Photoshop Elements 4 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography by Mikkel Aaland (Wiley, 2005; ISBN: 0-7821-4446-2). In this updated guide, learn how to enhance images with the latest version of Elements by exploring techniques such as zooming and panning, separating foreground from background, adjusting skin tone and more.
The metal alloy used in the new Slik PRO 500 DX tripod is lighter and stronger than standard aluminum. The tripod can support professional D-SLRs and telephoto lenses up to a 300mm ƒ/2.8. A gearless center column and three-position adjustable-angle leg locks make for easy setup on uneven ground. An all-metal three-way pan head has a user-friendly quick-release plate for securely mounting the camera on the tripod. The height ranges from 22 to 64 inches, and it weighs about five pounds. List Price: $184. Contact: THK Photo, (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
The Kingston 8 GB Elite Pro CF card delivers read speeds of up to 8 MBps and write speeds of up to 6.75 MBps. The high-capacity memory card is the latest addition to the Elite Pro lineup, which includes 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB capacities. List Price: $399 (8 GB). Contact: Kingston, (800) 337-8410, www.kingston.com.
Finding room to store your growing collection of files just got easier with a new Samsung hard drive. The 400 GB SpinPoint T133. has ample space for storing and playing back digital media. It features a high-speed dual digital signal processor and has a 7200 rpm spindle speed, an 8.9 millisecond average seek time and an optional 16 MB cache buffer. Estimated Street Price: $195. Contact: Samsung, (800) SAMSUNG, www.samsung.com.
Four new rugged, durable Lowepro camera straps are tailored to fit your needs. The lightweight Speedster has rubber thread woven in to prevent slipping when you're on the run. The Transporter was created for use with multiple cameras, binoculars and other photography equipment. The soft, breathable neoprene Voyager comes in two models and is built to suit nature and adventure photographers. List Price: $19 (Speedster); $24 (Transporter); $29 (Voyager). Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
The Maxtor OneTouch III Mini Edition fits just about anywhere and has enough space for loads of files. With up to 100 GB of capacity, the drive synchronizes files between computers automatically, sets up quickly and weighs seven ounces. You can back up your PC or laptop drive with the click of a button. A rugged, shockproof design ensures durability. List Price: $149 (60 GB); $199 (100 GB). Contact: Maxtor, (800) 2-MAXTOR, www.maxtorsolutions.com.
Create high-quality slideshows with just a few clicks of the mouse. The latest version of Mac-based Boinx FotoMagico 1.7 comes with new transitions for adding style, easier and smoother exporting for better-looking results, along with improved tools for scaling, moving, zooming and panning around your images. It also incorporates ColorSync, which keeps colors looking true to form across a wide range of output devices. List Price: $79 (new users). Contact: FotoMagico, www.fotomagico.com.