Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Press Release:

SanDisk SD WORM Cards Ship In Volume To Japan's Police Force-IdealFor Capturing and Archiving Forensic Images

Milpitas, Calif., June 23, 2010 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that it is shipping in volume its 1 gigabyte (GB)1 SanDisk® SD™ "write once read many" (WORM) cards to Japan's police force. Police in Japan have implemented the SanDisk SD WORM card as the storage media of choice for tamper-proof forensic image archiving.

Tamper-proof image capture and archiving assures the accuracy and legitimacy of forensic evidence

Stores data files safely for up to 100 years*

Obsoletes need for film and enhances digital photography for evidence collection and other applications

Using the SanDisk SD WORM card, law enforcement officers can create unalterable, permanent photographic records that serve as resources during investigations or as potential evidence during trials. Officers simply insert the card into an SD WORM-compatible digital camera and begin capturing images. Later, they can transfer the images to a computer while maintaining unchangeable originals on the WORM card - ensuring that the justice system has access to evidence of indisputable accuracy.

"Japan's police force is one of the world's largest and most respected law enforcement agencies, and a leading adopter of cutting-edge technologies," said Christopher Moore, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Working closely with police around the world and our partner camera vendors, we have created a one-step system for tamper-proof data acquisition and archiving. This essential memory solution greatly simplifies the digital evidence handling process while exceeding the government's requirements for data integrity and longevity."

Traditionally, forensic images have been stored on 35mm film, which degrades over time, is slow, inconvenient and increasingly difficult to procure. In Japan, where there is no statute of limitations for certain serious crimes, the ability to retain evidence for many decades is a must. In comparison, digital storage on the SanDisk SD WORM card offers a fast, convenient and readily available alternative.

The SanDisk SD WORM card meets the new archival demands for mobility, long-term preservation, data integrity and ease of use. SanDisk's proprietary SD WORM controller technology instantly protects any files written to the device, preventing the alteration or deletion of stored data. The card stores files safely for up to 100 years*, as shown by accelerated data retention internal testing, and delivers a lower total cost of ownership compared to other archival media.

Ideal for Law Enforcement Agencies Worldwide
Japan's police force is one of the first major agencies to adopt this solution, and other law enforcement organizations around the world are qualifying the product as its features are universally valued for securing digital evidence.

"Tamper-proof storage protects law enforcement officers by guaranteeing the legitimacy of evidence that we collect and deliver to the district attorney," said Jim Shirk, Captain, Twin Cities Police Authority, Larkspur, California. "An unalterable and highly reliable archive eliminates the chance of accidentally deleting a crucial file, and ensures that evidence is accessible over a long period of time. Adopting this type of storage as our standard archiving media is a necessary step in maintaining a modern and effective police force."

Any SD-compatible device can read SD WORM cards, but only hosts with SD WORM-compatible interfaces can write to the card. SanDisk continues to work with leading makers of imaging, audio and video recording devices to implement SD WORM compatibility.

The SanDisk SD WORM card is available worldwide in a 1GB** capacity, with pricing dependent upon the quantity ordered. The cards can be purchased through SanDisk's network of OEM distributors and representatives, or by contacting

Beyond forensic image archiving, SanDisk expects its SD WORM technology to be widely adopted in crucial applications such as audio recording and long-term retention of legal documents and medical files. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Flash of the Titans

What: Flash of the Titans!

When: Saturday, October 2, 2010 9:00 AM

Price: $45.00 per person

Where:Howard Johnson Milford1052 Boston Post Rd I-95 exit 39AMilford, CT 06460203-878-4611

Join me, Perseus, demigod of Off Camera Flash, as I battle to the death Jesse Thompson, otherwise known as Zeus, God of the lightning bolt, purveyor of the Studio Strobe in an epic contest of wills. Who will win? Who will destroy the Kracken, gain Andromeda's undying love, and who will be left standing among the rubble known as the Milford Howard Johnson's event space. Will the studio strobe, known for its power and prowess, defeat the small flashes wielded by me, Perseus, or will the small flash defeat the overpowering strobe light with its nimble agility? Join us and find out for yourself!!!l Witness this epic, larger-than-life duel to the death, see the battle unfold as mortal combat ensues, and see who triumphs!!! Who will be left standing, who will win??????

Jesse and I are co-hosting this event at the Miford Howard Johnson's on Rte 1, just off of I-95. This will be a great event with two models and two lighting stations. If you've never used studio strobe lighting before this is a fantastic opportunity to do just that.

The event is being run through Milford Photo, please register for it through them. Jesse Thompson: 203-882-3415

We are running a morning and afternoon session: 9-12 and 1-4.

Come join the fun and watch the contest unfold!!

Learn more here:

Canon EXPO 2010 New York

Canon has announced its Canon EXPO 2010 New York, that will take place September 2-3, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City. The Canon EXPO 2010 New York is a gathering of the extended Canon community, customers, business partners and thousands of imaging professionals from around the world. Much more than an exhibition, it’s a total experience unlike any other to explore new products and technologies, celebrate the ongoing innovation of Canon and experience the infinite possibilities of imaging.

