High-tech tools to keep your images secure when you’re in the field
By Jon Sienkiewicz
PHOTO BANK Protect your most valuable images by opening up an online savings account for them with Swiss Picture Bank. The website guarantees the safety and storage of your images by making multiple copies of every picture, encrypting them and securing them on servers located in data centers throughout Switzerland. You pay a one-time fee per picture you deposit. The rate is three cents per compressed image or 15 cents per uncompressed, for 30 years. Contact: Swiss Picture Bank, (877) 762-6292, www.swisspicturebank.com.
BETTER WHITE BALANCE Save yourself the aggravation of dealing with lousy white balance using the CBL Color Balance System. It’s inexpensive, easy to use, and calibrates your camera for any lighting condition in just a few seconds. For low-light conditions—indoors and out or on cloudy, overcast days—use the white side of the CBL calibrator. The reverse gray side, formulated from a secret combination of 13 different materials, is best suited to studio flash photography and direct sunlight. Estimated Street Price: $140. Contact: International Supplies, (800) 999-1984, www.internationalsupplies.com.
DIVE IN Take some amazing shots on your next underwater adventure using the ewa-marine U-BXP housing for D-SLRs. Whether you’re canoeing, snorkeling or diving, you can take the camera safely down to a depth of 150 feet. The integrated neutral, flat-glass port helps preserve the optical quality and auto focus of your camera’s lens. An external flash fits into a special section on top of the housing. It’s designed to fit pro D-SLRs like the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and Nikon D3. Estimated Street Price: $449. Contact: RTS Inc., (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
CREATIVE TRANSFER Don’t limit your images to traditional photo paper and framing techniques. With Lazertran transfer papers, you can put your work on exotic Habutai silk, metal foil, clay, textiles, resin and even rocks for really organic presentations. Whether it’s for your home, your studio, a gallery exhibition or a gift, the transfer papers for inkjet printers let you explore wonderfully creative ways to share your work. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size and quantity. Contact: Lazertran, (800) 245-7547, www.lazertran.com.
PAPER & INK High-quality inks for large-format printers are Fortuna’s specialty, along with eight types of archival inkjet papers. Fortuna makes dye-based, pigment-based and solvent inks for Epson, Roland, Mutoh, HP, Encad, Kodak and Mimaki large-format printers. Paper types include High Glossy 230g, Premium Glossy 260g, Double-Sided Glossy 300g, Luster 260g, Double-Sided Luster 280g, Waterproof Wove 260g, Satin 260g and Pearl 260g. ICC profiles are available for download on Fortuna’s website. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Fortuna Imatek Chemical Co, Ltd., www.imatek.com.cn.
SAFE CASE The Supreme 38F from Vanguard USA is a water-, air- and dust-tight way to bring your laptop securely and comfortably into the field. It’s also an ideal travel companion with a weight resistance of up to 265 pounds, an automatic pressure-equalization valve, nonslip rubber feet and a double-sided waterproof memo ID card display. The case includes a shoulder strap, and there are padlock receptacles for secure locking. Custom-sizable foam is available for fitting most devices. It can carry notebook computers up to 15.4 inches. Exterior dimensions are 181/4x145/8x47/8 inches. Estimated Street Price: $105. Contact: Vanguard USA, (800) 875-3322, www.vanguardusa.com.