Canon U.S.A. recently opened the Project Imagination: The Trailer contest for submissions.
For the first time ever, your life can become a movie trailer that inspires a Hollywood film. Based on the concept that anything in life can be made into a movie, and every movie starts with a trailer, Canon’s newly launched Trailer Editor tool at imagination.usa.canon.com allows users of all skill levels, even those who have never picked up a camera before, to easily turn everyday photo and video footage into a creative movie trailer, with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks.
No Purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this contest.
You must be at least 13 years old and a legal resident of one of the 50 United States or D.C.
The Trailer must not prominently (as determined by Sponsor in its discretion) depict or refer to any brand or trademark other than Canon. If a Trailer prominently (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) depicts or refers to any brand or trademark other than Canon, Sponsor will have the right in its sole discretion to remove or blur such brand or trademark.
If any person or entity other than the entrant (such as, for example, any writer, assistant director, co-director or cinematographer) made any contribution to a Trailer (each a “Contributor”), the entrant must secure in writing prior to entry all necessary Clearances from all such persons or entities for the submission of the Trailer in the Contest and the use by the Sponsor Parties of the Trailer as permitted hereunder. If a Trailer submitted by a Finalist includes contributions from one or more Contributors, the Finalist may, in connection with the Finalist verification process described in Section 8, in his or her discretion identify a maximum of two (2) such individual Contributors (i.e. persons, not companies or other entities) who will be eligible to receive a Contributor Prize (as described below) if the Finalist becomes a Grand Prize winner, upon compliance with the requirements set forth in these Official Rules.
One winning trailer selected by Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson will ultimately inspire a short film in which Hutcherson will star and produce.
Grand Prize: One (1) Grand Prize will be offered. The Grand Prize – approximate retail value (“ARV”) is $4,700 – consists of the following. Continue Reading »
Special limited edition: LEICA M-P ‘CORRESPONDENT’
SET CREATED BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN
Leica M-P ‘Correspondent’ By Lenny Kravitz edition includes the camera strap, wrist strap, and custom case.
In collaboration with Lenny Kravitz – the musician, actor and designer– Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, presents a special camera edition set: the LEICA M-P ‘CORRESPONDENT’ BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN. The edition comprises a Leica M-P digital rangefinder camera and two fast classics from the range of Leica lenses – the Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Leica Summilux-M /50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. – delivered as a set in a bespoke case. The special edition is strictly limited to 125 sets worldwide and will be available from March 2015.
The glossy black enamel have been intentionally aged in homage to a well-used camera system, showing a distinctive patina that would usually point to many years of constant use.
Stratasys Ltd., a global leader of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing solutions, today announced that the team at Econolyst, a top Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing consultancy and research firm, will join Stratasys Services Group.
Econolyst’s highly skilled team, led by Dr. Phil Reeves, a 20-year industry veteran in the Additive Manufacturing space, will form the foundation of the new Stratasys Strategic Consulting Division.
Econolyst Infographic: “Innovating New Ideas & Leading Thinking”
This video (duration is 47:13) presents The Econolyst’s Dr Phil Reeves on embedding 3D Printing into the Supply Chain at TCT Show 2014.
His talk was titled “Embedding Additive Manufacturing into the Supply Chain and 3D Printing into the Retail and Service Offer – Methodologies, Examples and Ideas.”
Dr Phil Reeves gave us some eye-opening questions such as “what happens when you go and have a selfie scan and then discover yourself that you have been … made by someone you didn’t agree to make it?” (question located between 5:15 and 5:22 marks).
He also shared with us insights and future trends about 3D printing.
The Strategic Consulting Division will provide independent, expert consulting around Additive Manufacturing strategy development, ideation and innovation and implementation planning across technologies and solutions.
Importantly, it will remain technology agnostic.
So how does an independent and agnostic 3D Printing consultancy firm remain independent and agnostic as part of a large corporation?
The answer is simple: though we will now be part of another company, we will continue to put customers’ needs first, regardless of whether our strategies take us in the direction of 3D Printing hardware or alternative technologies. Whether we find immediate technology solutions, or can scope out a developmental roadmap for the future, it all benefits our customers.
