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December 2008 News  
The Bee picks the best of 2008
The Sacramento Bee's big-picture gallery called The Frame hosts three galleries of the best pictures from 2008 in feature, news, sports and U.S. election. The Frame also offers a strong gallery on the conflict in the Gaza.
December 30, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Nikon D3X added to CF/SD Performance Database
The latest addition to this site's CF/SD Performance Database is the D3X. Over 110 memory cards from 22 different makers have been put through Nikon's highest-resolution digital SLR, to give you an idea of which CompactFlash (and SD/SDHC, in an adapter) can write this camera's large JPEG and even larger NEF files quickly enough to suit your needs.
December 29, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Bush photographer describes eight-year journey
Eric Draper describes his job as White House photographer covering the George Bush presidency for the past eight years in this Fox News video.
December 29, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Times presents the year in pictures
The New York Times presents 2008 - The Year in Pictures in a 160-image slideshow containing eight categories: The Election; The Nation; Iraq and Afghanistan; Sports; The Economy; The World; The Region; and Arts and Entertainment.
December 29, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Reuters posts images from the Crisis in Gaza
Reuters has posted an image gallery from its photographers covering the Crisis in Gaza.
December 29, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Tribune photo essay touches on joy and sorrow of 2008
The Chicago Tribune takes a slightly different look than most "best of" image galleries of 2008 with a multimedia presentation called Joy and sorrow in 2008.
December 24, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Weather's on everyone's mind
The weather often headlines the news these days and a pair of image galleries from Reuters called Cold front and Frigid Weather Continues from The New York Times reflect this trend.
December 23, 2008 | FULL STORY 
National Public Radio features photojournalist Reza
With a story, radio interview and slideshow National Public Radio (npr) features the work of photojournalist Reza who has traveled the world for 30 years covering global events.
December 22, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Final addition to year's best posted
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe has selected the last part (part 3 of 3) of 2008, the year in pictures and it may be the best of the three.
December 22, 2008 | FULL STORY 
The Frame captures the west's winter storm
The Frame from the Sacramento Bee has an excellent selection of inclement weather images in Winter storm slams the west.
December 19, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Sports Illustrated features 2008's best shots
Sports Illustrated features an online gallery of outstanding sports images in SI's Greatest Shots of '08.
December 19, 2008 | FULL STORY 
The Big Picture posts part 2 of the best
The Boston Globe's feature gallery of large images called The Big Picture has posted part 2 of 3 in 2008 in photographs.
December 19, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Nikon D3X available for purchase today
Today is the official first day of sales of the Nikon D3X worldwide, and we've now heard from several dozen shooters in the U.S., Canada, parts of Europe, Japan and elsewhere in Asia that the camera has landed at retailers where they are.*UPDATED*
December 19, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Lockerbie held world's attention 20 years ago
The BBC features Remembering Lockerbie, a multimedia slideshow with interviews and images about an event which occurred 20 years ago when Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland.
December 19, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Canon developing firmware update to address EOS 5D Mark II "black dots" problem
Canon in Australia, Europe, Japan, Korea and the U.S. are among the sales companies that have now posted official information on the "black dots" problem impacting the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. All but one of the service notices we've seen indicate that Canon is developing a firmware update to address the problem, as well as an instance of vertical banding that can occur when the camera is set to sRAW1.*UPDATED*
December 18, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Apple releases Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 2.4
With today's release of Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.4, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and seven other new digital cameras and backs join the list of RAW files supported in Aperture 2 and iPhoto '08.
December 18, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Wall Street Journal's large-image galleries a daily treat
The Wall Street Journal's large image gallery called Photo Journal is well worth looking at on a daily basis.
December 18, 2008 | FULL STORY 
The Age posts the year's best
Melbourne's The Age has posted a fine selection of photos called the Best photographs of 2008.
December 18, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Boston Globe's Big Picture selects year's best
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe has posted the first of a three galleries called The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3).
December 17, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Canon publishes white paper on EOS 50D, 5D Mark II
Canon USA has published a white paper covering the technology found in its two newest digital SLRs, the EOS 50D and EOS 5D Mark II. The 77-page PDF is available for download along with other white papers covering Canon models dating back to 2004.
