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Epson Stylus Photo R1800

Overview

* 8-color Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss™ pigment inkset for archival-quality glossy and matte photos
* Fade-resistant photos lasting up to 100-200 years1
* Output photos up to 13"-wide
* Speeds through a 11" x 14" photo in under 2 minutes
* Creates borderless photos in seven popular sizes
* Prints directly on ink jet printable CDs/DVDs
* Built-in fast connectivity with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and FireWire®

Features & Benefits


Revolutionary 8-color Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss™ pigment inkset
using individual ink cartridges


* Optimized to produce beautiful archival photos on both glossy and matte papers with lightfastness rated as long as 100-200 years1
* 8-color pigment ink system including matte black and unique gloss optimizer
* Red and blue inks provide an expanded red and blue color gamut
* Delivers up to 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi and ink droplets as small as 1.5 picoliters
Print archival-quality glossy and matte photos


The photographer's choice for large archival photos.

Taking Epson's award-winning technology one step further, the Epson Stylus® Photo R1800 quickly creates large, archival quality glossy and matte photos worthy of display. Experience the rich, true-to-life colors and subtle detail that's evident in every image. It's all possible with Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss Inks, plus an industry leading resolution and ink droplet size - the same innovative features that made the Epson Stylus Photo R800 a resounding success.

The Epson Stylus Photo R1800 delivers studio quality results on a wide variety of media and in eight popular borderless sizes - up to 13-inches wide, as well as panoramics up to 44-inches long.

See: R1800 Specifications

See www.wilhelm-research.com for test details and information on other Epson papers. Actual prints stability will vary according to display conditions, light intensity, humidity, and atmospheric conditions. Epson does not guarantee longevity of prints. For maximum print life, display all prints under glass or properly store them.


 

www.EpsonOnlineExperience.com

The Epson Online Experience is an innovative web based program. Every week, you can view five new videos packed with professional techniques, tips and step-by-step tutorials for creating spectacular images and digital prints.

Greg Gorman, Jay Maisel, John Shaw and other award winning professional photographers show you how they capture images plus how they and master printmakers produce spectacular digital prints.

Hosted by award-winning photographer and musician Graham Nash. Watch the preview

Just $29.95 gets you 60 exciting segments of exclusive, behind-the-scenes videos along with valuable step by step techniques on digital printing you won't find anywhere else. Knowledge is Power..espeically in making GREAT PRINTS..!


Epson created PictureMate™ to help you preserve your memories so even your great-grandkids could enjoy photos of your most loyal companions. When displayed, PictureMate™ photos resist fading as much as 2 to 4 times longer than the leading photo lab brands, and about 4 to 20 times longer than other dedicated 4" x 6" photo printers.

* Beautiful photos, your way
* Easily view and print, no computer required!
* Long-lasting, fade, water, and smudge proof photos
* Superior performance at an unbeatable value
* Fast and convenient
* Complete compatibility Brilliant Lab Quality Photos at Home PictureMate® Deluxe Viewer Edition takes the personal photo lab one step further, making it even easier to view, edit and print glossy 4" x 6" photos at an everyday low price! Packed with many additional PC-free photo printing features, PictureMate Deluxe Viewer Edition is all you need to get brilliant fade-proof photos

PS... The smaller portable Epson printer is great to take out on shoots when you are using digital ... an easy way to present your client with a "quick shot" of the image.
With the accessory, you can plug it into your cigerette lighter. Perfect for business and pleasure, easy to store and handle.. and the prints are archival..up to 100 years...! Blue Tooth adapter PictureMate printer available at Epson


Epson Stylus Pro 4000 Professional Edition C511001PRO Estimated Price: $2,195.00* Overview
* 17" Wide Desktop Printer
* Maximum resolution 2880 x 1440 dpi
* 3.5 picoliter droplet size
* 7-color Epson UltraChrome™ Ink with 8-channel print head technology
* Epson internal 10/100 BaseT Ethernet
* Custom-designed PostScript Language Level 3 Compatible RIP by ColorBurst

See the Line up of WIDE format printers

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/WideFormat/pgindex.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes

Want to know what type of prints last the longest, compare product information on photo papers from major companies here:

Permanence Tests:
Henry Wilhelm Research, here you will find information on inks, printerrs and archival storage necessary for preserving the life of your fine art prints as well as family album prints.   http://www.wilhelm-research.com/index.html

We feel it is important that this subject be openly discussed and reviewed amongst consumers and professionals alike so they can make an informed decision on the products they use.   www.epson.com/printpermanence



