Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Haven Register EDITOR'S PICK: 2011 - The year in pictures

As we prepare to ring out 2011 tonight, we invite you to take a look back at the year in pictures from Greater New Haven and around the world in these slideshows featured on the Register's photo blog.

Happy New Year to all!

9 Essential Photo Editing iPhone Apps

9 Essential Photo Editing iPhone Apps

Finding it hard to choose between so many photo editing iPhone apps? Here's my short list of essential photo editing apps. Get these ten apps and it's likely you'll only buy other apps for specialized effects or participating in specific social networks.

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Gear: Ubertronix Strike Finder Automatically Captures Lightning Photos

New Gear: Ubertronix Strike Finder Automatically Captures Lightning Photos

Taking the guesswork out of lightning photography

Winter Wildlife Cruise

From Mass Bird.



Boston Harbor Islands National Park is hosting a winter wildlife
cruise on Monday, January 16th, 2012 (MLKing day).

We will venture to the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay and the Weir River estuary. The tour will be with guided rangers with the help of expert birders : Wayne Petersen, Bob Stymeist, and Tim Factor.
Cruise departs from both Quincy and Boston; Reservations are recommended. If you leave from Boston, you can reserve your tickets online, otherwise call Boston's Best Cruises at (617) 770-0040. Tickets cost $14 - $20 and include a complimentary beverage.

Past trips have recorded Snowy Owl, Harlequin Duck, Black Guillemot and Purple Sandpipers as well as all the regular waterfowl.
We hope you can join us.
Bob Stymeist

Winter Wildlife Cruise


Event Image


Cruise the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay and Weir River estuary.

Park rangers and experienced birders Bob Stymeist, Wayne Petersen, and Tim Factor will lead this winter wildlife tour. Past trips have recorded Snowy Owl, Harlequin Duck, Black Guillemot and Purple Sandpipers as well as all the regular waterfowl.

The boat is enclosed and heated, but there is plenty of deck space for the best viewing opportunities. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Boat departs from Quincy & Boston on the following schedule:

Depart Quincy at 10:00 AM, return at 2:30 PM
Depart Boston 11:00 AM, return at 2:00 PM

If departing from Boston, reservations are available online at the link below.  

When: 1/16/2012 Mon @ 10:00 am,11:00 am; Length: 4 Hrs 30 Minutes

Where: Non-Island Location 

Accessibility: The vessel and docks meet ADA accessibility standards.  

Program Fee

Children (age 3-11)$14.00
Children under 3Free
Family 4 pack$50.00

Tickets include one complimentary beverage. Groups that purchase 10 or more tickets from Boston's Best Cruises Group Coordinator, will get a check back for $4.00 per ticket for the non-profit organization of their choice. Call 617.770.0040 x102 to book a group.

If you would like the donation to support the park, please designate to Boston Harbor Island Alliance.

Reservation Contact Information

Boston's Best Cruises Reservations
(617) 770-0040

Program Contact Information

Park Ranger
(617) 223-8666


Boats will depart from Long Wharf, Boston and Quincy Shipyard. Check the event description for the schedule.


National Park Service

Additional Sponsor(s):

Boston Harbor Island Alliance, Boston's Best Cruises, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Canon 40Ds for sale

Tom and I upgraded our cameras and we are selling our Canon 40D Digital SLR cameras. Includes box and all components plus a LCD screen protector. Excellent condition. Two at $400 each. Email us at

