New Video Monday

Double Process in Photomatix Pro

Double processing an HDR images is a great way to give it a Illustrative look and in this video I will show you how to double process in PhotoMatix Pro and then use some finishing touches in Lightroom.

My First iPad 2

I just got my iPad 2 from the Apple store last week, and I have to say I love it. If you are a photographer this is going to be one of those must have pieces of equipment, as the images look fantastic. I have loaded about 10 folders of images onto the iPad 2 and have shown them to some of my friends and colleagues and they’re just amazing how these things look on the iPad.

But it’s not just having the images on the iPad that’s great, if you’re photographer you are going to love some of the apps that you can buy or get free that will help in your everyday photographic endeavors. There is a Photoshop app and every kind of app you can think of that will adjust or create a new look for your photo, all you have to do is search Apples’s App Store for photography and you’ll get pages upon pages of apps for  manipulate your photographs on your iPad.

It’s not just for photography, there are a great number of apps that will help your business, everything from writing, storing, time management, and you get the idea. I love Apples’s Mobile Me, as it allows me to sync all my Apple devices, home computer, laptop, iPhone and iPad without actually having to connect them to each other, it’s all done with the cloud system. This alone makes my life easier since I know everything has the same updated information on it.

Now that I am a new iPad owner you become part of the iPad community where everyone is showing you the apps that they have and telling you what apps you need to get to make your iPad even better. Which, because you don’t want to be rude, you downloading and you get trapped into buying more apps and sharing more apps with everyone else. It’s a vicious circle.

Did I tell you that I love my iPad, I just want to make sure.

  • Marc Levasseur - Randy!

    You’ve done a great job with all your sites. Amazing! So you got an Ipad2. Man!

    See ya soon!

    Marc

Photo News Friday

Think Tank Photo Release Five Small Photography Pouches and Holders

Think Tank Photo just released solutions for carrying those smaller items that tend to rattle around

and get lost in photographers’ bags and pockets.  These include the Credential Holder, the AA Battery Holder, the Passport Holder, and the Large and Small Travel Pouches.

  • The Credential Holder features a clear window that always keeps credentials of various sizes in view, an adjustable neck strap, a zippered business card pocket on the front flap, a roomy interior pocket that fits a smart phone, and a back side that has two pen pockets and a pocket that fits a reporter’s pad or small note pad.  Exterior dimensions:  5.7″ W x 7″ H x 0.3″ D (14.5 x 17.8 x 0.8cm).  Weight: 0.1lbs (0.05kg).
  • Small AA batteries are one of those accessories that tend to fall to the bottom of whatever bag being used.  The AA Battery Holder lets photographers store eight AA batteries in a soft, compact case that folds in half and is easy to find.  Exterior Dimensions:  3″ W x 3″ H x 0.5″ D (7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3cm).  Weight: 0.05lbs (0.02kg).
  • Travel humid or inclement weather can beat up a passport.  With the Passport Holder photographers can carry one passport, airline ticket, credit cards and other identification in a sleek leather case.  It features a front pocket for airline ticket stubs and three small pockets for additional identification, coffee gift cards, frequent flyer membership cards, and the like. External dimensions:  3.8″ W x 5.5″ H x 0.5″ D (9.7 x 14 x 1.3cm).  Weight: 0.1lbs (0.05kg).
  • When forced to mix photo gear and clothing in a roller or backpack, clothing often gets wedged into a corner.  The Travel Pouch-Large is designed to hold clothing and other items that need to be protected in a lightweight and soft pouch.  It folds easily when empty and the mesh front keeps the enclosed items visible.  It features a webbing carrying handle.  External dimensions:  11.5″ W x 15.5″ H x 3″ D (29.2 x 39.4 x 7.6cm). Weight: 0.3lbs (0.1kg).
  • The Travel Pouch-Small is a smaller pouch for organizing non-photo gear, such as toiletries and socks.  It is lightweight and soft, and folds easily when empty.  The mesh front keeps enclosed items visible.  It features a webbing carrying handle.  External dimensions:  6.7″ W x 10″ H x 2.5″ D (17 x 25.4 x 6.4cm).  Weight: 0.2lbs (0.1kg).

For additional information visit: www.thinktankphoto.com

Canon U.S.A. Announces 2011 Schedule for Canon Live Learning Workshop

Canon U.S.A. is proud to announce the continuation of its exclusive on-site educational experience, Canon Live Learning, which has been designed to help advanced amateur imaging enthusiasts and budding professionals improve their skills with the support of professional photographers and industry experts. Back this year by popular demand are the EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops and the EOS Destination Workshops, each with updated and improved content. Appearing for the first time will be a new workshop series called “Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD,” aimed at professional videographers and transitioning still photographers, and led by instructors from the industry-leading stillmotion™ team.

EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops
Canon EOS Immersion Saturday Seminars are full-day events consisting of individual presentations on Creative Essentials, Speedlite Creativity & Techniques, HD Video Basics, andTravel & Landscape Photography. Canon Live Learning instructors Jeff Greene and Sharon Levy Freed deliver inspiring multimedia presentations and perform live demos on stage for up to 200 attendees.

Offered separately, EOS Immersion Sunday Workshops provide a full-day hands-on educational experience for up to 16 attendees. From the top-of-the-line EOS-1D Mark IV to the advanced EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D, students can use and learn with the camera body that best fits their needs while also experiencing Canon’s award-winning EF and EF-S lens lineup and other EOS System accessories. This year, students can choose workshops on EOS HD Video Techniques or Creative Lighting with Canon Speedlites. Ten EOS Immersion weekends are scheduled to date in 2011.Tickets for the Saturday seminar and each Sunday workshop are sold separately.
The next set of EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops is scheduled on March 26-27, 2011 in Dallas. It will be followed by stops in other major cities such as Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC.

