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The COVR Photo iPhone case promotes shooting from an unconventional angle. Rather than holding your phone with the screen facing toward you, a prism in the case redirects the camera's angle of view so the user can hold the phone as they would a remote control. Previously available for the iPhone 5/5S and 6/6S, it's been released for the iPhone SE.
The app that is used with the device has also been improved to allow control of contrast, brightness and manual focusing, as well as a square shooting option and a burst mode.
The guiding principle behind the device's design is that it allows more comfortable one-handed operation of the iPhone. Because the user points the ‘wrong’ part of the phone towards the subject, it isn’t obvious that a picture is being taken. The inventor, photo journalist Thomas Hurst, says that the design lets parents take more natural pictures of their children. He claims it is also useful for street photography and photo documentary work.
The device consists of a rigid case that snaps around the iPhone and a sliding prism with a lens unit that can be pushed over the phone’s camera unit or pulled back for 'normal' shooting. An app converts the image so that it doesn’t appear upside down on the screen.
The COVR Photo lens case for the iPhone SE costs $59.95 and comes in black, white, blue and purple. The case is also available for the iPhone 5/5S and 6/6S.
For more information visit the COVR Photo website.
COVR the world with the only case that allows for one-handed iPhonography
As the only iPhone case with a built-in lens and custom app, COVR Photo is pleased to announce its case for the new iPhone SE. COVR Photo is the only case that allows users to take photos and videos while holding the phone one-handed and from a horizontal angle, like holding a TV remote.
"As a professional photographer for 20-years, I know how difficult it can be to capture a timeless moment,” said COVR Photo Founder, Thomas Hurst. "COVR came from a desire to help my wife easily capture the natural moments of our four children with the camera she always had with her – her smartphone.”
He adds, “COVR is the first smartphone case with a sliding lens built directly into it – so it’s always with you, at your fingertips, ready to help all of us capture the spontaneity of life with of our family, friends, and loved ones."
Accompanying the new iPhone SE case, COVR Photo has just launched an updated app. In addition to adding manual contrast and brightness adjustment, the new app also features a “burst” mode, improved social media sharing, square camera mode and manual focus abilities.
The iPhone SE COVR case is available online now in black for $29.95 and $24.95 for white, blue and purple. Along with the case for the new iPhone SE, COVR Photo also offers cases for the iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 6/6S.
Parents, grandparents, professionals, photo-enthusiasts and travelers around the world use COVR to take photos and videos from a unique angle to capture once-in-lifetime moments using just one hand.
The case features include:
Based out of Renton, Wash., COVR Photo was founded in 2014 by award-winning photojournalist Thomas Hurst. Designed with a high-quality prism, COVR Photo sits at just under a half inch tall, fitting comfortably in most pockets.
About COVR Photo: Created by photographer, Thomas Hurst, COVR Photo produces revolutionary products to equip and inspire people to document the world around them through photographs and videos. To learn more, visit covrphoto.com.
Swiss studio flash manufacturer Elinchrom has launched the next generation of its Skyport wireless triggering system that allows photographers to include hotshoe flash units in their lighting set-ups. The EL-Skyport Plus system includes a newly designed transmitter that has a swivelling head that the company says helps to optimize reception, while the new receiver features a hotshoe mount for triggering ‘almost any’ brand of hotshoe flash.
The units work via 2.4Ghz radio communications, have a range of 656ft/200m and offer 16 channels with four groups.
The EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus costs $89.99 and the kit that includes the transmitter and the hotshoe receiver costs $139.99.
For more information visit the Elinchrom website.
Introducing the New EL-Skyport Plus System
The next generation Skyport is here and allows you to take full control of your flashes from the palm of your hands.
The EL-Skyport Plus follows the successful launch of the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon® and Nikon®, for those shooters requiring Hi-Sync. The new EL-Skyport Plus system is compact and robust, using readily available AA batteries. The Skyport Plus offers an extended range of up to 656 feet (200 m) and controls the power of all Skyport enabled Elinchrom flash units. With eight individual frequencies and the choice of standard and speed protocols, there are 16 frequency options, each with four groups. The EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus is compatible with almost every camera. The transmitter head folds down for reduced profile and easier subject viewing while shooting.
