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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2005 0 comments

Samsung's new SyncMaster 970P is a high-end dual interface 19-inch monitor
that is built and designed for performance. Currently shipping with an estimated
street price of $549, the 970P incorporates Samsung's MagicTune technology
which provides users with extensive color adjustment capability and the ability
to save various personalized display settings. The new monitor utilizes Samsung's
MagicStand, an innovative four-way, triple-hinge adjustable stand that offers
pivot ability, height adjustment, tilt and swivel capabilities. The display
also incorporates Samsung's MagicRotation, an automatic pivot feature
that instantly tracks the display's new orientation when users shift the
screen from portrait to landscape.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 13, 2007 0 comments

Extensis has announced Portfolio Server 8.5, a significant upgrade in its Portfolio
Server digital asset management (DAM) product. The Portfolio Server upgrade provides
industrial-strength workflow features to organize and exchange digital files utilizing
visual catalogs and embedded metadata. Portfolio Server is a multi-channel system
that makes it fast and easy to find and share valuable creative assets within
the creative workgroup, across the organization and externally with global partners.
The Portfolio 8.5 product family includes Portfolio Server, Portfolio Client,
Portfolio Express, Portfolio NetPublish and SQL Connect modules, as well as a
Single-User version of Portfolio.

Portfolio Server 8.5 includes new features to automate metadata-driven organization,
tracking, and distribution of digital assets. Additionally, this release includes
Portfolio Project Sync, designed to allow creative users a seamless interface
with familiar Adobe Creative Suite applications. Creative users simultaneously
benefit from Portfolio Server's ability to provide access to other users through
the Portfolio Client, Portfolio Express and websites created with Portfolio NetPublish,
Portfolio Server 8.5 provides unique access points for both internal and external

Portfolio Server 8.5 comes with Project Sync and includes several enhancements,
including improved XMP and file format support, greater performance and stability,
as well as additional features that help automate management of complex metadata.
Portfolio NetPublish 8.5 also includes a number of new features, including advanced
logging for reporting user traffic as well as visual watermarking functionality,
for images, to prevent unauthorized use.

Pricing and Availability

Portfolio Server 8.5 for workgroups will be available for download and purchase
in Summer 2007. Portfolio Server 8.5 and all client components will be available
free of charge for existing customers with Annual Service Agreements (ASA). Pricing
for all other versions, including upgrades, will be announced prior to product
availability in summer 2007.

French, German and Japanese language versions of Portfolio will also be available
in summer, 2007.

For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit

System Requirements

Portfolio 8.5 will support Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2 or Vista, Pentium class processor
at 1GHz or faster, 512MB RAM, 500 MB Hard Drive space, Network Interface for server
connection, Apple QuickTime version 7 or higher. Portfolio 8.5 will also support
Mac OS X 10.4.4 or higher, G4, G5 or Intel Core Processor at 1GHz, 512 MB RAM,
500MB Hard Drive space, Network Interface for server connection, Apple QuickTime
version 7 or higher.

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Press Release Posted: Jun 30, 2010 0 comments

Creative Light is now introducing a new series of Deluxe Reflectors. Their special shape
and handles make it even easier to shoot on location.


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Staff Posted: Jun 18, 2009 0 comments

Bogen Imaging announces a free webinar titled “A Budget Safari – Wildlife Photography at Your Local Zoo: Roundtable with Julie Larsen Maher.” Part of the company’s Bogen Café series of free instructional webinars, the seminar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, June 19th. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Staff Photographer Julie Larsen Maher, and David Fisher, Bogen Imaging’s Gitzo, Metz, Gossen and Litepanels Product Manager, will discuss the best practices, gear, and times to visit when shooting wildlife at a local zoo.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 16, 2004 0 comments

Digital series monolights are built with Swiss-watch precision starting
with a lightweight die-cast alloy chassis surrounded by a high-impact
translucent body with the same material used in racing helmets. Each unit
features a large digital LED display and interfaces with a Windows computer
(Mac OS version also coming) that can remotely control all functions,
including modeling lamp control. The three monolights offer rapid recycling
times, action-freezing flash duration, and a five-volt trigger voltage
that ensures delivery of the light head's full power to your digital


