DPP Home Gear In Focus July-August 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

July-August 2008

New Tools Of The Trade

Web Presence
Build a custom Flash-based website for your clients' special events and occasions with help from Printroom, a provider of website, online storefront, printing and fulfillment services to pro photographers. Using the Event Website Builder tool, each event receives its own URL created by the photographer for the event and provides visitors with simple navigation to the event's site. An easy-to-use building wizard guides you through setup and offers unlimited layout options. Each site consists of a scalable slideshow with up to five customizable, Flash-powered pages. A navigation window provides visitors with one-click access to purchasing prints. Estimated Street Price: $4.99/month or $49/year. Contact: Printroom, (888) 868-4157, www.printroom.com.

Quick Send
Send your images directly from your desktop with YouSendIt Express. The desktop program allows you to easily drag and drop up to 2 GB files into a ZIP and send them
to clients. The software works for Mac or Windows and includes password protection, certified delivery and file expiration control. You can track who has downloaded your files, change the time period that they remain available for download and receive multiple files up to 2 GB each. You get 2 GB of long-term storage, plus you can buy additional storage at $4.99 per GB. Estimated Street Price: $9 per month. Contact: YouSendIt, (866) 55U-SEND, www.yousendit.com.

Paper Maker
Surface matters when it comes to paper. Hahnemühle knows that and has developed
a series of new high-end art papers with surface properties designed to enhance your prints. Photo Rag Ultra Smooth 305gsm has a very smooth surface, with a high white point, saturation level and Dmax. Daguerre Canvas 400gsm is a specially coated canvas made from poly-cotton, with a tactile surface texture that's nice for fine-art prints. Its bright whiteness delivers clear color and contrasts for black-and-white images. Monet Canvas 410gsm is a genuine artist canvas made of 100-percent cotton and offers detailed color and gray tones. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Hahnemühle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.

Smooth Move
Shooting with a long telephoto on a tripod can be cumbersome. To ease that scenario, Custom Brackets has developed the CB-Gimbal. The lens bracket attaches to a tripod, helping you move the lens smoothly in all directions. Separate drag adjustment and lock for vertical and horizontal movements increase stability. A bubble level on the base helps level your shot. Also notable is that the gimbal was designed for use as a panoramic head as well, with 360-degree markings for using a wide-angle lens. Estimated Street Price: $636. Contact: Custom Brackets, (800) 530-2289, www.custombrackets.com.

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