Epson inspires new generation of artists

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Epson has helped many of the students exhibiting in The Royal Academy Schools 2014 Graduation Show realise their final pieces. Housed within the Schools’ historic studio spaces, several of the contemporary works on display have been inspired and created using Epson’s large format printers and projectors, accessible to the students in the on-site Epson Digital Suite. The space provides students with the opportunity to experiment with the very latest Epson digital imaging technology.Britain’s first art school, the RA Schools is the only free art school to offer a three-year postgraduate fine art course. Not only does it charge no fees to its students but it receives no government funding, relying on the generous support of patrons and sponsors such as Epson. The exhibition is held in the RA Schools’ studios, situated at the heart of the Royal Academy, and provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view exceptional pieces from a new generation of artists. The finished artwork spans a range of media from painting to photography, sculpture, digital print and film.All the students have worked with Epson technology at some time during their three years course and it features strongly in several students’ work at the show this year:• Julie Born Schwartz uses an Epson projector to display a film inspired by interviews and observations of a Shakespearean-loving New York acting coach, and produced a supporting large-format urban landscape photograph on an Epson printer.• Alex Chase White used an Epson printer as part of the development process to produce large-format pieces featuring human and animal images cut and etched into steel.• Marisa J. Futernick used a variety of media, combining old school slide projection carousels, book narratives and digital and analogue photography. Central to her installation are several Epson-printed digital photographs.• Daniel Lipp used Epson printers to produce collage elements comprising layered fragments of found, readymade, printed and painted materials, and torn or detailed sections of photographic substrates.• Hannah Perry combined printed components with paint and industrial materials. Her works use Epson-printed photo transparencies to produce bold screen print stencils and digital photographs that are assembled together to create her eye-catching collages.• Ariane Schick used Epson technologies to create parts of her installation, using images, objects, sound and text, and manipulated digital photographs to punctuate the space.• Gabriel Stones used Epson projectors within his multi-projection installation to show his film works on ‘floating’ screens.Mark Hamspon, head of Materials Process, Royal Academy, said, ‘The standard of work produced by the students for their final show is exceptional and demonstrates the wonderful creative outcomes of the collaboration between the RA Schools and Epson. The purpose-built Epson Digital Suite gives students the opportunity to experiment with and draw inspiration from the latest digital imaging technologies, often in unexpected and alternative ways, and supports their works across a vast range of media.’Nick White, business manager, ProGraphics at Epson UK, said, ‘Epson is very proud to support the new generation of artists emerging from the Royal Academy Schools. Through our partnership we are able to offer the students the opportunity to work with Epson’s equipment and media and experiment with their creative ideas.’More about the Royal Academy of Arts can be found at: www.royalacademy.org.uk. For more about Epson, simply click on its banner or sponsor logo links on our Home page.© Graphic repro On-line, 26 June 2014.

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How to take better pictures of your kids – Five Photography Tips

We are MOMS, which means we wear A LOT of hats. Planners, counselors, doctors, cooks, drivers, classroom volunteers, professionals – the list goes on and on. Oh, and who can forget, family historian – so our kids can look back and remember all this good stuff.
Enter THE CAMERA.
The role of family historian makes us ALL photographers on the same mission – to capture the precious, fleeting moments in the lives of our children. Luckily, we all have a camera (or a smartphone) these days and taking a picture is as simple as pushing a button (…just imagine if we had to stop and SKETCH).
So, if you are out there, using your camera, capturing your kids doing their thing – you’ve already got this historian business down and you can relax! If you are Type A (like me) – and you are always looking for ways to make what you are doing BETTER (plus, playing with photography is fun!) – then dive into the tips below.

How to take better pictures of your kids – Kill the Flash
Yes, often the flash is a very helpful tool – after all, if there isn’t enough light in your shot, you won’t have a shot at all! If junior is being dunked in the baptismal font and you are worried about missing it – for heaven’s sake (get it) – use the flash! If your subject is heavily backlit, use the flash!

