Friday, December 7, 2007
Focus fast with one of three additions to the Olympus Zuiko Digital lens lineup. When used with the new Olympus E-3 D-SLR, the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm ƒ/2.8-4.0 SWD is touted as delivering the fastest autofocus speed in the world. The 35mm-equivalent 24-120mm zoom also features special optical glass elements that fix various types of aberrations. The Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 SWD telescopic lens focuses twice as fast as its predecessor. Its 35mm-equivalent zoom range is 100-400mm. The bright Zuiko Digital ED 14-35mm ƒ/2.0 SWD covers a zoom range of 28-70mm and features a large 2.0 aperture. All of these lenses are designed with Supersonic Wave Drive Technology, allowing for fast, quiet and precise autofocusing. Estimated Street Price: $999 (12-60mm); $1,199 (50-200mm); $2,299 (14-35mm). Contact: Olympus, (888) 553-4448, www.olympusamerica.com.
Create images that pop with onOne Software's PhotoTools 1 plug-in for Photoshop. The program features an extensive range of effects that include simulating filter and darkroom techniques, such as polarization, solarization, cyanotype, blur, vignetting, warming, cinema looks and more. You can preview as you go, combine effects and save those combinations as presets. In the Professional Edition, a powerful batch-processing engine applies your look to numerous images at once. List Price: $159 (standard); $259 (pro). Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
Lock down your SLR using the lightweight BH-40 ballhead from Really Right Stuff. It's three inches high, weighs just over a pound and features an easy-to-use lever-release clamp for quickly locking your camera into place. The main locking lever can be repositioned in 60-degree increments for added convenience. The BH-40 is built to easily handle a pro SLR with medium telephoto lens. The drag and panning base knobs are uniquely shaped to reduce confusion. All components are made from either anodized aluminum or stainless steel for standing up to tough conditions. List Price: $375. Contact: Really Right Stuff, (888) 777-5557, www.reallyrightstuff.com.
| Alternative Digital Photography by John G. Blair (Course Technology PTR, 2007; ISBN: |
1-59863-382-1). Discover techniques for creating unusual and artistic images with this hands-on guide. Topics cover how to hand-color black-and-white or sepia images; make abstract, mosaic and fresco images; and use special filters and selective focus.
Nighttime Digital Photography with Adobe Photoshop CS3 by John Carucci (Peachpit Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0321503541). Figure out how to make your nighttime shots look their best with step-by-step instructions on how to master basic and advanced techniques in CS3. The book explains why night photos turn out the way they do and shows you how to avoid and correct various problems.
301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers by Andrew Darlow (Course Technology PTR, 2007; ISBN: 1-59863-204-3). Learn how to make top-quality prints using this helpful resource, which offers advice to photographers of all levels. The book contains detailed instructions and full-color examples from more than 20 pro photographers and other artists.
Painter X for Photographers: Creating Painterly Images Step by Step by Martin Addison (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-240-52033-9). Whether you're new to the software program or have used it for years, this guide goes through the brushes, papers, textures and other tools for creating artistic interpretations of your photographs.
Perception and Imaging, Third Edition: Photography-A Way of Seeing by Richard D. Zakia (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-240-80930-4). The ideas explored in this book are about the process of visual perception and the emotional reaction of a viewer to a photograph. Images by world-renowned artists are used to illustrate these concepts.
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