June Member News

by Staff

June 01, 2011This Month in Rangefinder
June is Rangefinder's annual "State of the Industry" issue, where we highlight the latest trends happening in the photographic industry. Curious about upcoming products and industry news? Heard of "the cloud" or "crowdsourcing' yet? You will.  This month also highlights some outstanding travel and destination photographers as well as sports and action photography from around the world.

The June issue is online now at: www.rangefindermag.com

Maybe the IPad 2 didn't need that camera after all?
Flickr is reporting that the iPad 2 is the least-used camera of any Apple device. By contrast the iPhone 4 has the highest number of average daily users submitting shots and is in hot competition with the Nikon D90 as the most-used camera on Flickr.

Nikon sues Sigma
On May 25, Nikon filed a suit against Sigma claiming patent infringement over the sale and manufacture of Vibration Reduction lenses.

Photographing L.A Noire
When Rockstar Games, the creators of the new hit game "L.A. Noire" needed to re-create 1930s Los Angeles they turned to the aerial photography of Robert Spence

WPPI NYC @ Photoplus
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announces WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus, the first ever WPPI trade show to take place on the East Coast. WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus will debut during PPE this fall in a new exhibit space at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus will host a full
day of educational programs for professional photographers on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. A two-day tradeshow will follow on October 27–28, 2011 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. each day.

All WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus classes and the trade show will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Registered WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus attendees will also have full access to attend the PhotoPlus Expo trade show.

The pre-registration rate to attend all WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus classes, the WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus trade show and PhotoPlus Expo trade show is $99. On-site registration will be $150. Registration details will be announced soon. In addition, all registered attendees of PhotoPlus Expo will have full access to WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus.

WPPI Road Trip
We’re back out on the road again with our 3rd annual, eight-city Road Trip, which starts this August. It will be a one-day event in each city, with four speakers covering wedding, portrait, Photoshop/Lightroom and business/marketing. Lunch will be included with snacks, and will conclude with a networking cocktail party.
Cities / Dates:
Long Beach, CA - August 8.
San Jose, CA - August 10
Columbus, OH - August 15
Chicago, IL - August 17
Philadelphia, PA – August 22
Boston, MA – August 25
Austin, TX – September 19
New Orleans, LA – September 22
Visit www.wppionline.com/roadtrip.html for more information.

Donations to Help Disaster Victims in Joplin, MO

We have all seen the shocking pictures of the destruction caused by tornadoes in the Midwest, including the devastation in Joplin, MO. Over 120 people died and 50% of the city was flattened. Springfield, MO is approximately 75 miles from Joplin, and many residents in Springfield have friends and family who were affected by this tragic event. Dawn Shields, owner of Dawn Shields Photography and Metropolitan Bride, immediately organized moving trucks supplied by her husband Sean and put the word out in the Springfield community for donations.

Water, blankets, food, batteries and clothing are some of the supplies being requested by The Ronald McDonald House, which is one of the only structures able to house survivors. Large trucks of supplies went out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but more help is needed. Even though you may not live in the area, you can make a contribution through Metropolitan Bride by calling (417) 888-2900 or by making a Paypal contribution by contacting info@metbride.com.

Feature Your Charity in the WPPI Newsletter
Are you a photographer who has either created or is involved with a charity organization? Tell us about it and we’ll feature you and your charity in the “Photolanthropy” section of the WPPI Newsletter. We’re looking for photographers who are helping to make a difference.

Email features editor, Chris Wiltz, at cwiltz@rfpublishing.com for consideration.

WPPI Marketplace
Also, head over to WPPI’s new Marketplace (http://www4.wppionline.com/marketplace/) where you can find Album 2009 for the discounted price of $44.99 plus postage. Additional WPPI Albums from 2001/2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008 are also available at discounted rates.

Members Only 8x10 Grand Award Winners Announced
The Grand Award winners for the 2010 Members Only 8 x 10 competition have been announced.
Winners were:
Wedding:  David Edmonson for his image Whimsical (first half)
Portrait:  Amy Parrish for her image Peace (second half)
Commercial:  Andy Armstrong for his image He Promised He Would Change (first half)
Photojournalism:  Rares Pulberes for his image Atack (second half)

CLICK HERE to see the winning images and others from the 2010 competions.

First Half,  Semi-AnnualWPPI Members Only Contest
The first half of the WPPI Members Only 8x10 photo contest (formerly the IPC) will be opening for submissions on June 6! Look for future updates on www.wppionline.com. You can also email photocomp@wppionline.com for more information.

AfterCapture's Pix Digital Imaging Contest
The 2011 AfterCapture PIX Digital Imaging Contest recognizes excellence and innovation in digital imaging including retouching, CGI, 3D, compositing and other post-production techniques.

Each category winner will receive:

• Canon PowerShot G12 or Nikon COOLPIX P7000
• Complete Nik Software Collection
• PhotoServe Portfolio ($860 value)
• Full registration to WPPI 2012 and three MasterClasses
• Gold Pass to the 2011 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
• Image and Series winners will receive a feature in AfterCapture magazine
• Student winners will receive a one-page profile in AfterCapture magazine
• One-year subscription to Photo District News magazine

Visit www.pixdigitalimagingcontest.com for more information and to enter

Best Friends Photo Contest
Are you wild about animal photography? Rangefinder Magazine presents The Ultimate Animal Photo Contest. Send us your best animal image for a chance at some amazing prizes!
1st place: full registration for WPPI 2012 and three Master Classes
2nd place: full registration for WPPI 2012 and WPPI U Class
3rd place: full registration for WPPI 2012

All first place winners will receive:
A digital camera
Free Two-year subscription to Rangefinder and a free
Two-year Membership in WPPI (valued at $178).

All winners will be featured in an online gallery as well as the
August issue of Rangefinder magazine along with photographer
bio and write-up.

Visit www.BestFriendsPhotoContest.com for more information and to enter.

Seeing the Light photo contest
Are you a master at lighting? Rangefinder Magazine wants to see what you've got!
Enter the 2011 "Seeing the Light" photo contest:

1st place: Full registration for WPPI 2012 and three MasterClasses

2nd place: Full registration for WPPI 2012 and a WPPI-U Class

3rd place: Full registration for WPPI 2012


    A deluxe lighting kit made available by one of our sponsors
    A one year subscription to Rangefinder and full registration to WPPI  ($259 value)

Visit www.seeingthelightcontest.com for more information and to enter.

Drive Savers Inc.
DriveSavers, Inc. was the first company to successfully recover data from digital cameras and is recommended by all digital camera manufacturers to perform data recovery on their digital media products.  To learn more about DriveSavers Data Recovery services for digital cameras and special programs for digital arts, visit: www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/devices-supported/digital-cameras/.

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