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Press Release Posted: Feb 28, 2011 1 comments

Spider Holster, a company specializing in unique holster-style carrying solutions for photographers, announced the immediate availability of its Spider Holster Black Widow Camera Holster, which offers photographers a comfortable and secure carrying solution that ensures quick-draw access for entry-level DSLRs, as well as camcorders, and other small-body cameras such as point-and-shoot, micro four thirds, and new mirrorless interchangeable lens models.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 20, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has announced improved versions of its Kodak Professional
Portra 400NC and 400VC films.



The new films offer:

· Finer Grain: Extended use of antenna dye technology
enables PORTRA 400NC and 400VC films to deliver finer grain than ever before.




· Outstanding Scanning Results: With finer grain and an
emulsion overcoat specially designed for scanners, PORTRA 400 films reproduce
beautifully, with either optical or digital output.



· Spectacular Skin Tones: The new PORTRA 400 films continue
to deliver smooth, natural reproduction of skin tones.



Kodak introduced the new Kodak Professional Portra film family in 2006. The new
Kodak Professional Portra films will be available worldwide on a stock-turnover
basis beginning Q1 2008.



www.kodak.com...

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Posted: Aug 26, 2008 0 comments

The F.J. Westcott Company is now offering twice the power of their daylight
balanced fluorescent bulbs for the Spiderlite TD5 with a new 50-watt compact
bulb. The new fluorescent bulb pack combined with a Spiderlite TD5 will provide
over 900 equivalent watts of power.



The
Spiderlite TD5 is one light source providing Tungsten Halogen, Fluorescent or
Strobe capability. Westcott is known for its focus on customer feedback and
has proved this again by offering the new 50-watt fluorescent bulb. The bulb
will be available at MAP $39.90 individually or $159.90 per pack of four 50-watt
and one 20-watt.



The Spiderlite TD5 allows you to change your light source, light output, color
temperature or environmental temperature instantly. Three separate controls
on the back allow you to run from 1-5 lamps allowing you to quickly change lighting
ratio without changing color temperature. The Spiderlite TD5 includes a 15'
cord and a built-in handle for Soft Box rotation. No adapter ring is needed
as the soft box fits directly onto the Spiderlite TD5.



www.fjwestcott.com

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Staff Posted: Oct 16, 2009 0 comments

Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management technology, has brightened the lives of children in Chile with the production and sale of the photography book, "Colors of My Life."  Proceeds from the book will benefit Hope for Children, a Chile-based charity dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged children throughout the country.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2006 0 comments

The new Media Buddy portable storage device from Digital Foci is a hard drive
and card reader that lets you securely save digital photos in the field, so
that you needn't worry about running out of memory card space. The unit's
built-in memory card slots lets you copy and store photos directly from any
digital camera card. Available in 30GB and 80GB versions, Media Buddy features
a backlit text-based LCD screen that enables you to view file information and
operation status.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 21, 2005 0 comments

nik multimedia, Inc. has announced that nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 is now available
through the nik multimedia retail Web site (www.nikmultimedia.com)
and specialty camera stores. nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 is said to provide the easiest
way for photographers and digital artists to optimally sharpen their digital
images and achieve the best possible detail in their final prints. As a plug-in
to Adobe Photoshop and other image editing applications, nik Sharpener Pro 2.0
is the perfect addition to a photographer's digital workflow.

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Press Release Posted: Jan 25, 2010 0 comments

The AG-1 Action Grip has been enhanced. Taking a
customer’s suggestion to heart, Kirk has added a threaded rod
and knurled locking ring to the top of the Action Grip, thus
allowing hot shoe attachments of a flash or shotgun mic.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2006 0 comments

Fidelity Electronics Digital Picture Frames use high resolution LCD TFT screens
that display pictures in vibrant colors. These 5.6 inch and 8 inch frames enable
the user to conveniently view all digital pictures from one location directly
from a digital memory card - without a computer, camera or Internet connection.
The number of images that can be displayed is only limited by the memory card
capacity. Slideshow display and zoom in and out modes are also availble. Fidelity's
Digital Picture Frames require no installation, and come with an easy to follow
printed Quick Start Guide as well as a comprehensive CD-ROM manual. These frames
also come with a one year parts and labor warranty.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F is a 5.6" Digital Picture Frame supporting up
to a 10 megapixel picture. Compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, it has a USB
port and uses CF/MS/SD/MMC memory card formats. Easy-to-use on board menu controls
allows the user to manage photo display at a simple touch. The frame also features
a TV/Video Output function which allows digital pictures to be viewed directly
on any TV. Available in a clear acrylic design, the DPF-5600F carries a suggested
retail price of $199.



