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SVA Summer Workshops

April 28th, 2008 Comments off

I’m giving two hands on weekend workshops this summer at the School of Visual Arts(SVA) in NY City. All workshops take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5 pm and include access to your own computer workstation.

Digital Asset Management: Where is My DAM File

With Michael Stewart, Digital Photography Expert
June 21-22
This intensive course will put the “flow” back into your digital photography workflow. It’s not a coincidence that successful photographers and profitable photo businesses are the most organized! Learn how to add keywords, manage metadata and streamline digital asset management tasks with different programs, including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe Bridge and Microsoft Expression Media.
http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/ceCourseFinder/app?sCourse=SWC-2341-A

Panoramic, HDR and Synthetic Depth of Field Photography

With Michael Stewart, Digital Photography Expert
July 26-27
This course will explore creative panoramic stitching and shooting, and processing HDR images and synthetic depth-of-field techniques. Starting with camera settings and shooting tips, we will quickly move into processing files with Adobe Photoshop to build HDR files that contain detail in the whitest whites and deepest shadows. Learn how to work with PhotoMerge to create stunning panoramic images and how to use image stacking to increase depth of field
http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/ceCourseFinder/app?sCourse=SWC-2381-A

For complete registration information please visit:

http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu/ce/index.jsp?sid0=3&sid1=65&page_id=712

SVA has a wonderful MFA Photography Program! Katrin Eismann developed the Masters in Digital Photography program at SVA and she is now the Chair of the program.

Seitz Cameras and Scanning Backs

April 23rd, 2008 1 comment

Prepare to be humbled!

The Seitz 6X17 is a 160 megapixel camera and every pixel is real, not interpolated data. It’s a scanning camera and does not use the Bayer Filter Pattern associated with most modern camera sensors. Betterlight is another manufacturer of scanning backs and they have an excellent explanation of how scanning backs work. Seitz makes some of the most fascinating photographic equipment: from Web LiveCams to 360 Pano Cameras their stuff is cool. There website is fill of interesting photographic examples of what their products work.

This is the RoundShot D3 360 Camera. It spins around while scanning. This system uses only a slice of the lens so horizontal distortion is reduced.

This is the Tablet Control System. If you read my previous post on tethered tablet shooting, then you should appreciate what this control system adds to workflow.

I’ve worked with rented Betterlight scanning backs a couple of times, but have yet to own one; maybe for my 40th birthday. This stuff is not cheap, but you could be the only kid on your block with a 160 megapixel camera!

ICC Profile Comparison Tool

April 21st, 2008 Comments off

ICC View is a real handy way to quickly compare profiles. Go to their website for a free online version that allows you to upload profiles.

Comparisons are nice for:
[] Comparing working spaces to output spaces.
[] Understanding which color space might translate well to your output device.
[] Determining which colors you just can’t see on your monitor.
[] Comparing devices and substrate, like two paper profiles, or two monitor profiles.

If you’re into color photography, these models are important. ICC View is a very useful tool if you know what your looking at. If the models don’t make since to you, then here are a few links to help you with color management:

http://www.updig.org/guidelines/color_mgt.php

http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/color-spaces-page1/

http://digitaldog.net/

http://www.color.org/whitepapers.xalter

http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/color-spaces-page1/

http://www.colorremedies.com/library.html

http://digitaldog.net/

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Tethered Tablet Shooting

April 16th, 2008 Comments off

I’m using a Lenovo X61 Tablet PC for tethered shooting. It has really changed the way I shoot. I’ve been shooting tethered to laptops for some time, but a tablet is a much better way to go. Laptops need to be set up on a table or a stand which is never convenient. Tablets, however, can be hand-held or stuffed into a bag carried over the shoulder while the tablet is still connected and powered on. Just make sure the vents are not covered or you’ll cook your processor. I’ve got a special shoulder strap sleeve on my tablet. Not needing a surface to set up and being able to use a digitizer pen instead of a keyboard and mouse is what makes a tablet perfect for tethered shooting. Read more…

Photoshop World Orlando

April 7th, 2008 Comments off


I’ve just returned from a Photoshop World Conference(PSW) in Orlando, Florida. The conference four days of fast-paced Photoshop training. NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) produces two excellent conferences every year; one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast. For those readers who have never attended PSW, I’ll recap my trip to give you an idea of what it’s like. Read more…