The Week In Photography 14th October 2012

Here’s what has caught my attention over the past two weeks (last weekend was crazy 🙂 about photography and related areas of digital art, etc:

Is this shopped? Truth, lies, and art before and after Photoshop | The Verge

The Milky Way above a ghostly sea of cloud: The amazing shots taken by an amateur photographer who trekked to the top of a mountain to get them!traps/id/93fd3b2c-5a32-43fd-b76e-3fdadfb217b0/articles/6BJEclamv002q6RDqyRj

LaCie Launches Thunderbolt SATA III SSD ‘Little Big Disk’ with Up to 635MB/s Read

Pogo Connect: The best pressure-sensitive Bluetooth 4 stylus yet

Kirsty Wiseman: DIY Beauty Dish – for £1

Third-Party Thunderbolt Docking Stations Remain Vaporware as Shipping Dates Pushed Back

High-Speed Photography Turns Water Droplets Into Liquid Sculptures | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

The Rule Of Thirds vs The Golden Ratio And Why Should You Care

ioShutter Lets You Trigger a Camera From your iPhone

ioShutter, made by Enlight Photo, is a combination free App for iPhone and a special cable that connects the iPhone to the shutter control port on a camera.

The free app gives you the following features:

  • 20 and 60 second timers
  • Bulb offers 60, 90 and 120 second exposures
  • Timelapse offers three options for timelapse shooting
  • You can use shake or sound to activate any of the above functions

The US$9.99 PRO version of the app offers full programability for exposure times, timelapse settings, sound trigger noise level and duration and more.

The cables come in different models to suit different cameras.

Camera Compatibility – model E3

Canon G10, G11, G12, 60D, 1000D, 1100D, 600D, 100D, 550D, 500D, 450D, 400D, 350D, 300D, EOS Digital Rebel series, Kiss F, X5, X4, X3, X50, XS, Elan II/ IIE, Elan 7/7E, Rebel Ti, T1i, T2i, Pentax K5, K7, Super, K100D, D110D, *ist Ds2, +ist D, +ist Ds, *ist, *ist DL, Samsung GX-20, GX-10, GX-1L, GX-1S, Hasselblad H1, H2, H3, H4, Contax 645 (dependent on your back)

Camera Compatibility – model N3

Canon 5D Mark II, 5D, 7D, EOS 1D X, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds MARK II, EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D MARK II, EOS-1D MARK IIn, EOS-1D, EOS 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, EOS D30, D60, EOS 3 and EOS 1V.

A Nikon cable is coming soon.

Enlight Photo was founded by New Zealand photographer James Madelin.

We hope to review the whole system when the cable and PRO apps are available.


Engrave Photographs on Metal

The following product announcement seems to offer some interesting potential to photographers and artists:

Roland DGA Corp. has introduced the MPX-90 desktop impact printer, an easy-to-use personalization device for jewelry, gift items and accessories.

Based on the Roland Photo Marking System (RPMS), the MPX-90 uses a durable diamond-tipped stylus to imprint hard surfaces including stainless steel, titanium, iron, gold, silver, copper, platinum, brass, aluminum, nickel and acrylic. This innovative system produces flawless photographs, vector images and fonts up to 529 dpi. The MPX-90 features a maximum printing area of 3.1” x 3.1” and imprints items as large as 3.9” x 7.9” x 1.5” with the cover closed. Users can also insert items of virtually any length when the cover is open. Additional features include automatic surface detection, a center vise, USB connectivity and a user-replaceable print head cartridge.

The MPX-90 is designed for jewelers, engravers, retailers, gift shops, kiosks and any business specializing in personalization. In addition to flat items such as pendants, dog tags and key chains, the MPX-90 adds text, graphics and photographs to curved objects including pens, cuff links and money clips. Quiet and compact, the MPX-90 leaves no residue behind, making it ideal for retail environments.

Design and Engraving Software Included

The MPX-90 comes with Metaza Studio photo editing software, which imports data files in AI, EPS, JPEG or BMP format and accepts data from digital cameras and compatible scanners. Users can add text, frames and borders, remove backgrounds, and rotate text and images. In addition, it supports vector designs which allows for faster, more precise production of text and line art.

The MPX-90 also includes Dr. Engrave, easy-to-use engraving software that inputs various types of text and bitmap images and supports industry standard True Type fonts. The software also comes with a built-in single stroke font editor (SFEdit) to convert any Windows True Type font into a stroke font that improves engraving speeds and allows the user to engrave smaller text without any type of overlap or bleed. Dr. Engrave supports variable data printing using .CSV or .TXT files imported into a template.

The MPX-90 is priced at $4,495 and available from authorized Roland dealers. For more information, please call 800-542-2307 or visit