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Freelance Photo News for the Week of 1/15/12

Fuji-X-Pro1Fujifilm X-Pro1 Digital Camera Wins Four Awards At CES 2012

CNET "Best of CES 2012" Best Camera; Popular Science "CES 2012 Product of the Future"; Popular Mechanics "CES 2012 Editor's Choice Award"; Tom's Guide "Best of CES 2012"

Valhalla, N.Y., January 16, 2012 – Fujifilm North America Corporation Electronic Imaging Division today announced that the new, revolutionary FUJIFILM X-Pro1 Digital Camera has won four awards during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.


Fujifilm X-Pro1 Hands-on Preview

When Fujifilm announced its FinePix X100 retro-styled large-sensor compact at Photokina 2010, it captured the imagination of serious photographers in a way the company seemed not to have quite anticipated. The X100's combination of 'traditional' dial-based handling and outstanding image quality brought widespread plaudits, making it something of a cult classic despite its undeniable flaws. The subsequent addition to the range of the X10 compact, with its bright, manually-controlled zoom lens, has cemented Fujifilm's resurgence as a brand worthy of serious attention.

The X100 may have looked very traditional but it housed some very modern technologies - foremost amongst which was its hybrid optical/electronic viewfinder. This design not only allowed the choice of a rangefinder-style optical view or a fully electronic view but was also able to overlay electronic data over the optical viewfinder. It was a masterpiece of engineering, but appeared to be a design very much dependent on its use with an integrated prime lens.

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New Lightroom 4 Presets – The HDR “Look”

I knew right from the start that I was going to create a preset that simulated an HDR “look”, so here’s my first one. There’s 3 different versions of it (Light, Medium, and Strong) and each has a few of the new sliders incorporated into it as well as some other settings.

Click here to visit and download Matt Kloskowski Lightroom 4 preset.

Running Out of Ideas for Keywording?

The purpose is to find the photos among the thousands of photos in your catalog. It can be for you or it can be for customers or it can be for internet searches.

The keywords are associated with a photo to describe:

  • subject matter
  • status
  • style
  • use

The simplest way of creating keywords is just add another keyword when you need it. The problem with just adding them on the fly without any structure is fine for the first few dozen keywords. Then it becomes unwieldy when it becomes thousands.

The “cleanest” way is to create base categories, then expand these various categories.

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Adobe Backtracks, To Offer Special CS6 Price For CS3/CS4 Till End of 2012

Adobe caused a stir last November after changing its upgrade policy to only cover one version back instead of three. This meant that only Photoshop CS5 owners would qualify for the upgrade price on CS6 when it’s launched, leaving CS3 and CS4 owners the not-so-nice option of buying the CS5 upgrade before buying the CS6 one. Perhaps in response to the angry customer response, Adobe announced a “special offer” for CS3 and CS4 owners today:

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PPA's Proposed Alternative to Federal Court Being Considered

A new, easier and more affordable copyright "people's court" that would allow copyright owners to seek damages and other relief from infringers is a concept currently being considered by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Since 2006, PPA has been advocating for an alternative dispute resolution system like this in an effort to help photographers better defend their copyrights. We have recently submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office, highlighting the benefits of such a system over the existing federal court process…which requires federal registration of an image, a lengthy trial in the federal courts, and the possibility of a copyright owner walking away with only a meager amount of damages.

Read the entre article at the Professional Photographers of America Web site.

Why You May Need a Guide for Travel Photography

Travel and photography go together like cheese and wine. But as any traveler will know, there are certain things that can make your life a lot easier while you’re on the road. Photo-journalists have known for years that getting a “fixer” makes things go more smoothly – especially in developing countries. But what about us normal old tourists? Well, a local guide can make things a lot easier for us too. Here are some things that a guide will bring to the party when you’re on your next photographic excursion overseas.

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Overview of the Book Module in Lightroom 4

I have been writing about Lightroom 4 Beta a lot this week, trying to cover all of the new additions for everyone. One of the brand new features is the Book module where you can use pre-created templates to create a book and with a partnership they have with Blurb also submit the book to be printed and bound. So lets take a quick look in to the new Book module in Lightroom 4 and see what it’s all about.

We will start first by going into the library module and picking the images we would like to use for the book. Just for a demo I am picking a group of images that I recently used for a slideshow, these were already set with a keyword and star rating so all that I have to do is filter for them, select all and then I can click over to the book module. Now all of these images will be available in the filmstrip below. Once you click into the book module there are a lot of options to customize the book on the right. I’ll start right from the top with the book settings. This is where you will select if you want to send the book to Blurb for printing or export the final design as a PDF. You will also be able to select the size and other options about the book.

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Starting the New Year Right

The best way to start 2012, is by sharing some humor.  Here are some photography related videos guaranteed to make you smile...