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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 02, 2007 0 comments

The Tamron "Make Your Mark: Landmarks--Natural or Manmade"
2007 Photo Contest was open to U.S. residents submitting any original photograph
prominently including a natural or manmade landmark that was taken with a Tamron
lens. The Grand Prize: A Tamron AF18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Aspherical LD Di II (IF)
Macro zoom lens in the DSLR mount of the winner's choice, plus having
the winning picture showcased in the Tamron Viewfinder newsletter, and in the
Gallery section of the popular Tamron website. In addition, twenty photographers
whose images were selected as Favorites would have their names and winning images
published on the website for all to admire.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 04, 2010 1 comments

Induro is pleased to announce a brand new series of Panheads providing photographers with freedom for camera positioning never before available in a single product. This latest development utilizes a patent pending Quintaxial concept.

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Staff Posted: Apr 27, 2009 0 comments

The QuadroPod introduced by Novoflex is a four-leg tripod system.  The foundation of this system is a totally new design for a tripod collar that - thanks to its modular construction - can be equipped with different leg variations. Aluminum or carbon legs with 3 or 4 sections are available. Working heights from 2.8“ up to 70.9“ are possible with the current leg types. Moreover, additional leg types are under development, enabling working heights up to 91“. In addition, the different leg versions can be combined with each other and supplemented with clips/clamps, suction and screw-in-items from the Novoflex program.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 28, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced an update to the public
beta of Adobe Lightroom, an all-new digital imaging workflow solution for professional
photographers that allows them to import, select, develop and showcase large volumes
of images. The latest version adds features suggested by beta testers that allow
greater control over export size and resolution, refined metadata selection with
print output and RGB value readouts for greater editing precision.



New to the Develop module are Before and After preview tools and History features
that allow a photographer to quickly preview and track changes, more control over
the size and resolution of exported photos. A new dedicated Web module provides
a rich web content editing experience and live previews of HTML and Flash output.
Other features include resolution control in the Export module, an additional
Straighten tool to correct camera angle issues, Keyword import and export, the
ability to save module settings with collections or shoots. Auto Import or Hot
Folder support allows photographers to automatically add images to the Lightroom
Library from a specified directory.



"We'd like to thank our early beta testers, and encourage more user
participation in helping us build a final product that best serves photographers'
unique needs," said Dave Story, vice president of product development for
Digital Imaging at Adobe. "We will build upon the success of the public
beta program with the release of a Windows version this summer."



With its modular and task-based environment, Lightroom beta delivers tools for
a complete photography workflow. Leveraging industry-leading Adobe Camera Raw
3.4 technology, Lightroom now supports over 120 native raw file formats. New camera
models supported by this beta are Canon EOS 30D, Epson R-D1s, Leaf Aptus 65 and
Aptus 75, Olympus EVOLT E-330 and SP-320, Pentax *ist DL2 and Samsung GX-1S. Once
images are imported, they can be showcased via slideshows, complete with music,
as well as drop shadows, borders, Identity Plates and different colored backgrounds.



During Lightroom's public beta period modules and features will be added
or changed based on the necessity and priority within digital photography workflows.



Lightroom beta 3.0 for Macintosh OSX Tiger (10.4.3), a universal binary application
that runs on both Power PC and Intel Macs, is available for free download from
the Adobe Labs Web site at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom.


Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4.3, 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor,
768 MB RAM and 1024x768 resolution screen. The final shipping version will be
released in late 2006. A Windows version of Lightroom beta will be available for
download this summer. Further details around pricing, system requirements and
availability have yet to be determined.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 23, 2008 0 comments

Hoodman's new patent pending, D-3 HoodCap snaps into place using the
mounting points already built into the Nikon D-3. The D-3 HoodCap is optically
clear, comes with scratch resistant coating and is backed by the Hoodman team.
The D-3 HoodCap retails for $24.99 and protects your LCD screen and allows unobstructed
LCD viewing at all times.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

Lyson, Inc. has launched its Daylight Darkroom digital black & white printing system. This new imaging system is said to provide photographers the ability to
accurately mirror traditional darkroom techniques, including silver halide printing,
with digital images and an inkjet printer. The complete Lyson Daylight Darkroom
System consists of a Daylight Darkroom Quad Black inks in cartridges or a bulk
feed system, Daylight Darkroom print driver software, the Lyson Darkroom range
of inkjet media, a set of Lyson cleaning cartridges for removal of standard color
inks from the printer and Lyson PrintGuard™ protection spray (optional).
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Staff Posted: Oct 16, 2009 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has introduced four new COOLPIX Style Series compact digital cameras.  The COOLPIX S70 features an enhanced interface and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display technology for a new user experience, housed in a stylish, camera body.  The COOLPIX S1000pj features the world’s first built-in projector, which enables consumers to share their images and videos in an all-new fun way.  Additionally, the COOLPIX S640 and COOLPIX S570, leaders in speed and affordability, respectively, complete the new smarter, cooler, simpler COOLPIX line.

