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June 30, 2010

Deadline Approaching: Photography Book Now Competition

Photography Book Now is an international juried self-published book competition, and a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. With a grand prize of USD 25,000.00, this is one contest you don't want to miss out on! Other prizes include a photographic camera kit worth up to USD 4,400.00 and photo trips/workshops worth up to USD 2,400.00

The deadline for this competition is rapidly approaching. All entries must be received by 15-July-2010. Enter today for an opportunity to get your photographic talent recognized and rewarded!

Posted by covey22 at 8:29 PM

June 28, 2010

iPad is disruptive to photography

The Apple iPad, meanwhile over 3 million units sold in a few months, is changing business. I am also convinced it is changing the way photographers will work.

Why? Because the iPad is intuitive to use, has a good battery life (approx 8-10h), a great display, enough connectivity, enough CPU, enough memory and we will see loads of applications and online services that are enhancing our work as photographers and also enabling us to do things we couldn't do before.

Some stuff I believe we will see - Some of it is already available:
  • Wireless preview of my shots, directly from the camera to the iPad
  • Loads of camera controls at my finger tips - Setting up my intelligent flash groups from the iPad, controlling light from it and getting meter readings from my meter or camera. Factually the iPad replaces the camera's built-in controls and gives me much better working space
  • Scouting locations, navigation to locations, ranking and reshuffling my public and private shooting locations, showing alternate locations, sharing locations in groups. Of course augmented reality views are supported as well, where I "look through the iPad" to see the locations
  • Taking notes and annotations directly on the photographs - also while shooting, sharing notes and comments in classes/groups
  • Automatic keywording, tagging images of faces that are automatically recognized based upon my online tag libraries or friends, all while the images are sent from the camera directly to the iPad
  • Uploading selected images during the shoot
  • Sharing images with a group of students while outside shooting - all students can digest the images of the whole group at once

Hurray for change!

Posted by bgs at 10:27 AM



This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news relating to Nikon and Nikonians:
Russians taking Nikon to space station
Nikon's Instant Rewards extended
Nikon launches Nikon Live
S1000PJ replacement?
Nikon 200-400 VRII in stock at Berger Brothers-Discounted too-Hurry!!
Lexar Media's new microsite
Nikonians Annotate Expert goes wireless
New ratings for SD memory cards
Add days to your Nikonians membership

Download Nikonians News Flash #156 (NPC-NF-2010-06-27.mp3;
4:04; 3.73MB; MP3 format)

Russians take Nikon to space

Nikon launches Nikon Live

S1000PJ has a replacement?

Berger Brothers has 200-400 VR II in stock and on sale for June!

Lexar Media launches Microsite

Nikonians Anotate Expert goes EyeFi Wireless

SD Association announces two new symbols

Extend your Nikonians membership for free

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Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 12:50 AM

June 24, 2010

A few well-placed words can add days to your membership

If you're active in our forums, even at a very modest rate, your membership term will increase, up to two solid months.
Nikonians founders J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) and Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) have announced the new Nikonians Dynamic Membership Program, which rewards active members by automatically adding extra days to their membership plan.

Membership-Shields_300.jpgThe intent is to reward those who participate in the community, thereby enhancing the exchange of information and ideas, while showing appreciation for those members who are most active.
This allows all active members to earn additional days which are automatically added to their membership term.
Basic (the initial, free, limited term membership), as well as Silver, Gold and Platinum members can participate.
For more information, check the announcement here.

Posted by flashdeadline at 4:21 PM

ID#120: The Image Doctors

Jason and Rick give a field report on their Colorado Landscape Workshop, Rick travels to California to interview Tom Hogarty from Adobe about Lightroom 3, and the doctors review the Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II lens.

Download The Image Doctors #120 (MP4 format)

Show Notes: June24, 2010

Workshop report: Colorado Landscapes with the Image Doctors
Interview with Tom Hogarty of Adobe Systems
Lens Review: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II
Photo Prescription: FP-sync for fill flash and depth of field control

For the MP3 version of this podcast (audio only) click here.

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Posted by drjay32 at 7:00 AM

June 18, 2010

Annotate Expert with Eye-Fi support

Annotate Expert, our tool for keyword-tagging certain parts of an image now supports wireless, tethered shooting with your Eye-Fi memory card. Just select "Eye-Fi" in the camera selection drop down in the tethered dialog and the images you shoot will automagically show up in Annotate, ready for tagging and further processing/uploading.


Posted by bgs at 4:57 PM

June 16, 2010

Tamron Full Day Seminars with Sandra Nykerk

Tamron USA is hosting a feature-packed series of full day seminars with renknowned nature and fine-arts photographer Sandra Nykerk.

The seminar "Stepping Stones for the Photographic Trail: A Guide to the Creative Image" draws upon Ms. Nykerk's extensive experience with the back-country areas such as Yellowstone National Park and the ancient petroglyphs and balanced rock formations of the American SouthWest. Highlights of the full-day seminar include:

  • A Creative Look at Your World
  • Using Lenses to Enhance Your Creative Vision
  • Basic Editing Skills & Sandras Favorite "Stones"
  • Understanding the Histogram
  • The Two Pieces of Equipment You Can't Leave Home Without

The seminar tour kicks off July 13th in Seattle WA and makes it's way across the US to New York in August. Don't miss your chance to attend this exclusive educational seminar. Refreshments and snacks will be provided and there will be exclusive Tamron Offers and Door Prizes as well. All for the low cost of just USD59. For more information and to reserve your seat, click on Tamron Events.

