Adobe users who have purchased a product or signed up for Creative Cloud recently beware. According to Adobe’s website, the company’s servers were hacked “very recently,” and the attackers made away with customer information from 2.9 million Adobe accounts, as well as source code for a few Adobe products.
Adobe isn’t disclosing when exactly this happened, but the company is admitting that the hackers managed to pull “customer IDs, encrypted passwords… names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders” from some 2.9 million users’ accounts — Adobe is in the process of notifying affected customers by email.
The good news (if you can call it that) is that Adobe doesn’t believe the hackers got any decrypted financial information, so even though we suggest Adobe CC subscribers keep a closer eye on their bank and CC accounts over the next few weeks, you should be ok.
Regardless, Adobe still isn’t willing to take any chances where customer info is concerned. In addition to working with financial institutions to protect customers’ accounts, the company is also resetting all Adobe ID passwords affected.
Those whose financial info was compromised will also receive a letter detailing steps they might take to help protect themselves, as well as one year of free credit monitoring so you can be sure nothing fishy is going on.
The source code breach, which Adobe believes might have been related, has less to do with us photographic types. Apparently the cyber thieves stole source code from “Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products.”
Thankfully, this particular breach requires no further action as Adobe “[is] not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this incident.” We’ll call that the silver lining.
For more info on either security breach, head over to the Adobe blog by clicking here (customer info theft) or here (source code theft). As we mentioned above, if you were affected by the hack, you should shortly (if you haven’t already) receive an e-mail from Adobe notifying you.
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Profoto just announced a new Speedring adapter, which allows photographers to use any brand of speedlight with the entire line of RFi softboxes. The RFi Speedlight Speedring features dual brackets to attach two speed lights, if needed, for use with larger softboxes, providing extra illumination or faster recycling time. For more precise and creative lighting, the new adapter provides several adjustment options. Speedlights can be angled, adjusted vertically and, to obtain the optimal light-to-subject distance, moved forward. Even when using speedlights, softboxes can still be tilted and rotated 360 degrees.
Mounting positions are color-coded to match those of RFi softbox rods, making it easy to figure out what goes where with each different type of light modifier. The Speedring comes with additional hotshoe mounts so users can attach Profoto Air units or any radio sync, regardless of brand.
The RFi Speedlight Speedring is available now for $175, including the bracket and 4 hotshoe mounts.
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The Lexar® JumpDrive® M10 Secure USB 3.0 flash drive provides comprehensive data protection and features an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter. And with speeds up to 4x faster than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives, it allows you to quickly and safely store and transfer files.* JumpDrive M10 Secure is available in 16GB-128GB capacities.
Securely Protect Files on the Go. Looking to protect personal information, financial records, or other sensitive files on the go? Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure includes EncryptStick™ Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption to help protect your essential files against corruption, loss, and deletion. Easily create a password-protected vault that automatically encrypts data.
Securely Erase Files After Use. For peace of mind that your data is secure, use the File Shredder feature to thoroughly delete files so they can’t be recovered.
Check Available Storage Space—at a Glance. Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure sports an easy-to-read, always-on capacity meter that’s powered by the same technology as today’s popular e-readers. This convenient meter lets you determine your available storage space at a glance, and maintains the reading even when disconnected.
Transfer Content Faster. With a busy life on the go and so much to do, the last thing you want is to spend extra time waiting for your files to transfer. The Lexar JumpDrive M10 Secure offers speeds up to 4x faster (up to 100MB/s read and 55MB/s write) than standard JumpDrive USB 2.0 drives.* Quickly transfer a 3GB HD video clip in less than 90 seconds—that’s 13x faster than the 20 minutes it takes using a standard USB 2.0 drive.**
Store More. The drive is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices. And with a range of high-capacity options from 16GB-128GB, you can securely store more of what matters.
Lexar Performance, Quality, Compatibility, and Reliability. All Lexar memory card, card reader, and USB flash drive product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability.
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Import of Adobe Lightroom catalogs on Mac and Windows (beta)
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In the last two months I've gotten into listening to podcasts specifically: WTF produced by comedian Marc Maron. It makes for good listening when your working in front of the computer most of the day. Since finding this audios series I have been alternating between listening to the early days of his podcasts and listening to his new ones; alternating between them.
One of Marc's latest conversations was with Jazz musician Ben Sidran. I've never heard of Ben but being an old-school rocker with a penchant for good Jazz (Monk, Miles, Train, ...) and still trying to keep my connection to the music world no mater how slim that connection is these days, I figured that this would be a good listen.
As those of you that have been following this web site since it's inception in April 1998 are probably well aware, before getting into photography on a full time basis I was a musician for 20 years. A portion of that time included 5 years of classical voice training and a few years studying composition and Music production as well as dozens of late night vocal sessions in the recording studios at Berklee College of Music.
