Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New ProShow Tool for Adobe Lightroom Users

New ProShow Tool for Adobe Lightroom Users

Streamline your workflow and experience integrated solutions with the ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom. Now you can create professional ProShow slideshows in Lightroom in a few simple steps. What's better? The ProShow plug-in is 100% free so download a copy today.

How it WorksThe ProShow Plug-in allows you to quickly and easily set-up slideshows in Lightroom and export directly to ProShow Gold or Producer. Inside Lightroom, you can create a customized slideshow from a group of images complete with motion effects, transitions, photo captions and more. Once created, slideshows can be further enhanced and output in ProShow.
Download the ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom today.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

canon rebates

You've finally received that Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 50D, or 1Ds Mark III, and you're ready to push your photography to the next level. So reach that potential with a lens that will take you there.

Through January 17, Canon is running instant rebates on a selection of its finest pieces of glass.

Instantly Save Up to $125 on Canon

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Official Photodex Guide to ProShow

The Official Photodex Guide to ProShow

New ProShow Book Now Available and In Stock

New! ProShow BookMaster the art of making great slide shows using ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer.

By James KarneyPublished by Cengage LearningPaperback, 300+ pagesBonus CD Included
Book DescriptionDo you want to learn how to make great slide shows with ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer? Have you ever watched a slide show and wondered how certain special effects were achieved?

The Official Photodex Guide to ProShow is the solution. It serves as a comprehensive guide to ProShow for everyone from graphics professionals and photographers to educators and business professionals. You'll learn how to create multimedia productions that can be seen using everything from digital picture frames, iPods, and DVD players to HDTV and the World Wide Web. Perfect your presentation skills as you cover the basics of design, the fundamentals of ProShow production techniques, and advanced tools.

More InformationFollow the links below to learn more about the new ProShow book. You can download a sample chapter, view the table of contents and easily purchase the book online.

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View Table of Contents

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Filter Forge

The beta version of Filter Forge for Mac OS X has been released.

You can download and use it until the commercial version is released.

For more information about the beta, visit

Boosting ISO pros and cons

Thanks Wayne for passing this along!

From the Adorama News Desk:

...... boosting your ISO is an effective way to capture images in low light, but the tradeoff may be digital noise that compromises overall image quality. Fortunately, the photography community now has a tool online that helps us determine how high we can go, ISO-wise .....

Happy New Year.
Wayne Nolting - iMix Studio
Interactive, Flash, & Streaming Audio Visual Designer/ProducerNewington, CT - (860)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Amtrak photo contestant arrested

Amtrak photo contestant arrested by Amtrak police in NYC’s Penn Station

"Armed with his Canon 5D and his new lensbaby lens, photographer Duane Kerzic set out to win Amtrak’s annual photo contest this week, hoping to win $1,000 in travel vouchers and have his photo published in Amtrak’s annual calendar. He ended up getting arrested by Amtrak police; handcuffed to a wall in a holding cell inside New York City’s Penn Station, accused of criminal trespass."

Read the rest of the story here:

A Flash Card Primer

Thanks Wayne for passing this along!

Flash (memory) cards come in many formats and capacities and are great convenience for many applications but are still confusing to the "digital device novice".

Here is a nice article from Tiger Direct demystifying some of the differences.

Be aware of the fact that they do mention to always verify the compatibility with the manufacturer's device.

Not all flash card devices types are covered like USB dongles and other external digital storage devices, only the ones that you insert into digital devices.

Wayne Nolting - iMix Studio
Interactive, Flash, & Streaming Audio Visual Designer/ProducerNewington, CT - (860)

"We will be known by the tracks we leave."

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Your Trade-In Equipment

Cleaning Out Your Closets?

Do you have old gear collecting dust? Do you plan to upgrade equipment soon?

Tallyn's is Accepting Your Trade-In Equipment!

We are always interested in used digital cameras, film bodies both 35mm and medium format, lenses, lighting gear, studio equipment, backgrounds, stands, bags, cases and any other equipment you have to offer. We can give cash or credit towards new gear!

Call (800) 433-8685 or email with a listof your equipment and it's conditionsand we'll give you a custom quote.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Frost brushes for photoshop

Here is a FREE set of Photoshop brushes composed of frost shapes (many different types).

FREE Photoshop Sharpening Actions

I use a lot of Jodi's actions here at MCP Actions. Jodi is offering two sharpening Photoshop (7, CS, CS2, CS3 & CS4) actions, one for use on printed images and one for use on web images (both of which are customizable). “MCP High Definition Sharpening” is for use on print images and “MCP Crystal Clear Web Resizing & Sharpening” is for 900px wide web images.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

8 tips for winter photography

Winter is a wonderful time for photography. Here is a site with a few tips to make photography in the cold more successful.

This site has 8 tips with a paragraph explaining each one...
1. Keep your camera cold.
2. Keep your batteries warm.
3. Warm your camera slowly when you return home or in your car.
4. Keep your car cold.
5. Watch your breath (it's talking about exhalation, not bad breath)
6. Keep your tripod legs together in snow.
7. Use chemical hand warmers.
8. Wrap you tripod legs with pipe insulation.

The Ins and Outs of ISO

For many photographic techniques, the proper ISO is key to good results. Find out how far you can go with ISO and where you shouldn't tread.
This article explores the many ways in which ISO--your camera's sensor's sensitivity to light--affects your images.

Here's why you shouldn't be seduced by High ISO's.

restoration work from 16x20 prints- scanner needed

Could you please put this out to the photo community?

I will be doing some restoration work from old 16x20 prints. I need to have them scanned locally. Can anyone recommend someone?


From: Michael R Amodeo
Phone: 203-723-1214

Wayne replied with this information! Thanks Wayne!

I know a Professional photographer in Wethersfield, who owns a very high end scanner with a large bed that can probably do that for you. His name is Phil Kennedy and he can be reached at (860) 571-0280, web site

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Create Powerful Backgrounds in Photoshop

Don't let the wrong background ruin an otherwise fine photo. Here's how to remove the original background and create a new one that looks like it came out of a photographer's studio.

Written by Chad Neuman on December 1, 2008

Professional portrait photographers often use muslin or other textured fabric as a background in portraits. But if you don't have these fabrics when you shoot your subject, or if someone else gives you a photo with a background you don't like, you're not out of luck. Instead, you can create many different backgrounds in Adobe Photoshop CS3 and CS4.
Chad's tutorial shows you how to go from here...

to here...

Chad Neuman is an internationally published freelance magazine writer, graphic designer, photographer, and educator from Florida. Subscribers to his mailing list receive very occasional updates and free vector art/graphics. Subscribe through his Web site at

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kodak Announces no more photofinishing labs

Thanks Rick Sereque for passing this along!

