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Wetpixel Launches Photo Contest

We have just moved our photo contest from the forums into a new gallery module. The currently running forum contest, "Eye Contact," will be the last to be hosted in the forums. Special thanks to Cybergolfish for his dedication in running the contest for the last year!

We're also arranging to have sponsor-donated prizes awarded to contest winners. Let the games begin (continue)!

Note that the first contest using the new format is LIVE, so head on over to the related link below and submit a photo!

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Wideangle distortion correction with PanoTools Photo

Wideangle distortion correction with PanoTools

Peter Schulz demonstrates the corrective power of Panorama Tools, a free Windows utility. Excerpt:
When shooting underwater, the effects of wide angle distortion are often not noticeable because, unlike buildings, there are few straight lines. After all, who knows how round a French Angelfish really is. But with wrecks and panoramic reef shots distortion becomes very noticeable.

Fortunately there is a software fix for this problem. It's called PanoTools. PanoTools plugins are available for Adobe PS, Adobe Elements, and Paint Shop Pro that run on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. And the plugins are free!

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RAW vs JPEG

As the RAW format becomes widely available, many digital shooters wonder if this format is “better” than shooting JPEG - of course, “better” often depends on the circumstances. This short column will describe the difference between the two formats and pros and cons of shooting one versus the other.

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Correcting Wideangle Distortion

Wide angle pictures frequently suffer from distortion. Fortunately there is a software fix for this problem called PanoTools. Contributor Peter Schultz explains how to use this powerful tool.

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Ocean Brite and Equinox Housings

Ocean Brite Systems and Equinox Underwater Products are proud to announce the pending release of new, affordable housing for the Canon EOS 300D, the Nikon D70, the Canon Powershot Pro 1, the Nikon Coolpix 8700 and the Olympus C8080Z Digital Cameras.

The Housings will become available as the cameras become available in the USA market, the first being the Canon 300D Digital Rebel Housing, with shipments commencing in April 2004.

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Site Additions (Short URLs, etc.)

Hello, readers. I've been working hard tonight, and have completed a few updates to Wetpixel's feature-set:

1) Digideep POTW Syndication
2) Affiliate Links
3) User Interface Tweaks
4) Short URL Implementation

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