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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 2007 0 comments

BenVista announces today the release of a major update for PhotoZoom Pro 2. The
new version 2.2 for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms is now available. PhotoZoom
Pro 2, BenVista's digital image resizing software, was initially released in August
2006. BenVista continued to work on further improvements and additional features,
which have now been added in today's release.



The S-Spline XL resizing technique, which (together with the original ?S-Spline
technique) is unique to the PhotoZoom software range, has been improved and now
gives even better results. PhotoZoom Pro 2 comes both as a standalone application
and as an export plugin for Adobe(R) Photoshop. The plugin version is now compatible
with Photoshop CS3. While the standalone version already was a Universal application
for the Mac, the plugin now too is Universal (when used in CS3).



Other improvements are speed boosts, preference settings for a more convenient
workflow, and a fully rewritten, up-to-date manual.



The latest version of PhotoZoom Pro 2, for both Windows and Mac OS X, can be downloaded
directly from www.benvista.com.
PhotoZoom Pro 2.2 comes as a free update for registered PhotoZoom Pro 2 users.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 22, 2007 0 comments

BenVista has announced the release of PhotoArtist 2, software for creating
picturesque artwork based on digital photos. Fine sketches, wonderful watercolors,
and oil paintings on canvas backgrounds: these are just a few examples of what
an ordinary photo can be transformed into.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

While our reporters were assigned specific product categories to cover for the show, we also requested that they pick what they considered their favorite product of the show. The product didn't have to be in their area--indeed, the product could be a prototype or something that wouldn't appear in any real way for the near future. So here's the Shutterbug...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

While each of our reporters had their own beat and covered the show from a product category perspective, we also asked them to tell us about their favorite product or products overall. That product did not have to be within their assigned coverage area. The only criteria were excitement, new breakthroughs, and products that would have a positive effect on Shutterbug...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2004 0 comments

Just as when you send out five photographers to the same spot and they all come back with a different picture, our editors came away from the big PMA Show with one or two (or a few) products that caught their eye. Their choices reflect their professional interest, how the product might help make...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments

Blue Pixel Presents Nature's Best Photography Experience

Led By Award-Winning Photographer Daniel J. Cox

Nature's Best Photography™ Experience is a Unique Educational
and Instructional Event Appropriate for Digital Photographers of All Experience
Levels

Blue Pixel, the world's leading digital...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 30, 2007 0 comments

Blue Pixel's Pro Digital Workflow Seminars are the Perfect Complement
to Digital SLR Holiday Gifts

Professional Photographers and High-Level Amateurs Will Learn to Maximize
Digital Workflow with the Fewest Steps




Excited
to use your new digital SLR camera, but confused about where to start? Learn
how toge...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 05, 2007 1 comments

Bogen Imaging is proud to announce a new education program entitled Bogen Café,
www.bogencafe.com. The Café is a workshop environment offered to college
students that explores imaging topics in actual situations that are rarely discovered
within the confines of a classroom.



To kick-off each workshop there will be an evening lecture that showcases the
work of Steven Katzman, a self-taught photographer, author, and professor of photography
at Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD), Sarasota, FL, one of the top four-year
accredited art schools in the country. This highly motivational lecture will be
open to the entire student body and the local photographic community. The next
day will be comprised of two workshop courses that have been selected by the college
and is open only to the student body. The workshop will be followed up the next
day with a program at a participating photographic dealer.



The Bogen Café is a program that will highlight a special selection of
products from Bogen and the program's sponsors through a menu of scheduled
workshop presentations. The daylong workshops emphasize the importance of developing
alliances with companies that are defined by their products and customer relationships.
The co-sponsors include Hewlett-Packard Company, Hahnemuhle USA, Datacolor, Lensbabies,
Adobe, Wacom Technology, and Rangefinder.



