note on its Japanese website, Sigma has announced that the Sony and Pentax mount versions of its highly-regarded 35mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens will go on sale on 31st May. It's also announced that the Nikon-mount version of its 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM 'Sports' telephoto zoom will be available at the same time. We gave the 35mm F1.4 our Gold Award when we reviewed it back in December, for its combination of exceptionally good optics and solid build at a price rather lower than the camera manufacturers' equivalents.
May 23, 2013 at 18:32
Canon has patented a color-sensitive multi-layered sensor design, showing the company is still pursuing the technology. Like Sigma's Foveon chips, the multi-layered design allows each of the sensor's pixels to capture color information without the need for colored filters. The patent, discovered by the Japanese Engineering Accomplishment blog, suggests a system to promote resonance within the sensor, in an attempt to make the lower layers of the sensor more sensitive. (from Egami blog)
May 23, 2013 at 18:20
If you've never had the chance to stand in the front row and shoot a live concert, Montreal-based photographer Pierre Bourgault has the next best thing. He attached a GoPro camera to the top of his Canon DSLR and recorded a seven-minute video of his shooting experience at a Dead to Me concert. He then overlaid the actual photos taken at the show, which you can view after the break.
mobileMay 23, 2013 at 18:02
Interactive art preserves the tap, scroll and swipe.
Leica has placed a teaser on its Facebook page for a new 'Mini M' camera to be launched on June 11th, that apparently will slot into its range between the M rangefinder and the X2 fixed-lens compact. It's given no other details, but we think it could make sense for the company to produce a full-time live view version of the M Typ 240, using the same sensor but with the expensive rangefinder assembly removed. This would result in a 24MP full frame mirrorless camera that would be able to use almost any manual focus SLR or rangefinder lens ever made, without a field-of-view crop.
mobileMay 23, 2013 at 16:10
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The tiny GoPro camera looks delicious to some animals.
May 23, 2013 at 05:00
Fujifilm has updated the firmware for its X-Pro1 and X-E1 mirrorless cameras, to improve the autofocus speed with the recently-launched XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom lens. Versions 1.05 for the X-E1 and 2.04 for the X-Pro1 are available to download from the Fujifilm website. Click through for the links.
mobileMay 22, 2013 at 22:18
Samsung's newest flagship phone ranks just below the iPhone 5 in DxOMark testing.
previewMay 22, 2013 at 22:14
We've just added three studio comparison pages to our previously-published preview of the Pentax MX-1. The MX-1 is Pentax's flagship compact camera, and something of a departure for the manufacturer, offering a fast F1.8-2.5 zoom lens, full manual control and a high-class, metal body, to compete with more established peers like Panasonic's LX7. Click through to go to the new pages in our preview, and see for yourself how the MX-1 compares to its rivals.
mobileMay 22, 2013 at 18:43
What's next for former Flickr Pros, and whether professional photographers still exist.
Animated flipbooks have been around for nearly 145 years. With just a little thumb action, these books allowed you to view a few seconds worth of animation. Now, a new concept camera known as the Gifty allows you to record video and print a flipbook instantly. The only problem: you can't buy one yet.
May 22, 2013 at 17:56
If you've ever wondered who to thank (or blame) for those 8-bit animated graphics that remain prelevant even on today's high-bandwidth Internet, Steve Wilhite is your man. He was honored for that achievement at this year's Webby Awards and took the opportunity to once again remind us how 'GIF' should be pronounced. (via New York Times)
mobileMay 22, 2013 at 06:10
These pros find new uses for camera phones.
We've just posted our review of the The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2. The E-PM2 is an entry-level Micro Four Thirds system camera, with a 16MP CMOS sensor and full 1080 HD video. It's one of the smallest mirrorless cameras on the market and boasts 8 frames per second continuous shooting. This second generation 'Mini' is effectively the image quality 'guts' of the OM-D in a compact, lightweight, novice-friendly form. Click through to find out what we think of it.
mobileMay 21, 2013 at 19:12
Operation Photo Rescue repairs photos damaged by fires, floods and natural disasters.
mobileMay 21, 2013 at 19:03
What will the next Samsung device look like?
mobileMay 21, 2013 at 18:23
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mobileMay 21, 2013 at 18:11
The new device is waterproof to 3.28 feet for up to 30 minutes.
mobileMay 20, 2013 at 23:07
What do changes mean for Pro account holders?
camera newsMay 20, 2013 at 22:40
A cover image in the latest issue of the New York Times' monthly style magazine, T, has led to an interesting discussion about the newspaper's policy on photo retouching. While editors forbid any image manipulation beyond, 'minor color-toning and brightness' in news stories, retouches and removal of blemishes are allowed in the style magazine's fashion photography. Does a newspaper risk credibility by allowing retouching on editorially-branded content? Click to read more and share your thoughts.