At Canon EXPO 2010, you will:

  • Discover great new Canon products and technologies
  • Learn about solutions, best practices and techniques that will enhance your knowledge and expand your capabilities
  • Get recommendations and answers from industry experts and choose from a wide range of insightful seminars relevant to you
  • Experience Canon’s vision of the future of imaging, including Canon technologies that can have a profound effect on your life and work

For more information and to register, visit the Canon EXPO 2010 New York Web Site.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Lexar Media introduces Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB reader

PRESS SUMMARY -- Lexar Media introduces Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB reader

All-in-One Solution Enables Concurrent Downloads and Card-to-Card Transfer of Multimedia FilesLexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today introduced the Lexar® Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader. Featuring five slots and supporting 24 popular memory card formats, the newest reader is an all-in-one solution enabling concurrent downloads and card-to-card file transfer. The highly versatile card reader was developed with a unique pop-up design, which allows the card slots to be protected when not in use, and comes equipped with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 cable. The reader makes it easy to quickly download photo, video, music, and other files from nearly any memory card to a host computer. For additional information about the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader, visit"From cameras and camcorders to mobile phones and GPS units, so many of today's devices rely on memory cards, and not all of them use the same format. Managing these various cards can be cumbersome and confusing for consumers, causing them to mistakenly think they need to purchase multiple card readers," said Jim Chan, product marketing manager, Lexar Media. "The Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader simplifies this process, eliminating the need for different readers and providing the ability to transfer important files and memories from nearly any memory card format."

The Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader supports the following memory cards formats:

• CompactFlash slot: CompactFlash® Type I and Type II • Secure Digital slot: SD™, SDHC™, miniSD™, miniSDHC™, MMC™, MMCplus™, and RS-MMC™

• Mobile slot: microSD™, microSDHC™, and M2™

• Memory Stick slot: Memory Stick™, Memory Stick (with MagicGate™), Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick Duo (with MagicGate), Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo "HX"

• xD-Picture Card slot: xD-Picture Card™, xD-Picture Card Type-M, xD-Picture Card Type-M+, and xD-Picture Card Type-H

In addition to ease-of-use and reliable performance, the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader provides consumers with the reliability they have come to expect from Lexar Media. All Lexar memory card and card reader designs are tested in the Lexar Quality Labs, acilities with more than 800 digital cameras and memory card devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. Lexar performs this extensive testing in an effort to provide customers with the highest level of confidence. The Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader includes a one-year limited warranty. The reader is available for purchase through B&H, Adorama, J&R, Future Shop, Best Buy Canada, and on The Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader includes a one-year limited warranty.

Additional information: Check-out the full line of Lexar Card Readers at the Lexar website

Sunday, June 27, 2010

New England Photography Network Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

Meetup Sunday, July 11, 2010 10:00 AM

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

Sunday, July 11, 2010 10:00 AM

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens281 Greenfield Rd South Deerfield MA 01373413-665-2805

How Much: Price: $12.00 per person

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Puffer - Pop-Up Flash Diffuser

I have never tried this particular diffuser, but I DO own many other Gary Fong diffusers for my Canon Flash. They are great!

Puffer - Pop-Up Flash Diffuser $21.55

The Puffer is great for portraits, grabshots of people and closeups of objects (great for eBay photos!) It packs completely flat for convenient storage in your camera bag (or pocket!) and has eight different mounting positions for the perfect fit for any popup flash camera.

Friday, June 25, 2010

This Weekend Only” Killer Deal from Artistic Photo Canvas

This Weekend Only” Killer Deal from Artistic Photo Canvas

From Scott Kelby

APC gives NAPP members 10% off all of their stuff all year round, and APC has told us directly that they know a number of NAPP members who cover their annual membership dues just with the money they are saving at APC.


Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals

how to prep your prints for framing

From Scott Kelby -- he ran across a free PDF from Epson on how to prep your prints for framing.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Steven Wright

Why are the pictures square if the lens is round? - Steven Wright

Photographer's Guide to American Lighthouses

Photographer's Guide to American Lighthouses
Photographer Chris Nicholson

Photographer's Guide to American Middle Atlantic Coast Lighthouses

Photographer's Guideto American Southern Atlantic Coast Lighthouses

Photographer's Guideto New England Lighthouses

Photography Location: Mountain Laurel Sanctuary, Connecticut

Peak blooming season is in June.

Of the blooms, 99 percent in the sanctuary are pink or white.

Photography Location: Mountain Laurel Sanctuary, Connecticut by Chris Nicholson

Part of Nipmuck State Forest in Northeast Connecticut. Just south of the junction of Routes 190 and 89 in Union, Connecticut. Take exit 72 off I-84 and head north to Route 190, then turn left. Mountain Laurel Sanctuary entrance is on the left, on Snow Hill Road.

