October 14, 2008

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, the highly-anticipated release of industry-leading design and development software for virtually every creative workflow. Delivering radical breakthroughs in workflow efficiency - and packed with hundreds of innovative, time saving features - the new Creative Suite 4 product line advances the creative process across print, Web, interactive, film, video and mobile.

Customers can choose from six new versions: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium and Master Collection. The combination of Creative Suite and the new capabilities of Adobe Flash® Player 10, also available today (see separate press release) deliver new levels of creativity and expressiveness across media channels. Designers using the Adobe Creative Suite 4 product family will gain unprecedented creative control using the new expressive features and visual performance improvements in Adobe Flash Player 10 to deliver breakthrough Web experiences across multiple browsers and operating systems.

"Creative Suite 4 and Flash Player 10 introduce vital time-saving features, new levels of integration and the jaw-dropping innovations our design and developer customers expect from us," said John Loiacono, senior vice president, Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe.

"CS4 continues to fulfill our promise to customers to break down more barriers in cross-media workflows, while also providing new services and collaboration tools that help them manage complex client demands."

As part of the CS4 product launch, the largest in Adobe's history, also available today are brand new versions of Photoshop® CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, InDesign® CS4, Illustrator® CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver® CS4, Fireworks® CS4, Contribute® CS4, After Effects® CS4, Adobe Premiere® Pro CS4, Encore® CS4, Soundbooth® CS4 and Adobe OnLocation(tm) CS4.

Intuitive Workflows Improve Creative Efficiency

A simplified workflow in Adobe Creative Suite 4 enables users to design across media more efficiently by making it easier to complete common tasks and move content seamlessly among applications. InDesign CS4 includes a new Live Preflight tool that allows designers to catch production errors and a newly customizable Links panel to manage placed files more efficiently. The revolutionary new Content-Aware Scaling tool in Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended automatically recomposes an image as it is resized, preserving vital areas as it adapts to new dimensions. An expanded version of Dynamic Link in CS4 Production Premium enables users to move and update content between After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Soundbooth CS4, and Encore CS4 without rendering, saving countless hours in production. With deep XMP metadata support, the production workflow is simplified, resulting in online content that gives viewers new ways to interact with and search for video, while giving content owners new opportunities to track and monetize content.

Adobe Creative Suite 4 brings 3D center-stage providing the ability to paint, composite, and animate 3D models using familiar tools in Photoshop CS4 Extended. Flash CS4 Professional now offers the ability to apply tweens to objects instead of keyframes, providing greater control over animation attributes. Also in Flash CS4 Professional, the new Bones tool helps create more realistic animations between linked objects. With a searchable library of more than 450 dynamically updated device profiles from leading manufacturers, Adobe Device Central CS4 enables users to easily test mobile content designed using many of the Creative Suite 4 products.

New and Expanded Services Extend Capabilities for Online Collaboration

Adobe Creative Suite 4 now also offers a host of services* for online collaboration. Adobe ConnectNow, a service of, allows real-time collaboration with two colleagues or clients. Designers can also share color harmonies with Adobe Kuler(tm). Other online resources include: Adobe Community Help for technical questions; Resource Central for accessing video and audio product-related news and tutorials, as well as Soundbooth scores and sound effects; and Adobe Bridge Home, a customizable resource for tips, tutorials, news and inspirational content.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Creative Suite 4 and its associated point products are immediately available through Adobe Authorized Resellers and the Adobe Store at Estimated street price for the Adobe Creative Suite 4 Design Premium is US$1799, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Web Premium, US$1699 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium, and US$2499 for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection. To reward customers for staying current, Adobe is offering Creative Suite 3 customers moving to Creative Suite 4 a lower upgrade price than it offers to those moving from older, qualifying versions. For a limited time, a special introductory offer enables customers with older qualifying products to enjoy the same lower price with savings of up to US$200 off their actual upgrade price. For more detailed information please visit

Adobe Flash Player 10 is available immediately as a free download for Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms (including new support for Ubuntu 7 and 8) from

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

September 16, 2008

Canon Announces 5D Mk II

High Performance for High Expectation

Canon's update to the wildly popular full frame EOS 5D is here, and it's better than ever. The EOS 5D Mark II has a stunning 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a vast ISO Range of 100-6400 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 12800 and H2: 25600), plus EOS technologies like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Peripheral Illumination Correction. It supports Live View shooting, Live View HD videos, and more. It can shoot up to 3.9 fps, has 9 AF points plus 6 AF assist points, a new 98% coverage viewfinder, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) and a rugged build. Full-frame shooters rejoice!
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera is compatible with Canon EF lenses and is scheduled for delivery by the end of November. The EOS 5D Mark II will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $2,699. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $3,499.


