By Jeff Kent
From Westchester to Sri Lanka, Todd Shapera is driven by a passion to capture the inner beauty and resilience of individuals just about everywhere on earth. He's linking disparate worlds through photography.
Todd Shapera has always been a storyteller in one form or another. Among other pursuits, he’s written for National Public Radio, worked on speeches for politicians and UNICEF, and penned articles for numerous financial publications.
Though photography had interested him for a long time, it didn’t present a viable career option until the mid-1990s. While working in public relations for a global investment firm, Shapera frequently traveled the world to attend financial seminars. He made contacts with various journalists and people working with different financial publications. Carrying his camera on his trips, he started documenting the people and places he visited.
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This month in Professional Photographer magazine, we published a feature on food photography from Stan Sholik, giving you a look at some of the tricks of the trade. As a companion to that piece, we therefore give you a link to an excellent example of how not to style and photograph "food" (some descriptions contain strong language).
If you loved this gallery of alleged diet food horrors, perhaps you would enjoy Wendy McClure's new book, The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan: Classic Diet Recipe Cards from the 1970s.
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12.4-megapixel successor to Nikon's flagship D2X includes internal and external refinements
Press Release—Nikon today introduced the new D2Xs professional digital SLR camera, incorporating a range of refinements that improve overall camera performance and enhance the user experience. The D2Xs shares many performance and design innovations with the current D2X camera, including the 12.4 million pixel DX format CMOS image sensor that renders images with high resolution and sharp detail. The D2Xs also hosts a range of upgraded features that make operation more responsive: refined viewfinder performance that makes for easier composition when shooting in Nikon's High-Speed Crop mode; a new 2.5-inch LCD with a 170-degree wide viewing angle, individually calibrated at the factory to ensure consistent color fidelity; significantly increased battery life; and a number of firmware enhancements.
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By Ellis Vener
Equipment cases with built-in rollers are nothing new, but none really satisfied me, until now. Either the cases were too heavy, too bulky, too small, or the extended handle was too short. Or they were prone to tipping sideways on uneven surfaces. Or they didn’t allow for flexibility and efficiency in arranging gear for different types of jobs. Or they simply weren’t built for the long haul. And the designs usually scream, “Steal me! I am full of something valuable!”
Finding all of the right elements in a single bag seemed as likely as getting comfy in a coach airplane seat. But then I found the Think Tank Photo Airport Security Roller case and that has turned out to be one of the best designed and well thought out pieces of photographic gear I have worked with.
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"Secret" oil-painting brush revealed!
One of my favorite oil-painting brushes in Corel Painter is not filed under Oils but hiding in the Blenders brush category—the Water Rake variant. As a Blender brush, the Water Rake blends colors in an image in the form of oil-paint strokes.
You can also use it to paint color. To do so, set the Resat slider in the Property Bar to 33%, choose a color in the Colors palette and paint. The brush stroke resembles an oil painting technique.
The image at right shows the strokes as I began to turn a photo into a painting in the style of artist Pino Daeni. On the left is a detail of one of his paintings. You can see that the Painter strokes on the right are a good facsimile of the ones in the painting on the left.
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By John Russo
[Editor's note: Because our April cover photographer, John Russo, came to our attention through his elegantly designed yet simple Web site, we asked him to write about liveBooks, the company that offers the editable Web site marketing and presentation software that he uses.]
Since the early days of the Internet I have been deeply inspired by its promise of being the ideal marketing tool for photographers. The idea of having one portfolio Web site that I could market simultaneously to photo buyers in New York, Miami, and LA just sounded too good to be true. Unfortunately, as most of you have experienced, it was too good to be true. Countless hours and dollars later, the Web has never lived up to my dream of a simple, cost effective way to market my portfolio. That is, until now!
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EPIC training to feature documentation of terrorist activities and underwater crime
Announcing its 2006 School of Evidence Photography and Imaging, to be held in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 16-19, Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC) reveals the addition of new timely and relevant classes, such as how to photograph terrorist activities for evidence.
