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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2006 0 comments

Lexar Media, Inc. has announced that it has increased the performance of its
popular Professional 8GB CompactFlash memory card to 133X. This performance
improves the digital imaging workflow for both professional and advanced amateur
photographers working with and managing large files. Lexar's new card
is capable of a minimum sustained data write speed of 20MB per second and is
currently available in CompactFlash Type I flash memory card format, the most
popular format for today's digital SLR cameras.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2007 0 comments

Wacom Technology Corp. has introduced Bamboo, an all new family of pen tablets.
Bamboo and Bamboo Fun are two distinct pen tablets that provide a natural, personal
and creative digital input experience in any home or work environment. See Bamboo
and Bamboo highlights at the www.wacom.com/wacombamboo
microsite.



Both Bamboo and Bamboo Fun sport elegant designs with increased functionality
and ease of use in mind. Four programmable ExpressKeys are situated on the tablet
surface to customize commonly used commands, such as "undo" or "copy."
A finger-sensitive Touch Ring has been positioned to allow for quick and easy
zooming and scrolling. The textured work surface of the tablet provides an intuitive
pen-on-paper feel, while the stylish and ergonomically designed pens allow users
to experience seemingly unlimited levels of pressure sensitivity, to create variations
of pen strokes, from fine lines to bold brush marks. Additionally, Bamboo and
Bamboo Fun work elegantly in both Mac and PC (including Windows 2000, Windows
XP and Windows Vista) environments.



Available to consumers immediately in two sleek sizes and four cool colors, Bamboo
Fun provides all the tools needed to have fun exploring digital creativity. Ideal
for digital photo enthusiasts or those just wanting to satiate their creative
hunger, Bamboo Fun makes it easy to enhance photos and create artwork for scrapbooks,
craft projects and slide shows.



Bamboo Fun includes valuable software applications that embrace pen support and
deliver greater control when editing photos or creating works of art. These applications
include Adobe Photoshop Elements 5 (Elements 4 for Mac users), which make it possible
to quickly and easily edit and organize digital photos. Many of the retouching
and brush strokes required in Photoshop are accomplished more accurately and rapidly
with the use of a pen. Additionally, Nik''s Color Efex Pro 2 GE filtering
software allows one to simply select and apply high-quality photographic enhancements
with the stroke of a pen. For those with an artistic flair, the natural feel of
the Bamboo Fun pen combined with the capabilities of Corel Painter Essentials
3, also included, makes creating great looking artwork easy and fun. When used
with a Bamboo Fun pen, Painter Essentials 3 can take on the look and feel of just
about any natural art tool and is perfect for creating original digital artwork
from photos.



In addition to Wacom's patented cordless, battery-free pen, the Bamboo Fun
mouse, uses the same electro-magnetic resonance technology as the pen, offering
quick response times and accuracy. Because the mouse has no ball, wires or batteries,
users discover a virtually maintenance free experience. When used alternately
with a mouse, the Bamboo pen can effectively reduce repetitive motion and increase
comfort and control.



Bamboo Fun is offered in two sizes (small and medium) each in black, silver, white
or blue.



Bamboo is a rugged and elegant pen tablet designed specifically for the mainstream
home or office computer user. Building on Wacom's extensive experience developing
pen-based input devices, the small pen tablet, in black only, provides the same
hardware features as Bamboo Fun, except for the pressure-sensitive pen eraser
and mouse.



Mac OS and Microsoft Windows Vista operating systems introduce significant pen
input features to Bamboo users for a faster, easier and more efficient computing
experience. For those on a Mac, Inkwell offers a variety of pen input features,
allowing one to enter handwritten text anywhere typed text is accepted. Bamboo
pen users working on a PC will covet the new Windows Vista-enabled note taking
resources, handwriting recognition and time-saving gesture controls. All versions
of Windows Vista (except Home Basic) provide complete pen functionality with Bamboo.
Select aspects of the Bamboo and Windows Vista pen experience include:



· Note Taking -- Microsoft Journal is an application
exclusively for the benefit of Bamboo or those working with another pen tablet,
interactive pen display or Tablet PC. Journal simulates a physical notebook, but
with all the advantages of a digital medium. The Bamboo pen can be used in Journal
to jot notes and capture quick sketches, providing valuable collaboration options
for use at home, school and work. Journal also incorporates a powerful search
engine that can even locate handwritten content.



· Handwriting Recognition -- Windows Vista introduces
intelligent handwriting recognition as a natural supplement to keyboard input.
This new recognition technology efficiently and accurately converts a wide variety
of handwriting styles into typed text. For example, during a brainstorming session,
Bamboo users can scribble down ideas and sketch concepts for collaboration with
colleagues. The user has the option to share the information in handwritten form
or convert it to typed text.



