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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hands On with the Kata LightTri-317 PL Torso Pack

Kata bags are extremely well made and this one is no exception. The Pro-Light LightTri 317 PL Torso Pack is part of Kata's Egonomic Photo (EPH) system: A system of bags that share common features and connection points, and all work and connect together. The torso pack can be configured with the backpack, with the waist-pack, or with both, for a carrying system that can enable the photographer to transport a large quanity of photography equipment on their person.

The Pro-Light line of bags is designed to be exceptionally lightweight, yet full-featured and aimed at the professional. They are made of durable fabrics and feature Kata's own specially-developed Aeriform foam, an extremely lightweight cushioning material, in the padded areas. Each bag has a specially formed foam-encased spring steel spine in the front of the bag to help it maintain its structural integrity and provide shock absorbancy.

Although outwardly it appears to be a rather small bag, it is deceptively roomy. Used alone, it is able to hold a full sized DSLR with grip, with a 70-200 lens attached (hood reversed), two additional lenses, a flash, and another small lens in the side pouch that attaches with a velcro flap. The top opens from both ends with a double zipper,so gear can be gotten too from either end of the bag. There are additional closure reinforcements of a velcro flap and a buckle at each end. This method of opening/closing is proving to be an enormous convenience, especially when changing lenses out of the bag. One can open just part of the top, either side, or can open it all the way across, with a nice wide opening and not flap up in the face.

The inside of the bag is brightly colored so black equipment stays visible and easily identified. Conveniently, this torso bag has a flat bottom and can sit upright on the floor or ground in such an orientation as to be readily gotten into and will not easily tip over.

The bag comes standard with three dividers, one of which has a velcro-flap closure pocket for small items such as memory cards. The front side of the bag has a large, single-compartment zipped pocket, and there is another "secret" zipped pocket on the back, or body side of the bag. Included with the bag is an all-weather protection cover: Waterproof for rain and dampness, and a reflective side for sun protection. Three straps with connectors to attach the torso pack to other bags in the EPH system are also included. The exterior pouch connects to two straps on the tall edge of the bag with a flap that connects back to the pouch. There are two strong velcro connections between flap and pouch, one on the back of the pouch, and one on the bottom, for added security.

This is one seriously well-made bag.

In order to use the LightTri 317 PL with a backpack in the EPH system, the sling strap close to the bag at the bottom, and midway into the padded portion on the top (see image). The EPH strap are connected at these points, at at the point where the extra support strap connects while in sling mode to connect to the backpack.

The Pro-Light LightTri 317 PL Torso Pack, generall speaking, is roomy, durable, and very convenient in terms of carrying and accessing camera gear. There are, however, a couplei issues found with this bag, that may just be personal preference but are worth taking into consideration.

Carrying the bag takes a little figuring out. The illustrations and photos of the use of this bag indicate that it should be worn on the left shoulder and carried to the side or in front. However, doing so, there's the problem of the additional strap. If carrying the bag in front of the body, the additional strap comes around from the back to clip in to the third connection point. If turning the bag to a side or back carrying position (as in a sling bag), the additional strap is not in a position to be used.

However, if the bag is worn over the right shoulder to left side, it can be swung around to be carried on the back in a regular sling bag manner. But when doing so, the upper portion of the bag leans away from the body. This can be alleviated by buckling the second strap to the third connection point and cinching everything snugly, but it really does need to be snug. It seems the "lean" is caused by the strap-attachment design, with the top strap attachment location being a bit below the top of the bag (see photo below).

This particular strap attachment location, however, lends itself to easier access from the side and a more comfortable carry in the other possible, non-slingbag, positions.
It may be preferable to shift the bag around and carry it under one arm, and it works quite well this way. And when carrying it under the arm, it can be easily worn on either shoulder. This is a big benefit as being tied to using just one shoulder for a heavy bag full of camera equipment can cause shoulder and neck fatique.

Additionally, in regards to the large roomy pocket on the outside of the bag, what would be desirable, is maybe a couple smaller pouch/pockets in the pocket. The large pocket holds a lot, but smaller items are requiring a considerably amount of digging around to locate. This is strictly a convenience, but one that would be a fairly simple addition.

In spite of these two issues, not enough good things can be said about this bag, and about Kata products in general. Overall, this is an outstanding bag that lives up to the Kata name and reputation. Expensive photography gear can be carried with confidence, knowing that it is well protected. The bag feels trustworthy. And the bag itself seems to be one that will last through many outings and years.

Click here for more information on Kata Products

Images not bearing the melephoto 2010 stamp are courtesy Kata. The unit used for review was provided courtesy Kata.

Available from Amazon

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


November 30, 2010, NY, NY -- Thomas Public Relations announced today cool techie Holiday Gift Guide ideas from Sensosolutions, OWC, Alibre, Kidz Gear, ArtRage, The Great Kat, and Digital Foci for your holiday TV shows, articles and radio shows. Please contact Thomas PR if you’d like review copies of any of these products or need more info.

  • FOR TECHIE ARTISTS: ArtRage for iPad

ArtRage for iPad lets you become a digital artist with your iPad. The perfect stocking stuffer for a budding artist at $6.99, it lets you actually paint on the iPad canvas with oil painting effects that smear and blend and watercolor strokes that merge to create soft, wet gradations.