Photography Location: Chatfield Hollow State Park, Connecticut by Chris Nicholson

Photography Location: Chatfield Hollow State Park, Connecticut by Chris Nicholson

He includes: Places to photograph, best time of day/year to shoot, tips about shooting there, etc.

He also has other Photography Travel Locations on his website
One of the most time-consuming aspects of travel photography is researching the locations. To help other photographers — whether professional or amateur — in that regard, I've compiled notes about some places that I've photographed.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

refurbished 8.8 x 5.5" Wacom Intuos4 Medium tablets.

From Calumet -- I LOVE my Wacom!! Lisa

It only takes a couple hours in Photoshop before you realize a standard computer mouse is less-than-perfect for photo editing. Chances are, you've adjusted your expectations over time and settled for your mouse's tedious and clumsy control. But there's an alternative that many digital artists and photographs are already using: the tablet.

For your photo editing pleasure, our product team has procured a limited supply of gorgeous, refurbished 8.8 x 5.5" Wacom Intuos4 Medium tablets. All the same sophisticated Intuos4 features are here, but the price is $55 less than usual.

This newest series of Wacom Intuos tablets impresses digital artists of all shades with its sophisticated design and exquisite control, proving its advantage over rudimentary mouse-work for critical image editing.

The Intuos4's pen-based control allows for pinpoint selections and 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity when applying effects. On its ambidextrous hotkey palette, the Intuos4 sports customizable OLED-display function keys and a finger-sensitive touch ring for adjustments like zooming, scrolling, brush size, and canvas rotation.

In the sum of its parts, the Intuos4 connects you more intuitively and accurately to your photo editing software. And at just $269.99, these refurbished tablets provide you a great deal too.
Pick-up a Refurbished Intuos4 and Save $55 »

Photographing people with glasses...

Photographing people with glasses...

cool trick!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Looking for Photographers who are interested in the Art & Photography Festival

This was posted on Nature photographers network...

Looking for Photographers who are interested in the Art & Photography Festival in Easton, Connecticut on Sat. October 2, 2010 from 10am to 6pm.

50 photographers and Artist will be allowed to sell their works for the day. Easton, CT. is a affluent town within Fairfield County Connecticut where people are very interested in purchasing photography and paintings. One 10' x 10' Space among the fifty open cost $100 for the day. You can set up a Tent and sell your works. This will marketed heavily within Fairfield County so a great turn out of qualified buys will be available.

If interested in an application and more information please email me at spaces are going fast.

Thanks, Mark

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Adirondack Photography Weekend August 27-29

Adirondack Photography Weekend

August 27-29

Lake Placid, New York

in partnership with Adirondack Life Magazine

API and Adirondack Life magazine are teaming-up to bring you a fun and informative weekend — a celebration of photography — in the Olympic Village! This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the unique beauty of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks and learn first-hand from leaders in nature photography and regional publishing the latest tips, techniques and guidelines.

This one-of-a-kind weekend will include:
Field trips to spectacular photo locations selected for their image-making possibilities, where API staff instructors will be on-hand to give advice, demonstrate techniques and answer your questions.

Entertaining, informative presentations by Adirondack Life staff members, including long-time creative director Elizabeth Folwell and the art/editorial team. The magazine has won dozens of international awards for design and photography; you'll learn about specific pictures that have been chosen by the judges over the years. Discussion of how to submit images for the wall calendar and eight issues of the magazine, what kinds of material they love to see (and are tired of seeing too), their in-house processes for digital correction and proofing, plus insight on regional publications overall as outlets for fine photography.

Power-packed presentations by API staff instructors about the latest technologies and techniques for photographing landscapes, creating high-dynamic range (HDR) images, capturing and assembling panoramic images, night and low-light photography, expressionist possibilities with the digital camera, digital image processing, and more.

Informal meals shared with API and Adirondack Life staff, giving you another opportunity to learn from the pros.

A group show-and-tell multimedia slideshow, highlighting participants’ unique experiences over the weekend.

We are excited to have as our host the historic Northwoods Inn, in the heart of the village of Lake Placid. This is an ideal location for our meetings, meals and accommodations, with convenient access to field trip sites.

Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to be inspired by, and work with, some of the most influential nature photographers and publishers in the Adirondacks today!

API staff instructors and members of the Adironack Life staff

Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in experiencing some of the photo possibilites of the Adirondacks, while learning about new technologies.

All skill levels welcome.

You can find your way around the camera, but there are features you don't understand or know how to use. You don't feel that you can adequately capture what you see. You're hoping that the instructor can give you guidance on the when and how of using specific camera features, while also helping you to understand how to compose a good photograph.

You are new to photography and have so many questions you're not even sure where to start. You are not comfortable with your camera. You're not sure what makes some photographs look great and others not so great. You're looking to the instructor to help bring some order to the confusion and set you on a path.

You can find your way around the camera, but there are features you don't understand or know how to use. You don't feel that you can adequately capture what you see. You're hoping that the instructor can give you guidance on the when and how of using specific camera features, while also helping you to understand how to compose a good photograph.

