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PPA Today: September 2007 Archives

September 2007 Archives

X-Rite's Picture Perfect Color seminar is returning to two East Coast and two West Coast cities due to popular demand. Our cross country tour has earned Phil Nelson a 98% approval rating as a knowledgeable instructor and we are hoping to share his expertise with you.

If you could use instruction in the areas of camera calibration, or color management in Photoshop and LightRoom, the Picture Perfect Color seminar is perfect for you. With support from Adobe, Epson and Fuji, this seminar was built to show you how to get the best results from a digital workflow - including camera, monitor and final print. Here are the topics we will cover:

  • Digital basics & ICC color management
  • Matching color to photographic printers
  • Options for RAW processing
  • Effective soft and hard proofing
  • Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Prepping files for clients and printers
  • Getting accurate color on screen

Click Here To View the Picture Perfect Color Quicktime Trailer!

Software_cinema Software Cinema presents a full day of Live Photoshop CS3  training for just $99  (PPA Members save $20 by using the discount code found here.) Join Canon Explorer of Light, Photoshop Hall-of-Famer, color guru and author Eddie Tapp for a full day of valuable Need to Know information.

Using Adobe PHOTOSHOP CS3

  • San Francisco, CA Oct 5
  • Los Angeles, CA Oct 10
  • Phoenix, AZ Oct 11
  • New York, NY Oct 13
  • Washington, DC Oct 15

Topics Covered:

  • Creative  enhancements
  • Production  & finishing techniques
  • Controlling  digital color and tone
  • Setting  up a color managed workflow

For more info & to Sign up click here.

Eddie Tapp is a known leader in the digital photography. His proven techniques allow photographers to really understand digital by making the information accessible and understandable. With over 20 years of experience in computer technology, Eddie has been involved globally in educating and consulting with corporations, studios and agencies in the applications of digital imaging workflow, color management, pre-press and digital photography.

Register today by clicking here

Dear PPA Member,

Look your best in your PPA membership by “custom fitting” it to your photography business.

PPA understands that one size doesn’t fit all, and we encourage you to customize your personal membership package to fit your needs. Because the benefit programs are continually changing to add greater value, you should regularly check the Benefits page at www.ppa.com or click http://benefits.ppa.com. Here are a few things you might consider:

  • Need to get paid? Take credit card payments from clients: 1.55% rate + 21 cents per transaction, no application fee, no monthly minimum.
  • Need marketing?  Take advantage of your FREE online portfolio in the Find-a-Photographer search engine, powered by Portfolios.com. Customize your listing to make it easier for customers to find you in a search.
  • Need computer equipment?  Get the equipment you need from Dell…with a PPA discount.
  • Need to be more profitable?  Take advantage of the information in the Financial Survey to understand how other studios increase their profits (http://www.ppa.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=612).
  • Need a good price for good health insurance? Association Health Programs has multiple health insurance options.
  • Need good, quality music for your DVDs & CDs without violating a copyright or costing you an arm and a leg?  Checkout the deals at www.brokenjoeyrecords.com (custom-recorded, lyric-based music) and stock20.com (quality royalty-free music).
  • Need photo education? Get Ed Pierce’s PhotoVision DVDs virtually free, and absorb info and ideas designed for seasoned professionals and aspiring photographers alike…on your own time.
  • Need to insure your equipment and your business? Use the policies designed for professional photographers (from Marsh Affinity).

The above isn’t the entire list of what PPA does, but we hope it is interesting enough to make you look. You can get a custom-fitted membership simply by using the benefits we provide and you need. Helping you look and feel good in business is what PPA is all about.

Sincerely,

Al Hopper
Director of Membership, Copyright & Government Affairs

The third in a series of six articles brought to you by Collages.net

CollagesToday’s photographers know the importance of having a professional, up-to-date studio Web site to market to the higher spending, technologically savvy clients. Much of your business will be generated through online searches and potential clients browsing through your studio site…you need to present those visitors with as many reasons as possible to choose you.

One key to closing business through your studio website is effectively communicating your online posting offerings. Don’t just tell them – show them. Place a button on your studio website to serve as a link to a sample online gallery of your images. Not only does this allow prospective clients to get a feel for the interface you offer, it also gives them the opportunity to view an extensive gallery of your work. Focus group testing with consumers shows that they are more comfortable with a studio that lets them see an entire event - from beginning to end - rather than just a select group of images.

