ONE FRAME, MANY PICTURES
Display hundreds of your photos in only one frame with Smartparts’ Seven Inch Digital Picture Frames. Available in acrylic bezel around black, walnut wood or black wood styles, the 7.0-inch LCD screen presents your digital images directly from your memory card, be it SecureDigital, Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard or xD-Picture Cards. Operation buttons are located on the frame, and it’s self-reliant, with no need for PC tethering. OptiPix Software is included for organization, transfer and basic editing of your pics. List Price: $99. Contact: Smartparts, (800) 442-1418, www.smartparts.com.
RING OF LIGHT
Build your own aperture ring with Lensbabies’ unique new add-on for the Lensbaby 2.0 and Lensbaby 3G flexible lens system. Instead of the traditional round apertures, the Creative Aperture Kit comes with star- and heart-shaped precut, drop-in aperture rings, delivering points of light in out-of-focus areas that take on the shape of the selected ring. With the star-shaped disk, points of light behind your subject appear as glowing stars. The kit also comes with five blank disks, which can be cut to form new shapes using a paper punch or sharp knife. List Price: $10. Contact: Lensbabies, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbabies.com.
The Photographer’s Guide to Color Management: Professional Techniques for Consistent Results by Phil Nelson (Amherst Media, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-58428-204-4). Learn how to maintain consistent color management of your images throughout workflow on multiple devices—including cameras, scanners, monitors, software, printers and more.
Photoshop Type Effects Gone Wild: Free your creative genius with these exotic effects! by Al Ward (Wiley Publishing, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-470-04292-2). Get creative with type in Photoshop when you design custom works of art with your photography. The guide teaches you how to create effects through 50 “tasks,” step-by-step projects from beginning to finish.Apple Aperture 1.5: Photographers’ Guide by Mike Cuenca (Thompson Course Technology, 2007; ISBN: 1-59863-340-6). Discover how to make the most of Aperture 1.5 for organizing, adjusting and distributing digital photographs. Cuenca also shows how to combine the unique organizing, productivity and presentations tools of Aperture with the features of Photoshop.
Photoshop Elements 5 Workflow: The Digital Photographer’s Guide by Tim Grey and Peter K. Burian (Wiley Publishing, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-4701-0086-8). Refine your image workflow with this practical guide to Photoshop Elements. Topics include RAW conversion, sorting images, corrective and artistic cropping, tonal adjustments, color correction and applying creative filters.