CS5 Announced

Adobe Announces Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software, must-have releases of the professional industry standard for digital imaging. With millions of users celebrating the product’s 20th anniversary this year, Photoshop CS5 builds upon a rich history of innovation and leadership with groundbreaking features and performance gains that boost creativity and workflow efficiency. Packing in more technological advancements from Adobe Labs than any other release and incorporating enhancements to everyday tasks requested by the Photoshop community, the software has greater intelligence and awareness of the content within images, allowing for complex and magical manipulation in just a few clicks. Here are a few of the key features:

  • New selection technologies and tools—including Truer Edge technology, color decontamination, and selection and mask refinement tools—that allow photographers to fine-tune specific areas within an image
  • Content-Aware Fill that automatically fills in the space when you remove an image element
  • Superior HDR imaging with HDR Pro featuring automatic ghost removal and greater control with tone mapping and adjustments
  • Automated correction of lens distortions, chromatic aberration, vignetting, and more
  • Improved raw conversions and state-of-the-art raw photographic noise removal, additive grain, post-crop vignetting, and more—plus support for JPEGs, TIFFs, and over 275 proprietary raw formats—with Adobe Camera Raw 6. Easily add grain to make a digital photo look more organic or film-like. Enjoy more control when performing post-crop vignetting and even save favorite vignettes as presets. And sharpen images with better results and finer control over details.
  • Precise recomposing or repositioning of any photo element for a more visually appealing result with easy-to-use Puppet Warp
  • Natural and realistic painting with the Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips, which let you easily change a photograph into a painting or create unique artistic effects
  • The integrated Lab B&W action for an easy and interactive way to convert color images; create gorgeous HDR black-and-whites with greater ease and speed; and take advantage of new black-and-white presets
  • An accelerated workflow with faster performance with GPU-enabled cropping, powerful new selection technology, integrated Adobe® Mini Bridge for faster file browsing, and cross-platform 64-bit support
  • Improved integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® for a complete photography solution

Pricing

Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS5 Extended. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies and pricing, please visit www.adobe.com/go/photoshop.

Learn More

Visit AdobeTV to see videos highlighting the new Photoshop CS5 feaures. Go to http://tv.adobe.com/product/photoshop/

Attend one or both live eSeminars on Photoshop CS5 delivered by Photoshop Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes.

May 6  10am P.T.

What’s New in Photoshop CS5

Learn how Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 software redefines the state of the art with a strong focus on photography; breakthrough painting and selection capabilities; and a wide range of workflow and performance enhancements. You’ll see the creativity and productivity enhancements that were requested by passionate Photoshop users.

Register at: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=851960&loc=en_us
May 27  10am P.T.

Photoshop CS5 for Photographers

See how Photoshop CS5 gives photographers a set of breakthrough tools to help you refine your images and get superior results faster than ever before. This seminar highlights key features and the reasons why Photographers should consider upgrading to Photoshop CS5.

Register at: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=851960&loc=en_us

Boulder Digital Arts announces Transitions certificate program

BOULDER, COLO. — APRIL 16, 2010 — A new series of intensive one-week certificate programs at Boulder Digital Arts is set to make the organization a national resource for digital professionals, students and other professionals looking to learn important new tools and techniques in web design, social media marketing, video production and other fields. The Transitions certificate program will debut June 7.

Boulder Digital Arts’ new Transitions certificate programs are taught by talented working professionals. The programs emphasize practical knowledge and skills over academics using a project-based learning approach that combines engaging lectures with hands-on practice. Every Transitions program has a clear, concise learning outcome for students. Most programs limit class size to eight students so the instructor can engage and help each student.

Offered in Boulder Digital Arts’ state-of-the-art classroom in the organization’s new 3,000-square-foot site at 1600 Range St., the Transitions classes deepen and expand the curriculum Boulder Digital Arts has offered over its six-year history. Transitions students will have access to cutting-edge software and tools, and receive personal mentoring from other digital professionals.

The first Transitions class, a one-week Digital Photography certificate program, runs Monday, June 7, to Friday, June 11. Other scheduled Transitions classes include:

Web Design, June 14-18

Video Production, June 21-25

Web Marketing and Social Media, June 28-July 2

Video Post-Production, July 19-23

The classes are geared toward out-of-town visitors as well as local professionals. Boulder Digital Arts has negotiated with local vendors to offer discounted accommodations and other services to Transitions participants. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include a catered lunch. Students will also have access to personal mentoring from Boulder Digital Arts instructors from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

“This new program is a huge leap forward for Boulder Digital Arts,” co-founder Bruce Borowsky said of the new space. “People who spend a week in the Transitions classroom with our top-notch mentors will leave Boulder Digital Arts with a new set of skills and a grasp of the most important technological trends of the day. We believe they’ll feel more vital and energized about how they incorporate technology into their careers, and people will come to Boulder from all over the country once they find out how exciting these programs are.”

Boulder Digital Arts co-founders Bruce Borowsky and Zach Daudert launched the organization in 2004 to offer low-cost, high-impact training in digital tools and new technology. Boulder is an important hub of the digital world, allowing Boulder Digital Arts to leverage top-notch instructors and provide education in cutting-edge subjects and ideas. Borowsky, a Boulder Chamber of Commerce board member, has been a producer at People Productions in Boulder for more than 10 years. During that time he has worked on a wide variety of projects for both corporate and commercial clientele, not only as producer and director but also as cameraman, lighting director and editor. Daudert is a technology strategist, Web developer and filmmaker. He started his career as a video editor in the mid 1990s and moved into Web and mobile development when it became too interesting to ignore and promised a seemingly unlimited source of curiosity and experiments in the early 2000s.

