DPP Home Gear In Focus July/August 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

July/August 2009

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in focusClassy Bags
Sparing no detail in the design of its new handcrafted Black Label camera bags, Tenba used a combination of high-grade materials and robust construction to create this upscale collection. Constructed of ballistic nylon and open-cell foam, the leather bags’ exterior is protected from abrasion, water, stains, tears and punctures. The trim and handles are made of perforated upholstery leather inspired by luxury-car interiors. The collection features two pro-sized camera bags for multiple SLR bodies and lenses, and three slim, lightweight satchels for single camera setups with room for a spare lens and flash. Estimated Street Price: $114 to $179. Contact: Tenba, (914) 347-3300, www.tenba.com.

in focus3D Digital Anarchy
Add 3D elements to your digital images from within Photoshop using Digital Anarchy’s 3D Invigorator plug-in. The app allows you to quickly create a mix of 3D text and vector shapes, add lighting to make the object look more real, apply materials to surfaces and render the image. Features include a built-in text designer for creating 3D text objects, tools for sculpting edges to add details to the object and a mix of rendering styles for creating different looks. You also can use the vector tools in Invigorator to make real-time changes to the object. Estimated Street Price: $199. Contact: Digital Anarchy, (415) 586-8434, www.digitalanarchy.com.

in focusFine Print
Make sure that the rich details you captured on camera don’t get lost in the final print using Epson’s Signature Worthy Hot Press and Cold Press papers. Optimized for use with Epson inks, including the latest UltraChrome HDR ink technology found in the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900, the papers produce rich blacks, smooth tonal transitions and an expanded color gamut. The Hot Press paper offers a smooth surface while the Cold Press delivers a textured one. Hot Press and Cold Press Bright have a bright white point, while Hot Press and Cold Press Natural offer a warm white point. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.

in focusColor Management
Quickly customize white balance and capture more precise color when shooting in RAW using Datacolor’s SpyderCube. The calibration device is spectrally neutral so it responds accurately to all lighting conditions and allows you to correct highlight and shadow details in RAW images. The white side of the device helps define highlights in relation to the catchlight, the gray side measures color temperature and midtone response, and the black side defines shadows. SpyderCube also can be used to improve JPEG images. Estimated Street Price: $59. Contact: Datacolor, (800) 554-8688, www.datacolor.com.


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