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Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability
of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 software, the photographer's essential toolbox
for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With
new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in non-destructive
localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities, Lightroom 2
is said to be a compelling upgrade that simplifies photography from shoot to
finish.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 11, 2005 0 comments

Microsoft Corp. has launched Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, a package of
easy-to-use tools designed to help consumers organize, enhance and share their
rising number of digital memories. The new digital imaging software helps consumers,
from the novice to the sophisticated photographer, easily find their favorite
snapshots and video clips and do more with them in just a few clicks. Digital
Image Suite 2006 includes intuitive tools such as the Hierarchical Keywords and
Hover Thumbnail, offering a more personalized, easy way to manage photos and video.
In addition, the software includes filters and a tone adjuster in the Black &
White Effects feature.



Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006 makes it easy to find, view and organize photos
and videos with the following new tools:

Hierarchical Keywords and Labels provide stacked tags that consumers can use to
organize, sort through and find their images in the way that best suits them.


Hover Thumbnail enlarges thumbnail images whenever a mouse hovers above them,
making it easy to view the image, along with details such as date taken, file
type and size, resolution, and assigned Labels.



Video support offers consumers the option to view and organize their videos in
the same place as their photos. They can easily assign a 5-Star Rating, add Keywords
and captions, or mark videos with customizable Flags representing a variety of
actions such as For Review or To Share.



RAW Support for Canon and Nikon cameras allows consumers to view and organize
images shot in RAW category of formats, a high-quality photo format captured by
many models of digital cameras. In addition, consumers can save the RAW format
as a JPEG or TIF file for easy editing of the image.



To help consumers explore their creative side and visually express themselves,
Microsoft Digital Image Suite offers new and enhanced tools, including:

Black & White Effects makes it easy to transform color photos into contrast-rich
black-and-white images by using a variety of preset filters, altering color tone
or manipulating each of the color channels.



Intuitive Crop intelligently analyzes the composition of a photo, such as faces
in portraits or family photos, when a consumer clicks on the Crop task and suggests
a way to crop the photo that will properly frame the subject(s) and create the
best possible image.


Photo Story 3.1 allows anyone to create a photo show with voice narration, customizable
pans and zooms, and music. This year Microsoft has added the ability to make quick
edits (red-eye removal, apply black-and-white filter), create an original soundtrack,
and burn a CD with high-resolution VCD files, perfect for playing back on a TV.




Sharing Disc allows consumers to easily burn photo CDs to share with friends and
family, without disrupting detailed photo archive settings.



Device Sync Support makes it easy to share photos and videos with mobile devices
such as the Portable Media Center, Pocket PCs and Smartphones through synching
with Windows Media Player. Consumers can simply flag the desired images, and the
next time the mobile device syncs with the PC, the photos will automatically transmit.



Microsoft's 2006 line of digital imaging products, including Digital Image
Suite 2006 and Digital Image Standard 2006, is available today. Microsoft Digital
Image Suite 2006 offers more robust organization and editing features for an estimated
retail price of $99.95 with a $30 mail-in rebate open to all consumers and an
additional $10 digital camera mail-in rebate (if consumers purchase any digital
camera within 30 days of acquiring the software). In addition, Digital Image Standard
2006, designed for first-time digital photographers, is available for an estimated
retail price of $49.95.



www.microsoft.com
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Staff Posted: Dec 12, 2008 0 comments

XOTOTPRO Photographic Equipment Ltd. introduces the QMM1 macro flash mount system and TUMAX macro twin flash units. The QMM1 is a new macro twin flash mount system designed to give flash support that is flexible, compact and easy-to-use. It can be either hand-held or mounted on a tripod. The QMM1 has a sturdy base plate machined from aircraft grade aluminum that can hold up to years of use. It has a 1/4-20 camera screw in the base plate that can mount almost any digital SLR camera.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 04, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera today introduced the GX-10, a new 10.2 mega-pixel DSLR designed
for advanced amateur and professional photographers. The third model in Samsung's
rapidly growing DSLR range, the GX-10 offers a number of new and unique features
that will allow users to capture images of uncompromising quality in any environment
or setting. With features including Optical Picture Stabilization (OPS), a Penta
Prism viewfinder that provides a wide field of view of 95-percent and a revolutionary
new dust resistant CCD sensor, the GX-10 is sure to build on the success of
Samsung's first two DSLR products, introduced earlier this year.

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Press Release Posted: Mar 22, 2010 0 comments

>Nikon Inc. announced two new lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens is engineered to meet the demand for an ultra-fast professional lens for wide angle applications, while the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR offers Nikon’s widest FX-format focal range with VR.

Both lenses feature Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. The optical construction of both lenses also utilizes precision Nikon ED glass elements along with multiple aspherical elements to suppress chromatic aberrations resulting in sharp, high contrast images. Additionally, Nikon’s proprietary Nano-Crystal Coat minimizes instances of internal “ghosting” and flaring, further ensuring exceptional image integrity.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

Plasticsmith has introduced a slick (and functional) accessory for those whose
laptop does double duty as a desktop computer. Constructed of laser-cut steel
with a polished acrylic platform, the attractive Lapvantage Loft raises your
computer to eye level for optimal viewing. There's room beneath the platform
to store an external keyboard--a nice feature for those with limited desk
space.