Kodak Announces Closure of All Qualex Photofinishing Labs

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 16 -- In response to consumer trends, Eastman Kodak Company has announced that it will discontinue wholesale photofinishing, and close three remaining photofinishing laboratories in the U.S. and Canada operated by subsidiary Qualex, Inc. The labs will end pickup and delivery to retail locations by the end of March 2009, while the majority of digital fulfillment operations will end at that time, too.

For Sale: Epson 7600 with stuff

For Sale: Epson 7600 with stand and paper catcher and two spools and manual.

I'm including what's left of a roll of 20" paper.I also have 6 of the large sized ink cartridges, unopened, in matte black, photo black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and light cyan.

Printer: $600 Ink Cartridges: $30 each.

Would love it to be picked up before Christmas.

Reason for selling: infrequent use.

As Is.

If interested please contact Julia Gerace

free magazine subscriptions

Who doesn't like something for free?

I already get all three of these, but MCP Actions's post today listed three magazines that offer free subscriptions (click here to read full post).

Rangefinder Magazine
Professional Photographer
After Capture

If you remember I introduced you to MCP Actions at NECCC this past July and I have blogged about these great actions.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Comparison of HDR Techniques

From Camera DojoTake better pictures! DSLR, Canon, Nikon, Lighting, Tutorials, Reviews

Comparison of HDR Techniques

HDR Photography is a method of combining multiple exposures into a single image in order to achieve a greater dynamic range in an image.

FYI, Vic's program at the NHCC in January will be on HDR

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures

Upcoming workshops:

2009 Workshops:
Savannah, Grand Lady of the South
Springtime on the Outer Banks
Cascades & Wildflowers of Virginia
Maine Coast & Lighthouses
French Wine Country
Canyon de Chelly & Navajoland
Arches, Canyonlands & Moab
Fall Aspens & Ghost Towns of Colorado
New England Fall Foliage
Lighthouses of the Outer Banks

For more information, go to our Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures website, and if you are considering joining us, do as others have already done, made their room reservations for 2009!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Karen Sperling the original Painter expert

If you've ever had questions while working in Corel Painter, or if you've ever wanted feedback about your images, this offer is for you! For a small monthly fee, you can ask unlimited questions of Karen Sperling, the original Painter expert, by purchasing Artistry Painter Insurance. Have questions about how Painter's tools work? Need some help deciding which brushes to use? Want to know which photos are good candidates to be turned into paintings? By having an Artistry Painter Insurance plan, you now can get the answers to your questions directly from Karen Sperling for a fraction of the cost of personal training and quicker than having to research the answers on your own.

Visit this page for more info:

Happy painting! Karen _______________________________

Karen Sperling the original Painter expert

New Painter and Photoshop book:

Painter and Photoshop tutorials:

Painter and Photoshop classes:

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Photo Challenge: Ceiling

While we all appreciate a roof over our heads, it can be easy to forget our ceiling! For this photo challenge, we want a neck-crick-inducing view of the ceiling, just aim your camera up to gain a new perspective of your domicile. This photo challenge will be open for one week and will close December 17.

More ice please...

From Weekly Photography Tips

Here in New England there are 1.2 million folks still waiting for power after yesterdays storm. The temps are not supposed to get out of the teens for the next couple days, so the ice isn't going anywhere soon.

Here are a few shots from Scott (click on any image to view larger a larger version):
and here:

Saturday, December 13, 2008

BBC Bird videos

The BBC youtube site won’t let you embed their videos, but here are two links...

The first shows the amazing speed of the Peregrine.

The second the rather more refined hunting skills that make the Great Grey Owl such a perfectly adapted predator.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nikon unveils 24.5MP D3X digital SLR

Nikon has announced the D3X, its latest high-resultion professional DSLR. Sporting an imaging sensor with double the number of photosites of the popular D3, the 24.5 megapixel D3x includes similar features such as a 3.0", 920,000 dot LCD monitor with Live View, 51-point autofocus, EXPEED image processing and HDMI output. To keep up with the demands of stock photography the camera produces 50MB 14-bit RAW files that can be processed to produce 140MB TIFFs. It also supports Nikon’s wireless system and is compatible with Nikon’s new GP-1 GPS unit.
Read the rest here:

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eco-friendly (reusable) hand warmer

Those of you on the DelMarVa trip know that I have one non-environmentally sound habit -- I use hot hands to keep warm and while they keep me warm they are disposable.

Here is a reusable handwarmer:

You can buy them here:

portfolio of foodscape photographer Carl Warner

Thank you Bill Hoikila for sending this most unusual link...

Everything you see in these pictures is food:

But these particular artworks are more vegetable than Constable, more turnip than Turner, because the raw ingredient for all of them is food.

This is the latest portfolio of foodscape photographer Carl Warner, 45, who dreams up the landscapes and commits his ideas to a sketch before buying the ingredients.

Were it not for the fact most of them took days to create, using pins and superglue, they'd be good enough to eat.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Join NAPP or give it as a gift

NAPP = National Association of Photoshop Professionals

They offer lots for photogshop users, including many discounts, tutorials and even freebies.

Even if you don't have the latest version of Adobe Photoshop doesn't mean you can't create outstanding work. NAPP Can Help 
Through the years, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals has helped thousands of people master every version of Photoshop there is; and although the entire community is a buzz with the new CS4, that doesn't mean you have to own it to benefit from us. 

Special Offer - Become a NAPP member now and get THREE bonus gifts!

For about 25-cents a day, your membership gets you:

  • Eight issues of Photoshop User magazine
  • Instant access to thousands of Photoshop tutorials
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  • For me the free shipping at B&H alone is enough to pay for the membership

    Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals

MARK BOWIE's In Stoddard's Footsteps Book


In Stoddard's Footsteps Book Has Arrived!

I'm pleased to announce that I can ship signed, personalized copies of my new book, In Stoddard's Footsteps: The Adirondacks Then & Now, to arrive in time for Christmas. Limited edition hardcover - $35.95 ea.Softcover - $24.95 ea.Shipping - $3.50 for the 1st book, $0.50 ea. for additional copies NY and MA residents please add applicable sales tax (doesn't apply to shipping fees). To order, please mail a check to: Mark Bowie61 Howe Rd. Pittsfield, MA 01201 or call me at (413) 442-9125. If you'll be giving the book as a gift, please indicate how you'd like it personalized.

Also... I'm scheduling public presentations on the Stoddard project and invite you to visit my website,, for locations and dates.

Best wishes & Happy Holidays! Mark

Monday, December 8, 2008

Snowy Owls

I follow a few bird lists and there have been reports of snowy owls in CT.

