Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Keep your camera at arm's length by wrapping the Lowepro Inverse AW Beltpack around your waist or carrying it over your shoulder. A quick-access top lid opens 180 degrees, making it easier to load and retrieve gear. There's room for a pro D-SLR with attached zoom lens and a couple of extra lenses or flash units. Wear it around your waist by snapping the contoured lumbar belt or over the shoulder using the detachable 360-degree swivel, padded shoulder harness. Locking straps on the underside of the pack hold a tripod. List Price: $79 to $89. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Get creative when working with your images in ACDSee's Photo Editor 2008. Along with faster processing times and built-in "How-to" guides on all of the different features, there are some 70 artistic effects like Sepia and Gaussian Blur, that can be added, deleted or customized. You also can crop images with shape tools, create your own curve with the Trim to Shape feature and blend images together using masks. List Price: $49. Contact: ACD Systems, (866) 244-2237, www.acdsee.com.
Fix facial blemishes and spots, reduce wrinkles and whiten teeth using Portrait Professional. The program is based on algorithms that automatically shift and reshape parts of a face to make it more attractive. In Version 8, there are new tools for smoothing, recoloring and thickening hair, controlling the eyes and mouth in greater detail, and changing a subject's eye color. An automatic airbrush speeds up the process. Estimated Street Price: $80. Contact: Portrait Professional, www.portraitprofessional.com.
Grab your camera at a moment's notice using the Tenba Shootout Sling Bag. A single strap wraps around your chest, allowing you to swing the bag to the front of your body to load it from the top or side for fast, easy access. Movable padded walls let you fit a variety of camera-lens combinations while still having space for extra bodies, lenses and accessories. Convert the bag into a long-lens carrier by removing the walls altogether. Features also include durable, water-resistant nylon material, weather-sealed zippers and bottom rubber treads. Estimated Street Price: $115. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
Sharpen, reduce noise, add blur and repair images using the new Auto Retouch Brush in Nikon's Capture NX 2 imaging software. The brush allows you to seamlessly remove blemishes, dust and other spots. Also new are Selection Control Points that expand from the first version's Color Control Point tool. Place a control point anywhere on an image and make nearly any adjustment such as D-Lighting, brightness, focus and noise. List Price: $179. Contact: Nikon, (800) NIKON-US, www.nikonusa.com.
Shoot big images fast with the SanDisk Ultra II SDHC memory card, which now comes in capacities of 16 GB and 32 GB. The cards offer faster read and write speeds of 15 MBps, up from previous speeds of 10 MBps (read) and 9 MBps (write). The 32 GB Ultra II SDHC card is the highest-capacity card produced by the company. A SanDisk MicroMate USB 2.0 Reader comes with the cards. List Price: $349 (32 GB); $179 (16 GB). Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
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