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Black and White Imaging: Ilford's Perspective

by George Schaub

Given that we all have seen a shrinking in silver-based materials in general
in the last year, and in light of Kodak exiting the black and white paper business,
and Agfa leaving the black and white (and all photo) business altogether, we
were all leftwo...

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Nikon's New D80 Digital SLR

by George Schaub



The new Nikon D80 replaces the D70 and D70s, and becomes Nikon's mid-level
DSLR aimed squarely at photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs. Having had a
brief time with the camera at a one-on-one session with Nikon, there are many
aspects that are marked improvement...

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Look at the Future


By Ron Leach, Publisher

A leading software company and a respected market research/consulting firm
recently shared their vision on upcoming technological developments, market
trends, and anticipated consumer behavior that will influence the future of
digital photography. Corel Corporation's software solutionsa...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2006 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has announced the KODAK EASYSHARE G600 Printer Dock. The
new design has a built-in handle, smart paper tray storage, and battery.



Priced at $149.95 (MSRP) and available beginning in August, the unit works with
PICTBRIDGE enabled devices and IMAGELINK print system compatible digital cameras.
Owners of Kodak cameras can also use the dock to charge their KODAK camera battery
in 3.5 hours or less, with the optional battery pack. The battery pack $49.95
MSRP) will be available on the KODAK Website at www.kodak.com
and certain retailers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 28, 2006 0 comments

Apple has unveiled the new Mac Pro, a quad Xeon, 64-bit desktop workstation
featuring two new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz and
a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of the Power
Mac G5 Quad. With advanced performance, greater expansion, higher performance
graphics options and unprecedented customization, the newly designed Mac Pro
is the ideal system for the most demanding user. The introduction of the Mac
Pro marks the completion of a rapid and seamless transition for Apple, with
the entire Mac family now using Intel's latest processors.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 25, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the availability of 15 new DxO Lens Modules for its DxO
Optics Pro software, bringing the total now to 365 lens correction modules available
to DxO Optics Pro users. In addition, many existing DxO Lens Modules have been
extended to more DxO-supported camera bodies.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2006 0 comments

Naneu Pro (www.naneupro.com),
a manufacturer of high quality, innovative camera, video, laptop and portable
audio cases will be unveiling its newly redesigned website on Friday August
the 11th, in an effort to help educate our visitors about the specifications
and features of our unique camera bags and cases throughout our entire spectrum
of lines of products.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2006 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the availability of a free, Windows PC public beta release
of DxO Optics Pro v4 for all digital photographers to download from the DxO
Labs Web site (www.dxo.com).
DxO Optics Pro software is said to improve the image quality of Digital Single-Lens
Reflex (SLR) cameras and advanced digicams. DxO Optics Pro is the award-winning
digital image enhancement tool incorporating revolutionary optics, noise and
exposure corrections in an easy-to-use, feature rich application for Mac and
PC users.



DxO Optics Pro v4, slated to be available on Macintosh and Windows platforms
in September 2006, includes four main areas of exciting new functionality:

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2006 0 comments

Lost
and Found represents a two-part exhibition of 60 vintage prints from the Dennis
Reed Collection and features works gathered during some 25 years of research and
drawn from a selection of nearly 700 prints. The first installation of the exhibition,
Lost and Found: Japanese American Photographs from the Dennis Reed Collection,
opens August 12 and provides a rare glimpse of 30 photographs by a group of Japanese
Americans who worked during the 1920s and 1930s before they were interned in relocation
centers during WWII.



The second part opening in October, Lost and Found: California Pictorialist Photographs
from the Dennis Reed Collection, focuses on those photographers involved in California's
Camera Clubs, including Los Angeles Camera Club, the Camera Pictorialists, the
Pictorial Photographic Society of San Francisco, and the California Camera Club.




Both exhibitions showcase the photographic movement of Pictorialism that was in
vogue from around 1885 through the early years of the 20th century, and declined
rapidly after 1914. Pictorialism is a photographic term used to describe images
that emphasize the artistic quality of the photograph rather than the scene it
depicted, with the primary aim of bringing photography into the fine art realm.
Among the distinguishing characteristics of the movement are soft focus, special
filters and lens coatings, heavy manipulation in the darkroom, and exotic printing
processes. In 1898 rough-surface printing papers were added to the repertoire,
to further break up a picture's sharpness. Some artists even "etched"
the surface of their prints using fine needles. The overall aim of such technique
was to achieve what the 1911 Britannica termed, in discussing Pictorialism, "personal
artistic expression."



This movement began its decline as photographers and critics in the 1920s began
to embrace a more modernist approach to photographic practice. As such, Pictorialism
came to be seen as outdated and even chastised for its embrace of these idealized
notions of photography. The trend evolved to an appreciation of more urban, industrial
and technological subjects, and a utilization of pure photographic vision through
control of perspective and sharp focus.



Enter collector Dennis Reed -- who searched for and saved the Pictorialist
photographs that fell out of professional and public popularity. In the case of
the first installation, Lost and Found: Japanese American Photographs from the
Dennis Reed Collection, many of the Japanese-American photographers were sent
to relocation camps during World War II, and in some cases lost their life's
work - or their lives - leaving work in the hands of families or friends who had
little knowledge of its significance in photographic history. Through dedicated
and arduous research, Reed located six photographers, and with their help, began
to gather material to create a context for his collection and preserve the legacy
of these important and under-recognized photographers.



This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Mrs. Kathleen Barrows.



The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution
that provides internationally recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad
array of cultural and educational activities as well as travel opportunities around
the world.



Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Open Tuesday
- Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Monday. Free every Sunday. 805.963.4364 www.sbma.net.
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