This podcast blew me away. So much of my musical past came flooding back and in listening I found or rather recalled so many of the common threads that can be found in both Music and Photography. Which is why if you ask around you'll find that of the successful working Photographers more than 80 percent started out as or became musicians in one form or another.
having had that personal awakening I felt that it was incumbent upon me to pass along this link to the podcast that dusted off so much of the stuff I have known for years and have kind of set aside as the business of photography has become a millstone that I must keep moving every day.
Check out this podcast and see for yourself.
-- PLEASE NOTE -- Marc Maron may be acquired taste for some. His comedy and his interviewing style may not be NSFW for some of you. But if your willing to listen to and get past his opening monologue I'm sure you'll agree that it was worth a listen.
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The new Perfect Photo Suite 8 is coming November 26, 2013, and we couldn't be more excited. It is a full-featured photo editor and includes valuable tools that our customers have been asking for. Unlike plug-ins from other companies, it works as one elegantly designed product that integrates into any workflow. Key new features include the Perfect Enhance and Browse modules, Perfect Eraser, Perfect Batch, re-engineered Perfect Effects with new filters and more creative control, and much more. See what's new »
Pre-order Suite 8 by September 19th for only $179 ($99 upgrade) and get a free video guide! Learn more »
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Canon has unveiled some major updates to the entire Cinema EOS family, including the C100, C300, C500, EOS-1D C, and even the XF300. Of course, the headline feature is the increased maximum ISO on the C100, C300 and C500 to 80,000 (from 20,000), but that certainly is not the extent of the updates.
The C500 gains several features that are oriented for those using the camera for studio level productions, including:
• DCI-P3+ and Canon Cinema Gamut mode —DCI-P3+ shares the same white point as DCI-P3, but is an extended gamut beyond the boundaries of P3 for additional color rendition. Canon Cinema Gamma is a new color space, which is the widest of any available gamut (including Rec709 and DCI-P3) in the Canon family. These extended gamuts can certainly prove useful for those intending to have a heavy color grade session or in a VFX / chroma key environment, and is especially useful for those planning a theatrical projection.
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LEICA CAMERA ANNOUNCES “LEICA C”A new line of Leica digital compact cameras that pairs elegance and style with high performance digital technology.Leica Camera is proud to present the Leica C, the first model of a new line of Leica digital compact cameras that every stylish, fashion-forward consumer will want to own. A first in Leica’s impressive history of compact cameras, the Leica C camera offers WiFi and Near Field Communication (NFC) which not only allows for remote access of images and videos from a smartphone or tablet but enables the user to view images and watch videos being captured by the Leica C in real-time from their smartphones. Its technical features are impressive, but the sultry beauty of the Leica C is in its slim, sophisticated form. The elegant body of the camera is the work of Audi Design, who were also commissioned to develop the unique range of camera accessories for the Leica C. The Leica C is available in two stunning finishes—Champagne and Bordeaux—and is complemented by a range of accessories in premium materials that highlight the distinctive, eye-catching looks of the new Leica compact camera line.
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WORKSHOP I – WET PLATE COLLODION 101
3 Days of instruction by James Weber.
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Introducing the Photoshop Photography Program
The Photoshop Photography Program will be available during the week of September 16, 2013
During today's keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe is showcasing how photography workflows will evolve to take advantage of an increasingly connected world. This includes a tour of how easy it is today to use Creative Cloud to make your content and creations available anywhere, plus the power of Behance to showcase work. We also highlight some of the exciting new technologies that we're working on for Photoshop CC and Lightroom; our roadmap for making our photography products even more connected; and a peek at how we're planning to bring advanced Adobe digital imaging technology to mobile devices. You'll see these products and services become available in the not too distant future.
Throughout this week at Photoshop World, we're demoing some great digital imaging innovation and I hope you're as excited as we are about what's available today and what's coming soon, thanks to our talented teams of engineers.
Since introducing Photoshop CC, we've listened to feedback from a spectrum of our customers, from advanced professionals to casual enthusiasts. One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers. Beginning today, customers who own Photoshop CS3 or higher are eligible for a special Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:
To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. And here is a list of prices for the major regions outside of the US – keep in mind that these prices are exclusive of VAT/local taxes which vary by country.
North America $9.99 USD
European Union €9.99 EUR
EMEA non-EU $9.99 USD
Australia/New Zealand $9.99 AUD
Asia Pacific $9.99 USD
Latin America $9.99 USD
Japan ¥1,000 JPY
UK £7.14 GBP
This offer will be available the week of September 16th at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2. Visit the FAQ to learn more.
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"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013
"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10
"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison
"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton
"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz
"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee
" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles
"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton
"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla
"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon
"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton
“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston
"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi
"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston
"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams
"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe
" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand
"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst
"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein
"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson
"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith
"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan