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Mount for your iPhone 3 or iPhone 4
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.

The iPhone SLR Mount gives you the real thing. 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.

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?

For more information visit: www.photojojo.com

New Service from MorePhotos Helps Photographers Get Found Online
Longtime website/shopping cart provider MorePhotos has recently expanded their service offerings to include search engine optimization (SEO) geared toward their client base of professional photographers. With over 13 years of e-commerce experience specific to the photography industry, this announcement is timely due to droves of “pro-sumers” (consumers that have taken to buying pro-level digital cameras), flooding the market in recent years.

“Photographers know they need to stand out in the crowd these days”, says MorePhotos SEO specialist Drew Warner. “Especially in medium to large size cities where competition is fierce and we can help them do just that”.

The SEO services are unique in that two completely different levels are being offered. One is a campaign management option for Photographers that lack the desire or technical ability to take on these tasks as part of their weekly schedule. The other, more out-of-the-box approach includes structured consulting sessions covering specific parts of search engine optimization and online marketing strategy. The latter option is for professional photographers that would like to learn what’s needed to “do it yourself” and goes against the grain of typical SEO firms desire to keep their secrets to themselves.

For more information Visit: www.morephotos.com

PhotoShelter Unveils the Freelancer’s Online Marketing Blueprint, a New Free E-Book
PhotoShelter released The Freelancer’s Online Marketing Blueprint, a free 53-page e-book for all creative freelancers (not just photographers) looking to use online marketing to generate more clients and increase revenue. The e-book can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/freelanceblueprint

Packed with actionable marketing strategies which can be implemented immediately, The Freelancer’s Online Marketing Blueprint includes step-by-step practical tips on how to generate inbound website traffic through SEO, social media platforms and blogs, building a successful leads list for email marketing, and the benefits of pay-per-click advertising. The guide also includes insights on optimizing websites to increase conversion of visitors to paying clients, and how to efficiently manage time and allocate scarce marketing budgets.

“When you’re a freelancer, it can be a real challenge to balance self-promotion with client demands,” says Allen Murabayashi, CEO of PhotoShelter. “This e-book is meant to coach freelancers on effective marketing strategies that will help optimize their online exposure and reach a larger pool of prospective clients.”

For more information visit: www.photoshelter.com/mkt/research/

ModelDaily.com Offers Free Portfolio Critique
Models, photographers, hairstylists, and makeup artists can now obtain a complimentary portfolio examination through the New York based company modeldaily.com. Industry insiders know that exposing even one bad photo can hurt an otherwise perfect portfolio, resulting in a job loss. Getting a professional evaluation is the key to having an impressive portfolio.

ModelDaily believes that without their offer to share insider know-how, job opportunities and work could be missed by photographers, hairstylists, and make-up artists, resulting in frustration and failure. ModelDaily offers the opportunity to show their members how to market themselves and display their versatility.

Not only does ModelDaily offer a fresh pair of eyes to pinpoint a portfolio weakness, ModelDaily members receive access to modeling jobs, fashion industry news, hair tips, make-up trends and contests. Also, Modeldaily.com provides members with the ability to connect with other fashion industry workers and the capability to ask for free advice.

Fashion industry professionals say; “Sometimes less is better than more.” Meaning one strong photo is better than ten bad photos, ModelDaily.com now offers the unique service of ‘portfolio analyzing’. This complementary once-over allows artists to be at the top of their game, once they understand how to showcase their ability and talent.

For more information visit: www.modeldaily.com

FotoWeek DC Launches 4th Annual International Awards Competition
FotoDC is charging up for its annual festival, FotoWeek DC. The launch of the fourth annual International Awards Competition marks the continued celebration of the power of photography.

“For the past three years we have worked to uncover, discover, and spotlight professional and emerging photographers from our region and from around the globe,” said FotoDC Founder and President, Theo Adamstein. “This year promises to have more entries than ever before due to our year-round programming and the growth of our festival.”

The competition will feature 11 different categories of entry. For single images, contestants can enter under Photojournalism/Social Documentary, Commercial, Fine Art, Contemporary Life, Travel, Portrait, and/or The Natural World. If submitting a series, contestants can enter under Photojournalism/Social Documentary, Fine Art, and/or The Natural World. There will also be a Student Portfolio category (eligible for those 18 or older and enrolled in an accredited academic program), a Multimedia category, and a Mobile Phone category focused on the Spirit of Washington.

The competition is open to all photographers, both amateurs and professionals, and there is an early bird discount for work submitted by July 24, 2011. The final deadline for submissions before entries go to the panel of 17 world-class judges for review is September 12. Winners will be notified by October 5, 2011 via email.

With $20,000 in cash prizes, the top winners in each category will be well rewarded, with the opportunity for their work to be shown and/or projected duringFotoWeekDC, November 5-12, 2011.

For more information visit: http://awards.fotodc.org/

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.