Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Kerala State Photography Award-2011

        Entries invited for "State Photography Award 2011" by Kerala State Public Relations Department, based on the theme"Manushyar Varuthunna Vinakal" ( Man Made Hazards).The winners of the first Three positions will be awarded Certificates and Cash Prize of 10,001,   5001, 3001 consecutively. 10 entries will receive consolation prizes and certificates.

                                          The Contest is open for those Professional and amateur Photographers. Entries may be from negatives or digital images.The size of the image must be in the size of "18x12".Only colour photos should be accepted. A Candidate can send maximum 3 entries
Entries must reach the following address before 6th August 2011
Director, Information and Public Relations Department,South Block Secretariat, Trivandrum.

Get application form and detailed terms and condition from Here

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nikon D7000

When it was announced in September the D7000 took a lot of people by surprise. Although a D90 successor had been on the horizon for some time, what wasn't expected was how close in specification terms the new camera would turn out to be to the D300S. In some respects, in fact, the D7000 actually outguns its (supposedly) semi-pro cousin, and offers a compelling upgrade option to both D90 and D300S owners, whilst nominally sitting between the two in Nikon's current lineup.

Although ergonomically, the D7000 is a very close match for the D90, its overall 'feel' is considerably more serious, thanks to a magnesium alloy body shell and slightly thicker rubber coating on the hand grip and rear of the camera. At 16.2Mp the D7000 offers the second highest resolution of any Nikon DSLR, behind only the 24Mp D3X. All of these pixels are packed onto a newly developed CMOS sensor, which is almost certainly the same or very similar to that in the Sony Alpha SLT-A55. As well as extra resolution, the new sensor also offers a higher 'standard' ISO span of 100-6400, expandable up to the equivalent of ISO 25,600.
The D7000's AF and metering systems are also new, and represent a significant upgrade to those used in the D90. The new camera boasts a 39-point AF array with 9 cross-type AF points and works in collaboration with a new 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor to allow 3D AF tracking (essentially tracking by subject color, explained here). Other changes include the same combined live view/movie switch control as the 3100, and a significantly upgraded movie specification, up to 'full HD' - 1920x1080 resolution at 24fps. Unlike the D90, the D7000 can also maintain AF during live view and movie shooting, thanks to its AF-F ('full time') AF mode.
D90 owners have been waiting for a replacement camera for a while, and although the D90 isn't set for retirement quite yet, the D7000 certainly represents a compelling upgrade. It took longer than we'd hoped for a production D7000 to be supplied to us, but now that we've had one for a a few weeks we've been able to produce an in-depth review. Read on to find out what we think of Nikon's newest DSLR...

Nikon D7000 Key Features
16.2MP CMOS sensor
1080p HD video recording with mic jack for external microphone
ISO 100-6400 (plus H1 and H2 equivalent to ISO 12,800/25,600)
39-point AF system with 3D tracking
New 2016 pixel metering sensor
Scene Recognition System (see 2016 pixel sensor, above) aids WB/metering + focus accuracy
Twin SD card slots
3.0 inch 921k dot LCD screen
New Live View/movie shooting switch
Full-time AF in Live View/movie modes
Up to 6fps continuous shooting
Lockable drive mode dial
Built-in intervalometer
Electronic virtual horizon
Shutter tested to 150K actuations

                                                 Review courtesy:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sigma Announces New DSLR, the SD1

Sigma announced their high end DSLR ,the SD1.The retail price of this model is USD 9700(approx.Rs.4,40,000), which make this camera World’s Most Expensive DSLR..

This is a 15.3 MP camera based on the Foveon sensor, and the output of the final photo is approximately is 46MP












Key Features & Specs of Sigma SD1 DSLR:

  • 46 megapixel 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 Full-color image sensor
  • Dual TRUE II image processing engine
  • Advanced DDR III buffer
  • Adopts the TYPE I CF Card, compatible with the UDMA
  • Magnesium body
  • Pentaprism viewfinder with 98% (vertical and horizontal)coverage, 0.95x magnification
  • Four metering modes
  • 11 point twin cross sensor
  • 77-segment AE sensor
  • Dust Protector
  • Focal Plane shutter
  • Two-motor system
  • Noiseless image processing
  • Large, highly visible 3.0” TFT color LCD Monitor
  • Built-in flash with 17mm angle of coverage

SD1 Special site:

National Wildlife Federation:Photo Contest

Friday, July 1, 2011

Photokore’s ‘My Country’ Photo Contest

Enter Photokore’s ‘My Country’ Photo Contest
and win an iPad2!

Prizes include an iPad2, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and an iPod shuffle!
Photokore’s 1st Photo Contest, begins accepting submissions from July 1. The contest, titled ‘My Country’, is open to all.
Photographers are invited to participate and submit images that illustrate the country of their choice. Subject matter is left to the contestant’s imagination – people, landscapes, objects, etc. The objective is to submit a photo that evokes the spirit of the country the photographer has chosen to highlight. You may submit as many photos as you want, so you have unlimited chances to win!
The winning photos will be selected by a team of judges comprised of Photokore’s top image inspectors. The deadline for entries is 15 August.
First, second, and third place winners will receive prizes, and the first place winner will also become Photokore’s next Featured Artist. There is also a separate category for a Grand Prize winner! The top image selections will also be exhibited on
Contest details, and submission guildelines are available at
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