CALIBRATE, CALIBRATE Datacolor’s Spyder3Studio SR calibration system offers a complete color-management solution. The SpyderCube RAW calibration device (which eliminates the need for 18% gray cards), the Spyder3Elite monitor calibration tool and the Spyder3Print SR strip-reading spectrocolorimeter (which creates ICC printer profiles) combine to provide perfect calibration throughout the imaging process. So prints look like what you saw when you shot the image. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Datacolor, (800) 554-8688, www.datacolor.com.
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is an all-new hardware and software color-calibration solution for RAW workflow (and it works with JPEGs, too). Consisting of camera-calibration software and three photographic targets in a single durable passport-sized protective case, ColorChecker Passport makes it easy to capture accurate color, enhancing portraits and landscapes while maintaining color control from capture through edit. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: X-Rite Photo, (914) 347-3300, www.xrite.com.
STURDY SUPPORT Convenience and flexibility meet in the Giottos MTL9240B-5011SB tripod/head system. Each of the four-section, flip-lock legs can be set to three different angles, and neoprene rubber grips ensure a comfortable, secure hold for easy transport. The three-way 5011SB pan/tilt head has a built-in, safety-lock, quick-release system. A retractable hook at the bottom of the center column adds weight if necessary. It extends from 11.3 to 60.5 inches, holds 6.6 pounds and weighs three pounds. Estimated Street Price: $141. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
LENS SUPPORT Pan your heavy telephoto smoothly with help from the Custom Brackets CB Gimbal. A true roller-bearing design allows for easy panning and tilting. The device has separate drag adjustment and lock for both horizontal and vertical movement of lenses using soft rubber-coated knobs. It also can be used as a panoramic head with 360º markings for use with wide-angle lenses. A built-in bubble level makes panning more accurate when you’re tracking wildlife and other moving objects. Estimated Street Price: $579. Contact: Custom Brackets, (800) 530-2289, www.custombrackets.com.
BOOKS ’N SUCH
Photographing the West by David R. Stoecklein (Stoecklein Publishing, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-933192-64-2). This stunning collection of more than 200 photographs celebrating the American West offers a look at why Stoecklein is so passionate about keeping alive the spirit of this region. Among the images are short anecdotes about his travels, along with behind-the-scenes tips and information on some of his favorite photos.
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/500D Companion by Ben Long (O’Reilly Media, 2009; ISBN: 978-0596803636). Learn how to take pro-quality shots with your Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i or EOS 500D. The guide offers a series of practical, easy-to-follow lessons on composition, capturing action, when to use different lenses and more. National Audubon Society Guide to Photographing America’s National Parks: Digital Edition by Tim Fitzharris (Firefly Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-55407-455-6). Discover useful tips on traveling through national parks, working in remote locations and choosing the right digital equipment for shooting nature. Detailed maps are also included.
Printing with Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Tim Daly (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-81138-3). This comprehensive guide covers image capture and management, file processing, proofing and color management, plus printer hardware and software. Daly emphasizes the entire workflow so that images are optimized for highest print quality.
Digital Infrared Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher (Rocky Nook, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-933952-35-2). If you’re looking to explore new territory with your photography, this book delivers basic theoretical background, some information on cameras, filters and equipment, and plenty of guidance on how to do infrared photography.