The Flashpoint iBoard Apple Bluetooth Keyboard kit contains Apple’s Original Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard that works with both the iPad and iPhone 4 (iOS 4) with special shortcut keys for quickly opening apps and select websites. The shortcuts are programmed into the keyboard via a proprietary app that’s free to all iBoard users from the iTunes App store. The keyboard is small and made to the standards of the official Apple BT keyboard. It ships with a silicone waterproof skin. Estimated Street Price: $64. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Minimize light reflections and improve transmission using new optical filters from Carl Zeiss. Customized to meet the high quality of its lenses for SLRs, the polarizing and UV filters are multicoated, like the prime T* lenses for which they’re designed. With standard thread diameters of 58mm, 67mm, 72mm and 82mm, the filters work with lenses made by other manufacturers, too. Carl Zeiss also now offers a camera strap with air-cell padding for SLRs. Estimated Street Price: TBA (filters); $41 (strap). Contact: Carl Zeiss, www.zeiss.com/photo.
Photo Op: 52 Inspirational Projects for the Adventurous Image-Maker by Kevin Meredith (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81400-1). With 52 inspirational ideas, this book is packed with practical guidance on how to take creative, dynamic and quirky images. Contributors include some of the most popular photographers from the Flickr community, covering projects for all types of equipment.
The Great LIFE Photographers by the Editors of LIFE (Little, Brown, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-316-09793-2). This comprehensive anthology features the best work of every staff photographer who worked for the famed publication. More than 100 portfolios are included, along with short biographies that offer a look at the people behind the lens.
Plastic Cameras: Toying With Creativity by Michelle Bates (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81421-6). Learn how to create one-of-a-kind photos using a plastic camera. The guide shows you how to prep your plastic camera, their advantages and quirks, and what film to use. Other topics include vignetting, multiple exposures and panoramas.
Lensbaby: Bending Your Perspective by Corey Hilz (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81402-5). This handy reference starts with an overview of each lens in the Lensbaby suite. It’s packed with tips on composition and techniques for capturing the best images possible. Nearly every page has a full-color image created by a Lensbaby expert to inspire you.
Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart by Tracey Clark and others (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81347-9). From portraits and landscapes to still-life and documentary shots, the book explains what separates a captivating image and teaches you how to create your own compelling photography.