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Ron Leach  |  Sep 26, 2016  |  0 comments

Venus Optics is a Chinese lens manufacturer that has been producing some unique and highly regarded lenses under its Laowa brand. But their new 24mm f/14 Relay 2X Macro lens, previewed at Photokina, may have changed the meaning of “unique” forever—at least as far as optics are concerned. 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Aug 02, 2004  |  0 comments

CPI
Technologies, Inc. has launched it's VersaFrame.com website to show the
world a new concept in picture framing technology. The VersaFrame Modular
displays are said to tackle an age-old problem in a maximizing display
spaces and utilizing personal creativity.



Pairs of clear, hinged, sliding panes hold numerous materials - from photographs
to certificates of achievement and everything in between. These panes
slide into anodized aluminum channels that can be custom cut into an infinite
number of sizes and display configurations.



VersaFrame also offers "Educational Frame Systems" for schools
or parents that want to give young children a place to practice writing
letters, making shapes and coloring pictures. Content can be changed in
seconds and offer ongoing challenges to developing minds. Using included
dry-erase markers on special scratch-resistant panes, even young children
can practice and erase drawings with ease. VersaFrame Display Products
are made in the USA in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.



Contact: http://www.VersaFrame.com

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Ron Leach  |  Jun 29, 2016  |  0 comments

When Cactus introduced its V6 wireless flash transceiver it created a lot of buzz because of an affordable price and it’s cross-brand compatibility. The company's newest model, the V6 II, offers all that and more; specifically, high-speed synchronization and compatibility with Fujifilm cameras (and the original five brands).

Press Release  |  Mar 19, 2010  |  0 comments

Version 5.0 firmware for PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 brings the very latest features to both new and current PocketWizard owners. It offers two important features for Canon DSLR photographers. Its unique Rear Curtain Sync automatically engages to delay flash until the absolute end of the exposure with either on-camera or remote Canon speedlights as well as flashes triggered by standard PocketWizard radios or any studio flash with built-in PocketWizard receiver. Exclusive Pre-Flash Boost automatically increases preflash power to provide enhanced and more stable E-TTL performance for bounce flash, when using flash diffusers and for flash fill in bright daylight conditions.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 21, 2007  |  0 comments

Vertus in partnership with DxO Labs announced the immediate availability of
three new bundled software packages. Each package includes the newest version
of Vertus' award-winning Fluid Mask and either DxO Optics Pro v4.5 (Standard
or Elite) or DxO FilmPack software.

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Staff  |  Aug 20, 2008  |  0 comments

Vertus and Imagenomic announced a new series of software bundles that will provide
photographers and creative professionals with unique, award-winning solutions
for image extractions and creative enhancements. From August 13 to September
30, 2008, Imagenomic's entire plug-in suite -- Noiseware Pro, Portraiture,
and RealGrain -- will be bundled with Vertus' Fluid Mask 3 at a 20% discount.
Photographers, graphic designers and image editors alike will be able to incorporate
these industry leading tools into their creative and production workflows at
a significant reduction in cost.

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 30, 2007  |  0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, has announced the
official launch of Fluid Mask 3 masking software. Addressing the challenge of
quickly and easily separating problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves,
Fluid Mask 3 is said to leverage a more effective edge detection system, along
with the improved "Smart Blending" capability unique to the software.
Fluid Mask 3 presents a slider that enables the user to switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Next, within focused areas, the
user may invoke complex edge and special hair blending algorithms, which, for
the first time, automatically cut out tricky edges and difficult hair such as
highlights and hair with wide color differences (e.g. black hair next to white
hair against a grey background).



Fluid Mask 3 boasts improvements to the initial image processing time, enabling
users who are operating multiple processors to realize increased speeds up to
40% faster than the previous versions. The result is a quicker transition from
a base image editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, into Fluid Mask. Ultimately,
Fluid Mask significantly improves the overall efficiency of the image editing
process, from loading to the final cut-out.



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added new tools to the program. These new
features include:



· A new "Save Settings" option enables users to easily recall
edge detection, blending, and resolution options from previous sessions, eliminating
the need to continually reprogram these options when working with batches of pictures.



· The "Color Workspace" palette now includes a "Color
Sampler" which enables users to select specific colors from an image and
see where else within that image the same color appears. Also available in the
"Color Workspace", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate color
selection.



· A new "Patch" system allows users to make changes affecting
a selected localized region without affecting the rest of the image. "Patches"
can be easily selected with a highlighting brush tool rather than relying on a
standard box shaped patch. Once a "Patch" has been selected, users
can call up the most popular editing options with a simple right click of the
mouse.


Localized "Edge Detection" tools enable users to automatically detect
hard to find edges inside a Patch. In the same way, localized edge blending techniques
are used in Patches to overcome common problems such as masking hair and complex
colored foregrounds and backgrounds.



