Review: Reikan FoCal Pro AF calibration software
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon presents a review of Reikan FoCal Autofocus fine tuning software. High resolution digital cameras tend to show any flaws that are present in the lens, and minute differences in manufacturing tolerances in both lenses and cameras can result in sub optimum results. Calibration software can be used to correct these idiosyncrasies, and FoCal offers a fully automated solution.
Image: Walrus by Franco Banfi
Andrej Belic: Photokina 2014
Wetpixel member and equipment designer Andrej Belic presents images and a synopsis of the new products that were presented at Photokina 2014. Traditionally the show, held in Colognes, Germany, is the place where many of the major camera and accessory manufacturers present their new products to the public. Andrej is also in the process of designing a new housing which will utilize Wifi to control the cameras within them. In his review, he shows the first images valuable of them too.
Video: The Ocean Brothers
President Obama announces Pacific marine sanctuary
The BBC reports that the President Obama has signed a memorandum to create the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. Wetpixel wrote about the plan back in June, which is now signed into law. It bans “commercial fishing, deep-sea mining and other extraction of underwater resources” in an area 200 nautical miles (1.2 million sq. km) around seven scattered Pacific islands, atolls and reefs between Hawaii and American Samoa.
Image: Ripples and Rays by Jennifer Penner
Jennifer Penner of newmediasoup posted this stunning image of a diver entitled “Ripples and Rays” onto the Wetpixel Facebook Group. It was taken in in the Sugar Bowl, Taj Mahal Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico. Please follow the link through to see the full image and for her back story about capturing it.
Inon releases GoPro lens system
As reported during our ADEX 2014 coverage, Inon has designed a specific “semi-fisheye conversion lens” and a so-called “wide close-up lens” for the GoPro HERO3 and 3+. Takuya Torii of Inon reports that “the lenses are designed to bring optimal performance of camera itself even underwater and to get as wide an angle of view as on land and boost the camera’s usability for macro shooting.
Adobe announces Elements 13
Adobe has announced new version of their Photoshop and Premiere Elements software. These offer basic and guided photo and video editing and are aimed at people that “don’t always have the time or the know-how to get the results they desire”. In Photoshop Elements 13, there are new selection tools, Facebook oriented editing layouts and mono conversion processes. In Premiere Elements, there are new trimming tools, titling options and anti-shake functions.
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- Getty images are now free for non-commercial use (via )