Canon 40D Digital SLR

Product Information
With the 10.1 MP resolutions, the Canon EOS 40D SLR camera delivers stunning picture quality. The 3.0-inch LCD display of this Canon 10.1 MP camera gives you clear and precise view of your photos. This shock, dust and weather- resistant Canon digital SLR camera can be carried anywhere with you. Built-in cleaning system in this Canon 10.1 MP camera automatically cleans the camera. Whereas, the 6.5 fps continuous shooting function in this Canon digital SLR camera captures images with detailed clarity. The Canon EOS 40D camera can be used with Canon EF and EF-S lenses.
Product Identifiers
Key Features
Camera TypeDigital SLR
Sensor Resolution10.1 MP
Screen Size3"
Optical Sensor
Sensor Size14.8 x 22.2mm
Sensor TypeCMOS
Lens System
Lens For SDBody Only
Auto Focus typeTTL phase detection
Max Shutter Speed1/8000 sec
Min Shutter Speed30 sec
Exposure compensation±3 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
Exposure RangeEV -0.5-18 ( ISO 100 )
Exposure MeteringCenter-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot, partial (9%)
Exposure ModesAperture-Priority, Automatic, Bulb, Depth-Of-Field, E-TTL II Program Flash, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
Light SensitivityISO 100-1600, ISO 3200
Light Sensitivity Max3200
Camera Flash
Flash TypePop-up Flash
Camera Flash FeaturesAF Illuminator, Flash +/- Compensation
Flash ModesAuto Mode, E-TTL
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash MemoryCompactFlash, Microdrive
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Optical Viewfinder TypeFixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage95%
Viewfinder Magnification0.95x
Dioptric Correction Range-3 to +1
Depth2.9 in.
Height4.3 in.
Width5.7 in.
Weight24 Oz.
Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 3" - color
Display Size3"
Microphone TypeNone
Connector Types1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x flash terminal, 1 x remote control
Expansion Slot1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II
Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatJPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature0 °C
Max Operating Temperature40 °C
Other Features
Additional FeaturesAE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Image Rotation, Direct Print, Histogram Display, LCD Live View Mode, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, USB 2.0 Compatibility, Wi-Fi
Color Black
Continuous Shooting Speed6.5 frames per second

Canon equipment for sale

Canon equipment for sale

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Camera Body). Excellent condition. I still have the box which contains all materials as when purchased.

2. Canon EOS 50D (Camera Body). Excellent condition. I still have the box which contains all materials as when purchased.

3. Canon 16-35 F/2.8L EF II USM Autofocus Lens. Excellent condition. Includes the hood.

4. Canon 24-105 F/4L IS USM Autofocus Lens. Excellent condition. Includes the hood.

5. Canon 70-200 F/2.8L IS USM Autofocus Lens. Excellent condition. Includes the hood.

6. Canon 70-300 F/4-5.6 EF IS USM Autofocus Lens. Excellent condition. Includes the hood.

7. Canon 17-85 F/4-5.6 EF IS USM Lens. Excellent condition. Includes the hood.

8. Canon 28-135 F/3.5-5.6 IS USM AF Lens. Excellent condition. Includes the hood.

Contact John Supan (203-214-4091) or  

Light Stalking

Photographic Inspiration
The most popular types of articles on Light Stalking seem to be our showcases of what other photographers are doing. We find these articles and collections quite inspirational and hope you do too!

Guy Tal's image “Badlands in Bloom” goes viral!

Going Viral

Guy Tal's image “Badlands in Bloom” had become quite popular over the holiday weekend. It appears that someone included it in a viral email titled “Extraordinary Pictures”. Quite the compliment!
As a token of my appreciation, I am of
fering a post-holiday print special: an 8×10 archival print, double-matted to 11×14 and ready to frame for the low price of $49.95 (US shipping included). Buyers may choose either a white or black mat.

Orders can be placed directly at the Guy Tal Photography home page.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Perfect Photo Suite 6 - SALE $149 or $249

As 2011 comes to a close, we want to take a moment and thank you for your continued interest in onOne Software. Without you, none of us would be doing what we love every day.

We are reaching out today to offer you the lowest price ever for the Perfect Photo Suite 6 - $249 for one day only!

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We are truly thankful, proud, and humbled to know that we've already helped over 50,000 photographers realize their photographic vision with the seven products in the new Perfect Photo Suite 6. We know you'll love all the new features and tools that Suite 6 offers, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that your purchase is backed by a 30-day guarantee, free technical support, and free online training videos.

Did you know that Suite 6 has been completely rebuilt from the ground-up, and that all seven products now work as standalone applications inside a single intuitive interface? The Suite also works as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture, so you can use it wherever you work.
Learn more about Perfect Photo Suite 6.

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We appreciate your continued interest in onOne Software and we thank you for allowing us into your email inbox.

