Flash Forward Keep your flash work up to speed with the Metz Mecablitz 58 AF-1, a compact wireless flash unit with USB interface. You can update the flash unit’s software by simply hooking it up to your home PC and installing updates posted online, instead of sending it off to your camera manufacturer. Other features include latest-generation multi-zone AF metering technology, a built-in wide-angle diffuser for 18mm focal lengths and an easy-to-read LCD. Two models are available. List Price: $359 (Canon); $330 (Nikon). Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
Power Screen Display your photos, either at work or home, with the Accolade DUET Ultra Portable Projection Screen from Epson. The DUET expands horizontally, rather than vertically, to either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios, and projects images up to 80 inches (diagonal). It can hang on a wall or stand freely on an included retractable stand. Setup takes about 30 seconds, and the screen breaks down into a compact unit for easy transport. List Price: $249. Contact: Epson America, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
Full Access Find your photo gear fast when carrying it in the Lowepro SlingShot 300 AW backpack. You can fill up the 300 AW with your D-SLR and attached zoom lens, five to six additional lenses, flash units, memory cards and accessories. The bag rotates or “slings” around from your shoulder, providing an even quicker way to get to your stuff. A built-in waist belt is designed to balance out the bag’s weight, reducing strain on your back. List Price: $124. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Underwater Shooter Explore the deep depths of the sea with your camera fully protected in the Ewa-Marine U-BXP underwater housing. Compose your shot through an optical glass port while safely using your camera to a depth of 155 feet. The U-BXP is designed to allow you full use of the camera’s controls when boating, swimming, canoeing, snorkeling or diving. Only lenses with a maximum filter thread of 72mm can be used with the U-BXP. List Price: $450. Contact: R.T.S. Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
Self-Publisher Create a coffee-table book of your nature photography using MpixPRESS. Easy-to-use software from Mpix helps you put together a perfectly designed book. You can create hardcover, 8.5x11-inch books with up to 50 pages and softcover books with up to 52 pages. Softcovers are available in three sizes—8x10, 8.5x8.5 and 5.5x5.5 inches. Prices vary by size and style. A hardcover book with 20 pages is $30. Additional pages cost 50 cents per page. Contact: MpixPRESS, www.mpix.com.
Total Support Choose from one of several new Induro aluminum ballheads designed to fully support your camera. The DM series offers manual drag control, dovetailed quick release and smooth, independent panning. The SA series single-action ballheads are also designed for smooth movement and stable positioning. They feature a dual quick-release locking system and compact, lightweight body. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Induro, (914) 347-3300, www.indurogear.com.
Straighten Out Correct distortions in your fisheye lens images using the Fisheye-Hemi plug-in from Image Trends. The Photoshop plug-in filter preserves more of the original resolution, displays the intended composition and framing as shown in the viewfinder, and straightens vertical lines. It’s optimized to be fully automatic with full-frame hemispheric fisheye-lens images. The latest version includes three plug-ins that support a wider range of camera and lens combinations. List Price: $29. Contact: Image Trends, (512) 637-7300, www.imagetrendsinc.com.
Books 'N Such
The Art of Bird Photography II by Arthur Morris (Birds As Art, www.birdsasart.com). This CD-only how-to guide covers all aspects of photographing birds, from equipment and techniques to capturing those winged creatures in your backyard, on safari or on the tundra. Each image in the book includes technical data and instructive captions.
The Underwater Photographer, Third Edition: Digital and Traditional Techniques by Martin Edge (Focal Press, 2006; ISBN: 0-240-51988-4). This all-inclusive primer has been updated to provide in-depth coverage on the latest digital techniques and equipment for underwater photography. Find out how to best use your subject matter, lighting and the environment to take great photos.
Escalante: The Best Kind of Nothing (Desert Places) by Brooke Williams and Chris Noble (The University of Arizona Press, 2006; ISBN: 0-8165-2458-0). A mix of poetry, narrative and photography takes readers on a journey through the 1.7-million-acre desert of mesas and buttes that sits at the center of the Colorado Plateau in Utah.
2007 Photographer’s Market: Where & How to Sell Your Photographs by Donna Poehner and Erika O’Connell (Writers Digest Books, 2006; ISBN: 1-58297-428-4). Use this one-stop resource for freelance photographers to find out the right markets for your work and how to run a profitable business, submit photos, sell through galleries, etc.
Lake Superior Secrets: Photographs & Reflections by Bruce Montagne (Ann Arbor Media Group, 2005; ISBN: 1-58726-293-2). Montagne explored this region for more than a decade, covering 2,500 miles of shoreline by foot, kayak and snowshoe. The result is pages full of beautiful color photographs revealing one of this country’s Great Lakes.
White Natureby Vincent Munier (Natural Wonder Press, 2006; ISBN:1-905377-04-5). Taken during his recent travels around the Arctic Circle, in Canada and on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, Munier’s stunning photographs show readers the wonder of winter. Eagles, swans, foxes and the frozen, snowbound habitats of many other animals take center stage.