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Thursday, October 8, 2009

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FUJIFILM TECHNICAL SERVICES AND SUPPORT DIVISION WINS KIS USA SERVICE CONTRACT

Fujifilm to Provide Installation, Help Desk Support, Field Services and Depot Repair for Newly Launched KIS Photo-Me Group's Photobook Maker Retail Kiosks

Valhalla, NY, October 8, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. today announced a multi-year agreement between KIS Photo-Me Group and Fujifilm’s Technical Services and Support Division. As the preferred technical partner, Fujifilm Technical Services and Support will provide installation, help desk support, field services and depot repair for KIS USA’s recently announced Photobook Maker Kiosks for retail. Fujifilm has extensive experience within the imaging sector and provides technical support to some of the country’s largest retailers.

“Fujifilm is pleased to support KIS. We know this business well and are 100% committed to providing them with top-notch services and support,” said Ron Santos, vice president of Technical Services, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc.” We have a solution in place created specifically for KIS to ensure maximum performance to benefit retailers and their customers.”

“Fujifilm has been recognized for their commitment to excellence and leadership within the photo category on multiple occasions by the world’s largest retailer,” said Jean-François Rucine, vice president, North America, KIS USA. “They were able to offer us a customizable solution which increased cost efficiency for us. We are very confident in Fujfilm’s capabilities and expertise in the services and support arena to ensure that the kiosks are up and running smoothly.”

KIS Photo-Me Group premiered their Photobook Maker Kiosk at PMA 2009 and earned the 2009 TIPA Award for Best Kiosk. KIS’s latest kiosk allows retailers to offer their photo consumers an on-demand solution for personalized photo book creation. Users simply insert a memory card into the kiosk, then select and organize their photos as desired. The Photobook Maker automatically prints, glues and binds a fully composed 8”x5.7” photo book on glossy paper in merely 4-10 minutes depending on the length of the album. As the demand for photo gifts continues to rise, the immediacy of the Photobook Maker arms retailers with a solution that is an excellent compliment to traditional kiosks that enable retail customers to order photobooks for pick up at a later date or time. To learn more about KIS Photo-Me Group’s Photobook Maker Kiosk, please visit www.photo-me.com or www.kisusa.com.

For more than twenty-five years Fujifilm has managed one of the largest full-service technical services and support organizations providing installation, staff training, remote and onsite monitoring and trouble-shooting and technical service. In order to help businesses achieve quantifiable results, services are customizable. In April 2009, Fujifilm announced a full-scale expansion of its Technical Services and Support Division. To learn more about Fujifilm’s complete technical services and support offerings, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/service.

About FUJIFILM
FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc. is a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation providing digital and analog photographic imaging systems and services and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses. For more information please visit www.fujifilmusa.com, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm U.S.A. via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Corporation brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 15 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2008, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of $24 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

CANON U.S.A. ANNOUNCES TWO NEW REALiS MULTIMEDIA LCOS PROJECTORS

WITH NEW "PHOTO IMAGE MODE" FOR ADVANCED COLOR MANAGEMENT
New Mode Allows Users To Have Greater Control Over The Look Of Projected Images

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the addition of two new projectors to its acclaimed line of REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, the WUX10 Mark II and SX80 Mark II. These projectors include a new Photo Image Mode allowing for advanced color management and adjustments for ambient lighting cjavascript:void(0)onditions. This new mode is ideal for professionals with the most discerning image quality needs, including those in the fields of photography, education, engineering and the arts and sciences.

With the introduction of the Photo Image Mode, users can take advantage of added flexibility to improve the look and feel of images being projected. The new Ambient Light function allows users to adjust for lighting conditions by selecting from easy-to-use presets for both the type of lighting (Tungsten, Fluorescent and Fluorescent H) and intensity (Low, Medium or High). When selected, these options will automatically adjust the settings to ensure optimum color reproduction and image quality. In additon to adjusting for ambient lighting, the Photo Image Mode allows for fine-tuning of both color levels (intensity of colors) and color temperature. Similar to the ambient lighting, both of these adjustments can be made with easy-to-use presets. These new functions are ideal for users who are displaying content and cannot control the lighting conditions – such as educators speaking in classrooms or photographers showing their work in an art museum/gallery or at a seminar.




"The emergence of projectors used in the education and photography fields has grown considerably in the past few years," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. "With the inclusion of the Photo Image Mode on these new products, users have added flexibility to fine-tune their projected images so they closely reflect how they were initially captured."

The new Canon REALiS WUX10 Mark II Multimedia Projector features an impressive WUXGA 1920 x 1200 native resolution (2.30 megapixels), 3200 lumens of brightness and 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio. This projector is the perfect solution for the increasing number of professional users displaying widescreen content as it supports 1080p full high-definition video (uncompressed) and offers a significantly larger display area than traditional XGA projectors. Similar to all other REALiS models, the WUX10 Mark II features advanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology, best known for producing smooth and grid-free images with fine details and exceptional color reproduction.

