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!
Archive for November, 2005
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.
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 (https://store.dxo.com) and via selected resellers.
Source: WIRED NEWS
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.
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.”
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.
Adobe has re-posted the most recent Bridge update; Adobe Bridge version 1.03 (full version number is 18.104.22.168). 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.
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.
Apple’s latest desktop machine offers exponential increases in speed
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The Camera Raw 3.3 Public Beta is available from the Camera Raw product page.
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.
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, silicon.com editor Tony Hallett recently caught up with the chief executive of the San Jose-based software company, Bruce Chizen.
Photoshop-compatible plugin for performing light adjustments in photos
Press Release: The Plugin Site (www.thepluginsite.com) 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.
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.