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THE IMAGING BUFFET 001 – MAY 2006 ISSUE

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Letter from the Editor:

Welcome to The Imaging Buffet! I look forward to making this an informative and entertaining place for anyone with an interest in digital imaging, photography, music or motion pictures. Each monthly issue (delivered in the first 10 days of each month), will feature a podcast, with supporting text and links to items mentioned on the audio program. Later every month another podcast will be added in the form of a TV and/or movie review by Queen B, who plays my wife in real life.

There are so many photographers and other artists whom I’ve worked with and learned from over the years, and I would like to thank the many podcasters who have paved the way for me to be a part of this amazing communication method.

I especially would like to thank my whole family, and of course my wife, Queen B, who is also a part of the show and who has always supported my goals and dreams.

Sincerely,

Andrew Darlow
The Imaging Buffet

THE IMAGING BUFFET MENU – MAY 2006 ISSUE

APPETIZER: What The Buffet Is All About

FIRST COURSE: Interview With Harald Johnson

For our first show, I interviewed Harald Johnson, Author of Mastering Digital Printing 1st and 2nd Editions. Find Harald’s books here all on one page on Amazon.com. Also visit his informative website: https://www.DPandI.com (Digital Printing and Imaging).

Mentioned during the interview: The DigitalFineArt Yahoo! Groups newsgroup, one of the largest such newsgroups on the internet, founded by Harald Johnson, and nearing 7,000 members.

SECOND COURSE: Interview with Ruth Knoll

For our second course, I interviewed Ruth Knoll, The Original Photoshop Widow (and wife of Thomas Knoll), co-inventor of Photoshop, about the Photoshop Soup2Nuts Summer Event (June 23rd/24th, 2006): https://www.photoshopsoup2nuts.com (see post below for more info and links). Below is a link to a great online interview with both Ruth and Thomas Knoll about the event: https://tinyurl.com/o6a5d

DESSERT: Podcast Shoutouts & Recommendations

This is the part of the show where I say thank you to podcasters who I respect and whose shows I listen to regularly. I’m going in order of my iTunes podcast window, so the first is C.C Chapman’s Accident Hash (https://accidenthash.podshow.com) and the U-Turn Cafe (https://u-turncafe.podshow.com). C.C.’s podcasts are absolutely fantastic, with a mix of great independant music. C.C. just talks about his life as though the listener is in the same room with him, which makes it even more captivating.

He’s definitely a super cool home fry (listen and find out exactly what that means)!

THE TIP

iTunes Tip: Subscribe to Podcasts Faster & Easier

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Here’s a quick tip that I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere else (though it’s very possible that this tip has been published because it’s so simple). Have you ever tried to subscribe to multiple Podcasts in iTunes and found yourself going back and forth to the Podcast Directory after clicking on each podcast’s subscribe button? Instead, just double click on the Purple podcast icon in the iTunes Source Menu (circled in red).

Then click on the “Podcast Directory” link in the bottom of your Podcast menu (circled in blue). Then choose podcasts, one by one from the Directory, and they will be added to your list of podcasts, without forcing you to select the directory link each time. I like to place the windows side by side for maximum effectiveness.

AFTER DINNER MUSIC

In this first podcast, I played a phenomenal song that I first heard on Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code. It’s Kevin Reeves’ “Shine.” Check it out at https://music.podshow.com (search for Kevin Reeves). Or go directly to Kevin’s site, https://www.kevinreeves.net. Another one of his songs, Mother (also recently played on the Daily Source Code) is also fantastic.

Guest Survey

If you’d like, please let me know how your visit was to the Buffet by leaving comments in the comments section or by sending e-mail to imaging@andrewdarlow.com. Or, if you’re happy and you know it, call the Buffet comment/testimonial line at +1-206-98-HAPPY (+1-206-984-2779).

Please note: For general questions and comments, I will try to answer questions on the show. If you’d like to receive an estimate for consulting or image licensing, please send an e-mail to ad@andrewdarlow.com

Happy Imaging!

Andrew Darlow
The Imaging Buffet

>All text and photographs ©Andrew Darlow, all rights reserved. No portion may be used without permission from Andrew Darlow.

