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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2005 0 comments

As America struggles to cope with the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane
Katrina, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has taken unprecedented steps
to assist photographers in the affected areas. Yesterday the PPA Board of Directors
guaranteed up to $200,000 for the recently established PPA Disaster Relief Fund,
as the Association continues its fundraising efforts.

"With more than 250 PPA members in the stricken areas of Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana, PPA knows firsthand of the destruction caused by this hurricane,"
said Ann Monteith, PPA President. "We all watched in shock and sadness as
the scope of the damage unfolded, and we felt compelled to find a way to directly
help PPA members affected by this disaster as soon as possible. We will continue
fundraising in hopes that we can surpass the $200,000 mark."

PPA's relief fund was established last week through PPA Charities, a 501(c)(3)
organization. The original intent was to disburse the money collected to disaster
relief agencies. PPA's Board of Directors, in response to requests from
PPA members, voted this week to shift the focus of the relief fund so that it
will now be used to provide direct aid to PPA member photographers. The fund will
distribute $1,000 to each PPA member studio directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"PPA's members have a long history of pulling together to help each
other in times of crisis," said PPA CEO, David Trust. "PPA's
Disaster Relief Fund is another example of our members' commitment to one
another and their spirit of generosity and compassion."

In addition to directly assisting its members, PPA is contributing $10,000 ($5,000
each) to its two state Affiliates in the hard-hit areas, Professional Photographers
of Louisiana and Professional Photographers of Mississippi-Alabama. These Affiliates
will use the contributions to directly assist their members.

To request a studio grant, PPA members in the disaster areas should call PPA at
1-800-786-6277 and ask to speak with a Disaster Relief assistant. They will be
asked to provide information and details including name, studio name and address,
temporary location information, brief description of damage/loss, where the grant
money can be sent or wired, and how they can currently be reached.

How Others Can Help

PPA is challenging its other members, along with vendors and suppliers in the
industry, to join forces with PPA by contributing to the relief fund. Contributions
can be made by sending a check payable to PPA Charities to Disaster Relief, c/o
Professional Photographers of America, 229 Peachtree Street, Suite 2200, Atlanta,
GA, 30303. Please note "Disaster Relief" on the check.

PPA also needs your help getting the word out about the Disaster Relief Fund.
If you know of anyone who has been directly affected by the hurricane, please
do whatever you can to get information to them about the relief fund so they can
receive assistance right away. Please also encourage photographers with useful
information to share it on the Hurricane Katrina Forum on

PPA Charities is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that allows
imaging professionals to combine their individual efforts to make an impact on
the lives of children and families everywhere. It also allows PPA to become a
force for positive change in our society and to make a difference in the lives
of others. For more information about PPA Charities, visit

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world's largest and most
influential photographic and imaging trade organization, exists to assist its
more than 14,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal
goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making
of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder
of history. For more information about PPA, visit

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 13, 2007 0 comments

Breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and their families each
year. It's a disease that can strike any one at any time -- no one
-- man or woman is exempt. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is devoted
to building awareness and finding a cure while sharing stories and information
about breast cancer. This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Casio, Inc. will release a special-edition camera bundle, featuring a pink EX-Z75,
a camera case embossed with the pink ribbon and a pink ribbon-clad lanyard to
show their proud support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

The EX-Z75, a 7.2 megapixel digital camera which is part of Casio's highly-regarded
zoom line of EXILIM cameras, will be available as a special bundle in the month
of October to help raise awareness of NBCF's mission -- Help for
Today...Hope for Tomorrow.

"The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded to give help, support
and hope to those facing breast cancer," said Janelle Hail, Founder and
President of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. "We thank Casio, Inc.
for joining us in helping save lives through education and early detection."

The EX-Z75 is packed with a 2.6-inch wide LCD display, Anti-Shake DSP for reducing
photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects and eBay mode which allows
for photographs to be easily uploaded at the appropriate size for selling on
eBay or for personal web use.

"We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation,"
said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division. "We
hope that by purchasing the EX-Z75 in honor of breast cancer patients and survivors,
users will capture every valuable moment with their friends and family."

The special-edition pink EX-Z75 will be available beginning October 2007 and
can be purchased at Staples, Sears, Adir, Fred Meyer, BJ's, Nexcom and
AAFES. The bundle package will have an MSRP of $179.99, and will proudly sponsor
the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please visit

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation extends women's lives through education
about breast cancer and early detection. The organization provides hope to women
and families affected by breast cancer through a community of caring support
and encouragement that enables those diagnosed with breast cancer to have fulfilling
lives during their treatment and afterward. Learn more at


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Press Release Posted: Dec 09, 2009 0 comments

DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro version 6, its award-winning software solution for demanding photographers. This new version provides the best-ever images from extreme ISO shots and further extends optical fault correction, while increasing both accessibility and productivity.

