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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2006 0 comments

The Sekonic L-758DR/L-758D/L-758CINE DIGITALMASTER light meter has been designed
to offer the greatest digital exposure control, accuracy and repeatability.
The L--758 Series are the world's first multi-function light meter
that can be calibrated to match the sensitivity of a digital cameras sensor
at all ISO settings, flash/ambient or file format characteristics. In addition,
the camera sensor's dynamic range can also be set and stored for later
recall and display. Using the USB transfer cable and Sekonic DTS (Digital Transfer
Software), all camera exposure profile data is uploaded from a PC or MAC computer
to the L-758DR. Up to three different camera exposure profiles can be stored
and quickly recalled when switch from one camera to another. With its exposure
latitude warning indicators and adjustable Mid-Tone settings, the L-758 Series
puts the power of optimum image tonality and exposure control in the palm of
your hands.



www.sekonic.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 26, 2006 0 comments

Carl Zeiss has introduced two completely new wide-angle lenses for Nikon F
mount cameras. They cover the full 35mm frame and can be used on both analog
and digital SLR's. The lenses focus manually and can produce sharpness
well beyond the capabilities of the best color films today. Both lenses feature
a long-life all-metal barrel of very high precision.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 25, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has introduced an array of new products and services--from
self-serve kiosks and digital capture solutions to professional photo services--at
the photokina show in Germany. Here's a summary of the news, details of
which, on some, will follow later.



New KODAK EASYSHARE Z710 Zoom Digital Camera combines advanced photographic features
with point-and-shoot simplicity. With a 7.1 megapixel image sensor and 10X optical
zoom, the Z710 model makes it simple to zoom and capture crisp shots that can
make high-quality prints up to 30 x 40 inches (76 x 102 cm).



New KODAK EASYSHARE Photo Printer 350 connects to camera phones for high-quality
prints. Using BLUETOOTH wireless technology, the Photo Printer 350 prints 4 x
6 photos directly from BLUETOOTH technology-enabled devices.



Enhanced KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA color negative films underscore Kodak's
ongoing support of the professional photography market. The recently released
160VC, 160NC, 400VC and 400NC films in the PORTRA film family produce finer grain,
spectacular skin tones and improved scanning performance for greater enlargement
capability. (A report on these films will be in the December issue of Shutterbug.)




New KODAK KAF-10500 Image Sensor--developed specifically for the LEICA M8
digital camera--continues Kodak's legacy of offering high performance
imaging devices that result in low noise, high sensitivity and wide dynamic range.




New KODAK batteries for digital cameras maximize speed, performance and battery
life, resulting in an increase in the number of pictures consumers can take between
battery charges.



More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 24, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) has announced the immediate availability
of Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 software for
Windows. Photoshop Elements offers innovative ways to organize, edit and share
photo creations. For video enthusiasts, Adobe Premiere Elements provides a simplified
user interface that makes turning home video footage into polished home movies
that are fun to watch and share. Also available together in a single retail
package for Windows, Adobe Photoshop Elements plus Adobe Premiere Elements delivers
unique integrated functionality that provides consumers with the ability to
do more with their photos and home videos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced an update to the public beta of Adobe
Photoshop Lightroom software at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. Available
immediately for download from Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom),
this update unites the product feature set for Windows and Macintosh platforms,
giving professional photographers a new way to import, manage and showcase large
volumes of digital photographs. More than 325,000 people have opted to try Lightroom
during the beta period and feedback has been fueled by over 3,400 of them sharing
input in Adobe online forums. The final version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is
expected to ship in early 2007.



The final branding of the software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, confirms its place
within the Photoshop family, a line of products that meet the needs of novice
snapshooters, photo hobbyists and a diverse set of professional customers.



Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta 4.0 offers improved digital photography workflow
tools, including a precision white balance selection option and a more streamlined
and elegant user interface experience with customizable controls. An intuitive
new tone curve adjustment feature provides powerful image correction capabilities,
allowing users to visually obtain excellent midtone, shadow and highlight adjustments.




New enhancements in the Develop and Library modules include time-saving tools
such as the ability to re-name and convert files to Adobe Digital Negative Format
(DNG) after importing into the Lightroom library. New filters, search presets
and organizing options allow for quick retrieval of images and greater flexibility.




