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Based on how or what you’re shooting, you can adjust the way Lowepro’s Toploader Pro AW backpack is worn to fit your changing needs. Wear it three ways: holster-style with a shoulder strap, with a belt system, or with the Topload Chest Harness for hands-free use (sold separately). The shape of the bag is designed to follow the lines of a pro D-SLR for a secure fit. The Toploader’s easy-grip access means the camera sits sideways, making it easier for you to grab and shoot quickly. The bag is offered in three sizes and comes with an All Weather AW Cover. List Price: TBA. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.

in focusSimilarly, M-Rock’s Adventure Series Arches Sling Bag also can be worn as a backpack or messenger bag if desired. Multiple dividers can be configured for either horizontal or vertical loads with the bag capable of holding a pro D-SLR with up to a six-inch lens attached as well as four more six-inch lenses. The interior divider separating the lower camera compartment from the top accessory compartment can be removed for storing longer lenses. It includes a weather jacket, lens changing bag, lens cloth and more. List Price: $130. Contact: M-Rock, (800) 773-7067, www.m-rock.com.

Quickly customize white balance and capture more precise color when shooting in RAW by using Datacolor’s SpyderCube. The calibration device is spectrally neutral so it responds accurately to all lighting conditions and allows you to correct highlight and shadow details in RAW images. The white side of the device helps define highlights in relation to the catchlight, the gray side measures color temperature and midtone response, and the black side defines shadows. SpyderCube also can be used to improve JPEG images. List Price: $59. Contact: Datacolor, (800) 554-8688, www.datacolor.com.
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Tenba spared no detail in designing its new handcrafted Black Label Camera Bag Collection. Made from a combination of ballistic nylon and open-cell foam, the leather bags are constructed to withstand abrasions, water, stains and tears. Movable, padded dividers inside the bags allow for a customized fit. The collection is launching with two pro-sized camera bags for multiple bodies and lenses, and three slim, lightweight satchels for single camera setups with room for a spare lens and flash. List Price: $114 to $179. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
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Enhance the sunlight in your landscape shots using Digital Anarchy’s Knoll Light Factory 3.0, a plug-in that creates lens flare effects. Improvements to the user interface help speed up your workflow with previews of light presets and access to editing functions in one window. The main preview window supports real-time manipulation, as well as the ability to resize and zoom in or out. With 16-bit color support, light effects render out to higher bit depths, which reduces banding and outputs better-looking glows and gradients. The software now is compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and the 64-bit version of Windows Vista. List Price: $149. Contact: Digital Anarchy, (415) 586-8434, www.digitalanarchy.com.
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Make sure that the rich details you captured on camera don’t get lost in the final print using Epson’s Signature Worthy Hot Press and Cold Press papers. Optimized for use with Epson inks, including the latest UltraChrome HDR ink technology, the paper produces rich blacks, smooth tonal transitions and an expanded color gamut. The Hot Press paper offers a smooth surface, while the Cold Press delivers a textured one. List Price: TBA. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
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The LightRight Professional Reflector System allows you to reflect light from a light source to your subject from any angle, as if you had multiple lights. It consists of 11 folding cardboard reflecting panels with silver and white surfaces that can be resized and reshaped to aim output more precisely. You can customize the intensity and shape of the reflected light to match the surface that you’re illuminating. A sliding magnet system allows you to precisely adjust the panel’s angle of reflection. Estimated Street Price: $70. Contact: LightRight, www.lightrightreflector.com.
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Take better low-angle shots with the Pro Optic Right Angle Finder II. Compatible with most film and digital SLR cameras, the unit also makes viewing a lot easier when doing macro work. Features include diopter correction with a range of +/-4, 1x and 2.5x dual magnification settings, and full 360-degree viewfinder rotation. List Price: $69. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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Travel Photography: Tread Your Own Path by Steve Davey (Footprint, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-906098-42-1). Packed with tips and anecdotes on how photography can enhance your travel experience, this pictorial guide explores how to plan your trip, what equipment to take, how to get the most from your camera and more.

Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers: The Essential Guide to Digital Techniques by Alan L. Detrick (Timber Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-088192-890-7). Learn the basics of close-up photography with helpful tips, definitions, exercises and case studies covering the features of current D-SLRs, how to compose and more.

Timberline: Landscapes from the Colorado High Country by David Smith (Krinder Mountain Photography, Inc.; 2008; ISBN: 978-0-09800411-0-1). Smith has been photographing Colorado’s mountains for 15 years. Filling the pages of this large-format hardcover are more than 50 images of that beautiful landscape.

Basic Photographic Materials and Processes by Nanette Salvaggio (Focal Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-240-80984-7). This is the third edition with new topics that cover digital processes such as sensor technology, tone reproduction, digital sensitometer and color management. The guide is a thorough resource on the science of photography.

Wonders of the Indian Wilderness by Erach Bharucha (Abbeville Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-7892-0999-3). Filled with gorgeous photography, the first half of this 800-plus-page volume is devoted to exploring and defining India’s ecosystems, while the second half offers brief descriptions and photos of wildlife sanctuaries and refuges.


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