Pricing: $6.99





SensoGlove, the world’s first golf glove, has built-in digital sensors that continuously read the user’s grip pressure to ensure a consistently accurate, smooth and powerful golf swing. Made of the highest quality cabretta leather, SensoGlove is the perfect gift for the holidays for golfers of all levels. With SensoGlove, golfers can quickly learn how to hold the club, avoiding bad habits and improving every part of their game, from backswing, downswing, impact, follow-through, to driving, putting, and chipping.

Pricing: $89




  • FOR DIYERS AND INVENTORS: Alibre Design Personal Edition

The perfect gift for diyers and inventors to create their own gadgets and inventions at home! Award-winning Alibre Design Personal Edition is the first low-cost, easy-to-use 3D design tool that delivers industrial-strength, parametric solid modeling system with integrated 3D solid modeling, part and assembly design, associative 2D drafting, and STL export -- all at a hobby-friendly price. Design it, document it, change it around, perfect it, and then make it!

Pricing: $99





The OWC Do-It-Yourself (“DIY”) Hard Drive Kit is the easiest and lowest-cost way to upgrade your home, school, or office laptop hard drive to a new faster, larger drive without sending the laptop out for repairs or buying a new laptop. The OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit provides everything you need to increase you hard drive space for your MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac mini storage, or PC laptop and use your “old” drive as a new external drive.

Pricing: $67.99 & up



OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit:

OWC DIY Hard Drive Kit - 2:


· FOR IPHONE & IPAD FANS: NewerTech Line of NuGuard Cases & Covers – Keep your iPhone Virus-Free and Protected

The NewerTech line of NuGuard™ iPhone 4 and iPad protective cases and NuVue anti-glare covers add protection, style and functionality to the most popular Apple® gadgets sold this year. OWC makes it easy to buy affordable iPhone 4 and iPad accessory stocking stuffer gifts that your techie friends, family and co-workers will love, without breaking the bank. Fashionable Colors in Red, Pink, Purple, Frost, Green, Black, Orange, Blue, & Clear.

Pricing: $12.99 - $24.99




NewerTech iPad Accessory Line:

NewerTech iPhone Case Line:

Kidz Gear Wireless Car Headphones for Kids – Wireless IR headphones designed specifically for the largest user market of built-in DVD and video systems – Children. Available immediately, the Kidz Gear Wireless Car Headphones for Kids keep kids quiet watching DVDs and videos on long car trips. With 100% Compatibility Guaranteed and manufactured with the highest quality IR wireless technology components available, the IR68KG02 IR wireless headphones deliver extremely rich sound quality for a variety of video and audio content – DVDs, video players, radio and more. Available at many fine online retailers as well as the Kidz Gear website directly.

Pricing: $34.99




Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for Kids -- finally a headphone that is Designed by Parents and Approved by Kids. Comfort, durability and incredible sound quality makes the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for Kids (CH68KG01) a must for traveling this season by plane, train or automobile. With a Limited Lifetime Warranty, parents can relax and not worry if anything goes wrong. Kidz Gear will solve the problem. Available at many fine online retailers as well as the Kidz Gear website directly.

Pricing: $19.99




  • MUSIC FOR TECHIES: The Great Kat World’s Fastest Guitarist

The Great Kat “Beethoven’s Guitar Shred” DVD is followed in the tech community as the ultimate music for creativity. The Great Kat, named “Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time”-Guitar One Magazine, is the world’s fastest guitarist. A Juilliard graduate violinist, The Great Kat combines metal and classical music for a speed thrill unchallenged in the music industry. She has been featured in the Jimmy Fallon site, NBC-Weekend Today in NY, Rolling Stone Magazine (Italy), Spin Magazine, New York Times, NewsBlaze and much more.

Pricing: $9.95



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Digital Foci “Photo Book” in Pearl White - Digital Photo Album for Wedding Albums, Baby Albums, & Parties

The Pearl White Version of Digital Foci’s popular Photo Book is the perfect gift for newlyweds, moms, & grandparents. A portable digital photo album with a large 8-inch 800x600 color digital LCD screen, 4GB of internal memory, and music & slideshow capability, Photo Book in Pearl White has a sleek design encased in a soft leather-like case for an elegant photo album that makes an attractive first impression. Ideal for passing around while sitting on the sofa and at family gatherings.

Pricing: $189





Digital Foci Picture Porter 35 Organizes & Protects Photos on the Road

The perfect gift for anyone that loves photography -- finally there’s a place to organize, save and view all your photos on the road. Picture Porter 35 is a high-capacity 250GB-500GB portable photo manager for professional and amateur photographers to take while traveling, on vacation, or on photo shoots. Picture Porter 35 features a 3.5-inch color LCD, multi-format memory card reader, and pro photography features not found on other storage devices, such as RAW, EXIF data, IPTC and histogram support. Picture Porter 35 instantly and securely lets you store and view digital photos, music and video wherever you go.

Pricing: $399 for 250GB, $499 for 500GB




Manfrotto School of Xcellence Hosts Free Webinar on Shooting the Forest

Manfrotto School of Xcellence Hosts Free Webinar on Shooting the Forest

Award-Winning Photographer Drew Gardner to Address the Challenges of Shooting on Location

Ramsey, N.J. (November 30, 2010)— Manfrotto School of Xcellence, a free resource for anyone who wants to learn more about photography, announces a webinar titled, “Shooting the Forests Series,” which will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Monday, December 6th. The host, Drew Gardner, a renowned London-based photographer, will take participants behind the scenes of his acclaimed series, “The Forest” which was shot in the United States, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Gardner ( is well-known for his epic on-location still photography and “The Forest” series is a prime example of his success in this arena. In this webinar, Gardner will explain the challenges of shooting a large scale production on location and how to deal with a variety of issues a photographer may face.

