Saturday, April 15, 2006
BATTERIES WITH TWO LIVES
Provide your camera with twice the juice using Panasonic Oxyride Extreme Power Batteries. These batteries last twice as long as Panasonic's former marathon battery, Alkaline Plus. Newly developed materials and an advanced manufacturing process deliver more power, which means more photos. List Price: $3 (two-pack of AA batteries). Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
Raise the productivity bar with ACDSee Pro Photo Manager, an advanced version of the photo management software. With fast RAW file viewing and batch processing, the program allows you to view, process, edit, catalog, publish and archive photographs quickly and easily. Using a variety of workflow tools, photographers can also take care of most postproduction tasks in a single operation. List Price: $129; $89 (upgrade). Contact: ACD Systems, (866) 244-2237, www.acdsystems.com.
LENGTHEN YOUR LENS
Expand shooting options without overexpanding your budget with the Nikon TC-17E II AF-S, AF-I Teleconverter. Designed exclusively for use with Nikon AF-S and AF-I lenses, this accessory lens can extend the focal length of your lens by a factor of 1.7 and supports the Nikon Vibration Reduction function. Only 2.6x1.2 inches and about eight ounces, it's light and compact for your outdoor trips. List Price: $579. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
Go to school with an online track from Epson Print Academy. Two separate tracks provide education from varying professionals. Beginners can learn a step-by-step shoot-to-print tutorial, solutions for common digital file problems, and help with creating black-and-white prints. The second, more advanced track teaches about topics like color management, custom profiling, creating and optimizing a professional workflow, expert-level fine-art printing techniques, using a RIP for contract proofing, and collaborating with graphic designers and commercial printers. List Price: $50 (Track One); $100 (Track Two). Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epsonprintacademy.com.
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