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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 27, 2007 0 comments

We've all seen
people with their arms awkwardly extended trying to take a photo or shoot a video
and include themselves in the shot. The XShot is a telescopic rod that attaches
to any compact digitalcamera or hand-held video camera and allows photographers
and videographers to be a part of the memories they capture.



Simply connect any digital compact camera to the XShot adapter using the built-in
thumb screw and adjust to the desired angle. Engage the self-timer, extend the
XShot, aim and shoot. The XShot provides over 3 feet of reach, which is enough
extension to include as many as 5 people in a shot. This patented pending product
is made of high quality stainless steel, closes to nine inches, weighs 3.9 ounces
and neatly fits into a pocket.



One such effect is achieved with the XShot when the camera is placed in video
mode and the user spins in place 360 degrees. When played back, the video appears
three-dimensional and the subject seems to be standing still while the background
revolves.



The XShot sells for $24.95 and is available online at: www.xshotpix.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 26, 2007 0 comments

xTrain.com, which offers online video training for media, arts, and design,
announces six new course titles and classes open for immediate enrollment. Each
course is designed and produced exclusively for xTrain.com and features world-class
instructors and clearly defined learning objectives. xTrain courses and classes
educate students with professional practices and standards in their respective
industries.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2007 0 comments

Vermont PhotoInkjet has announced the immediate availability of their new color
ink formulation which replicates the color-space of EPSON's Ultrachrome
K3 inks. ConeColor inks are sold in one-liter bottles that are packaged with a
set of eco-friendly refillable cartridges. ConeColor ink shares the same pigment
technology as Piezography K7 inks that are claimed to make them extremely fade
resistant and non-damaging to EPSON print heads. The ConeColor inks do not require
any additional color management, and can be used with existing ICC profiles.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 20, 2007 0 comments

Adorama has announced its new series of reasonably priced Flashpoint carbon
fiber tripods. Featuring classic European styling, the three Flashpoint tripods
bring all of the advantages of carbon fiber tripods to photographers who want
and need the advantage this high tech material brings to capturing images with
today's digital SLRs. Besides its legendary light weight and strength,
carbon fiber offers many advantages over fully metal tripods. The thermal transfer
rate with carbon fiber is much less than most metals and carbon fiber is noted
for its ability to absorb vibrations.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2007 0 comments

XtraLean Software is pleased to announce the latest release of its free and
lean image editor, ImageWell. This version adds Leopard compatibility, iLife
'08 compatibility, compatibility with the Aperture/iPhoto "edit with external
editor" feature, and brings back the option to automatically check for
updates. V3.3 also adds Russian localization making ImageWell available now
in 15 different languages. V3.3 of ImageWell Xtras also adds a new feature called
"Favorites". ImageWell V3.3 is available immediately for free download
from http://www.xtralean.com/IWFeatures.html Users can upgrade their free ImageWell
to unlock even more features for $19.95 CAD and can learn more about the "Xtras"
upgrade from http://www.xtralean.com/IWXtras.html

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 18, 2007 0 comments

onOne Software,
Inc., has announced the availability of Essentials 2 for Adobe Photoshop Elements.
This updated version of onOne Software's popular software suite includes
technology from onOne Software's newly acquired PhotoTune color correction
software, and onOne Software's Mask Pro, PhotoFrame, and Genuine Fractals
software products fine-tuned specifically for Adobe Photoshop Elements.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2007 0 comments

Interfit is pleased to announce the arrival of a simple solution for handling
the remarkable qualities of reflected light out in the field or in studio environments.



The new 5 in 1 reflector kit is available from November 2007 and contains the
best selling INT265 42" 5 in 1 reflector, plus a newly designed reflector
bracket and an air cushioned lighting stand.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 14, 2007 0 comments

Peleman Industries, Inc. has announced that it is introducing 12 new Unibind
PhotoBook colors and styles for the holidays. Unibind PhotoBooks are hardcover
photo albums that work with the award-winning Unibind PhotoBook Creator thermal
binding machine to make professional hardcover photobooks and presentations
in seconds.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 13, 2007 0 comments

Ink2Image, distributor of digital inks, media, bulk-feed systems and related
products to the photography and fine arts industries, has introduced a new bulk
ink feed system specifically for the Epson Photo R2400. This new system solves
the problem typically faced by bulk ink feeders due to the different black inks
used depending on paper type.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 12, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG announces the new GIGA Vu extreme digital image storage and viewing
device. Available in hard disk capacities up to 160 GB, the new GIGA Vu extreme
features a 3.7" VGA resolution display for crisp and clear viewing of
stored digital images, transfer speed of up to 1 GB in about 2 minutes, a verify
function for safe and reliable transfer of images, real RAW file decoding of
more then 100 RAW formats, includes an SD/SDHC adapter, and is the first JOBO
image storage device designed for compatibility with JOBO's new photoGPS
unit.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 11, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.is increasing the overall performance of its
popular CompactFlash Elite Pro Flash memory cards to help amateur and professional
photographers maximize the performance from their high-end imaging devices and
digital workflow applications. With transfer rates of 25MB/second (read) and
20MB/second (write), along with capacities up to 16GB, photographers can capture
life as it happens for as long as it happens.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 10, 2007 0 comments

