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Avoid running out of memory card space after just a few days of vacation by taking along the NEXTO eXtreme. This easy-to-use portable hard drive comes with a built-in memory card reader and convenient USB port. Pressing a button allows you to copy, delete, browse and store content. The device confirms when the backup is complete and also checks file quality. If a file didn’t back up properly, you’ll know right away. The NEXTO eXtreme is available in capacities of 160 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB and 500 GB. List Price: $429 (160 GB). Contact: NEXTO DI, (800) 999-1984, www.internationalsupplies.com.
Make fast work of typical image fixes with Serif’s Digital Photo Suite 2009. The software features simple editing tools for quickly cropping images, removing unwanted objects, straightening horizons, correcting color and adjusting brightness and contrast. With Makeover Studio, you can perfect your people shots by whitening teeth, smoothing skin, painting away blemishes, brightening eyes and more. Other features include AlbumPlus X3 for organizing images and PanoramaPlus 3 for stitching photos together into a panorama. List Price: $49. Contact: Serif, (800) 557-3743, www.serif.com.
Photoshop CS4: Essential Skills by Mark Galer and Philip Andrews (Focal Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-240-52124-4). This in-depth guide comes with a DVD featuring more than eight hours of detailed video tutorials that accompany the projects laid out in the book. Learn how to retouch images,
create montages, produce special effects and more.
Mastering HDR Photography: Combining Technology and Artistry to Create High Dynamic Range Images by Michael Freeman (Amphoto Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-8174-9999-0). Master this popular technique by learning how to shoot specifically for HDR, use software for combining multiple exposures into a single image and print.
Travel Photography: Tread Your Own Path by Steve Davey (Footprint, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-906098-42-1). Packed with tips and anecdotes on how
photography can enhance your travel experience, this pictorial guide explores how to plan your trip, what equipment to take, how to get the most
from your camera and more.
How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements 7: Create Stunning Photomontages on a Budget by David Asch and Steve Caplin (Focal Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-240-52154-1). Turn day into night or give your subject a makeover using this practical guide. More than 80 fun, easy-to-follow projects are included to enhance your creativity.
Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques For Location Photography by Kirk Tuck (Amherst Media, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-584282-30-3). Regardless of where you mainly shoot, this book shows you how to select easy, portable lighting equipment with tidbits on the latest technology, including battery-powered flashes and accessories.