We're Still Dreaming Of Antarctica


After a whirlwind tour of Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina and Torres Del Paine, Chile, Seth Resnick, Eric Meola, Arthur Meyerson and I are finally on our way home from our recent Antarctica voyage. (Check my Google+ , Twitter, or Facebook streams for a collection of quotes on travel and home.)
We’re all still dreaming of Antarctica. Whether for the first time (Arthur and Eric) or for the fourth time (Seth and I) Antarctica touched us all very deeply. We all had unique experiences. We all made compelling images in our own unique ways. And we were able to share the experience together. And yet, no matter how hard we try to put those experiences into words, something about the place defies description. Antarctica is a profoundly mysterious place. Antarctica is so exotic that when you’re there you often feels like you’ve visited another planet.
Here are a few quick thoughts from each of us.
“I saw deeper shades of blue than I’ve ever seen before. And I was able to get closer to it and find more dramatic angles than ever before. Every time we go back there are new surprises to discover.”  – Seth Resnick
“Antarctica was the fulfillment of a life time dream … the magical mystery tour. The light, the landscape, the color blue – otherworldly. I have never experienced anything like this before. I felt as though I was on another planet.” – Arthur Meyerson
“What impressed me most about Antarctica was the silence. I’ve never been anywhere as spiritual. Most places are spiritual because of their religion. This was a place that is spiritual because of its natural beauty. I sensed that everyone around me felt the same way. Although photographers become mesmerized by their subjects, for the first time I sensed that the spirituality of the place affected them very deeply. All of us were absorbing the beauty around us.” – Eric Meola
“Antarctica is never the same twice. It’s like a mirage that never fades. It seems simultaneously eternal and ephemeral. It’s as if spirit took shape – and when you got there you get to touch it, immerse yourself in it, and take it into you. You cannot go to Antarctica and return unchanged.” – John Paul Caponigro
Digital Photo Destinations is planning a new Antarctica workshop voyage for 2013.
Sign up for our pre announce list to be among the first to hear about it.
Email jpc@digitalphotodestinations.
Find out more about Antarctica here.

4 Reasons To Be In Midcoast Maine This Weekend


It’s high season in Maine right now. The weather is gorgeous. And there are lots of events this weekend. Most know about The Maine Lobster Festival, an event that draws over 100,000 people in 5 days. Many know about all the great art events that coincide with it.
My annual exhibit New Work 2011 is open this weekend only.
My father’s exhibit The Hidden Presence of Places is open in Rockland.
Colby College exhibits American Modern featuring Bernice Abbot, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White.
Other local exhibits include…
Alan Magee in Rockport
Dave Vickerey in Rockland
Greg Mort in Port Clyde
More details follow below.
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Fine Art Digital Printing Seminar – ASMP Boston 3/8/11


This one day seminar is one of the best values in the industry!
Thousands of dollars of free giveaways are provided by Adobe, X-Rite, NIK, OnOne, HDRSoft, Imagenomic, Chromix and more!
Find out about the latest advances in digital printing. You’ll learn to evaluate printers, inks, media, RIPs, and profiles. See the latest Epson printers and media in action. Take the results home!
Discover what’s unique about a fine art workflow designed to maximize quality. See it in action. See it detailed step-by-step. See the results. John Paul and Mac will build a file from the ground up and show you the final results in print.
You’ll learn to seamlessly integrate Adobe software Lightroom, Bridge, Camera Raw, and Photoshop. You’ll learn a variety of tools and techniques that will help improve and refine both your digital files and prints. We’ve heard time and time again, “That one tip was worth the price of admission.” And there are dozens of these!
You’ll leave with the knowledge you need to get the results you’re looking for and the confidence that it’s the very best.
Topics include:

  • Evaluating printers
  • Comparing media
  • Quick color management
  • How to analyze images to determine an optimum strategy
  • Raw conversion
  • Sophisticated color adjustment strategies
  • Selections and masking
  • Upsampling
  • Noise reduction
  • Sharpening — input, creative, and output
  • Softproofing and proofing
  • Equipment maintenance and fine-tuning
  • Print finishing and handling
  • Fine art market practices

Preview our DVDs Fine Art Digital Printing and Fine Art Digital Workflow.
Learn more in our Fine Art of Digital Printing Workshop.

D65's Lightroom Workbook – Now Shipping

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Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer, the Co-Founders of D65 announce their new book, D65’s Lightroom Workbook, Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 3. D-65’s workflow is accomplished by using Adobe Lightroom. D65’s Lightroom Workbook, Workflow Not Workslow details everything you ever wanted or needed to know about the five modules in Lightroom, including setting up preferences for optimal results and organizing catalogs. Included is an entire chapter which details the D-65 legendary workflow; an advanced, yet simple workflow from capture through editing, tweaking, processing and exporting. The book also covers many digital concepts such as color space, shooting raw, file naming and archiving. D-65 was one of the first and foremost companies teaching Lightroom workflow, and the incredibly successful program has taught thousands of photographers worldwide. Seth Resnick and Jamie Spritzer are the perfect guides to lead you through the maze of technical problems and practical challenges that stand between you and a seamless digital workflow with Lightroom at the core.
•    The essential guide to setting up an efficient workflow with Photoshop Lightroom from two of the industry’s most respected photography trainers
•    Insider tips and tricks explain not only how to use Lightroom but also how best to work pre-capture to ensure you get the best out of Lightroom post-capture
•    Over 500 pages packed with essential advice and stunning images to illustrate and inspire, Seth and Jamie explain technical concepts with ease in a way only pro trainers can–buy the book and see why their workshops sell out in a flash!
“Seth and Jamie have laid the chapters out in a quick read style that follows Lightroom’s architecture from beginning to end. And you can fit their guidelines to your own style of shooting and your own way of organizing your digital image archive. It doesn’t matter how expensive your camera is, or how many megapixels are on its sensor, because this book gives you the knowledge and the discipline to make the most of the tremendous possibilities of digital photography.” – Eric Meola, Photographer

