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August 2006 News  
New York Times, The Guardian profile Joel Meyerowitz's new photo book on the aftermath of 9/11
The web sites of both The New York Times and The Guardian have published articles on Joel Meyerowitz's new book of photographs, Aftermath, which documents the conditions and events at the World Trade Center site in the nine months following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.
August 31, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Capture One LE to be bundled with SanDisk Extreme III CF
Phase One has announced today that SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash cards now or will soon include a coupon for a free copy of Capture One LE. In addition, Extreme III purchasers will also be eligible for a discount of 15% off the price of upgrading from Capture One LE to Capture One PRO when the upgrade is purchased direct from Phase One's online store.
August 31, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe to give Photoshop technology sneak peek
During his upcoming keynote address at Photoshop World, John Loiacono, senior vice president of Adobe's Creative Solutions Business, will provide "a sneak peek at some of the new Photoshop technology being developed," says a company press release.
August 29, 2006 | FULL STORY 
XBatch batch processor for Photoshop released
The Digital Outback Photo website has released XBatch, a Javascript-based batch processor for Photoshop that will mirror the source folder structure at the destination so that processed photos end up in a hierarchy of folders that matches the originals.
August 29, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sigma posts teaser for new digital SLR with "full-color-capture" sensor
Sigma has posted a Flash teaser for an upcoming digital SLR called the SD14. To be unveiled on September 26, 2006 (the opening day of the Photokina 2006 trade show in Germany), few details about the camera's features are given, though the teaser makes several obvious references to the fact it will utilize a "full-color-capture" sensor, presumably from Foveon.
August 29, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Epson releases Universal Binary pro printer drivers
Earlier this month, Epson in the U.S. released several more printer drivers for Mac in Universal Binary form. The Epson Stylus Pro 4800, 7800 and 9800 join earlier photo printers such as the Epson Stylus Photo R2400, R1800 and 2200 on the list of models for which the company has released drivers compatible with Intel-based Macs.
August 28, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Dell, Apple recall millions of laptop batteries
Dell and Apple this month have announced large-scale recalls of the Lithium-Ion batteries used in certain laptop models. In both cases, the Sony-made packs can overheat and pose a fire hazard.
August 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Sony jumps to third place in Japan digital SLR sales
BLOOMBERG reports that Sony jumped into third place in digital SLR market share in Japan for July and the first three weeks of August, owing to brisk domestic sales of its recently-released Alpha DSLR A100.
August 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon introduces two new L-series lenses
Canon today has introduced two new lenses, the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM and EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, to its pro-oriented L series line.
August 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon announces 10MP Rebel XTi/400D
Canon today has revealed an update to its entry-level EOS Digital Rebel XT/350D digital SLR. Called the EOS Digital Rebel XTi in North America, the EOS Kiss Digital X in Japan and the EOS 400D everywhere else, the new model is built around a 10.08 million image pixel CMOS sensor that, for the first time in a Canon digital SLR, incorporates an ultrasonic self-cleaning mode for removing dust particles from the sensor. While Canon is targeting the consumer with the Rebel XTi/400D, the new model looks to have just enough of the good stuff to serve as a viable backup camera for the pro digital SLR shooter. UPDATE, AUGUST 27: We've added photos of and screenshots from the camera now.
August 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon USA publishes Full-Frame CMOS white paper
Canon USA has published a new white paper touting the advantages of the sensor size employed in the company's EOS-1Ds, EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS 5D digital SLRs. Called Canon's Full-Frame CMOS Sensors: The Finest Tools for Digital Photography, the 30-page document examines what Canon perceives to be the advantages of 35mm film frame-size sensors, discusses some of the manufacturing considerations and provides a brief history of Canon sensor development.
August 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon D80 added to CF/SD Performance Database
The Nikon D80 has been added to the CF/SD Performance Database. The new digital SLR from Nikon accepts Secure Digital (SD) cards and, as our tests show, the D80 has been tuned for much faster in-camera write speeds than Nikon's first SD-only digital SLR, the D50.
August 22, 2006 | FULL STORY 
PhotoZoom Pro 2.1 adds new interpolation algorithm
BenVista PhotoZoom Pro for Windows and Mac, the stellar photo resizing program known in its early days as S-Spline Pro, has been updated to v2.1.
August 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
RAW Developer 1.5.2 released
Iridient Digital has released v1.5.2 of RAW Developer, the company's RAW conversion program for the Mac OS. Among many tweaks and improvements, the update adds support for the Nikon D2Xs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, several Pentax DSLR models, and a handful of medium format digital backs from Leaf, Phase One, and Hasselblad/Imacon.
