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Final Cut Pro X may signpost the future for Aperture Photo

Final Cut Pro X may signpost the future for Aperture

In an article on MacCreate, David Schloss has outlined some personal ideas about the future for Apple’s image editing program, Aperture. He feels that as it seems as if the new Final Cut Pro X has a new design back-end (rather than the existing ProKit) that would lend itself to a photo editing package and the increased integration of IOS software features into the Mac OS.

Features that he hopes could be crossed over from Final Cut Pro X to a new version of Aperture would include automatic tagging and color correction

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Nikon releases firmware update v1.2 for D7000 Photo

Nikon releases firmware update v1.2 for D7000

Nikon has announced the release of a firmware update for the D7000 SLR. Version 1.2 has fixed a few bugs including: Noise reduction processing at slower shutter speeds, video editing compatibility improved, a magenta caste that occurred in images that had their white balance corrected and errors in the virtual horizon display.

The update is available as a free update on the Nikon site.

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RSMAS Miami photo contest results announced. Photo

RSMAS Miami photo contest results announced.

The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has released the results of its 2011 underwater photography competition. Tobias Friedrich of Germany took the prize for best overall, with an image of two gobies taken at Marsa Alam, Egypt. Many congratulations to him, as well as all the other award winners. The competition is held each spring, and is open to amateur photographers only. The winning images will be displayed in an exhibit travelling throughout the South Florida community.

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Do we need this? (3D) Photo

Do we need this? (3D)

Rick Morris gives some personal thoughts about 3D by way of an introduction to a video interview with Evan Kovacs. Evan is director of photography for the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and his primary work is with new 3D video technology used in films and scientific research. In the interview, he talks about his dream job at WHOI and gives us his impressions on 3D and it’s place in the TV/Film world.

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Eye to eye with a massive whale on Vimeo Photo

Eye to eye with a massive whale on Vimeo

Earth Touch cameraman Barry Skinstad has described and filmed an encounter with a whale off of Cape Infanta, South Africa as:

“The most incredible experience of my 25 years of being in the sea.”

The whale seemed to follow him in the water, allowing for some very close interaction. At the same time, he describes how gentle it was, and the fact that it was aware of where he was in the water and was able to avoid contacting with him.

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Vincent Laforet reports on cameras at NAB Photo

Vincent Laforet reports on cameras at NAB

Vincent Lafloret has published an excellent review of the camera offerings at the NAB show, held in Las Vegas from 9 to 14 April on his blog. He praises the RED EPIC, Arri Alexa, Sony F3 and Phantom Flex, and is disappointed by the Panasonic AF-100. He is also as yet undecided about the Sony F65. His findings are based on his experience and on the results of testing done by the Zacuto team, in conjunction with ASC DP Bob Primes for their “great camera shoot-out”. These tests were screening during the show.

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Call for entries: Trebeurden wreck image festival Photo

Call for entries: Trebeurden wreck image festival

The first Trebeurden wreck image festival is now calling for entries. The festival has three entry categories: Single Pictures, portfolios and films. The photo category in further divided into scenic and history (bio), and each portfolio should have 10 images. The competition results will be based on public voting during the wreck festival to be held at Trebeurden, France from 20 to 22 May, as well as two classes that will be awarded by the judges.

There is a full pdf describing entry procedures and competition rules, and the deadline for entries is 30 April 2011.

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Study reports that 40 fish species will vanish from Mediterranean Photo

Study reports that 40 fish species will vanish from Mediterranean

A study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature says almost half of the species of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean and at least 12 species of bony fish are threatened with extinction due to overfishing, pollution and the loss of habitat in the next few years, Huffington Post reports. It goes on to state that commercial catches of bluefin tuna, sea bass, hake and dusky grouper are particularly threatened.

The IUCN study, which began in 2007 and included 25 marine scientists, is the first time the group has tried to assess native marine fish species in an entire sea.

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