Directly from Luke's Blog:

Another couple of birders and I were wondering whether the Snowy Owl reported in Stratford at the same time as the Norwalk Snowy Owl might have possibly been the one that arrived in Westport (as found by Tina Green). Well thanks to Charlie Barnard reading the post and sending me a great snap of the Stratford Owl I think we can safely rule out the Westport bird being the relocated Stratford bird. That means we can now tally 3 seperate Snowies in Fairfield County over the last couple of weeks. I note that a Snowy Owl was reported from Bridgeport today by Charlie (the same bird that disappeared from Stratford 10 or so days ago?) It is certainly turning into a banner year for these beautiful and much sought after owls down on the Fairfield County coast!

DPreview -- Cameras receiving the most clicks

From Cameras receiving the most clicks in the last five days.

Canon Powershot G10 4.9 %
Nikon D90 4.1 %
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 3.4 %
Canon PowerShot SD790 IS 3.2 %
Canon EOS 50D 3.0 %
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2.8 %
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37 2.2 %
Canon EOS 1000D / Digital Rebel XS 2.1 %
Nikon D700 2.1 %
Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi 2.0 %

Detail & brand share...

New ProShow Tool for Adobe Lightroom Users

Streamline your workflow and experience integrated solutions with the ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom. Now you can create professional ProShow slideshows in Lightroom in a few simple steps. What's better?

The ProShow plug-in is 100% free so download a copy today.

How it WorksThe ProShow Plug-in allows you to quickly and easily set-up slideshows in Lightroom and export directly to ProShow Gold or Producer. Inside Lightroom, you can create a customized slideshow from a group of images complete with motion effects, transitions, photo captions and more. Once created, slideshows can be further enhanced and output in ProShow.
Download the ProShow Plug-in for Lightroom today.

Features and Functions of Plug-in

Add Captions & Copyrights from Metadata

Add a copyright, title and description to photos in your slide show from metadata. Further refine by adding caption effects and adjust caption size and placement on slides.

Create Slideshow PresetsIn Lightroom, create a show and add it as a user preset. You can apply the preset to any number of images at a later time to quickly create a custom slideshow.

Transitions, Borders & Motion Effects

Choose from 280 transition effects and 20 photo borders for your slideshow. Add a pan, zoom or rotate to your photos and control the speed of the motion and timing for slides.

Create Proofing Shows

Use proofing captions to display information about your slides that can be used by viewer’s to identify photos. Include the slide number or photo file name.
More Products from Photodex

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Official Photodex Guide to ProShow

New ProShow Book Now Available and In Stock

The Official Photodex Guide to ProShow

New! ProShow BookMaster the art of making great slide shows using ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer.

By James Karney

Published by Cengage LearningPaperback, 300+ pages, Bonus CD Included

Book Description

Do you want to learn how to make great slide shows with ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer? Have you ever watched a slide show and wondered how certain special effects were achieved?
The Official Photodex Guide to ProShow is the solution. It serves as a comprehensive guide to ProShow for everyone from graphics professionals and photographers to educators and business professionals. You'll learn how to create multimedia productions that can be seen using everything from digital picture frames, iPods, and DVD players to HDTV and the World Wide Web. Perfect your presentation skills as you cover the basics of design, the fundamentals of ProShow production techniques, and advanced tools.

More Information

Follow the links below to learn more about the new ProShow book. You can download a sample chapter, view the table of contents and easily purchase the book online.
ProShow Book Overview
Download Sample Chapter
View Table of Contents
Purchase Online

What You'll Learn
· Master the ProShow interface and basic workflow.
· Learn to use ProShow's professional tools to enhance productions.
· Explore layers, transitions, mastering keyframes, and motion.
· Craft production skills with templates, menus, branding, and stock footage.
· Incorporate soundtracks and captions to create interactive presentations.

Buy Now - $34.95Purchase online or call 1-800-37-PHOTO to purchase by phone.

Bonus CD IncludedFeatures practice content that corresponds with lessons in the book.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

38th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest

Photo Contest Winners

By Hannah Schardt

FROM A CARDINAL splashing in a Florida birdbath to a leopard lurking in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, the winning images of the 38th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest are as varied as the species that populate this planet. This year’s winners were drawn from our largest-ever pool of entries—more than 55,000 in six categories: Mammals, Birds, Other Wildlife, Landscapes and Plant Life, Backyard Habitats and Connecting People and Nature. Along with selecting the $5,000 grand prize winner, judges awarded cash and other prizes for the first- and second-place winners in every category in each of two divisions, amateur and professional. One youth winner was also chosen.

To see all of the winning images, along with this year’s honorable mentions and instructions on how to enter next year’s contest, visit

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Portraits Unplugged with Bobbi Lane

Portraits Unplugged

Instructors: Bobbi Lane
Duration: 4 Weeks
Starts: Jan 9, 2009

Natural light portraits can be the most evocative and meaningful images that a photographer can create. However, understanding and mastering the basic qualities of light can be challenging. The beauty of available light is that it's everywhere. Any time of day and any situation can be turned into a great opportunity for environmental portraits. This class will help develop your ability to 'see' the quality of light and apply it to 'real' people. We don't scout locations, we scout light and make the location work. We put our people in the light, critically aware of the direction as well as the quality, to create our interpretive portraits. The most important part of our picture is not the subject, but how we choose to define our subject. The emphasis is on utilizing all our tools: light, tonality, composition and color, to get our ideas stated visually.

Many photographers get 'lucky' when working with light and realize that early morning and late afternoon are flattering times to do portraits. The truth is that learning to control the light gives you the freedom to photograph any time of day with outstanding results. The class will cover all kinds of existing light: hard, soft, bounced, reflected, diffused, etc. The only tools we use are reflectors and diffusers. No flash! We will work in both black and white and color depending upon the mood you want to create. There are many facets that go into creating an effective portrait and we cover those various aspects and work with posing and expression for a variety of personalities.

This is not a technical course, but a working knowledge of photography is necessary.

This class covers following topics:
Types of portraits
Lens choice, depth of field, framing, posing, expressions and background
The Big Three: Direction, Quality and Depth of Light
Direction of light: Lighting Patterns, describing the form and setting the mood with Split, Rembrandt, Loop and Butterfly
Depth of Light: Lighting Ratios determine the drama
Quality of light: How the quality directly sets the overall feeling and texture of the portrait. Working with direct sun, backlighting, shade, overcast, window light, bounced and diffused
Diffusers: Altering the direct sunlight with round diffuser, panels or sheets
Reflectors: Using white cards, pop up reflectors with white, gold, silver, soft gold and black. Reflectors for fill or for main light
Finding the light, looking for the scene that will give you the best light for your subject
Approach, are you lighting for flattering or effective portraits?
The relationship between the photographer and subject
Multiple reflectors
Color-making correct skin tones or warming them for effect

Course Requirement:A camera with medium telephoto lens (anything 100mm and higher), reflector (either a white card like foamcore board or pop up reflectors-preferable white/soft gold 32'), a stand with clamps or a friend to hold the reflector.

