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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 25, 2007 0 comments

Epson has
introduced the 13-inch wide Epson Stylus Photo 1400. Sharing the same technology
as the Epson Stylus Photo R260 and R380, including Claria ink and DX5 MicroPiezo
print heads, the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 has an estimated street price of $399.99.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 24, 2007 0 comments

Online photo and video sharing service Phanfare has announced the availability
of downloadable slideshows that can be easily viewed on any PC or Mac computer
system.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 23, 2007 0 comments

Brooks Institute of Photography has announced that it's "5 x 5"
fine art photography exhibition will be the school's featured event as
a participant in the Downtown Organization's 1st Thursday initiative.
A public artist's reception will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2007
from 5 -- 9 pm at the Cota Street Campus and Gallery, located at 27 E.
Cota Street in Santa Barbara.



Five photographic perspectives by five recent Brooks' graduates depict
this "artist invitational" public exhibition. More than 50 images
will be on display by photographers: Chris Buckpitt (2003), Adam Gerlach (2003),
Kodiak Greenwood (2004), Serena Lee (2005) and Matthew Rainwaters (2003).



Adam Gerlach, who serves as the gallery's assistant director, specializes
in black-and-white photography. He also specializes in hand-toning his work
to transform reality and create strange and unfamiliar qualities in his images.
Greenwood, a native of Big Sur, has twice earned awards in the Fuji photography
competition, and is represented in private galleries. His extensive photography
of the West Coast -- both in color and black-and-white -- has garnered
critical acclaim.



In contrast to outdoor and landscape photography, Chris Buckpitt strives to
capture the essence of people. About his work, he says "I have a very
deep connection to the human race, and I have always found the human body to
be very beautiful."



Serena Lee, already distinguished in her field of portrait, wedding and fine
art photography, finds that her passions lie in using antique and alternative
processes, and digital imaging, to mix the old world with the new. Her work
has been seen in many venues, including the International Photography Hall of
Fame.



Matthew Rainwaters began working with cameras at age 14 shooting skate videos
with his friends. Five years later, he bought a Pentax K-1000 and took a junior
college photography course. A teacher's comment that he was "pretty
good" forever changed his life. Today, his work's featured twice
in the Advertising Photographers of America annual Personal Ads show, appeared
in the notable Focus on Aids charity auction in Beverly Hills, and has shown
in the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House. He presently teaches photography
and reprints portfolios for publication.



The `5 x 5' exhibition, which opens on January 18, will run through
March 31, 2007. In the coming months, the Cota Campus and Gallery will feature
exhibitions by a range of professional photographers, as well as shows presented
by Brooks Institute students and alumni. The public is invited to visit the
gallery on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 9
p.m. For more information, call the Brooks Institute Cota St. Campus and Gallery
at (805) 690-4913.


www.brooks.edu, or call
805-966-3888.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 19, 2007 0 comments

Photodex Corporation has announced the release of the next generation of its
slide show software, ProShow Gold.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 18, 2007 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. has announced the SensorScope£ System, said by the
company to be the safest and most effective system for cleaning your digital SLR
image sensor. The SensorScope (patent pending) is the first and only sensor inspection
device in the market designed for DSLRs. Its use of magnification and focused,
high intensity light enables camera owners to inspect their camera's sensor
to see if it needs cleaning.



The
SensorScope looks like a camera lens; however, it allows you to look back into
your camera to inspect your sensor. The SensorScope is easily portable and provides
a 5x magnification lens and 4 ultra bright LED lights, which are focused to completely
illuminate the field of inspection. Although specifically designed for Canon and
Nikon DSLRs, the SensorScope may be used on any manufacturer's DSLR.



The SensorScope system includes the new DigitalDuster cleaning kit with the SensorVac,
SensorWand£ and SensorSolution.



