Archive for November, 2009

Nov 25 2009

onOne Software’s Plug-in Suite 5 for Adobe Photoshop Now Available

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Portland, OR– November 25, 2009 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced the immediate availability of Plug-in Suite 5 for Adobe Photoshop. Designed to solve the most common problems facing photographers in the areas of color correction, enlarging, masking and professional photographic effects, the Plug-in Suite 5 combines full versions of six essential software tools in one affordable package: FocalPoint 2, PhotoTune 3, PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition, PhotoTools 2.5 Professional Edition, Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition and MaskPro 4.

With support for Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4 the onOne Software Plug-in Suite 5 now includes the new onOne Panel which provides quick access to all products, Windows 64 bit support and the ability to access select plug-ins from within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Apple Aperture 2.1. Plug-in Suite 5 is available for electronic download immediately and physical boxed copies will be shipping by December 5, 2009. “We are excited to announce the immediate availability of Plug-in Suite 5, our biggest product update and release in over 4 years,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “This release is the culmination of working closely with both professional and enthusiast photographers to ensure that Plug-in Suite 5 continues to solve the most common problems they face by providing high quality, easy to use products at an incredible value. We are particularly pleased about partnering with NAPP to include content from some of the biggest names in the Photoshop community.” Plug-in Suite 5 includes full versions of the following onOne Software products:

FocalPoint 2 – Like bringing the camera lens inside Photoshop, this new version of FocalPoint 2 gives photographers the best way to add the most realistic depth of field and selective focus control to any image after it is photographed. Photographers now have an incredible amount of flexibility and control over the look of the blur with FocalPoint 2′s new blur algorithm, FocusBrush, Lens Presets, featuring 18 from Rafael Concepcion from NAPP, and multiple FocusBug features.

PhotoTune 3 – Getting great color doesn’t have to be so hard. This new version of PhotoTune 3 uses patented eye-fidelityTM technology, originally developed by and licensed from imsense to optimize the dynamic range, color and sharpness of images so that they look more true-to-life. The improved Wizard offers fast color and tone correction in as little as two steps while giving pro users direct access to advanced and innovative controls. SkinTune, which represents two years of research and analysis of thousands of skin tones, now offers one-click color correction of portraits and the option to correct just the skin in an image.

PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition – With PhotoFrame 4.5, you can add the perfect finishing touch to your images with over 100 exciting new professionally designed frames, backgrounds, textures and layouts, featuring content from NAPP’s Cory Barker and professional photographer Kersti Malvre. With one thousand design elements like film edges, borders, textures, backgrounds and adornments, PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition even has complete layouts where users can simply drop an image in and they are done. It is the easiest and fastest way to add an authentic darkroom touch with a film edge or to create beautiful albums or scrapbook page.

PhotoTools 2.5 Professional Edition – PhotoTools 2.5 is the highly acclaimed Photoshop plug-in that allows photographers of all skill levels to maximize the full power of Photoshop with it’s ability to preview and combine Photoshop Actions in a single, intuitive interface. Designed by photographers for photographers, PhotoTools 2.5 Professional now includes a new MaskingBug control based on the FocusBug control from the award-winning FocalPoint plug-in. The new MaskingBug allows photographers to create high-quality masks to selectively apply effects to images. With over 30 new creative effects, including presets from NAPP’s Rafael Concepcion, for a total effect library of 280, photographers can easily find, combine and save the results to create images that truly stand out.

Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition – The industry standard for enlarging photos, Genuine Fractals 6 enlarges images up to 1,000% while maintaining sharp edges and important image details. Genuine Fractals 6 now includes an automated gallery wrap feature and output options for tiling an enlarged photo. No other resizing plug-in is as widely used by more professionals than Genuine Fractals.

MaskPro 4 – For those times when you need to extract a subject from a photo, Mask Pro 4 uses a color-based method that allows users to easily remove unwanted backgrounds from your photos. Mask Pro’s unique Color Decontamination technology allows users to get realistic results by maintaining transparency in hard to mask objects like hair, smoke and glass in a fraction of the time using traditional tools.

Availability

The new Plug-in Suite 5 is available now to new users for $599.95 and to existing users of previous versions of the Plug-in Suite for $199.95. Purchased separately the products would normally cost $1,300. Customers who own any one or more of the products in Plug-in 5 will be able to upgrade as well by visiting http://www.ononesoftware.com/upgrade/. For more information on the Plug-in Suite 5, please visit http://www.ononesoftware.com/.

About onOne Software

onOne Software, Inc. a leading developer of innovative software tools for photographers, develops time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers. onOne Software solutions have been created to help photographers spend more of their time behind the camera taking pictures instead of the computer workstation. Such solutions include a wide range of easy-to-use plug-in enhancements for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture, Apple iPhoto and iPhone applications. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit http://www.ononesoftware.com/ or call 1-888-968-1468.

