Friday, April 29, 2011

Tony Sweet Photography 2011 Workshop Schedule

Tony Sweet Photography 2011 Workshop Schedule

with instructors Tony Sweet & Susan Milestone

Please e-mail Susan  to sign up for the workshop. Please include your address and a phone # where you can be reached. She will answer all e-mail in the order they are received. Once you have signed up for a workshop she will e-mail you the registration forms after the Expo. At which time you will need to send in the completed and signed registration forms with your deposit to confirm your registration. The schedule will go on the website tomorrow.

Visual Artistry Photography Workshops with instructors Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone

2011 Workshop Schedule
contact Susan with any registration/workshop questions

May 1-6 - Cape May at M.A.R.S. with Tony
Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Professional Photography
Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography
This Workshop is available through the M.A.R.S. Please contact  or call 1-888-267-MARS for information and registration

May 22-26 - Digital Edge Software/HDR
with Tony
Great Smoky Mountains, TN
$1700, limit 6
Join Tony in Charleston, SC for this exclusive shooting & software workshop. We will be out photographing every day, but will reserve ample class time to work on images using Nik Software plug-ins, Alien Skin, Topaz, NIK HDR Efex Pro and Photomatix HDR software. There will be ample individual help with raw processing and workflow. Discussions will be conducted at each location on how to "shoot for the software" and pre-visualizing the final results, which may not be readily apparent when viewing a scene.

June 17-19 Eastern State Penitentiary HDR-Philadelphia, PA with Tony
$500, limit 10

June 24-26 Eastern State Penitentiary HDR-Philadelphia, PA with Tony
$500, limit 10
Eastern State Penitentiary is a national monument, a wonderful and graphic venue, and the location used in our new HDR DVD. This location provides texture and detail perfect for HDR: the colorful, cracked paint, rusty prison cell doors, towering guard towers, even Al Capone's "lavish" cell. The photo ops are tremendous and subject to interesting compositional and software driven interpretations. There will be an opening evening presentation on HDR to get you ready to hit the ground running the next day. We'll shoot from 10 am until mid-afternoon on Saturday, and Tony will be working with everyone individually on location. After dinner, we'll have class time to work on processing and technique. Sunday morning we'll critique the images and have final Q & A.

Price includes location instruction, software training, critique session, admission fees, hotel prkg fee, and special access area fee.

July 10-16 - Iceland - through Focus on Nature in Iceland
Exploring the land of the Midnight Sun
This workshop is available through Focus On Nature Please contact Focus On Nature for information and registration

August 7-11 - Victoria, BC - with Tony & Susan
through Pacific Northwest Art School, WA
On Location: Victoria, BC
This Workshop is available through the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, WA. Please contact  or call 866-678-3396 for information and registration

August 14-16 - Whidbey Island, WA with Tony & Susan
through Pacific Northwest Art School, WA
On Location: Whidbey Island WA
This Workshop is available through the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, WA. Please contact  or call 866-678-3396 for information and registration

October 2-6 - Fall Photo Tour - White Mountains, NH
with Tony & Susan
$1100, limit 10
The White Mountains in NH is one of the best fall venues in the country, featuring brilliant reds and golds, colorful flowing streams, overlooks, birch forests, and numerous macro opportunities. This is a tour where class instruction will be plentiful, but field instruction will be minimal. We will be visiting our favorite locations, some very specific and generally not well known. The color window is very short and we'll be shooting along with the class, but will always be available for field help when needed. We'll touch on the various software that we use on images supplied for the critique sessions and there will be compositional and software presentations.

October 12-16 - Acadia, ME with Tony & Susan
$1100, limit 10
Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine has the most rugged coastlines on the east coast, but very accessible: pink granite, cliffs, ponds, lakes, fall color, and overlooks. As with all of our workshops, there is ample field instruction and daily critiques. We'll touch on the various software that we use on images supplied for the critique sessions and there will be compositional and software presentations.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Day of Learning With Arthur Morris ..."It Ain't Just Birds"

A Day of Learning With Arthur Morris ...