BUT, in the cases where your light is even and close to sufficient, going without the flash will provide a softer look to your image. Using natural light eliminates the harsh shadows the flash brings along with it (see the first picture of my daughter here) and in some cases, it evens out the exposure of the background too.
Your camera’s meter will sense there isn’t enough light in your scene and it will automatically pop the flash up. Next time this happens, say “Thank you, but no thank you,” to your camera, gently push the flash back down and increase your “ISO” number in your menu instead. Increasing your ISO makes your camera’s sensor require less light to make an acceptable exposure. You may have to take the shot a few times playing with raising your ISO to different numbers.

Why wouldn’t you just leave your camera set to it’s highest ISO number all the time, you ask? Well, there is a downside to a high ISO number – noise (or grain) will begin to appear in your image. The number at which this happens is different for each camera model, so you’ll have to play with yours (but that’s part of the fun).
How to take better pictures of your kids – Fill the Frame
If the subject of your image is the children on the bicycles – unless the surroundings are an important part of the story you are trying to tell, there is no need for the children to occupy only 25% of the photograph.

Move in closer to the subject or use the zoom on your lens to make your subject a bigger part of your image. Viola! Now you can see your subject in greater detail – for instance, my kids are making a secret plan to suddenly zoom off so I can’t catch them with the camera!

Ps. By zooming in with your lens you will get the added bonus of a blurrier background – helping your subject to stand out even more.
How to take better pictures of your kids – Nail the Focus
We have all done it. A darling shot before us and we think we’ve got it – only to discover later that our focus was off a smidge, leaving us with a sharp background and a blurry subject – argh! This one is as simple as paying closer attention to where your camera is focusing prior to releasing the shutter.

In the example above, you can see my focus in on the frames in the background and my kids are blurry.
Most cameras have more than one focal point option, and you can move from one focal point to another by clicking on the arrows on the back of your camera. If the focal point you have selected is still not exactly in the place you want it, you can use the ‘focus and recompose’ approach.

First, ensure your subject is under the focal point selected. Then, press the shutter button down halfway to lock focus on that subject. Finally, move your camera to recompose the image (keeping the shutter halfway down while you move). Once you have the image framed the way you like it – press the shutter down the rest of the way to take the picture
How to take better pictures of your kids – Simplify the Background
Kids love to get into all kinds of things, and getting into all kinds of things makes for cluttered homes (let’s just blame them for it all, shall we?). So, if Kids = Clutter, then we are sure to have ‘messy’ backgrounds for photographs taken inside our homes.

While it is certainly easier to simply ‘snap-whatcha-see,’ if you take a quick minute to clear the clutter and minimize your subject’s surroundings – the focus will remain on what you are trying to capture in the first place. And, your kids won’t look like they have a plant growing out of their heads.

Did you notice that this bathtub doesn’t have a single thing on it? Also, the kids are wearing their towels IN the tub – hmmm. This is ok! Seen a Pottery Barn catalog lately? My child’s bedroom has an entire wall missing and open to the lake, doesn’t yours? …and we have our dining room table in the middle of a covered bridge, too.
The point of my side note here is, people often notice the subject of the image no matter how unrealistic the surroundings!
How to take better pictures of your kids – Change the Perspective
When we pick up our cameras, it is most natural to simply take the picture from exactly where we are standing – at our eye level. While this will capture the scene before us – often just fine – if you are looking to add some flare to your photo, try a new perspective.

Get down on the floor with your child for a lower perspective, or get up high and look down upon them (try standing up on a chair for added height). Try having them looking up at you with focus on their eyes – this captures the details in their face while the areas around them provide context on the activity they are engaged in.

In the second image here, I can see the intensity with which they are watching their movie. I can even make out the alternating colors on my daughters’ fingernails. I also lose some of the messy cords in the shot.
When I am photographing families and kids, there is so much up and down-ing for me that I have to stretch beforehand (no joke!).
Ready to get started?
These are just five of MANY things you can do to instantly improve the pictures you take of your kids, (and fulfill your Type-A need to be a better family historian). Visit my photography blog for more great tips – or to book a photo shoot if you’re in the Cincinnati area.
And be sure to follow me on Facebook for more quick photography tips!

I’m Holly, and I specialize in creating custom portraiture for families and children in Cincinnati, Ohio and the surrounding areas.

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Soft Shutter Release AR-11 for use with the Df digital SLR camera

June 26, 2014

Adoption of ebonite resin for an elegant look and feel that creates a unique and rich texture over time
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Soft Shutter Release AR-11, developed for use with the Nikon Df FX-format digital SLR camera.

