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In Focus: July 2008

Tag your photos geographically with the GPS Photo Finder from ATP. This portable gadget records the GPS coordinates of where your pictures were taken, allowing you to better track and organize your photos later. The device is universally compatible with digital cameras using JPEG files. There’s also no need for a computer. Simply plug your memory card into the Photo Finder’s built-in card reader, and it automatically finds and tags your images. Estimated Street Price: $120. Contact: ATP Electronics, (408) 732-5000, www.atpinc.com.
GPS Photo Finder from ATP

Display that dramatic sunset scenic you took in the Luxentia Digital Photo Frame Caddy, a handy gadget that also serves as a holder for desk items, like pens, memo pads and a calculator. Featuring a stylish, brushed-metal casing design, the ultra-thin display offers a 4.3-inch high-resolution screen, multiformat memory card reader and 1 GB of internal flash memory. List Price: $69. Contact: Luxentia, (877) 678-7340, www.luxentia.com.
Luxentia Digital Photo Frame Caddy

Creating a panorama can be as simple as selecting a group of overlapping photos and clicking. ArcSoft Panorama Maker 4 Pro automatically orders and stitches pictures seamlessly to create horizontal, vertical, 360-degree and tile panoramas. For more control, you can manually align the stitching points and paths if necessary. Providing extensive RAW format support, the software works with the latest digital camera models and lets you alter brightness and contrast and make other adjustments. List Price: $79. Contact: ArcSoft, www.arcsoft.com.
ArcSoft Panorama Maker 4 Pro

Books and Such

Flower by Christopher Beane and Anthony Janson (Artisan, 2008; ISBN: 978-1579653521). This beautiful hardcover features 150 color and black-and-white photographs showing the veins of dehydrated petals, tiny antennae at the base of carnations and withered leaves curling. Beane also shares stories about the photos.

Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic by Henry David Thoreau and Scot Miller (Houghton Mifflin, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-618-75845-6). The book features the complete 1906 Houghton Mifflin edition text of Thoreau’s classic work, the beautiful photography of Scot Miller and a foreword from preeminent Thoreau biographer Robert Richardson.

Digital Photography from the Ground Up by Juergen Gulbins (Rocky Nook, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-933952-17-8). From helping the novice photographer understand basic principles and techniques to offering the advanced shooter in-depth guidance on workflow management, the book delivers loads of valuable tips and information.

Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage (Pogue Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-596-51936-0). Mac users who like the simplicity of Photoshop Elements will find that this latest version has a lot of powerful new features. The full-color guide explains how the new tools work, as well as whether and when to use them.

Seashells: Jewels from the Ocean by Budd Titlow (Voyageur Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-7603-2593-3). Titlow is a wetlands biologist and photographer, and here he showcases the beauty of these natural wonders and sheds light on the mollusks that inhabit and create them. Many different types are profiled, with close-ups highlighting curves, colors and patterns.

Snap Hoodman’s HoodCap onto your Nikon D3 and protect the LCD screen at all times. The cap is optically clear and comes with a scratch-resistant coating. It snaps into place using the mounting points already built into the D3. List Price: $24. Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.
Hoodman’s HoodCap

Take care of your prints by storing them in Crystal Clear Bags made from biaxially oriented polypropylene, a plastic material that doesn’t rip, tear, wrinkle or fog. The bags protect photos from fingerprints and have reinforced seams to prevent tearing. They’re also acid- and lignin-free, making them ideal for photo archiving. List Price: Varies depending on size. Contact: Clear Bags, (800) 233-2630, www.clearbags.com.
Crystal Clear Bags

Keep your camera, PDA and other devices powered up while out on the road using the Ansmann Digicharger Vario. The charger works with more than 100 battery types, including AA/AAA, NiMH or NiCd batteries, and lithium-ion and lithium-polymer battery packs, all without an adapter plate. Simply plug it into a power socket or car cigarette lighter. The device charges quickly and has an overcharge protection mechanism that protects batteries from damage. Estimated Street Price: $58. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Ansmann Digicharger Vario


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