Adobe announces holiday specials
Adobe has announced special holiday pricing for the following products: Lightroom 4 is available now for $129.99 (originally $149), Photoshop Elements 11 is available now for $79.99, Premiere Elements 11 is $79.99 and a bundle consisting of both Photoshop and Premiere Element 11 is now $99.99.
The specials are available now from the Discount Software page of the Adobe website and will be running until 6 January 2013.
Gizmodo rates action cams
Gizmodo has published a comparative review of four new action cams that have hit the market recently namely: The Drift Ghost, Sony Action Cam, Contour+2 and GoPro HERO3 Black. The testers found that the Ghost seemed somewhat unfinished and had a poor image quality, the Sony also did not deliver great footage, and seems to suffer from a poor build quality. The Contour was reliable, but lacked color accuracy. The HERO3 was, predictably, the leading product with only a limited battery life letting it down.
The testing was carried out with the cameras mounted on a surfboard, static shots were taken from a rooftop and then all three were strapped to a cyclists helmet while he pedaled around Brooklyn. The full test results are available on Gizmodo.
Nauticam releases housing for Sony NEX-5R
Nauticam has announced the release of their housing for the Sony NEX-5R EVIL camera. The NA-NEX5R shares many of the features of its predecessor, as well as those of other EVIL housings in the Nauticam range. The new control dial on the NEX-5R is accessed on the housing via the left-hand thumb. This can give manual control of aperture and shutter speed. In addition the camera’s new programmable function (Fn) button can be accessed and hence used for manual while balance or focus mode control. Nauticam have re-designed their sealing o ring for this housing, and also modified the camera tray.
The NA-NEX5R housing is shipping now.
Cook Islands declares shark sanctuary
The BBC reports that the Cook Islands has approved the creation of a shark sanctuary within its waters, which abuts onto the one created by French Polynesia last week. This gives an area of around 6.7 million square kilometers (2.6 million square miles) in which shark fishing and the sale or possession of shark products is banned. Teina Bishop, Cook Islands minister of marine resources, said:
“We join our Pacific neighbours to protect this animal, which is very vital to the health of our oceans, and our culture.”
Adobe updates Lightroom and Camera RAW
Adobe has released the final versions on Lightroom 4.3 and Camera RAW 7.3, both of which had been released as release candidates earlier. The new versions have added 20 new cameras including: Canon EOS 6D, Canon PowerShot S110, Canon PowerShot G15, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon D600, Olympus PEN E-PL5, Olympus PEN E-PM2, Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS, Panasonic DMC-GH3, Sony DSC-RX1, Sony NEX-VG30 and Sony NEX-VG900. It also adds support for retina displays, fixes the issues of AVCHD videos not importing correctly, TIFF files having tonal shifts and the problem that occurs when deleting the top image in a stack making all the images disappear.
For a full list of new camera support and bug fixes, please see the Lightroom Journal. The updates are available via the update mechanism within Lightroom or Photoshop.
Microsoft updates Raw support
Microsoft has released a Camera Codec Pack for Windows Vista, 7 8 and RT, The update allows native Microsoft applications to view Raw files and in this case, adds support for 43 new camera models. These include: EOS M, EOS-1D X, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot G12, PowerShot G15, PowerShot S100, PowerShot S110, 1 J2, CoolPix P7000, CoolPix P7100, OM-D E-M5, PEN E-PL2, PEN E-PL3, PEN E-PM1, XZ-1, Lumix DMC-FZ150, Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix DMC-GF2, Lumix DMC-GF3, Lumix DMC-GH2, Alpha NEX-7 and Alpha NEX-C3.
Windows Vista and 7 users will have to download the update from the Microsoft support site, whilst Windows 8 and RT users will be able to access the Codec Pack via Windows Update.
Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia call for entries
Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide’s in-house competitions have been announced and are now calling for entries. Together, they represent over $80,000 worth of prizes, supplied by our amazing competition sponsors. Our World Underwater 2013 has categories for macro and wide-angle in both restricted and unrestricted classes, compact, novice, video and commercial, conceptual and fashion. DEEP Indonesia 2013 has categories for divers, animal portrait, animal behavior, reefscapes , compact cameras and two new ones for 2013: Surf and sharks.
OWU has a deadline of 19 January 2013 and DEEP Indonesia’s is 10 February 2012. Full details, rules and entry requirements are on the UnderwaterCompetition.com website.
Beluga aggregation from the air
Arctic Watch has posted an amazing aerial image of the annual beluga whale aggregation that occurs in the Canadian arctic each year on its Facebook page. To quote Arctic Watch’s Richard Weber:
“Every summer about 2,000 beluga whales go to Cunningham inlet in Nunavut to take advantage of the warmer water to molt their skin, nurse their young and socialize. They stay for about one month.”
During this period, the whales come very close to shore, sometimes “only a few feet away” from photographers. The aerial image was shot from a Twin Otter aircraft by Gretchen Freund of Arctic Watch.
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