Up to £200 off a new Samsung camera with trade-in promo


Up to £200 off a new Samsung camera with trade-in promo

Posted on 1 Apr 2014 at 12:39, by Seth Barton

The sun is out and so you might be thinking about buying a new camera. Manufacturers know this, which means a raft of trade-in and cashback deals are heading our way. First out of the gate is Samsung, which is offering up to £200 off a range of digital cameras and lenses when you trade in a working digital camera.

You can trade in any old camera, and get some money back from your purchase, as long as you buy your new Samsung camera from a participating retailer – so no dubious imports. They send out an envelope for you to send off you old camera in, so it’s pretty much just a variant on cashback.

The list of cameras which you can get money off is pretty slim, basically the latest models, plus the current Android-powered devices. Top of the list is undoubtedly the excellent Samsung NX300, which we reviewed at £600 last May and is now available for £425 from Amazon. You get £100 off this through the trade-in offer, so the camera and kit lens costs just £325.

The Samsung NX30 has £200 off it, and we’ll have our full review up later today.

We’re less keen on Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy cameras. The Samsung Galaxy NX has £200 off, but with a kit retail price of over £1,000 it’s hard to recommmend still. The Galaxy Camera 2 is also an interesting device, but again too expensive for our liking at £400, reduced to £300 with this deal.

A better bet for current NX camera owners is between £50 and £200 off lenses. So if you’ve had your eyes on some new glass for a while, now is a good time to buy.

For full details of the offer, head over to http://www.samsung.com/uk/offer/camera-cashback. John Lewis is already listing the offers on its site, other retailers are yet to be confirmed to us, though it looks like most major retailers (not eBay or Amazon MarketPlace) are covered.

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Codex announce workflow solution for Phantom Flex4K Camera



Codex is working with Vision Research to provide a robust workflow for Phantom Flex4K camera

March 31, 2014 —

DMN Newswire–2014-3-31–Codex, the industry leader in RAW recording and workflow, is working with Vision Research to provide a robust and powerful workflow for the Phantom Flex4K camera. Already widely used around the world with many different cameras, Codex Vault is a mobile workflow device that supports the rapid transfer of the digital camera originals from the Phantom for review, post production and archiving.

Vault is a modular system that enables the playback of 4K material to a 4K monitor for review, QC and basic colour grading, as well as providing fast, reliable transfers to internal storage, metadata management and archiving to LTO tape. Powerful GPU-based processing facilitates fast but extremely high quality transcoding to h.264, Apple ProRes 4444, Avid DNxHD 444 and uncompressed RGB formats.

“We are excited to offer a workflow solution for the Phantom Flex4K camera. It continues the vision that we have for Vault ? supporting the multitude of different cameras that are available today with the reliable, streamlined workflows that our customers have come to rely on from Codex,” said Marc Dando, managing director of Codex, “our industry needs secure, robust workflows that are common across camera formats and this is another step in that direction.”

Click “The incorporation of Phantom CINE files into the Codex media management environment will make the Flex4K camera more accessible,” emphasises Moe Shore of AbelCine, the exclusive reseller of Phantom in North America, and a reseller for Codex. ?Codex has it right in offering a common workflow platform to a multitude of camera sources. Filmmakers want choice without restrictions.”

Codex Vault has been used on many projects around the world including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fast and Furious 7, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Fault in Our Stars.

Vision Research is a leading manufacturer of high-speed digital imaging systems that are indispensible across a wide variety of applications including defence, automotive, engineering, science, medical research, industrial manufacturing, packaging, sports broadcast, TV production, and digital cinematography. The Wayne, N.J.-based company designs and manufactures the most comprehensive range of digital high-speed cameras available today, all of which deliver unsurpassed light-sensitivity, image resolution, acquisition speed and image quality. Over the course of its 60+ year history, Vision Research has earned numerous awards in recognition of its innovations in high-speed digital camera technology and sensor design, including a technical Emmy and an Academy Award®. Vision Research digital high-speed cameras add a new dimension to the sense of sight, allowing the user to see details of an event when it?s too fast to see, and too important not to?. For additional information regarding Vision Research, please visit www.visionresearch.com. Vision Research is a business unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electro-mechanical devices.

