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Press Release Posted: Mar 29, 2011 0 comments

Have you voted for your favorite high school photographer yet? Place your vote by April 1 to help Sigma Corporation of America identify five finalists for its annual Scholarship Contest, and you could help one lucky high school senior win $6,000 in cash and photography gear.

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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.



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Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2009 0 comments

In response to strong user demand, Zenfolio photo hosting and fulfillment company is announcing expansion outside the US, making it the most complete service of its kind available globally. Professional photographers and photo enthusiasts worldwide can now easily publish their work online with Zenfolio’s highly-acclaimed presentation engine, and sell their photos with a streamlined Web storefront in multiple currencies.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 10, 2005 0 comments

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 15, 2007 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) enhances its black-and-white professional film
portfolio with the introduction of an improved Kodak Professional T-MAX 400 Film.
The new film, utilizing Kodak's patented T-GRAIN emulsions, delivers finer
grain and higher sharpness. T-MAX 400 is said by the company to be the world's
finest grained and the world's sharpest 400-speed black-and-white film,
offering photographers a level of clarity normally only available from a 100-speed
film.



The new T-MAX 400 complements Kodak's full range of black-and-white films.
In addition to T-MAX 400, the portfolio includes:
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Press Release Posted: Dec 14, 2009 0 comments

TAP announces the addition of an Instax Folder to its PF-34 line.  The new Instax White Folders are available in a vertical and horizontal format, making these the perfect delivery vehicle for your Instax images. 

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 13, 2005 0 comments

Datacolor has announced the latest updated V1.0.3 software for ColorVision ColorPlus,
part of the PANTONE COLORVISION product line. Now available in 8- languages
-- English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Chinese (Traditional
and simplified) with an all new easy to use wizard and interface. ColorPlus
is an affordable monitor calibration tool for consumers and photo hobbyists.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2008 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) has increased both capacities and speeds in
its SanDisk Ultra II line with the introduction of 32- and 16-gigabyte SDHC cards
and an 8GB SDHC Plus card. The cards offer faster read and write speeds of 15
megabytes per second (15MB/sec), up from previous speeds of 10MB/sec read and
9MB/sec write in the SanDisk Ultra II line.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2005 0 comments

In conjunction with the launch of its JUICE brand rechargeable battery line,
Winner International is introducing a unique, microprocessor based JUICE Multi-Charger
that eliminates the need for multiple charging systems.

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Press Release Posted: May 12, 2010 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software. Photoshop CS5 builds upon a rich history of innovation and leadership with groundbreaking features and performance gains that boost creativity and workflow efficiency. Packing in more technological advancements from Adobe Labs than any other release and incorporating enhancements to everyday tasks requested by the Photoshop community, the software has greater intelligence and awareness of the content within images, allowing for complex and magical manipulation in just a few clicks. Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended delivers everything in Photoshop CS5, as well as advanced tools for 3-D which address the unique needs of the video, Web, medical, manufacturing and engineering industries.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 12, 2006 0 comments

Beginning in June 2006, the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division assumed full responsibility
for the distribution of its products in the United States and Canada. The division
is implementing this measure in preparation for the launch of the new ZF lenses
for Nikon SLR & DSLR cameras and other future product lines. The company's
new sales department will also be responsible for the Zeiss Ikon camera system
previously distributed by a partner. The product line available for this rangefinder
camera includes ZM lenses, a unique line of premium ZEISS M bayonet lenses.

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Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2008 0 comments

Phase One has confirmed that the Phase One 645 Camera system -- providing professional
photographers freedom of choice -- is now in volume production and shipping to
customers world-wide. The Phase One 645 Camera body is lightweight, with a user-friendly
ergonomic design. It is an open platform, designed to support pro photographers'
choice of lenses and digital backs or film operation to achieve superior image
quality. The camera system comes with a warranty covering 3 years or 300,000 shutter
actuations, and is backed by full support and service of a global team of Phase
One dealers.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2005 0 comments

The new compact
Canon EOS 5D digital SLR offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels
of resolution and will be available in October for an estimated selling price
of $3,299. As the world's smallest and lightest full frame digital SLR, the EOS
5D model features Canon's proprietary DIGIC II Image Processor and allows users
to shoot up to 3 frames per second and record up to 60 full-resolution JPEGs and
17 RAW images in a single burst. The camera includes a new 9-point AF system with
six supplemental AF points for fast and precise focusing and a new 2.5-inch LCD/TFT
screen with 230,000 pixels that's viewable even at extreme angles.



