Archive for September, 2009

Sep 30 2009

Luscher Color Test

From John Paul Caponigro’s Blog

The Luscher Color Test was devised by psychologict Max Luscher in 1969. It’s effectiveness has been known in advertising and industry (automotive and fashion) for years. Now you can gain some pracitalc insight into color psychology with this well-known color test – online.

It’s uncanny what this test can reveal (consistently), but remember it’s just a starting point. What’s far more revealing is your unique living relationship with color, which is revealed over time and in a variety of contexts under many influences. Awareness is the key. Use this as food for thought for developing insight into your relationship with color.

Take the test here.

What did the test reveal for you?

Comment here!

Read my articles on color at Apple here.

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Learn about color in my workshops here.

Check out my color sessions at PhotoShop World and PhotoPlus East.

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Sep 28 2009

Hasselblad Announces H4D Digital Medium Format System with new True Focus AF

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

press release

With the release of the new H4D-60, the first H4D camera and most recent addition to the Hasselblad H System, Hasselblad marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of medium format DSLRs. The H4D-60 will feature True Focus with APL (Absolute Position Lock), making auto-focus substantially easier and more accurate for photography professionals.

As part of the celebration honoring the first manned lunar landing and the first lunar photography, camera manufacturer Hasselblad is announcing another first, the launch of the H4D camera series. The first model in the new series is the H4D-60, featuring a 60 Megapixel medium format sensor.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce the introduction of the H4D,” says Christian Poulsen, CEO of Hasselblad. “This step represents the natural evolution of our H System and of our photographic strategy in general. As part of our efforts to inspire 35mm photographers to step up to the quality found in high-end DSLRs, the H4D series is built upon the successful H3D platform and features our revolutionary True Focus technology. The H4D also comes bundled with our new Phocus 2.0 imaging software.”

True Focus and Absolute Position Lock
“True Focus helps solve one of the most lingering challenges that faces serious photographers today,” he continues, “true, accurate focusing throughout the image field. Without multi-point auto-focus a typical auto-focus camera can only correctly measure focus on a subject that is in the center of the image. When a photographer wants to focus on a subject outside the center area, they have to lock focus on the subject and then re-compose the image. In short distances especially, this re-composing causes focus error, as the plane of focus sharpness follows the camera’s movement, perpendicular to the axis of the lens.”

The traditional solution for most DSLRs has been to equip the camera with a multi-point AF sensor. These sensors allow the photographer to fix an off-center focus point on an off-center subject, which is then focused correctly. Such multi-point AF solutions are often tedious and inflexible to work with, however, and do not really solve the problem, claims Poulsen.

“Photographers have grown accustomed to using auto-focus systems in their day to day work and we see increasingly higher numbers of focus points advertised in each new wave of AF products. The term ‘multi-point auto-focus’ is a bit misleading, however, for cameras with sensors larger than APS,” claims Poulsen. “Due to the physics of an SLR-camera, the off-center focus points that are offered are all clustered relatively close to the center of the image. To set focus outside of this center area, the photographer is still forced to focus first, and then shift the camera to reframe, with the resulting loss of focus as a result.

To overcome this problem, Hasselblad has used modern yaw rate sensor technology to measure angular velocity in an innovative way. The result is the new Absolute Position Lock (APL) processor, which forms the foundation of Hasselblad’s True Focus feature. The APL processor accurately logs camera movement during any re-composing, then uses these exact measurements to calculate the necessary focus adjustment, and issues the proper commands to the lens’s focus motor so it can compensate. The APL processor computes the advanced positional algorithms and carries out the required focus corrections at such rapid speed that no shutter lag occurs. The H4D’s firmware then further perfects the focus using the precise data retrieval system found on all HC/HCD lenses.

“This technology takes AF to an entirely new level, correcting for the vertical and horizontal focus-shift that results from the rotation of the camera around an axis close to camera,” says Poulsen, “In simple terms, True Focus allows the photographer to concentrate on their composition, to focus on their creativity, while True Focus takes care of the other, more mechanical focus.”

True Focus on the H4D can be set to work at a half press of the camera release button, or via any user button programmed to AF-drive when the camera is in manual focus mode. This, the first release of True Focus, only corrects the horizontal and vertical positioning of the camera, and does not correct for any focus-shift which results from larger lateral movements of the camera during recomposing. The True Focus technology and APL (both patent pending) mark a significant milestone for Hasselblad’s high-end DSLR strategy and represent the result of many years of development work.