Lindsay Adler and Erik Valind, both working professionals and educators, have written a beginner’s guide to photographic lighting with an unusual conceit at its core. By structuring a book around a list of common challenges - what they call the 'top ten worst situations' - they've created a digestible, useful 'lighting 101' guide. In this short review, Adam Koplan takes a look at their book 'Shooting in Sh**ty Light: The Top Ten Worst Photography Lighting Situations and How to Conquer Them'.
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Photographer Wendy Teal tells the heart-breaking story of a wedding she shot at a hospital on just 24-hours notice. The mother of the bride had been given one week to live, and Wendy responded to the couple's desperate social media plea for someone to capture their special day.
For the Pixel 2 smartphone's Motion Photos feature, Google built on its existing Motion Stills technology by adding advanced stabilization that combines software and hardware capabilities to optimize trimming and stabilization.
"After his camera was stolen from his room in the orphanage, he switched to an iPhone for his photography, reasoning that the image quality of a big, heavy camera was less important than the freedom of a cell phone. 'Quality? Screw it, I’d sketch things with a pencil if I could draw,' he wrote in a blog post."
In this month's 'Race Issue,' National Geographic asked historian John Edwin Mason—who specializes in the history of photography and the history of Africa—to investigate the iconic magazine's coverage of people of color around the world.
Shiftcam 2.0 will be available for the latest iPhone models 8, 8 Plus and X, and offers a range of individual "Pro" lenses in addition to a 6-in-1 lens slider.
An anonymous urbex photographer tells the tale of how he broke into the bowels of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in southwest Kazakhstan to photograph some half-built USSR space shuttles, and why Russian agents have been looking for him ever since.
Google has released the first Developer Preview of its upcoming Android P mobile operating system, and it comes with support for the space-saving HEIF image format that is hoping to replace JPEG.
"Nobody’s looking at each other. Everybody’s glued to their phones. [Street photography] is thriving but not in the way I used to do it. The best street photographers now show humans dwarfed by ad billboards. The street has lost its savour.'"
Fstoppers recently decided to 'rickroll' photographers who would be willing to pirate their latest photography tutorial, by posting a totally fake and ridiculous version on bit torrent sites before the official release. This is what happened.
Halide, the feature-rich third-party camera app for the iPhone, just released version 1.7 which adds Portrait Mode and other depth effects when shooting with a dual-cam iPhone.
Thanks to its USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection the $100 Blackjet VX-1C is compatible with current Mac and Windows Thunderbolt 3 machines.
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KitSplit—the gear rental company that lets companies and individuals post their gear for rent when they're not using it—just raised $2.1 million in funding to help the company grow its presence in Hollywood.
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"The residue is a sort of dried, cake-y, powdered material stuck to the lens. I’m guessing that the solid exhaust mixed with the water from the pad’s water suppression system, and that resulting substance adhered to the lens."
The 'Depth Collective' initiative is meant to support photojournalists who are interested in trading in their DSLRs for the 16-module Light L16 camera.
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Nine Nikon DSLR models are getting new firmware to fix a few issues users have been encountering, particularly when using AF-P lenses. Updated models include the D4, D4s, Df, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, and D7200.
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Asus' new flagship Android smartphone packs all-around premium components and some great camera specs in a very sleek looking body.
The Atlantic has compiled 35 photos from the final week of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. From bobsledding, to speed skating, to photos from the closing ceremony: check them all out for yourself.
Two veteran sports photographers share stories and tips from photographing the Olympics, as well as other high-profile sporting events throughout history.
Services like Copypants and Pixsy help anybody find copyright infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand licensing fees and damages. But do these automated systems also open the door to prolific copyright trolls?
A helicopter pilot and his student claim a civilian drone was the cause of their crash landing last week. If their story is confirmed by an ongoing investigators, this incident would mark the first time that a drone has caused an aircraft crash in the US.
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Popular Science takes a look at the glass and tech that Canon packs into its 59-pound, $200,000+ broadcast lenses that are currently being used at the Olympics.
Similar to Apple's AirDrop functionality, Microsoft's new Photos Companion app lets you send photos and videos from an Android or iOS smartphone to a PC via a WiFi network.
Thomas Escher, Panono's new CEO, wants to steer the company strategy towards customized software development for the real-estate and construction sectors.
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"Jurist Thomas Borberg said in a WPP-produced video that 'You have to be able to feel a World Press Photo in your stomach. If not, it’s not a World Press Photo.' Given this position, it’s not surprising that violent images are the ones that provoke stomach churning reactions."
Michigan portrait and wedding photographer Brady Kenniston explains how he captured photos of an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime event: the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch on February 6th.
Each necklace features a small silver charm modeled after one of five different iconic cameras: Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, Olympus OM, Nikon F, and Leica M.
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