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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 06, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic has expanded its LUMIX family of digital cameras with the introduction
of the compact LUMIX DMC-FX100, the world's first to feature 12.2 Megapixel
resolution with a 28mm wide-angle. The newly developed and exclusive 28mm wide-angle
LEICA DC lens features 3.6x optical zoom, f/2.8 brightness, 1/1.72-inch large
CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization with Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO Control.
The LUMIX DMC-FX100 will be equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 05, 2007 0 comments

Due to an overwhelming demand for Delkin Devices' patent-pending SensorScope,
Delkin is now offering the option of purchasing the multiple award winning SensorScope
separate from their cleaning system. DSLR users worldwide have enthusiastically
embraced the product, resulting in several prestigious awards like a 2007 Innovative
Digital Products Award from the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA)
and 2007 Best Digital Accessory from the Technical Imaging Press Association
(TIPA). The SensorScope is the first and most effective device that allows you
to quickly check your sensor for dust and debris in a matter of seconds.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 04, 2007 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated has an update to the free Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in
now available for immediate download on Adobe.com. The Camera Raw 4.1 update includes
improved noise reduction and sharpening tools and raw file support for 13 additional
camera models and camera backs. This update also builds on the raw file support
integrated in the Photoshop family of products.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

REALVIZ has announced the availability of version 5.6 of Stitcher Unlimited.
Stitcher enables the creation of high-quality panoramas and 360° virtual
tours. Version 5.6, which is available from this week, introduces Mac Universal
compatibility, as well as HDR capabilities. A Japanese-language version is also
scheduled for release later this spring, in addition to the existing English
and French versions of the software.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 31, 2007 0 comments

George J. Rosa III, Founder and President of Hallmark Museum of
Contemporary Photography has announced that the museum will expand its
exhibition, archive and exhibit preparation spaces in January 2008.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 30, 2007 0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, a technology
business specializing in image data interpretation, today announced the launch
of Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA. This latest version of Vertus' image editing
software is for rapid, powerful and intuitive masking and high-quality image
blending.



With improvements to the initial image processing time, Fluid Mask 3 users who
are operating multiple processors will realize increased speeds up to 40% faster
than the previous versions,. The result is a quicker transition from a base
image editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, into Fluid Mask. Ultimately,
Fluid Mask significantly improves the overall efficiency of the image editing
process, from loading to the final cut-out.



With a more effective edge detection system, along with the improved "Smart
Blending" capability unique to Fluid Mask, this latest version makes separating
problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves, quick and easy. First there
is a slider, which allows the user to seamlessly switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Second, within focused areas,
the user may invoke special hair blending algorithms, which for the first time
automatically cuts out tricky hair such as highlights and hair with wide color
differences (e.g. black hair next to white hair against a grey background).



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added additional tools to the program.
These new features include:



· A new "Save Settings" option enables users to easily recall
edge detection, blending, and resolution options from previous sessions, eliminating
the need to continually reprogram these options when working with batches of
pictures;

· The "Color Work Space" palette now includes a "Color
Sampler" which enables users to select specific colors from an image and
see where else within that image the same color appears. Also available in the
"Color Work Space", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate
color selection;

· Several new brush tools and the improved "Localized Edge Detection
System" enable users to perform more detailed edge finding and more refined
blending;

· A new "Patch" system allows users to make changes affecting
a selected localized region without affecting the rest of the image.

· "Patches" can be easily selected with a highlighting brush
tool rather than relying on a standard box shaped patch. Once a "Patch"
has been selected, users can call up the most popular editing options with a
simple right click of the mouse.

· Users are now able to launch a test rendering of the localized patch,
and toggle between the working image and a rendering of the final mask;

· Improved intuitive help features such as "Best of Breed Help"
offers XML help files and direct links to Fluid Mask tutorials, enabling easy
access to hands-on demonstrations.



Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA is currently available for Windows XP & Vista;
a Mac version will follow shortly. Fluid Mask 3 will continue to function as
a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 & Elements; and for the first time
will also work in stand alone mode for image formats that accept transitions
to transparency in 8 bit RGB color -- e.g. TIFF and PNG. Users working
on tablet style computers and peripherals, such as the Wacom Tablet, should
note that Fluid Mask 3 contains a new pressure sensitivity control that can
regulate brush size.



