BlackRapid Announces Women's Kick, Color Curve & Tether Straps Along with New LensBling
From BlackRapid's Youtube Channel:
BlackRapid is proud to announce 4 new products today. First, a brand new women's strap called the KICK, the TETHER KIT which will give everyone peace of mind, 3 new sizes of LENSBLING for both Canon & Nikon to coordinate your bag, and lastly a new color for our popular CURVE strap.
Online educational tutorials with live trainers provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow
North White Plains, NY – October 2, 2013 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of free October 2013 webinars that have been developed to address specific photography and color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
During the month of October, X-Rite is offering three free webinars to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their photography and manage their workflow. The October webinars are designed to be informational as well as inspirational by offering photographers practical ways to improve their images. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.
“Highlighting the X-Rite webinars schedule in October are three sessions hosted by two X-Rite Coloratti members - Lee Varis and Jim DiVitale. These incredibly talented photographers, authors and educators will help photographers of all levels improve their photography, elevate their workflow techniques and post-production skills,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing.
October 2013 Webinar Schedule
Date: Wednesday, October 16th (2 sessions) Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT & 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT Title: Fantastic Photo-Illustration: Retouching, Masking & Compositing with Lee Varis Presenter: Lee Varis
Mastery of Adobe Photoshop is an essential step in developing skills for photo-illustration and is a foundation for exploring the outer limits of fantasy, surrealism, and visual symbolism. X-Rite Coloratti Lee Varis will examine photo-retouching and illustration techniques in this webinar and emphasize the necessity of working on a calibrated and profiled monitor. Webinar attendees will see how Lee assembles different photo-illustration projects and be guided, step-by-step, to learn more advanced techniques including:
Masking and transparency effects
Smoke and fire effects
Glows, halos, and light beams
Other image compositing secrets
Along the way, attendees will also learn about specific features of Photoshop like:
Layer masks, Groups, and Blending Modes
The Refine Edge dialog
Editing masks with the Dodge & Burn, plus Blur tools
Date: Monday, October 21st Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT Title: The Complete Digital Photography Process with Jim DiVitale Presenter: Jim DiVitale *Sponsored by Hunt's Photo & Video
Digital Photography is about quality control in a photographer’s image making. All photographers have the same goal in digital photography, to create beautiful images with precision tonal control, and to simplify the production workflow with predictable and repeatable results. In this program, Jim will demonstrate problem-solving techniques using digital capture and Photoshop to streamline both the creative and production of the digital imaging workflow to improve quality and save time.
Topics will include calibration and custom profiling of the camera, monitor and printer to achieve a closed loop of controlled color management. Webinar attendees will also learn how to use Wacom products to streamline the work, and a start to finish approach to digital photography, using several photographic elements to create multi-image photographs for commercial photo-illustrations. Jim's portfolio and digital imaging Blog can be viewed at DiVitalePhotography.com
Ever had a filter get stuck on your lens? This is an easy way to ruin your shooting day – or trip. The good news is that the tool to solve this problem is probably the least expensive item in your bag.
DateTime: 10/4/2013 9:16:59 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tenba Announces DNA Messenger Bags
North White Plains, NY – October 1, 2013 – Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces that it has expanded their popular Messenger collection. Messenger DNA bags which are available in 2 convenient sizes, contain all the crucial building blocks of a great everyday bag combined with the protection of a camera bag and the ability to use it while riding a bicycle. These new bags feature uncompromising weatherproof materials and durable hardware, lightweight yet protective padding, style and comfort, and great functionality — Tenba’s own custom-built double helix.
Messenger DNA bags were inspired by life in New York City and other big cities, where a photographer or filmmaker needs to potentially carry the same bag to a meeting with clients, then to a professional photo or video shoot, and finally to hanging out with friends in the evening. The new Messenger DNA bags include a security strap to anchor the bag behind the user while riding a bicycle or scooter, and the photo insert is removable to quickly convert it from a camera bag to a general-purpose carryall.
