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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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Staff Posted: Jul 17, 2009 0 comments

Sony is making it easy for first-time digital SLR buyers to step up from point-and-shoot digital still cameras with the introduction today of three new easy-to-use α (alpha) cameras (models DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A230), four new lenses, a flash and accessories.

The new cameras are designed to overcome challenges faced by many customers taking their first steps in DSLR photography. Without compromising performance and versatility, the new models are smaller, lighter, easier to use and offer innovative expansion options not found in other systems.

The 10.2 megapixel α230 camera is the lightest, most compact alpha DSLR camera body ever at 15.9 ounces. The 10.2 megapixel α330 and the 14.2 megapixel α380 cameras are also smaller and lighter than their predecessor models (the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350, respectively). These cameras are also more compact and feature an intuitive control layout that allows for easy single-handed operation.

SteadyShot INSIDE in-camera image stabilization is built into each camera body, so every α-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake.

Quick AF Live View System
Both the α380 and α330 cameras offer Sony’s Quick Autofocus (AF) Live View technology, so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD screen as well as in the optical viewfinder.  Through the use of a dedicated image sensor, Quick AF Live View maintains the rapid response of a DSLR, while avoiding the focus delay common to other live view systems.

The new cameras feature a 2.7-inch (diagonally) Clear Photo LCD™ screen that is easy to view even in bright sunlight. Additionally, the LCD on the α380 and α330 models can be tilted up or down, making it easy to frame your subject from high or low positions, otherwise difficult to see using an eye-level viewfinder.  The range of adjustment has been increased from their predecessors, making it even easier to get shots from difficult angles.

By combining Quick AF Live View and an adjustable LCD, users can frame the scene without holding the camera in front of their face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children for more natural expressions.

An HDMI terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). Additionally, BRAVIA Sync works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television’s remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately).

The new cameras include dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (sold separately).

The α380, α330 and α230 models are Sony’s first DSLR cameras to feature a graphical user interface (GUI) with built-in on-screen Help Guide.

The Help Guide offers clear, concise explanations of various modes and settings, while the Graphic Display helps you understand the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, as well as the effect each has on photographic results.

The new Sony cameras come in camera-and-lens packages. In addition to the two new standard zoom and telephoto lenses that are offered with the camera bodies, the company introduced new portrait and macro lenses. These purpose-built lenses make it much easier to obtain professional-looking, creative results. 

Optimized for use with APS-C sized image sensors, these lenses feature a Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) that enables in-lens auto focus (AF) drive for smooth, quiet operation, and high optical performance in a compact size.

The DT 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens (model SAL-1855) incorporates aspherical and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements to provide an all purpose lens with outstanding image quality.  The DT 55-200mm F/4-5.6 telephoto zoom lens (model SAL-55200/2) features an ED glass element and helps bring distant subjects closer, ideal for capturing sports. Both the SAL-1855 and SAL-55200 lenses are available separately, or packaged as kits with the new cameras.

To make the benefits of portrait and macro photography easier and more accessible, Sony is introducing a DT 50mm F/1.8 portrait lens (model SAL-50F18) and DT 30mm F/2.8 (model SAL-30M28) macro lens.  The wide aperture SAL-50F18 lens helps users capture beautiful portraits with gently defocused backgrounds while the SAL-30M28 macro lens captures intricate close-ups. Both techniques are difficult to achieve with standard lenses. 

To help users take better shots with flash, Sony offers an affordable, compact external flash unit (model HVL-F20AM) that is simple to operate. Unlike a camera’s built-in flash, this external flash provides higher output (Guide Number 20), and enables users to bounce light off the ceiling to eliminate harsh shadows and achieve more even illumination when shooting indoors.

Pricing and Availability
Pre-orders will begin on May 18, 2009 at www.sonystyle.com/retail and at selected retailers nationwide. The cameras and a range of accessories will be available in July at Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.

The α380L, α330L and α230L will cost about $850, $650 and $550, respectively. The L series one-lens kit comes with the SAL-1855 standard zoom lens.

The α380Y, α330Y and α230Y will cost about $1050, $850 and $750, respectively. The Y series two-lens kit comes with both the SAL-1855 standard zoom and SAL-55200 telephoto zoom lenses.

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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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Posted: Oct 17, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has begun shipping its innovative, highly anticipated
EASYSHARE-ONE zoom digital camera to retailers. Initial customer availability
is expected within the coming days, dependent on individual retailer and store
stocking schedules. Kodak is working with the world's leading wireless
hotspot companies to make sharing pictures across town, across the country,
or across the globe as easy and convenient as possible. When visiting a hotspot,
EASYSHARE-ONE camera users can effortlessly send pictures with personal messages
via e-mail, upload pictures to the EASYSHARE Gallery, and view and share existing
Gallery albums -- all without a computer.



