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April 2010 News  
Adobe releases Lens Profile Creator, readies other utilities
Adobe has posted for download Lens Profile Creator 1.0 for Mac and Windows, its utility for generating lens profiles to be used with the Lens Correction tool in Photoshop CS5. These profiles will also be compatible with the soon-to-be-released Camera Raw 6.1 for Photoshop CS5 and the upcoming Photoshop Lightroom 3. Adobe's Configurator 2.0 will enable the creation of custom panels for Photoshop CS5 and is also nearing public release, while Adobe is readying another utility, for printing without the use of colour management (a key use will be outputting ICC profile printer targets).
April 30, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Louisiana braces for oil drifting to shore
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features a gallery of images showing the aftermath of the oil rig explosion in Oil spill approaches Louisiana coast.
April 30, 2010 | FULL STORY 
The Post and the Frame feature Vietnam War retrospectives
Captured, the Denver Post blog, offers a large collection of great images from the Vietnam War and The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features another outstanding gallery of images Looking back at the Vietnam War.
April 30, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe Photoshop CS5, rest of Creative Suite 5 now shipping
Adobe has announced the availability of Photoshop CS5 along with the rest of applications that comprise Creative Suite 5.
April 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Paul C. Buff launches European presence
Photo lighting gear maker Paul C. Buff has today launched Paul C. Buff Europe.*UPDATED*
April 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Apple releases Aperture 3.0.3 bug fix update
Apple has released an update for Aperture, its pro photo management and RAW conversion application for Mac. Aperture 3.0.3 corrects a number of bugs, including ones that impacted the repairing and rebuilding of Aperture libraries, using RAW Fine Tuning presets, working with GPS track files and more.
April 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Extensis Portfolio v8.5.5 updates RAW format support
A new release of the single user version of Extensis Portfolio for Mac and Windows swaps in a new RAW file decoder, bringing with it support for a longer list of digital cameras, including the newest digital SLRs from Canon and Nikon. At the same time, it removes decoding capabilities for RAW files from a small number of previously supported models, including Canon's EOS 40D and Leica's M8. Version 8.5.5 of the image cataloger also expands support for Adobe's DNG format and introduces other changes.
April 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
PhotoShelter releases free guide to creating a successful photographer blog
Online archiving and sales site PhotoShelter has released The Photography Blog Handbook, a free 36-page guide for "any photographer interested in using their blog as a platform to attract more website traffic, get more business, and sell more photography," says PhotoShelter CEO Allen Murabayashi.
April 29, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Lawmakers brawl in Ukraine parliament
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features Lawmakers Brawl in the Ukraine which simply has be be seen to be believed.
April 28, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Easy Release model release app for iPhone updated to v1.6.1
Easy Release, an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that enables model releases, with signature, to be completed right on the device, has been updated to v1.6.1. The new version fully supports the iPad and introduces several other changes to the functionality of the US$9.99 app. The update is available free to licensed users through the update mechanism of Apple iTunes or right on the device itself.
April 27, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe to include lens correction in Photoshop Lightroom 3, Camera Raw 6.1
Adobe will include the lens correction capabilities of Photoshop CS5 itself in the next major release of Photoshop Lightroom as well as the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS5. Both Lightroom 3 and Camera Raw 6.1 will enable lens corrections to be applied during the RAW file conversion process, with the same profile-based automatic and fully manual correction options as the Lens Correction tool in Photoshop CS5 proper (separate from Camera Raw, that is).*UPDATED*
April 27, 2010 | FULL STORY 
30 years of pictures by National Geographic's Bruce Dale
Former National Geographic photographer Bruce Dale has prepared a wonderful retrospective of his 30 years spent shooting for the magazine, complete with audio commentary and explanations of the challenges involved in capturing some of his well known and complex photographs.
April 27, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Lexar announces availability of 300X and 600X 32GB, ExpressCard CF Reader
Lexar has announced that the 32GB capacities of its 300X and 600X Professional-series CompactFlash cards are now available in stores, along with the Professional ExpressCard CompactFlash Reader for Mac and Windows.
