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  • Blog Post: Call for Entries: 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards

    //by Amy Sorokas Do you have a fantastic photograph that showcases conservation and the environment? The call for entries for the 2010 International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards) is now open through February 28, 2010. The ICP Awards is a premier world-wide photography event...
  • Blog Post: Reed Hoffmann’s Wounded Warrior Project

    //by Amy Sorokas Our Icons of Imaging are an amazing group of folks. Many work on projects that give back to the community and it is always a pleasure to see those projects take shape.   One of these projects is Reed Hoffmann’s Wounded Warriors . This project tells the story of the Wounded Warriors...
  • Blog Post: John Moore’s Spirit – the Book

    //by Amy Sorokas   It is always more fun to work with people who are really into what they are working on, no matter your occupation. For me, it is even better when it is one of our photographer friends who is working on a great project and their excitement is contagious.   That is the case...
  • Blog Post: The Shutter Sisters “Picture Hope”

    by Amy Sorokas /   The winning project, Picture Hope , from the Name Your Dream Assignment contest continues to form into the story Jen Lemen and Stephanie Roberts envisioned. In fact, they are journaling their experience as they work on it.   Each time I check back to their journal I am amazed...
  • Blog Post: Photo Happenings in Seattle – September and Beyond

    by Amy Sorokas /   Seattle is alive with many great photography related events over the next few weeks!  Hopefully many people who visit our blog can take advantage of these.  Our friends at Blue Earth Alliance and Glazer’s Camera have come up with a great idea – the Blue Earth Bash! And...
  • Blog Post: Tips from A Pulitzer Prize Winning Photojournalist – on Marc’s Photo Show

    /by Amy Sorokas   Recently, Deanne Fitzmaurice was interviewed by Marc Silber on his photo show . Deanne is one of our Icons of Imaging and she is as Marc points out, “an amazing mixture of talent, curiosity, sensitivity, yet raw courage, rolled into a disarming package—all of which have allowed...
  • Blog Post: Practice Makes Perfect – Even for Professional Photographers

    by Amy Sorokas / Kostas Mallios, Microsoft’s General Manager of Rich Media Labs, is the opening keynote speaker for a new educational event for all levels of professional photographers, “ Skip’s Summer School ’09 .”  The program created by Skip Cohen, the founder of MEI, Marketing Essentials International...
  • Blog Post: Want to Zoom? Seadragon.com

    by Amy Sorokas / Our friends on the Live Labs team here at Microsoft just released a cool new service at www.seadragon.com .  You can now transform your own photos into zoomable images by using Seadragon and then embed them right on your website or blog.     It is very easy to do and interesting...
  • Blog Post: It’s A Photographic Journey of Historical Significance

    The Library of Congress and The Official Whitehouse Photostream by Amy Sorokas /   The trend of making photographs easily accessible and available for anyone to view at any time online is great thing for institutions with a plethora of images of historical significance.   There are two great...
  • Blog Post: “Women Empowered” New Website and Mini-Documentaries by Phil Borges

    Borges Works with CARE to Raise Awareness By Amy Sorokas / Phil Borges , Microsoft Icon of Imaging , has a new website, Women Empowered , built in conjunction with liveBooks to showcase short documentaries Borges created for the organization CARE . The mini-documentaries highlight empowered...
  • Blog Post: ‘One HEART’ Addressing the High Rate Maternal and Infant Mortality - Tibet’s Nomadic Population

    Guest Post by Phil Borges / < editor’s note: it is with great pleasure that we get to share with you this guest post from Phil Borges , Microsoft Icon of Imaging , who is currently working on a project in Tibet with One HEART . We hope to hear more from Phil at later dates about this project...
  • Blog Post: Video Capture on My (Next) D-SLR

      The Nikon D-Movie Screening Room by Amy Sorokas /   I recently had fun playing with both the Nikon D5000 and the Canon EOS Rebel T1i , the new D-SLR’s with video capture. They were only on loan, so I have yet to make the plunge and buy one of them for my own camera bag. The temptation is...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Ways to Personalize a Book and Be Part of History

