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In Focus: May 2008

Get some extra height the next time you’re out shooting the birds with the Cullmann Universal XXL 3150 tripod. With an extended height of seven feet, this is the company’s tallest tripod. You adjust the height of the camera by simply sliding the center column up and down. The self-clamping screw prevents unexpected drops. The center column is locked with a quick-tensioning lever, and the tripod comes with a removable Cullmann 3030 head. List Price: $189. Contact: RTS Photo, (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
Cullman Universal Tripod

Linhof is marking its 120th anniversary with a new, limited edition of its famous Master Technika large-format camera. The Master Technika 3000 is covered in Ferrari red leather. The hand strap is finished with a wide red stripe over black leather. The Folding Focusing Hood will sport a special version of the Linhof crest with “120 Years” written below. The revolving frame on the back of the camera is engraved with “1887-2007 120 Years.” Only 120 of these cameras will be produced. List Price: $8,516. Contact: HP Marketing, (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
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Linhof Master Technika

Books and Such

Photoshop CS3 Photo Effects Cookbook: 53 Easy-to-Follow Recipes for Digital Photographers, Designers and Artists by Tim Shelbourne (O’Reilly Media, 2007; ISBN: 978-0596515041). Learn how to simulate classic camera and darkroom techniques along with special effects. Included are full-color images, useful instructions and tips.


Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers by Mike Hollingshead and Eric Nguyen (Thames & Hudson, 2008; ISBN: 978-0500287378). The book follows the authors on 17 chases through Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and other states. Portfolios show the storms as they unfold. Special features on weather forecasting and research accompany 340 color illustrations.


Utah: The Light Fantastic by Tom Till (Fable Valley Publishers, Inc., 2007; ISBN: 978-0971255548.) Till pays tribute to the state’s beauty in this large-format coffee-table book. The landscape photographer captures Utah’s newest attractions, like Range Creek Canyon, Thanksgiving Point and Glen Canyon.


Digital Macro Photography by Ross Hoddinott (Photographers’ Institute Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1861085306). Learn how to take nice close-ups of insects, flowers and other still-lifes with this useful guide offering basic and advanced techniques. More than 200 full-color photos and 750 illustrations accompany helpful explanations and advice.


Understanding RAW Photography by Andy Rouse (Photographers’ Institute Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1861085153). The leading wildlife photographer covers how to make software choices, work in the field, edit and correct photos, and print. A range of images and screen captures illustrate basic and advanced techniques.


Back up your SLR with a compact camera that delivers wide-angle to telephoto zoom range. The high-end Olympus SP-570 Ultra Zoom features a 35mm-equivalent focal-length range of 26-520mm. Other nice features include dual image stabilization with sensor-shift and digital stabilization compensating for camera shake and moving subjects, a 2.7-inch LCD with anti-glare coating and Shadow Adjustment Technology. The camera comes with full manual control, 13.5 fps continuous shooting at 3-megapixel resolution and the high-performance TruePic III Image Processor. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
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Olympus SP 570 Ultra Zoom

Control the light, color and tonality of your nature photographs more precisely and easily with Viveza, the latest plug-in from Nik Software for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Powered by the ease and control of U-Point technology for direct on-image editing, adjustments are made in a matter of minutes with top-notch results. Using Color Control Points placed directly on colors or objects in an image, you can quickly correct brightness, contrast, saturation and more. Estimated Street Price: $250. Contact: Nik Software, (888) 284-4085, www.niksoftware.com.
Nik Software Viveza


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