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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2005 0 comments

Corel Corporation has announced the release of Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel
Photo Album 6, two major new products from Corel's digital imaging portfolio
and the first versions of the software to be introduced since Corel's acquisition
of Jasc in October 2004.



With a revamped user interface featuring a new, integrated Learning Center and
Browser palette, Paint Shop Pro X is designed to accelerate learning and increase
productivity. Tools are organized by task within the Learning Center palette,
enabling users of all skill levels to produce professional-looking results with
no previous photo editing experience required.



Below is an overview of the new and noteworthy features included in Corel Paint
Shop Pro X:

The Paint Shop Pro X Learning Center: The new Learning Center
organizes tools logically by task, providing users with a step-by-step guide and
quick access to the instructions and tools needed to complete the most common
photo editing projects.



Browser Palette: The Browser palette is now integrated into the
Paint Shop Pro X workspace to make it even easier for users to access, view, organize,
and work with their images.



Smart Photo Fix: The new Smart Photo Fix analyzes a photo and
suggests settings to auto-correct color, brightness, sharpness, and saturation
-- all in one step. Smart Photo Fix gives users new levels of control by
allowing them to combine the simplicity of automatic corrections with the precision
and control of manual adjustments.



Makeover Tools: Paint Shop Pro X introduces a powerful new collection
of extreme Makeover Tools to help users quickly and easily retouch the subjects
in their photos. The Makeover Tools include the Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush and
Suntan Brush.



Object Remover: The new Object Remover lets users seamlessly
eliminate unwanted elements from photos, intelligently filling in the resulting
gaps with appropriate background detail.



Special Effects for Black & White Photos: With the new Special
Effects filters in Paint Shop Pro X, users can now easily convert images to simulated
black and white infrared or apply color filters while converting to black and
white images.



Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition: Included for the
first time with Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo Album 6 provides efficient organization,
sharing and photo backup options, along with hundreds of new drag-and-drop creative
project templates.



Advanced Features: Paint Shop Pro X now includes support for
16-bit/channel adjustments, ICC-based color management, the ability to import
and export CMYK images using ICC profiles, along with enhanced monitor calibration
that allows LCD screens to be correctly calibrated.



Camera Raw support: Paint Shop Pro X now supports over forty
Camera Raw file formats. Users can open, enhance, process, and convert images
taken in the Camera Raw format.



Batch Processing: Users can easily process batches of images
with Paint Shop Pro X. The Batch Process command lets them use scripts to apply
fixes to batches of images, and users can also convert batches of images to a
different file format.



Perspective Correction Tool: With the Perspective Correction
tool, users can fix buildings, landmarks, or objects in their photos that appear
to be in the wrong perspective or that were taken from an angle other than directly
in front.



Straighten Tool: The Straighten tool lets users quickly align
crooked photos and automatically crop the edges using any line in the photo.



Pricing and Availability

Available for a suggested retail price of $129 US, Corel Paint Shop Pro X includes
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition, Pixmantec® RawShooter™
essentials, two hours of free lynda.com video instruction and a printed user manual.
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Deluxe Edition is available for a suggested retail
price of $49 US. It includes PhotoRecovery software ($29 value), Xtras Scrapbook
Templates, Volumes I and II ($40 value), Pixmantec RawShooter essentials, and
a printed user guide. Corel also offers academic pricing to qualified institutions
and students. For more information or to learn more about Corel's K-12 and
Higher Education site license programs please visit www.corel.com/education.
Commercial and government customers can learn more about Corel's volume
licensing options at www.corel.com/licensing.




To learn more about Corel's digital imaging portfolio or to download a free,
fully functional trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X or Corel Photo Album
6, please visit www.corel.com/paintshoppro or www.corel.com/photoalbum.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced that its innovative EASYSHARE-ONE zoom
digital camera would be available for purchase this October. The company has
also developed a new, interactive tour of the EASYSHARE-ONE camera, available
at http://www.kodak.com/go/easyshare-one/.
In addition to providing 360-degree views of the camera, the MACROMEDIA FLASH
micro-site highlights the multiple ways in which people can easily share, take,
edit, organize, and print their pictures, all wirelessly.



