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Staff Posted: Oct 30, 2008 0 comments

Photographer’s Edge and BetterPhoto.com have partnered to create products and strategies to assist photographers in improving their skills and displaying and reselling their work in the form of high quality Keepsake Greeting Cards.

BetterPhoto.com offers interactive online photography classes instructed by their own staff of talented pro photographers. BetterPhoto.com will create specific ideas and skills in a program on how to generate “Good to Great” photos that will result in “Good to Great” Keepsake Photo Greeting Cards that could be used to enter the $8 billion Greeting Card marketplace.  They are also creating a “BetterPhoto Pro” website to include a Photographer’s Edge Greeting Card storefront option.  This enables virtually anyone to have a professional marketing site to easily post images online.

Photographer’s Edge, manufacturer of the patented do-it –yourself Keepsake Photo Greeting Card Frame, offers an extensive line of products from Holiday Cards, Occasion Cards, Event Cards and Friendship Cards to their best selling Border Cards which can be used for Nature, Portrait or any other creative photography.  All card and calendar products are environmentally friendly made from recycled stock and printed with soy-based inks.  Customers easily create their own high quality personalized greeting cards for personal use or to resell at art shows, photo shows, tourist areas or on their website. This partnership will enable many talented photographers and photo-enthusiasts to benefit by learning new photo and marketing skills and turning their hobby into a year round business.

For more information, please visit www.PhotographersEdge.com and www.BetterPhoto.com

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Staff Posted: May 18, 2009 0 comments

For this year's auction WestLicht has succeeded in being able to offer a selection of around 900 lots of the highest quality in their Vienna auction house. As with previous auctions numerous unique cameras and classics of photographic history that will appeal equally to institutional collections, dealers and private collectors with a feeling for something special are to be auctioned.

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Staff Posted: Nov 16, 2009 0 comments

Wacom announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger-based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer interaction. “Multi-Touch provides a very natural and intuitive way for users to navigate and interact with applications,” said Dennis Hoff, senior consumer product manager for Wacom. “By combining Multi-Touch with our renowned pen technology, Bamboo provides users with a new computer input approach that is not only extremely flexible, but friendly, fresh and fun.”

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Staff Posted: Jul 29, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG announces the addition of a new ultra stylish, state-of-the-art digital
picture frame to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. The new
JOBO Photo Display PDJ152 includes three interchangeable clip-on frames in black,
white and silver. It also features a large 15" high intensity luminous
resolution and vibrant TFT-Color-LCD display designed to beautifully showcase
digital images, a big internal memory for easy access to images and many other
user-friendly functions.

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Staff Posted: Dec 03, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has  announced the D3X, an FX-format digital SLR featuring extreme 24.5-megapixel resolution and superb low-noise capabilities, which provides professional photographers with commercial-quality image performance in a familiar and extraordinarily versatile D-SLR form factor.  In conjunction with the groundbreaking Nikon FX-format D3, the D3X tops off a collection of flagship level, rugged, professional caliber digital single lens reflex cameras engineered to excel in all types of professional photographic disciplines from photojournalism and sideline sports, to commercial in-studio applications.

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Staff Posted: Jun 26, 2009 0 comments

In response to the economic climate, ExpressDigital has announced a significant instant rebate and marketing campaign surrounding their DARKROOM workflow software solution. According to Graham McFarland, founder and CEO, “We have always been inspired by the professional photographer and understand that simplifying ways for them to increase business and profits is more important than ever.”

The campaign is three-fold with the largest component being the authorization and coordination of a significant instant rebate of both DARKROOM Professional and Core editions via authorized dealers for a limited time (between two and four months depending on response). In many cases, the instant rebate results in a 30% price slash. Continues McFarland, “Right now we have to reduce the issue of cost as much as possible but also serve the emerging or veteran professional photographer by giving them the tools they need to succeed.” The company contends that the features of the workflow software – which includes, but is not limited to, greenscreen technology, free calendar, card, picture and memory mate templates, template creation tools, photo repair features, proof wizards, instant printing locally or to a lab, and built-in camera and printer drivers – are critical to the professional digital photographer wanting to remain competitive and profitable.

Other aspects of the campaign include an entirely new website for DARKROOM (www.DarkroomSoftware.com) that offers online training and streamlined understanding of the software’s functionality and the launch of social media websites to encourage interactivity and facilitate contests via Yahoo!Forums, Twitter and Facebook. As a result, the new website and supporting newsletter will advertise cues on how and when anyone can win free software and other prizes on a monthly basis along with photography inspired interviews, reviews and workflow tips.

Visit www.ExpressDigital.com or www.DarkroomSoftware.com/home_love.

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Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2008 0 comments

Helping to navigate the complexities of digital SLR cameras is QuickPro, LLC,
a company that started creating SLR camera DVD tutorials (http://www.quickprocameraguides.com/)
three years ago. Today, QuickPro is announcing that it's now producing new DVD
Camera Guide titles every month, the latest being tutorials for the popular
Nikon D60 and Canon XSi, featuring interactive camera tours.

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Staff Posted: Jan 21, 2009 0 comments

Hamrick Software, the developer of VueScan, the world's
most widely used scanning software, has released it's latest version 8.5 -
with more than 600 improvements since the release of VueScan 8.4 two years
ago. "We've been working on VueScan for 10 years and have made thousands

of improvements in this time.  We'd like to thank everyone who has

purchased VueScan in the past by giving them a free upgrade to

VueScan 8.5" says Ed Hamrick, President of Hamrick Software.

