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Weekend Wrap for March 18, 2011

Weekend Wrap for March 18, 2011

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March 18, 2011

Two Times photogs missing; crowdfunding for photojournalists, help for Japan, Lexar's SDXC cards ship, Photoshop Express 2 debuts, Nikon's shutter in slow-mo, more

Two NY Times Photographers Missing in Libya

Photojournalists Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, along with two writers working for the New York Times and working in Libya, haven't been heard from since Tuesday. According to the Times, the four journalists may have been captured by forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi, but this has not been confirmed and the Times is in contact with Libyan government to find the missing photographers and writers. Over 300 journalists have been attacked since the uprisings in the Arab world began early this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Crowdfunding Site Helps Photojournalists

This is cool:  is a crowdfunding web site that supports photojournalists using the power of crowdsourcing and ecommerce—words that didn't exist in the heyday of print photojournalism—for crowdfunding. The web site gives photojournalists a platform to raise funds for their projects. You pitch your project on the site, and anyone can become a backer with a minimum contribution of $10 (or more). For the backers, it gives them an opportunity to support issues they care about and affords the photographer the ability to provide in-depth coverage. The photographers, in return, agree to enter into a direct dialogue with their backers, sharing experiences and insights as they work on their project. It's a brilliant web-based end-run around editors whose budgets for good investigative photojournalism have been squeezed.

Japan: Donations Needed

The Japanese Photo industry survived the quake with relatively little damage and, thankfully, no fatalities. But as Kenny Yamamoto, former Lab Director for Modern Photography Magazine who is now living in safety in Nagasaki, wrote, “there are half a million people displaced by the quake who are desperate for water and a morsel of bread.” The Photo industry has stepped up, with Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Pentax, and others offering financial aid and logistic support for the relief efforts. If you are so moved to contribute, consider making a donation to the American Red Cross or other organization of your choosing that can provide immediate aid.


Lexar Shipping First 128GB SDXC Cards

Lexar this week announced it is shipping the Lexar Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity 128GB card, the first of its kind. The Class 10, 133x memory card, which is also available in 64GB capacitiy, has a 20MB per second transfer rate, making it well-suited for downloading HD videos and shooting 1080p movies with HDSLRs with no hesitation. The cards are expected to arrive at Adorama soon, but pre-orders are being accepted now. Credit cards will not be charged until the order is shipped.

3D Prints Debut, but Not for 3D Images

With the popularity of 3D cameras and compatible TV monitors growing, some people are asking: “How can I get prints?” 3DPhotoWorks may not have the answer to that, but they have a novel way of creating sculpted reliefs up to 1.75 inches deep out of 2D images. The prints, which can be up to 4x8 feet in size, are being marketed towards business users. Retail, trade show displays, and museum exhibitions are among the possible applications. Cool idea, but for consumers looking for 3D prints of their 3D photos, this ain't it.

Photoshop Express Gets an Upgrade

Adobe this week announced Photoshop Express 2, the latest version of its popular free image-editing software for the iPhone and iPad. It is said to have a faster workflow for taking pictures from within the app, multitasking support, and a $3.99 plug-in called Adobe Camera Pack, which offers noise reduction, a self-timer, and auto review functions. Worth it for the noise reduction alone.

And finally....Nikon D3 Shutter in Slow-Mo

What do Edith Plaf and the Nikon D3 have in common? Well, nothing, actually. But they are randomly brought together in this video showing the D3's shutter in 11fps burst mode, slowed down. Watch carefully, and you may learn something about how shutters work in DSLRs while enjoying Edith's music.


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