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Photo Shaman 1.2.2 has Been Released

Helsinki, Finland (PRWEB) March 21, 2005 -

Photo Shaman is a handy imaging software utility for creating stylized thumbnail images for image galleries and photo albums. Process images individually, in batches, or in whole folders, using fast thumbnail browser. You can rotate, resize, add picture frame, mask, bevel and shadow effects, checking out the results in a realtime preview.

Key features:

Picture frames: Create a stylized picture frame around your image. Specify frame width, 3D thickness, roundness and light angle. Create square, round and many other shaped frames. Add texture to the frame. Use 3D strength control to make the texture look three-dimensional. Modify texture color. Scale, rotate and shift the texture to position it on the frame. Add your own textures.

Bevel: Create realistic bevels with an advanced 3D lightning model. No limitations for image border shape - create square, round or rounded-square border shapes. You can add a mask and bevel it up.

Masks: Masks is a mechanism to create stylized, non-square edges of a photo. You can use masks together with picture frames.

Shadows: Create realistic shadows under images. Shadow is a simple and effective way to make photos look vivid and cool.

Marker: Sign photos with author's name, logotype or copyright message. Marker images with transparency are supported. User can control marker placement, opacity and scale.

Resize: 8 different resize modes: Best Fit, Fit Width, Fit Height, Exact Size, Percents, Auto Crop, Crop Width, Crop Height. Sharpen option produces clear and sharp thumbnails.

Batch Processing: Process thousands of images with a pair of mouse clicks. Multi-CPU support.

Preview JPEG output: Choose JPEG compression options according to realtime JPEG preview and target file size.

All digital camera and other image formats are supported: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP. Transparent output support in PNG, BMP, TIFF.

Brave Orange is young yet fast growing company that specializes in image processing software for the end consumer market. The company residence is in Helsinki, Finland.


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AASHTO Awards Top Prizes in the Faces of Transportation Photo Contest

Washington (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

Two spectacular photographs taken of laborers at work on prominent sections of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge won the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials.

A judge selected the Grand Prize winner and a record 19,000 on-line votes decided the People’s Choice award winner. Six other photographs capturing highway construction workers and citizens using transportation facilities in their communities also received awards.

Twenty-eight transportation department employees from 21 states and six private citizens submitted 121 photographs in the competition.

The entries were judged in three categories: Building the Future, Opening Communities, and Taking the Road Less Traveled.

The Grand Prize was awarded to California Department of Transportation Engineer Martin Chandrawinata for his photograph of an iron worker using a cutting torch while suspended from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

The People’s Choice Award was presented to photographer Bill Hall who captured California Department of Transportation Engineer Matt Bruce inspecting the cable band installation near the top of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Hall’s People’s Choice Award photograph also won in the Building the Future—State DOT category.

Building the Future—Individual Winner: California State Route Four Construction through Contra Costa County – photographer Karl Nielsen captured an unknown worker as he cut through reinforcing rebar in the concrete rubble of a demolished bridge on State Route Four in Antioch, Calif. The bridge was demolished to make room for the widening of the highway and the addition of a light rail system.

Opening Communities—State DOT Winner: Inspecting a Traffic Signal – photographer Cedric Mohr from the Georgia DOT captured this winning photograph of GDOT Signal Technician Bobby Bryant inspecting a traffic light in District 7 on the south side of Atlanta. GDOT maintains 3,280 traffic lights across Georgia.

Opening Communities—Individual Winner: New River Gorge US 19, West Virginia – photographer Michael Ruggiero, Jr. set out to document semi-truck drivers, a sub-culture of gritty characters that drive coast-to-coast on the Interstate highways. This photograph is from his book “Over the Road.”

Taking the Road Less Traveled—State DOT Winner: Icebergs from a Distance – photographer M. Bailey Watson from Alaska DOT & Public Facilities, Marine Highway System captured this photograph of icebergs being investigated from the safety of the Fast Rescue Boat deployed from the M/V Taku.

