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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 15, 2007 0 comments

The new Olympus SP-550 UZ Ultra Zoom has an 18x optical zoom lens (28-504mm
equivalent in 35mm photography), which gives users the ability to shoot telephoto,
wide-angle and macro (as close as 1cm) all in one. The camera's full manual
exposure control provides professionals and photo-enthusiasts with unlimited
creativity, while its automatic settings and Built-in Help Guides will put novice
users at ease.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2007 0 comments

CoSoSys has announced the release of Easy SlideShow.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2007 0 comments

Hasselblad has launched the Hasselblad H3D-31, the 31 megapixel version of the
H3D-39, the world's first 48mm full-frame DSLR camera system. Featuring
near full-frame capture, the H3D-31 uses a 44×33mm sensor enhanced with
micro-lenses to boost ISO rating one stop to a new maximum of ISO 800. The system's
new high-speed capture architecture, which is common to all H3D models, gives
the H3D-31 a capture rate of 1.2 seconds per image in either mobile or tethered
mode. These features give the H3D-31 the highest burst rate of the H3D family
and make it the camera of choice for the professional mobile photographer.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2007 0 comments

The Silver International Conference and Print Competition of Black-and-White Photography
runs March 30 through April 1 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena,
California. It includes special guest speakers, panel discussions, silver one-on-one
darkroom demonstrations, print sharing sessions and portfolio reviews. The conference
and print competition is designed for all professional and serious photographers,
photo students and photo instructors. As the digital world evolves, it is Silver's
mission to make sure this founding tradition of photography continues to have
a voice and community.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2007 0 comments

Longtime Shutterbug contributor Howard Millard is offering his "Travel Photography
in the Digital Age" workshop in Italy May 12-19. While staying in a country
villa nestled in the verdant hills of Tuscany, participants will photograph evocative
landscapes, a vineyard, an outdoor market, and the exquisite towns of Florence
and Siena to learn techniques to make stunning images for personal, editorial
and fine art use. While film will be covered, the emphasis will be on shooting
and processing digitally. Howard gives personal, hands-on instruction and reviews
of your work to help refine your personal vision, maximize your photographic and
digital skills, and energize and stimulate your image-making process. Topics include
photographing people, architecture, interiors, landscapes, nurturing a personal
style, natural and artificial light, equipment, working with Photoshop, and printing
options including fine art papers.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2007 0 comments

The Freestyle Creative Center for Photography is proud to host a premier showing
of Holga images by Freestyle Advisory Board member Michelle Bates, titled “Toying With Creativity”. Michelle is a champion of the alternative (or "toy")
camera genre, noted especially for her work with the all-plastic Holga camera.
Her award-winning pictures have been featured and published across the nation,
most recently in her new book "Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity,"
considered by many the definitive primer for the world of toy camera photography.
Michelle's images evoke a multitude of emotions, from poignant to whimsical
to ethereal. They are a throwback to days when photography was considered more
of a joyous activity than a specialized craft.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2007 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced that it has finalized an agreement with
the Slavich Manufacturing Company, of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, officially naming
Freestyle the exclusive United States distributor of Slavich brand photographic
papers.



Slavich is a Russian film and paper company that has been in existence since 1931.
For many years, Slavich was not only the principal supplier to the Soviet Army
and Navy of black and white photographic products, but also the first manufacturer
of motion picture film in the U.S.S.R. In fact, many of the masterpieces of Russian
cinema were shot and edited on Slavich product. Through Freestyle's efforts,
Slavich's black and white fiber-based graded paper, called Unibrom, is now
available in the United States for the first time in both double-weight and single-weight.



Freestyle's introduction of the new Slavich black and white photographic
papers in the United States will be immediate. "Given the ongoing concerns
regarding the future availability of silver-based photographic materials, Freestyle
is excited to offer yet another line of unique quality products, which further
supports our commitment to the long-term future of traditional black and white
photographic processes," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President
and Chief Operating Officer. "The addition of Slavich to our extensive lineup
of films and papers is an important component of our corporate mission to continue
fulfilling the needs of educators, enthusiasts and students with quality photographic
products from every part of the world."