Sony's new mega-capacity Cyber-shot® DSC-T2 digital camera is an
8-megapixel model that features 4GB of internal memory and can store up to 40,000
VGA-quality photos or 1,000 8 megapixel pictures, eliminating the need to manage
multiple media cards. The camera's album folder makes it easy to organize
and access thousands of photos in-camera. Images can be viewed in chronological
order and displayed in a helpful calendar view. By installing the bundled Picture
Motion Browser software, you can also view images by events like birthdays or
Sunday BBQs.



The "sharemark" folder can store those photos and videos deemed
worthy for sharing beyond the camera onto the web. The T2 model is pre-loaded
with Sony PMB Portable software, a user-friendly application that automatically
runs when the device is connected to a compatible PC via the supplied USB cable.
The software lets you publish photos and videos directly to popular web sharing
sites, such as Crackle, Flickr, Photobucket, Shutterfly and YouTube.



The camera has a new look with a compact silver body; black LCD frame; and a
sliding lens cover available in blue, green, pink, white or black. The Sony
LCS-TWE carrying case is also available in the same colors to match the camera.
Its touch-panel LCD screen replaces small buttons with on-screen icons and a
user-friendly interface to make camera operation fast and simple. You can touch
the screen to select the subject you want to focus on (shooting mode) and where
you want to zoom in (playback mode).



Sony's distinctive "smile shutter" function makes capturing
informal portraits and family snapshots effortless. The function automatically
detects and captures a person smiling without the need to press the shutter.
If there are several people in the frame, you can select the primary subject
for the camera to watch by touching the screen. A sequence of up to six smiling
shots can be taken without the need to manually press the shutter.



Combined with such technologies as face detection, optical image stabilization
and high sensitivity (ISO 3200), the camera is equipped to capture life-like
holiday memories.



The T2 camera can be connected to the TV set via HD component cable or an HD
cradle (both sold separately). Equipped with a built-in slide show function,
the camera lets you view photos, complete with dynamic transitions choreographed
to your choice of programmed music clips or by adding your own.



The Cyber-shot DSC-T2 digital camera will ship in December for about $350. Additional
accessories will include batteries, travel chargers, sports packs and cases.
All can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores
(www.sonystyle.com/retail),
and at authorized regional dealers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 07, 2007 0 comments

Wintec
Industries, Inc. has been chosen by Eye-Fi, Inc. to manufacture the world's
first wireless memory card for digital cameras. The wireless memory card launched
by Eye-Fi capitalizes on Wi-Fi technology, providing camera users an effortless
way to remove virtually all obstacles for instant photo sharing. As Wi-Fi becomes
more prevalent in homes, Wi-Fi connectivity is becoming increasingly important
as a feature for consumer products. By integrating the Wi-Fi function into a
flash memory card in a standard SD form factor, the Eye-Fi Card brings wireless
connectivity to the digital camera and also operates as a conventional SD memory
card. The Wi-Fi connectivity provides an ultra-convenient way for camera users
to send photographs directly to home computers and online photo or social networking
sites for instant sharing or printing.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 06, 2007 0 comments

liveBooks, Inc., announced it is releasing new packages and new pricing under
the product name liveBooks Professional. The decision to revise and enhance
their product line is based on the experience of servicing thousands of photographers
over four years and
recognizing that photographers have many common needs which could be
addressed with a common feature set. In addition, they realize that each
photographer has their own individual needs which require the flexibility to
customize their web presence. Therefore, a robust feature set and custom
design time are included with all three of the liveBooks Professional packages
--
Unlimited, Select and Basic.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 05, 2007 0 comments

Leaf has announced the new Leaf AFi -- a next-generation, medium-format
digital camera. Specifically designed for high-resolution digital photography,
the Leaf AFi product line is comprised of three models: Leaf AFi 7, Leaf AFi
6 and Leaf AFi 5. The Leaf AFi offers up to 70 images per minute, combined with
a very large, ergonomically-designed screen and body. It incorporates the latest
Schneider Autofocus Digital (AFD) lenses. These lenses have been specifically
created for use with 30+ MP digital camera backs -- offering optimal focus
while making the best use of high-resolution CCD sensors. Based on a newly-designed
ergonomic camera body, the Leaf AFi offers myriad unique features, including:

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