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April 14, 2009

af-s_dx_nikkor_10-24mm_f-3_5-4_5g_ed_01MELVILLE, N.Y. (APRIL 14, 2009) – Nikon Inc. today announced the next addition to the expansive NIKKOR lineup with the new AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens, giving photographers the opportunity to capture a unique perspective in a variety of shooting environments. Compact and lightweight, the new 2.4x zoom DX-NIKKOR lens offers a focal length of 10 to 24mm, creating a picture angle ranging from 109-degrees to 61-degrees (FX-format equivalent of 15-36mm) making it ideal for a variety of applications including restrictive interiors, architecture and sweeping landscapes.

“The development and release of the 10-24mm f/ 3.5-4.5 DX-NIKKOR lens continues Nikon’s tradition of providing expertly engineered tools for photographers to realize their unique creative vision,” said Edward Fasano, General Manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “The ultra wide-angle 10-24mm lens offers DX-format digital SLR shooters the outstanding performance for which NIKKOR optics are well-known and the opportunity to capture dramatic perspectives that only wide-angle lenses can achieve.”

The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens offers an array of versatile Nikon technologies, including Nikon’s compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. An advanced optical formula, featuring two extra-low dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements renders stunning images while minimizing distortion, a common problem with ultra wide-angle lenses.

A rounded diaphragm opening, combined with the seven-blade aperture, contributes to the 10-24mm lens’ ability to capture images with soft background effects, referred to by experienced photographers as the “bokeh.” Additionally, the new DX-NIKKOR lens offers the user two focus modes; manual and automatic and features an M/A mode that allows the photographer to quickly switch between the two modes. Both use an internal focusing (IF) design that enhances AF speed and eliminates lens barrel rotation and changes to lens barrel length during focusing.

Fully compatible with Nikon’s complete line of DX-format digital SLR cameras – including the D300, D90, D60, D40 and the newly announced D5000 – the AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens enables photographers to broaden their view in new and interesting ways. FX-format shooters can also benefit from the AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, as Nikon’s FX-format cameras – the D3X, D3, and D700 – will automatically apply the DX-Crop Mode when shooting.

The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED will be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning May 2009 at an estimated selling price of $899.95*. For more information, please visit

Nikon Introduces Versatile ULTRA WIDE-ANGLE 10-24mm DX-FORMAT NIKKOR LENS


Unique University Course Schedule + Nikon Digital Days

April 13, 2009


Understanding Your Digital Point & Shoot
4/15/09 (Wednesday) 11am-1pm $35.00

The digital compact cameras of today are very sophisticated tools that are capable of professional quality results that were once considered only a fantasy of photographers worldwide. Students will learn how to take advantage of today’s features and controls such as scene modes, white balance, video, in-camera image manipulation, image transfer, as well as how to view and understand the histogram and other features of the LCD screen. In addition students will learn the advantages of file format selection such as RAW vs. JPEG and the importance of optical zoom vs. digital zoom using your digital camera.

Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera (Basics)
4/16/09 (Thursday) 6pm-8pm $45.00

You have a digital SLR, you know that the images are going to be far superior to the ones captured by your point-and-shoot camera but not sure how that happens. In this course, students will learn the basic principles and advantages that come with a digital SLR camera. This class is for beginners to amateur photographers looking to gain a better understanding of the automated modes and features as well as the manual control and capabilities of your digital SLR. Our trained staff will instruct you on the importance of understanding the fundamentals of photography such as depth of field, shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering, white balance, reading histograms, on camera flashes, lenses and more.


(Please register early for these classes as they are expected to fill up quickly)

Introduction to the Nikon D300
4/18/09 (Saturday) 12pm-2pm $20.00

$10 Unique Photo Gift Card is included with purchase of this class. If you are passionate about photography and intrigued by high end technology, then this seminar featuring the Nikon D300 Digital is for you. Spend two hours and join Christopher Knapp, Nikon’s North Eastern Technical Sales Representative, learning about the D300’s features, menus and controls and see what all of the “buzz” is about with this camera. Learn about how to control light with the D300’s built-in wireless flash capabilities and then enhance your images right in the camera with the new Retouch menus. Exceptional agility and inspired performance… The Nikon D300!