You feel pretty comfortable with most of your camera features, although you may have questions about some of the details. You've taken some photos that you're quite pleased with. You are mostly looking to the instructor for new ideas and constructive help with your compositions.

You know how and when to use your camera features. You are pleased with many of your images. You might be looking to work in some new locations. Or maybe you’d like to tap the energy of a group of talented people to add to your creative toolbox.

Computer Skills: No special computer skills are required for this workshop.

Other Considerations: Locations visited during this workshop are easily accessible and do not require any strenuous hiking or climbing.

Group Size: 50 max.

Registration Fees
$495 includes tuition and all meals beginning with dinner on the first evening. There is a $100 discount for registering prior to June 15.Payment in-full is required at time of registration. (No other discounts are applicable to this event.)


Day 1
The first evening participants will get to know each other during a wine & cheese reception and welcome dinner, followed by an opening presentation and Q&A session. Participants will have the choice of attending one of several after-dinner sessions.

Day 2
Weather-permitting, the day will begin and end with a "magic light" field trip, chosen by the participants from several options. During the day, particpants will have the choice of presentations to attend.

Day 3
Weather-permitting, the day begins with a sunrise field trip to a location chosen by the participants from several options. Following breakfast, time will be set aside so that participants may download and select images captured during the fields trips, which will be presented during a group show-and-tell session, moderated by Adirondack Life contributor Mark Bowie and art director Kelly Hofschneider.

The workshop will end with an optional fun trip to one of the local sights, to be announced at the workshop. (The cost of this trip, if any, is included in the workshop registration fee.)

Note - The actual itinerary may vary considerably from this due to weather and other conditions that cannot be anticipated.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nik Software Announces New Academic Program

Nik Software Announces New Academic Program

Lower product prices and expanded distribution broaden reach to the academic community in North America

San Diego, CA (June 3, 2010) — Nik Software announces today a new academic program designed to make its award-winning digital imaging software products accessible to more students and faculty located in the U.S. and Canada at more affordable prices. The program includes broader academic distribution through channels serviced by The Douglas Stewart Company and pricing up to 50% off standard retail prices for all students and educators at any accredited educational institution.

“We have been committed to the academic market for over a decade and have always seen the importance of supporting the next generation of aspiring photographers,” said Michael Slater, president and CEO of Nik Software. “This distribution partnership with The Douglas Stewart Company now enables us to offer academic pricing on a much broader scale and reach virtually every student and educator in North America.”

The Douglas Stewart Company is the leading distributor and marketer of computer products, consumer electronics and school supplies exclusively serving the education market. By partnering with The Douglas Stewart Company, academic versions of all Nik Software products will be available through thousands of new stores, including traditional college bookstores.
In addition, educational retailers like Journey Education and Academic Superstore, as well as traditional Nik Software retailers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and others, will also sell boxed academic versions. Eligibility for students and faculty is provided by a simple third-party verification service.

Discounted pricing for Academic versions of Nik Software products are as follows:
· Dfine 2.0 – $49.99
· Viveza 2 – $99.99
· Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete – $149.99
· Silver Efex Pro – $99.99
· Sharpener Pro 3.0 – $99.99
· Complete Collection for Lightroom and Aperture – $149.99
· Complete Collection Ultimate Edition for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture – $299.99

Free fully functional 15-day trial software, live online training, and over 80 training videos are available for all Nik Software products at:

About Nik Software

Nik Software, Inc. is a privately held company that develops software solutions and provides award-winning educational programs for the digital imaging and photography markets. Established in 1995, Nik Software has become the recognized leader in digital photographic filter development and produces award-winning technology and software products for digital photography and imaging professionals including U Point® technology (, Dfine® 2.0, Viveza® 2, Color Efex Pro™ 3.0, Silver Efex Pro™, and Sharpener Pro™ 3.0 software.

For more information visit .

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ask Tim Grey - 4x6 to Poster

Very interesting. We are all so concerned about size and megapixels

Ask Tim Grey -- eNewsletter -- Learn more at

Today's Question:
I have two 4 x 6 pictures of my daughters and would like to make them into 16 x 20 posters for our wall. I own an Epson flat bed scanner (4490) and am wondering if I can scan them and then send them out to be printed.

Tim's Answer:
In theory this would most certainly work. If you scan the 4x6 prints at the maximum optical resolution of your scanner (in this case 4800 dpi) you'll end up with an image that is approximately 19,200 pixels by 28,800 pixels. If you assume the image will be printed at an output resolution of 300 dpi, that means you'd be able to produce a print of about 64x96 based on the amount of information you have, which far exceeds the size you're looking for.
Unfortunately, reality isn't always that friendly. In this case the biggest factor working against you is that you're starting from a print. So while you could produce a relatively huge number of pixels by scanning that print, they're not exactly going to be pixels of the highest quality. The print lacks detail and tonal range by its nature, and scanning that to a huge size won't magically create information where it doesn't exist. What that really means is that you could indeed produce the posters you're looking to create, but they will look obviously soft. Think of taking a low-resolution image on your monitor and resizing it by a huge amount, and then examining the fine details. As you can imagine, the results won't be great. If all you have is that 4x6 print though, it is really your only option. The poster won't look like a sharp photographic image, but in this case perhaps the aim is more for a fun piece to hang on the wall than it is to have a print of the highest quality.