Instructor: Bobbi LaneBobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane's multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 30 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Lane shoots primarily people on location for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts as well as photographing "real people" and travel for stock. Her stock photography has sold worldwide for ads, posters, and billboards.Bobbi's clients include: Warner Bros., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Samsung, Bose Corp., Neutrogena, Ricon, Mattel, Maui Music Festival, Charles Schwab, McDonnell/Douglas, Sears' Tower Skydeck, and the Morro Bay Natural History Museum.As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her hundreds of students every year. Bobbi's excellent rapport and communication with her students inspires and motivates, while her straight-forward teaching style reaches students of many different skill levels. Bobbi teaches her own weekend workshops in CT, the Bobbi Lane Workshops and at the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Workshops, the Julia Dean Workshops, and the International Center for Photography in New York City. She is the Chair of the Education Committee for Advertising Photographers of America, and the creator of their Successful Emerging Photographer’s program. In October 2007, at APA National’s 25th Anniversary, they honored Bobbi with a Special Recognition Award for Education.

What is this aperture thingy anyway?

From Cameradojo

Inside each lens is a diaphragm that can open and close, the size of the opening at any given setting is what we refer to as the aperture setting. On our cameras we refer to specific size settings as f-stops such as f/2.8, f/5.6, f/11, etc. While the obvious value of adjusting the aperture is to control how much light enters the camera, there is a secret hidden world beneath the hood that we will need to get a grasp of as well, but let’s start at the basics first.

Read the rest here...

Hazel Meredith's photographs on display at Bethel Library

Hazel Meredith has a display of her photographs at the Bethel Library

189 Greenwood Ave., Bethel (Off Black Rock Tpke.)
Dec. 5-31

Stop by for some visual treats!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Pat Brundage for a "Meet the Artist" reception

Join Pat Brundage for a "Meet the Artist" reception at the Monroe Library on Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 - 12:30.

Pat has 43 images on display!

They will have refreshments, music, companionship and snacks to share with everyone before we all go out to finish our Christmas Shopping.

The library is approximately 1/2 mile north of the intersection of Rts. 111 and 110 in Monroe, on Rt. 111.

Thanks. Hope to see you there. Pat Brundage

for sale Epson R1800 Photo printer

I have for sale my Epson R1800 Photo printer. This is the printer that I have been making my competition prints on for the last several years. It has 8 inks, and will print 13" wide. It comes with the original box and all original accessories including manuals and CD with software and drivers. Add a USB2 cable and you're good to go.

Reason for selling, upgrading.

Price is $200 firm, local pick-up only, I'm not shipping due to size, weight and damage factors.

E-mail: or call home phone; 860-632-2463.
Thanks, Warren Disbrow

Add Falling Snow To A Winter Photo

Learn Photoshop with Photoshop Effects Tutorials at Photoshop

Photoshop Snow Effect - Add Falling Snow To A Winter Photo

Written By Steve Patterson

In this Photoshop photo effects tutorial, we'll learn how to easily add realistic falling snow to a winter photo.

Call me crazy, but I love winter. Sure, it's not always easy to drive in, and scrapping ice off the car windshield is never fun. But to me, there's nothing better than waking up to a fresh blanket of snow covering the city, or hearing that crunching sound the snow makes under my boots, or watching the snowflakes glisten and sparkle under the street lights as I take my dog for a walk in the quiet calm of a cold winter night. Or maybe it's all just a shameful excuse to drink too much hot chocolate. Who knows.

Of course, as with any season of the year, getting Mother Nature to pose for our photos isn't always easy. You may have found the perfect winter landscape scene or snapped a great photo of your kids building their very first snowman, and the only thing that would have made the photo even better is if it had been snowing at the time, which of course, it wasn't. Fortunately, when the weather forecast fails us, Photoshop can still save the day. In fact, one of the great things about Photoshop is that if you focus on learning techniques rather than on memorizing steps, you'll soon discover that the same techniques can be used to create entirely different effects! In this tutorial, we're going to be adding falling snow to our photo, but if you've been following along with some of our other tutorials, you may recognize the technique we'll be using here, since we've used to same basic technique to add rain to a photo and to create a starry night sky. Memorizing steps can give you a serious case of tunnel vision in Photoshop, where all you ever see is what's directly in front of you. But when you focus on the techniques themselves, not the actual steps or the final results, and begin to understand the "why" behind what you're doing, you may just find yourself staring at something one day and thinking "You know, I bet I know how to do that in Photoshop!". Life after that will never be the same.

read the rest here:

Thursday, December 4, 2008

DataRescue's DD

DataRescue's DD (in short DrDD) - is a graphical disk imager intended for data recovery and backup of partially corrupted storage devices. DrDD creates complete or partial images of disks or memory cards to files on another storage device, allowing multiple data recovery attempts on the raw data, thereby minimizing the risk of damaging the corrupted media further. DrDD is available for Windows PC and Mac OS X machines. DrDD is freeware.

DataRescue has recently released DrDD, a freeware program for making disc images from corrupted memory cards and other storage devices.

DD is similar to the Backup Card feature of PhotoRescue 3.x, but differs in one significant way: DD can be configured to image only selected portions of a device, in the event that it's not possible to image the entire device (as can be the case with a damaged card or hard drive that becomes unresponsive every time a particular corrupted area is accessed).

Download Windows PC Version - Mac OS X Version

A typical use example
A 40GB hard drive suffers of physically bad sectors in the system area that cause the drive to lock up when the damaged area is hit by a conventional disk duplication program or a data recovery program. DrDD is first used to attempt an image of the drive. DrDD locks up as well, the error is completely irrecoverable. The system is reset. Through the last log, the problematic area seems to be sector 1.000.000. DrDD is used to first create an image of the hard drive up to sector 999.999. Knowing that hardware errors are often contiguous, a second image is created, backwards, from the end of the drive (for example 40000MBs) back to sector 1.000.001. The backward copy proceeds and finally locks up at sector 1.004.000. If the data hasn't been saved, a new forward copy starting at sector 1.004.001 and going up to the end of the drive is done. The user now has saved most of the raw content of its hard drive and has saved the multiple trial and error read attempts he would have gone through if he had restarted the copy forward at sector 1.000.001 - with most of the data in a safe place, the user is now able to try as many data-recovery utilities as he wishes, for example our own PhotoRescue application.

DD can also be set to read backwards which, says DataRescue's Vandevenne, can help avoid certain types of lockups.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

PhotoRescue updated

I have preached this before, kind of life firedrills, try a practice run and rescue your photos. Do this to learn how to rescue your images when your adrenaline isn't running and you are freaked out because you formated your memory card before you downloaded or your get an error message from your memory card.

