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Lensbaby Composer and Optic System 7

Lensbaby Composer and Optic System

In the beginning there was the original Lensbaby lens, a simple bellows system with push-pull focus and left/right and up/down sweet spot selection. Then came the Lensbaby 3G that allowed you to fine tune the sweet spot after locking it down so that you can easily repeat the same shot and settings.

Now, the Lensbaby Composer promises a lens that is easier to use, better control over focusing, and a selection of different optic inserts to give you a variety of different effects.

Podcast #40 – Picking the winner of the converging lines contest with Roberto Valenzuela 3

Podcast #40 – Picking the winner of the converging lines contest with Roberto Valenzuela

Kerry and David discuss some of the cool finds from the PMA 2009 show (see CameraDojo.com for video highlights). The guys also announce the details for the next photo contest that will begin this week called Exciting Lighting, the winner will get a free seat at David Ziser’s Digital Wakeup Call tour. Complete details for the new contest will be posted this coming week.

Save $20 on David Ziser’s Digital Wakeup Call Seminar 6

Save $20 on David Ziser’s Digital Wakeup Call Seminar

I have mentioned David Ziser’s upcoming seminar series several times and I will continue to until it is over as it is going to be the one big not-to-miss seminar this year. David is an expert on lighting and technique and presents these topics in very easy to understand ways so that you can go back and start implementing them immediately.

Maurice’s Favorites from PMA 2009 0

Maurice’s Favorites from PMA 2009

Maurice, who has written several articles here at the Dojo, was with me on the trip to PMA 2009 and picked out a few products that were his personal favorite show picks that he wanted to show everyone. First off are some unique new products from Dust-Aid, with an internal shield to help keep dust out of your camera when changing lenses. Second up is the upcoming Spyder Cube which is a 3D color temperature and exposure tool to help you nail your images. The Spyder Cube is made by Data Color.

California Sunbounce at PMA 2009 0

California Sunbounce at PMA 2009

California Sunbounce has some awesome products to help solve numerous lighting issues. From scrims to reflectors and much more, they are very well known for their top quality notch quality and great selection of tools. In this video Kerry demos how to assemble a California Sunbounce Micro Mini reflector to show how easy the products go together. This was a challenge to see if he could figure it out with no practice or instructions.

Lensbaby at PMA 2009 2

Lensbaby at PMA 2009

Kerry and Sam from Lensbaby talk about the Composer and all of the accessories that are available for it including the just announced super wide angle lens. If you are looking at getting a Lensbaby Composer, then check out our Camera Dojo special offer. For more information about Lensbaby lenses and optics, please visit them at Lensbaby.com.

PMA 2009 Day One Video Highlights 2

PMA 2009 Day One Video Highlights

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 Announces Premium Subscription 0

ExposureManager Announces Premium Subscription

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. ExposureManager’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.

Vanguard announces new product lines at PMA 2

Vanguard announces new product lines at PMA

Las Vegas — 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…

Podcast #39 – Conversation with Tom Hogarty – Lightroom Product Manager 6

Podcast #39 – Conversation with Tom Hogarty – Lightroom Product Manager

In this week’s show Kerry and David talk to Tom Hogarty, the product manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Tom talks about using catalogs versus collections, answers questions from Camera Dojo twitter followers, and discusses where Lightroom may be going in the future.

Pentax Announces X70 MegaZoom 2

Pentax Announces X70 MegaZoom

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.

Lensbaby announces new 0.42x Super Wide Angle Lens 0

Lensbaby announces new 0.42x Super Wide Angle Lens

Stretch your Lensbaby vision to the max with the new 0.42x Super Wide Lens, which converts your Lensbaby lens’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 2.75” (7cm) from the front of the lens.

Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 Now Available 0

Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 Now Available

Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 have graduated from Adobe Labs and are now available as final releases on Adobe.com. These updates include camera support for the following models:(Previously provided in the release candidates of these updates)

DIYPhotography 3rd Anniversary Photo Contest 4

DIYPhotography 3rd Anniversary Photo Contest

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.

Photoshop CS4 update now available 0

Photoshop CS4 update now available

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.

Podcast #38 – Conversation with Curt Apanovich 5

Podcast #38 – Conversation with Curt Apanovich

Kerry and David talk to Curt Apanovich about the fusion of video and still photography and where this is going to take us in the near future.

Curt’s background in film and photography have combined to put him into the perfect position to take advantage of not just both mediums, but also to enable him to fuse the two together using current equipment and software.

Curt gives some tips of getting started with video and how best to use video to compliment your photography.