Kodak
is working with the world's leading wireless companies to make sharing
pictures across town, across the country, or across the globe as easy and convenient
as possible. All EASYSHARE-ONE camera purchasers receive a complementary, camera-specific
trial service in conjunction with major hotspot providers. In addition to service
from T-Mobile USA, with more than 6,000 T-Mobile HotSpots across the United
States, EASYSHARE-ONE camera owners will also be able to enjoy public connections
in other key areas. Kodak plans to announce further market-specific service
providers, as well as retailers that will sell the EASYSHARE-ONE camera, in
the coming weeks.



Kodak designed the EASYSHARE-ONE model (US$599 MSRP) including the KODAK WI-FI
Card specifically for sharing, moving the camera experience from "point-and-shoot"
to "point-and-share." · It allows users to have E-mail and
online picture sharing without a computer, using a direct, wireless connection
to the KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery service. By connecting to the Gallery through
a compatible home or public network, people can upload pictures and videos for
near instantaneous electronic sharing with friends around the world.



More information on KODAK EASYSHARE products is available at www.kodak.com/go/EasyShare.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 07, 2005 0 comments

Photo sharing and printing options are becoming more interesting every day.
HP has announced that customers of its Snapfish online photo service can now
order prints online and have them ready for pickup in as little as one hour
at their local Walgreens. The in-store service applies to sizes 4x6 through
8x10 inches. The service is first rolling out for Walgreens locations in Boston,
New York and San Francisco. By late September HP anticipates that the service
will expand to over 4000 Walgreens locations.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2005 0 comments

Olympus has introduced two new SP-series digital cameras, the 7.0-megapixel
SP-310 and the 8.0-megapixel SP-350. Both cameras offer the option of either
manual settings for creative control or 30 selectable shooting modes, along
with optional add-on accessory lenses, an optional underwater housing, and a
large, easy-to-view 2.5-inch premium size LCD.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2005 0 comments

To better meet event photographers' on-demand printing needs, KODAK PROFESSIONAL
will be introducing an upgrade kit and media to enable 5x7- inch borderless
prints on the new KODAK 6850 Photo Printer. The KODAK Photo Printer 6850 5R
Borderless Upgrade Kit includes two plastic flanges for the media roll endcaps,
a metal guide for 5-inch paper and a CD with drivers and easy instructions for
self installation. The 5- inch borderless upgrade kit is to be used with the
new KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTATHERM 6850 5R Print Kit which provides enough media
and donor to make 375 5x7 inch (13x18 cm) prints. Available worldwide in September,
2005, the KODAK Photo Printer 6850 5R Borderless Upgrade Kit and the KODAK PROFESSIONAL
EKTATHERM 6850 5R Print Kit will retail for US$35 (MSRP) and US$280 (MSRP),
respectively.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has announced version 4.3.1 updater of their Capture RAW (NEF) image
processing software. A complimentary copy of the update is available for current
users of version 4.2.x; if using version 4 that is earlier than 4.2, customers
must first upgrade to Version 4.2 and then install the new updater. All Version
4.x updaters are complimentary for owners of the full Version 4.0 and higher.
Upon installing the Capture 4.3.1 update, the D2X, D2HS, D70S, and D50 digital
SLR cameras, as well as earlier Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras and their
NEF files will be supported. A highlight for the new updater is its significantly
faster performance for NEF operation. Depending upon the platform (Mac or PC),
CPU, and processes in use, this latest updater for Capture software delivers
increased processing speeds ranging from 11% up to 40%, compared to previous
versions.



