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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2005 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced Adobe Photoshop CS2. Available as a stand-alone
software application or as a key component of Adobe Creative Suite2, Photoshop
CS2 integrates a new set of intuitive tools, including an enhanced Spot Healing
Brush, for handling common photographic problems such as blemishes, red-eye, noise,
blurring and lens distortion. Smart Objects allow users to scale and transform
images and vector illustrations without losing image quality -- as well as
create linked duplicates of embedded graphics -- so that a single edit updates
across multiple iterations. Other new tools include Vanishing Point and Image
Warping. Vanishing Point cuts tedious graphic and photo retouching tasks by allowing
users to clone, paint and transform image objects while retaining visual perspective.
Reinventing workflows such as product packaging development, Image Warping makes
it easy to fold, stretch, pull, twist and wrap an image into shape by selecting
an on-demand preset or dragging custom control points.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2005 0 comments

Set to take place June 1 through August 31, 2005, the Turks and Caicos underwater
photographic competition will give scuba divers, free-divers and snorkelers
the chance to win exciting prizes based on their underwater photographic skills,
according to Lindsey Musgrove, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos
Tourist Board.



"The waters off the coast of Turks and Caicos are some of the most undiscovered
in the Caribbean, and perfect for underwater adventurers and photographers of
all skill levels," said Musgrove. "We are home to one of the largest
coral reef systems in the world, creating an aquatic ecosystem full of eagle
rays, black coral, sea turtles, reef and nurse sharks, grouper and barracuda."




With over 40 islands to discover, the Turks and Caicos has a variety of unique
dive sites. Providenciales features fabulous coral gardens and sand ribbons.
Grand Turk and Salt Cay feature distinctive wall diving, an incredible fish
population, and countless manta rays in the summer. With a starfish-scattered
white sand bottom, West Caicos is best known for its famous sponge formations.
During the months of July and August, French Cay is frequented by mating nurse
sharks, between December and March hundreds of migrating humpback whales call
the waters of the Turks and Caicos home.



The competition will award prizes in two categories: Amateur and Professional
Photographers. Individuals participating in the competition can submit their
entries to any participating dive shop or the Tourist Board offices. All entries
will be evaluated by an expert team of judges and must be received by August
31. Participants are encouraged to submit entries prior to departing the Islands
to ensure authenticity.



To receive more information on travel or learn more about diving and photography
in the Turks and Caicos Islands, visit the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist
Board Web site at www.turksandcaicostourism.com
or call 1-800-241-0824.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 14, 2005 0 comments

Sekonic and X-Rite have announced the release of the Sekonic X-Rite Digital
Suite. Combining the latest light metering technology from Sekonic with the
precision monitor calibration of the MonacoOPTIXXR, digital photographers can
be assured the images are captured and evaluated properly.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2005 0 comments

Tamarkin Photographica will hold its seventeenth rare camera auction in New
York City on June 3, 2005. There will be over 250 lots of rare and unusual photo
gear including a 1000mm Nikkor f6,3 for the Nikon rangefinder that will have
an estimate of over $45,000, a chrome Leica MP, Leica A Elmax, Leica 250 GG,
a beautiful black Nikon S3, and an exceedingly rare black Nikkor J camera.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 12, 2005 0 comments

As the price of D SLR's, high-end digicams and film scanners has declined
substantially, an increasing number of photo enthusiasts are able to make high
resolution images. At some point, most will recognize that their current printers
are due for replacement. Frankly, many existing machines cannot provide the
optimal quality -- or the large output sizes -- that high resolution image files
can support. Consequently, we're seeing a trend to superior photo printers
in letter size and especially in larger formats.



With more photographers doing more of their own printing the issue of print
permanence was certainly a hot topic, encouraged especially by Hewlett-Packard
who, at the recent PMA show, featured Henry Wilhelm as a speaker. President
of Wilhelm Imaging Resource, an independent stability testing lab, Wilhelm is
certainly an expert in all issues relating to archival issues. He recently made
news with the announcement of a new standard for print life, the WIR Display
Permanence Rating. Many existing photo printers and papers should qualify for
this Certification program, which requires a minimum on-display life of 25 years.
Do note, however, that some manufacturers may prefer to wait for standards to
be published by the international ISO or the American ANSI organization. This
could be a long wait, according to some insiders.



New Printers We've Seen

Employing the UltraChrome Hi Gloss pigmented inkset originally designed for
the (letter size) R800, the new Epson Stylus Photo R1800 uses the Gloss Optimizer
coating to produce beautiful 13x19" (or longer) prints on glossy papers.
Another fast machine, this one can also make an 11"x14" color image
in less than two minutes thanks to Advanced Micro Piezo ink jet technology with
180 nozzles per ink. The Stylus Photo R1800 offers resolution up to 5760 x 1440
optimized dpi and it can print on sheet and roll paper or onto inkjet printable
CDs and DVDs. (Street price $549.)

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 12, 2005 0 comments

Sekonic has announced the new Sekonic L-308S FlashMate, which offers all of the
features of the popular Sekonic L-308BII with a digital twist. Sekonic redesigned
the popular L-308BII to accommodate the demand for an affordable, lightweight,
digital-ready light meter. The new L-308S offers the latest in component technology
and precise calibration for accurate digital exposures. Software enhancements
now offer the photographer a choice of full, 1/2 or 1/3 f/stop increments to complement
digital camera displays.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2005 0 comments

Maha Energy Corp., maker of PowerEx brand batteries and chargers, has announced
an Ultra High Capacity rated addition to its NiMH battery product line, the
PowerEx 2500mAh AA batteries. These batteries can be recharged hundreds of times
with no memory effect. Memory free operation means PowerEx batteries may be
charged anytime without having to drain them all the way first, saving time
without compromising performance. PowerEx batteries are also said to recycle
flash in half the time compared to fresh alkaline batteries.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 08, 2005 0 comments

