Coral repair bots seeks funding on Kickstarter
A team from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University are hoping to attract crowd-funding via [Kickstarter}(http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/376482095/coral-bots-teams-of-robots-that-repair-coral-reefs) for a project that will produce “coral-bots.” These are autonomous underwater robots that navigate across reefs, assessing damaged sections and transplanting healthy coral into those areas.
Nauticam releases LCD magnifier and sunscreen
Nauticam USA has announced the release of a combined sunscreen and magnifier for compact camera housings. This will both magnify and shade the LCD screens on many Nauticam compact and mirrorless camera housings. The unit has a dioptic adjustment that allows the user to add to correct the optic for their eyes.
Job opportunity: Reef Photo seeks a sales professional
Reef Photo & Video is seeking a motivated, organized and solution oriented individual to assist in customer service, sales and playing a flexible role with a successful team. Are you an avid underwater photographer or videographer? Are you a “people person” with excellent communication skills? Are you enthusiastic about expanding and sharing your technical understanding? If so, they want to hear from you!
Sigma announces 18-35mm f1.8 wide-angle zoom lens
Sigma has announced that they are releasing an 18-35mm wide-angle zoom with a constant aperture of f1.8. The 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens is, the company claims, the first lens to offer such a large aperture throughout its zoom range. Suitable for DX cameras, the camera has a minimum focus distance of 11”, which may make it suitable for underwater use.
Abi Smigel Mullens appointed as Wetpixel Associate Editor
We would like to welcome Abi Smigel Mullens as an Associate Editor. She has been a moderator of our community for some time, and has worked closely with Eric, Alex and Adam over several shows. For those who haven’t met her yet, she is a San Francisco based photographer who specializes in underwater images of kids through her business, Sea Star Underwater Portraits as well as more conventional underwater imagery.
Tutorial: Digging deeper with Lightroom’s local controls
Doug Sloss of Underwater Lightroom has written an exclusive Lightroom tutorial for the Wetpixel community. He points out that most photographers do not use the local correction functions available in the software. The tutorial aims to remedy this, or in Doug’s words, persuade us to “go local!”
Lightroom 5 beta release is imminent. UPDATE: LR5 beta released
Earlier today, TechCrunch signposted that a beta release of Adobe Lightroom 5 (LR5) is imminent. In an article that has subsequently been taken down, TechCrunch listed the new software as having an improved spot removal tool, a spot highlighting tool, a selective enhancement engine and a new tool called upright that corrects both distortion and horizontal skewing. Lastly, LR 5 beta adds the ability to work on images in a preview mode. Update: Lightroom 5 beta is now available as a free download on Adobe Labs.
Wetpixel members David Barrio and Luisa Quin win CMAS Championship
It has been confirmed that Wetpixel members David Barrio and Luisa Quin have won the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography. The event was held at Cayo Largo, Cuba from 9 to 14 April, but due to issues with the internet in Cuba, we are still awaiting full details and results. In the meantime though, hearty congratulations to all the prize winners and especially to David and Luisa.
- VIDEO: Driver finds owl stuck in car grille (via BBC)
- Yawning Goby (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Mothers shape elephants’ future (via BBC)
- Urban light speeds sexual maturity (via BBC)
- Sea slug ‘disposable penis’ astounds (via BBC)
- VIDEO: Sea turtle gets artificial flippers (via BBC)
- Turtles Choose the Perfect Moment to Lay Eggs (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Can the Global Ocean Commission Help? (via DivePhotoGuide)
- Brian May unveils woodland vision (via BBC)
- Chasing Fairy Basslets (via DivePhotoGuide)