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Jul 26 2010

Creative Alliance to Present Educational Sessions at Photokina

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The Creative Alliance, an alliance of six high-profile companies focused on the professional photography market, is partnering with Photokina and Koelnmesse to present educational sessions daily during Photokina 2010. The Creative Alliance Theater is located in Hall 4.1, stand I-010. Visitors can take advantage of seven educational sessions beginning hourly during the show from 11 AM. The schedule of sessions will be posted at The Creative Alliance Theater and is also available online in English and German.

The Creative Alliance Press Release

Creative Alliance to Bring High Expert Value to Professional Photographers at photokina

Six companies, seven industry leading sessions highlight each show day

Cologne, Germany, 23 July 2010.  The Creative Alliance, an alliance of six high-profile companies focused on the professional photography market, is partnering with photokina and Koelnmesse to present educational sessions daily during photokina 2010.  The world’s leading fair for photography and imaging is being held in Cologne, Germany, from 21st to 26th September 2010.  The Creative Alliance Theater is located in Hall 4.1, stand I-010. Visitors can take advantage of seven educational sessions beginning hourly during the show from 11 AM. The schedule of sessions will be posted at The Creative Alliance Theater and is also available online in English and German. Speaker bios and more information about The Creative Alliance can also be found online.

“We are delighted to have the sponsorship of The Creative Alliance member companies in bringing together well-known photo professionals and experts for these inspirational and informative sessions at photokina,” said Robin Preston,  “The support of Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, Nikon, Nik Software, Wacom and X-Rite has made this first-class program possible, along with support from photokina show organizers and Koelnmesse.  Topics range from image capture to print and marketing, all of which are important aspects of the professional photography business.  In these sessions, professional photographers will learn about important technical trends, how to achieve stunning results using advanced techniques, and how to market their businesses in today’s fast-paced world.” Preston is acting as the Creative Director for The Creative Alliance at photokina and will also be Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the event.

Working professional photographers will not want to miss the opportunity to be inspired by some of the most recognized experts in the industry. In addition, experts will be available for evening discussion groups in a more intimate setting that will allow one-on-one interaction and better address the informational and technology questions of individual attendees.

-      “The new partnership with the Creative Alliance will be a terrific asset to photokina and its visitors,” said Oliver P. Kuhrt, Executive Vice President of the Koelnmesse GmbH. “Together we can offer visitors a comprehensive and high-class program on all six days of the show that addresses important technical trends affecting the profession. Users can learn new techniques from the experts that will help them achieve extraordinary results. We are very happy about this cooperation with The Creative Alliance and the extra value it will bring to the show.”
Registration and program

Speakers include:

* Robin Preston, Photographer and Creative Director of the Creative Alliance at photokina
* Calvin Hollywood, Photographer and Digital Artist
* Rufus Deuchler, Adobe Expert and Influencer
* Thomas Hoepker, Magnum Photographer
* Vincent Versace, Natural Light Fine Art Photographer
* Ralph Man, Beauty and Fashion Photographer
* Jürgen Müller, Photography & Concepts

For complete program information online, visit:

*  English: http://www.photokina-cologne.com/thefair/meet_the_professionals.php#10;
* German: http://www.photokina.de/diemesse/meet_the_professionals.php#10

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May 19 2010

Free onOne Webinar with Vincent Versace May 24 11:00 AM Pacific Time

home-uniBokeh: The Science of Focus and the Art of Blur with Vincent Versace
In this 1 hour live webinar Vincent will join us to discuss the importance of the qualities of how a lens blurs and how focus is overrated in photography. With new software like FocalPoint, it’s now possible to realistically replicate the quality of lens blur, or Bokeh, after the fact, and he’ll take us through when and where photographers deploy blur and how to achieve the desired results.  With your DSLR camera it’s now possible to create the look of a Hollywood Glamour shot that previously required an 8 x 10 view camera. Vincent will show you how.

Register here

http://www.ononesoftware.com/webinars/

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May 06 2010

Vincent Versace Will Be Sowing Every Black and White Conversion technique Know to Man Webinar

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Vincent Versace

Join Nik Software
in an exclusive webinar presented
by famed fine art photographer
Vincent Versace

May 13th at 10:00 am, PST

Register Today

Hosted by Nik Software, follow along with Vincent as he shows you how to make Black & White images that not only rivals Silver Gelatin images but surpasses them. Learn why you should not use every conversion approach and when you really should!

