Archive for November, 2005

Nov 30, 2005

Quick Update-We’re on our way to Antarctica!

After some fits & starts (and long lines at the airport) the Antarctic troup is on it’s way. Late last week, we were’t sure we would get to Ushuaia due to a strike by Aerolineas Argentinas but Quark was able to change our flights and we made it to Ushuaia. We’ll be off the air till our return unless Michael can get the modem to his sat phone to work. But we are looking forward to interesting shooting and a great trip!

Nov 21, 2005

On the road to Antarctica


Yep, down in the land of penguins. A group of intrepid photographers led by Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape and joined by instructors; John Paul Caponigro, Stephen Johnson, Seth Resnick and myself, will be spending 10 days on the ship Akademik Shokalskiy–a converted Russian research vessel based out of Ushuaia, Argentina–doing photography and generally having a great time.

We will cross the turbulent Drake Passage (did anybody mention Sea Sickness?) and then spend a week in the calm waters of an Antarctic spring, going ashore in Zodiacs two to three times each day to photograph the unique landscape and wildlife found at the bottom of the world. Our voyage is operated by Quark Expeditions, one of the most experienced operators of adventure tours in the Antarctic. Quark’s ship is a converted Russian research vessel designed for Antarctic conditions and specially fitted-out for this type of expedition. Quark will dedicate this ship to our expedition, and all 47 passengers will be members of our workshop / expedition. Our itinerary will be designed to maximize photographic opportunities.

My wife and I will be spending about a week in Buenos Aries prior to my going down to Ushuaia and her return to Chicago. No, the thought of her spending 10 days with a bunch of photographers cooped up on a small ship is_NOT_ her idea of a fun trip.

So, as a result, PhotoshopNews will be on “Antarctic Hiatus” until about December 12th. We may be able to post from Buenos Aries and if Michael can figure out how to hook up his sat-phone modem we may even try to do a post from the Antarctic Circle.

Nov 21, 2005

New DxO Optics Pro V3.5 Software Now Available In Stores And Online

Enhanced optical correction possibilities and greater processing speed are the hallmarks of this free new upgrade which also adds support for the Canon EOS 5D

Press Release: New York, NY–November 17, 2005 – DxO Labs announced today that DxO Optics Pro v3.5 Digital SLR and lens automatic image quality enhancement software is available for download at the company’s e-store ( and via selected resellers.

Nov 21, 2005

Say Sayonara to Blurry Pics

Written By Rachel Metz

A prototype camera made by a Stanford University graduate student could herald the end of fuzzy, poorly lit photos.

A computer science Ph.D. student at Stanford University has outfitted a 16-megapixel camera with a bevy of micro lenses that allows users to take photos and later refocus them on a computer using software he wrote.

Nov 18, 2005

Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines

A group of photographic trade assosiations have banded together to form guidelines and best practices for the reproduction and management of digital image files. The group, UPDIG (Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines), states the guidelines “aim to clarify issues affecting accurate reproduction and management of digital image files.”

Nov 18, 2005

Foundation Targets JPEG Patent for Elimination

Source: eWeek
Written By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

On Wednesday, the Public Patent Foundation filed a formal request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to revoke a data compression patent that Forgent Networks Inc. is asserting against the JPEG image standard. In recent years, JPEG has become the default file format for photo-quality images. It is commonly used in publishing, graphics and digital photography.

Nov 17, 2005

Adobe Releases Bridge 1.03 Update-Reposted

Adobe has re-posted the most recent Bridge update; Adobe Bridge version 1.03 (full version number is The update is only available for download from the Adobe web site, not through Adobe Updater. The issue regarding the Camera Raw plug-in failing to work in some cases has been resolved.

Bridge 1.03 for Macintosh      Bridge 1.03 for Windows

Nov 17, 2005

Adobe Releases Bridge 1.03 Update

Adobe has posted the most recent Bridge update; Adobe Bridge version 1.03. The update is only available for download from the Adobe web site, not through Adobe Updater.