It's simple to try -- Format your memory card and then run the software and rescue your images.

PhotoRescue updated to v3.1.7 Build 11394
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Rob Galbraith

A new license is US$29; that sum nets you a bundle of both the Mac and Windows versions.

DataRescue has recently released a new version of PhotoRescue, its venerable photo recovery and memory card maintenance application for Mac and Windows. Version 3.1.7 Build 11394 improves recovery of Nikon D700 and Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D RAW files, movies and, in the Windows version, corrects a caching problem when the program is run in 64-bit Vista.

PhotoRescue is the best and fairest picture and data recovery solution for digital film - sd cards, compact flash, memory sticks, microdrive, etc... Featuring innovative recovery algorithms, PhotoRescue displays reliable previews of the recoverable pictures. What you see is what you recover, both on the Windows and on the Apple Mac OS X platforms. PhotoRescue has been awarded 4.5 stars by PCMagazine. PhotoRescue is available in three different versions.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Introduction to ICC profiles

Thanks Wayne for passing this along!

Introduction to ICC profiles:

Check out some strange and offbeat photos.

Weird, Wild, and Wacky
Check out some strange and offbeat photos.

Enable control of Canon EOS Utility by voice

ShutterVoice to enable control of Canon EOS Utility by voice

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Rob Galbraith

Read the full story here:

Developer Scott Forman is nearing completion of ShutterVoice, a Windows-only application that enables many of the functions of Canon's EOS Utility to be controlled with spoken commands. Originally created to ease the process of shooting lighting tests with himself as the subject, Forman has decided to commercialize his efforts into a US$30 program, which is projected to emerge next month.

You can sign up to be notified when ShutterVoice is ready to go.

Monday, December 1, 2008

White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to Better Photography

Dec. 3rd 2008 at the Great Bridgeport Camera Club.

White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to Better Photography
by Lisa and Tom Cuchara (CT)

Masking is extremely simple; this one mantra “white reveals, black hides” will work for almost all of your Photoshop editing. From exposure to contrast, dodging and burning, blurring the background, selective coloring, selective focus, etc., Lisa and Tom will demonstrate “non-destructive” editing in Photoshop.

They will show you how to use layers and masks to enhance your images. Adjustment layers and filters can be applied to an entire image, but sometimes you just want to tweak part of an image, which is where masks come in. The advantage of using layer masks is that you can refine both the effect and the area being changed at any point, even after you save and re-open an image. White reveals, black hides and shades of gray provide a variety of opacities – this one simple concept is essential for anyone using the digital darkroom to enhance their images.

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“White Reveals, Black Conceals: Masking Your Way to a Better Photograph”
by Lisa and Tom Cuchara


Masking is extremely simple; this one mantra “white reveals, black conceals” will work for almost all of your Photoshop editing. From exposure to contrast, dodging & burning, blurring the background, selective coloring, selective focus (even creating a Lensbaby effect in Photoshop), etc. “Non-destructive” editing in Photoshop is a critical component to the digital darkroom; this includes the use of layers and masks to enhance your images. Adjustment layers and filters can be applied to an entire image, but sometimes you just want to tweak part of an image, which is where masks come in. The advantage of using layer masks is that you can refine both the effect and the area being changed at any point, even after you save and re-open an image. White reveals, black conceals and shades of gray provide a variety of opacities -- this one simple concept is essential for anyone using the digital darkroom to enhance their images!

Layers, Adjustment layers, Masks – these are simpler then they sound. You may have even used masks and didn’t know it. If you have ever selected part of an image and then performed Levels (or any other adjustment) you actually created a mask without even attempting to do so. Adjustment layers are superior to working on the “background layer” which is often equated to the “negative”. Adjustment layers are more powerful because you can go back and change then at any time – masks too! They are not “permanent” in the sense that you can change them or even delete them at any time.

What are layers?

Layers allow you to work on parts of your photo without affecting other areas. Think of layers as a stack of transparencies, where each sheet is a different layer and the layers can appear in different orders with varying opacities. Plus using layers means that you can edit or adjust each sheet individually. You can edit a particular feature of your photograph (saturation, levels, etc.) using Adjustment layers. All of these are examples of non-destructive editing.

Worthwhile Shortcuts -- there are lots of references about Photoshop shortcuts (and you can even create your own for commonly used tasks)

For MAC users please note that the equivalent modifier keys: the Option Key is the Mac equivalent to the PC (Alt) key and the Command Key (also called the Apple key; with its either cloverleaf symbol, the Apple symbol or both). is, more or less, the equivalent of the PC user's Control Key. Cmd = Ctrl and Opt = Alt.

Ctrl Z = UNDO (a VERY good shortcut to learn)
Ctrl 0 (zero) --> maximize the photo
Ctrl J à -->Create a new layer
Ctrl Shift R -->Add layer mask: Reveal all (White)
Ctrl Shift H -->Add layer mask: Hide all (Black)
M --> Marquee
W --> Magic Wand
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E --> Stamp Visible

One of our favorites. First, create a new empty layer (Ctrl Shift N) on the top layer. Then select that new layer and use this command (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E); we use this for editing that can’t be done non-destructively (USM, etc). We actually have an action that does this for us in one step because we use it so often.

Ctrl D --> deselectAlt [ --> move down a layer

Alt , (comma) --> move to bottom layer
Alt . (period) --> move to top layer

The use of Layers and MasksThe “eyeball” is used to turn on/off the visibility of any layer in the stack (you may have lots of layers).

Fig. 1 Confirm that the layers palette is visible (If not, Windows --> layers)

The CS3 screenshot (fig 2) shows the types of adjustment layers that you can create.

One of the advantages of adjustment layers is that you can re-open and re-adjust them at any time. They help assure that you are performing non-destructive editing of your photographs.

Figure 2

As soon as you open an image maximize it (Ctrl ZERO) and then make a copy of the layer (Ctrl J). Some editing will be performed on Adjustment layers. Adjustment layers do the same thing as normal color & exposure adjustments except that they are “non-destructive” in that they do not alter the original image information and they can be edited at any time. Some editing, like levels, saturation, etc. can be performed via adjustment layers (Fig 2) while other editing (like watercolor filters, etc.) need to be performed on copy layers (created by Ctrl J or by Ctrl N followed by Ctrl + Alt + Shift + E --> Stamp Visible). explains layers and adjustment layers and their transparent nature very well.

Create an adjustment layer click on the half white/half black circle at the bottom of the layers palette (Fig. 3). Adjustment layers automatically are created with a mask in place (a white, reveal all, mask, See Fig 1 middle layer).