Taking the Road Less Traveled—Individual Winner: Grafton Bridge – photographer Karl Nielsen captured cyclists riding across an old bridge near Grafton, Calif.

The photographs were judged by Connie Rus, an accomplished photographer and graphic designer based in Washington State.

To view all of the entries in this year’s competition visit the Faces of Transportation blog.

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New Photo Book Chronicles Hurricane Sandy and Helps Its Victims on Long Island, NY

Long Island, NY (PRWEB) September 11, 2013

Noted Long Island photographer Amy Medina is publishing a photo book on the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy on the beaches and structures around New York City and Long Island, NY. The book chronicles the aftermath of the storm on the natural and man-made landscape of the downstate area of New York in poignant, emotionally charged images taken throughout the area immediately following the “Super Storm of the Century”.

“I love where I live,” Medina said. “I am a true New Yorker at heart, and was affected deeply by the damage I saw around the area after the storm.”

Super Storm Sandy

Hurricane Sandy was dubbed a “Super Storm” as the hurricane hit the New York/New Jersey area at the same time as another storm front and coincided with normal high tides. Causing massive flooding that forever changed the natural landscape while destroying beaches, homes and businesses from Manhattan to Montauk, thousands of residents lost their homes and businesses and over a million more were without power for weeks.

Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge hit New York City on October 29, 2012 flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and was the second-costliest hurricane in United States history (after Katrina in 2005). The largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning 1,100 miles, Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane in recorded history. According to reports compiled on Wikipedia, estimates as of June 2013 assess damages to have been over $ 68 billion with at least 286 people killed along the path of the storm.

“Salted Wounds”

The new photo book by Medina, “Salted Wounds” is currently being offered for pre-sale and is expected to be available for delivery as both an eBook and a softcover 9-inch by 7-inch “zine” packaged in a comic-book style sleeve this October. The photographer is offering the book in various formats as low as $ 7 for the eBook and others that include limited edition autographed prints at

Selected by International Center of Photography & Museum of the City of New York

One of Medina’s images has been selected as the Cover Photograph for the International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York’s "Rising Waters" exhibition on Governor's Island. The show features photos from Hurricane Sandy and will run through the end of September. Drawn from an open call for submissions from the public that drew over 5,000 entries, the exhibition includes 100 works by more than 90 professional photographers, community members, and bystanders who photographed the effects of the devastating storm and the subsequent recovery efforts.

Proceeds Donated to Help Storm Victims

Medina will be donating partial proceeds of the book sale to The Robin Hood Foundation, which has already granted millions of dollars to many worthy organizations helping people impacted by the storm.

“They do great work,” Medina said. “They have assured me their Hurricane Sandy grantees will continue to receive money as long as donations are coming in.

About Amy Medina

Lifelong Long Islander Amy Medina, also known online as "DangRabbit, is a local photographer and professional graphic artist. In addition to a deep love of the beaches of the area, she has a strong passion for photography, and has been doing a Picture-A-Day (PAD) Project since July 2009 -- over 1500 days straight. In her PAD project, Medina is committed to taking and publishing a photograph every day from around the Long Island home she is so passionate about. Like many who live in the area, she was affected deeply by the damage she saw in the wake of the storm and sees the publication of “Salted Wounds” as a way to chronicle her deep love of the Long Island and New York City area. More of Medina’s work can be seen on her website,


Eyedeus Labs Launches Groopic: The App Which Puts the Missing Photographer back in the Photo

Lahore, Pakistan (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

Ever noticed that group photos are always missing the photographer? Groopic solves this impossible problem by seamlessly including the photographer friend in every group photo. With groopic, your pictures have every friend, every time. And no more asking for help from a stranger or setting up a tripod.

Samsung's new phones claim to solve this problem through Dual Shot but thats like pasting a sticker on a photo - a bit goofy. Instead, groopic gives a perfect group photo in just three simple steps. Ali Rehan, CEO of Eyedeus Labs explains:

"Simply take two pictures, mark the photographers and let groopic do the magic. It automatically combines these incomplete pictures into one complete group picture."

