Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Photogenic Natural Beauty of Acadia National Park

Maine: The Photogenic Natural Beauty of Acadia National Park

When: October 15-17, 2010
Where: Departs from the North River Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield, MA
Leaders: Greg Lessard, Professional Photographer/Educator and John Galluzzo, Naturalist, Mass Audubon

Cost: $375; $325 discount for Mass Audubon or Plymouth Photography Meet-up Group. Full fee covers all transportation, lodging and park entry fees.

The place names are as familiar to New Englanders as the names of beloved family members: Otter Cliff, Cadillac Mountain, Boulder Beach. They stand for Maine, for rugged coastlines and the ancient pine forests that crawl right to their edges. And they make Acadia National Park one of the most beautiful places on earth. Join Mass Audubon’s John Galluzzo and photographer Greg Lessard on a photographer’s journey through the sunrises and sunsets of Acadia, along the Tarn Trail, to Jordan Pond, up the Shore Path and to Bass Harbor Lighthouse and Eagle Lake. We’ll focus on the natural beauty and the manmade additions to the landscape, catching them in just the right light throughout the weekend. While Greg will share his photographic knowledge, John will share insights about the natural world that we will be observing.

This trip is a fantastic opportunity to photograph some of the nation's most beautiful scenery. Acadia is a mystical land where mountains run into the sea. A long time playground for the nation's elite, Acadia has become one of our country's most treasured National Parks.

We will visit some of the park's most celebrated views and some lesser known secrets. The trip will include views from Cadillac Mountain, Jordan Pond and Ocean Drive. We will also explore Bass Harbor, a quaint Downeast fishing village.

A $75 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at the time of registration. No cancellation refunds will be issued 6 weeks prior to the program unless we can fill your space. Single supplement $90. Full fee covers all transportation, lodging and park entry fees. Payment in full is required by September 15, 2010. Contact John Galluzzo at or 781-837-9400 for an itinerary.

Greg Lessard


Friday, July 30, 2010

New Mark Bowie Website Launched

Greetings Everyone ~

I'd like to invite you to visit my newly launched website, It features animated flash slideshows, interactive galleries, updated listings for public presentations and photographic workshops, and convenient PayPal ordering. I hope you find it easy to navigate and a pleasure to view.

The site will be updated frequently with new products and event listings. Please bookmark it and visit again.

I look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

Best wishes,


(413) 442-9125

Sigma 4.5mm Fisheye – What’s it like?

Sigma 4.5mm Fisheye – What’s it like?

U.S. - Based Photographers Traveling Abroad - Beware The Duty

U.S. - Based Photographers Traveling Abroad - Beware The Duty

wow...I never knew -- this is GREAT advice!!

Flower workshop

Join Roman Kurywczak and Denise Ippolito for a half day workshop at spectacular Longwood Gardens located in PA. We will cover flash techniques, natural lighting, and a variety of shooting styles. Composition and exposure will be covered. We will also explore blur techniques. Admission to the Gardens is included in the price.
Tripods and flash are recommended. This is a 3 hour workshop
Price: $195.00 pp.
DATE: August 14th
Morning Session: 9:00 am- 12:00noon
Afternoon Session: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Thursday, July 29, 2010

B&H Event Space!

B&H Event Space!

B&H is pleased to offer an astonishing array of free seminars and inspirational lectures by talented pros from around the world. You can self-register online to guarantee a seat, however we do accept walk-ins for events that have not reached capacity. The B&H Event Space is located on the second floor of our SuperStore, at 420 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001.

Sunday, August 1, 2010
HYPER ARID: Aerial Photos of the World's Extreme Deserts
Speaker: George Steinmetz
Event Type: Photography | Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM |

Monday, August 2, 2010
Making Life Easier with Adobe Lightroom Sponsored by Miller's Professional Imaging
Speaker: Lindsay Adler
Event Type: Photography | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Special "Sneak Peek" of Nik Software's New HDR Tool
Speaker: Victor Ha
Event Type: Photography, Software | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Tuesday, August 3, 2010
What's on the Menu Presented by Canon
Speaker: Rudy Winston
Event Type: Photography | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Secrets of a Linked Photographer: New Media and Social Networking
Speaker: Lindsay Adler, Rosh Sillars
Event Type: Photography | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Intro to the Digital SLR (DSLR) - Choosing and Using Digital Cameras
Speaker: David Brommer
Event Type: Photography | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Skill Level: Basic

Visual Notes from a Life in Photography: In Times of War and Peace from 1972-2010
Speaker: Peter Turnley
Event Type: Photography | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate

Infinity Photographic Society August Assignment: Surrealism
Speaker: Infinity Group
Event Type: Photography | Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM |

Thursday, August 5, 2010
Next Year in Uman: A Journey to the Ukraine
Speaker: Ahron D. Weiner
Event Type: Photography | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM |

Monday, August 9, 2010
The Business of Rock and Roll Photography with Clay Patrick McBride Sponsored by Manfrotto
Speaker: Clay Patrick McBride
Event Type: Photography | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Nikon Wireless Flash Hands-on Workshop with Shooting Stations
Speaker: Paul Van Allen
Event Type: Photography, Lighting | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate

Nikon Wireless Flash Hands-on Workshop with Shooting Stations
Speaker: Paul Van Allen
Event Type: Photography, Lighting | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Just Give Me The F-stop
Speaker: Neil van Niekerk
Event Type: Photography, Lighting | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic

Thursday, August 12, 2010
The Electric Sunshine Velocity Trip - Recollections and the New World of Photography on the Internet
Speaker: Bryan Formhals
Event Type: Photography | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Photo Essay: Old and New Sponsored by Olympus
Speaker: David H. Wells
Event Type: Photography | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Monday, August 16, 2010
Hollywood Lighting on a Laptop and Bokeh: The Science of Focus and the Art of Blur. Sponsored by Epson, OnOne, NIK, Lexar, and the X-Rite
Speaker: Vincent Versace
Event Type: Photography, Software | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man. Sponsored by Epson, OnOne, NIK, Lexar, and X-Rite
Speaker: Vincent Versace
Event Type: Photography, Software | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Lazarus Effect Raising The Dead Pixel: How Undo and Out of Focus Photograph Sponsored by Epson, OnOne, NIK, Lexar, and MAC Group
Speaker: Vincent Versace
Event Type: Photography, Software | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Chapter 4: The Unwitting Ally: How to See Color Over Shape: An Exploration of ExDR Sponsored by Epson, OnOne, NIK, Lexar, and X-Rite
Speaker: Vincent Versace
Event Type: Photography, Software | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

Monday, August 23, 2010
Advanced Printer Profile Building Presented by Datacolor/Manfrotto
Speaker: Joshua Fischer
Event Type: Software | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Night Visions
Speaker: Gabriel Biderman
Event Type: Photography | Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Skill Level: Intermediate

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Fine Art Photo Printing with Jay Seldin Sponsord by Canson Infinity
Speaker: Jay Seldin
Event Type: Photography | Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Skill Level: Basic, Intermediate

Last Kodachrome roll processed in Parsons

Last Kodachrome roll processed in Parsons

"Kodak announced last year that it would retire Kodachrome, a brand name of color reversal film it had manufactured since 1935. McCurry, well-known for his 1984 photograph of Sharbat Gula, or the "Afghan Girl," published on the cover of National Geographic magazine, requested from Kodak to shoot the last roll of 36 frames it manufactured.

