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In Focus: July 2010

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Keep your growing image collection organized from the start using ACDSee Photo Manager 12, which allows you to specify categories, add keywords and create backups while uploading from your camera or card reader. Browsing is possible right away with access to folders and files in real time without having to import to a separate library. The refined interface makes navigating between organizing, view, editing and sharing photos easier. A new online mode provides access to a free 2 GB account for transferring, storing and sharing images. You can choose to keep images private, share them with select contacts or make them public. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: ACD Systems, www.acdsee.com.
Create just the kind of light you need with the 16x16-inch Flashpoint Soft Box for shoe-mount flashes. This is an ideal solution for diffusing the harsh directional light created by a flash into softer light. You can use it on your camera or a light stand. It weighs 2.7 pounds and folds flat for easy storage. Estimated Street Price: $39. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
The Domke Photo Courier is ideal when you’re traveling because it’s a camera bag that doesn’t call attention to itself. With the look of a traditional bike messenger bag, the Photo Courier comes in three sizes. The medium and large versions have a sleeve in front of the bag, under the front flap, for sliding in a laptop. Full-length Velcro® panels ensure that the bag stays closed. The panels have cover flaps, too, for silencing the Velcro® when you’re photographing wildlife. Inserts and adjustable dividers hold your camera, lenses and accessories in place. The bag is available in high-quality cotton black canvas or brown Rugged Wear waxed canvas. Estimated Street Price: $139 to $254. Contact: Domke (Tiffen), (800) 645-2522, www.tiffen.com.


The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver: Buddy Explores the Pond by Carson Clark and Jim Clark (March, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-982116258). Offering a child’s perspective of the natural world through the lens of a young photographer, this story follows Buddy the beaver around his pond using vibrant photography and text.

The Landscape Photographer’s Guide To Magic Light by Tim Cooper (PhotoshopCAFE, www.photoshopcafe.com). This DVD begins with a study of the aspects of light that concern photography, including angles, quality and color. Cooper demonstrates how light affects images at different times of day and under various atmospheric conditions.

Light Fading: Reflections on the Imperiled Everglades by Joel M. Curzon (Peter E. Randall, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-931807-28-9). This full-color volume contains 320 pages of evocative and moving photography that brings the Everglades to life and shows what might be lost if the area isn’t protected. The images are accompanied by descriptions of the Everglades’ history, ecology and current condition.

The Photographer’s Guide to the Colorado Rockies: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them by Don Mammoser (Countryman, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-88150-733-1). This easy-to-use guide offers advice on capturing postcard-perfect shots of all the best the Colorado Rockies has to offer, including tips for both digital and film equipment.

Digital Nature and Landscape Photography by Mark Lucock (Photographers’ Institute Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-86108-514-6). From using a digital camera in the field to image-editing techniques in the digital darkroom, the book covers the best methods for working with tripods and flashes outside, the implications of using different exposure meters in certain lighting conditions and other tips.

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