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.
Take an On-Site Wherever You Go »

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.

The Camera Raw 5.2 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS4 or versions of Photoshop Elements earlier than Photoshop Elements 6.0 for Windows and Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac.

The latest version of the Camera Raw plug-in available for Photoshop Elements 3.0 customers is Camera Raw 3.6.

The latest version of the Camera Raw plug-in available for Photoshop Elements 4.0 (Windows) is Camera Raw 3.7.

The latest version of the Camera Raw plug-in available for Photoshop Elements 5.0 (Windows) is Camera Raw 4.5.

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.

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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?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lensbaby 101

Lensbaby 101

Lensbaby SLR lenses are wonderful creative tools to introduce into your photography curriculum. More and more instructors are utilizing Lensbaby SLR lenses to teach photography basics and push their students’ imaginations. Below, you will find sample Lensbabies lessons.
For more information about Lensbabies Education program or to share lesson ideas, contact shawn[at]

We offer students and educators with proof of ID a 25% discount. Download form.

Lensbaby 3G

Photoshop User
Lensbaby 3G received 5 stars!
“....the Lensbaby 3G is a visually stunning, impressive mechanical redesign…Aesthetically, Lensbaby 3G breaks our preoccupation with image sharpness andallows us to examine a world of controlled blur, whether you use it for traditional soft-focus portraiture or to explore ethereal landscapes and dreamlike imagery.”Steve Baczewski, Photoshop User magazine Read the full review

With the Composer, Lensbaby introduces a completely new lens, based on a ball and socket configuration that delivers smooth selective focus photography with unparalleled ease. The new Composer retains its position after being bent and is easy to use even with one hand. Photographers no longer have to squeeze the lens to focus, but can simply tilt the lens to a desired angle and then focus with a traditional barrel focusing ring. The Composer stays in the desired bent position without requiring a locking mechanism and features the new Lensbaby Optic Swap System.

The Composer features a unique manual focus design which requires more rotation to move the optic as you approach infinity. This makes it easier to focus on objects at intermediate and distant depths than regular manual focus lenses.

The Composer comes with the Double Glass Optic installed.

Double Glass (Multi-coated Optical Glass Doublet) included Focal Length: about 50 mmFocus Type: Manual/Fingertip Aperture Type: Interchangeable, magnetic aperture disksApertures: f/2, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16, f/22Minimum Focus: about 18” (45cm) / Maximum Focus: infinitySize: 2.25”(5.7cm) h x 2.5”(6.35cm) w / Weight: 3.7 oz (104.9g)No electronic communication between the lens and the camera body

Available in mounts for Canon EF (EOS), Nikon F, Sony Alpha A / Minolta Maxxum, Pentax K / Samsung GX, Olympus E1 / Panasonic Lumix DMC Automatic light metering is possible by shooting in aperture priority mode for almost all digital and film SLR camera bodies except certain Nikon bodies including the D40, D50, D60, D70, D70S, D80, D90, D100, N50, N65, N70, N75, N80, Kodak 14N and ProN, & Fuji S1, S2, and S3.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

DigitalPro 5 released

DigitalPro 5, released today. It is a major upgrade to DigitalPro and includes many of the feature upgrades most requested by users. As always DigitalPro is the fastest way to work with your images and is still the best solution for "no-brainer" image cataloging while you browse. With the industry's best Photoshop integration DigitalPro 5 continues this leadership. Below is the official announcement of the release and information about how to purchase the upgrade. As always you can download a fully functional demo from and upgrade through Moose Peterson's WRP site:

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 10, 2008
DigitalPro for Windows: Upgrade to 5.0 includes full Photoshop Workflow support, Open Catalog Database, Infinite ScalabilityMakes Image Cataloging as Quick and Simple as Browsing!
Portola Valley, Calif. – November 10, 2008 –Today Pro Shooters LLC, released DigitalPro™ 5.0 for Windows, a substantial upgrade to their award winning integrated image browser and image cataloging software. DigitalPro4 handles the entire image review and cataloging process, including loading, reviewing, renaming, captioning and filing images. With DigitalPro’s image catalog users can quickly retrieve images based on categories, keywords, captions or shooting data. For editing DigitalPro integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Nikon Capture and Capture NX, Bibble, or the user’s choice of photo editors.