Established in 1946, Freestyle Photographic Supplies is a leading international
retail, mail order and internet provider of photographic cameras, equipment and
supplies nationwide, as well as the exclusive United States distributor of Kentmere
black and white photographic papers, Foma black and white photographic papers
and films, Efke black and white films, Varycon/EMAKS black and white papers, Fotospeed
specialty chemicals, Holga cameras and accessories, Cachet archival storage boxes,
Image Mechanics fluid mount trays, LegacyPro accessories and Rollei/Maco black
and white films.



www.freestylephoto.biz
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2007 0 comments

Epson has partnered with ExpressDigital to introduce a new workflow and printing
solution called the Epson Portrait Edition Series, available for both the Epson
Stylus Pro 3800 and 4800 printers. The new Series represents a complete hardware
and software solution that gives wedding, portrait and event photographers virtually
everything they need to create customized print packages that can be sold in-house
or online via a customized Web store front. Featuring Epson's award-winning
UltraChrome K3 printing technology and full-featured workflow management functionality,
the Epson Portrait Edition Series enables photographers to sell, fulfill and
print orders right in their studio, producing prints that surpass the quality
of traditional lab prints and generate increased profits.



The Epson Portrait Edition Series is the one-stop photo business answer for
busy photographers, from weekend warriors to principals of medium-size studios,
providing the creative and business management functionality needed to maximize
profitability. It includes a customized version of ExpressDigital Darkroom Core
Edition software that integrates crucial workflow components, including importing,
cataloging and archiving photos, enhancing and editing photos and projects,
creating new photo products with easy-to-use tools, and comprehensive selling
and marketing features. Easy set-up and configuration enables photographers
to create a Web storefront within a few hours and sell prints the same day.
In addition, Epson's printer drivers and advanced color management technologies
are seamlessly integrated into the customized software.



Designed to give professional photographers a simple way to control and speed
up the entire print production process while eliminating their dependence on
traditional printing labs, the Series provides virtually limitless on-demand
printing capabilities, including batch or rush printing, and a wider range of
media choices for photo products ranging from wallet to 16"x 20"
portraits and even customized 17"x 22" prints. The ability to print
in-house provides extreme convenience and flexibility, eliminating traditional
photo lab fees and giving photographers more control over shooting and delivery
times.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 05, 2007 0 comments

Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. has unveiled two high-speed digital photo printers for
professional photographers, the ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers. The
ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers allow studio, wedding and event photographers
to quickly and easily provide customers with 4 x 6 inch prints in 8 seconds
and 8 x 10 inch prints in 40 seconds. Onsite printing also eliminates the need
and expense of organizing, printing and mailing photos in the days following
an event. By simply connecting the printers to a laptop via a high-speed USB
2.0 interface, professional photographers can leverage the ASK-2000 and ASK-4000
dye-sublimation thermal transfer technology to produce prints onsite at client
events. Both printers feature color-correction software incorporating Fujifilm's
Image Intelligence™ technology, giving photographers lab-quality prints
regardless of their location.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Hawk Mountain Papers, creators of quality, archival inkjet paper, has redesigned
their website for greater ease of use. Customers can search for paper by thickness,
brightness, or what type of printing being conducted. Hawk Mountain's selection
of paper is available in various sized sheets and rolls.