WIPI Conference Seminar PANEL April 20, 2-4pm -
follow up will be posted shortly

The Do's and Don'ts of Working in Photography Jean Ferro, Photo Artist/President, Women In Photography International Sponsored by Women In Photography International Business/Marketing Track WIPI (Women In Photography International) presents a roundtable discussion by a group of established professionals working in the fields of photography, from Commercial to Fine-art. Specific suggestions for achieving personal and financial goals while avoiding mistakes will be covered throughout the discussion. Moderated by Jean Ferro, Photo Artist/President, WIPI

 

Panelists: See BIOS

Jean Ferro, Moderator
Françoise Kirkland, Consualtant/Manager, DouglasKirkland.com
Scott McKiernan, Founder/Director ZUMA PRESS, ZumaPress.com
Karen Hansen, Owner, Fresh Lists, FreshLists.com

WIPI Conference Seminar PANEL April 20, 2-4pm, follow up from Panel will be posted shortly.

SPONSORED BY: WIPI, International Photography Awards
and the LUCIE AWARDS


Lensbabies Launches Lensbaby 2.0 for Brighter, Sharper, Faster Selective Focus Photography


March 21, 2005, Las Vegas, NV. Today at the WPPI trade show, Lensbabies launched Lensbaby 2.0, a second-generation selective focus SLR camera lens, bringing brighter, sharper, and faster selective focus photography to professional and avid amateur photographers.

“Lensbaby 2.0 has proven to be a wonderful creative tool for demanding photographic assignments. Compared to The Original Lensbaby, Lensbaby 2.0 has a greater range of aperture settings, a much sharper ‘sweet spot’ of focus, and a new levitating magnetic aperture system, which makes it a snap to change apertures,” said Craig Strong, the inventor of the Lensbaby and Co-CEO of Lensbabies, LLC.

Lensbaby 2.0 and The Original Lensbaby bring one area of a photo into sharp focus, with that ‘sweet spot’ surrounded by graduated blur, glowing highlights, and subtle prismatic color distortions. Photographers can fluidly move the sharp area around the photo by bending the flexible lens tubing.

Lensbaby 2.0 features an f2.0 aperture setting in addition to The Original Lensbaby’s f2.8, f4.0, f5.6 and f8.0. With Lensbaby 2.0, a photographer can control the size of the sweet spot of sharp focus by changing the apertures.

The brighter the aperture, the smaller the sweet spot of focus and the greater the amount of graduated blurring in the photo’s surrounding area.

Lensbaby 2.0 also features a coated, high refractive index, low dispersion optical glass doublet instead of the singled uncoated optical glass element in The Original Lensbaby.

“In the year since we launched The Original Lensbaby, we learned many photographers wanted to create Lensbaby images that had an even sharper sweet spot. Lensbaby 2.0’s optic creates a much sweeter sweet spot of focus, which allows photographers to print large photos and see fine details like eye lashes or individual threads of fabric in the sharp area. Photographers will also find that Lensbaby which allows photographers to print large photos and see fine details like eye lashes or individual threads of fabric in the sharp area. Photographers will also find that Lensbaby rsions of Lensbabies in their camera bags; others will naturally find a favorite. We expect those who love soft focus, diffused images will gravitate towards The Original Lensbaby, while photographers who want a brighter lens with a very sharp sweet spot of focus and minimal diffusion will favor Lensbaby 2.0.”

Kevin Kubota, a professional photographer who used a prototype Lensbaby 2.0, was thrilled. “The optic is bright and crisp. The images have beautiful mix of clarity and dreaminess. I love using it with my wedding work and find it perfectly suited to feminine portraits like pregnancy and high school seniors. My customers love the ‘new’ look,” said Kubota.

Lensbaby 2.0 also features a levitating magnetic aperture system that makes changing apertures faster than with The Original Lensbaby, which uses a rubber gasket to hold aperture disks in place. Lensbaby 2.0 uses three shielded magnets embedded inside the optics cup to suspend metallicized plastic aperture disks just above the coated optical glass doublet. When a photographer drops an aperture disk into Lensbaby 2.0, it quickly snaps into position. Removal is also very easy: Lensbabies provides a complimentary Cell-Klear™ Lenspen® that the photographer inserts through the center hole in the aperture disk to lift it out.

Lensbaby 2.0 is available for sale now at www.lensbabies.com for $150, in camera mounts for virtually all SLR camera bodies. It will be rolled out to specialty photographic supply stores starting in mid-April. Lensbabies continues to offer The Original Lensbaby for $96.

Both Lensbaby 2.0 and The Original Lensbaby combine several vintage camera technologies in a novel, patent-pending combination. The shooter focuses a Lensbaby using the same general principle used with a bellows camera, by moving the focusing collar in and out with his or her fingertips. The photographer moves the ‘sweet spot’ of focus around the picture by bending the glass optic out of a parallel position to the image capture plane, like a tilt-shift lens.