Faster Software, Shorter Learning Curve
The new user interface in Phocus 2.0 drastically reduces the learning curve for high-end imaging. The average photographer will be up to speed in less than 15 minutes, claims Hasselblad CEO Christian Poulsen. Functionality has not been lowered, however, with Phocus 2.0 matching or bettering the speed, functions, and usability found in Lightroom, Aperture, and Capture One.

“We’ve increased speed, increased functionality, and dramatically increased the speed at which photographers can learn to use this advanced software,” says Poulsen. “In less than 5 minutes an amateur photographer can learn to work with our images. In less than 10 minutes, learn how to setup for production of high-res files for Photoshop. In less than 20 minutes learn how to shoot tethered as a professional studio photographer. The new version of Phocus is just another step in our efforts to make complex functionality simple to use, allowing photographers to focus on their shooting.”

This philosophy lies behind a range of the features found in the H4D, including Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS), which achieves consistent color reproduction using a single color profile, and digital lens correction (DAC) which perfects each image captured through the HC/HCD lenses, by removing any trace of distortion, vignetting or chromatic aberrations. It was also the key motivation for what will surely be the most attractive feature in the new H4D, Hasselblad True Focus, explains Poulsen.

The Hasselblad H4D-60 will be available for delivery in November 2009 at a price of 28,995 €.
The Hasselblad H4D-50 will replace the H3DII-50. Delivery of the H4D-50 will begin in Q1, 2010 at a price of 19,995 €. H3DII-50 cameras purchased between now and Q1, 2010 will be upgraded to the H4D-50 free of charge. A program is also being announced for owners of H3D-31 and H3D-39 cameras to step up onto the H4D platform.

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Sep 22 2009

X-Rite Introduces ColorChecker Passport Into Digital Photography Raw Workflows – from Capture to Edit

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

Passport_completeAll-new Hardware/Software Solution Also Offers Adobe® Imaging Solutions Users Even More Power With Seamless Integration of DNG Profiling & Many Other Passport Features

Grand Rapids, MI –September 15, 2009– (NASDAQ: XRIT) X-Rite, Incorporated – the world leader in color management and measurement technologies (www.xrite.com) today introduced ColorChecker Passport, an all-new solution for digital photographers working in a Raw workflow to quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control from capture to edit. The powerful color control and creativity possible with the all-new X-Rite ColorChecker Passport are designed to be adopted into any Raw workflow – a solution made even more powerful when combined with Adobe® Imaging Solutions for those who want to benefit from DNG profile creation and the many other seamlessly integrated features of Passport. JPEG shooters benefit, as well.

“We developed ColorChecker Passport primarily for photographers working in a Raw workflow. It’s a powerful capture to edit solution for color control and creativity that becomes even more powerful for DNG profile creation when combined with Adobe Imaging Solutions. Users will benefit from the included Camera Calibration Application and Lightroom® Plug-In software to create Custom DNG Profiles that accommodate different lighting sources, even unusual artificial lighting. The extended functionality from the all-new camera calibration software also ensures an accurate color foundation, image to image and camera to camera,” states X-Rite Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Iris Mangelschots.

Introducing Raw Color Power From Capture To Edit
Based on X-Rite’s renowned ColorChecker product line, ColorChecker Passport allows those working in Raw to quickly and easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes and maintain color control from capture to edit  – significantly reducing image processing time and improving quality control. In addition, ColorChecker Passport delivers valuable color control benefits to JPEG shooters.

This all-new hardware/software color solution comes in a durable, protective “passport” sized case for the ultimate in functionality and portability, and combines camera calibration software and three photographic targets.

The Total Package Comes With:

  • White Balance Target
  • Classic Target
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Protective Case & Lanyard

All-new Creative Enhancement Capabilities: The Look You Desire In A Few Clicks
Whether it’s a studio shot, a colorful landscape or a multiple scene photo event, ColorChecker Passport extends the power of photo editing software with one-click enhancements that articulate your inspiration in a fraction of the time.

The Enhancement Target also provides a visual reference for judging, controlling and editing images for shadow details, highlight clipping or color shifts. This includes multiple levels of warming and cooling patches for portraits and landscapes to help create pleasing and repeatable edits with a single click. When it comes to clipping, the all-new Passport Creative Enhancement target offers the ability to quickly verify any clipping and ensure that the image has optimal shadow and highlight detail as well as ensure color fidelity across all hues.

