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April 29, 2007

Portrait Shoot

On podcast #22 I talked about tips and suggestions of sucessful portrait shoots.

I am at my studio right now waiting for a model show up for a portrait shoot. I'll report back how many of my own suggestions I actually used, if they worked and what other suggestions I thought of while shooting. I'll also report on what didn't work for me.

Stay tuned.

April 26, 2007

Very Cool Webpage

I found this page today that is really helpful in demonstrating the effects of different shutter speed and aperture settings on an exposure. Play with the settings and see the effects on both exposure and depth of field. This might be one of the most usefull tools I've found to explain the relationships between shutter speed, aperture, depth of field and exposure because you can try them all till you get something that works for you.

Click here to go to the page

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, DOF, , Exposure

April 24, 2007

Podcast #23 Show Notes - Zoomify

Podcast number 23 is the very first video podcast I've done.

I realize that a lot of people, myself included, listen to podcasts in the car or at work and can't really stop to watch a podcast. So the audio podcast will continue to be the regular format the podcast will be delivered in but with the ocassional video podcast thrown in as an extra when I come across a topic that is better suited for video than audio (like software demos).

So please let me know what you think about the video podcast and if you have an apple TV box please let me know how it looks full screen on your living room TV.

The webpage where I uplaoded the Zoomify sample is http://www.allenrockwellphoto.com/Site/zoomify/

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, Adobe, CS3, Zoomify

April 23, 2007

Podcast #22 Show Notes

Click images to enlarge:

My panorama image on flickr

Download the Portrait Photography Tips and Tricks PDF file

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, Adobe, CS3, Portraits

April 21, 2007

Apple Updates Aperture to 1.5.3

Aperture 1.5.3 addresses issues related to overall reliability and performance in a number of areas, including:

Generation of thumbnails for adjusted images
Entering and exiting Full Screen mode
Working with large sets of keywords in the Keywords HUD
Restoring from a vault
Among the specific issues that have been addressed:
Previews now update properly when images are sent to an external editor.
Leaf Aptus 22 and Aptus 75 images are now imported with the correct orientation.
When folders are imported as projects, the folder structure is now correctly preserved when identically named subfolders are included in the hierarchy.
Reconnecting referenced images that have been externally edited now works more reliably.
Setting the ColorSync profile in the Aperture Print dialog now correctly suppresses color management settings in the Mac OS X Print dialog.

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, Apple, Aperture, Apple Aperture

April 15, 2007

Adobe Shipping CS3

Adobe Ships Creative Suite 3

Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Flagship Creative Applications Also Available

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 16, 2007 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the highly-anticipated Adobe® Creative Suite® 3 Design Premium and Standard editions and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard editions. This revolutionary release of brand-new, tightly integrated, design and development software unites the best of Adobe and former Macromedia® product innovation to provide designers and developers worldwide with a broad spectrum of creative options.

Also available for purchase today are new versions of the following stand alone Adobe creative applications: Adobe Photoshop® CS3, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe InDesign® CS3, Adobe Illustrator® CS3, Adobe Flash® CS3 Professional, Adobe Dreamweaver® CS3, Adobe Fireworks® CS3, and Adobe Contribute® CS3. These new Adobe CS3 applications and Adobe Creative Suite 3 editions are available as Universal applications for both PowerPC® and Intel-based Macs and support both Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista™. Customers will experience increased levels of performance and speed running Creative Suite 3 natively on Intel-based Macintosh systems and the latest Windows hardware.

The expanded Creative Suite 3 family also includes Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium, a complete integrated post-production solution for video and rich media professionals, and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection, which combines all of Adobe's new CS3 design and development applications in a single box—the most comprehensive creative environment ever delivered. Both of these Creative Suite editions are expected to ship in the third quarter of 2007.

Fully Integrated Design Toolkit Powers Creativity

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium delivers an essential, highly-efficient toolkit for print, web, interactive, and mobile design. The software integrates new releases of InDesign CS3, Photoshop CS3 Extended, Illustrator CS3, Flash CS3 Professional, Dreamweaver CS3, and Acrobat® 8 Professional for creating compelling publications, websites, rich interactive experiences, and engaging content. Also available today is Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Standard software for designers and print service providers focusing on professional design and print production.

With Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, users can experiment with, save, and apply color combinations quickly and intuitively using the new Live Color feature in Illustrator; perform image editing tasks such as selecting image areas, compositing images, and applying filters faster and more flexibly with Photoshop CS3 Extended; master Flash more easily thanks to its new Adobe-standard user interface; and repurpose print content on the web by exporting InDesign CS3 documents as XHTML and the modifying them in Dreamweaver CS3 using CSS.

Innovative Web Design and Development Tools Maximize Productivity

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium edition is a comprehensive suite that combines the essential tools for web and interactive design and development including the new versions of Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, Adobe Fireworks CS3, Adobe Contribute CS3 – along with major releases of key design tools such as Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended, Adobe Illustrator CS3, and Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional. Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard edition is also available today to serve the professional designer and developer focused on design, development, and website maintenance.

Loaded with new and innovative features, Creative Suite 3 Web editions offer users faster, more productive workflows across the applications. Now, for the first time, web professionals can import native Photoshop and Illustrator files directly into Flash and Fireworks with full fidelity. Users can also create consistent experiences across all browsers, operating systems, and a range of mobile and handheld devices with the new Spry Framework for AJAX, a pre-built, cross-browser compatible library of widgets and effects that make it faster and easier to build rich, interactive websites. Fireworks CS3 boasts new workflows for rapidly prototyping RIA layouts for websites and web applications, intelligent Photoshop and Illustrator integration, and a library of common and customizable graphics assets.

New and Enhanced Integration Technologies Boost Performance

Both the Creative Suite 3 Design and Web editions include Adobe Device Central CS3, designed to boost the productivity of creative professionals developing content for mobile handsets with essential tools to design, emulate and test content across a wide range of mobile device and handheld frameworks. These editions also incorporate an updated version of Adobe Bridge CS3, the hub of Adobe Creative Suite, which provides instant access to Version Cue® CS3, Acrobat Connect™ and an expanded Adobe Stock Photos service.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, and Web Standard are immediately available to customers in the United States and Canada, and are available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at www.adobe.com/go/gn_store. Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium edition is US$1799, US$1199 for Creative Suite 3 Design Standard edition, US$1599 for Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and US$999 for Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Standard. There are numerous upgrade paths available for Adobe customers. For more detailed information about features, upgrade policies, pricing, and international versions please visit: www.adobe.com/go/creativesuite.

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Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, CS3, Adobe, Creative Suite 3

April 14, 2007

Shooting The Model Jet Meet

Today I shot a model jet meet at my R/C club's filed. Photos are Here. In addition to the great model jets that were at the show we had a full scale P-51 mustang buzz the field during the mid-day break.

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell,Jets, R/C, BITW

April 12, 2007

Apple iPhone delays shipment of Leopard

Apple Statement (From www.apple.com/hotnews

iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard's features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we're sure we've made the right ones.

I'm pretty sure this will also delay iLife 07 and iWork 07 as they are both very closely tied into OSX 10.5 Leopard.

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell,Leopard, Apple, iPhone

April 11, 2007

Podcast #21 ... The UnPodcast

There is no podcast this week due to my crazy workload. I'll try to get one out this weekend.

If you have any topic ideas, questions or suggestions for the next show please email them to me at [email protected]


... Keep on shooting!

April 04, 2007

B&H; Announce price for EOS 1D Mark III

Well, I was hearing the list price would be $4000 and the street price might be a little less.

... that does not seem to be the case :(


Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell,Canon, Mark III, Price

Podcast #20 Show Notes

Here is the setup for the product photography shoot:
(Click image to see larger version)

This is a good example that demonstrates the depth of field as it relates to f/stop settings
(Click image to see larger version)

Here are a few samples of the results of the product photo shoot
(Click images to see larger versions)

For more info on photographer's rights check out my podcast titled "RAW, Photographer’s Rights, News" that I posted on Wed, 25 Oct 2006 at http://feeds.feedburner.com/digitalphotopodcast

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, DOF, Macro, Product Photography

April 02, 2007

Cool New Info on CS3

Today Adobe launched a new webpage that takes you through all the various versions of CS3 and talks about the features of each package

Click here to see the new webpage

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, CS3, Adobe, Creative Suite 3

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