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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

PhotoshopCAFE.com has announced the availability of Photoshop Secrets: Wacom Tablets
and CS2 For Digital Photographers on both a DVD and Download. The video is broken
into 2 parts: Part 1: Weston Maggio from Wacom explains in detail how to set up
a tablet and make the most of all the features. He then shows you how to fully
personalize the experience and unlock all the hidden features. In Part 2 Colin
Smith shows you how you can change the way you think about Photoshop.



A full feature list and ordering information is available at http://www.photoshopcafe.com/video/products/05_Wacom.htm.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 30, 2006 0 comments

Following recent news of Ilford Photo/Harman technology's formation of a subsidiary
company in the USA to handle technical support across North America, the company
has now issued details of a global technical services network.



Heading up Worldwide Technical Services is USA-based Rod Parsons who has been
responsible for technical support in North America for the past 18 years. Parsons
was previously manager of Worldwide Technical and Equipment Services for the previous
Ilford Imaging Group, and technical services manager for black-and-white paper
at the company's manufacturing plant in Mobberley, UK. Given which, he brings
a wide range of knowledge and experience to the position.



In addition, Parsons is chairman of the Board of Advisors to the Image Permanence
Institute based at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a member of several
international standards committees on image permanence. His activities and contacts
in this area will be invaluable in his new role due to image permanence being
a major attribute of silver gelatin prints and representing an important aspect
of Harman technology's inkjet products development.



The Worldwide Technical Services team includes Terry Bevens, a long-term employee
of Ilford Canada with 28 years' technical service experience dealing directly
with customers across the entire spectrum of Ilford Photo products. Bevens will
continue to handle customer issues as part of the Harman technology company in
Canada while extending his activities to support the US and UK markets.



Full details of Ilford Photo products can be found at www.Ilfordphoto.com
while information on Harman technology is accessed at www.Harmantechnology.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 29, 2006 0 comments

This handheld telescoping pod raises the camera to approximately 21 feet (2
stories high). The live integrated video down link keeps you in control of composition
via a portable monitor mounted on the pod. You compose and shoot with your feet
on the ground. The pod is user friendly and retracts to 5 feet for easy portability.
A very handy tool for nature photographers, real estate photographers, and everyone
in between. Price is approximately $1,470.00.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Image Trends has announced the Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In. This Adobe Photoshop Plug-in
compatible filter renders an aesthetically pleasing and natural view of people.
Human faces and bodies are natural and undistorted, even on the edges. Fisheye-Hemi
corrects the extreme distortion of people, which is common with rectilinear methods.
Fisheye-Hemi preserves more of the original resolution, displays the intended
composition and framing as seen in the viewfinder, and straightens vertical lines.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

For users who need a quick and easy way to protect their valuables in transit,
Pelican Products, Inc. is now offering a ready-made custom foam solution that
sets up in seconds.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced its call for entries
to the seventh annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). The program honors
and recognizes the most talented and promising student designers, photographers,
illustrators, animators and digital filmmakers from the world's top design,
film, interactive and Web higher education programs. This year, the competition
will accept entries from 30 participating countries.



Now in its seventh year, this world leading design competition has been expanded
to include more students from across the globe by adding Croatia, Czech Republic,
Hungary, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. These students are invited
to join students from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the
United States in submitting projects. The nine submission categories include:
animation, digital illustration, digital photography, interactive and Web design,
live action, motion graphics, environmental graphics and packaging, multiple page
print design, and single page print design.



The designers of the 2007 ADAA marketing campaign were a collaboration of winners
and finalists from the 2006 competition. A team of seven submitted the unique
concept "Going Places," which reflects their personal experiences
of the ADAA program. The "Going Places" design will appear on all
ADAA collateral, including competition posters, postcards, and advertisements.



Also new this year, Adobe will be accepting submissions online through April 27,
2007. Entries will be judged digitally in May and semifinalists will be asked
to mail in their entries for the final phase of judging. Students must submit
projects based on the use of Adobe design environments, such as Adobe Creative
Suite, Adobe Production Studio, and Macromedia Studio. Projects are reviewed and
scored by an independent panel of six distinguished judges, including Carole Guevin,
publisher of Netdiver.com; Jan Wilker, co-founder of karlssonwilker inc.; Armin
Vit, founder of UnderConsideration; Sande Scoredos, executive director of Sony
Pictures Imageworks; Andrew Lin, vice president at Paramount Vantage; and Gaby
Brink, co-founder of Templin Brink Design.



