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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

Image Trends has announced the Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In. This Adobe Photoshop Plug-in
compatible filter renders an aesthetically pleasing and natural view of people.
Human faces and bodies are natural and undistorted, even on the edges. Fisheye-Hemi
corrects the extreme distortion of people, which is common with rectilinear methods.
Fisheye-Hemi preserves more of the original resolution, displays the intended
composition and framing as seen in the viewfinder, and straightens vertical lines.

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Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2009 0 comments

Schneider Optic’s renowned Classic Soft, HD Classic Soft, Black Frost, and Hollywood Black Magic diffusion filters are now available in popular round sizes specifically for today’s leading SLR, digital SLR and DV cameras.


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Staff Posted: Oct 03, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has introduced the world’s first consumer-available wireless picture frame featuring innovative Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, a Kodak invention that produces exceptionally sharp and vivid image quality. OLED technology generates greater color depth and saturation than other displays, viewed on panels that are substantially thinner, resulting in a sleek, low-profile design.

The new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame also features built-in Wi-Fi technology that expands the user’s experience by enabling access to pictures, videos and music stored on PCs in other rooms, as well as connectivity to online photo and video sharing sites and Internet content portals for news, weather, sports and more.

At the heart of the new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame is an ultra-thin, 7.6-inch diagonal digital panel that produces stunning image detail, when viewed from any angle. The viewing experience is further enhanced by Kodak Perfect Touch technology, which automatically processes images to improve exposure, brightness and color, and KODAK Image Science, which optimizes image quality for display on OLED panels.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame requires no backlighting, and incorporates an ambient light sensor that optimizes the viewing experience by adjusting display brightness based on the surrounding light.  Kodak has also designed a premium audio system into the frame, providing outstanding sound reproduction when enjoying videos, digital music and online content.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame will retail for US $999 (MSRP) and will be available at beginning in the 2008 holiday season, with additional online and retail distribution to be announced.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 23, 2004 0 comments

MAC Group, a leading marketer of imaging equipment, has announced a broad-ranging
alliance with carrying case manufacturers Tenba and RoadWired. The three companies
will collaborate on product design and manufacturing, marketing, international
sales and distribution. Tenba is credited with developing one of the first modern,
soft-sided camera bags in 1977, and in the years since has grown to be one of
the leading brands in its field. RoadWired specializes in carrying cases and accessories
for laptop computers and other portable electronics. The MAC Group is dedicated
to marketing and distributing what it describes as "best-in-class"
products for imaging professionals and enthusiasts. The company is the exclusive
US distributor of Mamiya, Sekonic, Profoto, Monaco by X-Rite, Tenba, PocketWizard,
Toyo-View, XtremePower, Cabin and ShootSmarter.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 22, 2007 0 comments

Lexar has expanded its professional product line with the introduction of a
133x speed-rated Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) flash memory card designed
for professional and high-end amateur photographers who demand the freedom and
flexibility to quickly capture a large number of high-resolution images with
SDHC-enabled digital cameras. Delivering a minimum sustained write speed capability
of 20MB per second, Lexar Professional SDHC cards allow photographers to capture
more images while spending less time changing memory cards.


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Press Release Posted: Apr 09, 2010 0 comments

Leica Camera announced today that it will bring the latest and newest Leica products to major North American cities as part of the first-ever Leica North American Road Show. Leica’s product specialists will visit 26 cities over the course of 14 weeks; the road show will commence on March 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida and conclude on June 23, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The series is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of and familiarity with the M and S Systems.


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Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2009 0 comments

Lensbaby announces a new 0.42x Super Wide Lens for use with their new line of selective focus lenses – The  Composer, The Muse, The Control Freak and their companion Lensbaby Optic Swap System consisting of Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Pinhole/Zone plate interchangeable optics.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 04, 2006 0 comments

The Plugin Site (
has released the MacOS X version of LightMachine, a plugin for performing all
kinds of light adjustments in photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2007 0 comments

Touchpoint Studios Inc. has introduced Touchpoint Gallery, photo software that
brings your digital photos directly to friends and family in an easy-to-use creative

Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics, the software allows users to see photo collections
as they fill the pages of an animated photo album or as an exhibit on the walls
of a virtual art gallery. Birthdays, family celebrations and any special event
can now be shared with family and friends in a completely new and unique way.

The user-friendly software can be set up to point to as many photo collections
as you like. Switching from one photo collection to another is simple and Touchpoint
Gallery is compatible with Internet picture sources Flickr, Flickr Search, and
RSS Feeds. You can also choose to view photos stored locally on your hard drive.

