Power up eight AA or AAA batteries in any combination and at the same time with the PowerEx MH-C801D Battery Charger. The device has a microprocessor that charges batteries to their capacity without overcharging them, and a battery conditioner restores batteries to their optimal performance level. The MH-C801D has an optional feature called a hard charge, which quickly powers up batteries in only one hour while an LCD screen displays the charging status. List Price: $85. Contact: Maha Energy, (800) 376-9992, www.mahaenergy.com.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
With the fall weather comes inclement weather, and protecting your camera is essential. Vortex Media's Storm Jacket Camera Covers are made of a rugged AquaNylon fabric that resists tearing and repels water. With adjustable pull cords, you can secure and lock the Storm Jacket around the front of your lens and back of your camera to prevent leakage. This handy tool is lightweight, can fit in your pocket and comes in three colors and sizes to fit a variety of SLRs and lenses. List Price: $36 to $40 (depending on size). Contact: Vortex Media, (888) 852-6593, www.stormjacket.com.
Streamline Your Slideshows
For personal pictures or business presentations, Photodex ProShow Producer software provides you with a creative and professional way of presenting your slideshows. Advanced features include RAW support to save file-conversion time, slideshow and menu templates to minimize repetitive work, and menu layouts, pages, text and color schemes that allow you to customize your show. Interactivity functions provide a way to use text as links to other slideshows or websites. List Price: $399. Contact: Photodex, (800) 37-PHOTO, www.photodex.com.
Strong, Sturdy and Convenient
The Giottos black aluminum Compact Universal Tripods conveniently come in four different sizes to fit your photography needs. The tripods are strong, lightweight and compact. Capable of holding 22 pounds, the largest model weighs only 6.6 pounds, is 27 inches when closed and has a maximum height of 69 inches when fully extended. Additional features include a reversible column with hook, a built-in level compass and rubber leg-lock grips for easy adjustments. All come with a padded shoulder strap and a padded case. List Price: $139 to $222 (depending on model). Contact: Giottos (HP Marketing Corp.), (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Step-by-Step Composition Techniques for Digital Photographers by Ernst Wildi (Amherst Media, 2005; ISBN: 1-58428-158-8). This book presents images to illustrate tips and techniques on how to compose a picture with drama and impact.