Sunday, 30 September 2012

PictureCode's latest software reviewed

Our latest review is now up, this time we have reviewed the latest software offering from PictureCode.

Photo Ninja - Review

Photo Ninja offers a great piece of software at a reasonable price, that really does work well, with the added aspect of gaining a great piece of noise reduction software, that you would in the past have paid a premium for. They are still working on improvements so this could one day become the number one processor. You can request a two week trial licence so why not give it a go and see for yourself.

A little more expensive than LightRoom, but you do get Noise Ninja as part of it, so it has to be worth a look.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

North Carolina.. The land of waterfalls

I have just finished populating the Fatphotographer North Carolina page, and I found it quite enlightening, I knew next to nothing about the state prior to this work, and I now know there are loads of waterfalls. Interesting stuff, and I guess a reason to visit, if the coast isn't attractive enough.

Anyway, just a quick one, so let me know your thoughts, and if I have missed anything.

Oh and we still need a local to write an introduction and supply a photo.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Olympus keeps adding

More news from Olympus, this time about extending their Micro Four Thirds lense collection, with 4 new lenses.

You can read the full release here: Olympus release 4 new micro four thirds lenses

but the 4 lenses are:

  • 15mm (30mm*) 1:8.0 Body Cap Lens - £70 - Available from October 2012.
  • Splash and Dust Proof M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm 1:2.8 (120mm*) Macro Lens - £429 - Available from October 2012 .
  • Limited Edition M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12MM 1:2.0 (24mm*) Wide Angle Street Photography Lens in Black - £849 - Available from October 2012.
  • High-Grade Large-Aperture M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm 1:1.8 (34mm*) Lens - £TBC - Available from early 2013 

As you can see some interesting lenses, looks like Olympus are really pushing this system, which is good.

Oh and here is a picture of the lenses (well three of them anyway):

New Micro Four Thirds lenses from Olympus

Thursday, 27 September 2012

New York, New York..

A City so nice they named it twice and a state so photography friendly it has taken me two days to populate the page!

With over 50 galleries with a penchant for photography (I found 53 to be precise), and over 50 camera clubs (Spookily again 53?), New York loves it's cameras it would appear. It also means I want to visit (the city at least) even more than I did. I have long dreamed of birding Central Park during a fall of warblers, or traveling to ythe top of the Empire stte building, but now there are huge amounts of photographic galleries I want to see as well. Oh well, my partner loves NY so I guess that is one dream we can share.

Anyway onto the important part of this blog, you can see all the links here:

Fatphotographer New York page

We still need an introduction to photography (preferably by a local) as well as a representative photograph, so any interested takers please get in touch. Oh and as always, please let us know if we have any glaring errors, or missing sites.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Just a quick one

Olympus have announced two new cameras:

The Pen-Mini and Pen-Lite

Look quite interestin.

(Wow that was some appaling spelling issues, sorry for sucha poor post).

Monday, 24 September 2012

I have been thinking....

With the recent launches of new cameras, I have been wondering why so many camera manufacturers are obsessed with adding things to still cameras that really are not needed or wanted (by a large number of people at least).

These are a few I would happily see removed (or at least not included in some cameras to bring costs down).

GPS - If I want to know where I took a photo that badly I will write notes. Most of the time I could care less knowing the exact spot my photo was taken, I don't need a Global Positioning Satellite telling me, and I don't need my camera wasting processor memory on this.

HD Video - I have a camera to take photographs I have no desire to make films, and if I did I would rather have a camera suited to that job alone. I know they can take great videos but most photographers I know have never and will never use their camera for this purpose, removing this ability MUST mean less is needed on the cameras internal workings and could save money in production, and savings to us.

More Megapixles - There are limits to the amount you can fit on a sensor without creating more issues with noise, and most cameras really do now have enough. A little fact for you, I still use a Canon 20D for my photos (I can't justify spending money for a new camera when what I have does a good enough job), I have 8 megapixels at my disposal and I have NEVER had trouble printing up to A1 sized images! Granted more would allow more cropping but do I really ned 30 or more?

Style - Ok I know this is nothing to do with added extras but old 35mm SLRs were a thing of beauty, metalic bodies with leather (or faux leather) looked great, I have a collection displayed on my shelves (Yes I collect old cameras) but it must be said there are not many digtal cameras I would add to my collection, and I can't see future generations thinking some of the modern designs are so cool they must have one.

Oh well I guess that is my moan over, I know this isn't really about but hey I don't have many places I can moan.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Latest book review

I have just completed and uploaded our latest book review and this is one for Nikon users! More specifically for Nikon D3200 users.

It is Rob Sylvans book - Nikon D3200: From Snapshots to Great Shots (part of the excellent range of Snapshot to great shot range from Peachpit Press).

A really well written easy to read book, with some great tips and wonderful photos....

To read more please visit: Nikon D3200: From Snapshots to Great Shots - Review

I hope you enjoy it.


Cover Image

Thursday, 20 September 2012

It's that time of year again

It is the time of year again where my mailbox is overflowwing with new releases. Photokina is THE number one photography event and many companies decide to launch their new products and ranges here, so this is when I get real busy releasing news stories, and our front page has a huge change (daily!!).

Some of the recent announcements are as follows (Not everything is included here there is way too much check our news page for more):

Cannon announce the 6D
Olympus launch the XZ-2
Think Tank Photo launch two new products
M-Rock announce new range
Ilford have been busy

This does mean I get a littel behind in replying to other mails and performing other updates, so for that I am sorry (please bare with me I will ALWAYS reply, eventually).

Oh well, back to the grindstone.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Lightroom 4 book review

If you are a lightroom user, you may have heard of Martin Evenings book: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers if you are not a Lightroom user (I would recommend being one) then get Lightroom and theis book!

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers - Review

As you will see from my review if you have lightroom you will want, No NEED, this book!!

I cannot recomend it highly enough.