New features in DigitalPro 5.0 include:
Run Photoshop Web Gallery & Contact Sheet Scripts directly from DigitalPro
Fully integrated with EXIFTool for display of camera and image meta-data
Switch to SQLite open source database, with user-friendly schema
Can Run PS Action from Batch Conversions within DigitalPro
Do Image Conversion using PS as an option
Support for Vista "Aero" Look & Feel & full Vista install, plus 64-bit Vista
Version Support (DocumentID & Find by DocumentID)
New Skins (Val, Xmas, Mac, Summer)
XMP Support for Photoshop PSD files
New, faster database, easier for user programming
New "Recent Activity" Reports
"Moose Working Directory" for fast disk editing / Archive support
Nested Keywords saved with File for re-import
Wildcard searches in Image Find
** Report Designer for Custom Reports (unsupported)
** (Advanced) Background Metadata Writing (unsupported)
Added support for Google Maps for MapIt button
Added "Sort by Camera" which sorts by Model & Serial Number
Reduce Resources needed for Captioning TIFFs
Added Find only files with GPS Info
Allow Find by Multiple (ORed) Keywords & Categories in addition to ANDed ones
(Experimental) (PRO Edition) Find offline files & display thumbnails
Export/Import functions for Categories, Keywords & Catalog Information When used with DP4.3.9 can transfer keywords, categories & ratings from DigitalPro4
Added Recent Activity Reporting (may need to reset main toolbar or replace layouts to see the commands)

Unique features of DigitalPro include:
Real-time Cataloging while browsing, Unlimited size Catalogs
Integrated Travel & Return functionality with Auto-Filing for location shooters
Tight Integration with Photoshop Engine for World's Best Image Conversion
Integrated support for Photoshop Batch Raw processing
Raw+JPEG mode allows quick image handling for Raw+JPEG shooters
DigitalPro has already received an Editor’s Choice award from American Photo magazine and continues to be recommended by many of the world's top digital photographers.
DigitalPro was developed by Pro Shooters LLC, an experienced team of software developers who have built a series of award-winning productivity applications and who are dedicated digital shooters. “As a shooter I was frustrated by how long it took to organize my digital images and how cumbersome the tools were,” explained David Cardinal, Pro Shooters founder. “As a software developer I knew that we could do better."

Teaming with world-renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson and other pro shooters has ensured that DigitalPro is the best product in the industry for the serious digital photographer. For Peterson, “Digital photography was fast and fun until I had to deal with slow and hard to use software to review and file my images. DigitalPro has changed all that. Now I look forward to looking at and filing my images almost as much as shooting.”
DigitalPro is in use by thousands of photographers and corporations worldwide. Pros and serious amateurs alike benefit from the improved workflow and raw file support. Pro and instructor Craig Ingram teaches his participants DigitalPro in his photo seminars, "The attendees at my workshop loved the DigitalPro demonstration. They we all amazed at how easy it was to load, review, catalog and keep track of images using DigitalPro." DigitalPro's network friendly design and business-friendly user-based licensing also makes it a natural for use in organizations. Portrait and wedding photographer Billy Mitchell echoes his sentiments, "David, I must say you are very responsive. Every now and then I check out the other DAM programs that are available just to see what they offer or have added. I don't find anything that does editing as fast and easy as DP. ... DP is still the best. And you fix things fast."

DigitalPro is available for purchase in either Pro Edition (US $259) or Standard Edition (US $159) through WRP at It is also available for re-sale as part of your photographic seminar or training course by contacting Pro Shooters directly at A fully functional evaluation version of DigitalPro for Windows is available on the Pro Shooters website at

Pro Shooters LLC,, are the publishers of DigitalPro and dedicated to providing state of the art software for professional photographers. They also sponsor, a leading free resource for serious digital photographers. DigitalPro, Digital Loupe, Digital Light Table, and Pro Shooters are all trademarks of Pro Shooters LLC.