Nikon Creative Lighting Techniques
4/18/09 (Saturday) 2:30pm-4:30pm $30.00

$10 Unique Photo Gift Card is included with purchase of this class. Overwhelmed with flash technology that your camera and Speedlight introduces? Join Nikon’s North Eastern Technical Sales Representative, Christopher Knapp, for a two-hour session explaining and demonstrating basic flash techniques as well as Nikon’s wireless flash system. Come and learn how to harness the power of light, and completely change the way you shoot with flash!

Introduction to the Nikon D90
4/19/09 (Sunday) 12:00pm-2:00pm $20.00

$10 Unique Photo Gift Card is included with purchase of this class. The D90 is Nikon’s newest digital SLR camera to hit the street and has caught the attention of many a passionate photographer. Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 with groundbreaking features, including Live View, a cinematic-quality 24-fps D-Movie Mode, and 4.5 frames-per-second continuous shooting, the Nikon D90 is sure to spark the creativity of anyone looking to make incredible images. Join Christopher Knapp, Nikon’s North Eastern Technical Sales Representative, as he takes you on a tour of the D90, demonstrating the key features and controls of this amazing camera including Picture Control, the Retouch menu, the D-Movie mode and more. He’ll also explore the wide array of NIKKOR lenses available to choose from, Nikon’s Creative Lighting System, as well as numerous other accessories available for your camera.”

2-Day Workshop hosted by Unique Photo presented by Tamron and Ed Heaton.

April 13, 2009


Friday, June 26, 2009 6:30 pm – Saturday, June 27, 2009 6:00 pm
Unique Photo
123 U.S. Highway 46 (West)
In-the-Field trip to Parkside Orchids
Fairfield, NJ 07004

$179 per person
(Seating is limited to 30 people. Sign up now)

Who should attend: Beginners through advanced amateur photographers with a basic understanding of camera functions and love of digital photography. Note: No attendees under 15 will be allowed regardless of any situation. All attendees will pay full fee; there is no discount for additional attendees in your party, students, seniors or other.

What to expect: In this fast paced day and a half workshop, your instructor will present a variety of techniques that cover exposure, lighting, composition and more using his stunning images as starting points for discussion. Equipment selection and post-production methods will also be discussed. Be prepared for an engaging two-way conversation with professional photographer Ed Heaton. Ed is an award-winning photographer who specializes in landscape and travel imagery. For over six years, Ed has conducted his workshops, seminars and classes on an ongoing basis.

Note: Bus leaves at 7:00am on Saturday to go to Parkside Orchids. Spend the day at Parkside with Ed Heaton as he demonstrates techniques for taking better macro photography and more.There will be an Informational lecture on Orchids at the Nursery, as well as a starter orchid for each attendee. A continental breakfast and deli-style lunch will be served.


What’s included:
Welcome bag, Classroom style seminar, Refreshments & snacks, Exclusive Tamron, Bogen and Expodisc offers, Door prizes include: Books, tripod, and more

Register Here

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Happy Holidays From Photo Insider

April 12, 2009

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An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story

April 10, 2009

Robert Huber reviews the Canon 16-35 L II Lens

April 10, 2009

Filter Size: 82mm
f/Stop Range:
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.9′ (28cm)
Magnification: 1:4.5
Zoom/Focus Control: Two-touch
Angle of View: 108-63°
Groups/Elements: 12/16
Length: 4Posts.4″ (112mm)
Maximum Diameter: 3.5″ (88mm)
Weight: 1.4 lb (635g)

The canon 16-35mm L II lens is considered by many to be one of the most important lenses in the L-series lineup. It replaced the original 16-35mm L in 2007. As one would expect, it carries the classic build quality of all Canon’s L-series lenses. It uses an 82mm filter thread up front- a first for Canon. A UV filter is recommended to fully weather seal this lens, and if using a full-frame camera one may want to pick up a slim-framed version to avoid slight vignetting at 16mm. The ring USM in this lens focuses very quickly and accurately, and very close to the lens at all focal lengths. I measured about 7 inches or so. Distortion is evident in the wider focal length range of the lens, which is something that should be expected from a lens this wide, and it will be particularly more evident on a full-frame camera. The focus and zoom rings are very well placed, and have an excellent feel to them.