Extending An Industry Classic: Color Referencing For Specific Color Evaluation – PLUS DNG Profile Creation
The customary functionality of the Passport Classic Target is now extended with the included camera calibration software that produces DNG profiles of your camera’s response to the individual scene’s lighting. As a result, you get consistent, predictable and repeatable results from image to image and camera to camera. You can quickly establish an accurate color foundation, minimize color differences between cameras and lenses, and easily adapt for mixed lighting.

The Passport Classic Target still provides a built-in point of visual color reference. Photograph the Classic target in the same lighting as your images; then open it in your photo processing software as a reference to help with color correction.

The Classic Target also includes the 24 color reference patches, a long-time industry standard, with each patch representing the colors of natural objects, such as sky blue, skin tones and leaf green; and each patch reflecting light just like its real world counterpart. Each square is individually colored using a solid tone to produce pure, flat, rich color without dots or mixed tints.

The Classic target can help photographers make global corrections based on accurate information, saving hours of time by giving them a point of reference to see exactly how changes will affect the rest of the colors in an image before application.

White Balance Target:  Capture True Colors from the Start
The ColorChecker Passport White Balance Target is a newly formulated spectrally flat target that provides a neutral reference point that reflects light equally across the visible spectrum, compensating for varying lighting conditions. With the Passport White Balance Target, you’ll be able to eliminate problems that can arise from inaccurate white balancing such as color casts, and improve camera display previews for more reliable histograms as well as speed up post-production editing by eliminating the need to neutralize each image individually.

All-new Camera Calibration Software: Custom DNG Profiles with Adobe Imaging Solutions for an Accurate Color Foundation
With the included ColorChecker Passport Camera Calibration Application and Lightroom® Plug-In, shooters can quickly and easily build DNG profiles for Adobe® Imaging solutions including Lightroom®, Photoshop®, Photoshop® Elements, Camera Raw (ACR) and Bridge.
This new advanced profiling technology provides excellent results with just the small 24-patch ColorChecker Classic target, producing DNG profiles that work exceptionally well, even in unusual artificial light sources. Whether shooting with just one camera, or multiple cameras, photographers can easily establish an accurate color foundation and maintain control of their colors.

Passport Camera Calibration advantages include:

  • Camera calibration for Raw shooters for greater capability to calibrate and correct color
  • Accurate color that provides a consistent foundation for creative interpretation
  • Minimized color differences between cameras and lenses
  • Automatic adaption for mixed lighting
  • Color balance matches across different scenes
  • Dual-illuminant profiles that take into account two different light sources in a single profile

Create Dual-Illuminant Profiles
A very powerful feature of the software is the ability to create dual-illuminant DNG profiles. This type of profile takes into account two different light sources to create a single profile, which can be applied to an even wider variety of lighting conditions. Dual-Illuminant profiles can be made with any two of twenty-one supported illuminants, allowing you to create a profile for just about any kind of lighting condition you may encounter. Dual-illuminant profiles allow you the freedom to move between the represented lighting conditions without switching profiles.

Great for JPEG Shooters, Too
From the start, ColorChecker Passport has great benefits for those who shoot in a JPEG workflow.  You can ensure your JPEG files are captured correctly from the onset, giving you greater freedom to evaluate and optimize shadow details or highlight clippings as well as an excellent visual reference for color spectrum and color adjustments.

A Portable Protective Case: A Passport For Any Shoot
Rugged enough to take anywhere, small enough to fit into a camera bag or pocket, the protective casing adjusts to multiple positions to self-stand, providing the flexibility to place the targets exactly where needed and includes a lanyard for additional convenience for scene placement.
“With ColorChecker Passport, you can expect much faster image processing time, improved quality control, all in a cool little package that you can take anywhere,” Mangelschots confirms.

See For Yourself: Passport Featured On All-new Website
To view ColorChecker Passport’s features and benefits in action, visit xritephoto.com and click on the product page to view a ColorChecker Passport video. Featuring pro photographer and X-Rite Coloratti Seth Resnick, the video is one of the many informative tools available on the all-new website. xritephoto.com is both an online resource center and virtual community for anyone interested in digital photography to learn, explore, and exchange ideas about color.

Availability
Now Shipping. ColorChecker Passport is available exclusively through the Mac Group in the US and through participating dealers around the globe.

About X-Rite
(NASDAQ: XRIT) X-Rite is the global leader in color science and technology. The company, which now includes color industry leader PANTONE Inc., develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative color solutions through measurement systems, software, color standards and services. X-Rite’s expertise in inspiring, selecting, measuring, formulating, communicating and matching color helps users get color right the first time and every time, which translates to better quality and reduced costs. X-Rite serves a range of industries, including printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles, dental and medical. For further information, please visit www.xrite.com.

