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June 2010 News  
Celebrity shooters Michael Larsen and Tracy Talbert featured in webinar video
Celebrity photographers Michael Larsen and Tracy Talbert, collectively known as Larsen&Talbert, participated recently in an engaging webinar hosted by online archiving service PhotoShelter. A video of the webinar, in which they talk through the lighting and other challenges involved in photographing actors William Shatner and Keira Knightley, personal trainer Jillian Michaels and others, is well worth a watch.
June 30, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Camera Bits posts release candidate of Photo Mechanic 4.6.5
Camera Bits has posted a release candidate of Photo Mechanic 4.6.5 for Mac and Windows. The maintenance update of the powerful photo browsing, captioning and FTP transfer application implements minor feature tweaks, including the addition of new TIFF artist and copyright variables, and fixes bugs.
June 30, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Daily life in Pakistan featured
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features an interesting gallery of Images of daily life in Pakistan.
June 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Journal daily gallery worth seeing
Photo Journal from The Wall Street Journal features daily galleries and you could look at any one of them and find interesting images but the June 28 gallery deserves special mention.
June 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
ImageRights adds free visual search, plans compensation recovery program
ImageRights, a visual search firm that assists photographers in identifying unauthorized photo usage online, has added a free service level in addition to the paid tiers they currently offer. At no charge, a photographer can upload up to 10,000 photos to ImageRights. The company will then continuously monitor news sites, popular blogs and other online locations for usage of those photos and generate a report for the photographer when a match is found. If the usage is an infringement, then starting next month the photographer can opt for ImageRights to handle the extraction of compensation from the offending site, with the revenue being split between the photographer and the company.
June 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Vandalism rampant at economic summit
Several galleries have emerged with images from the G20 economic summit in Toronto including a gallery from The Globe and Mail, another from The Toronto Star and The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features Vandals mar summit protests in Toronto.
June 28, 2010 | FULL STORY 
So you want to be a photojournalist?
The Age from Melbourne, Australia features an interesting gallery of images by photojournalists who have taken the time to photograph their peers at work in Ever wanted to be a photojournalist?
June 25, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Best of World Cup half way along
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features Halfway in - 2010 World Cup, a gallery of the best images half way through the World Cup Tournament in Africa.
June 25, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Lexar announces Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader
Lexar has announced the Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader, a new USB 2.0 memory card reader that supports CompactFlash, SD/SDHC and many other formats. The reader, which shares a similar pop-up design to the company's Professional UDMA Dual-Slot USB Reader, is beginning to ship now at a manufacturer's suggested list price of US$29.99 in the U.S.
June 24, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Reuters gallery features flooding
There seems to be flooding everywhere these days but it's especially bad in parts of China as demonstrated by this Reuters gallery.
June 23, 2010 | FULL STORY 
A trio of galleries definitely worth a look
Three galleries with images in them that we wished we'd taken are the MSNBC June 10-17 edition, The Wall Street Journal's Photo Journal Pictures of the Day and PIXCETERA's June 12-18. ...
June 23, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Remotes catch the goal action
Reuters features an interesting gallery of images taken by remote cameras Behind the net at various soccer matches throughout the world.
June 21, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Joe McNally focuses on power
National Geographic features The 21st Century Grid, a gallery of interesting images on the electrical grid by photographer Joe McNally.
June 17, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Images show worst flooding in parts of Europe
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features a large-image gallery of very strong images on European flooding.
June 16, 2010 | FULL STORY 
LENS features best known unknown photographer
LENS, The New York Times photo blog, features Reflections of Paris, a story about French photographer Yvon and photo gallery of his work.
June 16, 2010 | FULL STORY 
LPA Design developing PocketWizard module for Einstein 640
LPA Design is developing a PocketWizard module for the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight. Similar to the recently-announced PowerST4 for Elinchrom RX, the Einstein module will enable the remote setting of flash output level, control of modeling light behaviour and more from a PocketWizard configuration such as an AC3 ZoneController + MiniTT1 for Canon. Called the PowerMC2, it will feature tighter integration with the flash its controlling, relative to other PocketWizard module + studio flash pairings, thanks to a cooperative effort between LPA Design and Paul C. Buff. We have early details about the latest announced addition to the PocketWizard remote power control system.
June 15, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Nikon Coolpix camera survives six month float on the ocean
A Nikon Coolpix L18, inside an underwater housing and lost in the sea near Aruba late last year, washed up on the shores of Key West, Florida six months later. None the worse for wear, the camera was still functional and had even self-recorded a video clip of an encounter with a sea turtle partway through its journey. Employing the help of diving and travel websites in his search, its finder, an investigator for the U.S. Coast Guard, was able to track down the L18's owner solely from the content of the photos on its memory card.