Company Contact:

Mike Wong, onOne Software, mwong@ononesoftware.com, 503-968-1468 x 121

Press Contact:

Addy Roff, onOne Software, aroff@ononesoftware.com, 503-968-1468 x 137 General press inquiries: press@ononesoftware.com Online press center: http://www.ononesoftware.com/press/

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Nov 24 2009

Walk a Mile – Join the 1% Club

From John Paul Caponigro’s blog

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Want to feel like you have a National Park all to yourself? Join the 1% club. Rangers say less than 1% of visitors walk more than a mile. This can make a big difference when you’re photographing. For instance, when you’re photographing sand dunes, near parking lots and trail heads you’ll see more footprints than wave patterns, but one mile out, you won’t see a single footprint. So if you’re seeking solitude and pristine nature, walk a mile.

Find out about my field workshops here.

Find out about my 2010 White Sands Workshop here.

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Nov 20 2009

Nikon Annouces Timeline for Mac OS X 10.6 for Capture NX2 and other Nikon software

Nikon posted its timeline for the update versions of  its software  that will support Mac OS X 10.6.

The update schedule is as follows:

  • Capture NX2 End of December 2009
  • Camera Control Pro 2 End of November 2009
  • Transfer End of January 2010
  • ViewNX End of January 2010

Nikon also  plans to introduce OS X 10.6-compatible versions of WT-4 Setup Utility/Thumbnail Selector and Nik Color Efex Pro 3, but a date for their release has not been set. More information is here.

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Nov 20 2009

Camera Raw 5.6 & Lightroom 2.6 Available on Adobe Labs

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Camera Raw 5.6 and Lightroom 2.6 Available on Adobe Labs.
Here’s the link to ACR 5.6.
Here’s the link to Lightroom 2.6.
If you’re using Lightroom 3 read the notes before downloading/installing.
Find more Lightroom details on Lightroom Journal.

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Nov 18 2009

Earth Under Fire on Exhibit in DC

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Gary Braasch’s large-scale color photographs from the book  “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World”  ( a book called “essential reading for every citizen” by Al Gore ) are currently on exhibit.

A companion exhibit for kids, parents and school groups, “How We Know About Our Changing Climate” will highlight how scientists study climate change and how youth can learn to be citizen scientists. Includes kids taking action, in the films “Young Voices on Climate Change,” produced by Lynne Cherry

The opening is tonight November 18.

The exhibit runs from November 12 – March 15, weekdays 8-5 at …
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1200 New York Avenue NW
Washington DC 20005

Find a preview and and the book here.
Read Gary Braasch’s insights on global warming here.

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Nov 18 2009

A Photographers Interview with Vincent Versace

A Photographes Interview with Vincent VersacePlease tell us about yourself as a person and as a photographer. Where did you grow up and what sparked your desire to photograph? Were you active with the photography department in high school? Where are you living now?

I grew up all over. My father literally was a rocket scientist. He was one of the designers of the zip code machine and system, he was also part of engineering design team for mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. He was the senior hydraulics design engineer for the crawler, which brings rockets out to the launch pad from the vab (vertical assembly building) it is still in use today. After that he worked on what is now the Abrams m-1a1 tank. So wherever there was a manufacturing/design facility we moved there every six months to a year. Needless to say I had a huge imaginary life and need to fill the time between no friends to new friends. Photography for me was that for me.

3026107826_7e7fe83c38My interest in photography was sparked when I was 6 years old. My uncle frank was stuck with babysitting me and he was a wedding photographer. He had to make some prints so off to the darkroom we went, after my first wiff of fixer I was hooked. I save up my allowance for a year and purchased my first camera, a Nikon rangefinder, in a garage sale. I sold my first picture to the local town newspaper when I was nine. Was paid 50.00. I took my father out to lunch at Woolworths. I remember leaving a 1.00 tip (that was what my dad would do)

I was the youngest person in the photography class in high school and then I wasn’t. Photography was a seniors only class and I was allowed in when I was a freshman. The teach Doug Johnson was really supportive and let me bounce of the walls.

Can you describe the defining moment or image that made you want to become a photographer?

When I knew I wanted to be a photographer, I mean new it in my core, was when I was 15 years old and out to the smoky mountains with my other uncle CJ Elfont. I shot my first “smokey water” waterfall. I watched how the world stopped for him when he shot and the look on his face after he made an exposure with his view camera. I had the “buzz” when I captured my water shot. That was when I knew.

What was the first camera you ever owned and how did you come across it? Was it a hand-me-down, purchased at a garage sale, found on the side of the road?

I purchased it in a garage sale in new Cumberland pa. It was a Nikon rangefinder.

What was your first paid photography job? Did you enjoy it? Were you scared? Did you make any mistakes?

My first paid job was a wedding I shot in high school. I charge 250.00 and it cost 285.00 to process it. No I did not enjoy it, yes I was scared and asking me if I made mistakes is a silly question I charged 250.00 and it cost me 285.00. Noooooo…… I did not make one mistake at all…

Vincent VersaceHow did you decide to make photography more than a hobby? If photography is your full time job, how did you make that decision? What was your backup plan if the photography career didn’t take off? Any regrets? If you are not a full time photographer, what is stopping you? What is your full time job? Any plans to become a full time photographer in the future?

