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In Focus: September 2009





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WIRELESS MEMORY CARD
Eye-Fi makes SD cards that have WiFi radios built in. Images are stored just as they would be on any other SD card, but once the camera is done writing, it wirelessly transmits the images to your computer’s hard drive. Eye-Fi Explore allows you to use more than 10,000 WiFi hot spots across the U.S. to connect for uploading to your computer or the web. If you’re into geotagging, the card automatically adds location information to photos. List Price: Varies. Contact: Eye-Fi, (877) 873-9334, www.eye.fi.

LIGHTEN UP
Warm, cool or neutralize light when you’re shooting outside using Creative Light’s spring-loaded reflectors. They come in gold/silver, silver/white, sunfire/white and translucent, and are easy to transport. Creative Light also offers a full lineup of other lighting accessories, including softboxes, soft grids, umbrellas and light stands. How-to videos on their website demonstrate how the tools work, with photographers sharing techniques and giving advice. List Price: $15 to $143. Contact: Creative Light, (914) 347-3300, www.CreativeLight.com.
For macro photographers, the even, flat light generated by a ring flash can be invaluable when capturing insects and other tiny objects. The orbis Ring Flash redirects light from your flash, transforming it into a ring flash. It’s designed to work with a range of flash units and strobes without needing add-ons. The orbis is made from durable plastic and weighs just over a pound, making it totally portable. List Price: $199. Contact: OmegaSatter, (410) 374-3250, www.omegasatter.com.
Create just the kind of light you need when out in the field using the affordable Honl Photo Speed System. This collection of lightweight and durable light modifiers for shoe-mount flashes includes a mix of grids, snoots, reflectors, gobos and gels. The tools are designed to universally fit all shoe-mount flashes and attach easily with the Speed Strap, a nonslip velcro strap that simply wraps around the flash head. List Price: $9 to $29. Contact: ExpoImaging, (800) 446-5086 www.expoimaging.net.
EDGY EFFECTS
Add a different dimension to your scenics with Auto FX Software’s Photo/Graphic Edges 7.0 Platinum Edition. The app features 32 new edge, border and frame effects. They include film and natural-media frames, darkroom edges and storyboards that contain layouts for photo books, canvas and other prints. A new collection of textures allows you to give your composition a natural-looking backdrop. You also can choose from hundreds of preset effects. This version contains nearly three times as many effects as the previous edition. List Price: $249. Contact: Auto FX Software, (205) 980-0056, www.autofx.com.
PORTABLE DRIVE
Back up while out in the field using the Transcend StoreJet 18M. The 1.8-inch hard drive is designed with a rugged and durable silicone outer shell that absorbs vibration and prevents damage if you accidentally drop or bump it. It also features a shock-protection system with internal suspension technology. The OneTouch auto-backup button instantly backs up and synchronizes data with a notebook or desktop PC. The drive comes with 120 GB of storage capacity. Estimated Street Price: $104. Contact: Transcend, www.transcendusa.com.

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