June 15, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Eye-Fi card rates mention in upcoming detective novel The Panic Zone
If you like to mix detective fiction with your photo technology, The Panic Zone may be for you. The 406-page novel by Calgary, Canada-based author (and former colleague from our newspaper days) Rick Mofina, includes a mention of an Eye-Fi card on page 16. The innovative wireless/SD memory card - and the fictional World Press Alliance photographer using it to surreptitiously shoot and transmit photos - aren't around long. Shortly after the Eye-Fi card's entrance into the story a bomb explodes, taking out the photographer and, presumably, the card.
June 14, 2010 | FULL STORY 
2010 FIFA World Cup featured in The Big Picture
Action and reaction both on and off the field are shown in The Big Picture's gallery of the opening weekend of the 2010 FIFA World Cup soccer (football) event taking place in South Africa.
June 14, 2010 | FULL STORY 
More Nikon gear headed to the International Space Station
Nikon has announced that a new complement of its digital SLRs and lenses is headed to the International Space Station (ISS) later this week. Two D3S and two D3X bodies plus AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR lenses are among the gear to be transported by rocket from Kazakhstan to the ISS and into the hands of Russian cosmonauts. Late last year, NASA sent eleven D3S bodies and seven AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses to the ISS.
June 14, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe updates Lens Profile Creator
Adobe has released an update to Lens Profile Creator, its free lens profiling utility for use in Photoshop CS5 (both in the Lens Correction tool and within Camera Raw 6.1) as well as Photoshop Lightroom 3. Version 1.0.1 (referred to as prerelease 2 on the download page) for Mac and Windows fixes two bugs and streamlines the batch processing workflow.
June 11, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Post photo blog posts pictures of the week
The Denver Post's PLOG features an interesting selection of images in Pictures of the Week: June 11, 2010.
June 11, 2010 | FULL STORY 
LPA Design updates shipping schedule for AC3 ZoneController, more
LPA Design has posted the latest shipping estimates for its upcoming new products including the AC3 ZoneController for Canon and the Nikon versions of the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5.
June 11, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Phase One updates Capture One apps to v5.1.2
Phase One has updated its Capture One suite of RAW conversion and image editing applications to v5.1.2. The main change is improved interoperability between Capture One and Expression Media, the image cataloger recently purchased by Phase One from Microsoft. The new version also adds conversion support for files captured with the Olympus E-PL1 and Leaf Aptus-II 10R. In addition, the company is offering free software to licensed users of Capture One or Expression Media (as well as its predecessor iView MediaPro).
June 10, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Pros prepare to shoot World Cup
The Photo District News interviews photographers about their preparations for the World Cup in South Africa in What Are You Packing For the World Cup?
June 10, 2010 | FULL STORY 
PhotoShelter rolls out Google search enhancements, more
Online photo sales and archiving service PhotoShelter has announced several changes, including the automatic submission of web page and image sitemaps to Google for improved indexing of the work of PhotoShelter members, simplified customized website configuration and the introduction of a website theme option for Free and Basic account levels (higher level accounts have a choice of nine themes).
June 10, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Post features Amish Environment
The Denver Post's photo blog features a photo essay on the Amish Environment by photographer Todd Heisler of the New York Times.
June 10, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Eye-Fi switches on Easy WiFi network login feature
Eye-Fi today released both a firmware update for its Eye-Fi X2-series memory/wireless cards and a new version of the Eye-Fi Center configuration software. The update combo switches on the previously announced integration of Devicescape's Easy WiFi service for automatic access to a substantial list of public, private and university/college hotspots, including many that normally require logging in through a web page and therefore had not been a possibility with Eye-Fi.
June 9, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Light Blue releases update to Photo business management software
Light Blue Software has release Light Blue: Photo 2.2, an update to its well-regarded photography business management software for Mac and Windows.
June 9, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Birds the focus of Nature's Best gallery
PIXCETERA from AOL News features Nature's Best Photography: Birds in Focus, a gallery of some outstanding images of out feathered friends.
June 9, 2010 | FULL STORY 
First beta of DualEyes audio-to-video sync software now available
Singular Software has released its DualEyes audio-to-video synchronization software as a public beta. The standalone application, which is based on the company's superb PluralEyes plug-in for Final Cut Pro and other pro video editors, takes video from a digital SLR or other source plus separately recorded audio and synchronizes the two together, either replacing the audio track within the video files with the external audio or creating audio files which precisely match each video clip. The beta released at this time is for Windows only, while a Mac version is to follow in several weeks.