The DPF-8000F is an 8" Digital Picture Frame supporting up to 12 megapixels.
This frame displays pictures, as well as music and video on a high resolution
LCD TFT screen. It uses CF/MD/MS/SD/MMC/SM/XD memory card formats. Utilizing MPEG1/MPEG2/MPEG4
video files, JPEG photo formats, and MP3 music files, the DPF-8000F has built
in stereo speakers and a multi-function music and video mode. The user can manage
displayed media with easy wireless remote or onboard controls. This model, available
in black, has a suggested retail price of $249.



Fidelity's DPF-5600F and 8000F Digital Picture Frames will be available
at retailers in North America during summer, 2006.



www.fidelityelectronics.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 14, 2006 0 comments

X-Rite, Incorporated (Nasdaq: XRIT) has introduced MonacoQCcolor version 1.5.
This update provides significant improvements to the performance of X-Rite's
software suite for verifying and analyzing color proofs in both local and remote
proofing environments.



Among other enhancements, the new version 1.5 incorporates a custom
label designer that allows users to customize the verification label
content for extended reporting capability. The redesigned server and
database structure improve stability and speed of data transmission over
the MonacoQCcolor network.



MonacoQCcolor software allows printers to define target printing
conditions, set the tolerances they wish to operate within, and quickly
measure print results for pass/fail analysis. The software has
applications across the imaging marketplace, in printing, graphic
design, fine art reproduction, and professional photography.



Available in both desktop and network versions, MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is
ideal for internal proof validation by printers who need to maintain a
high level of color consistency, as well as for remote proofing by
customers who need to ensure that their proofs meet specifications
before forwarding them to their printing vendor.



The desktop edition provides an easy to use pass/fail client and
includes industry-standard target and tolerance values for SWOP and
GRACoL printing. Users can buy X-Rite's ColorShop X software separately
to build custom workflow references.



Enhancements incorporated within MonacoQCcolor 1.5 include:

New label designer. In response to user requests, MonacoQCcolor 1.5
includes a built-in label designer to customize proof verification
stickers. Users can customize label size, as well as choose what target
attributes, graphics and text to include.



Upgraded server and database structure. The entire server and database
structures have been redesigned to deliver greater connection stability
and faster data retrieval.



Improved interface. The application interface has a cleaner look, yet remains
functionally similar to its predecessor. Consequently, users of MonacoQCcolor
1.4 will experience an easy transition to 1.5.



New administration tools. The administration tools have been segregated
from the server so users can now administer user privileges either on
the server or from a remote location without the need for additional
software. Built-in migration tools allow version 1.4 users to transfer
data easily into 1.5.



New sample database. For desktop edition users, the system comes with
updated GRACoL and SWOP references, as well as FOGRA target references,
to provide more industry standards to verify workflow against right out
of the box. Network users may load these sample targets into their
databases using the administration tools.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is also included within the Pulse QC Ensemble from
X-Rite, which bundles software with the Pulse Spectrophotometer --
X-Rite`s latest technology for measuring output. The Pulse QC Ensemble
provides all the necessary tools to ensure color consistency from job to
job.



MonacoQCcolor 1.5 is a free upgrade for current users. For more information visit:
http://www.xrite.com.

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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2005 0 comments

Mitsubishi's Photo Imaging Division and X-Rite (NASDAQ: XRIT) today reaffirmed
their agreement to license ICC profiles created by X-Rite's MonacoPROFILER
software into Mitsubishi's family of digital photo printers. This agreement
provides professional photographers with higher levels of consistency and integration
between photographic printers and original images.


Mitsubishi Photo Imaging uses MonacoPROFILER software to build ICC profiles
for their key digital photo printers, all of which offer high speed, high resolution
photo quality prints. The ICC profiles greatly reduce the design-to-production
cycle, saving time and money. These ICC profiles can be downloaded from Mitsubishi's
website.



