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Press Release Posted: Nov 24, 2010 1 comments

Lensbaby (www.lensbaby.com) posed a challenge to its community a few months ago to come up with a new shape for their Creative Aperture Kit. Lensbaby is proud to announce that its Creative Aperture Kit 2, featuring winning designs from that contest, is now available. Creative aperture disks are dropped into a Lensbaby lens in place of one of the round hole aperture disks that come with all Lensbaby optics. When a Creative Aperture disk is used with a Lensbaby SLR lens, the shape cut into the aperture disk will appear in the photograph anywhere bright points of light (specular highlights) are out of focus (ie, decorative lights at night or the sun shining through leaves).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 20, 2007 0 comments

Epson America, Inc. has unveiled its latest scanner for the advanced amateur
and creative consumer markets. The Epson Perfection V500 Photo color scanner
is said to provide professional results with 6400 dpi optical resolution. Also
featuring Epson's new ReadyScan LED technology, which delivers fast scans
and no warm-up time, the Epson V500 Photo is only $249.99.



With 6400 dpi optical resolution, users can create 17" x 22" or
bigger enlargements from film. Additionally, with 48-bit color depth and a 3.4
dynamic range, the Epson V500 Photo produces scans with brilliant, true-to-life
colors.



The energy-efficient ReadyScan LED technology completely eliminates warm-up
time both when turning on the scanner and when switching back-and-forth between
reflective and film scanning, as well as automatically turns off in standby
mode, using less power while offering greater productivity. Because the LED
is more efficient than cold cathode fluorescent lamps, users get fast scan speeds.
The ReadyScan LED also adjusts color of the light source based on the type of
original being scanned, using white light for positive film and blue light for
negative film, to produce precise and efficient scans. Additionally, the mercury-free
LEDs are friendly to the environment.



The Epson V500 Photo includes two powerful, yet easy-to-use complete photo restoration
solutions for advanced amateur photographers and creative consumers, including
Digital ICE and Epson Easy Photo Fix technology. Digital ICE is an innovative
technology that easily removes the appearance of dust and scratches from film,
eliminating the need for costly photo retouching services to get the best results.
Epson Easy Photo Fix restores faded color photos, slides and negatives back
to their original brilliance with one click.



Adding to the productivity of the EpsonV500 Photo scanner is a built-in transparency
unit (TPU) with a moving carriage and lamp optimized for scanning multiple 35mm
negatives, slides and medium-format film. The scanner can handle up to four
mounted slides or two film strips up to 12 total frames, or medium-format film
of 2-1/4", 120/220 and 6 x 12 cm. Additional features include an optional
Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) that enables users to quickly scan multiple
documents.



The Epson V500 Photo also comes with Epson Creativity Suite, which includes
Scan to E-Mail, Copy Utility and Scan to PDF; Adobe Photoshop Elements; and
ABBYY Fine Reader 6 Sprint Plus OCR (ABBYY Fine Reader®5 Sprint Plus OCR
for Mac). The scanner is compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Me,
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Macintosh OS X 10.2.8 and later, and is also TWAIN
compliant.



The Epson V500 Photo can be purchased for an estimated street price of $249.99
from Epson authorized dealers, consumer electronic stores, mail order, distribution,
and on the Epson Store Web site (www.epsonstore.com).
The optional ADF will be available for an estimated street price of $199.99
on the Epson Store Web site. The Epson V500 Photo comes with a one-year limited
warranty. More information about the Epson V500 Photo and other Epson scanners
is available at www.epson.com
or 1-800-GO-EPSON (1-800-463-7766).

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George Schaub Posted: Apr 05, 2010 0 comments

The Leica X1 looks like an analog camera. It has a compact body with a high quality finish and offers two setup dials on the top. If both dials are set to A-mode the camera will set aperture and shutter speed value automatically. If the photographer changes the aperture setting manually to a value between f2,8 and f16 the camera will work in aperture priority mode and set up shutter speed automatically. Similarly, a change of the shutter speed dial and setting the aperture-dial to A will switch the Leica X1 into “shutter speed priority mode. It’s a very efficient and easy system. The camera doesn’t offer any scene modes.

The X1 is Leica’s newest compact camera. It is based on an APS-C-sized image sensor and a lens system with fixed focal length with 36mm (35mm film equivalent). The camera has a small and compact body, offers easy handling and creates very crisp images.