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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 09, 2007 0 comments

Longtime Shutterbug contributor Howard Millard is offering his "Travel Photography
in the Digital Age" workshop in Italy May 12-19. While staying in a country
villa nestled in the verdant hills of Tuscany, participants will photograph evocative
landscapes, a vineyard, an outdoor market, and the exquisite towns of Florence
and Siena to learn techniques to make stunning images for personal, editorial
and fine art use. While film will be covered, the emphasis will be on shooting
and processing digitally. Howard gives personal, hands-on instruction and reviews
of your work to help refine your personal vision, maximize your photographic and
digital skills, and energize and stimulate your image-making process. Topics include
photographing people, architecture, interiors, landscapes, nurturing a personal
style, natural and artificial light, equipment, working with Photoshop, and printing
options including fine art papers.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2008 0 comments

Bowens has launched a unique, affordable ringflash, the lightweight Ringlite
Converter. Priced at $480.00, this innovative converter is said to make ringflash-style
photography affordable. Said Mark Aherne, Bowens technical director, "Traditional
ringflash generally comprises flash tubes, cable and a powerpack, so the full
kit required is quite unwieldy and expensive. We built the converter and followed
up with associated bracketry to ensure the unit would be suitable for most cameras
on the market. We have created an attachment which allows photographers to convert
their standard Bowens strobe lights to produce ringflash-style light. Using
this new converter photographers can simply put the camera lens through the
centre of the light source. This creates a softer, wholesome surrounding light
around the lens which reduces shadows. It can also create shadowing around the
outline of the subject so users can work with a specific photographic effect.
The additional benefit of the converter is its `backwards capability'.
Photographers can take a standard Bowens product going back many years and use
it - as long as it has an S-Type adaptor. This will bring additional cost benefits
to our customers."

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Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2008 0 comments

Adorama is pleased to announce recently added workshops to their lineup, all designed to give photographers at all levels, insights from some of the world's most prominent photographers and photo educators.

Monica Cipnic, Adorama's program director, has added new and exciting seminars by leaders in the field, including ones on the newest models from Nikon (D90 and D700) and Canon (EOS 5D Mark II).  Both seminars charge a $25 fee but each registered participant will receive a $25 coupon good for 30 days on any purchase in the retail store or at www.adorama.com.  Among others that are sure to attract interest include classes in the latest technology including Adobe Photoshop and mastering the world of digital SLR.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 11, 2005 0 comments

Think Tank Photo has introduced a backpack specifically configured to hold
large telephoto lenses, multiple SLR bodies and a laptop computer, and still
fit within a standard airline overhead storage compartment. The new Airport
Addicted pack is designed so that airport security staff can quickly inspect
all equipment in the bag without having to dig through multiple compartments.
It includes a removable 15-inch laptop, a seam-sealed removable rain cover,
and comfortable shoulder straps that tuck away for storage.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 29, 2005 0 comments

Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. has introduced the latest edition
to the Maxxum line of digital Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras -- the Maxxum
5D. This interchangeable-lens digital SLR camera inherits the technology of
the award winning Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D -- the world's first digital
SLR with built-in Anti-Shake technology and CCD Shift mechanism that is compatible
with all Maxxum autofocus (AF) lenses, including Konica Minolta's soon
to be introduced Digital Technology "DT" lenses.

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Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2009 0 comments

Panasonic announced pricing for the highly-anticipated LUMIX DMC-GH1, the new Micro Four Thirds digital camera with Full-High Definition (HD) video recording ability. The camera will be available in early June for a suggested retail price of $1499.95.  The LUMIX DMC-GH1 includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens as part of the kit.  The new lens, designed to support HD movie recording, features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing (AF) capability – a differentiator from traditional DSLRs.  

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2004 0 comments

America's largest consumer expo for home entertainment and imaging
offers three days to explore and demo the finest consumer electronics
products—under one roof in NYC.

The Home
Entertainment Show
(HE2004), the largest and most comprehensive
showcase of consumer electronics and imaging products in America,
returns to New York City May 20–23, 2004 at the Hilton New York
Hotel—the site of two popular HE Shows held in 2001 and 2002.
Over 15,000 attendees are expected to visit the NY Hilton, optimized
for the ultimate user experience. Unlike typical trade shows, HE2004
provides visitors with the opportunity of seeing and hearing the
finest products in upscale hotel rooms, creating the best-sounding
environments for demonstrating high-performance gear.

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Press Release Posted: Jul 06, 2010 0 comments

Lightroom Workshops is please to announce discounts for its “Learn by Doing, and Walk Away Knowing” summer workshop series, occurring in cities across the United States this July and August. To celebrate the recent Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.0 update, Lightroom Workshops is offering a 15% discount to photography organization members, and a 25% discount to photography students or teachers for the two-day weekend workshop in July and August. Participants select the applicable registration type when registering for their preferred workshop city at lightroomworkshops.com.

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