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Staff Posted: Nov 05, 2008 0 comments

Blurb, the creative publishing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books, announced a new Premium Paper offering. The 100-pound text silk-finish paper is 35% heavier than Blurb’s standard paper, and features improved opacity and superior print quality – two commonly requested upgrades from Blurb’s professional users. Premium Paper is available to all Blurb users across Blurb’s Global Print Partner Network, which supports over 60 countries with access to 80 HP Indigo presses.

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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2008 0 comments

Phase One A/S announced the immediate availability of Capture One 4 PRO, the RAW workflow software for photographers focused on transforming RAW files into the highest quality photographs.

Capture One 4 PRO has been designed to enhance the image quality of professional digital captures. It is built on a darkroom paradigm to enhance images and minimize the need for post-production. The workflow is responsive and flexible, adapting to a photographer’s needs.

Capture One 4 PRO is designed to satisfy a photographer’s specific work preference and situation. It offers freedom to create custom tool tabs with existing personal toolsets, and to work with multi monitor setups.

World leading tethered shooting is delivered by connecting a Phase One digital back or a supported DSLR camera to the computer and capturing images directly into Capture One 4 PRO.

The Styles feature has been redesigned to give photographers broader choices in exploring and creating unique looks that can be controlled and reproduced to create an exclusive signature.

An enhanced Color Editor feature permits fine-tuning of image colors with precise adjustment tools. Color adjustments can be saved as presets or as customized ICC profiles for consistent reproduction across multiple images.

A new Skin Tone tool lets photographers easily set and reproduce skin tones shot under various light conditions, even without using a gray card.

New Lens Correction tools improve image quality by compensating for undesired lens characteristics. These tools minimize chromatic aberration, purple fringing, distortion, sharpness falloff and light falloff. They permit creative effects such as image framing with a new vignetting tool.

Capture One 4 PRO supports Phase One and Mamiya medium format cameras and RAW files from a wide range of cameras including: Canon, Epson, Fuji, Konica Minolta, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and Sony. Please see http://www.phaseone.com/4 for specific models.

Phase One Capture One 4 PRO is available now in English through Phase One’s worldwide partner network (please see http://www.phaseone.com/Content/ContactUs/LocateDealer.aspx) and Phase One’s e-shop at http://www.phaseone.com/Content/EshopMenu.aspx.

Other language versions are planned for release at a future date. Capture One 4 PRO is free for registered users of Capture One PRO 3.x. Its estimated street price is $399. Recommended minimum system requirements are Macintosh OS X 10.5.5 or later, Intel® based processor, or Microsoft Windows® XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 and Windows .NET Framework v3, Intel Pentium 4® processor, 1 GB RAM and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen.  More information on product  features is available at http://www.phaseone.com/4.

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Staff Posted: Nov 03, 2008 0 comments

The Mamiya DL28 Digital Camera System offers 28 Megapixels with a large
sensor with a pixel size of 7.2 microns, producing images with
unmatched richness and color accuracy, low noise, and striking
highlight and shadow detail. Its 3.5-inch (diagonal) screen is said to be the
largest in the industry and offers a bright, high-contrast touch
screen that is ideal for outdoor or indoor work.
The DL28 marries the professionally proven Mamiya camera system to the
innovative 28 megapixel Aptus-II 6 Digital Back from Leaf - a system
capable of unrivaled performance, image quality and value. The 645AFD
III body has a new coreless motor for faster, more accurate
autofocusing and an enhanced interface system that provides total
communication between the camera, lens and digital back. The 645AFD
III and Leaf Aptus-II 6 Digital Back work as an integral unit so
you'll never miss the action.

With 16-bit capture, 12 stop dynamic range and an ISO range of 50-800,
the Mamiya DL28 is a full featured professional digital solution that
allows photographers to focus on creating the image and not worrying
about the technology. The 28 MP back provides raw files of 53Mb, and
16 bit TIFF files in excess of 159 Mb - ensuring that you'll have the
information needed for virtually any size reproduction.

