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August 2004 News  
PhotographyBlog: Canon U.K. announces new photo printers
PhotographyBlog has published press releases and spec sheets, issued by Canon U.K., for four new Pixma printers from Canon. The new printers are: The Pixma iP8500, a 4800 x 2400-dpi inkjet that uses Canon's 8-color ChromaPLUS ink system and can produce its maximum size print, A4 (roughly 8 x 11.5 inches), in...
August 31, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Dec. 3-4
The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar will be held December 3rd and 4th, 2004 in Atlanta, GA, USA. Faculty and speakers include Bruce Davidson of Magnum, Bill Frakes of Sports Illustrated, and Jahi Chikwendiu of the Washington Post. Fees for early registration (postmarked by Nov. 19) are US$55 for pros and US$30...
August 31, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Toronto Star: digital for a living, tintypes for art/pleasure
The Toronto Star has a profile of Toronto photographer Shin Sugino, a successful commercial automotive photographer. Sugino uses high-end digital studio gear to shoot ads for automakers like Ford and Mazda but prefers making the tintypes that he produces in a small darkroom in a corner of his studio. The article touches...
August 30, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Dyna-Lite's PocketWizard flash power packs
We missed the announcement for Dyna-Lite's WI Series flash power packs, which currently comprise the 500 watt-second M500wi and the 1000 watt-second M1000wi. Both units have built-in PocketWizard receivers and can be triggered by PocketWizard transmitter/transceivers, including those built into some cameras and flash meters. Suggested list price in the U.S....
August 30, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Infoimaging: roundup of large-format inkjet printers
Infoimaging.com recently published a roundup with brief descriptions and user comments on six large-format inkjet printers. The printers are:  Canon imagePROGRAF W6200  Epson Stylus Pro 9600  Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 5500  Mimaki JV4-130  Roland DGA Hi-Fi Jet Pro FJ-500  Encad NovaJet 1000i...
August 30, 2004 | FULL STORY 
CNET: SI's David Bergman reviews EOS-1D MKII, D2H
CNET has published back-to-back reviews of the Canon EOS-1D Mark II and the Nikon D2H written by David Bergman, who shoots frequently for Sports Illustrated magazine....
August 27, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Macopinion: review of Laptop Desk UltraLite
Macopinion has posted a review of the LapWorks Laptop Desk UltraLite, a thinner, lighter-duty version of the company's original Laptop Desk. Both products fold up to fit in a notebook bag and are designed to provide a stable platform on your lap, as well as a mousing surface. In its...
August 26, 2004 | FULL STORY 
ASMP posts stock photo licensing white paper
The American Society of Media Photographers has posted a white paper on stock photo licensing models produced by the StockArtistsAlliance. The paper's objective is to "assist photographers in making more informed business decisions about how to market their images." It compares rights managed versus royalty free licensing models....
August 26, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Creativepro: field test of 3 standalone image storage gadgets
Creativepro has published an article by photographer Brian Lawler detailing his experiences with three standalone image storage devices: the SmartDisk FlashTrax, the Epson P-1000 Photo Viewer, and the Belkin Media Reader for iPod, which lets you download images from media cards to Apple's popular music player. Lawler was not previously a fan...
August 26, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.2 adds FTP uploading
Photo Mechanic 4.2 for Mac OS X and Windows 2000/XP, released today, adds a slew of new features to the pro photo browser. The ability to transfer photos to an FTP server, directly from within the program, tops the list of what's new.
August 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Issue 8 of CPS Europe online newsletter posted
Canon Professional Services Europe has published Issue 8 of its online newsletter. Articles include: A series of daily dispatches from Athens by sports photographer John McDermott. A portfolio of interesting underwater photographs taken in Athens by Donald Miralle. An article on the W6200 wide-format inkjet printer. A story about a German photographer and his assistant...
August 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Photos from Athens 2004 show vast array of digital SLR gear
Photos posted by AP shooter Vincent Thian from the men's 100 meter finals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens show the vast array of digital SLR gear used to cover the race, including numerous remote cameras. Canon 1-series digital SLRs and EF telephoto lenses dominate in these photos....
August 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Reindeer Graphics posts "Select Edges" free PS plug-in
Reindeer Graphics has posted a free Photoshop plug-in called "Select Edges". The plug-in offers five different methods of selecting an image's edge detail for sharpening or other editing purposes. The plug-in is compatible with Photoshop v5.5+ for Windows or Mac....
August 25, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop accepting apps
Applications for the 2005 Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop are now being accepted. The workshop will apparently run in two sessions from June 3-8 or June 10-15, and it will take place at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, USA. The submission deadline is February 28, 2005. Applications require a...
