From Canon USA: MELVILLE, N.Y., July 19, 2013
- Celebrating a monumental step in the Company's history, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today held a grand opening ceremony of its Canon Americas Headquarters in Melville, N.Y. Joined by Fujio Mitarai, chairman and CEO of Canon Inc., Joe Adachi, president and CEO of Canon U.S.A., welcomed state and local officials to show appreciation for their support of the headquarters project.
Among those officials in attendance were Senator Charles Schumer; Kenneth Adams president and CEO of Empire State Development, representing Governor Andrew Cuomo; Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the Huntington Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone. The new 700,000 square-foot headquarters serves as a symbol of Canon's commitment to growth, innovation and the Long Island community.
"The official opening of the Canon Americas Headquarters is an exciting time for our Company and we are grateful for all of the local support we have received along the way," said Joe Adachi, president and CEO of Canon U.S.A. "Canon's dedication to the environment and the community is an integral part of our corporate culture. The headquarters, which is designed to meet LEED® gold certification, will serve as a symbol of this commitment."
"It is an exciting day for the Canon family as we officially celebrate the grand opening of our new home on Long Island," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "Canon has proudly called Long Island home for 42 years and we are grateful for the support we have received from those who helped us reach this milestone."
"Today's grand opening ceremony marks a picture perfect moment for Canon U.S.A. and all of Long Island," said Senator Charles Schumer. "'One Canon Park' will be an anchor business for the Route 110 corridor and attract business visitors from across the world. When I first met with senior Canon officials years ago, I knew this project would be a success. I fought hard, along with officials from Long Island, to secure millions of dollars for road improvements in-and-around this heavily commuted corridor and worked to secure millions of stimulus dollars so that Canon could relocate to Melville. With over 1,400 jobs on Long Island, Canon is an asset to the local economy and I am proud to have seen this project through to fruition. Congratulations to the chairman and CEO of Canon, Fujio Mitarai and all of the local leaders who made today possible."
"The grand opening of Canon's Americas headquarters is great news for Long Islanders and all of New York State. Empire State Development is working harder than ever to help companies create and retain much-needed jobs and Canon is certainly doing just that with hundreds of new jobs on the way and over 1,000 New Yorkers retaining their positions," said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams. "As a proud supporter of this project, I congratulate Chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai and Canon, the local leaders and the people of Long Island on this accomplishment."
"Canon's grand opening of its new headquarters in Melville will help strengthen Long Island's workforce and ensure that Route 110 continues to be a successful business corridor for all Long Islanders," said Congressman Steve Israel, who was not in attendance. "I proudly fought for federal infrastructure funding to make this project possible and keep jobs on Long Island. Having Canon's headquarters on Long Island is a victory for our community and is estimated to indirectly bring up to 10,000 jobs to the region. I look forward to Canon's continued success in the years ahead."
"Today is a great day as we celebrate the grand opening of Canon U.S.A.'s corporate headquarters here in Suffolk County," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. "Creating and retaining high-quality jobs is paramount to our success as a County and as a region and Canon U.S.A. is contributing to that success. Canon is a welcome addition to the Suffolk County business community and I look forward to continuing to work with our federal, state and local officials to attract and retain businesses on Long Island."
"The Town of Huntington has long awaited this day, when we can officially welcome Canon and its dedicated workforce to Huntington," said Huntington Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone. "We thank Canon for choosing Huntington as the site for its Americas headquarters and look forward to a long and close relationship as the company cements its status as an integral part of the community and the local economy."
Joining London and Tokyo as one of the three worldwide headquarters locations, the Canon Americas Headquarters serves all North and South American countries and stands as a model for environmental stewardship and innovation. The Melville, N.Y. facility features several environmentally conscious elements including daylight harvesting, drought resistant vegetation and electric vehicle charging stations.
The new Canon Americas Headquarters also has an onsite state-of-the-art Showroom, which will be used for product demonstrations for customers, dealers, media and students. Fast Facts about Canon Americas Headquarters:
- Building square footage: 700,000 square feet
- Number of floors/stories: Five stories tall, plus a basement level
- Amount of steel used throughout the building: Approximately 5,838 pieces of steel
- Number of employees: Approximately 1,400 moved in first quarter 2013 - 750 to be added in the next five years and approximately 300 consultants are employeed here
- Parking garage: Combined total of 488,000 square feet
- Number of parking spaces: Approximately 1,700
- Electric car charging stations: Six in each garage/12 total
- Number of bathrooms: 54
- Acres of land: 52
- Acres of preserved/open land: Eight
- Greenery: 20 percent of site to remain in vegetated state
- Ponds: Two ponds varying in size each six feet deep
- Land Purchased: June 4, 2007
- Site plans filed with Town of Huntington: July 1, 2008
- Groundbreaking: May 3, 2010
- Topping Off Ceremony: May 12, 2011
- Feet/Miles of wire: 1,626,000 feet which equals 307 miles
- Cost of building/land: $500 million
- Construction workers: Approximately 20 at this time to address minimal internal facitlites work - not major construction
- Certificate of Occupancy Received: January 16, 2013
Companies Offering Advanced Options for Gigapixel Photography
Portland, Ore. - July 17, 2013 - Gigapan and Promote Systems have united to help photographers simplify their workflow process when creating High Dynamic Range (HDR) and focus stacked gigapixel imagery. The Promote Control, an all-in-one, advanced remote control for digital SLR cameras, enhances the Gigapan EPIC Pro robotic camera mount by increasing the flexibility in exposure bracketing needed to create high-quality images.
