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Travel Vicariously To New Zealand

There are a handful of places in the world I've always wanted to visit. Along with Iceland, no other country piques my interest more than New Zealand. So this recent collection of images of New Zealand made by photographer Chris Gin, which I found at the Light Stalking web site, really got my traveling juices flowing. Since I can't imagine visiting the other side of the world any time soon, I'll have to live vicariously through these wonderful photos. After all, isn't that what great pictures do? They help us see things we otherwise would never be able to. After visiting this great gallery—and gleaning some good information about best times to travel and how to best photograph in this lush and beautiful country—you're sure to want to travel there too. Maybe we can share a hotel?

http://www.lightstalking.com/south-island-new-zealand
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There are a handful of places in the world I've always wanted to visit. Along with Iceland, no other country piques my interest more than New Zealand. So this recent collection of images of New Zealand made by photographer Chris Gin, which I found at the Light Stalking web site,…

Custom Keyboard For Photographers

In case you're feeling like you don't have enough helpful computer- and photo-related gadgets in your life, I've got the perfect thing for you. It's a keyboard made specifically for photographers. The X-Keys Professional system provides a USB-compatible 58-key keyboard that you can customize to help speed up your digital workflow and make processes and tool selections faster and more efficient. It works whether you're using Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture or any number of other programs. Simply determine the shortcut keys you use most often, as well as the other tools and functions that dominate your post-production processes, and then program them into the X-Keys keyboard. You can even label the keys with the included customizable stickers. Read all about it, including a breakdown of how one photographer put it to work, at the PPA web site.

http://www.ppmag.com/web-exclusives/2011/05/xkeysprof.html
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In case you're feeling like you don't have enough helpful computer- and photo-related gadgets in your life, I've got the perfect thing for you. It's a keyboard made specifically for photographers. The X-Keys Professional system provides a USB-compatible 58-key keyboard that you can customize to help speed up your digital…

TwitPic Rights Grab

Twitter is all fine and dandy, but it's kind of limited in its functionality. Some would argue that's part of its success. For instance, you can't post a picture in a tweet. But you can post a link, so all sorts of services have popped up to make it easy to upload your photos and create a short and sweet URL that takes readers of your tweet directly to your picture. One of the most popular services is called TwitPic. It would appear, though, that posting photos to TwitPic is actually a very bad idea. The service has recently been taken to task by concerned photographers everywhere for its egregious rights-grabbing terms of service. They read, in part: "You hereby grant TwitPic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute and prepare derivative works" of the photographs you upload. So if you upload a great new photo, TwitPic can not only utilize that photo for its own advertising, the company can re-sell the usage rights (that's the "sub-licensing" part) to other companies for whatever profit they can. You the photographer, though, get paid nothing. The American Society of Media Photographers in a recent message to members suggested using a similar service from Mobypicture, whose terms of service are "short, simple and to the point." They state that all rights of uploaded content remain the property of the users and can in no way be used commercially by Mobypicture or third parties. Read all about the drama at A Photo Editor, then head over to Mobypicture and see how you like it.

http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/05/11/twitpic-plans-to-sell-your-images-so-it-can-profit
http://www.mobypicture.com
DPMag
Twitter is all fine and dandy, but it's kind of limited in its functionality. Some would argue that's part of its success. For instance, you can't post a picture in a tweet. But you can post a link, so all sorts of services have popped up to make it easy…

Speed Up Photoshop

Wanna know how to best speed up Photoshop, make it run faster, work better, and generally make it the most efficient it can be? Why not learn straight from the manufacturer's mouth? They've published a long white paper covering everything from RAM and graphics requirements to the many settings and best practices that can improve the program's performance. All photographers these days, it seems, spend increasing time pushing pixels around inside the computer. So why not make that most laborious part of the production process as efficient as possible? Download this PDF and get going, fast!

http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/photoshop/pdfs/PhotoshopCS5_performance.pdf
Wanna know how to best speed up Photoshop, make it run faster, work better, and generally make it the most efficient it can be? Why not learn straight from the manufacturer's mouth? They've published a long white paper covering everything from RAM and graphics requirements to the many settings and…

A Large Format Platinum Portrait Project

I don't know Cleveland-based photographer Herbert Ascherman personally, but I've known of his commercial work for many years thanks to a mutual friend. So you can imagine my surprise when he turned up in a recent American Society of Media Photographers bulletin showcasing a tremendous personal project: 8x10 platinum portraits of The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota. Mr. Ascherman closed his commercial photography studio in the wake of the digital revolution and picked up an 8x10 Deardorff view camera instead. Using black & white film to photograph Native American tribes in much the same way Edward S. Curtis did almost 150 years ago, Mr. Ascherman has created a long-lasting body of work with an antique process perfectly suited to the subject and his style of shooting. Please visit the ASMP web site to see a variety of portraits from the project, as well as an interview with the photographer himself.

http://asmp.org/articles/best-2010-ascherman.html
I don't know Cleveland-based photographer Herbert Ascherman personally, but I've known of his commercial work for many years thanks to a mutual friend. So you can imagine my surprise when he turned up in a recent American Society of Media Photographers bulletin showcasing a tremendous personal project: 8x10 platinum portraits…

The Thunderbolt Port

Apple just announced its newest version of the all-in-one iMac. Along with the notable performance-enhancing features that tend to garner the most attention (memory, processor speed, hard disk size, etc) it includes a little something extra that could be the first foray into a new input/output option to replace Firewire and USB. It's called the Thunderbolt port, and Apple says it's "the fastest and most versatile" port ever. It can be used for connecting external drives, RAIDs and monitors. Ten times faster than Firewire 800, at 10 gigabytes per second it could become the preferred connection for folks who need to transfer lots of data at high speeds—like us photographers and videographers. Check it out at Apple's web site to see for yourself and decide if Thunderbolt really is the next big thing.

http://www.apple.com/thunderbolt
Apple just announced its newest version of the all-in-one iMac. Along with the notable performance-enhancing features that tend to garner the most attention (memory, processor speed, hard disk size, etc) it includes a little something extra that could be the first foray into a new input/output option to replace Firewire…
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