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Yesterday, the 1st of December

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December 1 is World AIDS Day. And you know this because Bono is all over. Bono is a man with a mission and he’s out there for a cause–a very good cause. Do your little part with this.

Written by dominiquejames

December 2, 2011 at 10:24 AM

DPReview’s in-depth hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3

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Andy Westlake and Richard Butler of DPReview gives you an extensive hands-on preview of the Olympus PEN E-P3:

The E-P3’s similarity of appearance to its predecessors could, all too easily, suggest that Olympus has again been subtle with its changes. But this isn’t the case at all, and the new model brings with it a whole raft of updates and refinements. Olympus has addressed many of the key criticisms of the older models, to the extent that we’d be tempted to say that the E-P3 is finally the camera that the PEN has always promised to be.

I’m always impressed with the utter depth and thoroughness of the reviews of the guys over at the Digital Photography Review website. Whenever I read any of the reviews from their site, it feels strangely enough as if I am about to read some sort of dissertation or a doctoral thesis–only, written in lay man’s terms. In other words, they write their reviews as if their very lives depend on it. Everything you ever wanted to know about every bit about the cameras they review is there. For me, DPReview is where you need to go on the net when you want to read greatly exhaustive camera reviews.

Too bad though, where it actually may matter, it would seem that the picture sample galleries for each camera reviewed usually fails to match the awesome quality of the written reviews. The way I see it, the pictures they show are not as interesting as the reviews themselves. In my opinion, the pictures in the reviews never live up to one’s expectations of the kind of images the cameras can do, and it can be a little bit of a let-down. One may be inclined to wonder, “Is this the only kind of picture that this camera can take?”

Great reviewers aren’t necessarily great photographers.

The new Olympus E-P3

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Tim Moynihan, PC World (syndicated in Macworld):

The E-P3 introduces a 3-inch OLED touchscreen, a revamped 12-megapixel Live MOS sensor, and a new imaging engine. The new “Fast AF System” supports 35 individual focus points and touch-to-focus controls while shooting still images; Olympus claims that the camera’s focus speeds are faster than those on any other compact interchangeable-lens camera on the current market.

If you are in the market for a new DSLR camera, something that’s small, but also full-featured, take a look at the new Olympus E-P3.

Choose the best printer for your business

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Melissa Riofrio of PCWorld (syndicated in Macworld) helps you choose the best printer for your business:

The classic monochrome laser business printer continues to sell surprisingly well, but the best printer for your business might be an inkjet, laser, LED, or solid-ink; and it might be a multifunction or single-function model.

How do you decide which technology and function level are best for your business? How much can you afford to spend? Take time to think about what you print, how much you print, and whether you need extra features or room to grow. Remember to check the cost of consumables to make sure your ongoing costs will be bearable.

Read the rest of the article here.

The (very) long wait

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The Apple fanboy that I am, I’ve fallen into this crazy habit of checking out Apple stores wherever in the world I happen to be. So, I’m at the Apple Store in Galleria, in St. Louis, Missouri. This is the 24th Apple Store I’ve been to. It’s Monday afternoon, at a mall. The store is busy, but not nearly full. In my hands are a couple of boxes I plucked out of the display shelves, an Apple Battery Charger and a Mophie Juice Pack Reserve. And I pulled out my wallet from the back pocket of my jeans, ready. I’ve been at the store almost an hour. And so far, not a single blue t-shirt has approached me, let alone acknowledged my existence. I waited, and waited, and waited. After almost 2 hours, and after taking the humiliating initiative of finally approaching a blue shirt (who I learned goes by the name Barbara), I can now confidently declare that this Apple Store holds the record for the longest time I’ve been in one without anyone saying hello. Congratulations? Even during peak hours at my favorite Apple Store, the one in 5th Avenue in New York, someone invariably finds the time to say hello within minutes of stepping in, almost without fail.

U P D A T E: It was a very strange feeling to be ignored inside a lively place such as an Apple Store. It feels very surreal, lonely, and surprisingly, offensive.

Written by dominiquejames

June 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Under the arch

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Hello, St. Louis!

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A photographer’s business card

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Cotton Paperie pressed photographer Ryan Flynn’s square business cards in style:

Ryan Flynn Photography had an awesome design that they wanted letterpressed. We were excited to put this concept on paper! It’s printed on Crane 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper in black with black edge painting.

And it all started with, not surprisingly, photography:

Our passion began with photography and it’s slowly grown into all things pretty. We love weddings and all the beautiful things associated with weddings. As time moved on, and we photographed more weddings, the one thing we grew to appreciate is letterpress invitations and stationery. The elegant papers, smooth inks, and creative designs really made a difference at the events. Almost as to set the stage before the event. We had a higher expectation for events that took the time to invest in letterpress and that’s exciting.

We began studying the art and the key components needed to deliver a letterpress product that was in line with our expectations as wedding photographers. No ordinary letterpress would do! We found the best papers, best presses, and combined that with our vision to deliver products that we’re truly proud of. We enjoy the process of designing and delivering a one of a kind letterpress product that you’ll be excited to share with family and friends. We love letterpress and we know you will too.

Press on, Chavvon and Larissa!

A field of notes

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No other way to say this: This is awesome!

Celebrate summer and your “to do” list with the newest FIELD NOTES COLORS limited edition. “American Tradesman” pocket memo books feature a Neenah 120# duplex cover. The outside of the cover is “Indigo Blue” with a vertical linear finish and “Jefferson Nickel” metallic silver type, the inside cover is a smooth “Avalanche White” printed in “Concord Red.” The inside paper is 50# Finch Opaque printed with a light cool-gray graph.

Each 3-Pack includes a sturdy 7″ carpenter pencil and a Field Notes Workshop Reference Card featuring instructions for sharpening. When you’re armed with this mighty stylus and 144 pages of graph paper, no patriotic thought nor workshop inspiration will escape careful documentation. Build a shed, a half-pipe, a php script, or a screenplay. Whatever you build, build it to last and paint some stars and stripes on that beast.

Order now.

Written by dominiquejames

June 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Pentax Q

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The camera has evolved:

Introducing the PENTAX Q, the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with a tiny body and a 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor that carves out an entirely new camera category.

Tim Moynihan, PC World (syndicated on Macworld):

The world of compact interchangeable-lens cameras continues to grow–and shrink. Pentax is the latest big-name company to throw its hat into the mirrorless ring with the Pentax Q, a 12-megapixel camera that’s smaller and lighter than anything we’ve seen thus far in the interchangeable-lens category.

Hmmm … this is mighty interesting.

Written by dominiquejames

June 23, 2011 at 4:26 PM

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