GALLERY PHOTO CARDS
Make high-quality mini prints from Hahnemühle's new line of 4x6-inch inkjet photo cards. The cards are available in the popular Photo Rag 308gsm, a 100-percent rag paper with a smooth, white surface, or in FineArt Pearl 285gsm, a 100-percent lignin-free, alpha cellulose fiber-based paper with a surface that's similar to the traditional silver gelatin photo papers. List Price: $15 (Photo Rag); $17 (FineArt Pearl). Contact: Hahnemühle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.
Give your camera tripod-like support with Monster Pod. The stabilization device looks like orange Silly Putty® and is made from a polymer substance that makes your camera stick instantly to just about any surface. It's ideal for compact cameras weighing less than 20 ounces and for up to 10 minutes, depending on the angle. Monster Pod isn't recommended for D-SLRs. List Price: $35. Contact: OmegaSatter, (410) 374-3250, www.omegasatter.com.
Take Panasonic's LUMIX DMC-FX100 with you anywhere. The slim, lightweight camera features a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC lens with 3.6x optical zoom, 12.2-megapixel resolution and optical image stabilization. Other features include a 2.5-inch LCD, a large 1/1.72-inch CCD, and the camera records 1920 x 1080 high-definition stills and 1280 x 720 video at 15 frames per second. The camera measures about 3.8x2x1 inches and weighs five ounces. List Price: $400. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
Make quick work of cutting out objects from their backgrounds with Vertus Fluid Mask 3. A beta of the software's latest version is available for a 30-day free trial now. Upgrades include better edge blending, a Save Settings option for recalling options from previous sessions, an expanded Color Work Space palette and a system for changing selected regions of an image without affecting its entirety. Fluid Mask 3 will be available as a stand-alone and as a Photoshop plug-in. List Price: $199. Contact: Vertus, www.vertustech.com.
Make eye-catching prints with the Colorado Fiber Gloss and Satine fine-art papers from the new Moab by Legion Paper brand. The papers look like the bright white traditional air-dried silver halide paper and are compatible with desktop and large-format printers. The medium-weight 245gsm papers are optimized to meet the standards of today's archival pigment printers with smooth gloss and textured satin surfaces. Available sizes include 5x7- to 17x22-inch sheets and rolls. List Price: Varies by size. Contact: Moab by Legion Paper, www.moabpaper.com.
Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition: Digital Imaging, Theory and Applications, History, and Science, edited by Michael Peres (Focal Press, 2007; ISBN: 0-240-80740-5). Produced by a team of world-renowned photography experts, this extensive reference discusses the history and historical processes of photography, contemporary applications and new, evolving digital technologies that shape the medium's past, present and future. A searchable CD-ROM of the entire book is included.