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Canon and The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Partner to Make Children Safer

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Canon U.S.A., Inc., and The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children recently took the field to help raise greater awareness of issues related to locating missing children. It will be Canon’s sixth annual promotional night at Yankee Stadium, when the Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles.

During the pre-game ceremony, Mark Haga, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Canon U.S.A., presented John Walsh, co-founder of NCMEC and host of the television series “America’s Most Wanted,” with a $575,000 check, representing the cumulative amount of money donated by Canon U.S.A..

“Canon’s continued commitment to protecting children is reflected in our corporate philosophy, Kyosei – all people, regardless of race, religion, or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future,” said Joe Adachi, president and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A. “We are very proud that Canon has worked with NCMEC and the New York Yankees to bring into focus the many ways digital cameras, printers and photos can play a key role in helping to locate missing children. To date, Canon’s support of NCMEC has contributed to the recovery of 336 missing children.”

For more than a decade, Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC, who are celebrating 25 years of recovering children, have collaborated to educate the public about the growing issue of missing children. The Canon4Kids program sponsored by Canon U.S.A. and NCMEC, donates products to help law enforcement quickly disseminate photos and information about missing children, produces Public Service Announcements with missing children photos, and educates parents about tips for taking and maintaining updated photos of their children.

“A good current photograph is the single most important tool in the search for a missing child,” said Ernie Allen, president and CEO of NCMEC. “This is why we are so grateful that Canon, a leader in digital imaging, is working so closely with us. Through photography, technology and education, Canon and NCMEC are saving lives, keeping children safe and reuniting families.”

As part of the Canon4Kids program, more than 1,925 pieces of donated Canon equipment (digital cameras, fax-phones, printers and scanners) have been distributed to law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The program also includes the placement of public service announcements with photographs of missing children in newspapers and magazines across the country to help in the recovery process.

About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since it was established by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children’s hotline which has handled more than 2,377,000 calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 138,500 children. The organization’s CyberTipline has handled more than 685,700 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed more than 22,761,000 child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice’s office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit its Web site .

About Canon’s Sponsorship of the New York Yankees
Canon has been a sponsor of the New York Yankees since 2000. In 2004, Canon increased its presence at Yankee Stadium with a sign on the left field outfield wall, further enhancing its brand presence for millions of fans. In addition, Canon continues to receive exposure on rotating signage behind home plate. Canon’s sponsorship also includes the designation as “Official Digital Camera, Copier, SLR Camera and Printer of the New York Yankees.”

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Written by jeremyparce

May 21, 2009 at 12:06 am

Technical Image Press Association honors Sigma Corporation’s new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM lens

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

Sigma Corporation of America has received the award of Best Entry Level Lens by Technical Image Press Association for its newly available 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM.

The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, extended range zoom lens, currently available for Nikon and Canon mounts, incorporates Sigma’s exclusive technology, the Hybrid Optical Stabilizer, an anti-shake system providing image stabilization in both the camera body and the viewfinder. In addition to the unique OS system, this DC lens is a dedicated digital SLR camera lens suited for APS-C format, and incorporates Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) functionality to ensure quiet and high speed auto focus (AF).

“Sigma’s new 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM lens provides all levels of photographers with smooth zoom action, best-in-class image quality, and innovative OS technology,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re thrilled that the Technical Image Press Association has recognized our continued commitment to providing our customers with excellent products and unparalleled quality, at reasonable prices.”

The 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM was selected for the TIPA award by a panel of 25 editors of leading European photography publications. Judges cited the lens’ exclusive optical stabilization (OS) system, along with four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements and three aspheric elements as key factors in their decision process, all of which they said ensure “high quality” results.

Each year, TIPA editors vote for the best photo and imaging products introduced in Europe during the previous 12 months. The judges consider innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, and the price/performance ratio while making their decisions.

The lens has 13.8 times zoom ratio capabilities, exclusive to digital SLR, making it ideal for close-up photography. In addition, an inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making it suitable for use with circular polarizing filters and the supplied petal-type hood.

