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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.

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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

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

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., ( 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 (, Dfine®, Viveza®, Color Efex Pro™, Silver Efex Pro™, and Sharpener Pro™ software.

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Feb 22 2010

Download the Free Photoshop World iPhone App

From Scot Kelby’s blog PhotoshopInsider


If you’ve got an iPhone (or iPod Touch), and you’re going to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida (March 24-26, 2010), then you’ll want to download our brand new, free Photoshop World iPhone App.

The App lets you create your own custom class schedule on your iPhone, and has loads of other info like a list of conference events and times, a list of exhibitors, instructors, the latest news, and more (click on the graphic above for a much larger view).

Terry White ran an in-depth review of the new app over at, and goes through all the features, so rather than going through it all here, jump over there and check out his review.

You can download the free Photoshop World App right here.

A big shout out to Shawn Welch, who developed the App for us, and totally rocked it. Thanks Shawn!!!

NOTE: The Early Bird “Save $100″ Registration deadline is this Friday, so if you’re going, but you haven’t signed up—-sign up now and save the hundred bucks! Here’s the link with all the details.

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Jan 08 2010

Tony Robbins – 5 Keys to Thrive

Tony Robbins offers helpful advice in his 5 Keys to Thrive.

This is the YouTube introduction.

Watch all 5 segments here.

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Nov 18 2009

Earth Under Fire on Exhibit in DC

From John Paul Caponigro’s blog |


Gary Braasch’s large-scale color photographs from the book  “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World”  ( a book called “essential reading for every citizen” by Al Gore ) are currently on exhibit.

A companion exhibit for kids, parents and school groups, “How We Know About Our Changing Climate” will highlight how scientists study climate change and how youth can learn to be citizen scientists. Includes kids taking action, in the films “Young Voices on Climate Change,” produced by Lynne Cherry

The opening is tonight November 18.

The exhibit runs from November 12 – March 15, weekdays 8-5 at …
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20005

Find a preview and and the book here.
Read Gary Braasch’s insights on global warming here.

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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.
Advertising Photographers
of America
American Society of
Media Photographers, Inc.
Backdrop outlet
Bogen Imaging / Manfrotto
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Columbus Camera Group
Delkin Devices, Inc
Digital Foci, Inc.
Dot Line Corp.
DVD Your Memories
Epson America, Inc.
Essy’s Studio
The F.J. Westcott Company
George’s Camera & Video Exchange

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

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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Nov 07 2009

International Photography Workshops in Iceland


World’s top photographers offer special curricula teaching a diverse set of skills, visual storytelling, composition, digital workflow, image enhancement. Each workshop is made unique by the instructor’s, customized for participants, and guided to unique destinations. No two workshop experiences are the same. FocusOnNature is guided by Icelandic natives, professional with experience and commitment to the place and its culture. Fluent in English, you simply can’t find better guides.


Start Date:
25-Jun-10 1:00 PM
End Date:
28-Aug-10 1:00 PM
June 25 – July 3: Mastering the Photographic Assignment / Allen Rokach June 23 – July 3: Crafting the Fine Landscape Photograph / Tim Cooper July 4 – July 10: Taking Time: Developing Photographic Reflexes, Presence and a Sense of Narrative / Adam Stoltman 18. – 24. July: Interpreting the Last Great Landscape / Tony Sweet July 25 – July 31: Mastery of Landscape / Stephen Johnson August 1 – August 7: Digital SLR Field Techniques / George Schaub August 1 – August 7: Exploring the light in Iceland / Joe McNally August 8 – August 13: Destination Iceland / John Paul Caponigro August 8 – August 14: Mastering Lightroom and Photoshop in the breathtaking landscape of Iceland / Julieanne Kost August 15 – August 21: Color, Shape and Form: Creating Captivating Images in Iceland / Seth Resnick August 15 – August 21: Bringing Your Vision to Life / Laurie Excell August 22 – August 28: Light, Design and Color – The Expressive Landscape in Iceland Brenda Tharp
Focus on Nature
Focus on Nature International Photography Workshops in Iceland
Focus on Nature
Reykjavik – Iceland country side – Reykjavik


Additional Info:
Experience Iceland, with some of the world’s finest photographic instructors. Experience the workshops of a lifetime, where everyone is equal. – The FocusOnNature program is a place, a people, and an experience like no other. -Become lost in Iceland. Become lost with Focus On Nature, and its highly experienced crew of world-renown instructors and experienced locals – Focus On Nature is a personal project nurtured by its founder, Einar Erlendsson, B.Sc. Imaging Science.
$ 5500

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Oct 29 2009

FADP Highlight – Special Guest – Chris Orwig

From John Paul Caponigro’s Blog


Chris Orwig shared many insights in an inspiring lecture during our FADP workshop at Brooks. Chris collects great stories from photographers and shares them in his new book Visual Poetry.

In one story, a man has written a novel and decides it’s no good so he throws it out. As she’s taking out the trash, his wife discovers the manuscript and reads it. She goes to him and says he needs to finish it – it’s good. He does. It becomes a best seller.

Chris thinks we all need ‘trash can buddies’. I agree.

Find out more about Chris Orwig here.

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Find out more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.

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Oct 29 2009

FADP Highlight – A Sense of Destination

From John Paul Caponigro’s blog