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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

Earlier this year, Sony became the most prolific D-SLR manufacturer by announcing four cameras within a two-week period. This included a pro model, due later this year, that had scant specs available at press time. I was able to extensively test the other three, which are quite similar in that they all start from the same "base": the entry-level 10-megapixel A200...

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Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability
of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 software, the photographer's essential toolbox
for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With
new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in non-destructive
localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities, Lightroom 2
is said to be a compelling upgrade that simplifies photography from shoot to


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Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2008 0 comments

PictoColor announces the release of CorrectPhoto 3.1, its popular, easy to use
digital photo editor. CorrectPhoto 3.1 features PictoColor's OneClick Color technology
that instantly gives every digital photo the color of life or creates a stunning
black and white or sepia tone picture. With just one click, anyone can remove
an unwanted color cast, improve the exposure and increase the vibrancy of all
of their digital pictures. And, with a single click a color photo can be instantly
turned into black and white or sepia tone picture.

Plus, with its collection of other essential photo tools such as rotation, cropping,
cropping to standard print sizes, resizing, removing red-eye, and sharpening,
CorrectPhoto helps users turn average snapshots into great photos in seconds.

CorrectPhoto takes the guess work out of color correction with PictoColor's OneClick
Color technology, the point-and-click color technology that really works. OneClick
Color automatically corrects the white balance, exposure, and saturation. In addition
to its automatic color correction capabilities, CorrectPhoto provides separate
controls for manually adjusting brightness and contrast, independently adjusting
shadows and highlights, and quickly adjusting the saturation. New to version 3.1
is the ability to create stunning black and white and sepia tone photos with a
single mouse click. Designed for Windows XP and Vista users, CorrectPhoto's built
in Windows Explorer provides direct access to Windows file management system for
easy photo management and archiving

CorrectPhoto with ImageTitler may be purchased at
for $39.95 as a software download. A free trial version of CorrectPhoto 3.1 is

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Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2008 0 comments

Panasonic has announced its newest addition to its FX-Series of LUMIX digital
cameras with the unveiling of the DMC-FX150. Equipped with 14.7 megapixels,
the FX150 also boasts a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with f/2.8
brightness and 3.6x optical zoom.


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Staff Posted: Jul 29, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish, state-of-the-art digital
picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. The new
JOBO Photo Display PDJ152 includes three interchangeable clip-on frames in black,
white and silver. It also features a large 15" high intensity luminous
resolution and vibrant TFT-Color-LCD display designed to beautifully showcase
digital images, a big internal memory for easy access to images and many other
user-friendly functions.


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Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software Inc. has announced the immediate availability of its free update
for current owners of their award-winning Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters.
Color Efex Pro 3.1 now supports Aperture 2.1, Apple's groundbreaking photo
editing and management software, Capture NX 2, the latest version of Nikon Corporation's
award-winning photo editing software, and the Smart Filters feature of Adobe
Photoshop CS3. Color Efex Pro 3.1 features Nik Software's patented U Point®
technology and offers a comprehensive, powerful, and easy to use set of software
filters for photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.


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Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2008 0 comments

Samsung has unveiled its 2008 second-half digital camera line up with the launch
of four new models -- the TL34HD, TL9, SL310W and SL201.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 24, 2008 0 comments

Phase One A/S has announced the P 65+ digital back and the P 65+ camera system
based on Sensor+ CCD technology co-developed with DALSA Semiconductor. This
patent-pending, Sensor+ technology is said to represent a significant advancement
in image capture. The chip platform offers the most demanding photographers
upgradeable CCD functions.


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Posted: Jul 23, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software Inc. has announced the immediate availability of their award-winning
Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters for Capture NX 2, the latest version
of Nikon's flagship photo editing software. Color Efex Pro 3.0 is the most comprehensive,
powerful, and easy to use set of photographic filters used by photo enthusiasts
and professional photographers worldwide. Color Efex Pro 3.0 tightly integrates
into the powerful tools and completely non-destructive workflow of Capture NX


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Posted: Jul 22, 2008 0 comments

The Reporter Flash Ring, originally designed only for cameras with a vertical
grip, can now be used on SLRs without a vertical grip when coupled with the
RFR105 Universal Mounting Adapter. The camera must have its tripod mounting
hole centered to the lens.


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Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments

dotPhoto announces the EuroBook, a new service for creating customized, hard-bound
digital photo books. EuroBook technology gives photographers unlimited creativity
and enables them to organize photos on their computer and preserve memories
in the form of premium hard-bound books, which are ordered online and delivered
in six to 10 business days. To coincide with the announcement, dotPhoto is also
offering free shipping on all EuroBooks ordered in July.

Available at
or, there is no charge
to download or use the EuroBook software.

EuroBook software automatically groups photos by colors and texture, matches
backgrounds, and creates a book that looks professionally designed. Book designers
can also change any attribute of the book at any time prior to printing. With
over 200 page layouts and background options, the Eurobook software provides
complete control and flexibility. EuroBook also enables users to create pages
with an image as a background, as well as allowing the user to move, zoom, crop,
rotate, or tilt an image. Text options are available anywhere on the cover or
individual pages, and feature over 150 font styles. Because the software is
downloadable, users can create photo books offline without worrying about Internet
connections -- for instance, while traveling.

