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In Focus: March 2011

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Protect your camera and laptop in the CaseCruzer PSC100 Carrying Case. Its hard shell and custom lid contain an interior universal sleeve for securing 13- to 17-inch laptops. The interior base of the case is fitted with a padded divider system with Velcro® subdividers for easily rearranging the 11 compartments as needed. The case’s exterior is injection-molded with ultra-high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin that can withstand the rigors of travel. Molded-in hinges offer additional protection against high-impact jolts. Estimated Street Price: $225. Contact: CaseCruzer, (800) 440-9925, www.casecruzer.com.
For photographers who love applying the look of HDR to outdoor scenes, DxO Optics Pro v6.5 allows you to do this with a single shot. The latest version of the image-editing app features Single Shot HDR technology, which reveals the full dynamic range of contrasted scenes without bracketing. Choose from three automatic settings—light, realistic and artistic—or use manual controls to achieve the look you want. An improved RAW-conversion engine reduces low-frequency color and luminance noise. The program can be used alone or as an external editor in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3. List Price: $299 (Elite); $119 (upgrade). Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.

Use your iPad to show off your landscape photography with Mediapad Pro. With a fully customizable interface, the app can display photos and video and play audio clips. You can switch out files, adjust color, modify the font and change background images. Additional features include hyperlinked digital files for live demonstrations, a Guest Registry with PDF/XLSX export and slideshow options with transitions and timing for delivering a seamless presentation. Estimated Street Price: $14. Contact: MEDL Mobile, www.medlmobile.com; Apple, www.apple.com/itunes.

The Quick Spot from Harbor Digital Design lets you create direct, focused and dramatic lighting with your flash unit. Like a snoot, the Quick Spot has a honeycomb grid that produces a circular, tight beam of light for highlighting subjects or areas of interest. It’s available in 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch grids with Lee Gel Filter Packs so you can easily create concentrated special effects. The Quick Spot slides onto your flash using a custom-fit adapter so there’s no need for Velcro® or straps. Estimated Street Price: $44. Contact: Harbor Digital Design, (253) 851-6117, www.harbordigitaldesign.com.
Professionally constructed with a design that allows for easy assembly, the Flashpoint PZ Soft Box (FPSBPZ) series makes for a nice addition to your lighting setup. A teardown zipper relieves pressure on the inner rods, making the softboxes easy to set up and take down. They’re available in sizes from 12x36 to 40x60 inches. All units come with a removable inner baffle, recessed front and carrying bag. A speed ring (sold separately) is needed to attach the softbox to your light unit. Estimated Street Price: $59 to $149. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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