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George Schaub Posted: Apr 25, 2006 0 comments

The Gemini kit is composed of two flash heads (monoblocs) and a Gemini Battery
set, as well as a strong duffle-bag like carrying case and stands for the heads.
We worked with the 500WS heads, although the kit comes in both 250WS and 750WS
units as well. The supplied stands come with an "L" bracket that
all...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2006 0 comments

PhotoKit Color 2.0 replaces PhotoKit Color 1.0, an Adobe Photoshop Automate Plug-in
that applies precise color corrections, automatic color balancing and creative
coloring effects. With a retail price of $99.95, PhotoKit Color 2.0 offers a comprehensive
set of coloring tools for Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2 for both Macintosh and
Windows. PhotoKit Color 1.0 users can upgrade for $29.98. The upgrade will be
free to users who purchased PhotoKit Color 1.x after the public announcement date
of October 20th, 2005.



PhotoKit Color 2.0 features a preview display, so you can quickly preview the
effects before you apply them and combine effects in a single batch operation.
Included in the new effects are the Dodge and the Burn filter sets, which were
in the original PhotoKit plug-in. The Special Effects series contains many new
filters including color infrared, sunshine filters, color transfer effects and
more. The Film Effects series offers accurate simulation filters of several generic
chrome film emulsions, simulating both color and contrast. Like its predecessor,
PhotoKit Color 2.0 provides a comprehensive suite of effects that let you recreate
creative effects like black and white split toning and cross processing. All these
effects are applied as separate layers so you can make further variations, adapting
each effect to suit your own taste. With PhotoKit Color 2.0, you can enhance specific
colors in your photographs. You can make skin tones less red or lighter. With
the Blue Enhance effect you can darken a blue sky and enhance the cloud contrast.
And with the RSA Gray Balance set, you can automatically remove color casts from
almost any type of image.
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George Schaub Posted: Apr 25, 2006 0 comments

Digital Image Sensor Update



The Promise of Even Better Image Quality Ahead



by George Schaub

All the talk in the past was about megapixels, with the horserace of ever-higher
counts grabbing all the headlines. Some folks claim that the latest 6 and 8
MP cameras deliver such good quality at such low price points that themegapixe...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 24, 2006 0 comments

Stock Photo Ads, a newly launched Worldwide Photography Directory, offers an
impressive five years of exposure for as low as $40 a year. This site was developed
by Ryan Rossotto, the CEO of Stocktrek Images (stocktrekimages.com); and Frank
Rossotto, who has over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 21, 2006 0 comments

Sony has established a new brand name for its digital single lens reflex (D-SLR)
cameras that will be launched worldwide this summer. Meaning "beginning"
and "essential," the symbol ? (pronounced alpha) will be used. Under
this sub-brand, Sony will produce a complete camera system of accessories and
lenses.



The Sony Alpha system of cameras, lenses and accessories are said to integrate
advanced electromechanical technologies that are key to D-SLR performance, the
versatility of the well-established Maxxum lens mount system, and Sony's
renown in imaging devices and technologies. These include CCD and CMOS imaging
sensors, as well as other image processing technologies, in addition to overall
product miniaturization. People who have already made investments in many of
Konica-Minolta's lenses and accessories will be able to take full advantage
of Sony's new D-SLR cameras.



Sony is already handling support and repair service for existing Konica-Minolta
digital and film cameras, as well as related lenses and accessories in the U.S.
A dedicated call center and strong levels of web support have been established
for these customers.

There is more information available about the new sub-brand at www.sony.com/dslr.
Sony camera and related product support for Konica Minolta customers is also
being offered at www.support.sony.com/EN/KM/service.html.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 21, 2006 0 comments

Moab Paper Company has announced the release of its Moab Desert Varnish. Moab's
new varnish is said to greatly enhance the life of digital prints and documents
providing a clear water- and UV-resistant surface. The varnish is available
in a 400ml Aerosol (13.5 fl oz) can.

