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PPA Today: June 2007 Archives

June 2007 Archives

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.1 is now available as a free upgrade for existing users, with added functionality and support for Windows Vista. Lightroom 1.1 adds a flexible image management system for multi-computer workflows, improved noise reduction and sharpening, and raw file support for 13 additional digital cameras from leading manufacturers including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Phase One.

"Although the beta period has ended, we are happy to say that Photoshop Lightroom continues to incorporate user feedback with this latest update," says Tom Hogarty, product manager for Photoshop Lightroom. "We are committed to continuing this partnership with our customer base by working together to make a program that best suits their digital imaging workflow needs."

Most photographers will agree that after buying cameras, lenses, computer gear, and software, the spending never seems to end. More gear is needed for studio, tabletop, and flash photography, and for accessories here and there. Often, the right accessories are not even available. That is where this book comes in.

Low Budget Shooting is the one-stop source where you will find instructions and a shopping list on how to build an array of useful and inexpensive photographic tools.

Filled with full-color images and easy-to-follow text, this book shows how to build essential lighting and studio equipment for use inside the studio as well as in the filed.

In this book you will learn:

  • How to make the perfect light-table for shooting small objects
  • How to build reflectors, soft-boxes, and light-tents that really work
  • How to build equipment for use on the road
  • Where to get some of the little helpers that make a photographer’s life so much easier.

This clever little book is a creative and valuable resource for most any photographer.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One

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Pioneering computer graphics author Deke McClelland updates his bestselling hands-on tutorial for Adobe Photoshop CS3, the latest version of this industry-standard image editing and production program. As with previous editions, Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One (O'Reilly, $44.99 US) guides readers step by step through the program's features and functionality. A key appeal of the One-on-One series is the two hours of DVD-video material included. Once you read about a particular technique, you can see how it's done first hand in the video. The combination is uniquely effective. And hugely popular.

The U.S. Copyright Office announces a new kid-friendly website full of helpful information for parents and educators. Entitled "Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright"  the website is aimed at educating children on the importance of copyright.  Site features animated vingettes hosted by Detective Cop E. Wright, which explains how copyright protects the creator, an interactive question and answer section, and the history of copyright law.

For more information on this website or the U.S. Copyright Office visit www.copyright.gov.

Crown Point entrepreneur and local businessman, Donald J. Burrell, has announced that effective immediately, he has re-acquired the color lab business he founded in 1960 and subsequently sold in 2003 to Jasco Industries.  The purchase consists of Crown Point, Indiana-based Burrell Colour, and Curtis Color located in Paducah, Kentucky.  The sale also includes The Stock House Photographic Supply.

Burrell Colour processes digital images along with traditional film for wedding and professional portrait photographers.  Curtis Color specializes in school underclass and sports photography for the professional industry.  The Stock House, housed within Burrell Colour, is a one-stop supply source for professional photographers.

This spring, Jasco Industries determined that the Burrell photo finishing business no longer fit its portfolio of companies.  Don Burrell repurchased the finishing business, closing on the transaction on June 8, 2007, with Burrell taking immediate possession of the company. 

A leader in professional photographic packaging, Wn Albums & Frames is pleased to announce new national hours as well as a new national, toll-free number for customer convenience and additional support from dedicated, professional staff members.

“Our goals are clear, we expect to be the leader in professional photographic packaging and fully support our customers and the growth of the industry,” comments the company’s Brand Manager, Brian Hrdlicka. By offering national hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., our customers will have the opportunity to place orders knowing that our customer care specialists will be there to assist them with all of their needs.

Our new toll-free number, 1-866-wn album or 1-866-962-5286, has been added for additional convenience and is staffed with friendly, knowledgeable staff members dedicated to assisting customers with all their packaging, framing, and presentation needs.  This new toll-free phone number is now operational, and our new national hours will begin June 1, just in time for the hectic season ahead.

Along with the 25 top business speakers in the industry and 16 programs, Professional Photographers of America'€™s (PPA) Make More Money in Photography conferences offer up a three-day Expo. A true education, after all, should be well-rounded...and a tradeshow provides a different angle into the new product trends and services that can change a business.

Free and open to the public, the Make More Money in Photography Expo is just such a tradeshow. It gathers the new offerings from companies interested in photographers' business success and displays them this summer at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. With companies from American Color Imaging to Nik Software, Backupandburn Software to SuccessWare, the creative and business idea opportunities are rising. The Expo hours are as follows:

  • Monday, July 30: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, July 31: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 1: 9:00am -€“ 11:00am

As seasoned attendees know, strolling the floor in between programs is a vital part of the conferences...who knows what new ideas will pop with a little visual nudge. For complete details and to register, visit http://events.ppa.com or call 800-786-6277.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a worldwide association, exists to assist its more than 18,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information, visit www.ppa.com.

Attend a STOP! Seminar

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In addition to providing assistance via the STOP! Hotline at 1-866-999-HALT, and their websites www.stopfakes.gov and www.stopfakes.gov/smallbusiness, the Strategy for Targeting Organized Piracy is currently hosting public seminars nationwide.


Free one day seminars are sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These public seminars are held nationwide as a means of educating business owners on how to protect their intellectual property.


On June 13, "The_Cost_of_Counterfeiting_and_Piracy" will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina.  This will be the first in a series of seminars to be held through out the summer months.  To register for the program in Raleigh click here. STOP! will speak on similar topics  when they visit Detroit, Michigan on June 18.  To register for the Detroit program visit the Detroit Regional Chamber website.


For more information on STOP! programs and to find out if a seminar will be hosted near you visit  www.stopfakes.gov.

The U.S. Copyright Office is currently accepting applications for beta testers to submit copyright registration applications and deposits using their new web-based system, electronic Copyright Office (eCO).  By participating in the beta testing, volunteers will receive a reduced registration fee of $35.


Volunteers will be accepted on a first come first serve basis subject to the following criteria:


·        Type of work, e.g., literary work, musical composition, sound recording, etc.

·        Type of deposit copy, i.e., hard copy versus electronic copy

·        File format, e.g., mp3, jpeg, pdf, etc. (electronic deposit copies)

·        File size (electronic deposit copies)

·        Frequency of registration

·        Published versus unpublished works

·        Individual versus company/organization

  • Type of payment

The Copyright Office anticipates their volunteer pool will begin with basic registration claims for literary works, visual arts works (including photographs), performing arts works, and sound recordings.  Later the testing will expand to other types of registration, including group registration for published photographs.


If you plan to register at least one claim in the coming months and would like to be considered for participation in eCO beta testing, click here to go to the Copyright Office website to complete an application. 

PACA and Nancy Wolff Announce Publication of Legal Handbook for Photographers

Pplegalhandbook Nancy Wolff, legal counsel to the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) has written "The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook". The book provides a comprehensive overview of the many legal issues that bear on creating, publishing and licensing still and motion imagery and illustrations.

"This is a must-read for anyone engaged in any aspect of the stock image industry," said Cathy Aron, Executive Director of PACA. "Her clear writing style makes complex subject matter enjoyable and enlightening to a broad audience."

Wolff has been a frequent speaker throughout the United States and Europe on copyright, new technology, and licensing. "The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook" represents a compilation of seven years worth of contributions to PACA's bi-weekly newsletter.



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