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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 17, 2007 0 comments

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award, sponsored by Freestyle Photographic Supplies
for the past five years, is now The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Black & White Photography. In addition to the name change,
the eligibility rules for the award will be changed as well: all light-sensitive
black and white photographic processes will be eligible for this award, including
alternative processes, whereas digital images will not. The amount of the award
will remain at $5,000, and will be awarded to one talented Society for Photographic
Education (SPE) student member majoring in photography at a college or university.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 16, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of the new version of its
flagship product -- DxO Optics Pro v4.5 -- for both Windows and Macintosh
computer systems. With the release of version 4.5, DxO Optics Pro offers the
first-ever third-party plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Photographers
can now integrate DxO Optics Pro and Lightroom into their workflow:

With the exclusive "DxO Optics Pro Plug-in" in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,
users can send their images straight from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to DxO Optics
Pro for processing and save corrected files directly into their Lightroom library
(with the image metadata intact).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 13, 2007 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership
with the Julia Dean Photo Workshops. The pairing of these two companies and their
strong commitment to traditional black and white photography promises to create
an exciting opportunity for workshop based photographic education.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2007 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company has announced two new lightweight, affordable compact
digital camera models -- the Pentax Optio M40 and the Pentax Optio E40.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2007 0 comments

Olympus Imaging America has announced its national sweepstakes, which will
send five winners and their doubles partner on a weekend getaway (August 31-
September 2, 2007) in New York City to experience the fast action and excitement
of the US Open 2007 Tennis Tournament. Olympus sweepstakes champions will receive
hotel, airfare, spending cash and two admission tickets to the world-class tennis
tournament, including exclusive access to designated professional photography
locations at the event, enabling them to capture the on-court and behind-the-scenes
drama.



Starting in the Olympus suite located at the Billie Jean King National Tennis
Center, winners will be coached by an award-winning photographer, who is an
Olympus Visionary, on best techniques for shooting nonstop tennis action. Winners
will gain access to the photographers' lounge and other elite locations,
where capturing great pictures will be a snap. The winners' ultimate experience
will be in the photo pit, shooting elbow-to-elbow with professional photographers
and capturing amazing up-close images.



"Olympus has been the official camera of the US Open since 2003,"
said Mark Huggins, executive director, Brand Marketing, Olympus Imaging America
Inc. "Our cameras and this tournament are a perfect match, and we're
thrilled to have our consumers be a part of this unique experience."



Consumers purchasing a newly available Olympus E-410 or E-510 D-SLR (digital
single lens reflex) camera may register to win by completing a registration
form at participating retail locations, entering online at www.getolympus.com,
or by mailing a postcard or letter containing their name, mailing address, email
address and telephone number to the following address: emg3, Shoot With the
Pros, 215 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101. Registration for the Olympus sweepstakes
contest runs through July 20, 2007.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 10, 2007 0 comments

Other World Computing (OWC) http://www.macsales.com
has announced what they claim to be the highest capacity 7200RPM portable, bus-powered
storage solution on the market -- the Mercury On-The-Go 200GB portable
hard drive. The Mercury On-The-Go is said to be up to 50% faster than other
7200RPM drives; and at 200GB, it provides a 25% higher capacity than the competition.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 09, 2007 0 comments

Olympus has announced its new super-telephoto Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm (f4.0-f5.6)
lens. The lens' allows users to get up-close (38 inches / 0.96 meters)
to subjects when taking macro shots. It is compatible with all E-System and
Four-Thirds system cameras. Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses each house their own
CPU and offer the user the ability to upgrade the firmware as new technology
becomes available. The ability to upgrade firmware is said to establish optimal
communication between the lens and the camera body, enabling better compensation
for common distortions such as "shading" (darkening of the edges
of an image that may sometimes occur in photographs) or "barrel distortion"
(the bowing of vertical lines).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced the interactive feature Critique
My Image on its web site. Kingston is posting images at www.kingston.com/iop
submitted by photographers from around the world, and had its Icons Harry Benson,
Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read Miller provide constructive advice.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2007 0 comments

