ILFORD to Reveal Innovative New Products at photokina

Preview 3D photo samples, experience the GALERIE media and see the latest OMNIJET display products

photokina 2010 – September 21-29 – Hall 6.1, Stand C011

Marly, Switzerland. September 2010 – ILFORD is set to reveal their latest cutting edge products and processes at photokina 2010. Under the theme Choice of Professionals, ILFORD will showcase for traditional photographers, production houses and graphic art professionals at this international photo event.

photokina, as one of the largest and most influential photo exhibitions in the world, is a strategic event for the entire photo industry. ILFORD will make the most of this, displaying three strategic initiatives that create photographic quality. Designed by the exceptional ILFORD Research and Development team, the new ILFORD products and processes promise to meet the creative and competitive needs of the professional photographic and commercial printing markets, by offering breathtaking colour possibilities with the latest imaging techniques.

ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System

Production houses can now offer an innovative and unique point-of-sale display option, thanks to the new ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System co-developed with Photoplast. The true 3D photographic point-of-sale material is guaranteed to capture the imagination and create impact for luxury brand displays.

The straightforward four step process begins by manipulating a traditional 2D photo into a 3D image. Then, the standard ILFOVINYL media is developed and exposed through regular RA4 equipment. Once printed, the exclusive ILFOSEAL coating is applied to the media. This seal is the differentiating ingredient which enables the entire 3D process; with ILFOSEAL moulding is possible without detriment, cracking or otherwise damaging the photographic image. Finally, the sealed ILFOVINYL is formed on the 3D mould, and an attractive, robust, cutting-edge 3D photographic display is made.

ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System samples will be available for preview at photokina, and the product will be available from October.


ILFORD GALERIE is designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet marketplace. The latest GALERIE wide format fine art range, as well as the recently released Smooth Lustre Duo, a true double-sided media, will be on display at the ILFORD stand.

At photokina, ILFORD will be canvassing opinion from journalists, customers and dealers on the fine art media, as part of their rigorous customer acceptance tests, which are an integral part of the ILFORD development process. Underlining their commitment to quality, ILFORD will also present the latest print permanence test results from Wilhelm Imaging

Research for GALERIE Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss papers. These comprehensive permanence tests include the effects of light during display, the stability of the prints in long-term dark storage, resistance to ozone, the effects of high humidity, and resistance to contact with water.

As an active member of photokina, ILFORD will be participating in the Fine Art exhibition, “See Me, Feel Me, Print Me,” providing photographers and end customers with an opportunity to experience the ILFORD GALERIE fine art media, first hand.


The OMNIJET commercial range of display products will also be showcased at photokina 2010. Back-lit, pop-up and display films designed to give attractive, rich colour for point-of-sale, trade show, and other commercial applications are compatible with the latest wide format printers, including an HP Latex approved range. The OMNIJET line continues to be the media of choice for commercial print professionals wanting to achieve impressive results.

“As the photo event in all of Europe, we have chosen photokina as the launch-pad for our most innovative products and processes this year”, shares Jane Dixon, Head of Global Marketing, ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH. “From the ILFOVINYL 3D Photo System, to the GALERIE and OMNIJET possibilities, we are pleased to showcase our cutting-edge offerings at this event. And while our photographic media continues to diversify, our commitment to colour and quality remain the same. We look forward to receiving invaluable feedback from the professionals at this event, and continuing to adapt our developments to match the professional photo and graphic art market demands.”

About Photoplast:

Photoplast, founded in 2003, is a U.K. based technology company specialising in the development of innovative products and applications for photographic materials. In particular it is currently supporting the launch of products using its patented process for mouldable colour photo materials for use in both advertising and commercial product design.


Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and colour photographic businesses, which include the R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP.

The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today it continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.

For more information on ILFORD, please visit

Lastolite Announces New Ezybox Speed-Lite

September 6th, 2010, Lastolite Limited, the worlds leading manufacturer of backgrounds and lighting control systems for the photo, video and cinema industry, has announced the launch of the new Ezybox Speed-Lite.

The new Ezybox Speed-Lite is a 22cm x 22cm mini softbox which attaches directly onto a flashgun whether it’s on or off the camera. The softbox folds in the same way as our other highly successful Ezybox softboxes making it an ultra portable solution for busy photographers. The Ezybox Speed-Lite also features an inner and outer diffusion layer (both removable) which delivers an unrivalled softness of light from such a small softbox.

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Black Rapid RS-W1 Women’s Strap

After many requests Black Rapid has designed a strap specifically for women, which provides comfort and speed of the R-Strap whilst adding a bit of elegance to help blend with dress apparel during formal events. The design team adjusted the R-Strap’s solid design pattern and developed a curved pattern specifically for the female form.

We are pleased to announce the release of Black Rapid’s RS-W1 as the world’s first camera strap designed specifically with the female in mind. It provides comfort, speed and durability along with graceful styling.