Outdoor & Travel Photographyby Rick Sammon

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Outdoor & Travel Photographyby Rick Sammon
Rick is the guy with quick techniques that will give your photographs extra drama and impact! Adjust color using Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves and Hue/Saturation. Try Dodging and burning, Motion Blurs and Converting images to Infrared and B&W. Enhance wildlife and landscape photos and create the "Magical Mirror Effect".

Advanced Maskingby Ben Willmore
Ben will take you from blindly following step-by-step techniques, to “Ah-ha! I finally GET Photoshop!” His breakthrough teaching style of “not-just- how-but-why,” has made Ben a top-rank instructor. Learn to refine and manipulate Masks. Extract backgrounds from behind translucent objects like smoke or glass. Delicately isolate hair without giving someone an unnecessary haircut. Master the Background Eraser, the Pen Tool, Channels, advanced Layer Blending and more!

How to Wow - Photo Retouching and Repairing by Jack Davis

Monday, November 17, 2008

Win a Lensbabies 3G!

Enter-to-Win a Lensbabies 3G!

As a special bonus to enhance your photos this season Datacolor is giving away a Lensbabies 3G! No purchase necessary. U.S. only please. Drawing will be 12/16/08.
Click here to enter contest.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


PC Magazine gives Adobe Photoshop CS4 a rare perfect rating.

Read their full review to find out why they are so excited.

Red River 2009 Calendar kits

Inkjet Calendar Kits for 2009 with video tutorial

The 2009 Inkjet Calendar packs are ready for your order! They include paper for calendar printing and a CD with Photoshop PSD files for 2009. The files are high resolution calendar layouts that can be edited to your liking, or just printed as is.A video that walks you through the file layout in Photoshop is here

Learn more about the Inkjet Calendar packs here

'Fake photo' revives Kim rumours

They need to take a photoshop course...

In the photo, the shadow cast by Mr Kim's calves runs in a different direction from the shadow cast by the soldiers on either side of him, the Times pointed out.

In addition, a black line running along the stand on which the soldiers are positioned vanishes on either side of Mr Kim. This prompted the Times to question the photo's authenticity - though research in photo archives revealed the black line was also absent in other, presumably older photos and may simply be a feature of the stand.

In an earlier version of this story, the BBC pointed out apparently mismatched pixels on the right side of Mr Kim's legs.

Full article here:

$300 Instant Savings with New Nikon DSLRs

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Travel Photography Boston Seminar (National Geographic Pros)

Learn About Travel Photography from National Geographic Pros

Join National Geographic Traveler photographers Jim Richardson and Catherine Karnow for an in-depth session on how they make the winning travel images that fill the pages of NG Traveler magazine. Using examples of their best photos and stories about their assignments these two pros will teach you how to improve your travel photos by training your eye to look for images that reveal the culture of a place.This one-day seminar will be offered in Boston on Sunday, December 7, 2008.

For more information and to register, go to

To view a video clip from the seminar, click on the link below:

Friday, November 14, 2008

memory card rebates

I have seen lots of recent sales on both Sandisk and Lexar memory cards...

Lexar is offering a series of Mail-In Rebates on 300x UDMA Compact Flash Cards, 133x Secure Digital Cards & two of their most popular card readers:

Memory Cards2GB 300x Compact Flash (CF2GB-300-381) - $30 Back4GB 300x Compact Flash (CF4GB-300-381) - $20 Back8GB 300x Compact Flash (CF8GB-300-381) - $40 Back4GB 133x Secure Digital (SD4GB-133-381) - $10 Back8GB 133x Secure Digital (SD8GB-133-381) - $15 Back4GB 133x Secure Digital (SD4GB-133-381) - $10 BackCard ReadersPro CF Reader FW800 (RW034-001) - $35 BackPro CF Reader UDMA USB (RW035-001) - $20 Back

These rebates are available until January 15th of 2009.
The rebate forms are available for download from our website at

Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging Courses

Lightroom 2.1
December 6-7, 2008
Have you just bought the program, upgraded, or need a refresher? This 2 day workshop will take you from Import to Print and everything in between for an optimalworkflow in file management and enhancing your photography. You will learn A LOT in these two days!