From the beaches of the eastern seaboard to the Great Plains, and from the wetlands
of the south, to the towering sequoias of the west, America and its pristine parks
have always been hailed as top destination sites for photography enthusiasts and
their families. Canon U.S.A., Inc. and the American Park Network continue to help
define the relationship between photography and the great outdoors with the introduction
of a free photography workshop program on select dates throughout the summer in
Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks. These programs will be
artfully hosted and instructed by a select few of the world renowned Canon Explorer
of Light photographers including Adam Jones and Lewis Kemper, along with other
Canon-selected photographers such as Rob and Ann Simpson. What's more, the
Canon Photography in the Parks Photo Contest returns this year to offer photographers
the chance to display their work and win prizes in the categories of landscape
and wildlife photography in the parks.



From June 1st to September 29th, photographic enthusiasts are encouraged to submit
their favorite photographs from an American park to the Canon Digital Learning
Center. Winning photographs in the categories of landscape and wildlife will win
a trip to the participating parks of their choice, along with a full suite of
Canon photographic equipment. By logging onto the Canon Digital Learning Center
at www.usa.canon.com/dlc,
potential winners will not only have the opportunity to submit their photos, but
can also peruse the Web site to explore the various educational resources that
Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike.



With the help of the Canon Explorer of Light program, park visitors will have
the opportunity to participate in free daily guided visual photographic journeys.
Additionally, Canon will loan participants top-tier digital camera equipment to
capture those awe-inspiring sights at no additional cost. Aspiring photographers
will learn the tips and tricks to taking great outdoor photos and experience hands-on
training using some of the same equipment that professional photographers use.
Evening programs are also offered, providing visitors the rare opportunity to
spend time with the Explorers of Light, view stunning imagery, ask questions,
and receive prints and a CD of their own photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 03, 2007 0 comments

Aluratek, Inc. has announced a new lineup of a high resolution Digital Photo
Frame with built-in memory that comes in three different models. The 10.5-inch
frames are available in traditional brown and black modernistic style. Both
10.5-inch models feature 256MB built-in memory and video resolutions of 1024
x 768 . In addition to allowing users to conveniently view and print quality
pictures by directly inserting their camera's or camcorder's digital
media card or USB thumb drive, the built-in 256MB flash media also lets them
transfer favorite digital files directly from their computer--quickly and
easily, without any software.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 02, 2007 0 comments

ReaSoft Development has announced the release of ReaConverter 5.0, which allows
users to convert images, as well as edit them, creating the high quality photos
and drafts.

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2007 1 comments

It's not the tools that capture the images; it's the photographer's vision that does the job. Nonetheless, here I am at the annual hardware orgy that is PMA, where smiling PR people try to put the best possible spin on the organized chaos that is the photo industry. Everyone has realized that digital imaging is not just another version of the widely...

Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2007 Published: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

New digicams now offer higher resolution, larger LCD screens, longer zoom lenses, more compact body size, greater speed, and some other amenities that I'll discuss in this report. And the megapixel race has not really slowed as we had expected a year ago. Apparently, some consumers are not satisfied with 6- or 7-megapixel (MP) resolution, making the ultrahigh-resolution...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

As part of our coverage each of our reporters were asked to pick out what they considered the Best of Show product, service, or idea. In most cases it is the item that caused them to reconsider how they worked or that sparked their imagination. While each reporter had their beat, this category was open game for all, and most "crossed lines" to find their pick.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 29, 2007 0 comments

Epson America, Inc. has announced the Epson PowerLite S5 multimedia projector,
offering SVGA resolution and 2,000 ANSI lumens at an attractive price point
of $649 (estimated street price.) The PowerLite S5 weighs 5.8 pounds and offers
a range of features including HDTV support, to accommodate business or educational
needs during the day as well as home entertainment needs such as movies and
gaming in the evening.



The PowerLite S5 is said to be the ideal solution for a range of industries
and applications. Sales professionals can deliver powerful presentations in
almost any lighting condition with 2,000 ANSI lumens. And, with Epson's
latest generation of high aperture 3LCD (three-chip) technology for sharp, more
intense images, users are able to project with vivid color reproduction and
detail. For added versatility, the projector features a high brightness "Game"
Mode and can be plugged directly into a gaming console for an enhanced gaming
experience.

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