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 03, 2007 0 comments

Epson America Inc. has announced that John Paul Caponigro and Mac Holbert, two
of the pre-eminent leaders in digital photography and fine art printing, are joining
forces to conduct the "Fine Art of Digital Printing" workshop for
a second time in the state-of-the-art digital printing labs of Brooks Institute
of Photography. Offered due to the overwhelming response to their first joint
session in June, the encore workshop Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Santa Barbara, Calif.,
will provide one-on-one instruction with access to today's leading digital
printing technology.

"This workshop format is so unique in that it gives Mac and me the chance
to work one-on-one with attendees throughout the week -- something that isn't
usually seen with traditional workshops," said Caponigro, world-renowned
digital photographer. "The first workshop was such a great experience for
everyone involved, we couldn't wait to do it again."

Caponigro and Holbert created the Fine Art of Digital Printing workshop to foster
growth and creativity among professionals and serious advanced amateurs. The workshop
covers topics impacting the entire printing workflow and employs innovative techniques
with the industry's leading printing technology. Committed to producing
the finest digital photographs, as well as teaching with the highest quality products
in the industry, Caponigro and Holbert have arranged again for students to work
with Epson's award-winning Epson Stylus® Pro printers, inks and media.

Additionally, in an effort to provide the highest quality teaching environment,
the workshop takes advantage of Epson's latest generation of 3LCD projectors
for both accuracy and clarity of all projected tutorials.

"We were thrilled by the enthusiastic response from participants about the
first workshop," said Holbert, master printmaker and co-founder, Nash Editions.
"We look forward to another opportunity to share our knowledge and experience
of digital fine art printmaking with others who are passionate about photography."

To ensure an intimate learning environment, the Fine Art of Digital Printing workshop
is limited to 24 attendees. Valued at $1,995, this workshop is offered at an exclusive
price of $1,495, thanks to the support provided by Epson. This fee includes all
lab costs, complete access to the digital printing lab until 11 p.m. Monday through
Thursday, unlimited use of ink and media, and materials and postage to properly
ship any prints made during the workshop. In addition, catered lunches will be
provided each day to allow attendees to maximize the amount of time they have
with the instructors and in the digital labs. For more information, or to register
for the workshop, please visit

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Press Release Posted: Oct 11, 2010 0 comments

At Photokina, Sinar will introduce a new high-resolution multishot
digitalback with 48.8 Megapixel. Complementing the eVolution75 H, which is in wide use in the
market, the eVolution86 H features a CCD sensor with a significantly higher number of pixels. This
50% increase, when used with appropriate lenses, clearly enhances the image quality. The 50%
increase in pixels readily permits prints with 300 dpi at 19 ½ x 27 ½ inches.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2005 0 comments

Olympus has introducesd the new EVOLT E-500, a full-featured sub-$1000 digital
SLR camera. Designed to be used by all photographers of any skill level, the
E-500's compact and durable body is packed with Olympus innovations like the
exclusive Dust Reduction System for spot-free photos, 8 million pixels of detail
for bright and colorful images, a TruePic TURBO Image Processor for fast response
time, and an oversized, easy-to-view 2.5-inch HyperCrystal LCD.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 05, 2008 0 comments

Nikon, Inc. has introduced the new PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens, the latest
in a series of lenses that are equipped with a tilt/shift mechanism that enables
photographers the flexibility to effectively manipulate perspective, distortion
and focus. Whether photographing architecture, landscapes, interiors or panoramas,
this Perspective Control (PC) lens easily corrects linear distortion and aberration
to deliver images that more accurately reproduce the view as the human eye sees

Typically, tilting the axis of a camera can result in a misrepresentation of
perspective. A Perspective Control lens' ability to fine-tune perspective
and focus elements virtually eliminates these issues, an essential function
for architectural and interior photographers.