The new Canon REALiS SX80 Mark II Multimedia Projector is a high-resolution SXGA+ 1400 x 1050 (1.47 megapixels) model combining multiple user-friendly features, such as PictBridge connectivity, with easy installation and overall affordability. The SX80 Mark II also delivers 3000 lumens of brightness, a wide selection of video and audio inputs/outputs (HDMI and DVI included) and advanced LCOS technology. Whether in the corporate or education fields, this new projector provides the amazing quality and reliability users have come to expect from Canon's REALiS Multimedia Projector models.

Additional key features found on both new Multimedia Projectors include:

# Genuine Canon 1.5x Powered Zoom/Focus Lens for increased resolution and suppression of lens aberrations
# 10:0 lens offset to reduce the need for tilting and/or keystone correction
# RJ-45 Network Port and built-in network interface for centralized control and monitoring of multiple projector units (both projectors are also compatible with industry-standard controllers)

LCOS Technology
Realizing high levels of imaging performance, LCOS technology has garnered considerable attention within the industry. Compared with devices utilized in projectors employing different types of projection systems, LCOS panels facilitate the reproduction of exceptionally high-resolution images free of the "screen door effect," a visual distraction common to LCD projectors, in which a faint grid pattern appears over the projected image. In addition, Canon's proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine further enhances the image quality by maximizing the performance of the LCOS panels and equalizing light from the projection lamp, delivering high brightness and deep contrast.

Availability and Warranty Information
The REALiS WUX10 Mark II Multimedia Projector has a suggested list price of $12,999 while the REALiS SX80 Mark II Multimedia has a suggested list price of $3,999. Both projectors are scheduled to be available in October, and are backed by Canon USA's Three-Year Limited Warranty and its exclusive Projector Protection Program ("Triple P"). Triple P is a FREE service program that provides a loaner projector of equal or greater value in the event that a qualifying unit is in need of repair. Triple P is available on all Canon projector models during the Three-Year Canon USA Limited Warranty period.*


Free Lamp Offer
In conjunction with this announcement, Canon U.S.A. is also launching a Free Lamp Promotion which will run from October 1 – December 31, 2009. During this time, any qualifying end-user who purchases a new REALiS WUX10 Mark II, REALiS SX80 Mark II, REALiS SX80 or REALiS SX800 Multimedia Projector will receive a FREE lamp by mail – a $579 retail value. For more information about this promotion, including complete terms and conditions, please visit www.usa.canon.com/promotions.

For more information about our full-line of REALiS Multimedia LCOS Projectors, visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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NIKON HELPS YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS ACTUALIZE THEIR CREATIVE VISIONS AT BARNSTORM XXII

Nikon Supports 100 of the World’s Most Promising Young Photojournalists through Sponsorship of the 22nd Annual Eddie Adams Workshop

JEFFERSONVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 7, 2009) - From October 9-12, Nikon will sponsor 100 of the world’s most promising young photojournalists in upstate New York for the 22nd Eddie Adams Workshop, also known as “Barnstorm.” Renowned and award-winning professional photographers and photo editors will mentor the handpicked selection of students during the intense four-day workshop. To prepare Barnstorm participants for an ever-changing world where multimedia content is becoming more prevalent every day, students will have the opportunity to use Nikon’s professional digital SLR camera system, as well as the new D300s with HD video capabilities.

“Nikon is proud to continue the longstanding tradition of engaging tomorrow’s photographers and photojournalists in a unique educational experience through the Eddie Adams Barnstorm Workshop,” said Bill Pekala, general manager of Nikon Professional Services, and Eddie Adams Workshop board member. “On behalf of Nikon, we are honored for the opportunity to provide this elite group of carefully selected students with access to Nikon's extensive line of high-quality cameras and precision lenses, as well as empower them with a photographic experience the world has come to expect from Nikon.”



To tailor the learning experience to the evolutionary digital industry, participants have access to a state-of-the-art digital photo and multimedia studio with all of the latest technologies. Nikon technical experts will be available onsite to offer advice and guidance. Additionally, Nikon will provide access to professional camera equipment such as the D3, D3X, D700 allowing these students to capture the world around them in stunning detail and clarity. Students will also have access to the Nikon D300s, a D-SLR that allows them to capture both stills and video to adapt to the new multimedia world where content is king.

Following an overwhelmingly positive response the past three years, the multimedia workshop will continue as part of the core curriculum. With many news outlets and other publications expanding their offerings to include interactive slideshows and audio and video content, students receive a crash course in the new media marketplace with access to the top multimedia editors in the country.

Barnstorm participants are the visionary photographers of tomorrow and will benefit from the experience and advice of legendary professional mentors such as Bill Eppridge, Stacy Pearsall and Tim Rasmussen. Other famous photographers available to Barnstorm participants include individuals from well known photojournalism publications such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Getty Images and The Associated Press.

