Monthly Archives: January 2012

Maybe Adobe has a heart………….

All concerned about having to buy the full version of CS6 just because you did not upgrade to CS5 – do not despair Adobe has just announced an upgrade plan for CS3 and CS4 users. Here is what they say:

Upgrade offer for CS3 and CS4 customers

We’re very excited about the upcoming release of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software and Adobe Creative Cloud™. CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative professional. Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to all of the CS6 desktop software plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps, and rich community features. In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.

With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to determine which offering is best for them. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.

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My review of Lightroom 4 Public Beta

I spent all day looking at and using the Lightroom 4 Beta.  I like a number of the new features that it has and am also disappointed that some of the modules have not had the enhancements I was hoping for.  I have the review available as a PDF document that you can get by clicking on the following:

Lightroom 4 Public Beta Review.

Your feedback and comments would be most appreciated.



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Lightroom 4 – Public Beta released

Adobe today released a public beta of Lightroom 4.   It is available immediately for free download from Adobe Labs.  The beta version has a books creation module (to compete with what Aperture has had for a while), increased support for video files (high time), soft proofing capability (now you can see what it is going to look like when printed) and a Google Maps-powered geo-tagging module (this one will be fun).

You can download the beta from the Adobe Labs site by clicking here.


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Pelican Cases – for your iPad, e-book readers and laptops.

Pelican has been known to make the finest rugged cases for all types of equipment.  Photographers have used Pelican cased for years as one of the best ways to transport expensive gear all over the world.  Now they have released a new line to satisfy the need of iPad, e-reader and laptop users.  Would love to get my hands on on one to do a full review.

Click here for the press release

Click here for the Pelican site.


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Canon’s new P&S G1 X with a sensor nearly as large as the 60D

Finally a Canon P&S with a large sensor that is nearly as big as the sensor on the 60D.  It is 1.5-inch (18.7 x 14mm) and is 14.3-megapixels.  Now one can get shallow DOF from a P&S. It also boast ISO  up to 12800 and a new lens with an aperture of 2.8, 4X Optical Zoom with a zoom range  15.1 (W) – 60.4mm (T) (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 112mm (T)

Additionally the G1 X has a 14-bit, RAW+JPEG shooting and is compatibility hot shoe Speedlites and the Macro Twin Lite or the Macro Ring Light flashes. HDR shooting capability is inbuilt and of course it will do full HD 1080p video.  The camera is scheduled for availability in February.

More on the this at Canon

Hunts Photo & Video is taking pre-orders for this camera.  If you pre-order, shipping will be free.  Call or email Gary Farber at or call me at 781-462-2332.

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CIPNE Presents “Tim Tadder On Assignments”

A fascinating look inside the production of award-winning advertising campaigns for major consumer brands.


Monday January 9th 2012, 7:30–9:30pm

More details are on the CIPNE website at

152 Commonwealth Ave.,
Unit M-1, C,
Concord, MA 01742

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Looking Back at 2011

2011 was an interesting year in a lot of respects.  Most important and foremost I would like to thank all of you who participated in my photo tours, educational workshops and one-on-one lessons.  I would also like to thank all my photography clients both individuals and  corporations and my sponsors, you have all been fantastic and I look forward to your continued support in the coming years.

I truly enjoyed meeting and making new friends and the process of learning from each other.  The incredible experiences in Florida, Alaska, Colorado, Cape Cod, Maine, and New Hampshire and all the one day trips in and around Massachusetts will never be forgotten.

After many months of planning the 2012 schedule is about ready to be published.  Most significant are the photo tours and workshops to India in February, Florida for another great bird photograpy workshop in March,  Smokeys in the Spring  –  this starts the year.  Keep an eye out for details and more information as we post it in the workshop pages on this blog.

Also planned are a number of one and two day sessions for macro, lighting, composition, Lightroom and Photoshop training.  As always, customized one-on-one programs are also available.

None of this would have been possible without the incredible amount of planning and organizing by my photograpy partner and loving wife – thank you M.

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