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13 Places Every Landscape Photographer Should See Before They Die

13 Places Every Landscape Photographer Should See Before They Die

by scottbourne

In no particular order, here are 13 places I think every landscape photographer (and anyone else who appreciates natural beauty) should see before they die.

Visionary Death Valley Workshop

Visionary Death Valley (February 16-21):  Guy Tal and Michael Gordon have carefully selected some of the park’s most unique locations for this workshop, combining outstanding photography with inspirational, creative and technical discussion sessions. In addition to classes in the field, Guy and Michael will work individually with participants to address questions, assist with compositions, offer ideas, and share their knowledge. Discussions will include informative reviews and critique sessions of each participant’s images made during the workshop.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ask Tim Grey - JPEG Options

www.timgrey.comAsk Tim Grey eNewsletter Celebrating 10 Years of Ask Tim Grey...

Today's Question: When saving a JPEG in Photoshop, at the bottom of the JPEG Options dialog there are three Format Options: Baseline (Standard), Baseline (Optimized) and Progressive. Under Progressive there is Scans, with the drop down numbers 3, 4, 5. I just noticed when saving a JPEG mine was on Progressive, and the drop down of 3. Should it be on that? I never really noticed it before....

Tim's Answer: I suppose I'd say my "short answer" to this question is that it really doesn't matter, and that you really don't need to worry about which option is set. That said, the setting you use does have an impact on the images you save in the JPEG file format, so it isn't a bad idea to understand what the options mean.

The Baseline (Standard) option is what I think of as the "normal" JPEG option. In this case, by "normal" I mean it is the JPEG format option that is most widely supported, and so it is option that has historically been supported by the widest range of software. So when in doubt, it is the safest option to choose for your JPEG images.

Of course, software has developed quite a bit over the years, and so the Baseline (Optimized) setting is now supported by the vast majority of software that supports JPEG images. In fact, in the last five years (perhaps ten years?) I've not heard from a single person who has run into a problem in terms of compatibility when it comes to JPEG images with the Baseline (Optimized) setting. And in most cases, the Baseline (Optimized) option will result in smaller file sizes compared to Baseline (Standard). Generally that reduction in file size is quite minimal, but it can be helpful for situations where you are especially concerned about file size.

The Progressive option is a variation on Baseline (Optimized). The file size will be the same as with Baseline (Optimized), but the image data is written in such a way as to have the image appear in several passes when it is opened. What that really means is that if you use a JPEG image with the Progressive option on a website, and the download speed is a little slow, the image will first appear a bit out of focus (because, for example, only every third line is displayed), then in slightly better focus, and then in normal focus. For users who have a broadband Internet connection, you might never even notice the Progressive setting was used for a particular JPEG. But it is helpful (or annoying, depending on your perspetive) for those opening images on a slow Internet connection.

I'm not a big fan of the effect you get with a Progressive JPEG image, so my preference is for Baseline (Optimized), largely because it generally reduces file size at least a little, without reducing image quality compared to the Baseline (Standard) option.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Examining Compensation Models for Visual Content

Examining Compensation Models for Visual Content

January 11, 2012
1:00pm - 2:30pm 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 
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

How to Make Shaped Bokeh

How to Make Shaped Bokeh

Making shaped bokeh can add a touch of fun to your holiday photos.  In this free tutorial, our contributor Dana Suggs shows you how to create bokeh shapes.

Shaped Bokeh Tutorial

Last year, I posted the above photo of Brooklyn’s letter to Santa on Facebook.  Here it is again for those that don’t stalk me on Facebook. LOL

I know…..sweet huh?

But I got a lot of comments on the beautiful snowflake bokeh in the background.  No, my Christmas lights are not snowflake shaped, they are just normal little white tree lights. In fact, I have made them in other shapes as well.

Shaped Bokeh Tutorial

read the rest here

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The 18th Annual Readers' Photo Contest Winners

The 18th Annual Readers' Photo Contest Winners

The very best in sports, animals, architecture, landscapes, objects and people

Friday, December 23, 2011

Milford & North Haven Adult Ed Winter/Spring Sessions PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS

Hi Students & Camera Club Friends!

