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LARGE FORMAT PRINTERS
Make premium-quality prints using one of three new imagePROGRAF printers from Canon. The 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6300 use advanced 12-color LUCIA EX pigment inks to deliver a 20-percent increase in color gamut over previous models. The ink produces crisp blacks, smooth gradations and replicates fine details in shadow areas using an innovative polymer structure offering greater scratch resistance and protection from color fading. For expanded options and improved proofing capabilities, the printers are bundled with Photoshop plug-ins and new media configuration tools to ease your workflow. Estimated Street Price: $5,995 (iPF8300); $3,995 (iPF6350); $3,695 (iPF6300). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

BOOKS ’N SUCH

Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide by Lewis Kemper (Wiley, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-4705-8686-0). This companion guide gives suggested locations for taking photos, recommended equipment, what camera settings to use, best times of day to photograph specific attractions, how to handle weather challenges and more. The book features Yosemite’s main attractions in alphabetical order, as well as thumb tabs on the pages for quick access to relevant information.

Digital Art Revolution: Creating Fine Art With Photoshop by Scott Ligon (Watson-Guptill, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-8230-9536-0). Starting with an overview of the fundamentals and how they apply to digital art, the guide then gives a detailed step-by-step summary of Photoshop basics. Each chapter presents a series of exercises and projects that start at basic photo manipulations and work up to creating cohesive compositions.

Bear Portraits by Jill Greenberg (Little, Brown and Company, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-316-03188-2). Greenberg applies her trademark style shooting celebrity portraits to bears in this unique pictorial. Full-grown brown bears, grizzlies, black bears, polar bears and bear cubs were photographed on location against a portrait backdrop.

Camera RAW 101: Better Photos with Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom by Jon Canfield (Amphoto Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-8174-3229-4). Learn how to convert RAW images using both basic and advanced techniques, as well as how to download and organize the images, and put the finishing touches on them after conversion. The book is packed with images, solid instructions and working examples.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Photographers by Philip Andrews (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-52189-3). This complete overview offers step-by-step instructions covering every aspect of Elements and is accompanied by helpful screenshots and colorful images. From basic techniques such as importing and simple editing to making panoramas and working with raw files, this guide covers every base.

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