August 25, 2008

Canon Announces 50D

Canon's new EOS 50D bridges the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. It features an APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for fine detail and superior color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities up to 12800 for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. It features a refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots) monitor, supercharged Live View Function with Face Detection Live mode, plus a number of new automatic Image Correction settings and HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV. Pick up the EOS 50D and you'll experience true digital inspiration!

I've already sent off an email to my contact at Canon requesting a review unit.

For more info

April 18, 2008

Photographer or Terrorist?

Great article on BBC's website regarding photographers being treated as criminals by authorities that are paranoid about terrorism and child predators.

This is getting crazy. The authorities are going after law abiding citizens out trying to have a good time with their hobby when they should be concerned with real criminals. The shameful part is that these authorities do not even know the law in relation to photography, so not only are they harassing good people but they are harassing them for doing something legal.

If you have a family member, friend or acquaintance that is in the law enforcement or security business or in the military please do your part and educate them on the rights of photographers. Someday you'll be glad you did.

The BBC article is here

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February 20, 2008

50th Eposide coming in 2 days

I am working on the 50th episode of The Digital Photography Podcast right now. If you'd like to send in an audio greeting to be included in this episode I would be very happy to include in the anniversary podcast, but the deadline is very quickly approaching so you need to get it to me my Thursday evening. Email your audio file in MP4 or MP3 format to [email protected] , feel free to plug your website, podcast or blog in the message if you like.



December 09, 2007

1D Mark III and 40D Sensor Cleaning

Photographic Solutions recommends their E2 sensor cleaning solution for the 1D Mark III and the 40D (most likely the 1Ds Mark III also) as they have Tin Oxide sensors.

I've been using the standard Eclipse solution with no ill effects, but I'll change now. No sense in taking any chances.

Here's a link to info on the new E2 solution

December 08, 2007

Wacom releases new Cintiq

(from their website)
Cintiq 12WX
Now you can experience all the advantages of direct pen-on-screen input in a low profile, lightweight design! At just 4.4 pounds, the new Cintiq 12WX combines the advantages of a wide-format LCD monitor with Wacom's patented, professional pen technology to give you the perfect companion for your Mac or PC.

Thin and light, the new Cintiq 12WX gives you the flexibility to work on screen the way you want. Easily rotate the 12.1" TFT display when working flat on your desktop to find the right position for your hand, or stand the Cintiq 12WX upright on your desktop and adjust the integrated stand to a comfortable angle. With a flexible 6.5 foot cord, you can even use it on your lap.

No matter how you choose to use it, the Cintiq 12WX allows you to combine the advantages of natural hand-eye coordination and the intuitive pen-on-paper feel of traditional media with the benefits of digital workflow.

The Cintiq 12WX integrates seamlessly into multi-monitor environments to supplement a primary display or to control other displays. Alternatively, you can use the Cintiq 12WX as a stand-alone display. Its ergonomic design and lightweight profile make it easy to add it to your laptop, desktop, or high performance workstation.

The Cintiq 12WX delivers a highly sensitive pen-on-screen experience so you can work directly on your images and applications in the most natural way possible. With "pen-point" accuracy, fast cursor control, and 1,024 levels of pressure-sensitivity on the pen tip and eraser, the Cintiq 12WX gives you increased control, comfort, and productivity.