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Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2009 0 comments

Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books, announced the release of Blurb BookSmart 2.0, and introduced its new 12x12 Large Square book offering, available immediately. The 12x12 Large Square book is available in Hardcover and Hardcover ImageWrap, and can be ordered with Premium Paper. BookSmart 2.0 is available for download now at www.blurb.com.

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Staff Posted: Sep 12, 2008 0 comments

Sony is introducing its full-frame (alpha) DSLR-A900 camera, aimed at serious photo enthusiasts looking for traditional SLR performance with the added benefits of digital photography. It is designed to deliver ultra-fine picture quality with the world’s highest resolution, 24.6-megapixel, 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and fast image processing with a new dual BIONZ processing engines. The camera is also the first to have a body-integrated image stabilization system for a full-frame sensor with Sony’s SteadyShot Inside anti-shake system.

One look at the camera’s distinctive pentaprism and nostalgic body design will evoke its full-frame optical performance. It features a bright, clear optical viewfinder with 100% field of view coverage that would impress even film photography loyalists. The camera’s Exmor CMOS sensor is designed to take advantage of the resolving power of high-precision alpha lenses. Its high pixel count and large size provide enhanced image detail and a wider dynamic range for natural color reproduction and subtle tonal gradations.

The sensor is produced using proprietary Sony planarization technologies to ensure an ultra-flat surface across the entire imaging area. Instead of a single analog/digital convertor, the sensor uses over 6,000 on-chip, column-parallel A/D converters to convert analog signals to noise-resistant digital signals at the earliest possible stage. The result is reduced noise and high-speed transfer of data.

Image processing gets a boost in speed and power from the application of two BIONZ image processing engines. Large amounts of data captured by the 24.6-megapixel sensor can be quickly processed to achieve a fast shooting response. Additionally, this dual BIONZ processing system applies advanced noise reduction algorithms producing images of exceptional quality and detail, especially at high ISO sensitivities.

The camera’s newly-developed, body-integrated SteadyShot Inside unit achieves an anti-shake effect equivalent to shutter speeds faster by 2.5 to 4 stops. This new unit provides stabilization for Sony, Minolta and Konica-Minolta wide angle, large-aperture lenses, which is difficult for lens-integrated systems.

The ultra-bright viewfinder with 100% field of view coverage and 0.74x magnification enables accurate framing and preview. It features a high-power condenser lens, an eyepiece with high reflective-index glass, and a multi-layer, anti-reflective coating on every optical surface to deliver its extraordinarily bright and accurate view.

Additionally, the focusing screen is user-replaceable, with additional L-type (grid pattern) and M-type (super spherical acute matte) screens sold separately.

The camera’s newly-developed autofocus system consists of nine wide-area sensors with 10 assist points for improved tracking of moving subjects. A center dual cross sensor comprised of two horizontal and two vertical line sensors as well as a dedicated f/2.8 sensor are included to achieve greater precision, especially when using fast-aperture lenses.

It also offers high-speed continuous shooting of 24.6 megapixel images at five frames per second. A newly-designed mirror box features a unique parallel-link mirror mechanism that moves on two horizontal axes to accommodate both 100% viewfinder coverage and the body-integrated image stabilization system without increasing the camera’s size. The mirror box also has a new moving magnet actuator, a high-powered coreless motor for a faster shutter charge, and a magnet catcher to minimize mirror bounce and light refraction within the box.

The model’s innovative intelligent preview function takes the guesswork out of setting up a shot and the hassle of taking multiple shots to achieve a desired effect.

After pressing the depth of field preview button, the camera “grabs” a RAW preview image which is processed and displayed on the LCD screen. You can then fine tune white balance, determine the best level and effect of dynamic range optimization, adjust exposure compensation and check histogram data, all before you actually take the picture. Preview images are not recorded on the camera’s memory card, thus saving capacity.

Other key features aimed to expand creative options include the Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) with five levels of user-selectable correction as well as DRO bracketing for enhanced scene analysis and graduation optimization. EV bracketing with ±2EV range makes it easy to create high dynamic range composite images.

Thirteen creative styles can be selected to enhance images and then fine-tuned by customizing contrast, sharpness, zone matching and other parameters, while 3 user-programmable memories provide instant access to as many as 26 different mode settings.

Powerful RAW file processing control is put in the photographer’s hands with the included Image Data Converter SR3 software that delivers faster file processing speeds, easy adjustment of image parameters, Dynamic Range Optimization and a new Peripheral Illumination function that compensates for corner light fall off.

With the camera’s HDMI output and Photo TV HD mode, your creative output can be enjoyed on a compatible HD television. This mode brings the look of actual printed photography to the television, by fine-tuning such image parameters as sharpness, gradation and color.

Its construction features rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy with moisture-resistant, rubber seals for buttons and dials, an anti-static coating to prevent dust adherence to the imager, and a high-endurance shutter rated for more than 100,000 release cycles.

It has a 3-inch, Xtra Fine LCD screen (921K) makes it possible to check focus and image quality with accuracy. It incorporates an easy-to-see display with a quick navigation menu to easily access common functions without interrupting your creative flow. A backlit LCD panel sits on top of the camera and displays key settings.

The A900 camera will be accompanied with an array of accessories like the recently-announced Sony HVL-F58AM flash unit with its innovative Quick Shift Bounce system, powerful performance with a guide number of 58, and wireless auto flash ratio control.

The Sony VG-C90AM vertical grip offers the same ease of operation when shooting vertically as horizontally, with its button layout and low-position shutter-release button. It also houses two InfoLITHIUM batteries (sold separately) for longer shooting and playback.

The DSLR-A900 body will be available in November for about $3,000 along with related accessories. All will be available at authorized dealers, at military base exchanges, Sony Style retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail) and at sonystyle.com. Online pre-orders begin online on Sept. 10.

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