Monday, August 31, 2009

The 3D Studio Announces 400,000 Royalty-Free 2D And 3D Resources Are Now Available

Mesa, AZ—August 31, 2009:, Inc. announces their collection has reached a new milestone—400,000 royalty-free 2D and 3D resources are now available on the web site, and more are added each day.

The recently added Stock Photos and Images category continues to expand. has changed the way stock photos are purchased. Instead of being forced to prepay for “credits” as at other stock agencies, buyers at pay with major credit cards or via PayPal payments. Products are located via the search box or by viewing images, then they are added to the cart. After purchase the products are available for instant download. A customer can buy 1 image or more with this fast and easy process. is a one-stop shop for all types of free and priced resources including 3D models, textures, tutorials, plugins, and software as well as stock photography and images. Expert custom work and free file conversion are available.

In addition to providing a venue for artists to distribute their work, continues to add features and benefits. The company offers all members—buyers as well as sellers—a free, fully customizable blog. Sellers who blog gain extra exposure for their products because 15 of their products are displayed alongside each of their blog posts. Bloggers are not limited to 3D topics; they can blog on any subject which allows members to share information about their lives and work.

President Matt Anderson says: “We are one of the oldest and largest 3D resource sites on the Internet, and we provide the best customer service around. Our email support system is fast and personal—you will never get an automatic or canned reply from us. We operate our business by the Golden Rule—we treat everyone the way we would like to be treated. pays one of the best royalty rates in the industry to artists who sell their resources on our web site. There is no cost to become a member or to sell resources at and there are many benefits—see our Help page.”


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Awesome Eyes in Photoshop

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HDR PHOTO Tutorial Master Class | Color Correction: Interiors | Image 1 - Part 1

Learn how to become a master in HDR photo editing. Extremely detailed. Commercially oriented. Photoshop and Photomatix software. Beginners - Intermediate - Advanced. Step by Step. NIK and OnOne plugins. Part 1 explains how to do color corrections and in interior photography. Hosted by international award-winning photographer and HDR-Master Holger Obenaus. by hdrmaster

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HDR PHOTO Tutorial Master Class | HDR Problems: Interiors | Image 1 - Part 2

Learn how to become a master in HDR photo editing. Extremely detailed. Commercially oriented. Photoshop and Photomatix software. Beginners - Intermediate - Advanced. Step by Step. NIK and OnOne plugins. Part 2 concentrates on typical hdr related problems. Hosted by international award-winning photographer and HDR-Master Holger Obenaus. by hdrmaster

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HDR PHOTO Tutorial Master Class | Light & Ambience: Interiors | Image 1 - Part 3

Learn how to become a master in HDR photo editing. Extremely detailed. Commercially oriented. Photoshop and Photomatix software. Beginners - Intermediate - Advanced. Step by Step. NIK and OnOne plugins. Part 3 shows how to play with light and add ambience in interior photography. Hosted by international award-winning photographer and HDR-Master Holger Obenaus. by hdrmaster

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HDR PHOTO Tutorial Master Class | Final Touches: Interiors | Image 1 - Part 4

Learn how to become a master in HDR photo editing. Extremely detailed. Commercially oriented. Photoshop and Photomatix software. Beginners - Intermediate - Advanced. Step by Step. NIK and OnOne plugins. Part 4 shows how to do the final touches and add eye-candy in interior photography. Hosted by international award-winning photographer and HDR-Master Holger Obenaus. by hdrmaster

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Sony Adds Unique Design To new Digital Photo Frame

• Sony Electronics is launching a stylish holiday limited edition S-Frame® digital photo frame (model DPF-D72N/BQ) made with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements.

• Embellished with beautiful CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements, loose cut crystal glass manufactured by Swarovski, the frame’s elegant design is sure to accent any space.

• Share your favorite photos in vibrant color and crisp detail on a 7-inch (measured diagonally) wide (16:10) LCD display with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution.

• The frame features about one gigabyte of internal storage capacity, with an auto-resizing adjustment that downsizes photos, to let you store up to 2,000 photos.

• Image transfer is a snap with direct USB input from your PC, as well as support for most memory cards, including Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Secure Digital (SD), Multi-Media Card (MMC), Compact Flash®, xD-Picture Card™ media and SDHC.

• Set the frame vertically or horizontally and the model’s Auto Orientation sensor automatically rotates your photos into portrait or landscape format according to the placement. For added versatility, the frame can even be mounted on a wall.

• Clock and calendar modes provide added convenience for your home or office.

• The frame has a wide range of view modes, along with many other functions that can be managed from the included remote control.

• Multiple playback options offer flexibility to display photos as single images, as thumbnails for easy searching or as a slideshow with 10 built-in transitions.

• The new S-Frame model supports JPEG and RAW (SRF, SR2, ARW) image file formats.

• The DPF-D72N/BQ digital photo frame will be available for about $150 in October and can be purchased online at, at Sony Style® retail stores and at authorized dealers nationwide.

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onOne Software Announces Support for Nikon DSLRs in DSLR Camera Remote iPhone Application

Next-Generation Remote Release Enables Photographers to Use the Apple® iPhone® or iPod® Touch to Control Their Canon EOS and Now Nikon DSLR Camera via a WiFi Enabled Computer

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced a major update to its popular new application for remotely controlling Canon EOS DSLR cameras using an iPhone or iPod Touch. Based on feedback from the photography community, DSLR Camera Remote v1.1 adds major new functionality including Nikon DSLR camera support, Auto Bracketing for HDR photography, Burst Mode for sports photographers, an improved User Interface, AutoFocus during LiveView and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Auto-Import support. This provides both Nikon and Canon photographers even greater freedom to move from behind the camera to interact with subjects, to shoot when seeing through the viewfinder is difficult, and now stop motion animation, time lapse photography and HDR bracketing.

Key capabilities of the DSLR Camera Remote v1.1 for iPhone:

• Support for Nikon DSLRs
• Support for the Canon T1i/500D
• Trigger Auto Focus during LiveView by simply tapping the live preview
• Auto Bracketing to create a series of bracketed exposures for HDR images
• Burst Mode to trigger a rapid-fire sequence of images, perfect for action shooting
• Improved User Interface now offers Big View to see larger previews
• A new option supporting Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’s Auto-Import feature

“We are thrilled that this application has been so well received by photographers and have worked quickly to respond to the requests of the community,” said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. “DSLR Camera Remote allows photographers the opportunity to get out from behind the camera and interact with their subjects while still maintaining full control of the technical details.”