December 07, 2007

Adobe Lightroom 1.3.1 for Mac

Today Adobe released v1.3.1 of Lightroom for the Mac

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.3.1

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 1.3.1 update includes these enhancements:

• Additional camera support for the Canon 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D3, Nikon D300, Olympus E-3, and more

• Updated Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard support

Version 1.3.1 for Mac - English

October 26, 2007

Aperture Update

Aperture customers can now install the Aperture 1.5.6 Update, either by running Software Update or by visiting the Aperture Download page. Recommended for all those using Aperture, the Aperture 1.5.6 Update addresses issues related to performance, improves overall stability, and supports compatibility with Mac OS X v10.5. The update should be installed before first use of Aperture with Mac OS X Leopard.

October 14, 2007

Comments Turned Off

Now that we have a Digital Photography Forum I decided to turn off commenting on the blog. If you want leave a comment please go to the forums to do so.

FYI, I was deleting about a dozen or more spam messages a day from the comments here from people trying to sell viagra and other pharmaceuticals and we were rarely getting any "real" comments ... so just turning off that option seemed like the best solution to the spamming problem.

October 08, 2007

Growing Pains...

Dear listeners,

I am in the process of moving the podcast feeds to a podcast hosting company to better serve you guys.

The move is not going forward without some growing pains.

Please be assured that I am working hard to get everything working as before so that you notice little or no interruption of service. iTunes users should have it the easiest, (I think) iTunes will simply update internally with the new feed location and you'll have to do nothing.

People that get the podcast other ways will need to go to and click on the links on the homepage to subscribe to the new feeds.

I am still producing podcasts, they just might take a few days to show up in iTunes.

Please be patient and check back here for updates.

September 29, 2007

Photographer Gunned Down In The Street

Today the London Evening Standard published an article about a Japanese photographer being gunned down and killed along with 8 protesters by Burmese troops in the city or Rangoon.

Read the entire article here

The article talks about how he lay on the street dying and still shooting photos. I'm not actually convinced of that part of the story as the position of his camera strap seems to indicate that the photo was snapped as he was falling to the ground.

However .. that is a MINOR point. The killing of unarmed civilians and members of the press is simply barbaric behavior.

These sorts of injustices need to be publicized as much as possible and everywhere possible.
Please pass this story along to anyone that you know.

I love the shot of the Buddhist monks marching in the street. I do not label myself as a Buddhist (labels are not necessary) but I do study Buddhism and I applaud my brothers for marching and showing their courage.


September 27, 2007

Online Forums

If you've been to the homepage recently you might notice a new icon in the center of the page, It's the new Digital Photography Podcast Online Forums

This a what they call (in the restaurant business I think) a "soft opening"
The Grand Opening will be announced in a special podcast this weekend.

Please go check out the forums, register as a user and start posting.
Please email me if you have any troubles at all with the forums or if you have
any suggestions or comments about the forums.

September 06, 2007

Steve Jobs does the right thing

To all iPhone customers:

I have received hundreds of emails from iPhone customers who are upset about Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale. After reading every one of these emails, I have some observations and conclusions.

First, I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it. iPhone is a breakthrough product, and we have the chance to 'go for it' this holiday season. iPhone is so far ahead of the competition, and now it will be affordable by even more customers. It benefits both Apple and every iPhone user to get as many new customers as possible in the iPhone 'tent'. We strongly believe the $399 price will help us do just that this holiday season.

Second, being in technology for 30+ years I can attest to the fact that the technology road is bumpy. There is always change and improvement, and there is always someone who bought a product before a particular cutoff date and misses the new price or the new operating system or the new whatever. This is life in the technology lane. If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you'll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon. The good news is that if you buy products from companies that support them well, like Apple tries to do, you will receive years of useful and satisfying service from them even as newer models are introduced.

Third, even though we are making the right decision to lower the price of iPhone, and even though the technology road is bumpy, we need to do a better job taking care of our early iPhone customers as we aggressively go after new ones with a lower price. Our early customers trusted us, and we must live up to that trust with our actions in moments like these.

Therefore, we have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T;, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. Details are still being worked out and will be posted on Apple's website next week. Stay tuned.

We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers. We apologize for disappointing some of you, and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple.

Steve Jobs
Apple CEO

September 05, 2007

Update - Angry Mob Crashes Apple Discussion Server

It seems that angry iPhone owners have crashed the discussion server at Apple support for the second time today.

thousands of people are angry over paying $600 for the iPhone two months ago (or less) only to have it marked down to $400 today.

