News

Sort By: Post Date | Title | Publish Date
Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 15, 2007 0 comments

Sharpcast has released a new version of its popular Sharpcast Photos software-service
combination for automatically backing up digital photos online and sharing them
with no manual uploading or web browsing required. In addition to the new release,
Sharpcast is offering special free prints promotions to new members, members
who refer their friends to Sharpcast, and people who choose to make a switch
to Sharpcast from Yahoo! Photos as their service comes to an end this summer.

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 14, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.announced it is increasing the write speed
of its popular line of CompactFlash Ultimate memory cards to 266X -- twice
the minimum sustained write speed previously available in the Ultimate line.
Kingston CF Ultimate cards will also have an added feature of free MediaRECOVER
data recovery software that serves as a recovery tool to help restore lost,
deleted or corrupted image files.

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 13, 2007 0 comments

Breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and their families each
year. It's a disease that can strike any one at any time -- no one
-- man or woman is exempt. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is devoted
to building awareness and finding a cure while sharing stories and information
about breast cancer. This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Casio, Inc. will release a special-edition camera bundle, featuring a pink EX-Z75,
a camera case embossed with the pink ribbon and a pink ribbon-clad lanyard to
show their proud support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).



The EX-Z75, a 7.2 megapixel digital camera which is part of Casio's highly-regarded
zoom line of EXILIM cameras, will be available as a special bundle in the month
of October to help raise awareness of NBCF's mission -- Help for
Today...Hope for Tomorrow.



"The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded to give help, support
and hope to those facing breast cancer," said Janelle Hail, Founder and
President of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. "We thank Casio, Inc.
for joining us in helping save lives through education and early detection."



The EX-Z75 is packed with a 2.6-inch wide LCD display, Anti-Shake DSP for reducing
photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects and eBay mode which allows
for photographs to be easily uploaded at the appropriate size for selling on
eBay or for personal web use.



"We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation,"
said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division. "We
hope that by purchasing the EX-Z75 in honor of breast cancer patients and survivors,
users will capture every valuable moment with their friends and family."



The special-edition pink EX-Z75 will be available beginning October 2007 and
can be purchased at Staples, Sears, Adir, Fred Meyer, BJ's, Nexcom and
AAFES. The bundle package will have an MSRP of $179.99, and will proudly sponsor
the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please visit www.casiousa.com.




About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.


The National Breast Cancer Foundation extends women's lives through education
about breast cancer and early detection. The organization provides hope to women
and families affected by breast cancer through a community of caring support
and encouragement that enables those diagnosed with breast cancer to have fulfilling
lives during their treatment and afterward. Learn more at www.nationalbreastcancer.org

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 10, 2007 0 comments

The HP Photosmart R937 Digital features a large, 3.6-inch interactive touchscreen
and 8-megapixel resolution. Users can apply creative touches, easily organize
photos with Microsoft Vista-compatible tags, add e-mail addresses for easy sharing
and create slide shows -- all in the camera. In addition, the HP Photosmart
R937 Digital Camera includes the latest HP Design Gallery features such as in-camera
red-eye removal,( pet-eye fix, slimming, HP steady photo anti-shake and HP touch-up
to ensure subjects look their best.

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 09, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced that it has posted an interview
with legendary photojournalist Harry Benson on its `Icons of Photography'
microsite. A witness to history, Benson shares what it was like to be standing
next to Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated, how he got his first big
break as the only journalist allowed to interview a mass murderer in prison,
and how it felt to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to his
photographic exploits, Benson expresses personal goals such as his longtime
desire to become a professional football (soccer) player.

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2007 0 comments

Komotion, Inc., the makers of the Web Gallery Wizard, has announced the release
of Shozam Web Gallery Generator, which automatically creates Web galleries to
showcase photos, video and other digital media.



