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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2007 0 comments

BenVista announces today the release of a major update for PhotoZoom Pro 2. The
new version 2.2 for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms is now available. PhotoZoom
Pro 2, BenVista's digital image resizing software, was initially released in August
2006. BenVista continued to work on further improvements and additional features,
which have now been added in today's release.

The S-Spline XL resizing technique, which (together with the original ?S-Spline
technique) is unique to the PhotoZoom software range, has been improved and now
gives even better results. PhotoZoom Pro 2 comes both as a standalone application
and as an export plugin for Adobe(R) Photoshop. The plugin version is now compatible
with Photoshop CS3. While the standalone version already was a Universal application
for the Mac, the plugin now too is Universal (when used in CS3).

Other improvements are speed boosts, preference settings for a more convenient
workflow, and a fully rewritten, up-to-date manual.

The latest version of PhotoZoom Pro 2, for both Windows and Mac OS X, can be downloaded
directly from
PhotoZoom Pro 2.2 comes as a free update for registered PhotoZoom Pro 2 users.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2007 0 comments

PictoColor today announced the release of iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 color correction
software. iCorrect EditLab ProApp offers serious photographers a simplified approach
to color correction and color editing for large volume workflows. When asked,
most professional photographers and photo enthusiasts say that one of the most
time consuming parts of their digital workflow is getting the color right. With
its highly-acclaimed technology, smartly arranged tools, and workflow enhancing
features, iCorrect EditLab ProApp will save hours and minimize the frustration
of making color adjustments so photographers can spend less time in front of the
computer and more time behind the camera.

At the heart of iCorrect EditLab ProApp is the new ProcessQ, a completely redesigned
image queue that allows photographers to easily view, sort, and manage their color
corrections for more efficient, time-saving workflows. After images are added
to ProcessQ, the entire collection is displayed as thumbnails at the bottom of
the main panel. With ProcessQ, users can step through and correct and save any
number of images - either one at a time or as an entire group. Adjustments can
even be synchronized across multiple images almost instantly for rapid fire batch

For photographers looking for an easier way to make the color right, iCorrect
EditLab Pro offers an intuitive, straight-forward tool set. iCorrect EditLab ProApp
consists of four separate tools logically arranged from left to right providing
a wizard-like approach to accurate color. The tools are designed in such a way
that as photographers progress from left to right, adjustments made with one tool
will not, and in fact, cannot be affected by any of the tools to its right. This
alleviates the common frustration of correcting for one thing while throwing off
another. With iCorrect EditLab ProApp, one pass through the tools and that's
it. Plus, each tool has an optional SmartColor feature which analyzes the image
and adjusts the settings to their initial recommended settings.

For digital photo purists who want to take full advantage of all the benefits
of RAW capture, iCorrect EditLab ProApp is said to be the perfect complement to
any RAW conversion software. It simplifies enhanced color adjustments with intuitive,
easy-to-use tools that eliminate the frustration of fine tuning images for final
presentation. After converting RAW image files with a favorite converter, photographers
can add that extra punch more quickly and easily with iCorrect EditLab ProApp's
unique wizard-like tool set.

For photographers looking to add creative artistic effects, iCorrect EditLab ProApp's
advanced technology makes black-and-white conversions and sepia tones easier than
ever before. iCorrect EditLab ProApp's unique approach allows users to control
how the colors map to gray scale as well as selectively retain certain colors
of the original image for stunning results.

Pricing and Availability

iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 may be purchased at PictoColor's on-line store
at for an introductory price of $99.95 as a software download.
iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 will later sell for $149.95. An upgrade is available
to current users of any of PictoColor's iCorrect products for an introductory
price of $79.95 as a software download. Upgrades will later sell for $99.95. A
free downloadable demo version is available at Recommended
system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor or Microsoft®
Windows® XP SP2, Window®Vista, Intel Pentium 4 Processor, and 768 MB RAM
and a 1024x768 resolution screen. iCorrect EditLab ProApp 6.0 is a Universal Binary
application that will run natively on PowerPC and new Intel-based Macintosh systems.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 24, 2007 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced Adobe Photoshop CS3 and
Photoshop CS3. Extended, two new editions of the professional industry standard
for digital imaging. Photoshop CS3 software is a major upgrade, offering new innovations
in editing power and productivity for designers and photographers. The addition
of an entirely new version of Photoshop, Photoshop CS3 Extended, means creative
professionals can now discover new dimensions in digital imaging, harnessing everything
in Photoshop CS3 plus groundbreaking tools for 3-D, motion graphics, image measurement
and analysis. Photoshop CS3 Extended expands the boundaries of digital imaging,
simplifying the workflows for professionals in architecture, engineering, medicine,
and science.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2007 0 comments