The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has magnesium alloy body weighing just 28.6 ounces
(810 grams. Canon describes the heart of the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR as being
its new, Canon-designed and manufactured CMOS image sensor. The sensor's 35.8
x 23.9mm size means that each pixel can be 8.2um, resulting in what Canon describes
as exceptionally low shadow noise. The sensor's low power consumption is also
said to extend battery life and lower noise. A finer CMOS production process and
optimized photodiode construction increase the light-sensitive area of each pixel
and improve dynamic range as well.



With the full-size sensor, EF lenses - even wide-angle lenses - have the same
look and feel they have with conventional SLR cameras, preserving their optical
signatures. Imaging quality in the EOS 5D is enhanced with the addition of the
DIGIC II image processor, which provides detailed and natural color reproduction
and fast image processing, including a burst performance of 60 Large/Fine JPEGs
or 17 RAW images at 3 fps. DIGIC II also enhances start-up time on the EOS 5D
DSLR, bringing it down to a lightning fast 0.2 seconds.



A new feature called Picture Styles combines processing parameters and color matrix
settings into easy settings designed to obtain the desired effect, almost like
choosing a type of film to obtain a specific result. For users who do not want
to bother with post processing, there is the Picture Style called Standard which
produces images that look crisp and vivid with the sharpness set to mid-scale
and the color tone and saturation set to obtain vivid colors. In the Portrait
setting, the color tone and saturation are set to obtain nice skin tones with
the sharpness set one step weaker than the Standard setting so the skin and hair
look softer. Under the Landscape setting, the color tone and saturation are set
to obtain deep blues and greens, the sharpness is set one step stronger than Standard
so the outline of mountains, trees and buildings look more crisp. The Neutral
setting is the same as the default setting for EOS-1 series cameras where natural
color reproduction is obtained and no sharpness is applied. This is the ideal
setting for post-processing. The Faithful setting is the same as Digital Photo
Professional's Faithful, so when the subject is photographed under a color temperature
of 5200K, the color is adjusted colorimetrically to match the subject's color
with no sharpness applied. Monochrome is the same as the EOS 20D camera's monochrome
setting and with User Defined, the user can create and save their own preferred
settings.



The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has a new nine point AF system with six Supplemental
AF points, a new AF algorithm and a new AF circuitry. The new AF system improves
subject detection and focusing precision at the center, the most frequently used
area, and is said to significantly enhance subject tracking performance.



On the EOS 5D model, the nine AF points are concentrated at the center, but the
extreme left and right points are located in the same positions as the corresponding
AF points on the EOS-1Ds Mark II. In addition, the six invisible Supplemental
AF points, grouped around the center of the image provide highly accurate focusing
and do a great job of tracking the subject in the AI SERVO AF mode. In addition,
three AF points on the new EOS 5D model work with f/2.8 or faster lenses for enhanced
precision.



The EOS 5D model has a 2.5-inch polysilicon TFT LCD monitor with approximately
230,000 pixels. At 170 degrees, it has an exceptionally wide viewing angle. Brightness
on the monitor is also adjustable in five levels and the screen's backlight feature
uses six LED modules, as opposed to three on previous models, to helps illuminate
the 2.5-inch LCD evenly. Along with the larger monitor, the menu text is also
larger and easier to red. The full-featured INFO screen includes files sizes,
RGB histogram and AF frame displays. In addition, Quick Review images are now
enlargeable.



Because noise is difficult to see on a camera's LCD monitor, even one as large
and detailed as the EOS 5D camera, it is hard to know whether noise reduction
should be turned on or not. Thanks to a new automatic noise reduction feature
on the EOS 5D DSLR, getting rid of unwanted noise has been made even easier that
with previous models. In the C.Fn-02-1 setting, automatic noise reduction occurs
when noise is detected for exposures of 1 second or longer, regardless of ISO.
In the C.Fn-02.2 setting, full-time noise reduction for exposures of 1 second
of longer occurs regardless of whether noise is detected and regardless of ISO.
With these two options, photographers using the Canon EOS 5D DSLR can adjust the
camera's noise reduction capabilities to suit a particular situation.
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Press Release Posted: Sep 09, 2010 0 comments

International Supplies has announced today the launch of a camera protection system, called Camera Duck, which allows photographers and videographers to protect their cameras from harsh weather conditions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments

Popabrella is a uniquely designed umbrella and mount system that connects directly
to the tripod socket of any compact point and shoot digital or digital video
camera. Popabrella can be adjusted to just about any position because of its
patented 360° ball-socket and slide system. It not only helps to protect
your camera from the elements but it can also be used as an excellent tool for
reducing lens flare. Popabrella can also easily mount to any standard tripod
and will fold up into a convenient size that will tuck neatly away into your
camera bag.

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