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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2005 0 comments

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced Adobe Photoshop CS2. Available as a stand-alone
software application or as a key component of Adobe Creative Suite2, Photoshop
CS2 integrates a new set of intuitive tools, including an enhanced Spot Healing
Brush, for handling common photographic problems such as blemishes, red-eye, noise,
blurring and lens distortion. Smart Objects allow users to scale and transform
images and vector illustrations without losing image quality -- as well as
create linked duplicates of embedded graphics -- so that a single edit updates
across multiple iterations. Other new tools include Vanishing Point and Image
Warping. Vanishing Point cuts tedious graphic and photo retouching tasks by allowing
users to clone, paint and transform image objects while retaining visual perspective.
Reinventing workflows such as product packaging development, Image Warping makes
it easy to fold, stretch, pull, twist and wrap an image into shape by selecting
an on-demand preset or dragging custom control points.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2005 0 comments

Set to take place June 1 through August 31, 2005, the Turks and Caicos underwater
photographic competition will give scuba divers, free-divers and snorkelers
the chance to win exciting prizes based on their underwater photographic skills,
according to Lindsey Musgrove, director of tourism for the Turks and Caicos
Tourist Board.



"The waters off the coast of Turks and Caicos are some of the most undiscovered
in the Caribbean, and perfect for underwater adventurers and photographers of
all skill levels," said Musgrove. "We are home to one of the largest
coral reef systems in the world, creating an aquatic ecosystem full of eagle
rays, black coral, sea turtles, reef and nurse sharks, grouper and barracuda."




With over 40 islands to discover, the Turks and Caicos has a variety of unique
dive sites. Providenciales features fabulous coral gardens and sand ribbons.
Grand Turk and Salt Cay feature distinctive wall diving, an incredible fish
population, and countless manta rays in the summer. With a starfish-scattered
white sand bottom, West Caicos is best known for its famous sponge formations.
During the months of July and August, French Cay is frequented by mating nurse
sharks, between December and March hundreds of migrating humpback whales call
the waters of the Turks and Caicos home.



The competition will award prizes in two categories: Amateur and Professional
Photographers. Individuals participating in the competition can submit their
entries to any participating dive shop or the Tourist Board offices. All entries
will be evaluated by an expert team of judges and must be received by August
31. Participants are encouraged to submit entries prior to departing the Islands
to ensure authenticity.



To receive more information on travel or learn more about diving and photography
in the Turks and Caicos Islands, visit the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist
Board Web site at www.turksandcaicostourism.com
or call 1-800-241-0824.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 14, 2005 0 comments

Sekonic and X-Rite have announced the release of the Sekonic X-Rite Digital
Suite. Combining the latest light metering technology from Sekonic with the
precision monitor calibration of the MonacoOPTIXXR, digital photographers can
be assured the images are captured and evaluated properly.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2005 0 comments

Tamarkin Photographica will hold its seventeenth rare camera auction in New
York City on June 3, 2005. There will be over 250 lots of rare and unusual photo
gear including a 1000mm Nikkor f6,3 for the Nikon rangefinder that will have
an estimate of over $45,000, a chrome Leica MP, Leica A Elmax, Leica 250 GG,
a beautiful black Nikon S3, and an exceedingly rare black Nikkor J camera.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 12, 2005 0 comments

Sekonic has announced the new Sekonic L-308S FlashMate, which offers all of the
features of the popular Sekonic L-308BII with a digital twist. Sekonic redesigned
the popular L-308BII to accommodate the demand for an affordable, lightweight,
digital-ready light meter. The new L-308S offers the latest in component technology
and precise calibration for accurate digital exposures. Software enhancements
now offer the photographer a choice of full, 1/2 or 1/3 f/stop increments to complement
digital camera displays.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2005 0 comments

Maha Energy Corp., maker of PowerEx brand batteries and chargers, has announced
an Ultra High Capacity rated addition to its NiMH battery product line, the
PowerEx 2500mAh AA batteries. These batteries can be recharged hundreds of times
with no memory effect. Memory free operation means PowerEx batteries may be
charged anytime without having to drain them all the way first, saving time
without compromising performance. PowerEx batteries are also said to recycle
flash in half the time compared to fresh alkaline batteries.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 08, 2005 0 comments

Send us your best, most creative "rebel" digital photo in one of these
categories:

family, sports, portrait, outdoor, or travel. Break the rules - send in the shots
you normally wouldn't think to take.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 08, 2005 0 comments

Eastman Kodak Company has expanded its image sensor portfolio for medium-format
camera manufacturers with announcement of the KODAK KAF-18000CE, a new 18 million
pixel image sensor. This sensor has been selected by Pentax Corporation for
use in the PENTAX 645 Digital camera now being developed. With 18.6 million
total pixels, the sensor provides an output resolution of 18 megapixels to capture
images with exceptional clarity and detail. New to the KAF-18000CE is a dual-output
architecture that enables faster sensor read-out times, allowing camera designers
to achieve increased frame rates in their final camera designs. With this unique
combination of image quality and speed, the KAF-18000CE is said to provide manufacturers
with an affordable image sensor that is ideal for landscape, fashion, or wedding
photography.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2005 0 comments

Nikon has introduced the new ultra-slim Coolpix S1 - a 5.1-megapixel camera
featuring state-of-the-art technology like the exclusive new Face Priority AF
(Auto Focus) feature, enhanced image quality and improved speed, within a smooth,
compact design that features the line's first, bright 2.5-inch LCD screen. Nikon's
new Face Priority AF ensures that faces remain in focus when shooting portraits
by automatically sensing the presence of a human face within the frame and setting
accurate focus accordingly.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2005 0 comments

Media Street, Inc., supplier of digital imaging products, announces the launch
of MyGallery, an online and offline photo-facility to store, view, share, and
print photos at home, at studio or at the Generations Print Lab. MyGallery can
be accessed at http://mygallery.mediastreet.com.
Photographers can now import images from their digital cameras and store their
photos in MyGallery. The images can be stored, shared or printed using combination
of MediaStreet's award-winning inks and/or media. Themed slide-shows can
also be created using MediaStreet's eMotion Multimedia Digital Frames.

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