Archive for December, 2009

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.

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Dec 27 2009

Seven Reasons Not to Invest in the Stock Market in 2010

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

I read this through the course of my daily read everything I can in as short a time as possible so I can have a life and thought I would pass it on.
Seven Reasons Not to Invest in the Stock Market in 2010


Year-end is high season for stock market predictions. When to get in, what stocks to buy, whether to buy gold and on and on.

Can you name a single “guru” who told investors to get out of the markets before the crash of 2008 — and to buy back in before the recovery of 2009? If the talking heads can’t call the worst recession since the Great Depression and one of the fastest recoveries in 80 years, why should you rely on their current predictions?

Instead of relying on these emperors with no clothes, here are seven reasons why you shouldn’t invest any money in the stock market in 2010.

Reason #7: If you don’t understand the difference between investing and gambling.

Investing is for the long term. Gambling is for those seeking immediate gratification. If you don’t have at least five years before you will need 20% of more of the amount you plan to invest, stay out of the stock market.

Reason #6: If you think you can time the markets.

Market timing is nothing more than rank speculation. There’s no evidence anyone has the ability to time the markets. Most market-timing newsletters last about four years before going out of business. If these “experts” can’t consistently time the markets, neither can you.

Reason #5: If you think you can pick stock “winners.”

Stocks are fairly priced, based on all available information about them, which is transmitted instantly to millions of investors. It’s tomorrow’s news that moves stock prices. Do you know tomorrow’s news? Then don’t try to pick stock winners.

Remember Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Worldcom and Enron (among many others). Many investors thought these stocks were “winners.” They all filed for bankruptcy.

Reason #4: If you think you can pick a winning mutual fund.

Good luck. Only one in three mutual funds will beat their benchmark in any one year, and more than 95% will fail to do so over a 10-year period. Those are lousy odds.

Reason #3: If you intend to rely on the advice of a broker or adviser who claims the ability to “beat the markets.”

Unfortunately, this includes virtually every broker and the vast majority of advisers. A comprehensive study recently compared the returns of investors using brokers and advisers with those who invested on their own. The mutual funds selected by brokers cost more and performed worse than those selected without their “expertise.” The study also found brokers didn’t provide superior asset allocation or help correct bad investor behavior, like chasing performance.

The conclusion is inescapable: “Market-beating” brokers (and advisers) are a peril to your financial well-being.

Reason #2: If broker misconduct causes you losses and you want a fair and impartial forum to resolve your dispute.

You won’t get one if your account is with a broker in this country. Instead, you’ll be required to submit to mandatory arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. One member of the arbitration panel will likely be employed by the securities industry. You will have no right to a trial by a jury of your peers.

A recent study found most participants in these arbitrations perceived them to be unfair. A current commissioner of the SEC is reported to have stated her opposition to mandatory arbitration, joining many consumer groups that oppose compelling consumers to arbitrate their disputes before forums of questionable impartiality.

Reason #1: If your goal is to make a “killing” in the markets.

It’s far more likely the markets will have you for breakfast. Based on all available data, most investors would be far better off if they never invested in the stock markets and bought Treasury bills or a short- or intermediate-term bond index fund instead. In stark contrast, investors who simply captured market returns, with a globally diversified, risk-appropriate portfolio of low-cost index funds, did just fine. Only 10% of individual investors fit into this category.

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Dec 18 2009

Adobe Camera Raw 5.6, Photoshop Lightroom 2.6 now available

Press Release

I thought you would like to know that Adobe today announced the immediate availability of Lightroom 2.6, Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 on Originally posted as release candidates for community testing on Adobe Labs, these final versions include raw file support for 20 new popular camera models, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3s. Additional DNG support has been added for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR camera models. A full list of the newly supported cameras is below.

The updates also provide a fix for an issue affecting PowerPC customers using the final Lightroom 2.5 and Camera Raw 5.5 updates on the Mac. The issue, introduced in the demosaic change to address sensors with unequal green response, has the potential to create artifacts in the highlight area while using the Highlight Recovery tool in raw files from Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and various medium format digital camera backs.

Adobe would like to thank everyone who downloaded and provided feedback on the Lightroom 2.6 and Camera Raw 5.6 Release Candidates. Lightroom 2 software is today’s digital photography workflow solution, allowing photographers to quickly import, process, manage and showcase images, and the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in provides fast and easy access within Photoshop to the raw image formats produced by many leading digital cameras. Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) format is a publicly available archival format for the raw files generated by digital cameras.

Pricing and Availability
Lightroom 2.6 is available as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers, and Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 is available as a free download for existing customers of Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 8 (Win/Mac) and Premiere Elements 8. DNG Converter 5.6 is also available as a free download for all customers. Click here for more information and to download the updates:

The additions are:

  • Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon PowerShot G11
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • Leaf Aptus II 5
  • Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
  • Nikon D3S
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Pentax K-x
  • Panasonic FZ38
  • Sigma DP1s
  • Sony A500
  • Sony A550
  • Sony A850

Follow a link below to download:

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Dec 15 2009

Adobe Shortcut App for Creative Suite

From John Paul Caponigro’s blog

“Can’t remember your shortcuts? No worries. Introducing the Adobe Shortcut App, an amazing new tool from Adobe that lets you find and gather the shortcuts you need on your desktop. So they’re right where you need them, when you need them, allowing you to create your masterpieces with ease.”

