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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

It's getting to the point where cameras are truly microprocessors with lenses. For those who have shot film in the past, today's digital SLRs give access to the look and feel of every film ever made at every speed with every color, contrast, and grain nuance you could imagine. While film builders create a combination of image attributes fixed in a micro-thin emulsion...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

For some time now my favorite portrait lens has been Canon's EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, but now my new favorite is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. It replaces the EF 85mm f/1.2L USM and offers the widest aperture of any lens in Canon's EF family. All in all it provides a useful combination of focal length, depth-of-field control, and low-light performance. The superb optics...

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Maria Piscopo Posted: Aug 01, 2006 1 comments

Specialty Imaging International (www.specialty-imaging.com) was founded by Ben Crosby in 1999 after selling Sports Imaging, a photo business specializing in amateur sports youth league team and individual photos. Crosby started Specialty Imaging International in Salt Lake City with a focus on the corporate event...

George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

The Travel-Pak battery is a take-anywhere power source that comes with a handy carrying handle and case with shoulder strap. Note the two outlets; both 500 ws heads or one at a time can be used.

The Gemini kit is composed of two flash heads (monoblocs), two heavy-duty 9-foot stands, two umbrella reflectors, two umbrellas, all cords, bulbs, and cables, as well as a...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has revealed details of the next version of its flagship application
DxO Optics Pro software which improves the image quality of Digital Single-Lens
Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO Optics will be available on
Macintosh and Windows platforms in September 2006, It includes four main areas
of exciting new functionality:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 31, 2006 0 comments

ACD
Systems International Inc. (TSX: ASA) has announced the release of ACDSee Photo
Editor -- a photo editing application that offers quick fixes, such as
lighting and red-eye correction, and creating fun projects like scrapbook pages,
CD covers, invitations, and more.



Some of the major features in the programs that make photo editing easy for
users include:

How-tos: Guided walk-throughs of projects that teach you how to be creative
with photos step-by-step. Users can easily create CD covers, albums, and other
great creative projects from the very first time they open the application.

Vignette Tool: Creates portrait-style photos in one simple action - streamlining
and facilitating a process for new users that would normally require more advanced
techniques.



Adjustment/Filter Variations: Simplifies the creative process
by displaying up to eight different previews of your original photo, right on
screen, each preview showing a different variation of the effect, adjustment,
or filter you're applying.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2006 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies has announced that it has finalized an agreement
with Fotokemika-Nova, of Samobor, Croatia, officially naming Freestyle the exclusive
United States distributor of Efke-brand films and Varycon-brand photographic papers.
Efke B&W films (a formulation previously branded as 'ADOX'), and Varycon B&W
papers, have filled a custom niche position with the creative fine-art photographic
community in the US market for many years.



Freestyle is excited to have the opportunity to make the Fotokemika product-lines
more widely available in the US. "Many in the industry have proclaimed the
demise of film and the darkroom - propaganda with which Freestyle and our manufacturing
partners - and our customers - strongly disagree. We are committed to continue
taking a proactive position in ensuring the future availability of as many traditional
photographic products as possible. We believe that this partnership further solidifies
that commitment," comments Gerald H. Karmele, Freestyle's President and Chief
Operating Officer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera has announced the NV3, one of three new camera models in their
new NV series of digital still cameras. The NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still
camera that features Samsung's exclusive Digimax Converter software to play
movies and MP3 files. Samsung's new NV Series of digital still cameras all
have bodies in brushed black, stainless steel and a trademark Samsung blue ring
located around the lens.



At the heart of the NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still camera measuring 3.7"
x 2.2" x 0.7" with a 2.5-inch, high resolution LCD display. The NV3
integrates a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114 mm in 35 mm format) capability
with Samsung's exclusive SHD lens technology. The NV3 is equipped with Samsung's
state-of-the-art Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology to combat hand shake.
The ASR function provides enhanced image clarity by electronically compensating
for excess hand shake and improving color in environments lacking sufficient lighting
where the use of the flash is not desirable. The unique technology uses proprietary
algorithms to interpret sharpness and color information to deliver an image that
looks like it has been taken with the flash. As the flash is disabled, side effects,
such as red eye, are prevented.



For entertainment on-the-go, users simply use the included Digimax Converter software
to easily convert their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content
on the large, 2.5-inch color display. The user-friendly software can convert MPEG,
AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the NV3. For music on-the-go, the software
can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative
software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop
and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. Users can listen to their
entertainment using the included ear buds or on the dual stereo speakers discreetly
located on the camera, and even listen to their music while taking photos.



In addition to playing video, the NV3 can also make movies using MPEG-4, the high-compression,
high-quality video format. The NV3 can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps, for smoother
video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens. For steady videos,
the NV3 includes a movie stabilizer function that automatically detects and corrects
minor lateral and vertical camera movement. For additional control the continuous
video recording function allows the user to pause and resume video recording at
any time, while the built-in movie editing function allows users to edit video
in-camera. The NV3 features several special effects functions for creative control
in-camera, such as Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame, Negative and Composite
Shot. Color effects include B/W, sepia, blue, green and red.



The NV3 features 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape,
Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text Recognition.
Text Recognition, a feature unique to Samsung digital still cameras, allows users
to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from
the image taken using the bundled "Digimax Reader" text recognition
software.



The NV3 features 16 MB of internal memory and comes bundled with ear buds and
a powerful lithium ion battery.



The Samsung NV3 has an MSRP of $349.99 and will be available in Fall of 2006.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

Fidelity Electronics Digital Picture Frames use high resolution LCD TFT screens
that display pictures in vibrant colors. These 5.6 inch and 8 inch frames enable
the user to conveniently view all digital pictures from one location directly
from a digital memory card - without a computer, camera or Internet connection.
The number of images that can be displayed is only limited by the memory card
capacity. Slideshow display and zoom in and out modes are also availble. Fidelity's
Digital Picture Frames require no installation, and come with an easy to follow
printed Quick Start Guide as well as a comprehensive CD-ROM manual. These frames
also come with a one year parts and labor warranty.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F is a 5.6" Digital Picture Frame supporting up
to a 10 megapixel picture. Compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, it has a USB
port and uses CF/MS/SD/MMC memory card formats. Easy-to-use on board menu controls
allows the user to manage photo display at a simple touch. The frame also features
a TV/Video Output function which allows digital pictures to be viewed directly
on any TV. Available in a clear acrylic design, the DPF-5600F carries a suggested
retail price of $199.



The DPF-8000F is an 8" Digital Picture Frame supporting up to 12 megapixels.
This frame displays pictures, as well as music and video on a high resolution
LCD TFT screen. It uses CF/MD/MS/SD/MMC/SM/XD memory card formats. Utilizing MPEG1/MPEG2/MPEG4
video files, JPEG photo formats, and MP3 music files, the DPF-8000F has built
in stereo speakers and a multi-function music and video mode. The user can manage
displayed media with easy wireless remote or onboard controls. This model, available
in black, has a suggested retail price of $249.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F and 8000F Digital Picture Frames will be available
at retailers in North America during summer, 2006.



www.fidelityelectronics.com.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2006 0 comments



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Organizing and Sorting Your Images Using a Rating System: Stars and
Rejects

by George Schaub

Once you've shot your pictures and begun the process of downloading,
naming, storingan...

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