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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 02, 2005 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to use Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2 to awaken the artist that
lies within? Now you can, with professional photographer, Photoshop instructor
and author Rick Sammon guiding you along the way with his personal, hands-on
lessons.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

Singular Focus

This photo was taken one late afternoon in Port Ludlow, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The day was overcast, gloomy, and colorless, until the sun finally peeked through leaden skies. The colors of the kayaks looked particularly bright, in contrast to the gray surroundings. It appeared as though the sun was focusing on the only...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2005 Published: Jun 01, 2005 0 comments

Manufacturers And Distributors

Manufacturers And Distributors

AgfaPhoto USA Corp.
100 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
(800) 243-2652
(201) 440-2500

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

Every color has an association, and each of us reacts to hues and their shadings in different ways. This month's Picture This! assignment was Blue Moods, and readers sent us in an amazing set of images that conveyed the range of emotions this most evocative color creates. While many relied on the cold side of this color in winter scenes, others found their blue mood in the...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

We welcome your comments on articles, photo and digital events, feedback on how we're doing, constructive criticism, and friendly advice. We reserve the right to edit for brevity and to paraphrase longer comments if necessary. You can send us letters by US mail at Editor, News & Notes, Shutterbug Magazine, 1419 Chaffee Dr., Suite #1, Titusville, FL 32780, or by e-mail...

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 29, 2005 0 comments

Incorporating
upgrades based on user feedback and advancement in technologies, Nikon (www.nikondigital.com)
today introduced the D70s 6.1-effective megapixel digital SLR camera. The D70s
builds on the success of the D70, with multiple internal and external refinements
including an improved autofocus system, larger LCD monitor, the addition of
a remote cord port, new graphic user interface, among several other enhancements.
The Nikon D70s has a DX format 6.1-effective megapixel CCD sensor and an improved
autofocus system delivers enhanced performance, especially in Dynamic area AF
and Dynamic area AF with closest subject priority modes. This combined with
Nikon's unique Dynamic Buffer technology (that allows the camera to continuously
take up to 144 pictures at a speed of three pictures per second) makes the D70s
even more responsive and when photographing fast moving subjects.



The D70s incorporates a host of new enhancements and refinements internally
and externally, in addition to all of the advanced features and innovations
found in the D70:

· A refined 5-area autofocus system now has an all-area search priority
to go along with the camera's single area, dynamic area, and close subject
priorities, improving the camera's ability to acquire focus on fast moving
subjects within the frame.

· The camera now boasts a larger 2.0" LCD monitor, making it easier
for users to review images and access menus.

· A new remote port for the MC-DC1 electronic cable release (optional)
allows users to trigger the camera and hold the shutter open via an electronic
cable release

· A built-in Speedlight with a wider angle of coverage, supports 18mm
lenses.

· A new easier-to-read menu design in the D70s uses color-coded menus,
and a larger type-face.

· A higher capacity EN-EL3a battery offers users more pictures per charge.
The EN-EL3a battery comes with a new, smaller MH-18a battery charger. Both the
new battery and charger are included with the D70s.

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2005 0 comments

Nikon
has introduced the D50 digital SLR camera, the smallest, lightest and easiest-to-use
Nikon digital SLR camera to date. The D50 is said to be designed for the broadest
range of consumers including family memory-keepers as well as photo enthusiasts.




Pricing is $899 (for the D50 outfit with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED lens), The camera features seven Digital Vari-Program modes including the
new "Child" mode. The D50's "Child" mode automatically
adjusts several of the camera's settings, including ISO, shutter speeds,
and white balance, to produce optimized images when taking pictures of children.
The D50 also includes a full range of manual controls and custom settings, so
users can grow with the camera, and advanced photo enthusiasts can find themselves
right at home with a D50 in their hands.



The D50, a 6.1 effective megapixel camera, incorporates several important new
Nikon technologies, including the new 3D Color Matrix Metering II, said to ensure
accurate exposure control in all types of lighting situations by automatically
comparing input from its frame-wide 420-pixel metering sensor for each scene
to a large onboard database of over 30,000 scenes from actual photography. Shutter
speed choices in the D50 extend from 30 seconds to 1/4,000 second. A high-speed
flash sync speed goes up to up to 1/500 second. The D50 is said to be ready
to shoot in an imperceptible 0.2 seconds. The shutter responds almost instantly
when a picture is taken, thereby minimizing `shutter-lag'. Continuous
shooting at 2.5 pictures per second* can be maintained for a burst of up to
137 pictures. Pictures taken are instantly processed and recorded to a compact
SD (Secure Digital) memory card, and a new USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface supports
faster transfer of images when connected to a computer.



Newly designed plain-language menus are displayed clearly on the large 2.0-inch
LCD screen, and intuitive help menus are available for on-the-spot reference.
A high capacity rechargeable lithium-ion battery helps extend mobility and convenience
by delivering the power to shoot up to 2,000 images on a single charge. The
D50 also offers seamless compatibility with Nikon's extensive family of over
50 high-performance AF Nikkor lenses.



The Nikon D50 outfit, including the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED lens, will be available in June for an estimated selling price of $899.95.



www.nikonusa.com

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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 26, 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 25, 2005 0 comments

nik multimedia, Inc. has announced nik Sharpener Pro 2.0, the upgrade to the popular nik Sharpener Pro software. nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 is said to provide the easiest way for photographers and digital artists to optimally sharpen their digital images and achieve the best possible detail in their final prints. As a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and other image editing applications, nik Sharpener Pro 2.0 new features include 16-bit compatibility for sharpening 16-bit images, a larger preview area to allow users to see how the sharpening alters their images, and new tools offering more control of where sharpening is applied to the image.
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Shutterbug Staff Posted: Apr 25, 2005 0 comments

Sigma Corporation has announced the launch of the new 50-500 F4-6.3 EX DG/HSM lens. This high zoom ratio lens is optimized for digital SLR cameras and capable of covering a wide range of focal lengths from 50mm standard to 500mm ultra telephoto. This ultra-zoom lens employs a seven-group zoom system, which provides a high zoom magnification of 10x. Triple-cam Rear Focusing System ensures high precision throughout the whole focus range. The new lens coating reduces flare and ghost, which is a common problem of digital cameras and also creates an optimum color balance. This lens uses four pieces of SLD (the special low dispersion) glass for excellent correction of color aberration. A zoom lock switch eliminates 'zoom creep' during transportation, a convenient addition when traveling. The HSM Hyper Sonic Motor models provide quiet high-speed AF function, as well as full-time manual focus capability., The rear focus mechanism produces a non-rotating front lens element which accepts a bayonet "Petal-type Hood", which prevents extraneous light from degrading the image quality. By adding an APO teleconverter (sold separately), you can use this lens as a 140-700mm f/7.3-8.8 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a 1.4X EX teleconverter, or as a 200-1000mm F10.4-12.6 MF ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a 2X teleconverter. Teleconverters can be used in 100mm – 500mm focal length range.

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