Monday, May 5, 2008
Change the background with Bling! It, an editing program that isolates part of an image, allowing you to insert a professional-looking background. This is a nice program if you sell stuff on eBay and take a lot of product shots. Simply trace the edges of an object and extract it. Put a new background on with just a few mouse clicks. Bling! It lets you sharpen images, add drop shadows and enhance resolution. It works with Mac and Windows. List Price: $49. Contact: Vertus, (877) 55-VERTUS, www.vertustech.com.
Move your images easily with the Kingston DataTraveler HyperX, a USB flash drive with fast transfer rates and capacities up to 8 GB. With 30 MBps read and 20 MBps write speeds, the drive makes it easy to send your photos anywhere you want. The unit is plug-and-play compatible with Windows (specifically enhanced for ReadyBoost and Vista), Mac OS 10.2x and higher, and Linux 2.6 and higher. List Price: $74 (2 GB); $131 (4 GB); $267 (8 GB). Contact: Kingston Technology, (877) KINGSTON, www.kingston.com.
Stash your gear in the Rufous Whistler, a limited edition of Crumpler's most popular photo bag. This new Crumpler bag has a Velcro® silencing option for quiet, but still quick access. Features include a padded and brushed nylon-lined main compartment, configurable dividers and a plastic stiffening base layer. There's also an external pocket with an internal mesh pocket, two hidden internal side pockets, a mesh zip pocket under clip and Velcro® release flap. The shoulder strap is adjustable and removable. List Price: TBA. Contact: Crumpler Bags, (718) 384-3020, www.crumplerbags.com.
Shelter your lenses from inclement weather with BODA DRY, a fully weatherproof line of lens bags that comes in two sizes. BODA DRY holds three to five lenses, plus batteries and accessories, while the smaller BODA DRY JR stores two to three lenses. Both bags include a media wallet with space for eight memory cards. The line was created for active photographers by a pro shooter with input from hundreds of pros and permits easy one-handed access to gear. List Price: $195 (DRY); $165 (DRY JR). Contact: BODA Lens Bag, (206) 709-3829, www.goboda.com.
Experiment with how your prints look using new canvas media from Hahnemühle. The Daguerre Canvas 400gsm is made of poly-cotton and has a bright white color that provides nice, clear color and contrasts for black-and-white prints. The Monet Canvas 410gsm is pure cotton with a white point that holds detailed color and gray tones. Both are available in 17-, 24-, 36-, 44- and 60-inch rolls. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Hahnemühle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.
Take a steady shot from above with the Cullmann Universal XXL 3150 tripod. The new legs extend to a maximum length of seven feet, giving you an opportunity for unique perspectives and compositions. The tripod is easily adjusted by simply sliding the center column up and down. A self-clamping screw helps keep the camera firmly in place. The XXL 3150 comes with the Cullman 3030 tripod head. Estimated Street Price: $189. Contact: R.T.S., Inc. (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
Page 4 of 4