National Geographic has closely documented the journey of the final roll of Kodachrome manufactured, down to its being processed. Dwayne's is only photo lab left in the world to handle Kodachrome processing, so National Geographic Television producer Yvonne Russo and National Geographic magazine senior video producer Hans Weise found themselves in Parsons Monday, along with McCurry, with the final roll of the iconic film of the 20th century"

Russo said the National Geographic special covering the last roll of Kodachrome manufactured will likely air sometime in spring 2011.

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Audubon Society's 112th Annual Meeting

I hope you will join us on Thursday, Sept. 16 from 7-9 p.m. for Connecticut Audubon Society's 112th Annual Meeting, which will take place at The Pequot Library, located at 720 Pequot Avenue in Southport, Connecticut. Directions are given below and light refreshments will be provided.

Our keynote speakers are Connecticut Audubon Society Conservation Biologist Twan Leenders and Coastal Center Associate Director Frank Gallo. Twan and Frank will highlight Connecticut Audubon Society's efforts to instill a life-long appreciation of nature in children of all ages (adults included) through education programs, camps, citizen science initiatives and EcoTravel. Their presentation will be
CAS staff and CT high school students travel to Costa Rica to study birds, like this Bay-headed Tanager. Photo by Dr. Twan Leenders.CAS studies migrant birds in Costa Rica.
accompanied by some stunning photography! Twan's photographs have appeared regularly in National Geographic magazines and many other natural history publications worldwide, and Frank's bird photographs have been on display in several shows. Immediately following their presentation, we will conduct our Annual Meeting.

As a special treat for our Annual Meeting guests, Dan Snydacker, Executive Director of The Pequot Library, is arranging to have rare bird books from their collection on display, starting at 6:30 p.m.

To RSVP to our Sept. 16 Annual Meeting, please call Irene Kiszkurno at 203-259-6305 ext. 106 or send us an e-mail.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Player at our Golf Tournament
Robert Martinez
President, Connecticut Audubon Society

Levi’s Stop Motion Eye Candy

Levi’s Stop Motion Eye Candy

check this out -- wow

Also more information here in Rick's website

Including a “Behind the Scenes” video.

DPE article on creating stop motion/timelapse movies. Check it out:

Very well done and a feast for the eyes.

Free Photo Walk at Bronz Zoo with Rick Sammon!

I am doing a photo walk/shoot at the Bronx Zoo on September 7th – the day before my first Croton Workshop. The plan is to meet at the Jungle World exhibit (inside the entrance) at 1 PM. We'll shoot there and then move onto a few of the other exhibits. I'll be happy to offer photo advice and share some of my favorite shooting spots.

We'll wrap up around 4 PM – but you can hang out as long as you like.

Bring your telephoto and wide-angle lenses – and your flash. You'll want to tell the whole story, which you can do by shooting with different lenses.

Simply show up! But if you want to shoot me an email – – in case plans change, that's cool.

Hope to see you there.

Explore the light,

Poconos Weekend Field Trip

Poconos Weekend Field Trip
Led by Hazel and Dave Meredith

The weekend of October 23-24, 2010, is the time for a fall folliage trip to the Poconos. We plan to stay at the Comfort Inn Heart of the Poconos in Bartonsville, PA where 10 rooms are being held at a rate of $98.96 + tax per room per night (only until Sept. 22, 2010 so call early). To reserve a room with your credit card call (570) 476-1500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (570) 476-1500 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, first come, first served.

Click to download a PDF document with all the details.

You must be a CAP member to attend...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

3 Colin Smith's Flagship DVDs

All 3 of Colin Smith's Flagship titles have been released to cover the latest versions of Photoshop, Lightroom and the latest Wacom Intuos 4 and Cintiq pen tablets.

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Wacom Tablets and Photoshop CS5
By Colin Smith & Wes Maggio

NEW for Photoshop CS5 -- A "must have" for tablet users.

This is the 5th edition of THE best-selling video on Wacom tablets and Photoshop. The most complete training on the Wacom Tablet and Adobe Photoshop ever! This fully updated video will show you how to unleash the power and creativity that only comes from a pressure-sensitive tablet. Set up your tablet correctly and stop working like a mouse user in Photoshop. Two of the Top instructors in the industry combine their talents to bring you a video that will totally change the way you approach graphics on your computer.

If you currently own, or are considering a pen tablet or Cintiq, this video is one of the best investments you can make. Stop mousing around and finally take control of your Wacom Tablet and Photoshop CS5.

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Lightroom 3 For Digital Photographers DVD
By Colin Smith

Learn Lightroom Inside-Out!
The most Comprehensive Guide for Lightroom 3

This is the most comprehensive video on the market for Lightroom. Learn how to import, organize, develop and output all your captures with effortless ease. Enjoy in-depth coverage, pro techniques, secret tips and Colin’s way of breaking down even the most complex tasks into quick and easy to understand techniques. You’ll spend less time in front of the computer and more time behind the camera!

If you are new to Digital Photography,an old-hand or someone looking to learn the "correct" way of doing things, look no further. Watch over Colin's shoulder as he demystifies Lightroom. You'll learn all the shortcuts, tips and tricks from a true expert. Do you ever get frustrated with tutorials that don't work in the real world? In many cases Colin shows you multiple methods so that you can choose the one that's best for your photo. This is not like other training videos. The techniques aren't from a classroom bubble. This is what works today in the real-world. There are no monotone presentations with boring uninspiring images. You'll learn tons, you'll have fun and most of all you'll be inspired. See why millions of people are passionate about PhotoshopCAFE training. (20,000,000 to date).

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Photoshop CS5 For Digital Photographers DVD
By Colin Smith

This ground-breaking 5th release of Photoshop Secrets for Digital Photographers, will blow your socks off! Colin has pulled out all the stops. All the workflows have been fine-tuned to take advantage of the new features in Photoshop CS5. Don't just learn the features, integrate the skills into your everyday workflow.

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This fast loading DVD ROM contains around 7 hours of brand new sharp video. The advanced interface allows the user to instantly jump to any of the 64 lessons with complete control over the playback. All the lesson files are included, so you can follow along at your own pace!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

wedding photographer accidentally shot

Sicilian wedding photographer accidentally shot

taken directyl from here

Sicilian wedding photographer accidentally shot, killed by couple after he had them pose with guns
By Corky Siemaszko

Tuesday, July 27th 2010, 10:52 AM

Related NewsBarry: This dad has a severe case of wedding belle bluesLong Island bride says 'I sue' over racy pics posted online

Maybe he should have just told the happy couple to say, "Cheese?"

A wedding photographer in Sicily was accidentally killed when he asked the prospective bride and groom to pose for a picture using hunting rifles as props - and one of them went off.

The blast hit 45-year-old Calogero Scimea in the head, and he died while the wedding party looked on in horror.

High school sweethearts Valentina Anitra, 22, and Ignazio Licodia, 25, immediately put their wedding on hold while police investigated.

In another sad twist, Scimea was filling in for another wedding photographer.

"He was only there as a favor for the wedding photographer who had originally been booked but had to pull out as he was ill," Col. Teo Luzi, a spokesman for the Palermo Police, said in published reports Tuesday.