About Boulder Digital Arts (BoulderDigitalArts.com)

Located at 1600 Range St., Boulder Digital Arts is a one-stop community resource for digital artists, creative professionals and students in film/video, interactive media, photography, music and the Web. Boulder Digital Arts offers a range of resources that embrace contemporary technology, particularly where it intersects with creative expression, including affordable training, a free online directory, Digital Salon series, free networking and special events and discounted access to tools and technology. The organization’s trainers are professionals and educators who bring a wealth of experience and know how to each training program.

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Moab Photo Symposium

I’m presenting three sessions at the Moab Photo Symposium in late April. Organizers have put together a fantastic schedule… check it out:

WPPI Tuesday

Here’s a rundown of what I checked out at WPPI today:

LowePro Pro Roller x200 – a two-in one suitcase and camera backpack that splits into separate parts as needed for carryon vs. checked bags. The outer bag has an official TSA lock, plus a screw mount for a makeshift tripod or accessory in the extendable suitcase handle! (Clever, but maybe not entirely practical.) More details on the x200 >

Another camera bag I tried out was the Tamrac 5770 Velocity 10x. This is one of those “sling” type bags, that rides on your back, but unlike backpacks, has only one strap. This allows you to swing it around from front to back when you need to pull out your camera. I think of this like a hybrid car – not really perfect in all situations, but great in specific situations. After trying out this pack I still prefer a backpack for longer hikes and a shoulder bag for quick access. That said, I like what Tamrac is doing with their designs. Their part of the photo market – carrying camera gear – is really competitive, and new companies are competing head-to-head with established ones, because — at least in my mind — there really is no perfect camera pack for all situations. For what it does, I like the Tamrac 5770 Velocity a lot.

By far the most compelling backpack I tried on was the Think Tank Streetwalker Pro. It’s the right size, the right weight, the right design, at the right price. I like that it will hold my camera with my longest lens attached. And if needed, it will hold two bodies plus several lenses. This is the next camera backpack I will buy. But I admit that I — like many other photographers — am a compulsive camera bag buyer, so this will certainly not be the last.

Hahnemuhle papers has announced a new partnership with Harman papers, and the new product looks great. I’m always surprised and glad when inkjet paper takes big steps forward in quality, longevity and price. These new papers excel in all three areas. This partnership was just announced this week, so details are still sketchy online, but I’ve seen the product and it’s worth keeping up with.

I spent some time at the Tamron booth looking at their new lineup of AF lenses. Although my bag currently contains only Canon L-glass, mainly because I use full-frame dSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II, I’ve used Tamron lenses for years and I like them a lot. In many ways, I believe they are the leading lens company in the business, but explaining that would take more effort than I can muster at the moment. After shooting with them just on the show floor, I can say the 17-50 and 28-270 VC (vibration control) lenses are great quality lenses, at great prices. I think these two lenses represent enormous potential on the road. They are fast, light and produce really sharp photos. I would like to pair these Tamron lenses with the Canon 50D or 7D. More work with them in the field would be necessary to confirm the performance, of course, and reading more reviews would help, but at this point I would have no hesitation buying either of these lenses for APS-C sensor cameras.

I next met with Ron Henry, the inventor and founder of Black Rapid. Like camera packs, I’ve tried all kinds of straps … and at this point, I believe Black Rapid is it for me. Not to get too geeky, but Black Rapid represents the best of innovative thinking and development (my words, not theirs). This is stuff that works. But… straps and products that you wear on your body are things you have to try for yourself to find out if you like the feel and function of them. And just for women – Black Rapid has developed a unique strap coming into the market very soon. Stay tuned!

Then I looked at music. Well, listened to music. And looked into buying some. Adding music to photo presentations is something that lots of wedding, portrait and event photographers have needed for a long time. But I’m a travel/scenic photographer, so what do I care about music? Well, since you asked 😉 these days I’m thinking a lot more about creating “experiences” with my photography. Slideshows with music present lots better than without. And my work has started to include video. Remember the term “multimedia”? This is where photography is headed. “Experiential” was a touch-word I heard a lot at this show. So, I’m thinking about how music can add to my visual art. The best solution I saw at this show was Triple Scoop Music. One of the owners and co-founders, and an accomplished musician, Ali Handal, explained it to me: basically, you find a song you like, you pay $60 to license it for life, and you can use it in any media except broadcast (for which you’d just need to call them to work out the fee). I listened to lots of their music, in all genres and from all kinds of artists, and it was really good. Definitely worth looking into.

After checking out all those products, I was ready for some real education. I got lucky and stopped by the Canon booth just in time for a great presentation by Bruce Dorn called “The Moving Portrait” about shooting video with modern dSLRs. Really great stuff. I also saw demos by Bruce and his Canon Explorers of Light fellow Hanson Fong about using Canon Speedlight flashes in studio lighting. This is the kind of learning experience that makes spending time on the trade show floor really worth it.

Inspired by Bruce and his explanation of camera support for shooting video, I went over to the Induro booth. I’ve been using the Induro CX114 for several years and really like it. It’s sturdy, light and well-made. I think Induro tripods are a very good value. I was interested in a monopod for shooting video and found out about the CM25. Along with a fluid pan head, I think this will make a good mount for mobile video shooting.

Later in the Canon booth, I watched a fun and inspiring presentation by Photoshop Hall of Famer recipient Eddie Tapp. He demonstrated all kinds of creative photo editing techniques in Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.

Finally, to round out the day, I met and chatted with Jeff Payne, a regional Hasselblad rep I met at the booth for Pictureline, a camera and imaging retailer in Salt Lake City. Jeff invited me to demo the new Hasselblad H4D40 medium format digital camera system, which I did shortly thereafter. I’ll write about that exciting experience in a separate post.

Stay tuned!

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