SMOOTH SUPPORT FOR HD
If you’re looking to cross into video with one of the latest video D-SLRs from Canon or Nikon, support it with the Manfrotto 547B Professional Video Tripod. It weighs 5.1 pounds, yet can hold up to 33 pounds. To enhance its rigidity, the tripod was designed with technopolymers incorporated into the upper casting and on the leg collars for greater stability. Also included are a midlevel fixed spreader and retractable spiked rubber feet. The 547B is sold on its own or with the 701HDV professional video head. Estimated Street Price: $240 (547B); $300 (547B with 701HDV). Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us. SLR PACK
Head out on your next photo adventure with your gear tucked away in M-Rock’s Zion 525. The backpack has a modular interior with a removable accessory bag and spare dividers that allow multiple setup options. The basic setup fits a pro SLR with an attached lens up to six inches long, plus two to four additional lenses or accessories. A 15-inch laptop fits in the rear compartment. You can replace the accessory bag with extra dividers for holding more items or your SLR with up to a 9-inch lens attached. List Price: $230. Contact: M-Rock, (800) 773-7067, www.m-rock.com.
Fundamentals of Photography: The Essential Handbook for Both Digital and Film Cameras by Tom Ang (Knopf, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-375-71157-2). The award-winning photographer gives a thorough explanation of techniques designed to help beginners and pros. Topics include camera controls, lighting and framing with an LCD viewfinder.
The Complete Guide to Night & Lowlight Digital Photography by Michael Freeman (Lark Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-60059-206-5). Figure out how to determine exposure, fine-tune white balance, control depth of field and reduce noise using this in-depth guide. Easy-to-follow tutorials show you how to create better low-light photographs.
Digital Compact Cameras: Great Photos Every Time by Arnold Wilson (Photographers’ Institute Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-866108-527-6). If you’re a newcomer to digital photography, this guidebook explains the principles of composition and offers tips on shooting everything from landscapes to weddings to vacations.
RAW Pipeline: Revolutionary Techniques to Streamline Digital Photo Workflow by Ted Dillard (Lark Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-60059-279-9). Discover new ways to shoot RAW images and handle workflow more efficiently. Topics include working with Smart Objects and Smart Filters, layers and masks, and color management.
The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Children by Jim Miotke (Amphoto Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-8174-2448-0). The author reveals his secrets on lighting, composition and other photo basics for how to capture children at all ages and under various conditions. He also offers advice on how to get and keep their attention.