The Content-Aware Fill tool is one of the standout features of Photoshop CS5, and Adobe has adapted the tool for Photoshop Elements 9. The improved Spot Healing Brush removes large unwanted portions of an image, such as a telephone pole or tourists in a crowded scene, and fills in the background. The Photomerge Style Match feature changes the appearance of one image to match that of another by analyzing characteristics such as tone and contrast. Adobe also has released Premiere Elements 9 for video. Some of the features include easy uploading to Facebook and YouTube, and a new import dialog box for handling video from DSLRs. Estimated Street Price: $99 (each); $149 (bundle). Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.
Relieve your neck of the pain that carrying a DSLR around it can cause using the Cotton Carry-Lite. The system consists of a cotton waist-belt with a shoulder strap and side holster for carrying a camera at your side while keeping it readily available so you don’t miss a shot. Stress is minimized on your shoulders, back and neck, thanks to the adjustable shoulder strap. You can add another holder (sold separately) and mount it on the opposite side for carrying two cameras. The Carry-Lite is available for pro and midsized DSLRs. List Price: Starts at $119. Contact: Cotton Carrier, (877) 852-9423, www.cottoncarrier.com.
Expanding its lineup of photo accessories, Carl Zeiss now offers optical filters that are customized to meet the high quality of its lenses for SLRs. The polarizing and UV filters are multicoated, like the prime T* lenses for which they’re designed, to minimize light reflections and improve transmission. With standard thread diameters of 58mm, 67mm, 72mm and 82mm, the filters work with lenses made by other manufacturers, too. Carl Zeiss also is now offering a camera strap with air-cell padding for SLRs. Estimated Street Price: TBA (filters); $41 (strap). Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
VIEWFINDER FOR VIDEO
Those of you using a DSLR to record video know how limiting a fixed LCD screen can be when composing shots. The Redrock Micro microEVF is an external electronic viewfinder that connects to the camera’s HDMI output, not to the camera’s rear LCD, and can be placed anywhere for maximum comfort and stability. The compact unit has a high-res, full-color display and weighs less than six ounces. A built-in HDMI loop-through offers support for multiple monitors. Additional features include an adjustable focusing diopter, fully coated optics and an oversized soft rubber cinema-style eyecup. Estimated Street Price: $595. Contact: Redrock Micro, www.redrockmicro.com/evf.
HD DSLR BAG
The Digibag DSLR Camera Bag from Petrol is designed for holding cameras equipped with HD video. The semi-hard cushioned carrier is made of black 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics with an upper section that’s shaped to fit your camera with a lens attached. The top flap opens wide for instant access to the main compartment. A hinged floor is capable of lifting to reveal two pockets for stashing lenses, batteries and other extras. Two levels of removable dividers help secure your equipment and create pockets for storing camera plates, a viewfinder, cables and more. Other features include an ergonomic carrying handle, padded shoulder strap and dual-directional, easy-glide zippers. List Price: $179. Contact: Petrol, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.