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Jul 21, 2008

Sweeping Panoramas, Courtesy of a Robot

Source: The New York Times

Written by Ann Eisenberg

ROBOTS already cut the grass and vacuum rugs. Now they are helping with a more artistic job: creating vast photographic panoramas with ordinary cameras.

Jul 14, 2008

Phase One Announces World’s First Full Frame 645 Medium Format Camera System

Press Release: COPENHAGEN, Denmark — (Marketwire, July 14, 2008) — Phase One A/S today announced the P 65+ digital back and the P 65+ camera system based on Sensor+ CCD technology co-developed with DALSA Semiconductor. This patent-pending, Sensor+ technology represents a significant advancement in image capture. The chip platform offers the most demanding photographers upgradeable CCD functions, ensuring a longer lifespan for their digital back investments.

Jul 8, 2008

Stephen Johnson Offers Summer Digital Boot Camp

July 20-24, 2008
Stephen Johnson Studios & Gallery and the San Mateo Coast Pacifica, California.
$1250 – limited to 10 people           

For more information on these seminars email info@sjphoto.com or call 650 355-7507.

This full-week photography workshop is an intense immersion into digital photography with one of its pioneers. In five days you will go from perhaps not even understanding what a RAW file is, to making well-crafted and thoughtful prints.

Mar 19, 2008

Mac OS X for Photographers by Rod Wynne-Powell

macosx4photogs-1.jpgWith so many photographers using Macintosh computers, it was high time that someone should write a book that was specifically designed to help photographers understand better how the Macintosh OSX system works and how to troubleshoot some of the common problems photographers face.

Mac OS X for Photographers is written by Rod Wynne-Powell a UK based author and an acknowledged Mac and Photoshop expert.According to Rod, the book covers Tiger and some of Leopard as it relates to Photographers. Solving Photoshop and related Mac hardware and software problems is a crucial and urgent need in a working environment when things can and do go wrong.
Rod Wynne-Powell explains how the Mac operating system works and the pitfalls you are likely to fall into.
Mar 3, 2008

Photo industry braces for another revolution

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

Think of it as digital photography 2.0.

In the last decade, photography has been transformed by one revolution, the near-total replacement of analog film cameras by digital image sensors. Now researchers and companies are starting to stretch their wings by taking advantage of what a computer can do with sensor data either within the camera or on a full-fledged PC.

Feb 27, 2008

122 Million Digital Cameras by 2010

World Digital Camera Market to Reach 122 Million Units by 2010, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts

Press Release: San Jose, California (PRWEB) February 26, 2008—The world digital camera market stands enthused by the effervescent level of technology development and product feature innovations. Technical innovations in the field of batteries, photo printing, storage devices and internet technologies are expected to propel the growth of digital cameras. Wireless communications enabled digital cameras, for instance, are growing in popularity, given their cutting edge advantages and benefits, such as, added convenience, effectiveness, and functionality in the form of e-mail transmission ability, enhanced storage media, compatibility with PC image processing, and higher image resolution.

Feb 27, 2008

Start-up lets you fix focus after snapping the shutter

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

It’s one of the oldest, most common problems in photography: that picture you thought would be the prize shot is out of focus.

Refocus Imaging, a Silicon Valley start-up, thinks its technology can be used to make cameras that can fix that problem–after you take the photo.

Feb 13, 2008

Cameras with built-in geotagging on horizon

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

Geotagging, in which digital photos are labeled with the location where they were taken, is mostly unfamiliar to photographers today. But new developments are likely going to put the technology on the map.

Feb 8, 2008

Polaroid shutting 2 Mass. facilities, laying off 150

As company exits film business, plants will close in Norwood, Waltham

Source: Boston Globe
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Polaroid Corp., the Massachusetts company that gave the world instant film photography, is shutting down its film manufacturing lines in the state and abandoning the technology that made the company famous.

Jan 28, 2008

Photo clues are breadcrumbs in lost camera mystery

Source: USA Today
Written by Brian Bergstein, Associated Press

At dusk on New Year’s Eve, Erika Gunderson got into a taxi in New York City and entered a digital-age mystery.

Jan 3, 2008

Digital SLR market booms

In digital photography, 2007 was a strong year for higher-end digital SLRs.

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

Already, single-lens reflex cameras were disproportionately popular as photographers moved to models that responded quickly and worked better in dim conditions. The bulk and expense were worth it.

Jan 2, 2008

US bans spare lithium batteries from checked bags

Move allegedly designed to reduce risk of fires on aircraft

Source: ComputerWorld
Written by James Niccolai

New rules will go into effect on Jan. 1 that prohibit air passengers in the U.S. from carrying spare lithium batteries in their checked baggage.

The new rules, announced Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation, are designed to reduce the risk of fires in aircraft. Lithium batteries have been identified as a possible cause of several aircraft fires.

Dec 19, 2007

Is Photography Dead?

rip-photo.jpgSource: Newsweek
Written by Perter Plagens

How is that even remotely possible? The medium certainly looks alive, well and, if anything, overpopulated. There are hordes of photographers out there, working with back-to-basics pinhole cameras and pixeled images measured in gigabytes, with street photography taken by cell phones and massive photo “shoots” whose crews, complexity and expense resemble those of movie sets.

Step into almost any serious art gallery in Chelsea, Santa Monica or Mayfair and you’re likely to be greeted with breathtaking large-format color photographs, such as Andreas Gefeller‘s overhead views of parking lots digitally montaged from thousands of individual shots or Didier Massard‘s completely “fabricated photographs” of phantasmagoric landscapes.

