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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 06, 2007 0 comments

DxO Optics Pro and REALVIZ Stitcher are now available together for a limited time
at a significant saving from the online stores of REALVIZ (www.realviz.com) and
DxO Labs (www.dxo.com).



To respond to the needs of dedicated amateur and professional photographers, four
bundles are being offered:
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2007 0 comments

Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce the creation of a Digital Photography
Bootcamp Scholarship Program. Professional photographers (or serious amateurs
aspiring to be pros) are invited to apply to the program for a chance to be
selected for a full scholarship to any of Kubota Image Tools' upcoming
Bootcamps -- including the long sold-out October 2007 Bootcamp.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 02, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced the availability of the Kingston
DataTraveler 100 (DT 100) USB Flash drive. With a capless design, the USB connector
is safely housed inside the DataTraveler's casing. A new, "thumb-action"
slide positioned on the side of the drive makes retracting and protracting the
USB connector, a simple, single-hand operation.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced that it has formed a relationship
with Fotoimpex of Germany naming Freestyle Photographic Supplies (Hollywood,
CA) the exclusive United States distributor of the ADOX brand black and white
films and papers.



This latest partnership with Fotoimpex makes Freestyle the exclusive U.S. distributor
of thirteen different and unique product lines which include Holga cameras and
accessories, Kentmere photographic papers, Cachet archival boxes and Slavich
black and white papers.



ADOX CMS 20 and ORT 25 black and white films have been desired by fine art and
pictorial photographers alike for their unparalleled sharpness and resolution.
In addition, ADOX's Adotech CMS Film Developer is specially formulated
to deliver maximum resolution and is uniquely matched for processing ADOX CMS
20 film.



www.freestylephoto.biz

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments

Sharpics, Inc., has revealed its line of enhanced Studio Lighting Kits, designed
to offer cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for achieving professional product
photography images.



Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit (model LKT-92) and Clamp-on Overhead
Light (model CLK-9) are said to be built to ensure accurate product photography
and bring out the true colors of the particular object being photographed. Sharpics'
compact designs can deliver ideal lighting placement for tabletop photography.



The line also includes two compact 30-watt fluorescent bulbs with the LKT-92 lighting
kit, which provide the equivalent to a 240-watt incandescent bulb. The CLK-9 Overhead
Light will feature one bulb. The compact fluorescent bulbs use 75 to 80 percent
less power than equivalent incandescent bulbs, offering energy-efficiency, cooler
temperature and longevity. The addition of these `daylight-balanced'
bulbs will also offer users the ability to achieve lighting effects comparable
to natural daylight.



Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit

The compact studio light kit includes two mini studio lights, designed for applications
such as tabletop photography. SRP: $129.95



Features:

· Two compact light stands

· Two 30-watt fluorescent bulbs, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section column with flip grip adjusts from 12" to 18"

· Two 9" reflectors with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Each light fixture is rated 120V, 250 watts maximum



Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light

Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light extends product photography capabilities
to include overhead lighting effects. SRP: $89.95



Features:

· 2" clamp with molded knob

· One 30-watt fluorescent bulb, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section vertical column and 2-section horizontal column with twist lock

· 9" reflector with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Rated 120V, 250 watts maximum



Sharpics is also the creator of the D-Flector -- a patent-pending portable
photo studio that quickly unfolds into a tabletop background stand to support
the product photography needs of everyone from professional to novice photographers.
The product is ideal for individuals to easily create high-quality product images
needed for selling items via the Internet, designing print catalogs, marketing
and promotional materials, art projects, etc. The D-Flector has also proven to
be helpful for documenting items for insurance claims, appraisals, home and office
inventories or estate planning.



Product Availability:

Sharpics' lighting products are available for purchase online at www.sharpics.com
and in a variety of retail camera stores.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2007 0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, has announced the
official launch of Fluid Mask 3 masking software. Addressing the challenge of
quickly and easily separating problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves,
Fluid Mask 3 is said to leverage a more effective edge detection system, along
with the improved "Smart Blending" capability unique to the software.
Fluid Mask 3 presents a slider that enables the user to switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Next, within focused areas, the
user may invoke complex edge and special hair blending algorithms, which, for
the first time, automatically cut out tricky edges and difficult hair such as
highlights and hair with wide color differences (e.g. black hair next to white
hair against a grey background).



Fluid Mask 3 boasts improvements to the initial image processing time, enabling
users who are operating multiple processors to 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.



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added new 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 Workspace" 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 Workspace", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate color
selection.



· 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.


Localized "Edge Detection" tools enable users to automatically detect
hard to find edges inside a Patch. In the same way, localized edge blending techniques
are used in Patches to overcome common problems such as masking hair and complex
colored foregrounds and backgrounds.



Fluid Mask 3 is currently available for Windows XP & Vista and Mac Intel and
Power PC 10.3.9 upwards and is priced at $239. 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.



www.vertustech.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.5 Plug-in for Adobe
Photoshop CS3. The new version of the color correction software features full
compliance with the latest Photoshop Plug-in SDK (Software Development Kit) from
Adobe as well as support for Intel and PowerPC-based Macintosh. Free upgrades
are available for registered users who purchased iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in
on or after January 1, 2007.



New features include:

* Fully Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Plug-in SDK

* Universal Binary for Macintosh

* Native support for Intel and PowerPC-based Macintosh

* Support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters

* Improved support for Photoshop selections and layers

* Now supports huge documents - images larger than 30,000 x 30,000 pixels

* Enhanced SmartColor™ technology for improved automatic color correction



iCorrect EditLab Pro also includes sharpening and noise removal technology for
enhanced image quality and productivity. Plus, iCorrect EditLab Pro's tradition
of fast and easy color correction and color editing is bolstered by its advanced
automatic black and white conversion and sepia toning tools for creating sophisticated
artistic effects while adding additional levels of expression to any image.