Codex high-performance digital workflow tools are employed by independent and Hollywood motion pictures, high-end TV and commercials productions shooting worldwide. Designed for filmmakers by filmmakers, the company’s renowned product portfolio includes easy-to-use recorders and media processing systems that streamline the transfer of digital files and images from camera through to post production. They also include leading-edge tools for colour, dailies creation, archiving, review and digital asset management. Codex is a privately-held company, headquartered in London, UK, with offices in Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, Beijing, and Wellington, plus sales partners worldwide. Codex research and development continues to raise the bar for digital productions, combining the latest electronics and industrial design with trailblazing toolsets and capabilities for media and entertainment creation.

For more information please visit www.codexdigital.com


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New CMOS-based medium format aerial camera

The Phase One iXU 150 camera

Danish manufacturer and provider of medium format aerial digital photography equipment and software solutions, Phase One Industrial, has announced the Phase One iXU 150, which it claims is the first CMOS-based – and the world’s smallest and lightest – digital medium format aerial camera.

The camera’s 50 MP CMOS sensor offers 8280 pixels cross- track coverage, which is 68 percent more capture area than the sensor in any full- frame 35mm DSLR. Quality captures are now possible across its full range from ISO 100 to 6400, at a capture rate of 0.8 second per frame. The magnesium chassis is 30 percent lighter than an aluminum design, but built to be a tough workhorse, able to withstand the challenging physical conditions of aerial photography.

Dov Kalinski, General Manager of Phase One Industrial said, “We are pleased that with the release of the Phase One iXU 150, our clients will now have a small and light camera perfectly suited for UAV integration, mapping and multiple camera configurations for oblique or wide coverage with synchronized shutter release.”

The camera uses the central leaf shutters built into the wide range of compatible Schneider-Kreuznach lenses (28 mm, 55 mm, 80 mm, 110 mm, 150 mm and 240 mm). The camera is easily integrated into new or existing setups with its USB 3.0 connectivity for storage and control, and direct serial communication to GPS/IMU systems.

The Phase One iXU 150 will be available from authorized Phase One Industrial representative in either visible light or Near-IR configurations. The camera will start shipping in July. The Phase One iXU 150 has a list price of 30.000 EUR / 40,000 USD.

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Senior Center University offers Photography & Digital Imaging

This month the Highland Senior Center would like to shine the light on one of their newest classes: Photography & Digital Imaging. The class is taught by Ricardo Tomboc, a San Bernardino Police Department Forensics Specialist, who apart from taking pictures for a living, teaches the class for the San Bernardino Adult Education program as well.


The class is on vacation, but will start up again after the new year. The sessions are eight weeks long, on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class fee is $25 for seniors and non-seniors alike. The class is more for commercial photographers, or those wishing to learn to become commercial photographers. He will bring in models, and focus on composition. However, the class will also cover basic photographic principles and digital operations. If you don’t have a camera or are unsure which to buy, there will be some film SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras available as loaners, until you know what you are looking for. You can leave your Brownies at home.

You will also learn the ins and outs of digital photography. Student’s are responsible for the purchase and processing of any film. Whatever camera you do decide to bring, make sure it has manual adjustments or is an SLR.

Come by and register or call the Highland Senior Center at (909) 862-8104 for more information.

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Food Photography Tips |4| – Home – edible perspective

Food Photography Tips |4|

If you’re tired of the current surfaces you photograph on try changing things up by using old, worn-in baking pans. The older the better! If you don’t have any weathered looking pans they are a cinch to find at thrift stores and antique shops [and usually just a few bucks!]

They can give your photos a vintage feel, help provide contrast when photographing vibrant food, contribute to making moodier, shadowy photos, create a “homey” feeling when photographing baked goods, and create more visual interest in comparison to a solid color flat surface.  The rimmed edges can also help provide shadows around your food to help frame the image.

I’m constantly finding things in my home to help with my food photography and this is by far one of my favorite “tricks.”

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Food Photography Tips ed. 4 | edibleperspective.com

The pans can provide excellent contrast when photographing simple food objects.

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Roasted Carrot Fries

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Bright + vibrant colors really pop on a dark background.

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Crispy Sweet Potato Straws – 3 ways

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Spring Vegetable Quesadillas with Quick Smoky Salsa

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Chocolate and Cinnamon Sugar Pan Bread

A little more earth-toned but still provides contrast and warmth.

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Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pistachios

Gives that “fresh out of the oven” feel while also adding a sense of hominess with a well-used pan.

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What’s your current favorite surface to shoot on?

I go back and forth between super clean + white to a more rustic, vintage feel with old pans and wood.

