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In Focus: September 2011

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With Perfect Layers from onOne Software, you can quickly combine multiple images into a layered Photoshop-compatible file from within Lightroom or Aperture. The program lets you take a single image, duplicate it, add layers and then change how the layers interact with one another. You can change skies, composite multiple images together and retouch scenes. Built-in layer masks and masking tools blend multiple layers together. The MaskingBrush and MaskingBug allow you to show or hide selected areas of a layer. onOne worked closely with Scott Kelby, the editor-in-chief of Photoshop User magazine, to develop the program. Estimated Street Price: $69. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
For Mac users, Verbatim has a portable storage solution offering just the performance and capacity you need for backing up large image files. The Store 'n' Go for Mac USB 3.0/FW 800 Portable Hard Drive is compatible with all MacBook models and comes with FireWire 800 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interfaces. The USB connection is backward-compatible with USB 2.0 as well. It's available in capacities of 500 GB and 1 TB, and it's formatted to work with Time Machine, the built-in backup and recovery application specific to Mac computers. Estimated Street Price: $109 (500 GB); TBA (1 TB). Contact: Verbatim, www.verbatim.com.

Designed for photographers who like to get adventurous, the Tenba Discovery collection of lightweight bags offers an ideal way to walk, hike or climb with your gear. The Photo/Hydration Daypack weighs just 2.4 pounds and has a hydration-ready rear compartment that fits a reservoir up to 72 ounces. The rear pocket fits a slim tablet or laptop up to 11 inches. A pop-out, padded camera insert fits any size DSLR with four to six lenses and accessories, and the insert can be removed to convert the bag for other uses. There's also a Shoulder Bag that provides quick access to a large camera system. It weighs less than two pounds and holds one to two DSLRs and five to seven lenses, plus flash and accessories. Estimated Street Price: $129 (Daypack); $119 (Shoulder). Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

Keep your fine optics clean when you're out shooting the dusty landscape with the LensPen OutdoorPro Kit, which includes the Original LensPen and MiniPro II. Both tools function the same way by sliding out the brush end first and using it to remove loose dust and dirt from the lens or eyepiece. For stubborn fingerprints, take the cap off the other end and use the flexible tip, which contains a carbon compound used in printer's ink, to get rid of them. The kit also includes a soft microfiber cleaning cloth, called MicroKlear, for cleaning non-lens surfaces, and a natural fiber cloth, called FogKlear, for strong anti-fog protection. Estimated Street Price: $34. Contact: LensPen, (877) 608-0868, www.lenspen.com.

The emergence of HD DSLRs has given photographers a wealth of fresh angles to explore whether shooting stills or video. The Varavon Pro Finder assists you in capturing those new viewpoints as a waist-level viewfinder equipped with a 3x zoom for magnifying shots. It attaches to the camera, and with the use of two built-in angled mirrors, the unit allows you to look down into the viewfinder to see the shot. When you don't need it for low-angle capture, it can serve as a regular viewfinder or convert into a hood. The Pro Finder connects to your camera via a baseplate and flushes right up against the camera's LCD screen. It works with the Canon EOS 5D, 5D Mark II and 7D and Nikon D7000. Estimated Street Price: $363. Contact: Varavon, (800) 999-1984, www.varavonusa.com.


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