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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Notes On Our Tests
This month-long test was not intended as a scientific experiment for drawing definitive conclusions about all of the technical aspects involved. That would require testing numerous cameras--of all brands--under strictly controlled conditions and using high-tech equipment for image-quality analyses.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Hasselblad's H3D-II offers users a choice of 22, 31 or 39 megapixel capture
units using CCD image sensors up to 48x36 mm -- the largest currently available
and more than twice the size of even the largest 35mm camera sensors. The H3D-II
now has a large, bright 3" display, which affords both improved viewing
of captured images and lower power consumption.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2007 0 comments

Interfit is pleased to announce the arrival of a remarkably simple lighting
system. The SXT3200 is available in two highly specified kits, both available
with a new educational training DVD especially commissioned to show just how
easy tungsten lighting can be for first time or advanced users. The DVD is feature
packed for both product and portrait photography. It also includes many professional
tips on getting the best results from the system and setting up your camera.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 30, 2007 0 comments

New York photographer and author Lou Manna will conduct an all-day digital
food photography workshop at his studio in New York City. The program, presented
in association with Workshops@Adorama, takes a hands-on approach for all attendees
and explores how effective lighting, composition and tricks-of-the-trade all
work together for creating the perfect recipe for success.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 29, 2007 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability
of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software, a major upgrade to the No. 1 selling
consumer photo-editing software. Available for Windows, Photoshop Elements combines
power and simplicity for consumers to find, view and easily infuse creativity
and personality into their photos. This landmark release helps consumers at
all experience levels achieve outstanding results and provides interactive options
for sharing unique creations via print and Web.



In addition, Adobe today announced Adobe Premiere Elements 4 software, a complete
home video-editing solution (see separate press release). Available separately
or together in a single retail package, Photoshop Elements & Adobe Premiere
Elements give photo and video enthusiasts more creative ways to organize, edit,
create and share digital photos and home movies.



Photoshop Elements software helps enthusiasts achieve desired results quickly
and easily. New Photomerge technology helps address the challenge of capturing
the perfect group photo by combining the best facial expressions and body language
from a series of shots to create a single cohesive group shot. The new Quick
Selection Tool reduces a once time-consuming select-and-adjust task to a single
click. Photographers at all grades -- beginner to expert -- can choose
from one of three edit modes, each geared toward a different experience level.
A new Guided Edit mode helps walk users through the steps of improving a photo.
Photoshop Elements 6 streamlines editing with clean, uncluttered screens that
draw focus to where it belongs, with new tabs providing simple access to the
many capabilities of the program. Tight integration with Adobe Premiere Elements
and a shared Organizer, with a common database accessible from either application,
allow users to do more with their photos and videos with speedy performance
and easy import, tagging and retrieval tasks. Additional enhancements include
an improved conversion tool that dramatically converts color images into elegant,
nuanced black-and-whites.



Photoshop Elements 6 offers users more creative sharing possibilities, including
online galleries based on Adobe Flash which provide an interactive experience
for friends and family to enjoy. With a variety of settings and themes, these
galleries can be easily accessed via the Web and help bring moments and memories
to life. Animated slideshows, e-mail and printed creations available in Photoshop
Elements such as photo books, scrapbook pages, cards and CD/DVD labels deliver
high-impact sharing options, and also require no previous experience.



Adobe's digital imaging and digital video products are available immediately
at www.adobe.com and online retailers including, Amazon.com. The products will
also be available at Best Buy, Staples, Costco, Fry's, Circuit City, Office
Max, Office Depot, Microcenter, J&R, Buy.com and NewEgg.com. Photoshop Elements
6 and Adobe Premiere Elements 4 for Windows are available separately for an
estimated street price of US$99.99 each. Photoshop Elements for the Macintosh
platform is expected in early 2008. Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & Adobe Premiere
Elements 4 for Windows is available as a bundle at an estimated street price
of US$149.99. Information about the other language versions, as well as pricing,
upgrade and support policies for other countries is available on www.adobe.com/go/pse6.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 26, 2007 0 comments