The 18-250 F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM is currently available for Nikon and Canon mounts for $800 MSRP in a number of stores nationwide. Within the next few months, the lens will be also be available in Sigma, as well as Sony and Pentax mounts, the first-ever optically stabilized lens offered for those manufacturers’ digital cameras.

Canon Presents Its Fourth Annual ‘Photography in the Parks’ Photo Contest

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As springtime rolls in, Canon U.S.A., Inc., is encouraging Americans to visit their national parks and photograph their beauty with its fourth annual Canon Photography In The Parks Photo Contest. The contest invites photography enthusiasts, from May 15th to September 30th, 2009, to enter by submitting their “Inspirational Nature Images,” the theme for this year’s contest. Photos taken at any park or monument in America can be entered through the Canon Digital Learning Center Web site. New this year, Canon will have two contest divisions for photographers between the ages of 13 and 17, and a separate division for adults ages 18 and older. This will enhance the contest experience by allowing aspiring teen photographers to compete amongst their peers.

“Through our Photography in the Parks Photo Contest, we have seen a great number of awe-inspiring outdoor images submitted from around the country. It is during these beautiful spring and summer months that we all should take the time to go outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A. “As an environmentally conscious organization, we encourage everyone to enjoy the beauty of nature, and work to protect it.”

After entering their photos through the Canon Digital Learning Center, potential contest winners will have the opportunity to forward an e-postcard of their submitted images to friends and family as a fun way to share their photographs. Winning photographers from the Photography in the Parks Photo Contest will receive some of Canon’s hottest photographic equipment. Along with some of Canon’s hottest equipment, the Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to a National Park.

As part of Canon’s Parks Program, a team of photographers will be touring four National Parks from June through August. At each park, the Canon team will host free photography workshops and provide Canon’s top-of-the-line camera equipment for participants to use at no charge. Each class will teach various photography techniques and explore many of the camera functions as participants take a walking tour of the park. Visit www.usa.canon.com/parks for details and a schedule of workshops.

Online visitors and Web surfers are encouraged to browse the Canon Digital Learning Center and take advantage of the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a schedule for a wide variety of Live Learning classes across the country with renowned photographers as well as online resources and tips. The site also features online tutorials for beginners and professionals to learn their way around a digital SLR camera and inkjet printer and unlock the full creative control of digital photography.

Canon Launches New Educational Program for Current and Prospective EOS Users

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

Canon recently announced the launch of Canon Live Learning, a new on-site education program targeted towards photographers who currently use or are interested in Canon’s popular line of EOS photographic products. Canon Live Learning (CLL) will offer high-quality classes and workshops conducted by a number of the industry’s leading professional photographers, Canon’s Explorers of Light. CLL attendees will learn how to get the most out of their gear while also having the opportunity to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products.

“Through the Canon Live Learning program we are hoping to empower and inspire our customers to further enhance their skills and passion for the art of imaging,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon Live Learning adds value to the experience of owning and using Canon photographic products.”

CLL will consist of two distinct educational opportunities: EOS Essentials and EOS Extras. EOS Essentials is a two-day weekend program which will start on Saturday with a mini-conference for participants to learn about a variety of topics, followed by optional hands-on workshops. On Sunday, participants will be organized in smaller groups and take part in workshops conducted by a Canon Explorer of Light professional photographer. The EOS Extras program is a series of exciting, two-day hands-on workshops with a Canon Explorer of Light. Participants will go on location in order to learn about photographic techniques and try Canon’s latest EOS equipment. Potential participants can go online to learn more about each program and register at this Web page.

EOS Essentials
The Canon Live Learning EOS Essentials program is ideal for photographers who are interested in learning how to get the most out of their EOS and other photography equipment. During the first day of the program, four topics will be covered, at approximately 90 minutes per topic. Canon Explorers of Light, local professional photographers and Canon instructors will present each topic through an inspirational blend of on-screen content and live demonstrations. After each presentation, questions and answers will be encouraged to further discussion and elicit new ideas. Topics in 2009 will include: “Creative Lighting with Speedlites,” “HD Video with EOS DSLRs,” “Landscape/Nature Photography,” and “Maximizing Your EOS.”

