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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2006 0 comments

dotPhoto has announced www.dotPhoto.com, a comprehensive multimedia and photo-sharing
site, which is said to automatically build communities for consumer photographers
by providing a forum where they share life's stories through their images.
The new dotPhoto.com has a redesigned `unified interface' that makes
it easy to access its features, such as My dotPhoto, My Albums, My Shows, My
Projects, and My Web Site. Other options include community photo sharing with
Top Picks, and merchandising opportunities with unique, theme-based products.
There are also in-depth, easy-to-use editing tools work on both Macs and PCs.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 28, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced an update to the public
beta of Adobe Lightroom, an all-new digital imaging workflow solution for professional
photographers that allows them to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes
of images. The latest version adds features suggested by beta testers that allow
greater control over export size and resolution, refined metadata selection with
print output and RGB value readouts for greater editing precision.



New to the Develop module are Before and After preview tools and History features
that allow a photographer to quickly preview and track changes, more control over
the size and resolution of exported photos. A new dedicated Web module provides
a rich web content editing experience and live previews of HTML and Flash output.
Other features include resolution control in the Export module, an additional
Straighten tool to correct camera angle issues, Keyword import and export, the
ability to save module settings with collections or shoots. Auto Import or Hot
Folder support allows photographers to automatically add images to the Lightroom
Library from a specified directory.



"We'd like to thank our early beta testers, and encourage more user
participation in helping us build a final product that best serves photographers'
unique needs," said Dave Story, vice president of product development for
Digital Imaging at Adobe. "We will build upon the success of the public
beta program with the release of a Windows version this summer."



With its modular and task-based environment, Lightroom beta delivers tools for
a complete photography workflow. Leveraging industry-leading Adobe Camera Raw
3.4 technology, Lightroom now supports over 120 native raw file formats. New camera
models supported by this beta are Canon EOS 30D, Epson R-D1s, Leaf Aptus 65 and
Aptus 75, Olympus EVOLT E-330 and SP-320, Pentax *ist DL2 and Samsung GX-1S. Once
images are imported, they can be showcased via slideshows, complete with music,
as well as drop shadows, borders, Identity Plates and different colored backgrounds.



During Lightroom's public beta period modules and features will be added
or changed based on the necessity and priority within digital photography workflows.



Lightroom beta 3.0 for Macintosh OSX Tiger (10.4.3), a universal binary application
that runs on both Power PC and Intel Macs, is available for free download from
the Adobe Labs Web site at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom.


Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor,
768 MB RAM and 1024x768 resolution screen. The final shipping version will be
released in late 2006. A Windows version of Lightroom beta will be available for
download this summer. Further details around pricing, system requirements and
availability have yet to be determined.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 26, 2006 0 comments

The Tenba Air Case line of lightweight, shippable equipment transport cases
has been further enhanced by the introduction of an exclusive Datapanel identification
system that facilitates faster, easier and more reliable shipping, tracking,
tracing and identification. The new feature will be supplied as standard equipment
on those Air Case models and sizes typically used for equipment shipping, rental
houses and similar applications.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 16, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products,
announced that award-winning sports photographer Peter Read Miller will be the
featured photographer on Kingston's Icons of Photography Web site beginning
today. Each month, Kingston® spotlights a world-class photographer who provides
helpful tips and interesting anecdotes for taking better pictures. Whether they're
providing a unique process or special trick that gives them a competitive edge,
or an explanation of how to make digital imaging a natural part of their workflow,
these accomplished icons deliver useful suggestions that photo enthusiasts at
all levels can apply to their photography.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 16, 2006 0 comments

Those of you who are regular readers of Shutterbug and visitors to shutterbug.com
know that our magazine and website offer more than comprehensive product reviews
and in-depth instructional tutorials for advanced amateur and professional photographers.
While our primary mission is to enhance your techniques and help you make informed
purchasing decisions, our printed and electronic products also represent a vibrant
photographic community where you can view the work of notable photographers,
gain insight from Editor George Schaub and our popular columnists, communicate
with one another through our forums, and even post your own images on our galleries.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 15, 2006 0 comments

Rick Sammon's latest interactive DVD -- Adobe Photoshop CS2 for the
Portrait and Wedding Photographer -- is the latest DVD available on www.rickspixelmagic.com.
The info-packed DVD includes 20 lessons that make learning fast and fun. Lessons
include: Saving Face, Hand-Coloring, Layer Masks, Creative Studio Color, and
Add a Key Light. The lessons are presented as QuickTime movies that capture
Rick's voice and his on-screen enhancements. It's like having Rick right
there with you, showing you each step of the process. Using QuickTime technology,
users can stop the movies and go "back in time" if they miss a step
in the enhancement process.



The interactive DVD is available for $39.95 (plus shipping and handling). For
more information on Rick's Adobe Photoshop CS2 for the Portrait and Wedding
Photographer, as well as his other DVDs, see www.rickspixelmagic.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 14, 2006 0 comments

Epson America, Inc. has introduced the Epson PowerLite S4 -- a multi-purpose
3LCD projector in the sub-$700 category. Designed for on-the-go presenters, classroom
instructors and home users, the Epson PowerLite S4 projects presentations and
virtually all other forms of video content in up to 1,800 ANSI lumens of brightness
and SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution. Priced at $699 (estimated street price),
this 5.7-pound projector is easily transportable and features Epson technologies
that are designed to make setup and shut-down procedures as quick and trouble-free
as possible.



