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In Focus: August 2011

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If you like to go big when making prints of your nature and landscape stills, Canon has a pair of new high-performance papers designed for use with its imagePROGRAF large-format printers. Canon Premium Glossy Paper 2 and Premium Semi-Glossy Paper 2 deliver enhanced color range and high durability. The heavyweight Glossy paper has a high whiteness factor because of ultrawhite pulp that makes the media less susceptible to light illuminant changes. The slightly textured Semi-Glossy paper also has a heavy weight with similar whiteness, but a softer finish and less reflection. Both are 280gm. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
The Flashpoint 500 LED (FPVL500) is a dimmable light panel with barndoors. Suitable for video and still shooting, the light includes a removable yoke and an AC power cord that measures about 13 inches in length. The 5mm round soft-light LEDs can be dimmed from 100% to 0 in either full strength, at 500 LEDs, or half strength, at 250 LEDs. Color temperature measures at 5300-5900K with a 60º beam angle. The panel features black anodized aluminum construction and four barndoors. Estimated Street Price: $219. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


Sanctuary by Dave Welling (www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2018300). This large-format coffee-table book is a pictorial history showing some of the 75,000 wild animals that have found safe haven at the Wildlife Waystation, a charitable organization dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of all wildlife species. All net proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the Wildlife Waystation.

Focus on Composing Photos by Peter Enseberger (Focal Press, 2011; ISBN: 9780240815053). The award-winning Arizona photojournalist and freelance photographer breaks down concepts such as the rule of thirds and demonstrates how to capture highlights and shadows using full-color images. Tip boxes throughout the book highlight essential information, and each chapter contains an easy-to-follow assignment.

Nature Photography Photo Workshop by Nat Coalson (Wiley, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-470-53491-5). This how-to guide covers composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative techniques and more. Plus, assignments at the end of each chapter sharpen your skills for taking unique, artistic nature photographs. You'll also learn how to work with nature by taking advantage of light, weather and other variables.

Science For The Curious Photographer by Charles S. Johnson, Jr. (A K Peters Ltd., 2010; ISBN: 978-1-56881-581-7). Weaving together the many facets of photography, Johnson makes the science on which photography is based easy to understand with a variety of examples and images. Topics such as what limits resolution, noise in images and the level of detail that can be appreciated by an observer are all explored.

Waterfalls of Ontario by George Fisher and Mark Harris (Firefly Books, 2011; ISBN:
978-1-55407-791-5). Each waterfall is featured on a two-page spread with a concise description and details of historical interest. Also included are GPS coordinates in addition to driving directions. Other practical information includes geological features and updated regional maps.


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