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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 21, 2008 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe Photoshop Express
public beta, a free Rich Internet Application (RIA) available to anyone who
wants to store, sort and show off digital photos with eye-catching effects.
During the public beta period, Adobe will solicit Photoshop Express user feedback
on product features and functionality, which will continue to evolve over time.
As the newest addition to the Photoshop family line, Photoshop Express has taken
much of Adobe's best image editing technology and made it simple and accessible
to a new online audience.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 20, 2008 0 comments

Freestyle Photographic Supplies and The Creative Center for Photography are
proud to announce the opening of an exclusive group show: emerging (I) 3.



The diverse images in this show represent the keen eye and emerging vision of
a talented new generation of photographers. emerging (I) 3 opens with an artist
reception Thursday, April 24th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The exhibition runs through
June 25, 2008.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 19, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software, Inc. and Vertus announced a new software bundle which offers photographers
and creative professionals superior solutions for image extractions and creative
enhancements. By combining the features and capabilities of Color Efex Pro 3.0
Complete Edition from Nik Software and Vertus' Fluid Mask 3, the leading
tools in their respective categories, photographers, graphic designers, and image
editors receive increased creative flexibility at a significant cost savings.



Available on both companies' websites as electronic download files, the
products are being offered together at $429.95, representing a savings of $110,
or 20%. The bundle offer is good through June 1, 2008. In addition, current Color
Efex Pro 3.0 owners can get Fluid Mask 3 directly from Nik Software at a 15% discount.
For download and discount information please visit www.niksoftware.com/vertus
or www.vertustech.com/bundles/nik.htm



About Color Efex Pro 3.0

Color Efex Pro 3.0 from Nik Software are the leading photographic filters for
digital photography, widely used by many of today's professional photographers
around the world to save time and get professional level results. The Complete
Edition contains fifty-two filters and over 250 effects enabling photographers
to quickly perform high quality retouching, color correction, traditional filtering,
and endless creative enhancements to their photographs.



Using Nik Software's patented U Point® technology found within Color
Efex Pro 3.0, users are provided the ultimate control to selectively apply enhancements
without the need for any complicated selections or layer masks. Using Control
Points, users can determine where to apply any filter within Color Efex Pro selectively
to their image, further enhancing their creativity.



About Fluid Mask 3

Fluid Mask 3 offers the most powerful and accurate image extraction on the market.
The product offers a "Smart Blending" capability unique to the software,
an effective edge detection system, and intuitive workflow resources. The award
winning Fluid Mask 3 is currently available for both Windows and Mac based operating
systems, and will continue to function as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3
& Elements, while also working in stand alone mode. The program has been deployed
by image editors at the National Magazine Company, producers of such titles as
Elle, Men's Health, Glamour and Bazaar, and recently became the first image
editing program added to the Getty Images Preferred Supplier Program. The newest
version of Fluid Mask is available for download through the Vertus website at:
http://www.vertustech.com.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 16, 2008 0 comments

WD (NYSE: WDC) has introduced its My Book Studio Edition II high-performance
dual-drive storage systems, which are designed to seamlessly work with Mac computers.
Available now at select retailers and the WD online store (www.shopwd.com),
the new My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available in
capacities of 1 TB and 2 TB.



The new eco-friendly dual-drive My Book Studio Edition II external storage systems
use WD's GreenPower hard drives for power savings and cool and quiet operation.
The system's dual-drive, RAID 0 configuration and high-speed interfaces
deliver high performance for creative professionals, workgroups, small offices
and anyone looking for fast data transfer.



Formatted for Mac computers, these new storage systems feature: extra-fast performance
with four interfaces (FireWire 400/800, eSATA, USB 2.0); factory-shipped in
RAID 0 (Striped) configuration [RAID 1 (Mirrored) configurable]; cool, eco-friendly
operation with WD GreenPower drives that consume approximately one-third less
power than standard dual-drive external storage systems and efficient convection
cooling architecture and power-saving mode; designed without a fan to run quietly;
5-year limited warranty; automatic and continuous backup software; capacity
gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on the system; intelligent
drive management features, including automatic power-up, Safe Shutdown and LED
status and activity lights user serviceability, enabling owner to open the enclosure
and replace the drive inside; and elegant silver metallic finish that perfectly
complements other Mac products.



My Book Studio Edition II dual-drive storage systems are available now at select
retailers and WD's online store (www.shopwd.com).
MSRP for My Book Studio Edition II with 1 TB is $349.99 USD; MSRP for My Book
Studio Edition II with 2 TB is $599.99 USD.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 15, 2008 0 comments

Sigma
has announced a large aperture, standard prime lens with claimed superior peripheral
brightness and corrected sagittal coma flare, ideal for all digital SLR cameras.
The lens is perfectly suited for a wide range of subjects enabling outstanding,
sharply defined images against a nicely blurred background. The fast, F1.4 aperture
makes this lens desirable for use with Digital SLR cameras; it effectively becomes
an 80mm medium telephoto lens on digital cameras with APS-C size image sensors.
The optimum optical design and molded glass aspherical lens elements provide
excellent correction for all types of aberrations. The super multi-layer lens
coating reduces flare and ghosting. Superior optical performance is also ensured
throughout the focusing range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of
45cm (17.7") and has maximum magnification of 1:7.4. It creates a very
attractive blur, even when a small aperture is used. It incorporates HSM (Hyper
Sonic Motor), which ensures a quiet and high-speed AF as well as full-time manual
focus override.