EOS Destination Workshops
Building off the success of last year’s programs, the EOS Destination Workshops are back helping photographers not only to develop their portfolios but also to enhance their photographic skill sets through hands-on shooting sessions with a wide range of Canon photo equipment.  These two-day workshops will take place in scenic locations such as Death Valley National Park, Acadia National Park, and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, among others.  EOS Destination Workshops allow participants the chance of a lifetime to receive personal instruction from Canon Explorers of Light photographers including Jennifer Wu, Tyler Stableford and Ken Sklute, as well as other industry leading professionals, while enjoying scenic views and capturing outstanding images. Reservations for EOS Destination Workshops can be booked in advance on Canon’s web site: www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning.

The next EOS Destination Workshop is scheduled for April 9-10, 2011 in Utah’s Arches National Park with Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford as the instructor, followed by workshops in Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey, Maine, and Colorado.

Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD
The introduction of Full HD video into Canon EOS DSLR cameras has completely changed the art of videography.  Working with stillmotion, a team of leading innovators in the use of EOS HD video products, this three day workshop series is designed to help educate aspiring videographers on the creative and technical essentials of storytelling with a focus on camera handling, audio, lighting, movement, composition, storyboarding and editing.

The first session of ‘Deconstructing the Story’ is slated for May 24-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida followed by workshops in Cincinnati, New York City, Austin, and Seattle.

For more information and a complete listing of the 2011 Canon Live Learning workshops and seminars, please visit www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning.

Marketing Essentials International Announces Launch of Skip’s Summer School

It’s year three for Skip’s Summer School and founder, Skip Cohen, is once again launching what has repeatedly been described as one of the best educational programs in the professional photographic community.

“We have an all-star faculty and I’m ecstatic that Pulitzer Prize winner, Vincent LaForet will be joining us as our closing speaker for the conference. A major direction for the complete Summer School series has been to focus on diversity and new technologies. Vincent is known for his forward-thinking approach to image-making and storytelling. It’s a real honor to have him join us and a program our attendees will find incredibly valuable,” commented Cohen.

This year’s faculty includes, Scott Bourne, Jules Bianchi and Joy Bianchi-Brown, Clay Blackmore, Bambi Cantrell, Skip Cohen, Tony Corbell, Bob Davis, Jerry Ghionis, Doug Gordon, Kevin Kubota, Tamara Lackey, Vincent LaForet, Bobbi Lane, Matthew Jordan Smith and Roberto Valenzuela. New programming for 2011 includes a full day of demonstration/hands-on shooting with special concentration on lighting. Attendees will be able to chose three two-hour hands-on programs from eight different instructors on the second day of Summer School.

Just like the incredible talent of the faculty, sponsors announced so far for this year’s event are equally impressive: Albums Inc, Animoto, Asukabook, Backgrounds by Maheu, Bay Photo Lab, Canon, CLIQ, DWF, GhostRighters, GoingPro, H&H Color Lab, Marathon Press,Nik Software, Photodex, Photofocus, Profoto, PWSPI, SmugMug, Tamron, WHCC and X-Rite.
Summer School 2011 will be held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas starting late Sunday afternoon July 31 and ending at 12:30 pm on August 3.
“We’re very happy with the new relationship with the Mirage Hotel. The space we’re using is perfect for this kind of programming. Plus, the Mirage has a special room rate for our attendees.”

The cost to attend Skip’s Summer School is only $279. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend eleven different programs over the three days. Plus, networking with the various speakers, other attendees and vendors adds a dimension not easily found at larger programs. There’s also a special discount for alumni of previous Summer Schools, giving them an opportunity to get a 50% or full rebate of their tuition. Complete information is available on the Summer School site.

For more information about Skip’s Summer School, contact Skip Cohen at Skip@mei500.com. Full information on the complete program is available at www.mei500.com.

A Good Review

Last week, in the weekly paper, “Creative Loafing” they gave a review of the art show that I was in at the Morean Art Center and I am very happy, as they gave me a lot of love. It was a nine paragraph review and one third of it was about my photography and interviewed it reported that with me.

Here is an excerpt from that article, I hope to get more like this:

In contrast, St. Petersburg photographer Randy Van Duinen (included in Paradise Lost/Paradise Found) uses cutting-edge technology — HDR, or high dynamic range, photography — to produce images with a strikingly different flavor of history. Crafted to evoke the graphic style of vintage Florida postcards, Van Duinen’s pictures capture mom-and-pop businesses, like The Sands Motel on Treasure Island or the Coney Island Diner in downtown St. Pete, in bold color and surreally crisp detail.

The neat trick of HDR photography, which Van Duinen stretches to its creative limits, is that it lets shooters merge, in the computer during post-production, different versions of the same image taken at higher and lower exposures to light. For example, in “Lounging at the Sands,” the technology enables Van Duinen to capture not only the motel’s blazing yellow-and-white beach chairs and umbrellas, but also the face in shadow of a man peeking out from behind a motel room curtain.

Of course, the technique wouldn’t be worth much if Van Duinen didn’t bring a good old-fashioned artist’s eye to each composition and the careful calibrating of colors and textures in the images, which possess a distinctive painterly quality. A long-time architectural photographer by trade, Van Duinen was inspired to start documenting bits of old Florida after moving from San Francisco to Clearwater Beach (before settling in St. Pete) nearly a decade ago with his wife.

“We were seeing things of Florida just disappearing, part of the cultural history just being developed away,” he says.

To read the whole article go to: Creative Loafing