Archive for February, 2010

Feb 28 2010

THE JAY MAISEL WORKSHOP

By Vincent Versace

Of all of the photographers in my life, besides my uncle CJ, Jay is the one who has had the most impact on the way I see the world. His insights in to “seeing” have influenced the way I shoot. I would have the eye I have if it were not for my knowing Jay. This is a workshop that if you can you you should take. Below is the course discription and dates

The Jay Maisel Workshop is a unique photography experience. Participants should

expect five solid days (from 9:00am-10:00pm) of shooting, discussing, eating, and breathing photography with Jay at his “home” – the historic 35,000 square foot former Germania bank building and the surrounding New York City neighborhoods of Manhattan’s lower east side. All meals are included and enrollment is limited to (9) people on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $5,000.00. An application and full payment must be received to secure a spot.

2010 JAY MAISEL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

• April 19th – 23rd (sold out – wait list only)

• May 17th – 21st (sold out – wait list only)

• June 14th – 18th (sold out – wait list only)

• SEPTEMBER 13TH – 17TH SPACE AVAILABLE

• OCTOBER 18TH – 22ND SPACE AVAILABLE

• NOVEMBER 15TH – 19TH SPACE AVAILABLE

If you have any questions please contact our workshop Producer, Jamie Smith: workshop@jaymaisel.com (917) 647-5390 (telle’m Vinnie sent you)

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Feb 27 2010

NAPP Members Invited To Beta Test Next Version of Adobe Photoshop

From Scott Kelby’s blog Photoshopinsider  http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/

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Now this is big!

Adobe has recently rolled out a special program to invite some members of NAPP (the National Association of Photoshop Professionals) to become private Beta testers of the next version of Adobe Photoshop, and start working with the future of Photoshop today.

Members who are invited to become Beta testers have to complete a non-disclosure agreement, and agree to abide by Adobe’s testing procedures (this isn’t a public beta, so Adobe is looking for your feedback and testing results).  We, at NAPP, put together a special video on what the requirements are to become an official beta tester, and the link to the video is in the invitation email, should you receive it.

If you’re a NAPP member, keep an eye on your email in-box sometime before Friday, as you may be invited to join the program (thousands of NAPP members around the world are being invited—just not all at one time, because of the large pool of eligible beta testers).

Once you’ve completed the forms and agreements, if you’re accepted into the testing program, Adobe will send you a notification email directly with further instructions, and how to download the software.

Thanks Adobe—we’re excited, and truly honored that you value the feedback and input of NAPP members enough to offer this first-of-its-kind private beta testing opportunity.

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Feb 27 2010

Don’t Buy The Wrong iPad

From Scott Kelby’s blog Photoshopinsider  http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/

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Just this past week, I talked to three people who were going to buy an Apple iPad the moment it is released by Apple next month.

Then I asked them if they realized that if they buy the first one that comes out, in March, that they’ll only be able to be on the Internet if they are in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot (like in their home, or at a Starbucks, McDonalds, or some other place that offers Wi-Fi). Not a single one of the three realized that was the case.

They just assumed that, like their iPhone, they’d be able to jump on the Web wherever they were (at the pool, in a cab, etc.) with the one coming out in March for $499. One of them told me, “You better warn people about this, because a lot of people I talked to think that’s the way it is.”

So, this isn’t really a warning, it’s more of just a heads-up for my readers who are planning to buy an iPad. Want to jump on the Internet anytime with your iPad? Wait until April (or whenever the Wi-Fi + 3G version ships), and get that model instead. Just know, an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G with the ability to jump on the Internet most anywhere not only costs more than the just Wi-Fi version (which starts at $499), you have to sign up for a monthly data plan (like you do with a phone).

I put the chart at the top (from Apple’s Website), to show the differences. Anything under the Wi-Fi row means you have to be in a hot-spot to access the Internet. Wi-Fi plus 3G means you can jump on anytime, but you need a data plan from AT&T (at least that seems to be the plan so far).

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is absolutely no need to post a comment saying: (a) You’re not getting an iPad (b) No Flash support was a deal-breaker for you (c) You hate AT&T (d) Anything else mean or negative at all about anything (not just the iPad). If you have no plans to buy an iPad—good news—-you don’t have to worry about this decision and this public service announcement does not affect you in any way, so just pretend it didn’t exist. Thanks. :)

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Feb 25 2010

Apple releases Aperture 3.0.1 bug fix update

Apple has released Aperture 3.0.1, an update to the latest version of its pro photo management, image editing and RAW photo conversion application for Mac. The update addresses a long list of bugs.

