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Press Release Posted: Jul 09, 2010 0 comments

OP/TECH USA’s UTILITY STRAP– Sling Version offers rapid access to camera or binoculars while maintaining the security of a strap worn across the shoulder. Using OP/TECH USA's exclusive Uni-Loop connectors, gear hangs securely at the side and will glide up and down the continuous loop sling without interfering with a camera's tripod connection. Most cameras will attach with a single Uni-Loop connector, but cameras with a second attachment point on the right side, or cameras with battery grips will use two. An adjustable “stop” lets the photographer configure the position where the camera hangs best. The quick disconnects allows one to change from a sling configuration to a more conventional neck/shoulder strap using any of OP/TECH USA's System Connectors (sold separately). The UTILITY STRAP is fully adjustable and is available in black. It’s proudly made 100% in the USA.

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Press Release Posted: Oct 11, 2012 7 comments
Introducing Abeo Plus, a versatile and durable tripod that provides exceptional support with a host of user-friendly features for a combination of strength and convenience.

Abeo Plus is the latest in Vanguard’s Abeo family of tripods for photo, video, and nature observation. Made to enable quick and easy setup without sacrificing support for heavy camera and lens combinations, Abeo Plus is made to handle virtually any situation. Available in diamond-woven carbon fiber or heavy-gauge aluminum,

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Press Release Posted: Jan 27, 2012 15 comments
VANGUARD has introduced its anticipated Abeo Series tripod.  Whether photographers are shooting still or video or both, Abeo’s strong legs support a heavy loading weight while maintaining a lighter overall weight than competitive tripods with similar loading capacities. Its legs securely adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles with an ergonomic, ultra fast release button. Quick-flip leg locks enable fast setup and are tension adjustable.
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Press Release Posted: Jan 24, 2011 0 comments

Professional photographers whose shoots take them from studio to outdoors will love Vanguard’’s new Auctus Plus Series tripod. This ultra stable, flexible tripod enables precise positioning and fine tuning that is great for the studio with extra features that make outdoor shoots a breeze, too.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 13, 2013 1 comments
Today’s DSLRs do a lot to keep your images sharp, but for long exposures and perfect camera alignment, you still can’t beat a tripod. We want to see your best shots that could not have been accomplished without three legs under your camera: Breathtaking panoramas, action-packed long exposures, eye-popping HDR, and hyper-detailed macro are all welcome. We’ll give the best shot an ABEO Pro 283CGH tripod (value $549) plus the winning photo will appear in Shutterbug Magazine.
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Press Release Posted: Oct 12, 2011 1 comments
Vanguard has introduced new photo messenger bags, slings, backpacks and sporting optics.

The Heralder Series is a fast-action messenger bag for on-the-move photographers, such as photojournalists and event photographers. With The Heralder’s Quick Top Access, photographers will never miss a beat of the action, or be scooped by the competition, because it eliminates fumbling with gear. With just one quick zip, users can access gear and get shooting in a split second!

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 02, 2004 0 comments

CPI
Technologies, Inc. has launched it's VersaFrame.com website to show the
world a new concept in picture framing technology. The VersaFrame Modular
displays are said to tackle an age-old problem in a maximizing display
spaces and utilizing personal creativity.



Pairs of clear, hinged, sliding panes hold numerous materials - from photographs
to certificates of achievement and everything in between. These panes
slide into anodized aluminum channels that can be custom cut into an infinite
number of sizes and display configurations.



VersaFrame also offers "Educational Frame Systems" for schools
or parents that want to give young children a place to practice writing
letters, making shapes and coloring pictures. Content can be changed in
seconds and offer ongoing challenges to developing minds. Using included
dry-erase markers on special scratch-resistant panes, even young children
can practice and erase drawings with ease. VersaFrame Display Products
are made in the USA in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.



Contact: http://www.VersaFrame.com

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Press Release Posted: Mar 19, 2010 0 comments

Version 5.0 firmware for PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 brings the very latest features to both new and current PocketWizard owners. It offers two important features for Canon DSLR photographers. Its unique Rear Curtain Sync automatically engages to delay flash until the absolute end of the exposure with either on-camera or remote Canon speedlights as well as flashes triggered by standard PocketWizard radios or any studio flash with built-in PocketWizard receiver. Exclusive Pre-Flash Boost automatically increases preflash power to provide enhanced and more stable E-TTL performance for bounce flash, when using flash diffusers and for flash fill in bright daylight conditions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 21, 2007 0 comments

Vertus in partnership with DxO Labs announced the immediate availability of
three new bundled software packages. Each package includes the newest version
of Vertus' award-winning Fluid Mask and either DxO Optics Pro v4.5 (Standard
or Elite) or DxO FilmPack software.

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Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2008 0 comments

Vertus and Imagenomic announced a new series of software bundles that will provide
photographers and creative professionals with unique, award-winning solutions
for image extractions and creative enhancements. From August 13 to September
30, 2008, Imagenomic's entire plug-in suite -- Noiseware Pro, Portraiture,
and RealGrain -- will be bundled with Vertus' Fluid Mask 3 at a 20% discount.
Photographers, graphic designers and image editors alike will be able to incorporate
these industry leading tools into their creative and production workflows at
a significant reduction in cost.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2007 0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, has announced the
official launch of Fluid Mask 3 masking software. Addressing the challenge of
quickly and easily separating problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves,
Fluid Mask 3 is said to leverage a more effective edge detection system, along
with the improved "Smart Blending" capability unique to the software.
Fluid Mask 3 presents a slider that enables the user to switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Next, within focused areas, the
user may invoke complex edge and special hair blending algorithms, which, for
the first time, automatically cut out tricky edges and difficult hair such as
highlights and hair with wide color differences (e.g. black hair next to white
hair against a grey background).