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Staff Posted: Jul 15, 2009 0 comments

Bogen Imaging announced the Gitzo 5 Star Summer Tour. Showcasing the latest technologies and innovations from Gitzo, including the new Ocean Traveler and Vintage Collection tripods, the 5 Star Summer Tour will take place from July to October with 17 scheduled stops at the country’s leading photo specialty dealers. Visit (http://www.bogenimaging.us/gitzosummertour/) to see the full Gitzo 5 Star Summer Tour schedule and dealer locations.

The Gitzo 5 Star Summer Tour is free of charge and open to all consumers interested in learning about the latest Gitzo support products and accessories. Consumers who stop by participating dealers on their scheduled tour date will have the opportunity to meet a Bogen Imaging representative, test-drive the newest Gitzo products, as well as have the chance to take advantage of exclusive, tour date only deals.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 24, 2008 0 comments

Quantum Instruments is now offering a series of ten 5 to 6 ½ minute
video lessons featuring Will Crockett using Qflash, Turbo Batteries, FreeXwire
and Qnexus. In these free lessons he demonstrates how they seamlessly integrate
with each other and how best to use them in different practical lighting situations.
The lessons start with Qflash basics, then progress to equipment setup, including
the best camera settings for consistent results, use of light modifiers and
advanced techniques.



These lessons can be viewed on line at www.qtm.com, just click on the Qflash
Academy link and choose which lesson you would to see or you can request a FREE
Qflash Academy DVD.



www.qtm.com, e-mail: QuantumHelp@qtm.com

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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 http://www.microsoft.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 03, 2008 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc. has announced Plug-in Suite 4 software for Adobe Photoshop.
Available in early May, onOne Software's Plug-In Suite 4 combines full versions
of six essential software tools -- Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro, PhotoTools
1.0 Professional Edition, PhotoFrame 3.1 Professional Edition, Mask Pro 4.1, PhotoTune
2.2 and FocalPoint 1.0 -- an affordable combination that includes everything
a photographer needs to make their images look their best.



The onOne Software Plug-In Suite 4 for Photoshop CS2 and CS3 is the latest upgrade
to the award winning Plug-In Suite product line that combines several of onOne
Software's individual Photoshop plug-ins into a highly affordable package.

Plug-In Suite 4 includes full versions of the following onOne Software products:



· Genuine Fractals 5 Print Pro can resize digital images over 1,000% with
no loss of detail or sharpness. It allows poster-sized prints to be made from
almost any image.



· PhotoTools 1.0 Professional Edition is a flexible yet powerful Photoshop
plug-in that utilizes the power of Photoshop Actions to provide a complete library
of effects created by Kevin Kubota and Jack Davis. These effects may be previewed,
stacked and blended together just like filters over a camera lens to improve creativity.
Its built-in batch processing engine improves photographers productivity.



· PhotoFrame 3.1 Professional Edition can be used to create stunning border
and edge effects right out of the darkroom. Select from thousands of edges, including
authentic film and artistic mediums.



· Mask Pro 4.1 can easily create high-quality masks and selections even
from tough subjects like hair and glass, making it easy to place a subject in
a new background.



· PhotoTune 2.2 is a plug-in that provides professional quality color correction
in an easy to use plug-in.



· FocalPoint 1.0 is a new plug-in that simulates selective focus or tilt-shift
lenses, helping photographers selectively blur and/or vignette an image to focus
the viewers attention.



The new Plug-In Suite 4 will be available in early May to new users for $499.95
-- a savings of $799.75 if purchased separately. Existing users of Plug-in
Suite version 1, 2 or 3 can upgrade to Plug-In Suite 4 for only $199.95. Customers
who own any one or more of the products in Plug-In Suite 4 will be able to upgrade
as well. For more information on the Plug-In Suite 4, please visit http://www.ononesoftware.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2005 0 comments

Tamarkin Photographica will hold its seventeenth rare camera auction in New
York City on June 3, 2005. There will be over 250 lots of rare and unusual photo
gear including a 1000mm Nikkor f6,3 for the Nikon rangefinder that will have
an estimate of over $45,000, a chrome Leica MP, Leica A Elmax, Leica 250 GG,
a beautiful black Nikon S3, and an exceedingly rare black Nikkor J camera.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 30, 2004 0 comments