Happy 30th Apple Computer!

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Photographed at Macworld San Francisco

January, 2006 – Photo © Andrew Darlow

Congratulations to Apple Computer on reaching the big three-o! I’ve been a longtime user of Macs (since 1984, to be exact) and I was fortunate to have been at Macworld a few months ago to capture this moment. In the image, Steve Jobs, Apple Computer’s CEO is on stage talking about Apple turning thirty on April 1. In the photo, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak are shown together, with the words April 1, 1970 above them.

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Review by Andrew Darlow: The Epson Print Academy

Track 1 at The Epson Print Academy (Dallas, TX)

Image Courtesy Epson America-mouseover images for details

All photos shown were taken during the Epson Print Academies held in Miami, Chicago and Boston in 2006.

The Epson Print Academy traveling program has expanded into two new full-day presentations and is now in its third “season”. The Track One program is designed for Advanced Amateur photographers seeking to make prints just like the Pros from digital SLRs and Track Two is designed by professional for professionals to take their businesses to the next level. I attended the New York Epson Print Academy in February 2006 spent most of the day in Track Two, but I also visited Track One where Vincent Versace presented material such as sharpening and color to b&w conversions for printing extremely well, both live and through the use of projected video.

Gallery of Prints at the Epson Print Academy

Image Courtesy Epson America

In Track 2, Jeff Schewe described how a RGB to CYMK poster project was done from beginning to end using an Epson Stylus Pro 4800 and the ColorBurst RIP. The match from proof to the press sheet was excellent. John Paul Caponigro did a great job of explaining some of the ways he produces fine art prints using Photoshop techniques, and he also gave a number of links to a lot of additional info. Mac Holbert, co-founder of Nash Editions would also probably have attended, but he was receiving a much deserved Visionary Award at the PMA convention in Florida

R. Mac Holbert of Nash Editions during a demonstration on an Epson Stylus Pro 4800.

Image Courtesy Epson America

Noted author and color management expert Bruce Fraser and celebrity/fine-art photographer Greg Gorman added to the roster of well-known professionals. Greg Gorman printed four different versions of an image of Sharon Stone, which he originally shot in color, on an Epson Stylus Pro 4800. Being able to see four different prints, converted to black and white in different ways, in a large gti graphic technology color-correct viewing system was excellent. I agree with Greg Gorman’s comments about Epson’s Advanced Black and White printing technology built into the new Epson driver being a great tool for black and white output in the Epson Stylus Photo R2400, Stylus Pro 4800, 7800 and 9800 printers. In addition, Adobe Systems Pro Photography Evangelist George Jardine demonstrated Adobe’s new Lightroom software. It’s currently a public Beta, and is available for Mac users only, but a Windows version is coming later this summer. I like the software a lot, and it’s particularly good for making quick contact sheets from Raw files. You can download the free Beta2 version for Mac OSX at www.adobe.com.
There was also a mini-trade show during breaks made up of sponsors who attended, including Adobe, Lexar, nik software, Professional Graphics Systems & Services Inc., Light Impressions and others. I think the sponsors were very well suited to the audience. One of the companies, Solux, makes fantastic bulbs for home and gallery environments, and all the artwork on display (about 30 pieces) was lit with Solux bulbs.

Vendor area at the Epson Print Academy (Dallas, TX)

Image Courtesy Epson America

At one point I decided to walk from Greg Gorman’s live lecture to the other room, and when I arrived in the room for Track 1, Greg Gorman was on video doing different demos for the Track One audience! The cost of the full day Track One program is $49 if one registers at least 3 days prior to the event and $99 for Track 2 when using the discount code on the Print Academy’s home page. As of early April, about eight cities in the US and Canada remain on the schedule. The main website for the Epson Print Academy is here.

On a separate topic, information about the Epson Online Experience, which I highly recommend as well (even though the newest group of Epson UltraChrome K3 printers is not covered) can be found here. It is just $29.95 for 60 segments and just the segment which features a tour by legendary photographer Jay Maisel around his home and studio is worth the price of admission in my opinion! I think that both the Epson Print Academy and the Online Experience will help inspire and educate any photographer, regardless of whether or not you own an inkjet printer.

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