The Nikon COOLPIX cameras incorporate Nikon’s world-class NIKKOR lenses. A new enhancement to Nikon’s Smart Portrait System helps create beautiful portraits and includes an all new Skin Softening feature designed to both smooth and even skin tones. Other COOLPIX features include Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization, minimizing blur that may appear in pictures, even in low-light or unsteady conditions; and Scene Auto Selector, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings accordingly.

Built on the success of Nikon’s previous touch-screen models, COOLPIX S70 features Nikon’s newly developed 3.5-inch Clear Color Display and a new generation of touch-screen controls that offer an enhanced shooting and playback experience.  In addition to its photographic technology and stylish dual-texture design, the S70 captures stunning HD-video at 1280x720 pixels (720p).

New to the COOLPIX line, OLED technology offers the benefits of vivid color reproduction, sharp contrast and the absence of afterimages.  The capacitive touch-screen provides an immediate response at the lightest touch of the display for a fun and intuitive feel to every camera operation. The COOLPIX S70 features 12.1 megapixels; a 5x wide angle zoom NIKKOR lens; ISO 6400, 5-way VR Image Stabilization System, Subject Tracking, Scene Auto Selector Mode, Nikon’s Smart Portrait System and an ultra-stylish design. 

The S70 will be available in September 2009 for $399.95 MSRP in a choice of colors and textures including Red & Red, Champagne & Beige, Black & Black, or Champagne & Light Brown. 

Providing consumers with new exciting ways to share images, the COOLPIX S1000pj transforms photo-sharing into a multimedia experience. With the touch of a button, users can project images and videos as large as 40 inches, and with the camera’s unique slideshow function, playback pictures with music, effects and creative transitions. Additional features of the S1000pj include: 12.1 megapixels; a 5x Wide Angle Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens; ISO from 64-6400; a 2.7-inch Wide Angle LCD display; 5-way VR Image Stabilization System; Subject Tracking; Scene Auto Selector Mode; Nikon’s Smart Portrait System and movie mode.

The COOLPIX S1000pj will be available in Matte Black, in September 2009, for $429.95 MSRP.

The new COOLPIX S640 is Nikon’s performance leader in the S-Series lineup. High performance features include ultra-fast auto-focus, the fastest start up time in its class** of a mere 0.7 seconds and short shutter release time lag.  Additional features of the S640 include: a slim, stylish all metal body; 12.2 megapixels; a 5x Wide Angle NIKKOR lens; ISO from 100-6400 at full resolution; a 2.7-inch Clear Color LCD display; 4-way VR Image Stabilization System; Subject Tracking;  Scene Auto Selector Mode; Nikon’s Smart Portrait System and movie mode.

The COOLPIX S640 will be available in September 2009 for $249.95 MSRP and will be offered in various colors including: Calm Black, Velour Red, Precious Pink, and Pearl White.

The new COOLPIX S570 is ideal for entry-level consumers looking for a carefree shooting experience.  The S570 features 12.0 megapixels; a 5x Wide Angle Zoom-NIKKOR Glass Lens; ISO 3200 at full resolution, a bright 2.7-inch LCD Display; 4-way VR Image Stabilization System; Scene Auto Selector Mode; Nikon’s Smart Portrait System and movie mode.

The COOLPIX S570 will be available in September 2009, for $199.95 MSRP and will be offered in various colors including Black, Red, Blue, and Pink.

http://www.nikonusa.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 05, 2005 0 comments

ThumbsPlus WebClient Server is used in conjunction with ThumbsPlus and allows
the ThumbsPlus database to be searched and used from clients all over the world.
After more than three years of thorough development and extensive BETA testing,
it's now available. The ThumbsPlus WebClient provides your users with easy access
to your ThumbsPlus image database over an Intranet or the entire Internet.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2006 0 comments

Three Ultra Hi-Definition photo printers from Epson are said to deliver the
ultimate professional-level prints to the home photo enthusiast at amazing print
speeds. The Ultra Hi-Definition product line consists of the Epson Stylus Photo
R260 and R380 photo printers, along with the Epson Stylus Photo RX580 photo
all-in-one.



A key component of the new product line is Claria ink, the latest in Epson's
long line of ink innovations, which is said to deliver superior image quality
with Ultra Hi-Definition richness, depth and clarity. With Claria ink and a
newly designed print head, these products deliver the fastest photo print speeds
of any previous Epson model, and print longevity that is superior to lab photos.