“Working on location is one of the most rewarding things a photographer can do,” said Gardner. “My aim is to show participants that it is not as difficult as one may think.”

Topics for Discussion Include:

- Managing without power

- Dealing with difficult terrain

- Working with smoke machines

- The best equipment to use

To register for the free Manfrotto School of Xcellence webinar and for additional information, please visit:

For additional information regarding the Manfrotto School of Xcellence, please visit For more information about the entire Manfrotto range visit

About Manfrotto Distribution

Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. is a leading distributor of key accessories brands for the photographic, video, cine and lighting production markets. Manfrotto Distribution is an international company within the Imaging Division of the Vitec Group, which owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, Avenger, and Litepanels. As the US distributor of National Geographic Bags and Tripods, Metz, Gossen, Elinchrom, Lastolite, Rotatrim, Genus and Datacolor, which are available nationwide through an extensive network of authorized dealers, Manfrotto Distribution offers the most complete range of exceptional camera and lighting accessories in the business. The Manfrotto Distribution international network covers the USA, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Japan and China.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Test out the new 80 MP Leaf Aptus-II 12!

See the New Leaf Aptus-II 12!
Would you like to shoot with the new 80 MP Leaf Aptus-II 12 on a Phase One 645DF Camera? Are you interested in making the move to high-end digital or upgrading your existing equipment? Here is your chance to test out the latest technology from Leaf in a studio environment so you can get a sense of what these systems can really do. Have technical questions? Ask our experts! We've got it all for you at our Digital Resource Center as well as Special Upgrade and Trade-in Promotions.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity!

  • Test out the new 80 MP Leaf Aptus-II 12!
  • Try out the Phase One 645DF with the new V-Grip Air
  • Presentation from Ziv Argov, Leaf Director of Product Marketing on the Leaf product line
  • Find out more about using Capture One with Leaf
  • One-on-one with DT Support Techs
  • Find out about our Special Trade-in Promo, Bundle Packages, and Upgrades

Open House Details:

Thursday, November 4th: 10am-5pm

Special Leaf Presentations: 11am and 2pm
Ziv Argov, Leaf Director of Product Marketing

Or come anytime throughout the day for hands-on demos and product testing!

Have technical questions? Ask our experts!

No need to RSVP. Stop by at your convenience.

DT Digital Resource Center
35 West 35th Street, 2nd Floor, New York City
(between 5th & 6th, only 2 blocks from Penn Station)


If you would like more information about our Leaf Open House or to make an appointment, please call 1.877.f/ortless (367-8537) or email We hope to see you!

PPE 2010: Pentax Interview

P3's Brendan Interviews President Ned Bunnell from Pentax USA
Details Including coming later but for now all we can say is to expect
another anointment in the next coming weeks regarding a DSLR!
-photo by Mel B

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Live from ppe 2010

This concludes our live coverage from the show stay tuned for more as we will continue to post more video from the show in the next coming days

Live with trek tech

New tripod leg adapter turns the system into a true tripod 4 low level shooting and heavy cameras

Live with Western Digital

New western digital mybook live with gigabit ethernet and wdtv live hub

Live with Athentech: Perfectly Clear

Perfectly clear image correction. New version 1.5 along with an app for the apple ipad. And phone.

Live with PogoPlug

Your own personal clown file management system. You supply your own usb hard drives the pogoplug than connects to your internet connection and you can share files with anybody!

Live coverage continues

More today coming soon

PDN Photo Plus Expo VIDEO: Pentax 645D

We get Hands On with the New 645D before it hits store shelves!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hands on with the Pentax 645D at PPE 2010

One of many images taken with a production 645D at PhotoPlus in NYC. A full video feature coming soon
This is a Jpg straight out of camera, no Post Process, Shooting RAW+Jpg, Everything set to Auto (WB, Exposure etc)

New NEC 23inch "professional graphics monitor"


Advanced Technologies, Superior Screen Performance Benefit Professional Graphics Users in Color-Critical Applications

CHICAGO - October 28, 2010 - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the new MultiSync® PA231W, a 23-inch professional graphics monitor designed specifically for photographers and users working in color-critical applications.

The MultiSync PA231W offers users enhanced connectivity, including DisplayPort, two DVI-D inputs, VGA and a USB hub. Its unparalleled color performance brings 71.6 percent coverage of the NTSC color space, full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and a high contrast ratio of 1000:1. Graphics professionals will appreciate its 14-bit 3D lookup table (LUT) for precise color calibrations. Additionally, by utilizing DisplaySync ProT technology, users can control two computers connected to the MultiSync PA231W with only one keyboard and mouse, each with its own color space. This feature is essential for photographers working in different color spaces and operating systems.

“The addition of the MultiSync PA231W provides our customers with more options when it comes to choosing a professional-grade display for their workspace,” said Art Marshall, Product Manager at NEC Display Solutions. “Key technologies in this product combined with eco-conscious features enable users to depend on their monitors for accurate color, great ergonomics and convenience.”

