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April 2009 News  
Pre-orders begin June 1 on AlienBees MAX monolight, new accessories
Starting June 1, Paul C. Buff will begin taking pre-orders on a slick new pair of 320ws and 640ws monolights called AlienBees MAX that features digital controls, automatic switching between three capacitor banks for more consistent colour temperature and faster flash duration as flash brightness is lowered, a worldwide power supply, the ability to be powered in the field by inexpensive square wave AC inverters and optional remote wireless control. At the same time, the Nashville, Tennessee-based lighting company will be taking the wraps off redesigned reflectors that feature greater dent resistance, a line of light-efficient parabolic umbrellas and a wireless remote control unit called Cyber Commander. The company is also expanding into Europe, with direct ordering and shipment from Switzerland projected to begin in June 2009.
April 30, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Souza's behind the scenes images well worth a look
While there have been many galleries lately featuring President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office, White House photographer Pete Souza offers us a look Behind the scenes at the White House in this large-image gallery from The Sacramento Bee's The Frame.
April 30, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Canadian content added to awards gallery
Reuters has updated its gallery of Award winners from various contests around the world with some Canadian content from the News Photographers Association of Canada.
April 30, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Obama's first 100 days well documented
If you haven't seen too many images of Barack Obama's early days as president, PIXCETERA from AOL news offers Scenes From a New Presidency and TIME features Photos: Behind the Scenes with Obama by photographer Callie Shell.
April 29, 2009 | FULL STORY 
The Big Picture features more Jason Hawkes' landscapes from above
If you liked the aerial landscapes over London from Jason Hawkes, The Big Picture from The Boston Globe features more of his work from various parts of the world in Human landscapes from above.
April 29, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Supercharged High Speed Sync, improved EOS 5D Mark II support in new firmware for PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5
The latest firmware updates for the Canon versions of the LPA Design PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 improve the use of the new wireless radio system with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, provide a user-selectable starting shutter speed for HyperSync and correct several bugs. The biggest change, however, in the v4.250 firmware is a reworking of Canon High Speed Sync support that makes this Speedlite operating mode more powerful and efficient. With certain Canon cameras, the boost in both maximum Speedlite brightness and the shortening of recycle time at high shutter speeds is dramatic, relative to the Canon flash system without the aid of LPA Design's wireless radio remotes.
April 28, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Nikon releases Camera Control Pro 2.5
Nikon has released Camera Control Pro 2.5.0 for Mac and Windows, an update to its digital SLR remote control application. Changes include support for the D5000 and several bug fixes.
April 28, 2009 | FULL STORY 
New batch processing feature added to Noise Ninja standalone
PictureCode has released a new version of the Noise Ninja standalone application for Mac and Windows. Noise Ninja v2.2.0 adds a batch processing feature called Sidekick Mode which enables other applications, such as Photoshop Lightroom or Photo Mechanic, to send photos to it for fully automated noise removal processing.
April 27, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Galleries offers visual evidence of swine flu outbreak
A Reuters gallery focuses on the Swine flu outbreak in Mexico while a gallery from The New York Times shows the Global Response to Swine Flu.
April 27, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Reuters looks at the best from the past 24 hours
The lead image of a Reuters gallery called Editor's choice caught our eye. The gallery features a selection of the best work from Reuters photographers from around the globe.
April 24, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Wildfires produce dramatic images
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features a gallery of dramatic images in Wildfire Attacks South Carolina.
April 24, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Digital Photo Professional, other Canon software updated
Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, Picture Style Editor and several other Canon digital SLR applications for Mac and Windows have been updated. Changes include support for the Rebel T1i/500D in several programs and the addition of Highlight and Shadow adjustment sliders in Digital Photo Professional.
April 23, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Canon releases firmware updates for EOS Rebel XS/1000D, XSi/450D and 50D
Canon has released firmware updates for the EOS Rebel XS/1000D, XSi/450D and 50D. All three updates add support for the AF Assist light feature of the upcoming Speedlite 270EX, while the 50D firmware additionally addresses an instance of vertical banding noise and expands the list of error codes the camera can display.
