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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 12, 2007 0 comments

MediaStreet Inc. is introducing its new eMotion Bluetooth Digital Picture Frame,
the first picture frame capable of instantly transferring images from a picture
phone directly to a 7" digital frame without the use of wires or cables.
Images transferred from cell phones are immediately viewed on screen and stored
in the picture frame's built-in 256MB internal memory. Additionally, camera
card memory slots for CF, SD/SDHC, MS/MSPRO, MMC and xD cards provide virtually
endless memory capacity for hours of uninterrupted photo, video or music playing.
The picture frame also has a USB 2.0 port to accept USB drives (aka thumb drives)
at any capacity for even greater content access and flexibility.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 11, 2007 0 comments

The new PT-E03 housing is made specifically for Olympus' EVOLT E-410 D-SLR
camera. The E-410's housing is compatible with many of the Olympus Zuiko
Digital-Specific lenses and their respective underwater lens ports.



The new PPO-E05 underwater lens port is designed for the lightweight 14-42mm Zuiko
Digital-Specific lens, which is the perfect complement to the portable E-410 and
its underwater housing when diving. The versatile 14-42mm lens offers the most
common focal lengths, including wide angle and close focusing, making it an essential
tool for those recreational divers who want to capture images of their explorations.
Additionally, all other Olympus PPO Series underwater lens ports (including macro)
are compatible with Olympus' E-Series underwater housings.



New underwater housings have been created specifically for Olympus' recently
announced point-and-shoot cameras, including the SP-550 UZ, Stylus 770 SW, Stylus
760 and FE-230. These cameras also offer underwater scene modes.



For the first time, Olympus is offering an underwater flash (UFL-1) for use with
all new SP and Stylus camera housings introduced in 2007 as well as a majority
of its pre-existing digital compact camera housings. The new slave flash requires
no cables.



Other underwater accessories include an adjustable float strap, created specifically
for the Stylus SW Series, which enables the camera to float at the water's
surface and provides surfers, kayakers and other active swimmers with the ability
to strap the camera to their arm, freeing their hands when not taking photos.
The float strap boasts a vibrant red color for high visibility.



New silicone skins are also available for the Stylus 770 SW. While the camera
can reach depths of 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) without a skin or housing,
the silicone skin provides a variety of stylish looks, offers improved handling
in the water and is perfect for avoiding scratches on the camera's body
from rocks or other rough surfaces. The new skins are available in three trendy
colors: orange, blue and clear.



The new Olympus underwater housings and accessories will be available at retailers
in June 2007. The new housings -- both compact and D-SLRs -- are for
use in depths down to 40 meters (approximately 133 feet). Comprehensive information
on the complete family of Olympus' underwater housings and accessories is
available at www.olympusamerica.com/underwater.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2007 1 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Google Inc. today announced the Photoshop CS3
Extended plug-in for the Google 3D Warehouse, enabling Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended
users to take further advantage of the software's powerful compositing, painting
and image-editing toolset for editing 3D content. With the plug-in, users will
be able to query and download free 3D content from the Google 3D Warehouse,
Google's free online repository for 3D models and content, directly within Photoshop
CS3 Extended. 3D Content then can be placed, manipulated and used in composites
with the new 3D tools in Photoshop CS3 Extended.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 07, 2007 0 comments

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling has announced the LightScribe Photography
Kit, a CD and DVD labeling package created specifically for professional photographers
and photo enthusiasts. The LightScribe Photography Kit's disc labeling tips
and resources for photographers are immediately available for free download
on www.lightscribe.com.



LightScribe -- a laser disc labeling technology found in many popular brands
of disc burners, laptops and PCs -- gives people the ability to easily burn
silkscreen-quality photos, graphics, images and text directly onto LightScribe
CDs and DVDs. Disc colors include gold CDs and DVDs as well as CDs in red, orange,
yellow, blue and green.



To ensure that discs containing clients' images stand out, photographers owning
a LightScribe-enabled drive can go to the Photography Kit site (www.lightscribe.com/go/create)
and download photo label designs, mailers as well as disc sleeve designs.



With the new kit, photographers can create professional custom designs that
integrate clients' photos with text so that the discs are personalized and also
serve as advertising pieces. With LightScribe, photo archive discs can be labeled
with a telltale photo from the collection as well as client information so that
they can be found easily with a quick visual reference.



