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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Nikon to Present Full Line of Esteemed Imaging Solutions, Including the New Nikon D300S and D3S, COOLPIX S70, and S1000pj and a Stellar line-up of Presenting Photographers

PhotoPlus Expo Booth #501 – Nikon Inc. announced today the showcasing of its entire line of industry-leading imaging solutions and accessories at the 2009 PhotoPlus Expo from Thursday, October 22 through Saturday, October 24 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Attendees visiting the Nikon booth will experience the latest imaging products first-hand and can attend inspirational presentations from top photographers in Nikon’s Learn & Explore Theatre. New this year, show attendees will be able to access a mobile application from Nikon to help better manage their schedule and gather product and booth information. Adding to the excitement, Nikon will also be raffling off original signed prints from all the presenting photographers, as well as a super-prize package that includes a Vespa S50 scooter, a D5000 D-SLR outfit and COOLPIX S70 touch screen compact digital camera.

Show attendees will have the opportunity to try out Nikons full line of imaging products, including the latest High Definition Movie enabled digital SLR’s, the high performance D300S and the groundbreaking D3S. Also on display will be the full line of legendary NIKKOR lenses, Nikon Capture NX2 imaging software and COOLSCAN desktop digital film scanners. Nikon will also showcase its entire line of COOLPIX compact digital cameras, including a theatre-on-the-go demonstration of the COOLPIX S1000pj -- the world's first digital camera with a built-in projector, and the ultra-stylish COOLPIX S70 touch camera.
Schedule of Presentations after the jump!

In addition to all of the latest imaging products, the Nikon Learn & Explore Theatre will host presentations throughout each show day from highly respected professional photographers, showcasing their amazing work. Some of the Nikon photographers presenting at the booth include National Geographic photographer James Balog, Sports Illustrated shooter Robert Beck, photographer, editor and educator Scott Kelby, commercial photographer Sandro Miller and extreme adventure shooter Corey Rich. These presentations are sure to inspire creativity and demonstrate Nikon’s product capabilities. Please see below the schedule and a full list of presenters.

This year Nikon is introducing the Nikon 2009 PhotoPlus Mobile App featuring enhanced content about Nikon’s PhotoPlus booth. By visiting in a mobile phone's web browser, visitors can access information about featured products, view the Nikon Learn & Explore presentation schedule, sign up for SMS reminders for upcoming presentations, and learn more about the images on display in the Nikon Photographer’s Gallery.

Attendees to the Nikon booth can complete a short presentation survey to register for a chance to win original signed prints from the presenting photographers, and swipe their expo badge for a chance to win the grand prize package that includes a Vespa S50 scooter, 12.3 megapixel D5000 D-SLR lens kit that features D-Movie functionality with SLR speed and versatility, and the stylish Nikon COOLPIX S70, the touch screen enabled digital camera that makes it easy and fun to take stunning photos.

A schedule of presentations in the Learn & Explore Theatre in the Nikon booth is as follows:

Thursday 10/22 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
10:15 - 11:00 Scott Kelby - The Power of Color
11:15 - 12:00 Robert Beck - Fairways to Photo Wells, A Day At The Office
12:15 - 1:00 Mike Corrado - Power. Precision. Performance. The Blueprint For Versatility
1:15 - 2:00 Corey Rich - Down and Dirty: Documenting Adventure
2:15 - 3:00 Sandro Miller - A Career in Commercial Photography Campaigns, Books and the Nikon D3X
3:15 - 4:00 James Balog - The Extreme Ice Survey—Seeing Is Believing
4:15 - 5:00 Sam Garcia - Adventures with COOLPIX Compact Digital Cameras

Friday 10/23 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:15 - 11:00 Corey Rich - Down and Dirty: Documenting Adventure
11:15 - 12:00 Sam Garcia - Adventures with COOLPIX Compact Digital Cameras
12:15 - 1:00 James Balog - The Extreme Ice Survey—Seeing Is Believing
1:15 - 2:00 Scott Kelby - The Power of Color
2:15 - 3:00 Robert Beck - Fairways to Photo Wells, A Day At The Office
3:15 - 4:00 Sandro Miller - A Career in Commercial Photography Campaigns, Books and the Nikon D3X
4:15 - 5:00 Mike Corrado - Power. Precision. Performance. The Blueprint For Versatility

Saturday 10/24 - 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10:15 - 11:00 James Balog - The Extreme Ice Survey—Seeing Is Believing
11:15 - 12:00 Mike Corrado - Power. Precision. Performance. The Blueprint For Versatility
12:15 - 1:00 Sandro Miller - A Career in Commercial Photography Campaigns, Books and the Nikon D3X
1:15 - 2:00 Corey Rich - Down and Dirty: Documenting Adventure
2:15 - 3:00 Robert Beck - Fairways to Photo Wells, A Day At The Office
3:15 - 4:00 Scott Kelby - The Power of Color

For more information, please visit Nikon’s website at

In conjunction with Nikon’s 2009 PhotoPlus Expo exhibit, Nikon has created an exclusive podcast focusing on the presentations and products showcased at the Nikon Booth, and the newly announced Nikon D3S D-SLR. The podcast can be heard at or can be downloaded from iTunes™.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008.” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system. Only Nikon has sustained an original lens mount for such an extraordinary period, ensuring that photographers can continue to leverage their previous investments while still taking advantage of new innovations. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.


