Make sure your camera’s white balance is as accurate as possible using the BRNO baLens cap. Just squeeze both side tabs of the cap for easily placing on the lens. Take a reference exposure with the camera set on manual focus/auto exposure mode. The cap then allows the setting of a custom white balance based on the actual color temperature of the light source. The cap is available in standard 52mm to 77mm sizes. Estimated Street Price: $44 to $64. Contact: HP Marketing, (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Show off photographs and videos with top-notch image quality and color accuracy using Epson’s EX100 Projector. The 3-chip LCD optical engine is what helps to deliver images with consistent color and precise detail. The EX100 outputs 2700 lumens, weighs 3.5 pounds, and supports high-definition (720p, 1080i) video through various connectivity options. Setup is simple, and if you want to pause the show, the AV Mute Slide covers the lens, mutes the audio and powers down the lamp. List Price: $999. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
Rick Sammon’s Exploring The Light: Making the Very Best In-Camera Exposures by Rick Sammon (W.W. Norton, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-393-33123-3). For novice and serious photographers, PCPhoto columnist Rick Sammon shows you how to capture and manipulate light like a pro through easy-to-follow lessons that are illustrated with more than 400 images.
Practical HDRI: High Dynamic Range Imaging for Photographers by Jack Howard (Rocky Nook, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-933952-32-1). Explore this popular digital-imaging technique fully through illustrated step-by-step tutorials that cover basic and advanced workflows, file management and postproduction optimization for both web and print.
Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure: Mastering Adobe’s Next-Generation Tool for Digital Photographers by Mikkel Aaland (O’Reilly, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-596-52101-1). The award-winning photographer uses hands-on knowledge from a recent photo trip to show you how Lightroom 2 can improve your workflow. He guides you step-by-step through all of the application’s modules.
Printing For Digital Photographers by Tim Daly (Photographers’ Institute Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-86108-528-3). The guide helps you make smart choices about printing equipment and supplies, along with providing tips on how to make test prints, correct color saturation and repair dust marks and scratches.
David Busch’s Quick Snap Guide to Lighting by David D. Busch (Course Technology PTR, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59863-548-5). Learn how to work with light and exposure, improve your photos with filters and reflectors, and create great lighting. Each concept is illustrated with full-color photographs. A useful glossary explains unfamiliar terms.