A Veritable Smörgåsbord of Digital Imaging News…
Well, the summer is clearly over as we in the UK suffer another bout of flooding with water levels increasing by as much as 5 metres. With winter coming, I recently decided to get back to basics and run a roll of Ilford FP4 Plus through my ancient film SLR, more details below.
It has also been a summer packed with new releases at Photokina 2012 in Cologne, one of the world’s biggest imaging exhibitions. Were you lucky enough to visit this amazing show? Did you buy anything?
For those interested, you can see a round up report from Photokina, and a list of new products released here. Well worth a look but your wallet or purse may start to twitch!
- Wedding Photography Blueprint 2.0
- Learning Film
- Photoshop Elements 11
- Photoshop Tutorial
- Insurance Cover for Indemnity, Pro or Not
- Canon 200-400 Super-telephoto
- Kindle Fire
Wedding Photography Blueprint 2.0
You now have just a couple of days left to take advantage of our launch discount price for the updated Wedding Photography Blueprint DVD’s. We have been furiously shipping these all over the world from the USA and Canada to South Africa, Nigeria, Australia and beyond as people make the most of this lower launch price.
Feedback already has been excellent and even from non wedding photographers! One buyer of the original DVD’s in Australia this morning wrote in an email:
“Your additional discount offer to previous buyers of Wedding Photography Blueprint has me drooling over my keyboard. Unfortunately, the Blueprint 1.0 purchase info was lost in my computer brain-snap a couple of years ago.
This loss, coupled with light fingered children and grandchildren who like to like to borrow and then forget to return software, leaves me in a quandary. I would have purchased Blueprint 1.0 using my previous email ***@***.com.
I would almost kill to obtain Blueprint 2.0, not only because of the wedding related information, but importantly because a great deal of the information/techniques applies to other photographic situations.
In fact, to describe your wedding Blueprint as an encyclopaedia of photographic techniques would be a fair description. I throw myself at your mercy, and await your advice.”
Great stuff and of course, we found the original sale and arranged for the new set to be sent.
…and an email later in the day:
“Thank you for the Wedding Photography Blueprint received yesterday. I will be posting my comments as soon as I finish watching all of the DVDs sent to me.
My first impression however, is that this training DVD could become the Photographers Bible to refer back to time and time again for information that is required which has got to be the most affordable training material on the market from A-Z for anyone who is on a budget and wants to become a Wedding Photographer.”
It is great to hear such feedback so if you have already bought the DVD’s, please get in touch with your own feedback once you have watched them all and read the books etc.
If you haven’t bought the DVD’s yet and would like to learn more about this offer and the new DVD’s, check out the new website where you can see sample clips and a lot more information.
Wedding Photography Blueprint 2.0 – Discount Offer Ends 30th September…2 Days Left!
Learning Film Photography
If you are new to photography or even a diehard digital photographer, if you have never experienced good old film photography, I strongly urge that you give it a try. Check out this article where I once again set the Satnav to “Memory Lane”:
Photoshop Elements 11
When anyone just starting out in digital photography or those photographers that come on any of our courses ask me to recommend good editing software for beginners, I always turn to Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Photoshop Elements is a “watered down” version of the full Photoshop and Adobe have just announced version 11. I decided to take a closer look at what they are now offering and downloaded the trial.
It’s been a while since I posted a new Photoshop Tutorial so here is one on erasing unwanted objects using Photoshop. There are many ways to do this but in this tutorial, I use the healing brush, cloning tool and Content Aware (CS5/CS6).
One reason for posting this tutorial is that I wanted to show you that a lot of the things you can do in Photoshop, are readily available in Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 (reviewed above). This includes a version of the Content Aware tool in Photoshop CS5 and onwards and if you don’t know what that is, it is worth watching the video just for that! I plan to upload more and more tutorials soon but for now…
Insurance Cover for Third Parties
An interesting point was made when I posted an article on dangerous wedding photography over on our Wedding Photography Blueprint blog. It was regarding the couple’s safety when shooting the more crazy wedding photographs that some photographers attempt these days.
Does your insurance, if you shoot professionally, cover you should one or both of the couple get injured during a risky shoot that you suggested? Are you to blame or are they of an age where they are responsible for their own actions regardless of what you suggest?
It is an interesting topic and one you should check with your insurers before you go for any wild trash the dress shots or similarly dangerous wedding shoots.
Please leave your thoughts at the end of this newsletter.
Canon 200-400 Super-Telephoto
In the words of my 9 year old son…OMG!
How do you Canon shooters fancy a pro-grade, L-series Canon super-telephoto 200-400L f4 (f5.6 with converter activated) IS lens with built in 1.4x converter that turns it into a 280-560mm lens?
Perfect for sports and wildlife photographers and matches the already released Nikon version (alas without 1.4 converter).
Canon expect to release this new lens either later this year or early 2013 and one would expect it to be a pretty hefty lens in both terms of its weight and price tag.
More information from Canon’s press release and UK pages.
Kindle Fire – Hot Stuff?
I don’t know if you have noticed but Moore’s Law, the one that states that the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years, has been kicked into touch as of late.
Whereas before it seemed that new technology and new releases did come about every 18-24 months in the past, we are now inundated with new technology, gadgets, gizmos and upgrades every 12 months or less…things are certainly speeding up.
Anyway, that has nothing really to do with the Kindle Fire HD other than to say this new piece of hardware from Amazon looks set to possibly give the Apple iPad 3 a run for its money. Check out our short preview:
I hope you found some of the above useful or interesting and please feel free to add comments below and maybe let me know what you would like to see more of!
Other Bits of Interest
Interview With Ron Howard on Photography and DSLR’s
I found this interesting interview with Director Ron Howard recently where he talks about photography and DSLR’s and the interview was filmed on Canon EOS 5D Mark II’s. Ron Howard, in case you didn’t know, found his fame as Richie Cunningham in “Happy Days” (I loved that program).
Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter Back in Stock
If you own the latest speedlight from Canon and have itching to get the accompanying transmitter, B & H Photovideo now have them in stock:
Huge Photoshop Action Sale on at Kubota Image Tools Until the 8th October!
Have a great October!
Nick – All Things Photography
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