Therefore selective coloring is EASY, just paint back in your color with a Black brush. In contrast, “copy layers” need to have a mask created/applied. You decide to apply a white OR a black mask depending upon if you have a lot to reveal (use a white mask and paint with black) OR a lot to conceal (use a black mask and paint with white).Ctrl Shift R --> Add layer mask: Reveal all (White)Ctrl Shift H --> Add layer mask: Hide all (Black)After your editing/effect has been created (either on an adjustment later or on a copy layer with a mask applied) then you can start to paint in (reveal) or paint out (conceal) you editing. You can also change the opacity of the brush (white or black) to “choose a shade of gray” to give you a semi-transparent adjustment layer.

The keyboard numbers affect the opacity of the brush (to get shades of gray) i.e. 5 = 50% opacity.

Remember white reveals, Black concealsB --> selects the Brush tool (this is what you will paint with)

D --> sets the color palette back to Black and White

X --> switches between Black and White

Numbers on the keyboard --> affects the opacity of the brush (to get shades of gray) i.e. 5 = 50% opacity

The "[" left square-bracket key will decrease brush size

The "]" right square-bracket key will increase brush size

Holding down the shift key while pressing on these same keys will soften and harden the brush edges.The brush tool is the main tool used to “paint” with white, black and shades of gray (via changing the opacity of the Black and white, easily via the keyboard numbers) as you go along).
Like Adjustment layers, masks never actually affect your image. The simple beauty of using layer masks is that you are in effect “painting” with whatever filter/edit/affect that you want to use. You can also change the opacity of the layer itself when you are done editing the layer to further refine the effect. If you make a mistake or color “outside the lines” you can easily fix it by painting back over with the opposite color. This is part of the power of masks, unlike editing after you have made a selection where you cannot undo and redo.Non-destructive Dodging and

Create a new layer (Shift Ctrl N), name it dodge&burn and change the mode of the new layer to Overlay (make sure that Fill with Overlay-neutral color is checked). In overlay mode 50% gray has no effect. Set your foreground color to black, use a soft-edged brush (opacity in the 5-50% range) and paint to burn the areas that need darkening (don’t forget the edges, lots of photographers vignette or burn the edges to keep your eye on your subject). Press X to change the foreground color to white and paint to dodge the areas of the image that need to be dodged (lightened). There is a lot of control when dodging/burning this way and it is completely re-editable too!

Smart Objects:
Masks also work very well with smart filters and with opening an image in CS3 using two different RAW settings. For example, you want to optimize the sky in ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) but when you do the foreground suffers and vice versa.

Open your image in ACR, optimize the sky and hold Shift when you click open, opening it (as a smart object) in such a way that ACR is still accessible. Now copy that layer (right click “new smart object via copy”), now double click on that new layer smart object and re-adjust your image in ACR. Apply a layer mask to that newly edited layer [Ctrl Shift R à Add layer mask: Reveal all (White)]. Paint with Black to reveal the sky underneath. You now have a perfect exposed image optimized in ACR for the sky (highlights) and for the foreground.

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Rule of Thirds and Golden Mean Actions

Rule of Thirds and Golden Mean Actions
by your Shutterfreaks Team

As you are learning composition, the so-called "Rule" of Thirds can be helpful. I prefer to use it as a guideline, rather than a rule, but I do find it useful when making compositional decisions. To use the rule of thirds when shooting, visualize a 3 x 3 grid overlaying the scene you see in your viewfinder or LCD. When composing your shot, try to locate the main objects in your photo at the intersection of these grid lines. In other words, place your main objects 1/3 up from the bottom and 1/3 over from the left, or 1/3 down from the top and 1/3 over from the right, etc. Some folks think the Golden Mean is a better compositional guideline.

Our Image
As an example, let's see how this photo measures up to the Rule of Thirds.

With the Rule of Thirds Grid
Here's what we see after we run the Rule of Thirds Action. We see that several of our main compositional elements fall on the lines or the intersection of two lines. Would the image be improved if the vertical line at the right went through the middle of the walkway, instead of the left post? Or does the current composition provide more "tension?" This is the kind of analysis you can do on your images.

Another example
Let's see how this photo measures up to the Golden Mean. Does that tree appear to be in the "right" place?

With the Golden Mean Grid
Here's what we see after we run the Golden Mean Action. It appears that we can be pretty happy about where we put that tree :)

One More Example, Using both the Rule of Thirds and The Golden Mean
The red lines represent the Rule of Thirds grid, and the golden lines represent the Golden Mean Grid.

Free Actions
If you'd like to see how your photos "measure up" against the Rule of Thirds or the Golden
Mean, we have some FREE actions that can help:

Download the appropriate file below and save it to your hard disk.
Unzip it.

Follow the instructions in the ReadMe file to install the actions.

for Photoshop
for Photoshop Elements 1-5
for Photoshop Elements 6
for Photoshop Elements 7

More Advanced Actions
If you'd like a more advanced action that will help you crop your images to conform to the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Mean, check out our Rule of Thirds Pro Actions:
for Photoshop
for Photoshop Elements 1-5
for Photoshop Elements 6

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sandisk CF Cards on sale

I just bought three 8 GB Sandisk Extreme III CF cards for $90 from B&H (no shipping because I am a NAPP member) and it comes with a $70 rebate so 24 GB for $20!

The following cards are on sale at Adorama and Amazon. Not only are these prices phenomenal, the shipping is free too! Prices are good only until November 30th).

8 GB Cards:


Adorama SanDisk 8 GB Extreme III Compact Flash Memory Card $29.95

4 GB Cards SanDisk 4 GB Extreme III Compact Flash Memory Card $19.95

Travel Tip


If you are scouting, take along a few highlighters in different colors. In my DeLorme road atlas, I mark my route in yellow, so I'll know in the future I've traveled that road. I mark a good location with orange (for a fall scene), blue (for winter), pink (for spring), or green (for summer). If a scene is good for more than one season, I mark it in purple. When I look at a page later, I can instantly see what the options are for a particular season.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

CS4 content aware scale !

One of the coolest new features in Photoshop CS4 is Content Aware Scaling (CAS). Adobe licensed an algorithm that senses "dead" areas in photos, and resizes the image to avoid squashing or stretching every object.

Use the new and revolutionary Content-Aware Scaling feature to automatically recompose an image as you resize it, smartly preserving vital areas as the image adapts to the new dimensions. Get the perfect image in one step without time-intensive cropping and retouching.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

On-Site Portable Background System

Calumet's committed search for high-quality, mobile solutions for portrait and event photographers strikes gold with the On-Site Portable Background System. With its unique X-frame construction, On-Site is a lightweight system that's incredibly easy to assemble. Its ingenious design allows for a single person to set up (or pack up) a professional background in minutes. And in kits with an On-Site support and muslin background of your choice for under $200, it's light on the wallet too.

