SLIDES GO DIGITAL Convert those prized photographs shot on film to digital files using the HP Scanjet G3110 Photo Scanner. You can scan four 35mm slides at once, or one strip of film with up to five frames. The scanner features some impressive specs, with 4800 x 9600 dpi resolution and 48-bit color. There also are options for restoring color to faded photos, removing dust and scratches, and applying adaptive lighting to fix backlighting and other problems. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: HP, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
VIDEO BAG The next time you head out to capture the outdoors on video, protect your equipment in the Broadcast Trailer Professional Backpack from Petrol Bags. Designed for professional use, the bag has two padded main compartments along with six removable dividers that create pockets for organizing batteries, cables, filters and other accessories. You can remove the dividers in the lower compartment for storing personal items. Other features include nine exterior pockets for additional storage, plus the Viewfinder compartment is reinforced with cold-molded laminate panels for extra protection. List Price: $425. Contact: Camera Dynamics Inc., (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
MOBILE WORKSTATION Built with the needs of photographers in mind, the Lenovo ThinkPad W700 packs a ton of useful features into its eight-pound frame. A built-in digitizer that basically serves as a mini-Wacom tablet sits below an integrated color calibrator that automatically adjusts the display’s color. Other key specs include optional dual hard drives with RAID configurations, up to 8 GB of RAM and a 7-in-1 multi-card reader. The 17-inch screen delivers WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution. Estimated Street Price: $2,978. Contact: Lenovo, (866) 96-THINK, www.lenovo.com.
HOME NETWORK Using the Microsoft Windows Home Server, you can get to your images from home, the office or the road. The software platform, which is based on the Windows Server 2003 operating system, gives you a central location to back up, access, share and store your digital content. The program is powered by hardware such as HP’s MediaSmart Server, which comes in 500 GB and 1 TB versions. Home Server comes with a secure, personalized website address for sharing images, and it’s easy to add storage as needed. Estimated Street Price: $599 (500 GB); $749 (1 TB). Contact: Microsoft, (800) 642-7676, www.microsoft.com; HP, (800) 752-0900, www.hp.com.
WIDE VIEW Give yourself some room when working with images on-screen using the bright, 26-inch LCD desktop monitor from NEC Display Solutions. The MultiSync Enterprise Advanced Series EA261WM widescreen display features 1920 x 1200 resolution, a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 5 ms response time. Also included are built-in speakers, a headphone jack, 4-port USB hub and HDMI capability with an adapter. Estimated Street Price: $679. Contact: NEC Display Solutions, (866) NEC-MORE, www.necdisplay.com.
HOLD IT The Skin Collection by Think Tank Photo is a series of thin, flexible bags designed for Think Tank Photo belts or regular belts. They lay flat when empty, freeing up space in your cases. The five-piece set is sized to hold a 16-35mm lens, a 70-200mm lens, up to two 70-200mm lenses, a pro-sized SLR and a flash unit. A front pocket provides room for accessories and a seam-sealed rain cover is included. Estimated Street Price: $149 (complete set). Contact: Think Tank Photo, (866) 55-THINK, www.thinktankphoto.com.
COLOR CONTROL Tweak white balance using the Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500 color-temperature meter. It measures light and displays color temperature calibrated for both digital sensors and film. The device is particularly useful when dealing with difficult lighting. Ambient brightness is displayed in either footcandles or lux. The data display is electro-luminescent and automatically comes on to illuminate readings under low light. The C-500R incorporates a flash-triggering, radio-transmitter module. Estimated Street Price: $974 (C-500): $1,072 (C-500R). Contact: Sekonic, (914) 347-3300, www.sekonic.com.
BOOKS 'N SUCH
Impressions of Light—Digital Edition by William Neill (Sadhna Press, 2008). OP columnist William Neill has spent the last few years working on this portfolio of his favorite images. The book was designed using Adobe’s InDesign. It’s delivered as two PDF files. The first contains single pages, while the second shows two-page spreads, allowing you to view the book as it was originally designed. Inspiration Texas Style by Wyman Meinzer (Badlands Blue Star Publishing, 2008; ISBN: 978-0979890703). Photographs showing a cross-section of Texans are paired with quotes about the state and what it means to them. Meinzer has been named the state’s official photographer and has published a variety of books about Texas.
Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure: Mastering Adobe’s Next-Generation Tool for Digital Photographers by Mikkel Aaland (O’Reilly, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-596-52101-1). The award-winning photographer uses hands-on knowledge from a recent photo trip to show you how Lightroom 2 can improve your workflow. He guides you step-by-step through all of the application’s modules.
Spiders: The Ultimate Predators by Stephen Dalton (Firefly Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-55407-346-7). Through 250 colorful, detail-rich photographs, the book chronicles various spider species, with the images arranged according to how they catch their prey. In-depth knowledge on spider anatomy, habitat and hunting techniques also is provided.
Pro Photographer’s D-SLR Handbook by Michael Freeman (Lark Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-60059-422-9). This comprehensive guide covers high-res sensors, image stabilization, dust reduction and more. You’ll learn about different file formats, explore valuable software tools and basic image-processing programs, and find out how to improve pictures using cropping and filtering techniques.