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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 07, 2006 0 comments

The new Nikon D80 replaces the D70 and D70s, and becomes Nikon's mid-level
DSLR aimed squarely at photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs. Having had a
brief time with the camera at a one-on-one session with Nikon, there are many
aspects that are marked improvement on the successful D70s, and some that come
as bonus features for a camera at this price range. We'll have a full
test as soon as we get our hands on a production sample (as we don't test
prototypes) but in the meantime here's the skinny on some of the camera's
features.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2006 0 comments

Olympus Imaging America Inc. has introduced the new 2 GB Type M-Series xD-Picture
Card, called the M2 GB, an advanced ultra-compact memory media designed for digital
cameras. The M2 GB has the greatest storage capacity in the xD-Picture Card series
and is scheduled to go on sale in August 2006.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 05, 2006 0 comments

Fujifilm has responded to this influx of high-resolution pictures by providing
a media card that doubles the memory capacity of the current 1GB product. Like
the 1GB xD-Picture Card, the 2GB version is lightweight and compact--one
of the smallest media cards available. In addition to the added memory, it has
quick reading and writing speeds for a smoother digital photography experience.
The 2GB xD card will be available in September.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has announced the release of the EXILIM Card EX-S770. TheEX-S770
shoots 7.2-megapixel still images and records high-quality movies in MPEG-4
format. In addition, it features Casio's Super Bright 2.8-inch wide-screen
LCD but still retains the ultra-slim card size of its predecessors. Its wide-screen
display employs a 230,000-pixel LCD that boasts a maximum brightness of around
1100cd/m2--more than bright enough to see outdoors on a sunny day. Casio
has also added new functions to make the most of the EX-S770's new wide
screen. The EXILIM Card EX-S770 is available in three colors: silver, blazing
red, and graphite blue.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 31, 2006 0 comments

MediaStreet Inc.is expanding its line of digital photo frames with the introduction
of its "Pure eMotion 128" digital picture frame. The highly versatile
digital frame offers an aesthetically appealing alternative to traditional slide
shows by allowing users to present their musical slideshows without the aid
of a computer or other playback devices.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced the KODAK EASYSHARE G600 Printer Dock. The
new design has a built-in handle, smart paper tray storage, and battery.



Priced at $149.95 (MSRP) and available beginning in August, the unit works with
PICTBRIDGE enabled devices and IMAGELINK print system compatible digital cameras.
Owners of Kodak cameras can also use the dock to charge their KODAK camera battery
in 3.5 hours or less, with the optional battery pack. The battery pack $49.95
MSRP) will be available on the KODAK Website at www.kodak.com
and certain retailers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 28, 2006 0 comments

Apple has unveiled the new Mac Pro, a quad Xeon, 64-bit desktop workstation
featuring two new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz and
a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of the Power
Mac G5 Quad. With advanced performance, greater expansion, higher performance
graphics options and unprecedented customization, the newly designed Mac Pro
is the ideal system for the most demanding user. The introduction of the Mac
Pro marks the completion of a rapid and seamless transition for Apple, with
the entire Mac family now using Intel's latest processors.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 25, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the availability of 15 new DxO Lens Modules for its DxO
Optics Pro software, bringing the total now to 365 lens correction modules available
to DxO Optics Pro users. In addition, many existing DxO Lens Modules have been
extended to more DxO-supported camera bodies.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2006 0 comments

Naneu Pro (www.naneupro.com),
a manufacturer of high quality, innovative camera, video, laptop and portable
audio cases will be unveiling its newly redesigned website on Friday August
the 11th, in an effort to help educate our visitors about the specifications
and features of our unique camera bags and cases throughout our entire spectrum
of lines of products.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the availability of a free, Windows PC public beta release
of DxO Optics Pro v4 for all digital photographers to download from the DxO
Labs Web site (www.dxo.com).
DxO Optics Pro software is said to improve the image quality of Digital Single-Lens
Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning
digital image enhancement tool incorporating revolutionary optics, noise and
exposure corrections in an easy-to-use, feature rich application for Mac and
PC users.



DxO Optics Pro v4, slated to be available on Macintosh and Windows platforms
in September 2006, includes four main areas of exciting new functionality:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2006 0 comments

Lost
and Found represents a two-part exhibition of 60 vintage prints from the Dennis
Reed Collection and features works gathered during some 25 years of research and
drawn from a selection of nearly 700 prints. The first installation of the exhibition,
Lost and Found: Japanese American Photographs from the Dennis Reed Collection,
opens August 12 and provides a rare glimpse of 30 photographs by a group of Japanese
Americans who worked during the 1920s and 1930s before they were interned in relocation
centers during WWII.



