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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 14, 2008 0 comments

Wacom Technology Corp. has announced two new members to the Cintiq family --
the Cintiq 12WX and Cintiq 20WSX. The Cintiq 12WX combines all the advantages
and power of direct pen-on-screen input with a new low-profile, lightweight and
flexible design. The new Cintiq 12WX is aimed at professional creators of digital
content looking to improve and streamline their workflow. Storyboarding for 2D
or 3D animations, compositing for post production, designing graphics, as well
as retouching photos are just a few of the many creative applications where the
Cintiq 12WX will excel.



Also joining Wacom's Cintiq lineup is the Cintiq 20WSX, the world's
first wide-format desktop pen display. Combining the the same design elements
and ergonomic enhancements as the Cintiq 21UX, Wacom's latest wide-format
pen display is ideal for those who prefer to work with a 16:10 aspect ratio and
may not require the increased resolution of the 21UX.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 11, 2008 0 comments

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. has posted answers to a new series of questions
submitted by professional and aspiring digital photographers to its Ask the
Icon interactive feature on the `Icons of Photography' microsite
on kingston.com.



"Kingston's `Icons of Photography' has generated interest
from photographers of all levels who want to learn from some of the world's
most-respected photographers," said Jaja Lin, Flash memory marketing manager,
Kingston®. "We're delighted to be a conduit between our customers
and the Icons, providing a platform where everyone can share and explore ideas,"
added Lin.



Questions submitted by digital photographers from England, Malaysia, Ireland
and the U.S. were addressed by Kingston's four Icon photographers participating
in the program -- Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read
Miller. Site visitors are encouraged to ask questions related to equipment;
tips and techniques for capturing better images; advice about getting started
as a photographer; or marketing one's work.



"I continue to be impressed with the level of interest photographers have
shown in the program and the types of questions they ask," said Finlay,
whose recent book project, Darfur: Twenty Years of War and Genocide in Sudan
recently won a Lucie Award in New York. "I think we learn as much from
them as they are hopefully learning from us and there is a great level of satisfaction
that comes from openly sharing our collective knowledge with each other."



Kingston's `Icons of Photography' program consists of three
elements -- 20 Questions, Ask the Icon and Critique My Image. Through the
program, professional photographers and enthusiasts can improve their techniques
by submitting their own photography for constructive critique. Additional information
is available at www.kingston.com/iop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 10, 2008 0 comments

Nikon Inc.
has introduced the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens that
offers Nikon's proprietary Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to help
consumers snap sharper photos than ever before, even while shooting handheld.
Compact and lightweight, this affordable lens is for use with Nikon DX-format
digital SLR cameras and is the ideal focal length as a "first lens."




The 3x optical zoom offers users of Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras including
the D40, D40x, D80 and new D300 with a versatile picture angle perspective ranging
from wide angle for dramatic landscapes and interiors, to moderate telephoto
that is ideal for flattering portraits.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 09, 2008 0 comments

Bowens has launched a unique, affordable ringflash, the lightweight Ringlite
Converter. Priced at $480.00, this innovative converter is said to make ringflash-style
photography affordable. Said Mark Aherne, Bowens technical director, "Traditional
ringflash generally comprises flash tubes, cable and a powerpack, so the full
kit required is quite unwieldy and expensive. We built the converter and followed
up with associated bracketry to ensure the unit would be suitable for most cameras
on the market. We have created an attachment which allows photographers to convert
their standard Bowens strobe lights to produce ringflash-style light. Using
this new converter photographers can simply put the camera lens through the
centre of the light source. This creates a softer, wholesome surrounding light
around the lens which reduces shadows. It can also create shadowing around the
outline of the subject so users can work with a specific photographic effect.
The additional benefit of the converter is its `backwards capability'.
Photographers can take a standard Bowens product going back many years and use
it - as long as it has an S-Type adaptor. This will bring additional cost benefits
to our customers."

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments

JOBO AG has announced two new digital picture frames. The JOBO Photo Display
PDJ105 and PDJ100 both feature 10.4" high-resolution and TFT-Color-LCD
displays designed to showcase digital images, big internal memories for easy
access to images and many user-friendly functions.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments

The Sigma
Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 10mm F2.8 EX DC Fisheye
HSM lens. This autofocus fisheye lens is designed for use with digital SLR cameras
equipped with APS-C size image sensors. The Nikon version produces a diagonal
angle of view of 180°; 154° for Sigma; 167° for Canon. The diagonal
field of view of this fisheye lens produces striking images with exaggerated perspective
and distortion. The minimum focusing distance of 13.5cm/5.3inch, and maximum magnification
1:3.3 allows subjects to be as close as 1.8cm/0.7inch from the lens' front
element. This close focusing capability allows close-up photography and also it
is possible to make use of large depth of field that covers wide range of subjects.
The Integral hood blocks out extraneous light and the Super Multi-Layer Coating
minimizes flare and ghosting, creating superior image quality. The HSM--Hyper
Sonic Moto--ensures fast and quiet autofocusing and allows full-time manual focus
override by rotation of the focus ring. This lens is supplied with a gelatin filter
holder at the rear, allowing the use of gelatin filters.



www.sigmaphoto.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 04, 2008 0 comments

PhotoShelter has announced that it has begun transacting image sales on The
PhotoShelter Collection, the first online marketplace to provide the benefits
of a commercial agency and a wholly transparent sales system to pro, amateur
and hobbyist photographers alike. The PhotoShelter Collection will now offer
image buyers access to the widest and most eclectic array of commercial imagery
that is quality-sorted, keyworded, priced, licensed and ready for instant purchasing.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 03, 2008 0 comments

For
a limited time only LumiQuest will be offering the LumiQuest Bounce Kit, a 3 piece
kit that includes a Pocket Bouncer, Gold and Silver Metallic Inserts and a free
storage envelope.



The Pocket Bouncer redirects light at a 90 degree angle from the flash to soften
harsh shadows and more evenly spread the light over a wider area. A Gold insert
is ideal for late afternoon fill and the Silver insert will add a more specular
look to the highlights. Included with the Bounce Kit is a free clear storage envelope.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment for this month was Water's Edge. Interesting photographs often result from considering the edge, whether that be the edge of an idea, a territory, light and dark, or, our assignment, where land meets water. The potential for reflection, contrast, mirroring, and interplay of weather systems all come into play. Readers sent in pictures from...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

On vacation in Abaco, Bahamas, we were painting buoys we found to hang on the trees of my sister's vacation home. After just a few minutes I noticed my niece's hands and it became obvious the shot I needed to take. I had her hold her hands out so I could shoot a few frames at various apertures. The result, I felt, captured exactly what I intended. The photograph...

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