The same features that make this lens excellent for architectural photography
also provide nature and landscape photographers with an essential means to better
control perspective, allowing them to capture nature's beauty more accurately
and naturally. Additionally, the 24mm PC lens enables professional product photographers
to sight just the right shooting angles on reflective objects without capturing
their own reflection in the process.

A special tilt/shift mechanism gives users up to +/- 11.5 mm shift and +/- 8.5-degree
tilt for perspective control. When shooting with a conventional lens, some objects,
such as tall trees and buildings, can be challenging to photograph due to rectilinear
distortion and converging lines that warp perspective. The 24mm Perspective
Control lens corrects this issue with convenient side-mounted controls at 1mm
/ 1-degree intervals that will adjust the focal plane with shift and tilt adjustments.
The lens optics can also be rotated up to 90 degrees right or left for perspective
control adjustment, while a click-stop is provided every 30 degrees. Importantly,
photographers can see the effect of every adjustment accurately through their
Nikon SLR viewfinder.

In addition to providing linear perspective correction, the new 24mm PC lens
has unique characteristics that make it well suited for a variety of tasks and
offers a wide angle-of-view combined with dramatic depth-of-field control potential,
perfect for capturing stunning landscapes. To further control the image, users
can quickly adjust aperture with a stop-down button, or with the aperture ring.
These same characteristics also make the 24mm PC lens a great choice for close-up
macro work, with a minimum focusing distance of 0.7 feet and the ability to
fine tune focus with perspective control.

The PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens continues NIKKOR's legacy of high-quality
optics and durable design. It features the new "E" designation,
which denotes an electromagnetic diaphragm that automatically controls aperture
with the latest Nikon D-SLR cameras. Three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements
provide superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic
aberration, while three aspherical lens elements minimize various types of lens
aberration. In addition to the Nikon Super Integrated coating that delivers
superior color reproduction, Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat helps
to virtually eliminate any remaining instances of ghosting and flare.

The PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens is the first in a new series of PC lenses
being designed to meet the needs of photo professionals and enthusiasts. Two
more PC lenses are currently in development and are scheduled to become available
through Nikon authorized dealers during the summer of 2008.

The new PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens as well as prototypes of the upcoming
PC-E NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D ED lenses will
be exhibited along with Nikon's entire line of photographic, optical and
digital imaging solutions at the PMA 2008 International Convention and Trade
Show in Las Vegas, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at exhibitor booth # G220.

The NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED lens is scheduled to become available through Nikon
authorized dealers in the U.S. in spring 2008 for an estimated selling price
of $1929.


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Press Release Posted: Feb 16, 2011 0 comments

Photoflex® Inc. of Watsonville, CA. announces the release of five new OctoDome® Extra Small Kits for ShoeMount Flash. Each of the five kits include an 18 inch extra small OctoDome® nxt, adjustable ShoeMount hardware, basic OctoConnector, and a HeavyDuty swivel for connecting the kit to a camera bracket or light stand. The aforementioned items describe the Basic Kit, designed for photographers that already own a ShoeMount flash and radio trigger.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera has announced the NV3, one of three new camera models in their
new NV series of digital still cameras. The NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still
camera that features Samsung's exclusive Digimax Converter software to play
movies and MP3 files. Samsung's new NV Series of digital still cameras all
have bodies in brushed black, stainless steel and a trademark Samsung blue ring
located around the lens.

At the heart of the NV3 is a 7-megapixel digital still camera measuring 3.7"
x 2.2" x 0.7" with a 2.5-inch, high resolution LCD display. The NV3
integrates a 3x optical zoom (equivalent to 38-114 mm in 35 mm format) capability
with Samsung's exclusive SHD lens technology. The NV3 is equipped with Samsung's
state-of-the-art Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) technology to combat hand shake.
The ASR function provides enhanced image clarity by electronically compensating
for excess hand shake and improving color in environments lacking sufficient lighting
where the use of the flash is not desirable. The unique technology uses proprietary
algorithms to interpret sharpness and color information to deliver an image that
looks like it has been taken with the flash. As the flash is disabled, side effects,
such as red eye, are prevented.

