Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The iPhone Lens Dial

The iPhone Lens Dial

FREE SHIPPING! A complete three-lens optical system for the iPhoneographer that's got it all.
Made from aircraft-grade aluminium and high quality glass, these Fisheye, Wide Angle and Telephoto Lenses are top notch.

Just twist the dial to choose your lens of choice!
The iPhone Lens Dial
$249 at the Photojojo Store

Monday, November 28, 2011

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Workshop Dec 10th

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Workshop

with Branch Watkins and Nancy Ori

December 10, 10-4pm


Get rid of those blown out white skies.  
Bring more detail into shadow areas.
Photograph interiors without complex lighting equipment.
Create dramatic night shots.
Improve the contrast of black and white conversions.
Add drama and mystery to mundane scenes.

This workshop will demonstrate how to make a range of exposures to capture details in both highlights and shadows and then use software and your judgment to process them into a single image. Included: a review of the camera work needed and techniques necessary to do a series of images with a variety of exposures. Some questions answered: when and why do you want to use HDR, how do you deal with image capture and metering, will auto bracketing work or do you need manual, and how can I do HDR with a single image?

Once you have captured the images, what's the best way to process them to get the results you want?  The HDR approach can be used conservatively to produce realistic images or aggressively to push images into the fantasy world.  We will discuss the pros and cons of several of software options and compare results: Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS5, Bracketeer, Photomatix, as well as some newer software.  

Space is limited so there is a lot of one-on-one attention. 

Location: Berkeley Heights.
Laptops are not necessary.
Fee:  $175

Branch Watkins is an experienced Photoshop user, fine art exhibitor and instructor.  He has been affiliated with the New Jersey Media Center LLC for over three years, where he participates regularly as one of Nancy Ori's Wizards, a team of artists brought together because of their creative and technical expertise to support NJMC's efforts in fine art exhibiting, freelance photography and teaching workshops.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Call For Artists!

Thanks Jan for passing this along!

Call For Artists!

Festive Christmas

Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting

Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club

December 11, 2011 3 - 7 p.m.

Hosted by St. Therese Parish, Branford CT

Open to all artists working in:

Oil, Acrylic, Pastel and Watercolor, as well as Glass Designers, Potters, Photographers and Sculptors

Great opportunity to display, discuss and sell artwork for the holidays

$65 fee/no commission

Space Limited Reserve your 10x10 display area

Over 1,000 invitations to be issued

Press releases to area newspapers, television stations

and online publications

Questions and Reservations:

Call St. Therese Parish Office 203-488-2998

How to Write (and Read) Licenses

How to Write (and Read) Licenses

December 14, 2011
1:00pm - 1:30pm ET

Click Register Now! Space is limited!

Upon completion of your registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Copyright Clearance Center. The day before the event you will receive an email with log-in instructions for the audio and visual portions of the online seminar.

Need more information:
OnCopyright Education 
1-800-982-3887 x2808

Saturday, November 26, 2011

NEW: Topaz Adjust v5

I LOVE Topaz -- Adjust, simplify, noise reduction -- awesome! If you do not own this software you should definitely add it to your Holiday wish list! Lisa

NEW: Topaz Adjust v5 ™

Topaz Adjust just got better! The new V5 features 107 new presets, an intuitive selective adjustments brush, preset stacking and much more!

In our ongoing efforts to provide you with valuable software and resources, we are offering
the new Adjust™ 5 as a FREE upgrade to current Adjust™ owners. Already own Adjust™?
Enjoy a special 30% savings on your upgrade to the complete Topaz Collection.

Complete Your Topaz Collection
For those that are new to Topaz and are ready to see how the new Adjust™ 5 can enhance your workflow, we would like to offer you a special 30% discount. Just enter coupon code:  "ADJUSTME" when purchasing. Offer ends 11/30/11.

The limited-time 30% discount can be used towards the bundle or any bundle upgrade as well. You can also try before you buy with our FREE, fully-functional, 30-day trial. Click to get started!

Friday, November 25, 2011

One Year of NAPP and for $199


One Year of NAPP and for $199

NAPP and One gives you the best Photoshop training and the other gives you unsurpassed photography and lighting training – together – you get the best both worlds.

Use code CYBERUNIVERSE to get them both for only $199.

NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professional) and have put together some unbelievable one-day only deals for Cyber Monday*, but take advantage now because on Tuesday, they’ll be gone. Order online or by phone at 800-738-8513.

Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals

SAVE 30% OFF Books, DVDs and Bundles


SAVE 30% OFF Books, DVDs and Bundles is where you’ll find all of the latest titles from Scott Kelby, NAPP’s Photoshop Guys and other Kelby Training instructors. Books and DVDs are written in an easy to understand format so you can learn what you need to and get on with your projects. Some items are bundled together to offer you exclusive content that is available only at Get 30% off your entire order of books, DVDs and bundles.

Use the code CYBER30 at checkout.

NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professional) and have put together some unbelievable one-day only deals for Cyber Monday*, but take advantage now because on Tuesday, they’ll be gone. Order online or by phone at 800-738-8513.

Join NAPP & Get 6 Months Extra

Where everyone learns Photoshop - National Association of Photoshop Professionals

Join NAPP and Get 6 Months Extra
You don’t have to be a Photoshop pro to join NAPP, but you’ll become one when you do. As a member of NAPP, you’ll have access to hundreds of online tutorials 24/7, a subscription to Photoshop User magazine (10 issues), exclusive industry discounts, and online Help Desks for questions about Photoshop, Lightroom, and gear and equipment. NAPP is led by Scott Kelby and the Photoshop Guys, and is the world’s best Photoshop training resource.

Use the code CYBERSIX to join NAPP (or renew) today and get 6 extra months added to your membership free!

NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professional) and have put together some unbelievable one-day only deals for Cyber Monday*, but take advantage now because on Tuesday, they’ll be gone. Order online or by phone at 800-738-8513.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Photography in Connecticut

This was in the ConneCT Fall Edition--CT ASMP Newsletter

Photography in Connecticut

Patti Smith:  Camera Solo
October 21-February 19
The pioneering artist, musician, and poet, Patti Smith has made her mark on the American cultural landscape throughout her 40-year career, from her earliest explorations of artistic expression with friend and vanguard photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the 1960s and 70s to her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s.Patti Smith: Camera Solo will be the first museum exhibition of her photography in the United States. The exhibition will include seventy photographs, one multi-media installation and one video work. Also on view will be a number of objects depicted in the photographs along with a selection of original Polaroids. More...   
Claire Beckett / MATRIX 163
November 3, 2011 - March 4, 2012 
Claire Beckett's large-scale, color photographic series "Simulating Iraq" investigates the American military training sites where soldiers participate in role-playing exercises in preparation for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. In makeshift simulations of Middle Eastern villages, military personnel and hired civilians assume the various "parts"-from Iraqi villagers and medical workers to Taliban fighters-dressed in approximations of traditional clothing, including head scarves, tunics, and robes. Although the military activities are intended to familiarize troops with a foreign culture and unknown terrain, Beckett's "documentary" photographs present the viewer with a fascinating and false alternate reality--through a straightforward but problematic account of cultural simulation charged with genuine humanity.
On Duty: Wegee Metinides Odermatt 
From the Andrew and Christine Hall Collection
November 18 - January 15
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 6 - 8pm This exhibition will feature 45 photographs by three important historic photographers - a Swiss policeman, Arnold Odermatt; a Mexican photojournalist, Enrique Metinides; and New York's Arthur Fellig, known as "Weegee." All three, while on duty in their respective professions, crossed the line of simply documenting accidents and day-to-day mayhem. The content of the imagery, often tragic, transcends the rawness of the event and moves into the realm of a modernist aesthetic that is both profound and thought provoking.  More... 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What Everyone Should Know About Licensing

What Everyone Should Know About Licensing

December 7, 2011
1:00pm - 1:30pm ET

Click Register Now! Space is limited!

Upon completion of your registration, you will receive a confirmation email from Copyright Clearance Center. The day before the event you will receive an email with log-in instructions for the audio and visual portions of the online seminar.

Need more information:
OnCopyright Education 
1-800-982-3887 x2808

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

An Open Letter To Adobe Systems

An Open Letter To Adobe Systems from Scott Kelby

The following was copied/pasted from the first few paragraphs of Scott Kelby's Blog.. read the entire letter here (I urge you to read it as the impact is BIG) Lisa

Dear Adobe:

As president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) I represent more than 70,000 Photoshop users around the world. However as I’m writing this open letter to you today, I would say that most of our 70,000 members have no idea about the upgrade policy changes you just announced, or about how these changes will affect them.