STRATASYS STRENGTHENS SERVICES OFFERING WITH ADDITION OF DR. PHIL REEVES AND CONSULTING TEAM FROM ECONOLYST
Econolyst Will Join the Stratasys Services Group and Form the Foundation for Stratasys Strategic Consulting Division to Help Customers Develop Additive Manufacturing Vision & Strategies
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel – February 27, 2015 –Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing solutions, today announced that the team at Econolyst, a top Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing consultancy and research firm, will join Stratasys Services Group. Econolyst’s highly skilled team, led by Dr. Phil Reeves, a 20-year industry veteran in the Additive Manufacturing space, will form the foundation of the new Stratasys Strategic Consulting Division. This Division will complement Stratasys’ other Services offerings, which are designed to help customers build their Additive Manufacturing vision and strategy, support implementation and optimize 3D Printing workflows. Stratasys expects the addition of Econolyst to help organizations better understand the value of Additive Manufacturing, increasing adoption over time. Continue Reading »
The renewed NIKON IMAGE SPACE app screen (simulated image)
Renewal of the smart device app for “NIKON IMAGE SPACE”, Nikon’s photo sharing service
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the renewed smart device app for “NIKON IMAGE SPACE” (http://nikonimagespace.com), Nikon’s online photo sharing service.
Launched in January, 2013, “NIKON IMAGE SPACE”, whose name means it is the space to share images and impression to them is a free photo sharing service, open to anyone who enjoys taking photos or recording movies.
With this renewal, the flat design has been incorporated for iOS (including iPad) and Android™ apps, and it has been optimized with consideration to the operability of each operating system. Further, images can be viewed larger with newly introduced design cutting superfluous decorations or embellishments. In addition to Grid and Map views, with which viewing images is easier, a new Flow view that displays images larger and enables browsing with smooth vertical scrolling has been adopted for more intuitive operation with a smart device. This improved browser function can also be used to browse images stored on the smart device by simply installing the app. In addition, the app also responds to the demands of users with improved utility and operability, including background downloading/uploading.
When used on an iPad, a new function exclusively for iPads available for comparing images.
Nikon will continue to improve its NIKON IMAGE SPACE service, and to develop new functions for the service, in order to offer ways of enjoying digital photos and movies. Overview of NIKON IMAGE SPACE app renewal Continue Reading »
Canon Europe just announced a distribution agreement with 3D printer maker, 3D Systems.
Canon will market, sell and support 3D Systems’ advanced manufacturing 3D printers, including the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out across Europe.
Canon will offer the 3D printers to its substantial customer base in the UK and Ireland, across the engineering, manufacturing and architectural market segments.
Canon enters 3D printing market through UK distribution agreement with 3D Systems
LONDON, February 26, 2015 – Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today announces a distribution agreement with 3D Systems, a leading global provider of 3D printing technology. Under the arrangement, Canon will market, sell and support 3D Systems’ advanced manufacturing 3D printers, including the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out across Europe.
Through the partnership, customers will have access to 3D Systems’ advanced 3D printing technology underpinned by Canon’s exceptional service and support. This partnership reflects Canon’s ongoing growth strategy of expansion into new technology domains that deliver significant value to its diverse customer base and builds on the 3D Systems distribution agreement with Canon Marketing Japan announced in March 2014. Continue Reading »
Working women relate to Wonder Women and most men embrace Superman
Survey reveals that outdated office tech is more foe than friend in the workplace
(Markham, ON) February 26, 2015 – Epson Canada surveyed Canadian workers to reveal quirky work habits, technology reliance and which super powers would help Canadians get through the work day. The survey shows how much Canadians channel superhero alter egos, tend to multi-task and require up-to-date technology to succeed. Continue Reading »
From the Stratasys website customers can print out their own pre-paid UPS shipping label.
UPS then picks up and ships the recyclables straight to the Stratasys Eden Prairie facilities FREE of charge.**
*The Recycling Program does not include disposal or shipping of dangerous goods.
**The Recycling Program is currently available in North America only.
The following video presents Stratasys Recycling:
Stratasys’ North America customers can now recycle Stratasys material waste quicker and easier than ever before. Our Recycling Program helps you avoid logistical headaches, reduce waste, save space and eliminate shipping costs. And by recycling you also support people with disabilities in our community.
To start recycling today simply go to our webpage (www.stratasys.com/customer-support/recycling-center).
Stratasys’ New CANISTER AND CARTRIDGE Recycling Program Eliminates Waste Disposal Costs for North American Customers
Program provides free of charge waste disposal for 3D printing material FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges and supports local jobs for people with disabilities
MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, Feb. 26, 2015 — Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today introduced a new recycling program for North American customers. Continue Reading »
Today, Nikon announces that Nikon Df and D750 digital SLR cameras and Nikon 1 V3, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses are the recipients of iF Product Design Awards 2015.
