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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 09, 2006 0 comments

Samsung Camera has introduced the GX-10, a new 10.2 mega-pixel DSLR designed
for advanced amateur and professional photographers. The third model in Samsung's
rapidly growing DSLR range, the GX-10 offers Optical Picture Stabilization (OPS),
a pentaprism viewfinder that provides a wide field of view of 95-percent and
a revolutionary new dust resistant CCD sensor. Because it resides in the camera
body, as opposed to the lens, the OPS feature works with a wide range of lenses,
including the Schneider D-XENON lenses to be sold with the body in kits and
the full range of Pentax, KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 06, 2005 0 comments

DxO Labs, a software company focused on research in image processing, has announced
that future versions of its flagship RAW converter DxO Raw Engine will support
Adobe's recently announced DNG (Digital Negative) specification.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2007 0 comments

Lexar has announced today that the company has further increased the capacity
of its widely popular Platinum II flash memory card line-up by introducing a Platinum
II 4GB CompactFlash (CF) card and Platinum II 2GB and 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
flash cards.



Customers purchasing the new Platinum II 4GB CompactFlash card -- or other
select CompactFlash and Secure Digital (SD) cards within the Platinum II family
-- can also download free of charge a comprehensive software suite that includes
the full version of Image Rescue 3, the recently introduced edition of the company's
award-winning image recovery software, now featuring an easy-to-use redesigned
user interface. Also included is Corel® Snapfire Plus SE, an ideal application
for users who want to entertain friends and family with stored still images and
video. In addition, customers can download free of charge Lexar Backup n Sync
powered by Sharpcast, a simple-to-use application for automatically backing up
cherished images and syncing them across multiple devices and the web.



The Lexar Platinum II flash memory card line-up includes CompactFlash cards in
capacities of 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB, Secure Digital (SD) cards in capacities of 1GB
and 2GB, and a 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card, announced earlier
this year, each of which includes the comprehensive software suite. The Platinum
II flash memory card line-up also includes Memory Stick PRO Duo cards in capacities
of 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB.



Lexar 4GB Platinum II CompactFlash and Lexar 2GB and 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo
cards will be available in late March.



www.lexar.com
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2005 0 comments

Samsung's new SyncMaster 970P is a high-end dual interface 19-inch monitor
that is built and designed for performance. Currently shipping with an estimated
street price of $549, the 970P incorporates Samsung's MagicTune technology
which provides users with extensive color adjustment capability and the ability
to save various personalized display settings. The new monitor utilizes Samsung's
MagicStand, an innovative four-way, triple-hinge adjustable stand that offers
pivot ability, height adjustment, tilt and swivel capabilities. The display
also incorporates Samsung's MagicRotation, an automatic pivot feature
that instantly tracks the display's new orientation when users shift the
screen from portrait to landscape.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 16, 2007 0 comments

DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of the new version of its
flagship product -- DxO Optics Pro v4.5 -- for both Windows and Macintosh
computer systems. With the release of version 4.5, DxO Optics Pro offers the
first-ever third-party plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Photographers
can now integrate DxO Optics Pro and Lightroom into their workflow:

With the exclusive "DxO Optics Pro Plug-in" in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom,
users can send their images straight from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to DxO Optics
Pro for processing and save corrected files directly into their Lightroom library
(with the image metadata intact).

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Hasselblad's H3D-II offers users a choice of 22, 31 or 39 megapixel capture
units using CCD image sensors up to 48x36 mm -- the largest currently available
and more than twice the size of even the largest 35mm camera sensors. The H3D-II
now has a large, bright 3" display, which affords both improved viewing
of captured images and lower power consumption.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2005 0 comments

Panasonic
has introduced two new Lumix digital still cameras with 12x optical zoom and
MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). Models DMC-FZ5 and DMC-FZ4 offer 5.0-megapixel
and 4.0-megapixel resolution, respectively, and incorporate a newly developed
12x optical zoom equivalent to 36mm to 432mm (DMC-FZ5) / 35mm to 420mm (DMC-FZ4)
on a 35mm film camera lens. The 12x optical zoom combined with 4x digital zoom
magnifies images by as much as 48x, enabling users to capture images of subjects
at longer distances. Both cameras feature a high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
lens.



Panasonic first introduced the MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer with its DMC-FZ1
digital still camera in 2003; and, in 2004, was the first to market a digital
camera with 12x zoom and MEGA O.I.S. Panasonic's MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
automatically detects and corrects for hand movement, providing precise compensation
with no image quality degradation. This technology is especially appreciated
when taking telephoto shots or when using slow shutter speeds to capture the
atmosphere in dimly lit scenes.