April 23, 2009 | FULL STORY 
PIXCETERA gallery highlights the Exquisite Earth
PIXCETERA from AOL news features a gallery of outstanding images from around the globe called Exquisite Earth.
April 22, 2009 | FULL STORY 
The Times features the work of its Pulitzer winner
The New York Times features the work of Times photographer Damon Winter who won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. A gallery of his prize-winning images can be viewed in A Vision of History.
April 20, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Reuters features the week's sports highlights
Reuters has posted a gallery of top sports images from last week in Weekly sports highlights.
April 20, 2009 | FULL STORY 
The Times features The Tabloid Photographer
The New York Times features a fine multimedia feature by Todd Heisler, the latest in its One in 8 Million series, called Jim Romano: The Tabloid Photographer.
April 18, 2009 | FULL STORY 
AP adds Depth of Field
The Associated Press has an interesting multimedia feature on its gallery page called Depth of Field where AP photographers talk about covering conflicts, sports and other events.
April 18, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Nikon video features stunning motorcycle photography
Nikon USA has produced a podcast featuring shooter Michael Lichter and the D3X, showcasing Lichter's use of Nikon's high-resolution flagship for his stunning motorcycle photography.
April 16, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Cities benefit from unexpected green spaces
National Geographic photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel show how cities throughout the world have explored the potential of lofty green spaces in a gallery called Up on the Roof.
April 16, 2009 | FULL STORY 
French photographer explores the world of bees
While we continue to read about disappearance of honey bees in the news, Eric Tourneret, The Bee Photographer has been busy at work in their world.
April 15, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Gallery shows animals on the attack
Reuters has posted a gallery of aggressive animal behaviour towards humans in When animals attack.
April 15, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Apple releases Aperture 2.1.3
Apple today has released Aperture 2.1.3 for Mac, a maintenance update for its pro photo management and RAW conversion application.
April 14, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Galleries highlight top sports images
PIXCETERA from AOL news features a large gallery of top sports images and The Washington Post features the previous week's Top 10 Sports Photos.
April 14, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Nikon introduces D5000 digital SLR with vari-angle LCD, 720p video
The club of video-capable digital SLR cameras has a new member. Nikon has unveiled the D5000, an entry-level digital SLR that features a 12.21 million image pixel CMOS sensor, 4fps still photo shooting rate, 2.7in (diagonal) vari-angle rear LCD and 720p video capture in a lightweight body that's expected to sell for US$729.95 in the U.S. when it ships later this month. The D5000 offers pro photographers in the Nikon camp a way to try their hand at digital SLR video, at a price that's even lower than the D90.
April 13, 2009 | FULL STORY 
AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED joins Nikkor lineup
Along with the D5000, Nikon today has introduced a new wide angle zoom for its DX Format digital SLR cameras. The AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED features two ED and three aspherical elements, a seven-blade diaphragm, Silent Wave autofocus and a close focus distance of 0.8ft (.24m).
April 13, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Photoshopped images disqualified
The National Press Photographers Association features a story on a Danish photojournalist who was disqualified from his country's version of a picture-of-the-year contest for manipulating an image. More of the images can be viewed on this site.
April 13, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Eddie Adams' Vietnam images featured on npr site
National Public Radio (npr) features photographer Eddie Adams with a radio broadcast, story and image gallery of his photos from Vietnam.
April 13, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Fine images from final round of The Masters
A pair of galleries - one from the New York Times and another from The Washington Post - caught our eye from the final round of the prestigious Masters in Augusta, Georgia.
April 13, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Good to see some Images of spring
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee has posted Images of spring, photography from around the world indicating that winter has finally released its icy grip.
