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George Schaub Posted: Mar 29, 2005 0 comments

One of the reasons that many people are getting into making prints at home
these days is that inkjet prints are simpler to make and more permanent than,
in many cases, photographic prints (dye based projection, that is.) With recent
advances in ink and paper technology from companies such as Epson and HP we
now see the potential, given proper storage, of digital prints lasting more
than 100 years. Even snapshot size prints, according to Wilhelm Research, from
portable printers like the popular and relatively diminutive PictureMate from
Epson can last three generations or more. And most of the newer printers don't
even require the intermediary of the computer to make very good looking prints.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2005 0 comments

It was standing room only in New York, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles -
the first four stops of the Just Show Me How Professional seminar tour, where
attendees learned a variety of tools and techniques that address digital workflow
issues of the professional photographer. Only six cities remain on this popular
ten city tour, so only a limited number of attendees will get to benefit from
this valuable information. The remaining cities are:

· Dallas, TX: March 13th

· Boston, MA: April 3rd

· Washington, DC: April 10th

· San Diego, CA: April 17th

· San Francisco, CA: May 1st

· Orlando, FL: May 15th

Several leading digital photography companies -- including Extensis, GretagMacbeth,
Lexar, Mirra, Nik Multimedia, Wacom, Microsoft, Adobe, and Blue Pixel - have
partnered together to address critical workflow issues that help professional
photographers stay competitive. While most seminars focus on the camera, editing,
or printing, the Just Show Me How seminar gives photographers the tools and
knowledge they need to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the complete
digital process - after they've taken the picture.

The seminars are taught by Rob Galbraith, professional photographer and digital
photography educator. Rob teaches attendees how to:

· Automate the transfer of digital images to the computer

· Sort and select digital images efficiently

· Construct a complete, color-managed editing environment

· Select and effectively use the correct tools and plug-ins for Photoshop

· Backup and catalog digital images for easy searching and retrieval

· Print digital images quickly and effectively

· Implement goof-proof methods for making files available to clients

About Rob Galbraith

A professional photojournalist who converted to digital photography in 1994,
Rob Galbraith is a respected editorial freelance photographer, digital photography
trainer, and digital imaging workflow consultant. He was the first photographer
to have a digitally shot photograph nominated for the prestigious National Newspaper
Award, one of journalism's highest honors in Canada. As a trainer, he
has consulted to more than 200 news organizations, top-tier photographers and
digital product manufacturers worldwide and has led dozens of seminars on the
use of digital cameras in professional photography. He is also the author of
The Digital Photojournalist's Guide, a book on the use of digital cameras
in photojournalism that spanned 4 editions. In addition, he is the publisher
of Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights (,
a web site for serious and professional digital photographers.

Seminar Registration Details

Interested seminar attendees should visit
to register for an upcoming event. The cost to attend is $149 in advance or
$169 for day of, walk-in registration.

About the Just Show Me How partners:

· Adobe (
helps people and businesses communicate better through its world-leading digital
imaging, design and document technology platforms for consumers, creative professionals
and enterprises

· Blue Pixel's (
mission is to teach digital photography from an unbiased, real world perspective
by leading digital photographers

· Extensis (,
a Celartem company, is the world's leading provider of software solutions
that empower digital asset creators and users

· GretagMacbeth (
is a worldwide technology leader of color management solutions for graphic arts,
photography, digital imaging, paints, plastics, apparel, textiles and automotive,
among other industries

· Lexar (
is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and

· Microsoft (,
founded in 1975, is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet
technologies for personal and business computing

· Mirra (
delivers the only smart and easy way to store, share, retrieve, and protect
digital photos - the Mirra Personal Server

· Nik Multimedia, Inc. (
provides innovative software solutions for the emerging digital imaging, photographic
and graphic design markets

· Wacom Technology (
is the leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and pen
input technology for mobile devices


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2005 0 comments

The new SP AF11-18mm F/4.5-5.6 Di-II LD Aspherical (IF), an ultra wideangle
zoom lens, is designed for exclusive use on digital SLR cameras with smaller-size
image sensors. The lens uses a new optical system specially designed for digital
SLR cameras, in addition to the use of a glass-molded aspherical element having
a large clear aperture, hybrid aspherical elements, and elements using such
special glass materials as high index/high dispersion glass and low dispersion
optical glass, for outstanding optical performance.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2005 0 comments

Olympus has announced the development of what they dub the world's fastest
"Designed for Digital" interchangeable fixed-aperture wide zoom
lenses. Designed for use with Olympus E-System digital SLR cameras, including
the E-1 and EVOLT E-300, these three new Digital Specific lenses -- Zuiko
Digital ED 14-35mm f2.0, Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f2.0 and Zuiko Digital ED
90-250mm f2.8 -- feature fixed apertures through the entire zoom range.
These three lenses are due to go on sale in fourth quarter of 2005.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2005 0 comments

Nikon has introduced the new D2Hs professional digital SLR camera that incorporates
several new enhancements and features. An all-new image processing engine in
the camera produces images with higher quality, finer gradations and lower noise,
while a newly refined exposure metering system improves on Nikon's 3D
Color Matrix technology. The D2Hs Auto White Balance and auto focusing systems
have been fine tuned to deliver precise, accurate results and an enhanced buffer
now offers continuous shooting at 8 frames per second for up to 50 consecutive
shots (JPEG, FINE).


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2005 0 comments

Microtek has announced the introduction of the 3,200-dpi ScanMaker 1000XL, said
to be the highest-resolution tabloid-size flatbed scanner on the market today.
Designed for professional applications, the ScanMaker 1000XL is ideal for production
environments in corporations, advertising agencies, publishing houses, medical
laboratories for X-ray imaging, and service bureaus. This large-format scanner
is available in two models -- the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro with Transparent
Media Adapter (TMA 1600) for dual reflective and transparency scanning, and
a standard package without the TMA for reflective media scanning only. Both
models feature Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology for automatically restoring
damaged photos.


George Schaub Posted: Mar 22, 2005 Published: Apr 01, 2005 0 comments

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If you enjoy exploring the fascinating world of close-up photography you should consider a ring flash as an essential part of your creative kit. A ring flash mounts around your taking lens and eliminates problems associated with standard shoe-mount flash and even off-camera flash, mainly the inability to down-angle the...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 22, 2005 0 comments

Goldstone, president and CEO of 30 Minute Photos Etc., Irvine, Calif., USA, reports
"Operation Photo," appealing to U.S. photographers to donate older model
digital cameras and accessories to families of military service members distanced
from loved ones, has been extended through July 4. Since its launch a few weeks
ago, Operation Photo has provided approximately $110,000 in donated digital cameras
to military families through
"We needed to extend the deadline because there are so many more military
families requesting the cameras," Goldstone says.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2005 0 comments

Lowepro's Orion Trekker II includes two distinct compartments -- a well-padded, removable lower camera compartment for storing an SLR camera digital or analog) with an attached lens, several additional lenses, a flash unit, compact binoculars and accessories and an upper compartment for safely
housing non-photographic gear such as a jacket, audio equipment, food and water.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2005 0 comments

Photodex Corporation has introduced ProShow Gold 2.5, the newest version of its
slide show software for photo enthusiasts and professionals. ProShow Gold 2.5
allows users to create quality multimedia slide show presentations to share with
friends and family. Slide motion effects, captions effects and over 280 transitions
are available for creating DVD, PC, and Web slide shows.


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