The AR-11 is an optional accessory that may be attached to the camera by screwing it into the release socket on the camera’s shutter-release button. Adoption of ebonite resin for the top surface of the AR-11 allows users to enjoy a soft and light feel when pressing the shutter-release button. Ebonite resin creates a unique and rich texture over time that melds with the finger. It is often used in high-end fountain pens and the mouthpieces of wind instruments such as saxophones and clarinets.

The combination of adoption of a material with a soft and light feel for the AR-11, and the utilization of a magnesium alloy for the elegant body and large metal mechanical dials, excellent in their ability to offer simple visual confirmation of settings, for the Df increases the superior look and feel of the camera as a precision instrument. Users can further increase their enjoyment of owning the Df with the texture and operational feel of their own camera that changes according to the way they use it.

The Df digital SLR camera

The Df was developed to represent the concept of the fusion of intuitive, responsive dial operation with the superior image quality of an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels over a broad range of ISO sensitivities in the smallest and lightest FX-format body, which makes the camera extremely portable. Since its release in November of 2013, it has been extremely well received for its unique concept and design. The great popularity of the Df has been proven by the many prestigious awards it has won. It was the recipient of the Camera GP 2014 Camera of the Year and Readers Award, sponsored by Japan’s Camera Journal Press Club, as well as the globally prestigious photographic and imaging awards TIPA Awards 2014’s Best Premium Camera, and the “red dot award: product design 2014”, sponsored by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen.

The Df was developed with a different approach than that adopted for previous cameras, and with an eye on offering different forms of value. Not only does it respond to the needs of users looking for greater variety in terms of photographic expression, it also allows users to take their time with each individual photo to achieve images they will enjoy. Therefore, Nikon challenged itself to develop a novel camera that focuses on the functions vital to still-image photography with adoption of a precise design utilizing metal materials and mechanical dials reminiscent of the Nikon tradition, as well as aspects such as the elimination of movie recording functions and adoption of an optical viewfinder that utilizes a glass pentaprism. In addition, adoption of a collapsible metering coupling lever enables support for not only the latest lenses, but also older non-AI NIKKOR lenses. Allowing those who have long used Nikon products, as well as those just starting out, to enjoy the process and results of their photography for a long time to come was a major concept behind development of the camera.
*While the AR-11 was developed for use with the Df, it may be used with any Nikon camera with a shutter-release button equipped with a release socket, and any camera with a shutter-release button equipped with a release socket that conforms to ISO standards.

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Digital SLR camera D810

June 26, 2014

An effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels for the sharpest, best image quality in Nikon history
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D810, a Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera.

The D810 is a digital SLR camera that boasts incredibly superior definition and image quality made possible with a new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, adoption of the latest EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, an effective pixel count of 36.3-million pixels, and a standard range of sensitivities from ISO 64 to ISO 12800. Not only does it offer extremely accurate AF, but vibrations generated inside the camera have been reduced to maximize the resolution of its 36.3-million pixels for sharp and clear images. The camera also supports recording of smooth, extremely sharp 60p full-HD (1920 x 1080) movies. What’s more, high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 fps with the FX-format image area and up to 7 fps* with the DX-format image area is possible for excellent response to a wide variety of scenes.
*When powered by the AC Adapter EH-5b or the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D12 with batteries other than the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15.

D810 Development Background
The D800 and D800E, added to Nikon’s lineup of Nikon FX-format cameras in March 2012, drew great attention from professional and advanced amateur photographers as digital SLR cameras offering superior image quality nearly equal to that of medium-format cameras. The performance of these two cameras was well received around the world, earning them a number of prestigious awards, including a respected Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Award 2012 and a European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) Photo Award presented to the D800.
Developed with this background, the D810 offers the best image quality in the history of Nikon, as well as functions that increase the certainty and reliability of this superior image quality, to respond to the expectations of photographers who demand superior clarity, sharpness, and image quality from their photos.

