December 26, 2006

January Table Of ContentsIn This eNewsletter:
How-To - Desaturation: A Simple but Powerful Image Adjustment Tool
Industry Perspective - Reinventing The Lens
What's New This Month - Kingston, Realviz, ATP, Tamron, and more!
Test Report - A Sinar Bron Studio Setup
Vote! - How do you share your images with family and friends
Workshops & Contests - Learn and Show
Shutterbug Forums - Your Photo & Digital Imaging Source

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Desaturation: A Simple but Powerful Image Adjustment Tool
by George Schaub

Digital images are composed of three channels—red, green and blue. Colors in digital photography have a number of identifying characteristics, each of which is changeable. One of those is the degree of color saturation of each hue, whether that be a specific color, a set of like colors or the entire image. The ability given by most image editing programs to control color allows you to use one of the simplest image changes to make a radical difference in your work. In this special web how-to we’ll look at how to use Desaturation, or the lowering of color vividness using simple adjustments, as well as one advanced technique using Layers and Layer Masks.
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Reinventing The Lens
by Ron Leach, Publisher

Innovation in the photographic industry has traditionally taken place at the high end of the market. Manufacturers typically invest in research and development to perfect new technologies that are unveiled in pro-oriented products before “filtering down” to cameras and accessories targeted at the hobbyist and the general consumer. That was certainly the case in the silver-halide era, and is still true in today’s digital world, although there are increasingly exceptions to be found. One example of mass-market products leading the way is the recent trend for camera companies to introduce point-and-and-shoot digicams with higher resolution that some of the more advanced digital SLRs in their product line.
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Kingston Award-Winning Documentary Photographer Colin Finlay Shares Techniques To Master Available Lighting
Kingston recognizes the importance of educating and informing photographers of all levels and is proud to offer its Icons of Photography.

REALVIZ Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 DS Includes 2-Shot Fisheye Stitching
REALVIZ is pleased to announce the availability of Stitcher Unlimited 5.5 DS ("Double Shot"), which offers the ability to automatically stitch 2-shot fisheye photos.

ATP Class-6 ProMax SDHC 4GB Memory Card
ATP Electronics Inc. has announced the release of a Class 6 ProMax SD High Capacity SDHC 4GB memory card.

Tamron's Pro Learning Center Puts How-To Videos On Your iPod
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a how-to video must be as good as a book, especially if it compresses the knowledge contained in a 45-minute lecture into a concise, well-focused, viewer-friendly 4-minute format you can download to your iPod or computer and view again and again.

liveBooks 5.0 Portfolio Website
The new liveBooks 5.0 software builds on the intuitive navigation and professional aesthetic of its predecessor by adding new navigation options, website styling options, and features such as: slideshow movies, HTML gallery presentations, music upload, integration with other web services, and a robust shopping cart for selling prints.

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A Sinar Bron Studio Setup
by Ron Eggers

For some shooting situations requiring artificial light, smaller systems are sufficient. But there are times when heavy-duty lighting gear is required. That’s when it may be time to take a look at equipment from a company like Broncolor, which is distributed in the US by Sinar Bron. They recently loaned us a complete single-light studio setup and a separate Ringflash, with its own power pack, for review. The studio setup consisted of the Minicom 40 self-contained strobe head, the Umbrella Para 170 FB, and the Senior stand. The Ringflash was powered by a Topas A2 power pack. The individual components were tested to make sure they were working before everything was put together. Everything worked right out of the box.
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Some cameras are becoming more like multimedia devices, with wireless sending now become part of even point and shoot digital cameras. Does having extra "connectivity" options make it more likely that you would choose one camera model over another?
Please comment briefly on how you share your images with family, friends and associates.

Legion Paper Legion Paper Photo Contest
Send us your entries in the following categories – Portraits, Nature or Still Life, for the opportunity to win one of the great prizes listed and have your work published in Shutterbug magazine. Contest runs from October 2006 through February 1, 2007.

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

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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

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