If you happen to have the transparency (presumably a negative), you'll be able to get much better results. The transparency contains much more information than the 4x6 print could possibly contain, so it is always a better starting point. In this case, with the maximum resolution of your scanner you'd be able to produce a scanned image of about 4800x7200 pixels. While this is fewer pixels than the scan of the 4x6 print would yield, they are higher quality pixels. Also, this scan would still produce output at 300 dpi of about 16x24, so it would be more than adequate for your needs. The quality with such a flatbed scan would still not be as good as that from a dedicated film scanner, but it would still be more than adequate for this purpose, assuming the original capture was of good quality.

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Digital Darkroom Quarterly in the Mail
As I've mentioned a couple of times, the Spring 2010 issue of Digital Darkroom Quarterly had to be delayed because it contained information about Photoshop CS5 that could not be released until the product was publicly available. That issue is now back from the printer, and will be going out in today's mail to all current subscribers.If you're not a current subscriber and are interested in receiving this and future issues, you can sign up through my online store here:

Monday, June 14, 2010

B&H Photo announces the B&H insights blog

B&H Photo announces the B&H insights blog

The B&H insights blog includes:

• Featured B&H hands on reviews, tutorials and new products announcements
• Past B&H Insights Newsletter articles are archived and easily accessible
• Discussions with B&H professionals in your specific field of interest
• The opportunity to suggest topics or products you would like us to cover

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Why AWB Is Not A Good Choice For Nature Photographers

Rob Sheppard talks about AWB (auto white balance) on the Outdoor photographer Blog

Read the entire article here

"If you consistently want the best color in your images, I suggest you never use auto white balance outdoors and use a specific white balance instead."

"And there are other problems, such as sunrise and sunset. In those conditions, you want a “color cast” because that is what is normal. AWB doesn’t know that and will try to remove some of that color cast, exactly the wrong thing to do, so you end up with less than the best color for those conditions."

Saturday, June 12, 2010

June 19 2010 Cape May HARBOR FEST

On Saturday, June 19, 2010, the City of Cape May will host HARBOR FEST, 2010. While Cape May’s beautiful harbor provides the overall setting for Harbor Fest, the Nature Center of Cape May, at 1600Delaware Ave., is the focal point of the event.

Highlights include:
Harbor Fest begins with a Friday evening (June 18th) artists’ reception for New Jersey Artist Rick Bogert and young, local artists at 5:00 p.m., followed by the “Blessing of the Waters” ceremony at 7:00 p.m. at the Cape May Fisherman’s Memorial. The evening ends with a campfire, music, storytelling and snacks back at the nature center.

Saturday’s street festival features fresh seafood, a beer garden, street vendors, live music by BLUEBONE, educational displays, arts and crafts and the “Scallop Challenge Cook-Off” featuring Cape May’s finest chefs.

The “Paddle for a Purpose Kayak & Canoe Regatta” at 1:00 p.m. is a fundraiser for local Coast Guard children led by Ocean Activist Margo Pellegrino.

The “Pirate Palooza Kids’ Party” will take place all day long with pirate games and eco-crafts.Spanish and English bilingual “Birding from the Deck” birding programs will take place all day long to commemorate International Migratory Bird Day.

Other activities include “Explore the Shore” programs, a Beach and Marsh Marine Debris Clean-up, Wharf Tours at the Lobster House Restaurant and Fish Company, a Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration and kayak eco-tours.

Transportation between key locations, via trolley and a hay ride is furnished as well as a water taxi which connects the key points around the harbor.

Since its inception as a whaling village in the 17th Century, Cape May’s economy and culture have been linked to the sea. But with the promise comes a challenge. Harbor Fest is intended to heighten awareness and appreciation of this fragile resource. In order to highlight this challenge, this year, Harbor Fest will, in large part, focus on the prevention and recovery of marine related debris. Additional information about Harbor Fest is available on the web at or by contacting the Greater Cape May Chamber of Commerce, 609-884-5508.


20% Off Nik Software Products

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Backdrop Outlet's Summer Photo Event and Warehouse Sale

Thanks Hazel for passing this along!

Backdrop Outlet's Summer Photo Event and Warehouse Sale is June 11th - 13th and is one event you can't miss. Every item we carry will be on sale including Muslins from $19, Close out props from $5, Canvases 80% off, Lights, stands, and reflectors 75% off. Toll-Free 800-466-1755.