Fluid Mask 3 is currently available for Windows XP & Vista and Mac Intel and
Power PC 10.3.9 upwards and is priced at $239. Fluid Mask 3 will continue to function
as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 & Elements; and for the first time
will also work in stand alone mode for image formats that accept transitions to
transparency in 8 bit RGB color -- e.g. TIFF and PNG. Users working on tablet
style computers and peripherals, such as the Wacom Tablet, should note that Fluid
Mask 3 contains a new pressure sensitivity control that can regulate brush size.



www.vertustech.com...

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 30, 2007  |  0 comments

Vertus, the graphics and imaging software division of Heligon, a technology
business specializing in image data interpretation, today announced the launch
of Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA. This latest version of Vertus' image editing
software is for rapid, powerful and intuitive masking and high-quality image
blending.



With improvements to the initial image processing time, Fluid Mask 3 users who
are operating multiple processors will realize increased speeds up to 40% faster
than the previous versions,. The result is a quicker transition from a base
image editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, into Fluid Mask. Ultimately,
Fluid Mask significantly improves the overall efficiency of the image editing
process, from loading to the final cut-out.



With a more effective edge detection system, along with the improved "Smart
Blending" capability unique to Fluid Mask, this latest version makes separating
problem images, such as human hair and tree leaves, quick and easy. First there
is a slider, which allows the user to seamlessly switch between "Smart
Blending" and standard feather blending. Second, within focused areas,
the user may invoke special hair blending algorithms, which for the first time
automatically cuts out tricky hair such as highlights and hair with wide color
differences (e.g. black hair next to white hair against a grey background).



In addition to new blending and loading capabilities, Vertus has improved the
intuitive workflow of Fluid Mask 3 and added additional tools to the program.
These new features include:



· A new "Save Settings" option enables users to easily recall
edge detection, blending, and resolution options from previous sessions, eliminating
the need to continually reprogram these options when working with batches of
pictures;

· The "Color Work Space" palette now includes a "Color
Sampler" which enables users to select specific colors from an image and
see where else within that image the same color appears. Also available in the
"Color Work Space", the new 2-D color map enables more accurate
color selection;

· Several new brush tools and the improved "Localized Edge Detection
System" enable users to perform more detailed edge finding and more refined
blending;

· A new "Patch" system allows users to make changes affecting
a selected localized region without affecting the rest of the image.

· "Patches" can be easily selected with a highlighting brush
tool rather than relying on a standard box shaped patch. Once a "Patch"
has been selected, users can call up the most popular editing options with a
simple right click of the mouse.

· Users are now able to launch a test rendering of the localized patch,
and toggle between the working image and a rendering of the final mask;

· Improved intuitive help features such as "Best of Breed Help"
offers XML help files and direct links to Fluid Mask tutorials, enabling easy
access to hands-on demonstrations.



Fluid Mask 3 Public BETA is currently available for Windows XP & Vista;
a Mac version will follow shortly. Fluid Mask 3 will continue to function as
a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS2, CS3 & Elements; and for the first time
will also work in stand alone mode for image formats that accept transitions
to transparency in 8 bit RGB color -- e.g. TIFF and PNG. Users working
on tablet style computers and peripherals, such as the Wacom Tablet, should
note that Fluid Mask 3 contains a new pressure sensitivity control that can
regulate brush size.



Users can download a free 30 Day Trial of Fluid Mask 3 BETA by visiting the
Vertus website at http://www.vertustech.com.
During the BETA phase, Fluid Mask 3 will be available for $199 US.

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Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 29, 2015  |  0 comments

We all know that accidents happen but we try very hard to avoid them. In the brief and very effective video below (which was created by B&H Photo, Brilliant Champions and OnTime Studios) we see a sight that every photographer has come to dread: camera gear being dropped onto a hard surface with devastating and destructive results.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Apr 07, 2015  |  0 comments

By now, drone assisted cinematography (and photography) is really noting new but the people at the Brain Farm have just taken it to an entirely new and very exciting level. The idea behind this innovative experiment was to move beyond the usual “GoPro-style” set up by equipping a large pro quality drone (an Aerigon UAV model) with a massive Phantom Flex4K slow motion camera, at a total price tag of about a quarter of a million dollars worth of airborne gear.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 27, 2016  |  0 comments

The international Sony World Photography Awards is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2017, and there’s still time to enter for a chance at some great prizes. To get you inspired, here are a few of our favorite early entries.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  1 comments

Albert Kahn was a wealthy, turn of the century French philanthropist with an ambitious project like no other: He decided to commission a photographic “Archive of the Planet” that would catalog the peoples and sights of the world.

Press Release  |  Mar 10, 2010  |  0 comments

Vimeo has added a second playback option for all of its members who use the Chrome or Safari browsers with the public beta launch of its new HTML5 player.

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Press Release  |  Jan 24, 2011  |  0 comments

Online video sharing site Vimeo launched Vimeo Video School, a free online educational initiative to help people of all skill-sets make better videos.

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The Editors  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments

We’re proud to announce that the winner of the Shutterbug Nature Photo Contest is Vincent James for this beautifully peaceful pastoral shot.

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