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Staff Posted: Jul 13, 2009 0 comments

Designed by a Swedish team of photographers, the expanding Creative Light lineup includes softboxes, softgrids, reflectors, umbrellas, light stands and accessories. The equipment is for use in studios and on location and will be distributed in the U.S. by Elmsford, NY-based MAC Group.

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Staff Posted: Jul 09, 2008 0 comments

Hasselblad has announced the launch of a new generation of raw processor, workflow
and camera control software, Phocus version 1.0 for Mac. Providing the ultimate
processing tool for Hasselblad digital images, the new Phocus RAW processor
is said to deliver perfect colors through the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution,
and includes digital lens corrections for color aberration, distortion and vignetting
(DAC I, II and III). Another key advantage and designed to save hours of post-production
work, Phocus's leading edge moiré removal technology allows image
detail to be preserved, even on extremely high resolution images. By automatically
removing moiré directly from the raw data, image quality remains intact,
while any need for special masking selections or other manual procedures is
eliminated.

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Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2009 0 comments

Datacolor has announced SpyderCubeT, the first all-in-one RAW calibration device for fast and accurate whitepoint correction as well as bracketed adjustments for highlights and blacks.  For years, photographers have relied on traditional flat gray cards to establish proper white balance in a wide range of shooting environments.  Today, these professionals require new techniques to meet the changing dynamic of photography and new digital workflow processes.  Capturing appropriate information at the time of image exposure will greatly reduce time and effort in the post-production process and ensure true color rendition and image detail.

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Staff Posted: Aug 07, 2008 0 comments

PictureCode today released the Noise Ninja plug-in for Aperture 2.1, Apple's
photo editing and management software. The Noise Ninja plug-in allows Aperture
users to take advantage of powerful technology to remove noise and grain from
digital images without having to leave Aperture.



Noise Ninja is ideal for low-light or fast-action shooting situations --
including news, sports, wedding, and event coverage -- where high-ISO photography
is required and the resulting noise compromises the image. Using patent-pending
technology developed by a former professor of computer science, Noise Ninja's
powerful, best-of-breed technology yields an unmatched balance of noise suppression
and detail preservation, achieving natural-looking results with excellent avoidance
of artifacts.

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Staff Posted: Apr 29, 2009 0 comments

ExposureManager (www.exposuremanager.com), a customizable full-service online sales resource for photographers, announces a new Premium Subscription service created to help increase print and merchandise sales for photographers. ExposureManager’s behind-the-scenes marketing support provides a convenient e-commerce solution for busy photographers through every step from order placement to print production and shipping of the final product.

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Staff Posted: Dec 24, 2008 0 comments

DxO Labs has unveiled www.dxomark.com, a new website delivering key objective metrics of sensor performance for a variety of cameras measured directly on the RAW image. Available as a free online resource, dxomark.com makes it possible for the first time to assess the intrinsic quality of a camera before the impact of any RAW conversion.

“There are many valuable resources reviewing the image quality of digital cameras, but none of them consider the actual RAW signal straight from the camera sensor,” explains Nicolas Touchard, Vice President of Marketing, DxO Labs Image Quality Evaluation business. “Demanding photographers who shoot in RAW should only care about the genuine quality of the RAW image, yet until now they have had to rely on measures based on converted RAW images, obviously biased by the processing applied to them, whether embedded or performed offline with a software RAW converter. Furthermore, as RAW converters evolve and improve, the latent potential of RAW images can only be gauged by analyzing the RAW images themselves, projecting the potential quality achievable with the ultimate RAW converter. This is why we believe that our approach will dramatically change the way photographers evaluate digital cameras.”

dxomark.com provides in-depth measurements of all the relevant characteristics of a sensor: actual ISO sensitivity (which generally differs from the value reported by the camera), signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), dynamic range, tonal range, color depth and sensitivity, metamerism, etc. dxomark.com already covers 50 popular cameras, including Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLRs) and high-end bridge cameras offering RAW image format. The site will be updated on a regular basis with new cameras.
dxomark.com RAW image quality database relies on DxO Analyzer, the world’s leading turn-key laboratory solution for image quality evaluation. Thanks to its accuracy, completeness, and reliability, DxO Analyzer has become the reference tool for numerous leading imaging industry players, photography magazines and websites.

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Staff Posted: Oct 21, 2009 0 comments

In 1939, Ken Becker opened Calumet in Chicago as a storefront specializing in sporting goods that also sold some cameras. Calumet's destiny was shaped by a seemingly minor event. One day, a customer traded a metal-bending hand brake for a Deardorff camera. Becker seized the opportunity to use the hand brake to manufacture stainless-steel developing trays for local photo labs and photographers. The trays caught on,and this new manufacturing side of the business grew to include tanks, sinks and print washers.

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Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc. has announced the D90, a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera
that allows photographers to easily create still images and High Definition
(HD) movie clips with sound--with the same camera. A host of Nikon core
technologies were leveraged to develop the D90's scope of versatility,
calling on years of photographic and optical expertise. Inspired by Nikon's
flagship DX-format digital SLR camera, the D300 and building on the success
of the popular D80, the D90 features a CMOS image sensor with 12.3 effective
megapixels combined with Nikon's exclusive EXPEED image processing system.

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Staff Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

Nik Software announced that Silver Efex Pro, its popular digital photographic plug-in offering the most advanced, complete, and straightforward black-and-white solution, is now available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and higher. The update is available now as a free download to current owners of Silver Efex Pro.

Silver Efex Pro installs as a plug-in for Lightroom 2.3, itself a free update from earlier versions and available for download at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates. Once installed, Silver Efex Pro is accessible via the Lightroom Photo>Edit In… menu. Edits made using the plug-in within Lightroom are non-destructive in nature, with edits applied automatically to a newly generated TIFF file and not the original. It also takes advantage of Lightroom and its efficiencies for everyday tasks, like the ability to edit multiple images in one session, saving time and increasing www.niksoftware.com/silverefexpro.

The fully compatible Silver Efex Pro product, offering support for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Apple Aperture, is available immediately for electronic delivery directly from Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) or through specialty camera retailers. A complete list of resellers may be found at www.niksoftware.com/resellers. Current owners of Silver Efex Pro may download a free update at www.niksoftware.com/lightroom.

The suggested retail price of Silver Efex Pro is $199.95. Silver Efex Pro installs as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom or Apple Aperture 2.1 and is available for Windows and Macintosh operating systems, including Vista and Leopard. For more information about Silver Efex Pro, including video tutorials showing the software running within Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture and a free 15-day fully functional trial version, please visit www.niksoftware.com/silverefexpro.

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Staff Posted: Feb 13, 2009 0 comments

RegisterYourCamera.com is a free online service for registering your photographic equipment. It’s the brainchild of former Intel software engineer, who is an avid photographer. If someone steals your camera, simply enter the serial number and a description of your gear into the online database and you’re done. When someone performs a quick serial number search against the database, your item will then be listed as stolen and the person doing the search may then contact you via your preferred method. Get enough people using this and you have very effective way of track missing gear.

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