In addition to demo buttons, event listings are another effective way to drive more clients to your website. Normally, guests are instructed to login to event sites/galleries through the home page of the online posting company. However, when you add an event listing to your studio website, guests have the ability to access event sites directly from you, increasing your exposure and referrals.

Because of their effectiveness, demo buttons and event listings have become an indispensable part of many successful studio websites. To see a beautiful example of a demo button, please visit www.weddingdayart.com./weddings-view.cfm.

To view examples of both types of buttons, please visit www.clayblackmore.com.

Magicians dazzle their audience using the proverbial smoke and mirrors to enhance their tricks; some associations want to deceive you with the same. But these smoke and mirrors do not disguise fun, harmless tricks, they cover up a truth that is essential to photographers’ livelihoods: copyright.

We often have to cut through the smoke and mirrors that proponents of “Fair Use = Free Use” use to disguise their objectives (changing the public’s understanding of copyright and rewriting the law to reduce a copyright owner’s rights). Those who profit from reducing copyright protection try to convince the public and lawmakers that copyright is somehow outdated in the digital or Internet age. See the following two examples of how these organizations disguise their objectives

  • Last week the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) released a study claiming that Fair Use was critical to one-sixth of the US GDP. This study was part of an effort to push the boundaries of Fair Use.  PPA did its homework and was able to reveal how CCIA inflated the totals in their own study.
  • Jennifer Granick, Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Freedom Foundation, used an article entitled “Free Speech Sometimes Trumps Copyright” (posted on Wired),commenting on a very narrow court case regarding the copyrights of foreign-made works prior to 1994. She used the article to push the idea that it should be okay to use any creative work when it is “prohibitively expensive to find” the copyright owner.

Fortunately, PPA and its allies in the Copyright Alliance are keeping their eyes and ears open for you. Find out more about protecting your own rights by reviewing the just-updated Copyright Kit in the Members-Only area at www.ppa.com. To see PPA’s response to this latest barrage, click here.

Copyrights are important to our members, which makes them important to PPA. Together we will remind Congress that theft is theft, stealing is stealing and wrong is wrong…no matter how it is labeled or disguised.

Copyright Alert

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Flying under the banner of First Amendment protection and claiming economic necessity, critics of current copyright protections are attempting:

  • to expand Fair Use into Free Use.
  • to restrict the rights of creative professionals .

This past week the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) both released alarming information intended to cloud the facts about copyright protection.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and its allied associations in the Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA), together representing 22,000 hard-working professional photographers, think it is important to cut through those clouds and call theft, theft and stealing, stealing.

Professional photographers are possibly the largest group of copyright owners and, with an average income of $35,000 to $45,000 per year, they are particularly vulnerable to the illegal copying of their creations. A client illegally using a photo in advertising or reproducing their family wall portrait elsewhere can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s bottom line. It could even impact their mortgage payment for that month!

Any suggestion that reproducing copyright-protected works is “legal and okay” can erode a photographer’s already thin margin.

Fair Use Is Not Free Use

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Flying under the banner of First Amendment protection and claiming economic necessity, critics of current copyright protections are attempting:


  • to expand Fair Use into Free Use.
  • to restrict the rights of creative professionals .

This past week the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) both released alarming information intended to cloud the facts about copyright protection.


Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and its allied associations in the Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA), together representing 22,000 hard-working professional photographers, think it is important to cut through those clouds and call theft, theft and stealing, stealing.


Professional photographers are possibly the largest group of copyright owners and, with an average income of $35,000 to $45,000 per year, they are particularly vulnerable to the illegal copying of their creations. A client illegally using a photo in advertising or reproducing their family wall portrait elsewhere can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s bottom line. It could even impact their mortgage payment for that month!


Any suggestion that reproducing copyright-protected works is “legal and okay” can erode a photographer’s already thin margin.


PPA supports Fair Use as defined in the Copyright Act. That act carefully describes legitimate uses of copyrighted material for education, commentary, review and other limited purposes.  PPA adamantly opposes the efforts to expand the definition of Fair Use to “anything that can be done should be legal.”


In an article posted on Wired, Jennifer Granick, Civil Liberties Director at EFF, commented on Golan v. Gonzales, a case in the 10th Federal Circuit regarding a challenge to provisions in the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (The URAA was passed in 1994 and made some changes to the US Copyright Law regarding foreign-made works). What’s worrisome about this? Granick’s article suggests that the First Amendment’s free speech provisions trump copyright laws and notes that when it is “prohibitively expensive to find” a copyright owner, you should be able to go ahead and use or copy that creative work!


