DPP Home Gear In Focus March/April 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

March/April 2011

New Tools Of The Trade


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Nature Book
The Eloquence of Trees showcases the work of Craig Varjabedian, an award-winning fine-art photographer. Produced by PhotoBook Press (www.photobookpress.com), this limited hand-bound edition contains a retrospective collection of 28 photographs that span more than 33 years of Varjabedian’s work and includes many images that have never been published. Proceeds benefit Heifer International (www.heifer.org), an organization devoted to ending world hunger. To purchase a copy, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (505) 983-2934.

Software Bundle
With Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 from onOne Software, you can enlarge images, add layers and choose from different effects to add that finishing touch. The editing suite contains seven applications for handling a range of specific problems. Perfect Layers 1 allows you to create and edit multilayered Photoshop files in Lightroom and Aperture. PhotoTools 2.6 Pro has a dozen new effects, bringing the effects library to nearly 300. In PhotoFrame 4.6 Pro, there are more than 1,000 frames, textures and album layouts. MaskPro 4.1 delivers a color-based method for quickly extracting a subject and removing an unwanted background. Add realistic depth of field and selective focus with FocalPoint 2, correct color with PhotoTune 3 and enlarge with Perfect Resize 7. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: onOne Software, (888) 968-1468, www.ononesoftware.com.

Signature Canvas
Epson has added new canvases to its Signature Worthy Collection for pros to use when making fine prints. Exhibition Canvas Gloss, Exhibition Canvas Satin and Exhibition Canvas Matte are built from a polyester and cotton blend that’s coated to produce vibrant colors, as well as rich, deep blacks and smooth tonal gradations. The canvases are heavy and can be stretched and coated to achieve an optimal combination of image quality and archival display life. All three are available in roll widths of 13, 17, 24, 36, 44 and 60 inches, and 17x22-inch cut sheets. Estimated Street Price: $34 (13-inch x 20-foot Matte roll); $49 (13-inch x 20-foot Satin roll); $49 (13-inch x 20-foot Gloss roll). Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.proimaging.epson.com.

A Century Of NYIP
The New York Institute of Photography celebrates its 100th year of giving first-rate photography instruction. Offering multimedia distance education courses for photographers of all levels, the school provides every student with a dedicated instructor to work with throughout the course. Additionally, students have a professional student advisor who helps explain the materials in each lesson, provides advice about finding and working with clients, and gives their opinion on equipment and technology. Every course includes printed lessons, supplemented with audio commentary and video displays. Contact: New York Institute of Photography, (800) 445-7279, www.nyip.com.

Softbox
Professionally constructed with a design that allows for easy assembly, the Flashpoint PZ Soft Box (FPSBPZ) series makes for a nice addition to your lighting setup. A tear-down zipper relieves pressure on the inner rods, making the softboxes easy to set up and take down. They’re available in sizes from 12x36 to 40x60 inches. All units come with a removable inner baffle, recessed front and carrying bag. A speed ring (sold separately) is needed to attach the softbox to your light unit. Estimated Street Price: $59 to $149. Contact: Flashpoint, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

Arca-Swiss Medium-Format
The Rm2d is a smaller, lighter addition to the Arca-Swiss R-line of precision medium-format cameras. The positioning and design of the handgrips allow you to go quickly from portrait to landscape format. With an AIP (All In Plane) vertical shift in the focal plane, no mounts are necessary for stitching. Composing shots is easy with its zoom viewfinder system, which can be used with various focal lengths. It also displays the various shifts. The Rm2d is compatible with Arca-Swiss R-mount lenses ranging from 23mm to 250mm and with all leading digital and film backs. Estimated Street Price: $4,326. Contact: Arca-Swiss, (773) 248-2513, www.precisioncameraworks.com.


 

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