Firmware Update Now Available for Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15

Sony Australia has announced that a firmware update for Action Cam HDR-AS15 is now available.

The firmware update includes PS Recording Mode (1920×1080/60p), which enables users to capture smooth images of fast moving scenes with a higher frame rate of 60p. A new “Water Mode” is also available on the Action Cam, which adjusts the camera’s white balance to an optimal setting for underwater shooting. Furthermore, the new ‘Beep Off’ setting gives users the option to turn off audio notifications of key camera functions, such as when recording is enabled or disabled.

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In addition, users of the Action Cam HDR-AS15 will get to enjoy ‘Seamless Mode Change’ functionality via PlayMemories Mobile from June 2013. The update will enable users to change from ‘Smart Remote’ mode to ‘File Transfer’ mode directly, without having to go through the Action Cam.

To download the software, please click on the link here: http://www.sony.com.au/support/product/HDR-AS15. The operation manual will be made available during the download.

Action Cam HDR-AS15 Accessories

Users can now capture the action in even more ways with the availability of mounts and attachments for the Action Cam HDR-AS15. The new Skeleton Housing (SRP $39) and Float Attachment (SRP $19) will let you take the action anywhere, while the latest Wrist Mount (SRP $39), Surfboard Mount (SRP $39) and Dog Mount (SRP $49) allow you to shoot from a totally new perspective. All new accessories will be available from late May at www.sony.com.au.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III firmware upgrade provides significant still-shooting and Full HD video improvements

Supports advanced user needs through clean HDMI output for video and boosted AF performance for low-light and telephoto shooting

Sydney, Australia, 30 April 2013 – Canon Australia today announced that the new firmware upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera is now available for download, delivering considerable improvements to still-shooting and Full HD video. The new free-of-charge upgrade will allow users to boost the EOS 5D Mark III’s potential, opening the door to new imaging opportunities.

The upgrade, which was first announced in October 2012, enables the use of the HDMI output functionality for more efficient video editing and monitoring workflows by professionals in the fields of cinema and TV production. With HDMI output, users can record HD uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal, supporting minimal image degradation during video data editing for greater onsite efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video can also be displayed on an external monitor while being captured, for real-time on-site monitoring for HD video during shoots.

To further improve functionality, the upgrade improves the AF system with centre AF point now enabled at f/8 supporting the needs of photographers to achieve more from their camera when using fast super-telephoto lenses with extenders. Drastically increasing the shooting range, version 1.2.1 now makes it possible to use an EF600 f/4 lens and two-times extender to achieve a massive 1200mm focal length with precise AF performance. This will benefit sport and nature photographers who shoot over long distances. This upgrade also increases the range of lens options with full AF capabilities, including the EF400mm f/5.6 and the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS with 1.4x extenders, for zoom ranges up to 560mm.

“The EOS 5D Mark III, continues to lead the way in DSLR Full HD Movie making and with this new update Canon has responded to the needs of professional image makers by providing them with clean HDMI output, as well as boosted AF performance for telephoto shooting over an expanded range of focal lengths,” said Charles Montesin, Product Manager – Professional Imaging, Canon Australia. “We’re excited to be offering these features in direct response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and TV production, and expect the firmware to enhance the user experience and workflow.”

The EOS 5D Mark III free firmware update is available now from: http://support-au.canon.com.au/P/search?model=EOS%205D%20Mark%20III&filter=0&menu=download

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About Canon

Canon is the world’s leading imaging brand that actively inspires with imaginative ideas that enable people to connect, communicate and achieve more than they thought possible through imaging solutions for business and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CiSRA, develops and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-four US patent recipients* for the past 21 years, and had global revenues of over $US40 billion in 2012. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit www.canon.com.au, www.facebook.com/canonaustralia, www.twitter.com/canonaustralia, www.youtube.com/canonaustralia

* Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Current offers from Think Tank Photo

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Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just made three announcements that I thought would interest you.

·         Free Shipping!  Yes, they’ve made it official that on all orders of $75 or more placed with Think Tank you will receive free shipping.  In addition, because you are my friend, when you click on this link you will also receive a free gift with your order!

·         $50 Rebate on the Airport 4-Sight rolling camera bagThe Airport 4-Sight, Think Tank’s first four-wheeled roller, was released to popular acclaim.  Between now and the end of April 2013, when you order one of these popular rollers you will receive $50 back!  With the Airport 4-Sight Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers. The result is the first four wheel roller designed specifically for photographers. It meets International airline carry-on standards. Weight has been dramatically reduced through innovative bag design and a strict focus on features that photographers identify as most beneficial. A lockable zipper provides security.

·         Lucky 13!  With this promotion, which runs through the end of April, every other day Think Tank will randomly pull the name of one lucky person who will win an Airport 4-Sight, a Sling-O-Matic 20, and a Change-Up multifunction belt pack.  And that’s not all, in each prize package Think Tank will be including additional surprise gifts.