April 27, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Eye-Fi to broaden access to Wi-Fi networks, ship Eye-Fi Geo X2 card
Next month, Eye-Fi will ship the Eye-Fi Geo X2, a variant of its SD memory card and wireless transmitter that will be sold exclusively by Apple. The company has also announced a partnership with Devicescape, maker of Easy Wi-Fi, that will enable users of Eye-Fi X2-series cards to upload photos and video at hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi locations globally, ranging from open and campus networks to hotspots managed through aggregator Boingo and others. This new feature, which will require an annual subscription, is to launch starting on June 1, 2010.
April 27, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Nikon to release updated 200-400mm f/4 in late May
Nikon will release an updated version of its venerable 200-400mm f/4 VR at the end of next month. The AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II adds four-stop VR II image stabilization, Nano Crystal Coat lens coating for reduced ghosting and flaring and a new A/M position on the lens' mode switch (this option limits accidental switching to manual focus), plus minor cosmetic changes.
April 26, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Stern posts action-packed sports gallery
Stern's online magazine features an always-interesting sports gallery which includes a rather cheeky rugby photo.
April 26, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Town says goodbye to 29 miners
The Washington Post features a Michael Williamson gallery of poignant images from a community in mourning after 29 miners were killed in a West Virginia coal mine.
April 26, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.2
Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.2 for the Mac OS. It adds support for the RAW formats of nine additional digital cameras, including the Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D and Leica S2. It also corrects "RAW processing issues" with the Canon EOS 30D and two Pentax models.
April 22, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Galleries focus on landscape and the unusual
Reuters features Expanse of the Earth, a gallery of landscape images and another gallery of the Strange and unusual.
April 22, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Firmware v7.50 for PocketWizard MultiMAX released
Firmware v7.50 for the LPA Design PocketWizard MultiMAX wireless radio transceiver (USB port model) is now available for download. The new version is the official release of the firmware first introduced as public beta v7.35 Build 12 late last year. It incorporates all the changes of that version including a long range camera triggering mode, signal strength indicator, the ability to move a Custom ID channel to a different frequency and more.
April 22, 2010 | FULL STORY 
MSNBCs PhotoBlog features some fine images
MCNBCs PhotoBlog feature has an interesting collection of images with comments and MSNBC also features a gallery on Animal Tracks: See creatures great and small.
April 21, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe posts final versions of Camera Raw 5.7, Lightroom 2.7
Adobe has posted the final versions of Camera Raw 5.7 for Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 and DNG Converter 2.7 for Mac and Windows. First made public as release candidates early this month, the new versions add conversion support for RAW files captured with the Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D and eight other digital cameras and backs.
April 21, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Galleries feature images from Icelanic volcano
The Big Picture from the Boston Globe features More on Eyjafjallajokull and The Frame from The Sacramento Bee highlights the eruption with a pair of galleries: Volcanic Ash Blankets Europe and Icelandic volcano part two.
April 19, 2010 | FULL STORY 
National Geographic features Europe's Wild Side
National Geographic is always a place we check for good image galleries and this one on Europe's Wild Side caught our eye.
April 19, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Canon Canada now accepting applications for revised CPS program
Canon Canada has begun accepting applications for its revised Canon Professional Services offering. The tiered program institutes yearly fees of either CDN$100 for Gold or CDN$250 for Platinum level membership, in exchange for discounts on service, access to service loaner gear and gear for rent plus other benefits. The changes follow similar CPS revamps in other countries.
April 19, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Panorama captures birthday of Queen Margrethe of Denmark
To commemorate the 70th birthday of Denmark's Queen Margrethe last week, photographer Hans Nyberg was asked by the country's royal family to photograph the guests assembled at a gala in the Queen's honour at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. The resulting 187-degree panorama, comprised of 24 stitched photos captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EF 24-105mm f/4L lens, contains over 254 million image pixels.
