Tuesday, June 7, 2011
New Tools Of The Trade
Add a ray of light to any project with Rays, the latest visual-effects plug-in from Digital Film Tools. The app adds ray-like lighting effects and shafts of light. Known as "volumetric lighting" in computer graphics, the effect adds a 3D-like quality to your image. The plug-in allows you to set ray length and brightness, control direction with an on-screen control, customize color using a color picker and tailor the threshold to specify where the rays will be visible. It's also available as an iPhone app. Estimated Street Price: $50. Contact: Digital Film Tools, www.digitalfilmtools.com.
Roll through the airport with your equipment securely stowed away in one of the Roadie II Photo/Laptop cases from Tenba. Available in three sizes, all are designed to meet various sets of carry-on standards. The Compact case fits under the seat or in the overhead compartment. The Universal meets international standards, and the Large meets both domestic and international guidelines. The cases have enough room inside for pro DSLR bodies, large video cameras or medium-format cameras. Midrange zoom lenses can be stored standing up. Supertelephoto 300mm to 600mm lenses fit with their hoods and tripod collars in place. There's also room for 15- to 17-inch laptops. Estimated Street Price: $279 to $319. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.
The film structure of Kodak's Professional Portra 160 is especially well suited for portraiture work. Advanced Cubic Emulsions produce a significantly finer grain structure for improved scanning and enlargement as well as sharpness. The film, which will be available in 35mm, 120/220, 4x5 and 8x10 formats, does away with the NC (Natural Color) and VC (Vivid Color) demarcations of previous Portra films. Estimated Street Price: $30 (pack of 5). Contact: Kodak, (800) 235-6325, www.kodak.com/go/professional.
Lasal Exhibition Luster 300 from Moab is a heavy 300 gsm exhibition paper with excellent archival properties. Fourth-generation coating technology delivers a high D-Max for producing a broad tonal range with deep, rich blacks and bright whites. The new coating also improves scratch resistance, enhances stiffness, reduces curl and increases opacity to prevent light from spilling through the paper. The paper is compatible with all archival pigmented and dye-based inks. It's available in a variety of the most popular sheet and roll sizes. Estimated Street Price: $40 (50 sheets of 8½x11). Contact: Moab By Legion, (800) 727-3716, www.moabpaper.com.
Designed for still and video shooting, the SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-1 reaches image transfer speeds of up to 45 MB/s and meets the new Ultra High Speed Class 1 video requirement. This means it's capable of delivering 10 MB/s minimum sustained speeds for capturing full 1080p HD video and 3D video. The card is built to work with UHS-enabled cameras for high performance and efficient power consumption. The cards can withstand water, shock, X-ray and extreme temperatures. Capacities range from 8 GB to 32 GB. Estimated Street Price: $109 to $349. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
With more accurate focusing and smoother swiveling capability, the Lensbaby Composer Pro is an advanced version of the company's flagship model. With an upgraded all-metal construction, the creative lens features an improved swivel ball-and-focus mechanism. It ships with either the Double Glass Optic or Sweet 35 Optic installed. Each optic produces a "sweet spot" of sharp focus that you can move around the image by bending the lens and rotating the focus ring to bring the subject into focus. The lens stays in its bent position. Loosen the locking ring to bend and swivel the lens more easily. Tighten the locking ring to keep the lens in position for longer or repeated exposures. The Composer Pro is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. Estimated Street Price: $300 (with Double Glass); $400 (with Sweet 35). Contact: Lensbaby, (877) 536-7222, www.lensbaby.com.
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