August 24, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Sandisk: last picture from a doomed camera
Sandisk has published a press release that tells the story of how one of the company's CompactFlash cards survived when the camera that was holding it was blown apart. The account includes two unusual photographs. The incident occurred when Don Frazier, a staff photographer at the Southeast Missourian newspaper, set up...
August 24, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Web sites post photos taken with the EOS 20D
Digital photography web sites have begun to posts photos taken with preproduction Canon EOS 20D cameras, including: Digital Photography Review Luminous Landscape Digital Camera Resource Page...
August 23, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Tom's Hardware: cheap dual-monitor via USB port
Tom's Hardware Guide has a short description of the Tritton Technologies See2, a USB-to-SVGA adapter. It lets you expand your screen real estate by connecting a second monitor to your computer's USB port. Data throughput limits mean that certain content such as streaming video are not supported by the See2,...
August 20, 2004 | FULL STORY 
EMediaLive: Philips announces 16X DVD+R media
EMediaLive reports that Philips has announced a new DVD+R blank media capable of recording speeds up to 16X, which will burn 4.7GB of data in about five minutes....
August 20, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Canon announces 10-22mm, 17-85mm EF-S lenses
Canon has unveiled two new additions to their EF-S line of lenses designed specifically for the EOS Digital Rebel/300D and EOS 20D. The EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM provides a field of field that's roughly equivalent to a 16-35mm lens on a 35mm film camera. The variable maximum aperture, however, may limit...
August 19, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Canon announces Speedlite 580EX
Canon today has announced the Speedlite 580EX, a replacement for their flagship 550EX flash unit. It's expected to ship in October.
August 19, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Canon unveils entry-level pro digital SLR
Canon today has unveiled the EOS 20D, an 8.2 million image pixel, 5 fps digital SLR aimed squarely at the working photographer on a budget.
August 19, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Nikon Pro: travelling light, SB-800 multi-flash, WT-1A transmitter
The Nikon Pro online magazine has posted a number of new articles. These include: A piece by National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt on lessons she has learned about travelling light, especially in third world countries. A brief piece by National Geographic shooter Jim Richardson on using multiple SB-800 flashes in a...
August 19, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DOP: review of iCorrect Editlab Pro 4.5
Digital Outback Photo has published a review of PictoColor's iCorrect Editlab Pro 4.5, a program designed to provide simpler, more efficient tools than Photoshop provides for adjusting and correcting white balance, contrast, and color. iCorrect Editlab Pro is available as a standalone program for Windows 98SE+ or Mac OS 9.2+ or...
August 19, 2004 | FULL STORY 
August issue of Digital Journalist posted
The August issue of The Digital Journalist has been posted. Articles include: A short piece by Bill Pierce assessing the Canon PowerShot Pro1's usefulness as a professional tool. The Pro1 is an 8-megapixel megazoom fixed-lens compact. A piece by the CEO of a company called Digital Railroad describing the firm's service, which is designed...
August 17, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Olympics photo galleries started
The Washington Post has begun publishing an Olympics photo gallery, which will apparently be updated daily. USA Today is also hosting an Olympics photo gallery that looks like it will be updated daily. The link is on the upper left of the page. And The New York Times has a number...
August 14, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PDN: New York Times issues new stock agency contract
PDNOnline has a report on the new stock agency contract issued by the New York Times, which gets a passing grade from most of the agency executives interviewed. The article also includes some discussion of the overall trends in freelance photographer contracts and a small amount of information about the new Knight Ridder Tribune...
August 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DOP: Photoshop lens blur filter tutorial
Digital Outback Photo has published a tutorial on using the lens blur filter in Photoshop CS. This filter is designed to do a better job of simulating natural depth of field falloff than could be achieved with previous tools such as the Gaussian blur filter....
August 13, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Hasselblad acquires digital back maker Imacon
Hasselblad announced today that they have acquired Imacon, maker of digital backs for medium format cameras as well as high-end scanners. A press release provides additional details....
August 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Apple releases OS 10.3.5
On Monday, Apple released version 10.3.5 of the Mac OS. It's available through OS X's Software Update system preference pane. The update enhances performance and compatibility in numerous areas and consolidates several recent standalone security updates. Full details are available here....
August 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Windows XP Service Pack 2 news, review
The much-discussed Service Pack 2 update to Microsoft Windows XP will begin to trickle out to end-users over the coming weeks. The update is concerned mostly with security issues. This PC World article explains how the update will be distributed and gives Microsoft's recommendations for obtaining it. CNET has posted a review...
August 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
NPPA launches "Find a Photographer" service
The U.S. National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has launched "Find a Photographer", an online database that can be searched by companies and individuals looking to hire freelance photojournalists. NPPA members who do freelance work list themselves in the database, and prospective clients can filter their search by the photographer's location and...