 

GalleryPouch Discount Code Lets You More Cheaply Protect Your Art

The GalleryPouch, a product for protecting everything from lenses to large framed art works and works on canvas, just reached a milestone of 12,000 bags sold and shipped. They are also great to use as a mat for cushioning/protecting knees/pants/elbows, etc., or as a shoot-through diffuser when out photographing nature or people.

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There’s an article on my friend, Andrew Darlow’s blog.

The coupon code is “GPSALE”

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Photomatix Pro Coupon Code for 15% Purchase Discount

Photographers using high dynamic range (HDR) techniques to really make their digital images pop can now use a 15% discount coupon for Photomatix Pro, the special offer released today from HDRPhotographyPro.com.

HDRPhotographyPro.com have announced the release of a 15% discount coupon promotional for their visitors looking to buy the Photomatix Pro processing software to start with HDR. The code is available now to their visitors and can be used immediately for a discounted purchase of the software.

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It is not specify how long the coupon will be available and people are encouraged to act now to take advantage of the savings opportunity. Photographers interested in taking advantage of the special offer can:click here for coupon code.

“The Photomatix software is amazing. We use it regularly, we love it, we recommend it. It is a natural starting point for photographers looking to start creating high dynamic range imagery, and we are proud to be able to pass on exclusive savings,” said Kevin Pryce with HDRPhotographypro.com.

According to the website, the software is easy to use, is customizable with a number of value laden plug-ins and helps the digital photographer with:

  • Tone Mapping
  • Exposure Fusion
  • DeGhosting
  • Produce Better Results

 

The software is a key tool for professionals and enthusiasts according to Mr. Pryce, adding, it is simply the leading HDR software available. Additionally, Photomatix works in conjunction with the widely used Adobe Photoshop.

According to Mr. Pryce, the only significant alternative option HDR Efex Pro by NIK software was purchased Sep. 17 2012, by Google, which has soured the enthusiasm of many photo experts and technology enthusiasts who fear for the fate of the popular processing software since the purchase.

One big plus for their HDR software is that it can be downloaded for free so users can try it and see how powerful it can be. There is no time limitation on the free trial. The saved photos have watermarks, but the watermarks can be removed once a license is purchased.

“My goal is for more talented, creative photo enthusiasts enter the HDR community. When people see what amazing imagery can be achieved, it’s just jaw dropping.” added Mr. Pryce, adding, “My favorite feature are the 1-click presets the software provides which really helps with work flow.”

At this time, Photomatix Pro can be purchased for $99, with the addition of the exclusive 15% discount coupon offered by HDRPhotographyPro.com, entering the world of high dynamic range photography has never been easier.

About HDRPhotographyPro.com:
Visit for available discounts and coupons on the essential software and resources essential to a professional. From taking the shot to processing the image, learn how to avoid amateur mistakes and create amazing digital images like a pro.

To find out more, sign up to be notified for the pre-launch release of the 10 video HDR techniques mini-course, click here to visit: http://www.hdrphotographypro.com

DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 now supports the Canon EOS 650D,the Sony SLT-A37, and the Sony NEX-F3

300 new DxO Optics Modules added

DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious amateurs and professional photographers. This update means that DxO Optics Pro 7 now supports the Canon EOS 650D, the Sony NEX-F3 compact digital with interchangeable lenses, and the Sony SLT-A37 — thus covering the entire range of Sony digital cameras with translucent  mirrors.

Ever more new DxO Optics Modules

Since the previous version, DxO Optics Pro v7.5.3 has added more than 300 new DxO Optics Modules, of which 61 are for the Canon EOS 650D and 40 are for the Sony SLT-A37. These modules support additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, and Sony lenses for numerous Canon, Olympus, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras. As of today, the DxO Optics Modules library includes more than 7,500 available camera/lens combinations.

Availability and prices

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 7 for Mac and Windows are available for purchase in DxO Labs’ online store (www.dxo.com) and at photo resellers, at the following prices:

USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: $ 299

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: 299 €
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

BGP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: £ 269
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after September 1, 2011.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 7, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

Patty Carroll’s “Anonymous Women” Series to be Shown at The Chicago Cultural Center

Carroll’s series, Anonymous Women, features photographs of faceless figures draped in striking fabrics and textiles

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 21, 2012

Patty Carroll will be exhibiting her latest series of photographs Anonymous Women at the Chicago Cultural Center of Chicago from July 21 to September 30, 2012. The opening reception will take place on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, IL on the First Floor Michigan Ave Galleries.