Compatible with Most Flash Systems
The EL-Skyport Receiver Plus will trigger almost every flash system and features a built-in hot shoe to trigger speedlights, while enabling them to also be conveniently mounted onto a lighting stand.
When used in conjunction with a Skyport HS Plus Transmitter, most speedlights set at full power can also be incorporated into Hi-Sync applications (using high shutter sync speeds to freeze motion and control ambient light).
“Elinchrom has long prided itself on providing as much control as possible to its photographers. The new Skyport Plus continues that tradition by allowing shooters to take and maintain complete control no matter what they are shooting. When it comes to Living Light, no company does it better than Elinchrom.” said Jan Lederman, MAC Group President.
The Elinchrom Skyport Plus system is retro compatible with the existing Skyport Speed system, and forward compatible to the additional frequencies offered by the latest Elinchrom ELB and ELC units.
EL-Skyport Plus To Go Contents
* EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus contains:
* EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus
* 2.5 mm to PC sync cord
* Wrist strap
* 2-year warranty
EL-Skyport Universal Plus set contains:
* EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus
* EL-Skyport Receiver Plus
* 2.5 mm to PC sync cord
* 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm sync cord
* 3.5 mm to 6.35 mm adapter
* Wrist strap
* 2-year warranty
MindShift Gear has launched four Multi-Mount Holsters for photographers in need of a versatile bag that can accommodate a DSLR or mirrorless camera, a lens, and a few accessories. The Multi-Mount Holster 10 is the smallest of the four, with the Multi-Mount Holster 20, 30, and 50 being incrementally larger while retaining the same general design and features.
The entire line of Multi-Mount Holsters can be used in five different configurations: as a belt around the waist, over the shoulder, over the chest, in front on a harness and as a fanny pack. Each holster has a Stabilizer Strap System for securing the bag into the chosen configuration while helping distribute weight. All four models feature a seam-sealed rain cover and interior weather-block under the zippered lid. The Multi-Mount Holster 30 and 50 also have an expandable front pocket.
Other notable features include a removable LCD screen protector, YKK zippers with an anticorrosion coating and enamel finish, a 420D nylon exterior with a ‘Durable Water Resistance’ finish, a security loop in the main compartment for securing a camera, and a clip-on point for water bottles on the shoulder strap. The 30 and 50 models can also hold keys, memory cards, and more in the front pocket.
Each bag offers the following capacities:
Multi-Mount Holster 10 ($89.99)
Multi-Mount Holster 20 ($99.99)
Multi-Mount Holster 30 ($109.99)
Multi-Mount Holster 50 ($119.99)
Announced back in February, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has at long last made its way through our door. We're just itching to get it out and put its 20.2MP sensor and 14 fps burst rate to work shooting some fast action to see what its AF system can do, but first we put it through our slate of studio image quality tests.
Like the EOS 80D there's a big improvement in the camera's dynamic range. Canon's move to a design using on-chip analog-to-digital conversion ensures less noise is added before the signal is converted into digital values, meaning it's easier to distinguish between captured information and background noise. In turn, this means more malleable Raw files with more useful information available when you try to process them.
In our standard studio tests, the findings were slightly less positive. The JPEG engine seems to use the same sharpening parameters as the 50MP EOS 5DS R, which ends up being rather heavy-handed when applied to 20MP levels of detail capture. High ISO performance, once a Canon strength, drops a little behind its better rivals.
In this test we look to see how tolerant of pushing exposure the EOS-1D X II's Raw files are. We've done this by exposing our scene with increasingly lower exposures, then pushed them back to the correct brightness using Adobe Camera Raw. Examining what happens in the shadows allows you to assess the exposure latitude (essentially the dynamic range) of the Raw files.
Because the changes in this test noise are primarily caused by shot noise and this is mainly determined by the amount of light the camera has had access to, the results are only directly comparable between cameras of the same sensor size. However, this will also be the case in real-world shooting if you're limited by what shutter speed you can keep steady, so this test gives you an idea of the amount of processing latitude different formats give.
