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Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage (Pogue Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-596-51936-0). Mac users who like the simplicity of Photoshop Elements will find this latest version has powerful new features. The full-color guide explains not only how the new tools work, but also whether and when to use them.

Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough (Lark Books, 2008; ISBN: 1-60059-196-5). HDR technology allows you to take several pictures of a scene at various exposures and merge them into one file to increase the effective dynamic range of your final image. This guide helps you master the process.

Digital Photography from the Ground Up by Juergen Gulbins (Rocky Nook, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-933952-17-8). From helping the novice photographer understand basic principles and techniques to the advanced shooter with more in-depth guidance on workflow management, the book delivers loads of valuable tips and information.

Flower by Christopher Beane and Anthony Janson (Artisan, 2008; ISBN: 978-1579653521). This beautiful hardcover features 150 color and black-and-white images showing the veins of dehydrated petals, tiny antennae at the base of carnations and withered leaves curling. Beane also shares stories about the photos.

Face to Face: Rick Sammon's Complete Guide to Photographing People by Rick Sammon (O'Reilly, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-596-51574-4). The travel and adventure photographer shares his stories from behind the scenes to teach you how to photograph people in low light, bright light, with or without a flash and more. Full of images showing people around the world, the book has advice for shooters of all levels.


Transport a wide variety of cameras and accessories comfortably and securely using the Ape Case PRO2000 camera bag. With 16 compartments that can be reconfigured, the bag holds up to two D-SLR bodies, lenses (up to 300mm when mounted), flashes and other accessories. The PRO2000 has a padded 17-inch laptop pouch that includes extra room for power cords, memory sticks and small accoutrements. The weather-resistant exterior design includes covered zippers and an attached pullover rain shield for extreme weather shooting. List Price: $99. Contact: Norazza, Inc., (716) 677-4662, www.norazza.com.

Stabilize your shot with the Monostat RS16K ART, a monopod that can handle bulky telephoto lenses. This latest version features Anti-Rotation Tubing, which allows you to open and close the monopod without turning the tubes. The RS16K ART features a more modern look with a foam handle and rubber twist locks. A single-stem design allows for fast setup and the Swivel Toe Stabilizer provides steady shots at angles up to 60 degrees. Estimated Street Price: $175. Contact: Accurate Sales, Inc., (718) 302-7063, www.monostat.us.

Click on any neutral color (black, white or gray) in your image and instantly correct white balance, exposure and saturation using iCorrect Online from PictoColor. The web-based application automatically removes color cast, corrects tonal range and adjusts brightness. This solution is the online version of the iCorrect OneClick software and is designed for digital photographers who want a fast, easy way to correct images. List Price: TBA. Contact: PictoColor, (952) 894-8890, www.pictocolor.com.

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