A key component of Nikon's Total Imaging System, Capture software enables
photographers to perform comprehensive image processing and editing on NEF (RAW)
files produced by their Nikon digital SLR cameras as well as NEF files generated
from Nikon scanners or converted NEF files that have been generated from JPEG
or TIFF file formats. The NEF file structure has been idealized for operation
within the Nikon Total Imaging System. Key imaging data from the Nikon camera
is embedded within the NEF, and is available to strengthen the image processing
capabilities of Nikon Capture software. This nexus of Camera to NEF to Capture
embodies a key element of the Nikon Total Imaging System's ability to
optimize image quality.



www.nikonusa.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 31, 2005 0 comments

ATI Technologies Inc. is inviting photographers 13 years of age or older from
across North America to showcase their talent and compete for the ultimate digital
imaging system and other great prizes in ATI's new Snap! Share! Win! photo
contest.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 30, 2005 0 comments

DXG USA has announced the availability of the DXG-528, a 5.1 megapixel CCD
digital camera. The DXG-528 features a slim aluminum housing, 2.4" LTPS
LCD screen, Pentax 3X optical zoom (with three aspherical lenses), built-in
32MB flash memory, SD/MMC card slot, MPEG-4 video with sound and Direct Print
capability. The camera also offers voice recorder and MP3 functionality, as
well as TV-Out capability for viewing pictures on a television. The DXG-528
is available immediately with an MSRP of $199.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2005 0 comments

Lowepro
has introduced a new line of camera bags designed for sports photographers,
photojournalists or anyone who needs quick and easy access to their cameras
and accessories. The unique design of the new SlingShot 100 AW and 200 AW camera
bags allow photographers to go from "carry mode" to "ready
mode" in seconds. Without removing the bag, simply rotate or "sling"
the bag toward the front of the body. The SlingShot AW then provides complete
access to cameras, lenses, memory cards and other accessories. The Full Access
Lid with reverse open design allows photographers to safely and easily work
out of the bag and zip stop buckles keep equipment from falling out.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2005 0 comments

Duracell has announced additions to its rechargeable battery line to meet the
growing demands of high-drain devices like digital cameras. The new nickel-metal
hydride (NiMH) batteries, which include 2500 mAh AA and 900 mAh AAA cells, will
arrive on mass market, specialty and drug store shelves in September 2005.



The new products include Duracell's highest capacity rechargeable AA and
AAA cells ever, marking a significant enhancement to the existing line and demonstrating
the company's commitment to the category. Tests show the new AA 2500 mAh
NiMH batteries can be recharged hundreds of times and will yield up to 325 pictures
with every charge.



In addition to high performance rechargeable cells, the company also offers a
range of NiMH chargers that maximize convenience by charging most battery brands'
AA and AAA NiMH cells in as little as 30 minutes.



Duracell's new 2500 mAh and 900 mAh rechargeable batteries will be available
in two, four and eight cell packs. The suggested retail price for a four pack
of cells ranges from $9.99 to $13.99.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 25, 2005 0 comments

Firing at 8.5
frames per second for up to 48 full-resolution JPEG images in a burst (vs. the
same firing rate and a 40 JPEG burst for the 1D Mark II model), the new Canon
EOS-1D Mark II N camera ups the ante while retaining the superb CMOS Sensor of
the 1D Mark II model, with its convenient 1.3x lens conversion factor. Along with
its improved burst rate, the 1D Mark II N digital SLR adds a new 2.5-inch, wide-angle
view LCD/TFT monitor. Startup time on the new camera has also dropped to 0.2 seconds
(from 0.3) with the help of Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor.



The EOS-1D Mark II N camera shares with the EOS-1 series family its all-metal
body and chassis and weather-resistant construction with its shutter durability-tested
to 200,000 exposures. And perhaps best of all, the price of the new camera, $3,999,
is actually $500 less than the initial price of its predecessor.



Along with the new, 2.5-inch LCD wide-angle view display are several significant
improvements in image playback. For starters, the user can have a magnified view
from any selected AF point. Previously, magnified views took the center of the
image as the starting point, but a new menu item enables the user to select a
specific AF point and magnify the image in 15 steps with the press of a button.
Another new feature on the camera is magnified view during Quick Review. When
an image is displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after capture, the user can
immediately magnify the view to check focus right away. Other improved playback
functions include a last displayed image remembered feature and a more complete
INFO display which now shows file size and includes notations for monochrome (B/W)
and color (R/G/B) when the RGB histogram is enabled.



