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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

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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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Mar 04 2010

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

Workshop

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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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 04 2010

Announcing Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro’s New Tutorial DVD: FINE ART DIGITAL WORKFLOW

Fine Art Digital Workflow
with John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert.

Master Class Meets R/Evolution

When it come to fine art printing R. Mac Holbert along with Graham Nash started it all. If it was not for them fine art inkjet printing would not be what is today. Simply put Nash Editions is THE name in fine art printing and R. Mac Holbert is the talent behind that name.

And John Paul Caponigro? John Paul’s name is synonymous with fine art photography and the finest fine art prints possible.

Put these two talents together in one room sharing the combined wealth of there knowledge is a level of unimaginable creative amperage. The only thing better to being there is is to watch that meeting of minds recorded on a DVD.

Make sure you get the best quality from your files, every time with an optimal workflow.
A Fine Art Workflow is different than a high productivity workflow. You should be able to choose either one.

A Fine Art Workflow is precise. Process your files for optimum results.

A Fine Art Workflow is fast. Standardization can lead to higher quality.

A Fine Art Workflow is flexible. Know why and when to make exceptions.

A Fine Art Workflow is modifiable / non-destructive. When your vision evolves your files should be able to evolve with you – easily.

Learn all the ins and outs of a Fine Art Workflow in this content packed DVD.

Topics covered include…
The PrintWhat’s Workflow Major Retouching
A logical sequence of steps in production process
Removing distractions
So Different, So Much in Common Global Color Adjustment
Who we are
The big picture
Why The Print Is Still So Important Regional and Local Adjustment
It’s what we make and use
Important details
A Sense of Destination Creative Sharpening & Blurring
Look before you leap
Customizing contour and texture
File Structures Resampling
What a great file looks like
Making files smaller or bigger
Preflight Checklist Output Sharpening
Check your tools
Compensating for dot gain
Frame A Destination Softproofing & Proofing
Identify possibilites and make choices
Proof before you print
Non-Destructive Crop Output
Would you cut film with a pair of scissors ?
Print it
Minor Clean Up Materials Matter
Out spot! Out!
Why what you make prints with matters so much
Foundational Issues
A great base makes future greatness possible
And much more!

Projected shiping date February 25th

Pre order price is $59.95 with free Shipping and Handling!
Regular price is $69.95 once it ships

Click here to purchase

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Feb 01 2010

Audio – B&W and Color

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

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In this interview I discuss one of my favorite subjects – Color!

Check out my seminar at WPPI Las Vegas March 10.

Check out my workshop the Power of Color.

Learn more with my DVDs.

Learn more in my free Lessons.

MorePhotosRadio – John Paul Caponigro for WPPI
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Dec 15 2009

Adobe Shortcut App for Creative Suite

From John Paul Caponigro’s blog

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“Can’t remember your shortcuts? No worries. Introducing the Adobe Shortcut App, an amazing new tool from Adobe that lets you find and gather the shortcuts you need on your desktop. So they’re right where you need them, when you need them, allowing you to create your masterpieces with ease.”

You get a full list. You can make your own lists. I don’t find a list of shortcuts I already know useful. But I do find a list of shortcuts I’m currently trying to commit to memory very useful.

Get this application here. It’s free!

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Dec 02 2009

Announcing John Paul Caponigro’sTwo New R/Evolution DVDs: Fine Art Digital Printing and XDR: Extending Dynamic Range – HDR

Fine Art Printing
Fine Art Digital Printing
Make your digital prints the very best quality possible. Achieve this by learning all the components and aspects of a printing system: substrate, ink, printer, driver/RIP, profile, ink limit, print speed, viewing light, environment, and presentation. Learn what each component contributes to print quality and how they all work together to ensure your prints are as good as they can get.
Learn how to think about printing and the print itself. Understanding how digital printing has evolved will help you navigate the field as digital printing continues to evolve. All the aspects that we identify contribute to print quality and if you monitor the developments within the field, you will be able to understand how to achieve the very best print quality, when to upgrade and what to look for in the fine digital print. Use this information to make better informed choices with the tools you use and how you use them to advance your vision and get the very finest prints.
Topics covered include…
The Print What prints do like nothing else
R/Evolution Digital printing offers many paradigm shifts
Scale Size matters
Longevity How to ensure your prints last
Make A Print What you need to do step-by-step
Total Solution Identifying all the contributing components
Color Management & Proofing Get the best results constistently
Navigating the Printer Driver Using printer software correctly
Substrates The materials on which you print
Ink What you put on a substrate
Ink Limit How much you put on
Separation/RIPs Understanding CMYK
Resolution What’s ideal and how much you need
Output Sharpening Compensating for dot gain
Bronzing, Metamerism, Gloss Differential 3 things to watch for
Outgassing Drying time
Protective Coatings Sprays and varnishes
Outputting to Film Make new film for historic processes
How to Choose a Printer Choose the right features for you
Solving Common Challenges Simple solutions to common problems
And much more!
Pre order price is $59.95 with free Shipping and Handling!
Regular price is 69.95 once it ships

