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nextBIG IMAGE DISPLAY
Showcase your photos in the JOBO Photo Display PDJ151, a state-of-the-art digital picture frame with a 15-inch, high-intensity LCD display, 1024 x 768-pixel resolution, a contrast ratio of 400:1 and 1 GB of internal memory. Other features include user-friendly operation, slots for CF, SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro and xD cards and an acrylic frame design with modern black trim. List Price: $359 (a wall-mount kit and remote control are included). Contact: JOBO AG, (734) 453-0300, www.jobo.com.

nextright light for portraits
Improve your portrait photography with the proper lighting setup. The Calumet Genesis 200w/s and 400w/s moonlights sync up through a built-in infrared slave cell that provides wireless flash synchronization. An alarm lets you know when the light is fully charged. You can adjust power levels over a five-stop range. The Genesis 200 and 400 have guide numbers of 125 and 160 feet, respectively. Each comes with an umbrella reflector, flash tube, 150-watt modeling lamp, sync cord, power cord and protective cap. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $169. Contact: Calumet Photographic, (800) CALUMET, www.calumetphoto.com.

 

Hard Copy

Photofile with introductions by various authors (Thames & Hudson, 2008; ISBN: 0-500-41091-2). This series brings together the best work of the world's great photographers, including Araki, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt. Each volume contains some 60 full-page reproductions, a critical introduction and chronology.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 Maximum Performance: Unleash the Hidden Performance of Elements by Mark Galer (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-240-52092-6). With step-by-step instructions and video tutorials, you'll master the powerful tools in this popular program in no time. A DVD comes with the book for extended support.

The Essence of Photography with John Upton (Calumet Photographic, www.calumetphoto.com). This instructional DVD for beginners and advanced amateurs includes discussion of how cameras work, learning to see pictures, photographic history and the development of the photographic image.

Capture NX: Industrial-Strength Production Techniques by Ben Long (Peachpit Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-321-48999-9). The guide is packed with useful information on how to compose great images, correct color and tone with the software's adjustment tools and create a comprehensive workflow for processing images.

Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers by Mike Hollingshead and Eric Nguyen (Thames & Hudson, 2008; ISBN: 978-0500287378). Follow the authors on 17 chases through Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and other states. Portfolios show the storms as they unfold, with special features on weather forecasting and research. The book contains 340 color illustrations.




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