Archive for February, 2008

Feb 27 2008

Four Things it’s Good to Know About Your Cell Phone

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized



* Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an  emergency tool for survival.

The Emergency Number worldwide for **Mobile** is 112 ..* If you find 

yourself out of coverage area of your mobile network and there is an 

emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to 

establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. **Try it out.** 

2 Have you locked your keys in the car? Does you car have remote keys? 

This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: 

If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. 

Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).

Hidden Battery power

Imagine your cell battery is very low, you are expecting an important call and you don’t have a charger. Nokia phones come with a reserve battery. To activate, press the keys *3370#, your cell will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell next time.



How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: 

* # 0 6 # 

A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your 

handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. when your phone get 

stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They 

will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the 

SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. 

You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. 

If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

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Feb 21 2008

Nikon Updates Camera Control Pro to Version 2.1.0

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

New in this version of Nikon’s digital SLR remote control and triggering application:

  • Support for the D60 has been added.
  • [Mac version only] Support for Mac OS X 10.5.x (Leopard) has been added.
  • Response is faster when thumbnails are selected in the Viewer.
  • [Mac version only] When time lapse photography was in progress under Mac OS X 10.3.9, there was no response to Viewer operations until the the Time Lapse dialog was closed. This issue has been resolved.
  • When a camera with a PC lens was connected, the lens name displayed in the Mechanical tab indicated that it was a G-type lens. This issue has been resolved.
    • Lenses with which this occured:
      • PC Micror-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D
      • PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED
    • Cameras with which this issue occurred:
      • D3, D2Xs, D2X, D2Hs, D2H, D300, D200, D80, D70s, D70, D50, D40X, D40
  • When a D40 or D40X with a PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED lens was connected, the lens name displayed in the “Mechanical” tab indicated that it was an AF-S 24mm f/3.5D lens. This issue has been resolved.

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Feb 21 2008

Nikon Updates Capture NX to Version 1.3.2

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

  • Support for RAW images captured with the D60 has been added.
  • When Exposure Compensation was adjusted from Base Adjustments > Exposure Compensation while Picture Control settings were applied from Base Adjustments > Camera Adjustments > Picture Control, the sharpening effect was cancelled. This issue has been resolved.
  • When images captured with the D1 and an AI Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D lens, “Fisheye Lens” could not be selected from Base Adjustments> Lens Adjustments. This issue has been resolved.

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Feb 20 2008

Vincent Versace’s “Retouch a Portrait in 15 Minutes” Class Goes Live Online at Kelby Training

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

This new class, from Vincent Versace, went live last week on Kelby (an online Photoshop and Photography training classroom), and it’s already one of Kelby Training’s “most watched” classes. The class (which is not really for the faint of heart), takes you through the steps you need to analyze and retouch a photo in 15 minutes flat. It’s ideal for people who kind of already are comfortable with using Photoshop, and are ready to move to that next level in their retouching skills.

You can take Vincent’s class, and all of Kelby Training’s other online courses (including new classes from Eddie Tapp, Matt Kloskowski, Joe McNally, Dan Margulis, Katrin Eismann, Dave Cross, Bert Monroy, John Paul Caponigro, and Scott Kelby (among others) by subscribing for $199 per year or $19.95 monthly, for unlimited access to all courses (Of course you get a discount if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link with all the details, and you can even try out some sample classes while you’re there.

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Feb 18 2008

Nikon Posts Firmware Update for the D300

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

Nikon has posted a firmware update for the D300 to resolve a problem of vertical banding that may appear in images captured at exposures longer than eight seconds, firmware v1.02 (NOTE: the A portion of the firmware s the only part that has been revised) is available for download of the Nikon support websites.

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Feb 16 2008

NiK Software’s New Viveza Plug-in Receives Scott Kelby’s “Scott Thinks It’s Hot” Award

From Skott Kelby’s Photoshopinsider Blog

“I’ve been working with Nik Software’s brand new Viveza plug-in for Photoshop, which brings the U-point technology used in Nikon’s popular Capture NX to Photoshop, and I have to say; it’s freakin’ incredible! In fact, so much so, that it’s getting my “Scott Thinks It’s Hot” award, given only to absolutely kick-butt products! The plug-in has a great user interface, pretty snappy performance, and it’s so fast and easy to use, that it’s going to become a part of my regular workflow. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out their video clip which shows it in action (click here); and you’ll totally get it, (and why it will change the way you do selective editing forever). Kudos to the gang at Nik Software for bringing Viveza to Photoshop. I’m psyched!!!”