From the information I’ve gathered, it appears to me that this new upgrade policy for the next version of Adobe Photoshop and the Creative Suite (presumably called CS6) will leave a significant number of your customers with no affordable upgrade path to Photoshop CS6 or the Creative Suite.
It’s my understanding that when the next version of Photoshop and the Creative Suite is released, if you do not already own Photoshop version CS5 or CS5.5 (or the 5 or 5.5 Creative Suite):

(a) You will not be eligible to upgrade to Photoshop CS6 (or the CS6 Creative Suite). Instead the only way to get Photoshop CS6 at that point will be to repurchase the entire product again at its full price (presumably $699 US). If you’re a CS4 Creative Suite User, you’ll have to buy the entire suite all over again to move to CS6.
(b) For Photoshop CS4, or CS3 users, their only real option is to pay to upgrade now to CS5.5 (though you are offering a 20% upgrade discount upgrade until the end of the year), and then to pay again to upgrade when Photoshop CS6 is released, or sign up for your new monthly subscription plan.

While I understand that Adobe needs to make business decisions based on how it sees market conditions, I feel the timing of this new pricing structure is patently unfair to your customers (and our members). Here’s why: You didn’t tell us up front. You didn’t tell us until nearly the end of the product’s life cycle, and now you’re making us buy CS5.5 for just a few months on the chance that we might want to buy CS6 at a discount when it’s released. Otherwise, we have to pay the full price as if we were never Adobe customers at all.

Those users who didn’t upgrade to CS5 or 5.5, either couldn’t afford the upgrade, or couldn’t justify the upgrade, or they would already be on CS5 or 5.5. But now you’re kind of holding us hostage—–you’re making us buy something we don’t need now, just so we will still have the option to get something that we may want (CS6) when it is released without buying it all over again from scratch. You’re playing hardball with your customers—either upgrade twice or you’re out. That’s not the Adobe we know.

I have always felt that Adobe was very customer centric, and that their decisions were based on what’s best for their customers, but in this particular instance I can’t see how cutting off CS4 and CS3 users, and making them either pay two upgrades in a row, or pay the full retail price to get CS6, benefits anybody but Adobe.

With that said, here’s my plea to Adobe:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Corel: Shop early, save big! Black Friday Sale starts today

Corel: Shop early, save big! Black Friday Sale starts today,
sale ends 11/25

Photograph Alaska with Hal, Marc Muench and Rick Sammon

Photograph and learn from the Masters
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Each trip includes fine dining, up-close and personal photographic opportunities and hands-on learning and instruction where you need and want improvement. Whether on your photography or digital process we will be there to help you get incredible and once in a life time photography.  

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tip – Wanna keep people from seeing your metadata?
From Matt K

Want to thwart "Metadata Creepers"?

Matt's blog shows a way to automatically get rid of your camera info.

When you go to File > Export and the Export dialog opens, you’ll see a small checkbox called “Minimize Embedded Metadata”.  Turn that on and Lightroom will keep any copyright information in the metadata but it’ll remove all of the camera-related stuff.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Give the Gift of Education Rocky Mountain School of Photography

Are you looking to do some holiday shopping that doesn't require you wake up at 3:00 a.m. to wait in a line?  Do you want to give a gift that is guaranteed to fit into your budget?  Gift certificates to Rocky Mountain School of Photography are ideal for the photographer in your life and help take the stress out of holiday shopping.
RMSP Gift Certificates
  • Are available in any dollar amount.
  • Are applicable towards any Photo Weekend, Workshop or Career Training course.
  • Allow the recipient to choose their course.
  • Are valid forever. That's right, forever!
To purchase a gift certificate in time for this holiday season, call us at 800-394-7677 or send an email to

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Yosemite National Park Photo Workshop

Lerro Productions Presents:
The Yosemite National Park Photo Workshop
February 17-19, 2012

As one of America’s most popular destinations and world renowned through the artwork of photographer Ansel Adams, Yosemite National Park offers some of the most spectacular landscape photography opportunities anywhere in the world. Join Lerro Productions as we travel throughout Yosemite Valley and photograph such places as El Capitan, Half Dome and many other famous landmarks.

During the workshop, participants will learn how to photograph these scenes under a number of different lighting situations, including sunrise and sunset, back lighting and nighttime photography. We'll also have the opportunity to photograph the lava flow sunset effect at Horsetail Falls. To see our style of photography from our recent workshop trip to the American Southwest, click below:

While most of our time will be spent out in the field shooting, there will be time dedicated to photo critiques as well as post processing techniques.