Friends and family can watch the photos and collections chosen by you while they
work or play, enjoy them as their default Windows screen saver, and use them to
automatically change their wallpaper. The software is truly dynamic, because when
you change the photos in your online collection, your friends and family using
Touchpoint Gallery are automatically updated too.

Touchpoint Gallery is freely distributed from . For
more options, including a wider selection of 3D Templates and access to more photos
in your collections, users can choose to 'Go Unlimited' for $24.95.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 11, 2010 0 comments

Professional and amateur photographers around the world were invited to enter The EPSON International Photographic Pano Awards to compete for over $13,000 in cash and prizes.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2005 0 comments

Microsoft Corp., together with leading companies in the digital imaging industry,
today announced enhancements to the family of Windows operating systems that will
enable consumers to easily work with RAW files in current and future versions
of Windows. Working closely with digital imaging industry leaders including Adobe
Systems Inc., Canon Inc., Fuji Photo Film Co. Ltd. and Nikon Corp., Microsoft
plans to deliver native support for digital camera RAW images in the next major
version of Windows, code-named "Longhorn."

In addition, Microsoft is enhancing the digital imaging experience for Windows
XP with the upcoming availability of the Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
for Windows XP, allowing consumers to view thumbnails and preview and print Canon
and Nikon RAW files from Windows Explorer in Windows XP. These features, as well
as the ability to organize and edit Canon and Nikon RAW files, will also be available
in a future version of Digital Image Suite.

Microsoft also announced it is developing a certification program for third-party
RAW image codecs that will ensure their solutions provide a consistent experience
for consumers who are using RAW image files. With this new RAW support across
the Windows platform and products, Microsoft is enabling a seamless experience
for consumers working with RAW digital images and delivering an extensible architecture
for hardware and software industry partners.

Microsoft worked with imaging leaders to develop the digital camera RAW architecture
in "Longhorn" and to provide the best digital photography experience
for Windows consumers. "Longhorn" will deliver dramatic innovation
in RAW support for independent software developers, camera manufacturers and consumers.
Hardware and software partners will benefit from the standardized architecture
for image codecs, which allows them to contribute their own codecs to be certified
and implemented in Windows.

Microsoft's platform approach provides built-in support for RAW files, enabling
Windows-based applications to use all supported image types, including RAW. This
architecture enables software applications to seamlessly support new image types
upon codec certification by Microsoft. In addition, "Longhorn" will
provide an application programming interface (API) that enables software vendors
to exercise a higher degree of control over the RAW conversion in their applications,
while enabling market opportunities for professional-level conversion tools.

In addition to announcing the imaging enhancements planned for the next version
of Windows, Microsoft is helping Windows XP consumers realize the potential of
RAW files. The Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows XP will
soon be available for free download* at

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2005 0 comments

Corel Corporation has announced the release of Corel Paint Shop Pro X and Corel
Photo Album 6, two major new products from Corel's digital imaging portfolio
and the first versions of the software to be introduced since Corel's acquisition
of Jasc in October 2004.

With a revamped user interface featuring a new, integrated Learning Center and
Browser palette, Paint Shop Pro X is designed to accelerate learning and increase
productivity. Tools are organized by task within the Learning Center palette,
enabling users of all skill levels to produce professional-looking results with
no previous photo editing experience required.

Below is an overview of the new and noteworthy features included in Corel Paint
Shop Pro X:

The Paint Shop Pro X Learning Center: The new Learning Center
organizes tools logically by task, providing users with a step-by-step guide and
quick access to the instructions and tools needed to complete the most common
photo editing projects.

Browser Palette: The Browser palette is now integrated into the
Paint Shop Pro X workspace to make it even easier for users to access, view, organize,
and work with their images.

Smart Photo Fix: The new Smart Photo Fix analyzes a photo and
suggests settings to auto-correct color, brightness, sharpness, and saturation
-- all in one step. Smart Photo Fix gives users new levels of control by
allowing them to combine the simplicity of automatic corrections with the precision
and control of manual adjustments.

Makeover Tools: Paint Shop Pro X introduces a powerful new collection
of extreme Makeover Tools to help users quickly and easily retouch the subjects
in their photos. The Makeover Tools include the Blemish Fixer, Toothbrush and
Suntan Brush.

Object Remover: The new Object Remover lets users seamlessly
eliminate unwanted elements from photos, intelligently filling in the resulting
gaps with appropriate background detail.

