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Staff Posted: Feb 25, 2009 0 comments

The Photographic  Society of America (PSA),  the largest interactive organization in North America  for advanced amateur and professional photographers,  will celebrate its 75th Anniversary throughout  2009, beginning in April. Current membership is over 5100 individual members plus over 400 camera clubs worldwide.

Represented in over 60 countries of the world, PSA Members enjoy a wide variety of activities: a monthly magazine, photo and digital competitions, study groups, how-to programs, an annual week-long conference and a long list of other activities and services.   PSA also sets the standards for all world-wide photo exhibitions.  As a non-profit organization, its mission is to promote and enhance the art and science of photography in all its phases, among members and non-members alike.

PSA’s 75th Anniversary Conference will be held in West Yellowstone, MT from Sept. 20 – 26, 2009.

PSA Headquarters is located in Oklahoma City, OK.  More information about PSA is available at:
www.psa-photo.org

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Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2009 0 comments

The Photographic Historical Society, founded in 1966, is the oldest such group in the world. It will sponsor PhotoHistory XIV in Rochester, NY on Oct. 16-18, 2009. The symposium speakers hail from Canada, England, Belgium and the US. The keynote speaker is Steven Sasson, the co-inventor of the digital camera (in 1973); he will display the original prototype. Other topics include photo postcards (1905-1935), high-speed motion picture cameras (a demonstration), images of Daguerre, early advertising photography, early Nikon cameras, Kodak string-set cameras, Folmer &
Schwing's cameras, the Woodburytype, J. Horace McFarland and the Autochrome 35 mm film (the most popular film format), history of the bicycle through the lens of the camera, Chinese photography 1842-1870, and daguerreotypes in Philadelphia 1839-1860.

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Staff Posted: Oct 03, 2008 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) has introduced the world’s first consumer-available wireless picture frame featuring innovative Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, a Kodak invention that produces exceptionally sharp and vivid image quality. OLED technology generates greater color depth and saturation than other displays, viewed on panels that are substantially thinner, resulting in a sleek, low-profile design.

The new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame also features built-in Wi-Fi technology that expands the user’s experience by enabling access to pictures, videos and music stored on PCs in other rooms, as well as connectivity to online photo and video sharing sites and Internet content portals for news, weather, sports and more.

At the heart of the new KODAK OLED Wireless Frame is an ultra-thin, 7.6-inch diagonal digital panel that produces stunning image detail, when viewed from any angle. The viewing experience is further enhanced by Kodak Perfect Touch technology, which automatically processes images to improve exposure, brightness and color, and KODAK Image Science, which optimizes image quality for display on OLED panels.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame requires no backlighting, and incorporates an ambient light sensor that optimizes the viewing experience by adjusting display brightness based on the surrounding light.  Kodak has also designed a premium audio system into the frame, providing outstanding sound reproduction when enjoying videos, digital music and online content.

The KODAK OLED Wireless Frame will retail for US $999 (MSRP) and will be available at kodak.com beginning in the 2008 holiday season, with additional online and retail distribution to be announced.

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Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2008 0 comments

Camera Armor, a leader in protective accessories for cameras and digital SLRs, announces the Seattle Sling waterproof camera bag. The first in their new line of Seattle Series Bags, the Seattle Sling features complete protection from the elements, featuring interior dry-bag technology that provides weather-proof protection in addition to impact safety.

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Staff Posted: May 06, 2009 0 comments

Imagenomic announced today the commercial release of Portraiture 2 for Aperture.  This new product edition brings the power, productivity and creative flexibility that Portraiture has delivered for the Photoshop community to users of Apple's Aperture digital imaging workflow environment.

Portraiture 2 for Aperture is a newly-engineered version that fits seamlessly into Aperture digital image management, editing and output.   Special features include:
· Automatic Skin Tones Mask generation and “One-click” skin retouching through a new Preset Manager, which includes image thumbnail previews, bracketing controls, custom preset creation and file sharing, notations, and visual history states;
· Advanced Skin Masking controls for selecting, feathering and refining the retouching area, edges and tonal ranges of the selected mask, including real-time previews;
· Enhancement sliders and settings for sharpness, softness, warmth, tint, brightness and contrast control, with the ability to apply these selectively to the mask area only or to the entire image, e.g. for adjusting lighting effects in software;
· Industry-leading non-destructive editing and data integrity preservation for image repurposing and superior print quality;
· Extended output options, including dynamic retouching settings optimized for the intended size of the print output;
· New User Interface selection options, multiple image batch processing capabilities, and multi-threaded/multi-processor support for maximum retouching speed and performance.