A report released last Thursday by CCIA indicated that “companies benefiting from limitations on copyright-holders’ exclusive rights—such as ‘fair use’—generate substantial revenue, employ millions of workers, and represented one-sixth of total U.S. GDP in 2006.” 


Careful reading of the report methodology reveals that businesses that depend on fair use include the entire radio and television industries, computer manufacturers, audio and video equipment manufacturers, insurance carriers, and more.  That’s a rather large group of companies…and it is certainly questionable if the insurance industry (for example) is entirely dependent on fair use of copyright-protected material.


On the other hand, these facts are clear: Copyright industries represent 11.12% of the U.S. economy ($1.38 trillion dollars as of 2005).  They are growing at 7% a year and employ over 11 million Americans. 


People should remember that reproducing copyright-protected material—such as a professional photograph—is illegal when done without the copyright owner’s permission and/or not under the Fair Use circumstances in the Copyright Law. We should call it like it is: theft is theft, stealing is stealing, and wrong is wrong.


In response, photographers and PPA are working to make the connection between copyright owners and clients easier. After all, photographers overwhelmingly want to please their clients.  If a customer needs a copy of a photo, they are eager to meet their needs. In addition, PPA is working with other photographic associations to make it easier to find a copyright owner/photographer.


Basically, what the EFF and CCIA are suggesting eliminates the copyright protection that is good for the U.S. and necessary for the survival of small business photographers. Instead, people should consider ways to connect the copyright owners with the consumers.

Adobe CS3 Seminars

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Adobe_2 Please join Adobe for free eSeminars where you will discover new dimensions in digital imaging as Adobe software experts demonstrate and explore the many new features of Adobe® Photoshop® CS3. Register to find out which product in the Photoshop Family is right for you, and learn how to create powerful images with the professional standard. Topics include:

  • Workflow after Capture with Photoshop CS3
  • Photographer's Workflow after Capture with Photoshop CS3
  • DICOM workflow for publishing with Photoshop CS3 Extended
  • Photoshop CS3 Extended for radiological images
  • Advanced Scrapbooking with Photoshop CS3
  • Best Practices for the Professional Photographers Workflow

Visit www.adobe.com/go/prophotoeseminars to see the seminar descriptions, schedule and to reserve your space.

The U.S. Copyright Office is once again accepting applications for beta testers to submit copyright registration applications and deposits using their new web-based system, electronic Copyright Office (eCO).  Beta test volunteers 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

This round of beta testing will continue to focus on basic registration claims for literary works, visual arts works (including photographs), performing arts works, and sound recordings.  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. 

519r88uqyml_aa240__2 Peachpit announced The Digital Photographer's Notebook: A Pro's Guide to Adobe Photoshop CS3, Lightroom, and Bridge by Kevin Ames, a focused and thorough guide to Adobe's three major photo applications.

Author Kevin Ames, known for his popular Photoshop User column, presents an in-depth digital photography resource with a personal touch. Whether dealing with workflow, organization, or truly creative enhancements, Kevin shares his own image-making process from start to finish while illuminating many key issues relevant to today's professionals. The range of topics covered, such as the profound differences between RAW and JPEG, when to use which application, and how they work together, make this an essential guide for users who have been shooting digital for years as well as those just making the switch from film.

New Web Exclusives on PPmag.com

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Imaging USA Update

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Imaging USA is rapidly approaching, and planning ahead can save your time and money. Register for Imaging USA by November 1 to get the lowest rate. We also recommend that you book your hotel soon. Two of the Imaging USA Hotels are already sold out, and we expect a third to be booked up shortly. Take advantage of our low negotiated room block rates, by calling the hotel of your choice now.

Don’t forget about our Imaging USA blog, http://iusatv.imagingusa.org. We’ll be posting news and updates there as Imaging approaches.

O’Reilly Digital Media

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Best known for their computer “how-to” books, O’Reilly also has a handy blog with author interviews and digital imaging tips. Recent posts include a podcast interview with Joe Schorr, discussing advanced organizing tips for Aperture power users, and a tutorial on using Lightroom’s Develop module for tonal control of your images. For the latest from O’Reilly, go to http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/.

