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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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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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Jan 22 2010

Nikon Capture NX2 v2.2.4 for Mac released

Nikon has released Capture NX2 v2.2.4 for Mac. The new version adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.2 and fixes bugs.

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Capture NX2 v2.2.4 for Windows was released last month.

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Dec 01 2009

Nikon updates Capture NX2, Camera Control Pro

Nikon has released updates for Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro for Mac and Windows. Capture NX2 v2.2.3 adds support for RAW files shot with the D3S and fixes bugs. Camera Control Pro 2.7.0 also adds support for the D3S as well as basic compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.1 and Windows 7.

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Nov 20 2009

Nikon Annouces Timeline for Mac OS X 10.6 for Capture NX2 and other Nikon software

Nikon posted its timeline for the update versions of  its software  that will support Mac OS X 10.6.

The update schedule is as follows:

  • Capture NX2 End of December 2009
  • Camera Control Pro 2 End of November 2009
  • Transfer End of January 2010
  • ViewNX End of January 2010

Nikon also  plans to introduce OS X 10.6-compatible versions of WT-4 Setup Utility/Thumbnail Selector and Nik Color Efex Pro 3, but a date for their release has not been set. More information is here.

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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

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