Four different types of contaminants can show up on your DSLR camera sensor. These
vary by their chemical components. The most common types of debris that show up
are dry, and look like dust. This "dust" can be made up of one of
four materials:



· Silica/Quartz: these hard particles such as rock or sand can easily cause
scratches

· Metallic: hard particles such as metal shavings from the manufacturing
of the camera

· Fiber: synthetic materials such as nylon

· Organic: pollen, skin cells, and similar material
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 18, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced that renowned documentary and
National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier has shared new tips for lighting
under less-than-ideal conditions at Kingston's `Icons of Photography'
Web site. In this month's tip, Rainier tackles illumination challenges
he has faced in exotic locations and explains how his lighting solutions can
be applied a little closer to home.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 17, 2007 0 comments

MediaStreet Inc. has used its award-winning photo inks and papers to produce
a magnificent photo exhibit to raise money to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
Produced with MediaStreet's Generations inks and enlarged to 30x40-inches
on their Royal Renaissance papers, the exhibit-quality prints were displayed
during the foundation's annual Gala fundraiser. The gallery prints were
auctioned individually to the highest bidders during a live auction. ? ?With
the help of MediaStreet's participation and other corporate sponsors,
Cystic Fibrosis was able to raise more than $130K for CF research.



"It is a wonderful feeling to know that our products and services were
used to raise funding for medical research," said Norm Levy, President
of MediaStreet. "The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is geared toward one thing
-- raising money for research to find a cure for CF. We were honored to
be asked for our help and thrilled to do whatever we could to help," Mr.
Levy added.



About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation?When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was
established in 1955, children with cystic fibrosis (CF) were not expected to
live long enough to attend elementary school. Thanks, in large part, to the
Foundation's aggressive investments in innovative research and comprehensive
care, the median survival age for people with this disease is now nearly 37
years.???After more than 50 years of service, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
remains committed to its core mission: to develop more therapies that will extend
and enhance the lives of those with cystic fibrosis and ultimately to find a
cure or control for CF.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 16, 2007 0 comments

Purchasers of the promotional boxes of Ilford Multigrade IV Deluxe Photographic
paper will find three rolls of 36-exposure Ilford HP5 Plus film included at no
extra charge, along with a invitation to accept the challenge of producing an
image worthy of printing on the iconic boxes of Ilford paper.



The HP5 Plus Challenge, which applies only to Canada and the USA, runs until May
31, 2007, and is open to any Photographer using Ilford HP5 Plus. The special promotional
boxes of Ilford Multigrade IV RC Deluxe, which are available from all Ilford Photo
dealers while supplies last, include three free rolls of HP5 Plus film, whether
or not the purchaser is willing to take up the challenge.



Given all the Photographic benefits provided with this film, the Ilford HP5 Plus
Challenge is simply a matter of finding the ideal location or subject and conditions,
and capturing it for history, then basking in the glow of being able to tell future
generations still storing paper in the legendary Ilford boxes, "I did that."



In addition to the kudos attached to having an image recorded in this way, the
winner will receive $1,250 of prize money, with the runners-up receiving $500
and $250 respectively for second and third places.



The subject matter of entered images (maximum 10 prints) is entirely open to the
Photographer, but they must be shot on Ilford HP5 Plus film and printed on Ilford
black-and-white Photographic paper, un-mounted and no larger than 8x10ins.



Winning prints will be selected by a panel of judges, which will also consider
the suitability of the image in the square format used on Ilford boxes. The winning
entries will be announced on June 30, 2007. Full competition entry details can
be found on the Ilford Photo website at www.IlfordPhoto.com/hp5pluschallenge
or obtained by calling the HP5 Plus Challenge hotline: 201-471-0230.



Full details of Ilford HP5 Plus film, Ilford Multigrade IV Deluxe paper and all
Ilford Photo black-and-white products can be found at www.IlfordPhoto.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 15, 2007 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc. has announced the spring 2007 availability of Genuine
Fractals 5. In addition, anyone who purchases Genuine Fractals 4.1 or Genuine
Fractals Print Pro 4.1 on or after December 18, 2006 will receive a free upgrade
to Genuine Fractals 5 once it becomes available.



The new version of onOne Software's flagship product Genuine Fractals
will feature several new improvements and workflow enhancements including:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 12, 2007 0 comments

Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. is pleased to announce plans to re-introduce an ISO 50 Fujichrome
Velvia professional film, tentatively named Velvia II. Fujichrome Velvia (RVP
50) was the first high color saturation, high contrast transparency E-6 compatible
film when it was introduced in 1990 and was a favorite among photographers. Its
discontinuation was announced last year due to difficulties in procuring some
of the raw materials used to produce the emulsion.



As a result, Fujifilm research and development teams have developed substitute
raw materials and new manufacturing technologies that enable the company to restart
production. The new film is expected to be available in late spring 2007. The
characteristics of the new emulsion will mirror that of the previous product.



www.fujifilmusa.com
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