"It Ain't Just Birds"

Arthur Morris, world-renowned bird photographer, will be visiting us in just three weeks. While his presentation will include bird photography tips and techniques ... as you can see from the program schedule below - it will be much more than that. Art will provide a wealth of information that will benefit just about any photographer that's serious about taking photographs.

Also, as part of the event is our "It Ain't Just Birds" Photo Contest, which will be judged by Art Morris himself. The grand prize is an original Arthur Morris canvas print valued at more than $300!! The contest deadline is May 3rd ... so send us your entries soon. If you haven't already registered for "It Ain't Just Birds" do so today ... and join us and the more than 100 people that have already signed-up!

(Seminar Details)
(Photo Contest Details)

Art Morris Seminar Schedule

Art Morris Seminar Schedule

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Memory Cards - 15 Essential Tips for Photographers

Memory Cards - 15 Essential Tips for Photographers

Scott Bourne

"If you use a digital camera you use memory cards. Whether SD or CF or anything else, there are certain things you should know about your memory cards if you want to get the best experience possible."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rescuing Photos

Rescuing Photos

I had this conversation the other day and thought that I would re-blog something that I have talked about in the past.

What do you do when a CF card fails?

Freak out? Hyperventilate? Swear? Cry?


Why Not? Because you will have practiced and know that you can recover these images.

If you reformat a card, or if a card fails -- STOP. Do not take any more photos. Use the rescue software.

Kind of life a firedrills -- try a practice run and rescue your photos. Do this to learn how to rescue your images when your adrenaline isn't running and you are freaked out because you formated your memory card before you downloaded or your get an error message from your memory card. If you are prepaed you should not panic.

It's simple to try -- Format your memory card and then run the software and rescue your images. Try this on a card that you have already downloaded, if you know that you have recovered before you won't freak out if you actually NEED to recover images. You can try this for FREE.

PhotoRescue makes some really great image recovery software. In addition to the usual RAW file format updates, this version allows the extraction of large thumbnails from RAW files. As raw files of top DSLRs grow bigger, so do the embedded JPEG (or even small raw) thumbnails. While their quality obviously is not as good as the raw files, they can save a shoot when the raw data is damaged beyond recovery.

Your card might even come with some rescue software try that too.

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

Please note that ANY storage is subject to a problem. For your hard drive the general consensus is not IF your hard drive will fail, but WHEN it will fail.

Yes, memory cards can also fail.

I personally have had a three of cards fail.

And twice I have also formatted over photographs that were not yet downloaded to my computer. When we were on our honeymoon we somehow reformatted a CF card that had not been downloaded. Argh! But all was not lost. I was prepared for this!

How?Well, I had practiced this scenario, at home, under no stress. I HIGHLY recommend that you run through the recovery process under non vasodilating conditions because when it happens your adrenaline will be running and it will be much easier to stay calm knowing that you know how to rescue.

So, if you reformat a card, or if a card fails -- STOP. Do not take any more photos. Use the rescue software.

I have tried three programs -- they are free and you buy them if they work for you (they provide a free trial to see that they did indeed rescue your images). Sometimes one program works better than another. Like I said you can also try the one that is for your card type (Sandisk, Lexar, etc.) (some cards come with rescue software for free).

Monday, April 25, 2011

"Who owns that image?"

Today's post comes from

Dear CreativePro Follower,

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Click here to download ImageExchange, or check out the ImageExchange video to learn more.

Happy Image Licensing!

- PicScout

Sunday, April 24, 2011

2012 Wildlife of Costa Rica Photo Safari

I am happy to let you know that the details for our 2012 Wildlife of Costa Rica Photo Safari, January 13 - 25, 2012, are now available.

I've just returned from a brilliant, month-long scouting trip of this incredible country and now present an itinerary that includes only the very best locations for wildlife photography in Costa Rica. The tour highlights include:

* · Our three locations are some of the best places in the world to photograph scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, four species of monkeys, two species of sloths, coatis, anteaters, brilliantly colored frogs, and much more. In addition, our tour is scheduled to coincide with the best time of year for bird and mammal sightings.

* · We’ll use some of the best private bird blinds (hides) on the planet, offering unparalleled opportunities for photographing over 40 species of birds – at close range.

