January issue of DIVE available online Photo

January issue of DIVE available online

DIVE magazine has released its January 2013 issue online. It features articles about diving in Komodo, the Philippines, Dijbouti and Grenada as well as interactions with humpbacks in Polynesia, great whites in South Africa, tiger sharks in the Bahamas and manta rays in the Maldives. Douglas Seifert writes about crinoids and there are technique articles about night diving and diving in currents.

Current DIVE magazine online editions are free to download after a simple registration, and are available in versions for Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Android device or Kindle Fire.

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Plug-in allows display of histograms while web browsing Photo

Plug-in allows display of histograms while web browsing

A new free plug-in for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox web browsers now lets the viewer look at most image’s histogram information whilst browsing. Image Histogram is an extension which allows the user to right-click on an image and view the histogram data. Histograms are useful for comparison between people’s images and for noting things like how far highlights and shadows are pushed in high-key and low-key images. Lastly, it gives a graphical idea of how compression has been applied to images across various upload interfaces.

Image Histogram is available as a free download from the Chrome Web Store and Mozilla Add-Ons.

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DPReview announces its best cameras of 2012 Photo

DPReview announces its best cameras of 2012

DPReview has announced the results of its user poll into the best camera of 2012. The thread attracted almost 15,000 votes and nearly 1500 comments, with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 being voted as the best camera of 2012 (but surely the camera with the worst name!) The Nikon D800/D800E was beaten by one percentage point into second place, with the Canon 5d Mark III coming in third. Interestingly, sales figures from the Japanese market, show the Nikon 1 J1 as selling the most, followed by the Olympus E-PL3 and then the Sony NEX-5n.

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UwP magazine January/February 2013 available Photo

UwP magazine January/February 2013 available

Underwater Photography magazine issue number 70 is now published and available to download. Articles include reviews of the Saga zoom filter and the Marseilles Festival by Phil Rudin, Fiji with the Nikon D7000 and D800 by Jack Connick, Scottish sea lochs by Jason Gregory and Belize by Lee Hutchins. Erik Oskarsson writes on Bunaken and Tammy Gibbs about Western Australia. As always, there is a large number of product, trip and competition announcements included too.

UwP magazine is a free download in pdf format.

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Happy New Year

For those celebrating the Gregorian New Year tonight, may we wish you happiest of evenings. 2012 has been a fantastic year for so many of us in the Wetpixel community and we hope that 2013 brings more happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.

May we all have safe diving, fantastic imagery and amazing encounters over the next year!

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RecSea announces housing for GoPro HERO3 Photo

RecSea announces housing for GoPro HERO3

RecSea has announced the release of an aluminium housing for the GoPro HERO3 POV cam. The WHG-HERO3 accommodates the HERO3 cam with its LCD or battery BacPac and features a 200 meter (660 feet) depth rating, has a RecSea Secure-Latch locking mechanism with a double-wide silicon o ring and contact surface and provides access to all camera functions. Accessories include color correction filters and a variety of mounting adaptors.

RecSea has also recently announced housings for the Canon PowerShot S110 and PowerShot G15 compact cameras. Prices and availability for all the above housings are still to be confirmed.

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BBC to clarify sources of shots Photo

BBC to clarify sources of shots

The BBC has announced that its new wildlife series Africa will make it clear when animals have been filmed under controlled conditions. The broadcaster was criticized for using some footage that had been shot in a Dutch zoo in the Frozen Planet series, but not making this clear to viewers. A spokesperson said that the “BBC has decided to flag up a number of controlled sequences within the commentary.” Viewers will be able to go to the website after the programme has been broadcast to see how scenes were filmed. Africa, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, was filmed over four years and goes to air in the UK on 2 January.

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Call for entries: The Blue Wild Photo Competition Photo

Call for entries: The Blue Wild Photo Competition

The Blue Wild Expo is calling for entries to its Photo Competition. The contest is open to all, with no specific categories, and no submission charge. The Expo to be held over 34 and 24 February, 2013, at the Broward County Convention Center, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The deadline for entries is 31 Jan, 2013, and the rules are listed on The Blue Wild website.

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