Friday
Oct
2007
19

Epson’s Unofficial Response to Jeff’s Paper Size Rant

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Last week, Epson announced their groundbreaking new Signature Worthy Exhibition Fiber Art paper, and after I wrote about it here on the blog, Jeff Revell (Over at the popular Jeff’s Photo Gallery Blog), did a post (he called it a rant), about Epson’s choice of only offering European paper sizes here in the U.S. (you can read Jeff’s rant right here).

Once we got our hands on the paper (and totally freaked out), I invited Epson’s Dan Steinhardt (everybody knows him as “Dano”), down to shoot a special segment for Photoshop User TV (you know this has to be some incredible paper to do a special segment on it. In fact, we’ve NEVER done a segment on paper, but this warrants it).

Anyway, Dano happened to mention that he read Jeff’s comments and had an “unofficial” response, so here it is in Dano’s unofficial words.

“My understanding is that the paper sizes are not European, but are ISO worldwide standards that are based on the Metric system. It’s also my understanding that Canada and the US are the only two regions in the world that don’t use the ISO worldwide standard, probably because it’s metric, and we like our feet in inches. Tradtional photograpy sizes (8×10, etc.) are all based on the aspect ratio of a view camera, so you could gang up, on a contact sheet, four 4×5 negatives and contact them onto one sheet of 8×10, and then 16×20 was the correct aspect from 4×5, to 8×10, to 16×20, etc.

11×14 is probably the exception, and I think it was based on the 5×7 view camera, but that’s 10×14, so it doesn’t quite work. The majority of people today work in a 35mm aspect ratio (which is 24×36), which means you have to crop to 16×20, or 8×10. There are many people who think the ISO sizes are closer to the aspect ratio of a 35mm frame, and what we see is, an almost equal number of people who like the new sizes, to those who prefer the North American photography sizes. So, while Epson is looking at bringing out traditional North American photography sizes, there are a growing number of people who prefer the new sizes. But we certainly recogize the installed base of pre-made frames, and storage boxes, and while Epson is not getting into the framing business, there might be an opportunity there for somebody.”

OK, there you have it: the totally unofficial take from Dano. Hey, that’s good enough for me.

Thursday
Oct
2007
18

One More From Cape Cod

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Here’s one more for this week’s DLWS workshop in Cape Cod.

I have to say, the DLWS experience is really like no other. Although it’s absolutely a first-rate, professionally produced from top-to-bottom workshop, it somehow maintains a really fun, “you’re one of the family” feel, that is really unique to them. It takes the whole workshop to another level, and it reminds of the same feeling you get at Photoshop World—where there’s this buzz that runs through the whole event.

I have to give the credit to Moose Peterson and his organization, because from the moment you walk through the workshop door, you know that they’re really passionate about what they do, and how committed they are to making sure you get the most out of the workshop. My thanks to Moose, Sharon, Joe McNally, and Laurie Excell for their hospitality, and for sharing what they’ve learned so willingly with us all. :)

Thursday
Oct
2007
18

It’s PhotoPlus Expo Day in NYC (and some Thursday News Stuff)

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Today I’m up in New York City for the PhotoPlus Expo, which starts today and runs through Saturday. I’ll be doing a few sessions in the “Kelby Training” booth on the show floor today, so if you’re up in NYC for the show, make sure you stop by and check out my portrait retouching sessions. , and I’ll be checking out the latest gear, and reporting back on anything really slick I run across. I’ll be dangerously close to B&H Photo, so I fully expect to come back with a lighter wallet. :)

Now, onto some Thursday News Stuff:

  • Derrick Story has a great interview with Photoshop Elements Product Manager Mark Dalm (who is really a terrific guy, with a really engaging personality—the kind of guy you’d hope was managing a product as important as Elements), over at this Digital Story Podcast, and if you want the full scoop on what’s new in Photoshop Elements 6, make sure you check this out (click here).
  • Our man Corey Barker (The Photoshop Lad), will be teaching some sessions at the Voices That Matter Web Design Conference coming up next week on Oct. 22-25, 2007 at the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco. Corey is a brilliant teacher (if you’ve ever seen him on Layers TV you already know that), and he’ll be teaching sessions on a number of different topics, and the whole conference looks like it will be just an amazing experience. Click here for more info.
  • If you’re interested in photography copyright issues or photography and the law, you’ve got to listen to episode #71 of “The Digital Photography Show,” as it features a fascinating interview with Carolyn Wright, The Photo Attorney. Here’s the link.
  • Don’t forget; I’ll be in Tampa on October 30th for my only Florida stop this year on my “Lightroom Live Tour.” It’s $99 for the full day, or if you’re a NAPP member, it’s only $79. I hope I’ll see you there (here’s the link to what I cover in the class).

That it for this morning. More to report tomorrow. Have a great Thursday everybody! :)

Wednesday
Oct
2007
17

The ”Before” Photo

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Thanks to msacks and wade who both posted comments asking if they could see the “before” untouched shot of the house image (shown above–click for a larger view), to see how the Seven Point System was applied to create the final image posted yesterday.

I also think it’s helpful to see the “before” windows (the open windows I covered), and the large truck and the DLWS van on the sides, which I had to clone out, though the edge vignette effect (which is also included in the Seven Point book, even though it’s not one of the “Seven Points”), did help to minimize distraction around the edges of the image, too.

Thanks again to msacks and wade for the suggestion. :)

Wednesday
Oct
2007
17

The First Two iPhone Book Winners

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I’m back in the office now, and happy to announce the first two winners of the “iPhone Book-a-day” giveway. They are:

Monday – Day 1: Jonathan Perez
Tuesday – Day 2: Chris Kennedy

I have no idea where these two fine people are from, because we don’t ask for address information until you’ve won (so we can ship you the book). We’ll ship the books (or the iPhone itself), to any country. Also, if you win one of the “iPhone Book a Day” contests, you’re still in the running for the grand prize on the 10th day. Thanks for entering, and good luck everybody!

Wednesday
Oct
2007
17

Catch My Interview on Inside Digital Photo

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Inside Digital Photo radio has just posted an in-depth radio interview with me about my new Photoshop 7-point-system, and a whole bunch of other stuff (It was one of the most fun interviews I’ve done, because after a short while, the host Scott Shepard and I kind of forgot it was an interview, and it turned into two buddies talking on the phone, and we talked about my Canon experience, and Nikon stuff, and iPhone stuff, and well…you name it). Here’s the link. 

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