Take a break from carrying a DSLR around your neck with the Black Widow Camera Holster from Spider Holster. A smaller and lighter version of the original SpiderPro Holster, the Black Widow is designed for carrying more compact DSLRs and mirrorless cameras on your hip. It consists of two parts: the clip or "holster" that threads onto almost any belt (or you can get one from Spider) and a pin that screws to the bottom of the camera. The camera slides into the holster and makes a locking sound so that you know it's secure. Along with the belt, a variety of accessories are also available, such as the Black Widow Plate and Pad. Estimated Street Price: $49. Contact: Spider Holster, www.spiderholster.com.
The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity by Stephanie C. Roberts (Pixiq, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-60059-923-1). This handy manual shows you how to make the most of your iPhone's camera capabilities. Learn the basics of shooting, sharing and backing up your images, as well as what apps to load for the most creative results.
Digital Photographer's Complete Guide to HD Video by Rob Sheppard and Michael Guncheon (Lark Books, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-60059-699-5). From gear and shooting techniques to editing and outputting video files, this up-to-date guide fills you in on all of the basics of capturing video. Sheppard and Guncheon are longtime digital experts and contributors to HDVideoPro magazine.
The DSLR Field Guide: The Essential Guide to Getting the Most from Your Camera by Michael Freeman (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-81720-0). This compact guide sums up what you need to know about how your DSLR works, from its basic anatomy to its many settings. Sensor cleaning, color profiles, HDR, white balance, noise and more are covered.
Photoshop CS5: Essential Skills by Mark Galer and Philip Andrews (Focal Press, 2010; ISBN: 978-0-240-52214-2). With real-life examples, step-by-step projects and professional advice, this book steers you through how to use CS5, from basic skills to more advanced techniques. Also included is a DVD with more than 12 hours of movie tutorials and supporting files to accompany the projects in the book.
LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like the Pros (LIFE, 2010; ISBN: 978-1-60320-127-8). Along with giving readers tips, tricks and how-to advice, McNally shares his captivating imagery while discussing some of the technical aspects behind each of his photos
such as lens, focus, color, timing and
aperture. The way the book is written makes you feel like you're attending one of his workshops or seminars.