Lodging, meals and transportation are not included in the workshop fee.


There are three options for lodging during the event. The nightly average rate of the hotels in Yosemite Valley is $140.00. A cheaper hotel option would be to stay in the town of Mariposa, CA, which is about an hour outside of the valley. There are a number of chain hotels there that average $70.00 a night.
The least expensive lodging option is to camp inside the valley. While it may seem challenging, you'll get the full experience of Yosemite Valley. Campsites average only $20.00 a night.


Because of winter weather road conditions, Yosemite National Park can sometimes only allow 4WD vehicles in. It may turn out that the weather will be pleasant during our trip, but as a precaution, it’s very important that all participants rent a 4WD vehicle just in case. I'd hate to see someone stuck outside at the gate because weather conditions will not allow for a 2WD vehicle. Sometimes tire chains are also required to be kept in the trunk as a precaution. If needed, you can rent or buy chains in the town of Mariposa, CA.

Food and Meals:

There is a general store as well as several restaurants in Yosemite Valley. Are schedule will vary day to day so don't hesitate to keep a snack with you between meals.

The workshop fee is $300.00 and the rate will increase after December 15th so sign up soon! Spacing is limited to only 8 people. For more information and to sign up, please visit:

Pete Lerro

Thursday, November 17, 2011

50% off sale on Lightroom

If you missed out on the last 50% off sale on Lightroom, here's your chance to snag it at half off. You can grab it here Windows/Mac in the same box for $149.99

Idea Mine: An App for People Suffering From Photographer’s Block

Idea Mine: An App for People Suffering From Photographer’s Block

“Idea Mine” is an upcoming iOS app by Canon that helps photographers save and generate ideas. The idea is that photo ideas can always be broken down into four components: location, subject, feeling, and technique. Provide the app with these four things, and it will store your idea for you to come back to later on. If you need some inspiration, hitting the “randomize” button will fill in the fields for you — kinda like a photographic mad libs.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Please join Barbara Vietzke and Pat Kaplan at their exhibit receptions!!

Barbara Vietzke and Pat Kaplan invite you to either of two receptions to be held so that you can browse their exhibits. Tomorrow, November 16th, they will host a 12:30 to 1:30 reception, and Thursday, November 17th, a 4-6PM reception. Please come if you can and enjoy our images.  300 George Street in New Haven is open weekdays from 7AM to 6 PM.

Starting with Photoshop CS6, which is anticipated to ship in 2012, Adobe will be enforcing a new upgrade policy

For those of you that use Photoshop but do not own CS5
If you thinking about upgrading from CS2,3,4 to CS6 please note that Adobe's upgrade policy is about to change...

The existing policy for upgrades allows you to purchase the newest version at the upgrade price if you up to three major releases back! This will be no more, now the upgrade price will only be available if you own the previous release!

You might want to consider taking advantage of their 20% off on upgrades now and get CS5 if you own older versions...


From Rob Galbraith and from Adobe

Adobe revamps upgrade policy for Photoshop CS6, other CS6 applications
Saturday, November 12, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
Starting with Photoshop CS6, which is anticipated to ship in 2012, Adobe will be enforcing a new upgrade policy. The existing practice is to allow customers to purchase the newest version at the upgrade price if they own an existing version up to three major releases back.

To upgrade to Photoshop CS6 or any other Creative Suite 6 application at the upgrade price, however, you will need to own a license to the previous major release (in this case, CS5, CS5.1 and CS5.5 are all considered to be the same version). Earlier major version releases will not be eligible for upgrade pricing.
For more information on the new upgrade policy, the 20% discount available on existing upgrades through the end of the year as well as Adobe's subscription plan alternative, see the following articles:
Create powerful images with the professional standard
Photoshop CS5
Upgrade from
US $19900

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Haven Camera Club Member Bill Barnett Receives Prestigious PSA Distinction

From: Laura J. Davies, FPSA
Public Relations V.P.
194 Windsor Court
New Brighton, MN 55112

For Immediate Release:


New Haven Camera Club Member Receives Prestigious PSA Distinction

 The Photographic Society of America (PSA) is pleased to announce that William Barnett has been awarded the Master Distinction (MPSA) in recognition of his photographic achievement record in PSA recognized International Exhibitions of photography. To qualify for the Master Distinction, 1500 or more acceptances are required. Presentation of the award Plaque was made in September at the 2011 PSA International Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The award includes an invitation to submit a sample of work to the MPSA Gallery on the PSA web site. (Bill has put it on his "to-do" list. Look for it soon!)