December 17, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Year in Pictures 2008 featured on msnbc
While many news sites feature the best of the year in pictures, we always look forward to msnbc's offering and this Year in Pictures 2008 does not disappoint.
December 17, 2008 | FULL STORY 
TIME posts Pictures of the Year 2008
TIME has posted a gallery of Pictures of the Year 2008 which is led off by an image of TIME's Person of the Year, Barack Obama.
December 17, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Travel Photographer of the Year 2008 gallery posted
Travel Photographer of the Year 2008 features a Winners' Gallery of images from various categories in the competition. Canada's Darwin Wiggett was top prize winner in the contest.
December 16, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Photoshop Lightroom 2.2
Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.2, adding RAW conversion support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Powershot G10 and several other newer cameras, addressing various bugs and implementing changes similar to those that emerged in Camera Raw 5.2 for Photoshop CS4.
December 15, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Mac OS X 10.5.6 includes Aperture, Creative Suite 3 improvements
Mac OS X 10.5.6, released today, includes graphics improvements aimed at Aperture as well as changes meant to enhance printing from Adobe's Creative Suite 3 applications and to Brother and Canon printers that connect via USB.
December 15, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Ice storm frozen in The Frame
The Frame from The Sacramento Be has a great selection of images showing the aftermath of the massive ice storm in northeastern United States.
December 15, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Canon preparing announcement regarding EOS 5D Mark II "black dots" problem
In a brief interview today, Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor at Canon USA, stated that Canon is preparing an announcement that addresses the EOS 5D Mark II "black dots" problem being widely discussed on Web forums since shortly after the camera's release late last month. While Westfall is not yet able to divulge precisely what the announcement will say, he characterized it as good news for owners of Canon's newest digital SLR, and that the announcement is expected soon.
December 12, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Zacuto posts comparison video shot with 5D Mark II, D90 and more
Zacuto, a video accessory maker and reseller, has posted a comparison video showing the same scene recorded with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, various other HD-capable video cameras plus 35mm motion picture film.
December 12, 2008 | FULL STORY 
ShutterVoice voice control application for Canon EOS Utility now available
ShutterVoice, a Windows-only application that enables many of the functions of Canon's EOS Utility to be controlled with spoken commands, has been released. Compatible with both Windows XP and Vista, it's available now as a 30-day trial version. To license the software is US$30.
December 12, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Atlanta photojournalism seminar posts 2008 winners
Powerful images from numerous categories are online in the 2008 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest Winners.
December 12, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Outstanding Christmas images viewed in The Frame
The Frame, a large-image gallery from The Sacramento Bee, has a collection of fine Christmas images in Christmas in Sacramento and around the world.
December 11, 2008 | FULL STORY 
National Geographic unveils viewers' choice winners
National Geographic has posted the Viewers' Choice Winners from the 2008 International Photography Contest.*UPDATED*
December 11, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Photographer describes his jet crash image
Sandy Huffaker writes in his blog about grabbing his camera and dashing out the door after a military jet crashed a short distance from his house in San Diego. The photo ran in the New York Times newspaper and online.
December 10, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Griffin Simplifi added to CF/SD Performance Database
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has been added to the CF/SD Performance Database, along with Griffin's Simplifi card reader/iPod dock combo. Plus, several new memory cards are making their way into the database results, including Lexar Professional 233X and Hoodman RAW 300X CompactFlash.
December 9, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Nikon rolls out updates for Capture NX2, Camera Control Pro
Nikon has posted updaters today for Capture NX2 and Camera Control Pro on Mac and Windows, fixing bugs, improving OS compatibility and introducing support for the upcoming D3X.
December 9, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Nikon acknowledges Sony connection in D3X image sensor
In response to questions we and others had posed to Nikon USA about the imager in the D3X - both its origin and what technical features might set it apart from the imager in the Sony DSLR-A900 - the company has crafted a response. In it, they acknowledge that Sony is the manufacturer of the D3X's 24.39 million image pixel CMOS sensor, but go on to say it's a "unique sensor design" that was "developed expressly for the D3X."
