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Photo Tips & News, Issue #008 -- What's New !
April 13, 2010

Welcome to the April 2010 issue of   DPTips Central   newsletter!


Our Spring issue is packed with great ideas, tips and news to help your photography and get your creative juices going. So let’s get started…

Photography Industry News

Adobe Photoshop

Yesterday, April 12th 2010 marked the launched of Adobe Photoshop CS5. You cannot be blamed if you get frustrated with constant software upgrades (we tend to own so many programs nowadays), however this one is truly impressive and seems to be worthwhile.

The new release is promising some ground-breaking new features for photography from complex selections made easy to content-aware fill to automatic lens correction to more efficient workflow.

With the launch, Adobe have released several teasers to get us all excited! Here is a teaser on the new feature Content Aware Fill, very impressive...

And demonstration of the amazing new technologies on warping images and painting on images:

Free time-limited copy of Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta
Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta is now available for download with some great improvements. If you want to download the Beta version, you can do so for free while it is still available but as always when something is in beta version, make sure to backup any of your images that you play with...

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update 2.0.4
Canon released their latest firmware update for the 5D Mark II which allows, amongst other updates, the ability to shoot video at 24 frames per second (USA) and 25 fps (Europe). This is a great boost for any videographers out there as these frame rates go a long way to achieving that elusive "film look". To download this firmware, go to Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update

 Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD

New Tamron Lens
SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD
This new70-300mm telephoto zoom lens has been produced for Nikon mounts ( Canon and Sony to follow shortly) and features image stabilization and an ultrasonic auto-focus drive. There is no pricing information released yet but we will keep you posted. In the meantime, you can read more information here .

Get free prints with Canon !
If you are in the market for a new printer, Canon have just announced a new scheme that allows you to have your own shot printed on a Prixma of your choice and posted back to you for FREE. The offer is available until May 30th and it is a great way to try the printers out before you part with your cash ! For more details, click here .

Fix what is broken and hack it better with Sugru
Raise your hand those of you that have thrown away something has been broken as it was made from plastic and you could not mend it. We have found the answer to this problem in Sugru – a silicon rubber that mends and sticks things back together promising to dramatically prolong the life of your stuff. Sugru is a plastic ‘modelling clay’ made from silicon that can be completely manipulated and moulded into any position. It is water and heat resistant (between -60 to +180 C degrees) and is also made to stick to as many materials as possible – including aluminum, steel, plastics, ceramics and glass. Once you have opened your pack of Sugru, you have got about 30 mins before it starts to set and then it takes a further 24-hour to fully dry.

There are so many uses you can come up for it – you can add extra grip to your DSLR with it, or use it to make buttons easier to grab onto, or you have got a studio key that hurts your hand when you turn it in a lock. The possibilities are endless…

For more details and to order, click here . A multi-pack of Sugru which contains five 10g sachets and five 5g sachets, cost just £7 ( with free international shipping).

Photography Competitions and Exhibitions

Street Photography Competition at BJP
Can you take great street photography? If so you will be interested to know that BJP (British Journal of Photography) and Format 2011 have teamed up to launch a street photography competition. Entrants must submit 30 images, which will be judged by a jury of experts including Louise Clements, lead curator at Format 2011. Clements will then work with the winner to create an exhibition at Format 2011, which will be printed on a LightJet by MX Display. The winning photographer will also win a Think Tank Photo Retrospective Lens Changer 2 bag, courtesy of Snapperstuff.

Entry costs £20, €22 or $30. For more information and for details on how to enter the competition, visit font>

Photography Book Now competition back with $25,000 prize
Launched by online publishing company Blurb, Photography.Book.Now offers the winning photographer $25,000 to start or finish a project of their choice.

Three categories are open for submissions - fine art, editorial and portfolio - judged by photography book expert Darius Himes and jury panel of editors, gallery curators, publishers and professional photographers, including the Sunday Times photo editor Monica Allende and world-renowned Martin Parr.

Each category winner will also receive the “ultimate camera package”, which comes with a Sony A850 DSLR, a Sony SAL-28-75mm f/2.8 lens, X-Rite’s ColorChecker and Passport ColorMunki Photo, as well as an Induro Carbon Fiber tripod and a Blurb gift card.

This year’s winners will be featured in a special roadshow event at the Brighton Photo Biennale, followed by stops in Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, Rome, Seattle and Toronto.

 Rafal Milach, Black Sea of Concrete © Rafal Milach

Last year, Polish photographer Rafal Milach won the $25,000 cash prize for his book Black Sea of Concrete, which offers a selection of Milach's work on contemporary Ukraine, focusing on the Black Sea coastline during the cold winter months of 2008.

For more details and how to enter, visit

Photography Suppliers - Latest News

If you are looking into buying some new equipment, check out Jessops online shop. They are currently running great online offers like £60 back on Nikon D5000 and D90, offer free shipping as well as additional voucher offers as seen below :

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Thanks for your support and it just remains for us to wish you the happiest of Christmases and a prosperous New Year!

Irina & Gianfranco

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