Panasonic's LSI Venus Engine II handles image processing, LCD functions, and
writing to the memory card simultaneously, making these cameras responsive with
an industry-leading release time lag of 0.008 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ5
and 0.006 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ4; and shutter interval of approx. 0.4
seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ5 and 0.3 seconds minimum for the DMC-FZ4. The
LSI also enables fast consecutive shooting capability, capturing sequential
shots at a rate of 3 frames (DMC-FZ5) or 4 frames (DMC-FZ4) per second at full
resolution. An unlimited consecutive shooting function allows the user to take
photos in succession until the memory card is full. The LSI also improves horizontal,
vertical and diagonal resolution.



Auto angle detection, a new feature, records whether an image was taken horizontally
or vertically and displays it accordingly, whether viewed on the camera's LCD
or on a connected TV.



Other features include fast AF; selectable manual functions (such as aperture-priority
AE, shutter-priority AE and manual exposure); a Simple Mode, in which most settings
are made automatically; real-time histogram; color viewfinder; built-in flash,
and more.



www.panasonic.com



MODEL AVAILABILITY MSRP

DMC-FZ5 April 2005 $499.95

DMC-FZ4 April 2005 $449.95

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Mar 07, 2008 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc. has announced the technology acquisition of Liquid Resize,
which introduces a ground-breaking new way to resize images using a technique
known as "seam carving" to reduce the distortion that typically occurs
when manipulating the aspect ratio of an image.



Liquid Resize, a "content aware" image resizing application, was originally
developed by the Vienna, Austria based husband-wife team of Ramin Sabet and Irmgard
Sabet-Wasinger and is based on the work of Shai Avidan and Ariel Shamir that made
its first appearance in a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qadw0BRKeMk)
released at Siggraph 2007.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2006 0 comments

Lost
and Found represents a two-part exhibition of 60 vintage prints from the Dennis
Reed Collection and features works gathered during some 25 years of research and
drawn from a selection of nearly 700 prints. The first installation of the exhibition,
Lost and Found: Japanese American Photographs from the Dennis Reed Collection,
opens August 12 and provides a rare glimpse of 30 photographs by a group of Japanese
Americans who worked during the 1920s and 1930s before they were interned in relocation
centers during WWII.



The second part opening in October, Lost and Found: California Pictorialist Photographs
from the Dennis Reed Collection, focuses on those photographers involved in California's
Camera Clubs, including Los Angeles Camera Club, the Camera Pictorialists, the
Pictorial Photographic Society of San Francisco, and the California Camera Club.




Both exhibitions showcase the photographic movement of Pictorialism that was in
vogue from around 1885 through the early years of the 20th century, and declined
rapidly after 1914. Pictorialism is a photographic term used to describe images
that emphasize the artistic quality of the photograph rather than the scene it
depicted, with the primary aim of bringing photography into the fine art realm.
Among the distinguishing characteristics of the movement are soft focus, special
filters and lens coatings, heavy manipulation in the darkroom, and exotic printing
processes. In 1898 rough-surface printing papers were added to the repertoire,
to further break up a picture's sharpness. Some artists even "etched"
the surface of their prints using fine needles. The overall aim of such technique
was to achieve what the 1911 Britannica termed, in discussing Pictorialism, "personal
artistic expression."



This movement began its decline as photographers and critics in the 1920s began
to embrace a more modernist approach to photographic practice. As such, Pictorialism
came to be seen as outdated and even chastised for its embrace of these idealized
notions of photography. The trend evolved to an appreciation of more urban, industrial
and technological subjects, and a utilization of pure photographic vision through
control of perspective and sharp focus.



Enter collector Dennis Reed -- who searched for and saved the Pictorialist
photographs that fell out of professional and public popularity. In the case of
the first installation, Lost and Found: Japanese American Photographs from the
Dennis Reed Collection, many of the Japanese-American photographers were sent
to relocation camps during World War II, and in some cases lost their life's
work - or their lives - leaving work in the hands of families or friends who had
little knowledge of its significance in photographic history. Through dedicated
and arduous research, Reed located six photographers, and with their help, began
to gather material to create a context for his collection and preserve the legacy
of these important and under-recognized photographers.



This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Mrs. Kathleen Barrows.



The Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a privately funded, not-for-profit institution
that provides internationally recognized collections and exhibitions and a broad
array of cultural and educational activities as well as travel opportunities around
the world.



Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Open Tuesday
- Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Monday. Free every Sunday. 805.963.4364 www.sbma.net.
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