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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 15, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) will introduce a beta version of
Adobe Photoshop CS3 software, the next release of the world standard in digital
imaging, on Friday, December 15th. Adobe is delivering a widely available Photoshop
CS3 beta to enable customers to more easily transition to the latest hardware
platforms, particularly Apple's new Intel-based systems. The beta is available
as a Universal Binary for the Macintosh platform, as well as for Microsoft Windows
XP and Windows Vista computers. The final shipping release of Adobe Photoshop
CS3 is planned for Spring 2007. The software can be downloaded at: http://labs.adobe.com,
in the early hours Pacific Standard Time on December 15.

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Press Release Posted: Sep 17, 2010 0 comments

PhotoReflect (www.PhotoReflect.com) has launched a new and improved shopping cart for the pro photographer’s customer. Dubbed by the company as the ‘Super Cart,’ online photo customers can more efficiently review and edit their orders.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 04, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs has made available a public beta version of its soon-to-be released
DxO Optics Pro version 3.0 software. DxO Optics Pro V3.0 automatically enhances
images produced by Digital Single-Lens Reflex (Digital-SLR) cameras and their
lenses with revolutionary optics, noise and lighting corrections packed in an
all-new, easy-to-use feature rich application.



Serious photographers worldwide are invited to download and test-drive DxO Optics
Pro V3.0 from the DxO Labs Web site (http://www.dxo.com) and provide feedback
on all aspects of this landmark application.



DxO Labs' unique, automatic optical corrections are a core part of DxO
Optics Pro V3.0. Based on sophisticated models of camera and lens performance,
DxO Optics Engine together with the associated lens correction modules automatically
removes lens distortion, vignetting, lens softness and lateral chromatic aberration.
Corrections can be accomplished automatically with no user interaction required
even though the corrections required can differ greatly from one image to the
next.



Based on a set of unique algorithms developed by DxO Labs and on precise camera
sensor modelization, the all-new DxO Noise Engine automatically achieves a reduction
of up to two stops in image noise while preserving maximum detail. For example,
an image shot at 1600 ISO and processed by DxO Noise Engine will present a noise
level equivalent to an image shot at 400 ISO.



A brand new DxO technology included in this release, DxO Lighting is a unique
local exposure and dynamic range optimizer. Automatically replicating analog
film techniques known as "dodging and burning", DxO Lighting Engine
brings out shadow detail of digital image files while preserving highlights,
textures, colors and a natural look.

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Staff Posted: May 13, 2009 0 comments

Nik Software announced today that Color Efex Pro 3.0, its popular digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements, is now available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and higher. The update is free to current owners of Color Efex Pro 3.0.

“We are very pleased to offer for Lightroom users two of our most popular products, Viveza and Color Efex Pro 3.0,” said Michael J. Slater president and CEO of Nik Software. “Now photographers using Lightroom can utilize our unique Color Efex Pro filters and take advantage of our U Point technology to selectively apply enhancements without the need for any complicated masks.”

Color Efex Pro 3.0 installs as a plug-in for Lightroom 2.3, itself a free update from earlier versions and available for download at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates. Once installed, Color Efex Pro 3.0 is accessible via the Lightroom Photo>Edit In… menu. Edits made using the plug-in within Lightroom are non-destructive in nature, with edits applied automatically to a newly generated TIFF file and not the original. It also takes advantage of Lightroom and its efficiencies for every day tasks, like the ability to edit multiple images in one session, saving time for photographers.

Color Efex Pro 3.0 filters are the leading photographic filters for digital photography. Widely used by many of today's professional photographers, the award-winning Color Efex Pro includes U Point technology for precise selective control and offers 52 traditional and stylizing filters that let users quickly and easily perform high quality retouching, color correction and creative enhancements. For more product information including video lessons visit: www.niksoftware.com/colorefexpro.

All Nik Software plug-in products now feature Nik Software’s patented U Point technology which revolutionizes the way photographers edit. U Point powered Control Points give photographers precise selective editing functions without the need to create complicated selections and layer masks. This innovative technology is easy to use and works directly on the image, empowering photographers to make selective enhancements in a fraction of the time needed by using other methods. 

Nik Software also announces that all of its remaining photographic filter products are being updated to support Lightroom. The next plug-in will be Silver Efex Pro. As these Lightroom-compatible versions become available, current owners will receive updates free of charge. All products are expected to be available by the end of the second quarter of 2009.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 27, 2007 0 comments

Less than a year ago the MAC Group launched the Induro brand of professionally
designed, high performance support gear to the US market. Now, the MAC Group is
pleased to announce www.InduroGear.com. Not only does the new Induro site offer
complete product specifications, product benefits and a whole host of the more
expected features -- there is an interactive product search, an interactive
camera compatibility search, and a user search engine.
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Press Release Posted: Jan 19, 2011 1 comments

onOne Software, Inc.announced the immediate availability of Perfect Resize, one component of the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 for Adobe® Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture. The next generation of Genuine Fractals technology, Perfect Resize adds new features for achieving sharp detail when enlarging images, new gallery wrap and tiling options, and interface enhancements for photographers who want to make the highest quality prints. Perfect Resize supports Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3 and can now be used directly from within Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture without the need for a separate host application.

