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Twitter Launched Long Awaited Retro Photo Filters For Mobile Apps

This from the Twitter blog:

Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences.

Starting today, you’ll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet. We’re grateful to our partner, Aviary, for powering our filters and effects.

Filters. Apply one of eight filters, ranging from black & white to vintage, to add a new look and feel to your photos.

Take a bird’s-eye view. See how each filter would affect your photo in a single grid view, or swipe through looks to compare your options.

Frame the action. Crop and pinch to zoom in order to focus attention.

Auto-enhance. Make your photos pop with balanced light and colors by tapping the wand.

In June, 2011, we introduced the ability to attach a photo to your Tweet, a first step toward improving the entire photo experience on Twitter. Since then we’ve been making it easier and faster to share and discover and enjoy great photos on Twitter every day:

  • You can expand Tweets to view photos from various photo services right on Twitter;
  • You can preview photos directly in Discover and search;
  • You can quickly swipe through images on Twitter with photo streams in profiles and search results.

Source – Twitter

December 11, 2012 Posted by | Android, Apple, Applications, iOS 5, Twitter, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Phottix Atlas II Triggers Are Now Available in Hong Kong via PASM Workshop

It’s finally here, the all new Phottix Atlas II is now available in Hong Kong via my studio, PASM Workshop (authorized Phottix dealer).

The Phottix Atlas II is the professional choice for reliable wireless flash triggering. Say goodbye to transmitters and receivers to trigger flashes, studio lights, and cameras – one remote will do it all. The Atlas II triggers flashes at sync speeds of up to 1/250 sec.* The system will trigger cameras, flashes and studio lights at distances of 350 meters or more.

The Phottix Atlas II is a transceiver. With the simple change of a switch the Atlas II is ready to either transmit or receive signals. Simplify your off-camera flash triggering – one unit can be used as a transmitter or receiver.

Triggering flashes is only one of the Phottix Atlas II functions. It can also be used, with Phottix Accessory Cables, as a wired or wireless shutter release. It now features a two stage shutter button – a half-press will autofocus, a full press takes a photo.

The Atlas II is compatible with Phottix Strato and Odin series TTL triggers. It fits in perfectly with Phottix’s existing line-up, allowing the power and freedom of a long-range transceiver. With its new functions. the Atlas II is not compatible with the original Phottix Atlas trigger.

With a hot shoe and two 3.5mm sync ports on the transceiver, the Phottix Atlas II can be used to easily trigger hot shoe flashes and studio lights*. Cables and adapters are included. The Atlas II uses readily available AA batteries and has a 5V DC power port.

The Phottix Atlas II uses a digital IC and radio signals to reliably fire flashes, studio lights and cameras at long ranges. Need to trigger a flash from 1,100 feet away? The Atlas II is the wireless trigger for you. The high-powered Atlas has both FCC and CE wireless certification.

The Phottix Atlas II comes in two different packings, a single pack (1 trigger) and a dual pack (2 triggers). PASM Workshop is offering great discounts to its members.

List price for 1 trigger set ~ HK$590, PASM Member price HK$515.

List price for 2 triggers set ~ HK$1,080, PASM Member Price HK$960.

To order, please email your order to sales@pasmworkshop.com or call their hotline at 6627 5277.

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September 1, 2012 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Hong Kong, Photography, Phottix | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Emily Soto Seminar & Workshop Tour 2012 Hong Kong Session @ PASM Workshop – 25 & 26 August 2012

[Excerpt from PASM Workshop]

Emily Soto is an up-and-coming international fashion, celebrity and lifestyle photographer based in southern California. Since beginning her career only two years ago, her work has been chosen by editors to grace covers of countless magazines on newsstands worldwide.  In the process, she has gained tens of thousands of followers on Facebook and receives thousands of hits a week on her website.

Emily is handpicked by fashion editors to shoot their models and has experience working with the top model agencies and clients. She is sponsored by Mola lighting and last year received a “Best of Photography” award from Sigma.