Ashley

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Apple iPhone 5s Tips And Tricks on Mails, Maps, Photography, Siri, Weather And Many More

Apple 5s is easy to use. When it comes to features than its predecessors, here are some tips and tricks from iPhone 5s Web site that are most useful to make your iOS device serve you better.

Compass

Swipe left in the Compass to access an inclinometer or a level.

Find my Phone

Find my Phone can help locate a lost iPhone. Go to Settings > iCloud. Turn on Find My iPhone feature.

Mails

Insert a photo or video – When composing an email, touch and hold the message to see “Select, Select All” menu. Tap the arrow and choose “Insert Photo or Video.” Pick the photo or video you like to be attached from your Camera Roll, shared streams and albums.

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Delete messages – You can delete or move messages in groups. From the Inbox, tap Edit, select one or more messages, then tap Trash or Move.

Retrieve your draft – Touch and hold Compose button and go to your list of saved drafts.

Maps

Quick Route – When Maps drop a pin to a location, you can get turn-by-turn directions to that location. Tap the Quick Route button next to the location’s name.

See up close with Flyover –  Tap the 3D icon to get to Flyover view and explore select cities from the above and zoom, pan or rotate around landmarks.

Share a pin – In Maps, drop a pin in a location you want to share. Then tap the pin and select Share via AirDrop, Facebook, Mail, Messages or Twitter.

Tilt and rotate your view –   While looking at a map, use two fingers to tilt or rotate the view. Everything is easy to read and you will not get lost since it keeps the names of the streets and places where they belong.

Photography

Camera in Control Center – You can quickly access your camera by swiping up from any screen (Lock Screen included) and tap the Camera icon.

Panorama – Panorama photos from left to right or vice versa can be taken easily. Tap the arrow to change direction.

Burst mode – Catch the action with multiple shots. Hold the button down and snap 10 photos a second. Then real-time analysis will suggest the best photos.

Mapped pictures – View your picture locations in a map. Tap the location heading under Years, Collections or Moments.

Photo filters – You can apply any of the eight photo filters to pictures. Choose one to see the effect before taking the shot or apply later.

 Siri

Tell Siri who’s who – Introduce your relationships to Siri like “Ben is my dad” or “Myrna is my sister” or “John is my brother.” When you say “Call Dad” or “Call Sister,” Siri would know.

Set your locations – Put home and work addresses in your Contacts then Siri can remind about the things to do in these places.

Change the way Siri pronounces a name – If Siri mispronounces a name, you can tell her “that’s not how you pronounce that.” Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation, then say the name three times differently and you can choose the one you like.

 Weather

View locations by pinching –  View your locations by pinching and see a collapsed presentation. To reorder the location, drag them where you want. To remove a location, swipe from right to left.

 Working With Text

Word definition – In some apps Mail and Safari, you can check the definition of a word by double-tapping which brings the options menu. Then tap Define.

Format text in mails – Bring the options menu by double tapping any word. Tap the arrow and select B, I or U to bold, italicize or underline texts.

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How to Photograph a Portrait of a Stranger with the WOW Factor – Digital Photography School

A Post By: Oded Wagenstein

how to create portraits of strangers with wow factor

Have you ever met a person, while travelling abroad or at home, who has such an interesting face that you would really like to photograph?  But, just before you press the shutter, you suddenly think, “How am I going to shoot this”?

Because there are so many questions to answer: How do I approach a strange person? Should I photograph from a distance, with a Tele-photo lens, or should I get closer? What if the person will get offended or angry?

It depends on the situation but, in 99% of my portraits, I use what I like to call the “being involved” technique.  This technique requires the photographer to get closer to the subject, by using a wide focal length lens and there is no doubt, that the subject will be aware of the photographer and the camera.

Fstop of 4.5, shutter speed@1640 and ISO 320

Fstop of 4.5, shutter speed@1640 and ISO 320

There are so many advantages to using this method, for instance the ability to control the composition, the angle, the background, not to mention asking your subject for “one more take” and of course, the possibility of  making a new friend. Creating a close-up portrait, with the technique of “being involved” creates intimacy and gives warmness to the image that you wouldn’t get with a Tele-photo lens in most cases. But, with this method as my students are well aware, there is one big disadvantage, when a person becomes aware of the camera, his behavior and the authenticity and spontaneity of the moment disappears.