Compatibility

* Microsoft Windows XP, Vista

* Mac OS X, v 10.2.8 - 10.4.8,

* Photoshop CS2, CS3, Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 (Macintosh) Photoshop Elements
5 (Windows).



iCorrect EditLab Pro may be purchased at PictoColor's secure on-line store
at www.pictocolor.com for $99.95 as a software download. A free downloadable demo
version is available at www.pictocolor.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs announces today that recently released DxO Optics Pro v4.5 adds support
for the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Nikon D40x Digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR)
cameras and debuts support for fish-eye zoom lenses by adding the Tokina AT-X
107 AF DX Fish-Eye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 lens to its library of available lens
modules.



Support for the Tokina Fish-Eye lens begins the inclusion of more of these creative
types of lenses into the DxO Lens Correction Module library. The Tokina AT-X
107 AF DX Fish-Eye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 lens is a full-frame fish-eye that gives
photographers a 180° field of view -- a dramatic fish-eye effect --
and allows the photographer to capture a view that's wider than the human
eye can see.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2007 0 comments

Ilford Imaging is proud to present its new web portal, created to coincide with
the launch of a number of exciting new products on the market. Packed with the
very latest product news and hints and tips on how to achieve stunning prints,
the site will help visitors old and new to stay abreast of important company developments.


With its fresh new look and easy navigation, particular focus has been paid to
giving photo enthusiasts a full range of profiles built in-house by experienced
technicians. These unique files optimize the printer, using the manufacturer's
ink, to obtain the finest quality results. They can be downloaded for free and
are compatible with the Ilford Galerie media and the Ilford Inkjet Photo Paper
Range.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 24, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic has expanded its LUMIX family of digital still cameras with the introduction
of the LUMIX DMC-FZ18, an 8.1 Megapixel compact camera with an 18x optical zoom.
In addition to a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens, the DMC-FX18 joins the LUMIX
DMC-FX33 and DMC-FX55 as the first Panasonic digital cameras to offer Intelligent
Auto Mode, which includes Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Continuous
Auto-focus functions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2007 0 comments

Digital Spectrum Solutions Inc. has announced its new wireless MemoryFrame 8104
Premium. This digital picture frame is capable of sharing content over the Internet
and integrates easily with home media servers. It integrates the new multimedia
features of Microsoft Windows Vista and fully supports capabilities such as
Windows Media Connect and Windows Connect Now. It also fully supports the features
and capabilities of Windows XP used in conjunction with Windows Media Player
11.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2007 0 comments

Touchpoint Studios Inc. has introduced Touchpoint Gallery, photo software that
brings your digital photos directly to friends and family in an easy-to-use creative
way.



Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics, the software allows users to see photo collections
as they fill the pages of an animated photo album or as an exhibit on the walls
of a virtual art gallery. Birthdays, family celebrations and any special event
can now be shared with family and friends in a completely new and unique way.



The user-friendly software can be set up to point to as many photo collections
as you like. Switching from one photo collection to another is simple and Touchpoint
Gallery is compatible with Internet picture sources Flickr, Flickr Search, and
RSS Feeds. You can also choose to view photos stored locally on your hard drive.



Friends and family can watch the photos and collections chosen by you while they
work or play, enjoy them as their default Windows screen saver, and use them to
automatically change their wallpaper. The software is truly dynamic, because when
you change the photos in your online collection, your friends and family using
Touchpoint Gallery are automatically updated too.



Touchpoint Gallery is freely distributed from www.touchpointstudios.com . For
more options, including a wider selection of 3D Templates and access to more photos
in your collections, users can choose to 'Go Unlimited' for $24.95.



www.touchpointstudios.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 19, 2007 0 comments

Hahnemuhle FineArt announces the launch of digital Fine Art Baryta paper for Autumn
2007. As a traditional artist's paper the "FineArt Baryta 325" will
combine an ultra smooth surface with an original Baryta finish. The digital Baryta
paper has Hahnemuhle's unique "touch and feel" experience and is a premium
replacement for traditional Baryta papers from analog laboratories. The new paper
contains barium sulfate in the coating that enhances the typical reflecting gloss,
high Dmax, large color gamut and sharp definition of a Baryta paper. The bright
white "FineArt Baryta 325" is currently in the Beta testing phase. Hahnemuhle
will showcase the first samples of "FineArt Baryta 325", made from 100%
alpha cellulose with an ultra smooth surface and a grammage of 325gsm, at upcoming
international photo shows: Sonimagphoto in Barcelona, Salon de la Photo in Paris,
Imaging Expo in Shanghai and PhotoPlus International in New York. Market launch
is set for Autumn 2007.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 18, 2007 0 comments

Corel Corporation has announced that the company has released Corel Painter
X v10.1, a free update to its Natural-Media painting and illustration software,
Corel Painter X. Available for both Mac and Windows, the Corel Painter X v10.1
update can be downloaded from www.corel.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 17, 2007 0 comments

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award, sponsored by Freestyle Photographic Supplies
for the past five years, is now The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Black & White Photography. In addition to the name change,
the eligibility rules for the award will be changed as well: all light-sensitive
black and white photographic processes will be eligible for this award, including
alternative processes, whereas digital images will not. The amount of the award
will remain at $5,000, and will be awarded to one talented Society for Photographic
Education (SPE) student member majoring in photography at a college or university.
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