Lensbabies, LLC is a Portland, Oregon based manufacturer and marketer of selective focus SLR camera lenses. Lensbabies was launched in February 2004 by Craig Strong, a professional photographer and the inventor of the patent pending Lensbaby selective focus SLR lens. Lensbabies sells to photographers all over the world through its website, www.lensbabies.com, at tradeshows, and through specialty photographic equipment retailers.

WIPI PROfessional Member Meg Madison created images from her 1st generation Lensbaby.


La Mascota Tamales Christmas 2004
Camera: Nikon 1DX, Aperature: Lensbaby F4, Shutter: 60 sec, ISO: 400

Adopt Sneezy 2005
Camera: Nikon 1DX, Aperature: Lensbaby F4, Shutter: 125 sec, ISO: 200

Images provided by Meg Madison are supplied by Women In Photography International
See WIPI Recommend




Lensbaby 2.0 Product Specs:
Brighter, Sharper, Faster selective focus photography

  • Available in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, Olympus E1, Minolta Maxxum, Olympus OM, Canon FD, Leica R, Minolta Manual, Sigma, Contax/Yashica, and Screw mounts
  • Focal Length: right around 50 mm
  • Focus Type: Manual, fingertip, actually
  • Optical element: coated, high refractive index, low dispersion optical glass doublet
  • Aperture Type: Interchangeable levitating magnetic apertures
  • Apertures: f2.0, f2.8, f4, f5.6, f8
  • Nominal Focus: approximately 18 inches
  • Maximum Focus: infinity and beyond
  • Minimum Focus: approximately 10 inches (achieved by pushing on the back of the focusing collar)
  • Size: 2.25" high x 2.5" wide
  • Weight: ~3.6 oz.
  • Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $150

The Original Lensbaby and Lensbaby 2.0 Compared
Lensbaby 2.0 is brighter, sharper, and faster

 

Lensbaby 2.0

The Original Lensbaby

Aperture settings f/2.0, f/2.8. f/4.0, f/5.6, f/8.0 f/2.8. f/4.0, f/5.6, f/8.0
Optical glass element Coated, high refractive index, low dispersion optical glass doublet Uncoated single optical glass element
Aperture system Levitating magnetically receptive aperture discs that float above the optic Aperture discs held in place with a friction fit rubber gasket


Contact: Sam Pardue, Co-CEO, Lensbabies, LLC 503-516-5569, sam@lensbabies.com For release on March 21, 2004: 12:01 AM




WIPI recommends this product to every photographer who wants to have the best possible research for pricing their photography. It's a must have program and will bring great clarity to your photography promotion and contract negotiations. One of the most frequest questions in photography relates to "HOW MUCH SHOULD I CHARGE..?" You won't have to ask anyone that question again if you invest in yourself and purchase this program. It's a great asset to photographers and image makers..!

For Immediate Release Contact: Therese Bagshaw
Director of Sales
E-mail: info@fotoquote.com


Cradoc Corporation Releases fotoQuote Pro 5.0
The Industry Standard Price Guide for Stock and Assignment Photography
Version 5.0 has over 80 new Categories with completely updated Pricing information including new technologies. Also has a new Interface, Find screen, Notes window, and more.


Point Roberts, WA – February 2004 – Cradoc Corporation, a major developer of computer software for the freelance photographer, today announced the release of fotoQuote Pro 5. FotoQuote Pro 5 is an electronic price guide for stock and assignment photography. FotoQuote Pro 5 is the only source of pricing information for photographers that gives you powerful Coaching help in every one of its 218 pricing categories. FotoQuote not only helps you come up with a fair price for your image license, but also gives you the inside information you will need to help you negotiate and close the sale.

“The changes in the photo industry are huge since we last released the original fotoQuote in 1993,” said Cradoc Bagshaw, President of Cradoc Corporation and Creator of fotoQuote. “I spent nearly a year working on this update and I was surprised at how much time it took to get a handle on what is currently happening in the photo industry. I believe that there are two main reasons for the changes I am seeing. The first is that two large stock agencies are dominating the world markets. The other is that companies are using photographs in many different ways because of digital technology and more targeted advertising. The photo industry is transforming in major ways and I wanted to be sure that fotoQuote Pro 5 would supply the photographer with the information that he or she needs to understand and take advantage of those changes.”

