ALL-IN-ONE ZOOM No subject is too close or too far away when shooting with the outstanding zoom range offered by the Olympus SP-560 UZ. The ultra-compact camera offers a range of 27-486mm (35mm equivalent) for true wide-angle to super-telephoto capability and macro photography from as close as four inches. The 8-megapixel camera features a 2.5-inch LCD, dual image stabilization, shadow adjustment technology and high-speed, sequential shooting (up to 15 fps). Estimated Street Price: $449. Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
Books 'N Such
Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers: A Professional Image Editor's Guide to the Creative Use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC by Martin Evening (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-240-52028-5). Full coverage is provided on what's new with before-and-after pictures, practical techniques and step-by-step tutorials. A DVD with sample images is included.
Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming Is Changing The World by Gary Braasch (University of California Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-520-24438-2). Braasch trekked across four continents to create this book showing more than 100 striking full-color photographs of communities, landscapes and wildlife at environmental risk. Before-and-after comparisons show receding glaciers, eroding coastlines and rising sea levels.
Rick Sammon's Canon EOS Digital Rebel Personal Training Photo Workshop DVD by Rick Sammon. In this 90-minute video, the popular speaker and Canon Explorer of Light covers a range of topics from camera basics to exposure, lenses, sport shooting, photographing in low light and more. Sammon goes on location to various places to give you a better understanding of how to take great pictures.