The optional second day of the EOS Essentials program will offer a choice between two different hands-on workshops, each with an attending Explorer of Light photographer and other professional instructors. These workshops will be interactive and limited to 16 participants each. Participants will also be able to try out Canon’s latest line of EOS products during these workshops. Workshop topics will vary according to the location, and are posted on the Canon Live Learning Web site.

In 2009, the Canon EOS Essentials program will be held in the following cities:

New York, N.Y. May 30th – May 31st
Chicago, Ill. June 13th – June 14th
Los Angeles, Calif. June 20th – June 21st
San Francisco, Calif. July 18th – July 19th
Boston, Mass. TBD
Seattle, Wash TBD
Atlanta, Ga. TBD
Dallas, TX TBD

Confirmed Canon Explorers of Light who are scheduled to deliver at least one program are: Vincent Laforet, Bruce Dorn, Bob Davis, George Lepp, Darrell Gulin, Adam Jones and Jennifer Wu. Various local professional photographers, such as Carol Dragon, Richard Koci Hernandez and Paul Kennedy, are also scheduled to participate. Canon U.S.A. instructors will include Brian Matsumoto, Carl Peer and James Rose.

All EOS Essentials presentations will be shown using Canon REALiS multimedia projectors for superb image quality, and each location will feature an equipment demonstration area where participants will be able to handle and try a wide range of Canon imaging products, including EOS cameras, EF lenses and Canon imagePROGRAF and PIXMA Pro photo printers.

EOS Extras
In addition to the EOS Essentials program, Canon Live Learning is offering EOS Extras where participants will have the opportunity to take part in a weekend of instruction on location at an interesting site with a Canon Explorer of Light. In this program, participants will get even more extensive hands-on experience and come away with an increased knowledge and understanding of their Canon EOS equipment. Participants will have the opportunity to use additional EOS equipment as well. The first EOS Extras weekend program is scheduled for June 6th through June 7th in Aspen, Colorado with Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford. Additional destinations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Written by jeremyparce

May 12, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 18

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

Camille Seaman: Photographer Camille Seaman is a graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase where she studied photography with Jan Groover. Her photographs have been published in Newsweek, Outside, Men’s Journal and in the PDN magazine. Her environmental images are breathtaking.

Steven Laxton: Steven Laxton’s images are a perfect balance of light, shadow and composition. He has a great ability to allow his images and the viewer to connect. If you have limited time, be sure to visit the gallery, “city nights.”

Howard Schatz: Fine-art photographer Howard Schatz makes images with such appeal, you feel like you’re inside the frame with the subject. His “Underwater” gallery is especially appealing has Schatz specializes in the underwater environment using a specially designed pool/studio.

Written by jeremyparce

May 9, 2009 at 4:42 am

‘Capture The Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs’: Displayed at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics

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“Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs,” the largest and most comprehensive display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown in the United States, recently opened at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi. The exhibition will be on display through July 3, 2009.
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“Capture the Moment” features 138 images drawn from each year’s winning entries from 1941 – the first year a photograph was eligible for the prestigious award – up to and including the award-winning 2008 image of a Japanese videographer fatally wounded during a demonstration in Myanmar.

The exhibit includes dramatic and poignant news and feature photographs, including Jack R. Thornell’s photo of a wounded James Meredith crying out in pain (1967 Pulitzer); Joe Rosenthal’s World War II photo of the raising of the flag by U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima (1945 Pulitzer); the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2006 Pulitzer); and Nathaniel Fein’s shot of Babe Ruth watching his number retired at Yankee Stadium (1949 Pulitzer).

“The Pulitzer photo gallery is one of the most popular attractions in the Newseum. We are delighted the exhibit can be on display at Ole Miss,” said Charles L. Overby, chief executive officer, Newseum.

The Pulitzer exhibit will open formally April 22 at 5 p.m. at the Overby Center with a panel discussion about the photographers and the fascinating stories behind their award-winning photos. Panelists will include Ken Crawford, a Newseum producer who has interviewed more than 50 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, and Susan Bennett, a Newseum vice president and veteran reporter who covered the South for UPI. Charles L. Overby will moderate the panel discussion, which is open to the public. A reception will follow.

“Capture the Moment” has been seen by more than 2 million visitors in museums and history centers across the country, including the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Washington State History Museum and Minnesota History Center. The Newseum developed the traveling exhibit with Business of Entertainment, Inc., New York, with Cyma Rubin as curator.

“Capture the Moment” includes photos of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. Some are tragic, such as Stanley Forman’s 1975 photo of a woman and child falling from a broken fire escape during a Boston fire. Others are just short of miraculous, including a 1953 photograph by Virginia Schau – the first woman and second amateur to be honored – of the rescue of two men from the cab of a tractor-trailer as the truck hangs precariously off a bridge.

A dozen photographs relate to World War II, Korea and Vietnam, including Nick Ut’s image of a young girl – clothes burned off by napalm – running toward the camera.

Domestic and social issues also can be found throughout. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded for a photograph of a picket line fight during a 1941 United Auto Workers’ strike in Detroit.

About the Newseum
The Newseum, which opened a year ago on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The world’s most interactive museum takes visitors behind the scenes of news and instills an appreciation of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit, is the main funder of the Newseum’s operations. While independent of any media companies, the Newseum receives additional support from individuals, corporations and foundations.

About the Overby Center
The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics is funded through a grant from the Freedom Forum. The Center’s mission is to create better understanding of the media and politicians and the role of the First Amendment in our democracy. The Center features programs, multimedia displays and writings that examine the independent and interrelated relationships of the media and politicians – past, present and future. Because many leaders in media and politics have come from the South, the Overby Center pays special attention to Southern perspectives.

Panasonic Announces Pricing for Lumix GH1

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Panasonic recently announced pricing for the highly-anticipated LUMIX DMC-GH1, the new Micro Four Thirds digital camera with Full-High Definition (HD) video recording ability, which will be available in early June for a suggested retail price of $1499.95. The LUMIX DMC-GH1 includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens as part of the kit. The new lens, designed to support HD movie recording, features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing (AF) capability – a differentiator from traditional DSLRs.

In the U.S., the LUMIX GH1 will be available in black and has advanced photography features, such as the ability to record AVCHD 1080p/24p High Definition video, yet is easy enough for entry-level users to understand and take beautiful photos and videos. With Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode – a user-friendly setting made popular in the LUMIX line of digital point-and-shoot camera products, both entry-level and more experienced DSLR users can enjoy a complete suite of technologies that allow beautiful photo-taking and engage automatically – no setting adjustments needed.

For those looking for more creative control in their digital camera, the LUMIX GH1 can adjust shutter speed during motion recording, giving the videos a special look, particularly suitable for shooting fast-moving subjects. Also, the LUMIX GH1 allows users to control the aperture, which is convenient when there are several subjects at varying distances.  By adjusting the aperture, the user can focus on the foreground and blur the background – or vice versa – even during video recording.

“Since redefining the traditional DSLR category last year with the LUMIX G1 – which eliminated the internal mirror and thus dramatically reduced size of the camera body and lenses – Panasonic has been working to expand its award-winning LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds System line.  Panasonic wants to offer increasingly innovative products and features that make photography fun and easy,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The introduction of the LUMIX GH1, allows photographers of all levels to take superior quality photos and shoot HD video with a more compact, easy-to-use camera that provides increased creative capabilities.”

The LUMIX GH1 provides cutting-edge video recording features, including the ability to record high-resolution full HD (1920 x1080) video at 24 fps or smooth HD video (1280 x 720) at 60 fps using an AVCHD format (MPEG-4/H.264), which provides the important benefit of doubling the HD quality recording time compared with Motion JPEG. The LUMIX GH1 features a dedicated video record button on the back of the camera which lets users instantly start recording videos, even while shooting still photos – removing the fear of potentially missing a must-see video moment.
For more information about the Panasonic LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds System, including the award-winning LUMIX G1, and to place a pre-order for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH1, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.