An improved image processing sequence and a better memory management method in
the EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR has ramped up its burst capability with the camera
now able to shoot up to 22 RAW frames and up to 48 full-resolution JPEGs in burst.
The camera can also shoot 19 frames of RAW+JPEG (JPEG quality: 8, Picture Style:
Standard, ISO 100); and at 59 frames or better at the JPEG Middle 1 setting, 77
frames or better at JPEG Middle 2, and 135 or better at JPEG small, a substantial
increase. Additionally, the EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR now creates new folders
automatically when file numbers reach 9999, making the new camera more responsive
in fast-moving news and sports photography situations. Photographers can even
customize the first four characters in filenames, enabling superior image organization
and camera identification capabilities.



Just like on the EOS-1D Mark II model, the EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR lets the
user save the same image simultaneously in both the CompactFlash (CF) and SD memory
card slots, a highly effective backup mechanism. Photographers can also record
to slot one until it was full and then go to slot two as a reserve. Now, with
the EOS-1D Mark II N in RAW+JPEG mode, it's also possible to save the RAW and
JPEG images separately in each memory card. The RAW images can be saved in slot
one and the JPEGs, in any of ten quality levels, in slot two, or vice versa. Since
CF cards tend to be larger, currently, than SD cards, the RAW files will be likelier
to go on the CF card in slot one, but this is not required. The new option allows
images to be recorded separately according to usage, finally realizing a great
potential benefit of the dual slot configuration.



A new feature called Picture Styles combines processing parameters and color matrix
settings into easy settings designed to obtain the desired effect, almost like
choosing a type of film to obtain a specific result.



www.usa.canon.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2005 0 comments

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has introduced the new 6.0-megapixel
DiMAGE Z6 digital camera. This camera offers a built-in 12x optical Mega Zoom
lens, Konica Minolta's proprietary Anti-Shake system, Rapid AF with Predictive
Focus Control for fast overall responsiveness, built-in flash and excellent
battery performance.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2005 0 comments

The new compact
Canon EOS 5D digital SLR offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels
of resolution and will be available in October for an estimated selling price
of $3,299. As the world's smallest and lightest full frame digital SLR, the EOS
5D model features Canon's proprietary DIGIC II Image Processor and allows users
to shoot up to 3 frames per second and record up to 60 full-resolution JPEGs and
17 RAW images in a single burst. The camera includes a new 9-point AF system with
six supplemental AF points for fast and precise focusing and a new 2.5-inch LCD/TFT
screen with 230,000 pixels that's viewable even at extreme angles.



The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has magnesium alloy body weighing just 28.6 ounces
(810 grams. Canon describes the heart of the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR as being
its new, Canon-designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. The sensor's 35.8
x 23.9mm size means that each pixel can be 8.2um, resulting in what Canon describes
as exceptionally low shadow noise. The sensor's low power consumption is also
said to extend battery life and lower noise. A finer CMOS production process and
optimized photodiode construction increase the light-sensitive area of each pixel
and improve dynamic range as well.



With the full-size sensor, EF lenses - even wide-angle lenses - have the same
look and feel they have with conventional SLR cameras, preserving their optical
signatures. Imaging quality in the EOS 5D is enhanced with the addition of the
DIGIC II image processor, which provides detailed and natural color reproduction
and fast image processing, including a burst performance of 60 Large/Fine JPEGs
or 17 RAW images at 3 fps. DIGIC II also enhances start-up time on the EOS 5D
DSLR, bringing it down to a lightning fast 0.2 seconds.



