Photokina – moving with the times
Photokina 2016 is almost upon us (20-25 September). This year Photokina has a new branding and a new outlook, clearly with one eye on integrating the rise of non-traditional products into the Cologne photography fair.
As well as its new visual branding and “Imaging unlimited” tag line, there will be special events in the city and at Photokina, as well as new themes like moving images.
The city of Cologne will also celebrate the show with a Photokina festival including photo promotions, workshops and major projections.
Fujifilm at-kiosk Instax Prints
Now consumers can create Instax-like photos at their nearest Fujifilm kiosk. While Instax cameras offer instant pictures, Fujifilm kiosks offer possibilities ranging from cute, tiny snaps, to impressive larger formats. Decorate the frame, add personal text, and select a range of sizes (4x4, 5x5, 6x5, 8x8, 12x12, 5x7, 6x4 and 6x8). Every picture is capable of further personalisation and Fujifilm’s cable-free kiosks offer fast and simple printable options straight from a smartphone. Fujifilm photo printing kiosks are available nationwide at Harvey Norman Photo Centers, Warehouse Stationery Copy Centres, Smiths City, Fujifilm Imagine Service, selected pharmacies and photographic stores.
Panasonic LUMIX H-X012 24mm Ultra-Wide Lens
Perfect for shooting landscapes and astrophotography, as well as being optimised for smooth, silent and seamless 4K video, the new 24mm Ultra-Wide Angle F1.4 High-Speed Single Focal Length LEICA DG SUMMILUX Lens (H-X012) is LUMIX’s brightest, widest-angle weather sealed LEICA Micro Four Thirds Lens to date. Suited to a range of photographic situations, the LEICA DG SUMMILUX Lens is perfect for shooting landscapes across an ultra-wide angle. It captures dynamic scenes with rich perspective and high resolution. Because of its ability to produce crisp clarity and an impressive natural defocussing effect with its F1.4 large aperture, H-X012 is also ideal for capturing photos and video in low-light situations, such as astrophotography or shooting when indoors.
Prisma Filter App for Android
Having been a very popular iOS app, Prisma is now available for Android. Prisma uses clever technology and algorithms to make your images look like they were painted, drawn etc by fine artists. Now out on Google Play, the app creates new images based on your originals using brush strokes and pencil drawings. You can fine tune any of the 30 filters and of course the final results can be easily and quickly shared, including straight to Facebook. Prisma’s Android iteration is compatible with devices running version 4.1 or newer.