D810 Primary Features
The first digital SLR camera in Nikon’s history to offer a minimum standard sensitivity of ISO 64 at which superior clarity and image quality with rich tones is achieved
A minimum standard sensitivity of ISO 64, at which the same broad dynamic range available with ISO 100 is possible, was achieved through the adoption of a new FX-format CMOS sensor and by increasing the volume of light information that can be accumulated. This enables suppression of loss of detail in highlights (blown highlights) and beautiful rendering of subjects with rich tones, even when a fast lens is used in bright surroundings. In addition, collaboration with the same EXPEED 4 image-processing engine adopted for the D4S achieves a broad range of standard sensitivities up to ISO 12800 (Lo 1, Hi 1, and Hi 2 settings are also available).

Further increases in imaging flexibility: The Picture Control system, Nikon’s exclusive advanced system for image processing
A new “Flat” Picture Control option has been added with the D810. Less in-camera processing is applied to images captured at a Picture Control setting of “Flat” than to those captured at a setting of “Neutral”, enabling maximization of the amount of subject information acquired. The “Flat” setting prevents loss of detail in highlights and shadows, as well as over-saturation of colors, enabling adjustment of image quality and post-processing for richer tone characteristics, including contrast and colors. In addition, a “Clarity”*1 option has been added to adjustment settings for each Picture Control, allowing users to make images sharper or softer without over-emphasizing outlines and edges in images, and each setting can be adjusted in increments of 0.25 step*2, enabling more precise adjustment that makes it easier to achieve imaging that better reflects user intent.
*1Can be applied only to still images.
*2Does not apply to Quick Adjust.

Extremely precise AF and superior vibration suppression that maximize the resolution of the 36.3-million-pixel effective pixel count
In order to make the most of the incredibly high pixel count of 36.3-million effective pixels, the precision of the 51-point AF system has been increased with adoption of the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module and improvements to the focusing algorithm, ensuring exact autofocus acquisition on the intended portion of a still subject. In addition, mechanical operation of components such as the mirror and shutter has been improved for significant reduction in the amount of internal vibration generated. The end result is a system capable of maximizing the superior rendering performance of NIKKOR lenses and the superior definition of the D810’s CMOS sensor.

High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 5 fps in FX format and approximately 7 fps* in DX format makes capture of a broader range of subjects possible
Adoption of a new CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine makes high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 5 fps in FX format and approximately 7 fps* in DX format possible with the D810. This makes capture of a broader range of subjects/scenes possible with excellent response with not only still subjects, but also moving subjects such as wildlife and sports scenes.
*When powered by the AC Adapter EH-5b or the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D12 with batteries other than the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15.

Full-HD movie recording with which picture quality and operation has been significantly improved
The full-HD movie recording function, capable of recording extremely sharp and clear movies exhibiting significantly fewer moiré patterns and jaggies, and less color aliasing, supports 60p recording for smoother expression of subject movement. In addition, operation has been improved with Auto ISO Sensitivity Control in M exposure mode, enabling exposure control with aperture value and shutter speed locked and automatic adjustment of only ISO sensitivity, as well as a highlight display that shows the brightest areas of the frame in which detail may be lost with display of slanted lines. Beautiful time-lapse movies with which variations in exposure between frames are controlled can also be generated in-camera.

D810 Additional Features
An electronic front-curtain shutter that prevents blur in images with minimization of vibration resulting from the operation of mechanisms with shooting
Highlight-weighted metering, with which exposure values that reduce loss of detail in highlights (blown highlights) are determined, convenient for capturing theater scenes and the like
The first Nikon FX-format camera with an OLED viewfinder display; an optical viewfinder with frame coverage of approximately 100% that offers better light transmissivity and colors, and makes it easier to achieve the optimal focus when fast lenses are used
A 1229k-dot LCD monitor with bright RGBW array equipped with the “Monitor color balance” function that allows users to adjust monitor colors
A “Split-screen display zoom” function that displays enlarged views of two separate areas of the frame side-by-side for checking level if the building is aligned with the horizon with live view photography
Advanced Scene Recognition System, which utilizes a 91K-pixel RGB sensor, for highly precise automatic control over auto exposure (AE), autofocus (AF), and auto white balance (AWB)
RAW recording at an image size of “Small”
Multi-area mode full-HD D-movie that allows users to choose between two movie formats (image areas), FX-based and DX-based
Improved movie sound quality with “Wind noise reduction” and “Frequency response” (“Wide range”/”Vocal range”) settings
Optimal layout of operational controls, and a grip sized and shaped for a firm, steady hold even when large lenses are used
Effective sealing for superior resistance to dust and water
Except where noted, all specifications provided apply to use at an ambient temperature of 23° C (± 3° C) with a fully charged battery, in accordance with Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards.