More interesting than traditional photo albums, customizable dotPhoto EuroBooks
are available in over 200 configurations that vary in size, features and price,
and bring a new quality standard to photo books. EuroBooks resemble "coffee
table"-style books with high-quality professional binding as well as 135
pound paper. Pricing begins at $9.95 for the 5x5 inch, 26-page book. The popular
Classic 8x11 inch EuroBook starts at $19.95. The Deluxe 11.6x11.6 inch EuroBook,
which is perfect for special occasions and presentations, starts at $68.95.
Pricing is also based on the number of pages and choice of cover material: soft
cover, hard cover, linen, premium linen, booklet and faux leather.

There are three simple steps in ordering a dotPhoto EuroBook:

· Download the free EuroBook software

· Create your book from your digital photos

· Place your order online

For additional information on dotPhoto or to order a EuroBook, please visit


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Posted: Jul 18, 2008 0 comments

Tenba has announced the addition of the first in a new series of Convertible
Photo Sling Bags to its growing Shootout collection. According to the company,
the new Slings are unique in their ability to be converted from a "quick-draw"
shooting bag to a long lens bag configuration, offering significantly more versatility,
especially to sports and wildlife/outdoor photographers. Tenba says its new
line brings a variety of other new, innovative and exclusive features to the
sling-style bag category.


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Posted: Jul 17, 2008 0 comments

The F. J. Westcott Company is building a place on its newly remodeled web site
for imagemakers to share their knowledge with others and learn new ideas and
techniques through discussion. Going live in July, 2008, the Westcott Community
will offer a contest for the Top 100 Westcott Endorsed Pros, an Image Gallery,
a Forum and an Ask the Expert advice panel.


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Posted: Jul 16, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has achieved another breakthrough in imaging technology
innovation with the introduction of the world's first 50 million pixel CCD
image sensor for professional photography. At 50 million pixels, or megapixels,
the sensor captures digital images with unprecedented resolution and detail. For
instance, with a 50 megapixel camera, in an aerial photo of a field 1-½
miles across, you could detect an object about the size of a small notebook computer
(1 foot by 1 foot).

What's more, the KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor features a newly designed
pixel that is smaller in size than the pixel used in current products for this
professional market. This new pixel also reduces "click-to-capture"
time for improved camera response, lowers power consumption for improved battery
life, and improves color fidelity without compromising on the benefits to be enjoyed
from larger pixel sizes.

"Professional photographers need to capture ever-increasing image detail
with higher camera performance, and that to drives us to develop new technologies
and products to serve this important market," said Michael Miller, manager
of Kodak's CCD Image Sensor Business, part of the company's Image
Sensor Solutions group. "Kodak image sensors have been known as the professional
imaging standard for years, and today's announcement reaffirms our dedication
to provide industry-leading image sensors that give professional photographers
a real competitive advantage."

The new Kodak sensor is the first to utilize the company's new KODAK TRUESENSE
6.0 micron Full Frame CCD Technology Platform, which increases both the resolution
and camera performance available to photographers. Based on a newly designed 6.0
micron pixel, the platform provides increased data throughput for faster frame
rate, a reduced "click to capture" time for improved camera response,
lower power consumption for improved battery life, and improved color fidelity,
while still retaining key performance parameters available from the larger, 6.8
micron pixel used in current products. With an 8176 x 6132 pixel array, the 50
million pixel sensor provides the highest resolution available in the popular
48 mm x 36 mm optical format used in medium format photography.

The KAF-50100 is the latest addition to Kodak's family of full-frame CCD
image sensors for the professional photography market. Engineering grade devices
of the KAF-50100 are currently available, with volume production planned for Q4,

For additional information regarding this technology, please contact Image Sensor
Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at
For more information on Kodak's entire portfolio of image sensors, please

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Posted: Jul 15, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software has announced the new Silver Efex Pro photographic plug-in for use
with Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture. It is said to be the most advanced, complete,
and straightforward black-and-white solution. Silver Efex Pro uses a range of
advanced imaging algorithms that protect against unwanted artifacts, a comprehensive
collection of 18 emulated black-and-white film types, and a state-of-the-art grain
engine that truly mimics the silver halide process and creates the highest quality
black-and-white images possible from scanned or digital color photographs.

With Nik Software's patented U Point technology, Silver Efex Pro provides easy-to-use
tools for direct on-image control of tonality, contrast, and structure. Precisely
controlling specific areas of a photo can be achieved easily using just a few
mouse clicks without the need to create complicated selections and layer masks.
Silver Efex Pro combined with U Point technology offers users unprecedented control
over selective tonal and contrast adjustment in black-and-white images.

Working seamlessly within Photoshop and Aperture, Silver Efex Pro begins by presenting
photographers with a basic "neutral" conversion of their color image
to black-and-white. One-click adjustments can be made from a choice of over 20
preset styles from nostalgic processes like the ambrotype and tin type to classic
artistic renderings, trendy high contrast, soft focus or grainy images that emulate
the most popular film types and shooting styles.

This initial set of creative options can be used as is or as a starting point
for photographers who wish to create and even share their own customized black-and-white
styles. In addition, color filters, variable toning controls (includes sepia,
selenium, split-toning and user-defined colors for maximum flexibility), vignettes,
and more only add to the number of advanced stylistic effects photographers will
enjoy with Silver Efex Pro.

Additional sliders for global brightness, contrast, and structure, as well as
Smart Filter compatibility within Photoshop and multi-image support in Aperture
provide the ultimate level of control. With U Point powered Control Points photographers
have the flexibility to specifically fine tune tonality, contrast, and structure
and create stunning black-and-white images.

Pricing, Availability, & Promotion with Gekko-brand Fine Art Papers

Silver Efex Pro is available now for electronic delivery directly from Nik Software
Boxed versions will be available from Nik Software and through specialty camera
retailers in August 2008. A complete list of resellers may be found at


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