Holiday Special!
From November through December 31st 2008, receive 25% off any class available for discounts. Use the discount code at registration: LIDIHOLIDAY

If you are a NANPA or NAPP member you can recieve 15% off any classes you take here any time!

Visit Website for complete 2008 schedule! 2009 schedule has many more to choose from.


Five Lightroom 2 How-Tos

By Jeremy Schultz

New tools in Lightroom 2 make it easy to mimic graduated filters; brush in broad and fine adjustments; customize picture packages; create Collections; and even give a photo a watercolor look.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


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Connecticut Audubon Society Photography Contest

Here is the link for the entry form...

The 2009 Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury Photography Contest, Exhibit and Sale. 1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT • Phone: (860) 633-8402

NY Times article on digital cameras

Pixels Are Like Cupcakes. Let Me Explain.
Published: November 12, 2008

IT happens to all of us: the moment when one finds out that more megapixels and better photographs aren’t always the same thing. To be disabused of the Megapixel Myth — this decade’s analog of the Megahertz Myth — can lead to an existential buyer’s crisis in miniature.

Disbelief, at first, gives way to a sort of embarrassing self-questioning: You mean, 15 megapixels isn’t three times better than 5 megapixels? This year’s model isn’t better than last year’s? I spent all that money upgrading — for nothing?

The panicky consumer is then faced with the choice of dumping digital electronics and becoming a Luddite, or learning about camera technology and taking control of purchasing decisions.
Upon pursuing this latter path, one soon realizes that all is not lost. Newer generations of digital cameras and camcorders, which almost always have more megapixels or higher resolutions, still tend to produce great output.

But there is more to a digital camera’s sensor than resolution. Understanding some of the basics may just convince you that, at least this year, buying last year’s model is a smart move.

Focusing on the Right Numbers
In a sea of specifications, one of the most overlooked is the size, not the number, of pixels on a camera’s sensor. Bigger sensors usually mean bigger pixels, which provides some advantages when it comes to making an image.

The mechanics of this can be understood by thinking of a digital camera sensor as a flat sheet of material pocked with millions (hence “mega”) of cylindrical, cuplike pixels. In other words, picture the digital sensor as a tiny cupcake tin.

Photons (light particles) pass through a camera’s lens and are captured by the cups in the tray. Each cup is either red, green or blue (the three colors that are the building blocks for all other colors). The more photons a cup catches, the brighter that cup’s color. Totally empty cups record black; totally full cups record white.

Larger pixels (cups, remember), with larger surface areas, capture more photons per second, which in electronics-speak means a stronger signal — and in camera-speak means less noise and cleaner colors. Bigger pixels can also capture more photons per exposure without filling up, so larger pixels hold on to their color longer and don’t go white as quickly as smaller pixels.
Since sensor sizes in compact cameras haven’t gotten much bigger, but their megapixel count has, increasing the number of pixels can be accomplished only by using smaller pixels. For this reason, it’s often not worth paying extra for the newest megapixel champion, says Phil Askey, editor of

“Once you get beyond seven or eight megapixels in a compact point-and-shoot camera, the small lenses are struggling to keep up,” Mr. Askey said. “And you’re cramming so many pixels in such a small sensor that noise is becoming a real issue. We started worrying about this back in 2006, but it’s only gotten worse.”

The same thing is true for digital single-lens reflex cameras. In fact, recent tests conducted at concluded that the new 15-megapixel Canon EOS 50D ($1,400) “shows visibly more chroma and luminance noise,” and slightly less dynamic range, than the older 10-megapixel Canon EOS 40D ($920).