The EPIC Pro and the Promote Control automatically capture high-resolution panoramas with almost any camera and lens combination. The Promote Control connects to both the camera and the EPIC Pro, allowing the EPIC Pro to manage the exposure time at each image location, while the Promote Control triggers the camera. The EPIC Pro automatically shoots hundreds or thousands of photos, as the Promote Control assists with HDR and focus stacking. The Promote Control also manages the camera’s image capture and lens focal plane adjustment.
A new instructional video
demonstrates the EPIC Pro and the Promote Control working together, and a new gallery
on gigapan.com has also been added, featuring images shot using both technologies.
With the EPIC Pro and Promote Control, photographers have the ability to:
- Easily take up to 45 photos at an individual location during the capture process for HDR
- Control the camera to take up to 120 different focal planes at each location for focus stacking, creating an amazing image that is tack sharp from front to back
- Capture exposures anywhere from 1/8000 of a second up to several hours
- Automatically switch to Bulb mode bracketing for images longer than 30 seconds
“Combining the Promote Control with the EPIC Pro takes shooting HDR and focus stacked imagery to a higher level,” said Josh Friedman, CEO of Gigapan. “It makes it immensely easier for photographers to capture stunning and highly technical shots with more control and options when shooting high-resolution panoramic images.”
“In my desire to document the drastic changes the climate continues to have on the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies, I envisioned panoramic images that not only captured high resolution, but also allowed exposure brackets to shoot in HDR to show depth and clarity,” said Joe Poulton, professional photographer, Columbia Icefield Gigapixel Project. “The combination of Promote Control and the Gigapan EPIC Pro helped create my initial image of the Athabasca Glacier. I will continue to capture aspects of the Columbia Icefield, as weather permits, using this combined system."
“The Gigapan EPIC Pro is a perfect companion for panoramic imaging professionals and amateurs alike,” noted Artyom Kamshilin, inventor and chief designer of the Promote Control.
“When paired with a Promote Control, the combination offers unparalleled flexibility, reliability and ease of use for both HDR and focus stacked panoramas.”
Adorama carries the Gigapan EPIC Pro and Promote Control.
From Canon Professional Network
Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) is a free, and surprisingly powerful, image organising and editing application that ships in the box with every EOS camera. You’ll find DPP on the EOS Digital Solution Disk alongside other very useful Canon developed software, such as EOS Utility. CPN writer George Cairns takes a closer look at the capabilities of the DPP software up to version 3.13.0.
See the entire article at the Canon Professional Network
From Tether Tools: Combination of products creates an accessible photo booth for weddings and events
July 17, 2013 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Tether Tools is excited to announce the introduction of the Vu Booth – a simple, portable and affordable photo booth solution for weddings and events. Designed with photographer ease in mind, the Vu Booth serves many photo display needs, travels easy and affords the photographer various options for set up.
By providing a modular booth setup that leverages Tether Tools’ Vu Monitor Mounts, the Vu Booth helps photographers offer a photo booth option to their clients without having to invest in a major casing/housing. The Vu Booth system includes a choice of one of the Vu mounts – Studio Vu, Local Vu or Go Vu Mount – and includes a Camera Platform, Articulating Arm and Rock Solid ProClamp. The system is designed to utilize a monitor, DSLR and studio stand of choice.
The Tether Tools Vu Booth sets up in minutes. Easily connect any VESA compliant monitor to the Vu Monitor mount of choice. Once mounted, the monitor can easily rotate from landscape to portrait position. Then connect the Pro Clamp and Articulating Arm to a tripod leg or studio stand column. The camera platform mounts any camera, which can be positioned on top, below or to the side of the monitor. When not being used as a photo booth the same equipment can be dismantled and utilized in a number of other capacities and situations in the photography and video workflow.
Choosing the right Vu Mount
The Vu Booth offers 3 different mount options – Studio Vu, Local Vu or Go Vu – to connect the monitor, depending on size/weight, to the stand of choice. The Studio Vu mounts easily to a studio stand’s standard 5/8” (16mm) stud and has a maximum weight capacity of 80 lbs. (36.5kg)*. The Local Vu mounting options include 1/4”-20 thread tripod/ballhead mount, 3/8” tripod mount, 5/8” (16mm) stud as well as an Arca-style plate mount. The Go Vu offers a 1/4”-20 thread tripod/ballhead mount as well as an Arca-style plate mount. The maximum weight capacity of both the Local Vu and Go Vu is 35 lbs (15.88kg).
“Photo Booths can be large, cumbersome and expensive. Tether Tools VU Booth introduces a solution that allows photographers to integrate gear they already have on hand to create a portable and streamlined photo booth for their clients. With the Vu Booth, photographers can use their photo booth software of choice and users can see their images immediately, generating instant gratification and encouraging more event attendees to participate.” said Josh Simons, president of Tether Tools. The Vu Booth contains:
Choice of one (1):
Adorama carries Tether Tools products.