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Photo Tips & News, Issue #016 -- What's New !
April 21, 2011

Welcome to the April 2011 issue of DPTips Central newsletter!


This month’s issue is packed with lots of interesting stories, industry news and tips that caught our attention in the past two months. So let’s get started…

Photography Industry News

Nikon adds to digital SLR range with the D5100

Nikon D5100

Nikon has announced the new 16.2-megapixel Nikon D5100 digital SLR and the ME-1 stereo microphone. The Nikon D5100 is designed with features for the prosumer photographer. Highlights include a new vari-angle 3-inch LCD and an “effects mode” to let photographers create fun effects that are both applied to photos and videos.

Nikon has announced the release of its 16.2-megapixel Nikon D5100 digital SLR aimed at enthusiast and advanced photographers . Highlights include an external ME-1 stereo microphone, Expeed 2 image-processing engine, a new vari-angle 3-inch LCD and an “effects mode” to let photographers create fun effects that are both applied to photos and videos.

The D5100 has a sensitivity range of ISO100 to ISO6400, which can be expanded to ISO25,600 at Hi 2. However, as part of a series of new special effects features, the new model can also capture, in black-and-white, images at ISO102,400.

The D5100 has an 11-point AF system, with four AF-area modes, including 3D-tracking autofocus, which lets photographers keep their main subject in focus "even when the composition changes quickly in action scenes."

Nikon D5100 LCD Screen

The new model sports a burst rate of 4fps, a vari-angle LCD screen, a High-Dynamic Range mode, and a series of picture controls - standard, vivid, neutral, monochrome, portrait and landscape. Nikon has also improved on the D5000 movie mode, by offering full-HD recording, for up to 20 minutes, at frame rates of 24, 25 and 30p. As for capturing audio, Nikon is now offering its own external microphone - the ME-1 -, which is specifically designed for DSLRs.

Nikon D5100 ME-1 Microphone

The D5100 will be available from 21 April, retailing at £670/ $799.95 (body only) and £780/$899.95 (with Nikon's 18-55mm VR lens). The ME-1 microphone will retail at £120.

In the following video, Simon Iddon, Nikon UK's enthusiast product manager, goes through the D5100's main features.

For more details, visit


Stock Artist Alliance to shut down

 Stock Artist Alliance Logo

Stock Artist Alliance has informed its members that the association will be closing down from next month stating that the resources essential to sustain the SAA have dried up. The SAA identified the "multiple overlapping photographic trade associations" as a key problem, and therefore concluded that "the best choice is for photographers to consolidate their affiliations in support of larger, established organisations, which are in a better position to address a broader range of image licensing issues." As a result, the SAA members will have the possibility to transfer their memberships to the Professional Photographers of America or the American Society of Media Photographers.

World Photography Festival coming to London

World Photography Festival London

The World Photography Festival which will take over London’s Somerset House from 26 April to 1 May is organised by the World Photography Organisation. Culminating with the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony, the festival will also host a series of lectures and seminars, including the In the Photographer’s Studio talks featuring the world’s best photographers.

Also on offer will be three-day workshops in portraiture and documentary, inviting participants to learn from established photographers such as David Graham and Jocelyn Bain Hogg.

Headlining the festival will be From Chaos to Order, an exhibition curated by photography expert Francis Hodgson and independent curator Yasmina Reggad. The show is built around the winning and shortlisted images of the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards, and mirrors “the process by which we make sense of photographs in the world”, says Hodgson. “Editing and sequencing, picking fewer telling photographs from the mass – that is the process by which all photography comes to its audience.”

Another festival highlight will be a new retrospective of Bruce Davidson’s work, curated by Simon Baker of Tate. Davidson will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 27 April.

For further details and to buy tickets visit

Canon updates Final Cut Pro plug-in

Final Cut Pro Studio

Canon will release this month an update to its EOS Movie plug-in, which has been designed to make editing of footage shot with one of its HDSLRs easier in Apple’s Final Cut Pro software suite. The plug-in converts EOS Movie footage to Apple's high-quality ProRes 422 codec.

The update also enables smoother importing from Canon's EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV models, allowing users to import footage without requiring the THM file generated by the camera.

The update - EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.2 - will be available to download for free from 25 April.

Adobe updates iPhone's Photoshop app

Adobe iPhone Photoshop app

Adobe has launched an update to its Photoshop Express application for iPhones and iPads . The application allows for image capture, editing and sharing on-the-go. However, with its most recent update, Adobe adds the Camera Pack, which is available as an in-app purchase. The Camera Pack enables continuous image capturing directly from the app and offers an image review mode. You can also use a timer to determine at which intervals of time should images be shot.

In addition, the pack adds a noise reduction feature that automatically lessens the amount of grain, and smooths out flaws to improve your photos. While the application is free to download, the Camera Pack retails at £2.39. Photoshop Express 2.0 requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Objects of Desire: The iPhone Telephoto Lens

iPhone Telephoto Lens Photojojo

Speaking of iPhones, get a hold of this baby: a telephoto lens that attaches to your iPhone. No, it’s not a joke and yes, it will make your iPhone look completely ridiculous but it is a good option if you like shooting on-the-fly and want to get closer to the action. The iPhone Telephoto Lens increases the zoom on your iPhone 3 or iPhone 4 (it won’t work on earlier phones) by 8x, offering you some close-up, candid capability.

