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In Focus: April 2012

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The strain of carrying around a DSLR all of the time can take a toll on your neck. The b-grip EVO belt holder offers some relief. The base attaches to a waist belt and a quick-release plate connects to the camera's tripod socket so your DSLR stays put, without swinging. When you need it, simply discharge the camera using the quick-release mechanism and you're set. There are extra loops for more stability, and you can use an additional belt to secure the bottom of the base to your leg so the camera stays secured to your body. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: OmegaBrandess, (410) 374-3250, www.omegabrandess.com.

If you're shooting more video with a DSLR, you know that a flash won't take care of your lighting needs. For motion, LED lights are excellent tools for adding light to a subject. The Flashpoint 312 LED mounts to the camera hot-shoe, has daylight and tungsten LEDs, and uses two dials to control the color temperature. Working time is five hours, and it's battery-operated so you can attach it to a light stand for off-camera use. The 312 is small and light so it won't take up too much space in your backpack. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


Spectacular Alaska by Charles Wohlforth (Universe, 2012; ISBN: 978-0789324290). A celebration of Alaska's diverse landscape, people and wildlife, the book consists of 200 photographs. Bald eagles, walruses, moose, whales, wolves and the Alaskan brown bear are all on display, as well as the state's cities, villages and regions, plus Mount McKinley, which is the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet.

Leave No Trace: The Vanishing North American Wilderness by Jim Wark and Roderick F. Nash (Universe, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-7893-2077-3). Photographer Jim Wark captures aerial images of landscapes from Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, the Caribbean and everywhere in between. The book has more than 300 photographs, many of which give the look and feel of an abstract painting. Historian Roderick Nash contributes essays.

The Complete Guide to Nature Photography: Professional Techniques for Capturing Digital Images of Nature and Wildlife by Sean Arbabi (Amphoto Books, 2011; ISBN: 978-0817400101). This authoritative guide balances inspiration with in-depth technical instruction. Arbabi takes photographers through every stage of shooting landscapes, close-ups and wildlife portraits, with more than 200 images.

Tibet: Culture On The Edge by Phil Borges (Rizzoli, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-8478-3691-8). Combining stunning photos with firsthand accounts, the book explores the indigenous lifestyles and natural surroundings of the Tibetan people. Threatened by industrial development, climate change and political struggles, Tibet remains one of the world's most intriguing places.

Temples of Cambodia: The Heart of Angkor by Barry Brukoff and Helen Ibbitson Jessup
(Vendome Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-0865652620). Experience these architectural wonders in the pages of this large-format hardcover. Originally built as modest brick structures in the 7th and 8th centuries, the temples gradually became more monumental as technology progressed.


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