The seminar, “Preparation for and Documentation of Terrorist Activities and the Aftermath of Disasters and/or Weapons of Mass Destruction,” will be taught by Leonard Reed, who is qualified as a general instructor in Weapons of Mass Destruction by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and certified in Weapons of Mass Destruction Law Enforcement Protective Measures. He also holds certification as an instructor on environmental crimes from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and is a certified law enforcement photographer.
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Press Release—Back by popular demand, Sekonic has redesigned and re-launched the classic Studio Deluxe light meter as the L-398A Studio Deluxe III.
Earlier this year, Sekonic stop using selenium photocells in their light meter manufacturing, to support the new manufacturing standards and environmental safety measures. As a result, all light meters that utilized the advantage of selenium photocell technology, (battery-free operation) were discontinued including the L-398. For a brief moment, photographers around the globe thought that the discontinuation of the L-398 meter marked the end of battery-free light meters.
Sekonic responded to the needs and demands of these photographers by re-engineering the L-398.
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Registration opens with $100 advance sign-up discount
Press Release—Photoshop World Conference & Expo, the largest Photoshop educational event in the world, held Sept. 7-9 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, is offering an advance registration discount of $100 now through Friday, Aug. 4th. Registration is open at http://www.photoshopworld.com or by calling 800-738-8513, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM EST.
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Press Release—Adobe Systems Inc. today announced an update to the public beta of Adobe Lightroom, a digital imaging workflow solution for professional photographers that allows them to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes of images. The latest version adds features suggested by beta testers that allow greater control over export size and resolution, refined metadata selection with print output and RGB value readouts for greater editing precision.
New to the Develop module are Before and After preview tools and History features that allow a photographer to quickly preview and track changes, more control over the size and resolution of exported photos. A new dedicated Web module provides a rich web content editing experience and live previews of HTML and Flash output. Other features include resolution control in the Export module, an additional Straighten tool to correct camera angle issues, Keyword import and export, the ability to save module settings with collections or shoots. Auto Import or Hot Folder support allows photographers to automatically add images to the Lightroom Library from a specified directory.
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Four new models designed for adventure, sports, journalism and studio photography
Press Release—Lowepro is introducing four new camera straps—Speedster, Transporter, Voyager S and Voyager C—designed for unique photography applications while taking every photographer’s needs into consideration.
Caption: The Transporter, designed for studio photographer for ease of use with multiple cameras.
While on the run, photojournalists will appreciate the lightweight and simple design of the Speedster. Studio photographers will value the Transporter’s adjustability and ease of use with multiple cameras, while nature photographers enjoy the soft, breathable neoprene construction of the Voyager on long hikes. Reflecting the unique needs of photographers, these camera straps provide the perfect upgrade to customize any photographer’s equipment needs.
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Press Release—With a flip of the flap, the new Skooba Skin converts from a sleek, padded laptop sleeve to a handled carry bag, or vice-versa. The latest introduction from Skooba/RoadWired, the Skooba Skin is designed to protect a computer while carried inside another bag or suitcase, or to be used on its own for meetings, classes or other times when the laptop alone is all that needs to be carried.
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Press Release—In 2001 D. William Gibbons created the “14 Days Project,” also known as “The Face of Freedom,” to gain information from around the world, intent on bringing people closer by sharing that information and creating unity through the power of visual arts and film. Gibbons, the founder of production and consultancy services firm Lighthouse Imaging Group, realized the opportunity to help shape the future of international understanding and in 2002 tapped a talented group of photography and film specialists to help him create the first exhibit in the series, “14 Days in America.”
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On Tuesday, June 27, iView Multimedia announced that it had been acquired by the Microsoft Corporation. iView Multimedia, a software development company, publishes iView MediaPro, a highly regarded and extremely flexible digital asset management program for photographers, which also happens to be very popular with Macintosh users.
According to a PR representative of iView, the company will move its development team from where the company began in London, England, to the home of Microsoft's headquarters, Redmond, Wash. Company founder and CEO Yan Calotychos will also move to Redmond, while marketing will continue to operate from London.
iView Multimedia has posted an FAQ page addressing questions about the acquisition, as well as a letter to customers from Calotychos.
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