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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.

For additional information visit: www.TetherTools.com

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

My Shot Lists For Travel (http://www.MyShotLists.com), 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.

For additional information visit: www.canonfilmmakers.com

1st Place Photo From TAPPA

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.

Photo News Friday

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.

Photography And The iPad

The iPad was introduced year ago by Apple and in that time I can see a change happening in the photographic industry. There are a number of great apps for the iPad that help photographers with their photography and the viewing of their images. We as photographers will have to change how we promote ourselves with this changing technology.

It started with the iPhone, whenever you had a few photographers together you would see one photographer pull out their iPhone and then all of a sudden there would be more iPhones being pulled out to show everyone their new images. The iphone was a small portable portfolio that was always with you to show potential clients your work, but the iPad has taken this to new heights on steroids. With the iPad we can show potential clients our portfolios without a printed book like we had in the past and now your clients can zoom in on images to see more details within those photos.

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, he did that on a couch to show how easy it was to view images in the comfort of your home. We now have that same comfort to show our clients; instead of looking at a laptop we have a 1.5-pound view screen that we can hand to them to look at our images. This introduces a new opportunity, or problem depending on how you look at it, how do we deliver to our clients a product for the iPad.

As traditional book publishers and stores have to deal with the new digital media such as the iPad, Kindel and NOOKcolor eReader, we as photographers will also have to deal with this new media. Do we need to offer a product for the iPad and if so how much do we charge for this product compared to what we charge for a printed wedding album? Do we do one version for an iPad and another for an iPhone? These are the questions we have to answer to be competitive in this digital world.

The iPad is also a help to photographers, with the numerous apps that are created just for photographers. We have photo editing and photo manipulation apps along with different ways to view photographs on these devices. There are apps to tell you when the sun sets and when the sun rises, apps for figuring out depth of field and scouting apps that let you photograph a location and then ads in GPS data that allows you to come back later when the light is correct or with your client.

Face time is also coming to the iPad so now we will have a nice large image of ourselves talking to our clients. Are we really ready for that? As more and more of these types of devices are introduced and accepted, we as photographers will have to change and find new ways to stay relevant and competitive in our market to stay profitable.

Photo News Friday

onOne Software Announces Availability of DSLR Camera Remote HD for iPad and Video Support

onOne Software, Inc., announced the immediate availability of the major update to it’s wildly popular application for remotely controlling Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras using Apple iOS devices. Specifically designed for the iPad, the new DSLR Camera Remote HD includes a redesigned interface that takes full advantage of the larger screen on the iPad, improved gesture-based preview functionality and the addition of starting, stopping and monitoring video from supported HD DSLR cameras from Canon and Nikon.

For additional information visit: onOne Software, Inc

Phase One Launches 2011 Phase One Digital Artist Series Workshops

Phase One has announced its first two Phase One Digital Artist Series (PODAS) workshops for 2011. These workshops are intensive learning experiences for photographers who want to experience the very best image quality possible.  Workshops feature high quality, low student-to-instructor ratios, all-inclusive accommodations, and the personal use of a 60.5 megapixel P65+ medium format digital camera, plus access to a range of lenses, for the duration of the workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to test and sharpen their landscape shooting skills in some of the world’s most beautiful natural locations. They will also expand their knowledge with the help of highly trained technical staff and world-renowned landscape photographers to aid and inspire them.

Designed for serious photographers who want an exciting and rewarding challenge, PODAS workshops are in a class by themselves.

For additional information visit: Phase One

Sigma Shares Pricing, Availability for Three Weather-Resistant Lenses

Sigma Corporation of America, has announced the pricing and availability for three lenses that incorporate the company’s new, weather-resistant design.

The Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM and APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM were first introduced at Photokina in September 2010. Those lenses will be available for purchase in late February and the end of March for the U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,700 and $1,600, respectively.  In April, they will be joined by a weather-resistant update to another old favorite, the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, for the U.S. MSRP of $1,400. All lenses will be released in Nikon and Canon mounts first, and will be available in Sigma, Pentax and Sony mounts shortly thereafter.

For additional information visit: Sigma Corporation of America

Moab Introduces Lasal Exhibition Luster 300

Moab launches the new Lasal Exhibition Luster 300, a true heavyweight (300gsm), archival exhibition-quality luster paper, designed for use with all inkjet printers.

Ideal for gallery and exhibition prints, Lasal Exhibition Luster 300 is coated with the latest fourth-generation technology to produce an extra-wide color gamut never before seen in a luster paper.  The coating allows for ultra-high D-Max to achieve very broad tonal range with deep, rich blacks and bright whites to deliver unprecedented image quality.  This new coating also improves scratch resistance, enhances stiffness, reduces curl and increases opacity to better prevent light from spilling through the paper.

For additional information visit: Moab by Legion Paper

Architectural Photography with HDR

I just finished the job photographing the Morean Art Center and three other buildings, including the Dale Chihuly Collection, the hot shop and their Clay Center. I want to share with you a few of the images that were shot at the Chihuly as they were all photographed using HDR. I had to photograph using HDR as the extreme contrast for the galleries were great; we had dark rooms with brightly lit colorful glass. I could have used tungsten lighting, but with the cost of the artwork and how delicate all the glass was I felt there was too much of a risk, plus using HDR allowed me to work very fast.

I use Photomatix Pro to process these images, their fusion conversion works very well for creating photorealistic architectural images. I was really impressed by the low noise that Photomatix produced and how easy it was to do the conversions and get the results that I was looking for.

The exterior photograph of the Morean Art Center is also an HDR image and was a seven-stop bracket. The window in the front left corner was actually covered up as they’re using that as gallery space, so I had to take a photograph of one of a different window and replace that into that window to add more interesting shot. There is also a lot of retouching in this photograph, the orange building on the left side lost two floors to give the art center more drama and some of the windows on the third floor were not lit so we had to replace those with other Windows and modify them so they looked different.