The moderators could not delete angry posts fast enough in the iPhone discussion forums. .. and finally it looks like the server could not handle the traffic, or perhaps Apple took the server down.


iPhone $200 Price Drop

Today Apple dropped the price on the iPhone by $200

This move has left many thousands of early adopters feeling like they paid a 50% early adopter tax. While it is true that technology gets cheaper over time and often the first adopters of a new technology pay for a good bit of the initial research and marketing for the product, many are left feeling well taken advantage of.

iPhone users are flooding the support forums at with demands for $200 rebates or Apple Store gift cards (as Apple did when they slashed the price of Aperture).

It's my opinion that this is a slap in the face to all of us Apple fanboys and fangirls that have been proudly showing off our iPhones over the last 2 months to anyone that wants to see them. We adopted the technology early and were charged a $200 premium for doing so.

Shame on you Apple.

August 29, 2007

Canon 1Ds Mark III

Last night on the podcast I talked about three new cameras recently announced by Canon and Nikon ... somehow the Canon 1Ds Mark III snuck in under my radar


A preview of this camera is available at DPreview

...and if you really need an $8000.00, 21MP camera you can pre-order it at Samy's Camera

August 21, 2007

The Canon EOS 40D - It's Real have published specs and an availability date for the new Canon EOS 40D


This thing is amazing ... I'm calling it the 1D Mark III Jr. I've placed my order already.

From the Manufacturer

Building on the success of Canon's perennially popular "prosumer" EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS 40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range digital SLR cameras, making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and improvements, technological wizardry, and user-requested creative controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR's "prosumer" appellation may refer more to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity, and resolution of the images it creates.

From the camera's newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image processor, to its completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D SLR puts the fun in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.

Indeed, at 6.5 fps, no digital SLR in the EOS 40D mid-range class and price category has so high a continuous shooting capability, making it ideal for shooting--and actually capturing--speed-sensitive outdoor and wild-nature shots as well as a wide variety of action and sports scenes. The speed of the EOS 40D SLR comes from Canon's balanced combination of its latest processor, DIGIC IIII, DDR SDRAM high-speed memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and two separate motors for shutter and mirror operation.

Display's the Thing

The most easily visible upgrade on the EOS 40D Digital SLR is the camera's larger 3.0-inch LCD screen (compared with the EOS 30D's 2.5-inch monitor). Still, size is only the beginning of the difference between these two cameras' displays. In order to increase viewing ease in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, Canon raised the brightness level of the EOS 40D camera's 230,000-pixel LCD screen, broadened the color gamut, and narrowed the viewing angle from 170 degrees to a still wide 140-degree perspective in all directions. An added advantage of the larger-sized display is the ability to use a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen. The camera's menu is organized in the same tabbed format as the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR.

Canon extends its "ease-of-reading" policy to the EOS 40D SLR's viewfinder as well. The upgraded viewfinder increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands the viewing angle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and raises the eye point from 20mm to 22mm.
Enhanced Durability

Recognizing the often rigorous shooting conditions encountered by professional and advanced amateur photographers, Canon design engineers made the EOS 40D SLR's magnesium alloy exterior even more ruggedly dependable than its predecessors with upgraded dust- and weather-resistant construction, particularly around the camera's connection ports, battery compartment, and single-slot compact flash (CF) memory card door. Should the user inadvertently open the compact flash card door while the camera is writing to the card, a warning will pop up on the LCD screen and an open door "alarm" will sound, but the image(s) will continue writing to the memory card without interruption. The EOS 40D SLR also retains many of the outstanding features of the EOS 30D model, such as its fast 0.15-second initial start-up, its extremely durable shutter (rated up to 100,000 cycles), its top shutter speed of 1/8000 second, and 1/250 maximum X-sync flash shutter speed setting.

Improved Image Quality

Although it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS Digital Rebel XTi, the EOS 40D Digital SLR's 10.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has been significantly improved thanks to the use of larger microlenses over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200. The EOS 40D retains the model 30D camera's 1.6x focal length conversion factor (compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film) and is compatible with the full line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the Company's expanding selection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses created specifically for Canon digital SLRs with APS-C size image sensors.

