DPP Home Gear In Focus May/June 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

May/June 2013

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Mirrorless Shooter
A compact, 7.5-ounce body with interchangeable lenses, providing RAW+JPEG stills and full 1080 HD video, the Sony NEX-3N may look like a backup camera, but is easily capable of doing the heavy lifting. The 16.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is identical to a traditional DSLR and boosts maximum ISO to 16,000 for excellent low-light shooting. A zoom lever on the top of the body gives fingertip control of the lens length. The BIONZ processor provides area-specific noise reduction and sharpness without loss of detail. The 7.5cm LCD screen flips 180º for reflection reduction or self-portraits. Estimated Street Price: $498. Contact:Sony, www.sony.com.

Double-Barrel Shooter
Carrying two camera bodies loaded with different lenses can be a necessity for a professional photojournalist or wildlife photographer, but doing so while maintaining balance, coordination and comfort is no easy task. The Yeti, by Black Rapid, is designed to alleviate strain and increase mobility for the dual camera shooter, with a single shoulder pad and two camera straps. One strap moves straight down your side; the other strap fits across your chest and includes a cross-body stabilizer to hold the system snugly in place. When you're traveling a bit lighter, you can detach the secondary strap, and the Yeti functions similarly to Black Rapid's Sports straps. The Yeti also comes in the Yeti Slim, which has all of the same options, but is built for people with a smaller frame. Estimated Street Price: $99. Contact:Black Rapid, www.blackrapid.com.

Video Team Workflow
When collaborating on a video project, transferring large files and communicating fluently while working remotely comes with challenges. PixelFlow.com is an online browser-based workspace created to make that process easier by bringing production teams closer and making clients part of the process. Once a video is uploaded, team members can view, chat and move the video playback head in real time from multiple computers. As clients add notes and approve videos, you get instant SMS and email notifications of the action. It's not until the end of the process, when you give permission, that the client or team is given access to download the video, as well as share directly with social networks. Estimated Street Price: $15/month to $250/month. Contact:PixelFlow, www.pixelflow.com.

Slick Paper
The popularity of metallic prints recently has been growing in the photographic art world due to their increased detail, brightness and luminosity inherent in the metal surface. Moab by Legion Paper has designed the new Slickrock Metallic Silver 300 for photographers looking for ultra shine and increased depth in an inkjet paper. The metal-like surface provides deep blacks and bright metallic highlights, but is still able to be handled right off the printer. It's available in 25-sheet boxes sized 8.5x11 and 13x19 inches, A2 and A4, as well as rolls of 17, 24 and 44 inches wide by 50 feet long. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact:Moab by Legion Paper, www.moabpaper.com.

Pro Studio Stand
Designed specifically for the professional studio and portrait photographer, the Studio Titan Digital Studio Stand from Tallyn's provides a sturdy and flexible method to set up equipment while shooting. Use any 3⁄8-inch threaded ballhead or pan-tilt head to position your camera on one side of the cross arm. Add your laptop to the other side and shoot tethered or wirelessly for quick and easy image preview or file storage. A basket collects camera accessories and batteries for quick accessibility and to prevent studio clutter. The stand features a heavy center column, sturdy wheeled base with locking knobs for quick adjusting and securing position, and counterweighted cross arms. The Studio Titan Professional Studio Stand features a left-to-right shifting cross arm and heavier center column for stability. Estimated Street Price: $1,299 (Studio Titan Professional); $999 (Studio Titan Digital). Contact:Tallyn's, www.tallyns.com.


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