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Staff Posted: Oct 26, 2009 0 comments

Actor and photographer Aaron Eckhart, will join Julia Dean, founder of the Julia Dean Photo Workshops, for an exhibit and silent auction of more than 100 iconic images taken by leading photographers from around the world at the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles on February 20, 2010.

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Staff Posted: Nov 17, 2008 0 comments

Sony Electronics has added two new models to its family of S-Frame digital photo frames—including the company’s first 10-inch model here at the PhotoPlus Expo trade show. The new 10-inch and 8-inch digital photo frames (models DPF-D100 and DPF-D80) have high-quality SVGA resolution (800 x 600 pixels) LCD screens. They are Sony’s first digital photo frames that offer a 4:3 aspect ratio.

This apect ratio eliminates borders around the digital photos and allows pictures to fill up the screen. Photos appear larger on theses frames’ displays than digital photo frames with the 16:9 aspect ratio.

In addition to providing high-quality LCD screens, these models have an advanced image processing feature that quickly decodes and displays images. The digital photo frames will dispay images that are up to 48 megapixels or files that are up to 100MB. The digital photo frames have 200MB of available capacity, so you can store hundreds of photos to the device and then return your memory card back to the camera.

Digital images can be loaded onto the internal memory of the digital photo frames from several types of flash memory cards, including Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD Memory Card, MMC, Compact Flash,  Microdrive and xD-Picture Card.

Photos can also be transferred to the frames via a USB cable (not included) from a personal computer or digital camera. These two new S-Frame models support JPEG and RAW (SRF, SR2, ARW) image file formats.

The S-Frame models offer convenient features including the auto orientation sensor. The photo frame automatically detects whether it has been positioned horzonally or verically and then adjusts the display of the picture accordingly. When the frame is horizontal the Sony logo will light up. When the frame is vertical, the logo turns off and blends into the piano black finish.

Additional features include 10 slide show variations, clock and calendar views, and two index modes so you can preview several photos at once. You can also conserve energy by using the auto power on/off setting to program when you want the frame to turn on in the morning and off at night. Functions of the digital photo frame can be managed remotely using the included controller.

The DPF-D80 digital photo frame is now available for about $180 and the DPF-D100 model will be available in November for about $280. Both will be offered direct at sonystyle.com, at 43 Sony Style® retail stores around the country, and at hundreds of authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders are now being accepted for the DPF-D100 unit at sonystyle.com.

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Staff Posted: Jun 10, 2009 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has announced the next addition to the NIKKOR lineup with the new AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens. Compact and lightweight, the new 2.4x zoom DX-NIKKOR lens offers a focal length of 10 to 24mm, creating a picture angle ranging from 109-degrees to 61-degrees (FX-format equivalent of 15-36mm).

The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens offers an array of versatile Nikon technologies, including Nikon’s compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance.  An advanced optical formula, featuring two extra-low dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements renders stunning images while minimizing distortion, a common problem with ultra wide-angle lenses.

Fully compatible with Nikon’s complete line of DX-format digital SLR cameras – including the D300, D90, D60, D40 and the newly announced D5000 – the AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens enables photographers to broaden their view in new and interesting ways.  FX-format shooters can also benefit from the AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, as Nikon’s FX-format cameras – the D3X, D3, and D700 – will automatically apply the DX-Crop Mode when shooting.

The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED will be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning May 2009 at an estimated selling price of $899.95*.  For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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Staff Posted: Aug 08, 2008 0 comments

Olympus Imaging Corporation (Olympus Imaging) and Matsushita Electric Industrial
Co., Ltd. (Panasonic) today announced joint development of technologies and
devices for the "Micro Four Thirds System standard," a new standard
that extends the benefits of the Four Thirds System standard for interchangeable
lens type digital camera systems by enabling dramatic reductions in size and
weight. Under the terms of an agreement between the two companies, they will
work jointly toward commercial production of significantly lighter and more
compact interchangeable lens type digital camera systems.