The widescreen MultiSync PA231W offers the following features:
- 1920 x 1080 full high-definition resolution
- 270 cd/m² brightness
- 1000:1 contrast ratio
- 14-bit 3D lookup tables for calibration
- 75.4 percent coverage of AdobeRGB, 96.6 percent coverage of sRGB and 71.6 percent coverage of NTSC color space
- 46W typical power consumption, 15W in ECO ModeT
- DisplayPort, two DVI-D inputs, VGA and USB hub (2 computers, 3 devices)
- 4-way ergonomic stand with 150mm height adjust, pivot, swivel and tilt
- AmbiBrightT ambient light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness based on external lighting conditions
- ECO ModeT, carbon footprint meter and cost meter
- DisplaySync Pro controls two computers with only one keyboard and mouse
- Color Vision Emulation allows a quick preview of colors that emulate color vision problems
- ENERGY STAR 5.0 compliance

The MultiSync PA231W will be available in November 2010 at an estimated street price of $679 and ships with a 4-year parts and labor limited warranty.

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About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.
Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors, commercial- and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, healthcare, education and digital signage. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America monitors, consumers can call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website at For digital images, please visit

VUKUNET, from NEC Display Solutions of America, is the engine that powers the digital out-of-home advertising business. VUKUNET is the only universal ad serving platform that drives ads to any digital out-of-home network, regardless of content management system. VUKUNET makes the buying, flighting and reporting of digital out-of-home ad campaigns easy. For additional information about VUKUNET, visit or call (877) 805-VUKU. For VUKUNET logos and digital images, please visit

"The Truth about Professional Photographers "

Interesting video I was told about regarding Professional Photographers.
Warning some language/implications may be taken the wrong way but I do feel that many pros do feel like this sometimes. That said, Amateurs feel free to step it up, learn from and join the pros as colleagues, not price-undermining competition with a "Walley-world" Special DSLR

"The more photographers take the time to learn the craft and offer the public a quality product, the better the photograph industry will be." -from clip info

Olympus PEN E-P1 to Video used for Secretariat movie

Ground-breaking horse racing shots captured with the Olympus PEN E-P1 in the official Secretariat trailer
""Behind the Lens" with Academy Award-winning Director of Photography Dean Semler to see how he used the Olympus PEN in the critically acclaimed Disney Motion Picture "Secretariat" in theaters now."

Official Secretariat trailer:

New LaCie 2Big USB 3.0 Speed Demond HDD

LaCie 2Big USB 3.0 Breaks 300MB/s Barrier with 3TB Hard Drives

Today, LaCie demonstrates technology leadership with the availability of 3TB hard drives and the demonstration of record speeds in two of its professional storage solutions – LaCie d2 USB 3.0 and LaCie 2big USB 3.0.

Thanks to the inclusion of 3TB hard drives and the performance of USB 3.0, LaCie’s 2big USB 3.0, now available in 6TB, achieves a dramatic 20% speed boost by reaching 306MB/s--the fastest performance of any 2-bay RAID solution to-date. The d2 USB 3.0 also demonstrates a significant speed increase of 156MB/s with the inclusion of a 3TB hard drive.

“There is no question heavy data users continue to demand higher capacities, and in turn faster transfer speeds,” said Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager for Professional Products. “Today, LaCie answered this challenge by introducing the largest available capacity and fastest transfer speeds in a single solution, providing users with increased backup efficiency and reduced risk for backup interruption.”

The LaCie 2big USB 3.0 6TB and LaCie d2 USB 3.0 3TB will be available worldwide, at the beginning of November. For more information, visit

About LaCie
With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of storage devices for PC, Apple® and Linux. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and remarkable technical performance. Find out more about our products at


Actually “Paints” on Your iPad -- Blends Digital Watercolor & Oil Paints for
Mobile Artists Creating Masterpieces on the Go – Never Miss an Opportunity

October 28, 2010, NY, NY – Ambient Design, the leading award-winning creator of realistic art painting software for Mac & Windows, will unveil update v. 1.0.3 of ArtRage for iPad at Showstoppers for the Digital Holidays, held today in NY. ArtRage for iPad lets you become a digital artist on your iPad, providing the experience of actually “painting” digitally on an iPad canvas with oil painting effects that smear and blend and watercolor strokes that merge to create soft, wet gradations, just as they would in a traditional art studio. The iPad user interface allows artists of all levels to bring their iPad everywhere they go to be ready to spontaneously unleash their creativity on the spot by drawing, sketching, and painting on the iPad in a wide range of artistic styles with tools that interact on the screen just as they would with real paint, ink, chalk, pen, or pencil.

Perfect Holiday Gift for the Aspiring Artist – You can Almost Smell the Paint

Priced at only $6.99, ArtRage for iPad is the perfect holiday stocking stuffer gift for a budding artist delving into mobile art with the iPad. “Once you experience ArtRage, you cannot live without it anymore,” said Sarah Brody, Principal, Sarah Brody Design. “Now I will never miss an opportunity to express myself artistically with my iPad with ArtRage installed on it. With ArtRage, you can almost smell the paint and feel the paper’s texture.” Barbara Lietzow, San Francisco-based painter and visual communications expert said, “The quality of paint representation and ArtRage’s ability to perfectly replicate impasto is uniquely realistic. ArtRage on the iPad allows me to work both in the studio and on the go to further explore new sculptural painting techniques.”

ArtRage Used Worldwide in Schools, K-12

Used worldwide in schools from China to the U.S., Children from K-12 are quickly learning painting and drawing with ArtRage using familiar tools from their art classes. Classically trained artists also are readily adapting to the intuitive user interface of digital versions of their tools, like watercolor and oils, paint tubes, palette knife, pencil, chalk and airbrush, as well as customizable canvas and paper.

Create Your Own Artwork from Digital Photography

Files from ArtRage for iPad can also be used on the desktop versions of ArtRage for Mac and Windows, and exported to JPEG, Photoshop and other formats for additional professional features, printing, and collaboration. In addition, digital photos can be imported and converted into paint, reworked in oil or watercolor or serve as a reference image while drawing. With its image tracing capabilities for photos, ArtRage can select colors automatically for every new stroke. “We went for a no compromise approach to achieve a highly optimized drawing and painting experience for ArtRage on the iPad,” said Andy Bearsley, Ambient Design’s Co-Founder and Technical Director. “ArtRage for iPad gives the user the feel of painting with real paint and wet watercolors, as well as industry-standard blend modes on tools and layers.”

ArtRage for iPad is available immediately for $6.99 at the Apple iTunes Store. ArtRage for iPad 1.0.3 will be available early November through the Apple iTunes Store. In addition to ArtRage for iPad, Mac and Windows desktop versions are also available from ArtRage 3 Studio and ArtRage 3 Studio Pro, priced at $40 and $80 respectively. ArtRage 3 Studio and ArtRage 3 Studio Pro feature additional tools, such as stencils, rulers, stickers, sticker spray, glitter tools, custom color palettes and more. They support Wacom tablets, laptop and desktop computers with touch-screens, Interactive White Boards (IWB), and are also optimized for the new popular Windows 7 multi-touch screens. On these optical multi-touch screens you can even paint with a traditional bristle brush instead of your finger. For more information, see

About Ambient Design Ltd.

Ambient Design Ltd. is a New Zealand-based global software development and publishing firm, specializing in creative applications and user interfaces for artists of all ages and all levels of competency, including professionals, hobbyists and students. The principals have over 40 years experience in combining complex image processing algorithms with an easily accessible user experience. Ambient Design Ltd. was founded in 2000 by Andy Bearsley and Matt Fox-Wilson, formerly of MetaCreations, the developer of Painter, Bryce and Kai’s Power Tools. Ambient Design’s products are available in 12 languages and have been downloaded over 10 million times. For more information, see

ArtRage, Ambient Design and the BrushMan logo are trademarks of Ambient Design Ltd. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Photo Plus Expo 2010 Epson Debuts Digital Photo-Realist Bert Monroy’s “Times Square” Image on Epson’s New DisplayTrans Media at PhotoPlus Expo

Four Years in the Making and Built Pixel by Pixel, Monroy’s “Times Square” Image Features More Than 750,000 Photoshop Layers of Real People and Places in New York City

NEW YORK (PhotoPlus Expo, Booth # 602) – Oct. 28, 2010 – Epson today is showcasing a major artistic accomplishment in its booth at PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. Acclaimed artist Bert Monroy recently completed a 5’ x 25’ hyper-realistic image of Times Square that was printed on Epson’s DisplayTrans™ media using an Epson Stylus® Pro 11880 printer. This massive backlit display will be visible to the public for the first time and can be seen through the duration of PhotoPlus Expo, Oct. 28-30.

Monroy’s Times Square is the culmination of four years of work. Every element in the image was meticulously created pixel-by-pixel using Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe Illustrator®. More than 750,000 Photoshop layers were used, bringing to life the likenesses of Monroy’s family, friends, scores of luminaries from the imaging industry, and intensely detailed scenes and landmarks in and around Times Square.

“This is the first time I’ve shown my work in this way and it’s really exciting to see how well the piece comes to life when illuminated on Epson’s DisplayTrans,” said Monroy. “It was crucial to use a printer and media that would reproduce the dark tones in the night sky, but also capture the vibrant colors and hold all of the intricate details. The combination of the Epson 11880 printer and DisplayTrans were pivotal in accomplishing these goals.”

About Epson’s DisplayTrans Media

Epson’s DisplayTrans media is a revolutionary new backlit material designed for high quality ink jet printing. Professional photographers, service providers and labs can now use ink jet technology versus a labor-intensive, chemical based system to produce stunning backlits with dense blacks, brilliant colors and clean highlights.

“It’s inspiring to see such an amazing work of art on our DisplayTrans media,” said Jeff Smith, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. “Bert’s work pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in today’s world of digital imaging, which is very much in line with Epson’s overall business philosophy.”

Epson’s DisplayTrans is ideal for labs and service providers who need to cost-effectively complete short production runs while maintaining the highest quality. Additionally, creative professionals are able to produce backlits in-house with all the control of an ink jet printing workflow. DisplayTrans is compatible with the latest generations of Epson Stylus Pro roll-based printers, and is remarkably easy to use with free downloadable profiles. To learn more about Epson’s DisplayTrans go to

About Epson America, Inc.

Epson America, Inc. is a leading provider of an extensive range of printers, 3LCD projectors, scanners and point-of-service printers that are renowned for their high quality, functionality, innovation and energy efficiency. Epson America is a U.S. affiliate of Seiko Epson Corporation, which employs more than 70,000 people in 106 countries around the world. To learn more about Epson America, please visit: You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (, Twitter ( and YouTube (

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Image from Epson's webpage

Epson Offers New Signature Worthy Sample Paper Pack

Special Pack Gives Photographers Unique Sampling of Signature Worthy Papers

NEW YORK (PhotoPlus Expo, Booth # 602) – Oct. 28, 2010 – Epson America today introduced a new Signature Worthy® sample pack to give photographers and creative professionals the opportunity to try a variety of Epson Signature Worthy papers. Available for $24.95, the paper pack provides two letter-sized sheets of each of the following: Hot Press Bright and Hot Press Natural, Cold Press Bright and Cold Press Natural, Velvet Fine Art Paper, Exhibition Fiber Paper, and Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster.

“Signature Worthy prints adorn galleries and exhibitions worldwide and represent the very best of Epson’s professional papers,” said Grace Huang, group product manager, Epson America. “Regardless of the intended look and feel of your final print, the Signature Worthy line accommodates varying output needs. This new sample pack provides Epson pro printer users the opportunity to try each Signature Worthy paper to determine which best fits their need based on their own personal preference.”

Designed in collaboration with the world’s leading creative professionals, each Signature Worthy paper has been developed and tested at the highest levels to work in concert with Epson’s industry-leading professional printers and inks, including the award-winning Epson Stylus® Pro 900-series printers with Epson UltraChrome® HDR ink technology. These seven Signature Worthy papers offer advanced capabilities and enable photographers to achieve images with richer blacks, wider color gamuts and smoother tonal transitions that define the ultimate expression in print making.

More About Signature Worthy Papers

- Hot Press/Cold Press Bright and Natural: Hot Press papers offer a smooth surface and Cold Press papers feature a textured surface; both surfaces are available in either Bright or Natural, with Bright offering a bright whitepoint, while the Natural produces a warm whitepoint

- Velvet Fine Art Paper: Bright-white, 100 percent cotton rag fine art paper with a velvet surface for a distinctive museum-quality feel, along with an extremely high black density

- Exhibition Fiber Paper: Delivers the true look and feel of an F-surface, air-dried print that’s revered by professionals for its classic look from the days of dark room processing; it’s cotton fiber base is acid/lignin free

- Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster: Delivers highly saturated prints by offering maximum ink coverage and a high D-Max for true photographic reproductions; features the same Luster E surface of traditional silver halide prints


Epson’s new Signature Worthy sample packs will be on display and available for purchase at many photo resellers attending PhotoPlus Expo. In addition, the sample pack will be available through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers in November. For more information on Epson’s complete line of professional media, visit

About Epson America, Inc.

Epson America, Inc. is a leading provider of an extensive range of printers, 3LCD projectors, scanners and point-of-service printers that are renowned for their high quality, functionality, innovation and energy efficiency. Epson America is a U.S. affiliate of Seiko Epson Corporation, which employs more than 70,000 people in 106 countries around the world. To learn more about Epson America, please visit: You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (, Twitter ( and YouTube (

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sunset in NYC after photoplus

Walking around... sunset


New SD1 hands on preview. Video coming soon

Live with kodak

Kodak is showing off the new portra 400 film in every size 35mm to 8x10 with special order for  larger sheets

Live with lexar

They were featuring there partnership with crucial and the solid state drives

PPE Live: Nikon

New. Dslr's And compact cameras

PPE Live: Olympus new p&s

New olympus point and shoot yet been released but expected sometime early next year


The new E5 is like candy


Test video from the show floor

PPE Live 2010

Thousands in attendance on day one of photoplus expo in NYC

PPE 2010 LIVE: Pentax

New 645d and more
Also Mel with the president of Pentax North America

Live@ photoplus

Live coverage throughout  the show

PDN 2010 LIVE: Canon

New Canon printers, lenses and more

Live at Photo Plus 2010

Live Coverage starting at 10AM from the Show Floor by Brendan Cavanaugh and Melanie Beus. Insta-blogging with our Phones and Full Video Interviews and overviews coming in the next few days.
Stay Tuned for the best in Hands-on coverage!

Perfectly Clear® Fall Launch 2010 offers One Touch Photo Perfection to iPhone and Photoshop Users

New Perfectly Clear ® iPad App, Next Generation iPhone App and
Upgraded Photoshop Plug-in Produce Stunning I mages!

Perfectly Clear® Fall Launch 2010 offers One Touch Photo Perfection to iPhone and
Photoshop Users

NEW YORK CITY, New York (28 October, 2010) –– Not satisfied with your digital picture? Don’ t
discard it – correct it! Digital images that are underexposed, lack contrast, contain “ false” colors or even
have an artificial lighting color cast can all be revitalized to their inherent brilliance with a single touch on
your iPhone, iPad or computer using Perfectly Clear® from Athentech Imaging. Praised by professionals
and consumers alike, the resulting “ Real Color” pictures can be saved, viewed, shared or printed without
any degradation.

iPhone and iPad apps

The improved iPhone 2.0 app, developed from the award-winning1 iPhone 1.2 app, now offers a robust
and powerful noise reduction feature that eliminates the graininess so often associated with iPhone images
creating a great picture every time. Coupled with our patented corrections that are easy to use this app
will make you proud of pictures captured with your iPhone, and encourage you to share or upload them
for others to see. Perfectly Clear® iPhone is currently available as an online download via the Apple
iTunes App Store for US$2.99 with optional noise reduction for US$1.99 at
iPhone.html, Purchasers of earlier versions can upgrade their application at no cost.

At Photo Plus Expo in New York, Athentech Imaging will be demonstrating the NEW Perfectly Clear
iPad application, that boasts the unique Perfectly Smooth correction designed to render flawless skin
tones. Only one “ touch” is needed to produce incredibly smooth skin, wrinkle and blemish free for a great
look. In addition to all the award winning Perfectly Clear® corrections available on the iPhone, the iPad
also has contains the powerful Skin Tone Correction to ensure proper skin tones, has four new presets
with the ability to create your own, and has been re-engineered to create astonishing pictures on the “ Big
Screen.” You will love how amazing your images display in the higher resolution screen on the iPad.
Perfectly Clear® iPad is in the review process by Apple Inc. and a separate press release will be issued
when available. The price will be US$5.99.

Athentech Imaging Fall Launch Page 1

“ Perfectly Clear® is all about creating the best-looking image possible – automatically – to perfectly
preserve the photographer’ s memory of the event,” said Athentech Imaging President Brad Malcolm.
“ We‘ ve been thrilled by the large number of people who are using Perfectly Clear® to turn their ordinary
digital camera and camera phone images into extraordinary keepsakes that they want to save and share with

New Photoshop® Plug-I n

The new Photoshop® Perfectly Clear® Plug-in builds on the award winning2 1.0 version. v1.5 contains
lots of exciting and powerful new features, such as powerful 32 and 64 bit processing engines, smarter
sharpening, incredibly efficient memory management, and works with layers and even selections. It
is compatible with CS3, CS4, CS5 and Elements 8 and is available for PC or MAC. Now with a new
improved user interface, you can turn your photos into masterpieces easily and quickly. A free trial version
of Photoshop® Perfectly Clear® Plug-In is available at, with the
full-featured version at US$199.

“ Our Perfectly Clear® Photoshop Plug-In creates a world in which the user can enjoy the fun and
excitement of taking great photos, without the burden of spending hours trying to edit them and fix them,”
Athentech President Brad Malcolm said. “ They’ re utilizing ‘ smart’ algorithms that do something even
better than simply edit photos – they actually correct their photos, with one click – automatically. This
is fundamentally changing the typical Photoshop workflow and image preparation process. Typically,
the automatic correction time is 2 seconds, compared to 5-7 minutes taken by Adobe experts for manual
correction, and most users have stated that they prefer the instant correction.”


For more details on the Perfectly Clear corrections and to download a free trial version, go to: . Members of the press and imaging industry analysts can request a
license code for the Photoshop® Perfectly Clear® Plug-In 1.5 that permits the use of the application for an
indefinite period of time.

Athentech Imaging will be demonstrating these applications in our booth during the 2010 PDN PhotoPlus
Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC (booth 385), on October 28-30.

About Athentech® I maging I nc.

Athentech® Imaging Inc. is an entrepreneurial, privately held company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta,
Canada. The company is involved in three industries and markets: digital imaging, signal processing (for
medical applications), and earth sciences. For more information, please visit

1 . Winner of the 2010 DIMA Vision Award as one of the year’ s most distinctive, one-of-a-kind
digital imaging products.

2 . Perfectly Clear® Photoshop Plug-In winner of PMA Pro Photographer Hot Pick award in 2010


Athentech and Perfectly Clear are registered trademarks of Athentech Imaging Inc. Any other corporate
names and trademarks in this document are the property of their respective companies.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CRU DataPort new products at PhotoPlus 2010

Secure Storage for Every Phase of Digital Asset Workflow™

– CRU-DataPort gives photographers worldwide secure storage for
every phase of digital asset workflow including on location, in the studio and archiving. For over 10 years,
WiebeTech has provided professional photographers and photo enthusiasts alike with dependable high
capacity storage solutions in small packages to secure digital assets and protect precious data. WiebeTech is
now a brand of CRU-DataPort, which has a long history of supplying U.S. government agencies and allies
with storage solutions to protect our nation’s most sensitive data.

In the studio, CRU-WiebeTech tools provide photo/video storage and backup in multi-drive storage arrays
with massive capacity. Built-in hardware RAID ensures data integrity and redundancy while easy-to-use high-
speed interfaces guarantee fast and reliable transmission.
On location, CRU-WiebeTech bus powered
products have proven to be portable, rugged and reliable for onsite backup during the shoot. Additionally,
these tools offer a simplified archiving solution to locate files and digital images. Easily swap-out backup
drives for secure offsite storage, mirror the internal drive and share entire project files with clients, friends and

The new RTX220™-QR portable desktop RAID enclosure is the ideal solution for secure digital storage,
backup and archiving while the new ToughTech™ Q external drive enclosure allows photographers to store
up to 2TBs of data on location. RTX220-QR was designed with photographers in mind and features
preconfigured RAID 1 to ensure data integrity, high speed quad interface (FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0 or
eSATA), TrayFree™ drive bays for easy drive installation and removal, quiet fans and a rugged handle for
portability. The new ToughTech Q is safe and easy to use and houses any capacity 3.5” drive. Additional
ToughTech Q features include quad interface, improved passive cooling, host connection LEDs and a
Kensington™ lock slot.

The RTX line of internal and external enclosures are built in a variety of storage capacities and connections
from 1-8 TrayFree bays storing up to 16 TBs and six interface options (FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0, iSCSI,
U320 and eSATA). Some RTX models feature user selectable write protection to prevent accidental
alterations to valuable data. The ToughTech line of portable drives are available in 2.5” and 3.5” sizes and
include all necessary cables. Encrypted models are available which offer additional data security. To see our
newest digital storage solutions for safeguarding data in each phase of digital asset workflow, please visit us in
booth # 175 at PDN PhotoPlus in the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY October 27-30, 2010.

About CRU-DataPort
Founded in 1986, CRU-DataPort is a pioneer in data security and data mobility devices. The company's flagship DataPort®,
along with Data Express® and RhinoJR® (formerly manufactured by StorCase), and WiebeTech™ product brands of removable
and external hard drive enclosures are the de facto standard for physical data security and safe data transporting in
government, education and business markets. CRU-DataPort products are also widely used in media rich data environments
including audio/video production, digital cinema, video security capture, and disk-2-disk backup and archiving applications.
CRU-DataPort products are available through major distributors, PC manufacturers, specialty system builders and resellers

Nikon Presentations at PhotoPlus 2010


Melville, NY, October 26, 2010 (PhotoPlus Expo Booth # 217) – At the PhotoPlus Expo 2010, Nikon visitors will view industry-leading digital imaging products, software and accessories and experience enlightening presentations from inspirational photographers in the Nikon Learn & Explore Theater. In the Get-In-Touch area, attendees will have hands-on access to Nikon’s latest D-SLR cameras, including the D3100 with Guide Mode and powerful D7000. From wide-angle to telephoto and everything in between, also available will be an assortment of NIKKOR lenses, including the nine recently launched models. Attendees can also experience the all-new lineup of COOLPIX cameras, including the high-performance P7000 and versatile S8100. Demonstrations will be offered of Nikon Capture NX2 imaging software and the COOLPIX S1100pj theater-on-the-go. Adding to the excitement, Nikon will also raffle two COOLPIX P7000 cameras and a COOLPIX S80 over the three days of the expo.

Where: PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo (Oct. 28-30, 2010)

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - 11th Ave. (between 34th & 39th St), NY

Nikon Booth #217

When: Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 & Friday, Oct. 29, 2010: 10 AM - 5PM

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010: 10 AM - 4PM

Nikon Speaker Schedule:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

* 10:15 – 11:00: The Challenges of Adventure Travel Photography - Tom Bol
* 11:15 – 12:00: Venice, Seoul and Slavery: Issues and Images – Jodi Cobb
* 12:15 – 1:00: “NIKKOR"... An Extension of your Mind's Eye - Cliff Mautner
* 1:15 – 2:00: Power to Astonish. Features to Inspire. The Nikon D7000 - Mike Corrado
* 2:15 – 3:00: Small Flash. Big Light. - Joe McNally
* 3:15 – 4:00: From Still to Motion - Corey Rich
* 4:15 – 5:00: Nikon COOLPIX - Sam Garcia

Friday, October 29, 2010

* 10:15 – 11:00: Nikon COOLPIX - Sam Garcia
* 11:15 – 12:00: From Still to Motion - Corey Rich
* 12:15 – 1:00: The Challenges of Adventure Travel Photography - Tom Bol
* 1:15 – 2:00: Small Flash. Big Light. - Joe McNally
* 2:15 – 3:00: “NIKKOR"... An Extension of your Mind's Eye - Cliff Mautner
* 3:15 – 4:00: Venice, Seoul and Slavery: Issues and Images - Jodi Cobb
* 4:15 – 5:00: Power to Astonish. Features to Inspire. The Nikon D7000 - Mike Corrado

Saturday, October 30, 2010

* 10:15 – 11:00: “NIKKOR"... An Extension of your Mind's Eye - Cliff Mautner
* 11:15 – 12:00: Small Flash. Big Light. - Joe McNally
* 12:15 – 1:00: The Challenges of Adventure Travel Photography - Tom Bol
* 1:15 – 2:00: From Still to Motion - Corey Rich
* 2:15 – 3:00: Venice, Seoul and Slavery: Issues and Images - Jodi Cobb
* 3:15 – 4:00: Power to Astonish. Features to Inspire. The Nikon D7000 - Mike Corrado

Digital Silver Imaging at PDN Expo 2010

Digital Silver Imaging Returns to Photo Plus With Expanded
Service Options

October 28, 2010

Belmont, MA – DSI returns to Photo Plus eager to share its’ expanded service offerings and to celebrate
a year of continued growth and innovative collaboration with industry partners. A pioneer in the
integration of modern laser imaging technology, DSI, offers black and white printing on silver halide,
fiber based or resin coated photographic papers. A DSI print delivers dynamic range, true tonal qualities
and outstanding longevity.

Eric Luden, a former ILFORD Photo executive and noted fine art photographer, based his company on
quality digital output solutions, a streamlined full service customer experience and a commitment to
individual satisfaction. In addition to exemplary printing, DSI offers traditional selenium and sepia
toning on both RC and fiber prints. Following are the upgraded and expanded services we now offer.

Upgraded Services

Increased scanning capacity with Imacon’s patented drum-like film scanner.
Archival Mounting, Matting and Framing – including flush mounting to aluminum

Expanded Services

DSI Direct 2 Print instant online ordering with ROES software
B & W Film Processing

Indusrty Partnership Growth

Top reseller of NIK Software within first year
Hosted Victor Ha, of Nik Software, for workshops & webinars
Became Precision Camera’s #1 partner in IR conversions

For further details visit or contact us .

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