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April 2005 News  
Apple releases OS 10.4 "Tiger", new G5 Power Macs
Apple has officially announced the release of OS 10.4, a.k.a. "Tiger". It will sell for US$129.The company has also recently announced three new dual G5 Power Mac computers, which will ship with OS 10.4 installed. You have a choice of three configurations: a dual 2.0GHz (US$1,999), a dual 2.3GHz (US$2,499),...
April 29, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Luminous Landscape: First look at PS CS2's High Dynamic Range function
Luminous Landscape has published a first look at the Merge to HDR (High Dynamic Range) compositing function that is a new feature of Adobe Photoshop CS2. This feature facilitates the merging of several different exposures into one image with extended dynamic range....
April 29, 2005 | FULL STORY 
DPReview interviews Dave Coffin on deciphering/converting RAW files
Digital Photography Review has published a short interview with Dave Coffin who is the author of dcraw.c, a free program that decodes and converts RAW image files from more than 150 digital cameras.In the interview, Coffin discusses the encoding, compression, and encryption of RAW files from numerous camera manufacturers, including...
April 27, 2005 | FULL STORY 
CNET News: images of iceberg striking Antarctica
CNET News has posted three very cool satellite images, taken by the European Space Agency, of the 115-kilometer long B-15A iceberg striking Antarctica. The iceberg, which is bigger than Luxembourg, broke off a 5-kilometer chunk of an Antarctic geographic feature called the Drygalski ice tongue. ...
April 27, 2005 | FULL STORY 
IDG: Forgent sues Microsoft over JPEG patent
IDG News Service reports that Forgent Networks, which claims it holds a patent on technology used in the JPEG file format, has sued Microsoft for damages after failing to reach a licensing agreement with the software developer. Forgent has sued 44 companies for infringement of its JPEG patent and claims...
April 27, 2005 | FULL STORY 
OpenRAW initiative and website launched
A group of photographers has launched a website called OpenRAW.org to lobby camera manufacturers to openly document the RAW file formats used by their digital cameras. The group's tag line is "Digital Image Preservation Through Open Documentation". As the phrase implies, the OpenRAW group is most specifically worried that photos stored...
April 25, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon issues statement on WB storage method used in D2X NEFs
An unsigned statement released today by Nikon USA's public relations firm responds to the recent hubbub about the way in which white balance (WB) information is stored inside D2X NEF files.
April 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Darryl Dyck is CP Photographer of the Year again
Darryl Dyck of the Edmonton Sun has won the 2004 Canadian Press (CP) Photographer of the Year award. He won the same honor last year.An online gallery of Dyck's winning entry is available at the CP website. Follow this link, then click on "2004 POY Winner" in the left-hand pane. ...
April 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Canon unveils successor to Powershot S1 IS
The Canon Powershot S1 IS has been my weekend knockabout camera of choice for the past year, owing to its potent combination of decent still and superlative video capture in a small, lightweight body. The Powershot S2 IS, announced today, appears to shore up most of the deficiencies of its predecessor, and will almost certainly replace the S1 IS for recreational shooting here when it ships in June.
April 22, 2005 | FULL STORY 
FiringSquad: dual-core Opteron for RAW processing, noise removal
FiringSquad, a web site that describes itself as the "Home of the Hardcore Gamer," has published an article on the performance of AMD's new dual-core Opteron processors that includes benchmarks for Capture One PRO, Bibble and Noise Ninja for Windows. The benchmarks reveal how much of a performance boost is possible when...
April 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
PDN/Nikon Self-Promo Awards open for entries
The 21st annual PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards, which honors creative self-promotional marketing projects produced by photographers, is open for entries. You can download an entry form from the Photo District News website linked above, and the submission deadline is May 24, 2005. A US$35 entry fee is required.        ...
April 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Imaging Resource: video demo of Nikon Wireless Lighting system
Imaging Resource has published a short video that demonstrates the way it used Nikon's Wireless Lighting multi-flash system with four Nikon flashes to take product photos at the recent Photo Marketing Association trade show. The video gives a brief but useful look at how you control the exposure and lighting...
April 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
DOP updates EasyS Sharpening Toolkit
Digital Outback Photo has updated its EasyS Sharpening Toolkit, a combined Photoshop automation plug-in/action set for sharpening digital images.The update, called v1.02, adds six new actions, which improve the integration of the Toolkit's edge mask with its sharpening filter. This is designed to make it easier to avoid sharpening noise.The update...
April 21, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Public beta of Photo Mechanic 4.3.5 released
In an effort to stomp out some lingering bugs in v4.3.x of Photo Mechanic for Windows and Mac, Camera Bits has posted a public beta of v4.3.5 of the photo importing and browsing application. More information on the release, as well as links to both the Windows and Mac versions, is in...
