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The Digital Show Expo 2012 Highlights

See the hot topics at the expo that are sure to light your fire 

This year’s The Digital Show Expo brings a breath of fresh air to Melbourne. That fresh air smells fragrant of camera equipment and curious digital gadgets. Never before has there been more contests, draws, and giveaways for visitors to enjoy. As if the jaw-dropping photo imaging technology wasn’t enough, many of the world’s most prolific and celebrated pro photographers were there to bump elbows and share the tricks of the trade. Here are the highlights of The Digital Show Expo 2012, but hang tight, it’s going to be a wild ride.

Looking for the best tips? Get them straight from the pros

There has never been a greater gathering of industry leading professionals, all for the purpose of working hands on with visitors. Those lucky enough to spend time at The Digital Show Expo were treated with one-on-one, hands-on time with the experts. No question was left unanswered.

Epson shows us that projectors shouldn’t be all work and no play

There was no shortage of impressive, wheelin’ and dealin’ technology at the expo. However, Epson seemed to find the perfect balance of cutting edge and heart warming. Displays of the dream home theatre setup and an interactive projector really opened our eyes and apertures to some fantastic ideas.

The entertaining training camp kept visitors glued to their seats and asking for more

The lively Training Camp theatre offered a wide range of speakers and topics to help visitors take their photographic skills to the next level. Between using flash creatively, taking better portraits, capturing nature, and using the latest tools and gadgets, the Training Camp theatre had it all. Visitors had the chance to watch, be amazed, then have their burning questions quenched by the cool knowledge of the experts.

Speakers at the Training Camp included brilliant artists and photographers Abraham Joffe, Nick Ghionis,  Christian Fletcher, James Madelin, Vicki Bell, Glynn Lavender, Darran Leal, and even yours truly, Jerrel Dulay. The Digital Show theatre across the hall also featured photographic legends such as Michael Coyne, Tony Hewitt, and Dean Jones.

So many different props, with only one chance to enter the contest!

There were countless opportunities for visitors to win big. Of all the draws and contests, this one run by Yaffa Publishing Australia really stood out.  Visitors selected three items out of a mysterious box of of props and took a photo. The most creative photo wins some seriously sweet swag.

Making prints has never been more fun as a family day out

 What’s better than making photo prints with your family? How about making those prints for free? Looks like everyone was a winner at The Digital Show Expo! Visitors who happened to bring SD cards or USB sticks with photos were able to walk away with memories in hand.

Our phones have become ‘smart’, and it’s about time our printers caught up!

The Digital Show Expo saw some brilliant new technology, but this one just about takes the cake. Lightweight, attractive, and user friendly, this Bolle Photo smart printer allows pretty much any smart phone user to produce photo prints that their friends and family can truly ‘Like’.

Try this on for size! All the latest camera bodies and lenses were present for hands-on time

The world of photography has been ever expanding, making massive strides in image quality, ease of use, and creative freedom. It’s no surprise that nearly every cutting edge camera body and lens made a showing at The Digital Show Expo. Nikon left no stone unturned, and put every latest model out on show. Visitors curious to see exactly what makes these new cameras so hot were able to get the answers straight from the horse’s mouth, and then try those cameras and lenses for themselves.

Take it to the extreme with the right camera gear

So you want to be a hero? Now you can be, and prove it to your friends and family back home.  Tackle the toughest winds and waves with the most rugged photo gear. There was no shortage of “radical” gear at the expo.

The absolute best photographers judge this year’s AIPP awards

Visitors were able to have a peak into the award judging to see exactly how the ‘best photos’ are decided upon. Each year, the photo judging has seen more and more entries, but the quantity of entries certainly has not outweighed the staggering quality of art.

A visitors takes his time to enjoy one of the most stunning galleries we’ve seen

It wasn’t all gadgets, gizmos, and talks at The Digital Show. Visitors enjoyed a magnificent and prolific gallery of the most beautiful scenes to be captured on fil… er… camera.

It’s been an electric show this year, with more gadgets, gizmos, and advancements than we could shake a tripod at. However, it’s not over yet! The show is just getting started! The Digital Show website will help keep avid photographers, and anyone who enjoys digital tech and entertainment as much as we do, right in the loop.

High fives around the table for those who had the chance to attend the expo this year! For those who missed out, catch up and follow The Digital Show facebook page, and don’t worry, there’s always next year!

Stay strong, keep your cameras high, and as always, happy hunting!

Jerrel Dulay


Turn Your PC into a 3D TV for under $500

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Wondering what all the 3D hubbub is about? Save some serious cash and try this easy alternative!

With technology pushing forward full steam ahead, it’s easy to get lost in the transition. Just like the conversion from black and white to colour television, 3D TV has not been an instant hit. Instead, the rise of 3D TV will be a very gradual one. Don’t feel like splashing thousands of dollars on that fancy new 3D-enabled HD Television Set?  Don’t sweat it! We’ll help you upgrade your existing home PC to play 3D TV. Once you’re done, you’ll be able to not only watch 3D channels, but convert normal 2D TV content into 3D!

Here’s what you’ll need:

(Click on the item names to find them for the best prices on eBay!)

