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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 07, 2007 0 comments

LexJet has released the latest in its fiber line of fine photo papers, Sunset
Fibre Elite. Sunset Fibre Elite was developed based on feedback from users of
Sunset Fibre Gloss who were looking for a super-smooth, bright white, glossy surface
in a fibre paper.


Sunset Fibre Elite has a 285g microporous high gloss-coated surface with a special
acid-inhibiting layer, and is universally compatible with all dye and pigmented
inksets. It is available in standard sheet sizes and roll widths up to 44 in.



Sunset Fibre Elite is now available and shipping from LexJet's nationwide network
of distribution centers. It is backed by LexJet's industry-leading customer service
and product support, plus LexJet's 30-day money-back guarantee.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

Sony is expanding its (Alpha) digital SLR system with the introduction of the
DSLR-A700 camera, which is aimed at photo enthusiasts or serious photo hobbyists.
The new model features advanced imaging technologies and ultra-responsive operation,
as well as a lightweight, dust- and moisture-resistant, magnesium alloy construction
common to enthusiast-class D-SLR cameras.


Like Sony's mainstream DSLR-A100 model, the new A700 unit incorporates
Super SteadyShot Inside image stabilization in the camera body and is compatible
with most Minolta Maxxum mount lenses in addition to Sony lenses. The camera's
new 12.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor conducts analog-to-digital (A/D) signal
conversion and dual noise reduction right on the sensor itself. Noise reduction
is applied to analog signals before A/D conversion and the resulting digital
signals are then subject to a second round of noise reduction.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2007 0 comments

Tenba has added two new backpacks to its popular Shootout collection of professional
outdoor photo/imaging bags. The first is a Daypack which offers an expandable
outer compartment that adds 246 square inches of storage space, and the second
is a medium-sized Rolling Backpack. The new Shootout Daypack is a compact, lightweight
photo backpack that features Tenba's exclusive new PackOUT compartment--a
rear panel which expands to provide over 240 additional cubic inches of "soft"
storage space for lighter and non-fragile items like clothing, snacks, first
aid supplies, etc.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 05, 2007 1 comments

Bogen Imaging is proud to announce a new education program entitled Bogen Café,
www.bogencafe.com. The Café is a workshop environment offered to college
students that explores imaging topics in actual situations that are rarely discovered
within the confines of a classroom.



To kick-off each workshop there will be an evening lecture that showcases the
work of Steven Katzman, a self-taught photographer, author, and professor of photography
at Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD), Sarasota, FL, one of the top four-year
accredited art schools in the country. This highly motivational lecture will be
open to the entire student body and the local photographic community. The next
day will be comprised of two workshop courses that have been selected by the college
and is open only to the student body. The workshop will be followed up the next
day with a program at a participating photographic dealer.



The Bogen Café is a program that will highlight a special selection of
products from Bogen and the program's sponsors through a menu of scheduled
workshop presentations. The daylong workshops emphasize the importance of developing
alliances with companies that are defined by their products and customer relationships.
The co-sponsors include Hewlett-Packard Company, Hahnemuhle USA, Datacolor, Lensbabies,
Adobe, Wacom Technology, and Rangefinder.



Katzman is a living example that corporate sponsorships can enable someone to
remain at the forefront of digital technology. His workshops at RCAD have had
fruitful results for the faculty, students and the photo department's digital
imaging workflow. Katzman's first hand knowledge, expertise, and examples
are valuable assets for this new program. Never losing sight that the journey
is more important than the destination, Bogen Imaging and its co-sponsors are
there to provide the photographer with the tools that enable them to concentrate
on their creative vision, while Katzman provides first hand experience and examples
of his personal photographic journey.



Institutions and their students are at a point where they need to develop an alliance
with companies that are defined by their products and customer relationships.
Katzman believes that the relationship can continue to be developed, creating
new markets in the educational environments, perpetuated by associated resellers
and their customer base. With educational workshops at the site of the institutions/resellers,
such a relationship will be further strengthened and solidified, enabling students
to become users of the Café's sponsors' products throughout
their professional careers.



The Bogen Café intends to target 20 colleges and 20 dealerships per year
for the next four years, beginning August 2007. Anticipating a reach of hundreds
of photographers at each location, participating schools will be able to select
from the Bogen Imaging Workshop Café Course Menu, regarding which specific
programs they would like presented. Workshop topics include advanced lighting,
location lighting, fine art digital printing, large scale pigment printing, fine
printing, Adobe Lightroom, and more.



In recognition for achievement, each institution will select an individual scholarship
recipient. The scholarship recipient will have a selection of their work profiled
on the Café website, www.bogencafe.com. Each scholarship winner will also
receive a stable of equipment donated by the event sponsors, including a $1,000
Bogen Bux Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of Bogen Imaging distributed
products; a copy of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS3; a Datacolor Spyder 2 Pro
colorimeter; sample packs of Hahnemuhle photo paper; a Lensbabies 3G selective
focus SLR lens; and a Wacom Intuos3 tablet (4X6).