Enrollment is beginning for my Milford & North Haven Adult Education sessions! Links are below to take you to the online brochures for all the details! Feel free to e-mail me with questions, and please pass on the info! Sign up early - space is limited.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Hazel Meredith
Meredith Images
(203) 375-1039

will be teaching the next session at Milford Adult Education as well as for the first time at North Haven Adult Education!

The Milford session description:

Photoshop Elements - Intermediate

This class will move beyond basic editing and show you how to create many artistic projects including panoramas, word art, montages, and much more. You will learn how to use layer blending modes while adding textures and filters, and how to merge photos. A working knowledge of Elements tools is required for this course. Limit: 12 students. Six weeks. West Shore Middle School Computer Room 1. Starts in Feb., Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00p.m. Residents: $79, Non-residents: $89: Milford Seniors: $69.

North Haven class:


Layers are an essential tool for working in Photoshop Elements. Layers give you the ability to make "non-destructive" changes to your photos allowing you to delete the changes or make further changes easily. We will review the four types of layers and how to utilize each of them. You will learn how to make basic adjustments to your photos to correct color, saturation and contrast, then move into using filters, textures, shapes and type to jazz up your images. We will finish with sharpening, sizing and saving our photos. Hazel Meredith has over 10 years of photographic experience and is a Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council. Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge required. CD's with images for group work, class notes and references articles will be provided. 6 weeks, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.; Fee: $60 Sr. Citizens: $45  Room: 105  Begins: 3/1

I hope you can join me for one of these "hands-on" sessions! Class sizes are limited, so please sign up early! Both of these sessions are held in computer labs, so laptops are not needed.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

B&H Free Discount Program for Students and Educators

B&H EDU Advantage

A Free Discount Program for Students and Educators

B&H Photo, Video, Pro Audio — the world’s largest source of imaging and audio solutions — welcomes you to our EDU Advantage Program. This exclusive membership offers discounted prices on thousands of products to students and educators in imaging and audio fields of study. And best of all it is free to join!
About EDU Advantage:
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  • In-Stock items are shipped directly from our warehouses
  • Receive a complementary subscription to the annual Student Buyer’s Guide
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  • Instructors can create easy to use class supply lists online
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Once approved as a member of B&H’s EDU Advantage, you will be eligible to make purchases through either our EDU Advantage Website at or our dedicated EDU Hotline: 866.276.1435.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S.A. based educator or student in an accredited photography, film, video, animation, graphic design, audio, new media, or other approved program at a collegiate-level institution (High School Educators of approved programs are also eligible).
  • A copy of your current and valid school issued ID.
  • A copy of your current curriculum, class schedule or transcript.
  • Purchase to a US shipping address.
How to Apply:
  1. Complete the B&H EDU Advantage Registration form.
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Still have questions? Please email

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

30% off Tom Grey's Digital Darkroom Quarterly

30% off Digital Darkroom Quarterly For a limited time you can get 30% off a PDF Edition subscription to my Digital Darkroom Quarterly magazine. The PDF Edition enables you to copy each issue to multiple devices, search the content, print individual pages (or the whole isuse), and more. And if you enter PDF30 in the Discount Code field during checkout through my online store, you'll get a 30% discount off the already low subscription rates. Get started here:

Monday, December 19, 2011

Adventure Seekers. Fat Gecko Camera Mount

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Obtain flawless footage from your heavier, more advanced camera while attached to the windshield of a vehicle, wing of an aircraft or side of a boat with the Fat Gecko Camera Mount!  

A solid steel shaft, powerful vise grip, and rugged construction keep your digital device secure and stationary for hands-free use in the most extreme situations. This sturdy camera mount uses two suction cups and a universal 1/4''-20 tripod mounting screw to attach to any solid surface. The Fat Gecko is ideal for DSLRs, camcorders, POV cameras, and other devices up to 8 pounds. Offering 360 degree tilt, turn and rotation options, this mount enables photographers to achieve virtually any shooting angle desired while in motion.   

Saturday, December 17, 2011

SensorScope Cleaning System for DSLRs

Photo Perfectionists. Our award-winning SensorScope Cleaning System for DSLRs will ensure that your digital images and video remain picture perfect over time.  

