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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 11, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has posted answers to a new series of questions
submitted by professional and aspiring digital photographers to its Ask the
Icon interactive feature on the `Icons of Photography' microsite

"Kingston's `Icons of Photography' has generated interest
from photographers of all levels who want to learn from some of the world's
most-respected photographers," said Jaja Lin, Flash memory marketing manager,
Kingston®. "We're delighted to be a conduit between our customers
and the Icons, providing a platform where everyone can share and explore ideas,"
added Lin.

Questions submitted by digital photographers from England, Malaysia, Ireland
and the U.S. were addressed by Kingston's four Icon photographers participating
in the program -- Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read
Miller. Site visitors are encouraged to ask questions related to equipment;
tips and techniques for capturing better images; advice about getting started
as a photographer; or marketing one's work.

"I continue to be impressed with the level of interest photographers have
shown in the program and the types of questions they ask," said Finlay,
whose recent book project, Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan
recently won a Lucie Award in New York. "I think we learn as much from
them as they are hopefully learning from us and there is a great level of satisfaction
that comes from openly sharing our collective knowledge with each other."

Kingston's `Icons of Photography' program consists of three
elements -- 20 Questions, Ask the Icon and Critique My Image. Through the
program, professional photographers and enthusiasts can improve their techniques
by submitting their own photography for constructive critique. Additional information
is available at

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 10, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc.
has introduced the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens that
offers Nikon's proprietary Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to help
consumers snap sharper photos than ever before, even while shooting handheld.
Compact and lightweight, this affordable lens is for use with Nikon DX-format
digital SLR cameras and is the ideal focal length as a "first lens."

The 3x optical zoom offers users of Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras including
the D40, D40x, D80 and new D300 with a versatile picture angle perspective ranging
from wide angle for dramatic landscapes and interiors, to moderate telephoto
that is ideal for flattering portraits.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2008 0 comments

Bowens has launched a unique, affordable ringflash, the lightweight Ringlite
Converter. Priced at $480.00, this innovative converter is said to make ringflash-style
photography affordable. Said Mark Aherne, Bowens technical director, "Traditional
ringflash generally comprises flash tubes, cable and a powerpack, so the full
kit required is quite unwieldy and expensive. We built the converter and followed
up with associated bracketry to ensure the unit would be suitable for most cameras
on the market. We have created an attachment which allows photographers to convert
their standard Bowens strobe lights to produce ringflash-style light. Using
this new converter photographers can simply put the camera lens through the
centre of the light source. This creates a softer, wholesome surrounding light
around the lens which reduces shadows. It can also create shadowing around the
outline of the subject so users can work with a specific photographic effect.
The additional benefit of the converter is its `backwards capability'.
Photographers can take a standard Bowens product going back many years and use
it - as long as it has an S-Type adaptor. This will bring additional cost benefits
to our customers."


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced two new digital picture frames. The JOBO Photo Display
PDJ105 and PDJ100 both feature 10.4" high-resolution and TFT-Color-LCD
displays designed to showcase digital images, big internal memories for easy
access to images and many user-friendly functions.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments

The Sigma
Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye
HSM lens. This autofocus fisheye lens is designed for use with digital SLR cameras
equipped with APS-C size image sensors. The Nikon version produces a diagonal
angle of view of 180°; 154° for Sigma; 167° for Canon. The diagonal
field of view of this fisheye lens produces striking images with exaggerated perspective
and distortion. The minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm/5.3inch, and maximum magnification
1:3.3 allows subjects to be as close as 1.8cm/0.7inch from the lens' front
element. This close focusing capability allows close-up photography and also it
is possible to make use of large depth of field that covers wide range of subjects.
The Integral hood blocks out extraneous light and the Super Multi-Layer Coating
minimizes flare and ghosting, creating superior image quality. The HSM--Hyper
Sonic Moto--ensures fast and quiet autofocusing and allows full-time manual focus
override by rotation of the focus ring. This lens is supplied with a gelatin filter
holder at the rear, allowing the use of gelatin filters.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments

PhotoShelter has announced that it has begun transacting image sales on The
PhotoShelter Collection, the first online marketplace to provide the benefits
of a commercial agency and a wholly transparent sales system to pro, amateur
and hobbyist photographers alike. The PhotoShelter Collection will now offer
image buyers access to the widest and most eclectic array of commercial imagery
that is quality-sorted, keyworded, priced, licensed and ready for instant purchasing.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments

a limited time only LumiQuest will be offering the LumiQuest Bounce Kit, a 3 piece
kit that includes a Pocket Bouncer, Gold and Silver Metallic Inserts and a free
storage envelope.

