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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 12, 2005 0 comments

UMAX Technologies, Inc. has announced the availability of SilverFast HDR and SilverFast
HDR Studio for its full line of UMAX scanners. SilverFast HDR enables users to
process images at 48-bit full dynamic range.



The four upgrade and purchase options are:



1. SilverFast Ai upgrade to SilverFast HDR: This offer is only good for existing
SilverFast Ai UMAX users and is available for $199.00.

2. SilverFast SE upgrade to SilverFast HDR: This offer is only good for existing
SilverFast SE UMAX users and is available for $250.00.

3. SilverFast HDR full version new purchase: Retail is $299.00.

4. SilverFast HDR Studio full version new purchase: Retail is $499.00 and comes
with IT8 color calibration and pocket target



Prior to SilverFast HDR, many of today's scanners did not allow the ability to
write the full dynamic range into TIFF-data, making the reduction to 24-bit RGB
obsolete. Scanners with only 30- or 36-bit capability save up to their maximum
output, but today's leading scanning software, such as PhotoShop, saves
images down to a 24-bit file, discarding the extra information supplied from the
scanner. SilverFast HDR and HDR Studio software gives users the ability to save
and edit 'raw' files in full 48-bit resolution. 48-bit editing opens up a whole
new workflow, enabling images to be scanned and archived into digital format,
and then accessed later without any loss of quality.



SilverFast HDR and HDR Studio allow for raw data processing enables color corrections
in 48-bit. In this extremely large color space no significant shade is lost during
image corrections. When all corrections are done the image can be saved into 48-bit
again and further corrections can be done later.Instead of driving the scanner
directly, SilverFast HDR enables the user to read these raw files and process
the data as if they had access to the original image on the scanner. SilverFast
Scan Type (Image Type in HDR) offers 48-bit Color and 16-bit Grayscale. While
48-bit HDR color scans into an uncorrected 48-bit raw data file (only gamma correction
and ICC-matching can be applied), 48-bit Color or 16-bit Grayscale allows users
to save all corrections into the raw data file (48- or 16-bit Tiff file). It is
also possible to scan directly into Photoshop using the image corrected in high
bit mode.



SilverFast also offers a full set of tools including the ability to define output
size, Auto-Adjust, Histogram, Gradation curves, Selective Color Correction, Unsharp
Masking, Color Separation, and CMYK-Preview.



SilverFast accelerates the processing of large files in real-time, even greater
than 500MB, without delay. Files that have been scanned with SilverFast Ai and
subsequently opened in HDR will have the HiRePP functionality (High Resolution
Picture Performance). SilverFast HDR Studio is an enhanced version of SilverFast
HDR and adds even more power by including Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization,
SilverFast PhotoProof, a cloning tool, unsharp mask Plus, automatic image import
with renaming functions, conversion of RAW data and JPEG 2000 support.



Additionally, free copies of Taz Tally's Official Guide to SilverFast Ai
6.0 will be included with any upgrade or purchase from UMAX.com for the first
30 days from today.



http://www.umax.com.
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Press Release Posted: Dec 11, 2009 2 comments

Enjoy window light anytime, anywhere with the new Home Studio Lighting Kit, the latest addition to Westcott’s Photo Basics product line.  The kit includes (2) uLite constant lights with 6’ Light Stands, (2) 85-watt fluorescent lamps, (2) 20” Soft Boxes, and an educational DVD.  The constant uLites, combined with 85-watt fluorescents, provide perfect “what you see is what you get” lighting for photo and video.  Featuring 500 equivalent watts of power and true daylight balanced (5500K) temperature, these fluorescent lamps have a lifespan of over 8,000 hours.  This kit keeps things simple with portable, compact 20” Soft Boxes that set up and collapse in seconds. 

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Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2009 0 comments

Benro, who has been manufacturing tripods for more than 10 years (and has the #1 market share in their home country of China), offers high quality tripods, monopods and heads that are built to professional standards at an extraordinary value. Benro is distributed in the U.S. by Westchester, NY based MAC Group. “We are very proud to add Benro to our product mix,” states Jeff Karp, Benro Product Marketing Manager. “The high quality, innovative designs and exceptional value make Benro the perfect choice for demanding photographers on a budget.”