www.sigmaphoto.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 14, 2008 0 comments

PhotoShelter Inc., an online destination where more than 30,000 professional and
amateur photographers find tools and opportunities for selling their work, today
announced that it will participate as a technology sponsor for the New York Photo
Awards, the official awards of the New York Photo Festival. Honoring talented
photographers from all over the world whose work breaks new ground visually, intellectually
and aesthetically, the New York Photo Awards is a celebration of outstanding achievements
in the world of contemporary photography. As part of PhotoShelter's sponsorship
of the event, the PhotoShelter Personal Archive will be used to store each photographer's
images, distribute galleries to jury members, support the process of filtering
and the ultimate selection of winning images. The Personal Archive is PhotoShelter's
solution that allows photographers to archive, organize, distribute and sell their
images online with powerful tools including slideshows, lightboxes, ecommerce
capabilities, and website customization.



The awards ceremony will take place on May 16, 2008, in the St. Ann's Theater
space in DUMBO, Brooklyn and will feature guest speakers and the presentation
of awards to sixteen category winners and thirty-two honorable mentions. The winners
will be selected by the New York Photo Festival jury, which includes PhotoShelter
Director of Photography Meagan Ziegler-Haynes among several distinguished photo
industry veterans. Winners will be publicly recognized before an audience of peers
and industry luminaries.



Founded by Daniel Power and Frank Evers, and a joint initiative of powerHouse
Books and VII Photo Agency, the New York Photo Festival will be the first international-level
photography festival based in the U.S. For the inaugural edition of this annual
event, to be held May 14 through18, 2008, a group of internationally respected
curators have been selected to deliver their personal vision of the newest and
most important trends in contemporary photography. These curators include Magnum
photographer Martin Parr, The New York Times Magazine picture editor Kathy Ryan,
Lesley A. Martin of the Aperture Foundation, and Tim Barber of tinyvices.com.
In addition to the curated pavilions, the Festival will offer visitors an extensive
range of activities that will generate dialogue and buzz among all the communities
of photo professionals, amateurs, students and aficionados of art and culture,
including seminars, portfolio reviews, slide shows, book signings, photographic
workshops, live performances and events and a gallery row. More info about the
event can be found at www.nyphotofestival.com.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 13, 2008 0 comments

Expanding on its popular portable storage offerings, WD (NYSE: WDC) introduced
its new My Passport Elite Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy
to securely carry thousands of songs, videos or photos. Weighing in at less than
5 ounces and available in capacities of 320 and 250 GB, the new My Passport Elite
drives are small enough to fit in a pocket.



Adding
to the small footprint, these drives are USB-bus powered, which eliminates the
need for an external power adapter.



Unique features of the new My Passport Elite Portable USB Drives include:



· Capacity gauge that enables users to know at-a-glance how much space is
available;

· Powerful automatic backup software lets users designate files and folders
for automatic and continuous backup;

· Synchronization software that lets users sync their changes and protect
their information with 128-bit encryption;

· Retrieve forgotten files from any MioNet-enabled PC (compatible with Windows®
only) and copy them to My Passport Elite with MioNet installed allowing users
to retrieve forgotten files from the road using the unique MioNet Key software;

· Available in four elegant, soft-touch colors: bronze, titanium, westminster
blue and cherry red;

· Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty; and,

· Plug-and-play capability with gaming consoles to make it easy to play
music and view photos and video files on a TV.



WD's My Passport Elite USB Drives are available now at select retail stores
and from WD's online store (www.shopwd.com).
MSRP for the My Passport Elite USB Drive with 250 GB capacity is $169.99 USD and
the My Passport Elite 320 GB is $199.99 USD.



www.westerndigital.com...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 12, 2008 0 comments

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



"Kingston's `Icons of Photography' continues to generate
interest from photographers worldwide who have specific questions to ask of some
of the world's most-respected photographers," said Jaja Lin, Flash
memory marketing manager, Kingston. "Providing a platform for sharing thoughts
and ideas was the impetus for creating the `Icons of Photography'
program and we're pleased to see that consumers and pros alike are utilizing
this resource to forward their own careers and creative interests," added
Lin.



Questions submitted by photographers from Malaysia, Zimbabwe, Europe and the U.S.
were addressed by Kingston's Icons including Harry Benson, Colin Finlay,
Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read Miller. The Icons offered sage advice on topics including
shooting in extreme conditions, how a publication captures events from multiple
angles and finding work as a photographer.



"It is encouraging to see how many people who really want to learn more
about photography and take their work to the next level," said Peter Read
Miller, Sports Illustrated photographer who recently photographed the Super Bowl
and is preparing for the 2008 Summer Olympics. "Consumers are looking at
their photography as a form of personal expression and that is always a good thing,"
Miller added.



In April, Kingston will publish the next round of Critique My Image. Visitors
are encouraged to submit any photographs they would like to have critiqued by
Kingston's Icons. Submissions can be made through www.Kingston.com/iop.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 09, 2008 0 comments

The latest member of the ZM lens family is the C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM. The "C"
in the title indicates another outstanding feature: rather unusual for a lens
of this performance class, its moderate speed of 1:2.8 permits an exceptionally
compact construction. The symmetrical Biogon construction with 7 lens elements
in 5 groups allows for practically distortion-free images.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 08, 2008 0 comments

Mamiya has announced a new addition to their professional line of medium format
film/digital cameras -- the Mamiya 645AFDIII.

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