The second in a series of six articles brought to you by Collages.net

CollagesPosting your images online automatically generates added exposure and sales. Move your studio to the next level by taking advantage of your increased publicity and marketing your products and services to the guests, friends, and families of your current clients.

E-mail marketing is free, can be done quickly, and requires no postage or four-color printing. Plus, the value of collecting e-mail addresses multiplies when marketing to an audience that already knows your work (as guests of a previous event).

Look for an online posting company that stores and organizes all of the addresses you collect, as well as those of all event site/gallery visitors. You then have the ability to send marketing e-mails to very specific groups, from guests who made a purchase on a certain site to all event guests who have ever logged into any of your sites. It is not uncommon for a medium-sized studio to aggregate over 20,000 local email addresses in just a few years.

Use this e-mailing tool to:

  • Advertise discounts and special offers on event prints and products.
  • Market your studio’s photographic services to the guests, friends, and family of your current clientele. Target this audience, and you connect to people who have seen your work’s quality and have experienced its online presentation. More importantly, they know that your services were successfully used by someone they trust. These leads are not only purchasers of your images for the events they view; they are your best prospects for future business.

Sending a marketing e-mail is the perfect way to remind recent and potential clients about your studio, increase your sales and referrals, and build your brand. For creative ideas and examples of marketing e-mails used by other professional photographers, please see www.collages.net/studiomarketing.

onOne Software, Inc., announces today the availability of over 100 free customized presets for Adobe Camera RAW 4.1 (ACR) created by Photoshop Guru and Instructor Jack Davis for onOne Software. Just like the 85 presets previously released by onOne Software for Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom, these new Adobe Camera RAW presets are designed to help ACR users quickly and efficiently process their RAW digital camera files.

Florida has been described as a paradise by vacationers…and it’s soon to become a photographer’s paradise. Boasting nearly 8,000 attendees and one of the photo industry’s largest tradeshows, Imaging USA (www.ImagingUSA.org) will flood the Tampa Convention Center from January 6-8, 2008.

Presented by an alliance of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Society of Sport and Event Photographers (SEP), Commercial Photographers International (CPI), and Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC), the convention features a 500+ booth trade show, several all-inclusive parties and bonus presentations by some of the industry’s biggest names.

“Imaging USA, to me, is the sum of all the great PPA [and our partner associations] parts,” commented Jack Reznicki, PPA President. “It's a great gathering of a great clan of professional photographers.”

Known for education as well as networking and fun, Imaging USA offers programs that appeal to a wide range of photographers. Educational tracks include Essentials, Wedding/Portrait, Spotlight, School Photography and Adobe Photoshop...all geared towards improving one’s business sense, photographic repertoire, or computer skills. CPI Commercial Photography Conference focuses on issues facing today’s commercial photographers. SEPCON, the Sport and Event Photographers Conference, examines the style and business of sport and event photography. Attendees are free to absorb programs from all three conferences, expanding their minds and skills. And new in 2008, EPIC School will join the other associations, offering evidence photography education from basics to in-depth (for a separate registration).

With speakers such as Howard Schatz, Kevin Kubota and Yervant, Imaging USA is a who’s-who of the professional photography world. Programming runs all day, with a break in the middle so attendees can visit the world-class Imaging Expo without missing any education.

Jonathan Lowenstein, Jonathan Torgovnik and Leo Maguire receive $20,000 each to pursue photojournalism projects

Getty Images announced today that Jonathan Lowenstein, Jonathan Torgovnik and Leo Maguire will each receive financial and editorial support enabling them to pursue new documentary photography projects.

The winners were selected from 124 applicants from 37 countries, by the following judges:

  • Michele McNally, Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times
  • Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor, The New Yorker
  • Paolo Pellegrin, Photographer, Magnum Photos, Italy
  • W. M. Hunt, Co-Founder, Hasted-Hunt Gallery, New York

In addition to $20,000 in funding, each grant recipient receives collaborative editorial support from Getty Images photo editors as they implement their projects.

Over 16,000 official images, some of the world’s best athletics photos, now available on a website powered by Spitfire Photo Pro

Spitfire Photo Pro (www.spitfirephoto.com), the leading image management platform developed by Virtual Moment, LLC, today announced a partnership with Stanford University to provide its technology to streamline the Athletic Department’s extensive online digital archive (www.stanfordphoto.com). With Spitfire Photo, Stanford Athletics will benefit from an unmatched flexibility in workflow, promoting a comprehensive archival website of athletics photographs for editorial and press distribution, as well as for sale to alumni and fans around the world.

