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This Sumer I have two gallery openings in the next couple of weeks of my photography. The first will be the “Member Show” at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, in Tampa Florida. With over 180 members showing their photographs, the show tends to be packed full of people and great photographs. I look forward to this show every year because of the wide range of subject matter and the different levels of experience photographing. The opening for the show will be Sunday, July 17 from 5 to 7.

For more information please visit: www.FMoPA.com

Here is my entry for the show.

The second show I will be in is titled “Teachers Pet” and is being held at the Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Petersburg. I teach at the Morean and they decided that they wanted to show some of the instructors work with alongside one of their students work. I chose to show the photographs from the St. Petersburg shuffleboard courts as I am always taking my HDR workshops down there to photograph.

The student I choose was Dick Quigley. I have seen Dick develop as a photographer from the first time he took my architectural photography class a few years ago, thru his new work that he just completed from Ireland. Just before I got the notice for the show Dick had sent me a photograph he had taken in Ireland that I was really impressed with, so it was an easy choice to make when I had to select one of my students for the show.

For more information please visit: www.moreanartscenter.org

Here is my entry for the show

Here is my student, Dick Quigley’s photography.

X-Rite Announces Free July Webinars
X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of July Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.

Four free Webinar topics this month are sure to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their color workflow. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.

RAW COLOR POWER with Adobe® Lightroom® and the ColorChecker Passport
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT & 1:00 PM EDT

David Saffir’s End-to-End Workflow for Creative Photographers
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 9:00 AM PDT and 11:00 AM PDT

Creative Fusion: Stylistic Photographic Images with Brian Matiash
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 12:00pm PDT/ 3:00pm EDT/ 7:00pm GMT

Beyond Monitor Calibration – Get Prints That Match Your Display!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT and 1:00 PM EDT

For more information visit: July Webinars

Datacolor Releases SpyderGallery™ 1.1 iPad® Display Calibration Application

Datacolor® today announced the release of its SpyderGalleryiPad® app version 1.1 available for free download on the Apple® App Store. Originally introduced to the market by Datacolor last month, SpyderGallery is the first-ever color calibration app to allow for custom color profiling of iOS devices and is the first to provide a viewer to apply custom color corrections to images. To date, the app has received thousands of downloads.

The improved SpyderGallery 1.1, in addition to its earlier app features, offers more reliability for RAW and large JPEG image file support, faster thumbnail generation, display and scrolling, and no longer requires Location Services to be enabled, which was the number one request among current users. When disabled, SpyderGallery will use the standard photo picker to browse albums and select images from the iPad photo library.

For more information visit: www.datacolor.com

HP Offers Large Format Photo Negative Solution for Black and White Photo Prints

HP today announced a free, downloadable software application for the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer series that enables professional photographers to generate large-format photo negatives for the production of high-quality, black and white silver halide photo prints.

HP is showcasing the Large Format Photo Negative solution for the first time at Les Rencontres d’Arles 2011 in Arles, France, during a conference titled, “The Best of Both Worlds: Digital Negatives for Black & White Silver Prints” on Tuesday, July 5 at 6 p.m. in Cour des Rencontres, Rue Fanton.

Available in September, the Large Format Photo Negative software package includes a paper preset for the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer series that allows photographers to print a digital negative from a film, scanned or digital capture file onto a transparent substrate. Once printed, these large-format photo negatives can be used as masters to produce high-quality black and white fine art prints through a contact process. The final print size is the same as that of the transparency, allowing an original 35 mm negative to be blown up as large as a 44-inch print.

While writing on film from digital data is not new, the Large Format Photo Negative solution offers one of the simplest, least expensive and highest-quality options available on the market. Users only need to have access to an HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer, the correct media and the free software package from the HP website to produce photo negatives. The Large Format Photo Negative solution can be used with any silver halide papers, including fixed or variable grade, and can be used to produce large-format prints from 35 mm images, enhance images from old or damaged negatives or archive digital files physically on film and paper.