The Ultra Hi-Definition product line offers automatic photo correction, which
automatically adjusts improperly lit photos and corrects skin tones for better-looking
prints. All three models also print directly on ink jet printable CDs and DVDs
without messy labels.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2007 0 comments

Lowepro has announced three new camera bag lines and styles. They include:



Primus AW: Unlike any bag currently on the market, Primus AW,
made from 51% recycled materials, enables photographers to carry and access all
the necessary components for outdoor photography while providing the highest possible
comfort and extreme protection. The main camera compartment is padded and holds
a digital SLR Pro body with zoom lens attached, in addition to 1-2 extra lens
or flash units. The camera compartment is expandable, enabling large equipment
capacity and quick equipment retrieval. The Primus AW offers photographers quick
and easy access to their equipment, without removing the bag, through expandable
side zipped camera pockets.



Vertex: Uniquely designed to deliver maximum comfort with minimal
bulk, the Vertex series is capable of carrying 1-2 pro digital SLR units, a large
35mm or medium format system, a number of lenses, a tripod or monopod, a flash
and digital accessories. Exterior features include the All Weather Cover, Lowepro's
adjustable Glide-Lock accessory attachment system for securing tripods and other
outdoor accessories, two outer pockets for memory cards and filters, plus a mid-pocket
which is large enough for most notebook computer models.



Napoli Pouches: Lightweight and compact, the Napoli series of
pouches are the perfect option for consumers to carry and protect their ultra-compact
digital camera, such as the Nikon CoolPix L3 and the Canon PowerShot SD450. With
its durable, fine-grain, nappa leather exterior and soft padded suede interior
this new line of pouches protects digital cameras against scratches and impact
when transported by hand, in pockets, purses or bags.
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Staff Posted: Jul 09, 2008 0 comments

Hasselblad has announced the launch of a new generation of raw processor, workflow
and camera control software, Phocus version 1.0 for Mac. Providing the ultimate
processing tool for Hasselblad digital images, the new Phocus RAW processor
is said to deliver perfect colors through the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution,
and includes digital lens corrections for color aberration, distortion and vignetting
(DAC I, II and III). Another key advantage and designed to save hours of post-production
work, Phocus's leading edge moiré removal technology allows image
detail to be preserved, even on extremely high resolution images. By automatically
removing moiré directly from the raw data, image quality remains intact,
while any need for special masking selections or other manual procedures is
eliminated.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 23, 2007 0 comments

Brooks Institute of Photography has announced that it's "5 x 5"
fine art photography exhibition will be the school's featured event as
a participant in the Downtown Organization's 1st Thursday initiative.
A public artist's reception will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2007
from 5 -- 9 pm at the Cota Street Campus and Gallery, located at 27 E.
Cota Street in Santa Barbara.



Five photographic perspectives by five recent Brooks' graduates depict
this "artist invitational" public exhibition. More than 50 images
will be on display by photographers: Chris Buckpitt (2003), Adam Gerlach (2003),
Kodiak Greenwood (2004), Serena Lee (2005) and Matthew Rainwaters (2003).



Adam Gerlach, who serves as the gallery's assistant director, specializes
in black-and-white photography. He also specializes in hand-toning his work
to transform reality and create strange and unfamiliar qualities in his images.
Greenwood, a native of Big Sur, has twice earned awards in the Fuji photography
competition, and is represented in private galleries. His extensive photography
of the West Coast -- both in color and black-and-white -- has garnered
critical acclaim.



In contrast to outdoor and landscape photography, Chris Buckpitt strives to
capture the essence of people. About his work, he says "I have a very
deep connection to the human race, and I have always found the human body to
be very beautiful."



Serena Lee, already distinguished in her field of portrait, wedding and fine
art photography, finds that her passions lie in using antique and alternative
processes, and digital imaging, to mix the old world with the new. Her work
has been seen in many venues, including the International Photography Hall of
Fame.



Matthew Rainwaters began working with cameras at age 14 shooting skate videos
with his friends. Five years later, he bought a Pentax K-1000 and took a junior
college photography course. A teacher's comment that he was "pretty
good" forever changed his life. Today, his work's featured twice
in the Advertising Photographers of America annual Personal Ads show, appeared
in the notable Focus on Aids charity auction in Beverly Hills, and has shown
in the Frank Lloyd Wright Hollyhock House. He presently teaches photography
and reprints portfolios for publication.



The `5 x 5' exhibition, which opens on January 18, will run through
March 31, 2007. In the coming months, the Cota Campus and Gallery will feature
exhibitions by a range of professional photographers, as well as shows presented
by Brooks Institute students and alumni. The public is invited to visit the
gallery on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 9
p.m. For more information, call the Brooks Institute Cota St. Campus and Gallery
at (805) 690-4913.


www.brooks.edu, or call
805-966-3888.

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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: Jul 16, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of the new version of its
flagship product -- DxO Optics Pro v4.5 -- for both Windows and Macintosh
computer systems. With the release of version 4.5, DxO Optics Pro offers the
first-ever third-party plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Photographers
can now integrate DxO Optics Pro and Lightroom into their workflow:

With the exclusive "DxO Optics Pro Plug-in" in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,
users can send their images straight from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to DxO Optics
Pro for processing and save corrected files directly into their Lightroom library
(with the image metadata intact).

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