XDR
Extending Dynamic Range – HDR
Always the detail you want in the shadows and highlights. Extend the dynamic range in all of your images. Unlike yesterday, with today’s technology, you only need to make sacrifices if you want to. Many people think that HDR and merging images are synonymous when in fact it is one technique amid a range of possible options. It’s not only what we do at capture but what we do after. This array of choices for extending the dynamic range spans the gamut from simple to complex. By learning a variety of techniques and understanding how they work, it will make it easier for you to choose the technique that is most appropriate.
The results can be dramatic. When using these techniques, you will be challenged to see in new ways. Difficult shooting conditions will become easier for you. Many more image-making opportunities will become available to you.
Learn simple image adjustment strategies that can extend the dynamic range of single exposures.
Learn new HDR exposure and software techniques that can handle even the most challenging scenes.
Choose from many HDR styles – classic or contemporary.
Simulate HDR effects on low dynamic range images.
Once you understand the possibilities, you will find yourself thinking about light, making exposures and enhancing images in new ways. Master these techniques and you will find new versatility in service of your vision; use them to give us a window into the world that you see and the way that you relate to it.
Topics covered include…
What’s HDR ? Defining High Dynamic Range imaging
Exposure Ensure you capture the best data
Selective Adjustment Adjust single files locally
Double Process Process the same file twice
Double Expose Use the best of both
Exposing for HDR Merges Bracket exposures for extreme contrast
HDR Merges Create a merged 32 bit file
Alignment Ensure all the exposures line up
HDR Rendering Software What it does and how it works
HDR in Photoshop Simple
HDR in Photomatix Sophisticated
HDR Panoramas Stitch and merge or merge and stitch
Simulating HDR HDR processing for LDR images
And much more!
Pre order price is $59.95 with free Shipping and Handling!
Regular price is 69.95 once it ships

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Nov 20 2009

Camera Raw 5.6 & Lightroom 2.6 Available on Adobe Labs

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Camera Raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 Available on Adobe Labs.
Here’s the link to ACR 5.6.
Here’s the link to Lightroom 2.6.
If you’re using Lightroom 3 read the notes before downloading/installing.
Find more Lightroom details on Lightroom Journal.

Category: Software

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Nov 18 2009

A Photographers Interview with Vincent Versace

A Photographes Interview with Vincent VersacePlease tell us about yourself as a person and as a photographer. Where did you grow up and what sparked your desire to photograph? Were you active with the photography department in high school? Where are you living now?

I grew up all over. My father literally was a rocket scientist. He was one of the designers of the zip code machine and system, he was also part of engineering design team for mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. He was the senior hydraulics design engineer for the crawler, which brings rockets out to the launch pad from the vab (vertical assembly building) it is still in use today. After that he worked on what is now the Abrams m-1a1 tank. So wherever there was a manufacturing/design facility we moved there every six months to a year. Needless to say I had a huge imaginary life and need to fill the time between no friends to new friends. Photography for me was that for me.

3026107826_7e7fe83c38My interest in photography was sparked when I was 6 years old. My uncle frank was stuck with babysitting me and he was a wedding photographer. He had to make some prints so off to the darkroom we went, after my first wiff of fixer I was hooked. I save up my allowance for a year and purchased my first camera, a Nikon rangefinder, in a garage sale. I sold my first picture to the local town newspaper when I was nine. Was paid 50.00. I took my father out to lunch at Woolworths. I remember leaving a 1.00 tip (that was what my dad would do)

I was the youngest person in the photography class in high school and then I wasn’t. Photography was a seniors only class and I was allowed in when I was a freshman. The teach Doug Johnson was really supportive and let me bounce of the walls.

Can you describe the defining moment or image that made you want to become a photographer?

When I knew I wanted to be a photographer, I mean new it in my core, was when I was 15 years old and out to the smoky mountains with my other uncle CJ Elfont. I shot my first “smokey water” waterfall. I watched how the world stopped for him when he shot and the look on his face after he made an exposure with his view camera. I had the “buzz” when I captured my water shot. That was when I knew.

What was the first camera you ever owned and how did you come across it? Was it a hand-me-down, purchased at a garage sale, found on the side of the road?

I purchased it in a garage sale in new Cumberland pa. It was a Nikon rangefinder.

What was your first paid photography job? Did you enjoy it? Were you scared? Did you make any mistakes?

My first paid job was a wedding I shot in high school. I charge 250.00 and it cost 285.00 to process it. No I did not enjoy it, yes I was scared and asking me if I made mistakes is a silly question I charged 250.00 and it cost me 285.00. Noooooo…… I did not make one mistake at all…

Vincent VersaceHow did you decide to make photography more than a hobby? If photography is your full time job, how did you make that decision? What was your backup plan if the photography career didn’t take off? Any regrets? If you are not a full time photographer, what is stopping you? What is your full time job? Any plans to become a full time photographer in the future?

