Photographic Lighting: Essential Skills by John Child and Mark Galer (Focal Press, 2005; ISBN: 0-240-51964-7). Make better exposures with techniques and tips for working with natural, ambient and strobe light.
Sleek, Sophisticated Compact Camera
The Fujifilm FinePix Z1 not only looks cool, but also features a 2.5-inch LCD for easy viewing, a 5-megapixel sensor and Real Photo Technology that allows you to photograph subjects in low-light situations with reduced blur from camera shake. About the size of a deck of cards, there's a 3x optical zoom lens tucked inside its thin metallic body, which is offered in either black or brushed silver. List Price: $399. Contact: Fujifilm, (800) 800-FUJI, www.fujifilm.com.
Drag, Drop And Burn
Ulead's DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator enables you to transform your videos and photos into DVD movies and slideshows with a professional-looking menu. The intuitive interface has new desktop icons that quickly let you burn and sync digital media by simply dragging and dropping files to task icons without having to fully launch the software. The software also features a variety of image-optimizing effects and DVD menu customization capabilities. List Price: $99. Contact: Ulead Systems, (800) 85-ULEAD, www.ulead.com.