April 13, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Tip: RF shielding fabric around 580EX, 580EX II doubles new PocketWizard range
One of the knocks against the new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 system is its relatively short working range with certain remote Canon Speedlites, ones that emit RF noise in the same frequency band used by U.S./Canada versions of LPA Design's wireless units. The most prominent of the affected flashes is Canon's current flagship, the 580EX II, plus its predecessor, the 580EX. That's the bad news. The good news is the working range can be increased dramatically by swaddling the remote flash in an inexpensive RF shielding fabric called VeilShield. In our tests, the maximum working distance is doubled, or more, with a corresponding increase in triggering reliability at middle distances too. If you use one of these Speedlites as a remote flash, and either own or are considering the purchase of the new PocketWizards, this tip is for you.
April 10, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Canon Parks Photo Contest winners posted
Canon has posted winners of the Canon Photography In The Parks Photo Contest. Additional information about each photo appears in a Shutterbug story which features the photographer's description of each winning image.
April 9, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Large-image galleries feature Alaska's volcano
Offering more images of the effects on the area's population, The Frame from the Sacramento Bee features Alaska volcano, Mount Redoubt, erupts while The Boston Globe's large-image gallery The Big Picture offers Alaska's Mount Redoubt.
April 7, 2009 | FULL STORY 
PIXCETERA hosts award-winning nature gallery
PIXCETERA from AOL news features a gallery of award-winning nature photography in Nature's Best Photography: Animal Antics.
April 6, 2009 | FULL STORY 
AP's Sports Week Gallery captures peak moments
The Associated Press features a Sports Week Gallery of the top sports images from last week.
April 6, 2009 | FULL STORY 
New addition to Times' One In 8 Million feature
In the latest addition to the New York Times' One In 8 Million multimedia feature, photographer Todd Heisler examines the life of Ghassan Elcheikhali: The Tolerance Teacher.
April 6, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Galleries show earthquake devastation
There are several galleries on the aftermath of a deadly earthquake that struck central Italy including Earthquake in Italy from The Sacramento Bee's The Frame and this gallery from TIME. Reuters has also added a slideshow on the disaster.
April 6, 2009 | FULL STORY 
National Geographic features interesting gallery on faith
National Geographic features the work of photographer Gerd Ludwig with an interesting gallery called Soul of Russia.
April 3, 2009 | FULL STORY 
ClearBags offers sturdy, inexpensive Airsafe Art Box for shipping photos
Specialty packaging maker ClearBags has recently unveiled a line of slick, inexpensive cardboard shipping boxes designed specifically for photographs and artwork. Called the Airsafe Art Box and available in six traditional print sizes from 8in x 10in to 20in x 24in, they're designed for easy assembly, feature a two inch thick barrier to protect the prints inside and meet both FedEx and UPS insurability requirements. They've also introduced Show Kits mounting packages for photographers or artists staging a gallery show on a budget.
April 2, 2009 | FULL STORY 
G-20 protest turns violent
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features a large-image gallery of images of the G-20 protesters in London.
April 2, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Phase One releases v4.7 of its Capture One applications
Phase One has released v4.7 of Capture One, Capture One PRO and Capture One DB. Changes include support for a newly-developed file format that packages Phase One RAW images and adjustment settings files into a single file, tethered shooting with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D3X and the ability to apply most of the program's editing controls to JPEGs and TIFFs, not just RAW files as before.
April 2, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Snowstorm and flooding make an interesting gallery
PIXCETERA from AOL News has posted a gallery of interesting images showing the effects of flooding combined with snow in Red River Flooding and Snowstorm.
April 2, 2009 | FULL STORY 
LPA Design releases firmware, software updates for PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5
LPA Design has released firmware v4.100 for the Canon versions of both the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5, as well as PocketWizard Utility v1.18 for Mac and Windows. The firmware and software updates together introduce changes we've written about previously, including expanded high shutter speed sync options, bug fixes and more, plus a change we haven't yet highlighted: the ability to adjust the manual power settings of remote flashes using a Speedlite 580EX II at the camera. We have a comprehensive rundown of all the changes.
April 2, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Reuters posts best images of March
Reuters has posted a 60-image gallery of the Pictures of the month: March.
April 1, 2009 | FULL STORY 
Reuters features one of its own
Reuters features the work of one of its photographers in Portfolio of work: Ivan Alvarado.
April 1, 2009 | FULL STORY 
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  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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