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In Focus: March 2008


IN A FLASH
With D-SLRs continuing to set new standards for continuous, high-resolution image capture, you must have a memory card that can keep up. Featuring a maximum capacity of 16 GB, the Kingston Elite Pro CompactFlash cards have a write speed of 20 MBps and a read speed of 25 MBps. They’re available in sizes of 2, 4, 8 and 16 GB so you can choose the ideal card for your shooting needs and budget. Estimated Street Price: $62 to $308. Contact: Kingston Technology, (800) 337-8410, www.kingston.com.
Kingston CF Elite Pro CompactFlash

DATA MAKER
Find files in your growing image library faster by adding metadata with METAmachine. The browser software lets you edit or add keywords, licenses and other metadata to your photos, either individually or in batches. It reads and writes XMP-formatted metadata in TIFF, JPEG, PSD and DNG images. You can write a complete set of metadata into an image or use it solely for copyright and contact information or licensing terms. It’s only available for the Macintosh OS X operating system. Estimated Street Price: $67. Contact: HindSight Ltd., (888) 791-3770, www.hindsightltd.com.
Maha Power Ex Imedion batteries

LIGHT COMPACT TRIPOD
Get low with the Slik Sprint Pro Black tripod. For low-angle and macro work, the adjustable legs and built-in short center column lower the camera to just 6.8 inches off the ground. The tripod weighs about two pounds, with a maximum load capacity of 4.4 pounds. Height ranges from 52.6 to 64.3 inches, and it folds to a compact 18.9 inches for easy transport. Speed-release leg locks, a gearless center column with lock and tension control for quick height adjustments, and three-position adjustable-angle leg locks make setup simple. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: THK Photo Products, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
Slik SprintPro Tripod

FLASH CARDS
Shoot with a memory card that can keep up with your D-SLR. The ATP 300X ProMax II CompactFlash Cards Series is designed to perform well with the latest generation of cameras. With a 300x speed rating, the cards transfer images at up to 45 MBps. The cards come in capacities of 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB. List Price: TBA. Contact: ATP Electronics Inc., (408) 732-5000, www.atpinc.com.
ATP 300X ProMax II CompactFlash

ELEMENTAL TOOLS
Fine-tune color, cut out objects and replace backgrounds, add a frame and resize images with Essentials 2 for Adobe Photoshop Elements. The four programs—PhotoTune, Mask Pro, PhotoFrame and Genuine Fractals—have all been designed for use with Elements. The upgraded Make It Better tool now lets you optimize color, contrast and brightness more effectively by comparing side-by-side adjustments. Essentials 2 supports Photoshop Elements 4, 5 and 6 for Windows, and 3 and 4 for Mac. List Price: $59. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
onOne Software Essentials


THE DRAW
Convert your landscapes into paintings with Corel Painter Essentials 4. Using new technology based on making intelligent brushstrokes that follow the form of the original photo, you can create unique-looking images quickly. With an easy-to-use, three-step system, simply upload your photo, choose a preset painting style and let the program work its magic. For those who want more control, choose the style of painting, brushes and color using the program’s palettes. List Price: $79. Contact: Corel, (877) OK-COREL, www.corel.com.
Corel Painter Essentials 4


WRAP IT UP
Turning your photos into gallery wraps is simple using Canvas On Demand—upload or mail them your photo, and they take care of the rest. From cropping and color-correcting to cleaning up minor dust and scratches, they make sure your photo looks good on canvas, even adding hand brushstrokes to give it the look and feel of a traditional painting. The finished image ships in four to five business days from the time they receive the photo. List Price: Varies by size and frame style. Contact: Canvas On Demand, (800) 801-6312, www.canvasondemand.com.
Canvas On Demand

ONE LEG
Get help taking sharp pictures with the Giottos Carbon Fiber MM III Monopod. Available in sizes ranging from 60 to 71.6 inches, the monopod features anti-twist leg sections with rubber twist leg locks, keeping the camera and your shot locked. A neoprene leg grip provides better stability, and a large rubber leveling foot prevents the monopod from slipping on unstable surfaces. Estimated Street Price: From $116. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Giottos Carbon Fiber monopod

PORTABLE STORAGE
When you’re in the field, download your images quickly to the JOBO GIGA ONE Ultra storage device. With a download speed of 5.47 MBps, you can clear images off your memory card fast and keep shooting. One GB of data takes about three minutes. The unit comes in capacities of 40, 80, 120 and 200 GB, and has slots for all popular memory card formats. Estimated Street Price: $149 (40 GB); $199 (80 GB); $229 (120 GB); $329 (200 GB). Contact: JOBO AG, (734) 453-0300, www.jobo-usa.com.
Jobo Giga One Ultra storage device

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