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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

There's an old saying: If something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. But sometimes you get lucky.

I couldn't resist the Pentacon sixTL that I saw in FotoSkoda in Prague. I won't say that FotoSkoda is the best camera store in the world, because there are too many other contenders, including many Shutterbug advertisers. It is...

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Maria Piscopo Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

It is everyone's dream: leave the "day job" and get paid for what you enjoy doing. Due to the depth and breadth of the market, portraits are a particularly good area to start (or expand!) your photography business. Portraits are needed both in the consumer and commercial client markets. They can't be easily replaced with a generic stock photo. In this...

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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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