Archive for April, 2009

Apr 28 2009

Nikon Releases Camera Control 2.5

Camera Control Pro 2.5.0 for Mac and Windows, an update to its digital SLR remote control application. Changes include support for the D5000 and fixes several bugs.

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Apr 26 2009

Vincent Versace Focus on Nature Interview

Focus on Nature interview with Vincent Versace.
By Einar Erlendsson
Q: Last summer you landed on Iceland for the first time and you are prepared to come again?

A: Better prepared, I think. I know what to expect. I’m also coming with a Nikon D3X

Q: What are you most looking forward to seeing in Iceland?

A: Waterfalls, energy and glaciers

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Photo: Vincent Versace, Iceland 2008
Q: Do you see the light in Iceland as being different in some way?

A: the light appears longer, like at the end of the daylight just before sunset. It also seems to be warmer as well.

Q: What in the landscape inspires you?

A:  3:53 PM the vastness of the expanses

Q: Do you feel that the Icelandic workshop is different or has a character you can explain in few words to participants?

A: No people. It’s all about the landscape. You are forced to see the geometrics of the environment rather than relying on the expressions of people

Q: What’s your teaching style?

A: Immersive. I work with voice as well as technique

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Photo: Vincent Versace, Iceland 2008
Q: During field trips, do you set assignments or how do you influence the workshop participants?

A: I build my classes on a class-by-class basis. I work group assignments and tailor them to the group as well as working one on with the participants.

Q: Do you like to include critic sessions in you workshops?

A: Yes

Q: What are your students mostly likely to learn?

A: To see past the obvious, to explore light, gesture color and time and how to capture them. But most importantly how to be taken by a picture rather simply taking the picture.

Q: When the weather gets challenging what are you most likely to do?

A: Ranger on.

Q: What do you like most about teaching?

A: Watching the epiphany light go off in my students and seeing things in new ways

Q: What characteristic do you feel will be of importance for participants to nurture and develop staying with you out in the country during the Iceland workshop, that should last after they return home?

A: The ability to stop taking pictures but rather to be taken by pictures

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Photo: Vincent Versace, Iceland 2008
Q: How would you describe your photographic approach?

A: I believe that one travels in a circle but does it in a straight line when creating an image. The more you understand about the middle, post processing or what can be done to an image the more informed the decision are at the beginning, when you capture the photograph because you are always in service of the end, the print and the print? It’s inservice of your voice, what you saw at the beginning.

Q: How would you characterize your visual style?

A: I tell the truth and see the pretty.

Q: Do you have a personal concept or future project in mind before you travel to a place like Iceland?

A: There is a short story by Orson Scott Card called “Unaccompanied Sonata” that would best describe my feeling. The bottom line is I show up with no preconceptions and let the place take me were it takes me.

Q: Does it make the difference to have been in Iceland last summer, and if so, what?

A: I’m more excited to return.

Thank you Vincent Versace for taking your time.

Einar Erlendsson,
Project Manager

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Computerworld Smithsonian Award Laureate
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Apr 15 2009

Apple releases Aperture 2.1.3

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Apr 14 2009

Nikon Announces the D5000 DSLR Camera

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

Nikon to day announced it’s new DSLR camera the D5000. be sure to check out the Micro Site as well as the brochure.

Main Features

  • New 2.7-in. 230k-dot Vari-angle monitor swings down approximately 90° and rotates 180°
  • Nikon DX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective megapixels and Integrated Dust Reduction System
  • Specially designed EXPEED image processing system
  • One-touch access to Live View, which includes face priority AF and subject tracking AF
  • D-SLR movie function: D-Movie, selectable from 320 x 216 pixels, 640 x 424 pixels or 1,280 x 720 pixels in AVI format
  • 19 Scene Modes that automatically adjust exposure, image processing, Active D-Lighting and other settings for superior image quality
  • Scene Recognition System, utilizing 420-pixel RGB sensor, improves autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance performance and is also integrated with the Face Detection System
  • Active D-Lighting for smooth tone reproduction in high-contrast environments
  • Multi-CAM 1000 autofocus sensor module featuring 11 AF points provides fast and precise autofocus coverage across the frame
  • Picture Control System offers Portrait and Landscape options for more vibrant customized colors
  • Extensive palette of in-camera Retouch Menus including several new retouch options such as Soft Filter and Color Outline
  • Incredibly low-noise performance throughout a wide sensitivity range of ISO 200 to 3200; can be set to ISO 100 and ISO 6400 equivalents
  • Viewfinder with approx. 95% frame coverage and an easy-to-view 17.9 mm eyepoint (at -1.0 m-1)
  • Up to 4 fps continuous shooting
  • Built-in pop-up flash with Nikon’s original i-TTL flash control
  • Highly efficient energy-saving design that allows approx. 510 images on a single charge of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9a (CIPA standard, with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and flash fired at full power once every other shot.)
  • Compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output
  • Included Nikon ViewNX software makes browsing and organizing your images easy
  • Optional photo-editing software Capture NX 2 allows quick and easy photo editing
  • Lightweight compact body

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Apr 13 2009

John Paul Caponigro: Iceland – Focus On Nature (August 10-14, 2009)

Focus On Nature’s Einar Erlandsson asked me about my thoughts on my past (2008) and future (2009) workshop in Iceland, as well as my approach to teaching.