The bag’s exterior is made from a graphite-colored 600 denier Helix fabric with a durable water repellent coating. To enhance its wet-weather protection, the front flap extends over the top of the bag and includes a sewn hinge to provide excellent coverage at the corners. The bottom of the bag is made with an abrasion- and moisture-resistant tarpaulin that protects the bag on any wet or dirty surface, and can be easily wiped clean. Additionally, the new Messenger DNA bags include Tenba’s exclusive WeatherWrap removable rain cover for an extra layer of protection in bad weather. The WeatherWrap is silver on one side to reflect heat on sunny days, and to provide better visibility when riding a bicycle, and the other side is black for more stealth and subtlety.
“When users live and work in a big city environment, their messenger bag very often takes the place of an apartment and car — everything needed for a full day basically hangs off one shoulder,” said Peter Waisnor, Marketing Manager of Tenba. “The Messenger DNA bags meet that need for all-day comfort and versatility, defense from wet-weather surprises, and padded protection for expensive camera gear, whether the user is walking, taking the subway or riding a bike.”
Messenger DNA bags are built for speed, and the main closure uses Fidlock patented magnetic clips — the fastest clips in the world. They enable quick slide release and blind, drop-on reattachment that works when the bag is behind the user, or when wearing gloves. A top zipper in the flap allows camera gear to be quickly retrieved without opening the front flap. This is an important security feature as well, since it keeps the bag interior covered while swapping out cameras or lenses, which is critical when traveling in dangerous or unfamiliar locations.
The interior of the Messenger DNA is made from equipment-friendly, smooth ripstop nylon and soft, brushed tricot. There are pockets to organize camera accessories and personal items, and the padded camera insert can be quickly removed to convert the bag to a general-purpose, yet worldclass messenger bag. A rear trolley strap slides over the extending handle of a rolling suitcase or equipment case for secure and convenient piggyback travel when moving through an airport. Messenger DNA bags come in two sizes. The DNA 11 accommodates either a mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses, or a digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera with 2-3 lenses, plus accessories, and the rear-padded sleeve will hold an iPad or an 11-inch MacBook Air. The DNA 15 fits a professional DSLR with 2-3 lenses (up to an attached 70-200mm f/2.8), flash and audio gear, and has two padded interior sleeves: one for a laptop up to 15 inches, and another for an iPad.
Messenger DNA bags will begin shipping at the end of October at a suggested retail price of $129.95 for the DNA 11, and $159.95 for the DNA 15.
Adobe Hacked - 2.9 Million Accounts Compromised, Source Code Stolen
Adobe has released an announcement that details security breach affecting 2.9 million user accounts. Customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and information relating to orders were accessed by unauthorized parties.
Adobe says they will be taking the following steps as a result of the breach:
"As a precaution, we are resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification from us with information on how to change your password. We also recommend that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.
We are in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter from us with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
We have notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.
We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation."
Unfortunately, that's not all. Adobe has reported that source code for Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products was also accessed by unauthorized parties. This access will surely make it easier for hackers to find obscure security holes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Be sure to keep your software up-to-date to help avoid exploitation.
Mail-in rebates available in the U.S. for PocketWizard PlusX, PlusIII, MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Wireless Triggering Systems
North White Plains, NY – (October 1, 2013) – MAC Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional photographic equipment, announces today a fall rebate of $25 for U.S. customers that purchase one or more PocketWizard MiniTT1 and/or FlexTT5 radios for Canon or Nikon Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras. Likewise, purchasers of PocketWizard PlusX and/or Plus III radios are eligible for a $15 mail-in rebate for each radio they purchase.
The mail-in rebate is available only for new inventory purchased from authorized PocketWizard Dealers in the U.S. between October 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013. To receive their mail-in rebate, purchasers must complete a Rebate Form and provide sales receipts along with original product labels from each product purchased.
“PocketWizard radios offer photographers the most flexible and reliable solutions for remote camera and flash triggering for both studio and on-location shooting,” said Phil Bradon, PocketWizard Marketing Manager for MAC Group USA, the U.S. distributor of PocketWizard wireless triggering systems. “Covering both the ControlTL and Standard radios, this limited-time mail-in rebate provides added value for photographers new to wireless triggering as well as giving long-time PocketWizard photographers a great way to upgrade or add to their existing system.”
Profoto Introduces Light Shaping Tools for Speedlights
Speedlights are great for many reasons, but being able to create a soft and shapable light is not one of them. Profoto offers a simple solution to this problem: a speedring that makes the Profoto RFi softboxes compatible with speedlights of most brands.