It comes with a snazzy, matte black hard case with a screw mount for the lens. Just slide the case around your iPhone, attach the lens and it’s all locked in. There’s a collapsible mini tripod that comes with the kit and clamps on to further stabilization. Its cost is $35 and you can find further information at .

Photography Competitions and Exhibitions

Getty Images is now calling for entries for its 2011 Grants for Editorial Photography programme

Getty Images is offering five grants of $20,000 each to "provide photojournalists with the funding and freedom to pursue projects of personal and journalistic significance”. For its seventh edition, Getty Images is now allowing teams of photographers to enter the awards. This year, the grants will be awarded by a panel of jurors that includes Jon Jones, director of photography for The Sunday Times Magazine; Emanuela Mirabelli, photo editor of Marie Claire in Italy; Cyril Drouhet of Le Figaro Magazine; and photojournalist Tom Stoddart. The panel is completed by Jean-François Leroy, director of the Visa Pour l'Image photojournalism festival in Perpignan, where this year's winners will be revealed.

For more information, visit

The City of Levallois - Epson Photography Award is now calling for entries for its 2011 edition

The annual prize rewards the work of a photographer, regardless of nationality, aged 35 or under. "Photographers must present their own new work, which has not been previously published or exhibited," say the organisers. "The selection panel will pay particular attention to the consistency of the artistic approach in its form and content."

The winner receives a €10,000 cash prize, as well as a monographic exhibition at the Photo Levallois festival in France. To enter the competition, photographers must send a selection of at least 15 photographs with a supporting letter of 1000 words and a resume. For more information on how to enter, visit .

Getty Images photographer wins Press Awards title

Getty Images, Press Photographer of the Year 2010, Matt Cardy Image © Matt Cardy / Getty Images

Matt Cardy, a Getty Images photographer, has won Photographer of the Year at the 2010 Press Awards celebrating the best of British journalism

In a statement, Adrian Murrell, senior vice president of global editorial at Getty Images, says: "We are extremely proud that Matt has been recognised for his outstanding work. His portfolio is made up of the groundbreaking and compelling content Matt shot at Wootton Basset, the most powerful image taken from hundreds of similar repatriations; an image of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Gordon Brown, which perfectly captured the uncertainty in British politics, as the three parties struggled to form a coalition after the election; and an image of National Trust's Stourhead, simply exquisite in its execution and featured in double page spreads in The Guardian and the Daily Mail”.

Mitch Epstein wins £65,000 in latest Prix Pictet

 Mitch Epstein, American Power, Prix Pictet award From the series American Power, ©Mitch Epstein

Photographer Mitch Epstein has won the third Prix Pictet award, which comes with a £65,000 grant, for his work on American Power

Mitch Epstein received the prestigious Prix Pictet award from the hands of former United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan at a high-profile ceremony held in Paris on 17 March. The prize is awarded for the most successful use of photography to tackle social and environmental issues .

American photographer and filmmaker, Epstein was commissioned to document an erasure of a small town in Ohio back in 2003, after the American Electric Power company bought the town. Epstein was selected from more than 450 entrants, alongside seven other nominees - Christian Als, Edward Burtynsky, Stéphane Couturier, Yeondoo Jung, Vera Lutter, Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo, Taryn Simon, Thomas Struth, Guy Tillim, Michael Wolf and Chris Jordan. For further details visit .

The winners of this year's Sony World Photography Awards Open competition have been announced

Since its launch in 2008, the Sony World Photography Awards 2011 have been divided into two contests - one for professional photographers and another for amateur shooters. The latter, called the Open contest, has now revealed its winners.

Divided in ten categories, the Sony Open Award winners are: Chan Kwok Hung (Hong Kong) in Action, Chumlong Nilkon (Thailand) in After Dark, Marek Troszczynski (Poland) in Architecture, Hubert Januar (Indonesia) in Arts & Culture, Edina Csoboth (Hungary) in Fashion, Andiyan Lutfi (Indonesia) in Nature & Wildlife, Wolfgang Weinhardt (Germany) in Panoramic, Raghuranjan Sarkar (India) in People, Carlos Henrique Reinesch (Brazil) in Smile and James Chong (Singapore) in Travel.

Chan Kwok Hung, winner in the Action category , Sony World Photography Awards Open competition Image © Chan Kwok Hung, winner in the Action category in this year's Sony World Photography Awards Open competition.

 James Chong, winner in the Travel category , Sony World Photography Awards Open competition Image © James Chong, winner in the Travel category in this year's Sony World Photography Awards Open competition.

 Hubert Januar, winner in the Arts & Culture category , Sony World Photography Awards Open competition Image © Hubert Januar, winner in the Arts & Culture category in this year's Sony World Photography Awards Open competition.

 Marek Troszczynski, winner in the Architecture category, Sony World Photography Awards Open competition Image © Marek Troszczynski, winner in the Architecture category in this year's Sony World Photography Awards Open competition.

The winners, half of them coming from Asia, have been selected from among 51,000 submissions from 148 countries by a judging committee composed of British photography critic Francis Hodgson, who was joined by Andrew Saunders from Getty Images, Yann Salmon-Legagneur of Sony Europe and Paul Genge of Sony UK.

One overall winner will be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 27 April at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize, as well as a Sony digital SLR camera.

For more information, visit

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