Monday, November 29, 2010

Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 41: Dynamic Range: Adorama Photography TV

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adoramaTV - This week Mark Wallace talks about dynamic range a topic a lot of the viewers have asked about. Dynamic range describes the ratio between the maximum and minimum measurable light intensities. Mark also talks about sensor size and why its important.

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Category:Howto & Style
Tags: sensor size, Dynamic Range, photons, photography, Mark Wallace, snapfactory, adorama, camera, digital

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Stratford Career Institute Photography School Focusing on Digital Photography

Stratford Career Institute has recently modernized their photography course with updated text that incorporates more contemporary instruction on digital photography.

Scranton, PA (Vocus) November 29, 2010 - Stratford Career Institute has recently restyled their distance learning photography course to include more contemporary texts that offer a greater emphasis on digital photography.

Stratford says the updated texts are taken in part from a book by Michael Langford, a renowned author, teacher, and photographer who worked as the Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. The texts include a comprehensive expansion on digital cameras and digital printing, as well as a broader range of sample works, fully updated timelines, and more modern technical language.

“The course maintains the important fundamentals involved in setting up and taking photographs of all kinds, but the procedural knowledge has been updated to reflect the ever-changing technology associated with today’s digital cameras,” said Dr. Claude Major, Director of Education for Stratford Career Institute.

Stratford reports that upon graduation, the student should graduate with a greater understanding of the essential techniques needed to produce a great photograph. More specific areas of study include lighting, filters, exposure measurement, composition, special effects and an entire section dedicated to employment in the photography industry.

“This course is perfect for individuals of all skill levels including those interested in working toward a professional career, enthusiasts wanting to work on technique, as well as today’s casual photographer,” added Dr. Major.

Interested individuals can obtain free career information about Stratford’s photography course or any one of the school’s other courses, including their popular high school diploma program, by calling 1-800-363-0058 ext 9980 or visiting the career school’s website

About Stratford Career Institute
Stratford Career Institute is a distance learning correspondence school that employs a distinct educational training method allowing students to complete their studies and earn their career diploma at home rather than spending hours in a classroom.

Contemporary online tools combined with traditional correspondence education give students the flexibility to study when it is convenient for them. Instructors are available via e-mail and toll-free phone.

Stratford Career Institute offers more than 60 distance learning courses in a variety of contemporary career fields as well as a program.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Apple’s iOS 4.2 Available Today for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

Major Software Update Brings Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay & AirPrint to iPad

CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express® and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes® App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.

The revolutionary iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. You can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, using the innovative Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad weighs just 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.

Today, customers have downloaded more than seven billion apps from the groundbreaking App Store and more than 300,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries, with more than 40,000 native iPad apps. Over 125 million iOS users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

*The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Overview & Footage from the Focus35 Skater Dolly

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cameratown - If you're getting into cinematography you most likely have already seen footage from portable sliders like the Glidetrack. In this video I demonstrate another style of dolly, called the Skater Dolly. What makes this dolly so unique is that it sells for only $119 yet offers very very smooth dolly shots - and can do it in a straight line or in an arc. Very innovative and affordable.

Category: Science & Technology
Tags: dolly, portable skater dolly, DSLR, HDSLR, cinematography, videography, product shots, production, focus35

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Monday, November 15, 2010

iPad Photography App: Lights, Camera, Capture!: Adorama Photography TV

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adoramaTV - Adorama Photography TV presents Lights, Camera, Capture! for the iPad.

This week Mark Wallace discovered a great iPad application that is called Lights, Camera, Capture! This app is based on the popular book by Bob Davis. It helps aspiring photographers learn to achieve the best possible images with minimal lighting equipment. The app features over 100 videos, compelling interactive diagrams to help you understand the effect of lighting and equipment settings, workshop videos, images, and the full text of the original book.

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Category: Howto & Style
Tags: Mark Wallace, adorama, app, apple, camera, digital, ipad, photography, snapfactory, lighting, Lights Camera Capture, capture, book, Bob Davis

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Professional Photo Competition

Nov 08. 2010 02:11 by CEPIC - The Agency for the Promotion of Professional Photography in France (APPPF or A3PF), launches the 3rd edition of "The Photograph of the Year". This contest is exclusively reserved for professional photographers living in Europe.

18 trophies will be awarded in March 2011, during a ceremony which will gather the 48 finalists (three per subject) of the sixteen categories awarded, plus the photograph of the year and a trophy of honor!

For this third edition of the competition, there will be sixteen categories.

The first of the new categories will be reserved for photography students and the theme will be free. The second will reward humanistic photography, a way of honoring our distinguished elders. The third will distinguish the best digital creation, limited only by the imagination of photographers. Finally, a returning category, still life.

Once the winners are known, the winning photographs will be compiled into a traveling exhibition. It will criss-cross France, initially among the sponsors, and then in the biggest French festivals of photographs. "Photographs of the Year" will also be compiled in a book as in previous years. The 48 winning photos plus a portfolio of some pages on the photographer will be honored at this event.

For each category, the winner will receive a statuette worth 150 to 200 € and royalties on books, postcards, posters published by the APPPF, whose terms will be determined by contract with the APPPF, or the equivalent in books and postcards. The winner of the Photograph of the Year will receive € 10 000 of Nikon equipment. Other sponsors will offer prizes or material benefits.

Selection of winners of "Photographs of the Year" is made by a jury of experienced professional photographers, festival directors and journalists, only recognized professionals.

The photograph of the year in each category is the work of professional photographers during the calendar year. The photographs must be taken between January 1 and December 31, 2010.

* Photographs must be submitted no later than January 15, 2011
* For further information or to download the complete contest rules go to:

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Low key lighting setup for body parts

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FreePhotographyTips - Lower back? Low key lighting! Low key photography is a good strategy for addming mystery to photographs and for pulling the attention to one specific area shown in the photograph. That's why in this video we make use of a low key lighting setup when photographing a tattoo of our model which is quite far down her back.

If you want to model the lightingsetup then check out the lighting diagram with the camera settings on

Category: Howto & Style

Tags: low key, lighting setup, speedlight photography, speedlight tutorial, lighting with speedlight, off camera flash, off camera flash techniq, off camera flash tutoria, lighting speedlights, photography, photo, SmokingStrobes, Michael Zelbel

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