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In Focus: August 2009

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Carbon Fiber
Support your D-SLR on the Sunpak PRO 523PX2 Carbon Fiber tripod with Pistol Grip QR ballhead. The ultralight tripod is constructed of super-strong and lightweight carbon fiber with seven-layer construction. Other features include leg warmers, a reversible 1/4”-20 / 3/8” threaded screw and a removable pistol-grip ballhead with quick release. Load capacity is 6.1 pounds. Height ranges from 12 to 64 inches, with a weight of four pounds. List Price: TBA. Contact: Sunpak (ToCAD), (973) 627-9600, www.sunpak.com.

The BackCountry Medium Nature backpack from Clik Elite is ideal for a photo day trip into the mountains or woods. The camera and lenses stay safely nestled between Cradle Dividers in a fully adjustable, Velcro®-lined camera bay with weather-resistant zippers. The shoulder straps are padded with attachment points for fastening small pouches and lens holsters. The LadderFit harness system adjusts to four different torso lengths for maximum comfort. Estimated Street Price: $235. Contact: Clik Elite, (888) 532-CLIK, www.clikelite.com.
Power Grip
Improve stability when shooting handheld with the Flashpoint Professional Battery Grip. The version for the Nikon D700 holds up to two lithium battery packs or AA batteries, doubling the camera’s shooting time. The vertical shutter release makes shooting vertically just as simple as shooting horizontally. There’s also a version available for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. List Price: $79 (Nikon); $89 (Canon). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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The latest version of Serif’s PhotoPlus X3 Digital Studio comes with powerful features at an affordable price. RAW image processing, High Dynamic Range imaging and 48-bit color are some of the high-end tools found in this program. With the new Print Studio, you can print individual images in different sizes, multiple images in various layouts and contact sheets with image names. The QuickFix Studio is improved with fixes for noise reduction, exposure adjustment and a new histogram. List Price: $79. Contact: Serif, (800) 557-3743, www.serif.com.
Digital Masters: Travel Photography—Documenting The World’s People & Places by Bob Krist (Lark Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-60059-110-5). The OP columnist takes a look at the technological aspects of shooting digitally on location and explains how to select the right gear. He also explores what it takes to capture the spirit of your subject.

Black and White in Photoshop CS4 and Lightroom: A Complete Integrated Workflow Solution for Creating Stunning Monochromatic Images in Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Lightroom, and Beyond by Leslie Alsheimer and Bryan O’Neil Hughes (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-52159-6). Learn new methods and tips for black-and-white conversions, plus explanations of key topics like color management, workflow optimization, soft proofing, nondestructive editing and more.

Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers by Harold Davis (O’Reilly, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-596-52988-8). Using his own images in each chapter, with technical information and an explanation of what he was trying to achieve, Davis demonstrates how to apply classic techniques and principles in the digital age.

Yosemite in Time: Ice Ages, Tree Clocks, Ghost Rivers by Rebecca Solnit, Mark Klett, and Byron Wolfe (Trinity University Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59534-042-9). Blending beautiful photography with personal observations and historical perspective, this pictorial shows how Yosemite has changed over the years by combining classic pictures taken by the likes of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston with re-photographed versions.

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Layers Book: Harnessing Photoshop’s Most Powerful Tool by Richard Lynch (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-52155-8). Master the fundamentals of using layers with this highly visual guide that offers step-by-step instructions and practical examples illustrating various techniques. A DVD is included.


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