Benro has the technology and manufacturing capabilities to build products made of carbon fiber (8 layers for ultimate stability), aluminum (top performance at an economical price) and magnesium (lighter than aluminum, yet stronger) – materials that provide outstanding performance and reliability -- at economical prices. Benro is the only company that makes its own carbon fiber tubing.

An excellent example of Benro’s design capabilities is their new "Quick Lock" Leg System that sets the new standard in flip lock technology. Its rugged construction, reliability and ease of operation elevates leg locking systems to a new level.

One of the most unique tripods in Benro’s lineup is the patented Travel Angel, available in both carbon fiber and aluminum. This is an easy-to-carry, ultra-compact tripod that photographers will take with them everywhere they go. What good is a tripod if you leave it home because it’s too big or heavy? Travel Angel’s unique 180 degree fold over design allows them to be folded into a compact package (up to 20% smaller than conventionally designed tripods) that can easily fit into backpacks or luggage. However, when quick setup, excellent maximum height and a rigid, stable support are needed, Benro Travel Angels are outstanding performers. All kits include a BH-Series single action or B-Series dual action ballhead that matches the size of the tripod.

In addition to tripods and monopods, Benro builds a full range of heads. Whether you select a Benro single action or dual action ballhead or 3-Way panhead, you’ll see the quality that goes into all Benro products the minute you pick them up. Benro tripod heads are produced using the latest in precision machining and manufacturing technology to ensure smooth and secure operation. The patented, dual locking, dovetailed Quick Release Plates or Arca Swiss style Quick Release Plates allow fast and secure camera mounting and dismounting without having to worry about accidentally unseating the camera.

To help you decide on the right equipment for your shooting situations, Benro provides a series of web-based videos that show the features and benefits of Benro products. Choose from “Why you need a tripod” (even with image stabilization and high ISO cameras, the best results happen with a tripod) to “Selecting the perfect tripod head” to “Benro Travel Angel” and more.

To see the complete selection of Benro products, visit www.Benro.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2006 0 comments

Pantone, Inc. has announced the availability of huey, an easy-to-use monitor
calibration tool developed in partnership with GretagMacbeth. The unique, affordable
device is about the size of a small marker and delivers excellent results on
LCD, laptop and CRT displays without requiring users to have any knowledge of
color management. In addition, huey is the first monitor calibration device
to continually adjust the monitor as room lighting changes.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 23, 2010 0 comments

During the photokina fair in September this year, FotoTV will produce photokinaTV – a news broadcast in the form of online video/films. This news broadcast will feature product highlights, latest trends in imaging and photography at photokina, interviews with exhibitors and visitors, the day’s highlights and other related reportage on photokina live from the venue.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments

For
a limited time only LumiQuest will be offering the LumiQuest Bounce Kit, a 3 piece
kit that includes a Pocket Bouncer, Gold and Silver Metallic Inserts and a free
storage envelope.



The Pocket Bouncer redirects light at a 90 degree angle from the flash to soften
harsh shadows and more evenly spread the light over a wider area. A Gold insert
is ideal for late afternoon fill and the Silver insert will add a more specular
look to the highlights. Included with the Bounce Kit is a free clear storage envelope.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 14, 2005 0 comments

MAGIX has announced the new MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4. By automatically
fixing photos and adding exciting 3D transitions, fades, effects and sounds,
the software turns simple photo collections into multimedia slideshows. Slideshows
can then be easily burned onto CD or DVD and viewed on any TV or computer screen.
MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 will be available in stores for $39.99 starting
September 15th and online at www.magix.com starting September 8th.



MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 lets you quickly and easily transform holiday
memories, family, party, and Internet photos into 3D slideshows in just three
easy steps: Import photos; edit them with transitions, zooms, music, and text;
and burn onto DVD or CD



The slideshows can also be uploaded to the free MAGIX Online Photo Album site
at www.magix.com directly from the software, where photos can be viewed in fullscreen
mode with music. Photo products can also be ordered directly from the site as
well as from the software on premium paper, calendars, t-shirts, and mugs, etc.
The site also has an Online Content Library to enrich your slideshow with stock
photos. Photos on CD & DVD 4 also burns DVD player-compatible JPEG discs
for fast playback optimized for TV viewing.



