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An Easy Way to Find EXIF Data in GooglePlus

July 12th, 2011

An Easy Way to Find EXIF Data in GooglePlus

Google's new social networking site is still a bit of a mystery to most. It's a pretty cool site that offers a Facebook like experience while providing a great deal of possibility for more. One of the very cool things that it does is provide quick and easy access to EXIF data.

If you're lucky enough to have a Google+ invite, you can check out EXIF data on any photo by selecting Action and then Photo Details. If you enable the option, geotag information of your photos will also be available.

Click here for the entire article.

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Geophoto enters the top 10 photography chart in the US

July 11th, 2011

Geophoto enters the top 10 photography chart in the US

UK based JPY Consulting Ltd. is pleased to announce that GeoPhoto 2.0, an update to their location aware photography app for iPad, has entered the top 10 free photography chart in the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and many other countries on Friday, 8th July 2011. GeoPhoto lets users virtually travel around the world by finding geo located pictures. It also lets users share pictures via email, save them to the photo album, post to Facebook and more.

London, United Kingdom – JPY Consulting Ltd. has announced that GeoPhoto 2.0 for iPad is beginning to gain momentum by entering the top 10 free photography charts in more than 20 countries, including US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and Germany on Friday, 8th July 2011. GeoPhoto is an app that lets users virtually travel around the world by finding geo located pictures. GeoPhoto also lets users share pictures via email, save them to the photo album, post to facebook and more

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Sony World Photography Awards launches its first global awards for 3D video and photography

July 7th, 2011

Sony World Photography Awards launches its first global awards for 3D video and photography

The World Photography Organization (WPO), which organizes and operates the Sony World Photography Awards, is announcing its first global awards for 3D video and photography.

Professional and amateur videographers and photographers at any level have the opportunity to become part of this exciting 3D revolution. Entries may be submitted until Jan. 4, 2012. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London, United Kingdom, in April 2012 and will receive prizes including Sony 3D digital imaging products.


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Google to change Picasa brand in GooglePlus

July 6th, 2011

Google to change Picasa brand in GooglePlus

Mashable reporter Ben Parr broke the news yesterday. Google is going to rename some key products, including leading photo organizing service. Picasa, in as “part of a larger effort to unify its brand for the public launch of Google+, the search giant’s social initiative.” According to unnamed sources, Google intends to rename Picasa “Google Photos” and Blogger will become “Google Blogs.”

Google bought Picasa, which was founded in 2001, in 2004. In March, 2010, the company bought online-imaging editing powerhouse, Picnik.

Ben Parr's entire article can be found here.

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Association of Personal Photo Organizers

July 5th, 2011

Association of Personal Photo Organizers

When you ask a consumer, “Are you overwhelmed with your photos?” They tell you, “Yes!” It creates a tremendous amount of guilt and anxiety for them.

From this was born the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, a training and educational support association for the growing number of imaging consultants that will tackle mounds of images in a “Do It For Me” or “Do It With Me” business model. In this episode of the DIMAcast — the first in a series of DIMAcasts from the just-concluded Independent Photo Imagers (IPI) Members Retreat – Bill McCurry talks to Cathi Nelson, founder of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers.

She outlines how this latent need is exploding worldwide and how imaging firms can join in, either as an active participant or as a support lab for local photo organizers. It didn’t exist three years ago and today is a growth industry with relieved consumers across the globe. Listen in (or read the transcript) and see how Nelson convinces image overloaded consumers to store (and yes, print!!) their treasured images. This could be a defining moment in your career or your company’s history if you investigate this newest phase of digital history. It’s a potentially profitable and highly rewarding growth phase of our industry.

This is one of many trend changes McCurry and the DIMAcast team will bring you this month from the just-concluded IPI Members Retreat — so be sure to catch the DIMAcast throughout July.

The entire podcast is here

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Hasselblad set for growth under new European owners

June 30th, 2011

Hasselblad set for growth under new European owners

Hasselblad, the premium medium format camera manufacturer, is planning a rapid expansion of cutting edge capture products and is set to target new imaging markets following the company’s acquisition by Ventizz Capital Fund IV, LP, a private equity investor exclusively advised by Swiss- and Germany based Ventizz Capital Partners AG.
Ventizz, which specializes in funding growth in companies across various high-tech industry sectors including communications technology and renewable energy, says it plans 'no major structural or key management changes' at Hasselblad.

