Archive for November, 2008

Nikon Releases The Long Anticipated Nikon D3X

November 30, 2008

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 30, 2008) – Nikon Inc. today announced the D3X, an FX-format digital SLR featuring extreme 24.5-megapixel resolution and superb low-noise capabilities, which provides professional photographers with commercial-quality image performance in a familiar and extraordinarily versatile D-SLR form factor. In conjunction with the groundbreaking Nikon FX-format D3, the D3X tops off a collection of flagship level, rugged, professional caliber digital single lens reflex cameras engineered to excel in all types of professional photographic disciplines from photojournalism and sideline sports, to commercial in-studio applications.

NIKON UNVEILS A DIGITAL MASTERPIECE: THE D3X DIGITAL SLR.

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Continue To Express Gratitude

November 28, 2008

Now that Thanksgiving Day has passed I issue a challenge to each of you.  I challenge you to make a conscience, tangable effort each day going forward to document the people, places, or things you are grateful for.  As usual,  I’m going to take up this challenge with you.

I’m a photographer so of course the media I’m going to use to document my gratitude is photography.  i will take photographs of the people, places and things showing thanks.  Not only will my photographic skills improve but my awareness of all the beautiful and wonderful things in my life will be enhanced.  How cool is that ?

Not into photography?  Okay.  Just keep a gratitude journal.  Buy a small notebook and jot down the things you appreciate in your life.  You can do this throughout the day or pick a quiet time at the end of the day.  After a month or so you’ll be amazed at the body of images you’ve captured or the colorful journal entries that you’ve made.

Not in to photography or writing in a journal,… no problem.

Each day, make it a point to thank someone in some unexpected way. Do this consistently and you’ll begin to see a significant difference in your life and the lives of those around you.

Get creative. Make it a game—and watch the magic unfold.

(And share your pictures, I’d love to see them.)

Just Keep Shooting,

Michael

How Does Your Muse Speak Through You?

November 26, 2008
Morning Therapy.

Morning Therapy.

What is it that would have a healthy, reasonably sound person get up at zero-dark-thirty, grab a tripod and camera and head out in sub freezing temperatures just to get the shot at the right time in the right light? Show me someone who always seems to have a camera, giving-living-with purpose and I’ll show you someone making a difference.

I received an email from a friend of mine the other day.  In his email he pointed me to a website and blog he created for his newborn baby. The site is filled with pictures and blog entries from his 11 week old baby’s point of view.  Its wonderful. I was so inspired by the sense of love and family that was shared through the images that my whole mood lifted for the day.

I have another friend who moved to California a few years ago.  She stays in touch with me almost on a daily basis.  The pictures that she sends me, whether its through email or simply her cell phone, always reminds me that no matter how far apart we are physically we can still be close emotionally.

These are wonderful times that we live in.  Photography is a universal language that can touch, move and inspire people all over the world in an instant.  Photographing, giving-living – with purpose.  It inspires.  Clarifies. Motivates.

Just keep shooting.

Namasté,

Michael

How does your muse speak through you?  I’d like to know.  Share it with me by clicking the “comments” field next to the date at the top of this blog entry.  Thanx.

Kodak Wins Prestigious 2009 Innovations Awards from International Consumer Electronics Association

November 25, 2008
Honors Awarded to KODAK All-in-One Inkjet Printer and KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Frame

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 24 –– Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has earned two Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Awards from the International Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The honors were announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Press Preview in New York City.  The KODAK ESP 9 All-in-One Printer earned honors in the Computer Peripherals category, while the KODAK EASYSHARE M820 Digital Frame received accolades in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology category.

Kodak Official News Release.

Firmware Update for The Nikon Speedlight

November 25, 2008
Nikon Releases Firmware Update To SB-900 Speedlight

( posted by John Omvik on 11-22-2008, 04:53 PM )

 

I never would have imagined I’d see the day where I would be updating firmware to a camera flash, but that is where technology has brought us. Nikon has released a firmware update to their new SB-900 flash, the first battery powered on-camera flash that I am aware of, that supports firmware updates. 

This version 5.0.2 firmware update addresses the following issues:

– With uninterrupted shooting with the SB-900 set to i-TTL mode, images captured just before the flash ceased firing were sometimes overexposed. 
This issue has been resolved. By resolving this issue, metering precision has been further increased and the number of times the flash fires has also been increased.

– When the SB-900, set to TTL auto flash mode, is used with a camera supporting the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS), flash mode automatically changes to A mode according to camera communication status. That flash mode was previously maintained, but it has been modified so that TTL auto flash mode is restored once the SB-900 again recognizes the camera as a CLS-compatible camera. 

When you think about it, it is actually a great feature. The flash systems have small computer processors that calculate exposure, power levels, communicate TTL information with the camera etc. To ensure forwards compatibility and the ability to sort out any unforeseen issues, it makes sense that Nikon has enabled endusers to update their own strobes the same way they do cameras.

