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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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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 31, 2007 0 comments

Few aspiring photographers get to sit in on a commercial shoot, but thanks
to a new DVD series from Blue Crane Digital, anyone can watch a professional
in action. "Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for DSLR Cameras"
offers an opportunity to peer over the shoulder of famed commercial photographer,
Tim Mantoani, as he works with light and lenses.


Although the two-volume set focuses on developing the photographer rather than
teaching camera-specific skills, Blue Crane Digital produced separate titles
for Nikon and Canon users.



Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for Canon DSLR Cameras Volumes
1 & 2



And



Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for Nikon DSLR Cameras Volumes
1 & 2

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 28, 2007 0 comments

Phase One A/S and Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd. today announced a strategic
alliance to develop innovative, open platform-based medium format digital camera
systems and solutions for professional photographers.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 27, 2007 0 comments

We've all seen
people with their arms awkwardly extended trying to take a photo or shoot a video
and include themselves in the shot. The XShot is a telescopic rod that attaches
to any compact digitalcamera or hand-held video camera and allows photographers
and videographers to be a part of the memories they capture.



Simply connect any digital compact camera to the XShot adapter using the built-in
thumb screw and adjust to the desired angle. Engage the self-timer, extend the
XShot, aim and shoot. The XShot provides over 3 feet of reach, which is enough
extension to include as many as 5 people in a shot. This patented pending product
is made of high quality stainless steel, closes to nine inches, weighs 3.9 ounces
and neatly fits into a pocket.



One such effect is achieved with the XShot when the camera is placed in video
mode and the user spins in place 360 degrees. When played back, the video appears
three-dimensional and the subject seems to be standing still while the background
revolves.



The XShot sells for $24.95 and is available online at: www.xshotpix.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 26, 2007 0 comments

xTrain.com, which offers online video training for media, arts, and design,
announces six new course titles and classes open for immediate enrollment. Each
course is designed and produced exclusively for xTrain.com and features world-class
instructors and clearly defined learning objectives. xTrain courses and classes
educate students with professional practices and standards in their respective
industries.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2007 0 comments

Vermont PhotoInkjet has announced the immediate availability of their new color
ink formulation which replicates the color-space of EPSON's Ultrachrome
K3 inks. ConeColor inks are sold in one-liter bottles that are packaged with a
set of eco-friendly refillable cartridges. ConeColor ink shares the same pigment
technology as Piezography K7 inks that are claimed to make them extremely fade
resistant and non-damaging to EPSON print heads. The ConeColor inks do not require
any additional color management, and can be used with existing ICC profiles.

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