Judges will select the winners and finalists, based on originality and effectiveness
in communicating project objectives. Finalists will receive a trip to San Francisco
to participate in the awards ceremony, and an opportunity to showcase their work.
Finalists will also receive a selection of Adobe software products, meet with
leading industry professionals during studio tours, and have the opportunity to
participate in internships such as the 2007 SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studios. Award winners
will be announced at the awards ceremony on August 2, 2007 at the DeYoung Museum
in San Francisco. Each winning entry will receive a US$5,000 cash prize.



Corporate sponsors of this year's competition include Xerox Corporation
for print communications and Toppan Printing Co., America Inc. for printing services.




For additional information about the 2007 Adobe Design Achievement Awards or to
submit an entry, visit www.adobe.com/go/adaa.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Digital imaging software developer Nik Software, Inc. has announced an arrangement
with digital asset management pioneer iView Multimedia Ltd., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., to offer a software bundle of Nik Color Efex
Pro 2.0 Select Edition and iView MediaPro 3.0. This bundle combines two leading
software solutions for improving digital imaging workflow to provide solutions
for busy professional photographers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Microtek has announced that it is developing the ArtixScan M1, a combined flatbed
and film scanner for 35mm, 6cm, and 4x5-inch film formats that also offers additional
functionality to scan reflective art or prints as large as 8.5 by 14 inches.
Equipped with Microtek's patented Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology (E.D.I.T.),
4800-dpi optical resolution, 16-bit digital output per channel, auto focus,
and new film holders with tension technology, the Microtek ArtixScan M1 is said
to offer extraordinary value to photographers, photo enthusiasts, and graphic
designers in need of high-quality scans.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Affordable "8x" Eight Slot Smart Charger from Powerex Maha Energy,
the maker of Powerex batteries and chargers, has introduced a new, affordable
eight cell smart charger for AA and AAA batteries. The "8x" is for
users who need to charge more than four batteries offered by the typical charger.
The new MH-C800S features eight independent slots that can charge one to eight
AA or AAA batteries in any combination around one to two hours. The unit also
incorporates a large LCD screen featuring the charging status of each battery.
This new charger uses the same precision microprocessor as its professional
sister model MH-C801D.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 27, 2006 0 comments

First announced earlier this year, ILFORD HARMAN selenium toner will be available
this November 2006 availability, along with a new leaflet 'Selenium Toner Tips'
in English, French, German or Spanish.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 22, 2006 0 comments

Pelican Products, Inc. has unveiled the 1690 Transport Case. Boasting more than
12,000 cubic inches of possible storage space, the 1690 is ideal for safely
transporting heavy equipment. Transit-friendly features include two double-hand
side-grips for easy team lifting, two heavy-duty sets of polyurethane wheels
with stainless-steel ball bearings and nylon hubs for long wheel-life and an
extension handle (with effortless release latch) for easy transport.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2006 0 comments

Nikon has unveiled its new D40, the latest addition to its line of digital
SLR cameras. Designed to bring the picture performance, excitement and experience
of Nikon's digital SLR cameras to more customers than ever before, the
D40 is an ultra-compact, lightweight 6.1-effective megapixel D-SLR that offers
simplified new features, exceptional speed and a redesigned, visually-intuitive
menu system. The D40 also incorporates handling and performance advantages that
eliminate the frustrations often associated with compact digital cameras, making
it ideal for anyone who wants to capture spectacular digital pictures without
complication.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera has introduced the GX-10, a new 10.2 mega-pixel DSLR designed
for advanced amateur and professional photographers. The third model in Samsung's
rapidly growing DSLR range, the GX-10 offers Optical Picture Stabilization (OPS),
a pentaprism viewfinder that provides a wide field of view of 95-percent and
a revolutionary new dust resistant CCD sensor. Because it resides in the camera
body, as opposed to the lens, the OPS feature works with a wide range of lenses,
including the Schneider D-XENON lenses to be sold with the body in kits and
the full range of Pentax, KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 08, 2006 0 comments

Ulead Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of InterVideo Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII), has announced
the release of Ulead PhotoImpact 12, Ulead's flagship image-editing software.
The latest version adds innovative features that allow beginners to immediately
enjoy success in editing their digital photos and sharing images in creative projects.