August 18, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Giga Vu PRO evolution beginning to ship, says Jobo
The Giga Vu PRO evolution photo storage device is now shipping in small quantities, says the CEO of Jobo AG.
August 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Photoshop CS2 update
Adobe has updated Photoshop CS2 for Windows and Mac to v9.0.2. UPDATE: Adobe has now removed the updaters from its servers, says an article on the MacFixit web site.
August 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Kingston revs Ultimate CompactFlash to 133X
Kingston today has announced that the higher capacities in their premium-performance line of CompactFlash cards have been bumped to 133X speeds. Going forward, the company will offer Ultimate CompactFlash in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB 133X models, as well as a 1GB version rated at 100X as before.
August 15, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Will airline security tighten for photographers?
Already accustomed to tightened airline security in Kashmir, photographer Matt Brandon offers his thoughts on the effects of the most recent terrorist plot to bring down as many as 12 airliners.
August 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Various media outlets address altered Lebanon photos
Last week's discovery of altered news photos, taken by Lebanese freelancer Adnan Hajj and distributed by Reuters, has sparked a handful of additional reports and commentary from sources such as the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Editor and Publisher.
August 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Fujifilm announces S3 Pro UVIR
Fujifilm has today announced the Finepix S3 Pro UVIR, a version of the company's now venerable S3 Pro digital SLR designed specifically for ultraviolet and infrared photography. Aimed primarily at the law enforcement/forensic and scientific markets, the new camera uses a special version of the S3 Pro's Super CCD SR II that has had its standard ultraviolet and infrared filters removed.
August 9, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon WT-3 transmitter to include Ethernet port, battery grip functionality
Documents filed by Nikon with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about its upcoming Wireless Transmitter WT-3/WT-3A reveal that it will do more than just send photos over a Wi-Fi wireless link. The accessory for the D200 incorporates all of the functionality of the Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D200 (though it will accept only one EN-EL3e battery rather than two), has a 10/100 Ethernet port for the transmission of photos over a wired network connection (in addition to 802.11b/g wireless networks) and more. These are just two of several unannounced tricks the WT-3/WT-3A has up its sleeve.
August 9, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Capture NX now available for purchase in the U.S.
Capture NX 1.0 for Windows and Mac is now available for purchase in the U.S. A press release from Nikon USA states that retail distribution of the company's new image editing and NEF conversion application has begun, and that a downloadable version with product key is available from Nikon Mall.
August 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon announces D80
Nikon's 20-day teaser campaign has culminated in the unveiling of the D80, a replacement for the D70s that incorporates a number of the key features of the D200 in a body that is considerably more compact and less expensive than its midrange sibling. Features the two models share include a 10.04 million image pixel CCD sensor, 11-area autofocus system, sharp viewfinder, 2.5 inch rear LCD and full-featured Commander Mode for controlling external Speedlights. While the D200 is better-specified in a number of areas, we think there will be plenty of photographers who have had their eye on a perpetually-backordered D200 that will opt for the D80 instead. It may be a replacement for the D70s, but on the inside the new model is really D200 Lite.
August 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
August 2006 issue of The Digital Journalist posted
The August 2006 issue of THE DIGITAL JOURNALIST has been published with articles on photographers David Stocklein and Catherine Leroy, dispatches from photojournalists working in Lebanon and Israel, and tech tips from Canon's Chuck Westfall.
August 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Apple unveils Intel-powered Mac desktop, Xserve
At its annual WWDC conference for developers, Apple today unveiled two new Macs with Intel processors - the Mac Pro desktop and a revamped Xserve - as well as offered a sneak peek at the next version of the Mac operating system, dubbed Mac OS X Leopard.
August 7, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Microsoft demos Photosynth
Microsoft has posted a collection of web pages to demonstrate a technology called Photosynth, which takes a "large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space," in the company's words.
August 7, 2006 | FULL STORY 
DxO Labs posts Windows beta of DxO Optics Pro v4
DxO Labs has posted a public beta of the Windows version of DxO Optics Pro v4. Changes for v4 include improved color and image geometry control as well as a new user interface that promises a faster workflow, according to DxO Labs.
August 7, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4.3.2 released
Photo Mechanic 4.4.3.2 for Windows and Mac has been released.
August 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon posts Capture NX tutorials
The Nikon Imaging Global web site has posted several short video tutorials on Nikon Capture NX. The tutorials cover basic features, U-Point technology, and several image editing topics such as making local and global adjustments to tonality and color.
August 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2 now shipping
Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop CS2 is now shipping. Written by Bruce Fraser, the new title devotes 304 pages to the topic of sharpening in Adobe's flagship image editing application.
August 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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