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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 13, 2005 0 comments

Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM) is now shipping the new Iomega REV 35GB/90GB*
drive. As an alternative to tape and other backup and archiving solutions, Iomega's
new REV drive and 35GB removable REV disks deliver server and desktop backup,
while also providing users with the ideal portable storage device for sharing
and archiving large files.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2008 0 comments

PhotoShelter Inc. has introduced an entirely new brand system to coincide
with the end of the beta period for its open-but-edited image marketplace, the
PhotoShelter Collection. Since the Collection launched in September 2007, the
Company has made a number of improvements, based on feedback from photographers
and image buyers culled during the beta period. Feature updates include more
intuitive navigation, better lightbox capabilities, batch actions, easier access
to advanced search features, and new user tutorials. With this official launch,
PhotoShelter has also unveiled a new visual identity for its company and brands,
including a redesigned logo and icon created by Cinco Design Office of Portland,
OR.



2,000 new photographers and 2,000 new image buyers are joining the PhotoShelter
Collection every month, with over 100,000 new images uploaded monthly from photographers
in 120 countries across the world.



The PhotoShelter Collection opened in beta to photographers in September of
2007 and buyers in November of 2007 during which PhotoShelter actively sought
feedback from members of the community to create the most inspirational and
productive experience possible. Photographers now enjoy greater control during
the upload and editing process and buyers will benefit from more efficient image
searches, easier lightbox creation, and an http://www.photoshelter.com/.

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Press Release Posted: Apr 06, 2011 0 comments

Lexar Media announced it is now shipping the Lexar Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) 133x memory card in capacities of 128GB, an industry first, and 64GB. The Lexar Professional SDXC cards are available in B&H Photo and Video, and Adorama Camera stores across the U.S, as well as on www.lexar.com.

These large capacities make Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards an excellent choice for shooting continuous, rapid-fire images and extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video on a single, high-performance solution. Also, the Professional SDXC cards offer a Class 10 speed rating with a minimum guaranteed speed of 133x, or 20MB per second, and accelerate professional workflow by quickly transferring high-resolution images and HD video from the memory card to the computer when paired with an SDXC-enabled card reader, such as the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader.

“We saw a demand for a professional card that would allow photographers to not only capture more high-resolution images and HD video, but to also take advantage of the full capabilities of their high-performance digital SLRs and camcorders,” said Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media. “With the new Lexar Professional SDXC cards, we developed a product that will enhance the professional photography workflow. With capacities of 64GB and 128GB, photographers can capture, store and transfer more images and HD video in one place than ever before.”

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 06, 2006 0 comments

The Broncolor Verso A2 Power Pack is said to be an ideal lighting solution
for studio and location photographers, thanks to its ability to utilize an AC
or Battery power source. The Broncolor Power Pack combines high intensity output
and short recharge time, and features sturdy, reinforced aluminum and hard rubber
construction for added durability and protection during transport.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that the U.S. leg of
its Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road show will begin on September
5 at over 25 colleges and art schools across the nation. In collaboration with
Colin Finlay, a world-renowned documentary photographer and four-time Picture
of the Year Award winner, the road show will give students and educators direct
access to Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Lightroom public beta, the new digital
workflow solution for professional photographers. In further support of this initiative,
Adobe is also launching a destination Web site (www.projectphotoshoplightroom.com),
which provides participating students with a universal place to share their work
and blog about their experiences.



The two-day seminar at each school will involve a one-day lecture by Colin Finlay
in which he shares his career as a photographer, including his commercial work
and documentation of social issues. The following day, Julianne Kost, senior evangelist
at Adobe, will provide students with an in-depth seminar on using Adobe Photoshop
CS2 and Adobe Lightroom beta, highlighting their combined support for a digital
workflow. In addition, a select group of students will participate with Finlay
in a workshop assignment. Students will place images from this assignment into
a portfolio which will be uploaded to the Web site for sharing with the extended
community.



Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road show is scheduled to take place
in the following cities and colleges in the U.S.



Sept. 5-6, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Mich.

Sept. 7-8, Tyler Junior College, Tyler, Texas

Sept. 11-12, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Calif.

