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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 19, 2005 0 comments

Panasonic has announced the expansion of its SD Memory Card line with the addition
of three new memory cards. The flagship of the company's expanded line is
the "PRO HIGH SPEED" Series 2GB SD Memory Card that features up to
20MB/s data transfer rate. It is joined by the 1GB "HIGH SPEED" card
with up to 5MB/s data transfer rate and a 512MB miniSD Card with a data transfer
rate of up to 2MB/s. All three cards are expected to be available in the United
States in August.



Panasonic's new 2GB "PRO HIGH SPEED Series" SD Memory Card is
expected to be launched in the United States in August 2005, with a manufacturer's
suggested retail price of $319.99. With an outstanding data transfer rate of up
to 20MB/s and its 2GB storage capacity, the new Panasonic card is designed to
meet tough requirements including high speed consecutive shooting by high-end
digital still cameras and MPEG2 video recording by camcorders.



Panasonic also adds the 1GB SD Memory Card to its existing "HIGH SPEED Series"
of cards. With a data transfer rate of up to 5MB/s, the new model is expected
to be available in August 2005 in the United States, at a manufacturer's
suggested retail price of $129.99.



www.panasonic.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 18, 2005 0 comments

PictureFrames.com has been offering discounts of up to 50% off the cost of paper
and printing on Giclee Editions, one of the most beautiful, high-quality, and
cost-effective ways artists and photographers can display their work. While the
website (www.pictureframes.com/editions)
will continue to provide volume discounts on Giclee Editions, these low introductory
prices will vanish July 31st.



William Tiemann, the company's Giclee Print Master, holds a master's degree
in printmaking and takes pride in preserving the integrity of others' images,
"There is a reason we artists choose the colors we use and color matching
is the key to a great print. Artists want quality, and this discount gives a wonderful
opportunity to discover our Giclee Editions at great value."
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2005 0 comments

Alien Skin Software has announced the release of Eye Candy 5: Impact, a set
of 10 plug-in filters for Adobe Photoshop and other compatible host programs.
Impact creates chrome, bevels, glass buttons, perspective shadows, and more.
The third of three upgrades to Eye Candy 4000, Impact features three new filters--Backlight,
Brushed Metal and Extrude--and seven reincarnated Eye Candy classics. Graphic
designers, digital photographers, and Web content creators will appreciate Impact's
versatile and beautifully rendered effects.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2005 0 comments

Extensis, a division of Celartem, Inc., has released a free update to Portfolio
7 for both Macintosh and Windows platforms. Portfolio 7.0.6 provides compatibility
updates for Adobe's Creative Suite 2 and Apple's Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Additionally,
Extensis has added support for 14 new camera formats on both Mac and Windows versions
of Portfolio. Registered owners of Portfolio 7 are eligible to receive the free
upgrades immediately through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.



The Portfolio Raw Filter 2 update adds support for the following cameras, bringing
the total number of supported professional digital cameras to more than 50.



· Nikon D2x

· Nikon D2hs

· Nikon Coolpix 8400

· Nikon Coolpix 8700

· Nikon Coolpix 8800

· Olympus E300 (AKA EVOLT)

· Olympus C8080

· Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

· Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT (AKA 350D)

· Canon Powershot G6

· Canon Powershot S70

· Canon Powershot Pro 1

· Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D

· Pentax *ist DS



For a complete list of supported file types please visit: http://www.extensis.com/p7formats.
For a complete list of supported camera models, please visit http://www.extensis.com/rawsupport.



The Portfolio suite of Digital Asset Management (DAM) products is designed to
meet the needs of the most demanding creative professionals and workgroups through
four components: Portfolio Client, Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish and
Portfolio SQL Connect. Portfolio provides powerful Client/Server digital asset
management for both desktops and networked workgroups, allowing collaborative
teams to organize, find and share digital files quickly.



Portfolio Server offers more expandability and integration options with optimized
connection modules for Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL engines. Portfolio
Server leverages standard ODBC technology, enabling integrators and IT professionals
to create customized solutions that provide easy access to the information stored
in the database.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2005 0 comments

Microsoft Corp. has launched Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, a package of
easy-to-use tools designed to help consumers organize, enhance and share their
rising number of digital memories. The new digital imaging software helps consumers,
from the novice to the sophisticated photographer, easily find their favorite
snapshots and video clips and do more with them in just a few clicks. Digital
Image Suite 2006 includes intuitive tools such as the Hierarchical Keywords and
Hover Thumbnail, offering a more personalized, easy way to manage photos and video.
In addition, the software includes filters and a tone adjuster in the Black &
White Effects feature.



Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 makes it easy to find, view and organize photos
and videos with the following new tools:

Hierarchical Keywords and Labels provide stacked tags that consumers can use to
organize, sort through and find their images in the way that best suits them.


Hover Thumbnail enlarges thumbnail images whenever a mouse hovers above them,
making it easy to view the image, along with details such as date taken, file
type and size, resolution, and assigned Labels.



Video support offers consumers the option to view and organize their videos in
the same place as their photos. They can easily assign a 5-Star Rating, add Keywords
and captions, or mark videos with customizable Flags representing a variety of
actions such as For Review or To Share.



RAW Support for Canon and Nikon cameras allows consumers to view and organize
images shot in RAW category of formats, a high-quality photo format captured by
many models of digital cameras. In addition, consumers can save the RAW format
as a JPEG or TIF file for easy editing of the image.



To help consumers explore their creative side and visually express themselves,
Microsoft Digital Image Suite offers new and enhanced tools, including:

Black & White Effects makes it easy to transform color photos into contrast-rich
black-and-white images by using a variety of preset filters, altering color tone
or manipulating each of the color channels.



Intuitive Crop intelligently analyzes the composition of a photo, such as faces
in portraits or family photos, when a consumer clicks on the Crop task and suggests
a way to crop the photo that will properly frame the subject(s) and create the
best possible image.


Photo Story 3.1 allows anyone to create a photo show with voice narration, customizable
pans and zooms, and music. This year Microsoft has added the ability to make quick
edits (red-eye removal, apply black-and-white filter), create an original soundtrack,
and burn a CD with high-resolution VCD files, perfect for playing back on a TV.




Sharing Disc allows consumers to easily burn photo CDs to share with friends and
family, without disrupting detailed photo archive settings.



Device Sync Support makes it easy to share photos and videos with mobile devices
such as the Portable Media Center, Pocket PCs and Smartphones through synching
with Windows Media Player. Consumers can simply flag the desired images, and the
next time the mobile device syncs with the PC, the photos will automatically transmit.



Microsoft's 2006 line of digital imaging products, including Digital Image
Suite 2006 and Digital Image Standard 2006, is available today. Microsoft Digital
Image Suite 2006 offers more robust organization and editing features for an estimated
retail price of $99.95 with a $30 mail-in rebate open to all consumers and an
additional $10 digital camera mail-in rebate (if consumers purchase any digital
camera within 30 days of acquiring the software). In addition, Digital Image Standard
2006, designed for first-time digital photographers, is available for an estimated
retail price of $49.95.



www.microsoft.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 08, 2005 0 comments

Olympus Imaging America Inc. has introduced the new Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F3.5
Full Frame Fisheye Lens. The Zuiko 8mm fisheye is designed to be digital specific
and render sharp edge-to-edge images, in an easy to handle size, and with a close
focus of less than 5 ½ inches.



Along with its many attributes this 8mm fisheye promises to set a new professional
standard for ultra wide-angle underwater photography because it can be used in
conjunction with the EVOLT E-300 digital SLR and the new PT-EO1 underwater housing
and PPO-E04 lens port at depths of up to 196 feet (60m).



This full frame fisheye lens has a 180º field of view diagonally to the Four
Thirds image sensor, and a focal length of 8mm (equivalent to 16mm in a 35mm camera).
Because of this it can be used to create extremely dramatic photographic images
that cannot be seen unaided with the human eye. Because this lens is specifically
designed for digital cameras and conforms to the "Four Thirds System,"
it will provide reliable photographic performance even at the edges of the images.




With a minimum focusing distance of 5.3 inches (0.79 inch from the front of the
lens to the subject), this lens can be used to approach the subject aggressively
for wide-close-up photography. This feature is the key to the creation of images
with exaggerated perspective effects.



Because of the different refractive indexes of light in air and water, the angle
of view underwater will be reduced to approximately 153º, and since it is
often more difficult to capture light underwater, it is necessary to get closer
to the subject. To remedy the problem, the super-close-up capability of this lens
allows photography of the subject just 0.79 inch from the front of the lens to
achieve the wide-close-up effects for which fisheye lenses are famous.



The new Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f3.5 Fisheye will go on sale in January 2006.