On November 1, 2012, Profoto released the RFi softboxes – a new line of softboxes comprising 12 sizes and four models. One of the most attention grabbing features of the RFi softbox line is the speedring adaptors that make Profoto’s softboxes compatible with well over 20 different flash brands.
Today, Profoto releases the latest addition to its assortment of speedring adaptors: a new and improved RFi Speedlight Speedring. The name clearly reveals what the tool does; it allows you to use an RFi softbox with speedlights, and thereby soften and shape the light.
But it does not end there. The RFi Speedlight Speedring allows you to mount not one but two speedlights on the bracket. This means that you now have enough power and punch to shoot in bright sunlight or light up an even larger softbox, such as the Softbox RFi 3x4’.
Each speedlight can slide and be tilted inside the softbox, allowing you to create a remarkably even light with no hotspot. The entire softbox can also be tilted, rotated 360° and adjusted high wise. In short, the RFi Speedlight Speedring allows you to shape the light however you see fit.
Also note that the RFi Speedlight Speedrings have color codes that match the RFi softbox rods. This makes the softboxes incredibly easy to mount, even for someone who has never used one before.
Last but not least, the RFi Speedlight Speedrings comes with an attachment for Profoto Air Remotes or radio sync units from other manufacturers.
The new RFi Speedlight Speedring is officially released on October 1.
Western Digital Gives Consumers a Cloud of Their Own
From Western Digital:
With New My Cloud Consumers Can Easily Save, Access and Share all of their Photos, Videos and Files from Any Device, Anytime – without Sacrificing Privacy
IRVINE, Calif. – Oct. 2, 2013 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today introduced its new My Cloud family of personal cloud solutions. WD’s My Cloud is a complete solution for users to organize, centralize and secure the digital content from all of their computers and mobile devices and access those files from any device, from anywhere in the world. By simply connecting a My Cloud personal cloud drive to the Internet, consumers get the anywhere, any-device access they can get from the public cloud, without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of their personal data.
“We believe that there’s no place like home for the cloud,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Everyone is inundated with thousands of digital files scattered across multiple computers and mobile devices, and controlling that chaos is a challenge. WD’s personal cloud is the easiest, most secure and most affordable way for customers to control that chaos, with access to all of their files anywhere, anytime.”
Research firm Gartner estimates that the average household will own approximately 3.3 terabytes (TB) of digital content by 2016. In line with this growth of digital content is the explosive growth of Internet-connected devices, with the current U.S. household owning 5.7 connected devices, according to The NPD Group. The convergence of rapid content and device growth requires a new storage paradigm that gives consumers complete control over their digital lives. Personal cloud storage is the new standard, allowing users to keep media and files safe at home on their own physical drive and then access them over the Internet with any PC or Mac computer or on tablets and smartphones through mobile apps. Using the My Cloud drive, users can share files, stream media and access content anywhere with no monthly fees and feel secure in the knowledge that their cloud resides in their own home under their exclusive control.
“Families are connecting, sharing, syncing, and backing-up numerous mobile devices and computers in their household, with the amount of digital data being created on these devices growing dramatically,” said Liz Conner, Senior Research Analyst, Storage Systems, IDC. “Personal cloud is an ideal solution to simplify the complex issue of organizing digital files across various devices so that users can enjoy their digital videos, photos and music on all of their devices.”
Streamlined Setup and Backup
Customers can get their personal cloud up and running in minutes with WD’s rich web-based user interface for seamless web-guided setup. WD's software auto-detects the drive to make setup simple for novice users. Once the My Cloud drive is setup, customers can easily connect their computers and mobile devices with WD's free desktop and mobile apps. With a Gigabit Ethernet connection and Dual-Core processor, transferring files is blazing fast, allowing customers to quickly centralize all of the digital content scattered across various devices onto My Cloud. With direct file uploads from mobile devices, important files and videos can be safely moved to My Cloud, freeing up valuable space on users’ tablets and smartphones.
Customers can also use their My Cloud to back up their computers and digital files. For PC users, WD SmartWare Pro software offers options for how, when and where to back up files. Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software to protect their data.
