Category Archives for "NEWS"

News: HP exhibitions & events at PhotoPlus Expo 2006 in NYC

HP has a number of interesting exhibitions and presentations planned at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo, being held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City November 2-4, 2006.

Hplogo Ppe2006-3

HP and CARE “I Am Powerful” Exhibit – Booth #141
Throughout PhotoPlus, HP and CARE will showcase an exhibit of images of women from around the world, called “I Am Powerful.” The exhibit displays the power of women to act as catalysts for change. All images are printed on the new HP Designjet Z Photo Printer Series.



Friday, November 3 – 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Magnum photographer Martin Parr will share his distinctive vision, show images and host an exhibition of recent work.

HP Galleries – Seminar Hall 1E/Level 1

Two HP Galleries will showcase the work of Magnum Photographer Martin Parr, including the PDN30 2006 selection. All images are printed on the HP Designjet Z3100 Photo Printer series or HP Photosmart Pro B9180 Photo Printer.

HP sponsored seminars and portfolio reviews:

·Portfolio Reviews from the Santa Fe Workshop for Photography
Saturday, November 4, 2:00PM – 6:00PM
1E Seminar Hall, Level 1; Rooms 1E15/1E16

·Seasons of Change; How to Survive Shooting Nature
Thursday, November 2, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

·Strategies for the Young Working Photographers (PDN30)
Saturday, November 4, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

·First Impressions: Selling Yourself in 20 Minutes
November 4, 9:00AM – 11:00AM

HP Technology Showcase – Booth #1104
At the HP technology showcase, the new HP Designjet Z3100 and Z2100 Photo Printer will be shown in action.

For more information visit HP at, Care at, and the PhotoPlus Expo at

The direct link for special event information is here:

I’ll be attending the PhotoPlus Expo conference all three days and look forward to seeing a lot of my longtime friends, and meeting many new people there.

Seminar/Workshop Announcements: Kevin Ames Workflow tour and PhotoPlus seminars

I’ve know Kevin Ames for many years and consider him both a friend, and a great instructor. His years of experience using Photoshop for his commercial and personal work, along with his straightforward teaching style combine to make his events worth attending. I attended one of his day-long Blue Pixel seminars last year in Washington, D.C. and thought that he offered a lot of good advice about Photoshop and overall workflow.

Kevin Ames

Blue Pixel Pro Digital Workflow Tour


Kevin is currently traveling across the USA on the Blue Pixel Pro Digital Workflow Tour. Seven cities have already been completed on this tour, and the following nine cities remain:

San Diego, CA 11/12/06
Seattle, WA 11/19/06
Phoenix, AZ 12/03/06
Miami, FL 12/10/06
Chicago, IL 01/07/07
Los Angeles, CA 01/14/07
Baltimore, MD 01/28/07
San Jose, CA 02/04/07
New York, NY 02/11/07
For more information or to register, visit

Kevin Ames at the PhotoPlus Expo 2006

Kevin Ames will also host three hands-on workshops for digital photographers of all levels at PhotoPlus Conference & Expo 2006, being held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City November 2-4, 2006.


Each session is two-hours, and the seminar descriptions are listed below:

Lighting without Lights: This session reveals the secrets of Photoshop’s new Merge to HDR feature. Attendees will learn the photographic techniques that make lighting without lights possible, as well as the ins and outs of working in High Dynamic Range. Thursday, November 2, 1-3 p.m.

Understanding and Using Lighting for Digital Photographers: This dynamic session explains and demonstrates how to light a professional model. Attendees will discover how to recognize and understand the qualities of light and how to control contrast. Saturday, November 4, 1-3 p.m.

Using Apple’s Aperture with Photoshop CS2: This session will show attendees the latest in RAW pre-production image processing featuring Aperture, Apple’s new pro photographic software. Ames shows that prepping your RAW files on a Mac just got a whole lot easier! Saturday, November 4, 3:45-5:45 p.m.

“By hosting these workshops along with Blue Pixel’s Pro Digital Workflow seminar series around the country, I am giving digital photographers a chance to learn and enhance their own techniques,” said Ames….I hope to illustrate how to apply these techniques creatively to get the visualized images of the mind’s eye out into the world for others to see and enjoy.”

For more information or to register, visit

Kevin is also the author of a number of outstanding books related to Photoshop and Digital Photography, which you can find here.

News: A look at the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and Epson Print Academy Dates Added

Epson America, Inc. recently announced the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 inkjet printer. I had an opportunity to see the printer in New York City, along with an impressive gallery of images printed on the Stylus Pro 3800 from Epson Stylus Pros, a group of very talented photographers whose work is often seen hanging in Epson’s booth at trade shows. This printer is a major breakthrough with regard to image quality, printer weight and overall footprint. The printer uses a new dithering algorithm that produces very small dots. I recommend seeing actual prints to see how prints compare to previous Epson printers, or printers from Canon, HP or other companies. Here are a few specs worth mentioning:


>Weight: 43.2 pounds; Dimensions: 27.0 x 15.0 x 10.0 inches

>5.5 minute print speed for a 16×20 inch print in high–speed (bi-directional) mode at 1440 dpi.&#38

>8-color UltraChrome K3 pigment inks in 80ml pressurized carts, with a wide color gamut and expected print longevity of 100-200 years or longer (based on initial testing by

>Automatic switching between Matte and Photo Black inks, with minimal ink usage when making the switch (1.5 to 4.5ml total, depending upon whether the change is from Photo to Matte Black or vice-versa)

>Monochrome printing with the Epson Advanced Black and White mode (and three black inks) produces very even-toned prints, with the ability to adjust toning dramatically in the driver

>A top-loading high capacity feeder can hold up to 120 sheets, from 4×6 to 17×22 inches; a second top-loading manual sheet feeder is optimized for fine-art papers; and a front straight-through manual sheet feeder allows for single sheet loading of media up to 1.5mm

>Two standard connectivity options: USB 2.0 and Ethernet

For more information, visit Epson’s website.
Expected to start shipping November, 2006

Price: $1295. Visit for a good tech overview or to order the Epson Stylus Pro 3800.

Pabnr187X80 R2

Epson also recently announced an expanded schedule for the Epson Print Academy. They’ve added three new cities: Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Atlanta and they are returning to Los Angeles and New York. Both the Track One and Track Two programs will feature the Stylus Pro 3800 printer. I wrote a comprehensive review of my experience at the New York Epson Print Academy for The Imaging Buffet here.

Below is the expanded schedule:
October 28: Phoenix
November 11: Salt Lake City
December 2: Atlanta
January 20: Los Angeles/Orange County
January 28: New York City

For more information or to sign up, visit the Epson Print Academy website.