"We are honored and excited to be powering the image archive of such a prestigious institution," says Steven Rabkin, Co-founder and President of Virtual Moment, LLC.  "Stanford joins hundreds of other organizations that have taken their image archives online with Spitfire Photo to implement a complete solution for online image distribution and sales.” 

The robust features and adaptability of Spitfire Photo offer Stanford Athletics a consolidated system for client management, online sales, and archival storage of a digital archive spanning the previous seven years, which will continue to grow as black and white historical images are scanned.   This unique solution allows Stanford Athletics to incorporate all photography assets on one user-friendly and functional website.  “Stanford Athletics’ new photo archive system effectively manages our digital workflow and allows us to efficiently service internal and external clients who utilize our imagery 24-hours a day,” said David Gonzales, Director of Photography.

The Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) has placed on its web-site, a valuable resource to any creator or user of photography - a PowerPoint presentation that provides a thorough review of copyright law in the United States and how it applies to the use of imagery in advertising, the news media and fine art. The presentation includes real-world cases with images and detailed explanations of how the parties viewed the claimed infringements and how the courts assessed them.

The slides examine what copyright protects and for how long, and illustrate topics such as fair use, what is an infringement and what is not, and explains how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be used to remove infringing works from the Internet. Nancy Wolff, PACA's legal counsel and an expert on copyright law, created the presentation using laymen's language that it can be clearly understood and used by non-lawyers. Wolff included detailed slide notes to make it easy for anyone to present to a design class, an ad agency or any other interested organization.

PACA encourages educational institutions, ad-agencies, and any organization or individual involved with the use or creation of images to download the presentation. It can be found on PACA's web-site at www.pacaoffice.org/copyrightPresentation.shtml

About PACA
The Picture Archive Council of America is the trade organization in North America that represents the vital interests of stock archives and others who license images for commercial reproduction. Founded in 1951, our membership includes over 100 companies in North America and over 50 International Affiliate Members. PACA's Mission Statement is "to foster and protect the interests of the picture archive community through advocacy, education and communication." Accordingly, we work to develop useful business standards and promote ethical business practices; actively advocate copyright protection; collect and disseminate timely information; and take an active role in the picture community by building relationships with organizations from related industries.

Problems in our business lives tend to affect our personal lives…and our bodies. Think about it, many become too stressed out and develop exhaustion, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, nervous breakdowns, etc. You may not believe it, but PPA can, in a way, help you avoid some of this stress. 

Did you ever sweat on the way to a wedding where you knew a bridezilla was waiting? What about when a hard drive makes funny noises, or when the Zoning Board wants to talk about your home-based business? And I bet your stomach does backflips when a customer—who happens to be an attorney—insists that they own the copyright to their family portrait.

It’s a tough world out there, particularly if you are on your own as a photographer and small business owner. There are pitfalls everywhere, and many of them have nothing to do with creating images. 

In the presence of these pitfalls, a nervous stomach, sweat, and sleepless nights are normal. It’s peace of mind that is extraordinary. I was reminded of this recently thanks to an email from Faye Johnson of Bremerton, WA: “I want to express my appreciation for your attention to this matter. Thank you for allowing me to sleep at night.”

You can help create your own peace of mind. Staying updated on legal, copyright, and other business issues can help you avoid some problems. Check the Members-Only Download at www.ppa.com (http://www.ppa.com/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=65) for resources on these topics.

And when a problem does occur, remember that you can call PPA when the going gets tough. We cannot solve every problem or make a bad situation into a good one, but we will be there, doing the best we can to help.

Peace of mind is a precious thing, and it’s just one more important value of PPA membership. Helping you sleep at night is a fringe benefit.

Sincerely,

Al Hopper
Director of Membership, Copyright & Government Affairs

Carl Zeiss now offers its premium SLR lenses for an additional camera mount, the K-bayonet. This lens series will be sold under the ZK name.

Until now, the manual focus SLR lenses were only available for the F-bayonet (ZF series) and the M42 screw thread mount (ZS series). SLR lenses from Carl Zeiss are known for their outstanding image quality and precise, long-lasting mechanical parts. For the design of these lenses, Carl Zeiss drew on more than 100 years of experience in camera optics and current advancements from the production of high-quality lenses for cinematography. Cine lenses from Carl Zeiss have been used in numerous major productions, such as The Lord of the Rings and Perfume.