LiveBooks, Inc. has announced it will begin providing two new website packages
created specifically for the needs of wedding photographers. These new packages
-- liveBooks Wedding Platinum and liveBooks Wedding Gold -- will enable wedding
photographers to transform their websites into compelling multi-media presentations
that capture the imagination and hearts of potential clients.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 19, 2007 0 comments

Interfit Studio Lighting has announced the the Super Cool-Lite 5 System. These
units offer a convenient yet economical method of modern studio lighting, suitable
for use with conventional still, digital or video cameras. They provide a soft,
uniform diffused light. Ideal for portraits in a confined area or product photography,
and can be combined with a light pod or pop up light tent. The company offers
a twin head kit which features twin softboxes and 2 high contrast reflectors
in the kit. The Super Cool-Lite uses daylight balanced lamps for excellent results
as shared with the Prolite and Cool lite 3 ranges.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2007 0 comments

Constructed of high-tech carbon fiber, the RS16K Carbon can handle even the
heaviest digital or film SLR or video camera without any problems. Like all
Monostat monopods, the RS16K Carbon has the unique Rotation Stabilizer foot
ensuring steady shots with even heavy super-telephoto lenses. The monopod's
vibration absorbing carbon fiber construction combined with the foot's
"Swivel Toe Stabilizer" even permits photographers to make rock-steady
shots at up to a 60-degree angle from the horizontal.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2007 0 comments

has unveiled a camera backpack commemorating the company's 40th anniversary
-- the Primus AW. The industry's first backpack designed for the
professional photographer that is made primarily from recycled materials, the
Primus AW is said to be a perfect combination of unmatched easy access points
and extreme-condition protection. Primus AW is designed to provide maximum comfort,
protection and accessibility with minimal bulk, making it ideal for outdoor
photography. Funds raised from the sale of the Primus AW will support Polar
Bears International (PBI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the worldwide
conservation of the polar bear.

Primus AW enables photographers to carry and access all the necessary components
for outdoor photography while providing the highest possible comfort and extreme
protection during a full day of shooting in the great outdoors. The main camera
compartment is padded and holds a digital SLR Pro body with zoom lens attached,
in addition to 1-2 extra lens or flash units. The camera compartment is expandable,
enabling large equipment capacity and quick equipment retrieval. The Primus
AW also offers photographers quick and easy access to their equipment, without
removing the bag, through expandable side zipped camera pockets. The bag's
exclusive lumbar equipment access points allow instant access to camera gear
of varying sizes, while keeping equipment off the ground. An additional top
daypack compartment is large enough to carry all the accessories needed for
extreme outdoor photography, plus personal gear. Primus AW also boasts a seam-sealed
All-Weather Cover, a built-in memory card pouch, back hatch, hideaway tripod
mount with ice axe loop and Glide-Lock™ attachment.

With the release of the Primus AW, Lowepro is honored to present the industry's
first backpack to be constructed of 51% recycled materials. The majority of
the bag is made up of Cyclpet, a 100% post consumer recycled fabric, establishing
the Primus AW as the industry standard for eco-friendly carrying solutions.
Each bag contains enough recycled material to equate to 22.6 soda bottles. By
preventing this material from reaching a landfill, .0034 cubic yards of landfill
space is being conserved for each bag produced. By simply requiring that each
bag be made from 51% recycled materials, Lowepro is able to conserve 15,109
BTU's of energy, .002 barrels of crude oil and .12 gallons of refined
oil throughout the production process.