Ink2Image, a Glenview, IL-based distributor of digital inks, media, bulk-feed
systems and related products to the photography and fine arts industries, has
added Cave Paint R24 to its line of Lyson pigmented inks. Developed as a replacement
for the newest OEM pigment inksets like Epson Ultrachrome K3, Cave Paint R24
uses advanced resin technology to provide eye-popping color and supremely rich
blacks with superior fade resistance and no bronzing. The R24 inkset includes
both Photo Black and Matte Black inks.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 25, 2007 0 comments

The third paper in Harman's pioneering inkjet range, Photo Professional
Inkjet Gloss FB AL paper, is available in Letter, B, Super B and A2+ (17x25")
sheets, as well as 17", 24" and 44" rolls, this latest addition
to the Harman Photo Professional Inkjet paper range continues Harman's
tradition of supplying the photographer with true fiber base inkjet papers for
high quality giclee printing.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 24, 2007 0 comments

The new ClearWhite white balance filter is used to obtain an accurate white
balance in your digital camera, regardless of the type of light conditions.
The colors obtained from customizing your color balance with this filter are
clean and neutral. Regardless of the file format you're shooting (including
JPG TIF or RAW), this filter will help maintain good clean colors from the moment
the image is captured on your camera's sensor, minimizing the need for destructive
color corrections.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2007 0 comments

Epson America Inc. announces the Storage Viewer Travel Pack, a must-have companion
to its popular line of multimedia storage viewers. Compatible with the Epson
P-5000, P-3000, P-4000 and P-2000, the Travel Pack includes everything an on-the-go
digital photographer needs for an extended trek with one of these devices.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2007 0 comments

BenVista has announced the release of PhotoArtist 2, software for creating
picturesque artwork based on digital photos. Fine sketches, wonderful watercolors,
and oil paintings on canvas backgrounds: these are just a few examples of what
an ordinary photo can be transformed into.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 19, 2007 0 comments

The Zeiss Distagon T* 2/28 is a new, high-speed, wide-angle lens complementing
the line of advanced SLR lenses from Carl Zeiss for analog and digital 35 mm
single lens reflex cameras. With a fast aperture of f/2 and a 28mm focal length,
the new lens is available in two versions: Distagon T* 2/28 ZF for cameras with
the F-bayonet mount and the Distagon T* 2/28 ZK for cameras using a K-bayonet
mount. Equipped with manual focus, the Zeiss Distagon T* 2/28 uses floating
elements, ensuring impressive image quality in both the close-up range as well
as at longer distances.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2007 0 comments

Wacom Technology Corp. has introduced Bamboo, an all new family of pen tablets.
Bamboo and Bamboo Fun are two distinct pen tablets that provide a natural, personal
and creative digital input experience in any home or work environment. See Bamboo
and Bamboo highlights at the www.wacom.com/wacombamboo
microsite.



Both Bamboo and Bamboo Fun sport elegant designs with increased functionality
and ease of use in mind. Four programmable ExpressKeys are situated on the tablet
surface to customize commonly used commands, such as "undo" or "copy."
A finger-sensitive Touch Ring has been positioned to allow for quick and easy
zooming and scrolling. The textured work surface of the tablet provides an intuitive
pen-on-paper feel, while the stylish and ergonomically designed pens allow users
to experience seemingly unlimited levels of pressure sensitivity, to create variations
of pen strokes, from fine lines to bold brush marks. Additionally, Bamboo and
Bamboo Fun work elegantly in both Mac and PC (including Windows 2000, Windows
XP and Windows Vista) environments.



Available to consumers immediately in two sleek sizes and four cool colors, Bamboo
Fun provides all the tools needed to have fun exploring digital creativity. Ideal
for digital photo enthusiasts or those just wanting to satiate their creative
hunger, Bamboo Fun makes it easy to enhance photos and create artwork for scrapbooks,
craft projects and slide shows.



