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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2005 0 comments

As America struggles to cope with the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane
Katrina, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has taken unprecedented steps
to assist photographers in the affected areas. Yesterday the PPA Board of Directors
guaranteed up to $200,000 for the recently established PPA Disaster Relief Fund,
as the Association continues its fundraising efforts.



"With more than 250 PPA members in the stricken areas of Alabama, Mississippi
and Louisiana, PPA knows firsthand of the destruction caused by this hurricane,"
said Ann Monteith, PPA President. "We all watched in shock and sadness as
the scope of the damage unfolded, and we felt compelled to find a way to directly
help PPA members affected by this disaster as soon as possible. We will continue
fundraising in hopes that we can surpass the $200,000 mark."



PPA's relief fund was established last week through PPA Charities, a 501(c)(3)
organization. The original intent was to disburse the money collected to disaster
relief agencies. PPA's Board of Directors, in response to requests from
PPA members, voted this week to shift the focus of the relief fund so that it
will now be used to provide direct aid to PPA member photographers. The fund will
distribute $1,000 to each PPA member studio directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.



"PPA's members have a long history of pulling together to help each
other in times of crisis," said PPA CEO, David Trust. "PPA's
Disaster Relief Fund is another example of our members' commitment to one
another and their spirit of generosity and compassion."



In addition to directly assisting its members, PPA is contributing $10,000 ($5,000
each) to its two state Affiliates in the hard-hit areas, Professional Photographers
of Louisiana and Professional Photographers of Mississippi-Alabama. These Affiliates
will use the contributions to directly assist their members.



To request a studio grant, PPA members in the disaster areas should call PPA at
1-800-786-6277 and ask to speak with a Disaster Relief assistant. They will be
asked to provide information and details including name, studio name and address,
temporary location information, brief description of damage/loss, where the grant
money can be sent or wired, and how they can currently be reached.



How Others Can Help

PPA is challenging its other members, along with vendors and suppliers in the
industry, to join forces with PPA by contributing to the relief fund. Contributions
can be made by sending a check payable to PPA Charities to Disaster Relief, c/o
Professional Photographers of America, 229 Peachtree Street, Suite 2200, Atlanta,
GA, 30303. Please note "Disaster Relief" on the check.


PPA also needs your help getting the word out about the Disaster Relief Fund.
If you know of anyone who has been directly affected by the hurricane, please
do whatever you can to get information to them about the relief fund so they can
receive assistance right away. Please also encourage photographers with useful
information to share it on the Hurricane Katrina Forum on OurPPA.com.



PPA Charities is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization that allows
imaging professionals to combine their individual efforts to make an impact on
the lives of children and families everywhere. It also allows PPA to become a
force for positive change in our society and to make a difference in the lives
of others. For more information about PPA Charities, visit charities.ppa.com.



Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world's largest and most
influential photographic and imaging trade organization, exists to assist its
more than 14,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal
goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making
of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder
of history. For more information about PPA, visit www.ppa.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2006 0 comments

Nikon Inc. is recalling EN-EL3 batteries as detailed in a service advisory
(issued Nov. 7. 2005) because of possible overheating and melting. The recall
involves over 700,000 affected battery packs (including 200,000 in the US) that
were packaged with the Nikon D100, D70 and D50 and also sold as accessories
under model number 26265. Replacement will be free of charge. Although only
four incidents of problems have been reported to date, replacement of batteries
with the pertinent lot numbers is strongly recommended. Full specifics are available
at http://www.nikonusa.com/email_images/nikonusa/service_advisory/battery.html
on the Nikon Web site. To receive instructions and materials for the return
of your affected EN-EL3 battery pack, postage prepaid, and your free replacement,
click here http://www.nikondealernet.com/sa2.asp
or call toll free 1-800-645-6678.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2006 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) has announced that the U.S. leg of its
Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road show has begun. In collaboration
with Colin Finlay, a world-renowned documentary photographer and four-time Picture
of the Year Award winner, the road show will give students and educators direct
access to Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Lightroom public beta, the new digital
workflow solution for professional photographers. In further support of this initiative,
Adobe is also launching a destination Web site (www.projectphotoshoplightroom.com),
which provides participating students with a universal place to share their work
and blog about their experiences.



Adobe Lightroom, available in public beta for both Windows and Macintosh platforms,
is the efficient new way for professional photographers to import, manage and
showcase large volumes of digital photographs. The two-day seminar at each school
will involve a one-day lecture by Colin Finlay in which he shares his career as
a photographer, including his commercial work and documentation of social issues.
The following day, Julianne Kost, senior evangelist at Adobe, will provide students
with an in-depth seminar on using Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Lightroom beta,
highlighting their combined support for a digital workflow. In addition, a select
group of students will participate with Finlay in a workshop assignment. Students
will place images from this assignment into a portfolio which will be uploaded
to the Web site for sharing with the Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education
road show is scheduled to take place in the following cities and colleges in the
U.S.



Oct 11-12, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

Oct. 16-17, Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, Colo.

Oct. 18-19, Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah

Oct 23-24, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, N.Y.

Oct. 27, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, New York City, N.Y.

Oct. 28, Parsons - The New School for Design, New York City, N.Y.

Nov. 6-7, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Ga.

Nov 15-16, Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

Nov. 27-28, New England School of Photography, Boston, Mass.

Nov. 29-30, Hallmark Institute of Photography, Turner's Falls, Mass.

Dec 4 -- 5, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, Wash.

Dec 7 -- 8, School of Visual Arts, New York City, New York



For detailed information on the Project: Photoshop and Lightroom education road
show, please visit: www.projectphotoshoplightroom.com.
To download a free trial version of Adobe Lightroom beta, please visit http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom.




About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information --
anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 20, 2005 0 comments

Tamrac's new Adventure 7 photo backpack is cleverly designed to not look
like a camera bag, enabling photographers to transport their expensive gear
with less risk of theft. This sleek photo backpack features a padded lower compartment
for protecting photo gear and a large top section for carrying personal items.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Oct 27, 2005 0 comments

Pacific Image Electronics has announced PrimeFoto 2.0, the latest version of
the product that creates picture album CDs from photos stored on digital camera
memory cards. PrimeFoto 2.0 now includes an automatic orientation feature that
rotates pictures automatically for users whose digital cameras have an auto
rotation function, rather than checking each image one-by-one. Users can also
now generate picture albums from a CD. Just select the desired images and press
"Make CD" on the remote control.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2006 0 comments

New gold CD-Rs and DVDs that are said to extend the storage life of data, music
and images for many decades are being introduced by KMP Media, LLC of Rochester,
NY. Operating under trademark license from Eastman Kodak Company, KMP Media
is marketing them as the KODAK Preservation CD-R and the KODAK Preservation
DVD (-R).

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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: Dec 13, 2005 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has released a versatile 15-in-1 Hi-Speed
Reader designed for photographers who demand high transfer rates, speed and
reliability.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jun 09, 2008 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc., announces that its new software plug-in for Adobe Photoshop
and Photoshop Elements -- FocalPoint 1.0 -- is now available for immediate
download. onOne Software's FocalPoint is a selective focus and vignetting
plug-in designed to help photographers easily blur and/or vignette areas of
an image.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 09, 2007 0 comments

Olympus
has unveiled its EVOLT E-510, a 10 MP portable digital SLR (single lens reflex)
camera. The E-510 features a Live View LCD to provide users with the freedom
to choose how they compose their shots, using either the LCD or the optical
viewfinder on the back of the camera. The Olympus Live View LCD empowers users
to easily compose their subjects live on the LCD before the shot has been taken.

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