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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 13, 2007 0 comments

Breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and their families each
year. It's a disease that can strike any one at any time -- no one
-- man or woman is exempt. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is devoted
to building awareness and finding a cure while sharing stories and information
about breast cancer. This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
Casio, Inc. will release a special-edition camera bundle, featuring a pink EX-Z75,
a camera case embossed with the pink ribbon and a pink ribbon-clad lanyard to
show their proud support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).



The EX-Z75, a 7.2 megapixel digital camera which is part of Casio's highly-regarded
zoom line of EXILIM cameras, will be available as a special bundle in the month
of October to help raise awareness of NBCF's mission -- Help for
Today...Hope for Tomorrow.



"The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded to give help, support
and hope to those facing breast cancer," said Janelle Hail, Founder and
President of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. "We thank Casio, Inc.
for joining us in helping save lives through education and early detection."



The EX-Z75 is packed with a 2.6-inch wide LCD display, Anti-Shake DSP for reducing
photo blur due to shaky hands or moving subjects and eBay mode which allows
for photographs to be easily uploaded at the appropriate size for selling on
eBay or for personal web use.



"We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation,"
said Bill Heuer, Vice President of Casio's Digital Imaging Division. "We
hope that by purchasing the EX-Z75 in honor of breast cancer patients and survivors,
users will capture every valuable moment with their friends and family."



The special-edition pink EX-Z75 will be available beginning October 2007 and
can be purchased at Staples, Sears, Adir, Fred Meyer, BJ's, Nexcom and
AAFES. The bundle package will have an MSRP of $179.99, and will proudly sponsor
the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information, please visit www.casiousa.com.




About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.


The National Breast Cancer Foundation extends women's lives through education
about breast cancer and early detection. The organization provides hope to women
and families affected by breast cancer through a community of caring support
and encouragement that enables those diagnosed with breast cancer to have fulfilling
lives during their treatment and afterward. Learn more at www.nationalbreastcancer.org

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2006 0 comments

Wi-Pics is designed for anyone who shoots large volumes of images and needs
to easily find them. The DICE AMERICA Wi-Pics with a USB port allows Wi-Pics
users to work with hand held barcode scanners, magnetic strip readers, and later
this year RFID. What makes Wi-Pics unique from other wireless cameras is its
data association. Data association is the ability to rename files as they are
captured and place data into the EXIF header of a JPEG file. Wi-Pics can work
with virtually any digital camera with a type 2 compact flash port.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 07, 2007 0 comments

Wintec
Industries, Inc. has been chosen by Eye-Fi, Inc. to manufacture the world's
first wireless memory card for digital cameras. The wireless memory card launched
by Eye-Fi capitalizes on Wi-Fi technology, providing camera users an effortless
way to remove virtually all obstacles for instant photo sharing. As Wi-Fi becomes
more prevalent in homes, Wi-Fi connectivity is becoming increasingly important
as a feature for consumer products. By integrating the Wi-Fi function into a
flash memory card in a standard SD form factor, the Eye-Fi Card brings wireless
connectivity to the digital camera and also operates as a conventional SD memory
card. The Wi-Fi connectivity provides an ultra-convenient way for camera users
to send photographs directly to home computers and online photo or social networking
sites for instant sharing or printing.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2005 0 comments

Microtek USA is shipping the ScanMaker i800, a high-resolution scanner that
is said to combine professional features, versatility, power and convenience
at a great price. At $399, the unit can handle multiple film sizes including
24 frames of 35mm filmstrips , 12 mounted 35mm slides, two 4" x 5"
transparencies, and medium format up to 6 x 17 cm panoramic. With a maximum
film scanning area of 8" x 12" the i800 accepts large format film
and contact sheets as well. The scanner, which features 4800 x 9600 dpi optical
resolution and a 4.0 Dmax, allows users to create poster-size images from photos
and film. The ScanMaker i800 also features a large 8.5" x 14" reflective
scanning area to accommodate legal-size documents and batch scanning of photos.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 08, 2008 0 comments

Apple has released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture
that makes it easy for photographers to use specialized third party imaging
software right from within Aperture. Available today as a free software update,
Aperture 2.1 includes the Apple-developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds
brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation,
sharpen and blur. Over the coming months, third party software developers will
deliver image editing plug-ins for localized editing, filters and effects, noise
analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and more.

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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: 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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 27, 2004 0 comments

The F.J. Westcott Company has introduced their new Spiderlite for still and
video imagemakers. The Spiderlite is less than five inches deep and is constructed
of solid metal. The inner metal surface of the light offers a highly reflective
surface. Any light falling backwards is again reflected back into a Soft Box
allowing for maximum output of the lights. Built-in points allow for direct
attachment of a Soft Box onto the Spiderlite itself. This not only cuts down
the cost of purchasing an adapter ring, but also allows the end user fewer parts
to carry or lose as well as quicker set-up.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 09, 2007 0 comments

Polycolor, a professional photo lab in Essen, Germany has developed a unique
CRT based digital enlarger, the Variochromat. This machine is capable of exposing
onto all photographic materials, including traditional fiber-based paper for
black and white prints.



The Variochromat is based on a high resolution cathode ray tube (CRT) which
has a resolution of over 30 mega pixels with an 8-bit grayscale. The Variochromat
software is said to provide optimal tonal reproduction of grayscale digital
images, creating a profile for each size and material. Before actual production
starts, a stepwedge is processed and measured to guarantee consistent reproduction
of tonal values.

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