* · We’ll have exclusive, special permission to photograph behind the scenes at the world’s only sloth orphanage and sanctuary (no other tour group has this opportunity). For a sneak peek of the photo opportunities that our special access will bring, please feel free to check out this adorable video:

For more information on this tour and our other safaris scheduled for 2011 and 2012, please visit:

Please contact me if you are interested in this tour. Bookings will be honored on a first-come-first-served basis.

I hope you can join us for a photographic adventure!

Warm wishes,
Suzi Eszterhas
+1 831 588-3505 (phone)
PO Box 10165, San Rafael, CA, 94912 USA

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Use Your mobile Device to Scan and Set Off Instant Communications

From Wayne Nolting - Use Your mobile Device to Scan and Set Off Instant Communications

Be the first in your Connecticut industry to take advantage of this emerging trend in mobile/cellular communications.

You can combine the power of a Cell Phone, iPad, other mobile Pad Device, iPhone, or Android device's email, web browser, and dialer to get people in touch with you, access your web site or Facebook page, downloadable information, advertising or promotion information, and limitless other documentation compatible with your portable cellular or pad computing device with a web cam by just scanning to instantly start communications.

It saves time inputting the information into your mobile device, can be embedded or attached to an email, won't get blocked by network firewalls since it is a safe graphic, works off your computer screen, can be embedded in letterhead, can be added to advertising and promotional print, can be part of a business card/contract/business form/program, printed on CDs or DVDs, and can point to a mobile web portal just to name a small number of possibilities.

I've done the leg work and testing to verify it works on my mobile platform.

Let me help you take advantage of this mobile scanning technology.

This is a simple sample of what I am talking about:

Here is how it works:

* You start a mobile scanning application.

* Point your mobile device web cam to the symbol to execute the desired function.

* The scanning application will scan and identify the symbol code, then start the appropriate mobile application.

* Within the mobile application you select an action and complete any additional steps required as in the case of email.

* The information scanned from the symbol can be saved or bookmarked on your mobile device for future use.

I will keep the best surprise exclusively for customers who will contract me to set this up.

Know someone who could REALLY benefit from this...forward this message.

Wayne Nolting
Web and Audio/Video/Media/Mobile Specialist
Newington, CT
860-667-8243 - Office
860-930-6113 - Cell
Skype ID - imixstudio

Friday, April 22, 2011

Polly's pancake

I received a couple of comments about why I posted about Polly's pancakes yesterday, in relation to how was this an item of photographic interest. I guess I assumed that everyone knew about Polly's, LOL. If you have never been there you must go!!! They are located in the Sugar Hill area of NH, beautiful in the Fall, but absolutely tremendous in the Spring with the LUPINES! All of the photogs I know go to the area and do early sunrise and photograph the lupines and then head to Polly's for the most amazing breakfast! They make the pancakes using these interesting pewter. There are lupines in the field at St. Matthew's Church and at Polly's itself.

You can check  out a few previous posts:

Harmen's Cheese keep a photo log of the lupine blooms. They will update daily as the flowers start to grow. You can also take a look at previous years to determine when peak blooms were.

Visit this link to watch lupines grow, bloom, and scatter their seeds.
View Past Lupine Diaries: 2008 Photo Diary 2007 Photo Diary 2006 Photo Diary 2005 Photo Diary 2004 Photo Diary 2003 Photo Diary

Paying homage to the annual blossoming of this captivating wildflower, the Fields of Lupine Festival is a time honored regional event. The brilliant spikes of the lupine flower carpet local fields and pastures in a rolling sea of vibrant purples, pinks, blues and whites. The long-lasting blossoms attract equally dazzling butterflies and create a breathtaking floral display against the majestic backdrop of the Franconia, Presidential, and Kinsman Mountain ranges

18th Annual Fields of Lupine Festival
June 3 - 19, 2011
 Shop online
 Sponsored by
The Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 780
Franconia, NH 03580
1-603-823-5661 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting             

2011 Festival Tour Books
Available May 1st

$5.00 ($7.00 shipped)
Books will be available at Harman's,
Festival Business Participants,
and from the
Franconia Chamber of Commerce.
Click above to Purchase on line

Polly's Opening Date for 2011

Polly's Opening Date for 2011

Polly's opens for our 73rd season on April 30th and May 1st 7-3

Open Daily starting May 7th.

