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February 2006 News  
Southern Short Course takes place March 31-April 2
The 57th Southern Short Course in News Photography will take place from March 31 through April 2, 2006 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. The faculty includes freelance photojournalist Ami Vitale, New York Times contract photographer Vincent Laforet, and Houston Chronicle photo editor Swayne B. Hall. Tuition is US$75 (US$45 for students).
February 28, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Pixagent posts setup guides for Nikon Wi-Fi wireless transmitters
Pixagent has published four camera and computer setup guides aimed at users of Nikon's WT-1/1A/2/2A wireless transmitters and the company's ITP 2.0 software for receiving files from wireless cameras. The guides, in PDF format, are chock-full of useful information on establishing a wireless link and transferring files through the air from a camera to a Windows XP SP2 computer, even for those not using ITP. Versions of the guides for Canon's WFT-E1/E1a are being finalized, though a posting date has not been set.
February 27, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Lexar announces 8GB 90X, Smart Download and ActiveMemory rollout
Lexar's PMA 2006 announcements include two new items geared towards professional photographers: a Pro Series 8GB 90X CompactFlash card and a photo import plug-in for Adobe Bridge called Smart Download. They also set a ship date for the ActiveMemory System line of camera media the company first announced some time ago.
February 27, 2006 | FULL STORY 
RAW processing improved in upcoming update of Apple Aperture
Apple has revealed that the next release of Aperture, the company's pro photo workflow application, will be about more than just support for Macs using Intel processors. During a press briefing yesterday at the PMA 2006 trade show in Orlando, Florida, Aperture product manager Joe Schorr showed off numerous refinements in the upcoming v1.1, including what appears to be much-improved processing of RAW files, as well as greater control over contrast, sharpening and noise reduction during the RAW conversion.
February 27, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Washington Post photo metadata accidentally outs source?
eWEEK.com has posted a story that recounts how the IPTC metadata in photos published on the Washington Post's web site may have inadvertently compromised a (criminal) source to whom the paper had promised confidentiality.
February 26, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 Four Thirds System SLR and Leica 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 stabilized lens pre-announced
Panasonic has shown a prototype of the Lumix DMC-L1, a Four Thirds System digital SLR with a distinctly rangefinder-like appearance. It uses the same 7.5 million (effective) pixel NMOS sensor as the recently announced Olympus E-330 and offers live image preview on its LCD (but it differs from the E-330 in several significant ways). Shown along with the camera is a new Leica D Vario-Elmarit 14-50mm f/2.8-3.5 ASPH lens with Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. optical image stabilization system.
February 26, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Bibble updated to v4.6
Bibble Labs has released v4.6 of Bibble, the company's RAW conversion software, which is available in Pro and Lite editions for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This new version incorporates noise reduction technology from PictureCode's Noise Ninja software, among other changes.
February 26, 2006 | FULL STORY 
SanDisk to announce new Extreme III, Ultra II SD Plus cards tomorrow
SanDisk is gearing up to unveil higher capacities in its Extreme III and Ultra II SD Plus card lines. Tomorrow morning, the company will announce an Extreme III 8GB CompactFlash, Extreme III 2GB SD and an Ultra II SD Plus 2GB.
February 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Macworld reviews the MacBook Pro
Macworld has published an in-depth review of the MacBook Pro/2.0GHz, as well as a reviewer's notebook with additional observations about Apple's newest laptop.
February 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Flash Work added to Canon web site
Simultaneous with its new product announcements earlier this week, Canon launched Flash Work, a section of its web site that discusses in detail the flash technology employed in the EOS system.
February 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4.2 released
Camera Bits has released Photo Mechanic 4.4.2 for Windows and Mac.
February 25, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Logitech announces NuLOOQ input device and software for Adobe CS2 on Mac
Logitech has announced the NuLOOQ Professional Series, which comprises an input device designed to be used in conjunction with a mouse and keyboard and a customizable software interface for controlling tools in Adobe Creative Suite 2 applications. The NuLOOQ products are compatible with Adobe CS2 on Mac OS X only.
February 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Delkin updates Archival Gold media with Scratch Armor
Delkin has updated its Archival Gold line of long-lasting CD-R and DVD-R media to include a damage-resistant coating called Scratch Armor. The clear layer is designed to prevent data loss from "scratches, scuffs, dirt, chemicals, and fingerprints."