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Feature Artist: Digital Photographer Osborne Macharia

Share with your friendsYour NameYour EmailRecipient EmailEnter a MessageI read this article and found it very interesting, thought it might be something for you. The article is called Feature Artist: Digital Photographer Osborne Macharia and is located at http://www.africandigitalart.com/2014/06/feature-artist-digital-photographer-osborne-macharia/.CaptchaSubmitOsborne Macharia is a self taught Kenyan photographer based in Nairobi. He has a deep passion for digital art and his portfolio includes projects in digital art, fashion photography, portrait and landscape photography.

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Last days of Kodak town: the decline and fall of the city photography built

Kodak Tower … a man walks by a ruined building, with the Eastman Kodak headquarters in the background. Photograph: Alex Webb/Magnum

Rochester is a place built by photography. Since 1888, this small city in upstate New York has been home to Eastman Kodak: a corporation that, at its peak, produced 90% of the film used in the US and provided jobs for more than 60,000 local people. Now, like many other company towns across the US, it has fallen on hard times. After years struggling to keep pace with the digital revolution, shedding workers and selling off its assets, Kodak was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in January 2012.

The announcement caused dismay throughout the photographic world. In April 2012, the renowned Magnum agency dispatched 11 of its members – including Alec Soth, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden – to Rochester for two weeks. Together, they would document life in the town at this challenging time. But, as their new book Memory City proves, for Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb one trip was not enough.In the 12 months following their first visit, the husband-and wife team returned to Rochester four more times. Each stay lasted two or three weeks, during which they steadily worked their way into the fabric of the 210,000-strong community. “I’m a street photographer at heart, so I approached Rochester the same way I often approach somewhere I’m shooting,” says Webb. “Walking, meandering, allowing my camera and experiences to guide me.” Norris Webb, on the other hand, took the time to forge close friendships with residents.Webb’s boldly coloured glimpses of residential neighbourhoods, markets and community gatherings show a city that has not lost its pride. But for every manicured lawn and fluttering Stars and Stripes, there are many bleaker counterpoints – a broken couch on a neglected street, a figure slumped on a public bench, exhausted workers queueing for the night bus home. “We wanted to achieve a sense of layers,” Webb says. “We wanted a structure that mirrored our sense of this down-and-out yet very soulful place.”The most poetic and striking example of this can be found in a series of grainy monochrome images that appear at irregular intervals through the book. Norris Webb opted to shoot on still readily available Kodak Portra negative film, but Webb chose to work with a mix of digital cameras and expired Kodachrome. This 35mm slide film, loved by many for its rich, intensely saturated colours, was discontinued in 2009 and had not been developed commercially since 2010.”We decided to ask around to see if some obscure technician still processed Kodachrome,” says Webb. “No one did it as colour, but we did discover that Ed Praus, a photographer who runs a lab in Rochester, could develop it as black-and-white. At Rebecca’s urging, I tried out a few rolls. To our surprise, it came out as negative and looked distressed, almost weathered.”

14621 Neighborhood, Amanda and Her Flower Dress: Rochester, New York. Photograph: Rebecca Norris Webb/Magnum

While her husband’s work evokes Rochester’s past via scenes of the present day, Norris Webb took the town’s history as a starting point from which to explore what may lie ahead. “Rochester was home to Susan B Anthony, probably the most noted suffragette in US history,” she says. “So women were very much on my mind. My first portrait was of Amanda Webster, our assistant. Her family epitomised the changes that Rochester has gone through. Both her grandfather and father worked for Kodak. Now she’s studying photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, which was funded in part by Kodak’s founder, George Eastman. Through her, I met and photographed a variety of young women whose portraits suggest, to me, something about the city’s uncertain future.”Shot through closed windows and gauzy curtains, these photographs capture a sense of melancholy and introspection. But Memory City’s most elegiac frame comes from the streets of downtown Rochester. In 1914, work was completed on an ornate 19-storey tower, commissioned by Eastman to house his then thriving company. For generations, it dominated the city’s skyline, symbolising wealth, innovation and possibility. In an image made by Webb almost 100 years later, it stands forlornly in the distance as a lone man strides away from it, past the rubble of a crumbling building – a poignant and all-too-perfect Kodak moment.• Memory City by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb will be published by Thames & Hudson on 30 June

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Nikon will release the official version of Capture NX-D, its new RAW image processing and …

June 26, 2014

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it will release the official version (ver.1.0) of Capture NX-D, its new processing and adjustment software application for RAW images captured with a Nikon digital camera, for free download beginning July 15 (Tuesday), 2014.

