Transport your heavy photo and computer equipment in the high-impact, watertight Pelican 1690 case. More than 12,000 cubic inches of space are available, making the case ideal for moving mobile studio equipment, full-sized hard-drive towers, audio/visual gear and multiple laptops. Two double-hand side grips ease team lifting. Plus, two sets of heavy-duty polyurethane wheels with stainless-steel ball bearings and nylon hubs are designed for long wheel life. Estimated Street Price: $500. Contact: Pelican Products, (800) 473-5422, www.pelican.com.
Idea To Image in Photoshop CS2: Rick Sammon's Guide to Enhancing Your Digital Photographs by Rick Sammon (Peachpit Press, 2006; ISBN: 0-321-42918-4). The PCPhoto columnist shares his favorite shooting practices and creative tools for turning standard photos into compelling images. Learn how to age photos, create montages and more.
Master all things DVD with CyberLink DVD Suite 5, a collection of feature-loaded software that lets you edit video, play movies, archive and burn data, author using stylish menus and create photo slideshows. Plus, there are applications for backing up your files to Blu-ray discs and DVDs and etching images directly to Labelflash and LightScribe discs to create labels, booklet covers and more. List Price: $89 (pro); $49 (standard); $39 (upgrades). Contact: CyberLink, www.cyberlink.com.
FAST FLASH CARD
Shoot high-resolution images quickly using Calumet's ProSpec flash memory cards. Two types of cards are available. The 110X CF cards are capable of storing up to 8 GB and deliver write speeds of up to 16.6 MBps. The 75X SD cards come in capacities of up to 2 GB with write speeds of up to 25 MBps. Both lines are designed to perform in extreme weather conditions. List Price: up to $299 (110X CF); up to $66 (75X SD). Contact: Calumet, (800) CALUMET, www.calumetphoto.com.
LENS FLAW FIXER
Eliminate barreling, pin-cushioning and other lens distortions from your images with LensDoc 3.0, a Photoshop plug-in that fixes flaws sometimes created by zoom and wide-angle lenses. The program also corrects rotation and perspective distortions, along with identifying and fixing lines that should appear straight. New features in this upgraded version include 16-bit compatibility and the ability to adjust the perspective of an image that's slightly off the mark. List Price: $98 (box); $29 (upgrade). Contact: Andromeda Software Inc., (800) 547-0055, www.andromeda.com.
Master your digital SLR with some inside help from the New York Institute of Photography. A new course called "Fundamentals of Digital Photography" is designed to give you the lowdown on your camera's powerful features using language that's easy to understand. The multimedia course contains 16 full-color lessons, seven hours of audio presentations by the institute's pro photographers and a two-disc DVD program. Every student who enrolls gets complete access to a student advisor who's a working pro. Twice during the training you'll submit photos and receive feedback from the staff on what you're doing right and how to improve. List Price: $248. Contact: New York Institute of Photography, (212) 867-8260, www.nyip.com.
Speed through image organization and pro-quality postprocessing with Apple's Aperture software. Version 1.5 packs in a lot of updates, including a powerful new loupe and an enhanced organization system. You now have a choice of storing images locally in the Aperture library, in your own folder structure, or on external drives and disks. Quickly reference images stored offline with customizable preview images. For greater color precision, new tools let you adjust hue, saturation and luminance on a color-by-color basis. List Price: $299 (update is free to existing users). Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.