GOLDEN, CO. (March 2, 2009)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX X70 Megazoom digital camera featuring a high magnification 24X optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage housed in a highly portable, compact, lightweight body. With 12 megapixels, SLR-like styling and flexible exposure modes, the PENTAX X70 is a true bridge between compact digital cameras and digital SLRs. The X70 is the ideal camera for the intermediate to advanced shooter who wants to step up in form and function from digital compact offerings without the size, weight, and expense of a true DSLR camera.
Stretch your Lensbaby vision to the max with the new 0.42x Super Wide Lens, which converts your Lensbaby lensâ€™s focal length from 50mm to 21mm. Specifically designed for compatibility with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, this 0.42x is lighter and sharper than any other comparable product on the market. The 0.42x has an inherent macro capability, letting you as close as 2.75â€ (7cm) from the front of the lens.
My good friend Udi over at DIYPhotography.net is celebrating the 3rd anniversary of his website with a very cool photo contest that willbe judged by the amazing Chase Jarvis. Head over to DIYPhotography.net and check out the D3A contest and see if you can win some of the cool prizes he is lining up.
If you dont already visit his site on a regular basis, you are missing some terrific content and this photo contest is a great way of giving him back some love for all of his hard work for the past three years.
Adobe has released an update for Photoshop CS4 (Mac|Win). From the download page:
* A number of issues that could cause slow performance have been addressed.
* Pen barrel rotation with Wacom tablets now works correctly.
* Photoshop now correctly recognizes 3D textures edited by a plug-in.
* The quality of the results of Auto-Blend Layers (Stack Images) has been improved.
* A problem that could result in a crash when pasting formatted text has been fixed.
* A crash that could result from a corrupt font no longer occurs.
This is it folks, the final installment of videos from WPPI 2009, sure there were some technical issue, sure I was working on almost no sleep, sure I looked like hell warmed over, but we did the best we could to bring you as much of WPPI 2009 as we could and we hope you enjoyed it. We certainly enjoyed being there and meeting everyone and can’t wait for next year.
If you haven’t had enough from WPPI, here is still more video interviews from WPPI 2009. There was so much to see that we wanted top bring as much to you as possible. Yes, we know the sound isn’t awesome but we had some hardware problems and couldn’t find a replacement mic at Best Buy, Fry’s, Sony Store, or any of the electronics stores that litter the strip so we had to make due with what we had, hopefully you can still get the goods on what was going on there.
onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced the immediate availability of Plug-in Suite 4.5 and FocalPoint 1.1. Plug-In Suite 4.5 is the latest version of onOne Software’s PhotoshopÂ® plug-in collection, which combines the recently announced FocalPoint 1.1, Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition, PhotoTools 2 Professional Edition and PhotoFrame 4 Professional Edition in addition to Mask Pro 4 and PhotoTune 2.2.
Yup, even more highlights from WPPI 2009. In this installment we take a look at the masking tools and virtual backgrounds available from Studio Taxi (http://studiotaxi.com) then we focus on the engraved focusing screens from Crop Lines (http://croplines.com). We then headed over to talk with Kevin Kubota about his Kubota Imaging Tools (http://www.kubotaimagetools.com) and finally wrap up with a talk with our good friend Max from BorrowLenses.com (http://borrowlenses.com).
In today’s WPPI highlights we talk to the folks at A Portrait Project to learn more about this incredible new foundation that provides photographs to women who have been victims of abuse so that they can start rebuilding their new lives, there new site will be up and running soon and we will post more information as it becomes available. We also talk to Jennifer from Triple Scoop Music (http://triplescoopmusic.com) and Ron Henry from BlackRapid, makers of the R-Strap (http://blackrapid.com).
The only thing better than being able to do off-camera flash is the ability to do it wirelessly. The problem is that the remote control systems that are builting into today’s cameras are lacking...
Today Canon dropped two new tilt-shift lenses that update the previous models that were discontinued recently. The new TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II offers enhanced functionality and image quality in its most popular tilt-shift focal length. Designed with UD glass to minimize and compensate for chromatic aberrations and specially coated aspherical elements for the highest possible glare-free image quality, this tilt-shift lens features an angle of view of 74Â°. New TS revolving lets users freely combine tilting and shifting within the range of +/- 90Â° in the direction of movement.
While many big-name photographers have used Pictage for their print fullfillment service, the cost was outside of the realm of photographers that are just getting started or don’t do very many jobs per year. With a growing number of photographers looking to get started with Pictage but needing to start smaller, Pictage has announced Pictage Lite.
This WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) has been a great show already with tons of great speakers, two huge ballrooms of vendors, and lots of great networking with other photographers. Unfortunately you can’t be in multiple places at the same time so you have to pick and choose which speakers to go see.
On what is normally a 4 – 4.5 hour drive, Kerry and David endure 6 hours of drive time, very cold weather, the beginnings of a snow storm, and then an hour long wait at the front desk (at midnight) to get their room. Just after getting through the last pass into Vegas, the snowstorm forced the pass to close, but Team Dojo is now safe and sound and ready to share their experience with Dojo readers.
David (http://esquirephotography.com) and I are heading to Las Vegas to attend the big WPPI trade show and convention. This is a HUGE trade show and is full of seminars, workshops, meetups, and tons of things to do and see. We will be doing daily coverage from the show and keep everyone informed of all the cool things that are going on and new products that are getting announced there. You can bet we will be doing our best to get lots of cool things to give away to Camera Dojo readers so stay tuned all next week for updates! If you are heading out there yourself, follow us on twitter (http://twitter.com/kerrygarrison) to see where we are at, come by and say Hi!
When David Ziser told me about his upcoming seminar during our recent podcast conversation I knew this was one seminar this year that I couldn’t pass up going to. I have been counting the days waiting for the announcement so I could get it on my calendar. From the description, I think everyone should attend this as well, David has put together an amazing program and the price is just unreal as well.
If you have ever re-sized an image you know that you always lose a lot of image quality whenever you do that, especially when having to blow things up really large. The solution may just be with OnOne Software’s Genuine Fractals 6. This tool is designed purely to handle your image resizing needs. For myself, I often have to scale things like screenshots for use in the books that I have been writing so that the images look good in the books.