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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 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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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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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.

Follow a link below for more information and to download:

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Nov 12 2009

Photo Expo West

If you did not get a chance to make it to Vegas for Photoshop World or to New York for Photo plus.  Maybe you can attend a set of seminars right here on the West coast in our own Del Mar Ca.

Photo Expo West will have tons of seminars by industry leading photographers like our friends from Nikon Mark Kettenhofen and Tony Corbell from Nik to name only a few.

and Exibitors include:

Adobe U.S.A., Inc.
www.adobe.com
Advertising Photographers
of America
www.apanational.com
American Society of
Media Photographers, Inc.
www.asmp.org
Backdrop outlet
www.backdropoutlet.com
Bogen Imaging / Manfrotto
www.bogenimaging.us
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
www.usa.canon.com
Columbus Camera Group
www.columbuscameragroup.com
Delkin Devices, Inc
www.delkin.com
Digital Foci, Inc.
www.digitalfoci.com
Dot Line Corp.
www.dotlinecorp.com
DVD Your Memories
www.dvdyourmemories.com
Epson America, Inc.
www.epson.com
Essy’s Studio
www.essysstudio.com
The F.J. Westcott Company
fjwestcott.com
G-Technology
www.g-technology.com
George’s Camera & Video Exchange
www.georgescamera.com

Dates
Saturday November 14th
9am to 5pm
Sunday November 15th
9am to 5pm

Location
Exhibit Hall at Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014
San Diego County

Hope to catch you all there.

Mickey Strand
aka “the Chief”

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