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In Focus: May 2010





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For a larger view than what the LCD can provide, check out the Marshall Electronics V-LCD70XP-HDMI portable field and camera-top monitor. The seven-inch screen includes new features such as a cast-metal front panel, adjustable backlight and markers, HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio detect, manual gamma adjustment, and a more robust power switch. Standard features include a wide variety of formats and markers, four user-configurable front-panel function buttons, RGB Check Field/Field Detect, RGB gain and bias control, and optical grade polycarbonate screen protection. Estimated Street Price: $1,099 (with small battery adapter); $1,199 (V-mount and Anton/Bauer battery adapter). Contact: Marshall Electronics, (800) 800-6608, www.lcdracks.com.

BOOKS ’N SUCH

Photographing Nature: A Photo Workshop from Brooks Institute’s Top Nature Photography Instructor by Ralph A. Clevenger (New Riders Press, 2009; ISBN:978-0-321-63754-3). Each chapter opens with a photo spread used to illustrate themes and techniques necessary for mastering nature photography. Clevenger explains how each photo was taken, the tools and techniques used, and challenges along with solutions.

Close-Up and Macro Photography by Adrian Davies (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-81212-0). This step-by-step guide covers the whole process of macro photography, from choosing the right camera, lenses and other equipment to workflow and output. It’s packed with photographs, as well as graphs and charts to illustrate useful concepts.

Vision Mongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin (New Riders Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-321-67020-5). Sharing ideas, wisdom and inspiration, duChemin helps readers figure out how to turn a passion for photography into a career. He also shares examples of nine other photographers who made the transition.

The Living Mekong by Joe Garrison (Silkworm Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-9749511671). Showing how the famous river’s seasonal rise and fall shape daily life for the people who live on and around it, the book features a unique collection of photographs that go beyond those familiar postcard views of the Mekong to sites rarely seen by the public.

Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook: A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve by Patricia Russotti and Richard Anderson (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0240810959). This manual offers best digital-imaging practices and workflow solutions, from planning and capture to archiving, and everything in between. It also has resources and links for staying up to speed with fast-changing technology.

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