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Den Haag for Archiving 2010

This week, I have the honor of presenting a paper at the Archiving 2010 conference in Den Hague. I will be presenting original theories outlining data validationin practical image workflows. Specifically, the paper outlines the use of the DNG file format as a tool to protect the integrity of an image collection throughout the lifecycle of the image. It has been chosen as a focal paper for the conference, giving me a half hour to make an additional visual presentation before this very impressive group.

The paper, and my attendance at the conference has been made possible by ASMP and the dpBestflow project – thanks to both. (More info after the jump)

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Phase One Buys Expression Media

This probably won’t be a huge surprise for a lot of people. Over the last year, many people have asked me about the future of Expression Media. Unfortunately, all that I could say was to wait.  As of today, the first part of that waiting is over – Microsoft has sold Expression Media to Phase One, the Danish company that makes Phase One cameras and Capture One software.

I’m glad to see that the product will be moving to a company that is intensely focused on the photographer. Unlike Microsoft, Phase One only makes tools for photography. I hope this means that the software development will accelerate, and that it will move in new directions that are essential for the visual creator.

Phase One has some offers for existing Capture One and Expression Media customers :

Capture One owners can get a free copy of Expression Media.

Expression Media owners can get a free copy of Capture One.

iView owners can get a free copy of Expression Media 2 as well.

Here’s the Upgrade page.

Press Release here.

Still to Motion – Richard Harrington’s new book

It seems that nearly every photographer is at least dabbling with creating motion imagery, and they often ask the same questions. Richard Harrington has produced (yet again) an essential resource for this group.  Still to Motion is written for the still photographer moving into this new discipline, and explores a unbelievably large number of topics. You’ll get a perspective on storytelling and project approach, camera, lighting, support and computer equipment, and so much more.

The book tracks several different projects, and helps to illuminate the different approaches needed between a music video and a documentary.  The book included a DVD with finished examples of the case studies that the book tracks, and includes a lot of demo and project files for you to pluy with.

If you are a still photographer even considering working with motion, you will find this to be an essential resource. Buy it at Amazon.

As a bonus, the subject of the documentary and music video is Luke Brindley, one of our favorite up-and-coming singer songwriters in the DC area.

Camera Scanning Workshop in New Orleans

Richard Anderson and I will be doing a camera scanning workshop in New Orleans on the 28th of April (doors at 6:00 pm, program at 6:30). We will present techniques for creating reproduction-quality scans from film and negatives using a digital camera and inexpensive copy hardware.  The program is free, but space is limited, so sign up early if you are interested.

This program is brought to you by ASMP, the New Orleans Photo Alliance, The US Library of Congress’s NDIIPP program, and Microsoft.

Full announcement after the jump

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dpBestflow in San Francisco April 6

Fresh from the great Palm Springs Photo Festival, I’m about to board a plane for San Francisco (whith the whole family in tow, no less!). I’ll be presenting the dpBestflow material on Tuesday the 6th.  As usual for the ASMP-sponsored events, this is free, but you need to sign up in advance.  I’m told that we are nearing capacity, so sign up soon.

(Thanks again to Jeff Dunas and the PSPF for a great event.  And thanks to the Microsoft Icons of Imaging program for making it possible for me to be there.)

Heading to Palm Springs

We’re packing up the truck and movin’ on from Beverly – Hills that is (well, Hollywood, actually) over to Palm Springs for the Palm Springs Photo Festival.  The fine people at Microsoft have made my Digital Asset Management seminar possible.  I’ll be talking at 2:45-4:30 on Thursday.

The PSPF is one of my favorite industry events. While I’ll be speaking about technology, the festival is really all about photography, and that’s a refereshing break from the non-stop technoweenie fests I normally habituate.  If you’re driving distance from Palm springs and can take a break, I highly recommend it.

If you’re going to be there, feel free to find me and say hello – I’ll be at a lot of events.

And thanks again to the Microsoft Icons of Imaging for making this possible.

Lightroom 3 Beta 2 Released

Yes, kids, it’s that time again – another Lightroom Beta has hit the streets. Big news includes Video support, tethered shooting, and new noise reduction. This one’s much closer to finished software than the first beta, although it still has some kinks in it, and it’s not totally feature-complete.  Read more from these Lightroom experts.

Victoria Bampton, Lightroom Queen

Richard Earney’s Lightroom Blog

Tom Hogarty, Lightroom Product Manager

Sean McCormack’s Lightroom Blog

Jeffrey Friedl, Master Plug-in maker

Ian Lyons at Computer-Darkroom

Nametags save local man’s bacon

You never can predict where and how things are going to go wrong, but you can have a good idea that it will happen eventually. I was going through security for my flight to Miami this morning and the baggage screener asked to send my bags back through the machine.  This has happened to me dozens of times, since I travel with a fair amount of electronic stuff packed in my computer bag.

This time, however, the screener did something unusual – he unpacked a bunch of stuff from my bag and sent it through separately. He did this without telling me, and out of my sight.  Worse, there were some other bags between my zipped-up case and the tray full of expensive camera gear going through separately. I picked up my bag, slid the laptop back in, and headed down to catch the tram to the gate.

As I was about to step onto the tram, a security officer appeared at the top of the escalator shouting my name. He informed me that they had unpacked the items from my bag, and that I needed to go back to security to pick them up.

If my name had not been on the camera and wireless receiver, they would not have known whose name to call, and that could have been the end of this gear (more than $4k – ouch).

Moral of the story –  put you name on your stuff.  Metadata for Physical Asset Management.