At the center of On-Site's structure is a patented hub that sits atop a standard light stand. From the hub, four rods extend diagonally with an 8-foot by 8-foot muslin backdrop connecting taut to the corners. Think of its assembly as a flat soft box. Since every element extends from the single hub, assembly and adjustments can be made without coordination with a second person. And the whole thing collapses into an included 8 x 8 x 36" carrying case, letting photographers move easily to and from a job location.

With 10 different muslin background styles, the On-Site Portable Background System covers any situation from executive headshots to chroma key video work.
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Upgrade from Elements to Photoshop CS4 for $299

Upgrade from Elements to Photoshop CS4 for $299 through end of November

This is a good deal. An early holiday gift!

This makes PS CS4 less than 1/2 its retail.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Exposing your camera to extreme cold

Thanks Wayne for passing this along...

It's an old idea but effective idea that needs to be brought up once in a while.

If your camera is going to be exposed to extreme cold and brought back into the warmth, pack it up in a zip-lock bag and don't take it out until it is back at room temperature. This will seal it inside the bag and prevent condensation from forming on the inside of the camera.

Wayne Nolting - iMix Studio
Interactive, Flash, & Streaming Audio Visual Designer/ProducerNewington, CT - (860)

"We will be known by the tracks we leave."

CAP DelMarVa Trip

I led a group of wonderful people and great photographers down to Bombay Hook and Assateague (Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge) this week. Jim photographed a FOX at Bombay Hook thursday.

We had SNOW in Bombay Hook Thursday and Friday and on the way down to Assateague. It was very cold the first day (Saturday) but we all managed to get some great photos. It warmed up Sunday and it was even warmer Monday. We shared great meals, conversations and photographs.

There were lots of critters to keep us our lenses focusing: Wild Horses, Sika Deer, Raccons, the DelMarVa squirrel (only 150 left) and BIRDS galore -- Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Cormorants, King Fisher, Immature and Mature Black Crowned night herons, Tundra Swans, Lesser Scaup, Buffalohead ducks (two males and over 20 females), Teal Wing Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Sand pipers, Plovers, Yellow legs, Cardinals, Swallows, Mockingbirds, Osprey, tens of thousands of snow geese, and a few Bald Eagles (who chased the geese to try and cause a "traffic accident" -- we even watched one eagle pluck the feathers off a snow goose that it caught and ate).

We got up BEFORE the crack of daawn and were all set up with our tripods at 6:20am for the pre-dawn, the sunrise and the BLAST OFF. What a sound, quite a cacophony as the tens of thousands all fly off enmass.

I created a 15 minute video and we watched it Monday night right after a great dinner at Don's.
To view that video pelase go to my photodex online slideshow gallery:

Here is a short version -- a video with photographs that we all took these last few days. It is very evident that everyone had a successful time photographically! We hope to go back in Fall 2010 when there will be a full moon during this week.

Photographs by:
William Barnett
Patricia Brundage
Lisa & Tom Cuchara
Antoinette & Bernie Gombeda
Paula Hoostowski
Gerri & Jack Mahon
Jo-Ann & Lou Messina
James Santerre
Harold & Jackie Sisken



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How to create vampire teeth/fangs (easy!)

Vampire teeth

This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to create vampire teeth/fangs. This effect requires using the polygonal lasso tool and the transform tool. For this tutorial I have used a free stock image of teeth which is available at:

Scenic images from around the world

Like The Boston Globe's The Big Picture, The Sacramento Bee now tells some of its stories with large powerful images in The Frame.

Scenic images from around the world
Here is a collection of pictorial images from around the country and the world made by photographers from newspapers and the Associated Press during the last month. They capture sunsets and moonrises, mountains and streams, snow and rain, and a few cows. (18 images)

Winter weather descends on the Northern Hemisphere with snow and frigid temperatures cloaking towns from St. Petersburg, Russia to Boonville, N.Y. (15 images)

UPDATE Adobe® Photoshop® Camera Raw 5.2

Adobe® Photoshop® Camera Raw 5.2
Camera Raw 5.2 for Mac
Camera Raw 5.2 for Windows

New in Camera Raw 5.2
Camera Raw 5.2 includes several new enhancements.

Targeted Adjustment Tool for on image adjustments

Output sharpening for print or screen output

Snapshots for saving all settings in a single reference

Camera Profiles for enhanced raw file interpretation now available in the Calibration panel

This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original Camera Raw plug-in that was installed with Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 7.0 and Premiere Elements 7.0.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

SWFL Birding Festival

Below is a link to the SWFL Birding Festival held at Rookery Bay (near Marco Island, Collier County) on 16,17,18 January 2009. Most trips are down that way, but I will lead a trip out to Little Estero Lagoon on Saturday the 17th, and Bunche Beach on Sunday the 18th up here in Lee County. They have a slate of speakers at Rookery Bay on Saturday afternoon, and there is a small registration fee.

lots of tours like this one...

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – Morning Backcountry Swamp Buggy TripRise and shine. Board a swamp buggy to explore the “off-limits” back country of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s north end. We will traverse several habitat types and will be on the lookout for the many birds of the back country, including hawks, warblers, ducks, sandhill cranes, wading birds, and more! We will also keep a lookout for other wildlife and learn about the management of this 13,000 acre sanctuary.

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park – Swamp WalkExplore a unique swamp forest with Park Biologist Mike Owen. The interior of the Fakahatchee Strand supports a rich growth of tropical plants. Many birds and animals inhabit the swamp; Red-shouldered Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Barred Owl, Common Ground Dove, Great Egret, White Ibis, Limpkin, Florida black bear, river otter, Everglades mink and the endangered Florida Panther. Since there is no path, participants wade through cypress forest and popash-pondapple sloughs in water from 1 to 3 feet deep!

Marco Island - Burrowing Owl Tour
Marco Island is habitat for approximately 65 pairs of Burrowing Owls, a State of Florida “Species of Special Concern”. From the meeting place, we will drive (carpool if possible) to two nearby locations to view the burrows and owls. Onsite information will be provided about the biology, history, habitat, behavior, etiquette in maintaining/viewing and the human impacts of the burrowing owls in the urban environment.

Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge – Oil Pad Road Birding Walk We will spend the morning walking along the Oil Pad Road (2 miles roundtrip) which is the only road access into the Ten Thousand Islands NWR. Wading birds such as Great Egret, Snowy Egret, and White Ibis should be plentiful and there is a good chance we will see Wood Storks and Roseate Spoonbills. We will also attempt to draw out secretive marsh birds such as rails and bitterns and search for land birds wintering in the tropical hardwoods along the road. If time permits, we will look for Snail Kites on the way back.

