Archive for January, 2009

“Cramped But Cool” Contest To Be Showcased In PDN

January 29, 2009

The editors of PDN  will select the best submissions to our “Cramped But Cool” Showcase to feature in February. If you think your office is space-challenged yet stylish, convenient or workable, we want to see it! The photographer with the winning workspace will be featured on our Web site –and receive a $50 gift certificate from the Container Store.

Send  1 to 3 jpegs of your workspace to: Include a short (100 words or less) description of your workspace, what you’ve got stored in there, how many other people use the space,  what you like or  hate about working there. Be sure to put “Cramped Can Be Cool” in your subject line.

PDNPulse: Cramped But Cool Studio Contest


Canon USA & Pro Football Hall Of Fame Awards the “Why Do You Love Football?” Super Bowl Contest Winners

January 28, 2009

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 28, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced that Stuart Steele, 47, of Kansas and Ben Queen, 13, of West Virginia have been named the winners of the Adult and Teen Divisions of the Canon and Pro Football Hall of Fame “Why Do You Love Football?” photo challenge, respectively. Each has won a trip for four to attend Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay, Fla. where their winning photos will be displayed at the NFL Experience, the most exciting continuous event surrounding Super Bowl XLIII. NFL Experience is located adjacent to Raymond James Stadium the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIII. Additionally, both have won a trip for four to the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Celebration in August where their winning photos will be unveiled and on display for a full year in the Hall of Fame.

This is the fourth year of the nationwide photo contest in which one Grand Prize winner from each division was selected. Fans could enter their photos in two categories, “Action” and “Feature.” This photo contest allowed football and photography fans the opportunity to capture the passion and excitement of youth football by submitting photos of everything from a playful catch in the backyard to any youth, school or organized football game.

Canon Official Press Release

Polaroid Has Been Saved?

January 27, 2009

polaroidcollageFor a generation, the Polaroid camera gave near-instant pleasure to millions of users around the world, chronicling everything from births and weddings to the downright explicit. But when digital photography came along in the 1990s – with instant images and the ability to edit and delete pictures before they see the light of day – Polaroid was doomed, its iconic white-framed snaps apparently defunct.

When Polaroid announced last February that it would stop production of its instant film, it seemed the much-loved camera was gone forever. But within weeks, a group of users had started a global campaign for the format to return. And now, thanks to an unlikely savior, their pleas have been heard.

Smile Polaroid is saved

How I Made a 1,474-Megapixel Photo During President Obama’s Inaugural Address By David Bergman

January 26, 2009

Before Tuesday, I had photographed five presidents and covered big events including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and concerts like Live 8 and Live Earth.

But this one was the biggest. It deserved a big photo.

I made a panoramic image showing the nearly two million people who watched President Obama’s inaugural address. To do so, I clamped a Gigapan Imager to the railing on the north media platform about six feet from my photo position. The Gigapan is a robotic camera mount that allows me to take multiple images and stitch them together, creating a massive image file.

My final photo is made up of 220 Canon G10 images and the file is 59,783 X 24,658 pixels or 1,474 megapixels. It took more than six and a half hours for the Gigapan software to put together all of the images on my Macbook Pro and the completed TIF file is almost 2 gigabytes.

How I Made a 1,474-Megapixel Photo During President Obama’s Inaugural Address | David Bergman — ALL ACCESS — sports, concert, and music photographer.

PDNPulse: Debra Weiss on Economic Challenges

January 26, 2009

Earlier this month at Photo LA, PDN photo editor Amber Terranova recorded some conversations about the state of the photography business with attendees at the festival. We will be posting excerpts of these interviews over the next few days. To kick things off, here’s a two-minute clip of creative consultant Debra Weiss discussing how to do the best for your career during the economic downturn.

PDNPulse: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO: Debra Weiss on Economic Challenges .

Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award Contest 2009

January 26, 2009

The renowned photographic competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will be celebrating its 30th year in 2009. On the occasion of this special jubilee, Leica Camera AG has revised the entry conditions and included numerous changes.

Entries for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award/Newcomers Award 2009 will be accepted as online submissions between 15 January and 1 March 2009.

A Newcomers Award will be incorporated in the competition for the first time. The competition for this award is open to all (prospective) photographers who are aged 25 years and under.

An international jury awards the Leica Oskar Barnack Award / Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award to photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of up to 12 images. Entry submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between man and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, groundbreaking and unintrusive.

The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive 5,000 euros or, alternatively, Leica camera equipment to the same value. The winner of the Newcomer Award will be awarded 2,500 euros. The prizes will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photographic festival held in Arles, France.

