Saturday, October 30, 2010

Free Online Photo-editors

Adobe Photoshop Elements iconImage via Wikipedia



Adobe Photoshop™ is possibly the world's best-known photo editor software. It's also very expensive. In recent years Adobe has recognised that not everyone can afford Photoshop so it brought out Photoshop Elements. Now up to version 9, Photoshop Elements offers many of the features of its big brother at a much more affordable price.

 More recently, with the advent of true broadband seeds and the growing popularity of 'cloud computing', Adobe introduced Photoshop.com, an online version of its editor.




The online photo editor offers a great deal of functionality. With it you can crop, straighten, adjust color, and touch up images. You can try a Soft Focus or Sketch filter, a Pop Color or distortion effect, some text, a frame... the list of enhancements goes on, and the Photoshop Express Editor never changes your original photo.

All of this comes free of charge. You can save your edited image back to your desktop and upload it to your online gallery or print it off.  The full suite of online tools includes not only an image editor (known as Photoshop Express) but also Express Organizer and Express Slideshow. You can also try out the new Photoshop Express Style Match, a simplified online version of the Photomerge Style Match tool in Photoshop Elements 9 software, which helps you create dramatically different looks and feelings in your photos.



So, why not pop along and try out the online apps at  www.photoshop.com?


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Canon EOS 60D now available!

Canon EOS 60D SampleshotImage by 246-You via Flickr

The new Canon EOS 60D is now available in the UK. Costing £869 inc. VAT for the body, it lies between the 550D and the 7D in Canon's range. The 17-85mm Lens Kit costs £1148 inc. VAT.
  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Advanced creative features
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD
  • Full HD movies
  • DIGIC 4
  • ISO 100-6400, H:12800
  • 5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs
  • 9-point cross type AF System
  • iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor 
Reviews are generally positive, with www.dpreview.com commenting "from a spec and feature point of view it sits almost exactly half-way between the EOS 550D and the EOS 7D, which is exactly where it should be."

Some reviewers have remarked on the fact that Canon have dropped the magnesium alloy construction and so this is more of an enthusiast's DSLR rather than a semi-pro. However, it remains very capable of producing excellent results with lots of features that will appeal especially to anyone looking to upgrade from the EOS 400/450D specification but who can't afford the EOS 7D or the EOS 5D.
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    Saturday, October 02, 2010

    Claim up to 150/€170 cashback range of PowerShot G11 accessories

    Canon PowerShot G11 digital compact cameraImage via Wikipedia

    Canon is offering cash-backs on a range of accessories for the Powershot G11.

    The PowerShot G11 can be used with a wide range of Canon accessories, including the Speedlite 270EX, 430EX II and 580EX II; Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX and Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX flashes for enhanced shooting options; the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Bracket BKT-DC1 and Remote Switch RS-60E3. Underwater photographers can even team the PowerShot G11 with the specially designed Waterproof Case WP-DC34 – an underwater housing allowing full control of the camera at depths down to 40m. The PowerShot G11 includes an HDMI port so users can review images on a full HD screen via an optional HDMI cable.

    To apply for your cashback please follow these instructions:

    1. The Canon PowerShot G11 promotional box must be purchased before 30th September 2010 and the subsequent purchase(s) must be made before 1st November 2010. The Voucher booklet with its Claim Form(s) will only be available with the Canon PowerShot G11 promotional box.

    2. To claim the “Cashback”, participants must post a valid claim by midnight 26th November 2010 to the following address: “Canon PowerShot G11 accessory promotion”, Freepost RRRX-UHCE-RSGT, PWA, 9-12 EASTMAN WAY, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 7DU.

    3. A valid claim includes: - The original receipt or valid proof of purchase for the Canon PowerShot G11* - The original receipt or valid proof of purchase for all accessories for which you claim and the corresponding voucher(s) from the voucher booklet* - The fully and correctly completed Claim Form(s)

    4. The closing date for posting of Claims is midnight on 26th November 2010.

    * Your original receipts or valid proof of purchases will be returned to your address in accordance with the details provided on the Claim Form(s).
    More information and to download the claim form visit  http://www.canon.co.uk/g11accessorycashback/Index.aspx



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