Sept. 13-14, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, Calif.

Sept. 15-16, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Sept. 18-19, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Calif.

Sept. 20-21, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

Sept. 26-27, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Sept. 28-29, Syracuse University, The Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse,
N.Y.

Oct. 5-6, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Oct. 9-10, Antonelli Institute, near Philadelphia, Pa.

Oct 11-12, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

Oct. 16-17, Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, Colo.

Oct. 18-19, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct 23-24, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, N.Y.

Oct. 27, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York City, N.Y.

Oct. 28, Parsons - The New School for Design, New York City, N.Y.

Nov. 6-7, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga.

Nov 15-16, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Nov. 27-28, New England School of Photography, Boston, Mass.

Nov. 29-30, Hallmark Institute of Photography, Turner's Falls, Mass.

Dec 4 - 5, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, Wash.

Dec 7 - 8, School of Visual Arts, New York City, New York



For detailed information on the Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road
show, please visit: www.projectphotoshoplightroom.com.
To download a free trial version of Adobe Lightroom beta, please visit http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom.




About Adobe Systems Incorporated

For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

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Staff Posted: Aug 12, 2008 0 comments

Newer Technology, Inc. (NewerTech®) http://www.newertech.com,
t announced the new miniStack® v2.5 FireWire® 400/USB 2.0 powered hub
storage solution, a new addition to the NewerTech miniStack line of small footprint,
high performance Plug & Play external powered hub storage solutions.



NewerTech miniStack v2.5 is ideal for data intensive uses, such as Audio/Video
editing, digital photography, MP3 music libraries, and high-speed back-up. Built
for performance, it employs the latest generation Oxford 934 bridge chipset; a
7200RPM Serial ATA (SATA) drive; up to 1.0TB of storage capacity; and up to 32MB
of disk cache to quickly store and retrieve up to 1 million JPEG photos, 350,000
MP3 songs, or 500 DVD quality movies.

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Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2009 0 comments

WD (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new 4 terabyte capacity My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems, which are designed to seamlessly work with Mac computers and provide an ideal blend of high performance and power conservation. The new My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now at select retailers and the WD online store (www.shopwd.com).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 06, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs, a software company focused on research in image processing, has announced
that future versions of its flagship RAW converter DxO Raw Engine will support
Adobe's recently announced DNG (Digital Negative) specification.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2007 0 comments

The Freestyle Creative Center for Photography is proud to host a premier showing
of Holga images by Freestyle Advisory Board member Michelle Bates, titled “Toying With Creativity”. Michelle is a champion of the alternative (or "toy")
camera genre, noted especially for her work with the all-plastic Holga camera.
Her award-winning pictures have been featured and published across the nation,
most recently in her new book "Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity,"
considered by many the definitive primer for the world of toy camera photography.
Michelle's images evoke a multitude of emotions, from poignant to whimsical
to ethereal. They are a throwback to days when photography was considered more
of a joyous activity than a specialized craft.

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Staff Posted: Dec 29, 2008 0 comments

Zacuto's DSLR Baseplate Kits are said to be the new standard for DSLR cinematography.

Available now, the new Zacuto DSLR kits are universal and will work with all cameras and accessories. Zacuto kits allow users to make DSLR's work much like camcorders. All kits are balanced, which is critical for smooth movement and less user fatigue in both tripod and handheld use. Zacuto's trademarked Z-Release (quickrelease) allows for fast installation of components like an articulating
arm, matte box, follow focus, wireless mic, on-board monitor, an audioadapter, and more. Zacuto kits give you all the components you need for your camera package right out of the box. With various price points, no confusion, and the ability to be used with a tripod, steadicam, dolly, handheld and shoulder mount; you can purchase the kit that is perfect for you and your type of shooting.  All Zacuto products are made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty.

DSLR camera's typically have low lens mounts, making it not possible tomount a matte box without raising the camera very high. The combination of Zacuto's height adjustable Universal Baseplate and their new Z-Spacer allows you to mount any matte box or follow focus, like the Z-Focus to any DSLR.
 