Saturday and Sunday 7-3, Monday-Friday 7-2.

Remember our Early Bird Special! 10% discount on all orders placed BEFORE 8 AM.

Can't get here for opening weekend? Remember we mail order year round.

Our popular Pancake/Waffle mixes and pure maple products are available on our website.

Did you know that we have been stone grinding the organic grains ourselves since the mid 1970's?

Polly's is now on facebook! Please become a fan and while you are at it upload your family photo at Polly's
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Borrow a slide scanner (or a lens or camera body)

I have rented equipment from BorrowLenses and they are great!

Recently they added a film/slide scanner to their list of rental equipment. So if you have a bunch of slides that you want to scan rent a scanner and get hi res images!

OpticFilm 35mm Film Scanner

Rental Includes: USB Cable, 35mm filmstrip holder, Mounted slide holder, 35mm iT8 Target, power adapter, software, soft carrying case. This kit provides everything you need to professionally and efficiently scan all your film for the digital world.

The Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai Scanner is a 7200dpi film and mounted slide scanner that uses a white LED as its source which makes images vivid and dimensional. The 7600i Ai scans at 48-bit color making for accurate color, vibrancy and all the subtle detail in highlights and shadows. This machine minimizes noise by using multi-scan passes that are averaged together to cancel out all noise. It has a multi-exposure function to provide improved shadow and highlights details and show the richness and depth of every scan.

SilverFast iSRD (Infrared Smart Removal of Defect) software uses a combination of hardware and software to automatically eliminate minor flaws, such as dust and scratches. This feature can be used in automatic and manual mode.
You can also rent Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus camera bodies, lenses and other equipment. Rent something to try it out before you buy it, or rent that special lens instead of buying it! For example, rent that Canon 600m for a week for just $359. You could rent it twice a year for the next 12 years instead of buying it for $9000!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New book: Shore Decor...

To My Friends & Colleagues:

This new book “Shore D├ęcor: Design at the Water’s Edge” by E. Ashley Rooney features my project “Connecticut River Conservatory” completed in 2010 in Middle Haddam, CT

George Fellner

Monday, April 18, 2011

eBook Review - Creative Landscape Photograhy by Guy Tal

eBook Review - Creative Landscape Photograhy by Guy Tal

Posted by Richard Siggins at Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Back on December 12 I posted about my expanding library of books on photography. In addition to my collection of printed books, I've download several "ebooks" as well. First a little explanation for those of you who aren't familiar with ebooks. An ebook is a digital version of a book. It's not printed but is downloaded to an electronic device for reading. There are a number of different formats for readers such as the Kindle, iPAD, and Nook. Since I don't have any of those, I download mine in Adobe PDF format, which can be read on all those ereaders as well as a Mac or Windows PC.

One of the ebooks I've got in my library is Creative Landscape Photography by Guy Tal. Guy is a naturalist, photographer, author and one of the Staff on Nature Photographers Magazine. I look forward to the days when Guy posts new photos on that site. They are always interesting, inspiring, and beautiful.

I recommend this book and you can buy it directly by clicking the link at top right corner of this web page or at the end of this post. In the spirit of full disclosure, I must tell youI get a couple bucks for each copy sold through my site.

This evening I have been enjoying sitting on the couch and re-reading this book on my laptop. I downloaded it back in December 2010, long before I became an affiliate seller of the book. I would recommend this book, even if I wasn't making a fortune, $2 at a time. At 86 pages, this is the longest ebook I own. In addition the the Introduction, it's divided in seven sections -- The Creative Process, Concept, Visualization, Composition, Capture, Processing and Presentation.

The first four are focused on the art of landscape photography. In the Introduction, Guy says "creative photography is about the expression of subjective ideas, emotions, and sensibilities through the unique beauty of natural elements and using the medium of photography". In the Concept chapter he does a good job of explaining the importance of Awareness and Knowledge and how to convey Emotion the strong role Imagination plays in photography.

The last three chapters contain more how to type information you might find in any digital photography book, including the camera, the lens, exposure, reading a histogram, color balance and stitching pano photos.

