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Pixel Farm releases Airgrade color grading app Photo

Pixel Farm releases Airgrade color grading app

The Pixel Farm has released Airgrade, which emulates professional film and TV grading tools, and combines a powerful Mac-based grading engine, with a wireless remote control on the iPhone. Users roll a 3D trackball and rotate a radial wheel on their iPhone to adjust precise tonal ranges using Lift, Gamma, Gain controls – recognized by professional colorists as shadow, midtone and highlights and a saturation control for overall colour intensity. The results appears on the Mac, or on any other connected monitoring device, such as a digital projector. A shake of the iPhone resets the parameters. The software is designed to be a great tutorial tool, as well as a powerful grading engine is its own right.

The software is a free download, and the iPhone app is available in the iTunes store.

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Apple updates Aperture to version 3.1.1 Photo

Apple updates Aperture to version 3.1.1

Apple has just released an update for Aperture 3, bringing the latest version to release 3.1.1. This addresses problems with iLife ’11 compatibility, importing, upgrading, adjustments, publishing to the Web, slideshows, and vaults. One key bug fix is that when uploading images to a Flickr Pro account, Aperture will now upload full-resolution images.

The latest update is available via software update or from Apple.

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Review of Olympus E-PL1 and housing on Backscatter Photo

Review of Olympus E-PL1 and housing on Backscatter

Wetpixel moderator Sterling Zumbrunn has published a comprehensive review of the Olympus PEN E-PL1 camera and PT-EPO1 housing on Backscatter. He introduces the EVIL camera as:

Honey - I shrunk the SLR … and the price!”

The article is the result of extended testing of the system in the Cocos Islands, the Digital Shootout in Bonaire and in the Californian Channel Islands. Sterling outlines the pros and cons of the system, including some specific issues with the housing controls, and goes on to introduce and evaluate the dome ports available from third-party manufacturer Zen Underwater. Finally, he compares it to conventional compact camera offerings and SLRs, and finds that the E-PL1 effectively bridges the gap between the two.

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Manta-Ray of Hope documentary project Photo

Manta-Ray of Hope documentary project

Wetpixel moderator Shawn Heinrichs is involved in the making of a documentary highlighting the increasing trade in manta body parts for the “medicinal” health trade. The film begins with the views of naturalists and researchers, attempting to unravel the mysteries of the manta. It then goes deep undercover, from remote fishing villages to bustling cities, to understand and expose the trade that is threatening the mantas future. Finally it meets with those that are having a positive effect, and shows how we all can make a difference for these creatures.

The final product will be in Mandarin, Canto, English, Spanish and other languages, to cater for a world-wide audience.

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Light & Motion SOLA light roundup and adjustable red power levels Photo

Light & Motion SOLA light roundup and adjustable red power levels

Light & Motion’s release of its acclaimed Sola 600 dive / focus light was only its first step. Since Alex Mustard’s glowing review at the end of August, Light & Motion has expanded the suite of compact Sola lights to include dive lights, photo lights, and video lights. Each product line is subtly different, aimed for specific use cases (although any light can be used for any purpose). Continue reading for a full roundup of all Sola lights…

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Final call: Capture the World Underwater Video Challenge Photo

Final call: Capture the World Underwater Video Challenge

The first annual Capture The World Underwater Video Challenge submission deadline is December 31st. Entries can be travelogues, environmental videos, best critter behaviors or any other special underwater video and the competition offers prizes from the Agressor/Dancer fleet and Gates Underwater Products. Full entry details and competition rules are listed on the Gates site. The winning entry will also be showcased at the San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition in summer 2011.

Special notice to all entrants: If you have already submitted an entry for this contest, please contact Gates.

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Shiver: Shark finning in Mozambique on Vimeo Photo

Shiver: Shark finning in Mozambique on Vimeo

Shiver: Shark Finning in Mozambique seeks to expose the “dark and brutal realities” of the finning industry. One of the producers, Dave Charley says:

“In Mozambique, like many countries the world over, local fishermen are paid handsomely for supplying middlemen with dried shark fins - the fishermen oblivious to what the fins are used for,” and. “Coupled with increasingly sophisticated boats and fishing techniques, the demand for shark fin soup has ensured that we have lost an estimated 90 per cent of sharks in the last 50 years, with 30 per cent of species now listed as endangered or critically endangered.

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Call for entries: British Underwater Image Festival 2011 Photo

Call for entries: British Underwater Image Festival 2011

The British Underwater Image Festival 2011 is being incorporated into The Big Scuba Show at Olympia, London on 19-20 February. The competition is in it’s sixth consecutive year and is free to enter. Film and still are represented in the entry categories, with specific classes for images shot in the UK. Sponsors have offered thousands of pounds worth of prizes across the stills and film categories.

Deadline for entries is 7 January 2011.

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