Spring is here, and that means thunderstorms with all sorts of opportunities for cool lightning photos. The Ubertronix Strike Finder senses those very first lightning sparks and sends a signal to the camera shutter in time to capture the whole event. Other models are available, and even the most basic one allows you to capture lightning, fireworks and other events requiring high-speed flash. More advanced models have trigger capabilities for sound and motion, as well. The device mounts onto the hot-shoe and connects to the camera via the remote switch port. Estimated Street Price: $109 to $349. Contact: Ubertronix, (210) 363-5738, www.ubertronix.com.
If flexibility matters most in your RAW workflow, Corel AfterShot Pro gives you a lot of helpful options. During import, you can upload images into custom or portable catalogues if you need to move them to another computer, or work with files from their current location on your hard drive or memory card. Customize metadata to display only the information you want to see or use presets to attach information for easy searching. Optimized for multi-CPU computers, AfterShot Pro delivers maximum speed for previewing, making adjustments and outputting. Nondestructive editing tools include exposure and tone control, color correction, white balance, noise reduction, lens correction and more. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Corel, www.corel.com.
The Rotolight ANOVA Two is a bi-color LED system capable of reproducing white light from candlelight to full daylight. One dial allows a direct Kelvin calibration of 3150K to 6300K. Anova features fully wired DMX control, a V-Lock battery mount, wireless functionality and Magic Eye technology that allows you to use an iPhone or iPad to remotely measure color temperature and wirelessly transmit those color settings to the light. Brightness, color, system settings, infinite fade and firmware updates all can be controlled wirelessly. Estimated Street Price: $2,598. Contact: Rotolight (R.T.S. Inc.), (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
Take better time-lapse photographs and video with the Celestron Sky-Watcher AllView Mount. The unit takes the work out of the process by automatically moving to preprogrammed positions and controlling the camera shutter to take a picture at each position. Dual-encoder technology on each axis allows manual movement without losing alignment. The electronic shutter release automatically triggers camera exposures in panoramic mode. The supplied cable works with Canon EOS Rebel DSLR cameras. Optional cables are available for other camera models. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Celestron, (310) 328-9560, www.celestron.com.
If you plan on getting closer to nature this spring, add the Nissin MF18 Macro Ring Flash to your portable lighting setup. It's designed to support Canon E-TTL and Nikon iTTL systems. The flash has an expandable head and macro lens-mount adapters from 49mm to 82mm with a guide number of 16. Two flash tubes can be controlled independently to give you lighting ratio control, four built-in LED modeling lamps provide focus assist, and the power ratio can be adjusted from 1/1 down to 1/1024 power in Fine Macro mode. The basic setup includes 52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm and 77mm lens-mount adapters with available options of 49mm, 55mm and 82mm. Estimated Street Price: $439. Contact: Nissin, www.nissindigital.com.
Having a moderate telephoto lens in your camera bag is a good option for outdoor shooting. The Pro-Optic 85mm ƒ/1.4 ASPH is fast, compact and affordable. It delivers a nice bokeh for producing smooth, out-of-focus backgrounds while keeping your subject sharp. The fast, manual-focus prime has a nine-element optical formula that incorporates a fresh aspheric design. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact: Pro-Optic (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.