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Capture big images fast with PNY's high-capacity Optima Pro CompactFlash High Speed memory cards. Available in capacities of 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB and a whopping 16 GB, Optima Pro CF cards are designed expressly for use with high-end D-SLRs. At data-transfer speeds of 20 MBps, the Pro cards are twice as fast as the standard CF line. Estimated Street Price: $39 to $249. Contact: PNY Technologies, www.pny.com.

Keep your flash up to speed with the Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1, a compact wireless flash unit with USB functionality for making easy firmware updates. You can update the unit's software by simply hooking it up to your PC and installing updates posted online, instead of sending it in for service. Other features include an auto zoom head from 24-105mm that can be set to match the camera's sensor, a full bounce-and-swivel reflector head and a built-in wide-angle diffuser for 18mm coverage. It supports Canon and Nikon bodies. Estimated Street Price: $220 (Canon), $200 (Nikon). Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.


Hard Copy

Langford's Advanced Photography: The Guide for Aspiring Photographers, Seventh Edition, by Efthimia Bilissi and Michael Langford (Focal Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0240520384). The book covers all photography levels discussing cameras, lenses, digital imaging sensors, film and how to become a professional photographer.

Photoshop CS3 RAW by Mikkel Aaland (O'Reilly Media, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-596-51052-7). Through easy-to-follow visual instructions, Aaland demonstrates how RAW data gives more flexibility and control during the editing process. Techniques covered include automating RAW workflow, correcting exposures and extending exposure range.

Take Your Photography to the Next Level: From Inspiration to Image by George Barr (Rocky Nook, 2008; ISBN: 978-1933952215). Based on a series of essays originally featured on the Luminous Landscape website, the book goes into developing an "eye," what subjects photograph well, making stronger images, dealing with failure and more.

Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second by Bryan Peterson (Amphoto, 2008; ISBN: 978-0817463014). Master this often-confusing subject by learning the ins and outs of freezing and implying motion, panning, zooming, exposure and creating motion effects with Photoshop.

Children's Portrait Photography Handbook by Bill Hurter (Amherst Media, 2007; ISBN: 978-1584282037). Take better photographs of babies, small children and teenagers with help from this practical guide. Topics range from choosing the right equipment and controlling your subject to working with black-and-white and finding the right lighting.

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