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Apple has released an updated version of its Aperture Version 2.1.3

April 15, 2009


What’s new in this update?

Image Compatibility

Nikon images imported using a direct camera-to-computer connection now display thumbnails correctly in the Import window.

Aperture Library

Fixes an issue that could cause unwanted duplicate image versions to be created after rebuilding a library or after importing projects. These duplicate versions appear in the Browser as gray boxes or square thumbnails and show a Pixel Size of “0 x 0” in the Metadata panel. The word “(null)” may appear in the name of these versions. If your Aperture Library contains these duplicate versions, you may be able to eliminate them by rebuilding your library after updating to Aperture 2.1.3. To rebuild an Aperture Library, hold down the Option and Command keys while opening Aperture, then click the Rebuild Now button. If rebuilding the Aperture Library does not remove these unwanted duplicate versions, you can manually delete them.

Addresses a library issue that prevented the operation of the Relocate and Consolidate commands in some circumstances. This situation could occur if you renamed images using the Relocate Masters command, and then subsequently rebuilt your Aperture Library. If you are unable to Relocate or Consolidate Masters, you may be able to remedy the issue by rebuilding your Aperture Library using Aperture 2.1.3, as described in the previous paragraph.

Official Apple Webpage


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

Photobucket Launches Mobile Photo Application with Danger

March 20, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Photobucket (, the Web’s premiere standalone photo and video sharing site, today announced the availability of a mobile Photobucket application exclusively for the T-Mobile Sidekick. Built in conjunction with Danger, Inc. (a Microsoft subsidiary), the software services provider for the mobile device, this feature-rich application enables users to access and interact with Photobucket media directly from anywhere.

The new application provides users with the richest mobile experience to date. Users upload photos and videos from their handset directly to their Photobucket album. From here, there are a number of options, including adding and editing titles, descriptions and tags, as well as rotating and resizing images. Additionally, users can:

  • Create a Photobucket account
  • Log into Photobucket to access their albums
  • Browse and search images and videos on Photobucket
  • Browse other users’ albums
  • Share images

“Photobucket is thrilled to team up with Danger to bring subscribers the most comprehensive mobile application for Photobucket to date,” said Alex Welch, President of Photobucket. “Photobucket is always seeking out ways to make photo sharing easier and more convenient and this collaboration enables our users to share and manage their photos easily while on the go.”

Users can download the application on-the-fly, directly from the on-device catalog and use it on a subscription basis for $1.99 per month. It’s easy to create a free Photobucket account for users that don’t already have one, from or directly from within the application. For more information, please visit

Press Release and Information From Imaging Resource.

Canon EOS Discovery Day @ Unique Photo This Saturday 3/21/09

March 17, 2009

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Creative Photography with the Canon EOS Digital Camera System (Intermediate)

If you’re a more experienced SLR user, this three-hour session is your ticket to learning about the more sophisticated features of your EOS camera. We’ll take you to the next step in crafting great photographs, with details about the advanced controls in your camera and how to use them in real-life situations.

Many examples of great images bring the camera’s features to life in this event. We’ll demystify your camera’s histogram, give details about lighting and exposure control, and show the power that the right lenses and EOS Speedlites can bring to your photography. Sign up Today!

Eric Stoner details the advanced controls in your camera and how to use them in real-life situations. Examples of great images bring the camera’s features to life in this event. He’ll demystify your camera’s histogram, give details about lighting and exposure control, and show the power that the right lenses and EOS Speedlites can bring to your photography.

Basic: Essential Functions of Your Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera

Enter the world of the digital SLR and learn about your camera, and how to make great pictures with it. We’ll take you out of “automatic”, but we won’t overload you with too much detail.

You’ll see many examples of great photography, and learn techniques to use exposure, composition, flash, and a variety of lenses to get the same types of results. Our Basic Discovery Day class is a three-hour investment in your EOS digital SLR that will pay dividends over and over as you grow with your camera system.  Sign up Today!

Rick Berk will take you out of “automatic,” but won’t overload you with too much detail. A three hour investment in your EOS digital SLR that will pay dividends over and over as you grow with your camera system.

iSynth: Microsoft’s Photosynth on the iPhone

March 11, 2009

I’m really impressed by Microsoft’s Photosynth, clearly an interesting direction in photography and the web. (Still haven’t seen it yet? Take this walk around the Great Pyramid of Giza. HDR treated, no less.) Today TechCrunch is reporting that the iPhone can now join the fun with iSynth:

iSynth brings much of the functionality of the original Photosynth to the iPhone, and for the most part it works well. In fact, the touch-screen interface makes the experience even more intuitive than the original – tapping on the screen causes the app to zoom in on the highlighted photo, shifting the viewer’s position in the 3D scene.


iSynth Brings Microsoft’s Powerful 3D Photo Viewer Photosynth To The iPhone

PMA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 6, 2009

Las Vegas is the city of choice for most conventions. And that is true for this year’s PMA (Photo Marketing Association) International Trade Show. It is suppose to drive extra traffic and excitement.This year, however, given the already steady decline of the show due to the shrinking numbers of photo retailers, and given the “depressing” economy, most exhibitors feared for the worst. So here’s the Good, Bad and Ugly:

The Good: Many vendors reported to me that despite the much smaller traffic numbers, many attendees were of the “High Quality” type. By my casual surveying most said they had a decent show, better than expected and were nicely surprised. In fact, Ilford indicated that they had the best trade show ever for them.