Availability and Pricing

DSLR Remote Camera Remote v1.1 is a free update to owners of v1.0. DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone comes in two versions – the Professional edition, which is available for $19.99 and the Lite edition, available for $1.99. The Lite edition simply fires the camera shutter while the Professional edition adds all of the features mentioned above and more.

It may be purchased immediately from the App Store within Apple® iTunes® software. After purchasing either edition from the iTunes App Store, users will need to download a free application that runs on their supported Mac or Windows computer. This free application is required to communicate between the iPhone and the supported Canon EOS DSLR, connected via USB or Firewire to a WiFi enabled computer.

There are no trial or demo versions of the DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone application. For a full list of system requirements and supported cameras visit:

Supported Cameras

For the most complete list of supported cameras, please visit the onOne Software website at

About onOne Software

onOne Software, Inc. is a leading developer of time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers. Our products allow photographers to spend more time behind the camera and less time behind the computer screen. They include a wide range of easy-to-use plug-in enhancements for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom®,, Apple Aperture and now the iPhone. Founded in 2005, onOne Software, Inc. is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Capture The Moment In Perfect Detail With New Sony DSLR Cameras

Models Deliver Low-Light Performance, Exceptional Shooting Speed and In-Camera High Dynamic Range

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 27, 2009 – Sony today introduced two α (alpha) DSLR cameras with a new generation of Exmor™ CMOS sensors and BIONZ™ image processors, which make it easy for active shooters to get the best shot and capture clearer images—without missing their favorite moments.

The α550 (14.2 megapixels) and α500 (12.3 megapixels) cameras provide excellent picture quality, particularly in low-light scenarios. A new generation of Sony® Exmor CMOS image sensors employ new low-noise processing for high-quality pictures. The BIONZ image processor has color-noise reduction that helps achieve low noise up to ISO 12800, without sacrificing fine detail.

“We are bringing performance of a higher class of cameras within the reach of a broader group of consumers,” said Mark Weir, senior manager of the Digital Imaging business at Sony Electronics. “Not only do these cameras provide great value, but they also bring faster shooting speeds and new technologies like in-camera High Dynamic Range and new Live View features to mainstream photo enthusiasts.”

Fast Shooting Speeds

With its unique sensor-processor combination, the α550 camera is the first DSLR in its class with seven frames per second shooting speed for under $1,000. Using the optical viewfinder on both models, you can shoot up to five frames per second and up to four frames per second with Quick Auto Focus Live View. This helps you capture the decisive moment when shooting fast moving subjects like in sports.

In-Camera High Dynamic Range

These are Sony’s first DSLR cameras that offer an in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature for capturing highlights and shadows, which processes the image within two seconds. Unlike HDR features in other DSLR cameras, Sony’s unique positional interpolation technology can overcome slight changes in camera position and align individual shots so that a tripod is not required.

The feature handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes like looking out a window into bright daylight. The in-camera auto HDR technology combines the highlight and shadow detail of two separate captures into one remarkably natural looking image.

Improved Live View

Because composing shots on the LCD monitor is becoming increasingly important to DSLR users, Sony has equipped these cameras with two Live View functions and a 3-inch (measured diagonally) LCD screen that tilts 90 degrees up or down. The α500 has a 230,000 pixel Clear Photo LCD Plus™ screen, and the α550 has a 921,000 pixel Xtra Fine LCD™ display.

Sony’s Quick AF Live View uses two sensors to maintain the same focusing speed as with the optical viewfinder. While the speed of Quick AF Live View is ideal for every day shooting, Manual Focus Check Live View enables critical framing and magnification for setting precise manual focus in macro and tripod shooting. Temporary 7x and 14x zoom views enable you to focus on extremely fine detail while the 1x view shows 100 percent framing in the LCD.

The Quick Auto Focus Live View has been developed with Face Detection technology to help you get the best shot by recognizing and adjusting for faces. It is the world’s first Face Detection system to work with fast, high-precision “phase detection” Auto Focus. By tracking up to eight faces, this system can prioritize auto focus points on a face, and optimize exposure and white balance for beautiful portraits.

These are Sony’s first DSLR cameras that include Smile ShutterTM technology in Live View, which takes the shot when your subject smiles. It works with Quick Auto Focus Live View to capture spontaneous moments.

Image stabilization helps take blur-free shots by compensating for camera shake. Typical DSLR systems build image stabilization into selected lenses only. SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization is built into the camera body itself. Blur will also be reduced with every A-mount lens, including macro and wide aperture standard zoom lenses, with an effect equivalent to shutter speeds faster by 2.5 to 4 stops

To make the benefits of macro photography easier and more accessible, Sony is making available at retail the DT 30mm F/2.8 (model SAL30M28) macro lens. It captures intricate close-ups, which is difficult to achieve with standard lenses and is only compatible with APS-C format DSLRs.

Memory Cards

For higher capacity storage with greater connectivity and faster transfer speeds, the new DSLRs are compatible with Sony’s newest 32GB Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX media. The HX series card is designed to deliver optimal read and write speeds for a growing number of products that require high-bandwidth memory in order to capture and store large data files.

Using the HX series media, Sony α (alpha) DSLR users can confidently enjoy advanced features such as continuous-shooting photography and realize higher transfer rates of large capacity files to their compatible PC (via supplied USB adapter). For example with the α550 model, approximately 1500 14-megapixel photos shot in the JPEG+RAW mode can be transferred to a compatible PC in approximately 26 minutes (HX series media sold separately).

The new cameras include dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, HX series and SD/SDHC media (all sold separately).

Pricing and Availability

The α550 (model DSLR-A550) and α500 (model DSLR-A500), which come with the camera body only, will cost about $950 and $750 respectively. The α550L and α500L, which come with the camera body and 18-55 kit lens, will cost about $1050 and $850, respectively. The SAL30M28 macro lens will be available for about $200.

The cameras, lens and a range of accessories will be available in October at Sony Style® retail stores (, at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.

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Sony Brings Full-Frame Quality To A New Class Of DSLR Photo Enthusiasts

SAN DIEGO, August 27, 2009 — Aimed at experienced shooters looking for value and sophisticated SLR performance, Sony today introduced the full-frame α (alpha) DSLR-A850 camera and a new 28-75mm F2.8 lens.

The α850 model shares the same 24.6 megapixel sensor and most features of the flagship α900 camera, introduced last year, but will be available for just under $2000 (body only).

“Sony is bringing the benefits of a full-frame digital SLR camera to a broader group of consumers,” said Kristen Elder, director of the Digital Imaging business at Sony Electronics. “The α850 strengthens Sony’s alpha DSLR line, which now offers models in each step from high-end professional down to the amateur enthusiast.”