Vincent will show you how to transform a RGB file to black and white replicating the physics of how it would have been recorded if actually shot on black and white film without ever leaving the RGB color space.

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Apr 13 2010

The Best Online Resources Teaching Adobe Photoshop CS5

Excerpted from John Paul Caponigro’s blog.
http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/

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Where can you learn about the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5?

Here’s a list of some of the best resources online right now.

- Video Tour of Photoshop CS5 New Features at Adobe

- 41 Short Videos on CS5 at Adobe.

- 7 Videos on CS5 at Adobe

- 8 Videos on CS5 Extended at Adobe

- 16 Videos on CS5 at NAPP

- 4 Video Training Courses at Kelby Training

- 7 Videos at PhotoShop Cafe

- 20 new CS5 Features Detailed at NAPP.

- 5 Videos – Terry White’s Top 5 CS5 Features …

Combined, these resources offer over 85 online training videos!

Learn more in my Blog, Lessons, DVDs, Seminars, and Workshops.

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Mar 23 2010

Adobe Releases Second Public Beta of Photoshop Lightroom 3

From Scott Kelb’s blog Photoshop Insider http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/

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Adobe has just released a 2nd public beta version of Lightroom 3 (called Public Beta 2), with some new features, enhancements, and tweaks based on your feedback from Public Beta 1.

Here’s a quick look at what’s new/changed/updated in Lightroom 3 Public Beta 2:

IMPORT & LIBRARY MODULE
• There’s a significant overall all speed increase in the Library module, so you’ll find scrolling, viewing things in Loupe View, and just generally
• Lightroom 3 now supports the import of video shot with your DSLR, and it adds a icon in the corner so you can easily see which thumbnails are video. You can treat the video files like any other thumbnails (ranking and flagging them, zooming in to Loupe view, putting them in collections, etc.)
• It now display the time stamp so you can see the length of each video.
• If you click on the camera icon, it launches your default video player and plays the video.
• There’s a tweak to Publish Services for flickr.com uploads, where you now have more control over file naming, and you can limit the file size (instead of just the quality).
• Three enhancements to the Import Window: (1) You can start importing faster because it no longer renders all the images in folder’s you’re not looking to import; (2)  There are more options in the compact version of the Import window, and (3) They’ve made the folder browsing a lot easier using something akin to “Solo Mode,” where you double-click a folder (that has subfolders inside it), and it just shows that one folder.

TETHERED SHOOTING
Man, was I psyched to see this one!!!! I tried it this past week, and not only does it work just great, but it is, hands-down, the fastest tethering I’ve ever used—the Raw images appear faster in Lightroom than I’ve ever seen!!! This alone would have sold me. (By the way; at this point it supports tethered shooting from most, but not all, of the latest DSLR cameras from Nikon and Canon).

WATERMARKING
They added a number of nice tweaks here, including:
• An inset feature that lets you inset your text from the edges of your document
• If you’re using a text watermark, you can add a drop shadow to your watermark and control the opacity, angle, offset and radius. (This is not currently available in the Windows version of Lightroom 3 beta 2)
The size of the watermark can be set proportionally or to fit or fill the image dimensions

DEVELOP MODULE
• Enhanced Noise Reduction (the Luminance slider was grayed out in the first public beta, but it’s working now, and it’s really quite incredible).
• You can swap the cropping aspect ratio you can now just press X on your keyboard
• They added back in the choice of the original Post Crop Vignetting effect (By the way—yeech!)
• You now have the option to use a FULL traditional point curve version of Curves right in Lightroom (like the one in Photoshop).

SLIDESHOW
• There’s a checkbox for Prepare Previews in Advance, so your slideshow renders all the images first, so it doesn’t choke half way through your presentation (why you would ever turn this checkbox off—I have no idea).
• You can now have watermarks on your images here as well (helpful, since more people will be sharing slideshows now).

PRINT MODULE
• They added a “Rotate to fit” option and a “rotate cell” command to the new Custom Print Package layout tools (both good additions by the way).
• They raised the maximum print resolution to 720ppi

That’s a quick look at what’s new in LR3, Public Beta 2. Terry White did a great video touching on all the new enhancements and features over at his Create Suite Podcast, and if you’ve got a minute, I’d definitely check it out right here. To download the new free Lightroom 3, Public Beta 2, visit Adobe Labs (here’s that link).

