DPP Home Gear In Focus January/February 2012

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

January/February 2012

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Classic Prints
For HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer users, the Large Format Photo Negative software package offers you a way of printing a digital negative from scanned film or a digitally captured file onto a transparent substrate. These large-format photo negatives then can be used as masters to produce multiple high-quality, black-and-white, fine-art prints through a traditional darkroom contact process. The package includes a paper preset developed specifically for the Designjet Z3200. It ensures that the printer applies the correct amount and combination of inks for achieving the opacity and tonal gradations needed to create the negative specific to the type of paper used for the final print. Estimated Street Price: Free download. Contact: HP, (888) 772-9897, www.hp.com/go/digitalnegative.

On-Location Lighting Kit
The Multiblitz GLAMKIT is a portable monolight-battery bundle that combines the Profilux Plus studio flash system with the Propac 1 battery pack and the Glambox 90, which is a three-foot octagonal softbox. Flash options are 200 Ws (7 ƒ-stops), 400 Ws (7 ƒ-stops) or 800 Ws (8 ƒ-stops). Also included is a sturdy trolley with a snug-fitting soft case and harness for the battery pack with Velcro® fastening straps for the 8-foot, air-cushioned light stand. The battery pack and trolley combination serves as a counterweight for the flash unit on the stand. Estimated Street Price: Starts at $1,899. Contact: Multiblitz USA, (410) 296-4105, www.multiblitzusa.com.

Pro Photo Paper
Make fine-looking prints using Mohawk proPhoto Panoramic paper, which has a semigloss lustre finish that emulates real photographic paper. Pages lay flat and deliver crisp digital reproduction without the traditional gutter running down the middle of the page. Mohawk has paired its exclusive i-Tone digital surface treatment with TRU-Flat cohesive glue binding technology from Convertible Solutions to create preconverted sheets that are simple to bind. The paper is available in 190 and 260 gsm in 18.5x12-inch sheets. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Mohawk, (800) 843-6455, www.mohawkpaperstore.com.

Light-Shaping Tools
The 16x30-inch Apollo Strip from Westcott is a rectangular light modifier with a narrow profile that makes it ideal as more of a rim or accent light. It's built on an umbrella frame for quick setup and teardown. The Apollo Orb is a 43-inch octagonal softbox that doesn't require an adapter ring. You simply open it like an umbrella, place the light inside and attach the included diffusion panel. Light is evenly projected for maximum output while simulating a round catchlight in the eyes. The diffusion panel can be recessed for even more directional control and to prevent lens flare. Estimated Street Price: $129 (each). Contact: F.J. Westcott, (800) 886-1689, www.fjwestcott.com.

Variable ND Filter
Adjustable from 1 to 6 stops of neutral density, the Heliopan Vario ND filter is totally neutral in color, regardless of density strength, and is mounted in a black anodized brass ring that's calibrated for precisely dialing in the desired density. The filter is thin, just 0.3 inches from the front edge to the front of the lens. The slim frame allows it to work on lenses as wide as 16mm without color shifts, vignetting or artifacts. It's available in sizes from 52mm to 82mm. Estimated Street Price: $282 (52mm); $443 (77mm). Contact: HP Marketing Corp., (800) 735-4373, www.hpmarketingcorp.com.

Mobile Cloud
Get to your files with any device when using the WD 2go Pro mobile app developed for the My Book Live, an NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive that connects to your wireless router via Ethernet, creating shared storage that's accessible wherever you're online. With the app, this includes Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. You can download and automatically sync files from your phone or tablet, as well as email, print, open and share links of them with third-party apps. A four-digit passcode adds an extra layer of security by locking mobile access to the My Book Drive. Estimated Street Price: $3 (WD 2go Pro); Starts at $149 (My Book Live). Contact: Western Digital, (877) 934-6972, www.westerndigital.com.


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