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS 40D SLR is the camera's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel (four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS 30D SLR's 12-bit conversion capability), the EOS 40D camera is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. The EOS 40D also incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier this year with the EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR.


DIGIC III is the latest generation of Canon's proprietary image processing engine. DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural colors of the images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is also responsible for the EOS 40D SLR's high-speed performance, faster signal processing, and even its efficient energy consumption.


In addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities of its predecessors, the EOS 40D SLR now offers a more manageable "sRAW" recording format. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images.

Improved Autofocus and Exposure Control

While the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-point wide area AF coverage first introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon has made significant improvements to its speed, precision, and functionality, minimizing subject recognition problems in the process. The EOS 40D camera's completely redesigned nine-point AF sensor provides cross-type AF measurement at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to f5.6, and for the first time in any EOS camera, the central AF point offers enhanced precision for both vertical and horizontal subject contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses featuring maximum apertures of f2.8 or faster. AF calculation speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30 percent faster than the EOS 30D model.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR retains the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor. Available patterns include Evaluative metering, which is linked to all AF points and is set automatically in the Basic Zone modes, Centerweighted average metering, Partial metering, and Spot metering, covering approximately 9 percent or 3.8 percent of the viewfinder at center, respectively. The camera's E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure control modes (11 AE modes plus manual) are also unchanged from the EOS 30D SLR model. However, as a result of consumer input, Canon has added three Custom exposure modes. As an added convenience, particularly for wireless flash operations, users can adjust the flash settings of the Canon Speedlite 580EX II directly from the camera.

The Canon EOS 40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop increments. Users can also opt for a high-speed setting of ISO 3200. For the first time in any EOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO capability in Creative Zone exposure modes. This valuable new feature adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on low light or shaky shooting conditions. Additionally, the EOS 40D provides full-time display of the active ISO speed setting, both in the viewfinder as well as on the top LCD data panel.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is also the first camera in its class to offer two interchangeable focusing screens in addition to the standard precision matte screen. Users can opt for a grid-type focus screen that makes it easier to verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determining image composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte focusing screen that makes it easier to grasp the "sweet spot" of manual focusing when using a lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8 or faster.

Enhanced Live View

Previously the province of the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR (one of Canon's top-tier professional cameras), the Live View function now gives EOS 40D camera users an expanded and exceedingly convenient and comfortable set of shooting options. By permitting the framing and capturing of subjects using the camera's LCD screen instead of the viewfinder, the shooter gains a 100 percent field view to more easily achieve the desired composition. A new Custom Function on the EOS 40D allows autofocus during Live View by pressing the camera's AF-ON button. At that point, the reflex mirror goes down and AF is carried out in the normal way. Letting go of the AF-ON button resumes Live View functions. Also, in the Live View shooting mode the user can magnify the image by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused. Live View is at its best during tripod shooting--particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. A new electronic 1st-curtain shutter function in Live View mode reduces release time lag and operational noise even further to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System

First introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System is a prime example of trickle-up technology and is now becoming a standard feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs. The camera's Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each time the camera is powered up or shut down. Users also have the option of engaging the "clean now" function at will or bypassing it altogether. Additionally, the EOS 40D SLR's manual sensor cleaning function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that has stuck to the low-pass filter. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose is then trapped by adhesive at the base of the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves. The second part of the cleaning system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing with a compatible personal computer, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Improved Software

Among the most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon's Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software. With PSE, shooters can actually design the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred style, color, and tone curves. The EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which now support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for easy browsing, viewing, printing, and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Accessories (Not Included--Must be Purchased Separately)

New system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates high-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible with up to two BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the number of shots that can be taken, compared with the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The BG-E2N grip features new sealing material around the battery compartment to better resist water and dust. The new model replaces the original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D, 30D, and 40D models.

Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A permits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live View mode. It can also be connected to various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant back-up as images are captured. Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip and requires its own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the camera body.

