CDTobie: Updated List of Speaking Events

For an updated list of my winter speaking events please see the home page of my photography website:

This list is not yet final, and I suspect more events will be added, especially for the month of February, but this covers all my current commitments from now until April. I will attempt to fill in actual session data next week for those items that don’t have links to it yet.

Hope to see many of you at one or another of these events this winter.


PhotoPlus Expo, Coming Right Up…

Later this week, the largest photo convention in the US will be happening at the Javits Convention Center in New York. But in even-numbered years, PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo is somewhat overshadowed by following on the heels of the world’s largest photo convention; Photokina, which takes place in Cologne, Germany in September of every second year. So the real question is: what is left for PhotoPlus, now that a long line of important new product announcements have just occurred at Photokina?

In a nutshell, PhotoPlus dines on the crumbs from Photokina. The same products that were announced at Photokina can now be seen and tested on US soil at PhotoPlus; and may well be easier to access now than at their initial announcement. Also, a few products that were not quite ready for announcement a month ago, or which are sufficiently US-centric that they were not announced in Germany, will be brand new here in NYC this week.

So don’t expect earthshaking news from PhotoPlus, but expect more in-depth commentary than was possible a month ago on some of the new products, and a more mature view of them. And keep in mind that a wealth of consumer electronics announcements and releases will be happening this week, outside of the photo industry. The Apple iPad Mini announcement for one, along with a possible 13″ Retina Display MacBook Pro. And the release of the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, as well as a Google-Samsung tablet event. A news-worthy week, all-round.

Those who choose to attend PhotoPlus in person should get a chance to see samples, demos, and in some cases hands-on opportunities, with a wide range of new (not to mention existing) photography products. They will also have the opportunity to attend numerous speaking sessions; both the fee-based sessions in the separate session rooms, and a range of free lectures and events on the show floor itself.

Included in those free sessions will be a series of lectures by David Saffir and myself at the Midwest Photo Exchange Stage at #1027 on the show floor, all three days of the event. David Cardinal will also have a speaking event on Oct 26, at 12:30, at the Event Space at B&H Photo, walking distance from the Javitts Convention Center. Datacolor’s David Miller will also make a rare appearance at the show. All four Davids (Cardinal, Saffir, Miller, and Tobie) will be at the Datacolor booth, #1239, at some points during the show; in fact, you are likely to find at least one of them in the booth at any given time, so just stop by… and ask for Dave.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: Return to Blog’s Main Page

Photokina: Google Acquires NIK Software

This is not actually a Photokina announcement, but I expect it to be the talk of Photokina none the less: Google has acquired NIK software, author of many excellent image editing applications, including last year’s iPad of the year award winner Snapseed.

One could ponder what a company that does not offer professional photographic applications might want with NIK, but I suspect that Snapseed is the answer. Perhaps this acquisition can best seen as a countermove to Instagram‘s recent acquisition by Facebook.

Those of us devoted to NIK’s professional imaging apps may feel a bit of concern that Goggle’s laser-targetted plans may not include continued development of specialty tools for our specialty market.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: Return to Blog’s Main Page

Photokina, A Few First Impressions…

Here is my view of Cologne and Photokina. Starting, literally, with my view: from my hotel room window. Hotel windows in Europe don’t treat you like small children. They actually open, and allow you to look out, to hang out to take photos (something I’ve often put to good use), or even to fall out (something I haven’t managed yet…)

There are other items that strike an American as different, on arriving in Germany. Here’s a tall glass of beer, ordered and drunk at seven in the morning. There were several other beers of various sizes and types being consumed in this airport cafe at the same time. Not something the American Puritan Ethic would be too comfortable with. I was still working on cappuccino at that time of day.
And here is a smoking room in an airport! One of several, of varying sizes. This meets the needs of nonsmokers, by having a ventilation system with negative pressure, so no smoke escapes. But it serves the needs of smokers too; something we don’t seem willing to do in the US.
A new airline is a new opportunity to abuse the universal graphics on the safety card. Here are a couple of my favorite from Lufthansa. The first appears to be directions for using an automatic milking machine. This is something I might expect from Swiss Air, but not from Lufthansa.
Next is an illustration that appears to be telling you that if you have legs this nice, you are free to have them in the aisle. This illustration is way too hot to be willing to date Stumpy, the dot-headed, no-hands-or-feet fellow on US signage.
Germany is not all beer, cigarettes, and hot signage, however. Here’s a photo studio, complete with an iMac, and diffused lighting, on the street across the river from the Cologne Convention Center. They don’t seem too concerned about the threatening weather; if you aren’t willing to do something outside in gray weather, then in Northern Europe, you won’t be outdoors much between September and May. No nude models on this set; though I have seen them in street shoots in this neighborhood previous years. Nice smile from the computer operator, however.
I hope this fulfills the promise of local color. I’ll try to move on to actual photography news in my next post.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: Return to Blog’s Main Page

Photokina, Coming Right Up…

Photokina is the world’s largest photo event, happening in Cologne, Germany every two years. Photokina often brings a raft of new product releases and announcements, and the opportunity to get hands-on time with new cameras and other photography related equipment.

This year it could be argued that the biggest of the big new products have already arrived. Its true that Canon’s 5D Mark lll camera, Nikon’s D800, and a range of other key cameras have already been released. Adobe has already released Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4, Apple has already released Mountain Lion and the new iPad, and did not hold announcement of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 for Photokina, but announced them last week at their own event. Kodak bankruptcy and division sell-off notifications came and went without a show schedule.

So, in this instantaneous digital world, what releases and announcement might Photokina still hold in store for us? And what other value might the show have, beyond the neon lights of new product announcements?

Well, I can assure you that Datacolor will have new and interesting things to talk about at Photokina. Both in terms of products, and in the larger sense of the current direction of the imaging world, and more specifically digital imaging workflow.

So I will attempt to keep on top of any announcements at Photokina which relate to my particular area of expertise. But I will also try to find time to report on what areas of the digital workflow show attendees are most interested in this year, and what new processes they are dealing with, as well as what new products they have already purchased, or hope to, after the show. And I’ll try to find time for a bit of color as well; not the color management kind… the “local color” kind. Beer is likely to be involved…

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012. Website: Return to Blog’s Main Page

Photoshop World DC, Coming Right Up

Its that time of year again, cherry blossoms in the Nation’s Capital, and Photoshop World DC. Well, with this year’s weather I won’t be surprised if the cherry blossoms have come and gone, but Photoshop World will make up for it.

Any of you wishing to meet up with me will find me speaking at Forensics Day on Friday (thats right, color management for CSI!) and on the tradeshow floor most of the rest of the show. Try the Datacolor booth first, thats always my base of operations. Hope to see a few of you there, and I hope the spate of articles I’ve published in the last couple of hours will keep the rest of you happy until I return. If there  are items of interest at the show, I just might make a blog post or two from there. Otherwise, I’ll be back next week.

Credits: C. David Tobie, Copyright 2012.   Website:   Return to Blog’s Main Page