Compact flash media storage makes it easy to shoot untethered on
location or in the studio. You can also use the included firewire
cable and Leaf Capture 11.2 software to shoot directly to your
computer. And the latest Leaf Capture software allows other people -
in the field or in the studio - to view your creativity on their
iPhones as you continue shooting!

The Mamiya DL28 will be available November 2008.
MAP price is $14,999.

www.mamiya.com...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

I return to Ireland each year, since my parents were born there and most of my family reside there. I try to capture the essence of this beautiful island year after year, mostly through landscape photos of Ireland’s emerald green patchwork fields, majestic mountains, and glorious scenery. One day, this window caught my eye, and to me, captured everything that Ireland appears to be: a nation...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

Tom Vogt of Fort Dodge, Iowa, is the recipient of a Canon EOS 40D D-SLR for his winning photo in the recent Shutterbug/Canon EOS Photo Contest held online at www.shutterbug.com. The contest was open to all photographers who registered at www.shutterbug.com Galleries, where members can post images at no charge for sharing and commenting. The Canon EOS 40D combines Canon’s tremendous know-how...

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Staff Posted: Nov 01, 2008 1 comments

To use an old phrase: “Far Out.” That was our reaction to this month’s Picture This! assignment, Special Effects. Readers sent us images made in camera and post-processed to change reality in unique and wonderful ways. While some readers shared their recipes some didn’t, which led us to some interesting discussions on how some of the images we received were created.

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Staff Posted: Oct 31, 2008 0 comments

onOne Software, Inc. announces the immediate availability of two upgrades to their award-winning PhotoFrame plug-in. PhotoFrame 4 Professional and Standard Editions are designed to help photographers add the perfect finishing touch to digital photos.

Now supporting Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Apple Aperture 2.1, PhotoFrame 4 helps photographers of all skill levels quickly and easily create one-of-a-kind works of art with their images. PhotoFrame 4 adds details once mastered only in the darkroom like unique edge effects, frames, borders, adornments and texture overlays. Expanding upon onOne Software’s award-winning plug-in for Adobe Photoshop software, PhotoFrame 4 delivers hundreds of new frames, including exclusive content from professional wedding photographers Kevin Kubota and Vicki Taufer, that today's digital photographers are demanding for their professional and personal work.

PhotoFrame 4 also includes a new easy-to-use frame library with new library management options, updated user-interface, cutting-edge new content, new output options for added user control, and more.

New Features in PhotoFrame 4
New Frame Library – The new Library window in PhotoFrame 4 lets users easily search, browse and preview frames, backgrounds, textures and adornments on their image in real time. Users can immediately see just what each frame selection will look like with their image. A new streamlined light table style view allows users to search and sort frames quickly. With the improved preview quality users can zoom in and choose the best frame for every photo.

New Library Management Options New in PhotoFrame 4 is the ability to change the location of the frame library. Photographers can choose the drive and location and even automatically relocate the library later if needed. In addition, photographers who create and add their own frames can have them automatically added to the PhotoFrame 4 Library making them easier to find in the future.

New & Optimized Content – New cutting-edge content has been added to onOne Software's PhotoFrame 4 allowing photographers to add an exciting and modern look to their photos and albums. The new content includes more realistic film edges along with new texture overlays, backgrounds and adornments. Additionally, the frame content in PhotoFrame 4 has been completely re-mastered providing photographers with a higher quality preview when choosing the best frame for their photo.

New Output Options – The new options palette allows photographers to control how the frames are applied to their photo. Frames, overlays and adornments can be added to the current layer, or a new layer. In addition, frames can be rendered to their own layer allowing for further adjustments or editing in Adobe Photoshop software. Frames from PhotoFrame 4 can even be applied as a layer mask allowing photographers to selectively blend multiple layers together. The output quality of frames in PhotoFrame 4 has been improved for large images and the on-screen preview even displays the layer options just like they will appear in Adobe Photoshop.

Integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Apple Aperture 2.1 Photographers using Lightroom 2 or Aperture 2.1 can easily access their favorite frames, overlays and adornments from within each application. Photographers can apply a preset to a single photo or an entire batch of photos. They can even open one photo to adjust the frame settings and then apply it to a selection of additional images. The integration between Lightroom 2 and PhotoFrame 4 Professional Edition requires Photoshop CS2, Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop CS4. The integration between Aperture 2.1 and PhotoFrame 4 Professional Edition does not require any additional host applications.

Resizing and Adjusting Multiple Frames PhotoFrame 4 allows photographers to mix, match and combine up to 32 frames together in layers just like in Photoshop. With PhotoFrame 4, photographers can select multiple frame layers and adjust their size, orientation, rotation angle, opacity and more in a single step. Additionally, the background image layer can now be adjusted separately to fit perfectly within the combination of edge effects being added.

Availability and Pricing
PhotoFrame 4 comes in two variations – a Professional Edition and a Standard Edition, which are available for $259.95 and $159.95 respectively direct from onOne Software and select, authorized resellers in the United States and around the world. 

The Professional Edition of PhotoFrame 4 includes all of the functionality of the Standard Edition and adds additional frame, edge and adornment content from some of the top wedding photographers and Photoshop gurus in the industry as well as support for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Apple Aperture 2.1.

Both editions of PhotoFrame 4 are immediately available for electronic download direct from onOne Software and from authorized resellers in DVD format.

http://www.ononesoftware.com

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Staff Posted: Oct 30, 2008 0 comments

Photographer’s Edge and BetterPhoto.com have partnered to create products and strategies to assist photographers in improving their skills and displaying and reselling their work in the form of high quality Keepsake Greeting Cards.

BetterPhoto.com offers interactive online photography classes instructed by their own staff of talented pro photographers. BetterPhoto.com will create specific ideas and skills in a program on how to generate “Good to Great” photos that will result in “Good to Great” Keepsake Photo Greeting Cards that could be used to enter the $8 billion Greeting Card marketplace.  They are also creating a “BetterPhoto Pro” website to include a Photographer’s Edge Greeting Card storefront option.  This enables virtually anyone to have a professional marketing site to easily post images online.

Photographer’s Edge, manufacturer of the patented do-it –yourself Keepsake Photo Greeting Card Frame, offers an extensive line of products from Holiday Cards, Occasion Cards, Event Cards and Friendship Cards to their best selling Border Cards which can be used for Nature, Portrait or any other creative photography.  All card and calendar products are environmentally friendly made from recycled stock and printed with soy-based inks.  Customers easily create their own high quality personalized greeting cards for personal use or to resell at art shows, photo shows, tourist areas or on their website. This partnership will enable many talented photographers and photo-enthusiasts to benefit by learning new photo and marketing skills and turning their hobby into a year round business.

For more information, please visit www.PhotographersEdge.com and www.BetterPhoto.com

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Staff Posted: Oct 29, 2008 0 comments

Olympus Imaging Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, and Sigma Corporation have joined forces to launch an online firmware update service that will enable users to easily update the firmware in interchangeable DSLR lenses compliant with the Four Thirds System Standard, even when the camera and lens are not made by the same manufacturer. Scheduled to start on October 15, 2008, this new joint service is the first of its kind in the industry.

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Staff Posted: Oct 28, 2008 0 comments

EZPnP has developed its first portable memory card backup device with photo viewing capability. The new EZDigiMagic model DM220-P08 allows users to burn files directly from memory cards to CD or DVD discs.  Additionally, its 2” color TFT screen can preview images from either the memory card or the backup disc—all without using a computer.  The preview function also offers both multiple-image and single-image viewing, while providing zoom-in, zoom-out, and scrolling options for each photo that’s displayed.

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