Monday, February 4, 2008
Give your camera the support it needs for tack-sharp portraits or long nighttime exposures with the Giottos MT II Classic Tripod. Three leg-angle positions and a reversible center column add versatility, particularly for low-angle and macro photography. The column can be taken out and reattached upside down so the tripod head is between the legs. A retractable hanging hook lets you hang weight for stability. Other features include a bubble level for leveling control, sandproof twist leg locks and an anti-twist tube-lock system. The tripods are available in carbon fiber, lava (basalt) or aluminum models and in sizes from 24 inches to 69 inches. List Price: $100 to $491. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
JUST THE ESSENTIALS
Cut your editing time with the onOne Software Essentials 2 suite for Adobe Photoshop Elements. With PhotoTune, Mask Pro, PhotoFrame and Genuine Fractals, the box set gives you the power to quickly correct color, remove backgrounds, add creative borders and resize images. The Make It Better tool has been improved, offering side-by-side adjustment comparisons for quick optimization of color, contrast and brightness. Essentials 2 supports Photoshop Elements 4, 5 and 6 for Windows, and 3 and 4 for Macs. List Price: $59. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.
|Advanced Digital Black & White Photography by John Beardsworth (Lark Books, 2007; ISBN: 1-60059-210-4). Discover new ways to take the color out of your photographs. This guide teaches many of the established principles and techniques of black-and-white conversion while exploring more creative methods as well. |
Managing Your Photographic Workflow with Photoshop Lightroom by Uwe Steinmueller and Juergen Gulbins (Rocky Nook, 2007; ISBN: 978-1-933952-20-8). Step-by-step instructions and full-color illustrations show you how to create an efficient workflow, from importing and organizing to building slideshows and printing.
Digital Camera Tricks and Special Effects 101: Creative Techniques for Shooting and Image Editing by Michelle Perkins (Amherst Media, 2006; ISBN: 1584281764). Learn how to use your camera's settings to create unconventional, artistic effects with your images, such as adding ghosts, transforming skin to fur and stopping action.
Painter X Creativity: Digital Artist's Handbook by Jeremy Sutton (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-240-80929-8). Clear explanations, colorful screen captures and hands-on tutorials lead you through the tools of this sophisticated software program. It comes with a CD-ROM showing unique custom brushes and tutorial images.
Through the Eyes of a Pro: Advanced Techniques for DSLR Cameras by Blue Crane Digital. This two-volume DVD set features commercial photographer Tim Mantoani as he works with light and lenses. Offering separate titles for Nikon and Canon users, the DVD follows Mantoani through an outdoor portrait session and a sports shoot.
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