To see groopic in action, watch the video:

groopic is available on the App Store. Download it now for $ 1.99 only. The Android version is in the final stages of development and will be released soon.

Groopic uses patent pending technology developed at Eyedeus Labs. Eyedeus is a startup spinning off from Lahore Pakistan, and is focusing on development of computer vision tech for mobile devices. They also have some really interesting natural user interface gaming demos for smart phones.

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StyleShoots Enters the US with Revolutionary Photo Studio for Fashion; Dramatically Reducing Costs and Simplifying E-commerce Logistics

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) July 09, 2013

StyleShoots, a Netherlands based tech company, has developed a game-changing machine for the e-commerce business that has just landed in the fashion capital of the world New York City. Companies like Tommy Hilfiger, Marks & Spencer, Perry Ellis, Valentino, G-Star and Macys are already using the StyleShoots machine to cut time and costs for high-resolution product photos for their e-commerce and catalogues.

StyleShoots is an all-in-one system comprised of an illuminated glass tabletop, daylight simulation lamps and a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera. The system is powered by an embedded Mac mini computer and controlled by the user entirely via an iPad running a custom app. Files are ready for web in seconds, because StyleShoots processes and exports in photos in custom sizes, qualities and formats automatically. By keeping ecommerce photography in-house, costs and time are cut to a fraction of outsourcing.

StyleShoots uses a unique dual-shot process to automatically cut out products. The process known as Auto Alpha takes multiple images and applies advanced software tricks. Particularly time consuming (sometimes impossible) items like fringed scarves, lace garments and fur coats are automatically delivered with a transparent background in seconds. Mastering backlight, camera and processing power, StyleShoots takes two photos one with the LED backlight on, and one with it off. Analyzing over 20 million pixels across multiple images, it precisely cuts out the product and delivers true alpha transparency in less time that it takes to style the next garment on the table.

In response to the boom in fashion e-commerce, Maurits Teunissen and Bartel Huibregtsen founded StyleShoots in 2011 to simplify one of the most important steps in the process - photographing products for online display. We wondered how we could put a man on the moon in the 60's, yet we were still manually cutting out the background from product photos, explains Teunissen Thousands of hours are spent on this tiresome task every single day. It's all about giving way to creativity by removing boring steps and chores in a smart, engaging and effective manner. Designers, wholesalers and retailers can sit back and focus on what they're best at.

StyleShoots is available for purchase and lease through Focal Media Group, located at 325 W 38th Street, Suite 703 New York, NY 10018.

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Samsung Announces New Windows 8 Notebooks, SideSync Technology and Unifies Windows PCs Under Newly Expanded ATIV Brand: Pre-Order Notebooks at B&H Photo

NYC, NY (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

Samsung introduced SideSync technology to all Windows-based PCs, the first of many new ATIV features available this year, which enables users to switch from working on their PC to an Android-based Samsung smartphone with simplicity and ease. With SideSync, a PC and mobile device become one. Simply use a PC keyboard to respond to a text on a mobile phone; view larger maps, photos and multimedia displayed on both devices to make editing files even easier; or use a PC to back up and charge a mobile device so one can get back to the task at hand with less interruptions to work and everyday life.

