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In Focus: April 2009

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Look at those sweeping landscape shots in feet, not inches, using the Canon REALiS SX800 projector. With a bright, crisp, 3,000-lumens display and 900:1 contrast ratio, the 11-pound projector is an ideal option if you’re looking to upgrade to SXGA (1400x1050) resolution. The 1.5x zoom lens is designed to minimize flare and ghosting, while allowing you to easily change the screen size to adapt to different environments. You can pack up the projector as soon as you’re done, without having to wait for it to cool down. List Price: $2,499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
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Make the colors in your nature photos pop in the final print using Moab by Legion Paper’s Kayenta Photo Matte 205. The double-sided, acid- and lignin-free paper works well with the latest archival pigment ink sets to deliver bright whites, velvety blacks and an expanded color gamut. The paper uses the same coating as the top-end Entrada Rag. Sizes range from 8½x11 to 17x22 inches, plus a new 17x25-inch sheet size developed for digital-sensor formats. Also available are 13-, 17- and 24-inch rolls. List Price: $24 to $116. Contact: Moab by Legion Paper,(800) 727-3716, www.moabpaper.com.
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Resurrection: Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West by James Kay and Annette McGivney (Braided River, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-898-86771-8). While celebrating Glen Canyon, the book explores the controversy and history of water politics in the American Southwest. It concludes with a list of recommended hikes.

Digital Photography: Available Light and Flash by Ibarionex Perello (Alas Media, 2008; www.alasmedia.net). Use this DVD to learn more about the qualities of light and how to use them to improve your photographs. Topics include direction, color, using reflectors, working with wireless flash and controlling contrast.

Birds In Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly by Carrol L. Henderson
(Voyageur Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-7603-3392-1). Through 150 color photographs, the photographer and wildlife biologist illustrates and explains how birds’ bodies are structured for flight and how each species uses flight in its particular ecological niche.

Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider King (Pogue Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-596-52296-4). Full of tips, tricks and lots of practical advice, this visually rich four-color guidebook offers something for everyone, from beginners to power users. Topics include the completely revamped workspace, smoother image display and quick zoom, and new Masks and Adjustments panels

Visions of Paradise (National Geographic, 2008: ISBN: 978-1-4262-0338-1). Stunning imagery taken from around the world makes up this large-format coffee-table book. The pictures are paired with the photographers’ own recollections about that particular place. More than 150 images from 82 photographers are shown.


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