The α850 camera is designed to deliver ultra-fine picture quality with a high resolution, 24.6-megapixel, 35-mm full-frame Exmor™ CMOS sensor and fast image processing with dual BIONZ™ processing engines. It also offers high-speed continuous shooting of 24.6 megapixel images at up to three frames per second.
Ultra-Fine Images

The camera’s Exmor CMOS sensor delivers the photographic expressive power of wide angles and perspective that only a 35 mm full-frame sensor can offer, and is designed to take advantage of the resolving power of high-precision alpha lenses. Its high pixel count and large size provide enhanced image detail and a wider dynamic range for natural color reproduction and subtle tonal gradations.

Image processing gets a boost in speed and power from two BIONZ processing engines. Large amounts of data captured by the 24.6-megapixel sensor can be quickly processed to achieve a fast shooting response. Additionally, this dual BIONZ system applies advanced noise reduction algorithms producing images of exceptional quality and detail, especially at high ISO sensitivities.
Capture the Right Shot the First Time

The camera’s innovative intelligent preview function takes the guesswork out of setting up a shot and the hassle of taking multiple shots to achieve a desired effect.
After pressing the depth of field preview button, the camera “grabs” a RAW

preview image which is processed and displayed on the LCD screen. You can then fine tune white balance, determine the best level and effect of dynamic range optimization, adjust exposure compensation and check histogram data, all before you actually take the picture. Preview images are not recorded on the camera’s memory card, thus saving capacity.

The camera’s autofocus system features nine sensors with 10 assist points for improved tracking of moving subjects. A center dual cross sensor comprised of two horizontal and two vertical line sensors as well as a dedicated f/2.8 sensor are included to achieve greater precision, especially when using fast-aperture lenses.
Ultra-Bright Viewfinder with 98 Percent Coverage

The ultra-bright viewfinder with 98 percent field of view coverage and 0.74x magnification enables accurate framing and preview. It features a high-power condenser lens, an eyepiece with high reflective-index glass, and a multi-layer, anti-reflective coating on optical surfaces to deliver its extraordinarily bright view.

A mirror box features a parallel-link mirror mechanism that moves on two horizontal axes to accommodate both the large full frame mirror and the body-integrated image stabilization system without increasing the camera’s size.
Anti-Shake System for a Full-Frame Sensor

With its body-integrated SteadyShot INSIDE™ image stabilization, the camera achieves an anti-shake effect equivalent to shutter speeds faster by 2.5 to 4 stops. The anti-shake system stabilizes all Sony, Minolta and Konica-Minolta compatible lenses even wide angle or large aperture lenses.

Versatility to Unleash Creative Possibilities

Other key features aimed to expand creative options include the Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) with five levels of user-selectable correction as well as DRO bracketing for enhanced scene analysis and graduation optimization. EV bracketing with ±2EV range makes it easy to create high dynamic range composite images.

With the camera’s HDMI™ output and Photo TV HD mode, your creative output can be enjoyed on a compatible HD television. This mode brings the look of actual printed photography to the television, by fine-tuning such image parameters as sharpness, gradation, and color reproduction.

The a850 model features a 3-inch (diagonally), Xtra Fine LCD™ screen (921K) making it possible to check focus and image quality with accuracy. It incorporates an easy-to-see display with a quick navigation menu to easily access common functions without interrupting your creative flow. A backlit LCD panel sits on top of the camera and displays key settings.

The camera includes dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, HX series and CompactFlash® media.

Bright Lens

The choice of full-frame lenses to complement the α850 model is enhanced with the new SAL2875 28-75mm F2.8 SAM lens. This compact, easy-to-carry lens is ideal for photo enthusiasts looking to add a bright, general purpose zoom to their collection of full-frame optics.

Delivering excellent imaging quality at an accessible price, it offers a wide F2.8 aperture over its entire zoom range. Ideal for day-to-day shooting tasks, its bright constant aperture makes the 28-75mm F2.8 SAM particularly valuable for depth-of-field control and available-light portraits.

Pricing and Availability

The a850 (model DSLR-A850) will be available in September for about $2,000 (body only) along with related accessories. All a900 accessories are compatible with the a850 camera, including the dedicated vertical grip (model VG-C90AM). The SAL2875 lens will be available in November for about $800. All will be available at authorized dealers, at military base exchanges, Sony Style retail stores ( and at

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Alaska Stock Images announces new distribution agreement with Masterfile

USA, 26 AUGUST 2009 - Alaska Stock Images, a full service stock photography agency specializing in Alaska-themed photos, is delighted to announce its new distribution agreement with Masterfile Corporation, one of the stock industry’s leading visual content providers with headquarters in Toronto and offices in Dusseldorf, Paris, Milan and London.

Alaska Stock Images has a photo database of over 300,000 Rights Managed and Royalty Free pictures of which nearly 17,000 Rights Managed images have been especially selected for their Alaskan speciality and international relevance and are sold worldwide via its international distribution network. Signing a distribution partnership with Masterfile, will provide increased penetration of Alaska Stock’s imagery among professional image buyers worldwide.

Jeff, Schultz, owner at Alaska Stock, comments: “I am excited at the opportunity to partner with such a high-end content provider as Masterfile. I have long admired Steve Pigeon's vision and his dedication to the innovative marketing of imagery and unique quality content. Showcasing Alaska Stock's collection to Masterfile’s worldwide clients reflects a consistent vision to provide exceptional content and is a great compliment to the quality and uniqueness of our imagery. We applaud Masterfile's service-based culture which mirrors Alaska Stock's commitment to excellent customer service and are thrilled to be a partner with them.”

For further details on Alaska Stock, please contact Jeff Schultz at + 1 907 276 1343 or email

About Alaska Stock Images:
Alaska Stock Images, founded in 1990 by Jeff Schultz, is a specialty photo agency with an offering of over 300,000 Rights-Managed and Royalty-Free images of Alaska tourism, summer and winter lifestyles, outdoor recreation, adventure, historic, wildlife, global warming and climate change, majestic landscapes, and photos from Antarctica and Canada. This collection continues to grow on a regular basis with over 60,000 images available online at with in excess of 150 contributing photographers of the highest calibre.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Photoshop Tutorial :: Rain Effect :: Rainmaker - Here we will burst the clouds and make the rain fall. This technique can be achieved creating layers and editing the Image in the filter palette. These settings can be modified to make the rain effect lighter or heavier. by helpvid

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Kennedy: A lifetime through photos

Sen. Edward Kennedy passed away Tuesday night after a battle with brain cancer. The Democrat spent more than 40 years in the Senate, becoming known for his hard work on health care, civil rights and education. (Aug. 26)

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Canon U.S.A. Launches Its First Mac-Campatible High-Speed Business Scanners

New imageFORMULA DR-2510M & DR-2010M Scanners Extend The Range Of Canon's imageFORMULA Product Line to Mac Environments

Lake Success, N.Y., August 24, 2009 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging and office solutions, today introduced the latest additions to its award-winning imageFORMULA DR-Series scanners – the imageFORMULA DR-2510M and DR-2010M desktop scanners. These new scanners represent the first fully Mac-compatibleI high-speed document scanners from Canon. These new models are ideal for the varied document capture needs of creative professionals, educational and scientific users, and Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) businesses alike.