NEWS FLASH (11/17/05, 1:15 pm Central)-the Bridge 1.03 Update has been pulled from the Adobe Downloads site due to an apparent issue with the installer. Some people have reported issues where the Camera Raw Plug-in fails to work after the Bridge 1.03 Update has been installed. PSN will post additional information when it arrives. For now, those people who DID download the 1.03 update and are having problems, we suggest visiting the Adobe hosted Bridge Forums (Mac and/or Windows) for any additional information on how to correct the issue.

Nov 17, 2005

The Power Mac G5 Quad: Seat belt not included!

Apple’s latest desktop machine offers exponential increases in speed

Source: Computerworld
Written By Yuval Kossovsky

NOVEMBER 16, 2005 (COMPUTERWORLD) – NEW YORK — Yesterday, I had an hour to work with Apple Computer Inc.’s new Power Mac Quad G5, and for anyone in the broadcast, sciences, music, print and photography industries, I have some advice: Place your orders now!

Nov 16, 2005

Michael Reichmann’s Bangladesh-First Impressions is shipping

Micheal Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape notes that his self published and self produced book Bangladesh-First Impressions is now shipping.

Michael writes: “Nothing ever happens as quickly as one would wish. The books arrived on schedule in early October. The shipment was complete, and the books were as expected – of excellent quality. I am very pleased with the colour reproduction and the printing. There is a slight lack of neutrality to some of the B&W plates, but that’s to be expected. Doing Duotones would have increased the cost of the book substantially. There are a couple of typos in the text, but these are my fault, not the printers.

Overall the book is one that I am very proud of.”

Nov 16, 2005

Bare Feats Posts G5 Shootout Results

Bare Feats, the web site that conducts Mac based benchmarking speed tests has posted the results of a head-to-head speed test between the Quad-Core G5/2.5GHz Power Mac
vs Single-Core Dual G5/2.5GHz Power Mac.

Check out the results

Nov 16, 2005

Flickr, Buzznet expand citizens’ role in visual journalism

Traditional journalists and newspaper sites tap into online photo communities to gather visual research and allow readers to contribute and interact. It’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Source: USC/Annenberg Online Journalism Review
Written By Mark Glaser

Imagine if you were a photo editor at a major publication, and you could view and search through every digital photo on every computer in the world to put together a feature. Or if something spectacular happened, and you could search photo tags to see what everyone at the scene was seeing.

Nov 16, 2005

Adobe Likely To Reach High End Of Q4 Guidance

Source: Forbes
Written By David Ng

Piper Jaffray reiterated an “outperform” rating and $37 target price on Adobe Systems (nasdaq: ADBEnewspeople ), saying the software company is likely to reach the high end of fiscal fourth-quarter guidance.

Nov 15, 2005

Why Aren’t Camera Companies Making Money?

Source: PC Magazine
Written By Terry Sullivan and Kyle Monson

We’ve been hearing foreboding tidings out of Japan all week: First Konica Minolta announces pretty serious headcount reductions and product streamlining as a way to combat the huge losses they’ve been suffering. The word from their latest financial report, issued earlier this week, is that they’re “shifting (their) expansion strategy to focus on high-value-added products.” In other words, we can probably expect Konica Minolta to phase out low-end consumer cameras and target photo enthusiasts and D-SLR users.

Nov 15, 2005

RawShooter Color Engine Announced

Pixmantec Partners With ETCETERA Consulting To Provide Sophisticated Color Profiles For Canon And Nikon Digital SLRs

Press Release: Copenhagen, November 15, 2005: Danish digital imaging specialists Pixmantec ApS are pleased to announce the immediate release of RawShooter | Color Engine. A plug‐in for both existing and forthcoming RawShooter RAW workflow applications, RawShooter |Color Engine provides discerning photographers with an excellent alternative to the standard RawShooter profiles. Designed in cooperation with color expert Magne Nilsen of ETCETERA Consulting, RawShooter | Color Engine seamlessly integrates into all RawShooter applications. Built using an advanced architecture, RawShooter | Color Engine delivers a level of sophistication that has yet to be seen in DSLR profile management and thus has the potential or exciting enhancements to come.

