Friday, August 17, 2007
Carry your 13-inch MacBook in the custom-fitted Racer-X Computer Case by Waterfield Designs. There are two zippered interior compartments: One encases and protects the laptop with layers of plush neoprene foam and impact-resistant plastic, while the other holds documents and files with pockets to store accessories like a PDA, iPod, cables and batteries. Other case sizes are also available for the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro and the 12-inch PowerBook. Estimated Street Price: $170 to $190. Contact: Waterfield Designs, (877) 546-1040, www.sfbags.com.
Boost your computer's performance with PC Pitstop Optimize 1.5, an easy-to-use software program that speeds up your computer, makes it more stable and cleans up the hard drive. By adjusting your Windows Internet settings based on the connection type, the connection speed is improved by up to 200 percent. Unnecessary background processes and files are removed for faster operation. You can download a free scan from the Website. List Price: $30. Contact: PC Pitstop, www.pcpitstop.com.
40 Digital Photo Retouching Techniques with Photoshop Elements by YoungJin.com (YoungJin, 2007; ISBN: 978-89-314-3370-8). Learn how to use Elements 5.0 effectively. The easy-to-follow, full-color guide explains dozens of well-organized, hands-on techniques. Readers learn how to change or replace a color, enhance faces, fix blurred /images, correct poor exposures, create a slideshow and more.
The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-240-80934-2). This book explores traditional in-camera approaches to design and composition, along with the digital method of shooting and editing /images in postproduction. Examples from real photo assignments are used to explain how and why the pictures work.
The Joy of Digital Photography by Jeff Wignall (Lark Books, 2006; ISBN: 978-1-57990-947-5). Packed with useful information, the book addresses both the technical and artistic sides of digital photography, explaining pixels, jpeg and tiff formats, types of cameras and more. Bright, full-color photos exemplify the techniques and results discussed in the text.
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