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Aug 09 2010

Epson Signature Worthy Papers

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“Only the highest quality Epson papers receive the designation of Signature Worthy. Watch the introduction and view the complete interviews to see why these industry leaders choose Epson Signature Worthy Papers.”

Lois Greenfield, David Lynch, Matthew Jordan Smith, Vincent Versace, Art Wolfe tell you what they like best about Epson papers.

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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 10 2010

APA ALERT! Do you have images with Corbis? Did you sign the Corbis Copyright Assignment Affirmation Declaration? If so, you may have invalid copyright registrations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 10, 2010

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Last week, Judge Loretta A. Preska of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, issued a summary judgment in the case Muench Photography Inc, v. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (09-CV-2669).  In the case, Muench Photography Inc. (MPI) claimed that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (HMH) and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Donnelley) “engaged in the unauthorized and impermissible use” of MPI images.  The defendants, HMH and Donnelley, moved to dismiss the complaint arguing that the photographs at issue were not properly registered with the U.S. Copyright office.  The defendant’s motion was GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.

Summary

MPI licenses photographs for Marc and David Muench.  Between March of 2001 and December 2006 MPI through its agent Corbis, sold limited licenses to HMH.  MPI claims HMH exceeded the number of licenses granted that caused unauthorized reproductions of the images.  This constituted copyright infringement in the eyes of MPI.  By printing the textbooks where the images were used, MPI claims Donnelley is also guilty of violating MPI’s copyright.

At question is the process of copyright registration for the majority of these images.  MPI had a copyright registration agreement with Corbis granting legal title in selected images digitized by Corbis and included in the Corbis digital collection “solely for the purpose of copyright registration.”  After registration Corbis agreed to “promptly reassign legal title to Marc and David Muench with respect to (their) registered original film images.”

The Corbis procedure of acquiring signed Copyright Assignment Affirmation Declaration documents from photographers that allowed them to make compilation registrations rested upon the questionable and legally unsubstantiated foundation of a single letter from the Copyright Office’s Chief of Examining, Nanette Petruzzelli.  The Petruzzelli letter stated that the Copyright Office considers the procedure instituted by Corbis to be valid whereby Corbis is the author of the compilation by an acceptable transfer statement of the photographers and interpreted the claim to extend to the individual photographers.  The letter also stated that the Copyright Office preferred, but did not require, the registration application to contain the names of all of the photographers on continuation sheets.  The process was compared to the process to register magazines and other serial works, which do not require the listing of individual contributor names.


The unsupported written statements made by Petruzzelli seemed to legitimatize the questionable procedure of Corbis.  If fact, it ineffectually “registered” an unknown large number of images that has resulted in a significant increase in vulnerability for photographers that have used this system through Corbis.

The court has determined in its summary judgment that the Corbis Compilation registration is only valid as a compilation.  The creators of the images, in this case MPI, do not have a valid registration for all of their individual images in the compilation.  The process Corbis used in registering the compilation does not list the names of the individual creators (photographers).  Because of that, the images are only registered for the compilation and not the photographer.  20 of the approximately 180 MPI images were previously registered as unpublished by the Muench brothers.  The summary judgment DENIED the defendant’s claim on those images.

The Corbis copyright registrations were the subject of an APA advocacy investigation in 2003-2005.  APA questioned the Chief Examiner of the Visual Arts section at the Copyright Office along with General Counsel, David Carson, on the validity of the Corbis registrations.  The practice was continued, putting at risk hundreds of thousands of images in APA’s opinion.

This emphasizes the importance of registering ones own images.

What You Need To Do

If you have images with Corbis and signed a Corbis Copyright Assignment Affirmation Declaration you should immediately identify which of your images Corbis accepted and begin the process of properly registering those images.  They are at risk of infringement.

Professional photographers need to register all of their marketable images themselves.  You should not depend on an agency doing it for you.

For more information view these links:

The complete Court Order for summary judgment:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/31039514/Usdc-Sdny-09cv2669-Order

John Harrington Blog, Photo Business News & Forum:
http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/2010/05/corbis-copyright-registrations-images.html

Attorney Ed Greenberg and Photographer Jack Reznicki Blog, The Copyright Zone:
http://thecopyrightzone.com/

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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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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 28 2010

THE JAY MAISEL WORKSHOP

By Vincent Versace

Of all of the photographers in my life, besides my uncle CJ, Jay is the one who has had the most impact on the way I see the world. His insights in to “seeing” have influenced the way I shoot. I would have the eye I have if it were not for my knowing Jay. This is a workshop that if you can you you should take. Below is the course discription and dates

The Jay Maisel Workshop is a unique photography experience. Participants should

expect five solid days (from 9:00am-10:00pm) of shooting, discussing, eating, and breathing photography with Jay at his “home” – the historic 35,000 square foot former Germania bank building and the surrounding New York City neighborhoods of Manhattan’s lower east side. All meals are included and enrollment is limited to (9) people on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $5,000.00. An application and full payment must be received to secure a spot.

2010 JAY MAISEL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

• April 19th – 23rd (sold out – wait list only)

• May 17th – 21st (sold out – wait list only)

• June 14th – 18th (sold out – wait list only)

• SEPTEMBER 13TH – 17TH SPACE AVAILABLE

• OCTOBER 18TH – 22ND SPACE AVAILABLE

• NOVEMBER 15TH – 19TH SPACE AVAILABLE

If you have any questions please contact our workshop Producer, Jamie Smith: workshop@jaymaisel.com (917) 647-5390 (telle’m Vinnie sent you)

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