The iF Product Design Awards are globally prestigious industrial product design awards sponsored by International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany.
This video presents Pure Photography: Nikon Df.
The following video presents Nikon D750 Product video:
Free your vision with the fast, versatile, and agile D750. In a world where anything is possible, this full-frame 24.3-megapixel powerhouse gives you the freedom to dare. Packed with professional imaging technology, and streamlined for compactness, nothing holds this camera back.
The newly designed FX-format sensor delivers exceptional image quality with cleaner results than ever before at high ISOs. Phenomenally sensitive AF performance, a burst rate of up to 6.5 fps, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p combine with the tiltable monitor to enable full freedom of expression. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your impressive photos in an instant.
Capture crisper, cleaner, better-defined images at high ISOs. The ISO range of 100–12800 is extendable to 50-51200 (equivalent).
Professional AF performance
Sensitive down to -3 EV and boasting Nikon’s Group Area AF mode, the D750 locks onto your target with incredible precision even in dark situations.
24.3-MP FX-format sensor
Full detail, full freedom. The all-new sensor offers wide dynamic range plus clean performance across all sensitivities, for images with stunning sharpness and rich tonality.
Nikon 1 V3
The following video presents Nikon 1 V3 Product video:
Lock onto action with the Nikon 1 V3. Offering top-speed professional performance, nothing gets past this portable system camera.
Nikon’s game-changing hybrid AF system captures split-second wonders with pinpoint precision, and the 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO 160–12800 ensures beautifully detailed RAW images and HD movies in any light. The responsive tilt-screen touch monitor puts vital shooting functions right where you need them, and dedicated 1 NIKKOR lenses give you a creative edge. Intelligent Nikon 1 ergonomics and flexible system accessories put D-SLR level control at your fingertips.
This video presents PXW-X70 (1.0-type CMOS Compact Solid-State Memory Camcorder) Functional Video.
The PXW-X70 is a compact, lightweight XDCAM camcorder with professional features including a high-sensitivity 1.0-type CMOS image sensor. It delivers high-resolution recording and superb performance even in low-light conditions and can record in various formats — including HD XAVC Long GOP (for 422 10-bit sampling), AVCHD, and DV® — to meet particular needs.
The lens features 12x Optical Zoom, which can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom while retaining full resolution. Thanks to the 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and Sony’s sophisticated Digital Extender, zoom performance can be further increased to 48x to satisfy the demand of professionals for wide-angle to telephoto shooting in various scenes. The rich feature set includes a four position switchable ND filter, 3G-SDI interface, XLR handle unit, built-in Wi-Fi function, and the future ability to record in 4K Ultra High Definition* which will support at any situation, increasing the creative possibilities.
* A firmware update service (fee required) will begin in the first half of 2015.
Sony (United Kingdom) recently announced the availability of updates for XDCAM camcorders PXW-X70 and PXW-X200 camcorders as follows.
PXW-X70 Firmware V2.0
Upgrade includes chargeable (to be paid, optional) element and will be available June 2015.
New Features & Improvements:
Support for 4K (QFHD) Recording (optional) via a paid licence
This 4K recording update provides support for QFHD shooting at 30p/25p/24p, allowing the X70 to capture scenes with “stunning quality“ and at high resolution, to an “incredibly compact“ camcorder. Furthermore, for projects finalized in HD, 4K recording greatly expands the creative possibilities by enabling digital panning, camera-shake correction and other post-production effects. Please note: 4K recording requires purchase of the 4K Upgrade License (CBKZ-X70FX) which is optional. The list price (without tax) for the 4K upgrade (CBKZ-X70FX) will be €485.
FREE HD firmware upgrade to version 2.0
Proxy recording will increase efficiency for editing workflows and allow for easier content transmission to remote locations, while FTP transfer means that files created using proxy recording – as well as those shot in XAVC and AVCHD formats – can be sent via the internet for remote storage on an FTP server.
Images can now also be streamed live from the PXW-X70 for remote viewing or streaming.
Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a framework of regulations (pdf) that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – a.k.a. drones – in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations.
The FAA is proposing to amend its regulations to adopt specific rules to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace System. These changes would address the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, certification of their operators, registration, and display of registration markings. The proposed rule would also find that airworthiness certification is not required for small unmanned aircraft system operations that would be subject to this proposed rule. Lastly, the proposed rule would prohibit model aircraft from endangering the safety of the National Airspace System.