PSA is a worldwide organization of both amateur and professional photographers, with membership in 70 countries. Visit the PSA web site at to view the Distinction Galleries and to learn more about PSA, its activities, and the benefits of membership.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vibrant Color Saturation in Your Photos With Photoshop LAB Mode

Vibrant Color Saturation in Your Photos With Photoshop LAB Mode
Final Image

Like everything in Photoshop, there are more than one way to saturate the colors in your image. There’s always an easy way around it and a more complex way of doing it with a lot more control. Let’s say you want to really saturate your colors as if they were cross-processed without adding a wild color cast and increasing contrast in your image. Well, in that case, there’s only one way to do that!

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to improve color saturation and vibrance in your photos using the Lab Color space.

Click here to view the rest of the tutorial...

Original image
Original Image

Hue & Saturation command (+35, check the color distortion)
Original Image

LAB mode Technique
Final Image

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Les Campbell

Many of you may have missed the earlier notice that went out about Les Campbell being hospitalized, and may not have had the opportunity to sent a get-well card to him. while he was hospitalized  Well, after going back and forth between a local hospital and a rehabilitation center, Les is finally coming back home to Sky Meadow this  Friday, November 11.  See Elaine Darr-Morton's email to me below.....

             Les is being discharged home tomorrow.  Hurray!!!  We sure missed him.

So, if any of you would like to send a card to Les while he continues his recouperation at home, you can mail cards to him at:

                        Mr . Les Campbell
                        PO Box  1065
                        Belchertown, MA   01007 - 1065


Introduction to Adobe Lightroom 3

Saturday November 19, 9am - 5pm:
Lightroom Basics Seminar
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom 3
Making Your Workflow More Efficient
Adobe Lightroom 3 software helps you bring out the best in your photographs, whether you're perfecting one image, searching for ten, processing hundreds, or organizing thousands. Learn how to easily manage all your images and showcase your photos in elegant print layouts, slide shows, and web galleries, as well as on popular photo-sharing sites.
Its modular functionality allows you to view, organize, catalog, enhance, print and publish your photographs.
Library - Organization happens!

  • Sort, label, rate, add keywords and metadata.

  • Develop - Powerful Image Processing

  • Lighten, darken, enhance, sharpen - and allows you to get creative with your work.

  • Slideshow - Don't just send photos, send a slideshow.

  • Select your images and easily export as movies.

  • Print Module - Just Prints or Complete Projects

  • Create layouts, customize, make contact sheets

  • Web - Publish your photos for the world to see!

  • Create web galleries either in HTML or Flash, export them and upload to your site or social networks.

  • Lightroom 3 available on-site at special pricing
    Cost is only $149.99
    To register, click here.

    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Barbara Vietzke and Pat Kaplan photography exhibit Nov. 11, 2011 to Jan 5, 2012

    Barbara Vietzke and Pat Kaplan are having a photography exhibit at 300 George St. from November 11, 2011 to January 5, 2012.

    The title of their show is OLD FRIENDS:
    Impressions of the Mind's Eye by Barbara Vietzke, and Canyons: Past, Present, and Future by Pat Kaplan.

    Please take this opportunity to stop by and see our work. And yes, we are old friends for almost 45 years, and have renewed our friendship through photography.

    The building at 300 George St. in New Haven is open Monday through Friday, 7AM to 6PM. The exhibit itself is in the hallway leading to Cafe George on the first floor.

    The food is quite good, so come and browse and stay for lunch!



    This 2-day, 1-night field trip is being organized by Linda Thomas. The date is Saturday, December 3rd, retuning on Sunday, December 4th. This is an ideal trip for members who can't take off even one day from work. We will spend one night at the Anchorage Inn in York Maine. We will shoot the Nubble in full Christmas decorations at night with a nice warm dinner to follow at a nearby restaurant. There are plenty of rooms at present, but we need to reserve ASAP. One room with a queen bed is $70.00 on the 1st floor of the main building. There is a heated indoor pool should anybody want to get a swim in during our stay. Even though some members have previously indicated interest, everyone interested in going needs to confirm with me, and I will send details on meeting time and place as well as the phone number of the Anchorage Inn. Send an e-mail to Linda at

    You must be a CAP member (dues only $8 a year) in order to join this trip.

