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December 2006 News  
Photographer Gerd Ludwig on Russia, digital, shooting for the Geographic
PhotographyBLOG has published an interesting feature on photographer Gerd Ludwig. Ludwig discusses working for National Geographic, making the transition to digital and covering Russia over several decades.
December 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Light Crafts releases LightZone 2.0.5 update
Light Crafts has released LightZone 2.0.5 for Windows and Mac, a bug-fix update to its Zone System-based image editing and RAW conversion software.
December 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Delkin announces SensorScope sensor inspection device
Delkin today has announced SensorScope, a device comprised of a 5X magnification lens and an array of four LEDs that enables the inspection of a digital SLR sensor. It's designed to properly fit both Nikon and Canon lens mounts. We had a peek at a prototype earlier this fall, and it did make it a snap to spot errant dust atop a camera's sensor cover glass.
December 20, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Digital Outback Photo publishes several interesting articles
The Digital Outback Photo website has published several interesting articles in the past few days, including a report on the Leica M8 by Magnum member Thomas Hoepker and a first look at the HP Designjet Z3100 by Uwe Steinmueller.
December 20, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Large CF, SDHC support in trio of Canon firmware updates
Canon has released firmware updates for the EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS-1D Mark II N that enable these camera models to properly recognize the capacity of CompactFlash cards larger than 8GB, as well as accept SD cards that adhere to the SDHC specification.
December 20, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Using Zoomify to display big pictures on the Web
One of the secondary features in the Photoshop CS3 beta that's of interest to us is the new Zoomify exporter, because it makes light work of presenting high-resolution photos in a web browser.
December 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Astronaut loses camera during spacewalk
In a move that will be familiar to anyone who's ever lost track of their camera for a moment, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, whether through equipment failure or momentary distraction, didn't get her digital SLR properly clipped to her spacesuit during a 7-hour spacewalk on Saturday. Without gravity to corral it, the camera was soon a fugitive, and the amusing video clip inevitably made it to YouTube.
December 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
How to make blink-free holiday photos
A LiveScience article reports that an Australian physicist has calculated the number of photos of a group that need to be taken to ensure at least one frame that's free of a blinking.
December 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Bruce Fraser, 1954-2006
Popular colour expert Bruce Fraser passed away on the weekend at age 52. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues at PixelGenius.
December 19, 2006 | FULL STORY 
PictureCode releases second beta of Noise Ninja plug-in for Intel Macs
PictureCode has released a second beta of the Noise Ninja plug-in for Photoshop CS3 on Intel Macs.
December 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Noise Ninja plug-in beta for Intel Macs released
PictureCode has released a beta of the Noise Ninja noise reduction plug-in that's compatible with the Photoshop CS3 beta on Intel Macs.
December 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
The Photoshop CS3 beta by the numbers
Is the Photoshop CS3 beta a lot faster than Photoshop CS2 on an Intel Mac? You bet. Our early tests on a Mac Pro desktop show a massive speed increase, especially when running processor-intensive filters like Smart Sharpen. Read on for a glimpse at how much quicker Photoshop work gets done with the CS3 beta.
December 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photoshop CS3 beta now available for download
Adobe's running a little ahead of schedule: the Photoshop CS3 beta originally scheduled for release tomorrow is now available from the Adobe Labs website.
December 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photoshop CS3 to be released as public beta tomorrow
The elves at Adobe are busy today preparing an early Christmas present for users of Photoshop CS2: a sneak peek at the next version of Photoshop. Starting tomorrow, the company will make available for download both Windows and Mac versions of Photoshop CS3 in public beta form, to give Intel-based Mac owners a version of Photoshop that will run at native speed, and to give those on either computing platform a chance to see first-hand the new features in Adobe's flagship image editor.
December 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Author, colour expert Bruce Fraser gravely ill
We're deeply saddened to learn that colour management expert and author Bruce Fraser is gravely ill, after battling lung cancer for several months.
December 13, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Reuters, Canon, and Adobe collaborating on image authentication system
Tom Glocer, chief executive officer of Reuters, has announced that his wire service is working with Canon and Adobe to create a system that will allow photo editors to view an audit trail of changes made to a digital image. The record of editing changes will be permanently embedded in the image file itself.
