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November/December 2009

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FAST PHOTO+VIDEO PROJECTS
Create a photo book, slideshow or video in minutes with Corel’s Digital Studio 2010. The photo-editing and movie-making software lets you organize and manage all content—stills and video—in a common workspace, making it easy to move between different tasks. In Express Edit, you can preview, crop, rotate and sharpen images. The QuickCut timeline can be used to view and trim unwanted video content. With help from professional-looking templates, photo books and videos look complete, with openings, titles, transitions, voice-overs, music and more. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: Corel, (877) 582-6735, www.corel.com.

LAPTOP+CAMERA SUPPORT
Keep both your camera and laptop close during tethered shooting with the Tallyn’s Series Laptop Deck, which mounts to any Manfrotto tripod or Studio Titan Camera Stand. An external locking bolt provides added stability and secure mounting, while the sturdy ballhead enables a full range of mounting angles. With adjustable brackets, the Laptop Deck can support computers up to 17 inches wide and eight pounds. Estimated Street Price: $84. Contact: Tallyn’s, (800) 433-8685, www.tallyns.com.

KATA BAG
Get to your camera quickly when using the Kata PR-460 Photo Reporter bag. Created for the on-the-go photographer, this bag features an opening at the top that allows access to gear without having to open the entire bag. It fits two or three D-SLRs, four or five lenses, accessories and up to a 15-inch laptop. Modular dividers inside the bag allow you to customize how your equipment fits. An internal pad can stay in, making the bag more rigid for better protection, or be taken out so that it’s more compact. Estimated Street Price: $215. Contact: Kata (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.

LIGHT TOOLS
Tailor the light to your shooting needs with the Flashpoint Q Series Attachments Kit. This bundle of light-modifying accessories includes a beauty dish mini-reflector, a snoot, diffuser dome, white and gold deflectors, honeycombs, three colored filters and an extra diffuser. They attach easily and securely to any standard shoe-mounted flash using a band and Velcro® strap. Estimated Street Price: $169. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

FRESH PERSPECTIVE
Shoot from different angles by attaching the Flipbac to your D-SLR or compact camera’s LCD monitor. If your camera has live view, but not a tilting LCD, the Flipbac tilts down or sideways and contains a mirror that allows you to see the image on the LCD for comfortable shooting from odd angles. It opens to more than s180 degrees in both landscape and portrait positions. When closed, it protects the LCD screen from damage. Flipbac fits most cameras with three-inch LCD screens. Estimated Street Price: $19. Contact: OmegaSatter, (410) 374-3250, www.omegasatter.com.

CONTROL COLOR
Make sure the color captured in-camera is as accurate as possible with X-Rite’s ColorChecker Passport, a hardware and software color-calibration solution for RAW workflow. Consisting of camera-calibration software and three photographic targets in a durable passport-sized protective case, you instantly can reference, control and enhance images throughout the entire RAW workflow. It works with JPEGs, too. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: X-Rite Photo, (914) 347-3300, www.XritePhoto.com.

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