Shozam is said to put content ownership back in the hands of users. It is a software
tool that lets users create and control their own multimedia Web galleries. Users
import and arrange media, write captions and descriptions, add audio and select
a professionally-designed theme. With the click of a button, Shozam generates
a Web site with seven different page layouts, including a slideshow view, which
users can upload to any Web host.



Shozam automatically optimizes images, and the entire gallery is uploaded at one
time. This process is said to be up to 40 times faster than submitting original
photos to a photo sharing service. Shozam is said to eliminate the need for online
photo sites which can over-compress photos, clutter the site with ads, impose
restrictions, or require minimum purchases of add-ons like prints and calendars.
The makers say that if the said service goes out of business, the gallery --
and the work and time that went into it -- can disappear. Even worse, precious
photos can be lost.



Available in five editions for Windows, Shozam Web Gallery Generator starts at
just $49.95 and grows with a user's needs, from simple photo gallery creation
to a full-featured Web site with image protection, shopping cart and more. For
more about Shozam Editions, features and pricing, or to download the free trial,
go to www.shozam.com.

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect OneClick 1.5 Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
CS3. The new version of the company's fastest, easiest, and most automated
color correction software features full compliance with the latest Photoshop Plug-in
SDK (Software Development Kit) from Adobe as well as support for Intel and PowerPC-based
Macintosh. Free upgrades are available for registered users who purchased iCorrect
OneClick Plug-in on or after January 1, 2007.



New features include:



* Fully Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Plug-in SDK

* Universal Binary for Macintosh

* Native support for Intel and PowerPC-based Macintosh

* Support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters

* Improved support for Photoshop selections and layers

* Now supports huge documents - images larger than 30,000 x 30,000 pixels



Based on PictoColor's professional-level color technology, iCorrect OneClick
is ideal for photo enthusiasts who want to take the guesswork out of making the
color right. By simply clicking on an area in the image that should be neutral
(black or white or gray), users can instantly correct the white balance, fix the
exposure, and improve the saturation.



In addition to its automatic one click feature, this new version offers users
additional tools for enhancing their photos such as fine tuning the exposure by
independently adjusting the overall brightness, shadows, and highlights or creating
more vivid, lifelike images by simply boosting the contrast and saturation. Plus,
iCorrect OneClick offers special effects like black & white and sepia tone
with stunning professional results.



Key Features:



One Click White Balance and Exposure Correction - Simply click on an area in the
image that should be black or white or gray, and iCorrect OneClick will automatically:

* Remove any color cast by correcting the white balance with a single click

* Correct the tonal range by making the darkest colors black and the lightest
colors white

* Correct the exposure by adjusting the overall brightness.

* Adjust the saturation



Fine-tune the exposure and recover extra detail by independently adjusting:

* Overall Brightness,

* Shadows, and

* Highlights



Create more vivid, life-like photos by easily boosting:



* Contrast and

* Saturation



Create stunning, professional quality special effects:

* Black & White

* Sepia Tone



Compatibility



* Microsoft Windows XP, Vista

* Mac OS X, v 10.2.8 - 10.4.8,

* Photoshop CS2, CS3, Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 (Macintosh) Photoshop Elements
5 (Windows).



iCorrect OneClick may be purchased at PictoColor's secure on-line store
at www.pictocolor.com
for $49.95 as a software download. A free downloadable demo version is available
at www.pictocolor.com.

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 06, 2007 0 comments

DxO Optics Pro and REALVIZ Stitcher are now available together for a limited time
at a significant saving from the online stores of REALVIZ (www.realviz.com) and
DxO Labs (www.dxo.com).



To respond to the needs of dedicated amateur and professional photographers, four
bundles are being offered:
...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2007 0 comments

Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce the creation of a Digital Photography
Bootcamp Scholarship Program. Professional photographers (or serious amateurs
aspiring to be pros) are invited to apply to the program for a chance to be
selected for a full scholarship to any of Kubota Image Tools' upcoming
Bootcamps -- including the long sold-out October 2007 Bootcamp.