This book came out of Guy's photography workshops and includes four exercises designed to get you out taking photos and thinking about the photos your are taking. The exercises are short, usually one page, an assignment and a half dozen questions. You can spend as much or as little time with the exercises as you want. You'll get the most benefit by actually stopping and doing them.

Spring is almost here and I'm re-reading this book to get inspired, recharged, and reminded of those things I need to practice as I head out into God's creation to capture the gift of beauty that's waiting for us.

If you want to buy and download a copy you can do that right here by clicking Buy Now.

Posted by Richard Siggins at Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Anything Goes - Photography Exhibition

Please pass this information on to your members about Anything Goes, an open juried exhibition/competition sponsored by the Cape Cod Art Association/Photography Center of Cape Cod. The show is being juried by Andre Gallant, Henry Horenstein and Lou Jones. Entries are due by April 24. Full details are at this link . The Photography Center of Cape Cod is a new program of our parent organization, Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club.


John Tunney
Cape Cod Art Association Camera Club

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hazel's Blog

Hi Lisa,

I finally got a blog started! I am planning on it being a continuation of my Elements teachings, posting tips and tricks along with photos to illustrate. Could you please let your blog readers know about it?



Friday, April 15, 2011

Reeves Reed Arboretum -- the daffodils are still at their peak

With the dramatic cooling off of weather, the daffodils are still at their peak. If you haven't visited Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit. Go! Over 40,000 daffodils in bloom. It's one of my must visit places in Spring.

Garden Center Blog by David Williams • Westfield NJ •
Specializing in Cool Plants, Perennials, Annuals, Shrubs, & Trees

Thursday, April 14, 2011

photojournalism magazine

Thanks Mark for passing this along!@

For incredible photography year round please check out the photojournalism magazine

Mark Rego (friend of Wild Bill)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


WHITE HORSES OF THE CAMARGUE, France -- April 15 -22, 2012

Group size limited to 14 (Two Instructors) Adam Jones & Jim Zuckerman
Tour cost: $3875
Single supplement: $1375

Even if you don’t ride horses, you have to appreciate their beauty and grace when they are in motion. They are magnificent, powerful, and very exciting to photograph. 
In the Spring of 2012, I am co-leading a photo workshop with Jim Zuckerman to photograph the white horses of the Camargue.

This is a marshy region in southern France where the horses have been living for 5000 years. The Romans knew them, and whenever you see a painting of Napolean rearing on a white horse, he was riding one of these wonderful horses.

During the workshop, we will photograph them running through a marsh, running in the surf at the beach, and running free in a field. In addition, we will have a session with mothers and foals (the young horses are born black and it takes them five years to turn white). We will have six sessions with them at sunrise and sunset to take advantage of the best lighting, and this very special photo opportunity may very well produce some of the best images you’ve ever taken. This will constitute the first half of the workshop, and the latter half will include photographing some of southern France’s most beautiful towns and villages. We will also visit a beautifully preserved Roman aquaduct, and we will do twilight photography to capture the stunning combination of a cobalt blue sky with the golden artificial lights on medieval architecture.

My co-leader in this workshop is Jim Zuckerman, a sensational photographer and extremely knowledgeable instructor. Jim and I complement each other, and you’ll benefit tremendously from our 80 years of combined experience in photography.

Tour cost: $3875, Single supplement: $1375

Price includes all lodging, six photo sessions with the white horses, all ground transportation, all breakfasts, two dinners, and photo instruction.

Price does not include international and domestic airfare, meals except those noted above, tips, drinks, alcoholic beverages, and items of a personal nature.