Estimated Street Price: $799.95

www.olympusamerica.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 07, 2005 0 comments

Shutterbug contributor Jon Canfield's latest book has just been released.
"RAW 101: Better Images With Photoshop Elements and Photoshop",
published by Sybex is the first introductory book on using Adobe Camera Raw.
RAW 101 covers all practical aspects of RAW in Photoshop Elements 3 and Photoshop
CS2. Just follow the heavily illustrated, step-by-step examples and you'll
quickly figure out how to attain the greatest accuracy from your RAW files,
whether it's correcting shadow and highlight detail, fixing white balance,
or eliminating noise. Once you see the startling results, you'll no longer
want to rely on your camera to make critical decisions for you. The 160 page
full color book retails for $24.99. For more information, visit the Sybex website
at http://www.sybex.com/sybexbooks.nsf/booklist/4432

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2005 0 comments

In conjunction with the launch of its JUICE brand rechargeable battery line,
Winner International is introducing a unique, microprocessor based JUICE Multi-Charger
that eliminates the need for multiple charging systems.

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Posted: Jul 05, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced that DxO Optics Pro v3.0 Digital SLR and lens
automatic image quality enhancement software is available on the company's
e-store (http://store.dxo.com)
and via selected resellers. DxO Optics Pro v3.0 incorporates optics, noise and
exposure corrections in an all-new, easy-to-use, feature-rich application for
both Mac and PC users.



DxO Optics Pro v3.0 now also includes support for two additional Nikon digital
SLR camera bodies: the Nikon D70s and Nikon D2X. DxO Optics Pro v3.0 provides
support for the Nikon D70s and the same range of lenses as currently supported
for the Nikon D70. And new to DxO Optics Pro v3.0 is support for the Nikon D2X
and an initial selection of compatible lenses with more to come over the coming
weeks and months.



DxO Optics Pro v3.0 was subjected to rigorous, in-the-field testing by tens
of thousands of professional and advanced amateur photographers during worldwide
public beta testing."The photography community got incredibly involved
in the beta test. Their feedback was invaluable and we would like to publicly
thank all of them," explained Luc Marin, Vice President of the Photography
Business unit at DxO Labs. "Several thousand photographers also answered
a follow-up questionnaire and confirmed, once again, the value that DxO Optics
Pro delivers."



At the core of DxO Optics Pro v3.0 is the award-winning DxO Optics Engine which,
together with the associated DxO Lens modules, automatically removes lens distortion,
vignetting, lens softness and lateral chromatic aberration. The DxO Raw Engine
in DxO Optics Pro v3.0 has also been completely redesigned to offer photographers
full control of the RAW conversion process.



DxO Noise Engine is based on a set of unique algorithms developed by DxO Labs
and on precise camera sensor modelization. The all-new DxO Noise Engine automatically
achieves a reduction of up to two f-stops in image noise while preserving maximum
detail. DxO Lighting Engine is a brand new DxO technology included in DxO Optics
Pro v3.0. A unique local exposure and dynamic range optimizer, DxO Lighting
Engine brings out the shadow detail of digital image files while preserving
highlights, textures, colors and a natural look. DxO Optics Pro v3.0 offers
a choice of three operating modes to meet every demanding photographer's
needs. All modes are fully batch-oriented for the greatest productivity. Users
can switch between modes at any time.



DxO Optics Pro v3.0 is offered in two versions with the same functionality but
different levels of camera support: DxO Optics Pro v3.0 (US$159) for prosumer
and expert amateur Digital SLRs and DxO Optics Pro v3.0 Elite (US$ 249) for
all supported cameras, including professional Digital SLRs.



DxO Optics Pro v3.0 is available in six languages: English, French, German,
Italian, Japanese and Spanish, for both Macintosh and Windows (full system requirements
on www.dxo.com).



All purchasers of DxO Optics Pro 2.2 on or after April 20th, 2005 are eligible
for a free upgrade to DxO Optics Pro v3.0. For all other users, upgrade to DxO
Optics Pro v3.0 is offered at US$ 49).



For more information, visit DxO Labs online at www.dxo.com
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Posted: Jul 05, 2005 0 comments

PictoColor announces the release of iCorrect Portrait, a color correction plug-in
for Adobe Photoshop and Elements and other photo editor that accept Photoshop
plug-ins. It is compatible with Photoshop CS2 and is available for both Windows
and Macintosh operating systems.



iCorrect Portait gives the "people" photographers a very easy "point
and click" method to color correct their digital pictures. The skin tone
technology in iCorrect Portrait is licensed from Pictographics International
and is considered by many to be the best skin tone algorithm available.



iCorrect Portrait information can be found at http://www.pictocolor.com/portrait/default.htm.
The price is $99.95 and is available as a software download through www.pictomarketplace.com,
PictoColor's on-line store.

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