Posted by covey22 at 3:27 PM

Sigma Posts Firmware Update for Telephoto Zooms

Sigma Photo has posted a firmware update affecting the latest batches of popular telephoto zoom lenses. Lenses affected include the new 120-400mm f4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM, the 150-500mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM and the 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

A free firmware update is required to address the issue. No further details were provided by the notice. The affected unit serial numbers and a link to locating the nearest Sigma Photo repair facility are provided after the jump.

Posted by covey22 at 2:43 PM

June 14, 2010

A Nikon Odessey

The Associated Press brings word of a Nikon lost at sea, and found after an apparent stunning six month journey from Aruba to the coast of Florida. Be sure to check out the accompanying photos and video recovered from the camera.

Posted by covey22 at 3:52 PM

Adobe Lens Profile Creator Prerelease 2

Adobe has released a second iteration of their Lens Profile Creator utility for use with Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3 and Camera RAW 6.1. The utility corrects for three typical optical aberrations; geometric distortion, lateral CA and vignetting. A specific profile for your lenses can be created; discussion boards are available to share common profiles with the user community. Get your copy today at Adobe Labs.

Posted by covey22 at 2:08 PM

June 13, 2010

Nikonians News Flash #155


This week Ray passes along the latest photographic news for Nikonians:
Nikon savings for Fathers Day
Let's get your input
Image Doctors interview Shuttle Commander Capt. Alan Poindexter
More Academy instructors needed for European Nikonians
Nikonians Anotate 1.30 available for download
Adobe's Lightroom 3 release
Bibble Labs releases version 5.1
Phase One updates Capture 5
New F-mount from Carl Zeiss

Download Nikonians News Flash #155 (NPC-NF-2010-06-13.mp3;
4:13; 3.86MB; MP3 format)

Show Notes for 6/13/2010
Nikon's Fathers Day Specials
Leave some input for News Flash
Nikonian Dex Poindexter in Image Doctors
Nikonians Academy needs instructors for Europe
Nikonians Annotate ready for download
Lightroom 3 released
Bibble Labs releases 5.1
Car Zeiss F-mount announced

For information on local Nikonians Chapters email here

Contact Nikonians News Flash:

Thank you for joining me.

Your Nikonians podcaster Ray Valdovinos

Posted by rayvaldovinos at 8:37 PM

June 10, 2010

Nikonians Academy expands to Europe

NA-Hat.jpgMarking five years of successful growth, the Nikonians Academy expands to Europe and will start to offer workshops in Europe this year.

Started in 2005, the Nikonians Academy has been offering high quality personalized photography training in all topics related to modern photography in North America.

For this exciting new expansion we are looking for highly motivated instructors with photographic backgrounds.

Sound interesting? Please send your application if you are interested in becoming a Nikonians Workshop Leader or the Head Instructor for Europe.

You can find both job descriptions at the Nikonians jobs page.

If you live in North America: We are always looking for additional workshop instructors, so feel free to contact us!

class.jpg    workshop.jpg

Posted by joef at 1:03 PM

ID #119: The Image Doctors

Jason and Rick got the chance to interview fellow Nikonian Alan "Dex" Poindexter, a NASA astronaut who commanded the recent STS-131 space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Check out the photos that Dex brought back from his mission!

Download The Image Doctors #119 (MP4 format)

Show Notes: June 10, 2010

Jason's new eBook, The Photographer's Guide to Digital Landscapes, has been released!
Interview with Alan "Dex" Poindexter, USN
Photo Prescription: Data Back-up strategies.

For the MP3 version of this podcast (audio only) click here.

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Posted by drjay32 at 6:00 AM

June 9, 2010

Revealed: Adobe Photoshop LightRoom 3

Adobe has released Photoshop LightRoom 3; the latest iteration of the popular workflow tool gracing PC and Mac desktops. Thanks to a comprehensive public beta started in October of 2009, the program received the feedback of a large community of photographers and addressed many core issues from previous versions.

Among the improvements Adobe has made to LightRoom 3 are:

  • A more responsive performance model in both loading and rendering images
  • Improved library handling, sorting and searching
  • Automatic Lens Correction and Perspective Straightening
  • Flickr gallery integration
  • Support for DSLR video files

Adobe Photoshop LightRoom 3 is available for purchase online now at The MSRP is USD299 with an upgrade price of USD99 for qualified owners of previous LightRoom versions.

Posted by covey22 at 10:05 PM

June 4, 2010

Annotate Expert - New Release Available

Annotate 1.30 is now available for download. Now supports tethered shooting, annotation of PDF and TIFF files and user definable colors during export. Several of the new features target architects and civil engineering, construction site audits and similar.

Main new features include:

  • Support for PDF and TIFF files
  • Tethered shooting support
  • User customizable colors in Export tab
  • Fixes for Adobe Lightroom plugin issues
  • New setup and updater
  • Bugfixes for bugs reported by current users
The new version detects any older version installed and offers to remove it on first start. This may happen twice (after first two start ups) depending on which version previously was installed.

Tethered shooting
On Windows 7 and Windows Vista the tethered shooting does not require any additional packages to be installed and works "out of the box". On Windows XP it requires the “WIA 2.0” (Windows Image Acquisition) to be installed to work. The WIA redistributable package is offered to be installed on the fly as soon as you start tethered shooting on Windows XP for the first time. No matter which Windows version you are using, the camera must be in PTP mode.

Adobe PDF Support
PDF support requires GhostScript to be installed. The application provides step by step guide to install GhostScript in case you open a PDF file for the first time. Note: You may be required to run Annotate as Administrator on Windows 7/Vista when the GhostScript dll needs to be registered.

PDF documents version 1.4 and later can be opened in Annotate Expert. Earlier versions cannot be opened since they do not support the required XMP standard - which is used to store annotations into the file.

Posted by bgs at 2:48 PM