Try a more intuitive approach to working with your images with the Wacom Cintiq 24HD. The pen tablet features a spacious 24-inch, high-definition (1920×1200) wide-screen display and a pen with 2,048 levels of pressure. You can apply as much or as little pressure as needed, just like you would with a traditional brush or pen. The newly designed stand lets you adjust the incline and height of the tablet until you find the most comfortable working position. It can even extend over the edge of the desk to float just above your lap. List Price: $2,599. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-6613, www.wacom.com.
Enlarge your images beyond what your camera is capable of doing with Blow Up 3 from Alien Skin Software. Images stay tack-sharp, especially at the edges, and the interface is simpler, operating similarly to the resize command in Photoshop. Lots of presets for standard paper sizes make the program easier to use, and there’s also support now for Lightroom (version 2 or later), in addition to Photoshop (CS4 or later) and Photoshop Elements (version 8 or later). List Price: $199; $99 (upgrade). Contact: Alien Skin Software, (888) 921-SKIN, www.alienskin.com.
Take solid-looking pictures at slow shutter speeds using a point-and-shoot with help from the Joby GorillaPod Micro tripods. The Micro 250 and 800 are made of an aluminum and zinc alloy for providing steady support and can remain permanently attached to the bottom of your camera. Grips at the bottom of the legs deliver even stronger footing, and an aluminum positioning ball produces up to 36° of movement in any direction. The 250 supports point-and-shoots weighing up to 8.8 ounces, and the 800 works for camera models that weigh up to 1.75 pounds. List Price: $19 (250); $29 (800). Contact: Joby, (888) 569-5629, www.joby.com.
Boost the drama factor of your images by sticking a Rogue Gel from ExpoImaging on your flash. Two kits are available, with each including a mix of 14 color-effects gels, five color-correction gels and one diffusion gel. Each one is labeled with the LEE Filter name of the gel, as well as its measured ƒ-stop loss value along with the corresponding Kelvin color-temperature correction and camera white-balance icon if it’s appropriate. They attach securely to your flash with the easy-to-use Gel-Band (included). The kits come with a compact storage pouch with quick reference dividers for keeping the gels safe and organized. List Price: $29 (Universal Lighting Filter Kit); $27 (Lighting Filter Kit for Rogue Grid). Contact: ExpoImaging, www.expoimaging.com.
Get to your camera quickly when using the Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack. Three sizes are available, and each model features a side-entry compartment for fast access, an upper compartment designed specifically for audio gear and a padded sleeve for a laptop. The cushioned lower section, which has adjustable compartments, holds a pro-sized or an HD-video DSLR, and a Hideaway Tripod Mount on the side secures either a tripod or a DSLR video rig. Also included are a built-in weather cover, mesh side pocket and stow-away waist belt for minimizing bulk during travel. List Price: Starts at $119. Contact: Lowepro, (800) 800-LOWE, www.lowepro.com.
Wipe greasy fingerprints off of your iPad and other touch-screen devices with the LensPen SideKick. This screen-cleaning tool features a proprietary carbon compound that helps to quickly and easily remove those difficult marks. Carbon molecules have a unique ability to absorb large quantities of oils and contaminants that accumulate on your screen. After cleaning the screen, slide the SideKick back into its twin cap, which has a hidden carbon pad for rubbing off excess fingerprint oil. List Price: $20; $15 (set of two replacement cleaning pads). Contact: LensPen, www.lenspen.com.