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    The Get In Motion Tour

    Sunday November 13, 1pm - 6:30pm:
    The Get In Motion Tour

    OFFSITE at The Crowne Plaza, Natick MA
     You Will Learn
    Everything you need to know about filmmaking
    The Get In Motion Tour is a Call-To-Action for photographers everywhere to use their artistic talent, training, and equipment to also make moving images. We will teach the fundamental principles of filmmaking to photographers and show examples of specific films they can make right now with the tools they already have to open up their home markets to these services.
    Specifically, we will teach how to make:
    • web commercials
    • wedding films
    • birth-announcement films
    • family films
    • senior music videos
    • films for events

    In the process, you will learn all of the fundamental filmmaking techniques, what gear to acquire, and how to use it.

    Cost is $59.00
    To register, click here. or visit

    Eagle Viewing Boat Cruises

    CAS Logo Vertical

     Eagle Viewing Boat Cruises

    ~ Schedule for 2012~

    Tickets go on sale Tues. Nov. 8th!!
    Bald Eagle in flight
    Eagle Viewing Boat Cruise Schedule 2012

    Saturday, February 11th thru Sunday, March 18th

    Saturdays and Sundays

    CAS EcoTravel will again sponsor boat cruises to
    view eagles wintering along the CT River. Eagles
    can be found along the lower river where the wintering
    ground is host to the largest concentraion of eagles in
    New England. Aboard the heated vesseld will be naturalists
    to assist in identification and talk about the local and natural
    history as well as talk about the beauty of the river and its
    inhabitants during the winter season.

    RiverQuest has a large heated cabin, open deck space for
    optimal viewing and a restroom. Tours are apprpoximately
    2 hours in length. Coffee and tea is served on board.
    Children 8 and over please.
    Departure information and other details
    available upon registration.
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 
    Space is limited and reservations are required.
    Tickets are $40 per person.
    Cruises make a great holiday gift so order a gift certificate today!

    To make a reservation please call
    860-767-0660 or 1-800-996-8747.

    DON'T MISS THE BOAT on this wonderful, winter adventure!!

    Tuesday, November 8, 2011

    How To Stitch Panoramics Using Photoshop

    How To Stitch Panoramics Using Photoshop

    by scottbourne

    Make sure you don't miss a single Photofocus post - point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe.

    Guest Post by Richard Harrington

    The Photomerge command lets you take several photographs and combine them into a seamless panoramic image. You can use the command to merge images that are tiled horizontally or vertically.

    Use the following steps to merge properly shot photos into a panoramic image.

    1. Choose File > Automate > Photomerge. You can also select multiple images in Adobe Bridge and choose Tools > Photoshop > Photomerge (then skip to step 4).

    2. Click the Use menu and choose Files or Folders.

    3. Click the Browse button and navigate to the files or folder you want to use.

    4. Select a Layout option to merge the photos. For most situations, Auto works well.

    5. Choose Blend Images Together to have Photoshop attempt to seamlessly blend exposure and color. If you want to create layer masks manually, leave this option unchecked.

    6. Click OK to begin the Photomerge process

    Other Options

    * Vignette Removal: This option can remove darkened edges that can be caused by lens flaws or improper lens shading.

    * Geometric Distortion: This option attempts to correct the distortion caused by certain lenses (such as wide angle or fisheye).

    Monday, November 7, 2011

    Sunday, November 6, 2011

    72dpi is a free photo sharing website...get started today!

    72dpi is a free photo sharing website...get started today!

    Share  -- Upload your best shots to share socially.

    Participate -- Vote, comment and fav other members' photos.

    Be Famous -- Your name in lights...or at least in the top rated area!



    Saturday, November 5, 2011

    21 Tips For Better Flash Photography

    21 Tips For Better Flash Photography

    These simple tips and techniques will help you take your lighting to the next level
    We maintain that the single most important accessory for your DSLR is a full-featured TTL flash unit. With “lightning in a bottle,” you can freeze action solid, mimic studio lighting, tame harsh midday sunlight, balance (or unbalance) the color in a scene, and produce wild and weird effects—with no software required. Here we present a primer on portable flash theory and practice.


    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Order PhotoStamps with your Favorite Photos

    Click Here to Order PhotoStamps with your Favorite Photos

    PhotoStamps United States Postal Service

    Put Your Halloween Images On Real US Postage!

