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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 08, 2006 0 comments

Ulead Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of InterVideo Inc. (NASDAQ: IVII), has announced
the release of Ulead PhotoImpact 12, Ulead's flagship image-editing software.
The latest version adds innovative features that allow beginners to immediately
enjoy success in editing their digital photos and sharing images in creative projects.



ExpressFix mode and the SmartGuide task-oriented help system are two high-visibility
enhancements designed to help introduce users to digital photography.



ExpressFix mode is a simplified interface providing commonly-used photo features
as guided and fully automatic tools. Featuring a large preview screen with before
and after views, users can adjust color, exposure and focus using intelligent
one-click presets. Noise reduction and PhotoImpact's unique SmartCurves
tone adjustment are available as fully-automated one-step processes. For photo
portraits, users can remove red-eye effects and enhance the complexion of subjects
with a Beautify Skin option. ExpressFix mode also provides direct links to PhotoImpact
12's enhanced White Balance correction feature as well as options to rotate,
print, and e-mail photos.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 25, 2008 0 comments

Induro, manufacturer of professional quality tripods, monopods and heads,
announced a new line of tripods aimed at budget-conscious photographers. Called
the Induro Adventure Series, each model comes as a complete kit, including tripod,
head and carrying case. Ease of operation, quality and strength are integrated
into a lightweight, compact design. The tripod is made from an advanced combination
of magnesium and aluminum alloy and features quick lock legs, a precisely matched
interchangeable ball head and a quick release plate.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 19, 2007 0 comments

Microsoft Corp. has formally announced HD Photo, a new file format for end-to-end
digital photography that offers higher image quality, greater preservation of
data, and advanced features for today's digital-imaging applications.



This new, next-generation digital image format is said to offer the best solution
for digital image editing and storage and unlocks the potential for digital
photography on devices, applications and services. Microsoft also announced
that it intends to standardize the technology and will be submitting HD Photo
to an appropriate standards organization shortly.



HD Photo offers compression with up to twice the efficiency of JPEG, with fewer
damaging artifacts, resulting in higher-quality images that are one-half the
file size. In addition, HD Photo offers increased image fidelity, preserving
the entire original image content and enabling higher-quality exposure and color
adjustments in the image. This new format offers the ability to decode only
the information needed for any resolution or region, or the option to manipulate
the image as compressed data.



In addition, HD Photo offers both lossless and lossy image compression, and
can retain the full dynamic range and color gamut data from a camera's
sensor. Also, because making adjustments to common color balance and exposure
settings won't discard or truncate data as other common bitmap formats
typically do, it's easier to "undo" those changes at a later
time. As a result, significantly smaller files can be created while still retaining
optimum picture quality.



Microsoft also announced the beta release of a set of HD Photo plug-ins for
Adobe Photoshop software, developed with the help of Adobe Systems Inc. These
plug-ins enable users to both read and write HD Photo files from within Adobe
Photoshop software, and include support for high dynamic range pixel formats.
The plug-ins support both the CS3 and CS2 versions of Adobe Photoshop software,
and will be available for Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X
(Universal Binary). A beta version of the Windows plug-in is available today
for download at the Microsoft Download Center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads.
Microsoft expects to release finished plug-ins, which will be free of charge,
in approximately 60 days.



The HD Photo Device Porting Kit is also available for download at the Microsoft
Download Center, allowing manufacturers to add HD Photo support in devices and
to other platforms.