© Robert Huber

© Robert Huber

I used this lens to photograph some promotional shots for a band “Future Future” that I have been photographing for some time now. After working with them for a while, they expressed to me the desire to be photographed with a wider angle lens in order to make them appear “bigger”. I used the lens on a crop-sensored camera, and found it very effective in the field. We shot at dusk with some off-camera lighting, on a tripod to get some nice dark blue skies. The lens autofocused perfectly, even in the rapidly depleting available light I was given. The lens had a much higher resistance to flare than I expected, which allowed me to place my lights very close to the edge of the frame, even aiming directly towards the camera to back-light.

In conclusion, this lens is an extremely well-built lens that is designed primarily for the professional market. It would work extremely well in the hands of a photojournalist or travel photographer, but is undoubtedly a welcome addition to any camera bag.

Nik Software Announces Silver Efex Pro™ Update for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2

April 9, 2009

San Diego, CA (April 8, 2009) – Nik Software announces today that Silver Efex Pro, its popular digital photographic plug-in offering the most advanced, complete, and straightforward black-and-white solution, is now available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and higher. The update is available now as a free download to current owners of Silver Efex Pro.

“With Silver Efex Pro now joining Viveza and Color Efex Pro for Lightroom, three of our most powerful products offer photographers even more efficient ways to apply image enhancements seamlessly within Lightroom,” said Michael J. Slater president and CEO of Nik Software. “Our goal is to provide compatibility with popular photo applications such as Lightroom. Offering these free updates for Lightroom enables our users to continue their workflow using their favorite plug-in products regardless of which application they use.”

“Silver Efex Pro installs as a plug-in for Lightroom 2.3, itself a free update from earlier versions and available for download here. Once installed, Silver Efex Pro is accessible via the Lightroom Photo>Edit In… menu. Edits made using the plug-in within Lightroom are non-destructive in nature, with edits applied automatically to a newly generated TIFF file and not the original. It also takes advantage of Lightroom and its efficiencies for everyday tasks, like the ability to edit multiple images in one session, saving time and increasing productivity for photographers.”

Nik Software Announces Silver Efex Pro™ Update for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2

John Woodward Pearl’s Of Wisdom Volume I

April 8, 2009
John Woodward

John Woodward

Photography in an earlier era involved coating your own glass plates with the emulsion that you had mixed yourself. You then place these plates carefully into a huge view camera and climbed under the curtain as you look through very slow lenses of questionable quality and made images that took several minutes. Your exposure is going to take several minutes and if it’s a portrait you have just clamped to your subject into a metal torture device to keep them still during that time. You then very carefully took your finished plate [only one exposure at a time] and processed it using chemicals that could kill you.

© John Woodward Photography

Even not to the late 70s, Ektachrome e4 development kits contained a white powder called sodium ferrocyanide. Modern photography doesn’t remember these roots. They collect the free photons on solid-state drives called CF cards and don’t even wonder at the technology behind them. They print on their Canon printers that are using quantum theory to create images. These printers print out with pico liter sized droplets of ink that then explode at a specific height above the paper as they create their image. Auto focus, 20 powered zoom lenses, 40 frames a second all shrugged off by the users. There is no AWE, and there should be. There’s no respect for their predecessors and there doesn’t even seem to be a need to study anyone’s work anymore.

The modern photographer just goes out and takes pictures and then expects the world to beat a path to his or her door. The modern photographer doesn’t need composition they use intuition. They don’t need the understanding that would create repeatable and consistent quality. Point and shoot was never more info than it is now. The top fashion work, as seen in the magazines, would not come close to meriting In the Professional Photographers Standards. The lighting is wrong, the posturing is ridiculous and when an image is blown out by bad exposure, it becomes high quality graphic arts. It’s come to the point of being ridiculous because it is forming the thoughts of the new photographers as they come on the scene.

