August 28, 2007

September Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
In Brief - Sigma’s APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
Industry Perspective - Online Photo Printing Services are Booming
What's New This Month - HP, Kingston, PictoColor, DxO and Sharpics
Test Report - A Field Test Of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ8 & DMC-TZ3
Vote! - If you do use digital for black and white photography, how do you prefer to do it?

Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Sigma’s APO 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
A Versatile Pro Tele-Zoom
by George Schaub

You know right off from the speed—a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range—that this is going to be a higher value and performance lens. That’s verified by the street price of about $889, more than what you might be used to for what’s considered a standard tele-zoom range. But there’s a lot to this lens that we think makes it worth consideration. First, the constant aperture means you can shoot in lower light with shorter shutter speeds—equivalent to a Vibration Reduction lens with a f/5.6 or so max aperture at the longest focal length. For the diameter of the glass (77mm filter thread) the lens is actually quite lightweight (48 oz) and not excessively long (7.3”); there’s even more advantage in the fact that the focus and zooming does not change the length of the lens. And you can also close focus up to about 39” at all focal lengths, which earns the lens a “Macro” designation but is in actuality a 1:3.5 reproduction ratio.
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Drobo

Drobo offers fully automated storage you don’t have to manage. You became a photographer to express your soul, not become a storage expert. Spend more time creating stunning images and less effort managing them by adding a storage robot to your studio.
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The New York Institute of Photography

The New York Institute of Photography is hosting an International Photo Contest—NYIP Focus: Photograph Your Hometown. Entering the contest is free and it's simple! Contest Entry Ends September 9th. Voting Ends September 15th. Don’t miss out on the chance to win and vote for your favorite photos online— www.nyiphotocontest.com.

Online Photo Printing Services are Booming
By Ron Leach, Publisher

A new report from InfoTrends indicates an increased growth in the use of online photo printing services, resulting in surging revenues for web-based print providers. According to the Weymouth, MA-based market research and consulting firm, online photo service providers generated almost $450 million in revenue from prints and photo merchandise in 2006, and that figure is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2011.
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EIZO

The EIZO ColorEdge CG241W is suited to photographers looking for accurate and stable on-screen display of color and near-perfect color matching with their prints. Advanced features include a wide color gamut with 96% Adobe RGB coverage, 12-bit hardware calibration, and a digital uniformity equalizer function that ensures brightness and chroma are displayed evenly across the entire screen.

     

HP Photosmart R937 Digital Camera
The HP Photosmart R937 Digital features a large, 3.6-inch interactive touchscreen and 8-megapixel resolution.

Kingston Technology Boosts CF Ultimate Card Write Speed to 266X
Kingston Technology Company, Inc.announced it is increasing the write speed of its popular line of CompactFlash Ultimate memory cards to 266X.

PictoColor Releases iCorrect OneClick 1.5 Automatic Color Correction Plug-in for Photoshop CS3
PictoColor Corporation has released iCorrect OneClick 1.5 Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS3.

DxO Labs and REALVIZ Join Forces to Offer Software Bundles
DxO Optics Pro and REALVIZ Stitcher are now available together for a limited time at a significant saving from the online stores of REALVIZ and DxO Labs.

Kingston Technology DataTraveler 100 with "Thumb-Action" Retractable USB Connector
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced the availability of the Kingston DataTraveler 100 (DT 100) USB Flash drive.

Sharpics Studio Lighting Kits
Sharpics, Inc., has revealed its line of enhanced Studio Lighting Kits, designed to offer cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions for achieving professional product photography images.

Xrite Photo

|| Picture Perfect Color || This color management seminar will teach you how to make your prints match your monitor, how to understand ICC profiles, how to use them, and how to get the best possible results in your digital darkroom. Nationwide tour, coming to a city near you! www.xritephoto.com/ppc

ISO, Shake, And Noise: Can High-Quality Digicams Deliver The Goods?A Field Test Of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-FZ8 And DMC-TZ3
by Peter K. Burian

Because D-SLRs provide the ultimate in terms of capabilities, speed, and image quality, those are the cameras that we generally test. Even so, the mid-range to prosumer-grade digicams are surprisingly versatile, especially those with a 10x or greater zoom range. You’ll find that many of the best digicams include most of the features that experienced photographers expect. You may also discover some additional high-tech extras that can be valuable for making sharper images.
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Focal Press

PhotoShop Fun from Focal Press! Get 20% off selected titles at barnesandnoble.com! Featuring new titles such as Adobe Photoshop Layers by Richard Lynch and How to Cheat in PhotoShop CS3 by Steve Caplin as well as bestsellers from Martin Evening, Philip Andrews and Mark Galer.

  Vote!
More and more digital cameras have a “monochrome” mode for making digital images in black and white, in camera. But you can also “convert” images later easily enough in Raw converter or from JPEGs. If you do use digital for black and white photography, how do you prefer to do it?
Please briefly describe your black and white digital workflow.

PhotoPlus

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2007 October 18-20 – Javits Convention Center – New York City
Don’t miss the show that has the products and education you need to be a leader in the photography and imaging industries. Whether you’re a professional or advanced amateur, you will discover a marketplace of solutions that is unrivaled worldwide! Register TODAY at www.photoplusexpo.com!

ProShow Workshop Seminar Tour Dates Announced
Photodex Corporation has released a new schedule of ProShow Workshop Interactive Training Seminars. Held in various locations across the country, the intensive, all-day workshops cover the most important features in ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer. These events are designed for all ProShow users, from novices to experts. The next Seminar takes place on September 15, 2007 in Chicago. Course attendees receive hands-on instruction, training materials and a Training DVD.

Kubota Image Tools Announces Spring 2008 Digital Photography Bootcamp Workshop
Kubota Image Tools is pleased to announce its 15th Digital Photography Bootcamp workshop April 20-25, 2008. Bootcamp, taught by renowned photographer Kevin Kubota, is a 5-day workshop for professional photographers designed to supply all of the technical know-how to run a successful digital portrait/wedding studio; at the same time, it encourages continued development of a photographer’s unique style and creativity.

Photographer/Publisher Andrew Hudson teaches “Successful Self-Publishing” at Sundance Photographic Workshop
Awarding-winning photographer and accomplished self-publisher Andrew Hudson will share the secrets of his success at the Sundance Photographic Workshop, November 8-12, 2007. Conducted in the creative, inspirational environment of the Sundance (Utah) Resort, Mr. Hudson’s “Successful Self-Publishing” course will teach students all the elements of creating, printing and selling their own large-format coffee-table book.

The Photography Competition / Art Competition 2007 is an international contest organized by TCB-Cafe Publishing of San Francisco. The contest aims to develop and raise the visibility of photographic and creative graphics talent, in the form of a competition and the resulting book publication. The culmination will be a beautiful book publication, showcasing the competition winners, and gracing the libraries of museums, galleries, individuals and collectors, as well as appearing in stores throughout the world.

Exhibition - Freestyle and the Creative Center for Photography
Freestyle Photographic Supplies is proud to announce a premiere black and white photographic exhibition: “Three Generations of Weston Photography”. This exhibit runs from September 20 until December 3rd, 2007 at the gallery of the Creative Center for Photography in Hollywood, California.

Hawk Mountain Paper 2007 Inkjet Print Contest
Hawk Mountain Papers holds a print contest every year, encouraging inkjet printers from all over the world to submit their best inkjet prints on Hawk Mountain paper.

Tamron Announces Make You Mark Photo Contest For Tamron Lens Users
The company is looking for images from photo enthusiasts that creatively capture a natural or manmade landmark.

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