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May 1, 2005

Epson announces new UltraChrome K3 inks and three new Epson Stylus Pro ink jet printers

Epson Stylus Pro 4800, Epson Stylus Pro 7800, and Epson Stylus Pro 9800

New professional wide-format printers use color and unique three-level black ink system to create highest-quality archival black and white images

See additional information about the new Epson Stylus Photo R2400 featuring the new UltraChrome K3 inks

Long Beach, Calif.—May 10, 2005—Epson is once again advancing its printing technology into new territory for professional photographers and graphic artists with the launch of the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, Epson Stylus Pro 7800, Epson Stylus Pro 9800, and new Epson UltraChrome K3 ink technology.  The combination of these new printers and archival inks not only gives today's most demanding professionals the widest gamut of archival color ink jet printing to date, but an almost infinite degree of black and white image control that rivals all other forms of photographic printing.

All three printers introduce several new and advanced features and technologies, most notably Epson UltraChrome K3 inks - a new archival technology that uses eight individual colors to create even better exhibit-quality output on a wide selection of media.  The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 replaces the award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 4000 for printing images as wide as 17 inches, while the Epson Stylus Pro 7800 and Epson Stylus Pro 9800 replace the Epson Stylus Pro 7600 and 9600 for printing up to 24 inches and 44 inches in width, respectively.

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Gitzo Reporter Basalt Performance Tripod (G1298)

Lightweight yet sturdy, it's a fine traveling companion

 By Joan T. Sherwood200505bc_gitzobasalt

The new Gitzo Basalt-fiber tripods fit right in with the company's thoughtfully designed stock of tripods, monopods and heads. On a recent trip, I tried out the four-section Reporter Basalt Performance Tripod (G1298), with a Gitzo Magnesium Center Ball Head (G1278M) and ran into only one small glitch.

This model weighs in at 3.4 pounds and can hold up to 12.1 pounds of gear. I'm pretty sure I put it to the test when I loaded it with a Nikon D2X camera, mounted with a 7.2-pound 200-400mm Zoom-Nikkor lens.

Set-up is easy with the Anti-Leg-Rotation twist locks (though I'm not sure I get that nomenclature). With minimal practice, you can loosen all four locks with one hand, extend the leg, then secure the sections with just one counterclockwise turn to each lock.

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Artistry Corel Painter IX Painting for Photographers Tutorials Released

For decades, artists have used photographs as reference sources for their paintings. Some artists attach a photo to their easel as they paint. Others have gone so far as to project a photo against a wall and to draw on paper or canvas, following the projection as a template.

200505bc_sperling01 So it isn't that surprising that one of the most popular uses of Corel Painter today is using photos as the basis of paintings. This includes everything from adding painterly touches to a photo to completely transforming the photo into a painting in Painter.

The practice spans many creative fields, too, from traditional artists who use the photo as a springboard for their art to professional photographers who sell painted portraits of their photographs to their clients. And today, with the popularity of digital cameras and archival inkjet prints, more people than ever are getting into turning photographs into paintings.

It's in this atmosphere of excitement that Karen Sperling is happy to announce that she has completed updating her Artistry Painting for Photographers tutorials for Painter IX.

"I've been getting emails begging me for the update," says Karen. "I'd like to think it's because I'm so much in demand, but the truth is, it's the subject that gets people excited. After all, there are lots of Painter tutorials and books out there nowadays, in addition to Painter classes. But there's that much interest in the subject that people can't get enough information about it."

The Artistry Painting for Photographers tutorials are available in Acrobat format, downloadable from the Artistry web site at http://www.artistrymag.com and also on CD. Discounts are being offered for ordering the CD along with the other Artistry tutorials that are available for Painter IX, including a CD with the first six months of the Artistry Tips and Tricks newsletter and an Artistry Beginners CD.

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Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Photographers, by Martin Evening

200505bc_evening Printed with permission from Focal Press, a division of Elsevier.

This new title by Martin Evening will be in stores by the end of May (ISBN: 0240519841; $44.95). For more information about this book, please see Martin Evening's Web site at photoshopforphotographers.com.

For ordering information and to view similar titles, please visit www.focalpress.com.

Download Chapter 1, What's New in Photoshop CS2 (1.6MB)

Sharpics D-Flector

Desktop studio makes product photography portable, easy

200505bc_dflector By Joan T. Sherwood

Product photography can be a teeth-grinding, painstaking process. The D-Flector from Sharpics makes it so quick and easy it's scary.

The D-Flector is a reflective white background that folds (no crease) neatly into a lightweight wooden case. Open the case, lock the supports (simple hinges), and you've got a seamless background desktop studio. The photographic area is 24x35 inches and the outside dimensions of the case are 25x18x2 inches. It's so lightweight that I easily toted the case, along with everything else I usually carry to work, onto the train and for a one-mile walk from the station to my home. Sharpics says the photographic surface is easy to clean with a damp cloth, but I didn't get it dirty enough to test that claim. It certainly looks and feels robust.

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Epson PictureMate

Like printing money: Pop in your media card, get a great 4x6 print. Don't overlook this low-cost, easy-to-use photo printer as a moneymaker for your event photography.

200505bc_epsonpicturemate By Joe Farace

When I saw the Epson PictureMate, I saw more than a toaster-sized inkjet printer—I saw dollar signs. It looked like the perfect device to produce “instant memory” prints for parties and corporate events. I could shoot images, print directly from the media card, and hand out prints for the party-goers to take home.

But would the prints be archival? PictureMate outputs water- and smudge-resistant 4x6-inch prints with archival six-color pigment inkjet technology. The prints are rated fade-resistant for up to 100 years behind glass, 200 years in an album. An independent study by Wilhelm Imaging Research of 4x6 photo inkjet printer output showed a print life of 104 years (www.wilhelm-research.com). That’s archival enough for most events.

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Seniors: Look Homeward

The benefits of photographing anywhere but your studio

By Fuzzy Duenkel

Your clients reveal themselves where they're most comfortable, in their own homes with familiar surroundings—so why drag them into the foreign territory of your camera room? Try making a house call.

Here are three more images illustrating the places where inspiration might lead you outside your studio.

200505bc_duenkel03 Hallways often provide an interesting lighting mix. With cross-lighting, it's usually best to have the subject turned to directly face one of the lights. Halls with bare walls allow for creative montages.

See more examples.

May 31, 2005

Creo announces first shipments of new Leaf Aptus digital camera backs

200506bc_leafaptus Vancouver, BC, Canada (May 31, 2005)—Creo Inc. is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new Leaf Aptus digital camera back system. This next-generation digital camera back is being introduced in two models: the Leaf Aptus 22 and the Leaf Aptus 17, with resolutions of 22 million and 17 million pixels respectively.

The Leaf Aptus was designed to accommodate the needs of professional photographers. A user-friendly and intuitive 6x7cm touch screen display allows photographers to shoot up to 1000 frames without interruption. Images are shot at a speed as fast as 1.2 seconds per frame, and can be evaluated and edited on the spot. A unique user button is customizable and enables the photographer to quickly access vital image information and perform tasks without removing his or her hands from the camera.

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