Improve the performance of editing applications on your iMac or MacBook laptop with up to 3 GB of RAM from Other World Computing. A 1 or 2 GB memory module is available for MacBooks, MacBook Pros and iMac Intels with a Core Duo processor; a 1, 2 or 3 GB memory module is available for MacBook Pros and iMac Intels with a Core 2 Duo processor. For MacBook Pros with Core 2 Duos, there's a 4 GB module. A free online installation guide comes with it. List Price: $48 to $219. Contact: Other World Computing, (800) 275-4576, www.otherworldcomputing.com.
Lock up your camera bag using UPStrap's Pro Mini Camera Security Cable and TSA (Transportation Security Administration) lock. The four-inch nylon-coated cable is tested to resist 170 pounds, and its small diameter lets you thread it through your camera or bag and a chair, hotel bed frame and more to prevent theft. The lock has an indicator window that tells you if it was opened. A six-inch version of the cable that resists 250 pounds is also available. List Price: TBD. Contact: UPStrap, (877) 872-7639,www.upstrap.com.
Protect your PC from viruses, spyware and phishing using Symantec's Norton 360, a comprehensive software solution with new online transaction security and automated backup services. In addition to technologies designed to fend off a range of threats, the program offers online identity protection, website authentication, a two-way firewall and 2 GB of online storage for backing up work. List Price: $70. Contact: Symantec, (408) 517-8000, www.symantec.com.
Control the lighting conditions on your next shoot with the Lightright LR500 Professional Reflector System. The portable system contains five magnetically adjustable reflectors, 20 reflecting panels and six non-magnetic trimable reflectors. All reflectors are reversible, from silver to white. Panel sizes range from 7x2.5 inches to 13.5x9.5 inches. They can be flexed to concentrate or spread reflected light, and they're ready to use right out of the box. List Price: $70. Contact: Lightright, www.lightrightreflector.com.
When it's time to hit the road, protect your valuable photo equipment in the new PCS283 case from the RSV Series of Pelican Soft Camera Cases. A D-SLR, lenses and accessories fit in the main compartment, and a removable tray with dividers keeps everything organized. There are also removable tripod straps with a catch pocket for the legs. The bag meets carry-on luggage size requirements after removing the messenger-style laptop case, which holds up to a 17-inch laptop. The PCS283 is designed from ballistic nylon material and has molded corners for extra protection. List Price: $399. Contact: BKA, (847) 821-0450, www.bkaphoto.com.
Create, print and sell your own photography books using Blurb. The online publishing service lets you download its BookSmart software for free, giving you access to hundreds of professionally designed book templates. After you've chosen the design, simply drag and drop your photos in and add text using the built-in photo layout tools. Book sizes include: 7x7-inch square, 8x10-inch portfolio, 10x8-inch landscape and 13x11-inch large-format landscape. List Price: From $13 (softcover) and $23 (hardcover). Contact: Blurb, www.blurb.com.
Books 'N Such
Oceanic Wilderness by Roger Steene (New Holland Publishers Ltd., 2007; ISBN: 978-1-55297-9990). This unique hardcover features more than 600 photos showing some species of marine life never photographed until now. Five years in the making, the book explores the oceanic world from aerial views to cavernous reefs, from mid-ocean to tropical lagoons.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: For Digital Photographers Only by Rob Sheppard (Wiley, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-470-04723-1). Learn how to streamline workflow, explore nondestructive image processing and color-managed printing, and work with tone curve, white balance and more in this in-depth guide, which is aided by photos and screenshots.
Wild Acadia by Jerry and Marcy Monkman (University Press of New England, 2007; ISBN: 1-58465-524-0). Visit New England's oldest national park through the beautiful photographs and insightful prose found in this tribute to Acadia National Park. Historical photos are paired with present-day images to show how the park has changed.
Fine Art Printing for Photographers: Exhibition-Quality Prints with Inkjet Printers by Uwe Steinmueller and Juergen Gulbins (Rocky Nook, 2006; ISBN: 1-933952-00-8). This guide demonstrates how to set up printing workflow step-by-step from image file to fine-art print. Topics covered include color management, profiling, paper and inks.
Marshes: The Disappearing Edens by William Burt (Yale University Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-300-12229-9). The photographer and bird lover takes readers on a tour of North American marshlands and how they've changed since the early explorers first found them. He travels to Connecticut, Maryland, Louisiana, Texas and other locations.
The Photographer's Toolbox for Photoshop by Lewis Kemper (www.lewiskemper.com). The four-DVD set covers a range of topics, from exploring workflow, color settings, layers and exposure correction to increasing dynamic range by combining two exposures, double-process RAW files, contrast and color.