Rifles are legal on the scenic Italian island that's known for - among other things - spawning the Mafia. It's also a tradition for guns to be fired off at family events and not unheard of for partygoers to get hurt.

But investigators are having a hard time getting the whole story out of Licodia's parents. They face possible criminal charges because the shooting happened at their house in Altofonte, just before the kids were to set off for a local church.

"What we are trying to establish is if the gun went off as it was being handled by the photographer, or if it went off as it was handed to him," said Luzi. "But no one is being very talkative."

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Nik Software - Save 20% on Silver Efex Pro

Save $40 on Silver Efex Pro Until the End of July!

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Connecticut -- series of digital photography seminars and workshops

Thanks Gary for passing this along!

Lisa -

For those who are using - or trying to use - Nikon's propriety Capture NX/NX2 software for post processing their digital images, one of the most knowledgeable folks using this software is Jason O'Dell and he will be in Connecticut in early September for 3 days, thanks to Milford Photo. He has a free 2 hour seminar on Friday, Sept 10, from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM, on The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography; and then on Saturday, Sept 11, there will be a Digital Photo Shoot and Post Processing Workshop - hours are 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM, with a fee of $79.95 per person; and then on Sunday, Sept. 12, he will offer The Capture NX2 Master Class fromo 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, with a fee of $149.95 per person for that class. The link below should get folks to Jason's webpages and more info on the classes and to the on-line registration.


Friday, September 10th, 7-9pm The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography (Free Seminar)

Saturday, Sept. 11th, 7am-2pm: Photo shoot and digital post-processing workshop (Shooting fees: $79.95/person)

Sunday, Sept. 12th, 8am-4:30pm: The Capture NX2 Master Class (Workshop fees: $149.99/person)

Transcending Travel eBook

Taking a Trip? You’ve Got One Chance To Get Your Pictures Right…

The dream – going on a trip with dreams of capturing the magical experiences that you have and returning home with a camera full of captivating images to show your friends.

The reality – you return home wonderful memories, but a camera full of uninspiring images that don’t do your adventure justice, and leave your friends and family disinterested… when they could have been mesmerized.

What if you could spend time being coached by one of the top travel photographers in the world?
Transcending Travel is an eBook designed to give you the skill and inspiration to take riveting travel images, ones so striking you’re friends won’t be able to stop talking about and sharing them.

The great thing about it is that it’s just as applicable whether you’re traveling near or far from home.

Best Still – as it’s a downloadable eBook you can have it today (with no need for delivery fees) ! It’s just $19.97 USD.

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Monday, July 26, 2010



The publisher of Carl Heilman's beautiful new book, Contemporary Landscape Photography, has kindly given us some free copies. On September 1, we will be sending them to three lucky winners whose names are drawn at random. Carl has been photographing American landscapes for more than 30 years. In this comprehensive guide, he shares the newest techniques for capturing professional-quality digital images in the field. Enter here.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mohonk Mountain House Field Trip

Mohonk Mountain House Field Trip
Led by Lisa Cuchara

On Sunday, August 29, 2010, the group will travel to Mohonk Mountain House for a combination of photography and a Sunday Buffet. The group will leave from the Derby Route 34 (Exit 57 off 15, Wilbur Cross parkway) commutter lot at 6:00 a.m. People who want to leave earlier or later can do so; just meet the group at 11:40 for the brunch. The cost is $64 which includes a day pass for use of the grounds and the buffet. You must make your own reservation with a credit card and then notify Lisa that you are attending as well as when and where you plan to meet the group.

Click to download a PDF document with all the details and a selection of colored pictures of the grounds.

You MUST be a CAP member to attend. Click here for more information about CAP.

See lots of other CAP events here on their website

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Learn from a Master of Wedding & Portrait Photography - Clay Blackmore

Learn from a Master of Wedding & Portrait Photography - Clay Blackmore

Berger Bros. Camera in conjunction with Canon Explorers of Light
are pleased to present:

Clay Blackmore
Master of Wedding & Portrait Photography

Wednesday, August 18th
Suffolk Community College
Brentwood Campus Lecture Hall

Cost $25 (free to students and camera club members)

To register, contact
Nicole in Syosset 516-762-3056
or Ed in Amityville 631-264-4160

Register early - seating limited!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Pepsico update

Thanks for the update Pat!

Hi Lisa. Thought you might want to let your readers know that the water lily pond at Pepsico is a real disappointment this year. All the flowers have some kind of mold or spots on them and, with the exception of the yellow ones, the plants are small and are not producing many flowers. Definitely not worth the trip.


RPG Keys -- got workflow? then you NEED these!

OK, I have been using RPG keys for about two weeks now. If you process a lot of images then you NEED these! They are amazing!!!

I am just beginning to learn how to best use them and they have sped up my workflow already -- I would say in ~10% of the time I processed a shoot! 10% of the time it would normally take me! We love to shoot, we love our images processed, but the time spent processing them -- well we would be out shooting more, more people, more flowers, more sunsets, whatever....

And the best part is that one of the creators, Tim, is awesome with his customer support. Skypes you, calls you at home, etc. A great product with great customer support -- what a combination!

They are on sale right now -- they can be used in Lightroom, Photoshop, ACR, Kubota Dashboard 3, etc.

RPG Keys is a workflow plug-in (keys and software) for Photographers.
The photo editing process for photographers takes far too long and it takes the fun our of what we love to do!

The RPG KEY company was founded by two brothers from Maine who figured out that they made a living while working with their clients and not at a computer editing photographs. The simple concept of spending more time doing what they loved (photographing) and less time at a computer has driven their studio business through the roof.

Every product offered by RPG is designed to help photographers finish their editing faster so they can spend more time with a camera and a client. Originally designed just for Adobe's Lightroom program, RPG is now offering key based solutions for most of the photo industry tools.

Hal Schmitt Workshops

Save 15% Remember! You can save 15% on almost all of our workshops here if you are a NAPP or NANPA member!

Lightroom 3
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
"From Zero to Hero"
August 9-13, 2010
This course will introduce the new, beginning, or intermediate user to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Hal will guide, demonstrate, and instruct all aspects of the program from Import to print, web, or slideshow output.

Lewis_Kemper_workshopPrint Perfection 3 Day
September 4-6, 2010
Spend 3 days learning a perfect print workflow. You will learn a lot about color management, creating profiles enhancement techniques and working with different media types. Go home with a few incredible prints, and then you can utilize another 2days learning how to create a canvas gallery wrap with one of your best images!

Canvas Printing and Finishing 2 Day
September 7-8, 2010
This class is for those who enjoy learning new and proper techniques in presenting your work. Whether you are a professional framer wanting to get some techniques in the most popular framing technique or the artist wanting to learn in a small class environment. This class is open to many levels and useful to all of them!

Call the office anytime if you have questions or requests on workshops you are looking for!

Come and join us here at Light!

Hal and Victoria Schmitt
LIGHT Photographic Workshops

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Photoshop World

Don't miss your chance to get top-notch training for less at Photoshop World. During the three-day conference, you'll not only experience pulse-pounding Photoshop and photography education from the industry's best and brightest minds. You'll also learn how to turn your passion into serious moneymaking opportunities.

More than 40 instructors won't just be sharing their tips and techniques, they'll also spill the secrets of their success in the business, including invaluable insight that you can use to make a living, too!