A combination of six scientifically manufactured cleaning tools (SensorScope LED inspection device, SensorVac vacuum, SensorSafe cleaning wands, SensorSolution quick-dry liquid, SensorPen polishing pen & Cleaning Cloth) provide the complete kit to eliminate debris from your valuable CCD or CMOS sensor, surrounding chamber and lens, as well as any fear of damaging or overexposing your sensor. Whether dry particles have statically accumulated or moisture has chemically bonded onto the sensor surface, this all-inclusive package provides the safest most effective removal option. Plus, the SensorScope System will save you immeasurable time and money in post production editing! 

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Secrets to Shooting Great Holiday Lights Photos

The Secrets to Shooting Great Holiday Lights Photos

Using the right equipment is important if you want to capture the true beauty and radiance of holiday lights – whether it be indoors or outdoors. While even the simplest point and shoot digital camera can be used for this purpose, you need to have adequate camera support and decide whether or not to use your flash to achieve the effect you desire.

Night Photography Workshop

Night Photography Workshop

Lorenzo Fariello will teach you how to capture the stunning scenes of NYC at night. This workshop will cover night photography and low light conditions. He will tailor the teaching to each individual, assisting with camera settings, etc, to ensure your best possible night photography workshop experience.

© Lorenzo Fariello

This Night Photo session is best suited for those with a DSLR or other cameras (some point and shoot) that are capable of manipulating the shutter speed and aperture settings, to sustain the long exposures required for night photography. The timer function on your camera will also be used and those who have a tripod please bring it (for questions about your camera’s capabilities, please email Lorenzo).

You will learn various creative tricks for working in low light conditions and the artistry of painting with light. The workshop will be held at either Times Square or Union Square.

If you are not familiar with your camera’s functions, you may wish to take Lorenzo’s Technical Workshop prior to the Night Photography session.

© Lorenzo Fariello


  • Night Photography Workshop – 2 hours
  • Limited to 10 participants
  • $60 per session
  • In case of inclement weather, a text or phone notification will be sent. Students reschedule to another session (there are no refunds)
  • After purchasing, please email
    with your name, cell and class date

Reserve your place for The Night Photography Workshop

7:00pm – 9:00pm (time and location subject to change)
Fee – $60

Small classes – available dates:
Tuesday, December 6th
Tuesday, December 13th
Tuesday, January 3rd
Tuesday, January 10th
Tuesday, January 17th

Thursday, December 15, 2011


CAP is sponsoring a Judging Symposium on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Milford Center for the Arts from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The judging of the Connecticut Invitational Competition will also take place following the symposium at 2:30 p.m.


Camera clubs depend on good judges to critique the work of their members. However, clubs are finding it harder to get good, qualified people who are willing to go out and serve as judges. Our hope is that bringing a number of interested people together to discuss the issue of camera club judging will be beneficial to all. Even less experienced photographers who are not ready to become judges will benefit from this symposium.

Paul Peterson will begin the morning with his program "Judging Photography In The Digital Age." After the program, we will break up into smaller groups and engage in free-flowing discussions in which the participants are invited to share their ideas for improving the quality and number of camera club judges in our area.

Some of the questions we hope to answer include:

* What should judges look for in judging a photograph?
* How do clubs recruit good judges?
* What makes a person qualified to be a judge?
* Is it more difficult to judge digital photography?
* What are the pet peeves that clubs have about judges and judging?
* Are there concerns that judges have about camera clubs?
* Can area clubs get an up-to-date list of camera club judges?

Any member of CAP may attend. You do not have to be a judge. There is no charge for the symposium. We hope to see you there to share ideas and learn what others are thinking.

Light refreshments will be served.


* From New York take I95 to Exit 37, High Street. Take a right off the ramp onto High Street and cross over Route 1. Go straight to first stop sign; take left onto West Main Street. Take second right onto West River Street (Parsons Complex and church are landmarks). Go straight until reaching railroad underpass. Take immediate right after underpass and proceed to Center for the Arts (former eastbound railroad station).

