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Howard Millard Posted: Jul 26, 2005 0 comments


The
original photo, shot in the studio with Paul C. Buff electronic
flash on Fujichrome Sensia slide film, is sharp throughout.
Model: Heidi McAllister.

Photos 2002, Howard Millard, All Rights Reserved

In ads, book covers and magazines,
you've seen pictures where part of the subject jumps out at you
because it's sharp, but most of the image is way out of focus. The
technique really directs your attention to the part of the subject that's
sharp, and it adds a contemporary flair and sense of style. Traditionally,
this effect was achieved by using extremely shallow depth of field with
a medium format or large view camera. Today, however, you can create it
digitally in a few minutes and apply it to any existing photo made with
any camera, or to any print that you can scan into your computer.



I
selected the area I want to keep sharp with the Elliptical
Marquee selection tool.

Remember, once you've drawn the selection, you can
reposition it by dragging inside the selected area. Next,
feather the selection.

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Howard Millard Posted: Jul 26, 2005 0 comments

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It was the swinging `60s,
I was in college, and many wore a rainbow of tie-dyed colors. What had
been "normal" was being challenged on every front, and that
included photography. The bulging, startling perspective of the fisheye
lens added an otherworldly look to album covers for rock musicians like
Jimi Hendrix and Cream. Now, decades later, just as bell bottom pants
recently returned for yet another cycle, fisheye images have again reared
their heads in both print and television ads. A fisheye lens, of course,
is one that takes in an extremely wide angle of view, often 180º,
and appears as a circle within the black image frame. Yes, there are rectilinear
full frame fisheyes (which give a rectangular, not round image), but to
my mind, they're merely ultra-wide angle lenses. A true fisheye,
on the other hand, is a unique special effects tool which renders a unique
circular perspective of the world.



When I was a student, fisheye lenses cost a small fortune (some still
do). What to do? I drilled a hole in the center of a lens cap and glued
a brass door peephole from a hardware store to it. Snapping the lens cap/fisheye
lens over a 50mm or wider angle standard lens, I got a small 180º
circular fisheye image in the center of the black frame. Quality was not
great, but the effect was spectacular.

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 26, 2005 0 comments

If you have Photoshop Elements or the full version of Photoshop
you can also use a tool called "Save for Web" to resize your images.
(Note that other programs might also have this feature under a different name.)
This is an automated way to get your images the right size for sharing. To get
to this toolbox just go to File>Save for Web, with the image already open
on your desktop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2005 0 comments

Editor's Note: We received the following from the Ilford team and report
their release verbatim:

The news that the remaining aspect of the Ilford Imaging Group, the UK arm of
which went into administration in 2004, has been settled with the takeover of
Ilford Imaging Switzerland by Oji Paper of Tokyo, a leading paper manufacturer
in Japan for over 130 years, has been welcomed by ILFORD Photo and HARMAN technology.




Although HARMAN technology, the parent of ILFORD Photo, is a totally independent
company with no corporate ties to the old group, as a gesture of goodwill given
the history of the group, the UK company's directors have been assisting the
Swiss company and the administrators, Grant Thornton, to keep its operation
in a viable state.



The result is that the takeover has been successfully completed for an undisclosed
sum, and that Ilford Imaging Switzerland GmbH will operate as a wholly owned
subsidiary of Oji Paper Company under the continued direction of managing director
David Jones.



Other Ilford Group member companies around the world which also went down have
already been individually sold or replaced, resulting in a global network of
independent companies now distributing ILFORD Photo products.

"Judging by some calls we have received, some confusion has arisen due
to the similarity of company names," says ILFORD Photo's marketing director
Howard Hopwood.



"However, the situation is quite clear: it was the old group headed by
Ilford Imaging UK Limited which went into administration in August 2004. Following
this, the UK operation was bought out by the former management team which established
HARMAN technology Ltd as the holding company trading as ILFORD Photo.



"The Swiss company, which was the old group's inkjet paper manufacturing
arm, remained under the control of Grant Thornton until this acquisition by
Oji Paper. It can therefore be seen that this activity has no connection with,
or impact on, ourselves."


For full detail of ILFORD Photo products and services, visit www.ilfordphoto.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 22, 2005 0 comments

Last season's
sold out Just Show Me How Pro tour is back, with new tips, new techniques, and
new ideas for your digital photography workflow. World-renowned photographer,
author, and teacher, Kevin Ames, will educate and entertain you as he shares the
secrets of professional workflow. Kevin is the newest associate of Blue Pixel
Digital Experts, leading photographers and consultants committed to teaching digital
photography from an unbiased, real world perspective. The tour begins on October
2nd in Miami, and travels to eight U.S. cities through the beginning of December.



This one-day seminar will take professional photographers through what to do with
all of those digital files after the photo has been captured. Kevin covers the
ins and outs of downloading from memory cards, adding metadata, backing up, image
optimization, controlling color, delivering files, and creating bulletproof archives
of digital negatives. Attendees will learn how to achieve better results faster
through automation, without sacrificing the integrity of their images or the quality
of their files. As a highly respected photographer, Photoshop author and instructor,
Kevin will also share techniques that are essential to any photographer's
creative workflow.



At the new Just Show Me How seminar, attendees will have great opportunities to
network with colleagues and leading industry experts. They will also gain valuable
hands on experience with exceptional photography products.



Interested seminar attendees should visit www.justshowmehowpro.com
to check the city schedule and register for an upcoming event. The cost to attend
is $149 in advance or $169 for day of, walk-in registration.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2005 0 comments

Mitsubishi's Photo Imaging Division and X-Rite (NASDAQ: XRIT) today reaffirmed
their agreement to license ICC profiles created by X-Rite's MonacoPROFILER
software into Mitsubishi's family of digital photo printers. This agreement
provides professional photographers with higher levels of consistency and integration
between photographic printers and original images.


Mitsubishi Photo Imaging uses MonacoPROFILER software to build ICC profiles
for their key digital photo printers, all of which offer high speed, high resolution
photo quality prints. The ICC profiles greatly reduce the design-to-production
cycle, saving time and money. These ICC profiles can be downloaded from Mitsubishi's
website.



Mitsubishi digital photo printers provide high tech, valuable solutions to digital
photographers across the spectrum. From its economical CP-3020DU, a high speed,
high resolution printer that provides full 8 x 10 and 8 x 12 color prints, to
the high-end CP-9550DW, an ultra fast, large volume digital printer, Mitsubishi
Digital Electronics America offers a comprehensive line of digital printers
to fit any photographer's business.



www.mitsubishi-imaging.com/photo

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2005 0 comments

The Tamrac Model 5261 is a rolling photo/computer briefcase that was designed
to go everywhere. It holds a large digital or film SLR, several large lenses
(with shades) and a compact laptop. The unit is carry-on compatible and is constructed
of strong ballistic nylon and rigid plastic. A foam-padded laptop pocket holds
laptops like Apple's 12" PowerBook G4, or other small laptops up
to 12 ½" x 1 ½" x 10". A weather-protected Speed
Pocket on the front flap keeps important items available for quick access while
a telescoping handle stows away in a zippered pocket. Ball-bearing, in-line
skate wheels ensure a smooth, stable ride and a front accessory pocket with
internal paraphernalia pocket organizes CDs, a PDA and a mobile phone. The 5261
can be customized with Tamrac's Modular Accessory System and Strap Accessory
System products.

www.tamrac.com

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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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