Zacuto On-line Store:  http://store.zacuto.com/

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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: 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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Staff Posted: Jul 17, 2009 0 comments

Sony is making it easy for first-time digital SLR buyers to step up from point-and-shoot digital still cameras with the introduction today of three new easy-to-use α (alpha) cameras (models DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A230), four new lenses, a flash and accessories.

The new cameras are designed to overcome challenges faced by many customers taking their first steps in DSLR photography. Without compromising performance and versatility, the new models are smaller, lighter, easier to use and offer innovative expansion options not found in other systems.

The 10.2 megapixel α230 camera is the lightest, most compact alpha DSLR camera body ever at 15.9 ounces. The 10.2 megapixel α330 and the 14.2 megapixel α380 cameras are also smaller and lighter than their predecessor models (the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350, respectively). These cameras are also more compact and feature an intuitive control layout that allows for easy single-handed operation.

SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization is built into each camera body, so every α-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake.

Quick AF Live View System
Both the α380 and α330 cameras offer Sony’s Quick Autofocus (AF) Live View technology, so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD screen as well as in the optical viewfinder.  Through the use of a dedicated image sensor, Quick AF Live View maintains the rapid response of a DSLR, while avoiding the focus delay common to other live view systems.

The new cameras feature a 2.7-inch (diagonally) Clear Photo LCD™ screen that is easy to view even in bright sunlight. Additionally, the LCD on the α380 and α330 models can be tilted up or down, making it easy to frame your subject from high or low positions, otherwise difficult to see using an eye-level viewfinder.  The range of adjustment has been increased from their predecessors, making it even easier to get shots from difficult angles.

By combining Quick AF Live View and an adjustable LCD, users can frame the scene without holding the camera in front of their face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children for more natural expressions.

An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). Additionally, BRAVIA Sync works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television’s remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately).

The new cameras include dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately).

The α380, α330 and α230 models are Sony’s first DSLR cameras to feature a graphical user interface (GUI) with built-in on-screen Help Guide.

The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.

The new Sony cameras come in camera-and-lens packages. In addition to the two new standard zoom and telephoto lenses that are offered with the camera bodies, the company introduced new portrait and macro lenses. These purpose-built lenses make it much easier to obtain professional-looking, creative results. 

Optimized for use with APS-C sized image sensors, these lenses feature a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) that enables in-lens auto focus (AF) drive for smooth, quiet operation, and high optical performance in a compact size.

The DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens (model SAL-1855) incorporates aspherical and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements to provide an all purpose lens with outstanding image quality.  The DT 55-200mm F/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens (model SAL-55200/2) features an ED glass element and helps bring distant subjects closer, ideal for capturing sports. Both the SAL-1855 and SAL-55200 lenses are available separately, or packaged as kits with the new cameras.

To make the benefits of portrait and macro photography easier and more accessible, Sony is introducing a DT 50mm F/1.8 portrait lens (model SAL-50F18) and DT 30mm F/2.8 (model SAL-30M28) macro lens.  The wide aperture SAL-50F18 lens helps users capture beautiful portraits with gently defocused backgrounds while the SAL-30M28 macro lens captures intricate close-ups. Both techniques are difficult to achieve with standard lenses. 

To help users take better shots with flash, Sony offers an affordable, compact external flash unit (model HVL-F20AM) that is simple to operate. Unlike a camera’s built-in flash, this external flash provides higher output (Guide Number 20), and enables users to bounce light off the ceiling to eliminate harsh shadows and achieve more even illumination when shooting indoors.

Pricing and Availability
Pre-orders will begin on May 18, 2009 at www.sonystyle.com/retail and at selected retailers nationwide. The cameras and a range of accessories will be available in July at Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.

The α380L, α330L and α230L will cost about $850, $650 and $550, respectively. The L series one-lens kit comes with the SAL-1855 standard zoom lens.

The α380Y, α330Y and α230Y will cost about $1050, $850 and $750, respectively. The Y series two-lens kit comes with both the SAL-1855 standard zoom and SAL-55200 telephoto zoom lenses.

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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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