Olympus Imaging and Panasonic are expanding the potential of the Four Thirds
System standard even further, enabling the development of radically more compact
and lightweight interchangeable lens type digital camera systems based on the
Micro Four Thirds System standard. Together with the existing range of Four
Thirds System products, the new range of Micro Four Thirds System products will
enable customers to enjoy true interchangeable lens type digital camera system
performance.



When compared to the Four Thirds System standard, the primary distinguishing
characteristics of the Micro Four Thirds System standard are:

1) Approximately 50% shorter flangeback distance (mount-to-sensor distance)

2) 6mm smaller lens mount outer diameter

3) Electrical contacts in mount increased from 9 to 11



* Image sensor diagonal dimensions are the same for both Four Thirds System
and Micro Four Thirds System standards.



The Micro Four Thirds System enables users to enjoy the high image quality benefits
of the Four Thirds System's 4/3-type image sensor in a much more compact camera
body, and also take advantage of significantly more compact lenses, particularly
in the wide-angle and high-power zoom range. The Four Thirds System offers compact,
lightweight performance, and the new Micro Four Thirds System will take this
even further by making it possible to develop ultra-compact interchangeable
lens type digital camera systems unlike anything seen before. The new Micro
Four Thirds System also incorporates a greater number of lens-mount electrical
contacts, enabling support for new features and increased system functionality
in the future.



In addition, users will be able to mount their existing Four Thirds System lenses
on Micro Four Thirds System bodies via an adapter.



Moving forward, Olympus Imaging and Panasonic will jointly develop relevant
technologies and devices for both Four Thirds System and Micro Four Thirds System
standards, and will develop and introduce standards-compliant products in accordance
with their respective business strategies.



While continuing to develop Four Thirds System interchangeable lens type digital
camera system products, Olympus Imaging will also develop a range of Micro Four
Thirds System lenses and accessories, and Micro Four Thirds System camera bodies
that are even smaller and slimmer than the light, compact, and widely acclaimed
Olympus E-410 and E420.



While continuing to develop Four Thirds System interchangeable lens type digital
camera system products, Panasonic will also develop a new generation of compact,
lightweight, interchangeable lens type digital camera system products, including
ultra-portable camera bodies, interchangeable lenses, and related system accessories.



About the Four Thirds System Standard

The Four Thirds System standard defines design and development standards for
interchangeable lens type digital camera systems that fully realize the performance
potential of digital technology. Four Thirds System cameras utilize a 4/3-type
image sensor that delivers the high image quality expected of interchangeable
lens type digital camera systems in a form factor that assures outstanding mobility.
The Four Thirds System standard is an open standard that enables bodies and
lenses produced by participating manufacturers to exchange information and be
used interchangeably with one another.

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Staff Posted: Dec 29, 2008 0 comments

Zacuto's DSLR Baseplate Kits are said to be the new standard for DSLR cinematography.

Available now, the new Zacuto DSLR kits are universal and will work with all cameras and accessories. Zacuto kits allow users to make DSLR's work much like camcorders. All kits are balanced, which is critical for smooth movement and less user fatigue in both tripod and handheld use. Zacuto's trademarked Z-Release (quickrelease) allows for fast installation of components like an articulating
arm, matte box, follow focus, wireless mic, on-board monitor, an audioadapter, and more. Zacuto kits give you all the components you need for your camera package right out of the box. With various price points, no confusion, and the ability to be used with a tripod, steadicam, dolly, handheld and shoulder mount; you can purchase the kit that is perfect for you and your type of shooting.  All Zacuto products are made in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty.

DSLR camera's typically have low lens mounts, making it not possible tomount a matte box without raising the camera very high. The combination of Zacuto's height adjustable Universal Baseplate and their new Z-Spacer allows you to mount any matte box or follow focus, like the Z-Focus to any DSLR.
 
Zacuto On-line Store:  http://store.zacuto.com/

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