Once, on a very cold night, while shooting in Japan, I asked my good friend and great photographer Dave Doisneau – “What kind of super power he would like to have?” (Cold nights in Japan will make you ask stupid and philosophical questions) Dave answered “I would like to be invisible. To be able to photograph a person, inches away from their face without them being aware that I was even there”. This for me sums up my whole philosophy on portrait photography. Losing the spontaneity, or the fear of losing authenticity, are just weak excuses. As a photographer, your job is to bring all these qualities back to your image. How can you do that? (Here’s a little hint for you) Photoshop or expensive equipment won’t help you.

Fstop of 2.8, shutter speed@1100 and ISO 100?

Fstop of 2.8, shutter speed@1100 and ISO 100

As one of the great photographers, Ansel Adams once said: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”. The difference between an amateur and a professional is in the preparation.Knowledge is power and the more you know about a person and their culture, the easier it will be for you to become invisible. While I was in the Wakhan valley, between the Afghan and Tajikistan border, I learned, in advance that the people who live there have many cultural dos and don’ts. From the way they greet a stranger (Right hand on the chest and a slight bow) to the proper way to react when invited to a local house (just say yes and prepare yourself for tea, and lots of it!).

Fstop of 4.5, shutter speed@160 and ISO 125

Fstop of 4.5, shutter speed@160 and ISO 125

So before I travel anywhere, I familiarize myself, in advance, with any photography related taboos.  From how will people respond to the camera, to things that you should not shoot. For example, did you know that the people of the Akha tribe in south East Asia, believe that photographing one of their tribe member will actually steal his soul?

You can learn all these things and more by consulting with a photographer who has already visited the place.  The internet is a great place to find him or her. You can consult travel forums, books, or even call the embassy of the country of your destination.

Fstop of 4.5, shutter speed@1200 and ISO 200

Fstop of 4.5, shutter speed@1200 and ISO 200

Many photographers will advise you to take your camera with you all the times. For me, the camera is just a tool, and as a tool it must not interfere. Have you ever felt uncomfortable because someone is aiming a camera at you? Have you ever thought how YOU look when you stand behind the camera? (A bit like holding a weapon right?).

Nobody likes it when you aim something at them without any explanation or permission. That’s why, when I encounter a new and interesting person, I would like to photograph, I first introduce myself as Oded the person before as Oded the photographer. by the time I take out my camera, the person has lost interest in me, and gone back on his work, I then become invisible and Voilà I can take my shot and I’ve make a new friend into the bargain.

In the past year, I have photographed hostile tribes in South East Asia, gypsy communities in Central Asia and even in the former Soviet Union. If there is one thing that I’ve learned from visiting those places, is that most people would actually like their picture taken, if we do it right. So please give yourself a confidence boast and try it. Anywhere you are on the globe, if you act with respect, be polite, and even have a little bit of sense of humor, most of the time people will act the same way towards you.

Yes, we’ve all got a horror story, of the one person who shouted at us while we took his photo. Think about it for a second; did it happen when you tried to shoot the person without his permission? If you approach a person with dignity, make a connection, and then you take out the camera, what the worst thing that can happen? They will say no, but at least you would have tried right?

Fstop of 5.6, shutter speed@1125 and ISO 100

Fstop of 5.6, shutter speed@1125 and ISO 100

When you found a person with a unique face, invest the time to break the ice with them, then when you finally have his approval for the shoot, if he’s very polite, you will probably have around 30 seconds to take the shoot before they moves on, that’s some pressure.

This may be the most important section of this article, that many photographers forget, just relax. Being stressed never helps especially when dealing with people or while creating art. It’s true you may not have much time to decide on the focal length, the background, the shooting angle, the shutter or the aperture.

Also, try not to let your technical level stand in your way. How? Before starting to shoot people, try your craft on still life. Flowers would be perfect to start with. Also it would be really wise to invest in some photography course (much more important than buying new equipment). Last but by no means least, don’t forget to RTFM- read the camera’s fu*** manual!

That’s right, creating interesting and strong portraits is not easy. Take your time to work on your craft. Shoot flowers, then your friends and family members. Learn, learn and learn everything you can about your camera and about your subject. Come with respect and most important – relax.

Fstop of 3.2, shutter speed@1250 and ISO 200

Fstop of 3.2, shutter speed@1250 and ISO 200

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Beginning photography class set Saturday

Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for a Photography for Beginners class for those with DSLR and/or advanced point and shoot cameras.


The one-day class will teach you how to take better photos with your digital camera as you learn what all those settings mean. Bring your camera to class.