August 16, 2007

Canon 1D Mark III at Amazon

Amazon is claiming to have Mark III's in stock .... if you don't mind paying a $1000 premium.


August 10, 2007

Apple Screwed Up My Podcast

There are two applications that are important to my podcasts, Garage Band and iWeb.

I use Garage Band to actually make the podcast and then I publish it to my website using iWeb.

Well, this week the '08 versions of iLife and iWork came out, and of course I'm such an Apple fanboy that I bought both of them right away.

Garage Band '08 works great but iWeb completely changed the way they structure websites upon publishing them (meaning the file structure and hierarchy).

So now all my podcast files are located in a different directory on my server than they previously were. As a result iTunes (and probably other readers) think they are all new podcasts and should be downloaded AGAIN.

If your iTunes library now looks like this,

I think the easiest solution is to delete the files you have already downloaded (every other file on the list probably) and let iTunes get the "new" ones.

I'm sure this will be a pain in the backside and it will take some time to get all the "new" podcasts ... but I think it's the easiest solution to avoid having doubles of every episode.

Note: the other option is to delete the podcast entirely from your iTunes library and resubscribe ... but don't forget to resubscribe :)

Subscription links are below:

Sorry about this ... Call Apple if you want to complain :)

June 30, 2007

New From Apple

This is not exactly 100% photography related ... but I think it's kinda cool.

While everyone was all excited about the iPhone launch Apple released a 160GB version of their Apple TV


Check it out Here

Continue reading "New From Apple" »

May 13, 2007

Video Podcasts Have A New Home

iTunes001.jpgYou have probably noticed that I've recently produced a few video podcasts. I think the video podcasts are very useful for tutoruals and product reviews where simply speaking about the item and showing still photos is just not enough.

I also realize that there are many of you that listen to my podcasts while in the car, at work or when at the gym, etc and you can't really watch the screen of your iPod while doing these activities.

So, I've created a seperate feed for the video podcasts that you can subscribe to (or not) and watch them when you are at your computer, while traveling (not driving), while soaking in the tub ... whatever.

The new video podcast feed is at

May 07, 2007

16GB Sandisk Extreme III CF for $159.99

16GBCFCard.jpegJ&R; Photo World is offering the Sandisk 16GB Extreme III Compact Flash card for $289.99 with a $130.00 Sandisk rebate making it only $159.99

Offer expires May 31st 2007

Here is the page on J&R;

Here is the rebate form

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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.

Continue reading "Apple Updates Aperture to 1.5.3" »

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 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:

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April 12, 2007

Apple iPhone delays shipment of Leopard

Apple Statement (From

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.

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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 :(


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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

March 23, 2007

You Have A Mission...

I need a favor from all of you.

If you subscribed to the podcast through the iTunes Store or clicked on the "subscribe" button that used to be on the webisite I need you to do me a favor....


1. Open iTunes
2. Right click (or Ctl-Click for Mac users) on the title: "Allen Rockwell Digital Photo Podcast"
3. Select "Delete" from the popup menu
4. Click on "iTunes Store"
5. Click on Podcasts
6. Search for "Allen Rockwell"
7. Find the podcast and click the subscribe button
8. That's it, your're done. The podcast will appear again in iTunes as usual and will update as usual. You'll need to re-"get" the old episodes if you want them.

By doing that you will help me out greatly in my efforts to track susbscribers and downloads. This information will be very helpful to me and might someday result on some sponsorship so I can recover some of the money I've invested in doing this.

Thanks a lot,

Allen Rockwell

March 13, 2007

Photoshop CS3 Release Date

Update: After carefully reading the press release from Adobe again, the actual shipping date of CS3 apears to be a little vague. They say "...will be formally introduced on March 27, 2007". My guess is that "formally introduced" may not be the exact same thing as "shipping". Perhaps my April 24th prediction is actually closer to the real date. We'll see pretty soon.

Photoshop CS3 will be available on March 27th ... about a full month earlier than I anticipated.

Photoshop will be released in two version; Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended.

Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family. The Photoshop family of products is the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images and transforming them into anything you can imagine. Other products in the family include Photoshop Lightroom™, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Album Starter Edition software.

