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Press Release Posted: Nov 09, 2009 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced the immediate availability of Blow Up 2.0.3, the new version of its photo resizing plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.  Blow Up 2.0.3 is a free update for owners of Blow Up 2.0.0 or later.  Simply installing the latest demo of Blow Up from the Alien Skin Software Web site will upgrade an existing installation of Blow Up 2 to version 2.0.3.

Blow Up 2.0.3 comes with two Photoshop CS4 panels that are accessed in the Window->Extensions menu.  These panels can be moved and docked just like Photoshop’s built-in panels, such as the Layers palette.  The first of these is the Startup Panel which makes common output sizes and paper types available with a single click.  The Startup Panel can also start Blow Up’s full interface with a single click rather than navigating into Photoshop’s menus.

The other Photoshop CS4 panel installed with Blow Up 2.0.3 is the Gallery Wrap Panel.  This panel prepares images for printing on canvas that is stretched around the outside of a wood frame.  This popular mounting technique requires extending an image to cover the sides of the frame, which can be a confusing and tedious process.  The Gallery Wrap Panel provides full control over this process while taking care of all the technical details.  The resulting image is ready to send to professional printing companies such as APC (http://artisticphotocanvas.com).

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Press Release Posted: Nov 06, 2009 0 comments

Skooba Design has again expanded its original Checkthrough “checkpoint-friendly” laptop bag collection, with the addition of an ultralight backpack and a rolling laptop/business case. Checkthrough bags are specially designed and tested to pass through airport security x-ray screening without having to remove the computer. According to the company, its Checkthrough bags—developed in close coordination with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)—are the best-selling items in Skooba’s 10-year history, and the new styles are in response to significant customer demand for more and different versions of the product. The company has multiple patents pending on both current and future Checkthrough products, and also offers a broad range of checkpoint-friendly laptop skins.

At first glance, the Checkthrough Backpack looks like a standard, high-end business or travel backpack. But unlike traditional laptop packs, it opens and hinges in the middle to separate and isolate the laptop compartment from the rest of the bag. For initial, immediate visual reference, the laptop can be seen by the inspector through a clear window that is exposed when the bag is unfolded. With the window facing up, the bag is sent through X-ray screening. The design of the laptop compartment is such that the image presented to the screener is the same as if the laptop were removed and placed in a bin. The Checkthrough bag and all of its contents can be carried securely with or without the hinge zipped shut, so it can be readied in line, prior to screening. Once through, the traveler can simply pick up the bag and go, zipping it back up on the move or at the gate.

The new Checkthrough Roller works the same way as the backpack, with a hinged laptop compartment and preview window. It glides on urethane skate wheels mounted to aluminum wheel guard brackets, pulled along by a heavy-duty retractable handle. Skooba says that the roller is among the lightest rolling cases in its category, capacity and feature-set, and that it fits in all major airline storage spaces. Yet the case has room for a large stack of files and papers, or even an overnight’s worth of clothing and travel necessities.

Both the backpack and roller feature durable, weather-repellant ballistic exterior fabric, nickel-finished hardware, Doc Pocket™ organizers for airline tickets and passport, clear zippered pouches for allowable liquids, and many other travel-friendly features. Plenty of pockets—20 in the backpack and 18 in the Roller—organize gadgets, accessories and other small items.

The new Checkthrough Backpack and Roller are in stock now and available for immediate delivery, at suggested retail prices of $129.95 and $189.95, respectively. For more information, visit www.Tenba.com.

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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2009 0 comments

Sigma Corporation (www.sigmaphoto.com) is pleased to announce the new 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS lens. This compact, telephoto zoom lens provides an extremely long zoom range that can capture an array of subject matter spanning from portrait to sports photography. In fact, with smaller chip cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax, this large-aperture lens’ focal length grows to the equivalent of about 105-450mm.

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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2009 0 comments

Nik Software announced Viveza 2, an upgraded plug-in for selective color and light control. Available in December, Viveza 2 now offers users robust global adjustments and precise selective controls that utilize Nik Software’s award-winning U Point technology. Viveza 2 eliminates the need to create complicated selections or layer masks and provides a powerful solution for users looking to save time and effort when editing images.   