"Everyday the number of Mac users is growing and we felt it was crucial to develop easy-to-use yet powerful scanning solutions to meet their image capture needs," said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "The new DR-2510M and DR-2010M scanners deliver broad compatibility, high image quality, and fast scanning speeds, all in a small footprint."

The new Canon DR-2510M and DR-2010M scanners feature a Mac-compatible TWAIN driver, the industry standard for linking applications and scanners. Bundled Mac-compatible software, such as Canon CaptureOnTouch enables one-touch scanning directly to e-mail, printers, shared network folders, and applications such as iPhoto for easy transfer of images to an iPhone. The sophisticated driver and software bundle complements the DR-2510M and DR-2010M scanning hardware to provide users with complete, end-to-end image capture solutions and easier integration into existing workflows.

With a sleek look in a small package that Mac users prefer, the Canon imageFORMULA DR-2510M and DR-2010M scanners are a creative way to maximize available office space and boost productivity. The DR-2510M and DR-2010M models provide fast color scanning, at speeds up to 25 pages-per-minute (ppm) simplex/50 images-per-minute (ipm) duplex, and 20ppm simplex/40ipm duplex, respectivelyII. Superb image quality is maintained with advanced imaging features derived from decades of Canon experience, such as Advanced Text Enhancement, Color Dropout, and Auto Color Detection, as well as resolution up to 600 dots-per-inch (dpi), so documents can be accurately scanned to maintain their fundamental creative values.

Helping to maximize productivity and operator convenience, the Canon imageFORMULA DR-2510M and DR-2010M scanners include several features to help ensure reliable and smooth operation such as Ultrasonic Double Feed Detection (only on the DR-2510M), Automatic Page Size Detection, and Text Orientation Recognition. In addition, both models are designed with a slant paper path that allows for smooth scanning of a wide variety of documents, including thick documents, multisheet forms, driver licenses and embossed plastic cards. These features reduce user presorting and preparation time, as well as unnecessary downtime and maintenance.

The DR-2510M and DR-2010M scanners have been designed with Canon's initiative to take an environmentally and people-conscious approach to product design and lifecycle. These scanners meet the ENERGY STAR Program guidelines for energy efficiency, and also comply with RoHS and WEEE directives for reduction of hazardous substances and waste products.

Both the imageFORMULA DR-2510M and DR-2010M desktop scanners are available immediately through authorized Canon resellers with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $795 and $555, respectively*.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number seven in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting

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I Compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9 – 10.5.6.

II Examples based on typical settings, rated in pages/images per minute with letter-sized documents, portrait-feeding direction, at 200dpi. Actual processing speeds may vary based on computer performance and application software.

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Janel McCarville photo shoot

Janel McCarville poses for the cover of New York Family Sports magazine at the Sportime tennis courts on Randall's Island.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

How to use Layers Blending Options In Adobe Photoshop Cs3
- Using the layers blending option (Effects Palette) in photoshop makes your text or image beautiful. I love adding a bit of drop shadow and mixing some inner and outer glow. Play with these settings and you will get the results you are looking for. This tutorial is for beginners. by 1stoptutorials

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Photoshop Tutorial On How Too Use The Layers Part 2 - This is part two of the layers palette, in this tutorial we go more in depth about creating new fill or adjustments how to add a gradient effect, plus we look at make folders for layers and naming them. Beginners tutorial by 1stoptutorials

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Photoshop Tutorial On How Too Use The Layers Part1 - free online video tutorial on how too use the layers palette in photoshop. Layers are very important and will make your life a lot easier. This tutorial is a two part, in the first part will will explore the how to move layers and how to color code them for future projects. beginners tutorial by 1stoptutorials

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For his eyes only

A British bridal photography business run exclusively by women is attracting customers from South Africa to Singapore.

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FujiFilm Unveils Its First Long-Zoom Digital Compact Camera: The Finpix F70EXR

Powerful New Addition to Fujifilm's Award-Winning F-Series Offers DSLR-like Capabilities in an Affordable, Stylish Package

Valhalla, NY, July 22, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today announced the FinePix F70EXR, a sleek, compact digital camera that combines intuitive use with the most advanced features and technology available in a point-and-shoot digital camera. The announcement of the FinePix F70EXR also marks Fujifilm’s first model in the growing long-zoom compact segment with an impressive Fujinon 10x wide angle optical zoom.

Encased in a beautifully sculpted metal shell with a double coated lacquer finish and measuring only 22.7mm thick, the FinePix F70EXR offers several enhancements over its predecessor, the FinePix F60 and boasts marked improvements over competing long-zoom digital cameras, particularly in the areas of design, image quality and capture technology.

“The FinePix F70EXR, which has been designed specifically for taking demanding shots in challenging conditions, requires a sophisticated sensor and control algorithms to ensure every shot looks the very best,” said David Troy, marketing manager, Consumer Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. “By adding our EXR technology to the FinePix F70EXR, users will achieve outstanding images in virtually any lighting condition, and have the advantages of a 10x zoom that fits in your shirt pocket.”

Long zoom compact cameras, as opposed to standard compact digital cameras, typically use a smaller sensor that is vulnerable to difficult lighting conditions since light has a harder time reaching the CCD sensor. To mitigate this vulnerability, Fujifilm has introduced its award-winning EXR technology into the FinePix F70EXR, allowing for significant improvement in image quality against the competition.
Introduced earlier this year with the FinePix F200EXR, Fujifilm’s EXR technology uses the human eye as the basis for the perfect camera sensor, creating a Super CCD sensor capable of registering excellent levels of detail when switched to its HR (High Resolution) mode. The FinePix F70EXR is also capable of offering excellent quality in low light and superb highlight detail in contrast light when switched to its SN (High Sensitivity and Low Noise) mode and DR (Wide Dynamic Range) modes respectively.