ExpressFix mode and the SmartGuide task-oriented help system are two high-visibility
enhancements designed to help introduce users to digital photography.



ExpressFix mode is a simplified interface providing commonly-used photo features
as guided and fully automatic tools. Featuring a large preview screen with before
and after views, users can adjust color, exposure and focus using intelligent
one-click presets. Noise reduction and PhotoImpact's unique SmartCurves
tone adjustment are available as fully-automated one-step processes. For photo
portraits, users can remove red-eye effects and enhance the complexion of subjects
with a Beautify Skin option. ExpressFix mode also provides direct links to PhotoImpact
12's enhanced White Balance correction feature as well as options to rotate,
print, and e-mail photos.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2006 0 comments

Epson has introduced the Epson Stylus Pro 3800. Incorporating a compact, 17-inch
wide printer design, a new breakthrough screening algorithm and Epson UltraChrome
K3 Ink technology, this printer is said to deliver print quality and longevity
unsurpassed by any other inkjet printer. For added productivity, a new auto-sharing
black ink technology allows for automatic switching between photo and matte
black ink modes to maximize image quality on a wide variety of media types.
Available for $1,295 (estimated street price), it incorporates several new technologies
and performance advancements for the most discerning professionals, which include:



New Auto-Sharing Black Ink Technology: Breakthrough print head
allows the printer to automatically switch between photo and matte black inks,
providing virtually seamless transition times and greater conservation of black
inks.



Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink Technology: Using only eight individual
cartridges at a time, Epson UltraChrome K3 inks incorporate high-density color
pigments that produce the highest overall color gamut and fidelity among virtually
any pigment-based inkjet printer in the industry. A high-gloss Microcrystal
Encapsulation resin chemistry is also used to create prints with greater scratch
resistance and reduced gloss differential.



Three-Level Black Ink System: In addition to cyan, magenta,
yellow, light cyan, and light magenta, Epson UltraChrome K3 features a unique
three-level black ink system that simultaneously uses black, light black and
light-light black inks to produce professional quality black-and-white prints
that rival traditional silver halide. This technology is designed to create
professional neutral and toned black and white prints without color crossover,
metamerism or bronzing.



New Screening Technology: Debuting a mathematical breakthrough
from Epson, the printer features an entirely new, radical screening algorithm
that consistently places droplets precisely, producing smoother tonal transitions
and greater detail from highlights to shadows.



High-Performance Engine Speeds: The extreme precision of the
Epson Stylus Pro print engine delivers a 16"x 20" photo lab-quality
print (using 1,440 x 720 dpi -- High Speed mode) in as fast as five minutes,
32 seconds -- more than 20 percent faster than the Epson Stylus Pro 4800.



High-Precision Print Head Technology: The high-performance
one-inch wide, eight-channel print head can achieve resolution levels up to
2880 x 1440 dpi with variable-sized ink droplets as small as 3.5 picoliters.



Flexible Media Handling: Accommodating a variety of media in
cut-sheet form between 4"x6" and 17"x22", including
BorderFree printing up to 16"x20", the printer offers three different
ways to load media -- a high-capacity paper tray (120 sheets), top-loading
manual tray optimized for fine art media and a front-loading, straight-through
path capable of handling media up to 1.5 mm thick.



Print Longevity:
Prints created with the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 are
predicted to resist fading up to 108 years for color prints and more than 200
years for black and white prints on specific Epson papers.



New Sleek and Compact Design:
Weighing in at only 43 pounds, the Epson
Stylus Pro 3800 features a new compact design and narrow depth. Compared to
the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, the dimensions and weight are reduced by 30 and 51
percent, respectively.



The Epson Stylus Pro 3800 will begin shipping in December 2006 and is priced
at $1,295 (estimated street price). A Professional Edition will also be available
which includes a high-end PostScript Language Level 3 compatible RIP by ColorBurst
and is priced at $1,495 (estimated street price). The Epson Stylus Pro 3800
is supported by the standard Epson Preferred Limited Warranty. This one-year
program includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and
usually next-business-day full unit exchange service in the unlikely event of
any hardware failure. Optional Epson Preferred Plus Service Plans are also available,
offering one or two additional years of protection. For more information on
Epson warranties, service programs and products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766)
or visit our Web site at www.epson.com.

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