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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 15, 2006 0 comments

October will be a month of a thousand smiles for families across the country as
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) designated it as Family Portrait Month.
Studios from across the country will join together to participate in the benefit
to assist Operation Smile (www.operationsmile.org),
a nonprofit organization that helps children with facial deformities such as cleft
lips and cleft palates.



More than $15,000 was raised during last year's drive and PPA member studios
have pledged to contribute a portion of each Family Portrait sale to the cause.




"October is an ideal time for families to have their portraits created,
because the holiday season is just around the corner," said Ann Monteith,
Chairman of the PPA Board of Directors. "Few gifts are appreciated as much
as portraits of family members."



Operation Smile, along with more than 5,000 specialized health care professionals,
performs free surgeries on thousands of children annually. More than 100,000 children
are born with facial deformities in Operation Smile's 23 mission countries.



For complete information, visit: www.familyportraitmonth.com.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 14, 2006 0 comments

The
organizers of photokina will be bringing the "imaging is more" slogan
to life with a diverse program of top-quality supporting events. This program
will provide real added value to the international trade visitors and end-consumers
of photographic products. At the heart of the events for imaging professionals
from around the world will be the opportunity to share information on the latest
sector trends at the international level. In addition, exciting events for the
general public will offer interested consumers an insight into innovations in
the world of digital imaging.



New: International panel discussion on digital printing

On the second day of the fair, the Deutsche Drucker Verlagsgesellschaft in cooperation
with Koelnmesse will be organizing a panel discussion that will address issues
related to digital printing. Appropriately, the event will be titled "Digital
Printing: Innovative Products and Systems for the Imaging Market" with
international participants. According to the latest information, the participants
will be Antonio Perez, President and CEO of Kodak, Anne Mulcahy, Chairman and
CEO of Xerox, and Vyomesh Joshi, Executive Vice President of Hewlett Packard's
Imaging and Printing Group. The discussions will address the wealth of possibilities
for the printing of digital consumer photos and innovative products for professional
large-format printing.

(September 27, 2006, Congress Center North)



International Specialist Trade Center Service

I information and convenience will be the main issues of the International Specialist
Trade Center in Passage 2/4. The center will be open exclusively to international
trade dealers, the most important target group of the World of Imaging. The
International Specialist Trade Center is supported by the Federal Association
of the Technical Retail Trade (BVT), which represents the interests of all specialist
trade groups that sell digital imaging products.



The focal point will be the BVT Business Lounge. Each morning, dealers can prepare
here thoroughly for an effective and efficient visit to the fair. The services
and information offered include detailed trade fair information, specific product
details, individual problem solving and access to special databases. For example,
GfK Marketing Services will be offering ENCODEX, an electronic database containing
master data for products and featuring a new product catalogue that provides
access to a comprehensive range of imaging products at the touch of a button.
Convenience will also be the name of the game at a spacious meeting area, where
participants can hold in-depth talks. Meanwhile, visitors can relax and take
some time out from the hectic fair in a quiet lounge.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 11, 2006 0 comments

The Kata Ergo-Tech Collection is made from Kata's Elasto-Guard material.
Consisting of two layers, Elasto-Guard is a flexible material that will adjust
to the shapes and movements of the carrier's body, while also able to
shift shape in order to fit the contained equipment.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 10, 2006 0 comments

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., has released a free update to Portfolio
8. This update is a Universal Application, adding native support for Intel-based
Macintosh systems. The free update supports Portfolio single-user, Portfolio Client,
Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish, Portfolio NetPublish for Server, Portfolio
SQL-Connect and Portfolio Browser. This is a Macintosh only update.



Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately
through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.




Pricing and Availability


Portfolio 8.1 is immediately available via download from the Extensis website
and is free of charge for registered Portfolio 8 users. Portfolio 8.1 for single-users
is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for full product. Please
visit http://www.extensis.com
for information on client/server pricing.



French and German versions of the Portfolio update are also available now for
download from the Extensis website. Japanese versions of the Portfolio update
are available from http://www.extensis.co.jp.



For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit http://www.extensis.com/portfolio...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 09, 2006 0 comments

Sinar Bron Imaging, the exclusive US distributor of the world's premier
professional photographic equipment, announced that it has inked an agreement
with Calumet Photographic to add the major photo retailer to its dealer network.
Five Calumet stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San
Francisco will begin carrying a full line of high-end Sinar cameras and camera
backs, Broncolor professional lighting equipment, and Foba studio accessories.
The sixth Calumet store in Cambridge, MA, will be added at a future time. Chicago,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston are new markets on the Sinar Bron Imaging
dealer map.