Here’s an excerpt.

Q: Do you see the light in Iceland as being different in some way?

A: Iceland’s light is ever changing. It moves so fast you have to stay alert.

Q: What in the landscape inspires you?

A: Extreme variety. Intense energy. Challenging complexity.

Q: Do you feel that the Icelandic workshop is different or has a character you can explain in few words to participants?

A: Iceland, both the landscape and its people, has a unique character. It’s very complex landscape with astonishing geologic variety – rugged seascapes, glacial lagoons, active volcanoes, Europe’s largest icecap, Europe’s only desert. The culture is simultaneously ancient (oldest European language, isolated genetic strain, different surname conventions) and high tech (cutting edge geothermal and computer technology). The people behind Focus on Nature are all professional photographers each with a lifetime of experience in Iceland. They know all the ins and outs of the place, the hidden spots and unusual people who would go unnoticed by someone without that experience. They’re extremely gracious. When it’s cold, Raggi pulls out a surprise stash of Russian Cognac. When it’s raining, Einar is suddenly found standing next to a student – with an umbrella. Everyday you’ll be surprised. You’ll get lost in Iceland. Be careful. If you go, you may not want to leave and you’ll definitely have to go again.

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See my past Iceland blogposts including participant work here.

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Apr 10 2009

New Facebook Terms

By John Paul Caponigro
New York magazine currently has a great article on important recent developments on Facebook. Do You Own Facebook? Or Does Facebook Own You? by Vanessa Grigoriadis.

Facebook recently changed usage terms (they expanded their ability to use member contributed content – even after members left Facebook). Members protested and a user group was started to protest; it now has nearly 150,000 members. Facebook responded and reverted to the old terms, temporarily. Facebook then rewrote new terms (broader usage terms, that terminate when members leave Facebook); these new terms are now up for vote by all Facebook members. Facebook will make a public statement April 10. Facebook will put the new document to a vote by all users by April 20.

You can get involved.
If you use Facebook, I recommend you do.

See the Facebook Group – People Against the new Terms of Service (TOS)

Join the Facebook Bill of Rights & Responsibilities here.

If you’re an alumni of my seminars and/or workshops you can join my Alumni Facebook Group here.

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Apr 01 2009

Nikon Capture NX2 v2.2.0 now available

A description of the changes is here. Aperture 2.1.3 for Mac can be downloaded and installed via the Software Update mechanism of OS X, or as a standalone updater.
Nikon has posted Capture NX2 v2.2.0, an update to its RAW conversion and image editing application for Mac and Windows.

Modifications enabled with 2.2.0:

  • Support for NRW-format RAW images captured with the COOLPIX P6000 has been added. Capture NX 2 Picture Controls are compatible with digital-SLR Picture Controls. As Picture Controls built into the COOLPIX P6000 are COOLPIX Picture Controls, modifying Picture Control settings with Capture NX 2 will not produce the same colors as in-camera Picture Controls.
  • Some changes have been made to the file-type filter on the toolbar.
  • An Axial Color Aberration correction function has been added to the Camera & Lens Corrections portion of the Edit List’s Develop section.  With the addition of the Axial Color Aberration correction function, other function labels have been modified as follows:
  • Auto Color Aberration in the Camera & Lens Corrections portion of the Edit List’s Develop section has been changed to Auto Lateral Color Aberration.
  • The Color Aberration Control… option, selected from the Adjust menu> Correct, has been renamed Lateral Color Aberration.
  • An Auto Distortion correction function has been added to the Camera & Lens Corrections portion of the Edit List’s Develop section.
  • Batch processing speed has been increased.
  • When a batch process was applied to images stored on an external hard disk, processing order was performed in the order the images were created.  Processing order has been modified so that images are now processed in alphabetical order by file name.
  • When the Adjust menu> Light> Auto Levels… option was applied to images captured with the D3X, in some rare cases, the enhanced images had a blue cast.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When RAW images captured with the D60 with Active D-Lighting enabled were opened, in some rare cases, the images did not display properly.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When the color eyedropper tool was selected in the Color Picker dialog to choose a color from an image displayed full screen, the mouse cursor did not always switch to the color eyedropper cursor.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When negative (-) signs were entered in enhancement step numerical text boxes in the Edit List, the signs were displayed in red and then changed to 0 after a few seconds.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When the mouse cursor was moved over the Tone Curve item in the Quick Fix portion of the Edit List’s Develop section while a separate application was active, Capture NX 2 was activated (brought to the forefront).  This issue has been resolved.
    When a monitor utilizing a monitor profile with a name that included 2-byte characters was used, colors were not correctly displayed.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When Cancel was clicked while opening multiple images that had been enhanced and then saved in NEF format with Capture NX 2, enhancement steps were removed from the Edit List for the images that did open.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When Capture NX Ver. 1.X was deleted after installing an upgrade version of Capture NX 2 and entering the Capture NX 2 product key, the dialog requesting the product key was displayed when Capture NX 2 was next started, but the OK button could not be clicked, even when the product key was entered again.  This issue has been resolved.
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