Along with the usual tracks dedicated to Photoshop, Lightroom and photography, this year's conference includes a track devoted to Social Media/Business. From learning more about model releases to the importance of a Facebook account, the dedicated business track will arm you with the tools to make extra money!

If you're ready to spend a little money to make money, make sure to sign up for Photoshop World no later than Friday, July 30 to save $100.

Don't miss the Early Bird Registration deadline and take your work to the next level!

How to Prevent & Edit out Reflections on Glasses

How to Prevent & Edit out Reflections on Glasses
by Elizabeth Halford

Read here:

"Subjects who wear eye glasses can offer a unique difficulty for photographers. First, there’s the dilemma of whether they should wear them or not (will they not feel & look like themselves without them? Are they hiding fabulous eyes behind those glasses?) And then there’s the problem of glare and reflection. An attentive photographer will pay attention to this factor, but it does cause issues and where a photo might be perfectly composed and lit, but a little glare in the glasses can throw the whole thing off."

This article offers real time and post processing suggestions.

Another suggestion I have seen is to take two photos, one with and one without their glasses (you or an assistant removes their glasses in between shots) and then just take their eyes from one image and put them back into the image with the glare/glasses. Lisa

Sunflowers for Wishes at Buttonwood Farm

Sunflowers for Wishes at Buttonwood Farm.
473 Shetucket Turnpike- Rt 165 Griswold CT 06351 860-376-4081


SPECIAL NOTICE- July 22 2010, Due to the extremely hot weather the flowers are maturing quickly. We are xpecting a shortage of cut flowers for the remainder of our event, but will cut what is available each day. These will be provided on a first come first serve basis. No orders will be taken.We thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Since 2004 our Sunflowers For Wishes fundraisers for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut have been a huge success.
It has ran for ten days in each of the last years, and we have been able to raise a total of over $305,050.
We’d like to thank each of you who visited our farm and made a donation during this event

Plans are well underway for this year's event, which will be happening from 10 a.m. to dusk the week of July 17 - 25th 2010.
We'd appreciate your help in making this year's event the best ever, so mark your calendars!

Tractor drawn hayrides daily from
11 am – dusk and on weekends
10 am – dusk. The ride is 3/4 ths of a mile through cow pastures and 4 acres of the sunflower fields in bloom. All proceeds benefit the
Make-A-Wish Foundation In case of inclement weather please call ahead for our hayride schedule. Hayrides will not go out if it is raining or if the fields ae too wet.

Boston (89 miles) Rt. 90 (Mass. Pike): West to exit 10 (Auburn), I-395 South to exit 85. Cross over Rt. 138. Left on Rt. 164 South, 5 miles to left on Rt. 165. East 5 miles to Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream.

Providence (34 miles): I-95 South to Rhode Island exit 5A. 1 mile south on Rt. 102. Right on Rt. 3 South for 1 mile. Right on Rt. 165 West. 13 miles on Rt. 165. West to Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream.

Hartford (49 miles): Rt. 2 East to exit 28N. I 395 North to exit 85. Right on Rt. 164 South. 5 miles to left on Rt. 165. East 5 miles to Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream.

New York (130 miles)/New Haven (60 miles): I-95 North to exit 76 (left exit). I-395 North to exit 85. Rt. 164 South. 5 miles to left on Rt. 165 East. 5 miles on Rt. 165 East to Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream.

New London (Orient Point Ferry/Transportation Center) (23 miles): Rt. 32 North to I-395 North to exit 85. Right on Rt. 164 South. 5 miles to left on Rt. 165 East. 5 miles to Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream.

Mystic (17 miles): From exit 90 (Seaport exit) off I-95 – Rt. 27 North. Bear right at General Store. Continue to Rt. 184 – Cross over Rt. 184 Lantern Hill Rd. 5½ miles to left on Rt. 2 West. 2 miles to right on Rt. 164 North. 3 miles to right on 165 east. 5 miles on Rt. 165 east to Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream.

Exposure 3

This is directly from Alien Skin...

Exposure 3 is ready. Here are a few highlights, but the juicy stuff is on our Web site. There you’ll find entertaining videos, gorgeous images, and you can try Exposure yourself. For a detailed list of what’s new, checkout the features page.

You'll immediately notice that Exposure 3 feels much more responsive because of the completely rewritten preview system. Exposure 3 in 64-bit CS5 is over twice as fast as Exposure 2 in CS4 on the Mac and about 30% faster on Windows.
Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 64-bit

Exposure 3 works great with 64-bit Photoshop CS5 on both platforms. CS5 gives Exposure access to more memory and a big speed boost. Tight Lightroom integration supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop.

Over 500 Hand Crafted Presets
There are many new carefully researched presets, including early Kodachrome, Technicolor, Autochrome, bleach bypass, Panatomic-X, Tech Pan, and Lo-Fi toy cameras. New effects like vignette, dust, and scratches help the retro presets look more realistic.

If you purchased Exposure 2 in April 2010 or later then you will receive a free upgrade soon through e-mail.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Barbara Vietzke Meet the Artists Wine and Cheese Reception Friday July 23rd 5-7pm

Barbara Vietzke has joined an Art Cooperative in Old Saybrook. If anyone is interested in checking out a great new store, you are invited to a reception this Friday, June 23rd. Come and browse when you can! Store hours are Wed-Sat. 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, noon to 4PM.

Artisans Harbor
188 Main Street
Old Saybrook, Ct

Invites you to our Meet the Artists Wine and Cheese Reception
This Friday July 23rd 5-7pm

New Artworks have arrived!

Original & unique artworks include-

Paintings- oil, acrylic, watercolor, & pastel, of land & seascapes, florals, wild life, still life, portraits of people & pets, & abstracts
Jewelry- necklaces, earrings, & bracelets, crafted from sterling silver, pearls, semi-precious stones, and crystal beading
Pottery- platters, bowls, mugs, trivets, & ornaments with intricate lace patterns, & nautical motifs
Our artworks collections also include photography, custom pillows, cards, stationary, scenic hand painted furniture & scrimshaw on wood

We will be offering classes beginning in September in pottery, painting, drawing, and jewelry – please call or e-mail Artisans Harbor for dates, & times.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our Photoshop handouts

Goggle documents has some bugs right now so I also uploaded our notes to

You can view the handouts from our preconference "Basic Photoshop" workshop, our "Fixing your Friends and Family program and from our masking program here in this folder on

Finally, a Camera Strap for Women

If you’re a female photographer, you’re well aware that most camera straps can be less than comfortable. So to make the lives of photographic women more bearable (figuratively and literally), Black Rapid has introduced the BlackRapid RS-W1 Camera Strap, which was designed specifically for women.

According to the folks at BlackRapid, the RS-W1 camera strap is manufactured from rip stop nylon and "bomb-proof" webbing, which means it’s made to take it. On a more pedestrian level, the BlackRapid RS-W1 is fully adjustable and features ConnectR-2 and FastenR3 camera connectors for securely attaching a camera or lens to the strap.

Designed to be worn diagonally across the rib cage, the BlackRapid RS-W1 features a well-padded mesh underside that allows air flow, and a good measure of comfort on even the longest days.

So in a world of compromises and "almost-but-not-quite" solutions for women's requirements, the BlackRapid RS-W1 camera strap is a welcome real-world accessory for women photographers.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rick Sammon Seminar Saturday, November 20th

Rick Sammon Seminar Saturday, November 20th, 10-3.
Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA
$40 for Plymouth Digital Photography members, $45 for non members.