Item Price
Windows XP, Vista, or 7 PC

Your existing one

Avermedia 3D USB Dongle

$60

24” 3D Monitor w/ Glasses

$300

NVidia 1GB Video Card

$90

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Step 1 – Prepare Yourself

First off, make sure your existing PC is able to be upgraded. Be prepared to open up your PC and operate. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, find a friend or family member with a bit of experience. Remember to unplug your PC from the power socket in the wall before opening it up! To save some trouble, make sure the 3D Monitor you obtain comes with 3D glasses.

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  • Ensure that your PC has an available PCI-E (PCI Express) slot, because this is where we will plug in the new video card.
  • You will also need to make sure your PC has two available USB slots. Continue reading

Top 10 Coolest iPhone Cases

Find out which phones cases will be sure to wow and bedazzle your family and friends.

Mobile phone cases have become a great part of everyday life as both a guardian force to our phones, as well as a fashion accessory to character. Nothing says ‘Princess’ quite like a pink case encrusted with rhinestones. Express yourself with style, or put a bit of laughter into someone’s day with a clever phone case.

At iDigital Darwin, we don’t like to mull over what’s already popular and well known. We like to find the obscure, somewhat exotic gems of technology. Here are the Top 10 Coolest iPhone cases we’ve seen in 2011. As always, click the images to find these items for sale in online shops.

Gameboy Silicone iPhone 4s

No classic gamer can be without the clever Gameboy case and its humbling charm. There are  a myriad of colours and alternate designs for the iPhone 4 and 3G. The buttons are even beveled, so it feels as if they can be pressed. This way, you can pretend you are playing an actual classic Gameboy with the contrast turned all the way down.

Slipper Thong iPhone 4 Case

Heading out for a day at the beach? You wouldn’t leave home not properly dressed for the occasion, and neither should your phone! Sadly, this case does not improve the iPhone’s resistance to sand or water.

Pastry iPhone 4 Case

Looking to lose weight for the summer? Try confusion therapy. Blur the line between delicious snack and communication device to prevent impulsive munching.

Tape Cassette

What better way to say, “I’m a child of the 80s and 90s” than by rocking this surprisingly articulated tape cassette case? The answer; there is no better way. Continue reading


Everything you need to know about USB 3.0


The mystery of the new kid on the digital block finally becomes clearTechnology continues to sail forward into new waters on a faster ship with bigger sails. That ship’s name is the U.S.B 3.0! Here are the ins and outs of the this sleek new vessel. Finally, we’ll shine some light on exactly what is so great about USB 3.0 versus the old USB 2.0 that has already become so integrated in our lives.
The Speed
Pretty much every USB device around runs on USB 2.0. Why should we even care about USB 3.0? The answer is simple! The speed of USB 3.0 is blistering, rated at more then ten times faster than USB 2.0! However, in the real world, USB 3.0 finds its pace at about three times faster than USB 2.0.Imagine if you will a USB monster. A USB 2.0 Monster can eat 50 cookies in one second. Impressive! However, the USB 3.0 Monster can eat a whopping 150 cookies a second! Staggering! On a standard, average speed PC, copying a 1gb file onto a normal USB flash drive can take about two and a half minutes. On USB 3.0, this would take less than a minute.

Where is it?
USB 3.0 is not yet widely distributed. Chances are, unless you bought your computer from the future, you most likely don’t have USB 3.0. However, you may be able to upgrade your existing computers with relative ease!

How do you use it?
In order to use USB 3.0, your computer needs to have the USB 3.0 hardware. If your PC motherboard has SATA interface, you can replace that ever so useful floppy drive with a few USB 3.0 ports. These are easy to find on online shops like eBay for around $30 USD.

If you are looking to upgrade a laptop, look for PCMCIA cards. These fantastic tidbits of technology provide a sleek and seamless upgrade to the hardware of your laptop, and can be found starting at $15 on online shops like eBay.

What does it do?
So you’ve upgraded your PC by retrofitting it with USB 3.0. Now what? For starters, plugging in your ordinary USB devices into a USB 3.0 port will not make it any faster. This means that your old external hard drives, memory card readers and flash drives will not benefit from the UDB 3.0 upgrade. Continue reading

Imaging & Entertainment Expo Highlights – Sydney 2011

The latest Photo Expo brought some serious flare to Sydney this month. Here are some of the highlights from the show.

2011 saw the loudest, strongest, and most action-packed Photo Expo Sydney has ever seen. From an endless stream of brilliant workshops and talks, to the latest and greatest in photo imaging technologies, the Imaging & Entertainment Expo had it all. A positive surge of energy brought in by enthusiastic visitors brought the showroom floor to life, and we were lucky enough to be there to capture it! Take a look at some of the highlights from 2011’s Imaging & Entertainment Expo in Sydney.

The Hasseblad was never without a crowd, as experts shared tips on shooting models and mastering post production.

Print 2 Metal was just one of the many exhibitors showing off incredible new ways to create and share photo prints.