Capture NX-D is a software application developed to allow users to enjoy full-scale development of RAW images with simple operations. It enables high-quality photofinishing of images captured in RAW format by Nikon digital SLR cameras, Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, and COOLPIX compact cameras that support this capability. The application will be available for download, free of charge, to allow those who own a Nikon camera to more thoroughly enjoy developing RAW images.

The official version of this application will reflect ideas and requests of users of the beta version with improvements to the user interface, and the ways in which adjustments are applied, for example, to white balance. Support for RAW images captured with the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera, which was announced today, has also been added. The improved Picture Control system, when working with Capture NX-D, allows for direct adjustments to images captured with the D810 and earlier Nikon cameras.

We also plan to effectively update software functions for better image processing and operation in response to many requests, including the addition of an automatic retouch brush.

Overview (Official Version, Ver. 1.0)

Product name:
Capture NX-D
Release date:
July 15 (Tuesday), 2014
Download URL:

http://nikonimglib.com/ncnxd/
*available on or after July 15, 2014

Primary Features

Specialized for the development of RAW images with native development processing that makes the most of Nikon camera performance
Supports simple editing of JPEG and TIFF images
Floating palettes that are easy to use with a large monitor and multiple monitors
A variety of displays, including comparisons of multiple images and adjustment before-and-after images
Adoption of the sidecar file format, which records and saves adjustment information in a separate file

Capture NX-D System Requirements
Windows
OS:
Pre-installed version of Windows® 8.1/Pro/Enterprise, Windows® 7Home/Premium/Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate (Service Pack 1), or Windows Vista® Home/Basic/Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
*Compatible with 64- and 32-bit editions, respectively
*This software runs as a native 64-bit application under 64-bit operating systems.

Processor:
Pentium-compatible CPU (Core i5 or better recommended)
RAM (memory):

32-bit edition: 2 GB or more installed (4 GB or more recommended)
64-bit edition: 4 GB or more installed

Hard-disk space:

A minimum of 800 MB required for installation (2 GB or more recommended)

Screen resolution:

XGA (1024 x 768) or better (1920 x 1080 or more recommended)

Other:

Internet connection required
Supported image formats:

RAW (.NEF/.NRW) images created with Nikon digital cameras
JPEG and TIFF images created with Nikon digital cameras

Mac
OS:
OS X® versions 10.7.5, 10.8.5 or 10.9.2
64-bit support

Processor:
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo (Core i5 or better recommended)
RAM (memory):

4 GB or more installed

Hard-disk space:

A minimum of 800 MB required for installation (2 GB or more recommended)

Screen resolution:

XGA (1024 x 768) or better (1920 x 1080 pixels or more recommended)
Other:

Internet connection required
Supported image formats:

RAW (.NEF/.NRW) images created with Nikon digital cameras
JPEG and TIFF images created with Nikon digital cameras

*Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.
*Mac is a trademark or registered trademark of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.
*All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.

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Two become one with the Nikon D810

Nikon has introduced an upgrade for the D800 which sees a brand new sensor for the D810, along with a very wide native ISO range. Nikon claims that the camera produces the best image quality ever from a Nikon.It also features an EXPEED 4 image processor, and the same 51 point AF module as the top of the range D4S. Nikon says that the new camera is a result of consulting with professional photographers over which features they would like to see improved, including speed of shooting, ISO versatility and the minimization of internal vibrations for more stable shooting. The camera’s new sensor features 36.3 million pixels – this should make it better for resolving detail. According to Nikon, while the D800E used a weak version of an anti-aliasing (AA) filter, the D810 features no AA filter at all so detail resolution should be higher than the D800E. Sensitive A new ultra wide native ISO range is perhaps the key headline feature though. For the first time, the range starts at 64, for cleaner images in bright light. The native range stretches all the way up to ISO 12800, but it can be expanded down to ISO 32 and up to ISO 51200.Full HD video recording is of course included at frame rates of 50p/60p with Nikon claiming reduced noise, moire and false color in video files. Another new feature is the second generation Picture Control System, which gives you control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, clarity and saturation, both before and after shooting. Topping off the list of specs is a 3.2 inch, 1229k dot color tuned LCD screen, 7fps shooting, and Live View split-screen zoom. The Nikon D810 price will be £2699, approx $US 4,583, approx $AU 4,879 and it will be available from 17 July.