This is not just a slide show of pretty images. Rick is there to share what he’s learned over his many years as a professional photographer. After Rick “takes” us on a visual journey through the exciting world of digital photography. Rick will share some of his favorite Photoshop CS enhancements.

All level photographers will be inspired from this seminar.
For more info, visit with Rick at Rick will be autographing his books at the event.

This seminar is presented by PDP, Plymouth Digital Photographers, a photo club of 460 members in Plymouth, MA. To join go to for free PDP membership.

A buffet lunch and free parking are included in the seminar fee.
Please arrive by 9:30 for registration so we can begin promptly at 10am.
This Canon Explorer of Light event is sponsored by Canon.

Adirondack Waters Workshop with Mark Bowie

Click for Adirondack Photography Institute website

Adirondack Waters Workshop
with Mark Bowie

Adirondack Photography Institute
August 15-18, 2010
Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY

The Adirondacks’ central lake region hosts a variety of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, wetlands and waterfalls, each presenting a wealth of photographic opportunities. Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Lewey Lake, and Lakes Durant, Adirondack and Abanakee, Shaw Pond, the Indian River, and Buttermilk Falls are all nearby. Many of these are new locations for API workshops. Their close proximity will allow us to take advantage of sunrise and sunset conditions at several. Each reflects the landscape’s many moods and doubles the beauty through reflection. There may also be opportunities to photograph wildlife such as song birds, mallards, mergansers, loons, great blue herons, eagles, and mammals, including chipmunks, squirrels, coyote, fox, and
maybe even the elusive moose. Mark Bowie knows this region well, having photographed it extensively for his books Adirondack Waters: Spirit of the Mountains and The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. He’ll be guiding participants to many of his favorite photo spots in the region.

Topics to be Covered:
We’ll leave plenty of time for shooting: sunrise, sunset, and, for those interested, even some nighttime shooting. Mark will lead mini-instructional sessions outdoors with specific tips and techniques for photographing water, both still and flowing. Indoor sessions will cover extended depth of field, extending your camera’s resolution, creating panoramas and high dynamic range images, the need for shooting multiple exposures, and digital workflow in Lightroom & Photoshop.

Recommended Lodging:
The nearest lodging is the rustic Blue Mountain Lake Inn at (518) 352-7600. For those with less rustic tastes, we recommend the Sandy Point Motel, the Shamrock Motel, & the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake, about 12 miles from our host, the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

For more details & to register, see the Adirondack Photography Institute’s website: Mark Bowie:, (413) 442-9125.

Zeiss CP.2: New Cine Lenses for DSLR

Zeiss CP.2: New Cine Lenses for DSLR

Now, Zeiss is offering cine-style lenses with interchangeable mounts, specifically designed for video-enabled DSLR cameras. These new lenses overcome the issues associated with shooting motion with lenses designed for still photography.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

NECCC 2010 -- Our Presentations

We just got back from presenting a program entitled "Fixing Your Friends and Family with Photoshop" this weekend at the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) photography conference . We were asked to present a program at this annual (the 65th annual!) conference this past winter and we had a lot of fun putting it together. I changed the program slightly each of the three times that I gave it and we had a handful of people that came and watched the program TWICE! Hats off to them for being active learners!

We also gave a preconference hands on (or should that be laptops on?) workshop on Basic Photoshop that was completely booked. It was a three hour workshop, but could have easily gone for 8 hours. We did something different for this workshop and supplied "extra credit" images on the CD so that the people that grasped the skill easily could go on to play with more images while the true novices had more time to keep working on the in class images. Everyone received a CD with all of the images on it.

The conference attendance was 1127 people this year and it was an awesome conference! Lots of networking, idea exchanges, photo ops, showcase presentations, teaching programs, etc. Two program stick out in my head -- Andrey Antov's spectacular program on Macro photography and Ron McGill's amazing and high energy program called "Walk on the Wild side"

You can view the handouts from our preconference "Basic Photoshop" workshop, our "Fixing your Friends and Family program and from our masking program here in this folder on

They are also posted on Goggle Documents, but some people are having trouble accessing them so I put them on just in case.
Cuchara Basic Photoshop handout NECCC 2010.pdf
NECCC Cuchara Fixing Friends and Family with Photoshop 2010.pdf

Please note that these handouts are copyrighted and that you can use them for your own education only. You may not copy or distribute the files in any manner without written permission. You may send people the link to our Blog so that they can download their own copy. Thank for for respecting the hard work and time that went into creating these.

If you purchased a CD from us at NECCC please email us at and we will send you those action and more actions via email.

If you would like to purchase the files on the CD from us please email us at and we will send you a PayPal invoice and then send you the files.

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

Ctrl Z = UNDO (a VERY good shortcut to learn)\
Ctrl 0 (zero) --> maximize the photo
Ctrl J --> Create a new layer
C --> Crop tool
S --> Clone tool
J --> Patch tool (and healing brush)
V --> move tool
Ctrl T --> Transform

The "[" left square-bracket key will decrease brush size
The "]" right square-bracket key will increase brush size
Shift and [ or ] will soften/harden the brush edges.

B --> selects the Brush tool (this is what you will paint with)
D --> sets the color palette back to Black and White
X --> switches between Black and White

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

Non-destructive Editing -- The background layer can be thought of as the “negative”. The first layer to make is a copy of the background (shortcut = Ctrl J). All editing is done on a layer, so as to keep the original pixels intact.

· Layers are the key to good image editing. Just think of a layer as an “overhead transparecy”, each layer on top of the previous one, yielding the end final image.

· Each layer can be edited independently, deleted or hidden.

· Layers allow the original image pixels to not be destroyed during the editing process.

· You can easily adjust image effects or adjustments, even weeks or months later

HDR Expose

Unified Color Technologies unveils HDR Expose

HDR software maker, Unified Color Technologies has unveiled the HDR Expose 32-bit HDR merge and editing software. It replaces the company's flagship HDR PhotoStudio software, but inherits its core features and technology. Headline features include the addition of de-ghosting algorithms and a Brightness Histogram to help maintain highlight and shadow details at lower bit-depths. It also includes new plug-ins allowing direct export from third party Raw conversion software. The software will be available from July 12, 2010 as a free upgrade to existing users of HDR PhotoStudio or for an introductory price of $99.00 for new users.

South San Francisco, Calif. – July 6, 2010 – Unified Color Technologies, the experts in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), today announced the launch of HDR Expose™, its next generation software for the creation and editing of HDR images. Replacing the company’s flagship product, HDR PhotoStudio, HDR Expose offers new features that include the addition of interactive HDR histogram, digital color readout, multiple ghost reduction options, plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture, and a sleek, intuitive user interface that enables photographers to create true-to-life HDR images Unified Color Technologies is the only company offering HDR solutions that provide full 32-bit color editing capabilities based on its patented Beyond RGB™ color space. HDR Expose will be available on for purchase starting July 12, 2010.

Developed with the input of the rapidly growing HDR photography community, Unified Color Technologies has significantly improved its software with the addition of new and enhanced features. Putting more control into the hands of the photographer, HDR Expose offers an interactive histogram with “Screen Zone” boundary markers that enable photographers to make necessary adjustments to ensure valuable highlight and shadow detail is maintained at lower resolutions. New de-ghosting algorithms provide more control over how the software will approach the initial multi-exposure merge process. Photographers can select from de-ghosting presets to quickly address large areas of movement such as waves or individual moving vehicles.

