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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2007 0 comments

The Freestyle Creative Center for Photography is proud to host a premier showing
of Holga images by Freestyle Advisory Board member Michelle Bates, titled “Toying With Creativity”. Michelle is a champion of the alternative (or "toy")
camera genre, noted especially for her work with the all-plastic Holga camera.
Her award-winning pictures have been featured and published across the nation,
most recently in her new book "Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity,"
considered by many the definitive primer for the world of toy camera photography.
Michelle's images evoke a multitude of emotions, from poignant to whimsical
to ethereal. They are a throwback to days when photography was considered more
of a joyous activity than a specialized craft.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2007 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies announced that it has finalized an agreement with
the Slavich Manufacturing Company, of Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia, officially naming
Freestyle the exclusive United States distributor of Slavich brand photographic
papers.



Slavich is a Russian film and paper company that has been in existence since 1931.
For many years, Slavich was not only the principal supplier to the Soviet Army
and Navy of black and white photographic products, but also the first manufacturer
of motion picture film in the U.S.S.R. In fact, many of the masterpieces of Russian
cinema were shot and edited on Slavich product. Through Freestyle's efforts,
Slavich's black and white fiber-based graded paper, called Unibrom, is now
available in the United States for the first time in both double-weight and single-weight.



Freestyle's introduction of the new Slavich black and white photographic
papers in the United States will be immediate. "Given the ongoing concerns
regarding the future availability of silver-based photographic materials, Freestyle
is excited to offer yet another line of unique quality products, which further
supports our commitment to the long-term future of traditional black and white
photographic processes," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President
and Chief Operating Officer. "The addition of Slavich to our extensive lineup
of films and papers is an important component of our corporate mission to continue
fulfilling the needs of educators, enthusiasts and students with quality photographic
products from every part of the world."



Established in 1946, Freestyle Photographic Supplies is a leading international
retail, mail order and internet provider of photographic cameras, equipment and
supplies nationwide, as well as the exclusive United States distributor of Kentmere
black and white photographic papers, Foma black and white photographic papers
and films, Efke black and white films, Varycon/EMAKS black and white papers, Fotospeed
specialty chemicals, Holga cameras and accessories, Cachet archival storage boxes,
Image Mechanics fluid mount trays, LegacyPro accessories and Rollei/Maco black
and white films.



www.freestylephoto.biz
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 06, 2007 0 comments

Epson has partnered with ExpressDigital to introduce a new workflow and printing
solution called the Epson Portrait Edition Series, available for both the Epson
Stylus Pro 3800 and 4800 printers. The new Series represents a complete hardware
and software solution that gives wedding, portrait and event photographers virtually
everything they need to create customized print packages that can be sold in-house
or online via a customized Web store front. Featuring Epson's award-winning
UltraChrome K3 printing technology and full-featured workflow management functionality,
the Epson Portrait Edition Series enables photographers to sell, fulfill and
print orders right in their studio, producing prints that surpass the quality
of traditional lab prints and generate increased profits.



The Epson Portrait Edition Series is the one-stop photo business answer for
busy photographers, from weekend warriors to principals of medium-size studios,
providing the creative and business management functionality needed to maximize
profitability. It includes a customized version of ExpressDigital Darkroom Core
Edition software that integrates crucial workflow components, including importing,
cataloging and archiving photos, enhancing and editing photos and projects,
creating new photo products with easy-to-use tools, and comprehensive selling
and marketing features. Easy set-up and configuration enables photographers
to create a Web storefront within a few hours and sell prints the same day.
In addition, Epson's printer drivers and advanced color management technologies
are seamlessly integrated into the customized software.



Designed to give professional photographers a simple way to control and speed
up the entire print production process while eliminating their dependence on
traditional printing labs, the Series provides virtually limitless on-demand
printing capabilities, including batch or rush printing, and a wider range of
media choices for photo products ranging from wallet to 16"x 20"
portraits and even customized 17"x 22" prints. The ability to print
in-house provides extreme convenience and flexibility, eliminating traditional
photo lab fees and giving photographers more control over shooting and delivery
times.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 05, 2007 0 comments

Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. has unveiled two high-speed digital photo printers for
professional photographers, the ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers. The
ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers allow studio, wedding and event photographers
to quickly and easily provide customers with 4 x 6 inch prints in 8 seconds
and 8 x 10 inch prints in 40 seconds. Onsite printing also eliminates the need
and expense of organizing, printing and mailing photos in the days following
an event. By simply connecting the printers to a laptop via a high-speed USB
2.0 interface, professional photographers can leverage the ASK-2000 and ASK-4000
dye-sublimation thermal transfer technology to produce prints onsite at client
events. Both printers feature color-correction software incorporating Fujifilm's
Image Intelligence™ technology, giving photographers lab-quality prints
regardless of their location.

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows."--Bob Dylan

Each month I surf the web, peruse reader e-mails, and read notes from photographers who want to see their sites in this department. You may be surprised to learn that a large percentage of people I ask to appear in Web Profiles don't respond or decline. Some...

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Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

February
2007

On
the Cover

This month we explore the realm of black and white photography. If
you've ever wondered how to get great color to black and white conversions,
wonder no more as Philip...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

During the summer of 2005, I attended a photography course in Prague in the Czech Republic. One Saturday we took a field trip to the town of Ceské Budejovice near the Czech border with Austria. There, one of my fellow photographers hurriedly summoned me to the scene of this moody photograph, which I have to come to call "Bike Boy." The boy played with sticks and...

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Jay McCabe Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Mikael Wardhana
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

Best Effort

M ikael is a first-year photography student at the university, working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. His subjects are wide-ranging (you can see the variety of his work at his website, www.mikaelwardhana.com)...

C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

The CD Easel From TAP
The CD Easel, which holds one CD or DVD and one print, was designed as a way to ship or store CDs and easily transforms into a photo frame to display the print on a desk or shelf. It is crafted from linen-finish stock that can be imprinted with a studio logo or company name. Contact: Taprell Loomis, 2160 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Sooner or later, you're going to be tempted to buy a product that's labeled "refurbished." It will probably be the lower price that attracts you--after all, there is one and only one reason to even consider "refurb" and that is to save money. Depending on where you shop, you may be led to believe that the refurbished item is as good as...

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