Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Say Goodbye to all of This. And Hello to Oblivion.

Microsoft has acquired iView Multimedia, the company that makes iView MediaPro and other DAM software products.

iView Media, which was initially developed for the Macintosh and then ported to the PC, will continue to be developed for both platforms the company says. In typical fashion, however, look for Microsoft to put Mac support on the back burner and for future versions of the software to become increasingly unstable on the Mac. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft drops the Mac version altogether, though it is a formidable competitor to Apple's Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Taiwan-based Acer, best known as a maker of PC computers, has debuted an 8.28 MP digital camera, the CP-8660.

This is one butt-ugly camera. And I predict it won't win any design awards.

Still, its specs sound impressive for a point-and-shoot:

8.28 MP resolution
1/1.8" CCD image sensor
6X optical zoom
A 2 cm super macro mode
Anti-shake DSP
17 preset shooting modes suit any shooting situation
25 MB of internal memory
Secure Digital (SD) card compatibility
Video recording with 640 x 480 pixel resolution at 30 fps

There's no word on the price or when the camera will be available.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Get Thee to the ICP to See Unknown Weegee

Hard as it may be to believe, there actually are some Weegee photographs that have rarely, if ever, been exhibited or included in printed collections of his photographs.

The International Center of Photography in NYC, which has a collection of more than 18,000 Weegee photographs, is mounting a show through August 27 called "Unknown Weegee." The show will showcase 95 of his photographs - many on view for the first time. ICP has some images here.

The New York Times has an article with a nice slide show here.

Get yourself down to the ICP for the show. It's your chance to see the work of the man who practically invented photojournalism and who made the Speed Graphic famous.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Arnold Newman Dies at 88

R.I.P. Arnold Abner Newman 1918-2006.

Read The New York Times obit here.

Check out Newman's Wikipedia entry here.

Photo District News has a nice site dedicated to Newman here.

The Digital Journalist has a few nice articles here.

Check out this Apogee Photo Magazine article.

The ASMP did a lengthy interview with Newman in 1993.

The National Portrait Gallery in England has 55 of Newman's portraits on its web site.

Monday, June 05, 2006

He's Still in Shock

The battle between photographer Michael Yon and giant French publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media heats up, with Yon publishing a long article on his blog denouncing the publisher's tactics regarding its new magazine Shock, which he alleges used a photo of his on its cover illegally. He also claims Hachette has threatened to counter sue him. We previously wrote about it here.

According to Yon's blog:

...[T]hey intimated in writing that they may have a claim against me for defamation based on the complaints they received from third parties about their unauthorized use of my photo.

Shock's future depends on counter sales. I hope the number of people who will pay about two bucks for the "opportunity" to look at a two-page close-up of a pile of bloody chicken heads is not enough to support a magazine with a print run of 300,000 copies.

There's no word from Hachette on this issue. They have, however, pulled the cover in question from the Shock web site and replaced it with another. The company said it was a "good faith effort" because of Yon's lawsuit.

Yon's lawsuit may not be the only problem for Shock, however. There is another magazine called Shock out there, and they have a trademark on the name. The other Shock is a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Hachette may have more than just a copyright infringement battle on its hands, it may also have a trademark fight coming.

UPDATE: Ad Age is reporting that Hachette and Yon have settled their dispute out of court and that Hachette will pay Yon a licensing fee for the use of his photo. There is no word on how much money is involved in the settlement.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Nikon Introduces the D2Xs

Nikon has updated its flagship D2X to the D2Xs model. Featuring only minor improvements over the original, the D2Xs will cost about $1,000 more than the D2X currently goes for.

Improvements in the D2Xs include a new in-camera black & white mode, new high-speed ISO settings (incremental between ISO 800 and 1600) and a larger rear screen.

Considering the price, these improvements are not earth shattering. The now discontinued Kodak SLR/n offered similar characteristics two years ago. It's disappointing that Nikon chose not to offer upgraded dynamic range and better high ISO noise reduction. I guess they're saving that for the D3x.

The D2Xs will be available in July.

UPDATE June 5: Take heart D2X fans. Nikon says it will provide a firmware upgrade for the original D2X that will update the camera to much of the functionality in the new D2Xs.