December 9, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Dan Chung publishes "video portrait" shot with Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Dan Chung, photographer for UK's The Guardian newspaper and based in Beijing, has published a second video with his newly-purchased Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It is, in his words, a "video portrait" of a teenage Chinese basketball player, recorded with Canon's latest digital SLR.
December 9, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Photo essay shows Where Children Find Hope
The Detroit Free Press features the photography of Kathleen Galligan in a photo essay called Where Children Find Hope.
December 9, 2008 | FULL STORY 
The Green Sahara shown in big pictures
The Big Picture from The Boston Globe has posted a gallery of large images from photographer Mike Hettwer on the Green Sahara.
December 9, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Greek riots captured in The Frame
The Frame from The Sacramento Bee features a gallery of strong news images from the riots in Athens and other cities in Greece.
December 9, 2008 | FULL STORY 
onOne now shipping Genuine Fractals 6
onOne Software has announced that the latest version of Genuine Fractals, its image resizing plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom on Mac and Windows, as well as Apple Aperture on the Mac, is now shipping.
December 8, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Adobe, Canon, Nikon reduce workforces in wake of softening demand
The global economic crisis is taking its toll on three of the biggest players in digital photography: in recent weeks, Adobe, Canon and Nikon have all announced or implemented reductions to their workforces in the light of softening demand for the things they make. At Adobe, the reason cited is lower-than-expected sales of its Creative Suite 4 applications, while Canon and Nikon are cutting staff that assemble digital cameras and related products.
December 8, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Nikon D3X announcement article updated, again
We've now added a summary of the Nikon D3X's impressive burst depth specifications to our November 30 announcement article.
December 6, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Nikon D3X announcement article updated
We've added a few more details to our recent Nikon D3X announcement article, gleaned from Nikon USA's Lindsay Silverman today. Notable changes to its contents include the camera's high ISO noise reduction thresholds as well as the maximum frame rate of the camera; as it turns out, the latter varies both with the sensor mode (FX Format/5:4, DX Format) and whether the camera is set to capture 12 bit NEFs or 14 bit NEFs.
December 5, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Post picks Top 10 sports photos
The Washington Post editors have selected some outstanding moments in an image gallery of the Top 10 Sports Photos.
December 5, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Think Tank Photo rolling out StreetWalker backpack line
Camera bag maker Think Tank Photo has begun to roll out a trio of urban photo backpacks in its new StreetWalker series. Developed by Think Tank designer Lily Fisher to have a "slim vertical profile," the StreetWalker, StreetWalker Pro and StreetWalker HardDrive each have a narrower stance than most other Think Tank backpacks, plus the new line's shoulder harness is intended to fit more comfortably on a wider range of body sizes, including women with smaller frames.
December 4, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Reuters posts best of 2008
Reuters has assembled 135 images from its photographers worldwide for a Pictures of the Year 2008 gallery.
December 4, 2008 | FULL STORY 
AOL's PIXCETERA rife with great image galleries
AOL's PIXCETERA has several outstanding image galleries from weekly to theme-related but we wanted to highlight the sports gallery called Did You See That?
December 3, 2008 | FULL STORY 
How SI photographed the Sportsman of the Year
Sports Illustrated has posted an online video showing how SI photographer Heinz Kluetmeier photographed Michael Phelps who was named SI's 2008 Sportsman of the Year.
December 3, 2008 | FULL STORY 
The Age presents the Best photographs of 2008
Melbourne's The Age jumps in early with a collection of the Best photographs of 2008.
December 2, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Venice more under water than usual
High tides have caused flooding in Venice and slideshows from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Reuters illustrate some of the problems.
December 2, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Nikon to ship GP-1 GPS Unit this month
The GP-1 GPS Unit, Nikon's new hot shoe mount GPS module, is to ship this month at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$239 in the U.S. Included with the GP-1 are cables to connect it to the dedicated GPS port of the D90 as well as to the 10-pin remote socket of the D3X, D3, D700, D300 and D200.
December 1, 2008 | FULL STORY 
Strong photos highlight bullfighting slideshow
Photographer Chico Sanchez offers many strong images along with a narrative explaining his pro-bullfighting stance in his multimedia slideshow on bullfighting in Mexico called The Fighting Bull.
December 1, 2008 | 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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