April 19, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Canon Canada to launch revamped CPS program next week
Canon Canada has informed its dealers they will begin the rollout of a revamped Canon Professional Services (CPS) program next week. Starting on Monday, April 19, current and prospective members will be able to access a registration page on the Canon Canada website to learn about the new program's tiered service levels and fees. All existing Canadian CPS members are required to reapply.
April 16, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Upcoming Retro Laser Reflector to shine bright for Paul C. Buff, Elinchrom lights
Lighting maker Paul C. Buff is readying for release a high-efficiency focusable metal reflector for strobed sports and similar applications that require a long throw of light. Called the Retro Laser Reflector, it's a shallow 22" diameter retro reflector-style modifier designed to project a narrow, bright beam. How bright? At 40ft/12.2m, says company lead Paul Buff, it can deliver a searing f/16 at ISO 100 from only 640ws of light. It's to ship in one month's time for US$84.95, including mounting hardware for either Paul C. Buff or Elinchrom monolights and heads.*UPDATED*
April 16, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Accessories we like: three products to better manage your lighting
There are three accessories for managing lighting we wouldn't want to live without: the Manfrotto QSS 1004BAC light stand, the Horizontal Flash Mounting Bracket from Michael Bass and the Hoodman HoodLoupe 3.0. Here's why.
April 15, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Canon releases firmware v1.2.1 for EOS 7D
Canon has posted firmware v1.2.1 for the EOS 7D.
April 15, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Images change like the weather
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features a gallery of interesting weather pictures in April delivers all kinds of weather.
April 14, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Portfolio host liveBooks to roll out iPhone/iPad support in early May
Portfolio hosting service liveBooks will switch on support for the Apple iPhone and iPad starting next month.
April 13, 2010 | FULL STORY 
NPPA highlights Pulitzer winners
The National Press Photographers Association features a story on the Mary Chind and Craig F. Walker who won Pulitzer Prizes for Photography.
April 13, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Canon expands Explorers of Light program to include cinematographers
Canon USA has expanded its Explorers of Light program to include cinematographers for the first time. Five cinematographers join the "illustrious group of influential, imaging professionals who serve as ambassadors for Canon products."
April 12, 2010 | FULL STORY 
MoMA features Cartier-Bresson retrospective
LENS, The New York Times blog, features a gallery and story about the Museum of Modern Art's exhibit on Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century which includes not only the classics but also 60 photographs previously unseen by the public.
April 12, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Galleries of weekly images well worth a look
MSNBC features The Week in Sports Pictures, a gallery of moments from the world of sports and Photo Journal from The Wall Street Journal features Pictures of the Week: April 5-9.
April 12, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Poles mourn the loss of their leaders
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features Poles express grief over the loss of their leaders and The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features Poland in Mourning, galleries showing tens of thousands of people mourning the country's loss as a result of a recent plane crash in Russia.
April 12, 2010 | FULL STORY 
What's new for photographers in Photoshop CS5
Content-Aware Fill and Puppet Warp are the attention grabbers of Photoshop CS5 and, as the recent online sneak peeks have shown, these new features will enable users of Adobe's flagship image editor to bend pixels in novel and creative ways. But if you're a news photographer, or any other kind of shooter trying to keep it real in your photographs, then neither feature is going to see much use - or shouldn't. The good news is that Adobe's Photoshop CS5 efforts weren't limited to these two whizzy features. They've implemented numerous other improvements to the program, ones that will be useful to photographers simply trying to prepare pictures for the web, delivery to a client or onto the printed page. We have a summary of what's new.
April 11, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Canon USA extends CPS program eligibility to pro video shooters
Canon USA has announced that starting today, the Canon Professional Services (CPS) program in the U.S. will be expanded to include "qualifying professional video customers."
April 9, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Robert Seale lighting video well worth the time
PhotoShelter has posted the video of an informative lighting presentation and live demonstration given recently by one of our favourite shooters, Houston-based commercial and portrait photographer Robert Seale. The 57 minute video is well worth the time, particularly to see the diversity of photos he's able to extract from a single location and subject as well as how he planned the shoot and the equipment he used. Seale was participating in an event hosted by PhotoShelter in Austin, Texas.