The Bogen Imaging Café Course Menu is as follows:



Bogen Imaging Workshop Café Course Menu

Schools will be able to select from the following course menu:



Steven Katzman; Developing a Personal Vision, While Negotiating the Interpretive
Portrait, Thursday night's lecture, and Workshop



Advanced Lighting; Creative Solutions and Possibilities (Studio)



Less is More; Location Lighting with Portable Flash Units



Bend it Baby; Free your Mind and Your Body Will Follow, using the Lens Baby in
the studio and on location.



Defining the Social Landscape; On location at points of interest (relevant to
the area's social and historic community) using available and portable lighting
and edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.



The Digital Darkroom; Up to speed with Adobe Photoshop CS3, and Adobe Photoshop
Lightroom.



The Large-Scale Pigment Print; Creative Solutions using Multiple Captures, Stitching,
and Sharpening for Inkjet and Prepress Environment. This workshop will include
creating ICC profiles for monitor and printer.



Portfolio Review; Shooting Strategies for the Personal Voice, Pre-visualization
and Interpretation for creating the Fine Art Portfolio.



The Bogen Imaging Café confirmed schedule is:



Bogen Café Fall Schedule of Confirmed Schools and participating Photo Dealers



Art Institute of Florida August 23-25 Dale Laboratories



Daytona Beach Community College September 27-28 Kingston Photo and Studio



Foothill Community College, Palo Alto October 4-6 Keeble and Shuchat Photography



Heron School of Art October 11-13 Robert's Distributors



Community College of So. Nevada October 18-20 Casey's Camera



Art Institute of Chicago October 25-27 Calumet Photographic



Santa Monica Community College November 1-4 Samy's Camera



Austin Community College November 15-17 Precision Camera & Video



Ohio University November 8-10 Midwest Photo Exchange



For more information, visit www.bogencafe.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2007 0 comments

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling has announced the LightScribe Travel Kit that
enables users to preserve their vacation memories and add a personal touch to
their DVD and CD label designs. The LightScribe Travel Kit's DVD / CD label tips,
templates, and resources are available for free download on lightscribe.com -
just in time as people return from summer holidays.



To ensure that discs containing their travel memories stand out, customers owning
a LightScribe-enabled drive can go to the Travel Kit (www.lightscribe.com/go/create)
and download travel DVD and CD label designs, mailers, and disc sleeve designs
that reflect their favorite trip memories to share with family and friends.



With the new kit, travelers can create personalized custom designs that integrate
travel photos with text so that the discs are personalized and capture their special
memories from each unique trip. With LightScribe, photo and video CDs and DVDs
can be labeled with a memorable photo from the vacation so that the discs can
be quickly identified with a favorite visual memory.



LightScribe -- a laser DVD / CD label burning technology found in many popular
brands of disc burners, laptops and PCs -- gives people the ability to easily
burn silkscreen-quality photos, graphics, images and text directly onto LightScribe
CDs and DVDs. A simple title printed in normal mode will typically take a couple
of minutes. A fuller disc image will take approximately 15-20 minutes. LightScribe
DVDs and CDs come in gold, with CDs available in red, orange, yellow, blue and
green.



LightScribe DVD and CD label burning technology, the only widely-available embedded
disc label technology, is licensed to over 80 optical drive and media manufacturers,
software developers, media and computer brands worldwide.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 31, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced that the new JOBO Spectator mobile storage device for
digital images is now shipping and available for sale. The Spectator joins JOBO's
GIGA Vu PRO evolution and GIGA one family of image storage devices by offering
consumers an affordable option for backing up, storing and viewing their digital
images. Similar in style to the GIGA, with the added benefit of a vivid color
display, the new Spectator allows users to immediately view and share images
in high quality without the need for a PC.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 30, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software Inc. has announced that its noise reduction software tool Dfine
2.0 is now available for sale from specialty camera retailers in the U.S. or
direct from Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) at a suggested retail price of
$99.95. Designed to improve image quality, Dfine 2.0 now includes Nik Software's
patented U Point technology for selective editing control and a completely new
user interface that is easier to use and improves workflow for busy photographers.



