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There are so many ways to donate for relief being sent to Haiti. I found this one noteworthy and bonafide.

Designers have gotten together to design a font for the cause. 400 Glyphs that are ampersands has been designed by the collaborative effort of SOTA for relief efforts to Haiti. Windows or Mac platforms. All proceeds from the sale of this font go to Doctors Without Borders.

I no longer need to browse every single typeface to find just the right ampersand! It’s a beauty. I bought mine at MyFonts. The name of the font is Coming Together.   It’s on the rise of Hot New fonts at MyFonts at the moment, so it appears that users are buying a terrific bargain to donate to the cause. $20 U.S. It has been approved for Commercial Use, but you should read the License Agreement for some restrictions (no logo usage, redistribution or certain items for resale like mugs, rubber stamps, etc.).

It’s also available at Fontshop, Veer and  Ascender Fonts  if you have the inclination to shop there.

WOW 400 beautiful ampersands. Some collection. WTG SOTA. Thank you for a creative effort for a great cause!

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Calumet has a presence in Europe but they also have brick and mortar stores in the U.S. in some major cities. If you find that you live near one of the metropolis listings, have a look at their calendar of workshops. New York City, Cambridge (Boston area), Philadelphia, Chicago, Oak Brook (Chicago area), San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana (CA) are the locations.

Calumet’s online calendar

I spotted a speedlight/speedlite workshop in Cambridge as well as a host of other offerings such as a Photoshop intro class and Lightroom jump start, wedding & portrait classes and beginner lighting classes among many offerings. Most of the classes are reasonably priced and will vary by location. If you’re working in one area and interested in learning more about another, it might be a good way to introduce yourself to it. Pin Up photography and business building sessions notwithstanding.

There are also free vendor events listed in case you’re considering buying equipment. Profoto, Sekonic, PocketWizard, ColorMunki and X-Rite ColorChecker reps know their product well so a good way to see demos and ask questions.

I wish that all of these could be under one roof because the list topics vary by location.

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Nikonians never sleep. I’d suggest you sign on for a membership. They recently released a free iPhone application called Good Locations that will allow iPhone users to take a location shot that will transfer the the info and directions to the location via Google Maps via GPS technology.

Sharing good locations with other shooters is an interesting piece of technology. The image, along with the data/location goes right into the Nikonians forum.

Good Locations is available in the iTunes store and it’s free to nikonians.org members.

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