As a way to visualize just how densely packed sensors have become, Mr. Askey’s Web site provides pixel density and sensor-size data on more than 1,200 digital cameras. And while Mr. Askey cautions that buyers shouldn’t make decisions based on a single number, those data can help put a purchase in perspective alongside more comprehensive reviews of image quality.
So if you’re in the market for a “pro-sumer” D.S.L.R. (a consumer camera with the quality and features of a professional model) that minimizes noise issues, take a look at the Canon Rebel XSi ($600), Canon 40D ($920), Nikon D80 ($640), and Nikon D90 ($1,000).

Tapping Your Inner Pro
Another advantage of a larger sensor is the ability to produce images where only a relatively small portion of the subject is in focus. Completely understanding how this works may require a degree in physics, but in general, cameras with small sensors tend to produce images where almost everything appears to be in focus.

This is the main reason that, in normal shooting situations, images produced by small point-and-shoot cameras and D.S.L.R.’s look so distinct. In digital video, the result of using small sensors is sometimes referred to as the “video look.”

The bad news is that you’ll probably need to use a D.S.L.R. to produce a really shallow depth of field. The good news is you can achieve that professional look with the cheapest of entry-level D.S.L.R.’s, which are also relatively small.

(The only compact point-and-shoot options are the Sigma DP-1 for $700, which The New York Times consumer technology columnist David Pogue praised for its image quality but panned on all other counts; the new Panasonic DMC-G1, which Mr. Pogue had similarly mixed feelings about; and the newly announced, but untested, Sigma DP-2.)

If you’re looking for a smallish camera that can achieve shallow-depth-of-field images, good deals include the Canon Rebel XS (around $510 with lens), Nikon D40/D40X (around $450 with lens), and Olympus E-420 (around $460 with lens).

Skill Still Matters
Though some experts say they believe that improvement has slowed in digital imaging, it’s always wise to remember that with technology, today’s rules are tomorrow’s anachronisms.
But no matter when the next advance in digital imaging comes, the old saying that the photographer is the most important part of a good photo will still hold true.
Just consider Alex Majoli, an award-winning Magnum photographer, who is known for shooting images of war and other dramatic scenes for publications like National Geographic and Newsweek — with compact point-and-shoot digital cameras.

Or consider the more critical words of Ansel Adams.
“The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image,” Mr. Adams once wrote, “often leads to creative disaster.”

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2009 Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury Photography Contest

Thanks Jim for passing this along!

The 2009 Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury Photography Contest, Exhibit and Sale.

Hard copy Entry forms are available at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury
1361 Main Street, Glastonbury CT • Phone: (860) 633-8402

I hope you will make this information available to your membership.
Duffy Schade, Chairman, Photo Contest Committee

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Contest: Idea of Self

Final Call for Entries - Idea of Self
Deadline Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Theme: How do you see yourself? How do you think of yourself? How do you think other people see you? Are you the fly on the wall or the center of attention? The Idea of Self stretches further than the self portrait, and into the recesses of the mind, spirit and our subconscious. The Idea of Self takes us on a journey of self enlightenment and discovery allowing the photographer to truly bare their soul or to hide it away. This investigation of who we are, or who we think we are, is uniquely represented through the art of photography.
Eligibility: The exhibition is open to all domestic and international, professional and amateur, photographers working with digital or traditional photography or combinations of both. The Center for Fine Art Photography invites photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought to participate in its exhibitions. Traditional, contemporary, avant-garde, creative and experimental and mixed techniques are welcome.

Juror: Susan A. Zadeh is the founder, publisher, editor in chief and artistic director of EYEMAZING, an international magazine on contemporary photography based in Amsterdam. EYEMAZING won the Lucie Award for the 2008 Photography Magazine of the Year. To view EYEMAZING Magazine, visit Also in 2008, Susan was chosen to be a juror for the International Photography Awards.