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App of the Week: Steller makes creating digital art books a breeze

Steller_iPhone4aOne of the great things about having an iPhone in my pocket is that it means I have a fairly good quality digital camera with me whenever I’m out and about. That means I rack up tons of photos – some of them good – that show what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been. But once I have all of the images that I want, what do I do? Sure, I could share them on social media, but that’s not great for turning a bunch of images into a cohesive whole.

Steller is a free iPhone app that’s designed to help take images and videos like mine, and yours, and bring them together to create something greater. The app lets users create and share “stories,” which end up looking roughly like the iPhone equivalent of a coffee table art book. Users lay out pages filled with media and text, and can then share them with the world through Steller’s app and social media, via a web viewer.

The app is created by a team of tech industry veterans, including former Microsoft and VMware execs Mark Lucovsky and Richard McAniff, as well as Seattle entrepreneur Peter Denton.

Making a story is fairly straightforward. Users start by selecting a layout for their first page (whether it’s a video, photo, or text), and then can choose to adjust the elements on that page, or create another page to follow it.

With a little tinkering, I was able to create a fairly basic mobile photo book with a few paragraphs of text over a half-hour train ride into San Francisco, and I’m confident it would be fairly easy for my non-technical friends and family to do the same.

Steller_iPhone5aThe layouts provided are designed to be elegant by default, with specifically-selected fonts and element placement so that users’ content looks the best with minimal effort. For people who want to tinker with the placement of their media or the size of their text, it’s possible to move elements around to a certain degree.

For people looking to gain inspiration, or just see some cool stuff, Steller’s developers curate a number of story collections that feature some of the best work being done on the app at the moment.

For users who don’t want to share their work with the world, it’s possible to keep it as a draft, and use Steller’s app to share it with people they meet in person.

Steller’s one major shortcoming is the rigidity of its visual layout. Most of the photography I’m doing these days involves cropping an image into a square to fit on Instagram, and while it’s possible for me to zoom in and out of it so that it will fit in the pages of one of Steller’s stories, I can’t change the size or shape of the book’s overall canvas to fit my images. For users who prefer to shoot full-frame horizontal photos, the layout issues would undoubtedly prove more problematic.

The user interface for sharing stories outside of the company’s iPhone app also leaves a certain amount to be desired. While I find it enjoyable to look at stories other folks have shared in the context of the iPhone app, the web viewer that’s available feels like an afterthought so that people who don’t or can’t have the app can still look in. But unlike a site like Instagram, where users are sharing one image at a time, the actual experience of navigation is a key part of a story shared with Stellar.

That said, some external sharing functionality like this is better than no sharing functionality at all. Here’s an example of a good story in Stellar, as seen in the web viewer. I’d much rather be able to share my stories like this, outside the confines of Steller’s app, than have my content locked in. And this is still Version 1, so there are no doubt many enhancements that are possible in the future.

Bottom line, for people looking to turn their media into an elegant presentation without much effort, Steller is a fantastic choice.

Steller is available for free from the iOS App Store.

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How to Create Portraits that Captivate and Intrigue – Digital Photography School

A Post By: Darren Rowse

Yesterday as I wrote about an old professional photographer friend taught me about using a zoom lens as a compositional tool I was reminded of another influence that he had upon me – that of always considering the background and surrounds of your portrait subject.

Image by Blazej Mrozinski

I remember looking through one of his portfolios one afternoon and marveling at the way he was able to create shots that were just so…. interesting.

He was the type of photographer who produced portrait images that you just couldn’t glance at – you were captivated by them, really drawn into the image.

I remember trying to pick his brain as to how he did it and after a few moment of thinking he replied:

“I spend more time thinking about the background in my shots than thinking about the main subject.”

With that in mind I worked back through some of the images in his portrait portfolio again and realised that he was right – image after image featured subjects surrounded by well considered and interesting backgrounds.

Image by orangeacid

  • The backgrounds gave context to and told the stories of the subject.
  • They didn’t overwhelm or distract from the subject – but gave meaning to it and brought them alive.
  • Sometimes the surrounds of the person communicated who they were and sometimes they left you intrigued – wanting to know more

Image by an untrained eye

I came away from that experience challenge to consider the backgrounds and surrounds of the people I photographed and found myself thinking less about how to pose people but thinking more about what scene to put them into.

Image by mharvey.nyc

PS: I’m not suggesting this is the only or even best way to take portraits. There’s certainly a place for minimalistic portraits too which isolate the subject – but I think many photographers could learn a lot from considering their backgrounds more.

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