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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 14, 2007 0 comments

Epson America Inc. has announced what many professional photographers are saying
is the perfect blend of revered darkroom papers with the limitless creative
control of ink jet printing with the introduction of its Signature Worthy Exhibition
Fiber Paper. The paper will be available in 25-sheet packages of 8.5"x
11," 13"x 19," 17"x 22," and 24"x 30"
cut sheets.



This breakthrough paper was developed over several years in collaboration with
many of the industry's leading professional photographers to meet their
most discerning requirements. Many who have contributed to the development of
Exhibition Fiber Paper have commented that what sets it apart are its extraordinary
blacks, clean whites and a surface texture that is just like a true black-and-white
silver gelatin print. Additionally, Exhibition Fiber Paper produces extraordinary
color output enabling photographers to make stunning prints in both color and
black-and-white.



As part of an ongoing collaboration with creative professionals to produce the
highest quality prints, Epson has partnered with the Pixel Genius group, a unique
collaboration of industry-leading digital workflow experts, to produce custom
color profiles for use with the new Exhibition Fiber Paper. The custom profiles
will be available for download October 15 at www.pixelgenius.com/epson,
along with valuable information on their use and how to optimize a color managed
workflow.

More information about Exhibition Fiber Paper can be found at www.proimaging.epson.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 13, 2007 0 comments

IJ Technologies has introduced Premium Edition Artist Texture Canvas, a new
water resistant matte canvas for OEM pigment and UltraChrome inks which provides
artists, publishers and photographers a more textured option for canvas prints.
In addition, Premium Edition Artist Texture canvas maintains a solid white point
without the use of optical brighteners.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 12, 2007 0 comments

ACD Systems International Inc. has unveiled ACDSee 10 Photo Manager, the latest
update to its photo organization and sharing software. Improved features afford
seamless integration with photo sharing sites such as Flickr and SmugMug, as
well as cameras and other devices. Additional features include real-time viewing,
management and editing of multiple image files, even in large albums and photo
collections.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2007 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company has announced the Pentax Optio A40, the latest model
in the Optio A series of advanced compact digital cameras with superior image
quality and performance. Featuring 12 megapixels, this latest Optio features
three types of Shake Reduction including mechanical, digital and movie. Each
version helps deliver sharp, blur-free shots where camera shake is an issue
such as action photography or in low light conditions at dawn, dusk or at night.
The Optio A model also features the newest Face Recognition technology including
a Natural Skin Tone mode and a Half-length Portrait mode, which automatically
takes a head and shoulder photograph of subjects.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 08, 2007 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced the release of Exposure 2, the latest version
of its film stock simulator and effects package. Exposure 2 lets digital photographers
and graphic artists enhance any digital photo by simulating the rich, organic
look of film.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its flagship software
application for automatic image quality enhancement for Digital SLR camera users.
Due to be released later in the fall, DxO Optics Pro v5 is said to set a new standard
for image quality with its new RAW conversion engine. All purchasers of DxO Optics
Pro v4.5 on or after August 1st, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to DxO Optics
Pro v5.



DxO Optics Pro v5's RAW conversion engine includes a completely new demosaicing
algorithm which produces images with much more detail and fewer artifacts. Demosaicing
is the crucial step of RAW conversion during which the camera's image sensor
pattern is reconstructed as a visible image for the human eye. Inherently, demosaicing
involves trade-offs between image sharpness, details, noise, processing time and
conversion artifacts. The quality of demosaicing determines the amount of detail
and artifacts in the final image. These artifacts, particularly visible and unsightly,
are compounded at high ISO settings and are in large part responsible for what
is deemed the unnatural look of digital images.



The other key characteristic of DxO Optics Pro's new RAW Engine is that
instead of applying noise reduction techniques after demosaicing, a newly-developed
noise reduction is performed upfront, before noise has a chance to be amplified
by the RAW conversion process and absorb important fine details.



Combined with other proprietary techniques, DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW
Engine is said by the maker to produce both the most detailed and most natural
looking images yet -- its very fine and homogenous grain translating into
subtle shades and textures. DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW conversion engine
has been fine-tuned and optimized with the rest of the software's automated
image enhancement features (optical corrections, color rendering, exposure optimization,
highlight recovery, etc.) to produce best-in class results.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 07, 2007 0 comments

Corel Corporation (NASDAQ: CREL; TSX: CRE) has unveiled Corel Painter Essentials
4, the latest release from the company's digital media portfolio. Based on Corel
Painter, Corel Painter Essentials 4 includes everything new users need to set
up their own home art studio. Featuring a wide selection of paint brushes, pencils,
paper textures and built-in tutorials, Painter Essentials 4 is the perfect program
to help users get started.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 06, 2007 0 comments

AsukaBook USA, a division of Kubota Photo Design, Inc., has introduced three new
products -- the new Book Bound LX, Book Bound FLX and a new Varnish choice
in the Book Bound EX line.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 05, 2007 0 comments

"On February 1st, 2008 Sony will close the ImageStation online photo
service. The closure will happen in phases and most site features such as upload,
sharing and shopping will be disabled on November 12th 2007.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2007 0 comments

Pelican Products' Memory Card Cases come in four different configurations.
The case is designed to protect all known flash memory card sizes and can accommodate
as many as 32 cards at a time.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Nov 01, 2007 1 comments

The first Four Thirds format D-SLR with a built-in Image Stabilizer, the EVOLT E-510 is an incredibly versatile camera in many respects. This 10-megapixel model offers several benefits over the previous EVOLT models, including higher resolution, the faster TruePic III processor with superior noise reduction, plus additional features in Capture and Playback modes. But the new...

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.

Because we were...

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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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