Archives for March 2012

Phoenix Ink picks Kodak for customer service, support

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y., announced it was chosen by Phoenix Ink to manage services for more than 900 U.S. ink refill kiosks. The agreement between Kodak and Phoenix Ink includes on-site support, on-site repair, preventative maintenance check-ups and upgrades. Within the terms of the agreement, Kodak will provide next-day or two-day response for all service requests.

“Phoenix Ink’s kiosks provide retailers a way to offer customers convenience and cost savings,” says David Scanlan, president, Phoenix Ink, which is based in Sarasota, Fla. “Kodak provides technical expertise, responsive service, proven experience and nationwide coverage.”

Onyx announces SmartApps VehicleWraps Illustrator plug-in

Onyx Graphics Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah,  introduced the SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in for Adobe Illustrator software, giving users the ability to combine design and paneling of vehicle wraps within one application to streamline print production and finishing.

“Lack of preparation tools available today force print service providers producing vehicle wraps to fragment their design and prep workflow, significantly increasing turnaround times,” explains Kevin Murphy, President and CEO, Onyx Graphics. “The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in simplifies and combines design and preparation to create a more cost-efficient and productive workflow in an application that is already familiar to them.”
The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in provides designers the necessary tools from within the design program helping to eliminate image overlaps and streamline production. Designers can easily specify necessary set-up items such as tiles and bleeds so when the print production staff receives the file, no additional preparation is necessary, the company says.

IPC announces 2012 Leadership Award Recipients

The International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, announced the recipients of its 2012 IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Awards, to be presented at the 14th Annual IPC Pro Award Luncheon, at the United Nations in New York City Thursday, May 17, at 11:30 a.m.

For the first time, international editors-in-chief will be present to receive IPC Distinguished Service Awards: Machiko Ouchi, Pen News Weekly, of Japan; and Muzmmil Lzhar Siddiqui, Foto Print, of Pakistan.

The 2012 IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Award recipients are:

American Photographic Artists (APA):  Michael Grecco

Michael Grecco has a platinum roster of advertising clients (NBC/Universal, GE, Pfizer, HBO, Kodak, ABC, IBM, Yahoo!) and editorial clients (ESPN, Wired, Time, Premier, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Maxim). Featured in photographic magazines, books, and gallery shows, Michael wrote the best-seller Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait: The Art of Celebrity and Editorial Photography. A frequent speaker, he serves as photo expert for KNBC News, and has been honored by International Photography, Photo Design, The AR 100, NY and L.A. Art Directors Clubs. Michael is APA National Vice President

American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP): James Cavanaugh

A recognized specialist in architectural, interior and aerial photography, James Cavanaugh serves a broad clientele of architects, engineers, interior designers, real estate developers, contractors, architectural product manufacturers and government agencies. Featured in Architectural Record, World Architecture, Rolling Stone, Business Week, Parents, et al., Jim teaches “Professional Business Practices in Photography” at Villa Maria College, Buffalo. He is a National Director of ASMP and its President.

Federation of European Photographers (FEP): Bernd Gassner

Specializing in advertising photography, Master Photographer and Master Qualified European Photographer Bernd Gassner is the Federation of European Photographers’ first double master QEP. Bernd also serves as President of the Westphalian Professional Photographer Association, representative of the Central Association German Professional Photographers in FEP, and an FEP board member.

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA): Yunghi Kim

Photojournalist Yunghi Kim has covered major global conflicts since the 90s. She captured Somalia, Rwandan Genocide, War in Kosovo, Iraq War, Afghanistan, Hurricane Katrina and has documented the lives of former South Korean Comfort Women, post-Katrina reconstruction in New Orleans, children with autism, and Occupy Wall Street. Accolades include World Press Photo, Magazine Photographer of the Year, Olivier Rebbot & John Faber Awards/Overseas Press Club, Visa D’Or for News/Visa Pour L’image Festival, and White House Press Photographers.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA): Louis Tonsmeire

A portrait and wedding photographer in Georgia for 30 years, Louis Tonsmeire earned his Photographic Craftsman and Honorary Master of Photography degrees during his 24 years as a member of PPA. He is an Approved Photographic Instructor, and has served on the organization’s Education and Convention committees, Affiliate School Task Force and Imaging USA Task Force. Through Professional Photographers of Georgia, he has served as a councilor and director of the Georgia School.

Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA): Ralph Romaguera

Since opening his studio with his wife and sons in 1971, Ralph Romaguera has earned his Masters and Craftsman degrees from PPA, won the Kodak Gallery Award 10 times, received Louisiana’s Master of the Year, PPA’s International Award and an ASP Service Award. Ralph lectures in North America, Europe and Asia and teaches at the Winona International School for Professional Photography, Florida School, Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography, et al. He represented portrait photographers on the Today show in a series about the 150 Years of Photography.

White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA): Chip Somodevilla

Chip Somodevilla was a photographer for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Detroit Free Press before moving to Washington, D.C., where he worked as a freelance photographer for newswires and newspapers before bcoming a Getty Images photographer. He was awarded the Political Photo of the Year and Photographer of the Year by WHNPA, University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year International, and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism. Chip’s work has been published in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time, and Newsweek.

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI): Jennifer Hudson

A dynamic, soulful wedding and portrait photographer, Jennifer Hudson teaches Portraiture and Photographic Illustration at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. An international lecturer whose programs are sought by public and private photographic organizations, she recently completed “Baptism,” a narrative series exploring a young woman’s spiritual reincarnation, and plans to begin work on “Medic,” a series that will explore human relationships during illness and recovery.

Reservations for the May 17 luncheon at the United Nations must be received by April 16. To RSVP or receive more information on the event, contact James Chung at 914.476.1712 or by email at

The International Photographic Council (IPC) is a multinational, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. Founded in 1974, the IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication through the adoption of the motto “Peace through Understanding, Understanding through Photograpwww.ipc-un-ngo.orghy, the Universal Language.”

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Nikon introduces bracket FSB-UC for CoolPix Series

Nikon FSB US camera bracket

Nikon Vision Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Nikon Corp., released of its Digital Camera Bracket FSB-UC, which has been designed for digiscoping with CoolPix compact digital cameras. The FSB-UC allows CoolPix cameras to connect to Nikon Fieldscopes and Fieldmicroscope. Universal digital camera bracket for digiscoping which connects a wide variety of CoolPix compact digital cameras to Nikon Fieldscopes, and Fieldmicroscope EZ-Micro

The new design allows the replacement of batteries and recording media while the camera is attached to a Fieldscope, or Fieldmicroscope (this is not possible with some CoolPix models); The bracket includes a light shielding rubber sheet minimizing harmful, incoming rays and glare and includes cable release (approx. 50cm) which prevents camera shake during shooting.

Galileo offering iOS remote-controlled camera uses

Galileo lets remote users control iOS device cameras

Motrr is a developing an iOS-device accessory, Galileo, that provides new remote-controlled motion. The $129.95 tripod-mountable device is capable of 360-degree pan-and-tilt at speeds up to 200-degrees per second in any orientation, The Galileo allows the viewer to swipe finger on the iPad or iPhone screen and Galileo reacts remotely, orienting the device accordingly. For example, during a video chat, an attendee to move the camera from the speaker to another, easily. Other uses include baby monitoring, remote learning, and time-lapse photography (which can now encompass movement, too)

Motrr is going to provide an SDK for third-party apps. The device can also function as a portable charging station and has a rechargeable lithium ion battery. Galileo will be available in white, black, and limited-edition Kickstarter Green. The product will ship in spring 2012 and is now available for preorder globally via Kickstarter at a discounted price of $85.