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ECO PAPER
Make green prints of your images using Eco-Matte from Inkpress Paper. The 200gsm paper is made according to guidelines prohibiting use of hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process. With a high ink limit, the paper produces prints with vivid colors and expanded color gamut on a smooth surface with instant drying properties. ICC profiles with extended gray maps are available for free on the Inkpress website. It’s available in a variety of cut-sheet sizes from 8-1⁄2x11 inches and rolls up to 60 inches. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Inkpress Paper, www.inkpresspaper.com.
STEADY SHOOTING
Pan your HD video-capable D-SLR smoothly using the VariZoom FlowPod, a unique stabilization device that can be used like a monopod, but allows you to move the camera and still shoot steady images. There are three modes—Monopod, Stabilizer and Low. You can record smooth video sequences in Stabilizer mode and quickly switch to Monopod mode for capturing stills. Low mode lets you adjust the camera to any desired height off the ground. Estimated Street Price: $499 (FlowPod with balancing plate). Contact: VariZoom, (512) 219-7722, www.varizoom.com.

BOOKS ’N SUCH
Bear Portraits by Jill Greenberg (Little, Brown and Company, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-316-03188-2). The celebrity-portrait photographer turns her lens on bears of all kinds in this unique pictorial. Full-grown brown bears, grizzlies, black bears, polar bears and bear cubs are photographed on location against a portrait backdrop under her signature lighting.

Creative Photoshop CS4: Digital Illustration and Art Techniques by Derek Lea (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-52134-3). If you’re familiar with Photoshop and looking for a new way to use it, this guide helps you explore the more artistic parts of the program. Topics include learning how to create graffiti, antique effects and stencil art.

Buddhist Himalayas by Olivier and Danielle Föllmi and Matthieu Ricard (Abrams, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-8109-8405-9). In 185 photographs, the vividness of Tibet’s landscape and people are captured. Essays on basic Buddhist concepts, schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan astrology, medicine and village life accompany the images.

The Digital Photography Companion by Derrick Story (O’Reilly, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-596-51766-3). Get advice on choosing the right camera, mastering digital controls and sharing your photos. Plenty of examples are given, along with in-depth summaries on camera features, tips for printing and an overview of various apps.

Walking the Cape and Islands: A Comprehensive Guide to the Walking and Hiking Trails of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket by David Weintraub (Menasha Ridge Press, 2006; ISBN: 978-0897-32603-2). This comprehensive guide covers the entire length of the Cape, from Bourne to Provincetown, with profiles on more than 80 of the best walks and hikes.

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