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Local area art news

NASHUA – In support of local area artists, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau has invited members of the Nashua Area Artists Association to participate in the “Artist of the Month” exhibit at City Hall. …
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Artist of the Month
NASHUA – In support of local area artists, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau has invited members of the Nashua Area Artists Association to participate in the “Artist of the Month” exhibit at City Hall.
The Artist of the Month for June and July is Mary Ellen Brown. She is a native New Englander now living in southern New Hampshire. She has studied Fine Art and digital photography at Salem State College, supplementing with classes at Montserrat College of Art. Having worked in oils, pastels, graphite, watercolor and digital photography, her focus is now centered on pastel painting, preferring a highly detailed realism as seen in still life. Brown is currently a member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of New Hampshire, the Nashua Area Artists Association, the Manchester Artist Association, the Greater Salem Artist Association, the Hollis Art Society, and the Chelmsford Art Society.
Brown has an extensive list of exhibits and awards, which can be found on her website, along with her artwork: maryellenbrown-fineart.com.
For more information on the “Artist of the Month” program, email nashuaartistsassoc@gmail.com or visit the NAAA website at www.nashuaareaartistsassoc.org.
‘STRETCH’
LOWELL, Mass. –“STRETCH,” the Brush Gallery Studio Artists’ annual exhibition, will be on display beginning Saturday, running through Aug. 3 at the Brush Gallery, 256 Market St. Gallery talk with the artists from 1-3 p.m. July 20. Information: thebrush.org.
‘Begin Anywhere’
LOWELL, Mass. – Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave., presents its new exhibit, “Begin Anywhere,” from July 2-27. An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, July 5.
“Begin Anywhere” showcases the creative work of Sonja Lee-Austin and Linda B. Dunn. The exhibit features mixed media works from both artists, using fabric, photography, and found objects in new ways.
“The title of the exhibit reflects the sense of adventure that I feel when I start a new piece of artwork,” said Lee-Austin. “I can ‘begin anywhere’ with a piece; sometimes I start with a photograph that inspires me, and sometimes I start with rummaging through textiles and random art supplies I have collected.”
“I hope the title of the exhibit suggests to the viewer that each moment has potential,” said Dunn. “I tell my students: Dive in. Step past fear and just start.” Dunn uses fabric in a painterly way, altering and combining it with photos, text, dye and paint. Her work often starts with objects that have been left behind.
The Loading Dock Gallery is open noon-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

