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In Focus: September 2010

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Bundle your cables and wires neatly together using BongoTies. The sturdy, reliable ties are made of heavy-gauge rubber attached to a wooden “Bongo” pin with a button-type closure design for easy fastening and removal. There’s also now an environmentally friendly bamboo version. Just wrap the tie around the wire as many times as necessary and insert the wood closure securely into place. BongoTies are reusable and nonconductive so they work with any number of cord types. Estimated Street Price: $6 (10-pack). Contact: BongoTies, (818) 706-1231, www.bongoties.com.
When you’re out photographing wildlife and other kinds of fast-moving action, slowing down the shutter speed often makes for creative shots. A neutral-density filter, like the Hoya PRO1 Digital ND16, is a great way to do that because it reduces the amount of light transmitted to your camera’s sensor, without otherwise altering the light. The PRO1 Digital ND16 is a dark neutral-density filter with a filter factor of 16, meaning there’s a 4-stop light loss. So in daylight, if the slowest shutter speed possible without a filter is 1/60 sec. at ƒ/22, adding the filter makes a 1⁄4 sec. shutter speed possible. It’s available in standard sizes of 52mm to 82mm. Estimated Street Price: $65 to $150. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
When you’re out using a compact camera, and support via a tripod isn’t necessary, steady your camera with the Flashpoint Clamp LTCA2F, which comes with an eight-inch flexible arm. The clamp supports about a pound. Another version of the clamp, LTCC, comes with a small ball-and-socket head. The unit is capable of clamping to a table or pole and also works on car windows. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


Outdoor Photography Masterclass by Niall Benvie (Photographers’ Institute Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-8610-8679-2). The book is essentially a three-day seminar that covers subjects such as sharpness, calibration, workflow and more. You take those techniques and apply them in the field, with tips on the final presentation. Benvie uses examples of his own work for inspiration. Buy now.

Completing Your Outdoor Photography with Landscape Filters: On Location With Adam Barker by Adam Barker (Master Photo Workshop, 2010; www.masterphotodvd.com). This 3¼ hour DVD introduces you to the most helpful filters for landscape and nature photography, exploring in detail graduated neutral-density, polarizing, color-intensifying filters and more. The DVD features live view video, allowing the viewer to actually see through Barker’s viewfinder as he works. Buy now.

Photography: The 50 Most Influential Photographers of All Time (Icons of Culture) by Chris Dickie (Barron’s Educational Series, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-7641-6295-4). This engaging collection of biographies includes such notables as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Annie Liebovitz, Richard Avedon and Ansel Adams. In addition to the profiles, the book explores trends and developments in the field. Buy now.

Contemporary Landscape Photography: Professional Techniques for Capturing Spectacular Settings by Carl E. Heilman II with Greta Heilman Cornell (Amphoto Books, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-8174-3968-2). Get some advice on how to shoot in the field using this guide. Topics covered include equipment, lighting, HDR techniques and more. Buy now.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: a professional image editor's guide to the creative use of Photoshop for the Macintosh and PC by Martin Evening (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-52200-5). Master the latest version of Photoshop using Martin’s expert advice. Concepts are flushed out with real examples, diagrams, illustrations and step-by-step explanations. For photographers of all levels. Buy now.


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