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Howard Millard Posted: Oct 25, 2005 0 comments

Could your portraits be enhanced
by the mysterious, otherworldly glow of a black and white infrared (IR) effect?
In the past, pre-digital darkroom, the only way you could get the IR look was
shooting special IR film, quite a challenge to expose, process, and print correctly.
Working digitally you can avoid many of the pitfalls and gain much more control
in the bargain. Here's how to emulate that exotic infrared look digitally:




You can start with a scan of any color slide, print, or negative you've
shot with your film camera or, even easier, with a color file from your digital
camera. If you're starting with a print, negative, or slide, scan it in
RGB color mode. Once you've got the digital file, open it in Adobe Photoshop
CS (or some earlier versions) to follow the steps outlined here. You can also
achieve the effect with Adobe Elements 2 or other advanced image-editing programs,
but the names of some tools or dialog boxes may be slightly different. Always
work on a copy to preserve your original scan. In fact, with this technique,
it is a good idea to make two or three copies in order to try different settings
in search of the effect you like best. Just follow these steps and you'll
be on your way to easy IR.

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I began with this original color file shot in Raw mode with a
Canon Digital Rebel 6-megapixel digital SLR with a Canon 18-55mm
lens at 55mm (equivalent to a 90mm lens in 35mm format). File
size: 18MB. (Model: Riley Messina.)

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George Schaub Posted: Oct 25, 2005 0 comments

It's 10PM: Do You Know Where Your Pixels Are?

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 21, 2005 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced Adobe Photoshop Elements
4.0, dubbed a significant upgrade to the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing
software. Photoshop Elements 4.0 delivers an impressive array of new ways for
consumers to easily edit photos, show them off in creative and entertaining
ways and always have them at their fingertips. Available for Windows, Photoshop
Elements 4.0 is the software that consumers choose for quick, one-click fixes,
in addition to more sophisticated editing techniques when they need advanced
creative control.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 20, 2005 0 comments

Canopus has announced Momento, the latest addition to its line of creative
software tools. Momento turns digital photos into an animated slideshow with
motion effects, artwork, transitions, titles, music and voice-over. Slideshows
can be e-mailed, posted on a website or burned directly to DVD. Momento can
import all major photo and audio formats straight from a memory card, and with
its unique 'SmartStyle' approach, all the user has to do is select a theme and
Momento will automatically add motion effects, music and transitions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 19, 2005 0 comments

Manfrotto will be a sponsor of the 2005 All Roads Photographers Program. In connection
with National Geographic's All Roads Film Project, this program recognizes and
supports talented photographic storytellers from around the world who are documenting
their changing cultures and communities through photography.



The 2005 All Roads Photographers Program is a key component of the All Roads Festival,
which is designed to recognize, support, and spotlight the next generation of
photographers and storytellers who have been documenting their changing culture
and community. Manfrotto is proud to be a sponsor of this National Geographic
initiative.



The Festival provides a forum for indigenous and under-represented minority-culture
filmmakers and photographers to showcase their work to a global audience and share
their unique culture and experiences through exhibitions, panel discussions, and
workshops.



The All Roads Festival, an event comprised of cutting-edge film, videos, live
music, art, and a photographic exhibition, will feature work from the program's
2005 awardees. Featured artists will include: Marcela Taboada, Sudharak Olwe,
Neo Ntsoma, and Andre Cypriano. Awardees will receive, among other prizes, photographic
equipment from Manfrotto.


The 2005 Festival will be held in Hollywood, CA, September 22-25, 2005 and in
Washington D.C. September 29-October 2, 2005.



Manfrotto products are distributed exclusively by Bogen Imaging in the United
States. For information, contact Bogen Imaging at info@bogenimaging.com
or 565 East Crescent Avenue, Ramsey, NJ 07446-0506.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2005 0 comments

Olympus has introducesd the new EVOLT E-500, a full-featured sub-$1000 digital
SLR camera. Designed to be used by all photographers of any skill level, the
E-500's compact and durable body is packed with Olympus innovations like the
exclusive Dust Reduction System for spot-free photos, 8 million pixels of detail
for bright and colorful images, a TruePic TURBO Image Processor for fast response
time, and an oversized, easy-to-view 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2005 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR) JumpDrive Lightning combines powerful read
and write speeds and massive (2GB) storage capacities to provide portable data
storage and transfer capabilities. With a distinctive stainless steel casing,
JumpDrive Lightning is capable of a read/write speed rating of 120x (18MB/sec)
minimum sustained write speed capability and 160x (24 MB/sec) minimum sustained
read speed capability.

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Posted: Oct 17, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has begun shipping its innovative, highly anticipated
EASYSHARE-ONE zoom digital camera to retailers. Initial customer availability
is expected within the coming days, dependent on individual retailer and store
stocking schedules. Kodak is working with the world's leading wireless
hotspot companies to make sharing pictures across town, across the country,
or across the globe as easy and convenient as possible. When visiting a hotspot,
EASYSHARE-ONE camera users can effortlessly send pictures with personal messages
via e-mail, upload pictures to the EASYSHARE Gallery, and view and share existing
Gallery albums -- all without a computer.



EASYSHARE-ONE camera purchasers receive a complimentary, camera-specific trial
service in conjunction with major hotspot providers. Current preferred service
providers include T-Mobile USA, with more than 6,000 T-Mobile HotSpot locations
across the United States; T-Mobile International, with over 5,000 hotspot locations
in Germany (in conjunction with T-Com) and more than 800 hotspot locations in
the United Kingdom; and Telstra, with over 850 Telstra Wireless Hotspot locations
in Australia.



Kodak is also working with other providers to expand broadband hotspot coverage
in Europe and Asia, enhancing the thousands of public freespots available in
venues such as airports, parks, business centers, and municipalities. Kodak
designed the EASYSHARE-ONE model (US$599 MSRP, including the KODAK WI-FI Card)
specifically for sharing, moving the camera experience from "point-and-shoot"
to "point-and-share."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 14, 2005 0 comments

X-Rite Photo Marketing announces a special upgrade for photographers that purchase
a MonacoOPTIXXR between October 1 and December 31, 2005. A free upgrade to MonacoOPTIX
Pro will be sent directly from X-Rite Photo Marketing, a $169 value.

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