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Published on May 11, 2016 by in Portraits


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Corel AfterShot Pro 3 launches with new touchup tool, recovery algorithm

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

Corel has launched AfterShot Pro 3, the latest version of its photo editing software. The newest version brings several added features and updates, including a Lens Correction Development Kit for creating custom lens corrections, an in-app plugin manager, and a few new and improved tools for touching up photos.

AfterShot Pro 3 is equipped with a completely new Highlight Recovery algorithm, and as such Corel claims the Highlight Recovery Range slider can pull more tones and details from overexposed Raw photos. Joining the new algorithm is the addition of ‘comprehensive watermarking,’ including the ability to watermark in batches, rotate the watermark’s angle, adjust its size, and alter its transparency. 

Another new editing tool is Blemish Removal & Correction, which aims to eliminate the need to use a separate app like Photoshop to remove blemishes and perform other touchups and small corrections. Photo presets can also be applied via the new in-app preset library; both premium and free presets are offered.

Finally, AfterShot Pro 3 features a new modular delivery system for providing updated and new Raw profiles more quickly than the previous software version. With this, new camera profiles are available to download in-app as soon as they’re released by the company’s development team.

Corel AfterShot Pro 3 is available in English, German and Japanese through the product's website; Windows, Mac and Linux are supported. The price for new customers is $79.99 USD/CAD, while existing customers can upgrade to the newest version for $59.99 USD/CAD.

Via: MarketWired

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US journalist wins Anja Niedringhaus Award for Sudan conflict series

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

The Anja Niedringhaus award for Courage in Photojournalism has gone to Kenya-based photographer Adriane Ohanesian for her ongoing coverage of the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan and their impact on the civilian population. The award was made by the International Women’s Media Foundation and is given for the second year in memory of Anja Niedringhaus, a photographer who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. The award is given in recognition of courage and dedication while bringing ‘vital stories from countries and communities around the world through pictures.’

This year’s winner is an American photographer who has based herself in Kenya, from where she covers the wars in neighboring South Sudan and Sudan, as well as in Somalia and Burundi. Her pictures focus on the soldiers as much as on the civilians who get caught up in the conflicts who are often displaced and injured. Honorable mentions went to Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein, also Americans, for their work covering crisis around the world.

There will be an awards ceremony in Washington, hosted by the German ambassador, in June. The winner will receive a $20,000 prize, to help support future work, from a fund set-up with a $1M donation from the Howard G Buffett Foundation.

For more information on the awards and the winners, and to see more of the winning photographs, visit the IWMF website.

Press release:

IWMF Names Adriane Ohanesian Winner of the Second Annual Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein Receive Honorable Mentions
May 10, 2016 – Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is pleased to announce Adriane Ohanesian as the winner of the 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The award recognizes the exemplary work of women photojournalists who overcome extraordinary challenges to bring us images of pressing global issues.

Now in its second year, the award was created through a generous grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to pay tribute to the strength and dedication of Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was tragically killed while reporting in Afghanistan in 2014. Niedringhaus received the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005.

Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein received honorable mentions for the 2016 award. All three women will be recognized at a reception in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s Award honorees, who are a credit to their profession and to Anja’s legacy,” said IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. “These remarkable and brave women are revealing difficult truths around the world through their pictures, and the Niedringhaus Award celebrates that service.”

Ohanesian is a freelance photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has been reporting primarily in Africa since 2010 and has documented the civil war in South Sudan, the border demarcation between Sudan and South Sudan, the fighting in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, and most recently the conflict in Darfur. Her photographs have been published by Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and TIME.

 “At the end of the day it’s not about me; it’s about the lives of the people in the pictures,” Ohanesian said. “My photographs document what I’ve seen in isolated areas of the world. I hope the people I photograph feel that these photos communicate their circumstances to the outside world. It takes a massive amount of trust on the part of my subjects to know that I’m accurately representing them and their story.”