April 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikkor lens web site launched
Nikon today has launched a web site dedicated to Nikkor lenses. The somewhat Flash-heavy site contains information on the history of Nikon's lens line, brief overviews of some of the technology used in today's lenses and more....
April 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon readying firmware update for D70
Nikon is readying a firmware update for the D70 that will improve autofocus performance while also revamping the in-camera menus so they're similar in appearance to those in the D70s. An option to adjust the page layout when printing to PictBridge-compatible printers from the camera will also be added. A Nikon press...
April 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Canon releases firmware v2.0.0 for EOS 20D
Support for the WFT-E1/E1a wired/wireless transmitter is the only documented change in firmware v2.0.0 for the Canon EOS 20D.
April 20, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon announces D50, D70s
Nikon has officially taken the wraps off two new digital SLR cameras, the D50 and D70s.
April 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
First of four 2005 Rich Clarkson workshops kicks off this Sunday
The first of four 2005 Rich Clarkson workshops, the Spring Digital Photography at the Summit, kicks off this Sunday in Jackson, Wyoming. Digital printing will be taught this year by photographer Bruce Dale, who joins the faculty for the first time. Also on the instructor roster is Jay Maisel, Rob Clark, Corey Rich, Tom Mangelsen, Bill Allen and MaryAnne Golon.
April 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
April issue of Digital Journalist posted
The April issue of The Digital Journalist has been published. Articles include: A feature, which includes an online portfolio of images, on Contact Press Images photographer Lori Grinker, who has recently published a book called AFTERWAR: Veterans From a World in Conflict A feature on longtime U.N. photographer John Isaac that also includes an...
April 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
PDN: AP photographer Jim MacMillan on Pulitzer, Iraq
PDNOnline has published a story about Philadelphia Daily News staff photographer Jim MacMillan, who went to Iraq on assignment for the Associated Press and who was part of the AP team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news.MacMillan talks a bit about winning the Pulitzer and at greater...
April 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
nik multimedia announces Sharpener Pro 2.0
nik multimedia today has announced Sharpener Pro 2.0, an update to its sharpening software for Windows and Mac OS X.
April 19, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Photographer Ron Reznick posts D2Hs vs. D2H sample shots
Photographer and e-book author Ron Reznick has posted some pictures comparing color and noise characteristics of the Nikon D2Hs and D2H. Reznick's tests comprise both flash and tungsten lit portraits shot at ISO 200 to 1600, as well as the Hi-1 and Hi-2 sensitivity settings. ...
April 17, 2005 | FULL STORY 
New Yorker: Salgado slide show and commentary
The New Yorker magazine's website has published a Flash slide show of images by Sebastiao Salgado. The slide show includes an assortment of photos from Salgado's previous projects as well as from his new large-scale documentary effort on animal life, which he is calling "Genesis". (The pictures are unfortunately reproduced...
April 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Gehrz, Anderson win Best of Photojournalism honors
Last month, Jim Gehrz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year and Chris Anderson, shooting for U.S. News and World Report, won the Magazine Photographer of the Year honors in the 2005 Best of Photojournalism (BOP) awards.The BOP awards are presented by the U.S. National...
April 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon: digital SLR (D50, D70s) details on April 20th
Nikon Corp. in Japan has published a short press release indicating that the worldwide release of official information on its new digital SLR cameras will take place on April 20th. The press release also apologizes for the recent unofficial release of news about these products. Nikon does not specifically name...
April 15, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Imaging Resource: Nikon D2X review
Imaging Resource has published an extensive review of the Nikon D2X. ...
April 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nachtwey essay on Sudan wins National Magazine Award
Time magazine has won the U.S. National Magazine Award in the Photo Portfolio/Photo Essay category for a story by James Nachtwey on the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan.A portfolio of Nachtwey's images from that story can be viewed on the Time website. The full list of National Magazine...
April 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Capture 1 v3.7rc1 released with D2X, 350D/Rebel XT support
Phase One has posted v3.7rc1 of all three editions of Capture One: Capture One PRO, Capture One DB, and Capture One LE. This update, which is technically an unsupported release candidate, is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.Both the PRO and LE editions of v3.7rc1 are able to convert...
April 14, 2005 | FULL STORY 
SportsShooter.com: Shooting remote, tethered from Arena rafters
SportsShooter.com has published an article by Reed Hoffmann in which he describes helping the Associated Press with a tethered, remotely-operated, rafter-mounted Nikon D1H at the Big 12 college basketball tournament in Kansas City. In the AP's setup, the D1H is tethered to a small computer mounted alongside it in the...
April 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
tom's networking: Review of NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless Router
The tech website tom's networking has published an extensive review of the NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless Router (WPN824), which is designed to offer the speed and range advantages of so-called MIMO Wi-Fi equipment at a lower price.The review includes direct comparisons against MIMO wireless products, performance evaluations with standard 802.11g Wi-Fi...