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Mar 04 2010

John Paul Caponigro Workshop: The Power of Color! May 3 – 7

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The Power of Color

May 3 – 7

Master color!

Learn to think about, see, and adjust color in new ways.

Today’s possibilities are astonishing!

- Achieve unprecedented accuracy
- Master advanced color adjustment tools and techniques in Photoshop
- Control spatial relationships in your images
- Expand your understanding of color perception and color theory
- Learn strategies for creating successful color relationships
- Explore your personal relationship with color
- Find out what your color preferences can tell you about yourself and others
- Refine a signature style all your own

Color is one of my favorite subjects. As both a photographer and a painter, color has been a life-long passion for me. You won’ t find this perspective anywhere else.

You can find many related color resources in my Lessons and DVDs.

Find out more here.

Register now!  <http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/workshops/power_of_color.php>

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Mar 04 2010

Nik Software Adds World-Renowned Photographers and Sponsors to The 2010 Nik Summit

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San Diego, CA – March 4, 2010 – Nik Software announces today the addition of professional photographers Douglas Dubler and Vincent Versace to the roster of professional photographers who will be leading educational workshops during the 2010 Nik Summit on May 13-16, 2010, in San Diego, CA. Master Digital Photographer Douglas Dubler, and specialist in natural light photography

Vincent Versace, will bring their unique qualities, skills and teaching methods to this first of its kind multi-day educational event.

“The 2010 Nik Summit will be a unique experience designed to help photographers dramatically improve their photography by shooting with and learning from some of the world’s leading photographers and educators,” said Tony Corbell, Sr. Manager of Product Education and Planning for Nik Software. “Photographers of all levels can join two half-day photo shoots at some of the most beautiful locations in San Diego, California, listen to industry leaders discuss the future of photography, and see demonstrations on digital workflow and editing solutions featuring the latest technology.”

Taking place at the picturesque Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, attendees will learn to improve their photographic, digital workflow and image-editing skills after photographing some of the most beautiful areas in Southern California. Keynote presentations by Robert Beck and Joe McNally, two of the world’s finest working photographers, educational workshops presented by Dubler and Versace, and panel discussions with industry leaders and digital imaging engineers will inspire attendees to not only become better photographers but better editors of their own work. Relaxing “fireside chats” with peers, leading professionals, and imaging product specialists will be the perfect ending to each day. More information and registration details for The Nik Summit are available at www.niksummit.com.

Nik Software also announces the addition of five co-sponsors of the Nik Summit made up of industry leaders and educational powerhouses, including Epson, Nikon, Wacom, White House Custom Colour, and X-Rite.

Event Details
Attendees can register for the event at www.niksummit.com

When: Thursday, May 13 through Saturday, May 15, 2010; optional morning shoot Sunday, May 16
Where: Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa on Mission Bay, San Diego, CA
What’s Included:

All on-location shooting sessions, workflow and hands-on lab seminars presentations/panels, and fireside chats
Breakfast and dinner at hotel
Transportation for on-location workshops
Sponsor gifts and prize drawings
Event ambassadors available to ensure personalized attention

Cost: $599.95 / $479.95 early bird registration until March 15, 2010. Discount room rates of $149.00 per night are available when booking through the hotel. Mention “The Nik Summit” when making reservations.

Speaker & VIP List
Speakers and other working professionals scheduled to appear include:

Joe McNally – National Geographic, Time, Nikon
Robert Beck – Sports Illustrated
Tony Sweet – Landscape, Nature Photographer, Team Nik member
Tony Corbell – Photographic educator and lighting specialist, Nik Software Sr. Manager of Product Education & Planning
Mike Strickland – Senior photographer Disney World, Orlando
Rick Sammon – Photographer, book author
Vincent Versace – Smithsonian Award Laureate, photographic educator, author, Team Nik member
Bill Hurter – Editor, Rangefinder and AfterCapture magazines
Chris Robinson – Editor, Outdoor Photographer and Digital Photo Pro magazines
Douglas Dubler – Leading Fashion Photographer, digital workflow expert
Rob Sheppard – Photographer/author, former editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine
Janice Wendt – Renowned image retoucher, trainer, and speaker, Nik Software Education and Training Manager
Laurie Shupp – Award-winning nature and landscape photographer, Nik Software Operations Manager

About Nik Software
Nik Software, Inc., (www.niksoftware.com) is a privately held company that develops software solutions for the growing digital imaging and photography markets. Established in 1995, Nik Software has become the recognized leader in digital photographic filter development and produces award-winning technology and software products for digital photography and imaging professionals including U Point® technology (www.upoint.com), Dfine®, Viveza®, Color Efex Pro™, Silver Efex Pro™, and Sharpener Pro™ software.

