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In Focus: June 2009


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SCAN IT
Convert slides and negatives into 5-megapixel digital images using the Pana-Vue Pana-Scan 35mm Slide & Film Scanner. The device is compatible with Windows XP and Vista operating systems, connects to your computer via USB 2.0 and comes with the ArcSoft Software Suite for editing, cropping and enhancing photos. It also features a slide holder, negative holder and cleaning brush. List Price: $119. Contact: Argraph Corp., (800) 526-6290, www.argraph.com.
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SHOW OFF
Create a slideshow of the images you took on that last trip to Yosemite with the latest version of ProShow Gold from Photodex. Version 4.0 changes the way slideshows were previously built with the addition of premade Slide Styles that allow you to simply drop in your images. Choose from more than 50 styles or create your own for a more customized look. Slideshows can be uploaded to YouTube and played back in HD. There also are built-in editing tools for adjusting brightness or contrast, removing red-eye and more. List Price: $79. Contact: Photodex, (800) 377-4686, www.photodex.com.
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PAPER MATTERS
Reproduce the look of a print that was made in a conventional darkroom using Innova’s FibaPrint Ultra Smooth Gloss 285gsm. With a glossy, smooth and ultrawhite surface, the paper is modeled on the fiber-based material used in traditional photo paper. Part of what gives this paper such a unique look is a special microporous gloss coating designed specifically for photographic reproduction. The paper features a large color gamut and high D-max rating. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Innova, www.innovaart.com.
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THE RIGHT LIGHT
Maximize your lighting setup with the Flashpoint Cool Light 1 and Cool Light 4 from Adorama. Cool Light 1 consists of an 11-inch reflector with one 30-watt fluorescent bulb; Cool Light 4 features a 16-inch reflector with four 24-watt fluorescent bulbs. On the latter model, there are two switches, with each controlling two lights so you can use two or four lights, depending on what you need. List Price: $34 (Cool Light 1); $99(Cool Light 4). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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