Dec 12, 2007

Is digital forcing out photography’s roots?

Source: Summit Daily News
Written by Leslie Brefeld

Since Ansel Adams developed the zone system of manipulating the lights and darks of a photograph at the turn of the 19th century, darkrooms have been facilitating the production of this mainstay of popular art.

But in the name of digital, the art of photography is undergoing a revolution.

Dec 10, 2007

InfoTrends says 89% of Pro Photographers are “Digital”

InfoTrends Study Shows Significant Changes in Pro Photography Workflows as Image Capture Volumes Increase

InfoTrends Press Release: According to a recent InfoTrends survey of over 1,000 professional photographers across specialties, the increased use of digital photography is leading to new opportunities in the imaging industry. It’s no surprise that the percentage of total digital images captured by pros has grown from 82% in 2006 to 89% in 2007; however, a pronounced increase in the number of digital images captured per week by the average pro suggests that software, service, and printing solution providers are likely to benefit in the long run.

Nov 28, 2007

Stephen Johnson to Speak SVA


The MPS Digital Photography Department of the School for Visual Arts (SVA) is presenting a lecture by renowned landscape photographer Stephen Johnson, a pioneer who has helped shape the technology for today’s (and tomorrow’s) digital photographers.

Nov 26, 2007

DxO Labs Announces Immediate Availability of the New DxO Optics Pro v5 Software for Windows

DxO Optics Pro v5 features a breakthrough RAW Engine, dust/blemish removal, improved user interface, support for the Canon EOS 40D as well as expanded Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® compatibility, and an exciting new ‘Snapshot’ feature 

Press Release: Paris, France – DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v5 for Windows, the latest version of its award-winning flagship automatic image quality enhancement software application for Digital SLR camera users. DxO Optics Pro v5 can be purchased via download on the company’s e-store (www.dxo.com) as well as from several well known retailers (a full list of resellers is available at http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/Resellers). DxO Optics Pro v5 for Macintosh is scheduled to be available towards the end the year. All purchasers of DxO Optics Pro v4.5 on or after August 1, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to DxO Optics Pro v5.

Nov 12, 2007

JAY MAISEL Photography Workshop

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This is an opportunity to take a workshop with Jay in his own environment, a historic landmark bank building in Lower Manhattan.

This is a workshop about seeing and expanding your capability. It is not about performing or getting your ego stroked. It is definitely not about technical things and absolutely not about Photoshop. You will shoot, get critiques, look at Jay’s work and talk about photography all day long.

Nov 5, 2007

HD Photo to become JPEG XR

A new attempt to provide a higher-end sequel to the ubiquitous JPEG image standard is officially under way.

Source: CNET
Written by Stephan Shankland

The multiple countries participating in the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which created the JPEG standard, have approved an effort to make Microsoft’s HD Photo format a standard called JPEG XR, said Bill Crow, who has led Microsoft’s HD Photo effort and who just took over the company’s Microsoft Live Labs Seadragon imaging project. XR stands for “extended range,” a reference to the format’s ability to show a wider and finer range of tonal gradations and a richer color palette.

“The country vote is done, and it passed,” Crow said. “That means the International JPEG committee has decided to go ahead and create the standard. Now it’s just a process of doing that work,” a process that will begin later this month in a meeting in Kobe, Japan.

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Nov 2, 2007

Are Your Gadgets Ready for the Time Change?

The delayed start of winter hours may–but may not–confuse digital equipment; here’s where to update just in case.

Source: PCWorld
Written by Tom Spring

Daylight-saving time arrives late this year–we gain an hour on November 4. You already know this, but does your electronic gear?

Oct 11, 2007

Nikon Announces Small World Winners

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Press Release: MELVILLE, NY – From a background of blackness emerges a peaceful image of bright red and green – a double transgenic mouse embryo – this year’s winning entry in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The image was captured by Gloria Kwon, a researcher at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, using widefield microscopy and red and green fluorescence.

Oct 9, 2007

Adobe shows off 3D camera tech

Dave Story shows off a multi-lens array.
(Credit: Audioblog.fr)

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

Today, if you want to trim all the distracting background out of a picture–say, the crowd behind your daughter playing soccer–you have to do a lot of artful selection with high-powered software such as Photoshop. But what if your computer understood the depth of the image, just as you did when you took the picture, and could be told to just erase everything that’s a certain distance behind your kid?

Oct 1, 2007

DxO Labs Announces DxO Optics Pro v5

dxo_optics_pro_5.pngNew DxO Optics Pro v5 Software Featuring a Breakthrough RAW Engine Leads the Way in Image Quality for Demanding Photographers

Press Release: Paris, France – October 1st, 2007 – DxO Labs today announced DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its award-winning flagship software application for automatic image quality enhancement for Digital SLR camera users. Due to be released later in the fall, DxO Optics Pro v5 sets a new standard for image quality with its new RAW conversion engine. All purchasers of DxO Optics Pro v4.5 on or after August 1st, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to DxO Optics Pro v5.

May 15, 2007

Will Amazon click with photography reviews?

Source: CNET
Written by Greg Sandoval, CNET News.com

Digital photographers on Monday were debating whether a retailer can also offer professional camera reviews without creating the perception that the opinions are biased.

May 14, 2007

Amazon snaps up Digital Photography Review

Source: CNET
Written by Caroline McCarthy

Amazon.com announced on Monday that it has acquired Digital Photography Review, also known as Dpreview.com, a London-based site that specializes in reviews, information, news and discussion forums pertaining to the digital-camera market. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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