“Having received a tremendously positive response to our previous solution, we are thrilled to introduce HDR Expose to the photography community,” said Alfred Zee, CEO of Unified Color Technologies. “It’s clear that we hit the right notes with those photographers seeking an HDR solution that enables them to produce images as natural as what we see with our own eyes. With the expanded feature set of HDR Expose we have given them even more editing power to convey their unique perspectives. Each day, we continue to enhance our industry-leading color technology to deliver the most comprehensive 32-bit color editing capabilities and we are confident that as a result of those efforts, HDR Expose will quickly become the gold standard for experiencing HDR.”

HDR Expose includes a new user interface to improve workflow, plus a familiar layered adjustment panel to revisit previous adjustments. For a quick start to HDR newcomers, or to find a starting point to further edit an HDR image, a one-click Dynamic Range Mapping tool easily sets optimal image processing in one touch. HDR Expose also comes with import and export plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom, as well as Apple’s Aperture extending the workflow options of these programs to include HDR merge and processing. The plug-ins included with HDR Expose provide photographers with a seamless, round-trip export process, automatically sending selected images to HDR Expose for processing and returning the final HDR image back to the original library.

In addition to integrating new features, HDR Expose enhanced a variety of features found in its predecessor, including:

•Completely re-designed user interface
•Improved RAW image processing
•New Digital Readout that enables users to measure color values in RGB or Bch
•New editable recipe procedures to simplify batch processing and saving of “favorites”
•Enhanced performance using OpenCL GPU processing
•New halo reduction and local contrast tools to provide more precise control
HDR Expose continues the creative momentum of HDR PhotoStudio, retaining all the features photographers have depended on to create natural images: complete control of contrast, shadow and highlights while preserving the maximum color spectrum; a comprehensive toolbox that addresses some of the common difficulties in HDR photography like noise reduction and veiling glare adjustment; and best-in-class image compression with Unified Color’s native file format, .BEF. The software also includes a .BEF-converting plug-in to directly return the resulting images to Photoshop for additional editing.

All current HDR PhotoStudio customers are eligible for a free upgrade to HDR Expose. Starting July 12, 2010, HDR Expose will be available for purchase at at a list price of $149. A special introductory launch price for HDR Expose of $99 is available through July 31, 2010 and a free 30-day trial version is also available.

HDR Expose will be a featured prize in the company’s True Vision HDR Photo Contest. Photographers of all levels are invited to submit their HDR images for a chance to win prizes including a grand prize of a photo adventure through National Geographic Expeditions and a 15-inch MacBook Pro. There is no fee or purchase required to enter. Phase two of the multi-phase contest closes July 24 and more details can be found at

System Requirements
PC: Windows XP, Windows Vista (for 20 MP image or larger, 64-bit Windows version is recommended.) Unified Color recommends utilizing a quad-core processor. Minimum 2 GB RAM, recommended 3 GB.

Apple: Intel Macintosh 2.5 GHz dual core CPU with 2GB minimum RAM (4GB is recommended) running Mac OS 10.5.x (Leopard) or Mac OS 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard).

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Beauty Box Photo

Beauty Box Photo is a new kind of digital retouching tool. The Adobe Photoshop plugin allows you to quickly and easily erase skin blemishes and even out skin tones – achieving a consistently professional result. Beauty Box Photo uses advanced skin smoothing techniques that enhance the work of photographers at all levels. Learn how it works or see before/after examples.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Lesson: Basic Food Photography

Free Lesson: Basic Food Photography

Along with covering a few of the many issues that can arise when photographing food, this lesson illustrates one of the many uses of the FirstStudio® Kit, as well as effective methods for using LitePanel reflectors.

With so many ways to light a plate of food, we invite you to learn a variety of lighting choices using a single kit. Multiple configurations and resulting effects will leave you drooling, so walk with us step by step as we show you how the different elements of the shot can be adjusted for professional and appetizing results.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 LIVE Tour

Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 LIVE Tour
Coming to New York, NY Monday, July 19, 2010

Get ready for the best Photoshop® Lightroom® training on the planet! You'll be taught by Scott Kelby or Matt Kloskowski, two of the world's top Lightroom experts. Sit tight as they show you an insider's view of Lightroom. From Start to Finish, from image capture to final print - you'll see it unfold right in front of you, as you learn step-by-step how to take control of your digital photography workflow.

This seminar will teach you how to take your photography to an amazing new level of productivity, efficiency, and fun with real world insider techniques that will make your life easier, and free your time so you can do what you really want with your photography.

The day begins by taking photos right into Lightroom so you see the entire process from beginning to end. You'll learn how to set up Lightroom the right way from the start, to save you hours of wasted time and frustration. You'll learn how to edit your RAW, TIFF, and JPEG images like a pro, and use Photoshop and Lightroom seamlessly to dramatically increase your productivity and enhance your workflow.

You'll be shown the step-by-step process for setting up and customizing a professional presentation of your photography for clients that highlights your creativity and the quality of your work. And, you will be taught exactly how to set up your system for printing success, and automate the whole process, so you can just sit back, print, and get amazing results that look exactly the way you wanted them to, plus much, much more.

From CreativeNews Daily

Free eSeminar: Professional Photographer Workflow

Create Diptychs and Triptychs on the iPhone and iPad

Wacky Web Site

Wacky Web Site...This site celebrates the special bond between people and their pets.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Epson 2200 printer for sale

A friend of Gary Prestash has just purchased a new inkjet printer and now has a used but in otherwise excellent condition Epson 2200 printer that he would like to sell. If you are getting started in printing your digital images, this Epson 2200 would be a fine first printer. It is capable of prints up to 13" X 19". The owner is local to Hamden and does not want to get involved in shipping, etc, so this would be for folks in and around the Hamden area who could come and see it and take it with them if interested. The printer was originally over $600.00 new but you can have it, the remaining inks, etc, for $50.00. If anyone is interested in this printer, email Gary at: and he can set up a time for you to see the printer.

Eight Tips for Getting Pets to Stand Still For A Portrait

Eight Tips for Getting Pets to Stand Still For A Portrait

Read this post about photographing pets by Scott Bourne

Scott writes...

"I'm often asked: "How do I get my pets to stand still for a few moments so that I can take photos of them?" This can be challenging, especially if it is your pet, because many animals (especially dogs) want to express their love for their owners whenever they are together. The tips below are written with dogs in mind, but in many cases they can be applied to cats, ferrets, guinea pigs and even babies or small children. To encourage a dog to sit, stand still or lie down, there are a number of techniques that I use."

Here are a 8 tips:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

3 Days Left to Save $20.00 on Bronx Zoo Membership

Time’s running out! Purchase your Wildlife Conservation Society Family Premium Membership online by July 15th to take advantage of this special savings—just in time to meet our adorable new animal additions, including three playful lion cubs, Gertrude, the baby mandrill, our four rescued brown bear cubs, and much more!

Lighting for Portraiture Workshop for the photography enthusiast

Lighting for Portraiture Workshop for the photography enthusiast

Artcraft Camera & Digital is hosting "Lighting for Portraiture", a unique three-hour workshop that allows you to get up close and personal with the equipment used to capture award-winning images from the top pros.