HD Photo is natively supported in Windows Vista by a Windows Imaging Component
(WIC) codec, and can be similarly supported in Windows XP and Windows Server
2003 through a free WIC download. HD Photo is also included in Microsoft .NET
Framework 3.0. With support on popular platforms such as Windows XP, Windows
Vista and Mac OS X, HD Photo will allow consumers to easily view, edit and share
images without conversion or special applications. The format also allows for
flexible metadata handling and supports industry-standard metadata formats.



www.microsoft.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2007 0 comments

XtraLean Software is pleased to announce the latest release of its free and
lean image editor, ImageWell. This version adds Leopard compatibility, iLife
'08 compatibility, compatibility with the Aperture/iPhoto "edit with external
editor" feature, and brings back the option to automatically check for
updates. V3.3 also adds Russian localization making ImageWell available now
in 15 different languages. V3.3 of ImageWell Xtras also adds a new feature called
"Favorites". ImageWell V3.3 is available immediately for free download
from http://www.xtralean.com/IWFeatures.html Users can upgrade their free ImageWell
to unlock even more features for $19.95 CAD and can learn more about the "Xtras"
upgrade from http://www.xtralean.com/IWXtras.html

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 17, 2007 0 comments

The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award, sponsored by Freestyle Photographic Supplies
for the past five years, is now The Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Black & White Photography. In addition to the name change,
the eligibility rules for the award will be changed as well: all light-sensitive
black and white photographic processes will be eligible for this award, including
alternative processes, whereas digital images will not. The amount of the award
will remain at $5,000, and will be awarded to one talented Society for Photographic
Education (SPE) student member majoring in photography at a college or university.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2005 0 comments

Sinar
Bron Imaging has announced the latest View Camera from the award winning Swiss
manufacturer, Sinar AG. The Limited Edition Sinar x3 view camera is designed to
help photographers work faster and more accurately. It features the best from
the Sinar View Camera line, including Sinar Gear Driven Movements, the smooth,
self-arresting precision drives and it's based on asymmetric tilts and swings.
The x3 features the unique Sinar focusing technique. The built-in scales permit
accurate determination of depth of field, tilt and swing angles, which systematically
lead to perfect focusing without the camera distracting from the creative task.
Like the Sinar p3 studio camera, it features integrated contacts and electrical
bellows, which makes it possible to control the electronic between-the-lens shutters
of Sinaron Digital CMV lenses without additional cables. When used with any Sinar
digitalback, the sharpness can be focused with pixel accuracy via "Live Video."
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2005 0 comments

The Sinarback eMotion22 adds mobility to the Sinarback product line. Providing
a completely untethered solution, this 22MP digital back offers a fast capture
rate of 1.2 seconds, the flexibility to use CF cards of any size and previews
the captured image right on the integrated 2x2 color screen. With a push of
a button, information such as the histogram, sensitivity, battery charge level,
exposure warning, memory status and white balance are instantly displayed. It
is ideal for work in the studio or on location. It features a lithium-ion battery,
color display and built-in monitor.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 09, 2006 0 comments
The Gallery Art & Design in Richmond, VA is hosting their
first annual International Juried Photography competition to benefit the
renowned Richmond's Children Hospital.
This year's theme is "Colors of Life." The
deadline for submissions is Sept 1, 2006. Anyone may apply (18+ of age)
with any photographic medium. There will be a prestigious jury composed
of local and international art curators and collectors electing the top
three finalists who will receive awards of $1000, $500, and $250 respectively.
The Top Ten Finalists will exhibit at the culminating night gala in February
'07 at the historic Jefferson Hotel Ballroom; there will be an awards ceremony
for the artists and a silent auction of their work with the net proceeds
going to the Children's Hospital to help double the size of their Transitional
Care Unit (TCU). There will be International media coverage, and thus an
opportunity to introduce work to an International market.


Those interested may email photocontest@the-gallery.it, call Karen at +1
804.355.0102 or visit our website http://www.the-gallery.it/photocontest_eng.asp.
Application forms and details are available online.


The Gallery is located at 16 S. Dooley Ave Richmond, VA 23221

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2006 0 comments

The Photographic Project has established itself as a learning center and gathering
place for photographers/imagers from around the world. This year's subject
is being held as a retreat-style conference for photographers on taking a project
from concept to audience. Discover the possibilities of your project through an
inspiring weekend of invaluable seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2004 1 comments
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