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In Focus: August 2010

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View your images with a more critical eye using the Marshall Electronics V-LCD50-HDMI portable camera-top monitor. The 5-inch LED-backlit screen offers useful viewing angles if you’re looking for a portable monitoring solution. High-end features include False Color and Peaking filters, Image Flip, Freeze Frame, HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio detect. The monitor also includes a wide variety of formats and markers, four user-configurable front panel function buttons, RGB Check Field/Field Detect, and RGB gain and bias control. This monitor can operate off of four AA batteries or the included power supply. The bottom ¼”-20 mount allows the lightweight unit to attach to most DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Marshall Electronics, (800) 800-6608, www.lcdracks.com.
The Cotton Carrier Camera System allows you to keep one or two DSLRs attached to your body at all times while hiking outdoors. With the additions of the Lens Stabilization Strap and the Camera Tether, the camera is held in place more securely. The Lens Stabilization Strap wraps across your camera’s lens, ensuring that it stays snug while eliminating swinging. The Camera Tether (one for each camera) clips from the Camera Vest to your camera, providing protection against an accidental drop when it’s removed. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.
Convert slides, negatives and pictures to digital using the Flashpoint 3-in-1 Photo Scanner. Features include a built-in, 2.4-inch color LCD screen for viewing and editing images, and a memory card reader for SD cards. The 5-megapixel, standalone scanner is very easy to use. You simply place your slides or negatives into the two trays and press a button, which scans the image instantly onto your memory card. Setup is minimal as the unit is designed for use immediately after plugging it into an AC outlet. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little by Clark Little (Clark Little Photography, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-615-31199-9). The book features a collection of Little’s popular photos, as well as new images capturing the spirit and beauty of Oahu’s North Shore. Forewords by Jack Johnson and Kelly Slater introduce readers to the more than 100 photographs.

Rivers of California: Nature’s Lifelines in the Golden State by Tim Palmer (Heyday Books, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-59714-129-1). This hardcover contains more than 170 photographs showing the streams that flow through the state during all four seasons. Palmer discusses the threats facing many of these ecosystems, visiting rivers during times of drought as well as in flood conditions.

Digital Landscape Photography: In The Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters by Michael Frye (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81243-4). The book shows you how to apply Adams’ working process to today. Sections on light, composition, mood and the darkroom all show what can be achieved using and understanding Adams’ thinking. Frye provides his own photographs as examples.

Understanding Close-Up Photography: Creative Close Encounters With or Without a Macro Lens by Bryan Peterson (Amphoto Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-8174-2719-1). Learn how to photograph a variety of subjects from animals and plants to objects found in the kitchen or even a junkyard. In addition to information on equipment, exposure, light and composition, the book explores elements of technique that go beyond the norm.

Rick Sammon’s Social Media Marketing for Photographers by Rick Sammon, (www.ricksammon.com). This app is basically a short course on the business side of photography. It consists of a set of five movies, narrated and illustrated with original pictures by Digital Photo columnist Rick Sammon. The app was codeveloped by Juan Pons, the cofounder of the Digital Photo Experience.

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