Emily collaborates with creative directors to create one-of-a-kind photographs, whose look, feel and style sets them apart from everyone else. Soto also does her own editing so that from its inception, each photo is truly her creation.  Emily cites Tim Walker as an inspiration for her whimsical, dream-like images.  ”I absolutely love what I do,” Emily says. “To me, it just comes naturally, so I decided a couple of years ago to do what I love full time.

Emily will embark on a multi-country tour this summer and lead workshops across Asia that includes Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines & Malaysia.

PASM Workshop will be hosting Emily’s Soto‘s Seminar and Workshop Tour 2012 in Hong Kong on 25 and 26 August 2012.  Admissions is  now open and will be on a first come first serve basis. Emily has now over 35,000 likes on her Facebook Page and her YouTube Video Channel just rocks.

Workshop: 25 & 26 August 2012, 10am to 4pm

Admission Fee: HK$2,350

First Day (25 August 2012) 

The Overview
-How to put together a professional fashion photo shoot
-Overview of my experience and how I started in the industry
-How to become a fashion photographer
-How to plan a professional fashion photo shoot
-Planning concept
-Casting Models, Hair and Makeup Artists, and other creatives
-What is expected of you as a photographer

Hands on Interactive Fashion Shoot
-Start to finish hands on experience for attendees to create their own images through live fashion photo shoot
-Overview of my favorite lighting techniques
-Posing a model

Second Day (26 August 2012)

Post Processing & Lectures
-Start to finish of professionally editing an image using Lightroom and Photoshop
-Tips and techniques for added fashion flare
-How to make your images stand out against the crowd
-How to approach modeling agencies and magazines
-Favorite lighting techniques used
-The benefits of social networking
-Questions and Answers

What to bring:

First Day: something to write and a pen, DSLR camera with Portrait Lenses. In the range of 50mm to 135mm. Prime Lenses are Preferable but not required as a must.
Second Day: Laptop computer with CS4, 5, or 6, Mouse or a wacom table – Please bring your laptop charger as well.

To enroll, please deposit the correct amount for the workshop to the following bank account and email us the copy of the deposit slip via return email with subject stating “Payment for Emily Soto Workshop”. Upon receiving your deposit, we will issue you a confirmation.

Bank: HSBC

Account Name: Million Scene Limited

Account No. : 015-374010-838

Should you have any queries, please email to sales@pasmworkshop.com or call Victor at 3693 4044 / 6627 5277

The Workshop Facebook Event Page is up.

Emily Soto Fashion Photography Workshop from Purple Glass Studio on Vimeo.

July 13, 2012 Posted by | Event, Fashion, Hong Kong, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Andy Strachwsky’s Asia Photography Tour 2012 @ PASM Workshop – 2-3 June 2012 – Special Discount for Readers

[Update: 17 May 2012] Special discount for PASM Workshop members, now for HK$1,980. Email to sales@pasmworkshop.com to enroll.

It’s finally here, Andy Strachwsky from unknownphotographer.net is finally bringing his new LIGHT workshop to Asia and PASM Workshop will be hosting the Hong Kong seminars and workshops. S$375 (HK$2,320) for early bird registration, definitely a bargain for a 2-day workshop. Check out the following video where Andy will tell you what this tour is all about.

Andy Strachwsky, a lighting specialist and a professional retoucher for many years taught photography, lighting and retouching workshops around the world including Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Germany, England, Spain, Canada, Singapore, Honk Kong, Malaysia and the United States. He also did a workshop for a company called creativeLIVE which was transmitted LIVE globally over the Internet with thousands of viewers.