Send us your best, most creative "rebel" digital photo in one of these
categories:

family, sports, portrait, outdoor, or travel. Break the rules - send in the shots
you normally wouldn't think to take.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 08, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has expanded its image sensor portfolio for medium-format
camera manufacturers with announcement of the KODAK KAF-18000CE, a new 18 million
pixel image sensor. This sensor has been selected by Pentax Corporation for
use in the PENTAX 645 Digital camera now being developed. With 18.6 million
total pixels, the sensor provides an output resolution of 18 megapixels to capture
images with exceptional clarity and detail. New to the KAF-18000CE is a dual-output
architecture that enables faster sensor read-out times, allowing camera designers
to achieve increased frame rates in their final camera designs. With this unique
combination of image quality and speed, the KAF-18000CE is said to provide manufacturers
with an affordable image sensor that is ideal for landscape, fashion, or wedding
photography.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2005 0 comments

Nikon has introduced the new ultra-slim Coolpix S1 - a 5.1-megapixel camera
featuring state-of-the-art technology like the exclusive new Face Priority AF
(Auto Focus) feature, enhanced image quality and improved speed, within a smooth,
compact design that features the line's first, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen. Nikon's
new Face Priority AF ensures that faces remain in focus when shooting portraits
by automatically sensing the presence of a human face within the frame and setting
accurate focus accordingly.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2005 0 comments

Media Street, Inc., supplier of digital imaging products, announces the launch
of MyGallery, an online and offline photo-facility to store, view, share, and
print photos at home, at studio or at the Generations Print Lab. MyGallery can
be accessed at http://mygallery.mediastreet.com.
Photographers can now import images from their digital cameras and store their
photos in MyGallery. The images can be stored, shared or printed using combination
of MediaStreet's award-winning inks and/or media. Themed slide-shows can
also be created using MediaStreet's eMotion Multimedia Digital Frames.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 05, 2005 0 comments

Lyson, Inc.has named Kenneth A. Holtane as Technical Support Manager for its
photographic products. Holtane comes to Lyson with a strong background in technical
service and field applications engineering. Most recently, Holtane served as
Senior Technical Service/Applications Field Engineer for ILFORD, where he was
responsible for pre- and post-sales technical support and service to sales representatives
and direct customers throughout ILFORD's 13-state Midwest region. At Lyson,
Holtane's responsibilities extend nationally.



"For a market as broad and rapidly changing as the photographic market,
it is imperative that technical support be informed, responsive, and highly
skilled in the use of RIPs, profiles, and other digital imaging tools and applications,"
says Tony Martin, president of Lyson, Inc. "Ken Holtane combines these
capabilities with a unique ability to communicate clearly, regardless of the
audience he's addressing. His addition to the Lyson team further strengthens
the value we offer to the photographic value chain -- from dealers and
distributors to the end user."



www.lyson.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2005 0 comments

I
was honored to be selected by my peers at the Digital Image Cafe as photographer
of the year. I would like to extend a big thank you for your support and encouragement.
I would also like to thank DIC for the creating the best photography/contest
site on the internet allowing us to showcase our work and help each other learn
and grow as artists!

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

Fine art printmakers and their customers will soon have a guarantee on the longevity
of certain Epson fine art prints through Epson's new UltraGiclée(tm)
print certification program. This certification will enable printmakers to sell
their work and enable customers to buy these prints with confidence that the
prints will last.



UltraGiclée certified fine art prints, which can only be created on selected
Epson professional printers using select professional media and EPSON UltraChrome(tm)
ink, will be warranted to resist noticeable fading for 80 years from the original
date of purchase when the print is printed, framed, handled and displayed according
to warranty conditions. If a warranted print fades, Epson will provide the ink
and paper needed to make a replacement print. Current certified printers include
the EPSON Stylus Pro 4000, 7600 and 9600 printers, and certified media include
UltraSmooth(tm) Fine Art Paper, Textured Fine Art Paper and PremierArt(tm) Water
Resistant Canvas for Epson.



Wilhelm Imaging Research (www.wilhelm-research.com)
has independently tested the printers, inks and papers used in Epson's UltraGiclée
certification program for the fine art, fine art reproduction and fine art photography
industries. Final prints made according to the program's specifications will
be registered and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


In order to earn UltraGiclée certification, printmakers will attend a
training class on proper printing and finishing techniques. Classes will be
offered starting in late spring in various cities across the country. Details
will be available at www.epson.com/ultragiclee
beginning March 14.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2005 0 comments

As one professional high-tech manufacturer specialized in battery industry,
Number king Tech Co., ltd engaged in research, development, producing and marketing
of battery packs. Our main products include battery packs for digital cameras,camcorders,
PDA, laptops, mobile phones,etc . Due to the high quality, reasonable prices,
prompt delivery, excellent aftersales service, our products are popular in the
international market. Now our battery packs have sold to USA, European countries,
Southeast Asia, Middle east countries and enjoy a good reputation.



----Shenzhen Number King Tech Co., Ltd has been carrying through ISO9001: 2000
Quality Control system since the establishment, and most of our products have
already got CE certificate which can favor our company International Credibility
as a leader in the field of battery technology . Owing to the abundant funds,
advanced equipments, experienced researcher, professional talents in batteries,
Number King can develop and produce the special products according to the different
requirements of the customers in order to meet the different demands of the
market. We can provide you with both ODM and OEM service.



----Holding the enterprise's tenet "Specializing in the development of
battery packs, Creating the national Brand, to be the leader of the industry.
"Number King is eager to be your loyal cooperator and sincere partner for
long term business relationship. Number King would like to lead you to the wonderful
battery world and work with you together to embrace the prosperous future

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