Users can download a free 30 Day Trial of Fluid Mask 3 BETA by visiting the
Vertus website at http://www.vertustech.com.
During the BETA phase, Fluid Mask 3 will be available for $199 US.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 29, 2007 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has announced the release of the newest model in the series of EXILIM
digital cameras, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200. The new camera is Casio's flagship
EXILIM Zoom, boasting 12.1 effective megapixels.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 25, 2007 0 comments

DxO FilmPack, a software application that automatically gives digital images
the style of the most celebrated conventional films -- the colors and the
grain of over 20 film types, and onOne Software's new Plug-In Suite 3
for Photoshop® that combines full versions of four essential software tools
-- Genuine Fractals 5, PhotoFrame Pro 3.1, Mask Pro 4.1 and Intellihance
Pro 4.2, are now available together for a limited time at a significant savings
exclusively from the online store of onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 24, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic LUMIX has announced the dates and locations of its first Digital Photo
Academy workshops in 20 cities across the United States. Digital Photo Academy
is a series of classes for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their
cameras' features and create more rewarding and enjoyable photo experiences.
The Academy courses are taught by local professional photographers, giving students
ongoing access to photo experts and tips in their own community. Furthermore,
after courses have finished, participants can enter photo contests and assignments
with other Academy students from across the country.



The Digital Photo Academy is designed for a digital camera owner, at any level,
with classes offered to accommodate the beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographer.
Students are welcome to bring whatever brand of camera they currently own and
courses will be available in the following markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,
Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis,
New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa
and Washington, D.C.



In each market, courses will be taught in professional studios, museums and other
inspirational locations. To view the locations and schedule of all 20 cities visit
www.DigitalPhotoAcademy.com. Some locations and dates include*:



Atlanta

Location:

The Bonaventure

650 Bonaventure Avenue

Atlanta, GA 30306

Dates:

· Beginner: 6/21/07, 6-9pm

· Intermediate: 6/23/07, 2-6pm

· Advanced: 6/10/07, 10am-7pm



Boston

Location:

Griffin Museum of Photography

67 Shore Road

Winchester, MA 01890

Dates:

· Beginner: 6/9/07, 9am-12pm

· Intermediate: 6/9/07, 2-6pm

· Advanced: 6/10/07, 10am-7pm



Detroit

Location:

The Park Shelton

15 East Kirby

Detroit, MI 48202

Dates:

· Beginner: 6/13/07, 6-9pm

· Intermediate: 6/14/07, 6-10pm

· Advanced: 6/30/07, 10am-7pm



Initially, each level of Digital Photo Academy courses will be offered once a
month in each city. Class descriptions include:



Beginner, Three-Hour Course, $50: Targeted for the family record keeper, passionate
scrapbooker, casual point-and-shoot user, or for the person looking to choose
the right camera, the beginner class, "Discovering Digital," is perfect
for all these types of users. Instructors will address how to reduce red-eye,
better use a flash, include special effects and create better composition. Beyond
photographic techniques, the course will also teach valuable "post-capture"
skills, such as how to use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements to create a greeting
card or calendar, and send prints to friends and family via email.



Intermediate, Four-Hour Course, $65: The "Digital Endeavors" intermediate-level
course is perfect for users who are quite familiar with the settings on their
point-and-shoot and are looking to take digital photography to the next level.
Either a recent purchaser of a digital SLR, or someone considering buying one,
would benefit from this course. The class will compare point-and-shoot cameras
to SLRs, discuss the differences between the two categories, helping to ensure
a smooth transition. For those who have some experience in post-capture and Photoshop,
this class will offer more advanced techniques, such as burning and dodging and
an introduction to color management. It will also discuss printed layouts, and
how to make newsletters and brochures.



Advanced, Two-day Course, $150: At the advanced level, the "Digital Vision"
course is be divided into two parts: in-field shooting and learning post-capture
computer application skills. The four-hour in-field shooting session is held in
local parks, vibrant streets, during seasonal events like fairs and marathons
to capture newsworthy current affairs. The second component, involves six hours
of classroom time learning techniques from Adobe® Photoshop® Creative
Suite 2, such as converting and processing RAW files, using layers and masks,
working with black and white files, and more.



