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Apple have released OS X 10.6.6 today, which brings software updates (including the new Mac App Store), along with bug and security updates.

Beautiful Images

A US photographer, Sean Heavey, captured incredible photographs of a storm as it unleashed a torrent of rain on a Montana field. 

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/glanceview/134600/us-photographer-snaps-eye-of-god.glance

Enjoy !

Just a heads up on a couple of Black Friday offers. For those of you who may not know Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the US and retailers consider it the start of the shopping season in the lead up to Christmas. Some amazing deals are offered to get people in the mood for parting with their hard-earned cash.

For the photographically minded, Apple Australia will be offering black Friday deals via their online store. Also, Nik Software will be offering 30% off their products with the promotional code BLF2010. You will also be able to buy their complete product bundle for US$419.95 (A$428.00) using the same code. Their products are compatible with Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.

Amazon is also offering deals but, for us Aussies, that will mainly be for books, CDs, DVDs, computer games and Blu-Rays as they don’t ship a lot of their other products outside the US. Amazon.co.uk will also be getting in on the act this year.

Please note that Friday in the US will be our Saturday, so the offers (except for Apple’s) may not show up until then!

Hey Guys,

Since a few of you got to meet Jens and Troy at the Peter Coulson workshop today (which was fantastic, BTW), I thought I’d post up their flickr accounts so you can check them out.

Jens Flickr has a lot of great landscapes from his travels to Japan, and a more recently China.

Troys Flickr has a mix of his CGI renderings, and photos. He also has a new Blog/Photo website.

Hey All,

Thanks to Giusep we have been offered a studio day with AIPP Photographer of the Year 2010, Peter Coulson, for an incredible price. The exact day is yet to be determined but will most likely be mid-late October (see the update below for the confirmed date). Cost will be between $115 – $170 per person (depending on numbers) with a maximum of 15 places available. For that price we get tuition on lighting and directing models in a commercial studio for the day, at least one model, and the opportunity to learn from a professional, award-winning photographer.

To determine if this is viable, could you please indicate either via comments here or direct e-mail to me ASAP if you are interested and whether a Saturday or a Sunday would suit you better. Majority rules on the choice of day, so be prepared to be flexible.

[UPDATE] Saturday 13th November has been booked in! Confirmation of attendance and payment of $125 must be made to me no later than Wednesday November 10. Please note that refunds will not made after that date. Those of you that are interested, please e-mail me and I will provide you with account details.

[UPDATE 2] I’ve extended the payment deadline until Thursday November 11 to allow extra time for other PSC part-timers to join us.

You can see Peter’s work at his website or Facebook.

Luminous Cities is a photographic exhibition of the great cities of the world at NGV International, running now until 13 March 2011. Showing concurrently with Luminous Cities are contemporary works that examine the city by artists including Andreas Gursky and Bill Henson.

NGV International is at 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne, open 10am – 5pm. The gallery is closed Tuesdays and entry is free. Click here to go straight to the exhibition listing.

Print Matting

Here’s the list of required things for mounting your prints for folio submission:

  • Backing board
  • Matte/window mount (Arctic White is recommended)
  • Gum paper tape (white), which is cheaper, or framer’s tape

You’ll also find it beneficial to get:

  1. White cotton gloves
  2. Cutting mat/steel ruler/cutting knife
  3. Art-gum eraser (for removing marks, etc. on the matte)
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