This Week in Photography – news from 30 June to 6 July

Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review - performance

Welcome to the latest instalment of our weekly photography news section, with the stories that matter to serious photographers, along with pithy comment and insightful analysis.

Apple Aperture stops

Apple Aperture 3.4.3 Review - performance

For every iPhone and iPod, there have been quite a few Apple products that never caught on. Now Apple’s Aperture raw-processing and image-editing software has joined this list of duds – the company has confirmed that there will be no new versions.

While Aperture had a loyal user base, it failed to make much of a dent in Adobe’s market share, particularly with the release of the critically acclaimed Lightroom 5 and aggressively priced monthly subscriptions for Adobe products.

Aperture users will be abel to migrate existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X when it’s released next year. Apple’s veteran iPhoto software is also being replaced by the new Photos for OS X.

United Kingdom of prizes

UK-based photographers who need a bit of motivation to take photos of their neighbourhood should check out a new competition called The British Life Photography Awards.

“This brand new photographic competition is a showcase for contemporary and imaginative images that capture the essence and spirit of British life,” says the organisers.

With an overall prize pot worth over £10,000, winners and commended entrants will have their work displayed in a national touring exhibition and book published by Ilex Press. There are ten separate categories, covering everything from street life to rural shots and the competition is sponsored by Sony.

Become an Olympus protege

A new competition from Olympus is giving amateur photographers in the UK a chance to become a ‘master photographer.’ Entrants to the Olympus Protégés contest simply have to select the category that they would like to master, and then upload a favourite photograph along with a supporting message. Winners will be mentored by Mick Hutson, Lindsay Dobson and other top photographers.

Jessops summer competition

Jessops stores to re-open

Major UK camera chain, Jessops, has announced its second Summer Photo Festival, which will run until 20th August. The first week is Sony Week, featuring in-store demonstrations of the Sony A7 A7R by street photographer Michael Wayne Plant.

There will also be demonstrations by sports and editorial photographer Nick Webster. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Panasonic muscle compact reviewed

If you’re in the market for a powerful bridge camera, rather than a compact system camera or SLR, check out the Panasonic Lumix F1000 review on This Panasonic muscle camera features a generous, 1-inch sensor, a wide maximum aperture and a whopping 16x zoom range, along with other higher end features.



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