“No one knows more about keywording than Seth and Jamie. As an English major and a writer, I thought I knew a thing or two about words, but I learn new words and new ways to use words all the time from Seth and Jamie. What’s that mean to you? It means if you learn to use words like they do, everyone will be able to find your pictures easily – including you.” – John Paul Caponigro
Get your copy here today!
Find more of the best Photoshop and Lightroom books here.

Epson Focal Points

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Find out what Bambi Cantrell, John Paul Caponigro, Douglas Dubler, Greg Gorman, Jay Maisel, Steve McCurry, and Jeff Schewe have to say about the Epson Stylus Pro 900 Series printers. You’ll hear personal stories and real world case studies of how these printers are making the best prints possible.
View these seven new videos here.
By the way, the videos were produced by Epson’s Dan Steinhardt and the same team that produces Acme Educational DVDs – Vincent Versace and Mark Vanocur,
Learn more in my free downloadable Lessons.
Learn even more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.
Stay tuned for the release of my new DVDs Fine Art Digital Printing.
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H.E.L.P – 60 Second Video Tutorials on NAPP

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H.E.L.P.
During the keynote of NAPP announced a new free resource to members. H.E.L.P. –  60 second online video tutorials. Need to know how to do something in Photoshop quick? Log on. Go to NAPP. Select and watch a video tutorial. 60 seconds later, you’ve got answers. It’s very powerful. It’s another great reason to be an NAPP member.
Find out more about NAPP here.
Find H.E.L.P. here.
I covered this morning’s keynote highlights live in real time with Twitter and my iPhone.
Read/see my live tweets of  the keynote highlights here.
Coblogging Photoshop World
We’re coblogging again. That is we’re all making posts about highlights of Photoshop World. Some of us will do it daily.
Here’s a list of possible participants.
Corey Barker
John Paul Caponigro
RC Concepcion
Dave Cross
Jim Divitale
Laurie Excell

Richard Harrington
Scott Kelby
Matt Koslowski
Deke McClelland
Joe McNally
John Nack
Moose Peterson
Jeff Schewe
Colin Smith
Ben Willmore
David Ziser

Alumni Success Stories

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This space is for you!
If you’re an alumn of my workshops/seminars …
I want to hear your success stories!
And I want to share them with the world!
Got a new book?
Featured in a magazine?
Won a contest?
Have a new exhibit?
Landed a new assignment?
Print made it in a prestigious collection?
Experienced a great travel adventure?
Took a great workshop?
Used great tools?
Learned something valuable?
Tell us about your discoveries here!
How do you submit material?
Send me your ready to post text as an RTF file.
Include full urls for relevant links …
i.e. http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/workshops.
Include at least one image – 425 pixels wide, sRGB, 8 bit, JPEG setting 6-9.
Email me at johnpaulcaponigro@hotmail.com.
That’s it!
I’ll post it!

The Fine Art of Digital Printing Workshop Returns


You can learn from two master digital print makers at the same time, fresh off their highly successful tour in the Epson Print Academy, in The Fine Art of Digital Printing workshop. It’s the chance of a lifetime.
The Fine Art of Digital Printing workshop with John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert (supported by Epson) returns in 2009 after four highly successful events. August 31 – September 4 and October 26 – 30 at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. Space is limited to 24 participants and made available on a first-come-first-serve basis. The event was so popular in 2008 and 2009 it sold out within days.
Visit thefineartofdigitalprinting.com to learn more and to sign up for the workshop or waiting list.
Schedule
Seminar style sessions are run morning, afternoon, and evening with breaks only for lunch and dinner.

Topics covered include …

Color Management
Proofing
Workflow
Raw Conversion
Noise Reduction
Sharpening
Media Choices
Print Presentation
One-On-One Reviews
And much, much more!
The workshop emphasizes hands on productivity. Late nights are spent in the lab producing work while Mac and JP conduct one-on-one review sessions.
Included with the workshop are John Paul’s workshop DVD (packed with exercises, reading, test files, and actions) and Mac and JPs handouts (a binder compiling the best of their years of relevant writings).
This workshop is right for those who want to master digital printmaking and take their digital imaging skills to the next level. This workshop has a strong photographic perspective but is applicable to all types of artists who want to reproduce their work in digital media. Intermediate skill levels with Photoshop are required. Lightroom is covered but not required.
Check out Mac’s website with free resources here.
Check out Mac’s book here.
Check out Mac’s DVD here.
Check out my conversation with Mac here.
Check out my DVDs here.
Check out my free printing PDFs here.
Check out my other Printing workshops here.
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