The second part opening in October, Lost and Found: California Pictorialist Photographs
from the Dennis Reed Collection, focuses on those photographers involved in California's
Camera Clubs, including Los Angeles Camera Club, the Camera Pictorialists, the
Pictorial Photographic Society of San Francisco, and the California Camera Club.




Both exhibitions showcase the photographic movement of Pictorialism that was in
vogue from around 1885 through the early years of the 20th century, and declined
rapidly after 1914. Pictorialism is a photographic term used to describe images
that emphasize the artistic quality of the photograph rather than the scene it
depicted, with the primary aim of bringing photography into the fine art realm.
Among the distinguishing characteristics of the movement are soft focus, special
filters and lens coatings, heavy manipulation in the darkroom, and exotic printing
processes. In 1898 rough-surface printing papers were added to the repertoire,
to further break up a picture's sharpness. Some artists even "etched"
the surface of their prints using fine needles. The overall aim of such technique
was to achieve what the 1911 Britannica termed, in discussing Pictorialism, "personal
artistic expression."



This movement began its decline as photographers and critics in the 1920s began
to embrace a more modernist approach to photographic practice. As such, Pictorialism
came to be seen as outdated and even chastised for its embrace of these idealized
notions of photography. The trend evolved to an appreciation of more urban, industrial
and technological subjects, and a utilization of pure photographic vision through
control of perspective and sharp focus.



Enter collector Dennis Reed -- who searched for and saved the Pictorialist
photographs that fell out of professional and public popularity. In the case of
the first installation, Lost and Found: Japanese American Photographs from the
Dennis Reed Collection, many of the Japanese-American photographers were sent
to relocation camps during World War II, and in some cases lost their life's
work - or their lives - leaving work in the hands of families or friends who had
little knowledge of its significance in photographic history. Through dedicated
and arduous research, Reed located six photographers, and with their help, began
to gather material to create a context for his collection and preserve the legacy
of these important and under-recognized photographers.



This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Mrs. Kathleen Barrows.



The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution
that provides internationally recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad
array of cultural and educational activities as well as travel opportunities around
the world.



Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Open Tuesday
- Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Monday. Free every Sunday. 805.963.4364 www.sbma.net.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2006 0 comments

The Photographic Project has established itself as a learning center and gathering
place for photographers/imagers from around the world. This year's subject
is being held as a retreat-style conference for photographers on taking a project
from concept to audience. Discover the possibilities of your project through an
inspiring weekend of invaluable seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 18, 2006 0 comments

Sony Electronics today announced a GPS device that puts pictures on the map.
Using time and location recordings from Sony's GPS-CS1 GPS device and
the time stamp from a Sony digital still camera or camcorder, photographers
can plot their digital images to a map and pinpoint exactly where they've
been.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 17, 2006 0 comments

Photographer and author Mikkel Aaland is the quintessential early adopter, always
one of the first to master new digital photography software--and to wring every
bit of functionality out of it in the process. Shortly after the public beta
release of Adobe (R) Lightroom (TM) software, a digital imaging workflow solution
for professional photographers, he devised the ultimate road test to put Lightroom
through its paces in the field: Adobe Lightroom Adventure 2006.



Aaland invited eleven acclaimed photographers to join him in Iceland, from July
28 to August 5, 2006. This intrepid crew--joined by three top Icelandic photographers--is
shooting by day and using Adobe Lightroom beta to import, select, develop, and
showcase their large volume of digital images each night. Adobe is represented
by four imaging specialists who will both shoot and assist other photographers
as they work with both the Lightroom and Photoshop applications. The journey
and a sampling of the resulting photographs are chronicled in the Lightroom
Adventure blog at http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/adventure.
And Aaland is capturing the lessons learned in the field for his book on Adobe
Lightroom, to be published by O'Reilly Media in early 2007.



Premium sponsors for the Lightroom Adventure are Adobe, ExpoImaging, the Iceland
Tourist Board, Icelandair, Lowepro, and O'Reilly. Additional sponsors supporting
the event are Epson, Fosshotel, Graystone Travel, Hertz, the Oflun Group, SanDisk,
and SAS Radisson 1919 Hotel.



The photographers joining Aaland in Iceland for the Lightroom Adventure are:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 16, 2006 0 comments

Samsung has announced the launch of two new "S" Series models within
its Premium line of Samsung Digimax digital still cameras. The seven mega-pixel
S700 and the ten mega-pixel S1000 are full featured models with a 2.4-inch LCD
and a 3x optical zoom in both still and movie modes.

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