HARMAN technology takes the ILFORD PHOTO, Kentmere and HARMAN PHOTO brands to prestigious New York conference and expo from October 22 - 24

HARMAN technology Limited will offer exclusive discounted prices to attendees of the 26th annual Photo Plus International Conference and Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on October 22 - 24.

The leading photo-imaging specialist is again showcasing its ILFORD PHOTO and Kentmere Photographic traditional black and white photography products alongside the full range of HARMAN PHOTO photographic inkjet media at booth #448. As their exclusive distributor for the USA, HARMAN technology is also displaying Paterson darkroom equipment.

Photographers shooting film will be excited to see that HARMAN is partnering with Lomographic Society USA to demonstrate their special line of film cameras at the booth. Visitors will be able to take advantage of special Photo Plus pricing on Kentmere Photographic ISO 100 & 400 films (24 and 36 exposure) which will be available for purchase at the Lomographic Society USA booth.

For traditional black and white photographers, ILFORD PHOTO’s product experts will also be on hand to offer advice and show examples of exceptional mono photography from Jeff Dunas, Kim Du Boise, Dennis Keeley, Karen Kuehn, Dave Butcher and Andrew Sanderson.

Steven Brierley, Marketing Director at HARMAN technology commented:
“Photo Plus is always an exciting and eventful exhibition, and it’s great to play a part in it again this year. Whether you are a film or digital photographer, our booth has something to offer you – from technical insights and amazing imagery to exclusive show pricing on several of our products.”

For the first time ever, photographers will be able to test out the entire range of HARMAN PHOTO FB and HARMAN CRYSTALJET RC inkjet papers together in a promotional cost saving sample pack available at the booth, comprising three sheets each of all six papers.

In addition to the highly acclaimed HARMAN PHOTO Fiber Baryta papers, HARMAN CRYSTALJET RC Glossy and Luster papers will be demonstrated and offered at a very special discount throughout the show.

The company’s strong connections with photo education are clearly apparent with portfolios of inkjet prints on show from leading schools of photography including the School of Visual Arts, New York City, the Antonelli School of Photography in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania and Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California.

Steven Brierley added:
“For us, Photo Plus is about strengthening our connection with every corner of the photography community, from students, hobbyists, commercial and fine art photographers to professional photolabs and dealers. The HARMAN CRYSTALJET RC paper has a specific resonance with students looking for cost-effective quality, so we wanted to ensure it was showcased with authentic student images from schools and colleges across America.

Exclusive discounts. HARMAN technology will be offering special prices and product bundles at booth 448 at Photo Plus in New York City.

HARMAN technology Limited is a pioneering imaging specialist based in Mobberley, Cheshire. The company - which was born of the ILFORD formed by Alfred Harman in 1879 - now includes three, separate and well known brands: ILFORD PHOTO which manufactures traditional monochrome photographic products; HARMAN PHOTO which produces a range of high-end inkjet media for both colour and monochrome prints; and Kentmere Photographic who produce a range of photography and inkjet papers, including K.Opaljet.

The ILFORD range of inkjet products, including ‘ILFORD Galerie’, is not associated with HARMAN technology in any way, and is actually manufactured and marketed by a separate business based in Switzerland.

For more information on HARMAN technology and its brands, visit: // // //


NO LIMIT on Size or Number of Files!
Safely Share Photos, Video, Music & Other Files with Friends & Coworkers

October 21, 2009, Suresnes, France -- GigaTribe, the over one million member software community revolutionizing file-sharing, today announced the availability of GigaTribe Version 3 FREE file sharing software -- the must-have software to share unlimited amounts of photos, videos, music, and other files with your “tribe” of friends, in a private, fully-encrypted peer-to-peer environment.

Instantly Updates Files – No Need to Upload

GigaTribe members decide exactly what they want to share and with whom. All files remain in the private environment of their hard drive -- always secure and up to date. Only people selected by GigaTribe members can see the selected files and can decide whether or not they wish to download them. There are no files to upload, no size limitations, and all transfers are encrypted, so file sharing is fully secure. Users can share individual files or entire folders, and file transfers can be resumed if a user goes offline.