The Award jury, comprised of leading photo editors from The Associated Press, The New York Times, and VII Photo, gave Ohanesian the top prize for her “evocative images and tenacious dedication to documenting the effects of conflict on citizens in perilous regions.” They continued, “her perceptive, compassionate eye offers an extraordinarily personal glimpse into places the global community may not otherwise see.” The Anja Niedringhaus Award winner receives a $20,000 prize to support her ongoing work thanks to the support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Honorable mention London-based Lynsey Addario, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 as part of a team at the New York Times and has covered the Syrian crisis for the past four years, was recognized by the jury for her portfolio of powerful images documenting humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, the Philippines, South Sudan, Uganda, and Ukraine. Bangkok-based veteran Paula Bronstein, whose accolades include a World Press Photo award and Pulitzer nomination, was acknowledged with an honorable mention for her coverage of refugees, natural disasters, and political protests in Thailand, Afghanistan, Greece, Hong Kong, and Nepal.

This year’s Anja Niedringhaus Award event and reception will be hosted by German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig at the German Embassy and residence. The event program will feature leading international journalists, including Ann Curry, Katty Kay, Ines Pohl, and Judy Woodruff.

For more information about the IWMF, follow us on social media (@IWMF on Twitter, @IWMFpage on Facebook, @TheIWMF on Instagram). Follow awardees on Instagram: Adriane Ohanesian @adrianeohanesian, Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario, and Paula Bronstein @pbbphoto.

About the IWMF:
The IWMF is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. Since 1990, we have celebrated the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. Through our programs and grants we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.

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Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

Instagram has today announced a major makeover of its app and branding. The app continues to function in exactly the same way as before, but you'll find a brand new app icon on your phone's home screen. Inside, the app now comes with a completely monochrome user interface, putting as much emphasis as possible on you and your contacts' images. Instagram had the following to say about the changes:

'The Instagram community has evolved over the past five years from a place to share filtered photos to so much more — a global community of interests sharing more than 80 million photos and videos every day. Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become.'

The new logo only retains a very distant similarity to the app's original logo that was based on the design of the Polaroid Land camera, moving instead toward a more abstract look. In line with Instagram's main app the logos of the company's other creative apps, Layout, Hyperlapse and Boomerang, have been redesigned as well, following the same style cues. The updated apps are now available on Google Play and in the Apple App Store respectively. Head over to the Instagram Blog to watch a video that explains the thought process behind the logo revamp.

Source: Instagram Blog

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Heavenly bodies: Nikon D810 & D810A field test

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, photographer and educator. Driven by a passion to show and explain our universe, José Fransisco’s work has taken him all over the world, even as his camera lens is aimed far beyond our atmosphere. José Fransisco joined us when we took Nikon’s D810 and D810A down to southern California recently, to capture the stunning desert vistas - and night skies - of the landscapes near Death Valley. 

The D810 is Nikon's highest-resolution DSLR, and the D810A is a specialized version specifically designed for astrophotography. As well as a higher base ISO sensitivity, the D810A's sensor is modified to capture the specific wavelengths of the light transmitted by distant nebulae. Watch our video to see how José - and the D810A - performed.

Waiting for the D810 full review? We're pleased to tell you that it's being readied for publication! For now we hope you enjoy watching this field test, with José Francisco Salgado.

If you want to learn more about astrophotography make sure to visit our Astrophotography Talk forum.

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Instagram’s New Look Puts More Focus On The Photos

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News
Instagram Redesign

A new logo and a flat interface make up the Instagram redesign

Instagram has gotten a visual overhaul including a flat, monocolored interface and a loud new logo…
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New Gear: Canon 600EX II-RT Speedlite Flash

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News
Canon 600EX II-RT Speedlite Flash With Radio Trigger Built-IN

Canon's flagship flash gets faster, new accessories

The latest radio-enabled flagship flash from Canon has faster recycling times and new accessories…
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New Gear: Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS Macro Lens With Built-In Macro Ring Light

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News
Canon 28mm f/3.5 IS Macro Lens

