DPP Home Gear In Focus December 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

December 2009

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Fine-Art Paper
Make gallery-quality prints using Hahnemühle’s Baryta FB and Photo Rag 500 papers. The Baryta FB is a bright-white paper with an extra-smooth surface and glossy coating reminiscent of the traditional fiber-based Baryta paper. It has a base weight of 350 gsm. Photo Rag 500 gsm is replacing its 460-gsm predecessor. The structure and surface are designed to match Hahnemühle’s Matte Fine Art papers, and will be available in sizes of 24x30 inches and 35x46.75 inches as 25-sheet packages. Estimated Street Price: Varies by format and size. Contact: Hahnemühle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.

Color Control

The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport is a hardware and software color-calibration solution for RAW workflow. Consisting of camera-calibration software and three photographic targets in a durable passport-sized protective case, you instantly can reference, control and enhance images throughout the entire workflow. The Creative Enhancement Target provides a visual reference for judging, controlling and editing images for shadow details, highlight clipping or shifts in color. The Classic Target delivers a built-in point of color reference, helping you make global corrections based on accurate information. The White Balance Target is used to create an in-camera custom white balance. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact: X-Rite, (914) 347-3300, www.XritePhoto.com.

The Datacolor Spyder3Studio SR calibration system offers a complete color-management solution. The SpyderCube RAW calibration device, the Spyder3Elite monitor-calibration tool and the Spyder3Print SR strip-reading spectrocolorimeter, which creates ICC printer profiles, combine to provide perfect calibration throughout the imaging process. The SpyderCube allows you to customize white balance and other color adjustments in one shot with your preferred RAW conversion software. Spyder3Elite consists of advanced software for total control of user-specified calibration targets, ambient light monitoring and matching multiple displays. Estimated Street Price: $599. Contact: Datacolor, (800) 554-8688, www.datacolor.com.

Online Photo Collaboration
GLOBALedit is an online software program that allows you to take full control of image libraries, manage workflow and be more productive. You can upload images remotely from any location at high speeds, create custom lightboxes, and share and review thousands of images with other users or guests for fast collaboration. Photo collections can be edited quickly for the best selects to use in any given project. Drag-and-drop library management offers access at any time with full security, rights controls and metadata services. GLOBALedit version 3.8 is available as a service for hosted customers or as deployed software. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Industrial Color Software, (212) 334-3353, www.globaledit.com.

Scan It
Epson’s new Perfection V600 Photo is a mid-range photo scanner for prints, negatives and slides. It features a resolution of 6400x9600 dpi and has a Dmax of 3.4. Digital ICE technology minimizes dust, scratches and creases in originals, while Epson Easy Photo Fix restores faded color at the touch of a button. The scanner can handle 35mm slides and negatives, medium-format films up to 6x22 cm and prints up to 8.5x11.7 inches. Four customizable buttons make it simple to scan, copy, scan to e-mail and create PDFs. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.

Marshall 3G-SDI Monitors
The Marshall Electronics MD series of rack-mount monitors can be configured with a variety of video inputs that can be swapped in the field as needed. The fully featured monitors come in a variety of sizes and configurations. The new V-MD434 and V-MD503 monitors have a new slim design with advanced front panel menu and feature control. They’re the first HD monitors with direct fiber-optic video signal input and integrate Telecast Fiber Systems’ TeleCube Fiber-Optic HD/SDI transmission input/output modules, which deliver the widest range of digital rates while maintaining excellent signal quality. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $2,499. Contact: Marshall Electronics, (310) 333-0606, www.lcdracks.com.


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