Instructor and Westcott Technical Advisor David Piazza has over 30 years of experience in the photographic industry shooting weddings, portraits, events and managing color labs. He has also had the opportunity to work with the most renowned photographers in our industry today. David will walk you step by step through the basics of image capture and lighting into some of the most desired lighting techniques.
View Workshop Details

Portrait Lighting Workshop

Lighting Workshop Topics
Workshop Details
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Location: Artcraft Camera/Kingston Plaza
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $50/person* - Pre Registration Required
Instructor: David Piazza, Westcott Technical Advisor

*BONUS: Registration will be deducted off of any Westcott purchase at Artcraft within one month of workshop.

Artcraft Camera-Kingston Plaza: 300 Plaza Road Kingston, NY 12401 Phone: (845) 331-3141
Artcraft Camera-Poughkeepsie: 2600 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Phone: (845) 471-5104

Arranging Multiple Images (Tim Grey)

Ask Tim Grey
July 13, 2010
Learn more at

Today's Question:

When I use Photoshop CS3 I am able to view photos (2 or more) side by side. However, in CS5 I can only view one photo at a time. Is there a way to view multiple photos in CS5 as I can in CS3?

Tim's Answer:
You can indeed view images side-by-side in Photoshop CS5. The interface changes actually took effect in Photoshop CS4, and the default now is for images to open in tabs rather than floating windows. If you prefer to keep images in floating Windows you can turn off the use of tabs when you open images in Preferences. Choose Edit > Preferences > Interface (Photoshop > Preferences > Interface on Macintosh) and turn off the Open Documents as Tabs checkbox.

If you keep the tabs option turned on but periodically want to float open images to individual windows, you can choose Window > Arrange > Float All In Windows from the menu. If you just want to view two images beside each other but each in their own tab, you can use the Arrange Documents popup on the Application Bar (which is new as of Photoshop CS4). On Windows the Application Bar will generally appear to the right of the menu bar (if there's room there), or below it. On Macintosh the Application Bar will appear at the top of the main Photoshop window. To arrange the documents into a particular arrangement so you can view multiple images, click the Arrange Documents popup and click on the desired option. For example, the two-up option with an icon indicating two boxes side-by-side will cause the images to be arranged in separate tabs on the left and right. You can also have the images arranged above and below each other, as well as a variety of options for various numbers of images. Only those options that are applicable for the number of images you have open will be enabled on the popup.

If you want to consolidate floating windows into tabs you can choose the first button (Consolidate All) from the Arrange Documents popup, or choose Window > Arrange > Consolidate All to Tabs from the menu.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Create a ‘Written in the Sand’ Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a ‘Written in the Sand’ Text Effect in Photoshop

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Carl Heilman Email list - Book release / Holiday Events

From Carl...

I hope everyone is ready for a great holiday weekend coming up. It sure is looking like nice weather for the Adirondacks!

Contemporary Landscape Photography has arrived, and we can offer autographed copies for anyone who would like to purchase them through us. There's info on our website at
it's also available of course through many regional book stores, as well as online purchasing sites. It's also been featured in Adirondack Life, the Adirondack Explorer, the Conservationist, and Shutterbug, as well as regional and national papers.

I also have a couple of events scheduled right after the holiday. First, I'll be doing a presentation of 'I Am the Adirondacks' at 4 PM for the grand opening celebration of the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne. . The event begins at 2 PM with Adirondack folk musicians Chris Shaw and Dan Berggren, and others, followed by the AV show at 4 PM. I'll be signing books, posters, calendars, and DVD's after the show.

Also, on Wed. July 7, I'll be doing a photo techniques presentation - related to the new book, at 2 PM at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. I'll be siging books both before and after the program. The program is free with admission to the museum. it's followed by a photo tour to nearby locations from 5 - 9 PM after the last book signing. Registration is required for the tour. There are only 3 spaces left right now.

We also have some spaces left for our summer full moon tour and August workshop. If you respond to this Email (please tell us), we'll hold the 'early bird' price for you for both events until July 15. Please contact us with any questions about the workshops!
Wishing you a very happy Fourth of July holiday!!

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

Friday, July 9, 2010

Makeup 101: A Makeup Artist Divulges Her Secrets

This came from digital anarchy, who make the green screen software that has been on my wishlist for many moons now.

While working on Beauty Box Photo, we discovered that a lot of photographers (especially those of the male persuasion) don't have a good understanding of how makeup is used and what it's really doing. Sure, most of us guys sort of understand what it does, but unless you spent your formative days stealing your sister's Seventeen and Cosmo magazines, most of us don't know exactly how makeup works. If you're doing retouching it's REALLY important that you know exactly what it's doing. After all, we're using Photoshop and Beauty Box to fake what a makeup artist would normally do. If we don't know what a makeup artists does… how good is our digital retouching going to be?

So, we had Esther Thai, a San Francisco based makeup artist, write an article for us… giving all of you some basic makeup tips and explaining how it works and what you're trying to achieve. Of course, she also gives you the Makeup Artist perspective on all this retouching stuff, which is... Hire a makeup artist!

It's a great 4 page article and well worth the read (especially if you can't hire a makeup artist).

You can download it here:

Of course, if you find it interesting and want to know more, click below for 5 tips on retouching:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Zeiss DSLR Lenses

Driectly from Calumet...

It might seem like Zeiss lenses only work with mythical cameras, but now the legendary glass is available for everyday working DSLRs—allowing those cameras to do extraordinary things.
At Calumet, you'll find Zeiss lenses specifically designed for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Zeiss' reputation among cinematographers cannot be understated, and the availability of comparable lenses for DSLRs is a godsend to seasoned veterans and aspiring videographers alike.
Providing pinpoint focus and smooth transition, the focus control on these Zeiss lenses has a wide rotation without play—all are engraved with precise guides in meters and feet. So, DSLR video now has a pro-grade ergonomics option to match its pro-grade performance.

Of course, a Zeiss lens' real value is in its glass. This series of fixed prime lenses boasts some of the best design and manufacture you can find, with exceptional clarity, distortion correction, and minimized reflection and fringing. Equip Your DSLR with a Zeiss Lens »

NY Botanical Water Gardens

Thanks Pat!

NY Botanical Water Gardens

In case anyone in the NY area is planning a trip to the NY Botanical Gardens to see their wonderful water gardens or the conservatory, they are CLOSED for renovations until November 17, 2010. The remainder of the outdoor gardens and buildings are open as usual.

Message posted by Patricia Brundage on 07/02/10 at 06:28 am EST

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Up Close with Nikon’s AFS NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF ED

Up Close with Nikon’s AFS NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF ED

Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm/f4G IF ED VRII is a quick performing, long-range zoom that incorporates a short list of pro-level features to ensure you nail a high level of “keepers” every time you head out on assignment.

Ilford Galerie Paper ON SALE

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Pregnancy and birth are miraculous journeys. This amazing time of life is full of mystery, anticipation, joy, hope, and wonder. Feeling the powerful energy of birth and new life, watching as a new family is born unto each other. These things humble and amaze. These are the things that we celebrate when a baby is born.

But there is another aspect of pregnancy and birth. There is an unexpected place in this journey where some families may find themselves. When a baby dies, a world is turned upside down. There is confusion, sadness, fear, and uncertainty that cannot be explained. There is sorrow where there should have been joy. During this time, it might be impossible for families to know what they might need in order to heal in the future.

