Topaz Labs, makers of several excellent image post-processing plugins, have just announced "Topaz Clarity", a new plugin for image contrast and color enhancement. Given the excellent performance of other Topaz plugins, we expect Clarity to end up being a great product!
Clarity can be used with popular photo editing software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture, just to name a few.
We are already in the process of reviewing clarity; below are links to our in-depth reviews of existing Topaz software:
Through 5/31 only, you can save $20 on Clarity and get it for just $29.99 via the Topaz Store. Use the code "claritynew" at checkout.
We are looking forward to hearing your opinions about Clarity while we work on the in-depth review! To learn more about Clarity, visit its product information page.
In our first full-length review of a Pentax point-and-shoot, we take a look at the new Pentax WG-3 and WG-3 GPS, the latest members of Pentax's waterproof camera lineup. These new cameras are built to be "adventureproof", and for that reason, they have received improved waterproofing and better shock resistance on top of their rugged designs. To be the outdoor photographer's perfect companion, the WG-3 GPS has even received handy features such as an electronic compass and pressure sensor.
If you're looking for an underwater camera or a camera that can be taken just about anywhere, then the WG-3/WG-3 GPS may be right for you! Pentax is currently offering a $50 instant rebate on both cameras, meaning that you can buy the WG-3 for just $249, or the WG-3 GPS for $299.
There are lots of different memory card types and manufacturers out there. Have you ever wondered what the difference between all these types is? Do you need a faster memory card? In today's video tutorial, we take a look at different SDHC and SDXC memory card classes, and we show you how you might benefit from having a faster card:
I work in agricultural development which has led me to far flung places in Eastern and Southern Africa for most of the past 15 years - generally places considered 'just beyond the end of the road'. I have seen the most incredible sights while off the beaten path – such as this young gymnast on the streets of Nampula, Mozambique (October 2012). I slammed on the brakes of the 4x4 and did my best to capture these kids (there were 6 of them) launching themselves off used truck tires. They were fearless and didn't need video games to have fun. While still a cool picture, the old Panasonic Lumix point and shoot simply couldn't do the kids justice.
Leaving behind what is comfortable and experiencing new people, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse cultures is what being fearless means to me. Letting go and being fearless can provide a profound learning experience. I enjoy chronicling my life journey through photography to share my experiences with other people. I have had the opportunity to take pictures throughout the Pacific Northwest from the snowy peaks of the Cascades to forest fires in the dry coniferous forests, and more recently of the great diversity and urban landscapes of New York. However, the photographs for this “Pentax Event” are from a trip to the humid tropical country of Brazil.
Why is it good to be fearless? For me, fearlessness is being prepared to step out of one's comfort zone, regardless of the occasion. This might be something physically challenging, such as skiing off something. Sometimes it is something new such as traveling somewhere different or agreeing to a new job (as I discovered recently when everyone else turned out to be far more optimistic about my ability than I am). Sometimes it is being prepared to stand-up for what you believe is right. OK, I admit it, the lesser spotted Pentaxian isn't a real cause; however being prepared to publicly poke fun at yourself is important.
For me, photographically this mean being prepared to follow my imagination and find a way of making that seemingly impossible idea possible. It also means having the courage to put the results of my photography in front of an audience.
A new (weather sealed) lens would help me make a few more of my ideas possible. As an example, there have been many occasions shooting in the rain where I have been reduced to walking around nursing the non-weather sealed lens attached to the front of my weather sealed Pentax K-10D. It would also give me a really good excuse to sing the praises of Pentax (and the Pentax community) more than I currently do.
It's Good to be FEARLESS means going outside my normal routine, often outside my comfort zone, to get that shot I want. It means to be focused on the end product. Going forward without fear allows achieving the desired result and usually comes with a nice reward, such as accomplishing something difficult or new, a good feeling, or taking satisfaction in a job well done. If I win this lens I'll use it to take better photos of things that matter. Watch the video below to see what "things that matter" means to me...