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In Focus: August 2011

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If you're an Alpha DSLR shooter, boost your light output with the Sony HVL-F43AM. The compact external flash unit features Quick Shift Bounce adjustment and wireless ratio control, and is resistant to dust and moisture. The Quick Shift system allows for instant flash head positioning when you switch between horizontal and vertical compositions. Other new Alpha accessories include the VCT-55LH bracket for mounting a microphone or additional cold-shoe accessories while the camera's main shoe is occupied, the ALC-SH111 lens hood for the 35mm and 85mm SAM lenses, and the LCS-AMB soft carrying case that holds most Sony DSLRs with an attached standard zoom. Estimated Street Price: $350 (flash); $50 (bracket); $50 (case); $20 (hood). Contact: Sony, (877) 865-7669, www.sonystyle.com.

Manage your growing image library with Phase One Media Pro. Browsing, searching or selecting images is quick, as the program's organizational structure is built around a visual cataloging system. So no matter where content is stored—shared folders, DVDs, hard drives—you can easily find the file you want, drag and drop it into the app, and start working on it with Capture One or another image-editing program. The catalogs can be archived, backed up, published via slideshows and web galleries, and distributed through email, contact sheets, prints and other options. RAW files from more than 100 new cameras are supported, including Canon, Nikon and other popular models. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Phase One, (631) 547-8900, www.phaseone.com.

Designed as a quick and easy guide for taking better landscape photos, Rob Sheppard's Digital Landscape: The Magic of Landscape Photography app offers practical advice based on his 30-plus years as a photographer and his time as OP editor. The app is a supplement of sorts to his book, The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography, released in 2010. The app includes how-to ideas, from using clouds in a composition to detailed information about specific landscapes, such as mountains. Concepts are illustrated with photographic examples. It's available for the iPad. Estimated Street Price: $3. Contact: Apple, itunes.apple.com.

On your next journey, take the Petrol Bags DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case for storing your photo equipment. The semihard, suitcase-style carrier's front lid unzips to reveal a central compartment designed to fit up to two DSLRs with lenses attached. Detachable internal dividers secure your gear and create pockets for storing items such as a matte box, camera plate, viewfinder, cables and more. You can remove the dividers to turn it into a regular suitcase. A padded pouch on the lid's interior holds a laptop with up to a 17-inch screen. Other extras include zippered storage pouches for personal items, an exterior front pocket, and top and side carrying handles. Estimated Street Price: $335 (PD610); $75 (PA1001 trolley). Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags..com.

To better control the light emanating from the pop-up flash on a Micro Four Thirds camera, Gary Fong has developed the Micro Four Thirds Puffer Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. The unit attaches to the camera hot-shoe and hangs in front of the flash. It's designed to mitigate harsh, directional lighting that can mess up an image. The Puffer's compact size makes it an ideal solution for travel, and it's versatile enough for use when photographing landscapes, group shots or any scene that requires fill-flash. It doesn't interfere with in-camera systems, ensuring that your camera's full capabilities are preserved. Estimated Street Price: $21. Contact: Gary Fong, (800) 906-6447, www.garyfonginc.com.


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