June 9, 2010 | FULL STORY 
There's nothing to these images
PIXCETERA from AOL news features a gallery in which photographers have created interesting images by making use of Shadows.
June 8, 2010 | FULL STORY 
The Frame features Daily life in China
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features an interesting gallery of images in Daily life in China.
June 8, 2010 | FULL STORY 
D-Day and black and white go together
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features Remembering D-Day, 66 years ago, a gallery of images based on the successful allied invasion of France which led to the eventual victory in 1945.
June 8, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 now shipping
Adobe has begun shipping Photoshop Lightroom 3, the next major release of its pro photo management and RAW conversion application for Mac and Windows. Available now for US$299, or US$99 for licensed users of Lightroom 1.x or 2.x, the new version adds tethered capture, an improved import process that includes support for video files, custom watermarks, flexible print package layouts, additional slide show features, generally faster operation and the same RAW conversion engine and features as found in Photoshop CS5's Camera Raw 6.1.
June 7, 2010 | FULL STORY 
ExpoImaging introduces versatile FlashBenders shoe mount light modifiers
ExpoImaging, makers of the Ray Flash ring attachment, has introduced FlashBenders, a line of three modifiers for shoe mount flashes that can be bent into a shape and then hold that shape, to quickly switch from snoot to flag to bounce card and back.
June 7, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Week's best worth a look
These three galleries featuring the best of the week are well worth a look: Photo Journal from The Wall Street Journal's Pictures of the Week: May 31 - June 4; Reuters Best of the week; and MSNBC's May 27 - June 3.
June 7, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Tornado destruction compared to war zone
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features Tornado unleashes a "war zone" of destruction, a gallery showing the destructive power of a twister that ripped through northwestern Ohio.
June 7, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe posts video highlighting Photoshop Lightroom 3 features
Adobe has posted a video highlighting what's new in the upcoming Photoshop Lightroom 3. Presented by Adobe's Terry White and Called My Top 5 Favorite Lightroom 3 Features, the eight minute clip demonstrates new capabilities of the pro photo management application such as tethered capture, custom watermarks, flexible print package layouts, lens correction plus additional slide show features including video export and background soundtracks. *UPDATE: The video appears to have now been taken down.*
June 5, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Powerful, awful photos of oil-covered birds in The Big Picture
The Big Picture's latest Gulf of Mexico gallery, featuring photos by AP shooter Charlie Riedel, shows all too well the devastating effect the oil spill is having on seabirds in the region.
June 4, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Paul C. Buff releases firmware update for Einstein 640 monolight
Paul C. Buff has released firmware v22 for the Einstein 640 monolight. The update raises the internal temperature threshold at which the unit will temporarily shut down to cool and makes a cosmetic change to the diagnostics screen. To install, a microSD memory card (2GB or less) and reader is required.
June 4, 2010 | FULL STORY 
A day set aside for the kids
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features International Children's Day, a gallery of images kids being kids from around the world.
June 3, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Reuters posts best of May
Reuters features Pictures of the month: May, a slideshow of the news agency's best images from it worldwide crew of photographers.
June 3, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Singular Software posts video demo of DualEyes
Singular Software has added to its site a video demonstration of the upcoming audio-to-video synchronization product DualEyes. The standalone application takes video from a digital SLR or other source plus separately recorded audio and synchronizes the two together, either replacing the audio track within the video files with the external audio or creating audio files which precisely match each video clip. It's meant to provide shooters who don't use a pro level video editor an automated and - based on our experience with PluralEyes - magically effective way of syncing video and audio. UPDATE: It will initially be available for Windows only, with a Mac version to follow.
June 2, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Reuters photographer tests camera control from an iPad during shuttle launch
Reuters shooter Scott Audette has posted a brief story highlighting the successful use of a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and an Internet-connected Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4 II A to cover the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis last month. The workflow included extracting pictures from afar as well as remote camera control testing using an Apple iPad.
June 2, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Camera Bits rules out iPad version of Photo Mechanic
In an open letter to Photo Mechanic customers, Camera Bits President Dennis Walker says his company can't create an iPad version of its venerable pro photo browsing, captioning and transmission application. Walker blames limitations of the device's hardware and the iPad Camera Connection Kit, and slams restrictions he says Apple has placed on third party apps to directly access photos. He sums up the situation this way: "At this point it is darn near impossible for us to provide what we would consider a useful app, something besides a gimmick or curiosity."
