From Datacolor: Join us for a webinar on Exploring Photographic Composition
Photographic composition is a key element of photography. To master composition, one must learn the ability to see compositions as shapes, lines, forms, masses, etc., and not just as recognizable objects. You must be able to visualize how objects function as forms in space under light, and how they will relate to a two dimensional composition. This webinar gives an overview of the use of photographic composition in landscape and still life photography, drawing examples from the work of masters of photography, as well as our own Datacolor master photographers.
Join us, Tuesday, January 15th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie guide you through the key elements of photographic composition and how they interact to make a unified whole.
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have. One lucky webinar guest will win a free Spyder4PRO Title:
Exploring Photographic Composition: Landscape and Still LifeDate
: Tuesday, January 15, 2013Time
: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
Early last year, Nikon published a letter
directed at all unauthorized repair facilities stating that "...Nikon has decided that it will no longer make repair parts available for purchase by repair facilities that have not been authorized by Nikon Inc. to perform camera repairs."
A backlash enused as once cheap and simple repairs became much more costly for consumers who were forced to ship their cameras to one of Nikon's limited number of authorized repair facilities.
Nikon has since made some consessions - and is now selling a limited number of repair parts
directly to the general public.
Parts available for puchase include (but vary depending on camera model):
- Rubber grips/covers/caps
- Battery/memory card doors
- Name plate decals
See the full list of repair parts here.
From BBC News
: High Street camera retailer Jessops is to shut all of its stores, resulting in the loss of about 1,370 jobs.
Administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), appointed this week, said all 187 stores in the UK would shut at the end of trading on Friday.
More jobs would be lost at the head office in Leicester, it added.
Jessops became the first High Street casualty of 2013, after a raft of firms fell into administration in 2012, including Comet and Clinton Cards.
PwC was appointed administrator on Wednesday, and at the time said there might be some store closures.
It came after talks this week between Jessops and its lender and suppliers broke down after a poor Christmas.
The camera chain was founded in Leicester in 1935 by Frank Jessop.
In recent years, it has been hit by increasing competition from supermarkets and internet retailers.
Rob Hunt, joint administrator at PwC, said it was an "extremely sad day for Jessops and its employees".
Read the entire article here
. (thanks Dean)
From Canon: Canon tops among Japanese companies in U.S. patent rankings for eighth consecutive year TOKYO, January 11, 2013
— Canon Inc. ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2012, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 10, 2013.
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances. Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 - 2012
* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon’s technology and intellectual property divisions, the company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
From Giottos: Giotto’s launches patented brand new design for its core tripod range
Just when you think you’ve seen it all in the world of tripods – Giotto’s has launched a brand new range of tripods featuring a totally unique, patented design – enabling a 30% space saving while maintaining full strength, stability and weight capacity.
The NEW Giotto’s Silk Road YTL Series replaces the entire range of Giotto’s MTL tripods and features a new Y-shaped centre column, meaning a super slim 30% space saving when the tripod is packed down.
This uniquely shaped centre column brings a totally new dimension to tripod design – allowing legs to be stowed in a much more compact way, without the ‘bulk’ of tripods using traditional design.
Giotto’s is continually challenging the dimensions of photographic tripods – following on from the huge success of its award winning Vitruvian range – which adopted a space saving inverted design when the tripod is folded down.
The new Silk Road range is named after the historical network of interlinking trade routes covering East, South & Western Asia, parts of North & east Africa and Europe. New technologies were often traded along this route too – hence the inspiration for the Giotto’s Silk Road series.
The new Y-Tube column allows a 30% space saving vs the MTL range – while maintaining full strength, stability and weight capacity. The Silk Road Series includes a range of tripods, which support up to 5kg, 8kg and 10kg of camera equipment.
The unique Y-shaped column allows tripod legs to be stowed in a much more compact configuration.
Within the range there are 12 models with options including a 2 way column and a super versatile 3 way centre column, ideal for very low level shooting. The 3D column tripods have an included low-angle adaptor.
The range also includes models with 3-section and 4-section tripod legs – for additional height and compact stowage. The adjustable tripod legs have 3 ‘footprint’ settings – full height, mid height where the legs are slightly wider and an ultra wide setting for low level photography.
The new range also features graduated leg markings and new, patented Quick Easy Leg (QEL) Lock adjustments for fast, accurate adjustment without taking your eye off the subject.
On the models with 2 way centre column, there’s also a bubble spirit level built in and all models feature a swappable tripod thread – so you can easily change between 3/8” and 1/4” – meaning the Giotto’s Silk Road YTL range is compatible with any Giotto’s head and models from other manufacturers too.
For the ultimate grip in wet or uneven conditions, spiked feet are now available as an optional extra. The range is available in both aluminium and carbon fibre made from the finest quality components. Carbon fibre models are manufactured from the highest quality 8x multi layer carbon fibre to increase strength and reduce weight. Key Features:
- Brand new patented ‘Y-Tube’ centre column – enabling a 30% space saving
- 12 models including finest quality aluminium and carbon fibre
- 3 or 4 section tripod legs
- Brand new Quick Easy Leg Lock (QEL) and graduated leg markings
- Fully compatible tripod thread – works with any Giotto’s head or other standard thread tripod heads
- Range of height settings – and optional extras including short centre column and spiked tripod feet
Guide retail pricing: from £100 for aluminium models and £220 for carbon fibre models. The Giotto’s Silk Road Series will launch at the SWPP Trade Show (11th – 13th January 2013) and ‘first look’ of the entire range will be on show at Focus on Imaging (3rd - 6th March 2013)
Product will be available in store & online from mid-January.
B&H carries the Giottos Tripods.
01.11.2013 - SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM F/NIKON scheduled to start shipping this month.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM for Nikon
is available for preorder from B&H
, and Amazon