The Epson PowerLite S4 is designed to help reduce pre-presentation jitters and
stress on end users with unique, time-saving setup and shutdown features. The
projector's power-on verification tone gives presenters immediate assurance
that their projector is running the moment they press the on/off button, and just
four seconds later, the projector already begins to display an image. In addition,
the Epson PowerLite S4 automatically recognizes and adapts to video signals coming
from virtually all types of computers and video devices. And upon conclusion of
a presentation, Epson's Instant Off feature saves presenters even more time
and reduces further hassles by enabling them to turn off, unplug and pack up the
projector immediately and safely without a cool-down period.



The Epson PowerLite S4's 170-watt lamp produces 1,800 ANSI lumens of brightness
for vibrant, clear viewing of big screen images, even in well-lit rooms. It also
offers seven selectable color modes that are pre-programmed and optimized to enhance
image quality when connected to various video devices. Depending on the selected
application, users can choose color modes such as presentation, theater, gaming,
and even a photo mode with black-and-white enhancement levels to show off highlights
in photographs.



Epson 3LCD technology is a solid-state optical engine that works without a moving
color wheel, resulting in accurate color registration, detailed video and data
images that are crisp and rainbow-free.



The Epson PowerLite S4 is now available through national retailers, pro audio/visual
dealers, mail order, and PC resellers. Epson's PowerLite projectors come
with a two-year limited warranty that includes three elite technical support services
-- two-year Epson PrivateLine availability, two-year Road Service Program
and two-year International Warranty. Through the PrivateLine, projector owners
can directly access an expedited support telephone line by using a phone card
that is included with the product.



www.epson.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 12, 2006 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced it is expanding
its line of CompactFlash Elite Pro cards with the addition of a new 8-GB card.
The card is for studio, catalog and portrait photographers who need to produce
large files for catalog reproduction and other commercial purposes.  The
8-GB CompactFlash Elite Pro card joins the company’s 512 MB, 1-GB, 2-GB
and 4-GB CompactFlash cards. When used in conjunction with matching high-performance
digital devices, Kingston’s entire line of CF Elite Pro cards are said
to provide ultra-fast transfer times with read speeds up to 8 MB/sec. and write
speeds up to 6.75 MB/sec.

Kingston’s 8-GB Type I CompactFlash Elite Pro card has an
MSRP of $399.99. Kingston notes that some of the listed capacity is used for
formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. For
more information, please consult Kingston’s Flash Memory Guide at Kingston.com/Digital_Media_Guide.

All Kingston CompactFlash products come with a lifetime warranty
and free technical support. For more information on Kingston’s complete
Flash Memory product line, visit http://www.kingston.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
The Gallery Art & Design in Richmond, VA is hosting their
first annual International Juried Photography competition to benefit the
renowned Richmond's Children Hospital.
This year's theme is "Colors of Life." The
deadline for submissions is Sept 1, 2006. Anyone may apply (18+ of age)
with any photographic medium. There will be a prestigious jury composed
of local and international art curators and collectors electing the top
three finalists who will receive awards of $1000, $500, and $250 respectively.
The Top Ten Finalists will exhibit at the culminating night gala in February
'07 at the historic Jefferson Hotel Ballroom; there will be an awards ceremony
for the artists and a silent auction of their work with the net proceeds
going to the Children's Hospital to help double the size of their Transitional
Care Unit (TCU). There will be International media coverage, and thus an
opportunity to introduce work to an International market.


Those interested may email photocontest@the-gallery.it, call Karen at +1
804.355.0102 or visit our website http://www.the-gallery.it/photocontest_eng.asp.
Application forms and details are available online.


The Gallery is located at 16 S. Dooley Ave Richmond, VA 23221

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2006 0 comments

The Elevated Photography Company lives up to its name with a fifty foot aluminum
alloy telescoping mast that can be vehicle, trailer, or tripod mounted. This
completely wireless system allows a user to tilt and pan the camera 360 degrees
from the ground while previewing a live image on a portable monitor. Set up
can be activated or removed from a vehicle in minutes. List price is approximately
$15,000 depending upon the mounting method desired.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 07, 2006 0 comments

Sony's (alpha) DSLR-A100 system features a  10.2-megapixel APS CCD image
sensor andwill be introduced with 19 high-quality Sony lenses. All will be compatible
with most of the former Konica-Minolta Maxxum mount lenses. The system will
include a wide range of accessories as well. Sony has developed a new Dynamic
Range Optimizer image analysis technology that is said by the company to provide
exceptional picture quality and natural color reproduction, along with a new
Bionz image processing engine. This new engine supports a continuous burst mode
for fast-action shooting and performs intelligent power management.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

The Broncolor Verso A2 Power Pack is said to be an ideal lighting solution
for studio and location photographers, thanks to its ability to utilize an AC
or Battery power source. The Broncolor Power Pack combines high intensity output
and short recharge time, and features sturdy, reinforced aluminum and hard rubber
construction for added durability and protection during transport.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 05, 2006 0 comments

Ansel Adams--John Muir Trail Exhibit, Opens September 23, 2006. This exhibit
features more than 20 Ansel Adams originals as well as over a dozen vintage
prints. It will also showcase over 100 landscapes captured on the trail.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2006 0 comments

Pictureframes.com has just launched an online service portal devoted to the
artist and photographer community: www.pictureframes.com/artandphoto.
It is intended for artists and photographers who seek a single source for everything
from fine art printing to matting, framing, fulfillment, secure archiving and
an unfolding suite of web services. The new online portal is said to make it
easier for artists and photographers to maximize their exposure and sell more
work with useful services such as limited and open editions with the latest
giclee technology, free telephone forums on high interest topics and regular
Graphik Dimensions news updates. Even more reseller benefits are scheduled to
premiere this summer. Other advantages found at pictureframes.com/artandphoto
include a free full-sized proof with each edition, free certificates of authenticity,
the ability to hand-sign editions and nearly a dozen fine art quality papers.

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