NY One-Day Lighting Workshops with Joe McNally

NY One-Day Lighting Workshops with Joe McNally

"Once again, we’re going down to the Hudson, to that old, ramshackle building, filled with photo possibilities. Back to an 8000 square foot room, with high ceilings, western light, white walls, decrepit hallways, and the Harlem-Hudson line running by, on a sort of semi-regular basis. We’ll be running them again in mid-July. This year, we’re trying something new, in that we do a series of “regular” lighting workshops, soup to nuts, small flash, big flash, but then at the end, we do 3 straight days of advanced one-day lighting workshops. Hi speed flash, double exposure, flash and blur, and the like."

To find out more info, or to register, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Join NEW HAVEN for a Scott Kelby Photo Walk

Dear Lisa,

I found out about you from the New Haven Camera Club website. I am emailing to let you know about the Photo Walk to be held in New Haven on 24th July 2010. Would you let your Camera Club members know about the Photo Walk? Some of them might be interested in joining. When I found out about the photo walk which was going to take place all over the world, I was a little disappointed to see that there was no such walk in New Haven. I have volunteered to get one going here. I am an amateur photographer and I would welcome any comments or suggestions that you might have about the Photo Walk (like place - as long as it is in New Haven, time of the day, etc). To register google "photo walk" and search for New Haven.

Thank You for your help

A little bit about me….I am a researcher at Yale University. I started to take an active interest in photography in 2008 and have been trying to learn about the process ever since.
Now, a little bit about the walk…..If you need to drive to the starting point, you could park at the peabody museum parking lot (parking area access is at the intersection of Whitney Ave and Humphrey St) or any Yale parking lot. Parking in Yale lots is free on weekends.

We will meet at Sachem St. and Hillhouse Ave., more specifically at the steps going up to science hill. There will be a large statue that looks like a face on your right. We will start the walk down Hillhouse Ave. For a description of Hillhouse ave you could see its wikipedia page at . It is full of old beautiful buildings and is very green. We will also spend some time at the Yale Cross Campus, which will give us an opportunity to look at some more fantastic architecture. I will add in more details of the walk in a couple of weeks.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is July 24th!

You’re Invited to Walk

Scott has announced that his Third Annual Worldwide Photo Walk is July 24th!

“Last year we had over 900 walks with over 32,000 photographers participating. We did the math...your average photographer will take upwards of 300 photos during a walk. That means that nearly 10 million pictures were taken in that one single day that may never had happened otherwise. "

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tamron Launches Second How-to Video Series

This was on the PPA website...

Tamron Launches Second How-to Video Series
By PPA Staff

Tamron USA, Inc. has just announced the second series of its free learning program that's specifically targeted at first-time Digital SLR owners, but also likely to appeal to a broad spectrum of shooters including experienced enthusiasts, and those who simply want to continue learning techniques to take better photos. Starting on June 7, 2010, and every Monday for 12 weeks, Tamron will release an entertaining and informative one-minute episode of "DSLR Know-How with Tamron: Series 201" on YouTube that's designed to bring picture-takers to a higher level of photographic expression. "In just one minute per week you can learn important tips to making excellent pictures at no cost," notes John VanSteenberg, Tamron's Senior Education Manager. "Each of these one-minute video demonstrations is designed to take the viewers of the first series and newcomers to a higher comfort level with their equipment and photographic techniques."

The lighthearted, fact-filled video episodes, presented by professional photographer and instructor Ken Hubbard, who also manages Tamron's seminar and workshop events, cover essential topics such as composition, macro, polarizer use, night photography and much more. All contain a wealth of solid, useful information, and presented in straightforward, easy-to-understand language. The goal is to expand the viewers' knowledge base as quickly as possible while providing a fun learning experience. We believe that followers who watch the entire series will be able to take their creative DSLR skill sets to a whole new level of picture-taking success.

"The 101 series was wildly popular, and we're now following it up with this '201' series to cover more sophisticated techniques, creating, in effect, a unique easy learning center," says VanSteenberg. "The release schedule of weekly introductions allows viewers to try out the techniques and build a base of knowledge that creates a foundation for success. Tamron is acclaimed as a manufacturer of innovative high-performance camera lenses, but we also want to position ourselves as a leader in photo education. That helps raise the bar for everyone, including, of course, our valued customers."

The Tamron YouTube videos can be found on the TamronVids Channel at, and there will be weekly links posted on the Tamron website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

To access the series, followers can subscribe to the Tamron YouTube Channel and/or follow it on Twitter and Facebook to find out when the videos are posted. The evolving Tamron Teachable Moments video learning series is ultimately targeted at anyone with a passion for DSLR photography. That includes shooters who feel challenged by the awesome capabilities of their new cameras, old hands who want to take a refresher course, and anyone who wants to enhance their skills and have a more rewarding picture-taking experience. Fortunately this is the Digital Era, so empowerment is only a click away!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Going to Prison for Creative Lighting

Going to Prison for Creative Lighting

With Nancy Ori, Tamron and Unique Photo

Some seats are still available! Great Value.....Register Today at REGISTER ON-LINE or call Pamela at 973-377-6454

JUNE 15th (6:00pm - 8:00pm) Lecture: Unique Photo (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004) This session is geared to get you totally ready with the lighting and exposure expertise necessary to successfully capture some great images within this challenging shooting environment. Painting with light and high dynamic range (HDR) photographywill also be discussed.