DxO Optics Pro 6 will be offered with an exceptional 33% introductory discount through December 31, 2009.

While camera manufacturers keep competing for high ISO performance, DxO Labs now offers the image processing technologies which are critical to delivering top-notch image quality from such extreme ISO shots.

In low-light conditions, photographers must choose between using low ISO and risking unnatural flash lighting or camera shake, or using high ISO settings with its typical image noise and loss of colors and details. But now, thanks to a new technological approach, DxO Optics Pro 6 sets a new bar for RAW conversion: photographers can push their cameras to the ISO limits and even beyond - as much as one to two stops above their usual ISO settings! - and still get great photos without any noticeable loss in image quality.

DxO Labs' new de-noising technology significantly extends the effective dynamic range and best leverages the higher bit-depth that modern sensors provide. Cleaning noise out of dark regions of the images allows photographers to digitally relight them (e.g. using DxO Lighting tool).

DxO Optics Pro has long been recognized for its unrivalled automatic optical fault correction based on DxO Optics Modules - laboratory-grade mathematical models characterizing the optical faults of each particular camera & lens combination which are computed for each focal length, each aperture, each focusing distance, etc. More than 1600 DxO Optics Modules are available today and can now be automatically detected and downloaded to the application - and this number is growing at an accelerated pace.

Also, for photographers who desire to adjust optical correction for a creative purpose, or to handle lenses that are not calibrated yet, DxO Optics Pro 6 now provides controls to manually adjust distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and sharpness (USM) for any lens.

As DxO Optics Pro expert users always look for more precise controls, DxO Optics Pro 6 features an additional fine detail adjustment which specifically deals with the preservation of high spatial frequency texture and details of the images - another demonstration of DxO Labs' consistent effort to bring the best to the optical faults correction so photographers can obtain the most perfect images.

DxO Optics Pro 6's user interface has been revamped to ease the first hands-on experience for beginners, providing them with the easiest RAW Conversion tool delivering best quality without the pain. For experts and professional photographers, productivity and control levels have also been improved.

Both the Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 6 add support to the Olympus D-SLR family, along with latest Sony and Nikon cameras:

  • Olympus E3, E30, E410, E420, E450, E510, E520, E620,
  • Sony A230, A330, A380,
  • Nikon D300s.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2005 0 comments

DXG USA has introduced two new 5.1 megapixel digital cameras designed for entry-level
and step-up buyers. The two models will be available for shipping in August.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 07, 2007 0 comments

Industries, Inc. has been chosen by Eye-Fi, Inc. to manufacture the world's
first wireless memory card for digital cameras. The wireless memory card launched
by Eye-Fi capitalizes on Wi-Fi technology, providing camera users an effortless
way to remove virtually all obstacles for instant photo sharing. As Wi-Fi becomes
more prevalent in homes, Wi-Fi connectivity is becoming increasingly important
as a feature for consumer products. By integrating the Wi-Fi function into a
flash memory card in a standard SD form factor, the Eye-Fi Card brings wireless
connectivity to the digital camera and also operates as a conventional SD memory
card. The Wi-Fi connectivity provides an ultra-convenient way for camera users
to send photographs directly to home computers and online photo or social networking
sites for instant sharing or printing.


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Press Release Posted: May 10, 2010 0 comments

Hoodman adds a smart hot shoe mount for using the HoodLoupe 3.0 during DSLR Video Capture.
The new mount is called HoodCrane. HoodCrane is available with the Cinema Kit Pro
which includes HoodLoupe 3.0, HoodMAG- a new magnifying video eyecup for your Hood-
Loupe 3.0--and the HoodCrane. If you already have the HoodLoupe 3.0 you can pick up the
HoodCrane and HoodMAG separately.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 02, 2006 0 comments

Fuji's 6.3 megapixel FinePix F30 is the world's first point-and-shoot
digital camera with full-resolution ISO equivalency speeds as high as 3200--a
capability previously reserved for cameras targeted at advanced amateur and
professional photographers. The F30 also features a Picture Stabilization mode
in which the camera automatically sets the light sensitivity and shutter speed
for the highest quality results.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2008 0 comments

DxO Labs today announced that DxO Optics Pro v5, the latest version of its
award-winning flagship software application for automatic image quality enhancement
for Digital SLR camera users, now supports the new Nikon D3 camera body and
an initial selection of lenses. The addition of this professional Digital SLR
comes close on the heels of support for the recently released Nikon D300 advanced
Digital SLR. Lens correction modules for three popular Nikkor lenses are available
for the Nikon D3: the AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
and the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. Support for the Nikon D3 and lenses is
available in DxO Optics Pro v5 Elite.


