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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Digital imaging software developer Nik Software, Inc. has announced an arrangement
with digital asset management pioneer iView Multimedia Ltd., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., to offer a software bundle of Nik Color Efex
Pro 2.0 Select Edition and iView MediaPro 3.0. This bundle combines two leading
software solutions for improving digital imaging workflow to provide solutions
for busy professional photographers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 24, 2008 0 comments

Sony is expanding its alpha system of accessories to include the new HVL-F58AM
flash unit with exceptional features for versatile and flexible external lighting
control. This new flash features a new Quick Shift Bounce system. It offers
more creative ways to achieve lighting, flash and bounce angles. The flash head
can pivot 90 degrees left and right on a horizontal axis in addition to the
conventional up and down vertical adjustment. With this system, the camera and
flash unit can keep the same orientation regardless of portrait or landscape
shooting. This gives a higher degree of flexibility when arranging the direction
of light. For example, you can take full advantage of the flash unit's
built-in bounce card even during portrait shots since the flash head can maintain
the same orientation as it would in the landscape position.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 26, 2008 0 comments

Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-W300 digital camera integrates an ultra-high
13.6-megapixel CCD imager along with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom
lens, a 2.7-inch LCD screen and an eye-level viewfinder in a compact size. With
its ultra-hard titanium coating, the W300 camera newly features an "extra
high-speed" burst mode that can shoot three-megapixel photos at five frames
per second, ideal for fast-action shooting of sports, pets or children.



In addition to the blur-reducing effects of Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization,
the camera also has a new "extra high sensitivity" mode (up to ISO
6400 in this mode only) to help minimize blurry photos when shooting in challenging
lighting conditions, such as indoors or at twilight, even without a flash.



Noise reduction is now a user-selectable option, with high, low and standard
settings, for greater control over the final look of images. For example, a
low setting can help reduce noise without sacrificing resolution, making it
ideal for landscapes and detailed subjects.



As the top-of-the-line model in the series, the W300 camera integrates the latest
"intelligent" features. Sony's Smile Shutter technology prioritizes
the faces of children or adults so that the camera takes the photo at the moment
the intended subject smiles. Improved face detection technology can also prioritize
child or adult faces as the basis for the camera to apply focus, exposure, white
balance and flash color controls for up to eight faces in the camera's
frame.



The model's intelligent scene recognition technology automatically can
detect five different types of scenes and optimize the camera settings for those
conditions for a better photo. And advanced mode can take two shots almost immediately
-- one with standard automatic settings and the other with optimized settings.



The W300 model has a number of features to maximize picture quality. Among them
are five color modes, including "real" for less in-camera processing
and more faithful color reproduction; 12 scene selection modes with a new "underwater"
mode that adjusts white balance for more natural-looking photos; Sony's
new D-Range Optimizer Plus that process picture to improve detail in photos
with harsh highlights or dark shadows; and an improved auto focus system that
includes macro ranges.



Viewing and image management has also been enhanced with helpful date and calendar
views, in-camera search by face or date, slide show with longer music files,
and high-definition component output for viewing photos on a compatible HDTV
set.



The DSC-W300 camera and optional accessories will be available in May for about
$350. All can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores
(www.sonystyle.com/retail),
at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.



www.sony.com

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Press Release Posted: Jun 14, 2011 0 comments
Colonnade arch systems from wedding and event product developer Meese Orbitron Dunne Co., La Mirada, Calif. (www.propdecor.com), are available in a choice of contemporary curved, straight and traditional angled styles to coordinate with a wide range of wedding décor and event themes. Ideal for rental managers, wedding planners, photographers, banquet managers and other event professionals, the three different arch styles are placed atop the company’s modern oval, Graeco-Roman, and smooth Tuscan style colonnade arch systems respectively to offer additional creative options in décor setup and decorating.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 14, 2007 0 comments

Tamron Podcasts--including four brand new titles--are currently available
at no cost by going to www.tamron.com, clicking on lenses, and going to the
learning center podcast list. You can download any or all of these instructional
videos directly to your computer and review them in full detail with great sound,
or take them along and view them on the smaller screen of your video-enabled
iPod or other portable device.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 18, 2004 1 comments

Tenba
has introduced a new Travelite line of lightweight, feature-rich, value-priced
line of point-and-shoot and shoulder carry gear. Tenba Travelites feature
a simple, clean design, constructed with the lightweight materials but
rugged enough for everyday use. Each detail was carefully chosen for utility.

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

Several new dye sub printers have been recently announced. These printers employ
thermal transfer technology--they apply heat to a special ink ribbon to produce
colored gas that forms an image on special media. All provide approximately
300dpi resolution, plenty for continuous tone output.



