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Staff  |  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...

Staff  |  Nov 01, 2008  |  0 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.

Staff  |  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...

Staff  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

Our Picture This! assignment this month was "On the Beach," images made where the land meets the sea. Readers responded with images from around the world showing a sense of color and design that the areas inspired. Quality of light, form, and line and shadow all play their parts in these locales, and images showed the grand and macro, the simple and complex, and most of...

Staff  |  Oct 01, 2008  |  0 comments

While watching the sun set over Monument Valley on the Arizona/Utah border this past January, my shadow and that of two good friends fell across this sandstone boulder. Raising my camera (I'm in the middle), I not only recorded the grandeur of Monument Valley, but also embossed our shadows forever on this print as a reminder of this trip and our friendship.
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Staff  |  Sep 22, 2008  |  0 comments

Panasonic has announced the world's first Micro Four Thirds system camera,
the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable
lens camera, weighing in at approximately 385 grams (0.85 lbs). Based on the
new Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX G1 eliminates the internal
mirror structure that defines digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, thus
reducing the size and weight by nearly half. With the mirror-less system, the
G1's flange back, which is the distance between the mount and the image
sensor, has been reduced from 40 mm -- as specified in the Four Thirds
System -- to approximately 20 mm.

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Staff  |  Mar 13, 2009  |  0 comments

onOne Software, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of PhotoTools 2 Standard and Professional Edition. PhotoTools 2 is a flexible yet powerful plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4 that utilizes the power of Photoshop Actions to provide a range of imaging tools including effects, corrections and production automation in a full-featured interface. The new features in PhotoTools 2 include:

  • An expanded range of photographic effects
  • A significantly improved effects library
  • New masking capabilities directly within PhotoTools 2
  • The ability to apply the hundreds of PhotoTools 2 effects to video files within Photoshop CS3 Extended and Photoshop CS4 Extended
  • A new Export plug-in for Lightroom 2 and Aperture 2.1 within PhotoTools 2 Professional Edition
  • Quick access to the onOne Exchange community site for downloading new effect presets

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Staff  |  Sep 25, 2009  |  0 comments

FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. has unveiled the FinePix S200EXR digital camera, its most advanced SLR-styled camera to date. Combining the pin-sharp 14.3x Fujinon optical zoom lens (30.5mm-436mm equivalent) so popular in its predecessor, the award-winning FinePix S100FS, with Fujifilm’s latest 12-MegaPixel Super CCD EXR sensor, the FinePix S200EXR is aimed at top-end camera enthusiasts looking for excellent picture quality without the hassle, bulk and expense of a D-SLR system.

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Staff  |  Oct 15, 2008  |  0 comments

Lexar Media announced that it has enhanced the performance of its Professional
line of CompactFlash (CF) memory cards to 233x, a significant speed advancement
over the line's previous speed-rating of 133x. The Lexar Professional 233x
CF memory cards are now UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) enabled and capable
of minimum-sustained read and write speeds of 35MB per second -- a considerable
improvement over the previous read and write speeds of 20MB per second. These
exceptionally fast cards are available in three popular capacities, including
2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, and deliver professional-level performance for a wider range
of digital SLR users, including professionals and photo enthusiasts seeking high-capacity
and high-speed performance. Lexar Professional 233x CF cards also greatly improve
digital imaging workflow and convenience by reducing the time needed to transfer
images from the card to the host computer. The new cards are also complemented
by the line of Lexar Professional UDMA-compatible high-speed card readers. For
more information about Lexar Professional 233x CF cards, please visit www.lexar.com.
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Staff  |  Mar 27, 2009  |  0 comments

Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced a new addition to its Rebel lineup, the EOS Rebel T1i Digital SLR camera, the first in the Rebel line to feature Full HD video capture. The new Canon Rebel T1i SLR incorporates some of the best technologies from the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II models into an entry-level juggernaut. With a 15.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and HD video capture, along with the DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, the Rebel T1i gives aspiring photographers plenty of reason to step-up to the latest and greatest model in the Rebel lineup.

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