The mechanism they use to do this is also interesting. Since the strobes do not have a memory card slot or a USB port (yet), the new firmware needs to be downloaded to a CF card and updated via the camera. With the SB-900 attached to a D3, D300 or D700 camera, the strobe firmware is updated via the same menu mechanism used to update camera firmware.

If you are using the SB-900 with a different camera, I assume you would need to bring it to a dealer or send it in to Nikon for the update. For the firmware update and instructions on how to do it, visit Nikon’s support website

-John

Where Life Takes You

November 24, 2008

It was when I was a young college student working towards a degree at Essex County College back in 1981.  I didn’t know my f-stops from my aperture.  (Huh?)However, I had a burning desire to express myself through photography and nothing could stop me.  That’s when my photography professor, Professor Picket, told me about a wholesale warehouse in Orange, NJ.  Supposedly it was the best place to buy film and darkroom equipment. That was my first experience with Unique Photo.

It was a warehouse all right.  A dark brick building with loading docs and what appeared to be abandon truck trailers backed up to them.  There was a small reception area off to the side and that’s where walk-in customers would go to place their orders.

It didn’t much matter who was at the reception desk, they were always pleasant.  Yet somehow I always got the feeling that I had better know exactly what I wanted when I walked in.  There was little to nothing on display but anything and everything photographic was available.  The receptionist would eagerly take my order and a “runner” would get me my items and bring them to me.  It seemed a little convert but I never asked any questions.  After all, they really did have the absolute best prices.

That was almost thirty years ago and I’ve been a customer of Unique Photo ever since.  I continued to shop with them when they moved to Florham Park, NJ and I stayed loyal making the trek to Fairfield, NJ.

Who knew?  I look around now.  Who knew that today I would have the distinction of being a working photographer earning a living from my images?  Who knew that I would be a sales associate in the Unique Photo Store?  Who knew I would have the honor and privilege of coordinating the education at Unique University?  I knew.  Its the life I created.

It’s a much different company today, and for the better.  The service is still impeccable.  And now there is a wonderful store with a grand showroom.  The sales staff is not only knowledgeable about the products but they are knowledgeable about the industry as well.  And the course curriculum at Unique University just keeps getting better with wonderful instruction (if I do say so myself) and wonderful hands-on applications.

So it just goes to show you that you can create where life will lead you.  With my oldest daughter having graduated from college and a son about to enter college I can say to them with conviction, you can cause your life exactly as you envision it.  You can create where your life will lead you. And as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Michael

Photoshop User Awards – The worldwide Adobe Photoshop competition

November 24, 2008

Gregory Carter Santa Ana, CA

Best of Show Prize

One Best of Show winner will receive an all-expense paid, five-day dream assignment trip to Barcelona, Spain (for two) where you’ll use the backdrop of this incredible city to create a cover for Photoshop User magazine. This amazing prize is courtesy of NAPP and includes your airfare, hotel accommodations, and daily expenses for you and an assistant of your choice (here’s a hint: officially, you don’t need to take an assistant with you… you can take your spouse, a friend or family member instead and just have a blast for five days).

Mike Tompkins Palmetto, FL

Category Prizes11 winners (one from each of the 11 categories) will receive a prize package valued at $2,500 USD, and your work will be showcased in a special issue of Photoshop User magazine where more than 120,000 readers will see it.

Adobe – the latest Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 software

NAPP – two-year membership (or renewal for existing NAPP members)

Layers – two-year subscription to Layers magazine

Adam Daniels Tampa, FL

Kelby Training – one-year subscription to online classes

Mpix – Two 20″x30″ Color Prints/Kodak Professional Portra Endura Paper

Peachpit – book bundle that includes Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Book, Volumes 1 and 2; The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally; Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop by Jerry Courvoisier; The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby, Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Matt Kloskowski: Photoshop Studio by Bert Monroy, and Digital Painting by Bert Monroy.

Photoshop User Awards – The worldwide Adobe Photoshop competition..

Canon Updates Rebate Info – The Imaging Resource

November 24, 2008

Canon has updated its Rebate Info page following the bankruptcy filing of Continental Promotion Group, which was handling its rebate claims. At issue are a number of rebate checks issued by CPG.

The latest update notes that Canon “has made arrangements for such checks to be honored despite CPG’s bankruptcy. Accordingly, if you have not yet presented such check to your bank for payment, please feel free to do so now.”

NEWS! – Canon Updates Rebate Info from The Imaging Resource

Canon US video and printer rebate glitch: Digital Photography Review

November 21, 2008

Canon has asked US customers planning take advantage of its rebate program not to cash the checks they have received, following the company handling the rebates filing for bankruptcy protection. The problems relate to rebate checks for video and printer products dated prior to November 14th. Any customer yet to send-in rebate materials should also delay until further notice.

Canon US video and printer rebate glitch: Digital Photography Review.

Kodak Takes Action Against Samsung and LG For Patent Infringement

November 17, 2008

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 17 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has filed complaints against Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and other related entities for infringement of Kodak patents.

The Kodak actions specifically allege that Samsung and LG camera phones infringe Kodak digital camera patents. The patents in question cover technology related to image capture, compression and data storage and a method for previewing motion images.

Official Press Release