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July/August 2011

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July/August 2011

PHOTOSHOP APPS

Work with Photoshop in a more mobile way using a few new apps that Adobe has developed for the iPad. Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav allow you to create custom color swatches, and paint and control Photoshop tools from the iPad, respectively. With Color Lava and Eazel, the iPad's touch-screen capabilities are put to good use by letting your fingertips mix colors and paint. With Nav, you can access toolbars, zoom in and out of images, and create new files. The apps are available from the iTunes App Store. Estimated Street Price: $2 to $5. For traditional Photoshop users, Adobe now offers a monthly subscription plan for those who want to stay up to date or are new to the program. Estimated Street Price: $49 per month, or $35 per month for a one-year subscription; $699 (standard version). Contact: Adobe, (800) 833-6687, www.adobe.com.

CREATIVE LENS

Get smoother focus and greater tilt control with the Lensbaby Composer Pro, a refined version of the company's flagship model. With an all-metal construction, the lens has an upgraded swivel ball-and-focus mechanism. The Composer Pro ships with either the Double Glass Optic or the Sweet 35 Optic installed. Each optic produces a "sweet spot" of sharp focus that you can move around the image by tilting the Composer's swiveling lens body. The unit is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. Estimated Street Price: $300 (with Double Glass); $400 (with Sweet 35). Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.

ADJUSTABLE CARRIER

Take the Tamrac Evolution 9 on your next trip and wear it as a backpack or a sling pack that you can throw over your right or left shoulder. Doors on each side of the pack allow you to quickly grab the camera when wearing the bag as a sling. When carrying it as a traditional backpack, there's a front entry panel for getting the camera out when the pack is removed. The main compartment holds a DSLR with grip and up to an 8¾-inch lens attached, as well as several more lenses, a flash and up to a 17.3-inch laptop, which is held in the rear laptop pocket. Also included are a clip for holding a tripod and a removable rain cover. Estimated Street Price: $259. Contact: Tamrac, (800) 662-0717, www.tamrac.com.

FLASH MODIFIER

Create edgier images by maximizing your lighting setup with the ExpoImaging Rogue Grid. The device produces three honeycomb grid angles of 45º, 25º and can be stacked to create a 16º angle. The grid angle determines the size of the spot projected forward, with smaller-degree grids producing smaller spots and larger angles producing larger spots. The unit has a modular design that makes it easy to change grid angles or add lighting gels. It attaches to your flash with an adjustable tension strap, weighs 3.5 ounces and comes with a nylon pouch for easy storage. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: ExpoImaging, (800) 446-5086, www.expoimaging.com.

HD DSLR RIG

Get yourself into better shooting position when capturing video with an HD DSLR by using the Novoflex MMR BLUEBIRD. The kit features integrated chest and neck support for even weight distribution during long shoots. Twin handgrips use a MagicBall joint with adjustable friction for precise camera alignment. Simultaneous horizontal and vertical swiveling camera movements, similar to a ballhead on a tripod, are possible. The rack system also accepts monitors and microphones with the optional mounts, as well as focusing units. List Price: $1,399. Contact: Novoflex (HP Marketing Corp.), (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketing.com.

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