Review: Lowepro Event Messenger 150

It’s not very often when a product really surprises me. When it comes to my daily photography I usually carry my gear in a backpack like the Crumpler Customary Barge or a Tarmac evolution 8. Sometimes these bags get in the way as they can be somewhat bulky, especially at events. When I got my hands on the properly named Event Messenger 150, I knew my problem was solved.  After using the bag for a while I’ve become really comfortable with it. Continue reading…

Review: Incase DSLR Pro Sling Pack

Incase, a company primarily known for making iPhone and iPad cases, has rapidly gained popularity thanks to their unique design and their attention to detail. Their bags, which cater primarily to users of Apple laptops and tablets, are often regarded as some of the best out there. Now Incase is venturing into the world of camera bags, and I’ve spent some time with their flagship offering, the DSLR Pro Sling Pack.

Continue reading…

Review: Opteka Excursion C500 Bag

When I bought my Fuji X100, I found that I needed a smaller bag to carry around while doing street photography. I’ve discussed my main bag on this site before, the Tamrac Rally 5, which is great for when I’m hauling around my entire Nikon D7000 kit along with my Fuji X100, my iPad 2, and more, but is a little big for the X100 alone. The Opteka Excursion C500 was recommend to me by a friend, and it seems to be the perfect solution for me.

Continue reading…

Adobe Announces Photoshop Touch for the Apple iPad

At Mobile World Congress, Adobe launched Photoshop Touch for the iPad. The app was previously available for Android for quite a while because we Android users belong to a superior race of photographers. This morning, I got the press release about it and we put in a request for a review copy. According to The Verge, the app was pulled from the iTunes store because Adobe felt it wasn’t done. However, my buddies over at Geek.com had some hands-on experience with the app.

And according to them, the app is feature-heavy and powerful enough to be a legit photo editing app. Press release and demo video after the jump.

Continue reading…

How To Not Suck at Retouching

Professional retouching is a closely guarded industry secret but the most important part of it is not that difficult to learn and you probably already have most of the things you need to do it. A properly retouched photo gives that finished magazine look to an already great photo and can salvage an otherwise unacceptable one.

Continue reading…

Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 8)

The Nikon D3100 takes great pictures but let us not forget it shoots video also. On this entry level DSLR, we get HD Video. The Nikon D3100creates 1080p video and gives decent results under ideal settings. It makes 1,920 x 1080 (Full HD) 24p (23.976fps) files by default. The camera also shoots in frames sizes down to 40 x 424 (SD) 24p (23.976fps) All modes give a maximum recording time of 10 minutes.

Continue reading…

Eye-Fi’s Direct Mode Allows For Uploading Photos to Your Phones

For those who like to share their images in a quick and easy way, Eye-Fi is a familiar name. They have announced their new product, Eye-Fi’s Direct Mode. This product allows user to, wirelessly, connect their camera to smartphones for instant connectivity. We’re currently working on reviewing the X2 cards and are really liking them. Hit the jump for more of the news from CES 2011.

Continue reading…

Review: The Apple Magic Trackpad For Photographers

With the Apple Magic Trackpad, finger painting comes to Adobe Photoshop. The Apple Magic Trackpad is an interesting new Apple product that arrived recently with relatively little fanfare. Compared to more press grabbing new toys like the snazzy new iPod Nano or the fascinating iPad, the trackpad flew in under the radar, and it’s too bad, because it’s an innovative and interesting tool for digital photographers, and an affordable one at that. I’ve had one on my desk for a couple weeks and have grown to love it. Continue reading…

Do You Want a 14MP Camera Phone?

GSMArena via Android Community reported on a new Android cameraphone, the Altek Leo, that is more camera than it seems to be phone. The phone is complete with a 3x optical zoom, 14MP CCD sensor, HD video recording, Xenon flash, and running the Android operating system. There is also Wifi, 3G, and a Micro SD card slot. But all his begs the question: would you want a 14MP sensor in your phone? If so, why would you want that vs the 5MP RAW sensor we blogged about earlier? Let alone the Android operating system does have some good photography apps but not the greatest. This was further shown in our tablet coverage when we ranked the Dell Mini 5. While optical zoom is much better than digital zoom, do you think that phones will ever get to the point where they will slap a nice prime lens on instead of offering a zoom function? And with technology moving faster each day there is only a matter of time until phones become modular and we will be able to switch out processors, RAM, and graphics chips the way we can with out computers. In that case, perhaps we may be able to switch out camera sensors as well.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Apple Postpones Launch Of iPad Internationally By One Month

For photographers that still want to get their iPad, know that Apple is putting you first over international orders. According to an Apple media release today, Apple is delaying the international launch of the iPad due to the excessive demand of the product. That means that people outside of the US can expect to see it at the end of May. Before you make the purchase, take a look at how it could possibly help you. Here’s the release:

April 14, 2010

Apple Media Advisory

Apple today released the following statement:

Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad™. We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

Faced with this surprisingly strong US demand, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the international launch of iPad by one month, until the end of May. We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.

Press Contacts:
Natalie Harrison
Apple
harri@apple.com

(408) 862-0565

Natalie Kerris
Apple
nat@apple.com
(408) 974-6877

The Facelift to The Phoblographer is Coming Tonight

Hey everyone, just letting you all know that the Phoblographer is getting a minor facelift tonight. The new look will accommodate to enable faster load times on mobile devices, slower internet connections, and the Apple Tablet. All this is being done while still delivering the superb image quality that we strive for here at the Phoblographer. The new look will also enable us to show readers who wrote each article. Currently, the staff consists of myself (Chris Gampat) and Vincent Pastore.

I’d also like to remind you all that we are now available at ThePhoblographer.com and to please update your RSS feeds as well.

Thanks.

The Apple iPad & The Blind Photographer

Tim O’Brien of Blind Photographers weighed in on the Apple iPad the other day and made a good argument for it being of great use to the visually impaired photographer. What he essentially says in the posting is how he finds it difficult to use a camera’s LCD screen sometimes to preview his photos. He says the Apple iPad would be a great solution to this as one would be able to get immediate feedback from his/her photography and be able to share it with others. He mentions an obstacle though, and this is an obstacle that a lot of photographers saw with the release of the iPad and that is that there are no ports on the side of the device. However as Tim points out though according to the Apple iPad Spec Page there is a USB kit for camera connection solving this issue.

Continue reading…

Advantages of Using a Gaming Mouse For Photo Editing

A gaming mouse should be considered by photo editors that would like something more versatile than a tablet, an Apple mouse, or a laptop’s touchpad. There are many advantages to editing your photos with a gaming mouse that include programmable buttons, adjustable DPI, adjustable weights, ergonomics, etc. I’ve been using the Logitech G5 for about two years now to do the bulk of my photo editing and there are many reasons why you should consider one as a viable alternative. More after the jump.

Continue reading…