Important Dates
Entries due: November 12, 2008 Notice of acceptance: November 21, 2008
Exhibition dates: February 13, 2009 – March 14, 2009
Public and Artists’ Reception during the Fort Collins Gallery Walk: March 6, 2009
Exhibition and Awards:With selection for this exhibition, artists and their work will be seen by an international audience of collectors, curators, art consultants and others who appreciate the fine art of photography.
Juror’s Selection award: $500
EYEMAZING Magazine Award: One artist will be selected to be published in EYEMAZING Magazine
Director's Selection award: $300
Gallery Visitor’s Choice Award: $100
Two one-year subscriptions, valued at $120 for the Artists’ ShowCase Online– the Center’s online image marketing website (preview at
All exhibitors are included in the Center's online gallery
Inclusion in the Center's 2008 Exhibition Collection CD which is distributed to selected galleries, collectors, design houses and corporations world wide

Monday, November 10, 2008

Tony Corbell Make Better Images with the Power of Light

Make Better Images with the Power of Light

"What [photographers] are struggling with is spending too much time at night fixing what they shot all day. So what I'm trying to make people understand with light quality and quantity, is trying to make sure that they capture the image it's supposed to be captured, the way they want it captured, the way they see it, and get it right the first time."

That's Tony Corbell—host of Calumet's newest Imagemakers DVD, acclaimed photographer and renowned educator—on helping photographers reassess the importance of commanding light. The Power of Light with Tony Corbell is a comprehensive study on using light to heighten the effect of your photos, while saving yourself from tedious post-process work. Corbell brings you inside his studio and takes you on location to demonstrate a number of different setups, from a traditional headshot to a dramatically lit shoot of an airplane. Throughout, he discusses theories of light quality that will help you conceive your own lighting schemes with ease.

For new photographers, this DVD establishes a foundation for lighting; for veterans, it can fill the foundation soundly.

Learn to Master Light »

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Professional Photographer Cover Photo Contest

Winners announced for The 2008 Professional Photographer Cover Photo Contest

The winners of the 2008 Professional Photographer Cover Photo Contest have been announced.
First prize was awarded to Heather Smith of Smith Photo Design in Cumming, Ga. Smith’s image will be featured on the cover of the November issue, and in a story inside the issue.
“The image is pure simplicity. And simplicity works on a cover,” said contest guest judge Helen Yancy, M.Photog.M.Artist.MEI.Cr.Hon.M.Photog., CPP, API, F-ASP.

The contest drew more than 50,000 entries from photographers around the world. Those who placed or received honorable mention did so against high odds.

The Second Place award went to Heather Leed; Third Place: Marie Labbancz; Fourth Place: Jennifer Fields, and Fifth Place: Laura Wootan.

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Ritz Blanco Rivera, Carrie Sandoval, Rebecca Worple, Kristen Beinke, Andrew Nock, Matt Nicolosi, Dena Strban, David Sacks, Paul Van Hoy II, Carla Nelms, Lindsay Docherty, Bryan Cox, Julie Klaasmeyer, Tania Quintanilla, Desiree Elting, Laura Siebert, Michelle Moore and Ross Bothwell.

The image entries created by this year’s winners and honorable mentions can be viewed at this online gallery on our Web site: Also, look for the contest article featured in the November issue of Professional Photographer.

The submission period for the 2009 Professional Photographer Cover Contest will open March 1, 2009 and close March 31. For details about next year’s competition, please visit in 2009.

To view the 2008 winners’ gallery online, go to

digital kitchen | fall workshops

Center for Photography at Woodstock

Take advantage of CPW's exciting fall offerings and expand your digital image making knowledge!