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 02, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced the availability of the Kingston
DataTraveler 100 (DT 100) USB Flash drive. With a capless design, the USB connector
is safely housed inside the DataTraveler's casing. A new, "thumb-action"
slide positioned on the side of the drive makes retracting and protracting the
USB connector, a simple, single-hand operation.

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2007 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced that it has formed a relationship
with Fotoimpex of Germany naming Freestyle Photographic Supplies (Hollywood,
CA) the exclusive United States distributor of the ADOX brand black and white
films and papers.



This latest partnership with Fotoimpex makes Freestyle the exclusive U.S. distributor
of thirteen different and unique product lines which include Holga cameras and
accessories, Kentmere photographic papers, Cachet archival boxes and Slavich
black and white papers.



ADOX CMS 20 and ORT 25 black and white films have been desired by fine art and
pictorial photographers alike for their unparalleled sharpness and resolution.
In addition, ADOX's Adotech CMS Film Developer is specially formulated
to deliver maximum resolution and is uniquely matched for processing ADOX CMS
20 film.



www.freestylephoto.biz

...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2007 0 comments

Sharpics, Inc., has revealed its line of enhanced Studio Lighting Kits, designed
to offer cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for achieving professional product
photography images.



Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit (model LKT-92) and Clamp-on Overhead
Light (model CLK-9) are said to be built to ensure accurate product photography
and bring out the true colors of the particular object being photographed. Sharpics'
compact designs can deliver ideal lighting placement for tabletop photography.



The line also includes two compact 30-watt fluorescent bulbs with the LKT-92 lighting
kit, which provide the equivalent to a 240-watt incandescent bulb. The CLK-9 Overhead
Light will feature one bulb. The compact fluorescent bulbs use 75 to 80 percent
less power than equivalent incandescent bulbs, offering energy-efficiency, cooler
temperature and longevity. The addition of these `daylight-balanced'
bulbs will also offer users the ability to achieve lighting effects comparable
to natural daylight.



Sharpics' Compact Studio Light Kit

The compact studio light kit includes two mini studio lights, designed for applications
such as tabletop photography. SRP: $129.95



Features:

· Two compact light stands

· Two 30-watt fluorescent bulbs, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section column with flip grip adjusts from 12" to 18"

· Two 9" reflectors with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Each light fixture is rated 120V, 250 watts maximum



Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light

Sharpics' Clamp-on Overhead Light extends product photography capabilities
to include overhead lighting effects. SRP: $89.95



Features:

· 2" clamp with molded knob

· One 30-watt fluorescent bulb, Color Temp. 5000K

· 2-section vertical column and 2-section horizontal column with twist lock

· 9" reflector with adjustable ball bracket

· On/off switch and 7-ft cord

· Rated 120V, 250 watts maximum



Sharpics is also the creator of the D-Flector -- a patent-pending portable
photo studio that quickly unfolds into a tabletop background stand to support
the product photography needs of everyone from professional to novice photographers.
The product is ideal for individuals to easily create high-quality product images
needed for selling items via the Internet, designing print catalogs, marketing
and promotional materials, art projects, etc. The D-Flector has also proven to
be helpful for documenting items for insurance claims, appraisals, home and office
inventories or estate planning.



Product Availability:

Sharpics' lighting products are available for purchase online at www.sharpics.com
and in a variety of retail camera stores.

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2007 0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, has announced the
official launch of Fluid Mask 3 masking software. Addressing the challenge of
quickly and easily separating problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves,
Fluid Mask 3 is said to leverage a more effective edge detection system, along
with the improved "Smart Blending" capability unique to the software.
Fluid Mask 3 presents a slider that enables the user to switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Next, within focused areas, the
user may invoke complex edge and special hair blending algorithms, which, for
the first time, automatically cut out tricky edges and difficult hair such as
highlights and hair with wide color differences (e.g. black hair next to white
hair against a grey background).