April 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
PhotographyBlog: Review of HP Photosmart 8750, 13x19" printer
PhotographyBlog.com has published a detailed review of the upcoming HP Photosmart 8750, a 9-color, 13x19-inch inkjet printer. This printer is a key product in HP's recent push to build its reputation among serious and professional photographers, and it has garnered some attention because its standard inkset includes 3 shades of...
April 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Kyocera ceasing production of Contax-branded camera products
Kyocera today has announced that the production of all Contax-branded cameras, lenses and accessories will cease by the middle of 2005.
April 12, 2005 | FULL STORY 
SportsShooter.com: PocketWizard tips and info, part 2
SportsShooter.com has published part 2 of Sports Illustrated lighting technician Shawn Cullen's list of tips and information about using PocketWizard radio remotes. Even more than part 1, this new installment assumes that the reader is already familiar with the basics of PocketWizard operation....
April 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
iCaddy laptop case/lap cradle
This summer, Virtu-All Technologies will begin marketing the iCaddy, an ABS plastic laptop case that converts to a lap cradle/work platform. The iCaddy will hold any laptop up to a screen size of 15.4 inches, and it will cost "about [US]$160"....
April 11, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Nikon UK confirms upcoming announcement of new digital SLRs
Nikon UK has issued a press release indicating that the D50 and D70s will be announced towards the end of April 2005. Though the models are not mentioned by name, the release indicates that one model will be a successor to the D70, while the other will be a consumer-level digital...
April 8, 2005 | FULL STORY 
AP, Fitzmaurice win Pulitzers
The 2005 Pulitzer Prizes for photography have been announced. The Breaking News Photography award went to the Associated Press staff for its coverage of Iraq. The Feature Photography award went to Deanne Fitzmaurice of the San Francisco Chronicle for a multi-part photo essay on a 9-year-old Iraqi boy who was brought...
April 7, 2005 | FULL STORY 
DPReview: Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT review
Digital Photography Review has published its review of the Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT....
April 7, 2005 | FULL STORY 
DOP: D2X experience report
Digital Outback Photo has started an experience report on the Nikon D2X. ...
April 7, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Thomas Knoll clarifies ACR support for D2X, 350D/Rebel XT
In a post on the Adobe User to User forums (registration required), Photoshop-creator Thomas Knoll has explained how and when support for NEF files from the Nikon D2X and raw files from the Canon EOS 350D/Digital Rebel XT will be rolled out in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).Raw format support for both cameras...
April 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
tom's networking: field tests Connexion by Boeing in-flight Wi-Fi
The tom's networking tech website has published a reasonably extensive field report on the Connexion by Boeing in-flight Wi-Fi service, which is now available on selected flights from Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SAS, Japan Airlines, and several other carriers. ...
April 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
James Balog is NikonNet's April Legend Behind the Lens
The hard-to-categorize photographer James Balog is profiled in NikonNet's Legend Behind the Lens feature for April. ...
April 6, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Adobe debuts Photoshop CS2
Today, Adobe Systems officially launched Photoshop CS2. New features include Adobe Bridge, which replaces the File Browser, and a new Camera Raw plug-in that promises significant workflow enhancements.
April 4, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Publish: 'Raw' Format Is a Lifesaver
Publish has posted a column by Paris-based photographer Edmund Ronald on the benefits of the RAW format and the challenges facing Adobe's DNG digital negative standardization effort....
April 2, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Playlist: iPod Camera Connector reviewed
Playlist has published a review of the iPod Camera Connector, a device that enables a USB-equipped digital camera to connect and transfer photos to an iPod photo....
April 1, 2005 | FULL STORY 
ESPN (TV): Rich Clarkson's 50 years shooting Final Four
In several repeat airings over the next few days, ESPN Classic will broadcast a one-hour television documentary on famed sports photographer Rich Clarkson's 50-year career shooting the Final Four, the last two rounds of the U.S. NCAA college basketball championship tournament.A forum posting on SportsShooter.com by AP staffer Mark J....
April 1, 2005 | FULL STORY 
PixelGenius launches PhotoshopNews web site
PixelGenius today has launched a web site devoted to Photoshop. Called PhotoshopNews, the site will provide "the latest news and info about the top pixel-wrangling application on the planet," notes a press release....
April 1, 2005 | FULL STORY 
Camera Bits announces Here I Am photo tracking solution
Camera Bits, maker of the Photo Mechanic image browser, today announced a technology for tracking photo usage. Dubbed Here I Am, a press release states that by using "a unique mixture of peer-to-peer (P2P) and anti-virus technologies, photos can be embedded with a small program that will track the usage of...
April 1, 2005 | 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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