Samsung released an Ultrabook and a notebook sporting the new ATIV brand name, which can be seen as Samsungs way of portraying their commitment to the ATIV brand. The Samsung 14 ATIV Book 5 is an ultra-slim and ultraportable Ultrabook, designed for high mobility while still maintaining reliable performance. Measuring 0.82 thin and weighing 4.19 pounds, the ATIV Book 5 has an aluminum-and-fiberglass design with a mineral ash-black finish. The ATIV Book 5 houses a dual-core Ivy Bridge 1.8 GHz Intel


Lulu Launches New Web Site for Making High-Quality Photo Books and Calendars Collaborative and Easy

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) May 29, 2013

With people taking more photos than ever, Lulu has launched a new and improved way for people to share and celebrate their memories in the form of personalized photo books and calendars,

Collaboration, simplicity and high quality photo books and calendars are the hallmarks of Depending on the product a person wants to create, friends, family, teammates and even business associates can share pictures and curate their own high quality photo books to treasure. is designed to solve the issues we know people have with making photo books and calendars: slow photo uploads, confusing interfaces and an all-around clunky experience, said Shawn Barber, vice president of product management at Lulu. Even the web address is easy.

For years, the industry has focused on a singular model: one person with one camera at one event who then makes one photo book. But thats no longer the way people capture, share and preserve images.

The collaborative features of make the tool ideal for the busy parent who wants to gather all of the best pictures of their child from the past year, which may be in several different places. allows people to add images to a single gallery, where they can be used to build memorable, personalized and enduring mementos.

Imagine a childs birthday party. Many photos are taken by many people, and the best shots may be captured by a number of peoples cameras and phones, said Barber. allows the birthday party host to invite everyone to add their pictures to a shared gallery, so the photo book or calendar can be a celebration of the event. Whats more, anyone whod like to can create their own, one-of-a-kind keepsake from this shared gallery. And the quality of the photo books we offer are what youd expect to commemorate such a special occasion.

Lulu, the independent publishing company behind, has enabled people to create photo books and calendars for years. But as the ways people capture and share photos have evolved, the company sought to introduce an enhanced and more tailored solution for people who want to celebrate lifes experiences. lets people use photos from their computer and their Facebook and accounts to create photo books and calendars. also serves a business audience, through offering personalized photo books for companies to use in strengthening professional relationships and extending their brands.

After listening to what people want in a web site for making cherished and valuable photographic keepsakes, we made sure that takes into account what people want mostwhile eliminating the aspects that people find least valuable and most frustrating, said Barber. Additionally, is architected in a way that allows us to easily partner and integrate with organizations and communities that serve a wide variety of audiences and interests.

Lulus Studio platform, which is designed for people who want to create photo books and calendars and sell them to others for fundraising, charities or profit through the Lulu Marketplace or via their own storefronts, will remain available at

Prices for photo books and calendars are available on the web site.

About Lulu

Since 2002, Lulu has enabled authors in more than 225 countries and territories to self-publish nearly two million publications. Our industry-leading tools and global community help authors hone their craft and publish printed books or eBooks for free, then sell them around the world via multiple channels. At Lulu, authors are in control, owning the rights to their works, setting their own price and keeping up to 90 percent of their book profits. Lulu is also the innovative engine that powers, which lets individuals and businesses celebrate and enrich relationships by creating custom photo books, calendars and more.

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Appsbar Recognizes “Brilliant Photo” as the App of the Day

(PRWEB) November 22, 2012

A production company based in Springfield, MA has earned high marks for its new mobile application on

Brilliant Resolutions specializes in digital media solutions and offering photography, videography, and graphic design. The company also builds websites for small businesses and has recently added to its own portfolio with the "Brilliant Photo" app on

Brilliant Resolutions hails its slogan We Capture Memories throughout the various app pages. The app highlights photos, videos, and samples of different flyers and special event brochures.

Along with photography and video production, including a complete event production package that includes flyers, invitations, lighting, and sound, the company has recently been involved in the burgeoning Recruitment Video industry, developing highlight reels for promising athletes.

The app is optimized for both iOS and Android smartphones.

To create an app of your own with the free and easy-to-use app maker, go to To view download other interesting new apps for free, visit

27Dec/120 Introduces a New Online Computer Feature: “Design Your Own Photo Locket,” using an “Interactive Photo Locket Designer.”

