Our Picture This! assignment this month was “Things Are Looking Up” and readers responded with a great variety of images with a skyward point of view. Many were architectural studies, and the fascinating compositions we received transformed the spaces in which we work, visit, and live. The abstraction engendered by taking a new point of view was certainly visually rewarding in all the entries we saw. It reminded us that some of the best images we can make are those that are made by looking anywhere but straight ahead, and we think when you look at the images below you’ll agree.
The annual meeting of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) to vote for the best photographic and imaging products in 2011 was held on April 9, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. This year at the TIPA General Assembly 29 member magazines voted for the best product in each category. TIPA has member magazines from nine European countries and Australia, Canada, China, the U.S.A., and South Africa, plus has an affiliation with the CJPC of Japan. The General Assembly selected the best photo and imaging products of 2011 in 40 categories. In the past 21 years the association has given over 430 awards for products from over 70 companies from 15 countries. Shutterbug, the sole US magazine in the association, was represented at the meetings by Editorial Director George Schaub.
Toshiba’s new Digital Media Frame models make it possible for users to automatically share priceless memories with friends and family anywhere in the world thanks to FrameChannel. Simply set up a FrameChannel account and upload images or link favorite photos, music and videos from popular sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Facebook. Friends and family can stay updated with new photos when their frames are connected to the account.
When taking snapshots with today's advanced digital cameras that include many complex functions, it is sometimes easy to press the wrong button and accidentally delete a picture or file that you wanted to keep. Transcend now has a solution that offers piece of mind and extra convenience for memory card users – the versatile P8 USB card reader. Now files and photos previously thought erased for good can be quickly recovered through the P8 card reader's innovative Photo Recovery Tool. This amazingly useful software features a user-friendly, straightforward interface that allows users to search deep within a memory card for traces of erased files that can be rescued. In addition to accidentally deleted photos, the Photo Recovery Tool can be used to recover documents, videos, spreadsheets, music, and virtually any other type of digital file.
As collectors of 19th century American paintings, my wife and I are very familiar with the wonderful twilight paintings of Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Cropsey, Samuel Colman, and Jervis McEntee. While touring Grand Teton National Park in the fall of 2009 we passed by the overlook to Lava Creek on numerous occasions and stopped to determine the possibility for a good panoramic shot. I took several over the course of a few days but was not satisfied with the lighting conditions.
Our Picture This! assignment this month was Twilight Time, the moments when the light of the rising or setting sun creates a magical light that is the delight of all photographers. Readers sent in a preponderance of nature and scenic images and each shows the beauty that only natural (and directional) light can deliver.
The Tyler Minigyro is said to support and stabilize cameras up to 40 lbs in weight. Designed to fit in any size helicopter, the Minigyro is the first Tyler mount that successfully works in cars/trucks, boats, and airplanes. Handheld, zero installation time is required. Some features include: variable position handles, camera quick release mounting plate, adjustable tilt head for shooting up or down and a specially developed shock tube to eliminate vibration. A battery, 24 to 28 Volts DC, is used to spin-up the 4 Brute Gyro wheels and electronics enclosed in the Minigyro.
Our assignment this month was Urban Art, and I am happy to report, based on the wide range of images we received, that the art form is alive and well. Photos ranged from the wildly colorful to the nostalgic, with a good seasoning of irony and surrealism thrown in for good measure. A number of areas seemed to inspire photographs based on the artfulness and placement of work, which helped us create a list of places we’d love to visit someday with camera in hand. In all, we hope you enjoy the diversity of art and points of view as much as we did when viewing the work.
Smash Direct, the parent company of UsedCameraBuyer.com, has launched a new destination for pre-owned camera and video gear online. UsedCameras.com features all brands of products from the professional to the consumer, including large & medium format, DSLR, Lenses, Film Gear and more. The new site has a low price guarantee and free domestic shipping on all orders. “Our gear is used, but not used up. UsedCameras is a great destination for any fan of photography.” Seth Schmidt, President and CEO Smash Direct LLC.
Vertus and Imagenomic announced a new series of software bundles that will provide
photographers and creative professionals with unique, award-winning solutions
for image extractions and creative enhancements. From August 13 to September
30, 2008, Imagenomic's entire plug-in suite -- Noiseware Pro, Portraiture,
and RealGrain -- will be bundled with Vertus' Fluid Mask 3 at a 20% discount.
Photographers, graphic designers and image editors alike will be able to incorporate
these industry leading tools into their creative and production workflows at
a significant reduction in cost.