Katzman is a living example that corporate sponsorships can enable someone to
remain at the forefront of digital technology. His workshops at RCAD have had
fruitful results for the faculty, students and the photo department's digital
imaging workflow. Katzman's first hand knowledge, expertise, and examples
are valuable assets for this new program. Never losing sight that the journey
is more important than the destination, Bogen Imaging and its co-sponsors are
there to provide the photographer with the tools that enable them to concentrate
on their creative vision, while Katzman provides first hand experience and examples
of his personal photographic journey.



Institutions and their students are at a point where they need to develop an alliance
with companies that are defined by their products and customer relationships.
Katzman believes that the relationship can continue to be developed, creating
new markets in the educational environments, perpetuated by associated resellers
and their customer base. With educational workshops at the site of the institutions/resellers,
such a relationship will be further strengthened and solidified, enabling students
to become users of the Café's sponsors' products throughout
their professional careers.



The Bogen Café intends to target 20 colleges and 20 dealerships per year
for the next four years, beginning August 2007. Anticipating a reach of hundreds
of photographers at each location, participating schools will be able to select
from the Bogen Imaging Workshop Café Course Menu, regarding which specific
programs they would like presented. Workshop topics include advanced lighting,
location lighting, fine art digital printing, large scale pigment printing, fine
printing, Adobe Lightroom, and more.



In recognition for achievement, each institution will select an individual scholarship
recipient. The scholarship recipient will have a selection of their work profiled
on the Café website, www.bogencafe.com. Each scholarship winner will also
receive a stable of equipment donated by the event sponsors, including a $1,000
Bogen Bux Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of Bogen Imaging distributed
products; a copy of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CS3; a Datacolor Spyder 2 Pro
colorimeter; sample packs of Hahnemuhle photo paper; a Lensbabies 3G selective
focus SLR lens; and a Wacom Intuos3 tablet (4X6).



The Bogen Imaging Café Course Menu is as follows:



Bogen Imaging Workshop Café Course Menu

Schools will be able to select from the following course menu:



Steven Katzman; Developing a Personal Vision, While Negotiating the Interpretive
Portrait, Thursday night's lecture, and Workshop



Advanced Lighting; Creative Solutions and Possibilities (Studio)



Less is More; Location Lighting with Portable Flash Units



Bend it Baby; Free your Mind and Your Body Will Follow, using the Lens Baby in
the studio and on location.



Defining the Social Landscape; On location at points of interest (relevant to
the area's social and historic community) using available and portable lighting
and edited in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.



The Digital Darkroom; Up to speed with Adobe Photoshop CS3, and Adobe Photoshop
Lightroom.



The Large-Scale Pigment Print; Creative Solutions using Multiple Captures, Stitching,
and Sharpening for Inkjet and Prepress Environment. This workshop will include
creating ICC profiles for monitor and printer.



Portfolio Review; Shooting Strategies for the Personal Voice, Pre-visualization
and Interpretation for creating the Fine Art Portfolio.



The Bogen Imaging Café confirmed schedule is:



Bogen Café Fall Schedule of Confirmed Schools and participating Photo Dealers



Art Institute of Florida August 23-25 Dale Laboratories



Daytona Beach Community College September 27-28 Kingston Photo and Studio



Foothill Community College, Palo Alto October 4-6 Keeble and Shuchat Photography



Heron School of Art October 11-13 Robert's Distributors



Community College of So. Nevada October 18-20 Casey's Camera



Art Institute of Chicago October 25-27 Calumet Photographic



Santa Monica Community College November 1-4 Samy's Camera



Austin Community College November 15-17 Precision Camera & Video



Ohio University November 8-10 Midwest Photo Exchange



For more information, visit www.bogencafe.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 04, 2008 0 comments

Bogen Imaging, a leading distributor of top quality photographic support products
and accessories in North America, is proud to announce a free, introductory
lighting webinar titled "How to Overcome 5 Common Problems When Shooting
Outdoors." Held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 6, 2008, this introductory
course on the basics of lighting is a surefire way to get up to speed on how
to capture the best images when shooting in the field.

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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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