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Sep 21 2009

rmacholbert.com

From John Paul Caponigro’s Blog

MAC

R Mac Holbert’s (master printer Nash Editions) new website is live and growing
You’ll find …
Information on Mac’s workshops and seminars.
Free PDFs and Actions that complement Mac’s workshops and seminars.
Mac’s Acme Educational DVD The Dirty Dozen: Eliminating Common Imaging Mistakes.
Mac’s book Nash Editions / Photography and the Art of Digital Printing.
Like any website, it continues to evolve.
So, check it out now.
And, check back later for more useful resources.

Check out my conversation with Mac here.
Check out our workshop The Fine Art of Digital Printing here.

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Sep 11 2009

DIGITAL_FESTBy Vincent Versace

Registration for this event opens August 15th at 9am at www.digitalfest.com.

Pictureline inc. is excited to announce DIGITALFEST 2009 – Utah’s largest gathering of digital photographic equipment, information and experts September 17th and 18th.

Digitalfest is the Intermountain West’s largest and most comprehensive annual trade show featuring the best and newest digital imaging products. Many factory representatives will be on hand to give you a chance to handle the latest products and ask questions about them.

Digitalfest manufacturer attendees include: Adobe, Apple, Canon, Delkin, Elinchrom, Epson, Gitzo, Hasselblad, Hoodman, Lacie, Leica, Lexar, Mamiya, Manfrotto, Mitsubishi, Nikon, Olympus, Pina Zangaro, Sandisk, and Zeiss to name a few. These manufacturers will be available to answer

questions at any time during the tradeshow hours.
David Hume Kennerly has been photographing history for four decades. Contributing Editor for Newsweek Magazine, Kennerly continues to travel the globe to produce insightful images of important historic events.

His career began in Roseburg, Oregon, where he published his first picture in the high school paper when he was just 15 years old. His first official photographer jobs–as a staff photographer for the Oregon Journal and then the Portland Oregonian–led him in to a position with United Press International (UPI).

Kennerly won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1972 for his remarkable photographs of the Vietnam war. After the war, Kennerly returned to the United States for Time Magazine, and in mid-1973 and threw himself into the domestic battles then raging in Washington. After Richard Nixon resigned, Kennerly was on the South Lawn of the White House as the soon-to-be ex-President departed. His historic photo of Nixon’s wave goodbye, taken when Kennerly was just 27 years old, is one of the dozens of his images that have helped define American photojournalism.

Registration for this event opens August 15th at 9am at www.digitalfest.com.

Nikon USA, Inc. and pictureline are pleased to present Vincent Versace at DiGiTALFEST 2009 – September 18th at 7pm.

Vincent Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award, is a six-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame and is the best selling author of Welcome to Oz a Cinematic Approach Digital Still Photography with Photoshop and. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History.

Vincent was the original host of the Epson Print academy and is the photographer of Immediate Assistants Medical Rescue Go team and one of the members of the photographic team of Eco-Challenge. He has been commissioned by the San Francisco Presidio National Park to create a permanent collection of art for the park. He is an American Photo Magazine Mentor Trek instructor. Vincent has led photographic workshops to San Francisco, Burma, Viet Nam, India, Morocco, Costa Rica, Santa Fe, Egypt, Cambodia, Mongolia and Australia.

Vincent is former member of the board of directors of Los Angeles chapter of the American Photographers Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals “Instructor Dream Team” and teaches regularly at Photoshopworld as well as being a regular instructor at the Maine Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic and Palm Beach Photographic Workshops. He is currently a member of Microsoft’s Digital Imaging Applications Group and founding member of the Epson Stylus Pros, Xrite Colorotti and Lexar Elite Photographers.

He is the former artist in residence for Altamira Group and former consultant to the president of Kodak’s Digital & Applied Imaging Group.

Vincent is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and on the weekends is a part-time super-hero and short-order cook.

Registration for this event opens August 15th at 9am at www.digitalfest.com.

Below are some images from DIGITALFEST 2008…

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Sep 04 2009

Induro Interview with Vincent Versace

by Rachel Hulin

posted in Location Photography, Outdoor Photography on September 4th, 2009 by Rachel Hulin – Tags: , , ,

I have little chat with Vincent Versace to share today. He tells us about his recent exploits, why his tripods need to be “Vinnie proof”, and about his many years of experience shooting digital.