LightScribe, the only widely available embedded disc labeling technology, is
licensed to over 75 optical drive and media manufacturers, software developers,
media and computer brands worldwide. LightScribe-enabled CDs, DVDs, software,
desktops, notebooks, aftermarket optical disc drives and duplicator systems
are available at major retailers worldwide, as well as through most leading
brands online.



www.lightscribe.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 06, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic has expanded its LUMIX family of digital cameras with the introduction
of the compact LUMIX DMC-FX100, the world's first to feature 12.2 Megapixel
resolution with a 28mm wide-angle. The newly developed and exclusive 28mm wide-angle
LEICA DC lens features 3.6x optical zoom, f/2.8 brightness, 1/1.72-inch large
CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization with Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO Control.
The LUMIX DMC-FX100 will be equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 05, 2007 0 comments

Due to an overwhelming demand for Delkin Devices' patent-pending SensorScope,
Delkin is now offering the option of purchasing the multiple award winning SensorScope
separate from their cleaning system. DSLR users worldwide have enthusiastically
embraced the product, resulting in several prestigious awards like a 2007 Innovative
Digital Products Award from the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA)
and 2007 Best Digital Accessory from the Technical Imaging Press Association
(TIPA). The SensorScope is the first and most effective device that allows you
to quickly check your sensor for dust and debris in a matter of seconds.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 04, 2007 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated has an update to the free Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in
now available for immediate download on Adobe.com. The Camera Raw 4.1 update includes
improved noise reduction and sharpening tools and raw file support for 13 additional
camera models and camera backs. This update also builds on the raw file support
integrated in the Photoshop family of products.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

REALVIZ has announced the availability of version 5.6 of Stitcher Unlimited.
Stitcher enables the creation of high-quality panoramas and 360° virtual
tours. Version 5.6, which is available from this week, introduces Mac Universal
compatibility, as well as HDR capabilities. A Japanese-language version is also
scheduled for release later this spring, in addition to the existing English
and French versions of the software.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 31, 2007 0 comments

George J. Rosa III, Founder and President of Hallmark Museum of
Contemporary Photography has announced that the museum will expand its
exhibition, archive and exhibit preparation spaces in January 2008.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 30, 2007 0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, a technology
business specializing in image data interpretation, today announced the launch
of Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA. This latest version of Vertus' image editing
software is for rapid, powerful and intuitive masking and high-quality image
blending.



With improvements to the initial image processing time, Fluid Mask 3 users who
are operating multiple processors will 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.



With a more effective edge detection system, along with the improved "Smart
Blending" capability unique to Fluid Mask, this latest version makes separating
problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves, quick and easy. First there
is a slider, which allows the user to seamlessly switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Second, within focused areas,
the user may invoke special hair blending algorithms, which for the first time
automatically cuts out tricky hair such as highlights and hair with wide color
differences (e.g. black hair next to white hair against a grey background).



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added additional 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 Work Space" 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 Work Space", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate
color selection;

· Several new brush tools and the improved "Localized Edge Detection
System" enable users to perform more detailed edge finding and more refined
blending;

· 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.

· Users are now able to launch a test rendering of the localized patch,
and toggle between the working image and a rendering of the final mask;

· Improved intuitive help features such as "Best of Breed Help"
offers XML help files and direct links to Fluid Mask tutorials, enabling easy
access to hands-on demonstrations.



Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA is currently available for Windows XP & Vista;
a Mac version will follow shortly. 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.



Users can download a free 30 Day Trial of Fluid Mask 3 BETA by visiting the
Vertus website at http://www.vertustech.com.
During the BETA phase, Fluid Mask 3 will be available for $199 US.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 29, 2007 0 comments

Casio, Inc. has announced the release of the newest model in the series of EXILIM
digital cameras, the EXILIM Zoom EX-Z1200. The new camera is Casio's flagship
EXILIM Zoom, boasting 12.1 effective megapixels.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 25, 2007 0 comments

DxO FilmPack, a software application that automatically gives digital images
the style of the most celebrated conventional films -- the colors and the
grain of over 20 film types, and onOne Software's new Plug-In Suite 3
for Photoshop® that combines full versions of four essential software tools
-- Genuine Fractals 5, PhotoFrame Pro 3.1, Mask Pro 4.1 and Intellihance
Pro 4.2, are now available together for a limited time at a significant savings
exclusively from the online store of onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 24, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic LUMIX has announced the dates and locations of its first Digital Photo
Academy workshops in 20 cities across the United States. Digital Photo Academy
is a series of classes for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their
cameras' features and create more rewarding and enjoyable photo experiences.
The Academy courses are taught by local professional photographers, giving students
ongoing access to photo experts and tips in their own community. Furthermore,
after courses have finished, participants can enter photo contests and assignments
with other Academy students from across the country.