Photoshop CS3
Adobe Photoshop CS3 includes all the features you love in Photoshop CS2, plus many innovative new ones. Photoshop CS3 accelerates your path from imagination to imagery. Ideal for photographers and designers, the professional standard delivers new features such as automatic layer alignment and blending that enable advanced compositing. Live filters boost the comprehensive, nondestructive editing toolset for increased flexibility. And a streamlined interface and new, timesaving tools make your work flow faster.
Ideal for:

* Photographers
* Graphic designers
* Web designers
* Print service providers

PS_CS3EXT.jpgPhotoshop CS3 Extended
New to the Photoshop family, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended delivers everything in Photoshop CS3 and more. Render and incorporate 3D images into your 2D composites. Stop time with easy editing of motion graphics on video layers. And probe your images with measurement, analysis, and visualization tools.
Ideal for:

* Film, video, and multimedia professionals
* Graphic and web designers using 3D and motion
* Manufacturing professionals
* Medical professionals
* Architects and engineers (AEC professionals)
* Scientific researchers

Prices have not yet been released but I would expect that in a few days.

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Mac OSX 10.4.9 is out

10.4.9 was released today via softare update. 10.5 can't be far away :)

The 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

- RAW camera support
- Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
- Image capture performance
- Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
- Font handling
- Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
- USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
- Bluetooth devices
- Browsing AFP servers
- Apple USB Modem
- Windows-created digital certificates
- Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
- Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
- Security updates

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website:
For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website:

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Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, OSX, Mac, Apple

March 11, 2007

PMA 2007

I was at PMA yesterday and had a great time ... not to mention the $600 I won on a $1 slot machine on the way home :)

Heres a photo of me with Scott Sherman and Michael Stein of The Digital Photography Podcast ... Great guys. (I'm convinced they are stadding on stacks of phone books ... I can't possibly be that short!)

A complete report is coming later ... I just wanted to post this real quick.

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, CS3, PMA

March 08, 2007

Something coming from Apple?

The last few days have several updates being pushed from Apple including iTunes 7.1.59 for the Mac, iTunes 7.1 for the PC, Quicktime 7.1.5 for Mac and Windows, Airport Extreme update.

What does it all mean?

It probably means the Apple TV is about to finally ship. All three items (Airport, iTunes and Quicktime) will be critical to the operation of Apple TV.

I really wish iLife and iWork would get released ... not to mention Leopard ... but I'll bet we still have a bit of a wait for those items :(

Adobe Announces New PhotoShop Versions

We are pleased to let you know that the Photoshop family is growing!

Photoshop software has always been at the forefront of digital imaging innovation and we've given you a taste of things to come with the Photoshop CS3 beta. Today, we want to share the news that Spring 2007 will bring not just one, but two versions of Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended.

We want to share this exciting news about our upcoming product release plans. Pricing and availability information will be provided at our announcement in the spring.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended

New to the Photoshop family, Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended software delivers everything in Photoshop CS3 and more. Render and incorporate 3D images into your 2D composites. Stop time with easy editing of motion graphics on video layers. Enrich your images with accurate measurement, analysis, and visualization tools.

Photoshop CS3 Extended is ideal for:
• Multi-media Creative Professionals
• Film and Video Creative Professionals
• Graphic and Web Designers who are pushing the limits of design with 3D and motion
• Manufacturing Professionals
• Medical Professionals
• Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Professionals
• Scientific Research Professionals

Adobe Photoshop CS3
The Photoshop CS3 beta is currently available to Photoshop CS2 users worldwide. Adobe Photoshop CS3 software accelerates your path from imagination to imagery. The professional standard delivers new features, such as automatic layer alignment and blending, that enable advanced compositing. Live filters boost the comprehensive, nondestructive editing toolset for increased flexibility. And a streamlined interface and new time-saving tools make your work flow faster.

Photoshop CS3 is ideal for:
• Professional Photographers
• Serious Amateur Photographers
• Graphic and Web Designers
• Print Service Providers

Both applications will be available as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh platform as well as for Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista computers, providing faster launch times and increased performance.

Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended are at the heart of the Photoshop family—the ultimate playground for bringing out the best in your digital images and transforming them into anything you can imagine. Other products in the family include Photoshop Lightroom™, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Starter Edition software.