Nov 15, 2005

Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, 3rd Edition

Written by Katrin Eismann, Wayne Palmer, Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, 3rd Edition fully updates the #1 selling book on using Photoshop for restoring and retouching any photograph.

Learn to remove wrinkles, unwanted backgrounds or color casts, image flaws, or 10 extra pounds so images look better than reality. Features project-based tutorials, full-color illustrations and screenshots, and a companion Web site. Quality and reputation matter in a crowded market: Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching is already well-established as the best of its kind and is highly recommended in Photoshop circles.

Nov 15, 2005

Pound Hill Software Unveils MetaGrove

Easy-to-Use Metadata Tools for Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXPress Increase Productivity while Lowering Costs

Press Release: ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 14, 2005–Pound Hill Software, a leading developer of metadata software tools, today announced MetaGrove, the world’s first integrated suite of software tools for Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP). The comprehensive, robust toolkit consists of MetaGrove Developer, MetaGrove Plug-ins for Adobe’s Creative Suite, and MetaGrove XTension for QuarkXPress.

Nov 15, 2005

Free Genuine Fractals Plug-In Reader by onOne Software

Free plug-in allows all users of Adobe Photoshop to open and view Genuine Fractals files saved using the .STN file format which significantly reduces the file size of scaled images

Press Release: PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 15, 2005–onOne Software today announced the immediate availability of a free Genuine Fractals Reader plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. The Genuine Fractals Reader plug-in allows any user of Adobe Photoshop CS or CS2 to open and view an image that was scaled using Genuine Fractals and saved with the .STN file extension.

Nov 14, 2005

Real World Adobe Photoshop CS2-It’s Shipping!

Word has come in from Bruce Fraser that he’s recieved his author’s copies of Real World Adobe Photoshop CS2 and the books should be hitting distributors this week.

Book Description:
Fooling around with Photoshop to create interesting composite artwork is all well and good. But if you rely on Photoshop to meet tough production challenges in a fast-paced professional environment, fooling around won’t cut it!

You need results, and you need them now: This book delivers!

Nov 14, 2005

Digital Film Tools Releases 55mm 6.0

Set of Digital Optical Filters for compatible programs

Press Release: Digital Film Tools releases 55mm 6.0, a comprehensive set of Digital Optical Filters for Adobe After Effects and compatible programs, Adobe Photoshop and compatible programs, Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Motion and Avid Editing Systems.

Nov 10, 2005

Adobe posts Camera Raw 3.3 Public Beta

The Camera Raw 3.3 Public Beta is available from the Camera Raw product page.

Nov 9, 2005

Pieces Fall into Place for Intel-Apple

Source: eWeek
Written By John G. Spooner and Daniel Drew Turner

Apple Computer Inc.’s plan to move to Intel Corp.’s processors appears to be coming together.

New Intel platforms are just around the corner, while Apple’s Mac OS X for Intel processor machines has been brought up to speed, according to developers.

Nov 9, 2005

Q&A: Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen

On China, Microsoft, Apple, open source – and China, some more
Written By Tony Hallett

Adobe’s $3.4bn purchase of Macromedia has been one of the big stories in software this year. With the deal rubber-stamped in the US and on the verge of being approved in Europe, editor Tony Hallett recently caught up with the chief executive of the San Jose-based software company, Bruce Chizen.

Nov 9, 2005

The Plugin Site Releases Version 1.01 of LightMachine

Photoshop-compatible plugin for performing light adjustments in photos

Press Release: The Plugin Site ( just released Version 1.01 of LightMachine, a Photoshop -compatible plugin for performing all kinds of light adjustments in photos. It combines shadow/highlight, virtual lighting and color-based correction tools for performing sophisticated corrections without the need for time-consuming selections and layer stacks.

Nov 9, 2005

Digital Anarchy Releases Updates to Primatte Chromakey and Backdrop Designer

Press Release: Digital Anarchy, a leading provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe®, Apple® and Discreet™ products, today announced the availability of Primatte Chromakey 2.1 and Backdrop Designer 1.1. These new plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements allow photographers to easily create hundreds of different backgrounds for use in studio portraiture, product shots, wedding photos, school pictures and other commercial work.