JUNE 16th (8:00am - 4:00pm): EXCURSION to ESPBus leaves promptly from Unique Photo at 8am. Box Lunch included.Set in the moody and creepy atmosphere of the vacant Eastern State Penitentiary, the excursion will provide artistic insight into capturing the moods and essence of this unique location in the heart of Philadelphia. This was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, just the way we love it! It is a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks, pealing paint and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence or true regret in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone. To photographers, this location presents incredibly graphic, creative and exciting photo opportunities. Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up soon!Cost is $150Entry fees, lunch, loaner lenses, on-site instruction, discount rebate certificates for lenses and bus are all included.

Equipment: You may bring a tripod or monopod. Box lunches and transportation will be provided. Free loaner Tamron lenses will also be available for use. Nancy Ori, owner of New Jersey Media Center, LLC in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, is respected internationally as an industrial photographer and video producer for over 30 years. She has been involved with several organizations and in 1995, she established the New Jersey Photography Forum, which is a group of professional and semi-professional photographers who meet regularly to discuss their work, as well as exhibit within the state. Since inception, the Forum has grown under Nancy's direction to become the largest group of exhibiting fine art photographers in the state and has now expanded to include the new Digital Arts Group of the New Jersey Photography Forum.

Register Today at or call Pamela at 973-377-6454

Carl Heilman

From Carl Heilman

It's early summer here in the Adirondack mountains. Snow is all gone and it's green the whole way to the top of the peaks. Tomorrow they are saying highs only in the 50's - but then back to the 70's next week.

First, for those in the Capital District area of NY, our recent AV show, 'I Am The Adirondacks' will be broadcast on WMHT twice in the next week at 5 PM on Sunday June 6, and again at 10 PM on Friday, June 11. This is our most recent program on the Adirondacks, with a narrative based on a poem by Miriam Kashiwa, that offers an 'Adirondacks' perspective.

Second, we're just a couple of weeks away from the pub date for my new book, Contemporary Landscape Photography on June 22. We have scheduled a 'Book Release Day' with The Wild Center in Tupper Lake on Wed. July 7. I'll be doing a 1 1/2 hour public presentation at 2 PM in the Flammer Theater, 'Outdoor Photography: Tips, Techniques, and Creative Effects. I'll be available to sign books before and after the presentation, and then am doing a 4 hour photo tour at 5 PM (reservation only). I look forward to seeing you there!

I also wanted to mention the wonderful new Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne and their full schedule for teaching all kinds of crafts related to the Adirondack region. They have a good strong vision, and I look forward to working with them on workshops in the future. They are having a grand opening on July 5th, when I'll be doing a presentation, along with Chris Shaw and other regional artists. Have a look at .

And please pass the address along to anyone you think might be interested!

Best regards,
Phone / Fax (518)-494-3072
Mon. - Fri Eastern US

Tim Grey's "Bridge CS5 Deep Dive" DVD

Ask Tim Grey
eNewsletter June 2, 2010 Learn more at
"Bridge CS5 Deep Dive" DVD

I'm happy to announce I have gone into production on a new video tutorial DVD, "Bridge CS5 Deep Dive". The video tutorials on this DVD will cover all of the many facets of Adobe Bridge, which serves as a file-management tool included with Photoshop. Aimed directly at the photographer, this DVD will show you how to take advantage of everything Bridge has to offer to maximize the efficiency of your workflow.

Whether you've decided that Lightroom isn't quite the right product for you, or you simply want to utilize Bridge from time to time outside the context of Lightroom, this DVD will teach you all you need to know to put Bridge to use in your workflow.

The "Bridge CS5 Deep Dive" DVD will ship later this month, but if you order now before it ships you will receive a special discounted price of $20 (and paid Ask Tim Grey Members still get their normal 10% discount beyond that).

To place your pre-order for this DVD so you'll be among the first to receive it, visit my online store here:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

National Wildlife Magazine photo contest

Give Us Your Best Shot(s)!

Winning photos appear in National Wildlife Magazine and more than $30,000 in cash prizes!Our 40th annual photo competition is our biggest ever!

We are now accepting entries to the 2010 National Wildlife Photo Contest. Cash prizes of more than $30,000 plus other gifts will be awarded to the winners in seven categories in three separate divisions. Go to the entry page for more details and the complete rules.

Two $5,000 Grand Prizes

Winning images will be published on our website and a selection will appear in our December 2010 issue

Pro, Amateur and Youth divisions

For your $20 entry fee, you can submit up to 25 images in 7 categories: Birds, Mammals, Other Wildlife, Landscapes/Plants, Connecting People and Nature, Backyard Habitat and Global Warming

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A reminder not to wait for the perfect time!

A reminder not to wait for the perfect time!