I didn’t decide photography decided for me. I’m a conservatory trained actor and a graduate of USC film school. My uncle CJ gave me a camera for a graduation gift and said, “I’m tired of listening to you bitch about waiting tables. I taught you photography go shoot actors headshots.”

What was the last straw, the final decision maker to make you go digital? What do you miss about film?

I miss nothing about film. There was never a last straw form me. I wanted to go digital before they invented the first digital camera. I was blessed to be both Nikon’s first digital photographer outside of Nikon to be asked to beta test and Epson’s first beta tester of printers.

What is the hardest part of the job when shooting for a client? What is the hardest part of the job when shooting for yourself?

I think shooting yourself is pedantic and narcissistic. I find those types of images to simply be silly. The easiest way to deal with a client is to show no fear. All of that is handled in pre-production. If you let your work always speak for itself you have no worries. I never speak about my work in terms of “isn’t this amazing” i let the images do that. I never doubt my ability to create great imagery. That is what i do. Like a bank manage manages a bank or a baker bakes bread. That is what they do. Water finds its own level.

Do you try to help others learn about photography? If so, please explain how.

Sure do. I write books, produce tutorial dvds teach seminars arround the world.

Vincent VersaceWhat and/or who inspires you in life and photography and why?

Jay maisel. Why? Look at his work, go and listen to him speak.   Josef Sudek. His sensability and use of the simple things of life to show the beauty of the world. That is what we should aspire to.

Do you consider yourself an artist first before thinking about the job ahead of you?

Art and artist are social terms. You can only be an artist or the work you create be called art if people who don’t know you accuse you and your work of being art and you an artist: I simply don’t think that way. People who do that are a wee bit pretentious doesn’t you think?

What is the best advice you would give a photographer just starting out?

First, consider a career in plumbing. Photography is for those people who cannot do anything else. Not that they are not capable of doing other things it’s just that they can only do the one thing express them selve through the camera.

Second, stop taking pictures. Be taken by your pictures. Let the images pull you trough the camera and not the other way around.

Third, master natural light photography first.

The key to creativity is…

Always say yes. Always listen your heart.

What is your favorite camera that you have used or owned? What camera and lens combination do you use most of the time when photographing for a client? What about when photographing for yourself?

The original Nikon d1. I shoot with camera 000001. That camera was magic. My favorite lens is the 70-210d series lens. I use it to this day.

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What is your favorite time of day to shoot outdoors?

From just before sunrise to just after sunset.

How do you deal with rejection of your work, losing a job, not making a sale or a negative comment?

I don’t give a rat’s ass if someone likes my work. I like my work that is the only person who matters. I figure if you don’t like my work i now know something about you.

How do you protect your camera when not in use? When traveling? When on the way to a job? What if it rains?

I use Nikon. The world’s most “vinnie proof” camera ever made. Lowepro are the bags I use, I think they are the best built and they really go out of their way to listen to photographers when they design their bags. A secret to protecting your camera in the rain is to steal the shower caps from hotels. They are the most perfect camera covers ever devised.

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Do you clean the CCD yourself or send it away somewhere? If you send it away, where to and how much does it cost?

Clean it my self

I recently started a project called 5511 where a client pays $5 for a 5 minute photo shoot when 1 artificial light is used and they receive 1 digital photo. Is this something you would be interested in trying? For me it is something fun and challenging. What are you thoughts on that?

I’m not that type of photographer. I use god as my gaffer, and therefore I shall never want for light. The way I see it is he brings the sun to every shoot for me to use.

What music sparks your creativity? Do you listen to that when shooting a job? Do you listen to music at all? Do you listen to what the client likes?

Sid Page and David Schrealander the DVD is called Odessy that and the sound track by Mark Isham from the movie “The Moderns” both are out of print.

What is your favorite band? Movie? Book? Museum? Website? Who is your favorite photographer? Artist?

Johnny Hartman. Bladerunner. The Foutainhead. The Gugenhiem in NYC. Don’t have a favorite website. Josef Sudek. Pablo Picasso.

What is your favorite photograph you’ve ever taken?

One I haven’t taken yet is my favorite image.

What is your favorite photograph from another photographer?

Dovima with the elephants. Richard Avedon.

Is there something you always ask yourself or think just before you push the shutter button?

When’s lunch.

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Do you find yourself always looking at the World wondering how it would look as a photograph?

No. I think the world is always waiting to take me. I just have to slow down enough to let it.

Anything you would like to add for our readers?

Don’t worry about what others think of your work. Worry about what you think of your work.

View more photographs by Vincent Versace: versacephotography.com, acmeeducational.com

Thank you for reading the interview. This interview was presented to the photographer with questions asked by me and submissions from other photographers. The photographer is asked to answer only what he/she is comfortable with. If you would like to contribute to future interviews, please submit your your questions to me on Twitter, Facebook or on the Interview intro blog post, What would you ask a photographer?. Thank you for reading and enjoy the interview.

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