FotoQuote automates the process of creating a quote for stock photography submissions. “Our research has shown that when a price quote is given in writing instead of verbally there is a much higher chance of getting the asking price,” said Bagshaw. “ There are fewer problems, including copyright infringement or rights grabs, if the photographer is willing to take the time to send the client the correct paperwork outlining the exact details of the job, including usages and rights that are to be granted.”

The Coach section is a very popular feature of fotoQuote and it’s packed full of more negotiating and pricing information than ever before. It’s been compared to attending a weekend pricing seminar.

"FotoQuote is the number one program to help photographers gain a clear picture on how to price their photographic images. Most photographers would be nuts if they don’t have fotoQuote, “ said photographer Jean Ferro, the President of Women In Photography International.

Among fotoQuote Pro 5’s new features are:

New Categories: There are over 80 new categories for a total of 218. There are dozens of new categories that deal with new technologies like, Film, Web, CD/DVD and Television.

New Interface: Using fotoQuote is greatly simplified. When creating a quote you simply click a category tab: Advertising, Corporate, Editorial, Electronic, etc, and select the usage you want. FotoQuote once again runs in a single window making it easy to use with other programs.

New Find Screen: There are so many categories in fotoQuote Pro 5 we’ve added a new find screen that makes finding usages easy. Just type in a word or phrase, click the find button, and you will get a list of usages from throughout the program that match.

New Notes Window: Each of fotoQuote’s main categories now has a notes window that lets you keep multiple notes with sales information for each of your transactions in that category.

New Updated Pricing: All of the prices have been carefully reviewed from actual sales records, and raised or lowered to reflect the current market.

“Thanks for all your good work. I have used fotoQuote many times to price sales and it has been invaluable at protecting me from seriously under pricing my work. It gives me the confidence to offer a price, based on your database, then ‘clam up’ and let the client do the rest of the talking. Plus your helpful tips and tutorials on pricing unusual uses, negotiating and all the rest of it are a godsend for those of us slogging it out in the freelance market,” said Jim Lawrence, photographer and writer.

Priced at $149.95, fotoQuote Pro 5 is an excellent value ($139.95 for the download version). An upgrade price for registered owners of fotoQuote or fotoBiz is also available. Please view our web site www.fotoquote.com or call us at 360-945-1380 for more specific details on upgrade pricing. By popular demand fotoQuote is now available once again as a standalone application.

Founded in 1993 Cradoc Corporation is a leading developer of computer software for the freelance photographer. Cradoc Corp also develops fotoBiz the complete business management solution for the freelance photographer. For more information visit www.fotobiz.net.

www.photoquote.com
Cradoc Corporation
PO Box 1310
Point Roberts, WA 98281
Phone: 360-945-1380
Email: info@fotoquote.com



A REVOLUTION IN LOMOGRAPHY. The Lomolitos are single-use cameras - disposable in cost and simple construction, but absolutely priceless in sheer photo-impact. For the first time ever, a compact throwaway (or more accurately, "throw to the developer") camera has been fitted with our color-gel flash apparatus - resulting in the hectic colorsplashing effects that we have all grown hopelessly addicted to. Allow us to break it down:

COLORFUL
The distinguishing feature - Lomolitos includes an integrated color filter that can be switched on or off at will. Instantly, you can add a burst of wild colored light into both your daytime and nightime exposures. Each Lomolitos includes one of four tasty colors - yellow, blue, red, or green.

CHEAP
Not cheaply made, but cheaply priced. Outside of being easy on the purse, the low price of Lomolitos allows you to experiment with each individual camera at will. Fiddle with the lens, try a crazy mounted filter, play with the rear door - each Lomolitos begs to be explored and modified. And the best news: the more you get, the cheaper they become!

EASY
Lomolitos are small little things - tiny in weight and size - that fit just about everywhere. The lens is focus free, and the color gel needs merely a moment's attention to flick on and off. Given this conveinence, there's no reason not to have a Lomolitos at the ready for every given moment - ready to instantly slap your subject with a burst of colored light and record a quick Lomograph through its beady lens. Once your roll is finished, drop off your entire camera with any 35mm developer.

MULTIPLE
Lomolitos flip the usual equation of one camera with multiple rolls of film over to many cameras available simultaneuosly. This means: color-splashed pictures from one hand with green and the other with blue, a group of your 30 closest friends lighting up the party all at once, one camera with a clear lens and one with a lens painted with nail polish for before-and-after portrait, a camera always stashed in your car for those unexpected roadside lomographs, exchanging a Lomolito with your international friends to yield a few Lomographs from each country, never reloading when time and Lomographic necessity is of the essence, heart-pounding Lomolito-duels with your photographic adversaries, and full-scale Lomographic power at your fingertips when and wherever you need it!

Lomolito On!

http://shop.lomography.com/lomolitos/



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