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‘Green is Gold’ nature-inspired art
LOWELL, Mass. – The Loading Dock Gallery, 122 Western Ave., presents “Green is Gold: Chromatic Landscapes,” running through Sunday.
Nature: it is where beauty abounds, and you are invited to stroll into the Loading Dock Gallery during the month of June and enter a celebration of the beautiful world we live in. With “Green is Gold: Chromatic Landscapes,” Levesque brings you an insightful tribute that shows this beauty and reflects the energy, vibrancy, playfulness and absolute power that Mother Nature holds.
“Art is a very innate expression for human beings (and that) creativity is as natural as breathing and as essential,” she said.
Levesque will donate a portion of her profits to a nonprofit to ensure some of the proceeds go toward planting trees.
‘Pallet Habitat’ at Sharon Arts Center
PETERBOROUGH – “Pallet Habitat,” an installation of animal paintings created with reclaimed pallet wood, markers and house paint by artist Chad Creighton, will be on exhibit through June 28 at the Sharon Arts Center Members Gallery, 30 Grove St.
Information: nhia.edu/chad-creighton.
‘Through the Artists’ Eyes’
The work of Larry Donovan and Aline Lotter will be on exhibit through June 28 at East Colony Fine Art, 44 S. Commercial St. Information: 621-7400 or eastcolony.com.
Solo exhibit at Stella Blu
NASHUA – Nashua Area Artists’ Association member Sandra Peters has a solo art exhibit hanging at Stella Blu American Tapas restaurant, 70 E. Pearl St. The exhibit runs through the end of June.
Alcohol inks and pet photography exhibit
HOLLIS – Artist Alene Sirott-Cope will have a solo exhibit of her alcohol inks and pet photographs at the Hollis Library, 2 Monument Square, through July 10.
“My art has evolved many times in a variety of mediums,” said the artist. “My newest venture involves alcohol inks. I love the vivid colors and the reaction of the inks when they combine. They take on a life of their own and are quite serendipitous. The outcome is similar to watercolors but can be painted on many different substrates. I use these inks a lot for pet portrait backgrounds.”
Alcohol Inks, a fairly recent form of art medium was recognized as a scrapbooking tool, but is now utilized in fine art. Alene teaches workshops in order to introduce this unique form of paint to others who are not familiar with it’s impromptu properties. For more information, visit alene-sirottcope.fineartamerica.com.
ArtWalk event registration open
NASHUA – Artist registration for this year’s ArtWalk Weekend is now open, with registration deadline being July 31.
Registration fee is $35, $15 for students/emerging artists, and includes a year membership in City Arts Nashua. Sign up by June 30 and the fees are $25 and $15.
Registration is opening earlier this year so that participants can benefit from an extensive publicity campaign for ArtWalk Weekend. Each artist will be featured on Facebook; CAN is working with the City to develop a wayfinding GIS system, on their website and a mobile app, showing each venue with the artists and their work at each site; announcements are planned on all online calendars and event sites; a printed map of ArtWalk venues listing the artists will be available to downtown businesses and restaurants a month before the event; newspaper and magazine articles are planned, as well as posters, lawn signs and banners and flags downtown.
This year on its 10th anniversary, City Arts Nashua is presenting ArtWalk Weekend on Oct. 17-19, with a focus on the arts, entertainment and food.
A Fancy Friday fundraiser is scheduled on the evening of Oct. 17.
Open studios, art exhibition and sales are Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m., perfect timing for visitors to shop locally for holiday season gifts.
To register for ArtWalk Weekend, visit www.cityartsnashua.org. Online and mail-in registration options are available.
For more information, contact Artist Coordinator Bonnie Guercio at bonnie.guercio@cityartsnashua.org.
Exhibit: ‘Abstract & Modernism’
MILFORD – New Hampshire Antique Co-op will present “Abstract & Modernism: 1950s to Today,” an exhibit and sale of paintings by artists representative of this post-war cultural and artistic movement, through Aug. 31 in their Upstairs Gallery, 323 Elm St. Information: nhantiquecoop.com.

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Winners of the NYIP Photography Courses Announced

A Post By: Darlene Hildebrandt

The Winners of the NYIP Photography Courses Are:

A BIG thank you to everyone who entered our recent contest to win one of three photography courses from our friends at NYIP.The response was terrific with over 650 entries. In fact, it was so great that the team at NYIP decided to offer a special 15% discount off any of the courses (details below).
But first – here are the three winners of the Complete Course in Professional Photography:

Shannon Moseley
Douglas Quintanilla
DoctorDW
A Message from NYIP (and a 15% discount)
Wow! Here at NYIP we were thrilled with the quality and the quantity of the responses we received for this contest. As always, the dPS community came out in full force looking for quality photography education. Unfortunately, not everyone can win. But for those of you who did not win, we’d like to extend a special discount on the NYIP course of your choice.
The discount code ‘BU3′ can be used when you enrol online, or by phone, to take 15% off either payment plan on any of NYIP’s courses. Simply get started by visiting www.nyip.edu.
Thanks again for all the wonderful submissions,The NYIP Team
The winners of this contest were chosen by the Admissions Team at the New York Institute of Photography based on how well the commenters understood NYIP’s programs and how NYIP could help them as photographers. All three winners will be emailed by our team to collect contact information and notified by NYIP with details of how to collect their prize.

Thanks again to everyone for entering and to NYIP for sponsoring this competition.

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