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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 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

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 08 2010

A day shooting with Vincent Versace

by Mike Wong on 02.05.10 in General, Video0 Comments

Last week, Vincent Versace was up in Portland visiting us here at onOne Software so we took him out to the Oregon Coast to see what we could photograph. We ended up with some great shooting weather – about 50 degrees and mostly cloudy and most importantly, no rain!

Along for the shoot were senior product manager Dan Harlacher, Brian Kraft (vp sales), Vincent and me. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend a day shooting with Vincent, now you can see. Brian Kraft shot a little video along the way and put it up on Vimeo. I thought it would be fun to share here.

Just a warning though, this may be a side of Vincent many of you have not seen before. He was very heavily under the influence of Gummy Bears early in the day. Evidence of why you should keep them out of the reach of your kids. :-)

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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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Jan 14 2010

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 updated to v2.7.1


Nikon has released Camera Control Pro v2.7.1 for Mac and Windows. This update makes changes to the ISO Auto, Focus Tracking with Lock-On and Dynamic AF Area settings to bring the program into line with the options available within the D3 and D700 with the latest firmware installed.

links  for more information and to download:

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Jan 10 2010

Jay Maisel – Light, Color, Gesture

Jay Maisel talks about his passions Light, Color, Gesture.

Hear more here.

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Jan 08 2010

Nikon releases firmware updates for D300S, D700, D3, D3X

Published by Vincent Versace under Cameras,Nikon

Nikon  has released new firmware for the D300S, D700, D3 and D3X.  The updates is for all four models and support for 64GB CompactFlash cards; other refinements vary by the camera.

Follow a link below for more information and to download.

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Dec 31 2009

The Candid Frame #87 – Jay Maisel

Anytime you have an opportunity to hear Jay speak about photography you should take pause and listen. If you do no know about the Candid Frame series of interviews please make this a must listen to experience from this moment on. They are brilliantly done.

Jay Maisel is acknowledged as a master of natural-light color photography . With a photographic career beginning in mid 1950′s, His non-technical approach and his exceptional images have inspired countless photographers. Born and raised in New York City, many of these classic images have helped define the beautify of the city in a distinctive and memorable way. Based on his principle, “Light, Gesture and Color” he brings a sensibility which allows him to produce amazingly beautiful and revitting images from the unpredictable city street. He is in all regards, the photographer’s photographer. You can discover more of his work by checking out these previous interviews here, here and here.

You can discover more about his photographic workshop hosted at his home/studio in New York City here.

Jay Maisel recommends the work of Chema Madoz.

For streaming audio click here or subscribe to the podcast for free viaSubscribe via iTunes

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Dec 10 2009

Nikon updates 300mm f/2.8, 2x teleconverter

Published by Vincent Versace under Cameras,Nikon

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NIKON CONTINUES PURSUIT OF OPTICAL EXCELLENCE WITH
TWO NEW PROFESSIONAL-GRADE NIKKOR PRODUCTS
The New AF-S 300mm f/2.8 Lens and TC-20E III Teleconverter Focus on Super Telephoto

MELVILLE, N.Y. (December 9, 2009) – Nikon Inc. today announced two new NIKKOR optics that deliver the pinnacle of image quality for professional photographers who demand super telephoto capabilities. The new, fast aperture AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II super telephoto lens and AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III deliver images with stunning edge-to-edge sharpness and clarity throughout the frame. Continued refinements and new technologies such as Vibration Reduction (VR) II and optimized autofocus (AF) modes in the lens enhance functionality and improve performance for discerning FX and DX-format digital SLR photographers.

“The latest edition of the NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 lens advances one of the most popular fast-aperture focal lengths for sports, nature and wildlife photography, demonstrating Nikon’s commitment to professional photographers through the continued development of the optical fidelity and sharpness for which NIKKOR lenses are famous,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc.  “Offering compatibility with a wide range of NIKKOR optics, including the new 300mm f/2.8, the TC-20E III teleconverter enables photographers to greatly extend the versatility of a variety of zoom and telephoto lenses they carry.”

Whether photographing nature in the wild or the battles at a line of scrimmage, the 300mm f/2.8 is an essential tool for photographers who require the highest level of image quality for publication and printing. This 300mm lens effectively leverages a host of Nikon core technologies, including Nikon VR II image stabilization, specifically engineered for each lens design for maximum performance. VR II instills confidence by counteracting image blur introduced by camera shake and telephoto magnification, allowing users to shoot up to four shutter speed stops* slower than otherwise possible, overcoming many of the challenges of handheld shooting. If tripod shooting is preferred, the Tripod Detection Mode will detect and compensate for tripod-specific vibrations.

This professional lens is constructed of die-cast magnesium for maximum durability and is strategically sealed to resist dust and moisture, with protective Meniscus glass to safeguard the lens’ front element. The optical formula features three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for superior sharpness, color and image quality, while minimizing chromatic aberration. Additionally, an aspherical element is used to promote image integrity throughout the frame, suppress coma and minimize distortion. The lens also features Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology which enables high-speed autofocus performance with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat prevents instances of ghosting and flare for even greater image clarity.

The AF-S 300mm f/2.8 lens features a host of professional focusing features that further enhance functionality. Photographers can now select from three focus modes to match shooting conditions, including manual mode (M) and autofocus with manual priority (M/A) mode, and the new A/M mode. The A/M mode enhances AF control with fast, secure switching from automatic and manual focus to adapt to personal shooting preference and techniques. Additionally, users can also activate the AF Recall Mode at the press of a button that allows for instant return to a predetermined point of focus to capture anticipated shots confidently.

Nikon’s professional grade teleconverters, including the new AF-S TC-20E III are ideal companions to the new NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8 and other select lenses to create an affordable and portable gateway to extended telephoto photography. The new TC-20E III effectively doubles the focal length of select lenses, and is the world’s first teleconverter to feature an aspherical element to virtually eliminate coma and other aberrations even at wide apertures.

Price and Availability
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers with an estimated selling price of $5,899.95.  The Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III will be available for estimated selling price of $499.95**.  Availability of both products is scheduled to begin in January, 2010. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

About the NIKKOR brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the new ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 600mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which was created by adding an “R” to “NIKKO”, an abbreviation of Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original company name of Nikon Corporation at the time of its founding. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the “Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008.” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system. Only Nikon has sustained an original lens mount for such an extraordinary period, ensuring that photographers can continue to leverage their previous investments while still taking advantage of new innovations. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

*As determined in Nikon performance tests
**Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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