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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 28, 2005 0 comments

HP has announced its first annual "On Assignment with HP" contest
for advanced amateur and professional photographers. Running May 18 through
August 31, 2005, the program is designed to help promote HP's high quality
photo printing solutions and capture a special new collection of original photography.
The winning images will be evaluated and selected based on composition, sharpness,
lightning, creativity and originality by a panel of judges that includes world-renowned
photographer Douglas Kirkland.



"HP's commitment to the photography market runs deep and we believe
this contest will help support and recognize the efforts of this talented community,"
said Enrique Lores, Vice President & General Manager, HP Inkjet Commercial
Division (ICD). "From the advanced amateur photo to fine arts reproduction,
HP's professional photography products incorporate the latest advancements
in HP color sciences with unparalleled output."



Contest participants will have a chance to showcase their imagination and skill
in three categories, designed to allow maximum freedom to explore original creative
ideas. The categories are as follows:

· Color: This category will explore the wide range of brilliant colors
taken through the lens as well as capturing clear, well-defined images.



· Black and White: The best photos in this category will include a wide
range of gray shades, yet will also take into account sharp imagery.



· Portrait/Social: Featuring people in still or social settings, photos
submitted in this category will be judged on both the use of color and well-defined
images.



By demonstrating imagination through the creation of images, a grand prize and
runner-up prize will be awarded in each category. Grand prize winners will be
awarded $5,000 in cash, an HP Designjet 90 series printer, as well as 30 professional-quality
prints from their portfolio. The runner-up prizes include an HP Photosmart 8750
printer and supplies kits including HP Vivera inks and photo paper.



The judging panel will include photographer Douglas Kirkland, a team of creative
professionals from Publicis in the West, and HP representatives. Winners will
be notified on September 30th. Participants may enter the program by uploading
their photo(s) electronically at the program website (www.hp.com/go/onassignment)
from May 18 through August 31, 2005. Only original photographs will be accepted.
Graphic designs or illustrations will not be accepted. For full terms and conditions,
please visit the program website.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 25, 2008 0 comments

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 4.5mm F2.8
EX DC Circular Fisheye HSM lens. Features include:

· The first 180 degree circular fisheye lens designed specifically for
APS-C size digital SLR cameras

· Fast F2.8 maximum aperture making it ideal for low light photography


· Minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm and a maximum magnification of 1:6


· SLD glass minimizes color aberration

· Equipped with HSM with full-time manual focus override

· Equisolid angle projection method is possible for art and scientific
use



This autofocus circular fisheye lens has an angle of view of 180 degrees in
all directions. It is exclusively designed for digital SLR cameras with the
APS-C size image sensor. When used in conjunction with digital SLRs with APS-C
size image sensors, it produces a circular image within the frame. The F2.8
large aperture value produces a bright image in the viewfinder and allows photographers
to take pictures in low light conditions, making it an ideal lens for Astrophotography
and Aurora photography. Due to the quantifiable angle/area relationship it produces,
this lens can be used for scientific and arts applications such as solid angle
measurements of cloud distribution over the sky or vegetation distribution of
the forest. The minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm/5.3inch and maximum magnification
of 1:6 make it particularly useful for close-up photography. SLD(Special Low
Dispersion)glass provides effective compensation of chromatic aberration. Sigma's
Super Multi-Layer Coating minimizes flare and ghosting. It is equipped with
an inner focusing system that creates high definition and good image quality
over the whole frame. The HSM(Hyper Sonic Motor)ensures fast and quiet autofocusing
and allows full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 10, 2006 0 comments

Extensis, a division of Celartem Inc., has released a free update to Portfolio
8. This update is a Universal Application, adding native support for Intel-based
Macintosh systems. The free update supports Portfolio single-user, Portfolio Client,
Portfolio Server, Portfolio NetPublish, Portfolio NetPublish for Server, Portfolio
SQL-Connect and Portfolio Browser. This is a Macintosh only update.



Registered owners of Portfolio 8 are eligible to receive the free upgrade immediately
through the Extensis website at http://www.extensis.com/portfolio.




Pricing and Availability


Portfolio 8.1 is immediately available via download from the Extensis website
and is free of charge for registered Portfolio 8 users. Portfolio 8.1 for single-users
is available for a suggested retail price of $199.95US for full product. Please
visit http://www.extensis.com
for information on client/server pricing.



French and German versions of the Portfolio update are also available now for
download from the Extensis website. Japanese versions of the Portfolio update
are available from http://www.extensis.co.jp.