A clever design for Canon's M-series macro lens

The Canon 28mm f/3.5L IS Macro lens has a built-in ring light around the front element…
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Canon PowerShot SX620 HS brings 25x optical zoom to pocketable form

Published on May 10, 2016 by in News

Canon has announced a refresh to its compact superzoom lineup in the form of the PowerShot SX620 HS. It offers a 25x optical zoom covering an equivalent 25-625mm range, outdoing the 25-450mm equiv. range of its SX610 predecessor. The SX620 maintains a 20.2MP sensor, 3" 922k-dot LCD, Intelligent image stabilization and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC.

The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS will be offered in your choice of black, red or silver for $279.99 and will be available later this month.

Press release:


Latest Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Provides Impressive Image Quality and Zoom Range in a Compact Size 

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced today the new Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera - ideal for individuals looking for a convenient, easy-to-carry compact digital camera capable of producing high-quality photos and videos. This new camera boasts a 20.2 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and a powerful 25X Optical Zoom lens (25-625mm equivalent) in a form factor that will easily fit in a pocket or purse, making it an ideal camera for those passionate about photography to capture gorgeous imagery no matter where they are. 

The camera’s built-in wireless capabilities make it convenient to share images and videos on the go, and its powerful 25X optical zoom lens makes it ideal for those wanting to zoom in and out of the action. The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera is a great companion for those looking to visually document their daily adventures and easily share their experiences as they explore new places and do new things. 

As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX610 HS digital compact camera, the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera also features:

  • An Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) that helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a variety of shooting conditions
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®** and Near Field Communication (NFC™)***  to allow for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos to a personal computer or other compatible devices such as the Canon Connect Station CS 100
  • 20.2 megapixel* CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality, even in low light
  • The ability to capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video
  • Large 3.0-inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD to allow for easy viewing, even from a wide angle
  • Hybrid Auto mode that allows for recording up to four seconds of video before each image that is captured, then automatically combines each clip and still into a quick video recap of the day
  • Smart AUTO mode which intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on pre-defined shooting situations to help create the best possible image
  • Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create unique images with an artistic flair
  • An Auto Zoom feature that, when enabled, makes the camera automatically zoom in on subjects and help keep them in focus

Canon’s PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera, available in black, red and silver, is scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $279.991

1 Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice.  Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

* Image processing may cause a decrease in the number of pixels.

** Compatible with iOS® versions 7.1/8.4/9.0, Android™ smartphone and tablet versions  4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.  Data charges may apply with the download of the free Canon Camera Connect app. This app helps enable you to upload images to social media services. Please note that image files may contain personally identifiable information that may implicate privacy laws. Canon disclaims and has no responsibility for your use of such images. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this app.

*** Compatible with Android smartphone and tablet versions 4.0/4.1/4.2/4.3/4.4/5.0/5.1.

Canon PowerShot SX620 HS specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Max resolution5184 x 3888
Other resolutions4:3 (5184 x 3888, 3648 x 2736, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 16:9 (5184 x 2912, 3648 x 2048, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360), 3:2 (5184 x 3456, 3648 x 2432, 2048 x 1368, 640 x 424), 1:1 (3888 x 3888, 2736 x 2736, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 4+
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 80-3200
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Image stabilization notesIntelligent IS
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsSuperfine, fine
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–625 mm
Optical zoom25×
Maximum apertureF3.2–6.6
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4X)
Manual focusYes
Normal focus range5 cm (1.97)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots922,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Hybrid Auto
  • Creative Shot
  • Scene
  • Program
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Smile
  • Wink Self-timer
  • Face Self-timer
  • High-speed Burst
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Low Light
  • Fireworks
  • Long Shutter
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.00 m (with Auto ISO)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, on, slow synchro, off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive2.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionNB-13L lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)295
Weight (inc. batteries)182 g (0.40 lb / 6.42 oz)
Dimensions97 x 57 x 28 mm (3.81 x 2.24 x 1.1)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
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