EXR Modes
An advanced feature on the FinePix F70EXR, ‘EXR Auto’ helps take the guesswork out of setting the camera by doing it for you. EXR Auto is a sophisticated set of program modes that can automatically detect six different types of scenes - Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Backlit Portrait, Night, and Night Portrait. The camera will recognize the scene and optimize focus, color balance, exposure, flash and sensitivity and will automatically switch the sensor to HR, SN or DR mode depending on the lighting conditions of the scene. By using EXR Auto, users can let the camera do all the hard work and concentrate more on getting the best shot possible.

Multi Frame Technology: Pro Focus Mode / Pro Low-light Mode
New Fujifilm EXR digital cameras, including the FinePix F70EXR will offer several new shooting modes that combine the power of Super CCD EXR with Multi Frame Technology to enable users to capture exceptional images that rival the most expensive professional D-SLR cameras.

Typically, one of the ways to distinguish ‘D-SLR’ photography from ‘compact’ photography has been the use of ‘wide aperture’ to create mood and depth in a picture. These ‘professional’ shots are now possible on the FinePix F70EXR, which uses Pro Focus Mode to combine two or three burst shots together. Through complex digital imaging technology, a crisp shot of the subject is synthesized against a defocused background and foreground. Ideal for portraiture, nature photography or any subject that needs ‘lifting’ from its background, the FinePix F70EXR Pro Focus Mode provides satisfying professional results at the touch of a button.

Meanwhile, Pro Low-light Mode is applied to solving the problems of noisy low light shots. With current cameras, it is possible to achieve relatively blur-free low light shots using high ISO and CCD shift mechanical image stabilization. However, high ISO settings typically come at a cost, as the ISO 1600 setting will invariably produce distracting and ugly noise. In Pro Low-light Mode, the camera will take bursts of four high sensitivity images using Pixel Fusion Technology[*1] in quick succession. With Multi Frame Technology, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th images are overlapped to create one image with extremely low noise.

Super Slim 10x Zoom Lens
In conjunction with the Super CCD EXR sensor, the FinePix F70EXR features a Fujinon 10x optical zoom lens that produces crisp high resolution results throughout the focal range, from 27mm wide-angle to 270mm telephoto. The lens of the FinePix F70EXR features Super EBC Coating that keeps ghosting and flare to minimum to allow for optimal picture quality.
Film Simulation Modes
Similar to other high-end FinePix models, the FinePix F70EXR offers five different film ‘modes’ to allow the photographer full creative expression to explore a variety of pre-set color and contrast modes designed around Fujifilm’s most famous film emulsions. The modes are:

• Velvia/Vivid mode for rich and luscious landscapes
• PROVIA/Standard mode for excellent, sharp, standard photography
• ASTIA/Soft mode for soft, fine, smooth tonality
• Black & White mode captures the dramatic honesty of your image in black and white
• Sepia mode creates a sense of nostalgia with the warm brown “antique” tones of Sepia

In the Provia, Velvia and Astia modes, the dynamic range can now be set to 800% to improve and highlight details further.

New ‘Super Intelligent’ Flash
The FinePix F70EXR offers a radically improved flash control system which efficiently controls the level of flash for a given exposure to produce beautifully balanced flash illumination across the foreground and background. Gone are the ugly washout shots where the subject is blasted with light and the background dark and unexposed. Super Intelligent Flash is most useful in macro photography where the contrast between subject and background can be especially challenging, but is also effective for night and backlit photography.

New High Contrast LCD
The FinePix F70EXR is fitted with an improved high contrast 230K-pixel 2.7” LCD. The high contrast LCD is a considerable benefit in bright light, and means that the camera can be pitched
at various shooting angles to enable framing of awkward shots. Viewable at 160 degrees both vertically and horizontally, the LCD is bright and clear for beautiful rendition of shots in playback.
Dual Stabilization
Long zoom cameras need stabilization more than any other compact, with handshake and subject movement a particular problem in low light at telephoto range. The FinePix F70EXR reduces blur to a minimum by deploying Picture Stabilization to automatically increase shutter speeds to freeze action, and CCD Image Stabilization to counteract the problems of handshake. By cleverly combining these two, blur is reduced to an absolute minimum.
Face Detection 3.0 and Automatic Red-eye Removal
To provide perfectly exposed and focused portrait shots, the FinePix F70EXR is fitted with Fujifilm’s latest Face Detection technology which is able to track up to 10 faces simultaneously, at almost any angle to the camera. The system instantly corrects red-eye and then saves both the original and the corrected image file automatically.

The FinePix F70EXR will be available August 2009 at a retail price of $279.95.
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[*1] Pixel Fusion Technology: Technology of Fujifilm changing the color filter arrangement. Two side-by-side, same-colored pixels are taken together as a single pixel. The area of imaging elements is doubled, the sensitivity is twice the normal level, and "dark noise" is extremely small. Therefore it is possible to create a high sensitivity image with little noise, instead of increasing the gain from a single pixel and increasing the noise.

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Fascination of man and nature - Minden Pictures at mauritius images

Mittenwald (Germany), AUGUST 2009 - Experience nature, wildlife and natural phenomena with Minden Pictures! Renowned photographers will present excellent shots from unusual perspectives and document the diversity of species as well as endangered species of flora and fauna around the globe. Mauritius images offers approximately 23.000 pictures of Minden Pictures within the German-speaking countries.

About mauritius images:
mauritius images GmbH is one of the biggest owner-run picture agencies in Europe and represents more than 700 freelance photographers. The picture agency cooperates with over 50 renowned partneragencies worldwide and guarantees both an international nature and international distribution of our outstanding imagery. mauritius images’ strength lies in a European style.

The picture agency with its headquarters in Mittenwald can look back upon many decades of successful company history. The agency was founded in 1929 in Berlin. In 1947, the archive in Mittenwald had been reconstructed. With numerous innovations we opened a wide customer base over the years. Besides free-of-charge picture research the customers benefit from a personal service and competent advice. There are 75 employees and besides Mittenwald further offices in Frankfurt and Vienna. The complete portfolio with over 3 Million images of mauritius images can found at

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30 Days and Counting: Hasselblad Invites Qualified H3DII Owners to Kennedy Space Center, September 24-26, 2009

24/08/2009 To celebrate the 40th anniversary of man’s first moonwalk, on July 20, 1969 – which was photographed by Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong with their specially designed Hasselblad cameras – Hasselblad has come up with an offer that’s, well, out of this world!

Customers who purchased an H3Dll-50 or H3Dll-60 camera between July 1, 2009, and August 21, 2009, are eligible for an all-expenses-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, September 24 to 26. At this once-in-a-lifetime event, qualifying H3DII owners will mingle with fellow photographers, industry insiders, and journalists, attend a gala dinner featuring a photography presentation by Buzz Aldrin, participate in professional training sessions and other activities designed to maximize enjoyment of their Hasselblad gear. They also will hear Hasselblad CEO Christian Poulsen and the designers behind the Hasselblad H System discuss the past and future of camera design.