For entertainment on-the-go, users simply use the included Digimax Converter software
to easily convert their favorite MP3 files or watch their favorite video content
on the large, 2.5-inch color display. The user-friendly software can convert MPEG,
AVI, MOV, WMV and ASF files for viewing on the NV3. For music on-the-go, the software
can also convert MP3 and WAV audio files in several simple steps. The innovative
software also allows users to view subtitles, adjust the screen size and crop
and stretch the image to fit the screen as desired. Users can listen to their
entertainment using the included ear buds or on the dual stereo speakers discreetly
located on the camera, and even listen to their music while taking photos.

In addition to playing video, the NV3 can also make movies using MPEG-4, the high-compression,
high-quality video format. The NV3 can record in VGA (640x480) at 30fps, for smoother
video and a bigger view of the movie on LCD and TV screens. For steady videos,
the NV3 includes a movie stabilizer function that automatically detects and corrects
minor lateral and vertical camera movement. For additional control the continuous
video recording function allows the user to pause and resume video recording at
any time, while the built-in movie editing function allows users to edit video
in-camera. The NV3 features several special effects functions for creative control
in-camera, such as Color Effect, Highlight, Photo Frame, Negative and Composite
Shot. Color effects include B/W, sepia, blue, green and red.

The NV3 features 11 scene modes including Night, Portrait, Children, Landscape,
Close-up, Sunset, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow and Text Recognition.
Text Recognition, a feature unique to Samsung digital still cameras, allows users
to shoot documents such as books, papers and magazines and then extract text from
the image taken using the bundled "Digimax Reader" text recognition

The NV3 features 16 MB of internal memory and comes bundled with ear buds and
a powerful lithium ion battery.

The Samsung NV3 has an MSRP of $349.99 and will be available in Fall of 2006.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 30, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced it has posted the latest Critique
My Image, a collection of photographs submitted by enthusiasts and pros from
around the world seeking advice from Kingston's `Icons of Photography'
on improving their skills as photographers.


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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 06, 2006 0 comments

Elinchrom has introduced its affordable D-Lite studio flash kits, specifically
designed to meet the needs of entry-level shooters. The kits will include two
D Lite heads, two Softboxes, two light stands and bags, with estimated street
pricing of under $900 for the 200W D-Lite 2 and under $1,100 for the 400W D-Lite

The new D-Lites are designed to work perfectly with digital cameras,
are extremely lightweight with a sleek compact design and incorporate state-of
the-art features. The new Elinchrom D-Lites include two models; the 200W D-Lite
2 and 400W D-Lite 4. Both units are manufactured to Elinchrom's most strict
specifications and have the ability to work with 5 f-stops, ranging from 1/16
to 1/1. More importantly, each head offers photographers precision control,
allowing them to make power adjustments as small as 1/10th an f-stop with stability
accurate to 0.5%. The D-Lite 2 and D-Lite 4 are lightweight, at 2.4 lbs and
2.9 lbs respectively, and their compact design allow them to be used for in
or out of the studio with dimensions of approximately 8.3 x 6.3 inches (length
x diameter). For ease of use, the D-Lites are controlled by ergonomic touch
pads and digital readouts that allow photographers to effortlessly switch between
modes and adjust flash power and f-stop. The D-Lites are also fully compatible
with Elinchrom's range of optional equipment and accessories to help photographers
further experiment with different lighting scenarios.

The new D-Lite studio flash kits are available through Bogen Imaging, the exclusive
North American distributor of Elinchrom products.


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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2009 0 comments

Sigma Corporation ( is pleased to announce the new 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS lens. This compact, telephoto zoom lens provides an extremely long zoom range that can capture an array of subject matter spanning from portrait to sports photography. In fact, with smaller chip cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony and Pentax, this large-aperture lens’ focal length grows to the equivalent of about 105-450mm.



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