During the workshop, the Barnstorm students are divided into 10 teams, with each team paired with a photographer, an editor and a researcher. Each day consists of hands-on activities such as shooting and editing, as well as speeches and panel discussions from industry veterans. Over the course of the workshop, students are exposed to many types of photography including photojournalism, fine art photography, studio portraiture, underwater work, long-term projects, and conflict photography.

In addition to sponsoring the Barnstorm, this is the sixth year that Nikon will award a $10,000 scholarship to the top student from the Barnstorm XXII Workshop. A panel of judges selects a student based on the work he or she presents during the workshop. The scholarship money must be used by the winning student to further his or her education in the photographic arts field, and will be applied towards their tuition and/or housing at the college of his or her attendance.

“Photojournalists and the publications who hire them for their expertise are constantly searching for new and creative ways to reach their audience,” said Alyssa Adams, executive director, Eddie Adams Workshop. “The Eddie Adams Workshop brings together the best photographic talent, while Nikon provides students with the best tools to explore all the new media possibilities.”

About Barnstorm: The Eddie Adams Workshop
Now in its 22nd year, the purpose of the Eddie Adams Workshop is to create a forum where the exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers of the profession of picture journalism. The workshop is a tuition-free, invitation-only event. Attendees are portfolio-selected by the Eddie Adams Workshop Board of Directors. For more information, please visit www.eddieadamsworkshop.com.

About NPS
Nikon Professional Services provides valuable assistance for pros in every segment of the photography field, including newspaper, industrial, police and forensic, medical photography, commercial studios and even special movie productions. NPS is also available to work with national photographic organizations offering advice and assistance, demonstrations of the latest Nikon products, and lectures on various photography topics. NPS is also well known as a resource for professional photographers at various field events. For more information on NPS and membership requirements for the program, please visit www.nikonpro.com.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008.” According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its legendary F-mount lens-mounting system. Only Nikon has sustained an original lens mount for such an extraordinary period, ensuring that photographers can continue to leverage their previous investments while still taking advantage of new innovations. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web’s most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.



Pentax K-X Specs/Feature Video & Samples

New Kx Video featuring the specs and features is up over on Pentax USA site HERE


Endlessly working hard to find the most popular of all right now... the Kx image samples:



BUY NOW: Pentax K-x w/ 18-55mm Lens (Red)

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PENTAX FORUM ORGANIZES SEVENTH ANNUAL “PENTAX WORLD” GLOBAL SHOOT DAY:

Saturday, October 10, 2009PENTAX Imaging Company has announced plans organized by worldwide Pentaxians for a global photo shoot scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2009.

Forum members at www.PENTAXforums.com plan to shoot locally on that day and submit images to a central website. The global shoot "PENTAX WORLD DAY" is not intended as a competition (there are no prizes), but it is designed for the satisfaction of shooting and sharing images with other forum members.
As a reminder, images must be captured on PENTAX Day (October 10, 2009). Pentaxians are encouraged to submit photos that show their PENTAX spirit and share something special from their part of the world.

Details after the jump




Guidelines are as follows:
• Although entries may be submitted anytime, the photo(s) must be taken/captured on PENTAX Day (October 10, 2009) in the 24 hour period between 12:00 midnight and 12:00 midnight in the photographer’s time zone. Please leave all EXIF information intact.

• Up to three photos may be submitted.

• Photos must be taken with a PENTAX camera (DSLR, film, or compact).

• The photo's largest dimension should be between 800 and 900 pixels.

• Photos may be submitted to the PENTAXForums.com User Photo Gallery. Access the gallery directly by clicking: User Photo Gallery - October 10, 2009. Directions: Click the "Upload" link located in the navigation bar to add your photo. You must be logged in. You will be able to upload between 10/10/2009 and 10/24/2009. After this period, only viewing will be allowed for the event gallery. If you experience any trouble uploading photos, please make sure you've selected the correct gallery category first or contact Pentaxforums at: http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sendmessage.php

A second event, “World SyncSnap,” will be held on October 17th, 2009 at exactly* 12:00am midnight GMT. For more details on both events visit:
http://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/latest-board-news/74588-upcoming-events-world-pentax-day-pentax-syncsnap.html
and http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138972608181&index=1
For more information about PENTAX products, visit www.pentaximaging.com.



Bouncing and Diffusing Light for Outdoor Bridal Portraits

PhotoFlex offers some great tips on lighting, Here is their latest on outdoor shooting. Though Bridal specific, I am sure you can use these techniques without requiring your model to have on a fancy gown.
"One of the difficulties in shooting weddings or portraits outdoors is that the available light is not always ideal for photographs. In fact, it's usually the opposite. With LitePanels, however, you can effectively modify existing light to make it more visually compelling for your portraits.

This lesson explores the use of Photoflex LitePanels in modifying natural light while shooting bridal portraits on location. As you'll see here, LitePanels are great at providing elegant lighting, quickly and easily."
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