· Gestures -- There are a variety of pen gestures
available within Windows Vista that enable Bamboo users to navigate faster and
enhance the overall computing experience. Flicks offers eight customizable gestures
with actions determined by the user and Scratch Out allows pen users to delete
text automatically with a scratching motion of the pen over the targeted text.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 14, 2005 0 comments

Fuji Photo
Film U.S.A. has introduced new Fujicolor True Definition 400 35mm, a premium
ISO 400 35mm color print film featuring Fujifilm's New Fine-Color Film Technology
that is said to deliver extremely accurate color and skin tone reproduction,
wide exposure latitude and precise detail for exceptional prints.



Fujifilm's True Definition 400 film with New Fine-Color Film Technology offers
the following benefits:

Natural Skin Tones

True Definition 400 provides natural skin tones with continuously smooth gradation
from highlights to shadows without washed out flash pictures.



Soft Gradation

True Definition 400 provides rich highlight-to-shadow tone reproduction that
allows for fine details to be reproduced.

High Speed and Wide Exposure Latitude

True Definition 400 is a high sensitivity ISO 400 film with wide exposure latitude
for excellent low-light performance.



Excellent Sharpness

True Definition 400 provides extremely sharp depiction of all aspects of images
including texture details.



www.fujifilm.com.


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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 22, 2005 0 comments

Mitch
Goldstone, president and CEO of 30 Minute Photos Etc., Irvine, Calif., USA, reports
"Operation Photo," appealing to U.S. photographers to donate older model
digital cameras and accessories to families of military service members distanced
from loved ones, has been extended through July 4. Since its launch a few weeks
ago, Operation Photo has provided approximately $110,000 in donated digital cameras
to military families through www.operationhomefront.net.
"We needed to extend the deadline because there are so many more military
families requesting the cameras," Goldstone says.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 28, 2006 0 comments

For users who need a quick and easy way to protect their valuables in transit,
Pelican Products, Inc. is now offering a ready-made custom foam solution that
sets up in seconds.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2008 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced the highly anticipated
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software for Macintosh is now available for pre-order
at www.adobe.com/go/buyphotoshop_elements_mac.
Photoshop Elements 6 software for Mac combines power and simplicity so consumers
at all experience levels can easily achieve outstanding results with their digital
photos.



Photoshop Elements 6 software helps photo enthusiasts achieve desired results
quickly and easily. New features based on proprietary Photomerge technology let
users easily combine the best facial expressions and body language from a series
of shots to create a single, perfect group shot. The new Quick Selection Tool
reduces a once time-consuming select-and-adjust task to a single click. Photographers
-- beginner to expert -- can choose from one of three edit modes, each
geared toward a different experience level. A new Guided Edit mode helps walk
users through the steps of improving a photo. Photoshop Elements 6 software streamlines
editing with clean, uncluttered screens that draw focus to the photos, with new
tabs providing simple access to the many capabilities of the program. Additional
enhancements include an improved conversion tool that dramatically converts color
images into elegant, nuanced black-and-whites.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 24, 2006 0 comments

SR Electronics has released the L-Ring 3200, its largest and most powerful
LED ring light. Featuring 32 oversized LEDs and a mounting diameter of 72mm,
the L-Ring 3200 is a powerful, versatile ring light that's ideal for use
with today's digital SLR cameras. The innovative L-Ring 3200 ring light
can be used as either a continuous light source or as a connected flash via
a standard hot-shoe or PC connection.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2007 0 comments

World-renowned
photographer, teacher, and long-time Shutterbug contributor Monte Zucker passed
way at his home in Fort Lauderdale Thursday evening, March 15, 2007. He was
77. A special memorial, "Celebration of the Life of Monte Zucker"
is scheduled for Sunday April 22nd in the Washington DC area. For details and
updates, please go to www.montezucker.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 12, 2008 0 comments

The new Olympus E-520 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera offers Image
Stabilization built into the camera body and Autofocus Live View.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 20, 2007 0 comments

Touchpoint Studios Inc. has introduced Touchpoint Gallery, photo software that
brings your digital photos directly to friends and family in an easy-to-use creative
way.



Using state-of-the-art 3D graphics, the software allows users to see photo collections
as they fill the pages of an animated photo album or as an exhibit on the walls
of a virtual art gallery. Birthdays, family celebrations and any special event
can now be shared with family and friends in a completely new and unique way.



The user-friendly software can be set up to point to as many photo collections
as you like. Switching from one photo collection to another is simple and Touchpoint
Gallery is compatible with Internet picture sources Flickr, Flickr Search, and
RSS Feeds. You can also choose to view photos stored locally on your hard drive.



Friends and family can watch the photos and collections chosen by you while they
work or play, enjoy them as their default Windows screen saver, and use them to
automatically change their wallpaper. The software is truly dynamic, because when
you change the photos in your online collection, your friends and family using
Touchpoint Gallery are automatically updated too.



Touchpoint Gallery is freely distributed from www.touchpointstudios.com . For
more options, including a wider selection of 3D Templates and access to more photos
in your collections, users can choose to 'Go Unlimited' for $24.95.



www.touchpointstudios.com
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