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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

July/August 2009

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in focusTravel Tripod
The latest Gitzo Traveler is more compact than its predecessor yet sturdier, accommodating D-SLRs with 200mm and 300mm lenses attached. The new design uses a 180-degree, leg-folding system that’s more space-efficient by housing the head inside the folded tripod legs. It’s available as a four-section, standard-height tripod and comes as a complete kit, including a new center ballhead. It features all of Gitzo’s most advanced features, including 6X tubing, G-Lock, ground level, removable self-locking feet, rapid and reversible column, and retractable hook. Estimated Street Price: $875 (kit). Contact: Gitzo (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.

in focusTouching Up
Enhance your portrait photography with the latest version of Portrait Professional from Anthropics. Version 9 features new ClearSkin skin-enhancement technology intended to preserve the natural look of skin after blemishes, wrinkles or age spots have been removed. Additionally, the program lets you adjust the lighting on faces, brighten or change eye color, whiten teeth and more. It’s available in two versions, Standard and Studio; the latter includes support as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. It also has a batch-processing mode and supports RAW files. Estimated Street Price: $99 (Standard); $149 (Studio). Contact: Portrait Professional, (971) 238-0917, www.portraitprofessional.com.

in focusSturdy Shooter
Steady your shot when using one of the latest video D-SLRs with Zacuto’s Gunstock Shooters. There are four D-SLR models—the Sharp Shooter, Marksmen, Sniper and Precision Shooter. They work with all camera models, are lightweight and adjust to anyone’s eye or shoulder height. Basic features of all Shooters include the Zgrip Z-Mount, shoulder pad, Z-Finder Optical Viewfinder, strap and mounting risers. All kits are light and easy to handle, which is critical for smooth movement and less user fatigue. Estimated Street Price: $1,432 to $5,239. Contact: Zacuto USA, (888) 294-3456, www.zacuto.com.

in focusBackground Support
When you’re in the studio doing a lot of portrait work, the Flashpoint Free Standing Background Support Stand is an ideal way to support background paper (53 to 107 inches), muslins, quilts, drapes, display panels and more. Designed specifically for photography, the stand’s interlocking, four-section crossbar comes in two sizes, extending to 10.6 and 13.4 feet. A carrying bag with compartments also comes with the three-piece stand for easier transport when you’re shooting on location. Estimated Street Price: $99 (10.6 feet); $129 (13.4 feet). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

in focusPan/Tilt Heads
Support your high-def camcorder using one of Vinten’s lightweight Vision AS pan-and-tilt heads. The company’s Perfect Balance technology allows you to move the camera in any direction without having to constantly readjust. The side-load, camera-plate feature lets you mount and dismount the camera in seconds, reducing setup time and improving operational flexibility. The restyled pan-and-tilt brake knobs have a more robust and user-friendly design for withstanding everyday use. There are four models, and load capacity ranges from 4.4 to 32 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $1,181 to $4,234. Contact: Vinten, (888) 2-VINTEN, www.vinten.com.

in focusDesktop Darkroom
Manage the creative and business sides of your work more efficiently with ExpressDigital’s Darkroom Professional Edition. This powerful program allows you to plug into Quickbooks and Studio Plus for management, reporting and invoicing. Other features include the ability to shoot greenscreen and directly capture wirelessly or tethered to pro cameras, as well as advanced editing and retouching. The app automatically creates print and digital proofs, and also produces standard and custom print packages. Estimated Street Price: $1,395. Contact: ExpressDigital, (888) 508-3443, www.expressdigital.com.


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