  • Day 1: Sunday, April 15. Depart US for the trans-Atlantic journey to Marseilles in the south of France.
  • Day 2: Monday, April 16. Arrival in Marseilles. You will be met and driven to Arle which will be our base of operations for our six sessions with the beautiful white horses. After dinner, evening photography of this beautiful French town is on the agenda.
  • Day 3 – 5: Tuesday through Thursday, April 17-19. You will get some of the most exciting pictures ever as we have six photo sessions with the horses. They will run through the marsh right into our cameras at sunrise and sunset, plus we will have an incredible session at the beach. We will also shoot mothers and foals, stallions, and the herd running around us as we shoot them in beautiful lighting.
  • Day 6 – 7: Friday and Saturday, April 20 – 21. In these two days we will explore Provence and photograph many wonderful places including a stunning and dramatic 2000 year old Roman aqueduct, the classically beautiful cloister at Saint Paul de Mausole in St. Remy de Provence, and a fortified palace in Avignon
  • Day 8: Saturday, April 22. We drive to Marseilles this morning for our departure from France after having taken truly memorable photographs.
If you are interested in this workshop, send me an e-mail, and I’ll send you the trip enrollment form.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Air2Air Workshops

Air2Air Workshops

We are very excited to officially announce our Air2Air Workshop series. Being taught with my dear friend and world reknown aviation photographer Richard VanderMeulen and world reknown pilot Doug Rozendaal, our next workshops takes flight

Apr 29 – Fantasy of Flight, FL

Nov 04 - Lonestar, TX

Nov 11 – AZ CAF, AZ

We have an amazing workshop planned for you. The prize in our Air-to-Air photography is a B-25 Mitchell escorted by a P-51 Mustang (as long as they are flying, they do break down sorry to say). As backup, we’ll have to do with a B-17 Super Fortress. We have other aircraft scheduled for the air-to-air as well as sunrise/sunset static shoot. You’ll be learning everything from the art of air-to-air, flash, statics, digital darkroom and a whole lot more. We even have one of the best air-to-air pilots in the business, Doug Rozendaal as not only one of our pilots but as an instructor.

You can be a part of this. All the information for the Air2Air Workshop can be found here. Or, you could cut to the chase and call WRP @760.924.8632 and join us. Cya in the skies over Arizona!

PS…if you didn’t know I photographed aircraft, head to my Moose Aviation Photography site where you can view over 1200 images in his galleries.

Requirement: Participants will have to sign a minimum of 2 Hold Harm agreements in order to participate.

Refund Policy: Up to 30days refundable (less $35 admin cost): Within 30days of event, transferable to a future Air2Air event. While every humanly effort is made to made ever air to air flight a reality, planes going down, weather and other unforeseen events could cancel a flight during a workshop. There is no refunds when this unfortunate reality of aviation strikes.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Free image editing software...

Free image editing software...

Not everyone is able to make the financial investment for Photoshop and there are others who do not need (or require) all the things that programs like Photoshop can do.

So here are some alternatives that will cost you nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch, goose egg:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Canon EOS Discovery Day

Canon EOS Discovery Day
Join us ... and Eric Stoner on Saturday, April 16th for this information filled 3-hour learning event sponsored by Canon U.S.A.

You'll see many examples of great photography, and learn techniques to use exposure, composition, flash, and a variety of lenses to get the same types of results. The Basic Discovery Day class is a three-hour investment in your EOS digital SLR that will pay dividends over and over as you grow with your camera system.
(Class Details and Registration)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

10 Ingenious iPad Self-Portraits

10 Ingenious iPad Self-Portraits [PICS]
Now that the iPad 2 boasts a camera, we’re seeing even more creativity in the iOS photography arena. One concept that has raised a smile here at Mashable is the iPad self-portrait. We’ve selected 10 top examples of iPad owners having fun with both versions of the Apple tablet to create playful portraits — a very modern twist on the classic artistic genre. Take a look through the gallery to see our favorites (in no particular order) and let us know about any great ones you’ve come across — or created — in the comments below.

Friday, April 8, 2011

26 Very Cool Caterpillar Photographs

26 Very Cool Caterpillar Photographs

By Light Stalking
ShareGetting down into the world of macro can introduce a photographer to a whole other world of interesting subjects. Following on from our macro tips on photographing insects, we though we would showcase exactly what people can do when they decide to get close-up. This time with caterpillars which are a fascinating and colorful subject that photographers seem to be able to turn into incredible photographs.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Free Video Artistry To Go

You should see a Youtube video above explaining how to turn brushes into blenders using Painter's Resat slider. If you don't see the video, here's the link:

Happy painting!