The Pocket Bouncer redirects light at a 90 degree angle from the flash to soften
harsh shadows and more evenly spread the light over a wider area. A Gold insert
is ideal for late afternoon fill and the Silver insert will add a more specular
look to the highlights. Included with the Bounce Kit is a free clear storage envelope.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 31, 2007 0 comments

Few aspiring photographers get to sit in on a commercial shoot, but thanks
to a new DVD series from Blue Crane Digital, anyone can watch a professional
in action. "Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for DSLR Cameras"
offers an opportunity to peer over the shoulder of famed commercial photographer,
Tim Mantoani, as he works with light and lenses.

Although the two-volume set focuses on developing the photographer rather than
teaching camera-specific skills, Blue Crane Digital produced separate titles
for Nikon and Canon users.

Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for Canon DSLR Cameras Volumes
1 & 2


Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for Nikon DSLR Cameras Volumes
1 & 2


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 28, 2007 0 comments

Phase One A/S and Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd. today announced a strategic
alliance to develop innovative, open platform-based medium format digital camera
systems and solutions for professional photographers.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 27, 2007 0 comments

We've all seen
people with their arms awkwardly extended trying to take a photo or shoot a video
and include themselves in the shot. The XShot is a telescopic rod that attaches
to any compact digitalcamera or hand-held video camera and allows photographers
and videographers to be a part of the memories they capture.

Simply connect any digital compact camera to the XShot adapter using the built-in
thumb screw and adjust to the desired angle. Engage the self-timer, extend the
XShot, aim and shoot. The XShot provides over 3 feet of reach, which is enough
extension to include as many as 5 people in a shot. This patented pending product
is made of high quality stainless steel, closes to nine inches, weighs 3.9 ounces
and neatly fits into a pocket.

One such effect is achieved with the XShot when the camera is placed in video
mode and the user spins in place 360 degrees. When played back, the video appears
three-dimensional and the subject seems to be standing still while the background

The XShot sells for $24.95 and is available online at:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 26, 2007 0 comments, which offers online video training for media, arts, and design,
announces six new course titles and classes open for immediate enrollment. Each
course is designed and produced exclusively for and features world-class
instructors and clearly defined learning objectives. xTrain courses and classes
educate students with professional practices and standards in their respective


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2007 0 comments

Vermont PhotoInkjet has announced the immediate availability of their new color
ink formulation which replicates the color-space of EPSON's Ultrachrome
K3 inks. ConeColor inks are sold in one-liter bottles that are packaged with a
set of eco-friendly refillable cartridges. ConeColor ink shares the same pigment
technology as Piezography K7 inks that are claimed to make them extremely fade
resistant and non-damaging to EPSON print heads. The ConeColor inks do not require
any additional color management, and can be used with existing ICC profiles.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 20, 2007 0 comments

Adorama has announced its new series of reasonably priced Flashpoint carbon
fiber tripods. Featuring classic European styling, the three Flashpoint tripods
bring all of the advantages of carbon fiber tripods to photographers who want
and need the advantage this high tech material brings to capturing images with
today's digital SLRs. Besides its legendary light weight and strength,
carbon fiber offers many advantages over fully metal tripods. The thermal transfer
rate with carbon fiber is much less than most metals and carbon fiber is noted
for its ability to absorb vibrations.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2007 0 comments

XtraLean Software is pleased to announce the latest release of its free and
lean image editor, ImageWell. This version adds Leopard compatibility, iLife
'08 compatibility, compatibility with the Aperture/iPhoto "edit with external
editor" feature, and brings back the option to automatically check for
updates. V3.3 also adds Russian localization making ImageWell available now
in 15 different languages. V3.3 of ImageWell Xtras also adds a new feature called
"Favorites". ImageWell V3.3 is available immediately for free download
from Users can upgrade their free ImageWell
to unlock even more features for $19.95 CAD and can learn more about the "Xtras"
upgrade from


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 18, 2007 0 comments

onOne Software,
Inc., has announced the availability of Essentials 2 for Adobe Photoshop Elements.
This updated version of onOne Software's popular software suite includes
technology from onOne Software's newly acquired PhotoTune color correction
software, and onOne Software's Mask Pro, PhotoFrame, and Genuine Fractals
software products fine-tuned specifically for Adobe Photoshop Elements.



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