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Ron Leach Posted: Apr 20, 2006 0 comments

Protecting Your Rights



By Ron Leach, Publisher

The U.S. Copyright Office recently issued a call for comment on "orphan
works"--asking a number of questions about what to do with works
that are still technically under copyright protection but where the rightful
owner cannot be located. In response, four leadingphot...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2006 0 comments

Software Cinema has announced The Best of Dean Collins Finelight Video DVD set,
featuring the late Dean Collins, one of the most celebrated educators of lighting
and camera techniques in the industry. To honor Dean Collins, a portion of all
proceeds will be donated to CureSearch, the world's largest pediatric cancer
research organization working towards the cure and prevention of childhood and
adolescent cancer through scientific discovery.



Transferred from video to the high-quality DVD format, this six-hour tutorial
created for photo enthusiasts and professional photographers covers fundamental
and advanced lighting techniques that can be applied to standard or digital photography.
Lessons range from lighting techniques in portrait, product and fashion photography
on both small and large sets. Dean Collins teaches in-studio and on-location about
set up and reasons for lighting when creating the image. Included in the re-release
are commentary and overview by Skip Cohen, Rangefinder Magazine's publisher
and author; Tony Corbell, noted photographer and author; and Julieanne Kost, Adobe's
official Photoshop Evangelist.



Since the loss of Dean Collins to cancer, Software Cinema has become proactive
in the support of cancer research. In Dean's honor, the company now partners
with CureSearch, the largest pediatric cancer research organization. CureSearch
unites the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and the National Childhood Cancer
Foundation (NCCF) through a shared mission to cure and prevent childhood and adolescent
cancer through scientific discovery and compassionate care. For every Dean Collins
DVD purchased, Software Cinema will donate $5 to CureSearch.



Pricing and Availability

Software Cinema's The Best of Dean Collins will be available in June 2006
and can be purchased by going to www.software-cinema.com.
Regular price is $179.00, but reserve a copy before June 2006 to save over $50.00.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 19, 2006 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation will sponsor the Red Sea International Underwater Photo competition
in Eliat, Israel on April 24 -- 29. The contest is already attracting photographers
from all over the world, representing Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel,
Italy, Hungary, Poland, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and the
USA.



The participating underwater photographers will have three days to shoot their
photographs before the submission deadline. In order to get the best shots, divers
usually dive to about 100 feet. The photographers are restricted to only 25 minutes
of shooting time per dive due to water pressure and air supply constraints. There
is no room for error. Fast read and write speeds with their digital film cards
as well as reliable, high capacity storage are needed because while submerged,
changing or replacing flash film cards is impossible and every shot taken is critical.




"The competition is the ideal platform to highlight the superior capabilities
of SanDisk Extreme™ III cards," said Tanya Chuang, SanDisk senior
retail product marketing manager. "SanDisk's professional photography
line is designed specifically for the market's need for high-speed flash
memory storage for the high-performance digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras
that will be used in the competition. SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards,
which range in capacity between 1 and 8 gigabytes (GB), are among the world's
fastest cards, with minimum write and read speeds of 20 megabytes per second (MB/sec.)
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2006 0 comments

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., has released two free updates to Portfolio
8 -- the Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution for creative professionals.
These updates include two file format support filters, which add support for Microsoft
Office allowing users to catalog, find and view files from Microsoft Word and
Excel on the Windows platform. Additionally, Extensis has added support for 22
new camera RAW formats on both Mac and Windows versions of Portfolio. Registered
owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrades immediately through
the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.




The Portfolio RAW Filter 3 update adds support for many current cameras, bringing
the total number of supported professional digital cameras to more than 80. For
a complete list of supported file types please visit: http://www.extensis.com/portfoliofilesupport.




The Portfolio RAW Filter is powered by technology from Bibble Labs, one of the
leading developers of RAW image processing software.



The RAW Filter and MS Office updates for Portfolio are immediately available via
download from the Extensis website and are free of charge for registered Portfolio
8 users. Portfolio 8 is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for
full product.

French- and German-language versions of the Portfolio update are also available
now for download from the Extensis website. The Japanese-language version of the
Portfolio update is available from http://www.extensis.co.jp.




For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.

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