Digital painting a portrait

Digital painting a portrait

Step by step my digital painting techniques. I want to make people portrait, I choose Vanessa Anne Hudgen. My concept is a woman who is enjoying the canary singing, on a warm afternoon. The title is "Melodic".

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Adam Jones seminar this Saturday

We have over a 130 registrants for the Adam Jones seminar this Saturday! Wahoo!

We guaranteed Canon 100 in order to secure Canon sponsorship for Adam, so we are excited about having over this number of people coming. We are in for a real treat!

Please note that the deadline for registering was April 3rd and the check has been given to the Holiday Inn and we are NOT accepting walk-in registrations.

Hunts and ShutterbugBags will be there!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

NWF's Brand-New Photo Contest

New choices. New ways to win!

The 2011 National Wildlife Photo Contest is here, and now everyone can get in on the excitement! Upload your nature or wildlife photos today and enter to win in seven categories, including our new “Animal Babies” category (added by popular demand!). Share a link to your entries with family and friends, and encourage them to vote for our all-new People’s Choice Award!

Snap, Share, Vote, Win! Click here to enter the contest or to view and vote on photos! Visit our 2011 
Contest Page for more details. Entries must be received by July 14.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Adobe releases Photoshop Express 2.0 for iPad, iPod & iPhone

Adobe releases Photoshop Express 2.0 for iPad, iPod & iPhone

Adobe has released an updated version of its Photoshop Express image-editing and preview application for Apple's iPad, iPod and iPhone. Version 2.0 introduces the optional Adobe Camera Pack available via an 'in-app' purchase that adds noise reduction, self-timer and Auto-Review functions for $3.99. Photoshop Express 2.0 is available as a free download from Apple's App Store for new users and as an update for existing users. (more)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Vendors at Adam Jones seminar: Hunts and ShutterbagBags

If you have already registered (checks need to be to Jo-Ann by Sunday April 3rd) for the Adam Jones Seminar on April 9th Hunts will be there and they are taking orders...

I look forward to coming next week to the meeting. if members have any specil request they like me to bring have them email me by next wed and I will bring it if it in stock. my email address is

Also, Alicia from Shutterbug Designs will be there and you can place your order for a cocoon, a bag or even a special NHCC 100 year anniversary bag ahead of time!

Welcome to Shutterbug Designs, home of the original Shutterbug Bag. We are a design company specializing in camera bag purses that are not just for women and not just for cameras! As you will see by our designs, our bags are meant to be functional without taking on the appearance of a traditional camera bag.
* Are you tired of searching for the perfect purse to carry your DSLR camera and lenses?
* Are you worried that your traditional camera bag screams to the crowds that you’re hauling expensive gear?
* Maybe you aren't looking for a camera bag purse, but instead are looking for the perfect purse to organize all of your items.
Shutterbug Designs has just what you are looking for!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Clash of the HDR Titans: Comparison Review of Photomatix Pro and nik HDR Efex Pro Posted

Clash of the HDR Titans: Comparison Review of Photomatix Pro and nik HDR Efex Pro Posted

By David Cardinal

I've posted my comparison of the top two stand-alone High-Dynamic Range (HDR) image processing programs, the brand new HDR Efex Pro 1.1 from nik Software and Photomatix Pro from HDRSoft the longstanding champion on my blog at B&H's blog site. It's already stirred up some great controversy among readers who each have their favorite. And this version left out a direct comparison with Photoshop's own built-in HDR features which I've written about previously but as Photoshop continues to expand its offerings in this area we'll begin adding it to future versions of our comparisons.

You can see all the articles we've published on this site about HDR by clicking here.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Update Available for Photorescue

From David Cardinal

Update Available for Photorescue – The only camera image recovery software you’ll ever need!

Photorescue has long been a favorite of ours and a virtual “lifesaver” more than once when a card has become corrupted with vital images on it. It is the best product with the best support of any we have found and they’ve backed it up for nearly a decade. Their new release, version 3.2.5, offers support for additional raw formats from new cameras and also better performance for large media and large files (like video!). If you’re a current customer you can upgrade or update or if you’re a new customer you can learn more at our dedicated Photorescue Website. At $29 for Mac and PC you almost can’t afford not to own it!

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