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Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2009 0 comments

Toshiba’s new Digital Media Frame models make it possible for users to automatically share priceless memories with friends and family anywhere in the world thanks to FrameChannel. Simply set up a FrameChannel account and upload images or link favorite photos, music and videos from popular sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Facebook. Friends and family can stay updated with new photos when their frames are connected to the account.

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Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2009 0 comments

For this year's auction we have succeeded in being able to offer a selection of around 600 lots of the highest quality in our Vienna auction house. As with our previous auction numerous unique cameras and classics of photographic history that will appeal equally to institutional collections, dealers and private collectors with a feeling for something special are to be auctioned.

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2009 0 comments

Beginning with the launch of the Asahiflex I in 1952, Pentax (PENTAprism refleX) was the first SLR that incorporated a penta-prism viewfinder and reflex mirror.

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Staff Posted: Oct 30, 2009 0 comments

Mountainsmith continues a tradition of innovation with their new 2010 camera/optical bag collection. The line is defined by its use of Mountainsmith’s ReDura 100% recycled PET fabric. Designed with input from a team of professionals, the bags are more technical and performance-oriented than that found in most camera bags and are differentiated by its distinct and proven technical outdoor function. Each model has been designed for worry-free protection, easy accessibility, and versatile organization for capturing the whole gamut of outdoor adventures. 

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Staff Posted: Oct 30, 2009 0 comments

Rafal Milach, a professional photographer from Warsaw, Poland, was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in the second annual Photography.Book.Now competition for his photography book, "Black Sea of Concrete." Mr. Milach’s work was chosen as the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography book by an esteemed panel of judges led by Darius Himes, a co-founder of Radius Books. 

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Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2009 0 comments

Leica Camera AG, Solms presents the LEICA M9, the world’s first digital rangefinder camera with a full-format 24 x 36mm sensor. As the world’s most compact full-format system camera, the M9 extends the legendary heritage of the Leica rangefinder M System and unites over 50 years of continuous technical improvements to the system with the best in cutting-edge digital technology.

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Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2009 0 comments

Datacolor is combining its intimate knowledge of the photographic digital workflow with a longtime heritage as an innovator in color management systems to develop an advanced, yet easy-to-use monitor calibration system for consumers and photo enthusiasts.  Datacolor realizes that everyone with a digital SLR is not a pro but most enjoy achieving results like one.  To help enthusiasts move a step closer to achieving this goal, Datacolor is introducing the new Spyder3Express monitor calibration system.

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Staff Posted: Oct 26, 2009 0 comments

Actor and photographer Aaron Eckhart, will join Julia Dean, founder of the Julia Dean Photo Workshops, for an exhibit and silent auction of more than 100 iconic images taken by leading photographers from around the world at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles on February 20, 2010.

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Staff Posted: Oct 26, 2009 0 comments

Tamron USA, Inc. has announced the release of the SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B005), a high speed f/2.8 wide-to-moderate-telephoto zoom lens designed exclusively for Nikon-mount digital SLR cameras with smaller sensors and now featuring Tamron’s proprietary tri-axial Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism that minimizes the effects of handheld camera shake. Tamron plans to introduce the lens in a Canon mount version shortly after the new Nikon mount version with built-in motor hits the market.

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Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2009 0 comments

Epson America has introduced the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Replacing its popular predecessor, the Epson Stylus Pro 3800, the compact printer features Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology and an advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head to produce gallery quality color and black-and-white output up to 17” x 22”. Its innovative pigment ink set delivers an extremely wide color gamut with more dramatic blues and violets, while all-new AccuPhoto HD2 image technology provides smoother color transitions and better highlight and shadow detail.

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Posted: Oct 23, 2009 0 comments

Flexible ewa-marine Splash-X underwater housings are now available in a selection of sizes to fit nearly all popular compact digital cameras with small or long zoom lenses.  Photographers and vacationers can take sharp, clear pictures in depths up to 20 ft.while diving, snorkeling, boating, rafting, canoeing or swimming. The housings also provide protection against sand, snow, salt-water spray and dirt. Street price for each of six Splash-X  models is under $50.

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