During the tour Andy Strachwsky will conduct a seminar intended for the beginning photographer. Professional lighting adviser and retoucher Andy Strachwsky from unknownphotographer.net will go over the basics that you need to take your photography to the next level. His simplistic, laid back and real approach to photography is a refreshing breath of air in this industry that is polluted with marketing. Andy will go over everything you truly need to be able to take the photographs you want. He will be talking gear, lighting, composition and how to further yourself in the industry. If you are just starting out and you feel like you don’t know where to go, join us for this one of a kind photography seminar!

He will also conduct different levels of photographic and post-processing workshops. Begins by understanding the dynamics of light, explore complicated multi light scenarios using a variety of modifiers. Andy will also cover the topics of color and light, as well as balancing different temperature lights. The whole workshop will feature a high fashion workflow with a heavy lean towards posing and communication with models and pre-visualization as well as a complete understanding of the physics of light with special participations of Fashion Photographer Richard Chen, Beauty & Glamour Photographer Borj Meneses and Stylist Don Cristobal.

Itinerary

SINGAPORE | PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR – Date: MAY 26, 2012
SINGAPORE | ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTING & RETOUCHING – Date: MAY 27, 2012
HONG KONG | INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTING & RETOUCHING Featuring Don Cristobal – Date: JUNE 02 to 03, 2012
PHILIPPINES | PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR Featuring Richard Chen & Borj Meneses – Date: JUNE 08, 2012
PHILIPPINES | INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTING & RETOUCHING Featuring Don Cristobal – Batch 1: June 09, 2012 / Batch 2 :June 10, 2012
MALAYSIA | PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR – Date: JUNE 16, 2012
MALAYSIA | ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTOGRAPHY LIGHTING & RETOUCHING – Date: MAY 27, 2012

To sign up and know more about the detailed Itineraries please chose the country you wish to enroll at the following link, http://purpleglassstudio.com/portfolio/andy-strachwskys-light-workshop-tour-2012/.

May 17, 2012 Posted by | Event, Hong Kong, Photography, Photoshop, Strobist | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shooting Virtual Model on Your iPhone with Pocket Snapper iPhone App

Repost from PASM Workshop

Pocket Snapper (US$1.99) by Kdan Mobile, is an exclusive photo app that features a virtual studio environment with built-in models that let users have a taste of what it’s s like taking and editing model shoots in a photography studio. Pocket Snapper enables you to take photos from the embedded short video clips of glamorous models, just like what a professional photographer would do!

Pocket Snapper creates a virtual studio in your iDevice for you to sharpen your photo taking skills. The iModel mode utilizes the gyroscope to simulate the authentic photo-takng experience. Pocket Snapper mimics the photo-shooting environment that allows you to capture images in any flicks and it also offers additional photo filters for purchase that makes your work stylish and we will keep rolling out more videos that enable to make it more fun.

Equip yourself with a mobile photo studio! Pocket Snapper gives you authentic studio-shooting experiences. Besides iModels, Pocket Snapper includes the full functionality of a camera and tons of editing options to create your very own photos. For more information, head over to the developer’s website, link here. For now, check out the review video below from Crazy Mike’s.

May 4, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Gadgets n Gizmos, iOS 5, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhoneography, Photography, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Videos on Instagram for Android, Over 1 Million Downloads Within 24 Hours

Instagram for Android is finally out and over 1 million copies been sold within 24 hours.  Check out the videos embedded here for the latest news and comparison with the iOS version.  So far, reviews are mixed, some says the Android version is not as good as the iOS, some vice versa, if you own both systems, you be the judge.  Tell us your thoughts.

Source – The Wall Street Journal, AppJudgment, MobileNations

April 4, 2012 Posted by | Android, Apple, Applications, Instagram, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhoneography, Video | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nikon Announcing D3200 in April

Repost from PASM Workshop

According to Nikon Rumors, Nikon is releasing their new mid-range DSLR D3200 in April to replace D3100.  The new D3200 will feature -

  • 24 MP sensor
  • 11 AF points
  • 4 fps
  • ISO range: 100-6400, with hi-ISO of 12800
  • Improved video functionality
  • maybe WiFi connection.

Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2012/03/28/nikon-d3200-coming-in-april-with-a-24mp-sensor-and-many-new-features.aspx/#ixzz1qTTaKQOz

March 29, 2012 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Nikon, Photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

How of Why – The Making of the Nikon D4 Release Video

Repost from PASM Workshop

HOW of WHY from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

Check out all the Nikon gears used in this 11 minutes behind-the-scene making-of video by Corey Rich, totally awesome. Below you can see the actual Nikon D4 release video. Enjoy

WHY – Nikon D4 Release Video from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

Source – Corey Rich

March 18, 2012 Posted by | Camera, Nikon, Video | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

iPhoto on iPad Demo Video

Ever since the Apple big event last week, been getting a lot of questions from ppl regarding the new iPhoto app for iPad and iPhone.  Whether it’s any good and worth US$4.99. Well, to answer all, nothing beats a demo video so ppl can see it for themselves.  I personally find the iPad version more appealing with that extra screen estate.  For the iPhone….nah.

Source – Soldier Knows Best

March 14, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iPad, iPad2, iPhoto, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Addresses Lightroom 4 Issues

Repost from Lightroom Journal via PASM Workshop

The team would like to provide an update on several issues discovered since last Monday night’s launch. Thanks for your patience while we investigated and compiled this list.

Point Tone Curve Migration
In Lightroom 3, the Tone Curve panel added a “point curve” adjustment option in addition to the default parametric curve.  When a customer upgrades their Lightroom 3 catalog to Lightroom 4, any images with point curve adjustments will lose those specific settings.  This is a high severity bug and we are working hard to provide a solution as quickly as possible.  Several members of the community have already started helping us test a fix that can be applied to an upgraded Lightroom 4 catalog.  We’ll be providing updates via this blog and the following Lightroom Feedback thread.

“Edit in” Workflow for External Editors/Plug-ins
There is a bug on both Mac and Windows that can cause the “Edit in…” workflow to fail for third party applications and plug-ins.  Many of our customers working with Nik plug-ins have found that they’re unable to launch their plug-ins from within Lightroom 4. (This is more prevalent on Windows)  We are testing a solution for this problem and it will be included in our next update.  Feedback on this bug is captured here.

Edit in Photoshop Workflow
Currently, the Edit in Photoshop workflow asks that you have the Camera Raw 7 plug-in installed.  Please note that the Camera Raw 7 plug-in is not available at this time.  The correct plug-in for Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 compatibility is Camera Raw 6.7, currently available on Adobe Labs Please keep in mind that currently Camera Raw 6.7 is a a Release Candidate version of the plug-in. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.

Reverse Geocoding Delays
We had a temporary loss of reverse geocoding results on Tuesday.  This problem has been resolved and we’re monitoring the issue with Google’s help.

Serial Number Delivery from Adobe.com Store
A small group of customers that ordered Lightroom 4 as a software download(not a boxed copy) on Tuesday or Wednesday did not receive serial numbers.  We’ve corrected the error and we’ll be monitoring this issue going forward.  If you’re included in that group and have not received a serial number yet, please contact Jeff Tranberry, our Chief Customer Advocate, with your order number and any support case numbers you have.

Upgrade Details
We’ve had several questions around who is eligible for an upgrade to Lightroom 4.  Any Lightroom 1, 2 or 3 version of Lightroom, education editions included, can utilize the upgrade version of Lightroom 4.  The prior version of Lightroom does not need to be installed on the computer, however you will need the prior version serial number at the time of installation of Lightroom 4. (If the prior version is still installed on the computer, Lightroom 4 will automatically pick up that serial number so you don’t need to go digging through boxes or your email)

Upgrade policy for those that just purchased LIghtroom 3
We’ve seen quite a few questions from those who have just purchased Lightroom 3.  If you purchased Lightroom 3 very recently you may be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to Lightroom 4: http://www.adobe.com/go/pa 

March 13, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Photography | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Canon 5D MKII & 5D MKIII ISO12,800 Comparison Video

Check out this video where Saika compared a night shot video using both Canon 5D MKII and Canon 5D MKIII shooting at ISO12,800.  Wow, sure looks impressive under that high ISO.