December 13, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Digital photography guides from Adobe
In a recent posting on his blog, Adobe's John Nack has published a list of guides to various aspects of professional digital photography that the company has recently produced and made freely available. Among the topics covered are color management, RAW workflow, prepping images for offset printing, and black-and-white conversion.
December 12, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sites we like: Dan Heller's Photography Business Blog
Dan Heller's Photography Business Blog is for those of us in the photography business who spend most of our time on "photography" and very little time on the "business."
December 12, 2006 | FULL STORY 
ProfileMaker suite updated to v5.0.8
X-Rite has updated its ProfileMaker suite to v5.0.8. The only listed change in both the Windows and Mac versions is support for the Eye-One iSis automated chart reader.
December 12, 2006 | FULL STORY 
X-Rite offers 50% discount on trio of colour management applications tomorrow
If you've been contemplating a purchase of a high-end colour management package, tomorrow might be the day to splurge. On December 13th, X-Rite dealers will be selling ProfileMaker 5 Publish Plus, ProfileMaker 5 Photostudio and MonacoPROFILER Platinum at 50% off the manufacturer's suggested list price.
December 12, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Apple releases Aperture 1.5.2
Apple today has released Aperture 1.5.2 for Mac, an update to its flagship photo management and RAW conversion application.
December 11, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Professional photojournalism an endangered species?
Two recent stories have set some tongues to wagging on the possible impact of "citizen photojournalism" on professional news photography: Technology writer Dan Gillmor has published a short essay called "The Demise of the Professional Photojournalist" and Yahoo and Reuters have announced a partnership to distribute and publish still pictures and video shot by amateurs.
December 7, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Magnum posts tribute to photojournalist Leonard Freed
Documentary photojournalist and longtime Magnum member Leonard Freed died this past November 29th, and Magnum in Motion has posted a tribute to him that includes about 90 of his excellent pictures taken over five decades.
December 7, 2006 | FULL STORY 
ACR Version Control for Windows available
Ben Long has created a Windows version of ACR Version Control, a free set of mini-applications that enable users of Photoshop CS2's Camera Raw plug-in to create and manage up to 99 different sets of processing instructions for the same RAW file. The Mac version of ACR Version Control - a set of AppleScripts that perform the same tasks - was released earlier this year.
December 7, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro to ship in February 2007 for US$1999
The FinePix S5 Pro, first announced by Fujifilm back in September, is now slated to ship in February 2007 at a price of US$1999 in the U.S. The announcement is for the U.S. market only, though it's likely that the camera will emerge in other regions at about the same time.
December 7, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Ezybox Hotshoe, HiLite Background beginning to ship
Lastolite has begun to ship two of the items it unveiled at Photokina 2006. Initial shipments of the Ezybox Hotshoe, as well as both sizes of the HiLite Background, have already left Lastolite for global distribution, says Gary Astill, Product Development Manager for the company.
December 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L now shipping in the USA
Since late last week, we've been receiving a small but steady stream of emails that the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L is now shipping to dealers. All who've written in to let us know have been in the USA, though it may be landing at dealers in other regions as well.
December 5, 2006 | FULL STORY 
EOS Utility 1.1.1 for Mac released; update for WFT-E1/E1A Utility for Mac coming
Canon has recently released an update for the Mac version of EOS Utility that brings the remote control and camera configuration application to v1.1.1. Changed is the tethered shooting behaviour with Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 2.2: now, when a burst of pictures is taken, DPP will automatically display in its Edit Image window only the last picture in the burst, rather than each frame in the burst in succession, as before. Canon is also working on an update to WFT-E1/E1A Utility 2.0 for Mac that will fix an incompatibility with Intel-based Macs.
December 5, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photojournalism project presented using flip-book style
Iraqi Kurdistan, a project featuring the work of photojournalist Ed Kashi, is presented flip-book style in which digital photos are displayed in rapid succession to create a moving-picture effect. The effect, which we're not immediately sure we like, first appeared at MSNBC last month but is now available for viewing at higher resolution on the MediaStorm website.
