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Free Event On Metadata in NYC 6/22/2009-Registration Required

I just noticed that this event is happening this evening in New York City and I thought I’d share the info. It looks to be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the importance of metadata. I know a number of the presenters and consider them to be true experts in the field.

Presenters include:

David Riecks
Allen Murabayashi
Chris Owyoung
Lou Manna
Garfield Hall

Below is some of the text from the event promo that was sent to me:

getMETAsmart NEW YORK!

June 22 / 4:45 to 9:00pm
School of the Visual Arts Theatre, 333 W. 23rd Street.

Please note that the new SVA theatre is located between 8th and 9th Ave on 23rd at the previous Clearview Cinema, not the amphitheater on the east side.

Register now at

This is a free event with reservations accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Register now to ensure your place and in order to be eligible for drawings of valuable software and services from Adobe, Microsoft, Camera Bits and Photoshelter.

Are you meta-smart?
If you create, distribute or use digital photos, you’d better be!

To protect your copyrights … To make money licensing photography … To smooth your workflow … To track image use … To find images you need … To find them again … You need to understand and use photo metadata.

We can help.

The Stock Artists Alliance, partnered with the Library of Congress and supported by industry partners, is on a mission to promote industrywide use of standard photo metadata in every digital image file.

Join us for at this free evening event and learn how to make metadata work for you to better protect your copyrights, support your licensing efforts, smooth your workflow, and better manage your digital assets.

We’ll show you why a meta-smart workflow is so critical, and share best practices, methods, and tips that make it easy to embed metadata.

These events are free but space is limited so reserve your place now!

About The Stock Artists Alliance

The Stock Artists Alliance is the only trade association focused on the business of stock photography. Learn more about SAA at

Update: I just noticed that the event is part of a series that has been occuring in other cities, with the following two remaining:


Special Presentation in NYC by Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith-1/21/2009

I just came across this special free event being held on January 21, 2009. I’ve had an opportunity to hear Matthew Jordan Smith speak at the PhotoPlus Expo in NYC and I’ve seen his fantastic work in his book, Sepia Dreams: A Celebration of Black Achievement Through Words and Images.


Below is the text describing the event (from Foto Care’s website):

Join us on January 21st for a special presentation by fashion photographer Matthew Jordan Smith at Splashlight Studios. You will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on learning experience to improve your knowledge of lighting techniques and image workflow using Phase One Capture One and Microsoft Expression Media.

Matthew will share beauty lighting techniques used for clients such as Olay and Pantene. He will also share fashion tips he has learned shooting editorials such as those seen in American Vogue, Brides Magazine, People and Essence, and in his appearances on America’s Next Top Model. See how a Pro sets up the shot and uses workflow software to inspire creativity and create stunning images.

Splashlight Studios SOHO
One Hudson Square
75 Varick St., Third Floor
New York, NY 10013

Date and Times:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
3:00pm – 5:30pm or
6:30pm – 9:00pm Cost: Free

Space is limited,
or call (212) 741-2990 to register

Related Links

The Matthew Jordan Smith Experience website

Matthew Jordan Smith‘s blog (ed. note: this blog offers a wonderful look behind the scenes with a great photographer. For example, he recently uploaded photos showing his lighting on location, as well as many photos from a trip to India a few years ago.)

Matthew Jordan Smith on (Icons Online)
(ed. note: another fantastic group of images, plus a Q&A with Matthew Jordan Smith and short video segments about different experiences he’s had over his career.)

Adobe Systems Announces Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 & Adds Many New Features

After just over a year since its initial beta release, Adobe® Systems today announced that Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom™ 1.0 software is now available for pre-order, and will ship in mid-February 2007.


The current Lightroom beta will expire on February 28, 2007, and continues to be available for download here.

I’ve used every Lightroom beta version since its initial release, and after seeing a demo of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 on a press conference call, I observed and learned of a number of improvements to the most recent Photoshop Lightroom beta version 4. Here are nine:

1. A range of preview resolutions and preview quality settings for images in the catalog can now be selected via a preference pane. This is significant because after importing, if files are archived and then deleted from your system, you will still see a preview of the images, but you will now be able to set both the preview size and resolution to one of a few different options. This can help to reduce the size of the Lightroom Previews file that is stored on your hard drive.

2. There are new advanced keywording tools with better funtionality.

3. The new Key Metadata Browser adds a color label and pick/reject system to help sort and locate photographs faster.

4. New to the Develop module are Virtual Copies and Snapshot tools to help present multiple versions of the same image without having to save separate versions.

5. XMP data can be shared between Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop Lightroom 1.0. I look forward to learning more about exactly what type of data can be shared, since Adobe Camera Raw’s adjustment options are slightly different than those in Lightroom 1.0.

6. Upon import from external media (such as a CF card), two destinations can be designated which means that the same data can be copied to two separate places. This can save time compared with manually backing up data to another folder or hard drive.

7. Non-destructive clone and healing capability across one or multiple images.

8. Lightrom 1.0 has the ability to stack groups of images for better sorting capability.

9. A new Hue, Saturation and Luminance targeted adjustment tool for precise and image edits. This is especially interesting, especially for reducing saturation on specific colors, and for better control over image conversions from color to black and white.

It’s also important to note that in additon to supporting over 150 native camera raw file formats, Lightroom 1.0 (and the previous beta versions) can also be used to adjust and edit DNG, JPG, TIFF and PSD file formats non-destructively.


Lightroom 1.0 Library view (courtesy Adobe Systems Inc.)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 is a Universal Binary application that will run natively on PowerPC and new Intel-based Macintosh systems (OS10.4.3 or higher), as well as Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2. According to an Adobe representative, this version is not certified for Microsoft Windows Vista. It will run, though CD/DVD burning is not yet functional. When a Windows Vista certified update becomes available, it will be offered to Lightroom 1.0 owners at no additional cost.

The special introductory price to US and Canadian customers is US$199 through the Adobe Store, and will be available at that price through April 30, 2007. After April 30, Photoshop Lightroom will sell for an estimated street price of US$299. Teachers and students may purchase Lightroom 1.0 for $99 and for full details, visit this page.

The French and German-language versions will debut at the special introductory price of €174 (not including VAT). After June 28, 2007, the normal retail price of €249 (not including VAT) will come into effect. The Japanese-language version will debut at ¥22,000 (not including tax). After July 23, 2007, the normal retail price of ¥32,000 (not including tax) will come into effect. Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 will not be bundled or packaged with any version of Photoshop CS.

On a related note, Adobe released a beta version of Photoshop CS3 on December 14, 2006. To download the Photoshop CS3 beta, visit this page.


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