High Speed Pro Printers

Kodak recently introduced two new roll-fed thermal transfer 300dpi Professional
models (with automatic cutters) that generate high quality output for use as
proofs or for immediate sale. Both employ Ektatherm media said to produce prints
that will "last a lifetime". An archival rating has not yet been
published. (They require a computer running Windows 2000 or XP; Mac support
is not available at this time.) The Professional 6850 Digital Photo Printer
is lightning fast. It can deliver 6x8-inch glossies in 15 seconds or 4x6's
in a mere 4 seconds -- hundreds of such photos in a series (without operator
intervention) when high volume is required. (List price $2900; cost per print
not stated; available in August 2005.)

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 26, 2014 0 comments

Manfrotto is just added two new models to their popular tripod lineup: the 535 Single Leg tripod (MVT535AQ) and the Hi-Hat tripod (MVT535HH). The Hi-Hat tripod was designed for low-level or ground shooting, slider support and tabletop applications. Crafted from strong, durable aluminum, both models are easy to use and ideal for videographers. 

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Press Release Posted: Oct 04, 2011 1 comments
Starting September 2011, Carl Zeiss will be offering four new diameters for UV and POL filters (circular): 52 mm, 55 mm, 62 mm and 77 mm. With these new sizes, the company is expanding its range of filters, which until now have only been available in diameters 58 mm, 67 mm, 72 mm and 82 mm. Additional diameter sizes will follow in January 2012: 43 mm and 46 mm as UV filters and 95 mm as a UV and POL filter. This will complete Carl Zeiss’ UV and POL filter program for the most common lens diameters.

“The premium Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters meet only the highest quality standards,” said Michael Schiehlen, Director of Sales for the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. “The filter threads and optics glasses are adjusted to the lenses from Carl Zeiss, but they are also compatible with lenses from other manufacturers.” The T* coating used onCarl Zeiss lenses is also used on its filters. The T* anti-reflective coating minimizes flare on glass-air surfaces and improves light transmission. Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters can be easily changed and used in combination with lens shades. Furthermore, they feature a compact design and front thread. Commercially available lens caps can be used with the filters.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 25, 2006 0 comments

Amax Inc. has announced the release of a versatile, pocket-sized digital media
player that uses SD memory cards and built-in memory to store and play back
thousands of songs or digital photos. The new ultra-lightweight, ultra-compact
MediaMini V-Pod is available in two models, each equipped with 128 MB of built-in
flash RAM, accepting SD cards up to 4 GB in size, as well as MMC cards up to
256 MB.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2005 0 comments

Velbon is expanding its range of carbon fiber tripod choices by offering the
El Carmagne leg assemblies separately. These ultra-light full-size models are
said to be among the lightest, most portable and affordable in their class.
All are constructed of strong, durable, lightweight carbon fiber with magnesium
body, have low-angle adjustment levers allowing extreme grounder capability
with minimum heights mere inches off the ground, and provide heavy-duty 12-pound
load capacity. Other features include robust flip-lock levers for quick leg
adjustment, easy to read leg length adjustment marks, a removable split/lift
center column with accessory hook, and neoprene grips on all legs for comfortable
cold-weather handling.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 10, 2007 0 comments

Anthropics Technology has recently released a new version of their Portrait
Professional automatic portrait enhancement software. The software is designed
to perform face touch-up and airbrushing quickly and easily, without requiring
any touch-up or airbrushing skill.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 04, 2014 0 comments

If you've followed the saga of Vivian Maier, you're probably familiar with her revealing, black-and-white street photos that captured a slice of life of Chicago in the 1950s and '60s.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 14, 2008 0 comments

Wacom Technology Corp. has announced two new members to the Cintiq family --
the Cintiq 12WX and Cintiq 20WSX. The Cintiq 12WX combines all the advantages
and power of direct pen-on-screen input with a new low-profile, lightweight and
flexible design. The new Cintiq 12WX is aimed at professional creators of digital
content looking to improve and streamline their workflow. Storyboarding for 2D
or 3D animations, compositing for post production, designing graphics, as well
as retouching photos are just a few of the many creative applications where the
Cintiq 12WX will excel.



Also joining Wacom's Cintiq lineup is the Cintiq 20WSX, the world's
first wide-format desktop pen display. Combining the the same design elements
and ergonomic enhancements as the Cintiq 21UX, Wacom's latest wide-format
pen display is ideal for those who prefer to work with a 16:10 aspect ratio and
may not require the increased resolution of the 21UX.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2005 0 comments

Wacom's new Graphire4 pen tablets are said to provide the tools needed
to have fun editing photos and exploring digital creativity. These new pen tablets
include a patented, cordless, battery-free pen and mouse, a tablet and five
valuable software applications. Using the natural control of the pen and the
included software, it's easy to enhance photos and to create artwork for
scrapbooks, craft projects and slide shows. It's also easy to communicate
more personally by using the pen to digitally jot notes, annotate documents
and sketch quick diagrams. Graphire4 pen tablets are available immediately in
a choice of three colors (Silver, White and Metallic Blue) and two sizes (4x5
and 6x8) which are priced at $99 and $199.

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