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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

Digital Photo Art: Transform Your Images With Traditional And Contemporary Art Techniques; by Theresa Airey, Lark Books; 208 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 1-57990-580-3)
This fascinating guide explores the ways in which computer technology can be harnessed to transform your images into amazing works of digital art. The various mixed media techniques utilize...

David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

In their own language, Adobe claims that Creative Suite is the "powerhouse design environment that revolutionized print and web workflows for creative professionals worldwide." The words that define how Adobe relates their Creative Suite to users is "creative professionals." We can safely assume Adobe is primarily referring to all those who work...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has unveiled the JumpDrive Secure II, a second-generation
USB flash drive featuring 256-bit AES Encryption to secure folders and files
so consumers can easily store and protect valuable images and other data files.

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Mike Stensvold Posted: Nov 01, 2005 2 comments

Close-up photography--taking pictures at very close range--can provide a different outlook on everyday things, reveal details unseen by the naked eye, and turn common objects into intriguing abstract images.

The traditional ways to do close-up photography involves special gear: Simple close-up diopter lenses are inexpensive but reduce sharpness noticeably...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced an upgrade to its flagship application DxO Optics Pro.
DxO Optics Pro v3.5 is a free upgrade from version 3.0 of the powerful automatic
image enhancement tool. The new DxO Optics Engine v2 included in this upgrade
offers expanded capabilities for removing unwanted color fringes in the image
and can preserve up to 40% more image surface when eliminating geometric distortion.
It also enables user-defined cropping for a more efficient workflow.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2005 0 comments

The latest addition to Corel's digital imaging portfolio, Corel Painter Essentials
3, is designed to be a complete home art studio built on the award-winning power
of Corel Painter IX. Painter Essentials 3 includes everything new users need
to get started with digital art and create stunning paintings from their photos.
With a suggested retail price of $99, this affordable software package is ideal
for digital camera enthusiasts.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 27, 2005 0 comments

Pacific Image Electronics has announced PrimeFoto 2.0, the latest version of
the product that creates picture album CDs from photos stored on digital camera
memory cards. PrimeFoto 2.0 now includes an automatic orientation feature that
rotates pictures automatically for users whose digital cameras have an auto
rotation function, rather than checking each image one-by-one. Users can also
now generate picture albums from a CD. Just select the desired images and press
"Make CD" on the remote control.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 25, 2005 0 comments

The PLUS Coalition, a non-profit organization on a mission to simplify and
facilitate the licensing of images, has just completed an international, industry-wide
review of the PLUS Glossary, the first component of the Picture Licensing Universal
System (PLUS). Due for release in the fourth quarter of 2005, the PLUS Glossary
will provide standardized terms and definitions for use in image licensing transactions.

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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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