February 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
HP announces 8-colour, pigment-based Photosmart Pro B9180 printer
HP has announced the Photosmart Pro B9180, a 13 x 19 inch, 8-colour desktop photo printer that is the first model to use the company's new pigment-based Vivera inks for extended print permanence.
February 24, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Apple highlights photographer Vincent Laforet's workflow in Torino
APPLE has published a feature in the Pro/Photo section of its website on photographer Vincent Laforet's workflow at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Laforet, a former staffer at The New York Times who has been contracted by the paper to cover the games, is experimenting with file sharing, Automator scripting, and Aperture to reduce his editing burden.
February 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Digital Photography Review posts D200 review
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW has posted its review of the Nikon D200.
February 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Associated Press, LPGA at odds over use of photos, stories
The Associated Press (AP) has refused to sign a credential form issued by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) that imposes new restrictions on the use of photos and stories from LPGA events. The AP's photographer and reporter have consequently been denied access to the Fields Open golf tournament in Hawaii, and the wire service has chosen not to cover the event as a result.
February 23, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon updates EF 85mm f/1.2L, adds EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS to lens lineup
Canon today has unveiled two new lenses: the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is an update of the venerable wide-aperture L-series telephoto that Canon first introduced in 1989, while the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM is the first fixed maximum aperture zoom in Canon's line of lenses designed specifically for its 1.6X-sensor cameras, including the new EOS 30D.
February 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon ushers in trio of new pro photo printers
Canon has unveiled three new printers designed for the professional photographer: the 8-colour dye-based ink PIXMA Pro9000 and 10-colour pigmented ink-based PIXMA Pro9500, both 13x19 inch desktop printers, as well as the imagePROGRAF iPF5000, a wide format printer capable of prints up to 17 inches in width that features a 12-colour pigmented ink set.
February 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon announces Capture NX, View Pro
Nikon today has announced Capture NX, a major retooling of its flagship NEF processing application, as well as a new version of its longtime photo browser called View Pro.
February 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Canon unveils successor to the EOS 20D
Canon today has unveiled the EOS 30D, a refined version of the EOS 20D that shares the same image sensor and numerous other core camera components but adds a 2.5-inch (diagonal) rear LCD, increased burst depth, Picture Styles, a shutter with a higher duty cycle rating and a long list of other camera usability changes. The camera is slated to ship in mid-March 2006 at an expected street price of US$1399 in the U.S.
February 21, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Bibble Labs to license Noise Ninja
Bibble Labs has made a deal with PictureCode, makers of Noise Ninja, to include the latter program's noise reduction technology in future versions of Bibble RAW conversion software.
February 20, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Issue No. 15 of Canon Pro Services newsletter posted
Canon Professional Services Europe has published issue No. 15 of its newsletter with profiles of several professional photographers, a look back at 50 years of the World Press Photo contest, and part 2 of a series on choosing a photo agency, among other topics.
February 17, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Northern Short Course in Photojournalism takes place March 9-11, 2006
The Northern Short Course in Photojournalism, which will take place March 9-11, 2006 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is open for registration. Speakers include Tom Kennedy of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, Ed Kashi of Corbis, and Vincent Laforet of the New York Times. Tuition for all three days is US$250 (US$185 for members of select professional associations) or US$100 for students.
February 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Tamron announces AF 17-50mm f/2.8 lens for digital SLRs
Tamron has announced the SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] lens for APS-C format digital SLR cameras (it does not cover image formats larger than 24mm x 16mm). The lens will be available in Canon, Nikon, and Konica Minolta mounts.
February 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
basICColor display 4 now shipping
Color Solutions is now shipping basICColor display 4 for Windows and Mac. The new version of the monitor calibration software that's a cult favourite among serious colour geeks is considerably reworked from v3.x, sporting a new user interface, revamped algorithms for promised improved profile quality, a dedicated sRGB calibration mode and other feature enhancements. As before, it also supports a wide range of calibration instruments from GretagMacbeth, X-Rite and others.
February 16, 2006 | FULL STORY 
VII to hold seminar in Los Angeles in April
The nine photojournalists that make up the VII photo agency will be staging a multi-day photography seminar in the Los Angeles area this spring.
February 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
World Press Photo contest winners announced
The winners of the 49th annual World Press Photo contest have been announced with Canadian photographer Finbarr O'Reilly of Reuters taking the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2005. A gallery of 65 winning images and a full list of the photographers who took them are available online.