EASYSHARE-ONE camera purchasers receive a complimentary, camera-specific trial
service in conjunction with major hotspot providers. Current preferred service
providers include T-Mobile USA, with more than 6,000 T-Mobile HotSpot locations
across the United States; T-Mobile International, with over 5,000 hotspot locations
in Germany (in conjunction with T-Com) and more than 800 hotspot locations in
the United Kingdom; and Telstra, with over 850 Telstra Wireless Hotspot locations
in Australia.



Kodak is also working with other providers to expand broadband hotspot coverage
in Europe and Asia, enhancing the thousands of public freespots available in
venues such as airports, parks, business centers, and municipalities. Kodak
designed the EASYSHARE-ONE model (US$599 MSRP, including the KODAK WI-FI Card)
specifically for sharing, moving the camera experience from "point-and-shoot"
to "point-and-share."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 19, 2007 0 comments

Phase One has announced the beta
release of Capture One 4 -- the next generation of Capture One 3 LE
-- RAW workflow software that helps professional photographers to
achieve superior image quality.

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Press Release Posted: Sep 09, 2010 0 comments

Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-FZ100, a top-of-the-line model in the popular FZ-Series of LUMIX digital cameras with a newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens that features a powerful 24x optical zoom. As the company’s first hybrid compact digital camera with a MOS sensor, the LUMIX FZ100 can record full 1080 High Definition (HD) video – giving consumers a powerful hybrid that can shoot video and still photos with ease and professional-like quality.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2006 0 comments

American Recorder Technologies has announced the next product in their popular
"Photo Studio In A Box" series with the introduction of the "Photo
Studio in a Box-Supersized." Almost twice as large as the original product,
the portable kit contains everything needed to take studio-quality images: soft
lighting diffusion box, lights, backgrounds & camera stand--all in
one easy-to-carry package. The new model measures 30"x30"x30"
and is designed to accommodate larger items with a new soft lighting tent.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 23, 2008 0 comments

Datacolor has announced Spyder3Pro and Spyder3Print. These two new solutions
are expertly designed to address the color management needs of photographers
and creative professionals that require the most accurate color for digital
editing and printing.

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Press Release Posted: Jan 17, 2011 0 comments

YPOC, a leading producer of custom canvas prints and pioneer of innovative print-on-canvas processes, has re-designed its website to help consumers take all the guesswork out of converting their precious photos into amazing PhotoGiclées on canvas. By incorporating proprietary Image Resolution Detection software, uploaded images are automatically "evaluated" to determine all canvas enlargements that will render excellent results. Canvas sizes deemed too large based on the quality of the original image file can still be chosen, but only those sizes that will showcase the image best will be highlighted, helping to avoid customer disappointment and removing the customer need to use image editors like Photoshop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 12, 2006 0 comments

For a limited time only, Cerious Software is offering competitive upgrades
from ACDsee, ACDsee Pro, CompuPIC, Cumulus, ImageAXS and Portfolio. For single-user
licenses, you can purchase ThumbsPlus Pro for $59.95or ThumbsPlus Standard for
$29.95. For single-user licenses, they don't even require proof, saying that
would be too much trouble for you and too much work for them. Order here: https://phlipper.cerious.com/compupg7.shtml

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 16, 2008 0 comments

WD (NYSE: WDC) has introduced its My Book Studio Edition II high-performance
dual-drive storage systems, which are designed to seamlessly work with Mac computers.
Available now at select retailers and the WD online store (www.shopwd.com),
the new My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available in
capacities of 1 TB and 2 TB.



The new eco-friendly dual-drive My Book Studio Edition II external storage systems
use WD's GreenPower hard drives for power savings and cool and quiet operation.
The system's dual-drive, RAID 0 configuration and high-speed interfaces
deliver high performance for creative professionals, workgroups, small offices
and anyone looking for fast data transfer.



Formatted for Mac computers, these new storage systems feature: extra-fast performance
with four interfaces (FireWire 400/800, eSATA, USB 2.0); factory-shipped in
RAID 0 (Striped) configuration [RAID 1 (Mirrored) configurable]; cool, eco-friendly
operation with WD GreenPower drives that consume approximately one-third less
power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and efficient convection
cooling architecture and power-saving mode; designed without a fan to run quietly;
5-year limited warranty; automatic and continuous backup software; capacity
gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on the system; intelligent
drive management features, including automatic power-up, Safe Shutdown and LED
status and activity lights user serviceability, enabling owner to open the enclosure
and replace the drive inside; and elegant silver metallic finish that perfectly
complements other Mac products.