Introduction to Photoshop Wednesdays, beginning 11.05

Intro to Fine-Art Digital Printing Thursdays, beginning 11.06

Web Design for Artists Tuesdays, beginning 11.11

Upcoming Mini-Bytes

at the Digital Kitchen include;

Digital Workflow Monday November 17, 6-8pm

Color Management Monday December 1, 6-8pm

*Advanced registration is required. For more information on these and our other exciting fall 2008/winter 2009 offerings at the digital kitchen, click here

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Keyboard Shortcuts Fail in CS4

I have just received and installed Photoshop CS4 on a Windows XP computer. I tried the new curves panel on an image and after setting curve control points I have been unable to scroll between the control points using Ctrl-Tab as is done in CS3. Can the control points on a curve in the curve panel be scrolled thrugh? If yes, how? The Ctrl-Tab does not appear to work in CS4.

You are correct that this keyboard shortcut does not always behave exactly the same in Photoshop CS4. When using the Adjustments panel, there is no longer a dialog box at the forefront that must be closed before most other interface controls can be used (this is referred to as a "modal" dialog box). For example, previously when making a Curves adjustment you could have to click OK (or Cancel) in the Curves dialog box to dismiss it before being able to perform most other tasks. With the introduction of the Adjustments panel, adjustments can be made without a modal dialog box. In many ways this improves the flexibility of your workflow in Photoshop, but there are some consequences.

Since there isn't a modal dialog box in use when you've created an adjustment layer, the Ctrl+Tab (Command+Tab on Macintosh) keyboard shortcut will cause Photoshop to cycle through the available image windows. When you have a modal dialog box up, it is possible to have duplication of other keyboard shortcuts, since those keyboard shortcuts will then only apply to the modal dialog box, not the overall application. Without a modal dialog box, the "master" keyboard shortcut takes priority.
If you apply a Curves adjustment directly rather than using an adjustment layer, you'll see that you can still use the Ctrl+Tab (Command+Tab) keyboard shortcut. Of course, you can only get to the dialog box if you don't use an adjustment layer, so this isn't something I recommend.

I'll be covering the new interface and features of Photoshop CS4 if the next issue (Winter 2009) of Digital Darkroom Quarterly, which will be out in early December (which is early for this issue, but I wanted to get the information in the hands of subscribers as early as possible). If you're not already a subscriber you can get more information or subscribe at

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Design Natural Clouds

From Photoshop Lady

Design Natural Clouds from Above

In this tutorial, it will demonstrate you how to design natural clouds. Sometimes, you may find very difficult to make some natural scene such as clouds & sunshine. It is important that you need to think of the light theory before you start your work. Have a try!

Friday, November 7, 2008


If you’re a photographer with either an iPhone or an iPod touch, check out this cool downloadable application for photographer’s called PhotoBuddy, which is basically a utility that, in the words of tech guru Terry White, “…aims to be your photo assistant.” Terry has a full review of it on his tech blog, and it’s looks pretty darn sweet. Here’s the link.

Photoshop retouch

From Scott Kelby's website:

One of my readers, Jim Geduldick, turned me onto this video of a Photoshop retouch by Aaron Nace of ARFotography, and it’s just pretty cool to check out. It doesn’t really show you how he did it; it’s more of a time-lapse thing, but it’s very short and worth checking out to see how it unfolds. Very well done. Here’s that link.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Keyboard Shortcuts

Photography Network

From the hearts and minds of Denis Reggie, Bambi Cantrell and Joe Buissink comes a new broadcast network for photography lovers of every stripe: The Photography Network at

Finally, a 24/7/365 network that explores the people, places and all things photography… think Food Network or HGTV, but with Photography front and center. And viewing is FREE… just a click away on the web.

Dozens of talented networkerbees are busy producing hundreds of hours of edu-tainment featuring webisodes that inspire and educate viewers on the inner workings of some of the world’s top photographers, studios, and real world assignments.

In addition to fun and entertaining programming, PNTV viewers will be invited to join the community and showcase favorite images, network with other impassioned photographers and enthusiasts, compete in contests, and interact with knowledgeable experts.

Sign up now to be first to receive word as the beta site launches later this year. The full network launches in the first quarter of 2009. Visit to stay informed as the network comes alive.