For more information visit: www.hp.com

I had the opportunity yesterday to go to the Ansel Adams photography show at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa,FL. I have seen a few of his shows and I have been to his gallery in San Francisco and I cannot get enough of his photography. Every time I see his work I get inspired to go out and do my own black-and-white photography. Ansel was truly a master with black and white photography; the tonal range that he obtained in his prints still amazes me to this day.

Two years ago I was in Yosemite for a few days and the whole time I was photographing my thoughts were of how Ansell Adams would be photographing the subjects I was shooting at the moment. Adams was not just a great photographer, but he is also a technician in the darkroom and I always wonder what he would think of the digital world and how it relates to black-and-white photography today. He came up with the zone system and in reality we are still using that system today when we evaluate photographs, we are still talking about 11 zones, D-Max and about highlight detail in zone 10. These were all terms and ideas that Adams, through his books, taught the rest of us photographers how to evaluate our images.

I was wondering what Adams would say on how we evaluate photographs today as we nitpick every imperfection instead of evaluating the image for its artist quality. In a few of his images I noticed dust in the skies, something that we would not even think of allowing with our digital retouching today. This question has occurred to me before as I listen to how we evaluate photographs during competitions, and I sometimes think we lose sight of the artistic aspect of these photographs over evaluating them for their technical perfection.

I’m not saying that technical perfection creates a great image, but I sometimes think we lose sight of the artistic attributes because of the technical issues that are involved nowadays. I have a feeling that Adams would have embraced the technology and perfected his craft, but I do feel also that we as photographers need to work on perfecting our own visions and our artistic qualities of our photos.

Here are a few photographs from my walk in Ansal Adams footsteps.

Hope you all have a great 4th of July with your families and as that is what I am doing and there is no new video today. I will be teaching a Lightroom workshop this Saturday at the Morean Arts Center, in this workshop I will get you started the right way so you will get the most from this program.

Here is photo from my last trip to Mexico.

The iPad has made a noticeable impact on how photographers work and how they use this new technology, so I have put together a list of ten must have apps that photographers need for their iPads.

Easy Release – This easy app allows you to have a model or property release with you at all times. You fill in the models and your information in the field provided, they sign it right there and it gets e-mailed back to you and the model.

Portfolio – The iPads photo viewing app is OK, but it doesn’t let you arrange your photos the way you want. With Portfolio you can arrange your images in the order you want them viewed and you can add your logo so clients will see it first.

Adobe Photoshop Express – A very pared down version of the ubiquitous photo-editing tool, yes, but handy none the less for making basic corrections such as rotating photos, cropping, straightening and even more creative functions such as saturation, tint and convert to black and white.

Sun Seeker – As an architectural photographer I love this app, but If you are a nature photographer or you shoot outdoors this is a must have app. It will tell you when sunset and sunrise is and show you with a compass on the screen exactly where the sun will be.

HelloPhoto – This iPad app that can effectively resurrect photos taken on slides and negatives, reviving an art form that’s slowly being overlooked in this digital era. Whether you are nostalgic, a photo purist, or have boxes of slides and negatives to sort through, HelloPhoto can rescue your film from dust.

Fotopedia Heritage – 20,000 photos from across the world’s 890 World Heritage Sites and 3,000 points of interest – if travel, landscape and architecture photography is your bag you could easily find yourself lost in this app for hours.

Filterstorm – It contains a suite of powerful tools including curves manipulation, color correction abilities, noise reduction, sharpening, vignetting, and black and white conversion fine-tuning.

DSLR Camera Remote – DSLR Camera Remote lets photographers control a long list of compatible cameras from a distance. You can remotely adjust the white balance, shutter speed, aperture and exposure. You can look at images sitting on the camera’s memory card. And you can even look through the viewfinder to see what the camera sees when you’re on the other side of the studio.

Camera Manual – This is not an app but if you have an PDF of your camera manual you can drop it into iBook and have it with whenever you go.

Square – Photographers who sell they’re images outside the studio, Square is both a unique and invaluable way to take payments on location. It allows photographers to accept credit card payments on their mobile devices.

Of course it’s possible to shoot efficiently and well without an iPad, and Apple’s tablet is never going to replace the laptop. But a few well-chosen apps can make life easier for photographers.