JP Code 430010 – SRP £65 Inc VAT

SanDisk Launches Professional Photography Contest on Facebook (Press Release)

What: Milpitas, Calif., June 8, 2010 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that it will launch a professional photography contest on the SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook page starting June 8. Participants will be able to submit photos in four different categories – Nature, Wedding/Events, Action and Fashion. The Facebook community of SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook fans can vote for their favorite photos, and a SanDisk panel of professional photographers from the SanDisk Extreme Team will review the quarterfinalists and select the contest winners.

The grand prize winner will be offered a one year spot on the SanDisk Extreme Team and the grand prize winning photo will be exhibited in the “Winner’s Circle” gallery showing during the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. The four finalists, the winners of each category, will each receive a $1,000 cash prize and their photos will be featured in the online Winner’s Circle gallery. Eight runners-up will receive $250 worth of SanDisk imaging cards and their photos will be featured in the online Winner’s Circle gallery.

Who: Anyone eligible can enter, but the contest is recommended for professional photographers. Simply complete an official entry form and submit a photograph to the SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook page. See Official Rules for eligibility restrictions and entry details.

When: The contest begins June 8 with a submission deadline of July 31 at 11:30 p.m. PT. SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook Fan users can vote for their favorite photos from August 1 through August 31. The ten most popular submissions in each of the four categories will proceed to the final round of the competition where a panel of professional photographers from SanDisk’s Extreme Team will pick the finalists and then select the winners for each category as well as the grand prize contest winner. The winners will be announced on or around October 31 and the grand prize winner’s photo will be showcased at the Winner’s Circle gallery showing during PhotoPlus Expo in October.

Where: SanDisk Extreme Team Facebook page. [Editorial Note: the PR people did not supply the URL so I Googled it – if it is not the right place, I’m sorry!]

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation is the global leader in flash memory cards, from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk’s product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.

© 2010 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk, the SanDisk logo and SanDisk Extreme are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder (s).

This media alert contains certain forward-looking statements, including applications, markets, and customers that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: market demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations or there may be a slower adoption rate for these products in new markets that we are targeting, and the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We do not intend to update the information contained in this media alert.

Bicycle Portraits – everyday South Africans and Their Bicycles; a Photographic Book in the Making

Had an email from Stan Engelbrecht who is trying to spread the word about a photography project he is working on:

Hi Decisive Moment. I just discovered your blog. Great work! I thought you might be interested – I’m working on a very exciting book project (Bicycle Portraits – everyday South Africans and their bicycles; a photographic book in the making) at the moment and I wanted to share it with you.

Please have a look at out Kickstarter pledge/reward page – we are using an alternative way of raising funds by essentially taking pre-orders (with benefits, depending on the pledge amount) from an online community who want to see the project succeed. It’s an interesting concept – truly independent, community based and very inspiring. Check it out!

Stan Engelbrecht
Director / PhotographerDay One Publishing, South Africa
+27(0)82 928 6586
silencebegan (Skype)
@bicycleportrait (Twitter)

I have had a look at the photos – see what you think:

Aspect2i – New Company Launches ‘Fresh Approach’ to Photography

A new company, aspect2i, announces a “fresh approach” to photography workshops. Aspect2i offers a wide range of workshops providing tuition for all ability levels and across many aspects of photography, with an emphasis on developing skills and confidence. Partners Paul Gallagher, Trevor Waldron and Michael Pilkington describe their new venture as “helping you to take your photography to the next level”.

According to Paul Gallagher, founding member and aspect2i tour leader, “You don’t learn photography by simply being taken to beautiful places. You learn photography when supported by knowledgeable and helpful leaders who are dedicated to you, your time, and your specific needs whilst on the workshop. That’s where we stand apart. Our classroom and field-based workshops are virtually tailor-made for participants, with the emphasis on individual education and progress.”

Aspect2i is answering the growing demand for quality tuition and experience in producing strong and satisfying photographs with the increasingly capable equipment that enthusiasts and novices alike now have to hand. The company’s aim is not only to help photographers to use their equipment effectively, but very much to develop their ability to see and create excellent images.

Aspect2i believes in covering the entire photographic journey – from capture to finished print. Photographers at all levels can quickly develop skills and confidence whilst enjoying a rewarding workshop experience at excellent and carefully selected venues.

Trevor Waldron adds, “The photography workshops we now offer are the ideal mix of practice and learning. Participants will leave feeling much more confident about using their cameras and seeing creatively, and will be increasingly satisfied with their images.”

Aspect2i launches with a highly-experienced team of leaders and tutors who embrace digital, film, colour, and black and white imaging. Additional leaders will broaden the range of locations and skills that will be provided.

Michael Pilkington comments on the core values of aspect2i: “Personal experience tells me that dedicated tuition and guidance, by leaders who truly want to help you, makes all the difference. That is our byline, and we invite everyone to try aspect2i’s fresh approach.”

To learn more about aspect2i’s extensive portfolio of workshops, visit: