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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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