When capturing images, all digital cameras inherently create unwanted imperfections
known as noise. High ISO speeds and low light conditions can also contribute
to noise. Dfine 2.0 addresses the issue of digital image noise with unprecedented
selective control and a revamped image processing core, which provide superior
noise reduction while maintaining detail and sharpness in an image. A re-designed
user interface, new automatic camera profiling system, and the addition of U
Point powered Control Points help photographers quickly and easily improve the
quality of virtually every digital photo.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor Corporation has released inCamera 4.5 for Photoshop CS3, a new
version of its digital camera and scanner ICC profiling plug-in. This digital
camera and scanner profiling software features an easy to use interface and
a User Guide that explains how to successfully create and use ICC input profiles
in Adobe Photoshop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2007 0 comments

Nikon has introduced its most advanced DX-format digital SLR camera, the D300.
Engineered with pro-level features and performance, the 12.3 effective megapixel
D300 combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from Nikon's
newly announced D3.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2007 0 comments

Extensis, a brand of Celartem Inc., has released Portfolio Server 8.5, a major
upgrade to its Portfolio Server creative assets management product line. Portfolio
Server 8.5 is the hub of Extensis' open system providing new capabilities
to CS3 workgroups in need of a flexible archive and automated web delivery asset
system. As a standard for managing creative assets within workgroups, Portfolio
Server 8.5 includes powerful Mac and Windows clients, a complete web publishing
solution and integration for CS3 applications.



Included with Portfolio Server 8.5 is Portfolio Project Sync for Adobe Creative
Suite 3. Developed in close partnership with Adobe, Project Sync brings together
the power of Portfolio Server with the convenience of the CS3 environment. Providing
seamless integration between Portfolio Server and CS3, Project Sync enables powerful
searching, archiving and automated web delivery from within creative applications.
Project Sync ties transparently into Portfolio Server, providing teams real-time
access to their assets.



This seamless integration allows creative workgroups to search, access, catalog
and tag assets in Portfolio Server, via Adobe Bridge and other CS3 applications.
Through this connection CS3 users tap into the powerful asset sharing and archiving
capabilities of Portfolio Server, all without leaving their primary creative application.
For example, a designer adds XMP data to an Adobe Photoshop file. Portfolio Project
Sync instantly syncs this information making it available to other Portfolio workgroup
clients and Portfolio NetPublish web sites. Users can now remain within CS3 applications
to distribute creative assets.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2007 0 comments

Nikon has introduced the D3 -- a new digital SLR camera with a 12.1 effective
megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, measuring 23.9 x 36mm, which is nearly identical
to the size of 35mm film. With the fastest startup time, shortest viewfinder
blackout time, and shortest shutter lag of any digital SLR camera as well as
the capability to shoot up to nine frames per second at full FX-format resolution,
the D3 is said to be the world's fastest digital SLR camera in its class.
Designed with sports photographers and photojournalists in mind, the Nikon D3
introduces a new EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to the speed
and processing power needed for many of the D3's new features.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2007 0 comments

Leica Camera Incorporated will introduce a new collection of lenses for analog
and digital Leica rangefinder cameras: the Leica Summarit-M class. The four lenses
LEICA SUMMARIT-M 35mm f2.5, LEICA SUMMARIT-M 50mm f2.5, LEICA SUMMARIT-M 75mm
f2.5 and LEICA SUMMARIT-M 90mm f2.5 cover the most popular focal lengths in the
Leica M system. All Summarit-M lenses were designed and are manufactured in Germany
and will bear the "Made in Germany" quality stamp.



All letter and number engravings are made with the traditional "Leitz-Norm"
font as originally used by Leitz Wetzlar during the 1960s, and the red button
on the lens mount is consistent with the original color used on Leitz lenses produced
since the introduction of the M mount through the 1960s. Each Leica Summarit-M
lens is supplied with a metal lens front cap, a lens hood cap and a velours pouch
for storage. High-quality all-metal lens hoods are available as accessories.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2007 0 comments

Rick Sammon's
new DVD -- Rick Sammon's Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training Photo
Workshop -- shows viewers all the basic steps of making great images. Even
if you don't own a Digital Rebel, you'll still gain a complete understanding
of digital SLR photography.



From camera basics to exposure, white balance, lenses, sports shooting, photographing
in low light, close-up photography, people and portraits, animals and pets,
Rick breaks down complex topics into fun and interesting lessons.



In the video, Rick goes on location to Universal Studios, Orlando, FL; Jungle
World at the Bronx Zoo; the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida; Madam
Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City; and other picturesque places to entertain,
educate and inspire viewers to becoming better photographers. Sample lessons
from the DVD are posted on www.rickspixelmagic.com.
The DVD runs 1.5 hours and is available on amazon.com, bn.com and in bookstores.
List price is $19.99.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it has posted the latest installment
of Ask the Icon, an interactive feature that is part of Kingston's `Icons
of Photography' microsite. Questions submitted by photographers from France,
Denmark, Romania, the United States and other parts of the world are being addressed
by one of Kingston's four Icon photographers participating in the program:
Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read Miller. Site visitors
are encouraged to ask questions relating to photo tips, techniques and equipment
as well as general questions about the Icon's career and how they got
started in photography.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2007 0 comments

The EOS 40D DIGITAL SLR Camera from Canon U.S.A., Inc. is scheduled to begin
sailing into stores in early September. The EOS 40D has a newly enhanced, 10.1-megapixel
CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured by Canon) and a proprietary and
DIGIC III image processor. It offers fast, 6.5 frame-per-second (fps) continuous
shooting capability (for bursts of up to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images.)

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