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

February 22, 2007

Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3) Release Date

I have reliable information that the CS3 suite will be released on or about April 24th 2007.

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January 11, 2007

Shame on you Canon...

I had a strange experience at this booth today with a person behind the counter representing the company .

I am a HUGE Canon fan-boy, I have about $10,000 in Canon equipment, I write about my equipment on my blog, I talk about it on my podcast and I recommend Canon equipment to anyone that asks me. I was standing at the counter with two Canon bodies strapped to my body, two L series lenses (One white IS L lens) and Speedlite 580EXs ... So it was pretty obvious that I was a serious Canon geek.

.... Anyways, I asked the woman a question that I thought was a very well thought out question and something that many people would like to hear the answer to. I asked "When can we expect a Canon camera with a full frame sensor that is capable or 5 frames per second or more?".

The lady gave me a series of smart-ass answers such as "why not ask me why is the sky blue"* or "just ask me why grass is green"* and then went on to explain that she had no idea when I could expect such a camera and "if I knew I would not tell you".

I love Canon equipment ... but I must say that I have never been treated worse by a company representative in my life.

I still recommend their products, I do not recommend trying to get any real information from the zombies they send to the trade shows.

Shame on you Canon.

* Those are not exact quotes, they are the type of responses I got from her. I wish I would have had my voice recorder running so I could get the exact quote ... I was so broadsided by her rude response that I do not remember exactly what she said.

MacWorld Expo 2007

Today I spent several hours in the halls of the Moscone Center taking photos, collecting literature and recording interviews. I will be doing the same tomorrow as well as a trip to the San Francisco Apple store.

Stay tuned for lots of blog entries and podcast episodes with news from the show.

Meanwhile you can find some photos from the show and my trip on my flickr page at

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December 14, 2006

Apple iPhone Real Soon?

I know this has nothing at all to do with digital photography ... but I've been waiting for an iPhone, so I'm very excited.

Gizmodo claims that the iPhone will be announced on Monday.

Gizmodo Knows: iPhone Will Be Announced On Monday
I guarantee it. It isn't what I expected at all. And I've already said too much. –Brian Lam
No further information is provided, but there is a clear implication that the iPhone is coming this Monday (December 18th).

- $599 for 4GB
- $649 for 8GB
- Wider than the iPod nano
- Thinner than the iPod Video
- Made of Metal
- Multiple colors, but at least including black, white, and silver
- Cingular Wireless is likely carrier in the U.S.
- Update: Clarification: Runkle actually claimed: "full screen LCD; 3.5 inch (28x21)" and approximately 4/10ths of an inch thick. Also incorporates a Virtual Click wheel.

The proposed prices of the iPhone are much higher than the only previous rumor which pointed to $249 and $449 4GB and 8GB models. No details whether these simply represent retail prices that may drop considerably with a service plan commitment.

November 08, 2006

Going to MacWorld Expo

This year (well, next really) I'll be going to my very first MacWorld Expo. What's even cooler than that is that I'm going to a part of O'Reilly Media's "Digital Photography Experience" in the north hall.

MacWorld Expo will be from Jan 8th through the 12th at The Moscone Center in San Fransisco California

According to Derrick Story (one of the organizers of this event):
"The Digital Photography Experience will be centrally located in the North Hall. The area itself will be very spacious -- about the size of the Apple booth in the South Hall. The Experience will feature top photographers from all over the world who will have "Experience Booths" to demonstrate shooting technique, display work, and promote projects."

I'll be speaking on the topic of photographing amateur and pro sports and possibly other topics.

for more info go to

November 07, 2006

Inside Aperture on Apple's "Hot News" Page

Here is the text from today's Hot News on

Inside Aperture with O’Reilly

O’Reilly Media’s Inside Aperture site draws upon community expertise to provide you with tips and real-life experiences from professional shooters who use Apple’s premier photo management application to organize, edit, and output their images. Check out weblogs, articles, podcasts, and tutorials — all focused to help you improve your digital photography workflow.

Technorati Tags: Digital Photography, Allen Rockwell, Inside Aperture