This is the place where the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart. For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. The NILMDTS mission statement is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the gift of professional portraiture. We believe these images serve as an important step in the family's healing process by honoring their child's legacy.
The Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) administers a network of more than 7,000 volunteer photographers in the United States and 25 countries. At a family's request, a NILMDTS Affiliated Photographer will come to your hospital or hospice location and conduct a sensitive and private portrait session. The portraits are then professionally retouched and presented to the families on an archival DVD or CD that can be used to print portraits of their cherished baby.

Our entire network of affiliated photographers graciously donate their time and talents to our families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost. Your Donations are greatly needed and greatly appreciated.
This post is in honor of Bailey Anne Wills who would have been 13 today. She is waiting for us in Heaven, making the journey there ahead of us.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Maui Photo Festival: Learn And Shoot In Paradise.

Maui Photo Festival: Learn And Shoot In Paradise. Save $100

Maui is an amazingly beautiful place. I (Jim T.) spend about two months a year there, particularly during the winter when I'm photographing the humpback whales. The Maui Photo Festival started last year, and it's really a great event. There are soooo many beautiful areas to take a camera that it's really one of the most ideal places for a photography conference. I'll be there myself, so please come join us.

Here's more info:
The second Maui Photo Festival & Workshops, set for August 25-29, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Maui, will once again bring world-class digital photographers and instruction to one of the word's most photogenic places: Maui. With content from novice to professional — attendees will learn from classroom sessions, location shoots, and hands-on demo sessions led by pro photographers. Optional excursions include doors-off helicopter shoots or underwater photo tours to Turtle Town. In the evenings we'll gather in our outdoor theater on Kaanapali Beach to view the work of our presenting pros and see images shot that day. Space is limited. The cost is $595 but you can save $100 by entering in this code when you register: ANARCHY

For more information and online registration go to

Traveling tips:

From California you can usually get a economy airfare for about $400. Many airlines fly direct from LAX, and Hawaiian, Alaska, and United fly direct from SFO and Oakland. Use or to track airfares and get notified when the price drops. (Vacation Rental By Owner) is a good site to book condos through. The condos are usually considerably less than a comparable hotel, and in most cases are as nice or nicer (make sure you look at the photos and read the description).

In camera HDR!

Canon has detailed in camera HDR (high dynamic range) in a recently published patent application.

Canon's proposed method would alter exposure values at the individual pixel level, which should effectively emulate what's now possible but stitching together multiple photographs taken at different exposure settings -- and, for that matter, even open up some new possibilities since those single-pixel exposure values could be tweaked at will. Mapping out the exposure level by the pixel is far more detailed and if done correctly, has huge implications.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Macro Photography

From Shutterbug

Macro Photography
Picture A Small World
by Jim Zuckerman

Macro photography is a world unto itself. Filling the frame with small subjects opens up new and exciting creative possibilities for you, and if you haven’t delved into this realm of photography up to now, I encourage you to do so. I’m sure you’ll love it.

Read the rest here:

Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Real New York" photo contest

"Datacolor's "Real New York" photo contest invites photographers to submit examples of their work capturing the essence of the city that never sleeps. Photographs should illustrate iconic images depicting the "real" New York.

The grand prize is a trip to Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany, this September."

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Adobe MAX 2010

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Adobe MAX 2010 comes at a time when designers are being challenged to create compelling interactive experiences across multiple types of media and screens.

Adobe MAX 2010 October 23–27Los Angeles Convention Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

At MAX 2010, you'll learn best practices for producing exceptional results in print, web, interactive, and mobile design and discover the latest tools and techniques at more than 300 sessions and labs. Explore the newest software tools in Adobe® Creative Suite® 5 and the latest technologies in the Adobe Flash® Platform and network with thousands of the industry's leading innovators at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE.

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"MAX is the perfect place to get the creative juices flowing and improve your marketable skills while you rub shoulders with industry luminaries."Russell Brownsenior creative director, Adobe

At MAX 2010 you will:
• Sharpen your skills on the latest creative tools, plus get sneak peeks of upcoming products
• Learn best practices for expressing your ideas with precision as you work fluidly across media
• See how to design and deliver leading-edge websites, video, web applications, and interactive experiences across multiple screens
• Discover new ways your organization can monetize your digital content

Network with other designers who are already pushing the boundaries of what's possible
The dedicated Design track will help you dive into current trends in design including multiscreen design, digital publishing, HTML5 and web standards, online services, and online video. After these four unforgettable days in October, you'll have a clearer vision for how you can adapt your skills to the changing world of design and content delivery. Be a part of it.

Friday, July 2, 2010

iPhone apps

Golden Hour
The Golden Hour is a magical time of day for photography and now you can keep track of it wherever you are in the world with our comprehensive and easy to use iPhone and iPod touch application that finally consigns boring lists of sunrise and sunset times to the trash. The web version of the Golden Hour was voted cool site of the day by America's Digital Goddess and has been featured by Canon Europe, PC World and a host of forums and blogs around the world. Now available for the iPhone and more detailed than ever.This application does not need access to the internet and is therefore great for iPod touch owners as well.

"Second Shootr is a revolutionary digital photography assistant for professional photographers. Use Second Shootr to help you plan every aspect of your photography beforehand, leaving you free on the day to get on with what you do best....taking awesome photos!"

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Composition Workshop

Announcing a new Meetup for Photography Workshops!

What: Composition Workshop - When: Saturday, July 10, 2010 10:00 AM

Price: $35.00 per person

Where:South Station Atlantic Ave & Summer St Boston, MA 02108

Ever wanted to improve your composition skills?

Are you baffled by the rule of thirds?

Want to learn about framing your shot and object placement?

Want to make your shots more dynamic?

Then join this small group, limited to 10 for a relaxed walkabout and photo shoot focusing solely on composition. You can even leave your camera on automatic for this one. Workshop is suitable for all levels and camera types including point and shoots. Fee just $35 includes written handout covering the essentails of composition. We will shoot at various sites around the City of Boston from 10am m to 2pm under the expert guidance of professional photographer,Ian Murray. http://www.ianmurrayp...

Book early to ensure a place.

Here is what previous participants on this workshop had to say:

“ The workshop organization was great: three exercises in three locations, each one clearly spelled out in detail. I enjoyed Ian's laid-back manner of instruction that was as encouraging as it was informative. I was hoping for a workshop that would get me to see things beyond the way I usually see and think about them through the lens, and that is exactly what I got. I would recommend this workshop for anyone who is trying to get a good overview of what composition is all about, and for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to get outside of their compositional comfort zone. ”

"I really enjoyed the workshop a lot and learned a lot. I am slowly baginning to learn how to compose a picture much better than I was doing before. the difference between a snapshot and a good picture may be slight but but makes thi pic great. It's learning the how to take a better pic that makes it a lot of fun and interresting. I hope you have another workshop soon."

Learn more here:

Doing Black & White Right: 3 Methods

From Digital Photography school

Doing Black & White Right: 3 Methods: While there are probably dozens of different ways to convert colour photos to black and white, OsmosisStudios has shared a great tutorial with 3 of the most common ways to convert to B&W. If you’ve ever wondered how to get better black and white photos, this thread will be a wealth of information for you.