Announcing the move Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman & CEO said: "After eight years of ownership by the Hong Kong-based Shriro group, Hasselblad is now moving back to its European roots. History shows that for over half a century we have been the leading manufacturer and partner for photographers working in the medium format environment and seeking highest quality and ongoing innovation. In 2002 we pioneered the revolutionary Hasselblad H-Camera System - the most comprehensive digital camera system of its kind available today, with its unique advancements such as True Focus and instant lens correction in our Phocus software."

Click here for the entire press release.

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Pete Hellmann At Bakers Gallery In Lynchburg Virginia

June 29th, 2011

Pete Hellmann At Bakers Gallery In Lynchburg Virginia

Pete Hellmann will be exhibiting numerous limited edition prints at the Academy of Fine Arts satellite gallery at Montana Plains Bakery in Lynchburg, Virginia. The prints are mainly scenes in Virginia and Colorado. The show will be from June 28th to August 2nd, 2011. Montana Plains Bakery is located at 102 Tradewynd Drive in Lynchburg, Virginia. Be sure to check out Pete's artwork and browse the fantastic selection of bakery items for sale.

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Inkjet Print Image Quality Considerations

June 29th, 2011

Inkjet Print Image Quality Considerations

I just found an interesting paper on inkjet image quality by Torrey Pines Research. According to their website, "TPR is your independent, interdisciplinary, product research and product development consulting company, specializing in digital printing and material deposition technologies. TPR provides the product development solutions you need. TPR understands the critical tradeoffs associated with achieving Product Cost, Product Performance, and Development Schedule. TPR has a proprietary product development process as illustrated below, and TPR can handle the entire product development program or can jump in and assist in any phase."

The paper discusses a concept they call PEARLS which stands for permanence, edge quality, artifacts, resolution/addressability, linear tonescale/color reproduction and solid-area quality. TPR makes the case that these are the most critical points involved in the evaluation and comparison of prints produced by injet printers. It also attempts to establish the interrelationship between each of the PEARLS attributes stating that, "Any one attribute is affected by and dependent upon one or more of the other attributes." Another point made is that the human visual system and the intended viewer must also be considered. It is a very interesting paper and a must read for those interested in fine art printing.

TPR has several other papers available online that may be of interest. Be sure to check them out.

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Why You Should Mat Your Photographs

June 24th, 2011

Why You Should Mat Your Photographs

Matting your photographs may be more important than you think even if you are not planning to sell your photographs.

Matting a photograph provides the following benefits:

* It guarantees the photograph will not touch the glass once it is framed since the mat board acts as a spacer between the photograph and the glass.

* Once framed matting helps separate the photograph from its surroundings. It gives it its own unique space and presence especially if care is taken to choose the right color to enhance the photograph.

* For those who are selling their photographs, matting makes the product more sellable. A matted photograph is a finished product ready to frame.

If you want to mat your own photographs you need the proper tools. I recommend Logan Graphic Products for a selection of beginner to professional matting tools. They also have several How-To articles to get you started.

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What Is Fine Art Framing

June 24th, 2011

What Is Fine Art Framing

Fine art framing means archival quality materials and a professional standard are used to protect the work of art being framed. A fine art frame shop will only use 100% cotton rag, or other all natural materials in their mats and materials. Of course appropriate archival protective processes for framing must be used. Framers who offer archival framing services will only use linen tape, for example, to secure the work of art to the mat so it does not shift in the frame. If they use cellophane tape or masking tape or another adhesive such as basic glue to hold down a work of art within a frame you should not use their services. Always ask about this procedure so the framer will tell you what materials are being used. Don't be embarrassed about it, you want your work framed properly and a professional will have no problem discussing their business.

A professional framer will give you the following choices of glass

* ultraviolet (UV) blocking glass which protects your work of art from the sun's harmful rays
* regular glass which is simple and heavy but a good option
* non-glare glass which is pretty expensive and not always necessary

I don't recommend putting any work of art in direct sunlight even if you have UV glass on the work. The UV glass won't completely prevent fading but it will give some protection. Non-glare glass is usually not necessary and almost always changes the colors behind it. If you are concerned about glare then there is probably too much light where you have the piece hung. If you have a piece of artwork in this situation, then you should move the piece to another spot or buy UV glass.

If you follow these guidelines you will end up protecting your artwork for a lifetime. I'll add more later concerning fine art framing.

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