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In Focus: March 2011

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Secure your Canon or Nikon lens with the Lens Lock, Gary Fong’s latest GearGuard anti-camera-theft device. It mounts to your lens in place of the rear lens cap and twists into place by releasing “teeth” that anchor the security cap to the bayonet on the lens for a tight fit. Made of industrial-strength plastic, the Lens Lock can be paired with the GearGuard Security Cable and Combination Lock for attaching to a secure anchor point for safe storage or to other gear in your bag for extra protection. List Price: $29. Contact: Gary Fong, (800) 906-6447, www.garyfong.com.
The New York Institute of Photography is celebrating 100 years of delivering top-notch photography instruction. Offering multimedia distance education courses for photographers of all levels, the school provides every student with a dedicated instructor to work with throughout the course. Additionally, students have a professional student advisor who helps explain the materials in each lesson, provides advice about finding and working with clients, and gives their opinion on equipment and technology. Every course includes printed lessons, supplemented with audio commentary and video displays. Contact: New York Institute of Photography, (800) 445-7279, www.nyip.com.

The Mitsubishi CP-D70DW and CP-D707DW printers output a resolution of 300 dpi, use a new image-processing algorithm to enhance natural image sharpness and have a built-in energy-saving idle mode that reduces power consumption to less than a watt. Each printer has a simple filing-unit extension and a space-saving front loader, making them easy to use and efficient. List Price: $1,995 (CP-D70DW); $2,950 (CP-D707DW). Contact: Mitsubishi, (888) 307-0388, www.mitsubishi-imaging.com.


Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom by Michael Frye (Craft & Vision, www.craftandvision.com). This e-book is written specifically for landscape photographers who want to clarify their own unique vision. Frye walks you through the development of five different images, discussing the how and why of each one. The book is equal parts inspiration and instruction.

The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Donald and Lillian Stokes (Little, Brown and Company, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-316-01050-4). The guide features 853 North American bird species and more than 3,400 color photos covering all significant plumages, including male, female, summer, winter, immature, morphs, important subspecies and birds in flight.

The Great LIFE Photographers by the Editors of LIFE (Little, Brown, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-316-09793-2). This comprehensive anthology features the best work of every staff photographer who worked for the famed publication. More than 100 portfolios are included along with short biographies that offer a look at the people behind the lens.

The Eloquence of Trees by Craig Varjabedian (PhotoBook Press,
www.photobookpress.com; 2010). This limited handbound edition contains 28 photographs by Varjabedian, an award-winning fine-art photographer. The collection spans more than 33 years of his work and includes many images that have never been published. Proceeds will benefit Heifer International (www.heifer.org), an organization devoted to ending world hunger. To purchase a copy, send an email to cindy@craigvarjabedian.com or call (505) 983-2934.

Photo Op: 52 Inspirational Projects for the Adventurous Image-Maker by Kevin Meredith (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81400-1). With 52 inspirational ideas, this book is packed with practical guidance on how to take creative, dynamic and quirky images. Contributors include some of the most popular photographers from the Flickr community, covering projects for all types of equipment.


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