You get a full list. You can make your own lists. I don’t find a list of shortcuts I already know useful. But I do find a list of shortcuts I’m currently trying to commit to memory very useful.

Get this application here. It’s free!

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Dec 12 2009


Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

from John Paul Caponigro’s blog

Today photographers all over the world are volunteering to make portraits for those in need. You can be a part of it. It’s going on right now!

Check out Hope-Portrait here.

Today photographers all over the world are volunteering to make portraits for those in need. You can be a part of it. It’s going on right now!

Check out Hope-Portrait here.

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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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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

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, 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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Dec 02 2009

Announcing John Paul Caponigro’sTwo New R/Evolution DVDs: Fine Art Digital Printing and XDR: Extending Dynamic Range – HDR

Fine Art Printing
Fine Art Digital Printing
Make your digital prints the very best quality possible. Achieve this by learning all the components and aspects of a printing system: substrate, ink, printer, driver/RIP, profile, ink limit, print speed, viewing light, environment, and presentation. Learn what each component contributes to print quality and how they all work together to ensure your prints are as good as they can get.
Learn how to think about printing and the print itself. Understanding how digital printing has evolved will help you navigate the field as digital printing continues to evolve. All the aspects that we identify contribute to print quality and if you monitor the developments within the field, you will be able to understand how to achieve the very best print quality, when to upgrade and what to look for in the fine digital print. Use this information to make better informed choices with the tools you use and how you use them to advance your vision and get the very finest prints.
Topics covered include…
The Print What prints do like nothing else
R/Evolution Digital printing offers many paradigm shifts
Scale Size matters
Longevity How to ensure your prints last
Make A Print What you need to do step-by-step
Total Solution Identifying all the contributing components
Color Management & Proofing Get the best results constistently
Navigating the Printer Driver Using printer software correctly
Substrates The materials on which you print
Ink What you put on a substrate
Ink Limit How much you put on
Separation/RIPs Understanding CMYK
Resolution What’s ideal and how much you need
Output Sharpening Compensating for dot gain
Bronzing, Metamerism, Gloss Differential 3 things to watch for
Outgassing Drying time
Protective Coatings Sprays and varnishes
Outputting to Film Make new film for historic processes
How to Choose a Printer Choose the right features for you
Solving Common Challenges Simple solutions to common problems
And much more!
Pre order price is $59.95 with free Shipping and Handling!
Regular price is 69.95 once it ships

Extending Dynamic Range – HDR
Always the detail you want in the shadows and highlights. Extend the dynamic range in all of your images. Unlike yesterday, with today’s technology, you only need to make sacrifices if you want to. Many people think that HDR and merging images are synonymous when in fact it is one technique amid a range of possible options. It’s not only what we do at capture but what we do after. This array of choices for extending the dynamic range spans the gamut from simple to complex. By learning a variety of techniques and understanding how they work, it will make it easier for you to choose the technique that is most appropriate.
The results can be dramatic. When using these techniques, you will be challenged to see in new ways. Difficult shooting conditions will become easier for you. Many more image-making opportunities will become available to you.
Learn simple image adjustment strategies that can extend the dynamic range of single exposures.
Learn new HDR exposure and software techniques that can handle even the most challenging scenes.
Choose from many HDR styles – classic or contemporary.
Simulate HDR effects on low dynamic range images.
Once you understand the possibilities, you will find yourself thinking about light, making exposures and enhancing images in new ways. Master these techniques and you will find new versatility in service of your vision; use them to give us a window into the world that you see and the way that you relate to it.
Topics covered include…
What’s HDR ? Defining High Dynamic Range imaging
Exposure Ensure you capture the best data
Selective Adjustment Adjust single files locally
Double Process Process the same file twice
Double Expose Use the best of both
Exposing for HDR Merges Bracket exposures for extreme contrast
HDR Merges Create a merged 32 bit file
Alignment Ensure all the exposures line up
HDR Rendering Software What it does and how it works
HDR in Photoshop Simple
HDR in Photomatix Sophisticated
HDR Panoramas Stitch and merge or merge and stitch
Simulating HDR HDR processing for LDR images
And much more!
Pre order price is $59.95 with free Shipping and Handling!
Regular price is 69.95 once it ships

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Dec 01 2009

Stefan Sagmeister Shares Happy Design

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

From John Paul Caponigro’s Blog

Good design leads to happiness?
Even if you’re not a graphic designer like Stefan Sagmeister.
More entertaining than enlightening, watch all the creative twists and turns he takes.

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Dec 01 2009

Great Deal From Wacom!!! Get your Choice odf a Tutorial DVD from NAPP!!!!

Published by Vincent Versace under Wacom

wacom deal

If you buy a Wacom Intous 4 tablet during their holiday special (shown above), Wacom is throwing in one of the NAPP’s Photoshop training DVDs—your choice of either:

(a) Matt’s Mastering Photoshop Layers DVD
(b) Photoshop Design Effects DVD  (with Corey Barker), or…
(c) David Cuerdon’s Portrait Retouching Toolkit

Here’s the link with all the details.

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Dec 01 2009

Nikon updates Capture NX2, Camera Control Pro

Nikon has released updates for Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro for Mac and Windows. Capture NX2 v2.2.3 adds support for RAW files shot with the D3S and fixes bugs. Camera Control Pro 2.7.0 also adds support for the D3S as well as basic compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6.1 and Windows 7.

Follow a link below for more information and to download:

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