The addition of Calumet to the Sinar Bron Imaging dealer network doubles the
number of locations where the company's equipment is displayed and sold.
Sinar Bron Imaging's newest products ? the Broncolor Verso A2 Power Pack
and the Sinar eMotion 75 digital camera back ? will be prominently featured
throughout the summer at all five Calumet locations.



Calumet's customers will be introduced to Sinar and Broncolor equipment
at special in-store events and through activities that focus on training and
education.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2006 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the new LUMIX 7.2-megapixel DMC-FX50 and DMC-FX07 digital
still cameras, and also the 6-megapixel DMC-FX3, the world's first to feature
Intelligent ISO Control (IIC) to correct image blurriness caused by movement of
the subject matter. The FX50 will have an MSRP of $399.95, the FX07 will have
an MSRP of $349.95 and the FX3 will have an MSRP of $279.95.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has increased the performance of its
popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 133X. This performance
improves the digital imaging workflow for both professional and advanced amateur
photographers working with and managing large files. Lexar's new card
is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 20MB per second and is
currently available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most
popular format for today's digital SLR cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2006 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) has introduced a 4-gigabyte SD High Capacity
(SDHC ) card. The new cards, which support capacities of 4GB and higher, are
rated Class 2 for speed and performance. The 4GB SDHC card will be bundled with
the MicroMate USB 2.0 reader at no extra charge. These new readers work with
both SDHC and SD cards. SDHC cards require an SDHC-compatible reader.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2006 0 comments

Fujifilm has announced the new FinePix S6000fd, the first digital camera with
Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology. Also today, Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix
F20, a sister camera to the FinePix F30.



The
newest component of Fujifilm's Real Photo Technology, Face Detection Technology
operates exactly as its name implies, detecting up to 10 human faces regardless
of their position in the scene. Once identified, Fujifilm's Face Detection Technology
prioritizes the faces. Then, the FinePix S6000fd adjusts its focus and exposure
automatically so the intended subject is sharp, clear and exposed in the most
flattering manner. The photographer can easily disengage the Face Detection Technology
at the touch of a button.



Face Detection Technology is a complement to the other components of Real Photo
Technology, particularly the i-Flash system, which also is found on the SLR-styled
FinePix S6000fd. After the detection system identifies faces and the camera sets
focus and exposure, i-Flash adjusts its power intensity accordingly depending
on scene conditions. The end result of the two features working in concert is
a more life-like 'people picture' with natural tones and finer detail.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 02, 2006 0 comments

Unibind has announced their Professional Series XU138 Book Creator. This do-it-yourself
binding system is said to be perfect for weddings or other special occasions.
Priced at $455.00, XU138 binding machine is dubbed the perfect system for photographers
to help generate additional income by offering 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: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has revealed details of the next version of its flagship application
DxO Optics Pro software which improves the image quality of Digital Single-Lens
Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO Optics will be available on
Macintosh and Windows platforms in September 2006, It includes four main areas
of exciting new functionality:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2006 0 comments

ACD
Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA) has announced the release of ACDSee Photo
Editor -- a photo editing application that offers quick fixes, such as
lighting and red-eye correction, and creating fun projects like scrapbook pages,
CD covers, invitations, and more.



Some of the major features in the programs that make photo editing easy for
users include:

How-tos: Guided walk-throughs of projects that teach you how to be creative
with photos step-by-step. Users can easily create CD covers, albums, and other
great creative projects from the very first time they open the application.

Vignette Tool: Creates portrait-style photos in one simple action - streamlining
and facilitating a process for new users that would normally require more advanced
techniques.



Adjustment/Filter Variations: Simplifies the creative process
by displaying up to eight different previews of your original photo, right on
screen, each preview showing a different variation of the effect, adjustment,
or filter you're applying.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2006 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies has announced that it has finalized an agreement
with Fotokemika-Nova, of Samobor, Croatia, officially naming Freestyle the exclusive
United States distributor of Efke-brand films and Varycon-brand photographic papers.
Efke B&W films (a formulation previously branded as 'ADOX'), and Varycon B&W
papers, have filled a custom niche position with the creative fine-art photographic
community in the US market for many years.