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Feb 01 2008

Nik Software Announces Viveza™—U Point® Technology

Published by Vincent Versace under Software

New plug-in provides the most powerful, precise, and easy way

for photographers to selectively control and adjust the color and light in their digital images

Las Vegas, NV – January 30, 2008 (PMA 08, Booth #L161) – Nik Software, Inc. announces today Viveza, the latest addition to its line of award-winning photographic plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Nik Software’s Viveza is a powerful and intuitive software tool designed to enable photographers of all skill levels to precisely select and control the light and color in photographic images while working within Photoshop.By incorporating Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology (, Viveza provides easy-to-use methods for correcting and enhancing images without the need to create complicated selections or layer masks or have expert-level knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. U Point is the core technology that powers Viveza and brings Photoshop users unprecedented efficiency and control for editing digital images. To make adjustments to an image, users simply place U Point powered Color Control Points directly on colors or objects in an image (such as sky, skin, grass, etc.) then adjust easy-to-use sliders for brightness, contrast, color and more. Viveza automatically selects objects and creates masks based on where the user places a Color Control Point. By working directly on the image, powerful selective enhancements can be accomplished in a fraction of the time needed by using other methods.“When attempting to selectively edit images, photographers typically face the challenge of isolating the color or object they want to enhance and then need to ensure the selective enhancements look natural,” said Michael J. Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software. “At the heart of Viveza is our U Point technology, which uniquely addresses these challenges and provides Photoshop users with a full range of capabilities for selectively controlling color and light,” Slater concluded.With Nik Software’s Viveza plug-in, photographers are able to do more to improve the overall quality of their images and address image editing tasks that are too complex or simply not possible with other tools. For more information about Viveza, including an introductory video, please visit Features

Color Control Points – U Point technology incorporated into Viveza brings a new level of precision and efficiency to photographic image editing. Users easily control an image’s color, light and tonality with Color Control Points. Simple-to-use sliders let users quickly adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, red, green, blue, hue, and warmth, providing ultimate mastery over digital images. Enhancements are automatically and naturally blended throughout the image for spectacular results.Smart Filter Support – Viveza is compatible with Adobe Photoshop’s Smart Filter feature which permits users to fine-tune enhancements after they’ve been applied, without adding additional layers.Powerful Selective Tool – Viveza’s Selective Tool allows users to brush any light and color changes into their image using Photoshop’s brush tools. Layers and masks are created automatically, enabling users to quickly and easily apply any filter selectively. For added control and fine detail adjustments, Viveza also supports pressure-sensitive features optimized for Wacom® Pen Tablets. 

Pricing and AvailabilityNik Software’s Viveza™ will be available directly from Nik Software ( and specialty camera retailers in North America in the first quarter of 2008. A complete list of resellers may be found at The suggested retail price of Viveza is $249.95. Viveza installs as a Photoshop or Photoshop Elements plug-in and will be available for Windows and Macintosh operating systems, including Vista and Leopard.About Nik SoftwareNik 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™, and Nik Sharpener Pro™ software.

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Feb 01 2008

Sony Develops 35mm full size CMOS Image Sensor with 24.81 Effective Megapixel resolution and extremely high signal conversion speed for use in Digital SLR Cameras

All-pixel scan mode of 6.3 frame/sTokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation today announced the development of a 35mm full size (diagonal:43.3mm/Type 2.7) 24.81 effective megapixel, ultra-high speed high image quality CMOS image sensor designed to meet the increasing requirement for rapid image capture and advanced picture quality within digital SLR cameras.Development backgroundIn recent years, the demand for digital SLR cameras featuring high resolution and wide graduation ranges capable of capturing every detail of the subject matter has continued to increase, particularly among high-end amateur users. Additionally, the increasing user requirement to shoot from the same focal length and angle as 35mm film cameras using interchangeable lenses has led to significant interest in the development of 35mm, full size CMOS image sensors.However, there are a number of technical challenges to developing full (large) size image sensors, such as the propagation delay caused by using extended power circuitry and signal lines, and the difficulty of maintaining uniform sensitivity and signal saturation across the surface of the screen.It is therefore extremely important to accurately control exposure variance and match circuit patterns.Advantages of this deviceThe newly developed CMOS image sensor combines unique circuit design technology with Sony’s advanced fabrication expertise, such as advanced planarization for minimizing fluctuation, to realize 35mm, full size, 24.81 effective megapixel resolution. Sony’s “Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique” also provides each column within the sensor with its own A/D converter, minimizing image degradation caused by the noise that arises during analog processing while at the same time delivering an extremely high signal conversion speed.The enhanced image quality generated by the sensor’s 24.81 effective megapixel resolution, wide range of graduation expression achieved by its full size broad dynamic range, and the low noise, high resolution, ultra-responsive performance provided by Sony’s Column-Parallel A/D Conversion technique enable it to meet the ever-increasing requirements within high performance digital SLR cameras.Sony will target for mass production of this CMOS image sensor within this year.Major features

  1. High picture quality in 35mm full size image sensor with 24.81M effective pixels
  2. “Column-Parallel A/D Conversion method” achieves high S/N and high-speed imaging•CDS/PGA(24dB)Circuit  (PGA: Programmable Gain Amplifier)•12bit-AD Converter on chip•Diversified readout mode•All-pixel scan mode   6.3 frame/s (12bit)•Window readout
  3. High-speed digital output (12 channel parallel LVDS output)

Device StructureImage size: Diagonal width 43.3mm (Type 2.7)Total number of pixels:  6236(H) x 4124(V) approx. 25.72M pixelsNumber of effective pixels:  6104(H) x 4064(V) approx.24.81M pixelsNumber of active pixels: 6096(H) x 4056(V) approx.24.73M pixelsChip size: 41.0mm (H) x 31.9 mm (V)Unit cell size: 5.94µm (H) x 5.94µm (V)

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