Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Soften up harsh shadows with the Graslon Flash Diffuser, which takes a different approach from other traditional diffusers. Instead of only using a translucent material in front of the flash to scatter light and soften shadows, Graslon makes use of an innovative reflective mirror system that enlarges the light from the flash before it exits the diffuser. By the time the light gets to the diffuser lens, it's evenly distributed from the furthest corners, across the middle and along the side. This process eliminates hot spots on the diffuser and delivers even softer shadows. The diffusers come in two sizes. Estimated Street Price: $69 to $99. Contact: Graslon, (877) 967-7766, www.graslon.com.
Ensure that your video clips maintain their image quality even if rain or snow tries to interfere by using the Spintec lightweight rain deflector from Innovision Optics. Designed for HD DSLRs, the deflector allows you to shoot in wet conditions without getting a gyro effect when panning and tilting. Rain and snow are deflected via a glass filter that spins 3,000 times per minute. The centrifugal effect of the filter removes water splashes and raindrops instantly. A vacuum effect removes lighter snowflakes that are tougher to remove. The deflector is easy to mount on lenses that are 75-105mm in diameter with either internal or external focus. Estimated Street Price: Starts at around $2,000. Contact: Innovision Optics, (310) 453-4866, www..innovision-optics.com.
Apply a color profile developed for one camera to RAW files produced by a different one with Cross Camera Color DNG Profiles from PSKiss. The color profiles used by your DSLR are a result of the manufacturer's interpretation of how that color should appear. With Cross Camera Color DNG Profiles, you can use a Nikon D300 with a Leica M8 DNG profile to produce the color look of the M8. Or you can use a Nikon D40X and produce the look of a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II. Simply open up a Camera Raw file with Photoshop CS4, CS5, Elements or Lightroom, and choose the colors you want. Estimated Street Price: $9 (per camera). Contact: PSKiss, www..pskiss.com.
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