Carroll’s series, Anonymous Women, features photographs of faceless figures draped in striking fabrics and textiles. Pieces from the series have previously been exhibited at Shanghai University’s renowned gallery space in the M50 district, as well as at White Box Museum in Beijing, as well as Northern Illinois University Museum. Her work is well known for her visual play on domestic objects and their relationships to women. Carroll is currently Adjunct Full Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago. She is a distinguished photographic artist with a deep interest in American popular culture, and has published and exhibited widely on American cultural topics including Elvis Impersonators, American suburban lawns, resorts at night, as well as women. Her books include: Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists, Living the Life: the World of Elvis Tribute Artists, Culture is Everywhere with Victor Margolin, and her latest book, Man Bites Dog, with renowned culinary historian, Dr. Bruce Kraig, will be published later this fall.

Patty Carroll has stated about her work: “I believe that every artist has a moment or time which became a defining point in their life view, and as we struggle to discover it, we repeat work trying to either recreate that moment, or possibly redefine it. As our inner and outer worlds collide, photography seems to be the most satisfying way of expressing that convergence.” Her latest series echoes this statement.

Regarding this series in particular, Carroll states, “Making a home, whether through physical renovation or an internal sense of comfort, remains a constant, universal issue for many women. As a woman artist, I am addressing multiple issues of domesticity; the home can be a place of comfort, a place where decoration becomes an obsession, or where a woman merges with her domestic interior to become almost invisible.” Carroll artistically plays with ideas behind home decor, providing humor, solace and dread.

About Patty Carroll
Patty Carroll received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a Master of Science degree in photography from The Institute of Design in Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Since then, Carroll has continuously taught photography at the university level, to include The Royal College of Art, London, Penn State University, the University of Michigan and IIT, where she was the Head of Photography. While working as an independent artist, Carroll has participated in numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions such as “Elvis & Marilyn: 2 X Immortal.” In addition, she curated “American Made: The New Still Life,” both of which toured throughout the United States and in Japan. Further, her retrospective titled, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” was shown at The Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England. Other one-person exhibits include “Dark and Deadly” at the Art Institute of Chicago, and “Elvis?” at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, among others. Her photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Museum of Contemporary Photography, and many private collections. More information about Carroll and her work can be found at: http://www.pattycarroll.com.

artCircles App for iPad from Art.com and Hot Studio Named App of the Week

SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — artCircles, the first iPad app released by Art.com, the world’s largest online retailer of posters, prints, and framed art, was recently named the iTunes App Store’s “App of the Week.” Conceived, designed, built, and branded in collaboration with Hot Studio, an award-winning experience design company, artCircles represents a new and highly engaging way for people to discover and interact with images hand curated from Art.com’s massive collection.

Experience lies at the heart of the free artCircles app. Designed exclusively with the iPad in mind, artCircles leverages the iPad’s high-resolution display and touchscreen capabilities to provide a unique and innately engrossing art-viewing experience. Anchored by a clever user interface (literally comprised of interrelated circles), the app enables easy discovery, discussion, and sharing. Deep social integration lets users share their favorite works of art with friends, while a Curators circle features hand selected collections from creative leaders like John Maeda and Yves Behar.
Setting goals that included thinking big and bold, the team from Hot Studio leveraged its collective experience on past award-winning apps, like Zinio’s iPad magazine reader, to help create a highly interactive, visually stunning application. Hot Studio’s visual designers, user experience architects, and technical engineers worked in lockstep throughout the process to design and build an app that fundamentally changed how people could experience Art.com’s image collection. Hot collaborated with Art.com on the app’s concept and strategy, user experience and interface design, engineering and integration, as well as the naming and visual identity.

“Congratulations to everyone at Art.com,” says Rajan Dev, Hot Studio’s President. “artCircles leverages Art.com’s great catalogue of images in a new way and we’re so happy that the app has been so well received.

Be sure to check out the app yourself, and download it from iTunes.

About Art.com, Inc.
With more than 12 million customers in 120 countries worldwide, Art.com Inc. is the world’s largest online specialty retailer of high-quality wall art. The company was founded in 1998 with one goal — to help people find the art they love so they can love their spaces more. Art.com Inc. runs three sites in the USA — Art.com, AllPosters.com and ArtistRising.com — and has a strong international presence with 25 local sites in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and South America. The company offers custom framing and specialty printing, interactive visualization tools to help people find the perfect piece of art for their space and an app for iPad called artCircles, that lets users explore art from a hand-picked selection of curated collections. Art.com, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with other facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and the Netherlands. “Art.com” and “artCircles” are trademarks of Art.com, Inc. For more information, visit www.art.com.

About Hot Studio
Envisioning, designing, and deploying innovative experiences since 1997, Hot Studio is an award-winning experience design company with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Dedicated to creating elegant solutions for complex design challenges, we collaborate with business leaders, community organizations, and emerging companies to create breakthrough products and services that have global reach and local impact. For more information visit www.hotstudio.com.

Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows

Microsoft-made hardware to be available starting with release of Windows 8 and Windows RT.

LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.

Advances in Industrial Design

Conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees, and building on the company’s 30-year history manufacturing hardware, Surface represents a unique vision for the seamless expression of entertainment and creativity. Extensive investment in industrial design and real user experience includes the following highlights:

  • Software takes center stage: Surface sports a full-sized USB port and a 16:9 aspect ratio – the industry standard for HD. It has edges angled at 22 degrees, a natural position for the PC at rest or in active use, letting the hardware fade into the background and the software stand out.
  • VaporMg: The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
  • Integrated Kickstand: The unique VaporMg approach also enables a built-in kickstand that lets you transition Surface from active use to passive consumption – watching a movie or even using the HD front- or rear-facing video cameras. The kickstand is there when needed, and disappears when not in use, with no extra weight or thickness.
  • Touch Cover: The 3 mm Touch Cover represents a step forward in human-computer interface. Using a unique pressure-sensitive technology, Touch Cover senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling you to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. It will be available in a selection of vibrant colors. Touch Cover clicks into Surface via a built-in magnetic connector, forming a natural spine like you find on a book, and works as a protective cover. You can also click in a 5 mm-thin Type Cover that adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.

An Amazing Windows Experience

Two models of Surface will be available: one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT, and one with a third-generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8 Pro. From the fast and fluid interface, to the ease of connecting you to the people, information and apps that users care about most, Surface will be a premium way to experience all that Windows has to offer. Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Store locations in the U.S. and available through select online Microsoft Stores.

Contributing to an Expanded Ecosystem

One of the strengths of Windows is its extensive ecosystem of software and hardware partners, delivering selection and choice that makes a customer’s Windows experience uniquely their own. This continues with Surface. Microsoft is delivering a unique contribution to an already strong and growing ecosystem of functional and stylish devices delivered by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to bring the experience of Windows to consumers and businesses around the globe.

Additional Product Information

Surface for Windows RT Surface for Windows 8 Pro
OS Windows RT Windows 8 Pro
Light(1) 676 g 903 g
Thin(2) 9.3 mm 13.5 mm
Clear 10.6″ ClearType HD Display 10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
Energized 31.5 W-h 42 W-h
Connected microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video,

2×2 MIMO antennae

microSDXC, USB 3.0,
Mini DisplayPort Video,
2×2 MIMO antennae
Productive Office ’15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type

Cover

Touch Cover, Type Cover,
Pen with Palm Block
Practical VaporMg Case & Stand VaporMg Case & Stand
Configurable 32 GB, 64 GB 64 GB, 128 GB
(1, 2 ) Actual size and weight of the device may vary due to configuration and manufacturing process

Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC. OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

For more information about Surface, visit www.surface.com.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Some information relates to a prerelease product, which may be substantially modified before it is commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here.

Monterey Museum of Art Exhibition Focuses On The Group f/64 Photographers

MONTEREY, Calif., June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Monterey Museum of Art is very proud to present In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography, June 16-September 30, 2012 at the MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA, 93940.

Willard Van Dyke, Boxer's Hands, circa 1933, gelatin silver print, courtesy Scott Nichols Gallery, (C) 2012 Willard Van Dyke estate. All rights reserved. (PRNewsFoto/Monterey Museum of Art)

In Sharp Focus: the Legacy of Monterey Photography will be the third in a series of major photography exhibitions organized by the Monterey Museum of Art. In Sharp Focus will examine the Group f/64 photographers—seven innovative northern California artists including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston,Imogen Cunningham, and Alma Lavenson—and their continuing legacy to the Monterey Peninsula. Turning away from the expressive, soft-focused, pictorial style of photography of the early twentieth century, these artists instead delivered realism, precision, high contrast, and intense detail without interpretive manipulation. Their approach was a modernist departure of its time, which revealed the natural world as never before and transformed American photography. Complementing these legendary artists will be works by Wynn Bullock (1902-1975) and by others including Al Weber, John Sexton, Martha Casanave, Bob Kolbrener who are perpetuating the legacy by capturing the magical and evocative subjects of the Montereyregion and beyond.

The success of previous exhibitions—Ansel Adams: Portrait of America (2010) and Edward Weston: American Photographer (2011)—have solidly positioned the Monterey Museum of Art as a leading authority on the history of twentieth century California photography. In Sharp Focus: the Legacy of Monterey Photography will build on this critical and popular acclaim.

Enhancing the exhibition will be educational programs and activities for adults, families and children including: docent-led tours, scholarly lectures, and the Museum’s popular Family Day with free admission and art activities for all ages.

Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm, Sunday, 1-4 pm. For more information visitwww.montereyart.org or call 831.372.5477.