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Photocrowd is a new platform to streamline sponsored photo contests. Build around a photography community, Photocrowd offers a rolling set of challenges voted on by other Photocrowd members and judges. Unlike traditional photo contests, members of the community here can get crowd-sourced feedback which may help improve their skills.

Photocrowd Challenges

Challenges go through a life cycle of submissions, voting, judging and awarding. Prizes are sponsored by various vendors, many of them in the photography market for years. Those offer rewards which many photographers will appreciate after hard work involved in producing and selecting images.

Photocrowd Showcase

Intense competition produces outstanding works as photographers continuously provide their best shots. This makes the galleries at Photocrowd particularly pleasing with high quality content being the norm rather than exception as it often happen on simply image sharing sites.

Photocrowd participants create profiles to expose themselves to the world while showcasing some of their best work. This community provides many great opportunities to develop photography skills for enthusiasts to professional photographers. Registration is necessary to vote and participate but not to browse. Take a look at Photocrowd, just follow the link and click Explore Photocrowd at the top to see what the community has produced so far. Some of it is quite breathtaking!

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AdoramaPix offers a printing service for photography books.Those are professional quality photo books with flexible designs, a wide variety of formats and sizes, plus several choices of paper types. We got the opportunity to try it out last month and wrote a review about the whole experience from design to finished product.

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Today, Sony Europe unveiled a new Alpha-Mount interchangeable lens digital camera, almost 18 months after the last one. This gap, combined with the immense success of their E-Mount mirrorless cameras, caused many to speculate that Sony would discontinue with Alpha mount.

Sony Alpha A68

The new Sony A68 is an advanced ILC which uses a translucent mirror to simultaneously capture images from its 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor and perform Phase-Detect autofocus with a dedicated 79-point sensor, including 15 cross-type points sensitive to -2 EV. A true Live-View is read from the sensor and displayed on a built-in 0.39″ EVF with 1.4 megapixels, 100% coverage, 0.57X magnification and an Eye-Start sensor or a 2.7″ tilting LCD with 460K pixels.

This camera offers much of the same feature set as the professional Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II except for weather-sealing which slots the A68 directly below. The A68 body still features dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial and top status LCD plus 8 configurable function buttons. It is compatible with all Alpha-Mount lenses and incorporates a built-in sensor-shift image-stabilization system. The strengths of the SLT system are all kept with an 8 FPS continuous drive with continuous autofocus and full 1080p HD video capture, also with continuous Phase-Detect AF.

The Sony A68 is expected in Europe around March 2016. No word on availability elsewhere was given yet.

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After a long collaboration between veteran camera bag designer Lily Fisher and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo is adding their first line of camera bags designed for women. The new Lily Deanne shoulder bags marry function and style.

There are serious camera bags designed for fast access to professional cameras and lenses via a large zipper opening. Using rare-earth magnetic on the main and front pockets, prevents damage to delicate clothing while opening the bag without a sound.

Think Tank Lily Deanne Trio

There are 3 bags in the Lily Deanne lineup:

  • Lily Deanne Lucido – Designed to hold one standard size DSLR with one to three lenses  or a complete Mirrorless camera system with up to four lenses. It also features a dedicated compartment for a small 8” tablet. It measures 11.4″ W x 8.9″ H x 5.3″ D (29 x 22.5 x 13.5 cm) externally with an internal size of 10″ W x 8.5″ H x 4.5″ D (25.5 x 21.5 x 11.5 cm), plus tablet compartment of 9.3” W x 7.7” H x 0.6” D (23.5 x 19.5 x 1.5 cm). Empty, the bag weighs 1.9 lbs (0.8 kg).
  • Lily Deanne Mezzo – Fits one standard-size DSLR with mid-range zoom attached, plus three additional lenses and an 11” ultrabook inside a dedicated compartment. The bag measures 13.8″ W x 9.8″ H x 6.1″ D (35 x 25 x 15.5 cm) on the outside and 12.2″ W x 9.4″ H x 5.3″ D (31 x 24 x 13.5 cm) on the inside. Its laptop compartment fits a slim ultrabook or large 10″ tablet, measuring 11.8” W x 8.9” H x 0.8” D (30 x 22.5 x 2 cm). This bag weighs  2.3 lbs (1.1 kg).
  • Lily Deanne Tutto – The largest size accomodates one gripped DSLR with mid-range zoom lens attached and up to five lenses, plus 2 flashes. An additional compartment fits 15″ laptops. The bag measures16.9” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (43 x 29 x 21 cm) externally and 15.4” W x 10.2” H x 6.7” D (39 x 28 x 17 cm) internally, plus its laptop compartment is 15” W x 10.4” H x 0.9” D (38 x 26.5 x 2.3 cm). This large bag weighs in at 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg).

The Lily Deanne series of camera bags come in Chestnut Brown and Black Licorice colors. These bags are designed to have a softer and more stylish look while not compromising on efficiency. Lily Deanne bags are recommended for wedding and event photography, portraiture, editorial, corporate and commercial photography.

The exterior of these bags is treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance. Full-grain Dakota leather, chrome plated metal hardware, neodymium magnets, high-quality YKK® RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420 high-density nylon, nylon webbing, air-mesh, silicone non-slip patterns and 3-ply bonded nylon thread round up the list of materials used to ensure style and durability.

All 3 sizes of Lilly Deanne bags are available immediately from the Think Tank Photo website. Price range from $199 to $299 USD.

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The Nikon Coolpix P900 is the ultra-zooms champion thanks to a stellar 83X optical zoom which covers a unprecedented 24-2000mm focal-range. This prosumer digital camera is packed with features and controls, to a point that is can easily be confused for an entry-level DSLR, yet there is no lens for such a camera to reach 2000mm!

Nikon Coolpix P900 Review

Nikon Coolpix P900

Neocamera just published an in-depth review for this advanced digital camera. All its important and distinct features are explained, as are ergonomics, image-quality and performance. Find out exactly what quality in print-sizes are possible throughout the ISO range of the P900 by reading its review here.

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