A new feature called Picture Styles combines processing parameters and color matrix
settings into easy settings designed to obtain the desired effect, almost like
choosing a type of film to obtain a specific result. For users who do not want
to bother with post processing, there is the Picture Style called Standard which
produces images that look crisp and vivid with the sharpness set to mid-scale
and the color tone and saturation set to obtain vivid colors. In the Portrait
setting, the color tone and saturation are set to obtain nice skin tones with
the sharpness set one step weaker than the Standard setting so the skin and hair
look softer. Under the Landscape setting, the color tone and saturation are set
to obtain deep blues and greens, the sharpness is set one step stronger than Standard
so the outline of mountains, trees and buildings look more crisp. The Neutral
setting is the same as the default setting for EOS-1 series cameras where natural
color reproduction is obtained and no sharpness is applied. This is the ideal
setting for post-processing. The Faithful setting is the same as Digital Photo
Professional's Faithful, so when the subject is photographed under a color temperature
of 5200K, the color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color
with no sharpness applied. Monochrome is the same as the EOS 20D camera's monochrome
setting and with User Defined, the user can create and save their own preferred
settings.



The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has a new nine point AF system with six Supplemental
AF points, a new AF algorithm and a new AF circuitry. The new AF system improves
subject detection and focusing precision at the center, the most frequently used
area, and is said to significantly enhance subject tracking performance.



On the EOS 5D model, the nine AF points are concentrated at the center, but the
extreme left and right points are located in the same positions as the corresponding
AF points on the EOS-1Ds Mark II. In addition, the six invisible Supplemental
AF points, grouped around the center of the image provide highly accurate focusing
and do a great job of tracking the subject in the AI SERVO AF mode. In addition,
three AF points on the new EOS 5D model work with f/2.8 or faster lenses for enhanced
precision.



The EOS 5D model has a 2.5-inch polysilicon TFT LCD monitor with approximately
230,000 pixels. At 170 degrees, it has an exceptionally wide viewing angle. Brightness
on the monitor is also adjustable in five levels and the screen's backlight feature
uses six LED modules, as opposed to three on previous models, to helps illuminate
the 2.5-inch LCD evenly. Along with the larger monitor, the menu text is also
larger and easier to red. The full-featured INFO screen includes files sizes,
RGB histogram and AF frame displays. In addition, Quick Review images are now
enlargeable.



Because noise is difficult to see on a camera's LCD monitor, even one as large
and detailed as the EOS 5D camera, it is hard to know whether noise reduction
should be turned on or not. Thanks to a new automatic noise reduction feature
on the EOS 5D DSLR, getting rid of unwanted noise has been made even easier that
with previous models. In the C.Fn-02-1 setting, automatic noise reduction occurs
when noise is detected for exposures of 1 second or longer, regardless of ISO.
In the C.Fn-02.2 setting, full-time noise reduction for exposures of 1 second
of longer occurs regardless of whether noise is detected and regardless of ISO.
With these two options, photographers using the Canon EOS 5D DSLR can adjust the
camera's noise reduction capabilities to suit a particular situation.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2005 0 comments

Manfrotto is proud to announce the launch of a series of practical photography
lessons available to the public at www.manfrotto.com. The lessons were developed
in collaboration with Web Photo School, the California, United States based digital
photo education company.



Developed to help Manfrotto customers get the most out of their equipment in various
"real-life" photographic situations, the lessons provide valuable information
on how to tackle different subjects from still life to macro, from nature photography
to portraits and more. Each lesson has been created utilizing a range of Manfrotto
tripods and heads. Each lesson provides detailed information on every step of
the photographic process, from setting up the tripod through framing and lighting
technique and turning a good photograph into a great one.



"How to Use a Tripod: The Basics" informs readers on how to use Manfrotto
tripods to capture beautiful photographs. "Shooting Glamour in the Studio"
teaches users techniques for modifying their glamour photography process to increase
image appeal. "A Close Up Look at Macro Photography" focuses on the
use of tripods to get pin-sharp close-up photographs.



These and other online photography lessons are available at Manfrotto's new portal
website at www.manfrotto.com.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2005 0 comments

Hahnemuhle USA has announced a sales promotion for its Lumijet Preservation
line of digital papers. Customers who purchase any two boxes of any size Preservation
Series Enhanced Paper will receive another same-size box of the paper, free.
They will also get a bonus "Preview Pack" of 8 1/2 x 11 Photo White
270gsm paper (20 sheets) -- a new media that will be formally launched next
February.

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