All photo series submitted will be displayed in a special online gallery section of the Leica website for a period of time, ending with the request for entries for the new competition. All photographers have the possibility to be displayed in the online gallery under a “nickname”.

Leica – Oskar Barnack Award Contest.

Adobe Labs Posts Lightroom 2.3, DNG 5.3, ACR 5.3 Release Candidates

January 26, 2009

By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, January 23, 2009 – 15:14 EST)
Support for Nikon D3x and Olympus E-30 added, along with a few bug fixes. Adobe Labs today posted release candidate versions of Lightroom 2.3, Digital Negative Converter 5.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 5.3. According to the company, “The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.”

Lightroom 2.3

According to the release notes, the following bugs have been fixed:

• In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash.

• Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.

• A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.

• Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.

• Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers.

Additional camera support is provided for the Nikon D3x and Olympus E-30.

This Lightroom release is also available in eight new languages, including Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Korean, Chinese (simplified) and Chinese (traditional).

Note that while the Mac version can be installed alongside an older version of Lightroom, the Windows release candidate will overwrite an existing v2.2 installation.

Downloads are available from the Lightroom 2.3 page.

Camera Raw

The new version of Camera Raw and DNG Converter both support the Nikon D3x and Olympus E-30.

In addition, the release candidate addresses “possible artifacts that could appear in Canon EOS 5D Mark II sRAW files.”

Downloads are available from the Camera Raw 5.3. The Mac version has been promised for later today.

NEWS! – Adobe Labs Posts Lightroom 2.3, DNG 5.3, ACR 5.3 Release Candidates,

Stay Excited!

January 26, 2009


This blog entry is copied, almost verbatim, from an email I received from a friend of mine, Charles J. Lewis of Charles Lewis Photography whom I admire and respect.


Pursuing a photographic hobby or business can be tiring, time-consuming,
and frustrating. It’s not uncommon for a good photographer
to burn out from time to time.  You don’t want that to happen to you!


Saint Pat"s

Saint Pat"s


If you’re not excited about your photography no one else is going to be. And, who wants to view images they’re not enthusiastic about?


Here are some quick tips for regaining your passion if you’re feeling a
little “burned out” or frustrated:


  • Write down all the reasons you love photography.  Why did you go into this hobby or business?!  What do you want to do for yourself or your clients?  I always ask my students to start here.
  • Tell others the story of why you became a photographer. This is truly important.  People want to “feel your passion” and understand how you feel about your photography.
  • Imagine what you want your photography to look like in 5 years (even if it’s unrealistic… perhaps especially if it’s unrealistic!)  Write down some key notes in your Journal during your quiet meditative time every morning.
  • Be sure you put inspirational messages into your mind each morning –  by listening to positive CD’s and reading inspiring articles and books by people who are where you want to be.  Remember, how your first hour of the day goes, so goes your day!
  • Take time to rejuvenate – you can NOT be creative 100 hours a week.  I have found that the more time I take off and get away, the better job I do when I’m photographing or marketing or selling.



Look, you became a photographer for a reason.  And, how you feel about your photography is going to be reflected in the risks you’ll take, the way you interact with your audience, your clients and prospects, and the amount of money you bring in! (This has much less to do with this Recession, and much more to do with how you feel, than you realize!)


Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald’s) said, “If you work just for the money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing, and always put the customer first, success will be yours.”


Be passionate! Be excited! Learn to love your business, your clients, and the simple joys of photography. There are many!  (The glass is half full, not half empty!)  Pass that passion on to your family, your staff and your clients, and you’ll see a phenomenal difference in the growth and success of your business – regardless of the economy at the moment!


Folks, take this on and I promise your photography and your attitude towards photography will shift to something greater.  And remember, many of the practices I encourage you to try in photography also apply to your life.


Click on “Add A Comment” above and share with all of us how you stay excited.


Just keep clicking!
I love and appreciate you all,

Barack Obama Photos Synthesized From Inauguration

January 23, 2009
© Doug Mills/The New York Times

© Doug Mills/The New York Times

See how multiple images from the January 20th inauguration have been synthesized together to make a collage that can zoom in and out of the historic swearing in of the 44th President of the United States.

CNN’s John King shows the how photos are synthesized to create an impressive record of the inauguration.

When In Doubt…

January 22, 2009


Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo




So I was once told, when in doubt, show up early.  Think less. Feel more.  Ask once.  Give thanks often.  Expect the best.  Appreciate everything.  Never give up.  Make it fun.  Lead.  Invent.  Regroup.  Wink.  Chill.  Smile.  And live as if success was inevitable, and so it shall be.