IDMi NEWS - February 2021

February 2 2021


NASA loves Nikon! Stunning lunar halo shot celebrated on NASA website

First published in Digital Camera World
A stunning shot of a lunar halo captured on a Nikon Z6 II has been featured on NASA's website, celebrating the shot as its Astronomy Picture of the Day. 

We're a bit late with our pinches and punches, but this magnificent moon halo photograph – captured by Göran Strand on the Nikon Z6 II – was named February's first astro pic of the day by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

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A renowned photographer and Nikon #Zcreator based in Östersund, Sweden, Strand captured the shot using a Z6 II with the brilliant Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S trinity lens, shooting at the 14mm wide end with a slow 15-second shutter speed, an aperture of f/5.6 and a low ISO200 sensitivity. 


Shot on the Nikon Z6 II with a Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens (@14mm, 15 secs, f/5.6, ISO200) (Image credit: Göran Strand)


The resulting panoramic image was composited together from six separate exposures, to create the final shot. 

"Have you ever seen a halo around the Moon? This fairly common sight occurs when high thin clouds containing millions of tiny ice crystals cover much of the sky," notes the description on the NASA website.  

"Each ice crystal acts like a miniature lens. Because most of the crystals have a similar elongated hexagonal shape, light entering one crystal face and exiting through the opposing face refracts 22 degrees, which corresponds to the radius of the Moon Halo. 

"A similar Sun Halo may be visible during the day. Exactly how ice-crystals form in clouds remains a topic of research. In the featured image taken last week from Östersund, Sweden, a complete lunar halo was captured over snowy trees and rabbit tracks."


The Nikon Z6 II's weather sealing is certainly tested by the temperatures in snowy Sweden! (Image credit: Göran Strand)

Strand is no stranger to having his astro work recognized by NASA, along with other respected outlets such as National Geographic. In fact, in 2016 PostNord (the postal service jointly owned by Sweden and Denmark) issued a series of stamps featuring his images of the Northern Lights. 

On top of that, he was named Sweden's Astrophotographer of the Year in 2013 and 2016, and his credits include everything from Coldplay to the Discovery Channel to MSNBC. In short, his work is well worth checking out, so visit his website to see more of his stunning images!

February 12 2021


Light Revolution – 360-degree motorised creative lighting and camera platform

Genus are pleased to be able to introduce a brand-new 360-degree motorised creative lighting and camera platform for the photographic industry.

The Light Revolution LR4 system is a multi-platform lighting and camera system that is set to transform product and still life photography. Light Revolution is a motorised lighting solution that moves around the subject to generate circles of light, creating beautifully detailed images of the objects. The capture process can be programmed to be repeated time after time. It is an ideal solution for a busy in-house photographic studio, as well as having a multitude of uses in other areas, including cultural heritage, universities, e-commerce and the filmmaking industry. It can also be configured to shoot 360 degree product videos, or to produce short movie title sequences with its creative lighting effects.

In the Cultural Heritage world, the Light Revolution system allows for previously unobtainable levels of contrast to be captured from flat items with contoured or 3D surfaces. So much more detail can now be captured, in addition to taking a flat image.

The system can be configured precisely to deliver many different lighting effects from emulating a ring flash through to a very hard, intense light, which is perfect for revealing fine textures. In this mode, the system works particularly well on metallic and highly textured objects including metal, food, plastics, liquids and natural materials, enabling unique, dramatic imagery to be created.

For the month of February 2021 only Genus will have a Light Revolution unit at its’ studios in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. If you would like some test imaging taken out on certain items from your collection, then we would be very happy to offer some free of charge imagery. Please email or for more information on the product please visit our webpage

February 4 2021


Digital Check Corp. Acquires Benchmark Technology Group, Inc.

Northbrook, IL, Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Digital Check Corp., a leading provider of image capture and payments processing technology, is announcing the completion of its acquisition of Benchmark Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of cash management automation solutions for the financial industry.  Benchmark Technology Group will become a subsidiary of Digital Check Corp. and maintain brand, market, and operating independence.     

This acquisition reflects Digital Check’s strategic growth and revenue diversification initiatives in check and cash automation software solutions that help customers achieve their financial transaction automation goals.  Digital Check and Benchmark are most excited about increasing customer value by combining their two software solutions businesses.  


Jeff Hempker, President of Digital Check, states that “Digital Check is pleased to add Benchmark Technology Group to our family of companies.  We view this as an opportunity for the entire Digital Check Corp. ecosystem to further our commitment to deliver deep-domain expertise to the financial transaction automation market and beyond.  As always, our focus will remain on enabling our partners and customers’ revenue growth, new operational efficiencies, predictable outcomes, and an optimized workflow for the future.” 


Jack Malinowski will assume the role of President at Benchmark Technology Group and continues as its Chief Technology Officer and inspirational leader.  “We are thrilled to join our respective software initiatives in check and cash automation,” said Jack Malinowski.  “Benchmark will also continue to provide technology project services and best in class hardware options from a variety of manufacturers, including the Digital Check brands.  Our two organizations have enjoyed an excellent relationship for 17 years and our cultures already align by placing the customer at the center of all we do.  This is a natural and seamless transition that only strengthens our software growth opportunities.” 


February 4 2021

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Crowley Technician Receives Special Recognition from InoTec GmbH

Image Quality Specialist and Senior Field Engineer Corin Van de Griek has received special recognition from production document scanner manufacturer InoTec GmbH Organisationssysteme (InoTec). The award – a surprise delivery from Germany –

came in the form of an engraved plaque and was in honor of Van de Grieks’ efforts to help the manufacturer achieve image quality in line with the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI).


According to Gerhard Weinfurtner, InoTec international sales manager, “This is not an award that we give annually, but a special presentation that we hope expresses our appreciation and gratitude to Corin for his extraordinary efforts in helping us to achieve a three-star FADGI standard for our scanners. This rating is not yet very common in our scanner segment and reinforces the use of InoTec document scanners for the capture of cultural heritage archives as well as for its more standard high-volume records capture.” He continues, “Corin’s deep technical knowledge, ideas and continuous intensive efforts were critical in helping to lift InoTec scanners to the next quality level. This award is intended for extraordinary achievements from partner companies or their employees to push forward our common goals in an outstanding way.”


Patrick Crowley, president of The Crowley Company, notes that this award reinforces the partnership that Crowley has with its manufacturers as a distributor. “With each of our international partners – InoTec, Zeutschel, Qidenus and others – we strive to be a part of their research and development process. As the ‘feet on the ground’ with scanner end-users, our ability to effectively convey what is needed from the field can often lead to next steps in scanner technology. As a scanner manufacturer ourselves [Crowley, Mekel Technology and Wicks and Wilson brands], we’re fortunate to have expertise on staff that complements our partners and vice versa. The example of Corin working together with InoTec to successfully achieve the meeting of a new imaging guideline is just one of many. The fact that InoTec created an award to specifically honor Corin’s efforts underscores the deep mutual respect we have for each other.”