April 9, 2010 | FULL STORY 
A first look at the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController
LPA Design has set a price and approximate ship date for the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController, a small slide-on module for Canon versions of the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 wireless radio devices that enables the rapid adjusting of remote flash operating modes and output settings. We have a first look at this cool new PocketWizard accessory, which has an expected street price of US$69.95 in the U.S. and is tentatively scheduled for release late next month. We've been testing a near-final ZoneController for some time and it's great. If you value being able to work quickly with multiple Speedlites on location in particular, the arrival of the ZoneController can't come soon enough.
April 9, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Dramatic images coming out of Kyrgyzstan
Dramatic images on the crisis in Kyrgyzstan are filling image galleries across the Internet and two of these that caught our eye include: On War: Revolution in Kyrgyzstan from The Denver Post and Crisis in Kyrgyzstan from The Boston Globe
April 8, 2010 | FULL STORY 
PocketWizard range article updated
Last month, we published a rundown of the current spate of range-improving options for photographers using the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon. We've updated the article with additional information about the Speedlite 430EX II, including brightness and recycle speed data, plus a first look at the impressively powerful Nissin Di866, which LPA Design is currently evaluating for use with the FlexTT5 and which could be a viable alternative to the RF noisy 580EX II.
April 7, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Reuters features the best of March
Reuters features Pictures of the month: March, a gallery of the best images of the month from the news agency's photographers from around the globe.
April 7, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Paul C. Buff lowers White Lightning prices
Lighting maker Paul C. Buff has lowered the prices of its White Lightning series of monolights by as much as US$119.05, starting immediately. The reduction brings the cost of the 1320ws X-Series X3200 monolight down to US$549.95, from US$669 previously, with smaller price drops taking effect on the 660ws X1600 and 330ws X800 as well.
April 6, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Split second timing and changed lives
The Dallas Morning News features an interesting story about two photographers' split-second timing of a pair of images in the Lee Harvey Oswald shooting and how it changed their lives forever.
April 6, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Stern posts pictures of the day
Stern features a month's worth of pictures of the day in this gallery from the German online magazine.
April 6, 2010 | FULL STORY 
AP photographer's life remembered
National Public Radio features Remembering Marty Lederhandler, AP Photographer, a story and gallery with highlights of his 66-year career.
April 6, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Welcoming the Signs of Spring, 2010
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features Signs of Spring, 2010, a gallery of interesting images of spring from throughout the world.
April 6, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe posts release candidates of Camera Raw 5.7, Lightroom 2.7
Adobe has posted preview versions of the next releases of the Camera Raw plug-in for Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom and DNG Converter. Camera Raw 5.7, Lightroom 2.7 and DNG Converter 5.7 release candidates for Mac and Windows add conversion support for RAW files captured with the Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D and seven other digital cameras and backs.
April 5, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Eking out a tough existence
Photo Journal from The Wall Street Journal features Living Amid the Fires, a gallery showing people living above coal fires and eking out a living by selling coal from a government mine in India's Bokapahari.
April 5, 2010 | FULL STORY 
The Big Picture features Holy Week, 2010
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features religious holidays and observations throughout the world with an interesting gallery on Holy Week, 2010.
April 3, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Adobe posts video showcasing Photoshop CS5's Puppet Warp
Adobe has posted a video showcasing a new feature called Puppet Warp in the upcoming Photoshop CS5.
April 3, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight to begin shipping next week
Shipping of the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight is to commence April 5, says company founder Paul Buff. The current US$439.95 U.S./Canada price is also expected to rise to US$499.95 "in the fairly near future," says Buff. *UPDATED*
April 1, 2010 | FULL STORY 
Stern sports gallery catches the moments
Stern's online magazine features an interesting sports gallery packed with peak action and interesting moments.
April 1, 2010 | FULL STORY 
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  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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