February 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
MacBook Pro to ship with faster Intel Core Duo processors
The MacBook Pro has been injected with a bit more CPU speed, even before it has been released. Apple today has announced that the base model of the MacBook Pro will ship with a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.67GHz, and the top-end model will incorporate a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, up from 1.83GHz. In addition, the 2.0GHz model can now be bumped up to 2.16GHz as a build-to-order option.
February 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon and Nik Software announce collaboration
Nikon and Nik Software have jointly announced a "technological collaboration between the two companies to develop and distribute digital photographic software and imaging technologies."
February 14, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Adobe releases Lightroom Beta 2
Adobe today has posted Lightroom Beta 2 for Mac, the latest development release of its upcoming application for professional photographers.
February 13, 2006 | FULL STORY 
EOS-1D Mark II N, D50 added to CF/SD Performance Database
We're continuing to add or update key sections of the CF/SD Performance Database. Today we've published performance data for the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, which accepts both CompactFlash and SD cards, and the Nikon D50, which is SD-only.
February 13, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photographers blog from the Torino Winter Olympics
A thread on the forum at Sportsshooter.com has links to the blogs of several photographers who are in Torino photographing the Winter Olympics and detailing the daily grind of covering this media mega-event.
February 13, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Major update of CF/SD Performance Database underway
It's a period of renewal in the CF/SD Performance Database. In the latter half of 2005, other commitments limited the time we could devote to maintaining and growing an important and popular section of this site. But we're back, with new CompactFlash and Secure Digital cards, new cameras and a viable plan to bring all key sections of the repository of camera media transfer rate information up to date. Today, we've added the Canon EOS 5D and Nikon D200 to the database, plus we've updated the Nikon D2X section. And in the days ahead we'll be adding or updating performance numbers for the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS 20D, as well as the Nikon D70s and SD-only Nikon D50. There are almost two dozen new or newly-tested CompactFlash and SD cards as well (including a speedy new card from Hoodman). Please bear with us as we undertake the task of bringing online what amounts to the most significant update of the CF/SD Performance Database ever.
February 10, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Nikon support sites address D200 banding
The technical support web sites of Nikon USA and Nikon Europe have both published somewhat ambiguous statements addressing the issue of "banding", or vertical line artifacts, in D200 images. The statements acknowledge that "a limited number of early-production" D200 cameras may show excessive banding under some conditions. Nikon says it will adjust affected cameras free of charge. Whether all banding of any kind can be eliminated is, however, not clear from the statements.
February 10, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Digital Film Tools announces Snap plug-in
Digital Film Tools has announced a Photoshop plug-in called Snap, an "interactive image cutout tool" designed to simplify the selection of foreground objects in a scene.
February 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
The Onion "reports" on new Kodak software
The Onion, the "newspaper" that is the granddaddy of humorous fake news, reports on new Kodak software for those who miss film.
February 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
iView MediaPro updated to v3.0.2
iView MediaPro for Windows and Mac has been updated to v3.0.2. The new version adds support for the RAW formats of additional cameras and backs from Panasonic, Leica, Sinar and Mamiya, fixes a number of bugs ands improves the speed of scrolling and searching larger catalogs in particular.
February 8, 2006 | FULL STORY 
David Alan Harvey is NikonNet's Feb. Legend Behind the Lens
Longtime National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey is profiled in NikonNet's Legend Behind the Lens feature for February, 2006.
February 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4.1.1 fixes crashing bugs
Camera Bits has posted Photo Mechanic 4.4.1.1 for Windows and Mac, a maintenance release of the pro photo browser that squashes crashing bugs in v4.4.1.
February 6, 2006 | FULL STORY 
DxO Optics Pro v3.5 now supports EOS-1D Mark II N, D200
DxO Labs has announced that DxO Optics Pro v3.5 has added support for the Canon EOS-1D Mark II N and the Nikon D200.
February 3, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Benchmarking the MacBook Pro
Prior to Apple's new laptop hitting the streets, we wanted to get a sense of whether - when running Universal Binary versions of an application - the MacBook Pro is going to deliver anything close to the promised 4.5X+ speed increase relative to a Powerbook G4. And whether PowerPC applications pumped through the seamless but speed-robbing Rosetta emulation mode will perform at least as well as they would on a Powerbook G4. But it's too soon to benchmark a MacBook Pro specifically, since they aren't yet shipping. What we do have on hand is a close cousin to the MacBook Pro: an early 2006 iMac with an Intel Core Duo processor. If you want to get a rough idea of how a MacBook Pro is going to drive pro imaging software, look no further than our benchmarks for the Intel iMac.