The number of visitors shattered records, and the show did not disappoint! There was plenty to do and see

Take your iPad and iPod for a swim with wicked new water pouches

The latest developments in creating wedding albums was simply stunning to say the least

There were no shortage of beautiful models (both male and female) for visitors to meet and photograph

Gadgets at the show ranged from necessary advancements in gear, to just plain good fun

World renowned photographers such as Ken Duncan share their expertise and advice with visitors

For all those who were able to make it to the show, we hope you enjoyed! We’ll see you next year in Melbourne, with a bigger, more exciting new show!

Happy Hunting,

Jerrel Dulay


Roadmap to the Imaging & Entertainment Expo

Title image by Nathan Richter 

With so much to see this year, don’t get lost on the
information highway! Follow this roadmap to free photo prizes, contests, and
the coolest gear at the show!

 

This year’s Imaging & Entertainment Expo brings some serious fire to Sydney’s shores. With the latest in 3D
technology, printing, and creative gear, it’s easy to miss out on some of this year’s greatest gems. We’ve found some serious treasure and marked it on a map to help visitors find some sweet free gear, tips, and contests. With such a
bounty of prizes, everyone is bound to win!

Save this map to your phone to find your away around the showroom floor!

Swing by Nushots’ exhibit and sign up to with part of $50,000 in sweet prizes! Right off the bat, visitor’s are rewarded with $10 to spend on their printing services, and a quality cleaning kit bunbled a chance to win even more.

Need that extra bit of space for yourself? A  pit stop at the Camera House exhibit will net visitors a free 4GB SD memory  card! Stop by the stand, ask any questions you have, and grab a free SD card flier. Take the flier to a Camera House retail shop anywhere and score your free card!

Don’t forget to ask about the Camera House
facebook contest! You can win a wicked Canon Ixus 115 HS.

Try this on for size! Black Rapid straps are the ultimate in versatile camera straps. Check out the stand and try the Black Rapid gear for yourself!

Whether you are a full on digital graphic artist or spend time doing post production on your photos, Wacom tablets are the way to go. Comfortable, powerful, and dynamic, Wacom tablets make art and post much more streamlined. Try it for yourself!

Head down to the Fujiflm stand with your friends and family to snap a fully sick surfin’ magazine cover! Then borrow the latest and greatest camera for an hour, snag some killer shots, then enter them in the contest! You could win that awesome new camera! Just ask about The Pen Photo Competition!

Race on over to the World Photo Adventures theater for the greatest treasure of all; knowledge! Hear from industry leaders, such as Darran Leal, and learn how to shoot macro, making photo books, streamlining your processing workflow, and learn how to shoot professional portraits! Presentations start every hour.

Printing lab does more than allow your memories to last. They make those memories sparkle. Check out the brilliant new selection of printing services, right down to miniature albums, and timeless, elegant wedding albums. Don’t just share your memories. Live them again with a beautiful album.

Ever wanted to get into shooting portraits?
How about shooting sports? Take the dive, and head over to a wide range of
stands to get tips from the experts!  Free lessons and tips can be found around
exhibits like Nikon, Hasselblad the Photo Help Zone, and more! Hunt around and find them
all!

As you enjoy your trip to the expo, don’t miss the opportunity to meet brilliant industry leaders such as Ken Duncan and Shelton Mueller. These top artists will be sharing not just photo tips, but advice on how to get the most of life as a photography.

Words cannot describe the positive energy and excitement sparking through the showroom floor. Check out the show, learnsomething new, and score some free prizes!

Remember! If you spot something awesome,
snap a photo! Post it on facebook, or a tweet on twitter  with #pmaexpo2011 to share it with the rest of Sydney!

Seeya at the show!

Happy Hunting,

Jerrel Dulay


Imaging & Entertainment Expo Sneak Peak!


The southern hemisphere’s biggest photo expo unleashes the latest and greatest stage of the digital revolution. Jerrel Dulay reports.

 

Looking for the hottest trends in the latest photo technology? Need ideas on how to vault your creativity to the next level? Sydney’s Imaging & Entertainment Expo is just what the doctor ordered! An early sneak peak reveals an all-too-exciting show in store for this June 25-26. Here are some delicious samples, an appetizer to the grand main course being served this weekend!

Get ready to be astounded by revolutionary new ways to print and share your photos! This year’s expo boasts brilliant new services that allow photographers to have their photos printed onto acrylic, metal, glass, and more! It’s nigh impossible to do the beauty of these prints justice over the internet. The magnificence of this cutting edge style of artistic expression reaches deep into the creative soul of the viewer, gently tugging at the artist within to come out and play.

Search out your creative boundaries and obliterate them! Lensbaby’s latest  range of creative lenses makes a mean offer that no one can refuse. From affordable fisheye to tilt-shift lenses, Lensbaby’s got it all! Stop by the exhibit and try them on for size!

Looking to take your photography to the next stage of extreme sport? How about capturing majestic, rolling tidal waves from within! Explore the coral reefs and swim with majestic humpback whales. Check out the latest Aquatic Housing units, developed for the most popular Canon, Nikon, and Sony DSLRS.

Discover a whole new world, a new exciting point of view, by taking your photography underwater. With no one to tell you no, or where to go, or say you’re only dreaming, these aquatic housing cases allow you to take your photography to a whole new level. Continue reading