    The Obama Time Capsule by Amy Sorokas / Recently, the cards aligned for Rick Smolan and he was able realize a vision to create a book about the journey of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States with personalization of the book for each and every purchaser. This type of customization...
  • Blog Post: The Shutter Sisters Prepare for the Launch of Picture Hope

      by Amy Sorokas /   The winners of Name Your Dream Assignment are getting ready to embark on the next phase of their incredible project, Picture Hope . Jen Lemen is currently in Rwanda scouting the stories that the Shutter Sisters will attempt to capture and share when she and Stephanie Roberts...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the Monthly Theme Assignment – July is “Places”

    by Amy Sorokas / Inspired by all the great photographers, images and videos I encounter every day, it is time to share some of that inspiration. In an attempt to get those creative juices flowing and make you pick up your camera and go shooting, it is time to launch the Monthly Theme Assignment...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations 2009 Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Competition Winners!

    By Amy Sorokas / There are always exciting things happening around the office, but today we got to announce the winners of the 2009 Microsoft Future Pro Photographer Competition , a photography contest for students designed to discover and showcase the talent of today’s emerging photographers....
  • Blog Post: Icons of Imaging – What are They Up To?

    by Amy Sorokas / I had the pleasure of speaking with many of the Icons of Imaging this week, and man, are they busy! A quick round up of what just some of them are working on might make your head spin. So hang onto your hats! Bob Rosato just got home from shooting the NBA finals and his shot is on the...
  • Blog Post: Hot Photo Jobs: Corky Trewin, Seattle Seahawks Photographer

    Insight into the Life of a Professional Sports Photographer by Amy Sorokas / Managing massive volume comes to mind when Corky Trewin starts talking about just how many frames get fired off on the sidelines of a typical Seattle Seahawks game. He says typically it is about 100 to 200 frames per point scored...
  • Blog Post: Did You Say Free?

    Free Applications from Microsoft Make Your Workflow Easier and More Fun by Jim Lewallen /   Microsoft is continually investing in big and small ways to create solutions for photographers through software and services. In this post, I want to point you to some free applications from around Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Music Can HELP Bring Your Photos to life

    Technorati Tags: Photography , Music Triple Scoop Music Provides Award Winning Music to Photographers by Amy Sorokas /   My experience is – add music and people will watch longer. No matter what there is to watch, music makes it more engaging and if you can add award winning music as the soundtrack...
  • Blog Post: "Friend", "Follow", or "Stalk" Us Online

    By Jeff Greene /     As part of our ongoing effort to keep you updated about Microsoft’s efforts in digital imaging, we have now added a Microsoft_Photo Facebook page .    In addition to Facebook, our online presence also includes the Microsoft Pro Photo Community web page , ...
  • Blog Post: World Pinhole Photography Day 2009

    By Jeff Greene / The last Sunday of every April is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day , which is this Sunday, April 29th.   The day is set aside each year to celebrate the wonders of images created by pinhole camera or, camera obscura . The WPPD site offers plenty of information regarding the history...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft_Photo - "Top 20 Photography Twitters to Follow"

    by Jeff Greene /   OK, so we're no Ashton Kutcher or CNN Breaking News with their millions of Followers, but our little marketing team is darn proud to have @Microsoft_Photo named one of the top "20 Photography Twitters Worth Following" by Popular Photography Magazine.   As a big...
  • Blog Post: Seattle is One of America's Most Photo-Friendly Cities

    by Amy Sorokas / When I moved here about 5 years ago, I definitely was excited to live in Seattle. It’s beautiful mountain air, abundant lakes, and all the trees give it that Emerald City glow...  Seattle is a very photogenic city and also a photo friendly one!    PopPhoto.com named Seattle...
  • Blog Post: Art Wolfe & Miss Aniela Part 2

    by Jeff Greene /   Two weeks ago I wrote in an earlier post how we were quite fortunate to host photographer Natalie Dybisz ( aka Miss Aniela ) early last month for a series of photo events in Seattle and California .    During that time, she was invited by Microsoft Icons of Imaging Art...
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