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Startling Graphic Reveals Life “Behind The Lens”

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an image released on speaks volumes. The recently published infographic looks at personal preferences and industry trends of 22 professional photographers.

The infographic – along with interviews with each photographer – can be found at

The interviews revealed several key insights, including preferred camera, software and opinions on digital versus film photography.

According to the interviews, an overwhelming majority of photographers – roughly 95% – prefer relatively inexpensive cameras such as Nikon and Canon to high-priced counterparts like Mamiya and Hasselblad.

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New Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader Dramatically Accelerates Digital Workflow

The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader features the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, which operates at 500MB per second; while the Hi-Speed USB 2.0  interface operates at 60MB per second*. The Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader takes advantage of the performance of high-speed cards. Real-world tests prove that today’s high-performance cards can be read more than six times faster with the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader than with previous generation USB 2.0 card readers, and future high-performance cards are likely to enable an even faster data transfer experience. The reader can transfer content from both SD and CF cards simultaneously, and allows for easy file transfer from one card to another. The USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader also features an innovative, pop-up mechanism that lets users close the reader when not in use, protecting it from dirt and debris. Its compact, portable design means users can take it on the go, and its smooth contours help it slip easily in and out of a photo bag or briefcase.

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Tether Tools® Releases LAJO-4® ProBracket

Tether Tools®, designer and manufacturer of the Tether Table Aero System for tethered photography, has upgraded their patented LAJO® ProBracket to serve professional and enthusiast photographers using the Arca-style quick release mounting platform. The state-of-the-art LAJO-4 ProBracket now integrates the Arca-style functionality into the bracket along with the existing 1/4″-20 tripod threads, 3/8″ tripod mount threads and 5/8″ pins found on studio stands and arms.

The Tether Table Aero System, a convenient platform for laptop computers or versatile workstation for lenses, gear, staging, and more, is mounted via the ProBracket and designed to work with the tripods, stands and arms photographers already own and use.  Now with the LAJO-4, Arca-style users no longer have to dedicate an Arca-style plate to mount their Tether Table.  The built-in attachment enables photographers to mount their Tether Table directly to any Arca-style compatible head such as Really Right Stuff, Acratech and Arca Swiss.

Engineered from T6 Aerospace Aluminum, the LAJO-4 ProBracket weighs less than 10 ounces (.28 kilograms) and can hold up to 30 pounds (13.5 kilograms). The bracket is finished in a brushed silver or non-reflective black complementing the Tether Table Aero and accompanying line of accessories.

The LAJO-4 ProBracket integrates fully with the complete line of Tether Tables in the Aero System.  Perfect for studio work or on-location tethered photo shoots, the Tether Table mounts to any tripod, studio stand, MagicArm or SuperClamp in seconds; no adapters needed.  The Aero line is thoughtfully designed to easily fit into any photographer’s current workflow.

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AfterCapture Magazine Wins Fourth MAGGIE Award

AfterCapture Magazine, a professional publication focused on digital photographic and post-production digital image processing(and one of my favorite magazines), announces that the publication has been honored with its fourth consecutive MAGGIE Award since the magazine’s launch in 2007.

During the recent 60th Annual 2011 MAGGIE Awards Banquet, sponsored by and hosted by Western Publishing Association (WPA), AfterCapture Magazine won the Best Single Editorial Enhanced Photo or Illustration/Trade and Consumer magazines category. AfterCapture was selected for the December 2010/January 2011 issue, which featured an article about digital wizard Rob Burman written by Peter Kotsinadelis, “Ordinary to Extraordinary.” The image that garnered the award is the lead photo of the Statue of Liberty almost submerged underwater with Army helicopters in the sky and the Manhattan skyline ablaze in the background. Visit to see the article in its entirety.

“The MAGGIE Awards have long been known as the most prestigious publishing event in the Western United States. Receiving a fourth consecutive MAGGIE Award since the launch of AfterCapture recognizes that we strive for excellence in publishing,” said Bill Hurter, Editor of AfterCapture Magazine. “To all of AfterCapture’s staff and contributors, a hearty congratulations on a job well done!”

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