The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II shows very similar amounts of noise to the excellent sensor in the Sony a7R II up until a 3EV push, with the Canon dropping behind after a 4EV push. It's a similar story against the likes of theor . This means that the darker shadows in a processed image would be slightly cleaner in images from these cameras, after contrast adjustments or a less extreme push.
However, this performance is noticeably better than theand, significantly, better than the 1D X II's most direct rival: the .
A camera with a very low noise floor is able to capture a large amount of dynamic range, since it add very little noise to the detail captured in the shadow regions of the image. This has an interesting implication: it minimizes the need to amplify the sensor's signal in order to keep it above that noise floor (which is what ISO amplification conventionally does). This provides an alternate way of working in situations that would traditionally demand higher ISO settings.
Here we've done something that may seem counter-intuitive: we've used the same aperture and shutter speed at different ISO settings to see how much difference there is between shooting at a particular ISO setting (and using hardware amplification) vs. digitally correcting the brightness, later. This has the advantage that all the shots should exhibit the same shot noise and any differences must have been contributed by the camera's circuitry.
You can see the EOS-1D X II's full results here. As you may have inferred from the Exposure Latitude tests, the EOS-1D X II isn't entirely ISO invariant - the camera is adding enough downstream read noise such that you can't use a lower-than-normal ISO and selectively brighten the image later - to protect highlight information - without some noise cost.
To put this in perspective, though, the camera's files appear much more flexible than those of the, which itself was a big step forward from the . So, while they're not a match for the likes of the or the latest Sony sensors, the 1D X II is a step forward for Canon, and performs better than the in this regard. In fact this test slightly under-represents the Canon's performance, since the D5's ISO 6400 result is better to start off with: to start off ahead but then fall behind the Canon, the Nikon must be adding more noise at low ISOs.
Feature Shoot has announced five winners in its 2016 Emerging Photographer Awards. Now in its second year, the awards hope to help jumpstart the careers of budding photographers, and entries are accepted from around the world. The five winners' photos will be exhibited at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn next month. Each winning photographer also receives $500 cash, a Lomo'Instant Montenegro Camera and a Cecilia camera strap.
Take a look at some of the winning images above, and learn more about the competition at emergingphotographyawards.com.
Developed: Five Emerging Photographers
Opening: June 2, 2016; 6:00-9:00 PM
United Photo Industries
16 Main St, #B, DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York
Spanning the globe and various genres within the medium, Developed: Five Emerging Photographers highlights some of the most surprising and excellent work produced by rising stars within the photographic world.
New York - April 28, 2016 Feature Shoot is proud to present the Second Annual Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards exhibition, showcasing the work of five diverse and exceptional fine art, documentary, and portrait photographers from around the world.
The Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards are given annually to a set of photographers whose voices are unique. The prize and subsequent exhibition, featuring five artworks from each winning artist, are geared not only towards jumpstarting the careers of promising new photographers but also towards contributing to fresh and forwardthinking discourse within the international photographic community.
This year, our jury of leading industry experts - Jessie Wender, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic Magazine; Sarah Sudhoff, photographer and Director/Owner at Capsule Gallery; Kevin Wy Lee, photographer and Founder of Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA); Liz Lapp, curator and Content Manager at Yahoo - selected five photographers from an estimated 1,000 submissions. The exhibiting photographers will be Marlena Waldthausen, Camille Michel, Mariya Kozhanova, Lissa Rivera, and Kimberly Witham.
Marlena Waldthausen was chosen for her intimate series Brothers, chronicling the lives and close relationship between two deaf twins, one of whom is also entirely blind, living in Germany.
Camille Michel's series The Last Men tells the ancient tale of the Inuit fishermen of Uummannaq, Greenland, who are gradually losing their ties to the land in an increasingly globalized community.
Mariya Kozhanova focuses her lens on Russian youth, who in a precarious political climate, have clung to and become a part of the Japanese subculture of anime cosplay.
Lissa Rivera was selected for Beautiful Boy, a series confronting gender roles and aesthetics, made in collaboration with her romantic partner after he told her about his habit of donning women’s clothes in college.
Kimberly Witham's winning project On Ripeness and Rot takes inspiration from Dutch Golden Age paintings, incorporating fresh fruit and roadkill to create beautiful and disarming still lifes that speak to mortality, loss, and rebirth.