The Bad: Attendance was clearly down. By my observation, I’d say 40%. The number of exhibitors was down I’d say by 30%. When asked about sales most reported, “not much” or “wish there was more.” The Fuji and Canon booths were the only ones with any kind of sustained traffic. You could roll a bowling ball in the HP and GE booths and not hit anybody. And finally the shocker of the show was no Epson!

The Ugly: The annual PMDA awards show which annually honors significant achievement in the photography field, the 2009 award recipients were as follows:

Person of the Year: Shigetaka Komori, President & Chief Executive Officer  FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation

Herbert Keppler Technical Achievement Award: Michael Deng, President and CEO of Arcsoft, Inc.

Norman C. Lipton Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Willard, Director, Olympus

Photographer Award: Bill Eppridge

Bill Eppridge runs alongside a car carrying Robert Kennedy. © Burton Berinksy.

Bill Eppridge runs alongside a car carrying Robert Kennedy. © Burton Berinksy.

The highlight of which was Bill Eppridge’s dazzling career photo essay, spanning 50 years, which highlighted the only existing photographs of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and an amazing diversified career. So what is ugly you ask? Well the Caesar’s Palace dinner event cost $195 per person (for those who didn’t get in free like me) and was maybe the worst meal I have ever eaten. This is suppose to be a premiere hotel in Las Vegas.  This meal meal would get the cook tossed overboard on a submarine. The steak was an actual piece of shoe leather. The Salmon was so overcooked it jumped back in the water and the chocolate pudding/mousse (not sure which it was) tasted and looked like…. well you know. Shame on Caesar’s. At least I got an autographed copy of Eppridge’s book.

Toploader Pro AW Series from LowePro

As for new and exciting products, well there weren’t many. LowePro had a new line of bags, the Toploader Pro AW Series. Canon and Nikon introduced ONLY new point and shoots, no new DSLRs… how disappointing. Noritsu and a new and efficient line of high volume inkjet lab printers. The most interesting product I saw was a innovative wall frame (and it is hard to be innovative in this ancient category) by a company called EBBM, Inc. ( It allows photos to be placed in clear frames and spaced on the wall in patterns. It should be a huge hit in the under 30 crowd. And it retails for under $30.

The show this year was from Tuesday Thursday, which is a departure from the historical weekend schedule. I’m guessing the crazy low room rates in Vegas, helped make up for the mid-week schedule. What we all have to fear is next year. The PMA folks, in their infinite wisdom, have scheduled the 2010 PMA show in….drum roll please… Anaheim, California.That should be a real attendance grabber for a declining show.

Kodak and Photobucket Team Up to Make Photo Sharing Even Better

March 5, 2009

Kodak PhotobucketEMERYVILLE, CALIF. and SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., Mar. 4 — Kodak and Photobucket today announced an agreement that empowers Photobucket’s millions of users to turn images from their Photobucket account into tangible stories using KODAK Gallery products. The alliance is intended to extend the Kodak brand to new audiences through Photobucket and the Fox Interactive Media network of media properties and to help Photobucket further monetize the photo sharing behavior of their users and the billions of images stored on their site.

Available immediately, Photobucket users can easily express their creativity and give their pictures new life by creating personalized photo gifts and prints using KODAK Gallery products. They can select from a collection of photo merchandise, including prints and posters, photo mugs, t-shirts, playing cards, coasters, mouse pads and puzzles. This agreement will help Photobucket’s 42 million unique monthly users* do more with their photos by offering them a suite of new and exciting products and print choices.

Kodak and Photobucket Press Release

Largest US Camera Store Chain Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

February 23, 2009

Ritz CameraRitz Camera Centers, the nation’s largest retail photography chain, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The Beltsville, Md.-based company submitted its filing Sunday in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, estimating assets and liabilities at between $100 million and $500 million. The list of its top 30 unsecured creditors is led by Nikon Inc. and Canon USA Inc., which are owed a combined $40 million in trade debt.

Ritz has about 800 photo stores in 40 states, operating as Ritz Camera, Wolf Camera, Kits Cameras, Inkley’s and The Camera Shops. It also operates 130 Boater’s World stores. The company, which has about 6,400 employees nationwide, recorded sales of just under $1 billion last year.

Ritz Camera Files Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Adobe Launches Installer Team Blog

February 12, 2009

This blog is intended as a two-way communication about the “out of box experience” that users of Adobe software have when they purchase our products. Through posts on this blog we intend to communicate what is happening with the deployment installer/updater and provisioning licensing aspects of Adobe software. The scope includes everything from the time of purchase through download, installation, licensing and later updates of Adobe applications. Along the way we will provide some historical perspective for why things are this way today and where we’re going tomorrow.

Adobe Launches Installer Team Blog

Canon PowerShot G10 Firmware Update

February 11, 2009

Firmware Update (Version

This firmware update corrects the following phenomenon.


If RAW images are captured by continuous shooting under the ISO 1600 setting, abnormal data is recorded and a magenta cast appears in the second and subsequent RAW images. This phenomenon also occurs in the second and subsequent recorded RAW images captured by single shooting, but only if the LCD monitor display mode is set to the OFF position.

This phenomenon cannot be confirmed when images are played back on the camera’s LCD monitor. It can only be confirmed if image processing software (such as the Digital Photo Professional software bundled with the product) is used to develop RAW images on a PC.

Canon PowerShot G10 Firmware Update.