* From New Haven: I-95 to exit 39A, Milford Exit. Ramp feeds onto Route 1. Proceed to left lane. Traffic island with Downtown Milford sign will be on your right. Continue straight onto Cherry Street (Shop Rite and Bob's are on your left). Continue straight until fourth traffic light. Bear left at light onto River Street. Go straight until reaching railroad underpass. Take immediate right after underpass and proceed to Center for the Arts (former eastbound railroad station).

Best regards,


William B. Barnett, AFIAP, MNEC, MPSA
66 Jasmine Circle Milford, CT
06461-1788 USA

CT Association of Photographers Web Master
Phone: (203) 877-1639

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nik Software's Winter Savings 15% off

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Bobblehead iPhone App

Bobblematic iPhone App for Good Clean Fun By Mike Kennamer

This Bobblematic app creates bobblehead simulations of your photos.

Read the article here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets from MCP Actions

I have been using MCP Actions since 2008 amd I love them! I talked about "touch of lightness/touch of darkness" when we presented at NECCC July 2008. I use this action on the majority of my images! Jodi has created LOTS of awesome actions, check them out! Lisa

MCP Actions

Free Photoshop Actions and Free Lightroom Presets:

If you want to "try before you buy," we offer a sampling of free Photoshop actions: Mini Fusion, Touch of Light/Touch of Darkness, High Definition Sharpening, Texture Applicator, Magic Blog It Board, Facebook Fix, Burnt Edges Vignette, Take Action on Cancer Awareness (B&W), Gallery Frame and Watermark, and #2 Pencils.
New to Lightroom and ACR? Try our free Lightroom presets: Mini Quick Clicks set.

Ask Tim Grey - PDF on iPad

Question: Is there a way I can save Digital Darkroom Quarterly to Pages, iBooks, or Kindle on my iPad? Or any other app on my iPad?

Tim's Answer: This question is only tangentially related to digital imaging by virtue of my Digital Darkroom Quarterly publication being of interest to digital photographers, but since I have received quite a few inquiries about being able to view Digital Darkroom Quarterly on iPads and iPhones, I thought I would address the question here (plus it gives me yet another chance for a gratuitous plug of my publication).

You can indeed view Digital Darkroom Quarterly (or any other PDF document) on your iPad, and in fact I use this at events to show attendees what the publication looks like or to allow them to read a particular article they're interested in. The process is actually quite simple.

The first step is to add the PDF of Digital Darkroom Quarterly to your iTunes library. With iTunes up and running, simply drag the PDF from its location onto the Library area near the top-left corner of the iTunes interface. This will add the PDF document to your library, so it is available to sync to your devices.

Next, plug in your iPad (or iPhone) to the computer so it can be synchronized. Click on the iPad in the Devices list at the left side of iTunes, and then click Books in the navigation bar at the top-center of the iTunes interface. Make sure the Sync Books checkbox is turned on, and then either turn on All Books or choose Selected Books and turn on the checkbox for each document you would like to have available on your iPad. Then click the Sync button at the bottom-right of iTunes.

When the sync process is complete, launch the iBooks app on your iPad. To find the PDF, you can go to the Library, then click Collections and choose PDFs. A list of all PDF documents that have been synchronized will be listed, including any issues of Digital Darkroom Quarterly you've added.

If you've turned on the All Books option for synchronizing your iPad, with each new issue of Digital Darkroom Quarterly all you need to do is drag the PDF to the Library section of iTunes and click the Sync button, and the new issue will be ready for you to read in iBooks.

For Ask Tim Grey readers who are not yet receiving my Digital Darkroom Quarterly publication, I've extended teh 30% Anniversary Discount special through today. You can get a great price on a publication with in-depth articles of interest to digital photographers. Learn more about the PDF Edition of Digital Darkroom Quarterly in my online store here:

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Monday, December 12, 2011

The iPhone SLR Mount. Yes, it's really real.

The iPhone SLR Mount. Yes, it's really real.

Turn your iPhone 4 into a DSLR using real SLR lenses.

Ever since the iPhone camera was invented, it's aspired to be what it simply never quite could be: a DSLR. Sure, apps have helped your camera phone inch forward with simulated focusing and faux filters.

Faux no more. The iPhone SLR Mount gives you the real thing. It'll set your phone photos apart from everyone else's on Instagram in an unprecedented way (#nofilter)!