To sign-up for Digital Photo Academy, please visit www.DigitalPhotoAcademy.com
or call 1.877.DP.ACAD.4. Instructor biographies, additional schedules and workshop
locations are also available on the website.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 23, 2007 0 comments

Westcott is offering their Photo Basics by Westcott customers the chance to
have their photos published in Shutterbug Magazine. Contestants must use a Photo
Basics lighting kit to create an image then submit it for the chance to win
one of three prizes offered in the contest. The grand prize winner will have
their photo published in Shutterbug Magazine. Second place earns the photographer
recognition of their imagery on the www.photobasics.net
web site. All three prize winners will gain a free one-year subscription to
the Shutterbug publication. The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2007. Details
are available and submissions can be made on the Photo Basics web site.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 22, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic today expanded its LUMIX family of digital cameras with the introduction
of the compact LUMIX DMC-FX100, the world's first to feature 12.2 Megapixel
resolution with a 28mm wide-angle. The newly developed and exclusive 28mm wide-angle
LEICA DC lens features 3.6x optical zoom, f/2.8 brightness, 1/1.72-inch large
CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization with Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO
Control. The LUMIX DMC-FX100 will be equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and
its slim lightweight design makes it extremely portable and stylish.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 21, 2007 0 comments

The legendary photographs by Art Wolfe are a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty
of the undisturbed remote corners of the Earth, painted by an artist that illuminates
surreal colors that are otherwise invisible to untrained eye. Canon is presenting
viewers the opportunity to experience the world through Art's lens for a
truly interactive experience at the Canon Digital Learning Center Web site http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=HomePageAct,
and go behind the scenes on the new Canon sponsored television series, Travels
to the Edge with Art Wolfe.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 18, 2007 0 comments

Efotolab.com has announced the release of the company's new EfotoLoader
software, which enables photographers to quickly and easily upload and begin
selling event prints.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 16, 2007 0 comments

Koelnmesse will launch the first specialized imaging and photography show in South-East-Asia
and The Pacific region -- Imaging Expo Singapore incorporating P.I.X - Photo
Imaging X-change 2007. The event will be held 2-4 November 2007 and acts as a
trade and educational platform that merges artwith the technology of imaging and
photography.


With the focus on communicating the latest trends and technology in imaging and
photography for the region, Imaging Expo Singapore is a trade fair comprising
of 8,000 sqm of exhibition space at Suntec International Convention and Exhibition
Centre. The trade fair will provide a launching pad for major brands into South-East-Asia
and The Pacific. Visitors for the exhibition include trade visitors, dealers,
studio owners, publishing professionals, professional photographers, and photography
and
videography enthusiasts.



P.I.X - Photo Imaging X-change is comprised of conferences, seminars and classes
for anyone interested in imaging and photography. The multi-tracked conference
features business-related seminars with key members of the photo and imaging industries,
classes by renowned photographers, photography workshops tailored for different
skill levels and niches, photo safaris to iconic spots in Singapore, photo competitions,
photo salons and photographer awards. There will also be a Photo Editors &
Chief Photographers Summit where world-renowned photographers will be on-hand
to share their expertise and experience. Visitors will get an overview of the
imaging market with a chance to learn and use the latest equipment as well as
receive customized information on business improvement and professional photography
techniques.



This event is modeled after photokina in Cologne, Germany, the world's most
important imaging and photography trade fair which showcased 1,579 exhibitors
and drew over 162,000 visitors from 157 countries last year. The big names from
the imaging and photography sector were all present at the trade fair, including
Casio, Canon, Epson, Fuji, Hewlett Packard, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Nokia, Olympus,
Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony. Among the major first-time exhibitors were
Apple and CeWe Color, Europe's largest photofinisher.



www.imaging-exposingapore.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 15, 2007 0 comments

Tenba has added several new products to its popular Shootout collection of professional
photo/laptop carrying cases. Three new outdoor-oriented shoulder bags and a
unique Photo/Laptop Courier bag join the current range of Shootout backpacks,
waistpacks, rolling duffels and accessories.



The new shoulder bags are available in small, medium and large sizes, covering
a broad range of carrying needs, from a single SLR and lens to a full-sized
setup with multiple bodies and lenses and even a laptop. All models incorporate
easily customized, well-padded interiors, front and side accessory pockets,
and -- as with other bags in the Shootout Collection -- a removable
media wallet and a phone/MP3 player pouch. These accessories are tethered within
the side pockets for security, or can be removed and attached to various points
on the bags, or worn as separate pouches on any belt.

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