News entries for January, 2013

DxO FilmPack arrives for Windows 8, Photoshop Elements users


 
 

Despite the many advantages of digital photography, do you still find yourself hankering for the look of your favorite films? You're not alone, and software such as DxO Labs' FilmPack aims to provide a solution.

FilmPack takes your digital photos, and recreates the look of a variety of popular film types...

AMC releases gorgeous black-and-white promo photos for Season 6 of Mad Men

 
 

We post quite a few interesting vintage photos here on the IR News Feed, but here's a set that are vintage in style only. These gorgeous, black-and-white shots were released by the AMC channel to promote the upcoming sixth season of its popular show, "Mad Men."

The show, which is (usually) in color, focuses on...

Daughter of Google CEO shares rare photos she captured in restricted North Korea

 
 

Vacation, it clearly was not. Sophie Schmidt, the daughter of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, recently took a trip to North Korea with Bill Richardson, former Governor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and her father, and captured some rare photos of the closed-off country.

Sophie shared the photos of...

Sony NEX-F3 review: Put yourself in the picture with this entry-level mirrorless camera


Are you the designated photographer for your family? If so, there's a good chance something is missing from your photo albums: you. Fulfilling the duties of family record-keeper means you spend almost all your time behind the lens, making an occasional appearance only for posed, tripod-mounted shots. The Sony NEX-F3 aims to solve the...

Celebrating Flickr Commons’ fifth birthday with 15 of its most popular and striking images

Some five years ago, photo-sharing service Flickr launched The Commons in cooperation with the Library of Congress. Since then, 56 libraries, archives and museums from around the globe have added more than 250,000 copyright-free photographs to the catalog.

To celebrate The Commons' fifth birthday, the Library of Congress asked Flickr Common contributors to share their...

Sony A99 review: Feature-packed, fast-shooting, full-frame DSLR proves it’s ready for the pros

 

Sony's been trying to crack the pro DSLR market for years, but with relatively little success until now. With the Sony A99, it looks like the company finally has made a breakthrough: It's a blazingly fast shooter that also delivers 24 megapixels of resolution, and Sony's new dual phase-detect AF system means it can focus...

Sony E-mount selection grows with slim pancake prime, far-reaching video power zoom


Two newly-announced lenses today take the selection of Sony E-mount optics to no less than fifteen, including 13 lenses and two converters. The newest optics are a tiny pancake prime, and a power zoom lens aimed at video use. The latter has actually been shipping for a while in a bundle with the NEX-VG30 camcorder, but will now be...

November’s Photo of the Day winners chosen!


It's sadly been many months since we last managed to post Judges' Comments for the monthly Photo of the Day winners, and we apologize to all the winners over that period of time whose photos haven't received the recognition they deserved. The reason has simply been the ongoing editorial overload here at Imaging Resource headquarters.

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Ingenious flatbed scanner hack helps create greater depth of field in macro photos

 
 

One of the most challenging things with macro photography is getting a broad depth of field around your subject. Focus too closely on the foreground and the background is out of focus and vice versa.

A typical solution is to capture several images while moving the camera closer with each shot. You then combine...

Budding photographer talks about plum (last minute) assignment to photograph Manti Te’o inteview for ESPN

 
 

Ok, consider this aspiring photojournalists out there: what if you were asked, at the last minute, to photograph one of the biggest sports stories of the year for ESPN?

And what if you were a relative novice who had only been tapped to shoot the breaking news story because the main photographer was out of town?...

Iridient upgrades its powerful raw image processor for Mac OS, supports new cameras

Regular readers will be familiar with Iridient Raw Developer, a raw image processor for the Mac OS operating system that we've mentioned many times over the years. Released way back in 2004, the software has just undergone its first major update in a long while, and along with it comes a brand-new name. The app is now known as Iridient Developer 2, and in addition to...

Nikon V2, Olympus XZ2: First test shots posted, added to Comparometer!


Eager to see how the Nikon V2 mirrorless or Olympus XZ2 premium compact compare perform in terms of image quality? Now's your chance: we've just posted our first test images from both cameras on their respective previews, and have added them to our Comparometer(tm) tool, so you can make direct comparisons to your favorite cameras from...

DxO doubles lens module selection, updates Optics Pro with Canon 6D support


French software company DxO Labs has unveiled a new release of its flagship Optics Pro workflow software for photographers, and announced an important milestone in its production of the modules that let Optics Pro automatically correct common lens-derived image quality problems such as vignetting, aberrations and distortion. 

DxO...

The obsessive eye of Eugène Atget: Master photographer’s images of “Old Paris” still resonate

 
 

"He was… a photographer of such authority and originality that his work remains a benchmark against which much of the most sophisticated contemporary photography measures itself. The pictures that he made… are seductively and deceptively simple, wholly poised, reticent, dense with experience, mysterious, and pure."...

White House unveils new official presidential portrait of Barack Obama photographed by Pete Souza

The White House has released a new presidential portrait for Barack Obama and it has once again been shot by his official photographer, Pete Souza. Compared to Souza's much more dour first official portrait of Obama back in 2009, this new one shows the president smiling.

 
 

You can download the original image here....

Pentax K-5 II firmware fixes bugs, adds new feature


Just-released firmware from Pentax today adds a new feature to its flagship APS-C DSLR, the Pentax K-5 II, as well as its low-pass filter free sibling the K-5 IIs.

Available immediately from the Pentax global website, the Pentax K-5 II v1.01 firmware update enables contrast adjustment for the rear-panel LCD monitor, allowing...

American astronaut also tweeting spectacular photos of earth from International Space Station

 
 

Remember that Canadian astronaut we told you about last week who was tweeting some spectacular images of earth shot from on board the International Space Station (ISS)? Well, apparently there's another astronaut shutterbug on board the ISS and he's also sharing his out-of-this-world space pix on Twitter.
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Annie Leibovitz’s Hurricane Sandy-themed fashion shoot for Vogue sparks controversy

 
 

Celebrity fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz is no stranger to controversy but she may have outdone herself with her new Hurricane Sandy-themed fashion shoot for Vogue magazine. The six page shoot -- which you can see in slideshow form here -- includes an image of models in haute couture walking through the wet...

Sigma DP3: the large-sensor Foveon camera with a portrait prime lens


For several generations now, there's been a clear pattern to Sigma's DP-series of fixed-lens, large-sensor cameras. Each generation has had just two models, closely related and differing mostly in their choice of lens. For the first time in a half decade, the pattern has changed with the introduction of a third DP-series camera, the...

Grab the first issue of Lightroom Magazine for the iPad for free

 
 

Here's a cool freebie if you're a fan of Adobe's Lightroom and you have an iPad: it's called Lightroom Magazine and it's filled with tips and tricks for Adobe's popular image management program.

Put together by Lightroom guru Scott Kelby and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the first issue of...