New GigaTribe Version 3 Features:

* Recently shared files are displayed with a different color so they are easily noticeable.
* Shared files can be customized with a photo or comment.
* The ‘Chat’ interface has been completely revamped to state-of-the-art standards.
* A Private Blog allows users to post messages that can only be seen by members of their private network.

Basic is Free with Optional “Ultimate” Version Available

GigaTribe Version 3 “basic” is available for free and GigaTribe version 3 “Ultimate” is priced at only $4.99/month or $29.95 a year with additional features, such as faster downloads and remote Internet access. For general information on GigaTribe, see:

About GigaTribe

GigaTribe is community software used by more than 1 million people to share files privately over the Internet. GigaTribe’s unique solution lets you share files directly from your hard drive, without having to copy your files on someone else’s server. This way sharing files remains private, secure and without a limit to the number or size of the files that you share.

Operation Level Ground attracts Artists to Fotolia

NEW YORK, NY, October 21, 2009 – In an unprecedented industry first, Fotolia is offering all photographers, illustrators and videographers the recognition they deserve. For a limited time, visual artists have complete reputation and expertise portability with Fotolia. Traditionally, artists have had to work for years to earn their reputation and rankings, only to find that they these rankings are lost when joining new sites. Higher rankings on leading stock photography sites such as Fotolia often bring artists increased revenues and exposure. Artists can now use their existing online sales or lifetime earnings to gain instant recognition on Fotolia. “Fotolia is the first image company to offer contributors this kind of freedom. We’re recognizing people’s passions and their life’s work,” says Oleg Tscheltzoff CEO and co-founder of Fotolia. “By having these talented artists join the Fotolia family, we are able to offer consumers from around the world high-quality and diverse images.”

The way it works is simple: if a photographer shows he or she has 12,000 online downloads, Fotolia credits him/her with 12,000 downloads on Fotolia’s site and provides a Gold Level status. If the artist demonstrates 30,000 downloads from another site, Fotolia provides him/her with equivalent downloads and an Emerald status. For those new to microstock: show a lifetime earnings statement of $15,000, for example, and receive Fotolia Gold status. Another with $65,000 receives Fotolia Emerald, and anyone over $100,000 in lifetime earnings automatically becomes Fotolia Sapphire. Downloads reflect the ranking. See for more information on Fotolia’s ranking system.

To participate in Operation Level Ground:
1. Artists choose at least 1,000 actively selling images to upload to Fotolia.
2. Prospective contributors provide proof of downloads or earnings to date.
3. Fotolia reviews the application and upon approval assigns an equivalent ranking on
Some conditions apply: images are subject to approval. The minimum 1,000 images uploaded to
Fotolia must currently be for sale either online or in-studio.
Deadline to apply for Operation Level Ground is December 31, 2009.
For more information or to apply, visit
Over 1.3 million people prefer Fotolia, LLC for affordable, royalty-free images, graphics, and HD videos. With the introduction of the Infinite Collection, Fotolia became the first worldwide microstock organization to offer both crowd-sourced and professional images on one site. Founded in New York City in 2005, Fotolia spans the globe with websites in 10 languages and offices in 12 countries. With over 7,000,000 images to choose from: Find it on Fotolia.

Webinar :DroboPro—the storage solution that manages itself

Webinar: What's the perfect storage solution to use with VMware?
I am a HUGE fan of the "regular" Drobo, though it may not be the fastest storage system of all, If you don't want to have to fool or worry about anything its the way to go. This Webinar may help you in deciding what type of storage you need and how to manage it. -Brendan P3 N&R

Would you like to integrate your VMware environment with a simple, cost effective storage strategy?

Did you know the DroboPro has been certified as "VMware Ready"? This ensures interoperability with their ESX server virtualization platform which allows you to combine scalable, self-managing storage solutions from Data Robotics with products from the world's leading virtualization company.

We would like to invite you to a free informational webinar where we will discuss how you can easily implement an effective storage solution with your VMware environment. Join us on October 28, 2009 at 10:00am PT to learn more about DroboPro — the storage solution that manages itself.

Some specific topics we will cover include:

  • Learn how to dramatically cut your storage costs
  • Features and functions of DroboPro including BeyondRAID technology
  • Integrating DroboPro into your VMware ESX 3.5 environment
  • Increasing VMware ESX 3.5 storage capacity using Smart Volumes

Discover a simple storage solution that fits within your budget!

VMware+DroboPro Webinar Topic: DroboPro—the storage solution that manages itself
Date: October 28, 2009
Time: 10am PT
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Contact us at 1.866.97DROBO or for any questions regarding our products or scheduled webinars. We look forward to seeing you on October 28, 2009!


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