Bamboo Fun includes valuable software applications that embrace pen support and
deliver greater control when editing photos or creating works of art. These applications
include Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (Elements 4 for Mac users), which make it possible
to quickly and easily edit and organize digital photos. Many of the retouching
and brush strokes required in Photoshop are accomplished more accurately and rapidly
with the use of a pen. Additionally, Nik''s Color Efex Pro 2 GE filtering
software allows one to simply select and apply high-quality photographic enhancements
with the stroke of a pen. For those with an artistic flair, the natural feel of
the Bamboo Fun pen combined with the capabilities of Corel Painter Essentials
3, also included, makes creating great looking artwork easy and fun. When used
with a Bamboo Fun pen, Painter Essentials 3 can take on the look and feel of just
about any natural art tool and is perfect for creating original digital artwork
from photos.



In addition to Wacom's patented cordless, battery-free pen, the Bamboo Fun
mouse, uses the same electro-magnetic resonance technology as the pen, offering
quick response times and accuracy. Because the mouse has no ball, wires or batteries,
users discover a virtually maintenance free experience. When used alternately
with a mouse, the Bamboo pen can effectively reduce repetitive motion and increase
comfort and control.



Bamboo Fun is offered in two sizes (small and medium) each in black, silver, white
or blue.



Bamboo is a rugged and elegant pen tablet designed specifically for the mainstream
home or office computer user. Building on Wacom's extensive experience developing
pen-based input devices, the small pen tablet, in black only, provides the same
hardware features as Bamboo Fun, except for the pressure-sensitive pen eraser
and mouse.



Mac OS and Microsoft Windows Vista operating systems introduce significant pen
input features to Bamboo users for a faster, easier and more efficient computing
experience. For those on a Mac, Inkwell offers a variety of pen input features,
allowing one to enter handwritten text anywhere typed text is accepted. Bamboo
pen users working on a PC will covet the new Windows Vista-enabled note taking
resources, handwriting recognition and time-saving gesture controls. All versions
of Windows Vista (except Home Basic) provide complete pen functionality with Bamboo.
Select aspects of the Bamboo and Windows Vista pen experience include:



· Note Taking -- Microsoft Journal is an application
exclusively for the benefit of Bamboo or those working with another pen tablet,
interactive pen display or Tablet PC. Journal simulates a physical notebook, but
with all the advantages of a digital medium. The Bamboo pen can be used in Journal
to jot notes and capture quick sketches, providing valuable collaboration options
for use at home, school and work. Journal also incorporates a powerful search
engine that can even locate handwritten content.



· Handwriting Recognition -- Windows Vista introduces
intelligent handwriting recognition as a natural supplement to keyboard input.
This new recognition technology efficiently and accurately converts a wide variety
of handwriting styles into typed text. For example, during a brainstorming session,
Bamboo users can scribble down ideas and sketch concepts for collaboration with
colleagues. The user has the option to share the information in handwritten form
or convert it to typed text.



· Gestures -- There are a variety of pen gestures
available within Windows Vista that enable Bamboo users to navigate faster and
enhance the overall computing experience. Flicks offers eight customizable gestures
with actions determined by the user and Scratch Out allows pen users to delete
text automatically with a scratching motion of the pen over the targeted text.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 17, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has posted a new series of photographs submitted
by aspiring photographers from around the globe that were critiqued by its world-class
`Icons of Photography' members.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 16, 2007 0 comments

Legion Paper has launched a comprehensive eco-friendly paper classification system
as part of their website, www.legionpaper.com. This new tool is the first of its
kind within the paper industry to provide a powerful `green' search
engine.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 15, 2007 0 comments

ACD Systems International Inc. has put a new level of control and convenience
into photographers' hands with the release of ACDSee Pro 2, featuring next-generation
workflow management and RAW processing functionality tested by thousands of
professional photographers.

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