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October 4 – 11   2010

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Join us in Umbria, ‘The Green Heart of Italy’

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2010

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A few days ago we worried that rain might wash out this annual Spring celebration at the Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ.  Dark gray clouds loomed in the sky for most of the day, and as 3 o’clock rolled around it didn’t seem to be getting any brighter out.  However, nothing short of rain was going to stop the forward progress of photographic education.  Members of our small group all trickled in by 3:30 or so and at around that time, the sun came out of hiding and offered more possibilities for talking about exposure, metering, composition and ISO options.  All in all, it was a great day for those who were involved and everyone went home with more experience and photographic knowledge than when arrived.  Look for more of these informal mini workshops that we offer.  All events are posted on this blog, so check back often!

Enjoy some photographs Kerry shot from Daffodil Day!

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Sour news for all Canon users who might have been expecting a new 1-Series DSLR on March 26.  Looks like it will be a new incarnation of Digital Rebel.  Curious…odd…not quite sure why, considering the XSi is quite young.  Maybe it is going to be a sister camera?  I guess we’ll see once some ‘official’ news is released.

In other areas of the industry…the announcement of the Nikon D400 appears to be approaching closer as there has been some heavy activity in the rumor mill the past couple of days.  Yesterday Nikon Europe websites were down which typically means there is some product updates or product change-overs.  Why is it significant that it is happening on the Nikon Europe websites?  Nikon Europe is always the first to make major product announcements.

Whatever is announced, and whenever it becomes announced, I guarantee I will post my anticipations, opinions, remarks, and overviews here.

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'The Shot' to be compared across mediums

'The Shot' to be compared across mediums

We have finished taking all of the images for our huge digital vs. film show-down.  The film is currently in queue for processing and I will post a list of all the film types shot and also all digital formats shot as soon as we group everything into a single place.  The write up & review will probably come in chunks, so be prepared for a lot of information coming your way.  We have done this test to attempt to settle the score on the current digital technology and its quality level versus the traditional photographic medium.

John-Paul shooting with the Nikon F5

John-Paul shooting with the Nikon F5

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Today John-Paul and I will be taking a number of film sizes and types and making test shots to make the big comparison between film and digital.  The film types up for scrutiny and review?

  • 35mm Kodak Ektar & Ilford FP4 & Kodak Tech-Pan
  • Medium-format 2 1/4 and 6×4.5
  • Large Format 4×5

After the rolls are processed and digitized John-Paul and I will make comparisons to images of same subject matter shot tomorrow as well with both the Canon 5D and the Nikon D3.

We will see who the winners are and definitely share them with you once our results are finalized.

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Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3. These are final versions of updates which were originally posted as release candidates on the Adobe Labs site, and are now available for immediate download. This update provides RAW support for Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30 DSLR’s. Lightroom is also now available in 8 new languages.

Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v2.3 (Windows)

Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v2.3 (Mac)

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v5.3 (Windows)

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v5.3 (Mac)

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In a statement from Canon regarding AF issues in their 1D-Series camera bodies…

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Many people outside of workshop settings often ask me  how I get such sharp, crisp images.  Seriously, they do – and I usually tell them that I just have a really smart camera.  Although that might be true, there is certainly more to it than that.  In a not-so-formal essay, today I will outline some basic tips and techniques that I employ in order to achieve crisp photographs.  You can try them too, if you like.

While in workshop sessions, and people ask me how I get sharp photographs [particularly landscape & architecture shots] this is what I tell them:

  • I tripod mount my camera
  • Attach my cable release
  • I set my camera to the lowest native ISO
  • I close down my aperture approximately 2-3 stops from the widest opening (usually f/5.6-f/8).
  • Compose, meter, and focus the scene
  • Enable mirror lock-up
  • Depress my cable release

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Another snowy day here in northern New Jersey.  This week’s photos are from my friend Mark who was in Slovenia the last week of January.  All photos are copyright Mark Hadzewycz 2009.  Enjoy!

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by Eric Kazmirek & John-Paul Palescandolo

In Part 1 of our Infrared Photography Discussion, John-Paul provided us with great comparisons of the various IR films available on the market.  Additionally, he took the time to discuss the similarities, differences, and unique properties of each film.  This week’s discussion will focus on the various possibilities for black and white infrared photography using digital equipment and digital post-production processing techniques.  The day John-Paul made his IR film comparisons, he also made a digital capture of the scene we used to illustrate the various IR films in Part 1.  The digital capture can be seen below:

Digital Capture on Canon 5D w/ Canon 24-105mm lens

Digital Capture on Canon 5D w/ Canon 24-105mm lens

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I am happy to announce that this week’s Tips & Technique article is from one of our forum’s contributing photographers, John-Paul Palescandolo.  John-Paul spends a great deal of his photographic endeavors experimenting with older and unique films.  He shares his findings with us this week in this two-part article on Infrared Photography.

Naked Trees Against Sky - Infrared

Naked Trees Against Sky - Infrared

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