Mitsubishi digital photo printers provide high tech, valuable solutions to digital
photographers across the spectrum. From its economical CP-3020DU, a high speed,
high resolution printer that provides full 8 x 10 and 8 x 12 color prints, to
the high-end CP-9550DW, an ultra fast, large volume digital printer, Mitsubishi
Digital Electronics America offers a comprehensive line of digital printers
to fit any photographer's business.



www.mitsubishi-imaging.com/photo

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Press Release Posted: May 14, 2010 0 comments

Datacolor (www.datacolor.com) announced the launch of an online photo contest called ‘Real New York,’ to be kicked off in conjunction with the 2010 New York Photo Festival (NYPH).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 03, 2006 0 comments

Epson has introduced its latest multimedia storage viewers, the Epson P-3000 and
Epson P-5000. With Epson's exclusive Photo Fine Ultra technology, the P-3000
and P-5000 feature the world's first four-color filter system displaying
16.7 million colors to deliver Adobe RGB color support.[i] The new P-3000 and
P-5000 provide a fast, convenient way to download, store and view photos in superior
resolution and detail on-the-spot.



The P-3000 and P-5000 offer 40GB and 80GB hard drive capacities (respectively)
for storing and sharing thousands of digital photos, videos and music files. The
P-3000 and P-5000 are designed to be the ultimate companions to any digital camera,
featuring a high-quality, four-inch LCD for industry-leading precision, clarity
and color, wider file support (including RAW), faster download and processing
speeds, built-in memory card slots, and longer battery life than previous Epson
models.


The Epson P-3000 and P-5000 Multimedia Storage Viewers offer many new and innovative
features that give both professionals and enthusiasts a fast, convenient way to
download, view and store photos and videos, and store and listen to music on-the-spot.
Product highlights include:



· Large Four-inch LCD: View and share images and videos
with precise clarity and detail in 640 x 480 high-resolution

· World's First Four-Color LCD: New Photo Fine Ultra
technology offers the world's first four-color filter system of red, blue,
emerald green and yellow green, rather than the standard three-color LCD technology;
capable of displaying over 16.7 million colors, enabling images to be reproduced
more accurately than ever before

· High Capacity Hard Drive: Download, view and store thousands
of JPEG and RAW photos, or videos and music with either a 40GB (P-3000) or 80GB
(P-5000) hard disk drive

· Adobe RGB Color Space Support: Supports images taken
in Adobe RGB and a wide color gamut reproduces 88 percent of Adobe RGB color space

· Expanded File Support: Supports image files (JPEG, EXIF
and select RAW files), video files (MPEG4, Motion JPEG and DivX) and audio files
(MP3 and AAC)

· Faster Download Speeds: New processor provides speeds
up to 250 percent faster than previous models

· New Interface: An improved interface and three viewing
modes enable users to quickly organize files, create albums and slideshows and
assign file ratings for easy access

· Long Battery Life: Rechargeable lithium ion battery delivers
up to three hours worth of power to run in continuous slide show or video modes

· Built-in Memory Card Slots: Two built-in slots for Compact
Flash I/II and Secure Digital memory cards; many other cards supported via third-party
adapter

· Direct Printing: Print photos directly to select Epson
printers via USB 2.0 connection



Pricing and Availability

The Epson P-3000 and P-5000 are currently available for a price of $499 and $699,
respectively. The product carries a one-year limited warranty and is supported
by the EPSON Connection, a customer support and technical assistance line. For
more information on Epson and its products, call 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766)
or visit the company's Web site at www.epson.com.

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Press Release Posted: Sep 03, 2010 1 comments

Manfrotto School of Xcellence, a free resource for anyone who wants to learn more about photography, is proud to announce a free webinar titled “Sports Photography: Understanding Motion and Emotion,” which will take place on Thursday, September 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The host, Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer Bill Frakes, will explore how action and feature images are made during actual games from little league tilts to the Super Bowl.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2004 0 comments

New York, NY -- The Home Entertainment 2004 Show, scheduled to take place on November 4-7, 2004 at the Westin-St. Francis Hotel, has been cancelled due to the hotel labor issue in San Francisco.

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