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creativeLIVE – Comprehensive Lighting Essentials Week

Beginning tomorrow and spanning through the weekend, creativeLIVE will be hosting their Lighting Essentials workshop with the likes of Lindsay Adler, Rick Friedman, Roberto Valenzuela, Tony Corbell, and Chuck Arlund. Spanning the remainder of the week, these five awarding winning and critically acclaimed photographers will teach you everything you’ll need to know to manipulate the light in photographs. Click the more link for an entire breakdown of the schedule. [more]

Leica Announces the Leica X Vario Digital Camera

Leica has always been known as the Mercedes-Benz of cameras. With their unparalleled quality of build, and beautiful designs, they’ve been able make and sell cameras at the premium price tags exceeding $7000. With their latest creation, the X Vario, Leica looks to bridge the gap with Leica’s quality, zoom lenses, and a sub-$3K price tag. [more]

Samsung Goes Slim with Thinnest Fisheye on the Market: 10mm f/3.5

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Though Samsung is a brand very few of us associate with either pro optics or cameras, they really want us to take them more seriously. I’ve used their mirrorless cameras on occasion and have been generally happy with the experience. To try and sway us further into their camp, Samsung has just unveiled a new addition to their lens lineup: the thinnest fisheye on the market in the 10mm f/3.5 wide angle lens. [more]

Fotodiox Takes LED to Film/TV Market with new Fresnel Lights

Fotodiox just announced a brand new fresnel-style LED light that is dimmable, focusable and cooler than traditional fresnel tungsten lights. The new lights offer a power of 9,100 – 60,000 Lux/m Luminance, which Fotodiox is saying is about the same as the output of a 1K light, all controlled wirelessly. This adds another high-powered LED to the Fotodiox lineup, the first being the LED100WA. [more]

Justin Bieber Steals Memory Card Out Of Photographer’s Camera

Justin Bieber is having a rough time with the media lately. In the most recent incident, the 19 year old pop star ordered his security guards to take a camera from a paparazzo outside of the ‘Hit Factory’ recording studio in Miami. Bieber wanted to make sure the photographer wouldn’t be able to shoot anymore and told his crew to “Grab that camera! Get that f***ing camera out of here!”. After the photographer pleaded to get his camera back and promised to delete the photos, Bieber Agreed to give back the camera but kept the memory card. [more]

Obesity Ad Photoshops Girl to Make Her Look Overweight

First 5 is a government agency in California aimed at – among other things – curbing obesity in children. It’s a great cause, no doubt. They are, however, getting a little bit of backlash over a campaign that is currently featured on posters around California. The ad features an overweight, little girl drinking from a bag of sugar with the caption, “Sugary drinks like juice, sports drinks and soda can cause obesity. Choose milk and water instead.” But some people are a little upset over the fact that the girl in the image isn’t actually overweight – she’s been photoshopped. [more]

Photographer Snaps Nearly A Hundred Photos a Day With Homemade Camera

Miroslav Tichý, was a photographer that constructed his own homemade cameras out of cardboard tubes, tin cans, dress elastic and old camera parts he found. From 1960 to 1985 he used these homemade cameras to snap thousands of images around town often of unsuspecting women. It wasn’t till 1981 that one of his friends gathered up prints strewn all over his studio, and organized them to share with the world through photo exhibitions, that Tichý’s work would finally be discovered. [more]

The Colbert Report Takes On The Chicago Sun-Times Layoffs

Earlier this week we reported here about the layoffs at The Chicago Sun-Times, and their decision to teach their reporters how to shoot with their iPhone. This is a serious and sad story to the photography community and to the media community in general. This is why I loved it when Stephen Colbert took this matter to his own hands. “Pulitzer prize winning” Instagram filter anyone? [more]

Never-Before-Seen Images of the Beatles

It’s nice to see that Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, didn’t waste all of his talent on drumming. He did, however, completely forget that he took a lot of photos of the Fab Four during the 1960′s. Starr’s new e-book, Photograph, features over 100 never-before-seen images of John, Paul, George and Ringo – some of them taken during their first U.S. tour, some from their first trip to India, and even some from their last days together as a band. [more]

New Services Develop Ability to Edit RAW Images in Web Browsers

With the internet ever evolving, it’s no surprise that browsers are becoming ever more efficient and powerful. With its latest release, WebRaw looks to show off its power as a browser plugin by being among the first to edit RAW photos in Mozilla Firefox. Could this new idea change the way we edit photos, and the programs that we use? [more]

ONA Welcomes Summer with Beautiful New Products

ONA, a camera bag and accessory company known for really beautiful products, announced several new additions to their line today. The Leather Bowery, The Bolton Street Backpack, The Dark Truffle Leather Brixton, The Smoke Bowery and The Presidio Camera Strap were all announced today. All these look really sharp and are sure to appeal to many of you (they certainly look great to me). I’m personally a fan of their new “dark truffle” leather color. [more]

Photoshelter & Agency Access Webinar: Ad Agencies’ Selection & Hiring Processes

On Tuesday June 4th, starting at 4pm ET, Photoshelter and Agency Access are teaming up to bring a behind-the-scenes look at what ad agencies are looking for from photographers. The webinar will feature former art producer and Agency Access creative consultant Kristina Hicks, who will discuss tips for getting noticed, how to craft email promos, details on direct mail pieces and creating leave behinds [more]

New Nikon DSLRs with Lens/Speedlight Combination Rebates

Nikon has released a group of new rebates that take effect when you combine cameras with lenses or speed lights. Cameras include the full range of Nikon SLRs, like the D7100, D600, D800 and even the D4. [more]

Beloved iPhoneography VSCO App Getting an Update

VSCO teased the Instagram and mobile photography community this weekend with a promotional video for their upcoming new app called ‘VSCO Cam’. Promising huge improvements over its original program, VSCO aims to take the mobile editing community by storm with its latest update. Best part of all? It’s free. [more]

New CompactFlash Card With Built-in RAID

Most Pro-level DSLRs already give us the option for automatic backup of images using dual card slots. However, Japanese company Amulet aims to resolve the backup issue for prosumer DSLRs as well. Amulet is set to release a CompactFlash card that allows images and video files to be backed up instantly using RAID-style ‘mirroring’. While set in “mirroring mode,” the card splits it’s space into two partitions effectively becoming two storage devices. It then records images [more]

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