I read a wonderful article on another photographer's blog -- wow! I just had to post it to remind everyone of the importance of family photographs -- do not wait for the perfect time for photos.

it’s so easy to say
–i’m too fat.
i have too much going on.
we’re too busy.
maybe next year.

but I just want to say STOP IT!

We need to take the time to appreciate the value of family photos, if not for ourselves (because we’re too fat or whatever), then for our children. In 20 years, your children are not going to say,i really love this photo of my family but i wish my mom had waited until she lost some weight.

Please just get a family portrait done because these photographs are so important to those who love you!

We never know what tomorrow will bring our way.
and life is quickly racing by; before we know it, our kids will be grown and leaving the house.


I hope that this will inspire someone, who might be waiting for that perfect time or to lose a couple of pounds, to book a photographer…today!

Friday, June 4, 2010

From RAW to Print: The Summer Digital Boot Camp

From RAW to Print: The Summer Digital Boot Camp

July 12-16, 2010Pacifica, CAImmerse yourself in digital photography. This full-week photography workshop is an intense and extensive. In days you will go from perhaps not even understanding what a RAW file is, to making well-crafted and thoughtful prints.

Learn more

Canon Days

Canon Days is taking place at all Calumet retail locations on June 11 and 12.

Free seminars, printer demonstrations, tech advice, generous rebates and a few surprises that we can’t reveal until right before the event!

Be sure to register for the free seminars in advance because they will fill up quickly. To see what’s being offered near you view our retail event calendars.

Berkshire County Area Visit two of the best private gardens in the area!

Berkshire County Area Visit two of the best private gardens in the area!

Sunday, June 6th10 am to 4 pmAdmission to each garden is $5.00

Black Barn Farm, 937 Summit Road, Richmond, MA
Apple Hill, 12 Red Rock Road, West Stockbridge, MA

for details and directions visit

Adobe Announces Release of Camera Raw 6.1

Adobe Announces Release of Camera Raw 6.1

Adobe today announced the immediate availability of the Photoshop Camera Raw 6.1 plug-in on

Originally posted on Adobe Labs for community testing, the final release of Camera Raw 6.1 brings new lens correction functionality and adds raw file support for 10 new popular camera models for Photoshop CS5 customers. New lens correction features allow photographers to automatically apply profiles that correct for geometric distortions, chromatic aberration and lens vignette effects as well as manually make vertical and horizontal perspective transforms. Customized lens profiles can also be created with the newly released Lens Profile Creator, available now on Adobe Labs. Newly Supported Camera Models: Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/ EOS Kiss X4 Digital); Kodak Z981; Leaf Aptus-II 8; Leaf Aptus-II 10R; Mamiya DM40; Olympus E-PL1; Olympus E-600; Panasonic G2; Panasonic G10; Sony A450


Photoshop Camera Raw 6.1 is available as a free download for Photoshop CS5, Photoshop Elements 8 (Win/Mac) and Premiere Elements 8 customers. For more information and to download the updates visit:

The Adobe Lens Profile Creator is available on Adobe Labs:

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers

Special Bonus Offer: Pre-order The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers from Kelby Training and get The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Killer Presets CD with Matt Kloskowski (a $39.99 value) absolutely FREE!

Sussex County Bird and Nature Fest

Sussex County Bird and Nature Fest

Click here for a detailed schedule and to register online.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

WCC's Apache

I know that many of you photographed Apache so I thought that I would pass this along (taken straight from the WCC website). Lisa

March 10, 2010 - Apache, the twelve-year-old alpha wolf of the Center’s “ambassador” pack, died after a short battle with cancer. Born in captivity, Apache spent his entire life at the WCC, giving visitors the rare opportunity to learn about wolf behavior by watching him interact with his pack mates. His distinctive howl thrilled tens of thousands of people who were always happy to howl along with him and laugh at Apache’s habit of continuing to howl when WCC staff tried to speak. With one perpetually floppy ear thanks to some less-than-tender discipline from Eno, the German Shepherd that helped raise him as a pup, Apache sported a jaunty look that perfectly complemented his disposition. He was a benevolent pack leader with a personality that charmed staff, volunteer, and visitor alike.

Throughout the WCC’s growth from its modest beginnings as home to three wolves to its present role as a leader in wolf conservation and environmental education (and home to 29 critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and red wolves), Apache was always the soul of the Center.
Like the king he was, he could usually be found perched on his favorite rock den, which afforded him a view of his pack’s spacious enclosure as well as the visitor path. While his throne may now be empty, his howl will forever resonate in the lives of those privileged to have heard it. Apache truly left his mark on the world, literally and figuratively. We hope those he touched will be inspired to improve the world by leaving their marks as well.


Please feel free to share your feelings, memories and photos of Apache on the WCC’s Facebook page

THE AMBASSADOR PACKThe WCC is home to an Ambassador pack of three Gray wolves that help us fulfill our education mission. They are very special, and they accomplish this mission with great enthusiasm.