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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).

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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:

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

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 Full information on the complete program is available at

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

Tether Tools Introduces Studio Vu Monitor Bracket

Tether Tools introduces the Studio Vu monitor bracket which is designed to hold large-scale monitors for optimal viewing while shooting tethered, using LiveView or filming HD Video.  The Studio VU enhances photographers’ and videographers’ tethering capability by providing a seamless connection from camera to any large monitor, iMac, or Cinema Display

The VESA compliant bracket is engineered to hold up to 80 pounds (36.5 kilograms) and is designed to fit any standard 5/8-inch(16mm) pin found on common studio support equipment. This allows for easy integration into any studio set-up. The bracket also is extremely versatile and enables photographers the ability to lock any monitor in-place while providing a tilt of ±45 degrees for optimal image viewing. The Studio Vu’s dual 5/8-inch receptors allow the monitor to rotate quickly, changing orientation from landscape to portrait depending on the desired set-up.

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Award-Winning Travel Photographer Launches New App for iPhone and iPod Touch

My Shot Lists For Travel (, a new app for iPhone and iPod touch developed by Southern California-based travel photography instructor, author and international tour guide Ralph Velasco, takes the guesswork out of travel photography and gives the user the ability to organize and track a shot list for any destination or subject.

Even the most amateur of photographers can return home with a well-rounded set of images that truly creates an overall cultural portrait of a place, and in the end, the result should be the basis for compelling slide shows, websites or photo albums, whether traveling around the world or around the corner.

Available on the App Store in iTunes, My Shot Lists For Travel fits within even the most casual photographer’s routine, and according to one reviewer it’s “like having an entire Travel Photography course in your pocket.”

    • For photographers of all skill levels – amateur to professional.
    • More than 50 categories for travel photography, such as Landscapes, People, Architecture, Markets, Natural Wonders, Landmarks and more.
    • Assists users in creating custom shot lists for any destination, subject or shooting environment.
    • Includes descriptions and sample images by Ralph Velasco for each category.
    • The My Data feature seamlessly makes use of the device’s internal camera capabilities and lets users create a visual list of photos, complete with notes.
    • The Challenge Me feature tests users’ creativity by randomly selecting a category to focus on.

Isn’t it better to have friends and family asking you to share your pictures, website or slide show, not the other way around?!

Zacuto to Sponsor Canon Filmmakers Live Events

Zacuto USA is proud to announce their sponsorship of Canon Filmmakers Live, a series of live events aimed to educate, entertain, and inspire individuals shooting video with Canon’s line of DSLR cameras. DSLR expert Philip Bloom will host each of the live events. The project was started by filmmakers Jon Connor and Cristina Valdivieso after recently holding their first workshop again with keynote speaker Philip Bloom. The event sold out and was a huge success.

“We thought if people in our own city were hungry for educational events like this, what about other cities? One thing led to another and after months of planning and preparation the Canon Filmmakers Live U.S. Tour was born,” said Connor.

The first of the 12 events will take place in Chicago on March 8th. Over the next 30 days, the project will visit Washington, D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Albuquerque, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. At each event, individuals will be able to speak with Philip Bloom about everything from camera setup to post workflow. Bloom will also be covering the latest gear and cameras, including the entire Canon DSLR line as well as the Panasonic GH2 and the Panasonic AF100.

“It has definitely been a labor of love but we really think a lot of aspiring filmmakers that wouldn’t have access to Philip Bloom, his knowledge, and experience are going to benefit greatly from this tour. Logistically this has been an overwhelming undertaking, so we definitely appreciate all of our sponsors because without them and their dedication to the independent and event filmmaking communities, none of this would be possible,” said Connor.

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I had a great time at my local PPA chapter “TAPPA” first salon competition of the year and took 1st place in the unclassified category with this photo. I was told that it was between my photo and my friend Rob Moorman’s image for best of show and Rob won. Good job Rob.

Lensbaby Introduces its First 35mm Optic with 12-Blade Adjustable Aperture

Lensbaby, announces the addition of the Sweet 35 Optic to its Optic Swap System. The Sweet 35 Optic, a 35mm selective focus optic with an internal 12-blade adjustable aperture, creates a Sweet Spot of sharp focus that photographers can move around the photo by tilting their Lensbaby lens. The Sweet 35 Optic boasts the widest focal length of any selective focus Lensbaby optic, features close-focus capabilities, and is available now for use with the Lensbaby Composer®, Muse®, Control Freak™ and Scout lenses.

Departing from its interchangeable magnetic aperture system, Lensbaby has created its first optic with an adjustable aperture.  With the Sweet 35, photographers can quickly and seamlessly change the aperture from f/2.5 through f/22, simply by rotating the dial on the front of the optic. The aperture opening is what controls the size of the Sweet Spot of sharp focus, giving photographers the ability to see the Sweet Spot change through the lens, without missing a moment.

For additional information visit: Lensbaby

Free Webinar – When you Travel, Bring your Passport! with Seth Resnick

Join photographer Seth Resnick in this free Webinar that will provide helpful tips on shooting in diverse locations, using X-Rite’s ColorChecker Passport to make sure color is right every time and streamline RAW workflows, using Lightroom for cataloging and filing, and more. Traveling is fun and the only thing better is enjoying beautiful photographs for years to come.

3/31/2011 – 1:00pm and 3:00pm EST

For additional information visit: X-rite Photo

Apple Unleashes New MacBook Pro Laptops with High-Speed Thunderbolt Connectivity

Apple unleashed an update to its popular MacBook Pro line this morning, adding new high-speed connectivity technology called Thunderbolt to its high-end laptops. The transfer technology was co-developed by Intel, which calls it LightPeak.

Thunderbolt is designed to help users move files — such as large images or video clips — onto the MacBook Pro laptops at approximately 10 gigabits per second. The new MacBook Pros also add a new FaceTime HD camera and feature the latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors. Apple says the new MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.

For additional information visit: Apple

  • Danielle - Houston Family Photographer - Randy,
    The Sweet 35 Optic sounds nice. I mainly do outdoor portraits of all ages so having the blur around the sweet spot might be something to add to my arsenal.