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In Focus: March 2010

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Plug-In Suite 5 from onOne Software includes six helpful plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture that solve a number of common imaging problems. Genuine Fractals 6 Professional Edition allows you to up-res images to very large sizes with excellent quality. PhotoTools 2.5 Professional Edition provides a host of photo effects. PhotoFrame 4.5 Professional Edition makes it easy to produce edge-framing effects and layouts. FocalPoint 2 gives you control over depth of field and selective-focus effects after capture. Mask Pro 4 makes it easy to change backgrounds. And PhotoTune 3 provides lots of color correction, dynamic range improvements and black-and-white conversion flexibility. Estimated Street Price: $599; $199 (upgrade). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
Tamrac’s ZipShot tripod is ready to use in seconds. Inspired by collapsible tent poles, the strong, aluminum tube-shaped legs come apart in four sections, which are held together by strings of bungee cord running through the middle of the tubes. You simply hold the ballhead at the top and release the legs. The ZipShot weighs 11 ounces, measures 15 inches high when folded, extends to 44 inches and has a three-pound load capacity. Estimated Street Price: $50. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.
Getting sharp low-angle shots is critical when doing macro photography. To facilitate that, Hoodman and Trek-Tech have created a toolkit consisting of Hoodman’s Right Angle Viewer and Trek-Tech’s T-Pod tabletop tripod. The Right Angle Viewer’s eyepiece rotates 360 degrees, giving you the freedom to set up unique camera angles for creative shots. It fits all Canon, Nikon and Fuji DSLRs. The T-Pod comes complete with a ballhead, quick-release system (MagMount STAR) and travel pouch. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com; toolkit only available directly through Trek-Tech, (503) 459-0030, www.trek-tech.com.
Adjust color, tone or contrast without having to create time-intensive layer masks using Nik Software’s Viveza 2, which includes new global image controls, as well as selective controls, for faster editing. Based on its award-winning U Point technology, the app allows you to quickly select areas of an image to adjust by pointing and clicking. Then, using sliders, you can fine-tune brightness, contrast and saturation, plus use new features like shadow recovery and structure control. The plug-in is compatible with Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as Apple’s Aperture. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Nik Software, (619) 725-3150, www.niksoftware.com.
Review and save images as they’re shot using Epson’s P-6000 and P-7000 Multimedia Photo Viewers, which now come with tethered shooting capabilities through a firmware update. The image is automatically saved to your camera’s memory card, while a backup copy is saved to the viewer’s hard drive. Image adjustments can be made out in the field using the viewer’s large four-inch LCD. The firmware also includes a remote shutter release function for added convenience. The P-6000 comes with 80 GB of capacity, while the P-7000 has 160 GB. Estimated Street Price: $599 (P-6000); $799 (P-7000). Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.


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