COLOR PROOFER Select the best color for your prints with Test Strip Proofer Pro from PhotoTune, a Photoshop plug-in that automatically generates calibration proof sheets. How much the color of each image in the test strip varies can be preselected from a list of percentages. If you don't want to vary all colors, individual colors can be varied by percentage. Once your final selection is made, you can use the Fix Original option to update the original image to the new color gamut. Windows and Mac versions are available. List Price: $130. Contact: PhotoTune, (530) 432-2365, www.phototune.com.
COLOR CORRECTOR The pro version of Pantone's huey monitor calibration device features the same easy-to-use, innovative design as the huey, but with greater color control and support for multiple monitors. The marker-sized tool and accompanying software work to calibrate your monitor quickly and accurately, and continue to adjust the monitor as lighting in the room changes. With hueyPRO you can tune your calibration. List Price: $129. Contact: Pantone, (866) PANTONE, www.pantone.com.
FINE PIX Go wide or zoom in close with the 7.1-megapixel Fujifilm FinePix S700 equipped with a 10x optical 38-380mm (35mm-equivalent) lens. Packed with features in a stylish 10.8-ounce body, the S700 has a 2.5-inch LCD, a full range of manual controls, 14 scene modes, Dual Shot mode, Picture Stabilization and Intelligent Flash, which varies flash intensity according to the ambient light of a scene. List Price: $250. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilmusa.com.
POWERLITE Present bright, vivid images in front of an audience with the Epson PowerLite 6100i, a 3LCD projector with 1024 x 768 XGA resolution and 3500 ANSI lumens. The 6100i projects nearly all formats of video content, including high definition. Other features include an advanced, dust-resistant design to protect the optics, built-in closed captioning, high-efficiency air filter that requires less cleaning and network capabilities for controlling the projector remotely. List Price: $2,899. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
ACTIVE SHOOTER Take the plunge with the Olympus Stylus 770 SW. The 7.1-megapixel, ultra-compact camera takes photos underwater down to 33 feet. The camera's rugged design and stainless-steel exterior are made to endure falls from up to five feet. A bright 2.5-inch LCD helps you get great shots whether you're on land or in water. Other features include a custom underwater scene mode and a built-in manometer, which measures water and air pressure, allowing you to accurately monitor the depth or altitude of your images. Estimated Street Price: $379. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
WOOD TRIPODS Berlebach's wood tripods are a sturdy, lightweight and handsome alternative to metal tripods. Made from specially grown, hand-selected sport ash, they're durable and robust. Wood tripods are ideal for extreme climate conditions because they warm up and cool down slowly. Photographers have used them on expeditions to the North and South Poles, the desert and the rain forest. List Price: $139 to $330. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Books 'N Such
National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America by Edward S. Brinkley (Sterling Publishing Co., 2007; ISBN: 1-4027-3874-9). More than 750 birds are highlighted in this all-inclusive guide, giving in-depth descriptions of their habitats, behavior and flight migration. The book is illustrated with more than 2,000 color photos.
How Digital Photography Works by Ron White (Que, 2007; ISBN: 0-7897-3630-6). Learn the nuts and bolts of digital photography using this reference book, which offers clear, concise explanations on everything from framing your pictures with the viewfinder to how exposure systems balance aperture and shutter to Adobe Photoshop.
Four and Twenty Photographs: Stories from Behind the Lens by Craig Varjabedian and Robin Jones (University of New Mexico Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-8263-4094-6). Varjabedian's photographs range from beautiful landscapes of the Southwest to intimate portraits. Insightful narratives accompany each photo expanding on their meaning.
Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Mastering Adobe's Next-Generation Tool for Digital Photographersby Mikkel Aaland (O'Reilly Media, Inc., 2007; ISBN: 978-0596100995). Aaland took the beta version of Lightroom on a photo trip to Iceland for testing. Based on case studies from the trip, the guide gives detailed explanations of each component of the program.
Valley of the Big Catsby Steve Price (Brown Books Publishing Group, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-933285-61-0). During two extended trips to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Price shot more than 11,000 wildlife photographs for this 264-page all-color, large-format book, highlighting his lifelong interest in Africa's great predators.
David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets by David D. Busch (Course Technology PTR, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-59863-355-9). Learn how to get more creative with your images by exploring the infrared techniques discussed in this how-to guide, with many do-it-yourself tutorials showing you how to convert your existing camera for IR use.