There is a complete list of deals after the jump, but also be sure to check out our Mother’s Day roundup of gifts.
Mothers Day is right around the corner. Do you know what you’re getting your mom? There are lots of deals and promotions currently in place to help you take advantage of the purchasing season. Here’s a bunch of them.
Photojojo is arguably the gatekeeper of all that is fun in the photo world. And by holding true to that tradition, the company is today announcing their brand new Pocket Spotlight. As you can see, it is an LED light panel that mounts into the headphone jack of your phone to illuminate your subject. They’re specifically targeting it at iPhoneographers in the language specifically citing how flash can be too harsh.
Funny enough, LED panels are more used in the video world–such as the TorchLED from Switronix.
Everything you own now needs to be connected–even your tough cameras. That’s only part of what Fujifilm is announcing today. The new XP200 is a waterproof and shockproof camera that sports WiFi because you’re bound to be diving down 50 feet below and then suddenly say to yourself, “You know, I want to upload a picture now.” all the while you’re trying to swim away from a shark.
The company is also announcing their S8400W camera, which is a superzoom with 44x optical zoom and WiFi built in as well. Now that one just seems a bit more cool. Come on, you know that you’re totally going to be taking photos of an awesome scene across the river and then upload it directly to Face-Twit-Gram for all your friends to be jealous of. Right?
More specs and details are after the jump.
Ever heard of Toddy Gear? Don’t worry, we haven’t either–but today they’re announcing their latest line of smart clothes used for cleaning phones, screens and other shiny thingers because we all have loads of them in our lives thanks to Steve Jobs. The new Toddography line is targeted at people who love to wear their love of photography and cameras in the pants–with the new cloth designs that is. These designer microfiber cloths are meant to tackle dirt, dust and smudges from iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, tablets, even eyeglasses or camera lenses. Plus they have an antimicrobial coating and are machine washable if you’re a germophobe.
Just remember that Nikon recommends to not get your halitosis on your lenses.
Photoshop Express has always been popular in the photography world with those that prefer a mobile lifestyle, but today the company is announcing Photoshop Touch–a brand new app (previously only available on tablets) optimized for both iPhones and Android phones at Mobile World Congress. For iOS devices, the app requires iOS 5, iPhone 4S and iPod Touch 5th generation; Android phones must run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later.
Amongst the feature list:
• The ability to enhance images using popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, filters, tonal and color adjustments
• Users can apply effects and add graphical text
• Edit images as large as 12 megapixels with layers. The smaller the image size, the more layers that can be applied.
• Scribble Selection feature lets you combine images and refine your selection with the Refine Edge tool
• Automatic sync of images to Adobe Creative Cloud with free 2GB of storage.
Adobe Photoshop Touch can be downloaded in the Apple App Store and Google Play for a cool $4.99. The company also states that it will soon be arriving at the Samsung app store.
Not too long ago our Editor in Chief purchased and reviewed an iPad mini from the photographer’s perspective. I have been a long time iPad owner and have known / used it for the strengths it has when out in the field or on location. The iPad is great but as we all know it has so many serious limitations. I recently bought the new Samsung Chromebook with the hope that it fills the gaps the iPad left behind.
How is the Chromebook supposed to help me where the iPad cannot? Isn’t it just a web browser? A lot of assumptions are made about this little guy, but let me tell you that it is more than capable. Now, I am going to explain why this is a better companion.
Despite the fact that most readers of this site come in via tablets and Safari, you might want to consider using Chrome on your computer. IF you’re a metadata enthusiast (notice how I said enthusiast and not full on nerd) then Chrome’s new extension to let you view the histogram of an image might be tempting. Once installed, all that you have to do is right click the image and click on, “Toggle Histogram.” Then after looking at all those photos of Ansel Adams, you can finally say that you can shoot photos with more even histograms and even more data across the range.
Chrome users can download it here from their Web Store. Then head over to DPReview and use it on all their images. But before you even start to do that, you should read up on histograms in our guide. We’ve got part 1 and 2 done, but not part 3 yet.
The holiday season is upon us and one thing that every photographer needs (yourself included) is a solid camera bag. One that will withstand the abuse of daily life, be comfortable to carry when loaded with equipment, and most importantly, one that is stylish, yet understated and discreet to keep your gear safe while traveling. Our regular readers know that we are fans of Think Tank Photo’s products as they are quite often the best option in their respective categories. To make things even better they are offering free shipping on orders from now until December 31st, and on top of this, when you order through us, anything over $50 is going to get you a freebie from Think Tank as well.
Definitely take some time to browse through their extensive product list here, but in the meantime these are some of my recommendations from some of their various categories of products.
Good news for all Adobe Creative Cloud users: Lightroom 4, the popular and successful RAW developer and workflow solution is now included in the subscription-based software package. Adobe Creative Cloud now comprises a number of Adobe’s most popular softwares, such as Photoshop CS6, Premiere Pro and Acrobat. Other features of Adobe Creative Cloud are:
- Integration with Adobe Touch Apps, headlined by Photoshop Touch, that allow users to create on a variety of tablets and further refine on the desktop
- 20GB of space and the ability to store and share content across desktop, mobile devices and the cloud
- Create stunning websites without writing code using Adobe Muse software and the option to host and manage up to five sites using Adobe Business Catalyst
- Use Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition (coming soon) to deliver stunning digital publications to the iPad
- Access to application upgrades before they are launched as part of a major update, as well as new products and services, as they emerge
Adobe Creative Cloud membership starts at US-$ 49.99 per month and gives you access to all of the softwares mentioned above. A full list of all softwares included in the package can be found on Adobe.com. Adobe Lightroom 4, which we reviewed a while ago, can be purchased separately for US-$ 149. Be sure to also read our review of Lightroom 4.
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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.
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.
A show of hands out there: who think that pen tablets are for people who know how to draw? Go ahead, it’s okay, don’t be shy. I was in the same boat as you toward the beginning of these year. I began thinking about how it might possibly help my editing, so I started watching some videos online of them in use.
Don’t get me wrong, if you are able to draw, you can do some amazing things with a pen tablet. If you need proof, just do a quick search on YouTube. Now I, on the other hand, can’t draw at all. Get this; I took a class in school that was called, no joke, “I can’t draw but I wish I could”. It didn’t help me much. So why would I purchase a pen tablet? Click on through and I’ll tell you.
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…
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.
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.
Today, Wacom announced their new Cintiq 21UX tablet for photo editing. New features of the tablet include enhanced pen performance and new ergonomics designed to provide an intuitive and “natural-feeling pen-on-screen” workflow in addition to a black-scheme look to it. It will come at a pricey $1999 in the United States when it ships in late March/early April. Also included are the bundled software and a pen stand. It should work well with Photoshop and the other editing programs I’ve written about previously. More details in the four-page press release which can be downloaded here in PDF format (New Cintiq 21UX March 1 2010 Final for Distribution) More pictures after the jump. Also check out our coverage on Tablets.
Vincent talked about tablet PCs for photo editing, but we’ve received questions for them in regards to editing videos as well. With the prime options for the category being available and debatable right now, it’s time we take a look into the possibility of using them for video editing while at an event, covering a story abroad, etc. Some are better than others, but it all makes sense in the end.