Lightroom supports over 125 native raw file formats, in addition to JPEG and TIFF,
and brings raw conversion into a single workflow experience. The latest camera
models supported by this beta are the Nikon D2Xs, Sony A100, as well as preliminary
support for the Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D) and Nikon D80. 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 into the future.



Adobe hosts an online community site for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta which
features artists in the Lightroom Showcase Gallery (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom/gallery)
and provides an arena for photographers to share their portfolios using Lightroom
slideshow functionality. Photographers will find inspiration in the documentaries
of well-known photographers posted in the community and gallery.



Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta is available for free download from the Adobe Labs
Web site at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom.
Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor
or Windows XP SP2, Intel Pentium 4 Processor, and 768 MB RAM and a 1024x768 resolution
screen. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta is a universal binary application that
will run natively on PowerPC and new Intel-based Macintosh systems. The final
version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is expected to ship in early 2007. Further
details around pricing, system requirements and availability have yet to be determined.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 20, 2006 0 comments

Adobe
Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 software,
a major upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo editing software.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 19, 2006 0 comments

WaterField Designs, a leading maker of custom-fitted cases for digital gear,
has announced a new line of protective cases for compact and ultra-compact cameras.
The Pic Pocket camera cases incorporate the company's signature trademarks
of stylish simplicity and premium craftsmanship, and are small enough to fit
into a pocket, purse or portfolio.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2006 0 comments

The
Rainsleeve from OP/TECH USA is made for for avid outdoor photographers, offering
a shield from the elements that fits easily in the pocket or camera bag. It
features a unique eyepiece opening that adapts to most camera viewfinders, allowing
composition of shots through the camera's lens, not through the plastic.
All camera and lens controls are easily seen and operated through the Rainsleeve.
It can be used either handheld or on a tripod, and a small hole can be made
to accommodate mounting longer lenses to the tripod. The drawstring enclosure
will fit any lens up to seven inches in diameter and up to 18 inches long. The
product comes two to a package.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 17, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.announces that award-winning photojournalist
Harry Benson shares new tips and techniques for the Kingston Icons of Photography
website. Benson describes how he's captured riveting photographs for major
newspapers, plus Life, People and Vanity Fair magazines.



Kingston's "Icons of Photography" website profiles some of
the world's most respected photographers. Each month, the company spotlights
a different Icon plus their tips, techniques and an online gallery of images.
Icons share anecdotes and advice for taking better pictures, and cover topics
ranging from lighting and backgrounds to color profiling and making the most
of equipment. Through "try it yourself" suggestions, Icons explain
how they tackle their own photography challenges.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 16, 2006 0 comments

Nikon has announced the addition of a 10x zoom camera with image stabilization
to the COOLPIX Style series line-up. The new COOLPIX S10 features a 10x optical
Zoom-Nikkor glass lens, Vibration Reduction (VR), 6.0 effective megapixels,
a 2.5" LCD and a compact swivel design allowing the long-zoom camera to
fit into a shirt pocket.



With a wave-surface design and a high-quality finish, the COOLPIX S10 has a
built-in 38-380mm (35mm equivalent) 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens. It features a handy
One-Touch Portrait Button that provides direct access to three unique Nikon
In-Camera Image Innovations to fix common photo problems This system includes
Face-priority AF, which automatically finds and focuses on a subject's
face, In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, which automatically corrects red-eye, and D-Lighting,
an innovation that automatically corrects images with insufficient light. The
S10 is equipped with Blur Warning, which alerts the user when an image is blurred
and Best Shot Selector, a feature that automatically identifies and saves the
sharpest image from a series. The COOLPIX S10 with its supplied rechargeable
lithium-ion battery can take up to 300 shots on a single charge. The COOLPIX
S10 is PictBridge compatible so there's no need to use a computer at all
when printing -- just connect the camera straight to a PictBridge-compatible
printer and print directly easily and without delay.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2006 0 comments

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named
below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
(To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's
Web site at www.cpsc.gov.)