A guided photo tour of the Kennedy Space Center will give participants an unforgettable, behind-the-scenes look at NASA’s launch facililties. Photographs taken during the tour will be entered in a contest for valuable Hasselblad prizes.

The Hasselblad Space Center agenda at a glance:


# Breakfast and Welcome
# Quick review of the Hasselblad H System: hands-on shooting, overview of advanced features and functions, central shutter lenses, Tilt-and-Shift shooting, and un-tethered shooting. A well-stocked supply of Hasselblad lenses and accessories is ready to try out.
# “NASA Up Close” Tour of the Kennedy Space Center: closeup views of Space Shuttle Launch Pads, NASA Causeway, Operations and Checkout building (where the astronauts live during training), Shuttle Landing Facility, Crawler Transporter (which transports Shuttle to its launch pad). Explore Space Center with Hasselblad trainers for photo shooting tour.
# Lunch
# Phocus software session, setting up sample workflow to get familiar with each step of this powerful processing tool.
# Coffee
# Small groups work on Phocus with Hasselblad trainers; tips, tricks and workflow expertise. Photographers submit images for session photo contest.
# Q&A and Review
# Buzz Aldrin/Space Photography Dinner at the Apollo/Saturn V Center: behind-the-scenes look at design demands made by space and lunar photography, how deveopments have affected camera design, demands placed on modern digital cameras in space environment, where they are heading. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin shares his experiences and photography.


# Breakfast
# Seminar and forum on development of Hasselblad system: lenses and lens design, advanced processing techniques, material design. Hasselblad designers offer advanced info and tips, sneak peek into the future of the Hasselblad System.
# Break
# Hasselblad Masters photographers tell how Hasselblad gear has helped them shoot in various styles and situations.
# Lunch and drawing for one photographer who will win four Hasselblad HC/HCD lenses.
# Hasselblad Masters and Designers
# Break-out Sessions:
(1) detailed presentation of attending Masters photographers’ techniques and experiences or
(2) in-depth technical presentation of design and development topics with designers.

Prepare for takeoff!

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

5% lifetime referral commissions now at

The 3D Studio changed their affiliate program to include also contributor referrals. Here is the announcement from The 3D Studio Blog:

We have a new program that’s coming out at right now and is being announced in our newsletter which is going out today but I wanted to also give it a mention here for those that don’t get the newsletter. is proactive in talking to our artists and we welcome their feedback, one thing our artists have been asking for is a referral program and this is especially true for those who sell in the stock image side of but likely a new concept for those in 3D.

At you will find we already have a good affiliate program, one where you can refer a Customer and get 20% of any sale, this program will not change, and the good news is after careful consideration of our artist’s feedback we are now extending our affiliate program to include artist referrals.

So what do you get? Simple…you get 5% of their sales for life. No limits, no changes, guaranteed. This example is straight out of our Help section...

For example, say you refer Bob to and Bob sells Stock Photos. Every time one of Bob’s photos is purchased you will get 5% of that sale. That 5% comes out of’s share so Bob still gets his full royalties.
If the average photo that Bob has sells for $12.00 then you would get $0.60 each and every time it sells, for life. If Bob sells 1000 photos per month then you would earn $600.00 in commission every single month without any limits of any kind.
If you refer a 3D model seller to and their average sales is $200.00 then you would get $10.00. If they average $200.00 per sale and average 100 sales per month you would earn $1,000.00 per month. If they average $200.00 per sale and average 1,000 sales per month then you would earn $10,000.00 per month!

The idea is that you are helping spread the word about and since that helps our business overall it seems only fair that you get paid for helping us in that way. Think about what 5% commissions for life really means if you refer just a few sellers to us, that can add up to seriously large sums of money over time.

The program is live right now and if you are interested you can go grab your affiliate links now:

For anyone who already uses our affiliate program you are all set already and don’t need to do anything. The links you have been using have not changed and this new feature is automatically part of your affiliate efforts.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Picturehouse bookings to be completed before the end of August

PICTUREHOUSE NEW YORK, Pavilion, NY - To guarantee entry into this year’s Picturehouse New York show guide, bookings must be completed before the end of August.

We know many agencies are delaying major expenditure as long as possible, but we don’t want you to miss the boat!

Economic times may be tough, but business still goes on and effective marketing is more important than ever. Picturehouse New York, now in its ninth year, has a proven track record in bringing new business to agencies from around the world.

Over 35% of Picturehouse exhibitors came from countries outside the US. Attendees have told us how beneficial they have found it to have access to these agencies. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a slice of the world’s largest market. Additionally take advantage of relatively advantageous exchange rate (1 euro >= $1.40).

This year’s venue is the largest we have ever hired, with all the exhibit space on one level. We are adding a pre-show seminar on copyright and fair use. And we are holding the inaugural award ceremony for the Young Photographers Alliance the evening before the show. All of which will ensure that this year’s event attracts even more interest than usual from picture buyers in the New York area and beyond.

“Picturehouse New York has always delivered a great return on investment for us. 2008's record client turnout made this the best one so far. Thanks Deborah!” – Geoff Cannon, Masterfile Corporation

If you do only one major piece of marketing this year, make it Picturehouse New York!
• Book your table or advertising now.
• Find out more about exhibiting at Picturehouse New York.
• Find out about our other cost-effective marketing opportunities.
• See who exhibited and registered for last year's event.
• UK libraries, find out how to claim a £1,000 Tradeshow Access Programme government grant.

Event details
When: Wednesday, October 14th 2009, 11am - 8pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, 10011 (map)
Information & booking:
Enquiries to: Deborah Free
Tel: +1 (585) 768 7880

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Photo Cuisine announce their UK launch

London (UK), AUGUST 2009 - We are proud to introduce Photo Cuisine to the UK. From one of the world's foremost collections of food and drink photography, we present an unrivalled selection of more than 140,000 visually stunning Rights Managed and Royalty Free images and CDs.

Available directly in the UK market for the first time, each of our images is beautifully constructed using the finest ingredients, the highest quality food styling and industry leading photographers and all images of our prepared dishes are available with their own full recipes Photo Cuisine UK offers the entire collection of images available to download online through the website

In addition we offer…
- free picture research
- tailored and personal key account services
- set rates agreements for key accounts
- comprehensive recipe writing service
- full photo feature service across all subjects of the culinary spectrum

You can visit us online and register at We’ll keep you updated with new imagery, special offers and the very latest in visual food trends . Alternatively you can contact us to discuss your image requirements on 0845 094 0546 or via email at

We look forward to welcoming you and to whetting your appetite with our delicious imagery.

