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In Focus: April 2011

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Stay under the radar while carrying your valuable photo gear in the Urban Disguise V2.0 bag series from Think Tank Photo. Five sizes are available, and each model features multiple pockets, YKK lockable zipper sliders, a comfortable, padded shoulder strap and a seam-sealed rain cover. The smallest holds a 13.3-inch laptop with a regular-sized DSLR or a 10-inch netbook with a pro-sized DSLR. The largest carries up to two pro-sized DSLRs with lenses attached in the main compartment. Estimated Street Price: $155 to $195. Contact: Think Tank Photo, (866) 558-4465, www.thinktankphoto.com.

Get through the airport smoothly with the rolling Roadie II Photo/Laptop cases from Tenba. The cases come in three sizes and all are designed to meet various sets of carry-on standards. The Compact case fits under the seat or in the overhead compartment. The Universal meets international standards, and the Large meets both domestic and international guidelines. The cases have enough room inside for medium to large pro DSLR bodies, large video cameras or medium-format cameras. Mid-range zoom lenses can be stored standing up. Supertelephoto 300mm to 600mm lenses fit with their hoods and tripod collars in place. There’s also room for 15- to 17-inch laptops. Estimated Street Price: $279 to $319. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

Make sure your landscapes look as good on paper as they did from behind the lens using the latest canvas media in Epson’s Signature Worthy Collection. Manufactured from a polyester and cotton blend, Exhibition Canvas Gloss, Exhibition Canvas Satin and Exhibition Canvas Matte produce vibrant colors, rich blacks and smooth tonal gradations. The papers are heavy and can be stretched and coated to achieve an optimal combination of image quality and archival display life. All are available in roll widths of 13, 17, 24, 36, 44 and 60 inches, and 17x22-inch cut sheets. Estimated Street Price: $34 (13-inch x 20-foot Matte roll); $49 (13-inch x 20-foot Satin roll); $49 (13-inch x 20-foot Gloss roll). Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.proimaging.epson.com.
FIREWIRE HOOKUP If you’re a Mac user, you’ve probably noticed that the latest iMac, Mac mini and MacBook Pro models have just a single FireWire 800 port. Sonnet offers a solution with its Yin•Yang FireWire 800 to FireWire 400/800 Mini Hub. You can connect FireWire 800 and 400 devices to your Mac simultaneously through that single port. Concurrent data transfer speeds are 800 MB/s and 400 MB/s, respectively. Small and portable, the Yin•Yang measures 1.9x1.5x0.6 inches and requires no external power supply. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: Sonnet Technologies, Inc., (949) 587-3500, www.sonnettech.com.
Reduce shadows and red eye in your nature and wildlife photography with the Flashpoint Camera Flip Bracket (FPBQA). Built from anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, with an articulated platform, the bracket allows you to rotate the camera between portrait and landscape while keeping the flash above the lens. The bracket fits a range of cameras, including APS-C and full-frame DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $34. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


The Blue Ridge Ancient and Majestic: A Celebration of the World’s Oldest Mountains by Charles W. Maynard and Jerry D. Greer (Mountain Trail Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0982116227). Photography and essays combine in this large-format hardcover exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stories range from the origins and heritage of the mountains to the present day.

Rivers of California: Nature’s Lifeline in The Golden State by Tim Palmer (Heyday Books, 2010; ISBN: 978-1597141291). With 176 photographs and original prose, Palmer showcases the diversity and majesty of small and large streams through all four seasons, from rain forest to desert, from the high country to the Pacific.

Decisive Moments: Creating Iconic Imagery by Scott Linstead (Bouquin Publishing, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-9867465-0-5). The Canadian wildlife photographer presents fascinating portraits of animals and insects, stories behind how the images were created and inspiration for getting out there and taking your own. Many of the images show animals exhibiting behavior that’s rarely witnessed.

The Photographer’s Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81517-6). Stay away from making repetitive, cliché images by learning about what makes a photograph great and how to achieve that repeatedly. The book contains more than 400 images taken on real photographic assignments, with schematic illustrations of how and why they work.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81483-4). From retouching work to creating offbeat compositions, this in-depth resource teaches you how to develop an efficient Photoshop workflow. The book is full of photographs and full-color screenshots as visual examples.


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