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Peter K. Burian Posted: Jul 01, 2005 1 comments

The first Canon letter-size photo printer to employ the ChromaPLUS eight-color ink system, the iP8500 is also the top of the line model in the PIXMA series. Replacing the Color Bubble Jet Photo Printer line, the newer machines boast some extra features, as well as greater speed and quality, thanks to new technology described in our sidebar. The iP8500 should be of greatest...

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Maria Piscopo Posted: Jul 01, 2005 0 comments

The highest goal of presenting your portfolio is to move yourself from the big pool of "unknown" photographers to the pool of "known" photographers clients are likely to hire. To do this, help the clients hire you! Don't just passively show your portfolio. Find out what your prospective clients do and what they are looking for and present that...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 30, 2005 0 comments

dr5 CHROME LAB, profiled in a recent Shutterbug issue, will make its permanent
home in Denver Colorado as of August 5, 2005. After many successful years as
an independent facility in both New York City and Los Angeles proprietor David
Wood has decided to make the mid-west the final location for his unique photo
lab. "We're relocating for our customers' sake, said Wood, inventor of
the dr5 black and white reversal process which produces transparencies from
over thirty black and white film types. "We want to continue providing
outstanding services without having to raise prices. The economy in Denver will
allow us to do that."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 28, 2005 0 comments

HP has announced its first annual "On Assignment with HP" contest
for advanced amateur and professional photographers. Running May 18 through
August 31, 2005, the program is designed to help promote HP's high quality
photo printing solutions and capture a special new collection of original photography.
The winning images will be evaluated and selected based on composition, sharpness,
lightning, creativity and originality by a panel of judges that includes world-renowned
photographer Douglas Kirkland.



"HP's commitment to the photography market runs deep and we believe
this contest will help support and recognize the efforts of this talented community,"
said Enrique Lores, Vice President & General Manager, HP Inkjet Commercial
Division (ICD). "From the advanced amateur photo to fine arts reproduction,
HP's professional photography products incorporate the latest advancements
in HP color sciences with unparalleled output."



Contest participants will have a chance to showcase their imagination and skill
in three categories, designed to allow maximum freedom to explore original creative
ideas. The categories are as follows:

· Color: This category will explore the wide range of brilliant colors
taken through the lens as well as capturing clear, well-defined images.



· Black and White: The best photos in this category will include a wide
range of gray shades, yet will also take into account sharp imagery.



· Portrait/Social: Featuring people in still or social settings, photos
submitted in this category will be judged on both the use of color and well-defined
images.



By demonstrating imagination through the creation of images, a grand prize and
runner-up prize will be awarded in each category. Grand prize winners will be
awarded $5,000 in cash, an HP Designjet 90 series printer, as well as 30 professional-quality
prints from their portfolio. The runner-up prizes include an HP Photosmart 8750
printer and supplies kits including HP Vivera inks and photo paper.



The judging panel will include photographer Douglas Kirkland, a team of creative
professionals from Publicis in the West, and HP representatives. Winners will
be notified on September 30th. Participants may enter the program by uploading
their photo(s) electronically at the program website (www.hp.com/go/onassignment)
from May 18 through August 31, 2005. Only original photographs will be accepted.
Graphic designs or illustrations will not be accepted. For full terms and conditions,
please visit the program website.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 27, 2005 0 comments

Is Fido ready for his close-up? Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXR), a leader
in advanced digital media and accessories, today announced the start of its
online Picture Perfect Pets amateur digital photography contest, in conjunction
with its sponsorship of the upcoming publication of "DOGS 24/7"
and "CATS 24/7," by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, follow-on
books to the hugely popular "America 24/7" book series. Entry details
for contestants are at www.lexar.com/pets.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 27, 2005 0 comments

AgfaPhoto,
the independent company which has emerged from the Consumer Imaging division of
the Agfa-Gevaert Group, has announced it is significantly expanding the range
of its digital film offerings with new products in four popular formats: secure
digital (SD) cards, high-capacity compact flash (CF) cards, xD digital media cards,
and USB memory sticks.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 24, 2005 0 comments

Delkin Devices, Inc., has introduced inkjet printable versions of its popular
eFilm Archival Gold "300-Year" CD-R. The advent of good quality, inexpensive
consumer printers such as Epson's Stylus Photo R200, R300, R320 and others
drive more and more people to look for CD-Rs they can print their own designs
on. eFilm Inkjet Archival Gold CD-R's incorporate patented Phthalocyanine (thalo-sy-a-neen)
dye and a 24k gold reflective layer into every CD-R. The innovative materials
found in eFilm Inkjet Archival Gold CD-R's make them among the most reliable
storage media available. Results of an accelerated aging process used to test
the longevity of CD-R media show eFilm Inkjet Archival Gold CD-R's may safely
store images for more than 300 years.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 23, 2005 0 comments

Extensis has posted free updates for all of our Photoshop Tools products (Mask
Pro, PhotoFrame, Intellihance Pro and pxl SmartScale). The free updates for registered
users will provide Adobe Creative Suite 2 compatibility. As always, information
on any Extensis product compatibility update (for either Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or
Adobe Creative Suite 2) can be accessed at http://www.extensis.com/en/support/product_compatibility.jsp
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 22, 2005 0 comments

High-resolution
digital cameras and a growing number of multimedia devices have catapulted flash
memory cards to much higher capacities and performance levels than ever before.
Transcend Information Inc. recommends its 80X Ultra-Performance high-speed Secure
Digital (SD) Cards (128MB to 1GB capacity.). Transcend's 80X SD Cards
are easy to carry and can be used in most modern-day personal electronics devices.
Extremely fast data transfer speeds of up to 12MB/sec, give the new 80X SD Card
70% faster performance levels. Transcend's digital card series is fully
compatible with digital cameras and other handheld devices. Transcend's
80X SD cards are now available from 128MB to 1GB capacities.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 21, 2005 0 comments

The 8GB SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash card satisfies the need of those using
high-megapixel digital SLRs, those producing large files with every shot. Ultra
II cards offer a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB/sec and a read speed of
10MB/sec. SanDisk also produces their Extreme III CompactFlash lineup, which
has about double the read/write speed, but because the Extreme III uses a different
type of NAND flash memory the maximum capacity of that lineup is 4GB. In tests
with a variety of digital SLRs the Ultra II performed flawlessly, and it sure
was handy having that amount of memory on trips where lots of images were made
during the day's shoot. For Raw images with an 8MP camera we could get
almost 600 images on a card. Retail price for the 8GB card is $999.99, about
what a 1GB CompactFlash card cost three years ago.

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