The complete list of stated changes is here. Aperture 3.0.1 is available via the Software Update mechanism of Mac OS X, or as a standalone updater.

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Feb 22 2010

Download the Free Photoshop World iPhone App

From Scot Kelby’s blog PhotoshopInsider

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If you’ve got an iPhone (or iPod Touch), and you’re going to the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida (March 24-26, 2010), then you’ll want to download our brand new, free Photoshop World iPhone App.

The App lets you create your own custom class schedule on your iPhone, and has loads of other info like a list of conference events and times, a list of exhibitors, instructors, the latest news, and more (click on the graphic above for a much larger view).

Terry White ran an in-depth review of the new app over at BestAppSite.com, and goes through all the features, so rather than going through it all here, jump over there and check out his review.

You can download the free Photoshop World App right here.

A big shout out to Shawn Welch, who developed the App for us, and totally rocked it. Thanks Shawn!!!

NOTE: The Early Bird “Save $100″ Registration deadline is this Friday, so if you’re going, but you haven’t signed up—-sign up now and save the hundred bucks! Here’s the link with all the details.

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Feb 18 2010

onOne Software Plug-in Suite 5.0.1 Update Now Available

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

Free updates for Plug-in Suite 5, PhotoTools 2.5, Mask Pro 4.1 and PhotoTune 3 owners are now available for immediate download.  The Plug-in Suite 5.0.1 release provides several updates to correct known issues, including:
  • Improved compatibility with ATI video card drivers when using PhotoTune 3 and PhotoTools 2.5
  • Improved stability and memory handling when using PhotoTune 3
  • Improved performance of Mask Pro 4.1 on Windows operating systems
These updates can be downloaded and installed by using the built-in “check for updates” feature located in the Help menu from inside of any of the above plug-ins. The updaters can also be manually downloaded from www.ononesoftware.com/updates.  It is crucial that Suite 5 owners download and install the Suite 5 updater rather than using the individual updaters.
To download the update, visit:

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Feb 08 2010

A day shooting with Vincent Versace

by Mike Wong on 02.05.10 in General, Video0 Comments

Last week, Vincent Versace was up in Portland visiting us here at onOne Software so we took him out to the Oregon Coast to see what we could photograph. We ended up with some great shooting weather – about 50 degrees and mostly cloudy and most importantly, no rain!

Along for the shoot were senior product manager Dan Harlacher, Brian Kraft (vp sales), Vincent and me. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to spend a day shooting with Vincent, now you can see. Brian Kraft shot a little video along the way and put it up on Vimeo. I thought it would be fun to share here.

Just a warning though, this may be a side of Vincent many of you have not seen before. He was very heavily under the influence of Gummy Bears early in the day. Evidence of why you should keep them out of the reach of your kids. :-)

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Feb 04 2010

Announcing Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro’s New Tutorial DVD: FINE ART DIGITAL WORKFLOW

Fine Art Digital Workflow
with John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert.

Master Class Meets R/Evolution

When it come to fine art printing R. Mac Holbert along with Graham Nash started it all. If it was not for them fine art inkjet printing would not be what is today. Simply put Nash Editions is THE name in fine art printing and R. Mac Holbert is the talent behind that name.

And John Paul Caponigro? John Paul’s name is synonymous with fine art photography and the finest fine art prints possible.

Put these two talents together in one room sharing the combined wealth of there knowledge is a level of unimaginable creative amperage. The only thing better to being there is is to watch that meeting of minds recorded on a DVD.

Make sure you get the best quality from your files, every time with an optimal workflow.
A Fine Art Workflow is different than a high productivity workflow. You should be able to choose either one.

A Fine Art Workflow is precise. Process your files for optimum results.

A Fine Art Workflow is fast. Standardization can lead to higher quality.

A Fine Art Workflow is flexible. Know why and when to make exceptions.

A Fine Art Workflow is modifiable / non-destructive. When your vision evolves your files should be able to evolve with you – easily.

Learn all the ins and outs of a Fine Art Workflow in this content packed DVD.