Fluid Mask 3 boasts improvements to the initial image processing time, enabling
users who are operating multiple processors to realize increased speeds up to
40% faster than the previous versions. The result is a quicker transition from
a base image editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, into Fluid Mask. Ultimately,
Fluid Mask significantly improves the overall efficiency of the image editing
process, from loading to the final cut-out.



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added new tools to the program. These new
features include:



· A new "Save Settings" option enables users to easily recall
edge detection, blending, and resolution options from previous sessions, eliminating
the need to continually reprogram these options when working with batches of pictures.



· The "Color Workspace" palette now includes a "Color
Sampler" which enables users to select specific colors from an image and
see where else within that image the same color appears. Also available in the
"Color Workspace", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate color
selection.



· A new "Patch" system allows users to make changes affecting
a selected localized region without affecting the rest of the image. "Patches"
can be easily selected with a highlighting brush tool rather than relying on a
standard box shaped patch. Once a "Patch" has been selected, users
can call up the most popular editing options with a simple right click of the
mouse.


Localized "Edge Detection" tools enable users to automatically detect
hard to find edges inside a Patch. In the same way, localized edge blending techniques
are used in Patches to overcome common problems such as masking hair and complex
colored foregrounds and backgrounds.



Fluid Mask 3 is currently available for Windows XP & Vista and Mac Intel and
Power PC 10.3.9 upwards and is priced at $239. Fluid Mask 3 will continue to function
as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 & Elements; and for the first time
will also work in stand alone mode for image formats that accept transitions to
transparency in 8 bit RGB color -- e.g. TIFF and PNG. Users working on tablet
style computers and peripherals, such as the Wacom Tablet, should note that Fluid
Mask 3 contains a new pressure sensitivity control that can regulate brush size.



www.vertustech.com...

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.5 Plug-in for Adobe
Photoshop CS3. The new version of the color correction software features full
compliance with the latest Photoshop Plug-in SDK (Software Development Kit) from
Adobe as well as support for Intel and PowerPC-based Macintosh. Free upgrades
are available for registered users who purchased iCorrect EditLab Pro Plug-in
on or after January 1, 2007.



New features include:

* Fully Compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Plug-in SDK

* Universal Binary for Macintosh

* Native support for Intel and PowerPC-based Macintosh

* Support for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Smart Filters

* Improved support for Photoshop selections and layers

* Now supports huge documents - images larger than 30,000 x 30,000 pixels

* Enhanced SmartColor™ technology for improved automatic color correction



iCorrect EditLab Pro also includes sharpening and noise removal technology for
enhanced image quality and productivity. Plus, iCorrect EditLab Pro's tradition
of fast and easy color correction and color editing is bolstered by its advanced
automatic black and white conversion and sepia toning tools for creating sophisticated
artistic effects while adding additional levels of expression to any image.



Compatibility

* Microsoft Windows XP, Vista

* Mac OS X, v 10.2.8 - 10.4.8,

* Photoshop CS2, CS3, Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 (Macintosh) Photoshop Elements
5 (Windows).



iCorrect EditLab Pro may be purchased at PictoColor's secure on-line store
at www.pictocolor.com for $99.95 as a software download. A free downloadable demo
version is available at www.pictocolor.com.

Filed under
Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs announces today that recently released DxO Optics Pro v4.5 adds support
for the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Nikon D40x Digital Single-Lens Reflex (SLR)
cameras and debuts support for fish-eye zoom lenses by adding the Tokina AT-X
107 AF DX Fish-Eye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 lens to its library of available lens
modules.



Support for the Tokina Fish-Eye lens begins the inclusion of more of these creative
types of lenses into the DxO Lens Correction Module library. The Tokina AT-X
107 AF DX Fish-Eye AF 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 lens is a full-frame fish-eye that gives
photographers a 180° field of view -- a dramatic fish-eye effect --
and allows the photographer to capture a view that's wider than the human
eye can see.

...

Pages

X
Enter your Shutterbug username.
Enter the password that accompanies your username.
Loading