December 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Lowepro adds SlingShot 300 AW to its line of sling bags
Lowepro has recently announced the SlingShot 300 AW, the third model in its SlingShot line of sling-style camera bags. The 300 AW is the largest of the lineup and is designed to carry a pro SLR body (or two) with five or six lenses, plus accessories.
December 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
iView MediaPro to become Microsoft Expression Media in 2007
The next major revision of iView MediaPro will be dubbed Expression Media, will be available for both Windows and Mac, and will be part of Microsoft's emerging suite of Expression Studio design applications. Expression Media is expected to ship in the spring of 2007 and will be a free, downloadable upgrade for licensed users of MediaPro v3.x. Tech support for MediaPro will be wound up at about the time of Expression Media's release. A new license of Expression Media will be US$299.
December 4, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Think Tank Photo now shipping innovative rotation360
Think Tank Photo is now shipping the latest edition to their line of camera bags for working photographers. Called the rotation360, the new backpack incorporates an innovative beltpack that can be slid to the front for easy access to lenses, flashes, filters, memory cards and other accessories, then slid back around and secured into place at the base of the backpack, all without removing the pack from your back. And thanks to the clever design of the rotation360, you don't need to be a Cirque du Soleil contortionist to make it work.
December 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
  XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (View)
  LPA Design announces PocketWizard Plus III transceiver (View)
  Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor (View)
  Review: Delock Card Reader FireWire B (Nr. 91694) (View)
  Review: Lexar 1000X blazes to 129MB/s read speed, best-in-class write speeds (View)
  Q&A with Nikon D4 engineer Toshiaki Akagi (View)
  Larger sensor at the heart of 14.20 million image pixel Canon Powershot G1 X (View)
  Nikon announces 16.16 million image pixel, 10fps D4 digital SLR (View)
  First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 (View)
  Review: Nikon Speedlight SB-910 (View)
  Feature: Stephen Mallon shoots a bridge's journey (View)
  Feature: Wildlife shooter Scott Linstead captures slices of time (View)
  Tip: Alternate mounting options for the Vagabond Mini Lithium (View)
  Review: Nikon's J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses (View)
  Canon announces 17.92 million image pixel EOS-1D X (View)
  Feature: William B. Plowman goes underground (View)
  Feature: Joel Hawksley starts a photography career (View)
  Review: the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (View)
  Feature: impressions of the Apple iPad 2 (View)
  Review: M.I.C. CF Card Reader for iPad and iPad 2 (View)
  Feature: the quiet, lovely photographs of Joseph O. Holmes (View)
  Photosmith iPad app now available (View)
  Eye-Fi Direct Mode for X2 SDHC cards rolling out today (update 2) (View)
  Feature: Carl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (View)
  Feature: Robert Seale on photographing Evan Longoria for Sports Illustrated (View)
  Feature: Crisp light, great moments typify the wedding photography of Cliff Mautner (View)
  Review: Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack (View)
  Review: blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation system for Nikon (View)
  Patent infringment suit filed on eve of 344MHz Phottix Atlas production (updated) (View)
  Dynalite revamps power pack lineup, releases high performance 1600ws pack (View)
  Review: the Nikon Speedlight SB-700 (updated) (View)
  A first look at ShutterSnitch 2.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (View)
  PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 for Nikon head to dealers (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 2 (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 1 (View)
  Wireless photography with an iPad and ShutterSnitch (View)
  Canon Expo 2010 kicks off in New York (View)
  Fighter jet crash "one of the most unforgettable moments," says photographer (View)
  Stopping action with the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark IV autofocus performance (View)
  PLM umbrellas offer sweet combo of efficiency and softness (View)
  A first look at Nikon D3S high ISO image quality, plus the new 70-200mm f/2.8 (View)
  LibertyPak Little Genny LG400 provides premium portable power for strobes (View)
  DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone comes to life in v1.1 (View)
  Revamped MacBook Pro line delivers top-notch display quality (View)
  A look inside Nikon's Sendai digital SLR factory (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance (View)
  Notes from Canon headquarters (View)
  Staying sharp: A veteran news shooter seeks new challenges (View)
  Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X (View)
  Alex Majoli points and shoots (View)
  A look back at the NC2000 (View)
  Shooting the D1X for National Geographic (View)

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