Lenses for the K-bayonet will initially be available in the following range:

  •     Distagon      T* 2.8/25 ZK
  •     Distagon      T* 2/35 ZK
  •     Makro-Planar      T* 2/50 ZK
  •     Makro-Planar      T* 2/100 ZK
  •     Planar      T* 1.4/85 ZK
  •     Planar      T* 1.4/50 ZK

In the future, the SLR line of lenses will be expanded to offer demanding photographers an even larger selection of focal lengths for their work.

Acquisition expected to leverage X-Rite’s worldwide leadership in color hardware, software and services with Pantone’s innovations in color standards and color communication

X-Rite, Incorporated, a leading provider of color solutions for measuring, formulating, matching, and simulating color, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Pantone, Inc. for $180 million. The deal is expected to close in the fall of 2007.

Pantone, Inc., headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, is an authority on color inspiration for the design world with the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM, an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve color reproduction problems in the graphic arts market. Pantone has expanded its color matching system to other industries where accurate color reproductions are critical, including digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint.

Pantone generated revenue of approximately $42 million in 2006 with adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of approximately 27 percent of revenue. Pantone sells its products, services and technology directly, and through hundreds of licensees in over 100 countries in the graphic arts, fashion, home, interior, plastics, architectural, paint, industrial design and consumer markets.

Andrew Rodney and Kevin Connor to be Honored at 2007 Photoshop World Conference & Expo - Las Vegas

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is proud to announce that digital color management guru, Andrew Rodney, and Adobe senior director of digital imaging product management, Kevin Connor, will be inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the 2007 Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Las Vegas on Thursday, September 6, 2007. The Photoshop Hall of Fame honors and recognizes those individuals whose contributions to the business, education, development, and art of Adobe Photoshop have enduring value.

About Andrew Rodney
Andrew Rodney is owner of The Digital Dog, a leading digital imaging training and consulting business, and is recognized as one of the leading experts in Photoshop color management in the world. Andrew is the author of Color Management for Photographers - Hands on Techniques for Photoshop Users, and provides Photoshop-related articles for several industry publications. Andrew teaches regularly at the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, and also lectures at such shows as Photoshop World, PhotoExpo, and the PMA. He has been a Beta tester for Adobe Photoshop since version 2.5, and is currently an Alpha tester for Adobe. Additionally, Andrew is one of the principle partners of Pixel Genius LLC, the developer of several plug-ins that enhance and extend the capabilities of Photoshop. Andrew's website can be found at http://www.digitaldog.net.

About Kevin Connor
Kevin Connor is the senior director of product management in the Creative Solutions Business Unit at Adobe Systems Incorporated, and is widely considered a major driving force behind the evolution of Photoshop into a cultural mainstay in computer design and digital photography.

He was intimately involved in all stages of the development and release of Photoshop Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Camera Raw, and was a key figure in launching the DNG initiative aimed at unifying the currently confusing proliferation of proprietary raw file formats. Additionally, he is one of those responsible for the development of Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended as an imaging application for professionals in architecture, engineering, medicine, manufacturing, data analysis, and science, as well as a powerful graphic design, 3D design, and motion graphics tool.

Past Photoshop Hall of Fame inductees include:
2006 - Eddie Tapp, Jeff Schewe, and John Paul Caponigro
2005 - Bruce Fraser, Marc Pawliger, Katrin Eismann
2004 - Julianne Kost, Bert Monroy, Ben Willmore
2003 - Stephen Johnson, Mark Hamburg, Jack Davis
2002 - Russel Brown, Glen Mitsui, Deke McClelland
2001 - Dan Margulis, Thomas Knoll, Diane Fenster

Inc. magazine today ranked ExpressDigital on its first-ever Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. The new list represents the backbone of the US economy with combined revenues of $194.5 Billion.

The 2007 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2003 through 2006. To qualify,
companies had to be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2006, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2003, and $2 million in 2006. ExpressDigital successfully met the qualifications and showed exceptional growth, ranking ExpressDigital among the top companies in the country.

“The Inc. 5,000 provides the most comprehensive look ever at the most important part of the economy – the entrepreneurial part,” said Inc. 5,000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. The 2007 Inc. 5,000, as revealed online at www.inc.com, reported median revenue of $9.4 million and median three-year growth of 140 percent. Complete information on this year’s Inc. 5,000, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.



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