Source – Saika via PASM Workshop

EOS 5D Mark III ISO 12800 MOVIE from SAIKA on Vimeo.

March 12, 2012 Posted by | Canon, DSLR, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Liberatum Hong Kong International Festival of Culture – 27 to 29 April 2012

LIBERATUM HONG KONG

Founder and Artistic Director: Pablo Ganguli

Creative Director and Co-founder: Rosey Chan

Participants include Pharrell Williams, Khalil Fong (方大同), Thomas Heatherwick, Philip Treacy, Marianne Faithfull, Daniel Wu(吴彦祖), William Orbit, Nobel Laureate Sir VS Naipaul, Neil LaBute, Paul Schrader, Terence Koh (許漢威), Mike Figgis, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and many others.

Liberatum Hong Kong will bring together international cultural icons, creative leaders and acclaimed artistic minds to Hong Kong to connect them with their counterparts in Asia through an original and captivating programme.

After the great success of Liberatum festivals in different parts of the world including Istancool in Istanbul, Liberatum’s founder and artistic director Pablo Ganguli and Liberatum co-founder and creative director for Hong Kong and Mainland China, Rosey Chan (陳小莉) will bring leading artistic personalities from the world over to Hong Kong, with a programme aimed at captivating and opening global minds. Some of the participants confirmed to attend include legendary singer Marianne Faithfull, Grammy Award winning producer, musician and designer, Pharrell Williams, renowned American screenwriter and filmmaker Paul Schrader, innovator and visionary architect Thomas Heatherwick, Nobel prize winning author Sir VS Naipaul, photographer Wing Shya (夏永康), singer Khalil Fong (方大同), fashion icon and hat designer Philip Treacy, Grammy Award winning record producer and musician William Orbit, composer and pianist Rosey Chan, Chinese-Canadian artist Terence Koh (許漢威), actor Daniel Wu (吴彦祖), American film director and playwright Neil LaBute and Academy Award nominated director Mike Figgisamong many others. In addition to the festival programme, Liberatum will present “Just Tell the Truth” short films made by Mike Figgis featuring David Lynch, Marina Abramovic, Jonas Mekas, Paul Auster, John Berger, Sir Peter Blake and Siri Hustvedt. Liberatum will also present a special showcase of legendary photographer’ Guy Bourdin’s work.

Liberatum Hong Kong promises to be a mesmerising festival of art, design, fashion, literature, film, music and ideas. Building on the achievements of the previous global festivals, our vision is to produce an awe-inspiring three-day cultural convention, featuring a diverse and stimulating programme, and further raising the profile of Hong Kong as a forward-thinking world city. Liberatum HK will enhance the reputation of Hong Kong as a great cultural city and pay tribute to Hong Kong’s cultural heritage. It will present an ambitious and original programme, which will aim to place Hong Kong firmly at the centre of the international cultural scene in 2012.

Hong Kong continues to evolve and an event such as Liberatum Hong Kong 2012 will serve to nurture the city’s cultural identity locally and on the world stage.

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March 9, 2012 Posted by | Art, Concert, Event, Fashion, Hong Kong, Photography | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Everything About Adobe Lightroom 4 Videos

Repost from PASM Workshop

With Adobe Lightroom 4 released, nothing better is to sit down and check out all the new features of this new version.  Here we embedded all the new Lightroom 4 videos from Adobe for your easy reference. Enjoy.

More videos after the jump……

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March 7, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Photography, Photoshop, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video Preview at Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta

Check out the latest on Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta.

Source – Adobe Lightroom Videos

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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