These new students of photography think that America’s Top Model, is the epitome of good photography when in fact it is the antithesis. There is no homage to the past, and certainly no reverence for the processes that proceed this digital age. It is a sad thing when the industry as a whole, has forgotten the precepts of professionalism. I make a simple statement in every program that you “can’t know what you don’t know.” It has never been truer than now.

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Every day I hear that people don’t need meters at a time where they need meters more than ever. Every day I hear that they are getting their exposure from histograms, which cannot possibly tell them exposure. Every day I watch as they judge their images based on what comes up on the back of their camera, one that image won’t even react unless there is a full half of a stop change. Every day I watch “professionals” make no special effort in creating images. No one seems to feel the need to do more!

These are the same professionals that complain that their former clients are doing their job now. Well, your former clients watched how you work and said to themselves “I can do that!” So they went out to the camera store and bought the same camera you are using. Because you were not doing anything special in the lighting, or with special lenses or composition, they are creating images identical to yours and either selling them for less or giving them away for free.

One last time I will ask; what are you doing to drive business to your door at a time when your competition is willing to bid nothing on a job, just to gain the experience or the resume line?” You need to become truly professional if you’re going to survive and be a member of this industry. You need to seek out the mentor is just as those who preceded you did. You need to embrace technology and not let technology embrace you. It’s time for you to internalize what it takes to be a professional photographer. This is a business and requires a business plan. It requires the right training and the right equipment. It demands more from you. Be the leader not the follower.

Olympus Brings Creative Freedom to the E-450 DSLR

April 8, 2009

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Olympus announces its new entry-level digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, which is small in size and powerful in creativity. The new E-450 continues the E-400 series’ heritage of a small and portable design, powerful features, and ease of use for any skill level, including first time digital camera users. Thanks to Art Filters pioneered with the E-30 and E-620, the E-450 provides consumers with the creative freedom to capture their images in new fun and exciting ways.

The three Art Filters – Pop Art, Pin Hole and Soft Focus – bring greater creativity and freestyle experimentation to the new E-450. The creative filters were first introduced in Olympus’ E-30 prosumer DSLR earlier this year, and now enable consumers to express themselves and capture it all – limited only by their imagination. The E-450 offers the 10-megapixel imager and other features from the E-420.

The new camera also provides heavyweight technologies, including a bigger, more viewable 2.7-inch LCD and fast consumer-friendly On-Screen Autofocus, Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology and Perfect Shot Preview to get the most out of the Live View experience. Additionally, when it comes to Live View, not all LCDs are created equal. At 2.7-inches, the portable E-450 LCD is large enough for users to compose and review images without squinting. The small camera’s LCD is part of a camera with technologies intelligent enough to take advantage of the Live View photography experience.

Olympus Brings Creative Freedom to the E-450 DSLR

Journalist suspended for refusing to use video

April 7, 2009

camcorderA journalist at Newsquest’s Herald and Times group has been suspended after he refused to take a video camera on a job.

The Glasgow journalist was suspended last week and has not returned to work, although he has since been ill.

The National Union of Journalists said the decision was “shocking” and “a complete over-reaction”.

Paul Holleran, the union’s national organiser in Scotland, told Press Gazette: “He was approached to take a video camera on a story. He didn’t have any technical training or health and safety training.

“He refused and was immediately suspended. We don’t have a problem with using videos, so long as people are appropriately trained.

“There’s no logic attached to their decision, that’s why it’s so shocking. I just hope it’s not victimisation. It just seems a complete over-reaction.”

Journalists at the group – which includes Glasgow’s Evening Times, The Herald and Sunday Herald – now work one combined “hub” for all the titles.

In December, Newsquest announced most of its 250-strong editorial team would have to re-apply for their jobs, with 40 fewer posts in the merged newsroom.

In total, 51 applied for voluntary redundancy, but only 40 were accepted – 24 at The Herald, six at The Sunday Herald, five at the Evening Times, and five in digital – leaving 11 staying when they wanted to leave.

Holleran told MPs in the Scottish Affairs Committee this week that some journalists in Scotland “were not coping” with the cutbacks.

The group editor-in-chief, Donald Martin, had not responded to a request for comment at time of publication.

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