The Digital Photo Academy is designed for a digital camera owner, at any level,
with classes offered to accommodate the beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographer.
Students are welcome to bring whatever brand of camera they currently own and
courses will be available in the following markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago,
Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis,
New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa
and Washington, D.C.



In each market, courses will be taught in professional studios, museums and other
inspirational locations. To view the locations and schedule of all 20 cities visit
www.DigitalPhotoAcademy.com. Some locations and dates include*:



Atlanta

Location:

The Bonaventure

650 Bonaventure Avenue

Atlanta, GA 30306

Dates:

· Beginner: 6/21/07, 6-9pm

· Intermediate: 6/23/07, 2-6pm

· Advanced: 6/10/07, 10am-7pm



Boston

Location:

Griffin Museum of Photography

67 Shore Road

Winchester, MA 01890

Dates:

· Beginner: 6/9/07, 9am-12pm

· Intermediate: 6/9/07, 2-6pm

· Advanced: 6/10/07, 10am-7pm



Detroit

Location:

The Park Shelton

15 East Kirby

Detroit, MI 48202

Dates:

· Beginner: 6/13/07, 6-9pm

· Intermediate: 6/14/07, 6-10pm

· Advanced: 6/30/07, 10am-7pm



Initially, each level of Digital Photo Academy courses will be offered once a
month in each city. Class descriptions include:



Beginner, Three-Hour Course, $50: Targeted for the family record keeper, passionate
scrapbooker, casual point-and-shoot user, or for the person looking to choose
the right camera, the beginner class, "Discovering Digital," is perfect
for all these types of users. Instructors will address how to reduce red-eye,
better use a flash, include special effects and create better composition. Beyond
photographic techniques, the course will also teach valuable "post-capture"
skills, such as how to use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements to create a greeting
card or calendar, and send prints to friends and family via email.



Intermediate, Four-Hour Course, $65: The "Digital Endeavors" intermediate-level
course is perfect for users who are quite familiar with the settings on their
point-and-shoot and are looking to take digital photography to the next level.
Either a recent purchaser of a digital SLR, or someone considering buying one,
would benefit from this course. The class will compare point-and-shoot cameras
to SLRs, discuss the differences between the two categories, helping to ensure
a smooth transition. For those who have some experience in post-capture and Photoshop,
this class will offer more advanced techniques, such as burning and dodging and
an introduction to color management. It will also discuss printed layouts, and
how to make newsletters and brochures.



Advanced, Two-day Course, $150: At the advanced level, the "Digital Vision"
course is be divided into two parts: in-field shooting and learning post-capture
computer application skills. The four-hour in-field shooting session is held in
local parks, vibrant streets, during seasonal events like fairs and marathons
to capture newsworthy current affairs. The second component, involves six hours
of classroom time learning techniques from Adobe® Photoshop® Creative
Suite 2, such as converting and processing RAW files, using layers and masks,
working with black and white files, and more.



To sign-up for Digital Photo Academy, please visit www.DigitalPhotoAcademy.com
or call 1.877.DP.ACAD.4. Instructor biographies, additional schedules and workshop
locations are also available on the website.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 23, 2007 0 comments

Westcott is offering their Photo Basics by Westcott customers the chance to
have their photos published in Shutterbug Magazine. Contestants must use a Photo
Basics lighting kit to create an image then submit it for the chance to win
one of three prizes offered in the contest. The grand prize winner will have
their photo published in Shutterbug Magazine. Second place earns the photographer
recognition of their imagery on the www.photobasics.net
web site. All three prize winners will gain a free one-year subscription to
the Shutterbug publication. The deadline for submissions is July 30, 2007. Details
are available and submissions can be made on the Photo Basics web site.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 22, 2007 0 comments

Panasonic today expanded its LUMIX family of digital cameras with the introduction
of the compact LUMIX DMC-FX100, the world's first to feature 12.2 Megapixel
resolution with a 28mm wide-angle. The newly developed and exclusive 28mm wide-angle
LEICA DC lens features 3.6x optical zoom, f/2.8 brightness, 1/1.72-inch large
CCD and Intelligent Image Stabilization with Mega O.I.S. and Intelligent ISO
Control. The LUMIX DMC-FX100 will be equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD screen, and
its slim lightweight design makes it extremely portable and stylish.

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