For information on where to purchase the Portfolio family of products visit http://www.extensis.com/portfolio...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 16, 2008 0 comments

Promark International has introduced new lighting and tripod cases: The Photogenic
OB42 Lighting Accessories Case, the Smith-Victor Soft Case on Wheels and the
Smith-Victor TB990 Pro Tripod Case.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 16, 2006 0 comments

Epson America Inc. has introduced a new digital workflow system that is tailor-made
for portrait photographers who are looking for an immediate and simple way to
increase their productivity, image quality and profitability. The Epson Gemini
K3 Portrait Printing System combines the benefits of Epson's UltraChrome
K3 photographic printing technology with new image management and enhancement
programs that are designed to dramatically improve the way portrait photographers
do business.



Epson Gemini K3 is designed to give portrait photographers a simple way to control
and speed up the entire print production process while eliminating their dependence
on printing labs, and lab-related issues such as delays, peak season cut-off
dates and unpredictable results. Whether a photographer captures all of their
images from a digital camera or with the combination of film and a scanner,
the Epson Gemini K3 Portrait System is engineered to help manage all their photographic
files in an organized method that enables them to quickly and easily select
the images they want to print. By having this system on site, photos can be
viewed by clients immediately and selecting images is simply a matter of mouse-clicking
their favorites.



Once images are selected, the photographer can quickly crop and retouch images
prior to creating proofs using either the system's built-in photo enhancement
software or with other programs such as Adobe Photoshop. When clients place
their orders, the photographer simply drags and drops the selected images into
built-in or custom-designed photo templates that enable them to print in a variety
of common or custom sizes, on different types of media and into a wide array
of custom packages. The system can save additional time by applying automatic
color corrections that are pre-determined by the photographer.



Epson UltraChrome K3 ink technology uses eight high-density pigments designed
to increase image quality for both professional color and black and white prints.
In addition to cyan, magenta, yellow, light cyan and light magenta, Epson UltraChrome
K3 features a unique three-level black ink system that simultaneously uses black,
light black and light light black inks. These new inks combined with Epson's
proprietary driver and screening technology are designed to create professional
neutral and toned black and white prints without color crossover or color casts.




The Epson Gemini K3 Portrait Printing system incorporates the Epson Stylus Pro
4800 printer (see review in Shutterbug at http://shutterbug.com/equipmentreviews/scanners_printers/1105epson)
which is capable of printing a wide selection of images up to 17 inches wide
with unprecedented image quality. In addition to printing on traditional E-surface
luster papers, Epson



Gemini K3 offers a wider range of media types such as photographic matte, fine
art and canvas. The printer also features a built-in, high-capacity paper tray
that can handle up to 100 cut-sheets of 8.3" x 11" photographic
media or up to 50 cut-sheets of photographic media up to 17" x 22".
As the photographer's business grows, or if they require printing in sizes
beyond 17 inches wide, he/she can print up to 24 inches or 44 inches wide (respectively)
by adding an Epson Stylus Pro 7800 or Stylus Pro 9800 printer to their existing
system.

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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: Feb 15, 2005 0 comments

In olden times printmakers toiling in the darkroom had a fair sampling of paper
surfaces from which to choose, as well as paper "tones" that ranged
from warm to cool, depending on the paper characteristics modified by the developer
used. Alas, those days are past, with less and less surfaces available. Now,
however, the choice in paper surfaces and weights has returned, albeit in the
form of inkjet papers for output using both pigment and dye based inks. Today,
the proliferation of inkjet paper brands speaks to the growing market for these
products and provides the photographer with perhaps even more possibilities
than even was available in the heyday of the chemical darkroom arts.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 26, 2007 0 comments

Available for both Windows and Mac platforms, Photoshop Lightroom enables professional
photographers to import, manage and present large volumes of digital photographs.
Photoshop Lightroom now includes a wealth of innovative features that streamline
digital photography workflows and help photographers spend more time behind
the lens and less time at the computer.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2006 0 comments

Coming this spring, the new Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 features
a Di optical system designed for both digital and film cameras. Di (Digitally
Integrated) is a designation Tamron gives lenses featuring optical systems designed
to meet the performance characteristics of digital SLR cameras as well as film
cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2007 0 comments

Ilford Imaging is proud to present its new web portal, created to coincide with
the launch of a number of exciting new products on the market. Packed with the
very latest product news and hints and tips on how to achieve stunning prints,
the site will help visitors old and new to stay abreast of important company developments.


With its fresh new look and easy navigation, particular focus has been paid to
giving photo enthusiasts a full range of profiles built in-house by experienced
technicians. These unique files optimize the printer, using the manufacturer's
ink, to obtain the finest quality results. They can be downloaded for free and
are compatible with the Ilford Galerie media and the Ilford Inkjet Photo Paper
Range.
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