Pre-Photokina 2006 Announcements
Digital Photography Review is doing a great job posting pre-Photokina 2006 announcements. In pre-show craziness so far, there have been 74 new products announced, including a Leica M8 digital rangefinder (which I am really excited about even though it will have little-to-no impact for underwater photography). Most of the announcements so far have been incremental updates to existing models, with 10-megapixel compact cameras being the new standard.
In other trends, new SLRs are all featuring anti-dust sensor vibration, and compact cameras are starting to produce acceptable high(er)-ISO images. In particular, Fujifilm compacts have been producing images with relatively low noise levels when compared to offerings by other brands.
Our good friends at Digideep have announced a line of clothing designed for the underwater photographer. Sweaters, polo shirts, and different styles of t-shirts are all being offered with the words digital snapper or strobe power featured on the back, at a price range of 15 to 39 Euros ($20-$50 USD) before shipping.
For sample photos and ordering information, check out the apparel...
Divester/Wetpixel T-shirt Design Contest
Wetpixel and the fabulous photo-folks at Divester are pleased to announce our first joint t-shirt design contest, and we need your help! Deadline for entries is September 30. After the deadline, Divester and Wetpixel will narrow the submissions to a slate of finalists. Then, we will reveal the finalists and allow you to vote for your favorite shirt. Thereafter, we’ll accept orders for the shirts for about 2 weeks. Depending on the design, expect each t-shirt to cost roughly $15-18. Any profits will be donated to a non-profit involved in ocean conservation.
Gates Sony HVR-Z1U HD Housing Review
Wetpixel member Mark Thorpe (CamDiver) has written an excellent comprehensive review of the Gates Underwater Housing for the Sony HVR-Z1U 3CCD High Definition Video Camcorder. Based in Palau, Mark had the opportunity to put the housing and its accessories through a number of dives to fully understand and evaluate the capabilities of the system. Mark writes:
For professional everyday use it is a compliment to any serious shooter. It’s relatively straightforward to use and is a means to an end. It allows the user full access to the required controls for all applications of underwater shooting ... This system certainly allows you to shoot exactly to your style.
The 14-page PDF review is full of photos of the housing in various stages of assembly, of the system in use, and from videos of the dives. A must-read for anyone in the market for a new video housing.
Apple Spotlights DiveFilm Podcast Video!
DiveFilm Podcast Video, produced in association with Wetpixel.com, has been chosen by Apple as one of its “Featured Video Podcasts, TV & Film,” along with other video podcasts including National Geographic Video Shorts and HBO Documentary Films. DiveFilm Podcast Video is the first diving-related podcast to achieve this level of recognition at iTunes.
Prior to the announcement, Apple released an updated version of iTunes to handle its new feature film download service, and revamped the iTunes interface in the process placing more emphasis on its video podcast selections.
The move comes as DiveFilm Podcasts released its latest episode, “Video Lives” by Paul and Kelly Wags. The two are videographers and dive professionals based in Western Australia, and they created “Video Lives” about their region and its diving.
“‘Video Lives’ is a wonderful introduction for a general audience to the ocean, diving and underwater imaging. It’s a great film to have up as the episode that will be seen first by new subscribers who learn about the podcasts through Apple’s promotion,” said DiveFilm producer, Mary Lynn Price.
Today Pentax announced it’s newest dSLR. The 10.2 megapixel K10D, designed for “advanced photo enthusiasts.” It has a number of very interesting features that are dSLR firsts. It has a 22bit analog to digital converter which Pentax claims improves colour graduations. Most importantly for underwater photographers, it has a TAv mode where you choose the shutter speed and aperature, and the camera picks the ISO automatically for proper exposure. In other modes, when in auto ISO, you can input upper and lower limits for the ISO. (Why has it taken so long for camera makers to realize how useful these two very easy to implement features would be?) The K10D body will ship by November 2006 for US $899.95, and as a kit with the DA 18-55mm lens for US $999.95. Continue reading for the full press release from Pentax.
CaliDivers.org Underwater Photo Competition 2006
CaliDivers.org, an online networking site for divers based in Northern California, has announced their 2006 Underwater Photo Competition. The contest is open to everyone, with the only condition that images be related to scuba diving. The winner of the grand prize will have his or her image featured on the CaliDivers.org membership card, will receive a free lunch in Monterey, a two-year membership to CaliDivers.org, and a website link featured on the club’s website.
The deadline for entries is October 30th, 2006. Continue reading for more information, including details about submitting an entry…
Adobe announces Photoshop Elements 5.0
Whenever I’m out on dive expeditions, I see groups of underwater photographers struggling to master the intricacies of Adobe Photoshop CS2 (I sometimes carry trial versions around with me and share them with people). I often sit down and try to help out a bit, but sometimes I forget that the best thing to do might be to suggest that they give Photoshop Elements a try.
Picassa-style, auto-everything programs pretty much nuke underwater images because the programs are designed for making topside photography look good, but with a $90 program like Photoshop Elements, photographers can get 90% of the way to a well-processed image with 10% of the hassle. Using Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, photographers can wield levels, curves, healing brush, and a subjective image-variation selection tool to produce excellent-looking processed images. If and when you finally outgrow Elements, you can upgrade to CS2. Continue reading for full press release.
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