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Press Release Posted: Aug 30, 2010 0 comments

Mamiya announces the release of new remote viewing software for the DM-series and RZ33 digital cameras and backs. Featuring newly enhanced resolution capabilities for the Apple iPad as well as other features for both the Apple iPhone and iPad, the new Leaf Capture Remote v. 2.0 viewing App offers Mamiya Digital photographers a more convenient viewing solution for both clients and assistants. And its familiar user interface makes the software easy to use for even the most novice user.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 26, 2006 0 comments

Leaf has debuted its new Leaf Aptus S-Series at Photokina. The three new digital
camera backs: Leaf Aptus 75S, Leaf Aptus 65S, and Leaf Aptus 54S-- feature
record-breaking speed rates and unlimited burst depths.

The Leaf Aptus S-Series camera backs have the capability to deliver exceptional
shooting speeds from 0.8 seconds per frame--or as many as 75 frames per
minute--with unlimited burst depths. The design incorporates advanced,
accelerated image-processing hardware, including a new, lossless image-compression
engine, designed to achieve record-breaking speeds. Leaf has significantly accelerated
shooting speed by doubling the CCD sensor readout speed, and has also doubled
the buffer size to effectively support unlimited burst depths. The new S-Series
maximizes the newest Sandisk CompactFlash Extreme IV card technology for portable
shooting. The camera backs support the latest Firewire 800 standard for data
transfer of up to 800Mbps and sensitivity levels up to 800 ISO.

The Leaf Aptus is the world's first and only camera back with a built-in
6 x 7 cm touch screen LCD. This design innovation enables professional photographers
to work intuitively, accessing any point on the RAW image with one touch for
quick evaluation. The large touch screen gives one-tap access to a range of
essential functions and predefined settings that are typically needed before
and during a photo shoot. The interface can be accessed in six languages, including
Chinese and Japanese.

New Leaf Capture 10 versions for PC and Intel Mac

The latest version of Leaf Capture 10.1 now includes live video, a new temperature
slider, and additional new features. Leaf is also launching a PC version of
Leaf Capture 10. Designed for simplicity, the Leaf Capture 10 application is
the ideal shooting partner for professional photographers. The software supports
real-time adjustment and perfection of images while the photos are being taken,
using one clear, simple window to perform the tasks and view the results. With
the ability to view Leaf RAW images 1:1, photographers can see the true data
from their shots and check essential settings. The ease and efficiency of this
operation deliver significant timesavings and productivity gains.

At the show Leaf is showcasing three demonstration studios to represent a commercial
studio, a fashion shoot, and a surprise main attraction.

For additional information visit:


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 24, 2008 0 comments

Phase One A/S has announced the P 65+ digital back and the P 65+ camera system
based on Sensor+ CCD technology co-developed with DALSA Semiconductor. This
patent-pending, Sensor+ technology is said to represent a significant advancement
in image capture. The chip platform offers the most demanding photographers
upgradeable CCD functions.


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Press Release Posted: Jan 10, 2011 1 comments

Phase One released Capture One 6, its most advanced professional raw conversion and image editing software. Its incredible flexibility ensures the utmost in creative control, while delivering uncompromising image quality.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 14, 2004 0 comments

Sinar Bron Imaging has announced the
FOBA T-T Plast, washable plastic backgrounds that are extremely durable. Each
T-T Plast sheet can be used with any background or table and is ideal for photographing
wet or dirty objects, as the backgrounds are extremely tough and will last through
the toughest shoot. Cleaning is quite easy and can be done with water alone or
with a mild soap solution. FOBA T-T Plast is available in a set of 14 different
colors. Each sheet is 100 x 130 cm and 0.3 mm thick.

FOBA T-T Plast is available at participating Sinar Bron Imaging Dealers or by
calling Sinar Bron Imaging at (800) 456-0203.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 12, 2007 0 comments

Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. is pleased to announce plans to re-introduce an ISO 50 Fujichrome
Velvia professional film, tentatively named Velvia II. Fujichrome Velvia (RVP
50) was the first high color saturation, high contrast transparency E-6 compatible
film when it was introduced in 1990 and was a favorite among photographers. Its
discontinuation was announced last year due to difficulties in procuring some
of the raw materials used to produce the emulsion.

As a result, Fujifilm research and development teams have developed substitute
raw materials and new manufacturing technologies that enable the company to restart
production. The new film is expected to be available in late spring 2007. The
characteristics of the new emulsion will mirror that of the previous product.


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