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In Focus: January/February 2011

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Minimize having to clean up unwanted spots on your images in Photoshop by making sure your camera’s sensor is free from dust. The LensPen SensorKlear Loupe Kit includes a loupe for detecting dust on the sensor’s surface and giving you a magnified view, the LensPen Hurricane Blower for removing dry dust and the SensorKlear II pen for removing sticky dust particles. Simply insert the angled tip of the pen through the access window on the side of the loupe to safely identify and remove dust. An internal light evenly illuminates the entire sensor for removing debris more effectively. Estimated Street Price: $89. Contact: LensPen, (877) 608-0868, www.lenspen.com.

The Flashpoint iBoard Apple Bluetooth Keyboard kit contains Apple’s Original Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard that works with both the iPad and iPhone 4 (iOS 4) with special shortcut keys for quickly opening apps and select websites. The shortcuts are programmed into the keyboard via a proprietary app that’s free to all iBoard users from the iTunes App store. The keyboard is small and made to the standards of the official Apple BT keyboard. It ships with a silicone waterproof skin. Estimated Street Price: $64. Contact: Adorama, (800)223-2500, www.adorama.com.

When you’re out hiking and looking for good pictures, you don’t want a heavy, bulky backpack weighing you down too much. Vanguard delivers a solution with its Skyborne backpack. To keep you comfortable and your gear protected, the bag uses air-infused padding and an ergonomic harness system with easily adjustable, air-filled shoulder straps that help minimize fatigue. There’s a separate padded compartment with anti-theft buckles for holding a laptop, and a tripod can be attached to an adjustable strap and holder. Estimated Street Price: $229 to $289. Contact: Vanguard, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardworld.com.
Fire your Canon or Nikon DSLR from afar using the Hähnel Inspire LiveView Remote Control. A built-in, 3.5-inch color LCD on the handheld transmitter displays the live view, independent of the DSLR. You can see images up to 180 feet away from the camera, giving you visual confirmation of the scene as well as the photo taken, and you can play back pictures without going to the camera. The unit can control up to four different cameras remotely from one transmitter and then switch between the live-view images of each camera at the touch of a button. Estimated Street Price: $299. Contact: Hähnel (RTS Inc.), (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.


The Colors of Fall Road Trip Guide by Jerry and Marcy Monkman (Countryman Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-881508697). This is your guide for taking a fall foliage driving tour of New England, with hot spots listed by GPS coordinates. Trips vary from short drives on the coast to all-day excursions in the region’s mountains and forests. Detailed maps and itineraries also are included.

Planet Arctic: Life at the Top of the World by Wayne Lynch (Firefly Books, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-554076321). Experience the Arctic through the photographs of Lynch who has spent 30 years exploring and photographing the region. Accompanying the 150 images are thorough explanations of the area’s natural history. Musk oxen, tundra plants, birds, mammals, polar bears and other marine creatures are included.

Backcountry 4x4 Basic Training: Exploring the Backcountry with Your 4x4 by Don Alexander (CreateSpace, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-449555054). Learn the tools, tricks and techniques needed for exploring the backcountry in your 4x4. On these DVDs, you’ll learn to safely navigate thousands of miles of backcountry trails.

China: A Photographic Journey through the Middle Kingdom by Guang Guo and Ming Tan (Abbeville, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-7892-1080-7). The book contains 238 color photographs of China’s varied geography and noted monuments such as the Forbidden City, The Great Wall and the Terracotta Army. Extended captions at the back of the book provide a concise introduction to the history and significance of each location.

Microstock Money Shots: Turning Downloads into Dollars with Microstock Photography by Ellen Boughn (Amphoto Books, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-8174-2497-8). Topics covered include how to get started selling your photos, what sells and what doesn’t, how to cast and work with models, the fine print on permits and permissions, and how to reach specialty markets like advertising, retail, news and education.


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