February 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Alien Skin announces Exposure, a film effects Photoshop plug-in
Alien Skin has announced Exposure, a Photoshop plug-in that produces a range of film effects, including the look of 31 different film stocks, Velvia and Kodachrome among them. Other effects include simulating the appearance of film grain, push-processing, cross-processing, and soft-focus filters.
February 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
NAPP launches daily Photoshop Killer Tips
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals has launched a web site that will offer a new Photoshop tip every weekday in the form of a brief video (MPEG-4) podcast.
February 2, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Support for Intel Macs described in Adobe FAQ
Adobe has posted a FAQ describing the compatibility of Adobe's professional applications with Intel-based Macs, as well as their plans for Universal Binary versions.
February 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
Photo Mechanic 4.4.1 released, ships as Universal Binary
Camera Bits today has released Photo Mechanic 4.4.1 for Windows and Mac. In what may be a pleasant surprise for recent purchasers of an Intel-powered iMac, the Mac version of Photo Mechanic 4.4.1 has shipped as a Universal Binary, which means it will run natively on both PowerPC and Intel Mac systems.
February 1, 2006 | FULL STORY 
  XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (View)
  LPA Design announces PocketWizard Plus III transceiver (View)
  Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor (View)
  Review: Delock Card Reader FireWire B (Nr. 91694) (View)
  Review: Lexar 1000X blazes to 129MB/s read speed, best-in-class write speeds (View)
  Q&A with Nikon D4 engineer Toshiaki Akagi (View)
  Larger sensor at the heart of 14.20 million image pixel Canon Powershot G1 X (View)
  Nikon announces 16.16 million image pixel, 10fps D4 digital SLR (View)
  First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 (View)
  Review: Nikon Speedlight SB-910 (View)
  Feature: Stephen Mallon shoots a bridge's journey (View)
  Feature: Wildlife shooter Scott Linstead captures slices of time (View)
  Tip: Alternate mounting options for the Vagabond Mini Lithium (View)
  Review: Nikon's J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses (View)
  Canon announces 17.92 million image pixel EOS-1D X (View)
  Feature: William B. Plowman goes underground (View)
  Feature: Joel Hawksley starts a photography career (View)
  Review: the Apple iMac 21.5-inch (View)
  Feature: impressions of the Apple iPad 2 (View)
  Review: M.I.C. CF Card Reader for iPad and iPad 2 (View)
  Feature: the quiet, lovely photographs of Joseph O. Holmes (View)
  Photosmith iPad app now available (View)
  Eye-Fi Direct Mode for X2 SDHC cards rolling out today (update 2) (View)
  Feature: Carl de Souza self-assignment produces remarkable steel mill photos (View)
  Feature: Robert Seale on photographing Evan Longoria for Sports Illustrated (View)
  Feature: Crisp light, great moments typify the wedding photography of Cliff Mautner (View)
  Review: Vagabond Mini Lithium portable power pack (View)
  Review: blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation system for Nikon (View)
  Patent infringment suit filed on eve of 344MHz Phottix Atlas production (updated) (View)
  Dynalite revamps power pack lineup, releases high performance 1600ws pack (View)
  Review: the Nikon Speedlight SB-700 (updated) (View)
  A first look at ShutterSnitch 2.0 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (View)
  PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 for Nikon head to dealers (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 2 (View)
  Photokina 2010: Beyond the cameras, part 1 (View)
  Wireless photography with an iPad and ShutterSnitch (View)
  Canon Expo 2010 kicks off in New York (View)
  Fighter jet crash "one of the most unforgettable moments," says photographer (View)
  Stopping action with the Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 monolight (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark IV autofocus performance (View)
  PLM umbrellas offer sweet combo of efficiency and softness (View)
  A first look at Nikon D3S high ISO image quality, plus the new 70-200mm f/2.8 (View)
  LibertyPak Little Genny LG400 provides premium portable power for strobes (View)
  DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone comes to life in v1.1 (View)
  Revamped MacBook Pro line delivers top-notch display quality (View)
  A look inside Nikon's Sendai digital SLR factory (View)
  An analysis of EOS-1D Mark III autofocus performance (View)
  Notes from Canon headquarters (View)
  Staying sharp: A veteran news shooter seeks new challenges (View)
  Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X (View)
  Alex Majoli points and shoots (View)
  A look back at the NC2000 (View)
  Shooting the D1X for National Geographic (View)

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