Polar Bears International's mission is to conserve the world's polar
bear population through research and education, as well as to serve as a central
educational resource on polar bears worldwide. A potentially threatened species,
the major threat to the polar bear is climate change due to global warming which
could easily put the polar bear on the endangered species list. Polar bears
are also jeopardized by pollution, poaching, and industrial disturbances. All
officers and directors serve the foundation without pay or expense reimbursement,
so the organization is able to apply 100% of its revenue directly to research

Additional features of the Primus AW backpack include an ergonomic, dryflow
lined harness system used to distribute weight evenly and allow for breathable
comfort. The 100% post consumer recycled fabric combines water and abrasion
resistance with an ecologically minded design. This pack also conforms to a
variety of body types with an adjustable 8-point harness system giving the adventure
photographer exceptional comfort under heavy load. Silent zipper pulls provide
quiet access to equipment while leaving wildlife subjects undisturbed.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 16, 2007 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc. has announced the SensorScope System, said to be the safest
and most effective system for cleaning your digital SLR image sensor. The innovative
SensorScope (patent pending) is the first and only sensor inspection device
in the market designed for DSLRs. Its use of magnification and focused, high
intensity light enables camera owners to inspect their camera's sensor to see
if it needs cleaning. Why risk damaging your camera -don't clean your sensor
if it doesn't need it!


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2007 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced the new JOBO photoGPS -- a small and lightweight
Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that fits directly on any digital camera's
hot shoe, just as if it were a regular flash unit, without the need for extra
cables. This new device allows automatic geo-tagging -- country, city,
street -- entered into the image's Exif file.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2007 0 comments

Shutterbug and Panasonic are happy to announce the winner of our "Inspirations"
Photo Contest, conducted on the web site Galleries at Jim
Semonik, who resides in central New Jersey, submitted his image and won the
votes of judges and web commentators alike. Jim's shot was taken in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida. Said Jim, "I saw the boat and took about 60 pictures
of it over two mornings -- the first day was overcast the second was perfect.
I still have 59 other shots from every possible angle."

to his growing love of photography, Jim said, "I had an interest in photography
back in the `70s but marriage, daughters (who had a nasty habit of wanting
to eat!) put hobbies on hold. Digital rekindled my creative spirit and I have
been trying to improve. I started with an HP 2MP camera went to a Fuji 3MP,
then 6 MP and finally took the plunge on a Nikon D50. The kids are grown now
and I love to travel. I get to see some interesting places because of my job
but I fell in love with the Southwest and the Islands. It's probably that
mid-life Jimmy Buffett deal!"


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 12, 2007 0 comments

Elinchrom, a leading manufacturer of professional lighting solutions is pleased
to introduce its affordable D-Lite studio flash kits, specifically designed
to meet the needs of entry-level shooters. The kits will include two D Lite
heads, two Softboxes, two light stands and bags, with estimated street pricing
of under $900 for the 200W D-Lite 2 and under $1,100 for the 400W D-Lite 4.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software
Inc. has announced the latest upgrade to its noise reduction tool Dfine 2.0.
Designed to improve image quality, Dfine 2.0 now includes Nik Software's
patented U Point technology for selective editing control and a completely new
user interface that is easier to use and improves workflow for busy photographers.


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Posted: Apr 10, 2007 0 comments

has introduced its new line of aluminum Series 2 tripods. New and improved features
include a sleek matte black finish and new materials that significantly reduce
the overall weight when compared to regular aluminum. The new two tripods revamp
the traditional and highly successful Gitzo aluminum range with a new design
concept. Gitzo engineers have designed 1.2mm wall tubes for maximum rigidity
and stability, while dramatically reducing the weight of other components in
order to achieve exceptionally strong and yet extremely light aluminum tripods.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 09, 2007 0 comments

has unveiled its EVOLT E-510, a 10 MP portable digital SLR (single lens reflex)
camera. The E-510 features a Live View LCD to provide users with the freedom
to choose how they compose their shots, using either the LCD or the optical
viewfinder on the back of the camera. The Olympus Live View LCD empowers users
to easily compose their subjects live on the LCD before the shot has been taken.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2007 0 comments

new Quantum Mini Folding Softbox QF69 is for shooting up-closes without the
worry of over-exposing your subject. Replace the reflector of a Qflash 4d, 5d
or 5d-R with the included Hot Spot Reducer and then slip on the Mini Folding
Softbox QF 69 for very soft, diffused lighting.



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