Protect your valuable photo gear by using the Flashpoint WSA-84 watertight hard case with wheels. The interior has 21x12.6x7.6 inches of space for storing your DSLR system. Made from a high-impact structural polymer material, the case is strong, durable, and resistant to dust and chemicals. The WSA-84 includes a purge valve for quick pressure equalization, making the case easy to open after changes in atmospheric pressure. High-density foam protects equipment against impact, vibration or shock. Two molded-in holes allow you to add standard-sized padlocks, offering another measure of security. Estimated Street Price: $159. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Keep your DSLR’s sensor clean with the LensPen SensorKlearLOUPE kit. You position the pen on the camera body, like you would a lens, and light is directed to pinpoint the problem while helping you see what you’re cleaning. Once dust is found, the included blower removes it. For cleaning sticky dust, use the access window at the side of the Loupe and insert the angled tip of the new SensorKlear II pen to clean away the dirt. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: LensPen, (877) 608-0868, www.lenspen.com.
Digital Art Revolution: Creating Fine Art With Photoshop by Scott Ligon (Watson-Guptill, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-8230-9536-0). Starting with an overview of the fundamentals and how they apply to digital art, the guide then gives a detailed step-by-step summary of Photoshop basics. Each chapter presents a series of exercises and projects that start at basic photo manipulations and work up to creating cohesive compositions.
Vision Mongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemin (New Riders Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-321-67020-5). Sharing ideas, wisdom and inspiration, duChemin helps readers figure out how to turn a passion for photography into a career. He also shares examples of nine other photographers who made the transition.
Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow Handbook: A Guide to Staying Ahead of the Workflow Curve by Patricia Russotti and Richard Anderson (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-81095-9). This manual offers best digital-imaging practices and workflow solutions, from planning and capture to archiving and everything in between. It also has resources and links for staying up to speed with fast-changing technology.
Camera RAW 101: Better Photos with Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom by Jon Canfield (Amphoto Books, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-8174-3229-4). Learn how to convert RAW images using both basic and advanced techniques, as well as how to download and organize images, and put the finishing touches on them after conversion. The book is packed with images, solid instructions and working examples.
The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing by Harold Davis and Phyllis Davis (Focal Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-240-81259-5). Topics include working with RAW files, understanding the Photoshop darkroom workflow, multiprocessing, extending dynamic range, using layers and masking for composites, and more.