Staten Island, NY (PRWEB) November 21, 2012

Picture yourself as a fashion designer creating unique Personalized Photo Locket jewelry. Express your inner artistic talent and create a one of a kind photo locket to give as a holiday gift to family, friends, and business associates at using the Interactive Locket Designer. takes the guesswork out of finding a place to add a photo and allows users to upload, email or even mail in the photograph and will either permanently laser the photo inside, or add a high resolution photo print. The graphic artists digitally enhance the photo, zoom in, and make it ft perfectly inside the locket. "It's not easy to enhance your photo, remove the background, remove unwanted people or objects and photo shops just don't do it any more. We're told by customers every day how clear and vivid the photos look once we laser it inside", Says Daniel Schifter CEO of

As stated by Daniel Schifter, The Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year Holidays are fast approaching, and our new "Interactive Locket Designer", presents an opportunity for customers to design distinctive personalized jewelry online. Families, and friends can express their love for the special people in their lives creating a cherished photo locket using photos which capture favorite moments. It is a simple process that is consumer friendly."

Customers can add a personalized engraved message, monogram, birthstone, and or choose how the outside of the customized photo locket will look by selecting from hundreds of clipart images that can be engraved. The photo laser process is 100% waterproof and scratch proof. The amazing part is the finished product ships the next business day, customized and all," said Mr. Schifter

It is an effortless process. It's known before your make the purchase exactly how your Personalized Photo Locket will look. prides itself on producing quality, and innovative locket jewelry designed to last.The quality of the photos is superior, the engraving is clear, and adds a special touch, said Mr. Schifter.

The Personalized Photo Lockets are featured in a variety of shapes and sizes. Customers can choose a heart, round, or oval style locket in 14K Gold, Sterling Silver, White Gold, or Platinum. Prices start at just $ 29.99 in Sterling Silver and under $ 200 in 14k Gold. Mommy Bloggers throughout the USA and Canada are writing rave reviews on the Personalized Photo Lockets.

Dont miss this opportunity to delight the significant people in your life for the upcoming holidays.

About has been manufacturing jewelry since 1998 for the jewelry industry throughout the world. 95% of the work is done directly in their factory. is the only company in the world to laser-print full color, sepia, or black and white photos onto jewelry. A sentimental photo can now be downloaded and permanently imprinted on a 14k gold locket or sterling silver lockets. Initials and a message can also be engraved to further develop the personalized jewelry. The website was created in 2005 and has some unique products like Photo Engraved Jewelry, Lockets, Medical Id Jewelry, Custom Sports Jewelry, Religious Medals, Awareness Ribbons, Childhood Cancer Awareness Jewelry, Personalized Name Bands, Monogram Jewelry, and many other choices.

For additional information, log onto PicturesOnGold.


ComicBook!: iTunes iPad Photo App of the Year 2011 Turns Version 1.5.0

(PRWEB) May 23, 2012

3DTOPO Inc. is pleased to announce that a new 1.5.0 version of ComicBook! is now available on the Apple iTunes App Store. ComicBook! was named as iPad Photo App of the Year 2011 by Apple, iTunes App of the Week in twelve countries, included in the App Store's Essentials collection, and has received many other honors and mentions.

The ComicBook! app is designed to allow a user to quickly and easily create a comic panel of their own content and design. ComicBook! features realistic comic styling with a wide selection of: image filters, comic fonts, customizable captions, a library of included classic comic graphics called "stickers" and dozens of multi-panel page layouts.

In addition to bringing native resolution to the new Retina iPad, the 1.5 version outputs comic pages in resolution independent PDF output. The ComicBook! PDF pages may be combined to create books and also edited in many popular graphic programs such as Adobe Illustrator.

In addition, the new version brings a "Toon" image filter, several improved "stickers", high-resolution (PDF based) printing, along with numerous other improvements. The existing comic image filters (Comic, Sketch and Manga) are the same effect although they now run 56% faster than before.

ComicBook! now offers a library of over 600 additional classic comic styled "sticker" graphics available as in-app purchases.

For more information, screenshots or to purchase click here.

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