My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now at select
retailers and WD's online store (www.shopwd.com).
MSRP for My Book Studio Edition II with 1 TB is $349.99 USD; MSRP for My Book
Studio Edition II with 2 TB is $599.99 USD.

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Press Release Posted: May 23, 2011 1 comments

Epson America has introduced the latest 13-inch printer, the Epson Stylus Photo R2000. Taking advantage of Epson’s next-generation pigment printing technology, this printer produces vivid, archival prints with an unmatched glossy look and feel that’s optimized for serious photography and other high-level creative applications.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced an update to the public beta of Adobe
Photoshop Lightroom software at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. Available
immediately for download from Adobe Labs (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom),
this update unites the product feature set for Windows and Macintosh platforms,
giving professional photographers a new way to import, manage and showcase large
volumes of digital photographs. More than 325,000 people have opted to try Lightroom
during the beta period and feedback has been fueled by over 3,400 of them sharing
input in Adobe online forums. The final version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is
expected to ship in early 2007.



The final branding of the software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, confirms its place
within the Photoshop family, a line of products that meet the needs of novice
snapshooters, photo hobbyists and a diverse set of professional customers.



Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta 4.0 offers improved digital photography workflow
tools, including a precision white balance selection option and a more streamlined
and elegant user interface experience with customizable controls. An intuitive
new tone curve adjustment feature provides powerful image correction capabilities,
allowing users to visually obtain excellent midtone, shadow and highlight adjustments.




New enhancements in the Develop and Library modules include time-saving tools
such as the ability to re-name and convert files to Adobe Digital Negative Format
(DNG) after importing into the Lightroom library. New filters, search presets
and organizing options allow for quick retrieval of images and greater flexibility.




Lightroom supports over 125 native raw file formats, in addition to JPEG and TIFF,
and brings raw conversion into a single workflow experience. The latest camera
models supported by this beta are the Nikon D2Xs, Sony A100, as well as preliminary
support for the Canon Digital Rebel XTi (400D) and Nikon D80. This support means
that photographers can use Lightroom with even the newest cameras on the market,
knowing that the image files will be recognized today and into the future.



Adobe hosts an online community site for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta which
features artists in the Lightroom Showcase Gallery (http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom/gallery)
and provides an arena for photographers to share their portfolios using Lightroom
slideshow functionality. Photographers will find inspiration in the documentaries
of well-known photographers posted in the community and gallery.



Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta 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
or Windows XP SP2, Intel Pentium 4 Processor, and 768 MB RAM and a 1024x768 resolution
screen. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom beta is a universal binary application that
will run natively on PowerPC and new Intel-based Macintosh systems. The final
version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is expected to ship in early 2007. Further
details around pricing, system requirements and availability have yet to be determined.
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Staff Posted: Sep 05, 2008 0 comments

Eye-Fi Inc. (www.eye.fi), makers of the world's first wireless memory
card for digital cameras, has announced that it collaborated with Nikon Corporation,
a world leader in digital imaging and precision optics, to deliver enhanced
integration of its Eye-Fi cards with Nikon's newly announced digital SLR
camera, Nikon D90. The D90 is Nikon's second "Eye-Fi Connected"
camera, following the Nikon D60, which was released earlier this year. Eye-Fi
Connected cameras make it easier for photographers to use their Eye-Fi cards
to wirelessly upload images to their computer or favorite online photo sharing
site.



While Eye-Fi cards work seamlessly with conventional SD-compatible digital cameras,
the Eye-Fi Connected Nikon D90 gives users an improved out-of- box experience
and more control of wireless capabilities. The camera will detect when an Eye-Fi
card is inserted and manage its power settings to ensure that photos upload
effortlessly for sharing and storing. In addition, the Nikon D90 will include
an Eye-Fi menu that allows users to turn the wireless function on or off, giving
the user more freedom to customize how and when they want to use the Eye-Fi
card. For example, if a user is in a hospital or on an airplane, or anywhere
else where wireless connectivity is not allowed, the user may disable the wireless
function through the Eye-Fi menu.



The Eye-fi Connected Nikon D90 will be unveiled at Photokina in Cologne, Germany
on September 23, 2008.



www.eye.fi.

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