And do help spread the word… mentions on blogs and forums are much appreciated! Some would say, “it’s about time”… and we completely agree. Stay tuned for Photography Network where the focus is on all things photography.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

canon rebates

New Canon RebatesSave on the EOS 40D & 50DAnd the Pixma Pro9000 & Pro9500
Canon has extended the Instant Rebate Programto include the EOS 40D & 50D...

As of Monday, you can bet back $100 instantly on the EOS 50D. Starting November 9th, get back $50 instantly on the EOS 40D.

and added Mail-In Rebates for their popularPixma Pro9000 & Pro9500 printers!
The Pro9000 has a $100 mail-in rebate when purchased alone.

Add a EOS 40D or 50D and double the mail-in rebate to $200! The Pro9500 has a $200 mail-in rebate when purchased alone.Add a EOS 40D or 50D and double the mail-in rebate to $400!

Photoshop CS4 -- new Masks palette

Digital Darkroom Questions (DDQ)October 29, 2008by Tim

I'm just getting started with Photoshop CS4, and was intrigued by the new Masks palette. What's your take on it?

In many respects the Masks palette is simply a collection of features and commands that were already available, packaged into a new palette (or "panel", as Adobe now calls them). However, the Feather setting in the Masks palette is very cool, and most certainly something I recommend putting to use.

I've often said that I never feather selections, and I often use hard-edged brushes when performing initial painting on a layer mask. The reason is that I prefer to start with a mask that has a hard edge, and then soften the transition by applying a Gaussian Blur directly to the mask. The primary benefit of this approach is that you can see the actual effect on the image as you apply the blur, as opposed to guessing at the best feathering setting and not being able to see the real impact on the image at the same time.

The Feather setting on the Masks palette replaces this approach, and offers the additional advantage of being editable. So, for example, if you would have otherwise applied a Gaussian Blur with a value of 3 pixels to a layer mask, you would simply set the Feather option to a value of 3 pixels on the Masks palette. The best part is that you could then refine the setting, increasing or decreasing the amount of feathering (blur) applied to the layer mask. This is yet another step toward having layers masks that can be modified with a nondestructive workflow.
The Density setting is also interesting, but not something I fine particularly useful in most cases. It was possible to apply the same effect previously by adjusting the black Output Levels control in a Levels adjustment applied directly to the mask, though the Density control is both simpler to apply and editable. So, if you find you need to effectively reduce the opacity of a layer mask, this is the tool to use.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Michael Robichaud in Outdoor Photographer

Michael Robichaud used to be in the NHCC. He recently has an article in Outdoor Photographer in YOUR favorite places (right here in CT). Way to go Michael!

Check out the photo -- here is the link

Name of Place: Indian Lake
Country: USA
State / Province: Connecticut
Nearest road or highway: I-95
Nearest town: Orange, CT
Brief directions: I-95 Exit 41, head towards Route 1 (Boston Post Road), left on to Boston Post Road, 1/2 mile left on Peck Lane, 1st left Mallard Drive
GPS coordinates:
Best season: Spring
Essential gear: Camera

Notes: Early morning around sunrise are the best times for photos, Spring and Fall are optimal due to fog and colors. This is my backyard, most of my pictures are taken on the way to work. Stop my truck in the middle of the road and grab my camera....

Photographer: Michael Robichaud

see more of michael's great images here:
and here

Monday, November 3, 2008

Photography in the Winter Season

Learn why winter is the best season for photography!

As the days get shorter, we like to curl up and enjoy the comforts of home. We contemplate, consummate and commemorate. However, now is the best time to get out and create. Winter presents some unique shooting opportunities and qualities for photographers like no other season can.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Scott Kelby's “The Digital Photography Book”

A perfect gift for your friend into photography -- Scott Kelby's “The Digital Photography Book”

Barnes & Noble has put together a special “Boxed Set” of Scott Kelby's book, “The Digital Photography Book,” where you get both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, along with a set of four 5×7 prints, for just $35.96 (even less if you’re a B&N member). You can get this specially boxed set at any Barnes & Noble store, or online at Barnes & (link).

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