onOne Software Announces Free Version of Photo Tools 2


onOne Software just announced the availability to consumers of  a free, “Lite” version of their PhotoTools 2 Standard Edtion plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® CS2, CS3 and CS4 that “utilizes the power of Photoshop Actions to provide a range of imaging tools including effects, corrections and production automation in a full-featured interface.”

PhotoTools 2 Lite includes 14 effects found in both PhotoTools 2 Standard Edition and PhotoTools 2 Professional Edition, including: “reproducing classic photographic effects like Bleach Bypass and Cross Process, to reproducing film stock such as Kodachrome® and Velvia®, to modern effects including automatic skin smoothing.”

Go to to request a free download.


Pentax Announces K-7 D-SLR


Breaking news this morning: PENTAX has just announced their brand new flagship D-SLR, the K-7. The manufacturer is already calling the compact, 14.6 Megapixel, weather, dust and cold resistant camera their “most powerful PENTAX ever.” Ideal for shooting fast action, the D-SLR features the new PRIME II Image processing engine, which allows for  5.2 frames per second and low-noise image processing, and a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. The 921,000 dot resolution 3-inch LCD features Live View mode, and the camera also boasts a 100% field-of-view viewfinder (with 0.92X magnification).

With the K-7, PENTAX is joining the ranks of Nikon by introducing a powerful, compact D-SLR that offers High Definition movie capture. HD movie mode features adjustable quality settings and aperture control, as well as Shake Reduction, and an external microphone terminal for recording stereo sound, and high resolution playback (HDMI port with selectable output resolution: 1080i, 720p, 480p, and auto).

Body only, the K-7 will retail for $1,299.95.


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Robert Adams Wins the Hasselblad Award


The Hasselblad Foundation announced today that celebrated American photographer Robert Adams is the winner of the 2009 Hasselblad Award, arguably the most prestigious international photography prize.  According to the Foundation, “[The] award is granted to ‘a photographer recognized for major achievements’. This may be an individual who has made a pioneering achievement in photography, who has had a decisive impact on one or more younger generations of photographers, or who has implemented one or more internationally significant photographic projects. Today the award comprises the sum of SEK 500,000, a gold medal and a diploma. In conjunction with the award ceremony, an exhibition of the work of the award winner opens at the Hasselblad Center.” Go to the Hasselblad Foundation for more information.


Olympus Announces E-450


Following the announcements earlier this year of their E-30 and E-620 D-SLRs, Olympus announced today the brand new E-450 (available July 2009). The 450 is a portable, entry-level D-SLR, and the next generation in their 400 lineup. Like the 620 and 30, the E-450 comes stocked with Art Filters (though only the three most popular: Pop Art, Pinhole and Soft Focus) and LiveView, which they are really pushing as creative tools that set their equipment apart from that of most of their competitors. To further promote their Art Filters, Olympus gave ten University of the Arts students in Philadelphia the chance to play with the art filters. The video is actually quite cute and maybe even a bit inspiring. Read more about the new Olympus E-450 after the jump…

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