August 12, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Konica Minolta previews upcoming digital SLR
Konica Minolta has established a web site where the company will post preview information on its upcoming digital SLR camera, provisionally named the Dynax 7 Digital (Maxxum 7 Digital in the U.S.). The Dynax 7 appears to be aimed at entry or mid-level digital SLR buyers. Currently, the site contains...
August 11, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Photography at the Summit workshop runs Oct. 3-8
The Photography at the Summit workshop will be held in Jackson, Wyoming from October 3rd through the 8th. The workshop focuses on daily nature and editorial shooting, and participants will produce a finished photo essay by the end of the course. Students will have access to loaner equipment from Nikon,...
August 11, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Imaging Resource: review of photo-mapping software
Imaging Resource has posted a review of a software program called 93 Photo Street. The application allows you to build web sites that link photos to particular points on standard maps, which the program downloads from various Internet sources. For example, you could download a map of your home town,...
August 10, 2004 | FULL STORY 
DigiTimes: µcard, new storage card format
DigiTimes is reporting that Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute and some Taiwanese chip manufacturers will announce a new type of memory card, called the "µcard", in early October. The somewhat sketchy report says that the card format will have a 2-terabyte maximum storage capacity and a maximum theoretical data transfer rate...
August 10, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Pop Photo: Epson Stylus Pro 4000 review
Popular Photography has posted a brief review of the Epson Stylus Pro 4000 printer, a 7-color inkjet that uses UltraChrome pigmented inks and prints to a maximum paper size of 17x44 inches (43x112cm).    ...
August 9, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Cumulus 6.0.3 released
Canto has released Cumulus v6.0.3 for Windows 98SE+, and Mac OS 10.2.8+. The new edition of the digital asset management program improves performance and usability, and it offers support for RAW image file formats from more than 80 digital cameras. Cumulus can be downloaded from Canto's website, and the Single User...
August 7, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PhotoFirst v1.2 released
Pixingo has released version 1.2 of PhotoFirst for Mac OS 10.2 or higher, the company's workflow software for professional digital photographers. New features include image quality improvements to existing camera profiles as well as RAW file format support for the Canon EOS-1D Mk II, the Olympus E-1, Nikons D70 and D100, and...
August 7, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PDN: the ethics of insider photojournalism
PDNOnline discusses the issue of photojournalists being assigned to cover people with whom they have a personal relationship such as friendship. The topic was raised by Time magazine's recent publication of behind-the-scenes photos of U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry taken by veteran photojournalist Diana Walker. Walker has had a long friendship with Kerry's...
August 6, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Luminous Landscape: review of "Real World Camera Raw"
Luminous Landscape has published a review of Bruce Fraser's new book Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS, which we previously noted began shipping about two weeks ago....
August 6, 2004 | FULL STORY 
PDN: new agency expands, seeks portfolios
PDNOnline reports that World Picture News, a New York agency founded in 2001 that focuses primarily on photojournalism and news, will double the size of its operation in coming months. The agency encourages photographers to submit portfolios in person or by email to info@worldpicturenews.com....
August 4, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Henri Cartier-Bresson dies at age 95
Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson passed away Monday, August 2, 2004 at age 95....
August 4, 2004 | FULL STORY 
NYT: 360 degree panos from the DNC
The New York Times has published a handful of 360-degree interactive panoramas by freelance photographer Chris Ramirez taken at the U.S. Democratic National Convention. The panoramas were made with the Kaidan EventCam, a new product which uses 10 Canon Powershot S60 digital point-and-shoots to simultaneously capture a 360-degree image. Quicktime is required...
August 2, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Dave Black is NikonNet's August Legend Behind the Lens
Sports photographer Dave Black is profiled in the August edition of NikonNet's Legend Behind the Lens feature.  ...
August 2, 2004 | FULL STORY 
Port Xtender adds modem support to Classic applications in Mac OS X
Metamage's Port XTender for Mac enables Classic applications running within OS X to use the computer's internal modem. The software, which is comprised of an OS 9 system extension and OS X application, does indeed seem to function as advertised, or nearly so: previously, in the Classic application Telefinder User 5.7,...
August 2, 2004 | FULL STORY 
BBC News: Digital memories survive extremes
BBC News reports on a Digital Camera Shopper magazine torture test of five camera media formats, including CompactFlash and Secure Digital....
August 2, 2004 | FULL STORY 
News24.com: camera phones and photojournalism
Photojournalist and News24.com columnist Johann van Tonder discusses the impact that ubiquitous camera phones may have on photojournalism, as well as some of the issues related to using pictures taken with them....
August 1, 2004 | 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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