www.hawkmtpaper.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor has announced the release of CorrectPhoto 2.0 featuring OneClick
Color (http://www.correctphoto.com).
CorrectPhoto for Windows utilizes a new one-click color correction technology
that takes the guesswork out of making the color right. PictoColor's newest
point-and-click software automatically fixes the white balance, corrects the
exposure, and improves the vibrancy of any digital image with a single click.
Until now, this capability has only been available to advanced users and professional
photographers through PictoColor's iCorrect line of Photoshop plug-ins.
Plus, CorrectPhoto also has an integrated Windows Explorer, so users have direct
access to all the digital media features of the operating system at the click
of a mouse. With CorrectPhoto and Windows, users can easily transfer, perfect,
organize, manage, view, share, and print their digital photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 31, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic has announced the expansion of its U.S. battery portfolio with
Infinium, a new nickel metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable battery. Available
in the
spring of 2007, this advanced battery can be charged up to1000 times. Infinium's
technology is said to be stable and reliable over its extended lifetime. The
batteries
retain their ability to store maximum power, even after hundreds of charges.
In contrast, say the company, the capacities of ordinary rechargeable batteries
decrease rapidly.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 30, 2007 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated(Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced that Adobe Photoshop(r)
Lightroom(tm) 1.0 software is now available for pre-order and is expected to
ship in mid-February 2007. Photoshop Lightroom enables professional photographers
to import, manage and present large volumes of digital photographs, helping
photographers spend more time behind the lens and less time at the computer.
With more than 500,000 photographers participating in the public beta program
over the last 12 months, Photoshop Lightroom now includes a wealth of innovative
features that streamline digital photography workflows. Recognizing the photography
community for their efforts, Adobe is offering Photoshop Lightroom at a special
introductory price of US $199 through April 30, 2007 at the Adobe Store. Photoshop
Lightroom will later sell for an estimated street price of US $299.



Photoshop Lightroom includes new functionality added since beta 4.1, with significant
changes to the Library and Develop modules complementing improvements to the
Slideshow, Print and Web components. While in the Library module, new advanced
keywording tools help photographers filter through large collections, and an
improved import dialogue with more flexible file handling allows more choice
when determining file location. The new Key Metadata Browser provides quick
access to key information tags with an improved ranking and rating system that
now incorporates color labels and a pick/reject system that sorts and locates
photographs faster than ever. New to the Develop module, Virtual Copies and
Snapshot tools help present multiple versions of the same image, providing the
most choice to clients without the confusion of saving separate physical versions.
Additional tools added include a Hue, Saturation and Luminance targeted adjustment
tool for precise and intuitive image edits. Clone and Healing features provide
non-destructive edits to eliminate sensor dust across one or many images.



Photoshop Lightroom leverages Adobe Camera Raw technology and supports over
150 native raw file formats, in addition to JPEG and TIFF, bringing raw conversion
into a single workflow experience. The latest camera models supported include
the Nikon D40 and D80 and the Pentax K10D. This support means that photographers
can use Lightroom with even the newest cameras on the market, knowing that the
image files will be recognized today and in the future. Upon import, files can
be converted to the Digital Negative specification (DNG) or renamed and segmented
by folder or date. DNG is an industry-wide initiative to create a universal
file format for solving workflow and archiving issues. It aims to eliminate
barriers to new camera adoption while giving professional photographers the
confidence that their digital body of work is securely archived and will remain
accessible as digital imaging technology evolves.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 29, 2007 0 comments

Lowepro is introducing an extensive line of digital camera pouches, shoulder
bags and photo viewer case designed for the outdoor and adventurous photographer.
Lightweight and rugged, Apex AW shoulder bags and pouches have a convenient,
single-compartment design that offers quick access and accommodates a pro compact
camera or digital SLR plus accessories. The Apex AW pouches also have the single-compartment
design and accommodate a camera, memory card and battery or small accessories.
Soft brushed-tricot lining and interior dividers guard against scratches. Lowepro's
patented All Weather Cover protects against weather, dust and sand. In addition,
the new Apex PV AW pouch is designed to protect and carry a variety of digital
media playback devices including photo viewers, digital storage devices and
PDA's.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 26, 2007 0 comments

Lexar has announced that new Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) flash memory
cards will be available as part of the company's Platinum II and Standard
lines of products. Lexar SDHC cards satisfy market demand for reliable SDHC
cards that are ideal for storing and sharing digital images, video, and music
and are offered at varying price and performance levels. SDHC cards from both
Lexar product lines will be available next month in 4GB capacity, and later
this year in 8GB capacity.

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