Freestyle is excited to have the opportunity to make the Fotokemika product-lines
more widely available in the US. "Many in the industry have proclaimed the
demise of film and the darkroom - propaganda with which Freestyle and our manufacturing
partners - and our customers - strongly disagree. We are committed to continue
taking a proactive position in ensuring the future availability of as many traditional
photographic products as possible. We believe that this partnership further solidifies
that commitment," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President and Chief
Operating Officer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera has announced the NV3, one of three new camera models in their
new NV series of digital still cameras. The NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still
camera that features Samsung's exclusive Digimax Converter software to play
movies and MP3 files. Samsung's new NV Series of digital still cameras all
have bodies in brushed black, stainless steel and a trademark Samsung blue ring
located around the lens.



At the heart of the NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still camera measuring 3.7"
x 2.2" x 0.7" with a 2.5-inch, high resolution LCD display. The NV3
integrates a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114 mm in 35 mm format) capability
with Samsung's exclusive SHD lens technology. The NV3 is equipped with Samsung's
state-of-the-art Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology to combat hand shake.
The ASR function provides enhanced image clarity by electronically compensating
for excess hand shake and improving color in environments lacking sufficient lighting
where the use of the flash is not desirable. The unique technology uses proprietary
algorithms to interpret sharpness and color information to deliver an image that
looks like it has been taken with the flash. As the flash is disabled, side effects,
such as red eye, are prevented.



For entertainment on-the-go, users simply use the included Digimax Converter software
to easily convert their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content
on the large, 2.5-inch color display. The user-friendly software can convert MPEG,
AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the NV3. For music on-the-go, the software
can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative
software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop
and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. Users can listen to their
entertainment using the included ear buds or on the dual stereo speakers discreetly
located on the camera, and even listen to their music while taking photos.



In addition to playing video, the NV3 can also make movies using MPEG-4, the high-compression,
high-quality video format. The NV3 can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps, for smoother
video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens. For steady videos,
the NV3 includes a movie stabilizer function that automatically detects and corrects
minor lateral and vertical camera movement. For additional control the continuous
video recording function allows the user to pause and resume video recording at
any time, while the built-in movie editing function allows users to edit video
in-camera. The NV3 features several special effects functions for creative control
in-camera, such as Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame, Negative and Composite
Shot. Color effects include B/W, sepia, blue, green and red.



The NV3 features 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape,
Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text Recognition.
Text Recognition, a feature unique to Samsung digital still cameras, allows users
to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from
the image taken using the bundled "Digimax Reader" text recognition
software.



The NV3 features 16 MB of internal memory and comes bundled with ear buds and
a powerful lithium ion battery.



The Samsung NV3 has an MSRP of $349.99 and will be available in Fall of 2006.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

Fidelity Electronics Digital Picture Frames use high resolution LCD TFT screens
that display pictures in vibrant colors. These 5.6 inch and 8 inch frames enable
the user to conveniently view all digital pictures from one location directly
from a digital memory card - without a computer, camera or Internet connection.
The number of images that can be displayed is only limited by the memory card
capacity. Slideshow display and zoom in and out modes are also availble. Fidelity's
Digital Picture Frames require no installation, and come with an easy to follow
printed Quick Start Guide as well as a comprehensive CD-ROM manual. These frames
also come with a one year parts and labor warranty.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F is a 5.6" Digital Picture Frame supporting up
to a 10 megapixel picture. Compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, it has a USB
port and uses CF/MS/SD/MMC memory card formats. Easy-to-use on board menu controls
allows the user to manage photo display at a simple touch. The frame also features
a TV/Video Output function which allows digital pictures to be viewed directly
on any TV. Available in a clear acrylic design, the DPF-5600F carries a suggested
retail price of $199.



The DPF-8000F is an 8" Digital Picture Frame supporting up to 12 megapixels.
This frame displays pictures, as well as music and video on a high resolution
LCD TFT screen. It uses CF/MD/MS/SD/MMC/SM/XD memory card formats. Utilizing MPEG1/MPEG2/MPEG4
video files, JPEG photo formats, and MP3 music files, the DPF-8000F has built
in stereo speakers and a multi-function music and video mode. The user can manage
displayed media with easy wireless remote or onboard controls. This model, available
in black, has a suggested retail price of $249.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F and 8000F Digital Picture Frames will be available
at retailers in North America during summer, 2006.



www.fidelityelectronics.com.

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