June 2, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe posts Camera Raw 6.1 for Photoshop CS5
After making it available in release candidate form last month, Adobe has now posted the final version of Camera Raw 6.1 for Photoshop CS5.
June 1, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Zoom H1 audio recorder to ship July 30 for US$99
Zoom has announced its smallest field audio recorder to date, the H1. It features an x/y mic arrangement similar to the larger H4N, a single 3.5mm input jack for an external mic, up to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV or 320kbps MP3 recording to microSD card, a built-in speaker plus 3.5mm line out/headphone jack and what appears to be a smart control arrangement. It should be a great complement to a digital SLR capturing video on location.
June 1, 2010 | FULL STORY 
LumoPro introduces LP160 shoe mount flash
LumoPro has announced the LP160, an all-manual shoe mount flash that offers similar power to Canon's and Nikon's top flashes, four triggering options (including both a 3.5mm sync jack and a slave setting that will ignore other flash's preflash bursts), a tilt-and-swivel zoom head with 24-105mm lens coverage (plus snap-on 17mm diffuser), full to 1/64 power settings and a metal foot. The LP160 is shipping now for about US$160 in the U.S.
June 1, 2010 | FULL STORY 
MSNBC sports gallery worth seeing
While always good, The Week in Sports Pictures gallery from MSNBC has some outstanding moments from the world of sports this week.
June 1, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Central and South America hard hit by Mother Nature
The next time we feel the urge to complain about our own local weather conditions, we should check out a gallery in The Frame called Volcanos and storms ravage Central and South America.
June 1, 2010 | FULL STORY 
  XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (View)
  LPA Design announces PocketWizard Plus III transceiver (View)
  Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor (View)
  Review: Delock Card Reader FireWire B (Nr. 91694) (View)
  Review: Lexar 1000X blazes to 129MB/s read speed, best-in-class write speeds (View)
  Q&A with Nikon D4 engineer Toshiaki Akagi (View)
  Larger sensor at the heart of 14.20 million image pixel Canon Powershot G1 X (View)
  Nikon announces 16.16 million image pixel, 10fps D4 digital SLR (View)
  First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 (View)
  Review: Nikon Speedlight SB-910 (View)
  Feature: Stephen Mallon shoots a bridge's journey (View)
  Feature: Wildlife shooter Scott Linstead captures slices of time (View)
  Tip: Alternate mounting options for the Vagabond Mini Lithium (View)
  Review: Nikon's J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses (View)
  Canon announces 17.92 million image pixel EOS-1D X (View)
  Feature: William B. Plowman goes underground (View)
  Feature: Joel Hawksley starts a photography career (View)
  Review: the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (View)
  Feature: impressions of the Apple iPad 2 (View)
  Review: M.I.C. CF Card Reader for iPad and iPad 2 (View)
  Feature: the quiet, lovely photographs of Joseph O. Holmes (View)
  Photosmith iPad app now available (View)
  Eye-Fi Direct Mode for X2 SDHC cards rolling out today (update 2) (View)
  Feature: Carl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (View)
  Feature: Robert Seale on photographing Evan Longoria for Sports Illustrated (View)
  Feature: Crisp light, great moments typify the wedding photography of Cliff Mautner (View)
  Review: Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack (View)
  Review: blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation system for Nikon (View)
  Patent infringment suit filed on eve of 344MHz Phottix Atlas production (updated) (View)
  Dynalite revamps power pack lineup, releases high performance 1600ws pack (View)
  Review: the Nikon Speedlight SB-700 (updated) (View)
  A first look at ShutterSnitch 2.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (View)
  PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 for Nikon head to dealers (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 2 (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 1 (View)
  Wireless photography with an iPad and ShutterSnitch (View)
  Canon Expo 2010 kicks off in New York (View)
  Fighter jet crash "one of the most unforgettable moments," says photographer (View)
  Stopping action with the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark IV autofocus performance (View)
  PLM umbrellas offer sweet combo of efficiency and softness (View)
  A first look at Nikon D3S high ISO image quality, plus the new 70-200mm f/2.8 (View)
  LibertyPak Little Genny LG400 provides premium portable power for strobes (View)
  DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone comes to life in v1.1 (View)
  Revamped MacBook Pro line delivers top-notch display quality (View)
  A look inside Nikon's Sendai digital SLR factory (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance (View)
  Notes from Canon headquarters (View)
  Staying sharp: A veteran news shooter seeks new challenges (View)
  Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X (View)
  Alex Majoli points and shoots (View)
  A look back at the NC2000 (View)
  Shooting the D1X for National Geographic (View)

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