I didn’t decide photography decided for me. I’m a conservatory trained actor and a graduate of USC film school. My uncle CJ gave me a camera for a graduation gift and said, “I’m tired of listening to you bitch about waiting tables. I taught you photography go shoot actors headshots.”

What was the last straw, the final decision maker to make you go digital? What do you miss about film?

I miss nothing about film. There was never a last straw form me. I wanted to go digital before they invented the first digital camera. I was blessed to be both Nikon’s first digital photographer outside of Nikon to be asked to beta test and Epson’s first beta tester of printers.

What is the hardest part of the job when shooting for a client? What is the hardest part of the job when shooting for yourself?

I think shooting yourself is pedantic and narcissistic. I find those types of images to simply be silly. The easiest way to deal with a client is to show no fear. All of that is handled in pre-production. If you let your work always speak for itself you have no worries. I never speak about my work in terms of “isn’t this amazing” i let the images do that. I never doubt my ability to create great imagery. That is what i do. Like a bank manage manages a bank or a baker bakes bread. That is what they do. Water finds its own level.

Do you try to help others learn about photography? If so, please explain how.

Sure do. I write books, produce tutorial dvds teach seminars arround the world.

Vincent VersaceWhat and/or who inspires you in life and photography and why?

Jay maisel. Why? Look at his work, go and listen to him speak.   Josef Sudek. His sensability and use of the simple things of life to show the beauty of the world. That is what we should aspire to.

Do you consider yourself an artist first before thinking about the job ahead of you?

Art and artist are social terms. You can only be an artist or the work you create be called art if people who don’t know you accuse you and your work of being art and you an artist: I simply don’t think that way. People who do that are a wee bit pretentious doesn’t you think?

What is the best advice you would give a photographer just starting out?

First, consider a career in plumbing. Photography is for those people who cannot do anything else. Not that they are not capable of doing other things it’s just that they can only do the one thing express them selve through the camera.

Second, stop taking pictures. Be taken by your pictures. Let the images pull you trough the camera and not the other way around.

Third, master natural light photography first.

The key to creativity is…

Always say yes. Always listen your heart.

What is your favorite camera that you have used or owned? What camera and lens combination do you use most of the time when photographing for a client? What about when photographing for yourself?

The original Nikon d1. I shoot with camera 000001. That camera was magic. My favorite lens is the 70-210d series lens. I use it to this day.

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What is your favorite time of day to shoot outdoors?

From just before sunrise to just after sunset.

How do you deal with rejection of your work, losing a job, not making a sale or a negative comment?

I don’t give a rat’s ass if someone likes my work. I like my work that is the only person who matters. I figure if you don’t like my work i now know something about you.

How do you protect your camera when not in use? When traveling? When on the way to a job? What if it rains?

I use Nikon. The world’s most “vinnie proof” camera ever made. Lowepro are the bags I use, I think they are the best built and they really go out of their way to listen to photographers when they design their bags. A secret to protecting your camera in the rain is to steal the shower caps from hotels. They are the most perfect camera covers ever devised.

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Do you clean the CCD yourself or send it away somewhere? If you send it away, where to and how much does it cost?

Clean it my self

I recently started a project called 5511 where a client pays $5 for a 5 minute photo shoot when 1 artificial light is used and they receive 1 digital photo. Is this something you would be interested in trying? For me it is something fun and challenging. What are you thoughts on that?

I’m not that type of photographer. I use god as my gaffer, and therefore I shall never want for light. The way I see it is he brings the sun to every shoot for me to use.

What music sparks your creativity? Do you listen to that when shooting a job? Do you listen to music at all? Do you listen to what the client likes?

Sid Page and David Schrealander the DVD is called Odessy that and the sound track by Mark Isham from the movie “The Moderns” both are out of print.

What is your favorite band? Movie? Book? Museum? Website? Who is your favorite photographer? Artist?

Johnny Hartman. Bladerunner. The Foutainhead. The Gugenhiem in NYC. Don’t have a favorite website. Josef Sudek. Pablo Picasso.

What is your favorite photograph you’ve ever taken?

One I haven’t taken yet is my favorite image.

What is your favorite photograph from another photographer?

Dovima with the elephants. Richard Avedon.

Is there something you always ask yourself or think just before you push the shutter button?

When’s lunch.

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Do you find yourself always looking at the World wondering how it would look as a photograph?

No. I think the world is always waiting to take me. I just have to slow down enough to let it.

Anything you would like to add for our readers?

Don’t worry about what others think of your work. Worry about what you think of your work.

View more photographs by Vincent Versace: versacephotography.com, acmeeducational.com

Thank you for reading the interview. This interview was presented to the photographer with questions asked by me and submissions from other photographers. The photographer is asked to answer only what he/she is comfortable with. If you would like to contribute to future interviews, please submit your your questions to me on Twitter, Facebook or on the Interview intro blog post, What would you ask a photographer?. Thank you for reading and enjoy the interview.

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