Conservancy of Southwest Florida - Rookery Bay Sunset Roost Cruise
Cast off for some great birding and cruise Rookery Bay on the Conservancy’s Good Fortune pontoon boat. Join us for a beautiful sunset cruise in search of nesting Bald Eagle and Osprey, terns, gulls, shorebirds and waders. Dusk brings thousands of Fish Crows, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, herons, ibis and other wading birds in to roost on a few mangrove islands in Rookery Bay. This is a true southwest Florida treat and a very popular outing.

Eagle Lakes Community Park – Birding Walk
We will spend the morning walking the berms of the created wetlands at Eagle Lakes Park. The impoundments act as water percolation ponds for treated effluent from Collier County’s Wastewater plant and serve as an oasis for wildlife amid urban development. We will search the ponds and surrounding area for herons, egrets, ducks, raptors, woodpeckers and warblers.

Bunche Beach Preserve (San Carlos Bay) – Birding Walk
We will spend the morning walking along Bunche Beach, the mainland side of San Carlos Bay, which is a part of the Lee County Conservation 20/20 program. Shorebirds are the big draw here, but wintering gulls, terns, and wading birds should also be in abundance. Shorebirds likely to be seen include Western and Least Sandpipers, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, Willet, and up to 4 species of plover including Black-bellied, Wilson’s, Semipalmated, and Piping. Additional shorebird possibilities include Red Knot, Long-billed Curlew, and Marbled Godwit. Roosting flocks of Black Skimmers may also be present.

ColorMunki Photo Trade up

If you own a color monitor or printer profiling solution, you already know the value of accurate color in your workflow. Now is the perfect time to save money when you trade-up your colorimeter or color management solution to a ColorMunki Photo. Check out which rebate you qualify for and you'll soon be grabbing up to $100 savings!

ColorMunki Photo is the hottest new solution for matching prints to display with color perfection. Ideal for wedding, portrait and nature photographers – or any passionate advocate – this completely integrated color control solution delivers the latest technology to calibrate your displays, projectors and printers for accurate color matching.

To receive your rebate check, please follow these simple instructions:
  • Purchase the ColorMunki Photo between 09/01/08 and 12/31/08.
  • Submit a completed rebate form, a copy of your ColorMunki invoice, and the original UPC code cut out from the product packaging (valid UPC Code 7640111922001).
  • Proof of purchase of eligible trade-up products (acceptable proof of purchase includes photo of product or copy of title page of user manual plus the serial number of the device).
  • Mail to: Dept. 110218, Colorimeter $50 or $100 MIR, P.O. Box 52900, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2900
  • Cash your rebate check within 90 days of the check date.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Photo Op -- Lantern Light Tours

Lantern Light Tours - November 29, 2008-December 28, 2008 - Surprise your family with this festive tour and relive Christmas seasons of the past! Connecticut's very own light tours in Mystic Seaport take you back with theatrical scenes of Christmas' past with horse-drawn carriage rides, visits to Old St. Nick and rowdy revels in the 19th century-style tavern. This tour is sure to provide visitors young and old with a Christmas they have never seen before. Admission is $25 for adults and $18 for children 4-18 years old. Call (888) 973-2767 or visit

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Yale Peabody Museum Store 10% discount coupon

Not exactly photo related, but I like the Peabody and this is my Blog, so....

The Yale Peabody Museum Store is pleased to offer our annual 10% discount coupon!

Make The Peabody Museum Store your one stop shopping destination this holiday season. You will find an exceptional assortment of merchandise, gifts for all ages and a pleasant shopping experience.

The Peabody Museum Store has been recognized as "one of the best museum shops in the state." - The New York Times

To retrieve the discount coupon:Visit the Museum Store website at and click on the link in the announcements area to print your coupon.
The coupon must be presented in The Museum Store to receive 10% off your total purchase.
The coupon is valid through December 23, 2008.
Please note that The Museum Store will be closed on December 24 & 25.
Your purchase helps support the public programs of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The Museum's mission is to advance our understanding of the earth's history through geological, biological, and anthropological research, and to communicate the results through publications, exhibitions and educational programs.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Nik Software & the Datacolor Spyder3Elite

Great Colors from Screen to Print with Nik Software & the Datacolor Spyder3Elite™

The holidays are here and if you're like us, photography will play a big part of the season! Matching the colors you shot to what you see on your display is critical when delivering your best work, whether you're producing commercial images, or creating special memories for families or private clients.

We've teamed up with Datacolor, makers of the award-winning Spyder3Elite for display calibration, to offer you the best deal possible for this important tool. Save 30% off your purchase of the Spyder3Elite. Purchase today for yourself, a friend or family member for the holidays. It's a perfect first step when working with Viveza and Color Efex Pro 3.0 software.
Add Spyder3Elite to your shopping cart and use the coupon code:VIVID when checking out.
Learn more about color calibration and purchase at the Datacolor website today! Offer ends December 15, 2008!

Friday, November 21, 2008

A new look for the JPG Homepage

A new look for the JPG homepage.

New theme viewer: Right up top, we're showing off bigger JPG photos and highlighting more of the themes on the site. The theme viewer also lets you see how many photos have been submitted to each theme.

Activity feed: If you're logged in, you can see your new activity (new favorites and comments on your photos and new contacts) right up top

Hot photos tab: Below the theme browser, you can tab between hot JPG photos and the newest photos from your contacts.

Member, photo, and story of the week: For the past few months, we've been highlighting an awesome photo, story, and JPG member each week in the JPG newsletter. Now, we've also got them right on the homepage!

Issue viewer: Scroll down to flip through the sneak peek of our current or upcoming issue right from the homepage. If you click right on the pages, you'll get a full-screen viewer.

Finally, and most importantly, when you're logged out and click on the How It Works link at the right, you will see the image of a elusive sasquatch. Woohoo! Lots of new stuff to explore. Please, please, please feel free to let us know what you think!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Why no 8″x12″ photo paper?

I have wondered about this for years, this article makes it sound like this is something new to the "digital" era, but it is inherant in all 35 mm photography. You cannot make a full frame 8x10 from a 35 mm photo (film or digital). This frustrates me in both my nature photography and our portrait/wedding photography. And try explaining this to a client, sorry we have to cut off your legs in order to print an 8x10. We were at PhotoExpo and there is a company that will etch a grid (8x10 ratio) onto your camera so that you can compose for 8x10's -- very tempting. This article is very intersting and the author has found a FEW places that print 8x12. The real question is the 4x5 market was always a small part of the market, and today it is even smaller, so WHY is 8x10 the standard and not 8x12.

This also begs for the question -- WHY in the world does Epson sell a 17" x 22" paper and not a 16x20. Printing 16x20 would mean that the photograph would directly fit into a standard sie mat/frame, but no, we have to waste inches on each side...

read the full article here...Why no 8″x12″ photo paper?