My Cloud users can store and organize their families’ photos, videos, music and important documents in one secure place on the home network. With the new My Cloud desktop app, navigating, controlling and sharing these files from anywhere in the world is simple and intuitive. My Cloud is available in 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB capacities, providing bountiful storage capacity with no monthly payment required. Customers can also attach a compatible USB 3.0 hard drive directly to the USB expansion port on the My Cloud drive and instantly expand their storage capacity.
Additionally, My Cloud serves as a home’s digital entertainment hub, storing terabytes of movies and music that can then be streamed to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live media player, as well as smart TVs and gaming consoles.
Accessing the Personal Cloud
Available for iOS and Android devices, the new WD My Cloud mobile app allows users to view photos, stream video and access their files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets. The mobile app also makes file sharing and collaborating simple and secure, allowing customers to easily email files, share files as a link, and print and open files with third party apps.
Additionally, the My Cloud mobile app integrates major public cloud services so that customers can easily transfer files between their Dropbox, SkyDrive and Google Drive public cloud accounts.
Price and Availability
The 2 TB and 3 TB My Cloud is currently available at select U.S. retailers. The 4 TB My Cloud is expected to be available in November. MSRP is $149.99 USD for 2 TB, $179.99 USD for 3 TB and $249.99 USD for 4 TB. The My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. A two drive and four drive My Cloud configuration will be available in the future.
DateTime: 10/2/2013 9:44:17 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
DxO Optics Pro v8.3.2 Released - Now Supports Canon EOS 70D
October 2, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.3.2 for Mac and Windows, the new version of its award-winning image-processing software of reference for all demanding photographers. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to provide support for the latest expert consumer DSLR, the 20.2-million pixel EOS 70D, as well as for Sony?s full-format compact, the DSC-RX1R.
Based on an exclusive process of prior laboratory calibration, DxO Optics Pro 8 includes many powerful and automatic tools for processing RAW and JPEG images. The software provides the most advanced lens corrections on the market, the best tool for adjusting light and contrast, and precise and accurate color management.
DxO Optics Pro 8 was awarded the 2013 TIPA prize for Best Photo Software, the 2013-2014 EISA prize for Photo Software, and the 2013 Hot One prize for Capture/Processing from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
New DxO Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro v8.3.2 also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules. 445 new camera/lens combinations round out the library, which today counts more than 14,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
DxO Optics Modules contain copious information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This unique database allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
Availability and prices
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v8.3.2 for Mac and Windows are available at photo resellers, at the following prices:
DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $169
DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $299
This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012.
DateTime: 10/2/2013 9:04:06 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
RØDE Rec App for iOS Updated with Dedicated iPad Interface
RØDE Microphones is excited to announce the next iteration of its field recording app for Apple’s iOS devices, RØDE Rec. This update, released to the app store today as a free upgrade, has a number of enhancements including a dedicated iPad interface, MP3 publishing and support for ten different languages.
RØDE Rec has been incredibly well received since its launch in January of this year, where it was the only app on the market to allow for recording at 24-bit/96kHz (using RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone).
This is the first update since RØDE acquired the FiRe app from creator Audiofile Engineering, and signals RØDE’s intention to provide not only the best field recording app for mobile devices, but a platform that rivals dedicated audio field recorders.
The update’s addition of a retina-compatible iPad interface enhances control on the larger device considerably. Users can now view the waveform, transport controls, non-linear editing and much more, all in the one screen making recording, editing and publishing a breeze.
The popular MP3 format has also been added, following overwhelming demand from existing users.
“While RØDE Rec is designed for the capture and sharing of broadcast-grade audio there’s no denying the popularity and indeed the convenience of the MP3 format.” explains Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Director.
“RØDE Rec is one of very few apps on iOS that supports MP3, and combined with one-touch sharing via dropbox and email it’s a great option when you want to share an audio grab quickly with friends, colleagues or clients.”
This updated version also marks the app’s debut in localised languages, with support for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (simplified), Japanese and Korean, in addition to English. The localised apps are available on the relevant international iTunes App stores.
An update to RØDE Rec LE, the free, feature-limited version of RØDE Rec will be released shortly, including the dedicated iPad interface and enhanced stability. Download the app now for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on the iTunes App Store or via www.rodemic.com/getroderec