Monday, November 26, 2007
New Tools Of The Trade
Live View Lumix
The 10.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-L10 is the latest addition to the Panasonic SLR family. The camera uses a Four-Thirds Live MOS sensor that harnesses the benefits of both a CCD and CMOS sensor to deliver images with delicate gradations, realistic textures and vivid colors. A Live View LCD, which rotates 270 degrees, allows you to frame in real time and make viewable exposure or white-balance adjustments before snapping the shutter. The Venus Engine III image processor helps reproduce images with outstanding resolution and color, while selectively reducing chromatic noise by distinguishing it from luminance noise. The DMC-L10 comes equipped with Mega O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), a Supersonic Wave Filter system that keeps the sensor clean and a Film Mode for mimicking the effects of analog film. Additional features include six selectable autofocusing modes, adjustable color temperature, a 49-zone multi-pattern metering system and continuous shooting of up to 3 fps. Estimated Street Price: $1,300. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
UV And IR Blocker
Get cleaner colors, better reds and greens, and improved separation with the Heliopan Digital Filter, which blocks out ultraviolet and infrared light. Made from Schott (Zeiss) glass, each filter receives multiple dichroic coatings on both sides before being mounted in a slim brass ring that won't vignette. The ring is threaded on both sides so other filters, screw-in hoods and snap-caps can be easily attached. The filter works with all digital cameras, digital backs and lenses, except for extreme wide-angles. Sizes range from 27mm to 82mm. Estimated Street Price: Varies by size. Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.
Warmtone Archival Inkjet Media
Harman Technology has expanded its line of photographic inkjet media, introducing its Photo MATT FB Mp Warmtone paper. A real photo baryta layer gives prints greater definition and detail, extended tonal range, and the look and feel of traditional photo paper. Archival quality has been improved with silica coating, and exclusive anti-curl technology ensures that the paper lies completely flat before, during and after printing. Visit Harman's Website for downloadable color profiles of the most popular inkjet printers. Estimated Street Price: $30 to $370. Contact: Harman Technology, www.harman-inkjet.com.
Design, Manage, Host
If your knowledge of how to create a Website is fairly minimal, clickbooq is a Web-based software application that will help you build an engaging, full-featured Flash site quickly. Choose from hundreds of design options for customizing page colors, typeface, border treatments, background styles and image transitions. Upload custom logos, backgrounds, music and content pages, plus you can add links to other Websites and contact e-mails. Store 2,000 images in a personal Image Archive. Create and send private Web galleries and slideshows to clients, prospects and friends. Another cool feature allows visitors to print single-image comp cards with the image title, copyright information and Website address. Estimated Street Price: Varies by subscription plan. Contact: clickbooq, (310) 264-0099, www.clickbooq.com.
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