Take tack-sharp photos with help from the Voyager TG tripod from Vista by Davis and Sanford. It’s a full-sized tripod that weighs just 3.8 pounds and supports up to 7 pounds. The legs are constructed of durable, lightweight aluminum. An aluminum canopy includes three-position leg-angle adjustments for mid- and low-angle grounder adjustment, a spirit level and center column tensioning adjustment. The ballhead features an ergonomic grip with a trigger for maneuvering and locking the head in any position. The tripod’s maximum height is 62 inches, minimum height is 11 inches and folded height is 21 inches. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Tiffen, (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
The Flashpoint Stabilizing Video and Camera Bracket (FACSS2) helps you take clear video clips when shooting with an HD DSLR. You can place it on any kind of flat surface, and its curved grip makes low-angle shooting possible, as well as two-handed operation. An included shoe allows you to add video lights, small microphones or a flash. The foam-padded handle is built to relieve stress during lengthier shoots. Estimated Street Price: $29. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
The JayHook allows you to make do with what nature gives you when camera support is needed. The device lets you mount a camera to any tree or post, noninvasively. Simply wrap the heavy-duty nylon strap around the tree, then through the spring clamp, pulling the strap tight. The camera attaches to the CAMB head using a standard 1/4x20-inch thread. Just place the CAMB head onto the JayHook and position the camera for your shot. Each hook holds 35 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $14 (JayHook); $16 (CAMB head). Contact: JayHook, (218) 327-3546, www.jayhookoutdoors.com.
BOOKS ’N SUCH
Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer by Moose Peterson (New Riders Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-321-72059-7). Having devoted his career to photographing animals, Moose Peterson transports you into the wild in this book, which chronicles his more than 30 years of work in the field. He tells readers the stories behind the photos and shares his photographic techniques.
The DSLR Field Guide: The Essential Guide to Getting the Most From Your Camera by Michael Freeman (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81720-0). This compact guide sums up what you need to know about how your DSLR works, from the camera’s basic anatomy to its many settings. Sensor cleaning, color profiles, HDR, white balance, noise and more are covered.
Canyons of Utah by Tom Till (Fable Valley Publishers, Inc., 2010; ISBN: 978-0-9712555-5-5). The photographer presents all of Utah’s national parks, along with its river canyons and secret places that only a few have visited. Using both 4x5 and digital, Till delivers a new perspective on places that have been photographed many times and offers his insights into the state’s deepest backcountry regions.
Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills by Mark Galer and Philip Andrews (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-52214-2). With real-life examples, step-by-step projects and professional advice, this book steers you through how to use CS5, from basic skills to more advanced techniques. Also included is a DVD with more than 12 hours of movie tutorials and supporting files to accompany the projects in the book.
LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros by The Editors of LIFE and Joe McNally (LIFE, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-60320-127-8). Along with giving readers plenty of tips, tricks and how-to advice, McNally shares his captivating imagery while discussing some of the technical aspects behind each of his photos such as lens, focus, color, timing or aperture. The way the book is written makes you feel like you’re attending one of his workshops or seminars.