Special Effects for Black & White Photos: With the new Special
Effects filters in Paint Shop Pro X, users can now easily convert images to simulated
black and white infrared or apply color filters while converting to black and
white images.

Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition: Included for the
first time with Paint Shop Pro X, Corel Photo Album 6 provides efficient organization,
sharing and photo backup options, along with hundreds of new drag-and-drop creative
project templates.

Advanced Features: Paint Shop Pro X now includes support for
16-bit/channel adjustments, ICC-based color management, the ability to import
and export CMYK images using ICC profiles, along with enhanced monitor calibration
that allows LCD screens to be correctly calibrated.

Camera Raw support: Paint Shop Pro X now supports over forty
Camera Raw file formats. Users can open, enhance, process, and convert images
taken in the Camera Raw format.

Batch Processing: Users can easily process batches of images
with Paint Shop Pro X. The Batch Process command lets them use scripts to apply
fixes to batches of images, and users can also convert batches of images to a
different file format.

Perspective Correction Tool: With the Perspective Correction
tool, users can fix buildings, landmarks, or objects in their photos that appear
to be in the wrong perspective or that were taken from an angle other than directly
in front.

Straighten Tool: The Straighten tool lets users quickly align
crooked photos and automatically crop the edges using any line in the photo.

Pricing and Availability

Available for a suggested retail price of $129 US, Corel Paint Shop Pro X includes
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Standard Edition, Pixmantec® RawShooter™
essentials, two hours of free video instruction and a printed user manual.
Corel Photo Album 6 -- Deluxe Edition is available for a suggested retail
price of $49 US. It includes PhotoRecovery software ($29 value), Xtras Scrapbook
Templates, Volumes I and II ($40 value), Pixmantec RawShooter essentials, and
a printed user guide. Corel also offers academic pricing to qualified institutions
and students. For more information or to learn more about Corel's K-12 and
Higher Education site license programs please visit
Commercial and government customers can learn more about Corel's volume
licensing options at

To learn more about Corel's digital imaging portfolio or to download a free,
fully functional trial version of Corel Paint Shop Pro X or Corel Photo Album
6, please visit or

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 28, 2006 0 comments

Apple has unveiled the new Mac Pro, a quad Xeon, 64-bit desktop workstation
featuring two new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz and
a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of the Power
Mac G5 Quad. With advanced performance, greater expansion, higher performance
graphics options and unprecedented customization, the newly designed Mac Pro
is the ideal system for the most demanding user. The introduction of the Mac
Pro marks the completion of a rapid and seamless transition for Apple, with
the entire Mac family now using Intel's latest processors.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

Interfit has announced the new Super Cool-lite 9, adding to the versatile Cool-lite
range. The new Super Cool-lite 9 will be available as a single head or as twin
headed kits. The major benefits of the Super Cool-lite 9 are the 9 x 28 watt
energy efficient and flicker free daylight balanced lamps. Being cool to touch
lamps makes them ideal when photographing children or for food photography.
Giving the equivalent 1000 watts of tungsten lamps, each head has five switches
enabling combinations of lamps to be turned on or off so you can control your
lighting with ease. Each head is complete with a newly developed Octobox, perfect
for portraits, and a new lightweight high contrast reflector that ensures you
can use the SC9 in virtually any type of studio, small or large.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Nikon, Olympus and Pentax have introduced five digital cameras designed to connect
to Kodak's EASYSHARE printer dock via the IMAGELINK system standard. The
IMAGELINK print system, introduced by Kodak and a consortium of leading digital
camera manufacturers at Photokina in September 2004, is a standard that allows
pictures taken with a digital camera to be printed directly on the KODAK EASYSHARE
printer dock.

The newly unveiled IMAGELINK system compatible cameras from Nikon, Olympus and
Pentax include :

· NIKON COOLPIX S5 - 6 megapixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD; and COOLPIX S6
- 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 3" LCD, Wi-Fi capability.

· OLYMPUS FE-130 --5.1 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2" LCD; and FE-140,
6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.

· PENTAX OPTIO M10 - 6 mega pixel, 3X zoom, 2.5" LCD.

Each of the five new digital camera models will be shipped with a custom dock
insert to ensure a great out-of-the-box consumer experience. All of the cameras
are compatible with the KODAK EASYSHARE series 3 printer dock and planned future
models. Customer availability of the new cameras is expected to start in March
2006, and distribution will be worldwide.


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