Tuesday, November 15, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
With a pair of 2.5-inch drives, support for multiple RAID levels and speeds as high as 480 MB/s (SSD) and up to 190 MB/s (HDD), the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt packs a lot of power into its 1.6x5.5x3.3-inch frame. With those speedy data transfer times, you can back up files and edit content more efficiently. You can daisy-chain multiple drives together for expanding storage and reaching transfer rates around 800 MB/s. The drive also features a heat-sink casing and quiet fan for dual cooling options. Estimated Street Price: $399 (1 TB). Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.
Enlarging prints for clients can consume a lot of time. Blow Up 3 from Alien Skin Software makes the process easier and faster with a simple user interface that works similarly to the resize command in Photoshop. Images stay tack-sharp, especially at the edges, and there are lots of presets for standard paper sizes, making the program even easier to use. Blow Up does output sharpening depending on your paper type to make sure prints are crystal clear. 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 .
Flash Wipe Off
Keep your iPad and other touch-screen devices clean from greasy fingerprints with the LensPen SideKick. The screen-cleaning tool features a proprietary carbon compound that helps to quickly and easily remove 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.
Mount a softbox to your shoe-mount flash with this Flashpoint bracket (FASRSHO). The unit allows you to mount your flash horizontally on top of a light stand and attach a Bowens mount light modifier. With a Bowens speed ring, any softbox can be attached. The unit is adjustable so it fits most shoe-mount flashes. Estimated Street Price: $24. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
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