MAGIX Photostory on CD & DVD 4 will be available in stores for $39.99 starting
September 15th and online at www.magix.com
starting September 8th. See www.magix.com
for more info.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 11, 2006 0 comments

The Kata Ergo-Tech Collection is made from Kata's Elasto-Guard material.
Consisting of two layers, Elasto-Guard is a flexible material that will adjust
to the shapes and movements of the carrier's body, while also able to
shift shape in order to fit the contained equipment.

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Press Release Posted: May 10, 2010 0 comments

The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), joined by the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers of America, photographers Leif Skoogfors, Al Satterwhite, Morton Beebe, Ed Kashi and illustrators John Schmelzer and Simms Taback, has filed a class action copyright infringement suit against Google, Inc. in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York. The suit, which was filed by Mishcon de Reya New York LLP, relates to Google’s illegal scanning of millions of books and other publications containing copyrighted images and displaying them to the public without regard to the rights of the visual creators. ASMP and the other trade associations, representing thousands of members, decided to file the class action after the Court denied their request to join the currently pending $125 million class action that had previously been filed primarily on behalf of text authors in connection with the Google Library Project. The new class action goes beyond Google’s Library Project, and includes Google’s other systematic and pervasive infringements of the rights of photographers, illustrators and other visual artists.

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Press Release Posted: Dec 13, 2010 1 comments

DxO Labs announced the immediate availability of the latest version of its award-winning image enhancement software for demanding photographers, DxO Optics Pro v6.5. Along with providing photographers with high dynamic range (HDR) capability from a single RAW image, version 6.5 improves accessibility and productivity. DxO Optics Pro v6.5 and upgrades will be offered with an exceptional 30 percent holiday season discount through December 25, 2010.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 29, 2008 0 comments

Kevin Kubota has created another set of image enhancement Actions for Adobe
Photoshop. The release of a fourth set of Artistic Tools, available starting
next week, features over 40 new Actions and is now available to the professional
photography community. In addition, this new set of Actions features Kubota
Image Tools' exclusive new Kubota Action Dashboard tool for quick and
easy access to all Kubota Actions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 18, 2006 0 comments

Maha Energy Corp., maker of PowerEx brand batteries and chargers, Has launched
its latest 2700 mAh NiMH AA rechargeable batteries, the highest yet from the
company. These batteries are designed to provide maximum run time in power intensive
applications such as digital cameras, MP3 Players, PDA's, hand-held games,
portable CD players, flashlights, etc. The low-impedance design allows the batteries
to deliver a tremendous amount of energy in a short period of time, making them
ideal for devices like camera flash units that require short recycle time.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 27, 2006 0 comments

First announced earlier this year, ILFORD HARMAN selenium toner will be available
this November 2006 availability, along with a new leaflet 'Selenium Toner Tips'
in English, French, German or Spanish.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2007 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc.features images on its `Icons of Photography'
Web site created by photographer Gerd Ludwig while on assignment in Chernobyl
for National Geographic Magazine. On his first trek in 1993, seven years after
the nuclear reactor meltdown in Russia, Ludwig carried close to 800 rolls of
film to document the tragedy. On his most recent visit, he used Kingston CompactFlash
Ultimate cards paired with a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II digital SLR camera.



Kingston recognizes the importance of educating and informing photographers
of all levels and is proud to offer its Icons of Photography, an online forum
showcasing the talents and advice from several of the world's most respected
photographers. Each month the program spotlights an icon and his/her suggestions
for managing a shoot, capturing better images and improving workflow. Kingston's
Icons present these tips in a `try it yourself' manner suitable
for enthusiasts and pros.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 27, 2008 0 comments

xTrain.com, a leader in online video training for photography, media, arts, and
design, announced that the company has licensed over 100 training segments that
will be featured on Adobe TV. In addition, xTrain's parent company Splash
Media LP, an innovator and market leader of online content communications and
training, and producer of xTrain content, has created original programming content
for the Adobe TV audience of creative professionals.

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