Olympus has announced what they dub their next generation Stylus series camera:
the Stylus 500. Featuring a 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD, 5.0-megapixels of image
resolution, and a compact, durable, all-weather body, the Stylus 500 offers
Olympus' exclusive image processor, TruePic TURBO(tm), which is said to significantly
enhance image quality and deliver faster overall processing speeds for rapid
startup, shutter release and playback. The fast startup of less than one second
and nearly instant shutter release time ensures high-speed response. The body
is constructed of durable, lightweight metal with rubber gaskets throughout
the interior to ensure that rain, sleet, snow or sand won't get in the way.
The Stylus 500 has a new flat-surface body design that takes the series in a
new direction and, at a compact size of 3.9" (W) x 2.2" (H) x 1.2"
(D), it fits snugly into a pocket. The circular lens barrier tucks away inside
the camera body with a snap when powered on, and protects the lens with an impenetrable
seal with closed, leaving the camera face smooth and flat. The camera's 23 shooting
modes now include two new underwater shooting modes and two Shoot & Select
modes, which enable users to shoot rapid sequences of frames then select the
best shot from the series and delete the rest.

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Staff Posted: Sep 24, 2008 0 comments

Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced today that the company has further increased the capacity of its widely popular Platinum II flash memory card line by introducing a Platinum II 60x 16GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card and Platinum II 80x 16GB CompactFlash® (CF) card. The new, high-capacity cards give value-conscious video and photo enthusiasts the ability to shoot longer and faster, while taking advantage of new higher-resolution and high-definition digital camcorders, digital SLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. When used with many of today’s popular flash-based digital camcorders, the Platinum II 16GB memory cards allow up to six hours of 1080 high-definition video recording. The Platinum II SDHC memory card is speed-rated at 60x, capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second, while the Platinum II CF memory card is speed-rated at 80x, which represents a minimum sustained write speed of 12MB per second. The high-speed cards provide faster transfers of high-resolution video and photos, as well as large audio and digital multimedia files.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 26, 2005 0 comments

Juror: Sarah Kennel, Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs, National
Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

This exhibition is open to artists working in all photographic processes. Artists
are encouraged to expand parameters and traditional definitions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 24, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) has announced the immediate availability
of Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 software for
Windows. Photoshop Elements offers innovative ways to organize, edit and share
photo creations. For video enthusiasts, Adobe Premiere Elements provides a simplified
user interface that makes turning home video footage into polished home movies
that are fun to watch and share. Also available together in a single retail
package for Windows, Adobe Photoshop Elements plus Adobe Premiere Elements delivers
unique integrated functionality that provides consumers with the ability to
do more with their photos and home videos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 05, 2007 0 comments

From October 5-8, Nikon will sponsor 100 of the worlds most promising young
photojournalists who will gather in rural upstate New York for the 20th annual
Eddie Adams workshop, also known as "Barnstorm". These handpicked
students will be mentored by seasoned professional photographers and photo editors
during the four-day intense workshop. They will learn the skills needed to perfect
the art of telling a compelling story with photography and leave with lifelong
friends and an unforgettable experience. Students will also have the opportunity
to try out Nikon's new D3 and D300 professional digital SLR cameras and
get technical advice from Nikon experts available on-site.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2010 0 comments

Backdrop Outlet's Summer Photo Event and Warehouse Sale will be held June 11th through the 13th. The savings and free seminars will be well worth the trip. Every item we carry will be on sale including Muslins from $19.00, Close out props from $5.00, Canvases 80% off, Lights, stands, and reflectors 75% off. Make sure you come early because the first 50 customers Friday morning will receive a free gift. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our products. We will be giving product demos and having door prizes and drawings all day.

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Staff Posted: Sep 25, 2009 0 comments

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. has unveiled the FinePix S200EXR digital camera, its most advanced SLR-styled camera to date. Combining the pin-sharp 14.3x Fujinon optical zoom lens (30.5mm-436mm equivalent) so popular in its predecessor, the award-winning FinePix S100FS, with Fujifilm’s latest 12-MegaPixel Super CCD EXR sensor, the FinePix S200EXR is aimed at top-end camera enthusiasts looking for excellent picture quality without the hassle, bulk and expense of a D-SLR system.

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