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Press Release Posted: Feb 03, 2010 1 comments

Samsung Electronics America, Inc announced the Samsung NX10 with a 14.6 MP APS-C size CMOS sensor and 3.0” AMOLED screen. Users can also record in HD movies. Available in two colors, Noble Black and Titan Silver, the Samsung NX10 is small, light and ergonomically designed. The company’s latest innovation, the new DRIMe II Pro engine and advanced AF algorithm, also provide ultra fast AF speed with the higher precision of contrast AF.

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Staff Posted: Oct 21, 2009 0 comments

In 1939, Ken Becker opened Calumet in Chicago as a storefront specializing in sporting goods that also sold some cameras. Calumet's destiny was shaped by a seemingly minor event. One day, a customer traded a metal-bending hand brake for a Deardorff camera. Becker seized the opportunity to use the hand brake to manufacture stainless-steel developing trays for local photo labs and photographers. The trays caught on,and this new manufacturing side of the business grew to include tanks, sinks and print washers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

Samsung is set to introduce the GX-20 -- its highly-anticipated, next generation
DSLR. A 14.6 mega-pixel DSLR, the GX 20 extends the range of Samsung's
acclaimed GX-Series. The GX-20 improves on many of the advanced qualities of
its sibling DSLR, the 10.2 mega-pixel GX-10; however a host of new features
and firsts truly set this camera apart from any other GX Series model previously
introduced by Samsung. The GX-20 is highlighted by its proprietary, high performance
CMOS sensor. The Samsung CMOS sensor is equipped with 14 mega-pixel resolution,
can capture 14-bit RAW images, and maintains outstanding noise performance,
even at a high ISO setting of 6400. The GX 20 also incorporates improved sensor-based
shake-reduction as well as a double dust-removal system, which is designed to
prevent miniscule specs of dust from ruining a perfect image.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2007 0 comments

Nik Software
Inc. has announced the latest upgrade to its noise reduction tool Dfine 2.0.
Designed to improve image quality, Dfine 2.0 now includes Nik Software's
patented U Point technology for selective editing control and a completely new
user interface that is easier to use and improves workflow for busy photographers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 07, 2005 0 comments

Photo sharing and printing options are becoming more interesting every day.
HP has announced that customers of its Snapfish online photo service can now
order prints online and have them ready for pickup in as little as one hour
at their local Walgreens. The in-store service applies to sizes 4x6 through
8x10 inches. The service is first rolling out for Walgreens locations in Boston,
New York and San Francisco. By late September HP anticipates that the service
will expand to over 4000 Walgreens locations.

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Posted: Jul 16, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has achieved another breakthrough in imaging technology
innovation with the introduction of the world's first 50 million pixel CCD
image sensor for professional photography. At 50 million pixels, or megapixels,
the sensor captures digital images with unprecedented resolution and detail. For
instance, with a 50 megapixel camera, in an aerial photo of a field 1-½
miles across, you could detect an object about the size of a small notebook computer
(1 foot by 1 foot).



What's more, the KODAK KAF-50100 Image Sensor features a newly designed
pixel that is smaller in size than the pixel used in current products for this
professional market. This new pixel also reduces "click-to-capture"
time for improved camera response, lowers power consumption for improved battery
life, and improves color fidelity without compromising on the benefits to be enjoyed
from larger pixel sizes.



"Professional photographers need to capture ever-increasing image detail
with higher camera performance, and that to drives us to develop new technologies
and products to serve this important market," said Michael Miller, manager
of Kodak's CCD Image Sensor Business, part of the company's Image
Sensor Solutions group. "Kodak image sensors have been known as the professional
imaging standard for years, and today's announcement reaffirms our dedication
to provide industry-leading image sensors that give professional photographers
a real competitive advantage."



The new Kodak sensor is the first to utilize the company's new KODAK TRUESENSE
6.0 micron Full Frame CCD Technology Platform, which increases both the resolution
and camera performance available to photographers. Based on a newly designed 6.0
micron pixel, the platform provides increased data throughput for faster frame
rate, a reduced "click to capture" time for improved camera response,
lower power consumption for improved battery life, and improved color fidelity,
while still retaining key performance parameters available from the larger, 6.8
micron pixel used in current products. With an 8176 x 6132 pixel array, the 50
million pixel sensor provides the highest resolution available in the popular
48 mm x 36 mm optical format used in medium format photography.



The KAF-50100 is the latest addition to Kodak's family of full-frame CCD
image sensors for the professional photography market. Engineering grade devices
of the KAF-50100 are currently available, with volume production planned for Q4,
2008.


For additional information regarding this technology, please contact Image Sensor
Solutions, Eastman Kodak Company at (585) 722-4385 or by email at imagers@kodak.com.
For more information on Kodak's entire portfolio of image sensors, please
visit www.kodak.com/go/imagers.

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Press Release Posted: May 17, 2010 0 comments

Sony has introduced two innovative α (alpha) compact interchangeable lens digital cameras (models NEX-5 and NEX-3) that provide the quality of a digital SLR in a compact body that is easy to slip into a small purse or jacket pocket for ultimate portability.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 09, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has announced that it has posted an interview
with legendary photojournalist Harry Benson on its `Icons of Photography'
microsite. A witness to history, Benson shares what it was like to be standing
next to Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated, how he got his first big
break as the only journalist allowed to interview a mass murderer in prison,
and how it felt to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to his
photographic exploits, Benson expresses personal goals such as his longtime
desire to become a professional football (soccer) player.

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