Fluid Mask 3 boasts improvements to the initial image processing time, enabling
users who are operating multiple processors to realize increased speeds up to
40% faster than the previous versions. The result is a quicker transition from
a base image editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, into Fluid Mask. Ultimately,
Fluid Mask significantly improves the overall efficiency of the image editing
process, from loading to the final cut-out.



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added new tools to the program. These new
features include:



· A new "Save Settings" option enables users to easily recall
edge detection, blending, and resolution options from previous sessions, eliminating
the need to continually reprogram these options when working with batches of pictures.



· The "Color Workspace" palette now includes a "Color
Sampler" which enables users to select specific colors from an image and
see where else within that image the same color appears. Also available in the
"Color Workspace", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate color
selection.



· A new "Patch" system allows users to make changes affecting
a selected localized region without affecting the rest of the image. "Patches"
can be easily selected with a highlighting brush tool rather than relying on a
standard box shaped patch. Once a "Patch" has been selected, users
can call up the most popular editing options with a simple right click of the
mouse.


Localized "Edge Detection" tools enable users to automatically detect
hard to find edges inside a Patch. In the same way, localized edge blending techniques
are used in Patches to overcome common problems such as masking hair and complex
colored foregrounds and backgrounds.



Fluid Mask 3 is currently available for Windows XP & Vista and Mac Intel and
Power PC 10.3.9 upwards and is priced at $239. Fluid Mask 3 will continue to function
as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 & Elements; and for the first time
will also work in stand alone mode for image formats that accept transitions to
transparency in 8 bit RGB color -- e.g. TIFF and PNG. Users working on tablet
style computers and peripherals, such as the Wacom Tablet, should note that Fluid
Mask 3 contains a new pressure sensitivity control that can regulate brush size.



www.vertustech.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 30, 2007 0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, a technology
business specializing in image data interpretation, today announced the launch
of Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA. This latest version of Vertus' image editing
software is for rapid, powerful and intuitive masking and high-quality image
blending.



With improvements to the initial image processing time, Fluid Mask 3 users who
are operating multiple processors will realize increased speeds up to 40% faster
than the previous versions,. The result is a quicker transition from a base
image editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, into Fluid Mask. Ultimately,
Fluid Mask significantly improves the overall efficiency of the image editing
process, from loading to the final cut-out.



With a more effective edge detection system, along with the improved "Smart
Blending" capability unique to Fluid Mask, this latest version makes separating
problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves, quick and easy. First there
is a slider, which allows the user to seamlessly switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Second, within focused areas,
the user may invoke special hair blending algorithms, which for the first time
automatically cuts out tricky hair such as highlights and hair with wide color
differences (e.g. black hair next to white hair against a grey background).



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added additional tools to the program.
These new features include:



· A new "Save Settings" option enables users to easily recall
edge detection, blending, and resolution options from previous sessions, eliminating
the need to continually reprogram these options when working with batches of
pictures;

· The "Color Work Space" palette now includes a "Color
Sampler" which enables users to select specific colors from an image and
see where else within that image the same color appears. Also available in the
"Color Work Space", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate
color selection;

· Several new brush tools and the improved "Localized Edge Detection
System" enable users to perform more detailed edge finding and more refined
blending;

· A new "Patch" system allows users to make changes affecting
a selected localized region without affecting the rest of the image.

· "Patches" can be easily selected with a highlighting brush
tool rather than relying on a standard box shaped patch. Once a "Patch"
has been selected, users can call up the most popular editing options with a
simple right click of the mouse.

· Users are now able to launch a test rendering of the localized patch,
and toggle between the working image and a rendering of the final mask;

· Improved intuitive help features such as "Best of Breed Help"
offers XML help files and direct links to Fluid Mask tutorials, enabling easy
access to hands-on demonstrations.



Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA is currently available for Windows XP & Vista;
a Mac version will follow shortly. Fluid Mask 3 will continue to function as
a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 & Elements; and for the first time
will also work in stand alone mode for image formats that accept transitions
to transparency in 8 bit RGB color -- e.g. TIFF and PNG. Users working
on tablet style computers and peripherals, such as the Wacom Tablet, should
note that Fluid Mask 3 contains a new pressure sensitivity control that can
regulate brush size.



Users can download a free 30 Day Trial of Fluid Mask 3 BETA by visiting the
Vertus website at http://www.vertustech.com.
During the BETA phase, Fluid Mask 3 will be available for $199 US.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 10, 2010 0 comments

Vimeo has added a second playback option for all of its members who use the Chrome or Safari browsers with the public beta launch of its new HTML5 player.

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Press Release Posted: Jan 24, 2011 1 comments

Online video sharing site Vimeo launched Vimeo Video School, a free online educational initiative to help people of all skill-sets make better videos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2007 0 comments

Rick Sammon's
new DVD -- Rick Sammon's Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training Photo
Workshop -- shows viewers all the basic steps of making great images. Even
if you don't own a Digital Rebel, you'll still gain a complete understanding
of digital SLR photography.



From camera basics to exposure, white balance, lenses, sports shooting, photographing
in low light, close-up photography, people and portraits, animals and pets,
Rick breaks down complex topics into fun and interesting lessons.



In the video, Rick goes on location to Universal Studios, Orlando, FL; Jungle
World at the Bronx Zoo; the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine, Florida; Madam
Tussauds Wax Museum in New York City; and other picturesque places to entertain,
educate and inspire viewers to becoming better photographers. Sample lessons
from the DVD are posted on www.rickspixelmagic.com.
The DVD runs 1.5 hours and is available on amazon.com, bn.com and in bookstores.
List price is $19.99.

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