The proposed provisions in the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) include the following. Operational Limitations
Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg).
Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only; the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the operator or visual observer.
At all times the small unmanned aircraft must remain close enough to the operator for the operator to be capable of seeing the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.
Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly involved in the operation.
Daylight-only operations (official sunrise to official sunset, local time).
Must yield right-of-way to other aircraft, manned or unmanned.
First-person view camera cannot satisfy “see-and-avoid” requirement but can be used as long as requirement is satisfied in other ways.
Maximum airspeed of 100 mph (87 knots).
Maximum altitude of 500 feet above ground level.
Minimum weather visibility of 3 miles from control station.
No person may act as an operator or VO for more than one unmanned aircraft operation at one time.
Operator Certification and Responsibilities
Pilots of a small UAS would be considered “operators”.
Operators would be required to:
o Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center.
o Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.
o Obtain an unmanned aircraft operator certificate with a small UAS rating (like existing pilot airman certificates, never expires).
o Pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test every 24 months.
o Be at least 17 years old.
o Make available to the FAA, upon request, the small UAS for inspection or testing, and any associated documents/records required to be kept under the proposed rule.
o Report an accident to the FAA within 10 days of any operation that results in injury or property damage.
FAA airworthiness certification not required. However, operator must maintain a small UAS in condition for safe operation and prior to flight must inspect the UAS to ensure that it is in a condition for safe operation. Aircraft Registration required (same requirements that apply to all other aircraft).
Aircraft markings required (same requirements that apply to all other aircraft). If aircraft is too small to display markings in standard size, then the aircraft simply needs to display markings in the largest practicable manner.
This video presents FAA proposes rules to regulate drone use.
The FAA is proposing a number of rules to deal with the growing interest from businesses looking to use drones.
Professional photographers received good news over the weekend as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new guidelines that would seem to pave the way for widespread legal use of small drones in the U.S. While the details are far from complete, the proposal would seem to open the door for professional photographers to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as an additional offering for their clients. However, that door is not open just yet….
And there could be even more positive news on the horizon for PPA members as the FAA has agreed to look at more relaxed regulations for micro-drones, a class of unmanned aircraft weighing less than 4.4 lbs. That is significant to photographers since many are already using these smaller drones outside of their business….
Nikon ups the ante with their newest affordable full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D750. It features some of the most advanced features on its high-end full-frame DSLRs in an affordable, weather-resistant body. The D750 features 24.3MP on a FX-format CMOS sensor, 6.5fps burst, ISO 100-12800, 51 point AF system, dual card slots, Full HD (1080p) video at 60/50/30/25/24p with stereo sound, a tiltable LCD and built-in Wi-Fi.
The Fujifilm X100T is a compact premium rangefinder-styled digital camera with drop-dead gorgeous retro looks. Under the hoods of this beautifully-designed digital camera, there is a quality 35mm [equiv.] F2 Fujinon lens, an APS-C X-Trans sensor and an image processing CPU engine that all work together to capture outstanding image quality rivaling the top end DSLRs. This Third regeneration of the X100 adds significant improvements to the hybrid viewfinder and fixes some of the irksome issues in the previous models.
The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is ultra compact but accepts interchangeable lenses on a Micro Four Thirds mount, and delivers excellent DSLR-level image quality and performance. It features a high resolution EVF, is fully-featured and is customizable to the way you like to work.
The Sigma dp2 Quattro improves on the dp1 series cameras in terms of performance but has chosen to still keep it basically a no-frills camera. It features 29MP resolution on an APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Foveon X3 Quattro sensor with Contrast-detect AF, a large and bright 3.0-in. LCD (920k-dot), PASM and RAW. In fact, you need to shoot in RAW and carefully post process to bring out the unique image flavor so prized by fans of the Foveon sensor.
FUNDAMENTALS If you are new to digital cameras, first read up on Digital Camera Fundamentals to understand the important features you should pay special attention to when comparing digital cameras.
BUYER'S GUIDE We have taken the mystery out of the selection process in our Digital Camera Buyer's Guide. Here, you'll find the best digital cameras in four categories. Select the digital camera that is right for you in 4 simple steps.
TUTORIALS After you have bought your digital camera, go through our Digital Photography Tutorials for some tried and tested tips on taking good pictures. You can take better pictures. We plan to regularly add new articles covering a wide range of subjects to this section.