Topics covered include…
The PrintWhat’s Workflow Major Retouching
A logical sequence of steps in production process
Removing distractions
So Different, So Much in Common Global Color Adjustment
Who we are
The big picture
Why The Print Is Still So Important Regional and Local Adjustment
It’s what we make and use
Important details
A Sense of Destination Creative Sharpening & Blurring
Look before you leap
Customizing contour and texture
File Structures Resampling
What a great file looks like
Making files smaller or bigger
Preflight Checklist Output Sharpening
Check your tools
Compensating for dot gain
Frame A Destination Softproofing & Proofing
Identify possibilites and make choices
Proof before you print
Non-Destructive Crop Output
Would you cut film with a pair of scissors ?
Print it
Minor Clean Up Materials Matter
Out spot! Out!
Why what you make prints with matters so much
Foundational Issues
A great base makes future greatness possible
And much more!

Projected shiping date February 25th

Pre order price is $59.95 with free Shipping and Handling!
Regular price is $69.95 once it ships

Click here to purchase

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Feb 01 2010

Treacherous Times for Life on Planet Earth

Published by Vincent Versace under Uncategorized

I read this article today by Dave Thier. It made me take pause.

Written by Dave Thier

Over the past 4.5 billion years, planet Earth has seen some rough times.

There have been five major mass extinctions — the worst one claimed up to 96 percent of marine life and 70 percent of terrestrial life — but the one most present in modern memory is the Cretaceous-Tertiary event, when a meteor impact probably claimed the dinosaurs.

Many scientists agree that there’s also one going on right now.

Minneapolis Star Tribune / MCT
Cornell University researchers announced recently that a fatal fish virus known as VHS has spread into Lake Superior and now exists in all the Great Lakes.

Cornell University researchers recently announced that a fatal fish virus known as VHS has spread into Lake Superior and now exists in all the Great Lakes. Authorities are taking measures to raise public awareness and prevent a widespread outbreak, but the virus is another indication of the dangers from the ongoing Holocene extinction, the name given to the current die-off.

Here are a few prominent types of species that have been threatened in recent years:

Bees: Since 2006, beekeepers have been reporting widespread instances of colony collapse disorder, in which the worker bees abruptly disappear from a colony.

Causes of colony collapse disorder are nebulous at best, and most beekeepers have their own pet theories about what is making the bees disappear. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating new pathogens and parasites that could be causing the collapses, and some believe that agricultural pesticides are the most compelling explanation.

The implications of bee extinction are dire. Many plants and agricultural crops worldwide are completely reliant on bees for pollination and would need to revert thousands, or millions, of years of evolution to reproduce without them.

Bats: White nose syndrome, in which cave-dwelling bats are found dead with a ring of white fungal growth around their noses, was first identified in a Schoharie County, N.Y., cave in 2006. Since then, it has spread to caves across the Northeast.

The caustic fungus, Geomyces destructans, is likely just a symptom of something else that is killing bats while they sleep. Populations of some Northeastern bat species, which are crucial to controlling insect populations, have declined by more than 90 percent.

The disease may be spreading too. A bat dead from white nose syndrome was found in a cave in France in March 2009. To slow transmission, cavers are advised to stay out of caves in affected states.

Amphibians: According to a 2008 article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one-third to one-half of all amphibian species are on the edge of extinction, threatened by a perfect storm of diseases, habitat loss, pesticides and climate change.

Scientists are unclear whether this is a very recent phenomenon or the continuation of a trend thousands of years old. But human activity certainly seems involved in the current rash of amphibian death. Amphibians survived the last mass extinction, but they seem to be among the first on the chopping block in this one.

April 10 will mark the second “Save the Frogs Day,” an annual event.

Predatory fish: Top-level predators on land and in water are some of the species most affected by habitat loss, but the situation in the ocean looks especially dire. Overfishing, pollution and a shifting food supply are severely threatening such species as marlin, tuna and swordfish. Researchers believe that up to 90 percent of large predatory fish have disappeared from the oceans since the 1950s.

Steps are being taken to control overfishing, but the decline of ocean species may prove especially difficult to stanch. More than just the big fish are in danger. In 2006, CBS reported that a team of researchers predicted the oceans would be devoid of fish by 2048.

Humans: Between the infectious-disease scare of the week, the persistent threat of nuclear weapons and alarming food-supply questions, it can be easy to believe we’re on our way to being little more than an unusual blip in the history of planetary life.

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Feb 01 2010

Audio – B&W and Color

Excerpted from John Paul Caponigro’s blog.
http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/

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In this interview I discuss one of my favorite subjects – Color!

Check out my seminar at WPPI Las Vegas March 10.

Check out my workshop the Power of Color.

Learn more with my DVDs.

Learn more in my free Lessons.

MorePhotosRadio – John Paul Caponigro for WPPI
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