This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4 giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus.

Telephoto, wide angle, macro, or your fixed-fifty lenses all attach to this mount giving you a full range of lenses at your iPhone lovin' fingertips. Heck, you could even throw on a Diana adapter!

Plus, you'll be putting the SLR lenses you already have to use with the camera you always have with you -- your phone.

Two loopholes on each end of the case let you tie on a camera strap, so you can hang it around your neck just like your real DSLR.

Now that your favorite camera has it all, what're you going to do with your DSLR?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

PhotoPhilanthropy Upcoming Events

In January, PhotoPhilanthropy will host a group of leading practitioners in the field of visual storytelling for a weekend of lively discussions and presentations in San Francisco. 

The weekend will include a live judging event to decide the winners of the PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards, and a series of panel presentations on visual storytelling for non-profits. 

Register now to reserve your seat! See event details below.



Saturday, December 10, 2011

3 Situations Where Blurred Photos Just Work

3 Situations Where Blurred Photos Just Work

There are as many photographic techniques as there are photographers and as many effects as there are cameras. One effect that every photographer should have in their arsenal is the ability to intentionally use blurring to create certain effects in their photographs. Here are a few instances in which blurring the image can often result in a stronger composition.

Click Here: 3 Situations Where Blurred Photos Just Work

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wacom Intuos and Lightroom Bundle Deal at B&H

I love my Wacom, so does Tom. If you are looking for a deal then here is a tablet and Lightroom 3. Great gift idea too! Lisa

I found this on:

Lightroom Intuos Bundle

B&H has a solid deal right now on Lightroom 3 bundled with a Wacom Intuos tablet and stylus for only $259.

The Wacom tablet alone is $199 and, of course, Lightroom 3 retails at $299 (although you can generally find it around $200). 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

In-Depth Lighting Course at University of New Haven

Hi Lisa,

Can you put this on your blog?

Chuck Fleischman

Among the many excellent photography coursed offered by The University of New Haven is AT 310  Photographic Lighting as shown in their catalog ( 

This in-depth course is offered on Tuesday evenings from 4:30 to 7:10 and the course is scheduled to run 14 sessions from January 24th to May 1st with one week off for spring break.

Even though there is a pre-requisite, it will be waived at the discretion of the instructor, Bob Rattner, for those with basic photographic skills.  Email him at if you have concerns.

To audit this course on a non-matriculated basis the fees are $360 tuition plus $115 lab fee.  If you are an alumni of University of New Haven, the fees are $210 plus $115 lab fee.

Please email for an Undergraduate Audit Request Form for your use.

I am registered for this course and I hope I will see some of you there.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How to Approach a Snowy Owl

How to Approach a Snowy Owl

photo and article by Greg Lessard

Approaching a snowy owl is tricky business. Too fast, too tall, too excited, too close translates to stressed owls and missed photo opportunities.
So how do we get close to a snowy owl without scaring it away?
Here are some tips:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Registration for Winter Classes at ICP has begun!


Register for Winter Classes Today

Registration for Winter Classes has begun!
Choose from over a hundred courses for all skill levels and fields.

Register for a winter class by January 2, 2012, and we'll waive the registration fee! Enroll in the class of your choice online or call 212.857.0001.

Monday, December 5, 2011

"Four Hours With Rick Sammon"

Join the
Shooters Gallery Photography Group
for a very special event:
"Four Hours With Rick Sammon"


Take a break from the hectic holiday season and enjoy an entertaining and educational day with Rick Sammon and the Shooters Gallery Photography Group.

"Four Hours With Rick Sammon" 
Rick Sammon

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the most widely known photographers in the world  ... Rick Sammon. Rick is a member of the elite group of photographers chosen by Canon, the Explorers of Light, and has published dozens of books.

Rick will be presenting a pair of 2-hour seminars at this event ... "Composition - the Strongest Way of Seeing", and "Days in the Life of a Real Travel Photographer".  You'll enjoy Rick's entertaining teaching style while learning from his years of experience as a professional photographer. See you there!!
Join the Shooters Gallery or renew your membership before you register and your admission is covered!