Saturday, April 15, 2006
CLICK AND LEARN
Get back to basics or freshen up your tripod know-how with Manfrotto's online photography lessons. Developed with the Web Photo School, the series is designed to help you get the most out of shooting on a tripod, whether you're in the studio or on the beach. Each lesson gives detailed information on everything from setting up a tripod to framing and lighting techniques. Courses include "How to Use a Tripod: The Basics," "Shooting Glamour in the Studio" and "A Close-Up Look at Macro Photography." Contact: Manfrotto, www.manfrotto.com.
THE BEST THING SINCE POCKET PROTECTORS
Taking pictures is one thing, but creating slideshows is quite another. Do what you love and leave the rest to Ulead Pocket Slideshow software. Select a DVD menu and music, and the software can automatically create the transitions and insert pan-and-zoom effects using up to 800 slides. To further simplify things, it has an interface with large icons that guide you through step-by-step instructions. List Price: $20. Contact: Ulead Systems, (800) 85-ULEAD, www.ulead.com.
OFF WITH THEIR HEADS
PHANTASTIC PHOTO SHARING
Upload, manage, share and archive photos with one simple online service. You can do all this with Phanfare minus the annoying advertisements. The software automatically uploads low-resolution thumbnails that you can work with before the high-resolution files finish uploading. You're given the option to let those with whom you share your album download the images in high-res so they can print the images themselves. Storing your photo collection on Phanfare can keep them safe from computer viruses or crashes and makes the transition to a new computer easier with less data to transfer. List Price: $7 (month); $55 (year); $300 (lifetime membership). Contact: Phanfare, (800) 699-9354, www.phanfare.com.
Hoodman's line of Professional Performance Only CompactFlash cards have speeds rated up to 150x and come in 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB. The cards were developed with PC Partner USA and use up to 20% less battery life for image processing. The line is available only through the Professional Photo Dealer Channel. List Price: TBA. Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.
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