Without further ado:

You have images from all over the world, but I’m not sure I would consider you a travel photographer- your practice is very varied. How would you define your approach to photography, and what do you like to shoot best?

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I am a photographer. I like to travel. I try as often as possible to be taken by pictures and not “take pictures.” I work this way to shoot my portraits like landscapes and my landscapes like portraits. As to what I like to shoot best? Stuff, things, people, places. I just want to be taken by the image and go for that ride.

How do you balance personal and commercial work?

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I don’t see a separation between the two. They are the same thing. My work is always personal. I try to create images that make the viewer feel as if they were standing in the same place I was when I clicked the shutter. How can that not be a personal experience? To separate them would make photography impersonal, sorta like a job, a 9 to 5 thing. Which I guess would be ok. Making it more impersonal would certainly be less hours than I put in now, which is 24/7 365 and Sundays too.

How do you choose your gear- how have your choices changed since the rise of digital?

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I have been shooting digital so long that my first camera was wood burning. I was Nikon’s very first outside digital photographic beta tester. That happened right after Al Gore and I invented the internet….. Seriously the same way I always have. What’s the best tool for the job? Not the cheapest tool that I can get by with. You are only as good as your weakest link.

What features are most important to you in a tripod? (do you have particular needs for something great for long exposures, or that can flip upside down for macro shots)- which Induro tripod do you like most?

vv4

Strength. Light weight. Indestructibility. Thing need to be more than unbreakable. They need to be “Vinnie Poof” . I was in South East Asia and I actually snapped a leg on my carbon fiber tripod. I was at the Photo East Photography Convention, flew in from the gig to NYC. I walked by the Induro booth. I told the sales guy what I happened he then said “watch this”– he extended the c314 set of sticks grabbed on under it and proceeded to swing back and forth. I now have three Induro tripods.

What projects are you currently working on? Can you show us any sneak peeks?

vv5

I am writing two books which should be out Summer of 2010 Welcome to Oz 2.0 and Return to Oz. I have several tutorial DVDs coming out. I’m planning on going back to Indai, Burma and Papa New Guinea in the next several months to shoot. In addition, my images have been selected as the art for the Restaurant Dovetail in New York City. Chef/owner is John Fraser formally the Sous Chef of the French Laundry.

Do you have a trick for processes digital imagery to keep the tonality rich and film-like? I notice many of your digital images could easily pass for film. Tips are always appreciated!

vv6

Well, digital actually has better dynamic range, sharpness, color and less noise at higher ISOs than film. The best advice is simple. Photoshop is not a verb. It’s a noun. Get it right at point of capture. You can’t fix something in Photoshop; you can at best save it. The less you do to a file the better it looks.

Check out Vincent’s many images, books and educational materials, here.

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Sep 04 2009

The Best Photo Competition Prize Package of the Year?

Published by Vincent Versace under Digital Imaging,NAPP

From Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider Blog

GURU AWARDS

I know the prize package for the winner of the World Wide Photo Walk was pretty amazing, but of course, with 32,000 photographers who could enter up to two photos each, the competition was pretty amazing too, and your chances of winning were….well…..you can do the math.

That’s why I think the best opportunity for some killer prizes and big time recognition may be entering the Photoshop World Guru Awards competition (sponsored by iStockPhoto.com), and competing to win the “Vincent Versace Award for Excellence in Digital Imaging” (which is a sub-category of the photography category. Everyone that enters the photography category is automatically eliglible to win the “Vinny” award, which is chosen by Vincent himself).

This contest was created to honor the work of Photoshop World attendees, so only other attendees to this year’s conference in Vegas can enter, and not of all them: (a) are photographers, and (b) will enter. In fact, only a few hundred people will actually enter the competition at all, but the list of prizes for just the Vinny alone are pretty staggering.

For example, the “Vinny” winner gets:

  1. An Epson 3880 printer
  2. A Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and wireless pen
  3. The Entire collection of Nik Software Photoshop Plug-ins
  4. Two (2) 8 gig 300x UDMA flash cards from Lexar
  5. An Induro 314 carbon fiber tripod
  6. An Xrite Color Munki
  7. The entire collection of OnOne Software’s Photoshop Plug-ins
  8. All of the Acme Educational titles
  9. An Expodisc and an Expoaperture
  10. A one-year subscription to Kelby Online Training
  11. A signed copy of David Duchemin’s “Inside the Frame”
  12. A signed Vincent Versace print

That is just an amazing prize package, plus you get the Vinny Award itself (which Mr. Versace presents himself during the Guru Awards ceremony).

