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In Focus: October 2010





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SAFETY MATTERS
GearGuard is a new collection of security devices from Gary Fong, Inc. The Camera Body Lock attaches to the camera’s tripod mount and a security cable is threaded through its twin-plate design, allowing you to attach the camera to any object with the lock in place. The screw that attaches the lock to the camera has a threaded port so the camera remains fully compatible with a tripod, ballhead or quick-release plate. The Bag Lock is a two-piece clip that slides together over a bag buckle and is fitted with a combination lock to prevent theft. Estimated Street Price: $9 (each); $9 (security cable and combination lock). Contact: Gary Fong, Inc., (800) 906-6447, www.garyfong.com.
GET WET
Keep shooting in wet weather with the Rainsleeve-Flash. The plastic cover fits over a shoe-mounted flash and has an eyepiece opening that adapts to most viewfinders for composing shots through the lens, not the plastic. All camera and lens controls are easy to see and operate. You can use the cover when shooting handheld or on a tripod. It fits any lens up to seven inches in diameter and up to 14 inches long. Rainsleeve-Flash comes in two’s in each package. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: OP/TECH USA, (800) 251-7815, www.optechusa.com.
ART PAPER
Make fine prints of your travel and landscape images using the Innova Photo Art Collection. The paper’s silky, smooth surface structure maintains the natural characteristics of an art paper with a matte coating to provide solid color accuracy and archival quality. The paper is natural grade, acid-free and coated precisely for working with inkjet printers. It’s available in cut sheets and rolls for wide-format and desktop printing. Textures range from smooth to matte in bright white and warm color bases. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size and type. Contact: Innova, www.innovaart.com.
KEEP FOCUS
The Intuit Focus HF-IF1 Follow Focus system helps you produce sharper images, whether capturing video or shooting stills. The system acts as a focus-pulling assistant with a unique belt system that interacts with a precise thumb wheel for keeping your hands and images steady. It can be used with DSLRs and lenses ranging from 14mm to 600mm, including Zeiss lenses with included belts. Tension can be fine-tuned to best match the focus ring of your lens, and there are four rubber belt sizes supplied to accommodate various lens types. This is also a good solution for those who do a lot of macro work, allowing you to get really close up without camera shake. List Price: $3,900. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.



BOOKS ’N SUCH

The Magic of Digital Landscape Photography by Rob Sheppard (Lark Books, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-60059-516-5). Find out everything you need to know about taking unforgettable landscape photographs from this guide. Sheppard, OP’s Editor At Large, covers topics ranging from cameras and lenses to tools and techniques. The specifics of working with skies, water, light and other elements are also covered.

PhotoshopCAFE presents Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for Digital Photographers by Colin Smith (www.photoshopcafe.com). This video shows you how to import, organize, develop and output images using the latest version of Lightroom. The most complex tasks are broken down into quick, easy-to-understand techniques.

Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America’s Wild Places (Little, Brown, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-316-07846-7). This comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams’ photographs of America’s national parks and wilderness areas includes many rarely seen and some never before published. The legendary photographer explored more than 40 national parks during his lifetime.

Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest by Amy Gulick (Braided River, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-59485-0912). Gulick spent two years paddling and trekking among the bears, misty islands and salmon streams to photograph the Tongass, a 17-million-acre temperate rain forest fringing the coastal panhandle of Alaska.

Beyond Photoshop: Advanced Techniques Integrating Photoshop with Illustrator, Poser, Painter, Cinema 4D, and ZBrush by Derek Lea (Focal Press; 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81190-1). Lea demonstrates his methods for using Photoshop with other popular programs. The tutorials are easy to grasp even when dealing with advanced techniques.

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