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Tamron AF18-270mm VC Wins EISA Award: European Travel Lens Of The Year 2009-2010

Eleventh EISA Award for Tamron’s Line of Advanced Optics for Consumer and Professional SLR Cameras

August 15, 2009, Commack, NY – Tamron’s AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO (Model B003), a high power all-in-one zoom lens (Megazoom) with a proprietary built-in advanced VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, covering a 15X zoom range of 28-419mm equivalent angle of view when converted to full frame* and exclusively designed for APS-C sized SLR cameras, has been selected as the winner of the EISA Photo Award – European Travel Lens of the Year 2008-2009.

EISA Awards are presented each year to the best products in photographic, audiovisual, video and mobile product categories as voted by the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) panel consisting of editors-in-chief and technical editors of about 50 leading and influential magazines in 20 European countries that specialize in photography, audio, video and mobile electronic products. The EISA award is recognized worldwide as one of the most prestigious awards a product can receive in its specific category. The honor marks the 11th time Tamron has received this highly prestigious and internationally recognized award. This is the fourth consecutive EISA award for Tamron following the 2008-2009 EISA for the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC (Model A20), the 2007-2008 EISA for the AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II (Model A18) and the 2006-2007 EISA for the SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Di II (Model A16).

Award Citation of the EISA Jury
“With this 15x-zoom APS-C format lens, Tamron has not only produced a DSLR lens with the most extensive zoom range available, but also an impressive optical performance. Tamron’s built-in optical image stabilizer, Vibration Compensation (VC), is able to reduce the impact of camera shake so the photographer can hand hold the lens at shutter speeds of up to 4 stops beyond normal safe levels. This is especially useful in low light conditions. With its compact design, light weight, high optical performance and extremely wide focal range the Tamron AF18-270mm VC lens is a perfect travel companion.”

Tamron’s AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC zoom lens is truly the “World Record Megazoom” and has been highly evaluated not only by EISA, but also by photographers around the world, as the ideal compact and lightweight travel lens.

The new Award “Travel Lens of the Year” emphasizes the high demand of sophisticated and versatile camera lenses for traveling and many other purposes. For Tamron, the “pioneer of the megazoom,” this award is incentive and confirmation at the same time to put even more effort into the optimization of high power all-in-one zoom lenses to meet the expectations of customers' wishes.

History of EISA Awarded Tamron Lenses
1992-1993 SP AF35-105mm F/2.8 Aspherical (Model 65D)
1993-1994 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D)
1997-1998 SP AF90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 (Model 72E)
1999-2000 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Aspherical [IF] Macro (Model 185D)
2000-2001 AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical [IF] Super II (Model 371D)
2002-2003 AF28-300mm Ultra XR F/3.5-6.3 LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A06)
2003-2004 SP AF28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A09)
2006-2007 SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] (Model A16)
2007-2008 AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A18)
2008-2009 AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A20)
2009-2010 AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model B003)

About Tamron
Tamron is a leading manufacturer of photographic lenses. Among its many optical and mechanical innovations since the founding of the company in 1950, Tamron's development of mass-produced hybrid aspherical elements paved the way for today’s compact high power zoom all-in-one lenses (Megazooms) when, in 1992, this technology was incorporated into the groundbreaking 28-200mm. Tamron continues to lead in this category of lenses with the new 18-270mm — a best in class all-in-one zoom lens boasting an unprecedented 15X zoom range and featuring Tamron's proprietary Vibration Compensation (VC) system for blur-free hand-held shooting of photos in low light and at telephoto settings. Tamron has garnered international acclaim for its extensive line-up of professional and consumer lenses.

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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Storytelling: From analog to digital and back to analog. today announced a partnership with Mixbook for creating photo books. Tens of millions of photographs scanned by’s photo scanning service are now be turned instantly into bookstore-quality photo books using Mixbook’s powerful and intuitive photo book software.

“At last, an elegant solution for sharing precious memories with family and friends in print. Mixbook’s bookstore-quality photo books are sure to be a hit with’s photo scanning customers. It is fast, super-easy and affordable,” explained Mitch Goldstone, CEO of

With this partnership, customers will be able to use their digitized photos in beautiful photo books created directly on Mixbook’s Web site. customers around the world can create family history albums, wedding photo books, baby photo books and wedding guest books using Mixbook.

“Mixbook is the easiest and most powerful solution for creating photo books, with intuitive photo book software that enables an unprecedented level of creativity – customers can move every element on a page to create their own layouts and fully personalize their books. They keep it easy with their rich library of beautiful themes and their AutoMix feature, which finishes a photo book in seconds,” said Goldstone.

For more information about the partnership, visit:

About International, based in Irvine, CA was founded by photo imaging industry leaders, Mitch Goldstone and Carl Berman. Online and retail services include: Scanning photos, slides, and hundreds of other photo imaging products. 24/7 live support always available. Visit, Follow on Twitter:

About Mixbook
Mixbook is a free online service for creating and sharing personalized photo books that offers the world’s first collaborative scrapbook editor for creating photo books. Mixbook lets users quickly and easily create professional-looking photo books and fully personalizes them with thousands of free creative elements. Users can then share their creations on the Web or as high-quality printed photo books. Check out how easy Mixbook is to use with this 30-second video demo or visit Follow on Twitter:

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Learn How To Use The Blur,Sharpen,Smudge Tool In Photoshop CS3 Another simple tutorial on how to use the smudge, sharpen and blur tool. These tools are very easy to use. If you want more of a better effect then use the liquify tool instead of smudge. Basic Tutorial by 1stoptutorials

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Lightroom 2 Keyboard Shortcuts

How to speed up your Lightroom workflow with my favorite keyboard shortcuts. By Yanik's Photo School. by TouchPhoto

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Combine Flickr and Google Maps - Tekzilla Daily Tip

A new way to browse Flickr photos, using location information and Google Maps. Awesome tip shows you cool ways to visualize pictures and locations. by revision3

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Scott Kelby - The Digital Photography Book Vol. 3 [Review]

Hey guys I just got this book by Scott Kelby and wanted to share a few of the things I like about it with you. by tutvid

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Shutterstock Launches Shuttertweet: A New Way for Submitters to Showcase their Stock Images and Footage on Twitter

Shuttertweet instantly sends out tweets when new images and footage have been added to submitters' portfolios

New York, August 19, 2009 – Shutterstock, the world’s largest subscription-based stock photo agency, announced today the launch of Shuttertweet, a new tool for Twitter that empowers stock image and stock footage submitters by instantly sending out messages (or “tweets”) announcing when new images and footage clips have been added to their Shutterstock portfolios.

