Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Aimed at giving buyers the security of knowing they have purchased a limited edition, the company ARTtrust has launched using Prooftag technology to legitimize an edition. An individual print is paired with a non-reproducible Bubble Tag that has an identification number, which lets the buyer trace who created the art, even through many changes of ownership. The tags can’t be counterfeited and the company maintains an online record of each one. To start making ARTtrust-verified limited editions, you can sign up on their website. There’s a $90 membership fee and tags cost $18 for each three-label set. They’re sold in packages of 20. Contact: ARTtrust, www.arttrustonline.com.
MEDIA CARD KEEPER
Hang on to your CompactFlash or SecureDigital memory cards with the Media Keeper from OP/TECH USA. The felt-lined leather pouch is designed to attach to any camera strap or belt and opens like a wallet to reveal two pockets for holding either CF or SD cards in jewel cases. The hook fastener secures contents and offers quick, easy access. If you use OP/TECH USA camera straps, the Media Keeper can be threaded through the quick disconnect feature as an added safeguard. Estimated Street Price: $9. Contact: OP/TECH USA, (800) 251-7815, www.optechusa.com.
Comfortably take one or two DSLRs on your next photo trip using the Cotton Carrier Camera System. With the additions of the Lens Stabilization Strap and the Camera Tether, the camera is held in place more securely. The Lens Stabilization Strap wraps across your camera’s lens, ensuring that it stays snug while eliminating swinging. The Camera Tether (one for each camera) clips from the Camera Vest to your camera, providing protection against an accidental drop when it’s removed. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: Cotton Carrier, www.cottoncarrier.com.
|Rick Sammon’s Social Media Marketing for Photographers by Rick Sammon, (www.ricksammon.com). This app is basically a short course on the business side of photography. It consists of a set of five movies, narrated and illustrated with original pictures by the DP columnist. The app was co-developed by Juan Pons, the cofounder of the Digital Photo Experience.
|FACES: Photography and the Art of Portraiture by Paul Fuqua and Steven Biver (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81168-0). Illustrated with beautiful photography, the book demonstrates how to take great portraits by pairing each image with a lighting diagram, a description of why the type of image was chosen and the postproduction process. Buy now.
|The Landscape Photographer’s Guide To Magic Light by Tim Cooper (PhotoshopCAFE, www.photoshopcafe.com). This DVD begins with a study of the aspects of light that concern photography, including angles, quality and color. Cooper demonstrates how light affects images at different times of day and under various atmospheric conditions.|
|Digital Restoration from Start to Finish, Second Edition: How to repair old and damaged photographs by Ctein (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81208-3). Figure out how to repair aged or damaged photos using this step-by-step guide. The book features restoration tips and methods for handling deteriorated images using a variety of tools. Buy now.
|Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Photographers
by Philip Andrews (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-52189-3). This complete overview offers step-by-step instructions covering every aspect of Elements and is accompanied by helpful screenshots and colorful images. From basic techniques such as importing and simple editing to making panoramas and working with RAW files, this guide covers every base. Buy now.
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