Best of all, there’s no entry fee (again, this competition is only open to registered Photoshop World attendees). Here’s a link with details on how to enter the Photoshop World Guru Awards and take your shot at winning “The Vinny.”

My thanks to Vincent for putting together such an amazing prize package, and thanks to Wacom, Lexar, OnOne Software, Nik Software, Xrite, Epson, Induro, and all the sponsors of this year’s Vincent Vercsace Award for Excellence in Digital Imaging.

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Sep 03 2009

Comparing Epson UltraChrome Inksets

By John Paul Caponigro

ULTRACHROM_GAMUT

How do Epson’s three UltraChrome inksets compare?

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Areas Epson UltraChrome HDR exceeds gamut of previous inksets.

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Areas Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta exceeds Epson UltraChrome.

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Epson UltraChrome K3 3800 on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

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Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta 3880 on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

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Epson UltraChrome HDR 7900 on Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper

Find out more about Epson’s ProImaging printers here.

Get my free printing resources here.

Learn more in my The Fine Art Digital Print workshop series.

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Sep 03 2009

Department Of Justice Announces Over $1.9 Million In Grants For Criminal Intellectual Property Enforcement

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

Publicity Release Posted: September 01, 2009 12:02:32 EST

WASHINGTON, September 01, 2009 | SHOOT Publicity Wire | — The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced funding to develop national support for, and improve the capacity of state, local, and tribal criminal justice systems addressing criminal intellectual property enforcement. The grants, totaling over $1.98 million fund investigation, prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance activities.

“This funding is important in identifying and stopping criminal activity associated with intellectual property piracy. These criminal activities are a threat to our national well being and insult to those who create and develop products, goods and services for the benefit of the general public,” said Laurie Robinson, Acting Assistant Attorney General, OJP.

The awards will be used to combat intellectual property crimes which have been shown to relate to and support other crimes, including violent crime. Funding will establish and maintain effective collaboration and coordination between state and local law enforcement, including prosecutors, multijurisdictional task forces, and the appropriate federal agencies. Partners will share information about the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of matters involving intellectual property laws and the infringement of copyrighted works as it relates to violations of state and local criminal statutes.

In the category for support to law enforcement, the grant can be used to reimburse expenses related to performing criminal enforcement operations; to educate the public to prevent, deter, and identify criminal violations of intellectual property laws; to establish task forces exclusively to conduct investigations and forensic analyses and prosecutions; and to assist in acquiring equipment to conduct investigations and forensic analysis of evidence. Grantees in this category are:

• Attorney General’s Office, MS ($200,000)
• Bronx County District Attorney, NY ($43,718)
• Chesterfield County, VA ($199,919)
• City of Los Angeles, CA ($199,995)
• Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, CA ($200,000)
• New York City, NY ($200,000)
• North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, NC ($44,485)

In the category for training and technical assistance the grant supports establishing or developing a training curriculum and educational classes nationwide. In addition, funding supports innovative delivery methods of the curricula to include, but not limited to electronic training, roll call training, and academy training of new recruits and experienced officers, prosecutors, and other justice system employees. Technical assistance to public safety agencies and identification of new crime trends in the area of intellectual property and assessing the needs of the field are additional activities. Grantees in this category are:

• National Association of Attorneys General, DC ($450,000)
• NW3C Inc. National White Collar Crime Center, VA ($450,000)

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has five component bureaus: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime. Additionally, OJP has two program offices: the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed strategy, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). More information can be found at http://www.ojp.gov.

Contact Info
Office of Justice Programs
Contact: Joan LaRocca
(202) 307-0703
TDD (202) 514-1888

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Sep 01 2009

Epson Annouces the New 3880 Printer!!!

EPSON_3800

By Vincent Versace

Epson announced today the up date the the 3800, the new Epson 3880!!! (click the link to read more) This printer updates the inks withe the new K3 Vivid light and Vivid magenta inkset as well as sporting the new head technology that was introduced in the 7900/9900 series printers. I have been running it foar a while and all I can say is when you think something can’t get better…. then it does! This is my go to printer and would highly recomend it!

If you are reading and are a NAPP member be sure to to enter the Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photographic Excellence also know as the “Vinnie”  because this printer is one of the prizes!  It will be awarded Sept 30, 2009 at Photoshop World.

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