DPP Home Gear In Focus December 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

December 2013

New Tools Of The Trade

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Perfection Photo Scanner
The Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner makes it quick and easy to scan film, slides, negatives and printed photos. Scanning at a high-quality 6400 dpi resolution, with a 3.4 Dmax and 48-bit depth, you can create enlargements up to 17x22 inches directly from the V550. Easy Photo Fix software provides a quick way to restore faded colors from photos, and DIGITAL ICE technology aids in the removal of scratches, creases or other damage created due to time and wear and tear. Auto-detection allows scanning of multiple images at once while saving each as individual files. Images may be uploaded directly to Facebook, Picasa and other cloud services. List Price: $199. Contact: Epson, www.epson.com.

DxO Optics Pro 9
Live music, indoor sports and night photography images can be complicated due to low-light shooting conditions. DxO Optics Pro 9 has made advancements in denoising technology to bring these photos to life. The Standard mode adds an additional 3 stops of denoising with finer grain and more detail than DxO Optics Pro v8. The additional PRIME mode also adds another stop, bringing the total to a 4-stop denoising gain. While reducing noise, the software retains the same level of detail as the original image, as well as preserves saturation and texture. The software includes new color rendering with more accurate skin tones, visual presets, denoise previews and a new export system for a smooth workflow. List Price: $169 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Image Science, www.dxo.com.

TTL Transceiver Flash
Phottix has released the Mitros+ TTL Transceiver Flash, taking a large stride toward integrating flash, transmitter and receiver technology. The Mitros+ combines a hot-shoe flash with built-in radio flash triggering for controlling compatible flashes and other Phottix triggers in TTL or Manual mode, eliminating the need for an external trigger. The transmitter allows for a mix of TTL (with +/- 3 EV adjustments) and Manual control, both in 1/3-stop increments. The flash has a zoom of 24-105mm, AF assist light, high-speed sync and second curtain sync. List Price: $499. Contact: Phottix, www.phottix.com.

Slim 2 TB Hard Drive
A high-capacity, lightweight option for storing and backing up your assets while on the go, the WD My Passport Slim portable hard drive with a metal case comes in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. Measuring 4.33x3.14x0.48 inches for the 1 TB drive, the slim profile fits snugly in your travel bag. The WD Smartware Pro data protection software allows you to back up to the My Passport Slim and your Dropbox account, and back up your Dropbox account directly to the My Passport Slim. The drive has a 256-bit, hardware-based encryption, USB 3.0 connectivity and comes with a 3-year limited warranty. List Price: $99 (1 TB); $149 (2 TB). Contact: WD, www.wdstore.com.

Compatible with over 300 different camera models, Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is a free smartphone app that connects to a camera using the Triggertrap WiFi-enabled dongle. Using Triggertrap Mobile 2.0, you control basic shutter, aperture and ISO settings, as well as professional HDR and time-lapse controls. Additional key features include sensor mode—using sound, GPS and vibration for trigger release—as well as Startrail mode, DistanceLapse, using GPS for distance intervals, and a Wireless Mode to control more than 100 cameras at the same time. Triggertrap Mobile 2.0 is functional on locations without WiFi networks, as the dongle can connect to your smartphone via your phone's Personal Hotspot mode. List Price: $31 (dongle kit). Contact: Triggertrap, triggertrap.com.

Instead of single-image pseudo-HDR, bring true multi-image HDR photography to your smartphone. The Pro HDR app by eyeApps LLC expands your dynamic range with multiple image merging from the palm of your hand. Compatible with front and rear phone cameras, you can use auto capture or manual mode, digital zoom, self-timer and flash. Edit the images by adjusting brightness, contrast and saturation, then save GPS and EXIF data. Compatible with iOS and Android devices. List Price: $1.99. Contact: eyeApps LLC, www.eyeapps.com.

Keep a light meter handy at all times with the free Pocket Light Meter app for iPhone by NuWaste Studios. The live-view light meter gives you the option to switch aperture, ISO and shutter speed settings, as well as save and log notes. The new 8.4 version additionally supports the Luxi diffuser. Contact: NuWaste Studios, www.pocketlightmeter.com.

Dark Sky is a striking weather app made possible through the backing of Kickstarter supporters. Using GPS, Dark Sky provides up-to-the-minute forecasts for your location up to an hour in advance. Alerts will let you know in advance when rain is about to hit your location, so you can pack up your non-weatherproof gear first. Or, if you're an active storm chaser, follow the smooth radar animation to track the storm's movement. List Price: $3.99. Contact: Dark Sky, darkskyapp.com.


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