For those of you who haven’t heard about Aaron Dieppa, he is an Orange County photographer who came up with an insane idea to try to do a daily video blog for an entire year. To say that he has taken on quite a challenge is an understatement but he has been doing a great job so far. Be sure and check out The Big Picture at http://www.aarondieppa.com for all the back espisodes. This week however, I am thrilled that Aaron asked me to be a guest on the show and we talked for quite a while about Camera Dojo and the industry, so much so that he needed to break it up into three shows.
We kick off PMA 2009 with a little video montage and an interview with Trek-Tech (http://trek-tech.com). PMA is the largest photography trade show in the US and happens once a year. This year the show is in Las Vegas, NV and is quite huge! While you have the big companies like Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc showing their current product lines, you also have tons of smaller companies with innovating products that are looking for distributors or retail stores to carry their products.
ExposureManager (www.exposuremanager.com), a customizable full-service online sales resource for photographers, announces a new Premium Subscription service created to help increase print and merchandise sales for photographers. ExposureManagerâ€™s behind-the-scenes marketing support provides a convenient e-commerce solution for busy photographers through every step from order placement to print production and shipping of the final product.
Las Vegas â€” VANGUARD, one the global leader’ in high-quality photography accessories, today introduced Alta Pro, the world’s most innovative tripod with advanced flexibility and stability, at the Photo Marketing Association conference, PMA 09, in Las Vegas.
Unlike traditional tripods, Alta Pro’s Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System allows users to move the central column as needed from zero to
130-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions. This allows more angle possibilities than any tripod on the market but its solid design…
GOLDEN, CO. (March 2, 2009)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX X70 Megazoom digital camera featuring a high magnification 24X optical zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto coverage housed in a highly portable, compact, lightweight body. With 12 megapixels, SLR-like styling and flexible exposure modes, the PENTAX X70 is a true bridge between compact digital cameras and digital SLRs. The X70 is the ideal camera for the intermediate to advanced shooter who wants to step up in form and function from digital compact offerings without the size, weight, and expense of a true DSLR camera.
Stretch your Lensbaby vision to the max with the new 0.42x Super Wide Lens, which converts your Lensbaby lensâ€™s focal length from 50mm to 21mm. Specifically designed for compatibility with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System, this 0.42x is lighter and sharper than any other comparable product on the market. The 0.42x has an inherent macro capability, letting you as close as 2.75â€ (7cm) from the front of the lens.
My good friend Udi over at DIYPhotography.net is celebrating the 3rd anniversary of his website with a very cool photo contest that willbe judged by the amazing Chase Jarvis. Head over to DIYPhotography.net and check out the D3A contest and see if you can win some of the cool prizes he is lining up.
If you dont already visit his site on a regular basis, you are missing some terrific content and this photo contest is a great way of giving him back some love for all of his hard work for the past three years.
Adobe has released an update for Photoshop CS4 (Mac|Win). From the download page:
* A number of issues that could cause slow performance have been addressed.
* Pen barrel rotation with Wacom tablets now works correctly.
* Photoshop now correctly recognizes 3D textures edited by a plug-in.
* The quality of the results of Auto-Blend Layers (Stack Images) has been improved.
* A problem that could result in a crash when pasting formatted text has been fixed.
* A crash that could result from a corrupt font no longer occurs.
This is it folks, the final installment of videos from WPPI 2009, sure there were some technical issue, sure I was working on almost no sleep, sure I looked like hell warmed over, but we did the best we could to bring you as much of WPPI 2009 as we could and we hope you enjoyed it. We certainly enjoyed being there and meeting everyone and can’t wait for next year.
If you haven’t had enough from WPPI, here is still more video interviews from WPPI 2009. There was so much to see that we wanted top bring as much to you as possible. Yes, we know the sound isn’t awesome but we had some hardware problems and couldn’t find a replacement mic at Best Buy, Fry’s, Sony Store, or any of the electronics stores that litter the strip so we had to make due with what we had, hopefully you can still get the goods on what was going on there.
onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced the immediate availability of Plug-in Suite 4.5 and FocalPoint 1.1. Plug-In Suite 4.5 is the latest version of onOne Software’s PhotoshopÂ® plug-in collection, which combines the recently announced FocalPoint 1.1, Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition, PhotoTools 2 Professional Edition and PhotoFrame 4 Professional Edition in addition to Mask Pro 4 and PhotoTune 2.2.
Yup, even more highlights from WPPI 2009. In this installment we take a look at the masking tools and virtual backgrounds available from Studio Taxi (http://studiotaxi.com) then we focus on the engraved focusing screens from Crop Lines (http://croplines.com). We then headed over to talk with Kevin Kubota about his Kubota Imaging Tools (http://www.kubotaimagetools.com) and finally wrap up with a talk with our good friend Max from BorrowLenses.com (http://borrowlenses.com).
In today’s WPPI highlights we talk to the folks at A Portrait Project to learn more about this incredible new foundation that provides photographs to women who have been victims of abuse so that they can start rebuilding their new lives, there new site will be up and running soon and we will post more information as it becomes available. We also talk to Jennifer from Triple Scoop Music (http://triplescoopmusic.com) and Ron Henry from BlackRapid, makers of the R-Strap (http://blackrapid.com).
The only thing better than being able to do off-camera flash is the ability to do it wirelessly. The problem is that the remote control systems that are builting into today’s cameras are lacking...
Today Canon dropped two new tilt-shift lenses that update the previous models that were discontinued recently. The new TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II offers enhanced functionality and image quality in its most popular tilt-shift focal length. Designed with UD glass to minimize and compensate for chromatic aberrations and specially coated aspherical elements for the highest possible glare-free image quality, this tilt-shift lens features an angle of view of 74Â°. New TS revolving lets users freely combine tilting and shifting within the range of +/- 90Â° in the direction of movement.
While many big-name photographers have used Pictage for their print fullfillment service, the cost was outside of the realm of photographers that are just getting started or don’t do very many jobs per year. With a growing number of photographers looking to get started with Pictage but needing to start smaller, Pictage has announced Pictage Lite.
This WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) has been a great show already with tons of great speakers, two huge ballrooms of vendors, and lots of great networking with other photographers. Unfortunately you can’t be in multiple places at the same time so you have to pick and choose which speakers to go see.