July 31, 2007

August Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
Test Report - Nikon Capture “UPoint” Control Points
Industry Perspective - New Kodak Sensor Promises Enhanced Low-Light Performance
What's New This Month - Pentax, DxO, Corel, Hahnemuhle, and more
Commentary - Pictures as Pork Chops
Vote! - How do you keep up with the newest technology?

Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Nikon Capture “UPoint” Control Points
by George Schaub

Every software has something unique to offer. Nikon’s Capture, their optional Raw converter and processor, has a very interesting color and lightness control that is perhaps one of the most interesting and intuitive around. Dubbed UPoint, and developed by nik software, it allows you to insert various “Control Points” in the image and then work with sliders to change color and brightness. These controls allow you to pinpoint the color and shades you want the change, somewhat like a very discrete and immediate selection tool, and even move the point to various areas around the image. As you move the points you can go through some fairly wild interpretations, or make subtle changes as you see fit. And it works with TIFF and JPEG files as well as Nikon NEF files.
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ArcSoft Panorama Maker® 4 Pro seamlessly transforms any series of overlapping photos into a gorgeous panoramic image. This professional software application features several controls including automatic select, arrange and anti-ghost tools. It even lets you adjust and edit your stitched image manually if needed. Download your free trial from www.arcsoft.com.

New Kodak Sensor Promises Enhanced Low-Light Performance
By Ron Leach, Publisher

Kodak recently announced what they call a “groundbreaking image sensor technology” that promises a 2x–4x increase in light sensitivity (from one to two stops), resulting in significantly improved images taken under low-light conditions. Experts at Kodak say that this technology is appropriate for both CCD and CMOS sensors and could find itself in digital still cameras, camera phones and other imaging instruments for scientific and industrial applications.
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See on your prints what you see on your screen.
EIZO’s ColorEdge CE210W LCD monitor offers accurate and reliable color matching with your printouts. Featuring quick and simple 10-bit hardware calibration, Shutterbug calls this monitor a “no compromise solution for doing digital photography.”


Pentax Introduces Optio E40 And Ultra-Slim Optio M40
Pentax Imaging Company has announced two new lightweight, affordable compact digital camera models – the Pentax Optio M40 and the Pentax Optio E40.

New DxO Optics Pro v4.5 Features Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Plug-in, Direct to Flickr Export, Automatic Cropping and Significant Speed Gains
DxO Labs has announced the immediate availability of the new version of its flagship product.

Corel Painter X Update and New Learning Resources Now Available
Corel Corporation has announced that the company has released Corel Painter X v10.1, a free update to its Natural-Media painting and illustration software.

Genuine Fine Art Baryta Papers from Hahnemuhle
Hahnemuhle FineArt announces the launch of digital Fine Art Baryta paper for Autumn 2007.

Freestyle Announces Crystal Apple Award Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement in Black and White Photography
Freestyle's goal in changing the eligibility of this award is to provide greater support for students working in traditional black and white silver imaging processes.

Wireless MemoryFrame
Digital Spectrum Solutions Inc. has announced its new wireless MemoryFrame 8104 Premium.

Xrite Photo

|| Picture Perfect Color || This color management seminar will teach you how to make your prints match your monitor, how to understand ICC profiles, how to use them, and how to get the best possible results in your digital darkroom. Nationwide tour, coming to a city near you! www.xritephoto.com/ppc

Pictures as Pork Chops
by George Schaub

The head for this column comes from a statement by Bob Schwalberg, the irascible senior editor of Pop Photo from back in the eighties who, when describing the state of affairs for pros selling stock, told me, “Pictures are not pork chops to be sold by the pound.” He was not deriding photographer for selling their images, or paying the rent with their camera, but the way in which pictures, and photographers, were being treated by buyers. He was saying that images were created with heart and soul, yet once they landed in the market that they, and the photographers who created them, were treated as just one more commodity. Judging from the state of stock sales today good old Schwalberg must be spinning in his grave.
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Waiting on Material for NY Institute (Eileen)

There are numerous options for learning about photography these days, including workshops, college courses, online courses and self-learning through books and articles. How do you keep up with the newest technology, techniques and tools?
Please comment briefly on how you continue to educate yourself on all the changes occuring in photography.

Exhibition - Freestyle and the Creative Center for Photography
Freestyle Photographic Supplies is proud to announce a premiere black and white photographic exhibition: “Three Generations of Weston Photography”. This exhibit runs from September 20 until December 3rd, 2007 at the gallery of the Creative Center for Photography in Hollywood, California.

Digital Panoramic Photography weekend workshop with Howard Millard
Today, it’s easier than ever to make stunning panoramic photos using even a basic digital camera. You simply take a series of overlapping shots, then stitch them together with software.

The Artistry Corel Painter Retreat
Karen Sperling, who just celebrated the debut of her abstract art in an art gallery in New York's prestigious Chelsea section, has announced two new Artistry Retreats and Artistry GARTEL Marketing Seminars in August, 2007.

Hawk Mountain Paper 2007 Inkjet Print Contest
Hawk Mountain Papers holds a print contest every year, encouraging inkjet printers from all over the world to submit their best inkjet prints on Hawk Mountain paper.

Panasonic Lumix To Launch Digital Photo Academy
Panasonic LUMIX will launch the Digital Photo Academy, a series of workshops for all digital camera owners who want to maximize their cameras’ features and create more rewarding and enjoyable photo experiences.

Tamron Announces "Make You Mark" Photo Contest For Tamron Lens Users
The company is looking for images from photo enthusiasts that creatively capture a natural or manmade landmark.

LiveBooks Teaches National Geographic All Roads
LiveBooks, Inc. continues to support emerging, talented photojournalists with its sponsorship of National Geographic’s “All Roads Photography Project” by providing the winners of this year’s international competition with a hands-on workshop about web marketing best practices and their own liveBooks personalized website.

Digital Photography Workshops - Understanding Digital Photography
The mastery of digital imaging concepts and technology is essential for anyone working within the photographic arts today.

Anchell Photography Workshops
Steve Anchell is a contributing writer to Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines. He is also the author of The Darkroom Cookbook and is working on a companion title, The Digital Cookbook. He has been teaching photography since 1979. For more information visit his website at www.anchellworkshops.com.

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