Shuttertweet also enables submitters to monetize their use of Twitter. Submitters earn a referral commission from anyone who makes a purchase after clicking on the link to their Shutterstock gallery in one of their Shuttertweet messages.

In addition, Shuttertweet sends an update regarding submitters’ download counts on a daily basis to share the success of their portfolios with people that follow them on Twitter.

“Shuttertweet is truly a win-win for our submitters because it both automatically showcases their work and allows them to make money via our affiliate marketing program using Twitter,” said Jon Oringer, founder and CEO of Shutterstock.

To sign up, submitters login to the submit site and click the option under "Make Money" or visit: to enable Shutterstock to send tweets on their behalf. Submitters can deactivate Shuttertweet at any time.

“Shuttertweet is a great way to advertise my work,” said Jake Hellbach (Shutterstock submitter name: JHDT Stock Images LLC), a successful Shutterstock photographer and videographer based in Sugarland, Texas. “I used to post links to my images and footage clips manually on Twitter when I had the time, but with this tool, I know my name is getting out to stock photo and stock footage buyers each day, so I can get back to shooting.”

About Shutterstock®
Founded in 2003, Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. Its outstanding collection of premium photos, illustrations, and vectors combined with a selection of innovative, user-friendly subscription plans has made Shutterstock a trusted resource for an expanding global customer base. An industry pioneer in selling royalty-free stock by subscription, Shutterstock was also the first online photo agency to offer editorial photos and launch a video library. Shutterstock Footage offers a comprehensive library of royalty-free video clips available on a per-clip basis or by subscription. For more information, visit

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iStockphoto Announces Winners of its International Punctum Day Awards with $45,000 in Prizes given to Top Contributing Artists

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 19, 2009 – iStockphoto, the world’s leading royalty-free stock destination, today announced the nine winners of its Punctum Day competition, now in its third year. Punctum Day celebrates creative excellence and the profound emotional impact a truly great work of art can have on its audience. Finalists were chosen by the user-generated community of more than 6 million iStock members and the winners were determined by an international panel of judges.

This year’s categories included best photo, vector, video, Flash™ and design of the year with audio included for the first time. The top 10 finalists from each category were selected from a pool of more than 1.75 million entries. The panel of judges included Chris and Trish Meyer, founders of Crish Design; Russell Brown, senior creative director at Adobe Systems; and Scott Kelby, publisher and co-founder of Photoshop User Magazine, editor-in-chief of Layers magazine and host of Photoshop User TV. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

iStockphoto Punctum Day Winners:
Photo of the year – Vladimir Piskunov (member name: piskunov), Russia, Full Moon Calling

Video of the year – David Baumber (member name: multifocus), United Kingdom, Busy Office Frozen in Time

Vector of the year – Brian Smith (member name: scargut), United States, The Vlad Supper

Audio of the year – Alexander Maas (member name: -MUX-), Germany, Siberia

Flash of the year – Holger Bogen (member name: holgerbogen), Germany, Computer Hacker

Design of the Year – Adrian Foster (member name: vsdesign), United Kingdom, Jonathan Trumbull & Hatters homepage design

The iStockphoto inspection team named Kurt Paris (member name: paris), United Kingdom, as the most improved contributor and Luis Sandoval Mandujano (member name: erlucho), Chile, as the most deserving of new equipment. Paris will receive a USD $5,000 cash prize and Mandujano will receive $5,000 in new equipment. Jamie Carroll, (member name: jc_design) was named winner of the “Steel Cage – 2009 Battle Royale” competition and will also take home $5,000.

Hall of Fame:
The iStockphoto Hall of Fame spotlights members who have left an indelible stamp on the history of the company. iStock founder, Bruce Livingstone, left the organization earlier this year. His ideas, passion and commitment created more than just a company – they created an industry. His commitment to the iStock community provided the foundation on which the company continues to grow. It is only fitting that Bruce be given a position of honor in the iStockphoto hall of fame.

About iStock
iStockphoto offers affordable inspiration with royalty-free photos, illustrations, video, audio and Flash® files. Using the most accurate search in the business, customers download a file at least every second from a collection of more than five million files for business, marketing and personal projects.

iStockphoto started in 2000, pioneering the micropayment photography business model, and has become one of the most successful and profitable user-generated content sites in the world. iStockphoto pays out approximately $1.2 million weekly in artist royalties.

iStockphoto is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.

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Hasselblad “Masters on Tour” Showcases 100 Finalists’ Images

Starting this month, photos by the 100 finalists in the Hasselblad 2009 Masters Award competition will be showcased in a traveling exhibition.

The “Masters on Tour” exhibit will visit Hong Kong, Copenhagen, New York, and London, where the public will be able to view the work and vote for their favorite photographs in each category.

From the more than 3,000 photographers who submitted portfolios to the competition, 10 were selected in each of the 10 Masters categories: Architecture, Editorial, Fashion, Fine Art, General Photography, Nature/Landscape, Portrait, Product, Social/Wedding, and Upcoming. One photo from each finalist photographer is now touring.

“I am thrilled by the artistic and technical quality of the photography of our finalists,” says Christian Norgaard, Photographer Relations Manager at Hasselblad. “I am eager to see which photographs will prevail in public voting against very strong competition.” A jury of photography experts will determine the 10 winners - with a twist. For the first time, one vote per category will be decided through public voting.

Starting in Hong Kong at Cornwall House, Taikog Place, 979 Kings Road, Island East, August 21-31, the next port of call is Copenhagen’s DASK Gallery, Flæsketorvet 24, Kødbyen, 1711 Copenhagen V, August 28–September 12; then New York City, on October 22, for a Masters Exhibition and VIP get together at MILK Studio, 450 W. 15th Street (during PhotoPlus Expo); then London in December.

Each Masters exhibition is created in collaboration with HP, Hahnemühle, SanDisk, and Broncolor. HP printed the 100 finalist images with their new Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer on the TIPA award-winning Photo Rag Baryta paper from Hahnemühle. TIPA-winning Broncolor - for Best Studio Flash Generator: Broncolor Scoro A4S - is providing high-end lighting equipment for the exhibition sites, and SanDisk is supplying CompactFlash memory cards to the winners, as they did last year.

“The standard of work shown by the finalists is very high this year,” says Christian Nørgaard. “These are photographers who already are successful and for whom winning a Hasselblad Masters Award would be the icing on the cake.”

To vote for your favorite image in each category or to find out more about the Hasselblad Masters Award program, click here

Text by Alice B. Miller

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