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Mar 01 2010

The Newly-Redesigned Cintiq 21UX!!!!

http://www.wacom.com/cintiq/cintiq-21ux.php

Available April 2010

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The combination of a color LCD with industry-leading pen input capabilities allows photographers, designers, animators and other creative professionals to work naturally and intuitively directly on the surface of the large-format, 21.3″ screen.

The new Cintiq 21UX detects 2048 levels of pressure, giving you even more control over pressure-sensitive pen effects such as line weight, opacity, and exposure. With Wacom’s new Tip Sensor, the pen now features a lower activation force that captures even the most subtle nuances of pressure.

The ambidextrous design of the second generation Cintiq 21UX features a pair of rear-mounted Touch Strips, along with accompanying Touch Strip Toggle Buttons. In this manner, you’ll gain instant control of up to four application-specific Touch Strip functions on each Touch Strip, such as brush size, zooming, scrolling and canvas rotation. Sixteen ExpressKeys™ (eight on either side of the display) boost productivity by providing quick access to keyboard shortcuts and modifier keys.

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Feb 27 2010

NAPP Members Invited To Beta Test Next Version of Adobe Photoshop

From Scott Kelby’s blog Photoshopinsider  http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/

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Now this is big!

Adobe has recently rolled out a special program to invite some members of NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) to become private Beta testers of the next version of Adobe Photoshop, and start working with the future of Photoshop today.

Members who are invited to become Beta testers have to complete a non-disclosure agreement, and agree to abide by Adobe’s testing procedures (this isn’t a public beta, so Adobe is looking for your feedback and testing results).  We, at NAPP, put together a special video on what the requirements are to become an official beta tester, and the link to the video is in the invitation email, should you receive it.

If you’re a NAPP member, keep an eye on your email in-box sometime before Friday, as you may be invited to join the program (thousands of NAPP members around the world are being invited—just not all at one time, because of the large pool of eligible beta testers).

Once you’ve completed the forms and agreements, if you’re accepted into the testing program, Adobe will send you a notification email directly with further instructions, and how to download the software.

Thanks Adobe—we’re excited, and truly honored that you value the feedback and input of NAPP members enough to offer this first-of-its-kind private beta testing opportunity.

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Feb 27 2010

Don’t Buy The Wrong iPad

From Scott Kelby’s blog Photoshopinsider  http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/

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Just this past week, I talked to three people who were going to buy an Apple iPad the moment it is released by Apple next month.

Then I asked them if they realized that if they buy the first one that comes out, in March, that they’ll only be able to be on the Internet if they are in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot (like in their home, or at a Starbucks, McDonalds, or some other place that offers Wi-Fi). Not a single one of the three realized that was the case.

They just assumed that, like their iPhone, they’d be able to jump on the Web wherever they were (at the pool, in a cab, etc.) with the one coming out in March for $499. One of them told me, “You better warn people about this, because a lot of people I talked to think that’s the way it is.”

So, this isn’t really a warning, it’s more of just a heads-up for my readers who are planning to buy an iPad. Want to jump on the Internet anytime with your iPad? Wait until April (or whenever the Wi-Fi + 3G version ships), and get that model instead. Just know, an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G with the ability to jump on the Internet most anywhere not only costs more than the just Wi-Fi version (which starts at $499), you have to sign up for a monthly data plan (like you do with a phone).

I put the chart at the top (from Apple’s Website), to show the differences. Anything under the Wi-Fi row means you have to be in a hot-spot to access the Internet. Wi-Fi plus 3G means you can jump on anytime, but you need a data plan from AT&T (at least that seems to be the plan so far).

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is absolutely no need to post a comment saying: (a) You’re not getting an iPad (b) No Flash support was a deal-breaker for you (c) You hate AT&T (d) Anything else mean or negative at all about anything (not just the iPad). If you have no plans to buy an iPad—good news—-you don’t have to worry about this decision and this public service announcement does not affect you in any way, so just pretend it didn’t exist. Thanks. :)

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