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 12, 2006 0 comments

LiveBooks, Inc., a provider of Web based image portfolio management and marketing
software, has announced it will provide a new subscription based package for
students and teachers of photography for its Web-based portfolio software. The
new package, called LiveBooks|EDU, is designed to empower students with the
same photographic marketing tools used by professional photographers to share
their work via the Internet. Students who build a LiveBooks|EDU portfolio Website
can easily share their images with professors, fellow students and friends and
begin to create a unique and independent approach to their photographs and individual
style as photographers. The program will allow students (and teachers) to build
a beautiful, fully-functional Web-based portfolio which can be updated daily,
if desired, for as little as $29.00 per month.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2006 0 comments

Phase One and SanDisk Corporation are helping photographers to realize the benefits
of shooting in RAW. All SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards now include a full
and free edition of Phase One's Capture One LE RAW Workflow software. Capture
One LE normally retails at $99.



The bundle of the two products will enable photographers that shoot in JPEG to
easily join their professional peers in working in RAW. Extreme III users who
already shoot RAW images can now process their images in the industry leading
Capture One at no additional charge.



Purchase of Extreme III CompactFlash cards also offers upgrades from Capture One
LE to Capture One PRO at a 15 per cent discount. Upgrades can be purchased through
Phase One's on-line store at www.phaseone.com.




The RAW file format has transformed digital photography. A RAW file contains the
original, unprocessed data from a camera's image sensor. Unlike shooting in JPEG,
where camera settings are recorded and fixed at the time of capture, shooting
in RAW enables photographers to make post capture changes to the many exposure
settings including the linearity, matrix processing, white point, color balance,
sharpening, contrast, brightness, color space and saturation.



The Capture One LE license bundled with Extreme III cards works for both Windows
and Mac operating systems and includes 2 computer activations and one free LE
to LE update.



This is the second bundling collaboration between Phase One and SanDisk. All of
Phase One's P-series digital camera backs, including the P 45, P 30 and P 21 products,
are bundled with the award winning SanDisk Extreme III Compact Flash storage cards
and accommodating USB readers.



Customers can find more detailed information on how to download, install and activate
the Capture One LE license by referring to the coupon enclosed in the SanDisk
Extreme III packaging or at www.phaseone.com/sandisk.




More information about SanDisk's Extreme III cards is available at www.sandisk.com/highperformance.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced that the U.S. leg of its
Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road show has begun. In collaboration
with Colin Finlay, a world-renowned documentary photographer and four-time Picture
of the Year Award winner, the road show will give students and educators direct
access to Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Lightroom public beta, the new digital
workflow solution for professional photographers. In further support of this initiative,
Adobe is also launching a destination Web site (www.projectphotoshoplightroom.com),
which provides participating students with a universal place to share their work
and blog about their experiences.



Adobe Lightroom, available in public beta for both Windows and Macintosh platforms,
is the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, manage and
showcase large volumes of digital photographs. The two-day seminar at each school
will involve a one-day lecture by Colin Finlay in which he shares his career as
a photographer, including his commercial work and documentation of social issues.
The following day, Julianne Kost, senior evangelist at Adobe, will provide students
with an in-depth seminar on using Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Lightroom beta,
highlighting their combined support for a digital workflow. In addition, a select
group of students will participate with Finlay in a workshop assignment. Students
will place images from this assignment into a portfolio which will be uploaded
to the Web site for sharing with the Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education
road show is scheduled to take place in the following cities and colleges in the
U.S.



Oct 11-12, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

Oct. 16-17, Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, Colo.

Oct. 18-19, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct 23-24, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, N.Y.

Oct. 27, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York City, N.Y.

Oct. 28, Parsons - The New School for Design, New York City, N.Y.

Nov. 6-7, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga.

Nov 15-16, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Nov. 27-28, New England School of Photography, Boston, Mass.

Nov. 29-30, Hallmark Institute of Photography, Turner's Falls, Mass.

Dec 4 -- 5, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, Wash.

Dec 7 -- 8, School of Visual Arts, New York City, New York



For detailed information on the Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road
show, please visit: www.projectphotoshoplightroom.com.
To download a free trial version of Adobe Lightroom beta, please visit http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom.




About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information --
anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera today 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 a number of new and unique features
that will allow users to capture images of uncompromising quality in any environment
or setting. With features including Optical Picture Stabilization (OPS), a Penta
Prism viewfinder that provides a wide field of view of 95-percent and a revolutionary
new dust resistant CCD sensor, the GX-10 is sure to build on the success of
Samsung's first two DSLR products, introduced earlier this year.

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