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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that the U.S. leg of
its Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road show will begin on September
5 at over 25 colleges and art schools across the nation. 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.



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 extended
community.



Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road show is scheduled to take place
in the following cities and colleges in the U.S.



Sept. 5-6, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Mich.

Sept. 7-8, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas

Sept. 11-12, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Calif.

Sept. 13-14, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Calif.

Sept. 15-16, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Sept. 18-19, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Calif.

Sept. 20-21, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

Sept. 26-27, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Sept. 28-29, Syracuse University, The Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse,
N.Y.

Oct. 5-6, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Oct. 9-10, Antonelli Institute, near Philadelphia, Pa.

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

For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it will begin producing the new
Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Class 2 card and enhance the function of its
existing 15-in-1 Reader. The new SDHC memory cards are available now in 4GB capacities
with a retail price of $199.00.



The SDHC memory card is a new standard set by the SD Card Association that redefines
performance classifications and capacity. Based on this standard, SDHC cards can
deliver capacities beyond the 2GB threshold of present day SD cards and offer
three speed classes (Class 2, 4, & 6) that guarantee minimum sustained transfer
rates to support large digital video recordings for optimum performance. SDHC
cards will only be recognized by SDHC host devices; manufacturers currently offering
SDHC host cameras include: Canon, Pentax, Sanyo, Casio and Nikon. Kingston will
add SDHC compatibility for its popular 15-in-1 Reader at the time of this launch.
The retail price for the reader will remain $19.00.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 29, 2006 0 comments

The Sigma Corporation has announced the launch of the new Sigma SD14 Digital
SLR camera. The new SD14, powered by the 14 megapixels Foveon X3 direct-image-sensor,
features four JPEG recording modes, large and bright pentaprism viewfinder with
98% coverage, a built-in flash with a Guide Number of 11, 5-point AF system,
a large 2.5-Inch 150,000 pixel resolution LCD monitor as well as a durable shutter
mechanism that has over 100,000 cycle life.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

The first-ever Sundance Photographic Workshop opened with great acclaim from
students who are experiencing one-to-one and group instruction from wildlife
photographer Moose Peterson and photojournalist Kevin Gilbert. Moose and Kevin
are world-renowned as highly accomplished and creative photographic instructors.



Photo-passionate students are excited by the opportunity and challenge of honing
their craft, as well as inspired by the immense, awesome natural beauty of the
mountainous Sundance region. They are also enjoying Sundance's famous 4-star
cuisine -- a signature feature of the Utah resort community among travel aficionados
worldwide. The Sundance Photographic Workshop continues the Sundance community's
dedication to supporting the arts and the creative process.

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

One look at the specs of this new Tamron zoom and you'll understand why
it's immediately attractive to anyone carrying around a digital SLR in
their day bag. Weighing in at around 15 oz and measuring just under 3x3.2",
the lens is quite the marvel of size for what it delivers in focal length and
aperture options. Indeed, if someone told me that a constant aperture, 17mm
wide lens would be this size a few years back I'd have thought they had
lost their optical marbles. To be fair, however, that 17mm is not really a 17mm
in 35mm equivalent, thus practical terms, and I wonder why lenses like this
are still labeled that way. This lens is only for APS-C sensors, which means
it has the "35mm equivalent" of a 27mm wide angle view and 80mm
tele.


Tamron's new 17-50mm zoom, available in Canon, Nikon, Konica
Minolta (read Sony), and Pentax (read Samsung) mounts is highly
portable and compact.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company is extending its partnership with Leica Camera AG to
provide image sensors for the newly announced LEICA M8. The new KODAK KAF-10500
image sensor was developed specifically for use with the M8, and marks Kodak's
second collaboration with Leica, building on the success of Kodak's interaction
with Leica on the LEICA DIGITAL-MODULE-R.



The first digital camera to use the Leica viewfinder system, the LEICA M8 extends
the Leica M series into the digital world. By working closely with Leica, Kodak
designed and optimized the new image sensor to meet the demanding needs of Leica
photographers.



With a resolution of over 10 million pixels, the KAF-10500 continues Kodak's
legacy of offering high performance imaging devices that leverage Kodak's
Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) technology for low noise, high sensitivity, and wide
dynamic range. Utilizing a 6.8µm pixel architecture, the sensor uses an
optimized microlens configuration to maximize center to corner uniformity for
improved image quality, particularly important for the broad incident light
angles associated with M series lenses. The sensor also includes anti-blooming
protection to prevent against image corruption during high light level conditions.



For more information on the KAF-10500 image sensor, visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

Unibind http://www.unibind.com,
has announced that it will demo the Unibind Professional Series XU138 Book Creator
for the first time at Photokina.



This do-it-yourself binding system is said to be perfect for weddings or other
special occasions. Priced at $455.00, XU138 binding machine can help generate
additional income for wedding photographers by allowing them to offer their
wedding customers hard-cover 8 ½" x 11" personalized wedding
photobooks/albums during or after photographing an event. The wedding party
can also quickly create their own wedding photobooks/albums the day of the wedding
to give out at the reception using a digital camera, photo printer and Unibind
XU138 at the wedding.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company has announced the Pentax K10D digital SLR camera with
10.2 effective megapixels and a host of advanced technologies including a Pentax-developed
Shake Reduction (SR) system and a weather- resistant body.



The most significant features in the K10D include a Pentax-developed Shake Reduction
(SR) system that effectively offers a 2.5 to 4 stop advantage for sharp, blur-free
images even under difficult shooting conditions, such as macro and telephoto
photography or low light settings without a flash. The system does not require
special anti-shake lenses and can be used with more than 24 million Pentax lenses
produced since 1964.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

While film news here will be scant, Kodak did introduce two new color negative
films, actually updates on their professional Portra emulsions in the ISO 100
and 400 speeds. There are four in all, with two being NC ("natural color")
and two being VC ("vivid color.") The retouching layer has been eliminated
from the back side of the film, making them eminently more scannable. Kodak says
that it has incorporated all their latest research into these films making them
finer grain, sharper and with better color and dynamic range than films in the
past. True, if there's one thing film has over digital it is the ability
to handle a wider exposure range, especially in the highlight values.



www.kodak.com ...

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