Friday, April 10, 2009
Whether for your own portfolio or clients, the first-rate quality and custom-produced books created by AsukaBook now come with more design options, and you get access to a new software program for added editing control. With five different book lines to choose from, leather and “faux” leather covers come in more colors, and new sizes are available for all offerings. The software, AsukaBook Maker, includes image-editing features, as well as layout templates, sloppy borders, masks, actions and many other image-enhancement tools. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: AsukaBook, (866) 330-1530, www.asukabook.com.
Million Dollar Bag
Carry your camera gear around in the low-profile 8 Million Dollar Home shoulder bag from Crumpler. The footprint is the same as the 7 Million model, but with added depth that allows you to vertically store a pro D-SLR with attached lens. With more space down the sides, the bag can fit some of your chunkier zooms, primes or flash. With the “super stealth” Velcro® silencer, you won’t make a lot of noise when opening up the bag. A configurable divider transforms the 8 Million into a photo/laptop bag suitable for a 13-inch laptop. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Crumpler Bags, (718) 384-3020, www.crumplerbags.com.
With its new and improved web-based software, clickbooq v3.0 will have you up and selling your images in no time. Clickbooq is a portfolio-management and design application that will help you build an engaging, full-featured Flash-based website quickly. You can easily drag and drop images to rearrange and update portfolios, click to edit names and text, and preview all changes as you make them. Highlights of the latest version include the ability to create direct links to any web address, such as your blog or proofing site from your site menu, greater selection of fonts, an option to display click-to-advance arrows, and direct links to specific portfolios and content pages within your site. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: clickbooq, (415) 524-7333, www.clickbooq.com.
The ikan Director combines a LANC control with a high-resolution LCD monitor, creating an ideal solution for hands-free video camera operation. You control focus, zoom and record functions in addition to having a clear handheld production monitor that delivers standard and widescreen aspect ratios, a headphone port and A/V input. This versatile piece of equipment can be used in several ways, including operation of the camera remotely or remote viewing or control when the camera is mounted to a Glidecam camera stabilizer. The Director is compatible with any Canon or Sony camera equipped with a LANC port. Estimated Street Price: $499. Contact: ikan, (877) YES-IKAN, www.ikancorp.com.
Make beautiful fine-art prints on paper made largely from sugar-cane fibers. Hahnemühle Sugar Cane 300gsm is made from 75-percent sugar cane (bagasse) fiber, which is a by-product of sugar-cane processing, and 25-percent recycled cotton fibers. Bagasse fiber is an eco-friendly resource endorsed by many environmental groups. The natural white, textured fine-art paper is OBA-free and very resistant to aging. It features a premium inkjet coating that ensures prints with rich contrast and detail, making it ideal for printing warm-tone color and monochrome photos, as well as fine-art reproductions. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Hahnemühle, (815) 502-5880, www.hahnemuhle.com.
The LightRight Professional Reflector System allows you to reflect light from a light source to your subject from any angle, as if you had multiple lights. It consists of 11 folding cardboard reflecting panels, with each providing silver and white surfaces that can be resized and reshaped to aim output more precisely. You can customize the intensity and shape of the reflected light to match the surface that you’re illuminating. A sliding magnet system allows you to precisely adjust the panel’s angle of reflection. Estimated Street Price: $70. Contact: LightRight, www.lightrightreflector.com.
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