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May 05, 2009

Windows 7 Release Candidate Free Download

Fully working until March 2010

Microsoft has reached the release candidate stage for their upcoming Windows 7 operating system -- the successor to Windows Vista.

You can download the full version in either 32 bit or 64 bit at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353271.aspx.

A release candidate means exactly that, it's a version that is being considered as the version that will be RTM (released to manufacturing), thus the version you'd buy in the box or on a new PC. Therefore this is much more stable and faster than the previous BETA version released in February (which I'm working on right now). It's normal, however, for there to be more than one "RC" versions over the course of final tweaking and testing, but those are likely to be released privately to a small number of testers.

This version is fully functional until March 2010, after which time you'll need to buy a regular license. The RC version formally expires July 2010, but between March and July you can use this Windows 7, but your machine will shutdown every two hours.

Look for a full preview of Windows 7 in the near future.

Keywords: win7  software  os  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 05, 2009 10:53 

May 06, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 Pricing Announced

Press release from Panasonic on the new GH1 micro 4/3 camera due out in June. Just under $1500 in the US, includes 14-140mm stabilized lens and records video in HD format. [MORE]

Keywords: panasonic  pngh1  four-thirds  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 06, 2009 09:48 
Last updated by: on May 06, 2009 10:06

2009 International Garden Photographer of the Year Crowned

Jonathan Bermen wins for "In Tresco Abbey Gardens"

The wait is over, the green thumbs can all be washed, the second annual International Garden Photographer of the Year has been announced. He is Jonathan Berman of the United Kingdom for his work entitled "In Tresco Abbey Gardens" shot in the Scilly Isles. Berman wins international recognition, acclaim, and most importantly £5,000 ($7,517 USD).

Winners in the portfolio, youth and category contests were also revealed [MORE]

Keywords: competitions  igpoty  contest  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 06, 2009 12:55 
Last updated by: on May 06, 2009 12:57

May 12, 2009

Canon Announces EOS Live Learning Program

Education sessions target current and prospective Canon photograpers

Canon is hoping their new Live Learning program will be the catalyst that "inspires Attendees to Develop Their Personal Creative Vision." The program targets those with either currently use Canon EOS cameras or are considering such.

Their "EOS Essentials" classes will be held throughout 2009 in eight US cities including: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Atlanta, and Dallas.

“Through the Canon Live Learning program we are hoping to empower and inspire our customers to further enhance their skills and passion for the art of imaging,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon Live Learning adds value to the experience of owning and using Canon photographic products.” [MORE]

Keywords: canon  eos  training  dslr  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 12, 2009 09:14 

New Ad for the Panasonic TZ7 camera

Positions camera as perfect travel companion

Panasonic's newest camera in the Lumix line, the 12x optical, 10 megapixel TZ7 is receiving world traveller treatment in this new ad to be played across Europe. The ad features a tourist filming the Statue of Liberty and as beatboxers start their spitting, Lady Liberty busts a move -- all captured in HD glory by the trusty TZ7.

See the ad for yourself at YouTube.

Keywords: panasonic  tz7  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 12, 2009 09:22 
Last updated by: on May 12, 2009 09:24

Portrait and Wedding Photography Blogs from Amherst

Amherst Media "Publisher of Photography Books" wanted us to let you know of their two photography blogs offering a little how-to for photographers. Especially those focusing on wedding and portrait photography.

They are aptly named:

The Portrait Photographer and The Wedding Photographer


Keywords: amherst  blog  wedding  portrait  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 12, 2009 12:18 
Last updated by: on May 12, 2009 12:19

May 15, 2009

Canon Opens Fourth Annual Photography in the Parks Contest

Open to teens and adults - entries due September 30, 2009

Canon USA has opened their annual Photography in the Parks competition for submissions starting today. The fourth edition theme is "Inspirational Nature Images" and entries are accepted until September 30, 2009.

Two division, teens (ages 13-17) and adults (18+) are a new feature of this year's contest. Photos should be taken at any USA park or monument.

Read on for full details. [MORE]

Keywords: canon  contest  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 15, 2009 11:26 
Last updated by: on May 15, 2009 11:28

DxO Optics Pro Passes 1,200 Optical Corrections

Celebrates 5th anniversay

DxO sends word that their DxO Optic Pro package has turned five this month! To mark the occasion, they are giving a 25% discount to new and upgrade users. DxO Optics Pro allows you to automatically remove lens distortion from your photos through its database of over 1,200 optics.

It is available as a standalone application or as a plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom. [MORE]

Keywords: dxo  digital darkroom  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 15, 2009 14:05 
Last updated by: on May 15, 2009 14:06

May 17, 2009

Sony Expands Alpha Line With Three New DSLRs

New cameras, lenses and flash available in July

Sony announced three entry-level DSLR cameras to help transition point-and-shoot and hobbyists into the world of interchangeable lenses. The new A230, A330, and A380 cameras are slated for July availability with pre-orders being taken now.

Four new lenses and a flash will also be available. [MORE]

Keywords: sony  dslr  sa230  sa330  sa380  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 17, 2009 08:00 

May 27, 2009

ACDSee Pro 3 Public Beta Period Begins

Expected to release in Fall 2009

ACD Systems has annouced the public beta period of ACDSee Pro 3.0 is now open. Interested photographers can download the public beta and use it free of charge until its final release later this fall. [MORE]

Keywords: acdsee  digital darkroom  beta  acd  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 27, 2009 10:21 

Learning Lighting from Expert Joe McNally

Touring Cities Across the US

KelbyTraining today announced their newest seminar tour for digital photographers "Location Lighting Techniques for Photographers" featuring lighting expert Joe McNally.

The tour will kickoff in San Francisco July 31, 2009. Washington, Los Angeles, and New York are already scheduled with more cities coming throughout 2009.

Your $99 seminar fee ($79 for NAPP members) gets you a entire day of training. [MORE]

Keywords: lighting  kelby  joe mcnally  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on May 27, 2009 10:58 
Last updated by: on May 27, 2009 10:59

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