    Stamps 15% OFF

    Enter Code: psgift15off2011
    offer expires 11/30/11

    Put Your Halloween Images On Real US Postage!

    *15% off up to 10 sheets. 1-time use only. Offer expires November 30, 2011. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.

    35th Annual Hunt’s Show coming up November 4th, 5th and 6th

    We are gearing up for our 35th Annual Hunt’s Show coming up November 4th, 5th and 6th. These are our lowest prices of the year and all orders placed during the Show only will receive free shipping. In addition to all of the Show promotions, we will be offering “exclusive Hunt’s mail-in rebates” on virtually every digital still and video camera! Again we’re offering our fantastic show prices to our customers all over the country. To place orders please call this number 1-800-924-8682. During this busy weekend we will have an extremely high volume of calls, if we’re not available please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible.

    Also, feel free to email us as well at or for information on pricing and products. If there are any products that you are interested in that you do not see on the flyer please email us and we will take care of you. For a faster response to your emails please be sure to leave a contact number. Be aware show pricing will only be available by phone not online. The show hours will be Friday 10-8pm, Saturday 9-6 pm and Sunday 10-6.


    Call for more details on specials including:

    Nik Filters: Save on all Nik Software, including the New Nik Color Efex Pro 4.0
    Tripods: Special on all Tripods lines including: Fiesol, Vanguard, Benro, Gitzo and Manfrotto
    Canon: All Canon Equipment on Sale including ID MARK IV, 300 2.8 II IS Lens, Canon 400 2.8 IS Lens, and all Canon Flashes
    Canon-Taking Preorders for Canon 1DX and Canon Pro 1 Printers
    Tamron Lenses- Special savings & Mail in rebates including 18-270 VCPZD, 60 and 90 Macros
    Nikon- Many Nikon cameras and lenses on sale including 500&600 VR lenses, D3s, and P7100
    Ink Jet Paper- Save on all inkjet Including Ilford, Epson, Canson, Inkpress, and more
    Pocket Wizard- Special Pricing on TT1 for Canon and Nikon and TT5 for Canon and Nikon
    Epson Printers- Promo pricing & rebates on all Epson printers, R2880, R3000, 3880, 4900,
    Xrite Colormunki Photo- Special pricing
    X-Rite passport – Special pricing
    Wacom Tablets- One weekend only Instant rebates and Refurbished product available
    Lecia- One weekend only special savings and/or rebates on all Leica products
    Data Color- Save on Spyder Elite, Spyder Pro3, Spyder Studio with Mail in Rebates

    Gary Farber, Vice President

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    two workshops

    Ben Willmore!

    Photography & Photoshop: A Creative Fusion
    December 7-11, 2011

    Learn to think about Photoshop while in the field shooting so that you capture the essential raw material for optimal digital enhancement. This is a very creative workshop that will leave you with a new arsenal of digital techniques.

    Marc Muench
    Big Waves! From Los Osos to Big Sur!
    December 1-4, 2011

    You will learn to control the look and feel of moving water shots. Become a master with the tools for the job. We will start in Los Osos and then treck up the coast, stay a night in San Simeon and photograph the beauty of Big Sur and then end in Morro Bay and back in Los Osos for a review and enhance with new Photoshop techniques.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Open House for Careers in Photography

    Open House for Careers in Photography

    Sunday, December 4th, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

    Open House December 4

    If you have been thinking about a career in photography but just don't know how to get started, this is it! Join us for our exciting Careers in Photography Open House where you will experience the Unique Educational Training System that has turned those with a sincere interest into professional photographers in only 10 months. If this sounds too good to be true, then come and see for yourself on Sunday, December 4th.

    Call us now at 413.863.2478 (or RSVP online) to tell us you will join us.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Redfield Plugins: New ATX plug-in released

    Redfield Plugins: New ATX plug-in released

    New ATX plug-in allows you to create unusual effect of so-called Torsion Texture.

    With ATX plug-in, you can achieve a variety of quite unique effects including: Braided Fibers, Twisted Spikelets, Complicated Shagged Surface, etc.

    Please visit ATX plug-in page to view the samples:

    Direct link to download demo version:

    Versions for both 32-bit and 64-bit Image Editors available.

    We offer you 20% discount in purchasing ATX plug-in -- the coupon code is '20118'

    What to do with grey cloudy day photos

    What to do with grey cloudy day photos