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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

September/October 2010

New Tools Of The Trade

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Hip Holster
Relieve your neck from the weight of a DSLR with the Spider Holster Camera Carrying System, which places the weight of the camera at your hip instead of the upper body. The system is made up of the SpiderPro Camera Holster, a belt-mounted sturdy metal bracket that allows the camera to hang securely, the Holster Belt, which evenly distributes the weight of one or two cameras across your hips, and the Spider Plate, which screws onto the body of your camera via the tripod socket. The holster provides quick-draw access and allows the largest DSLR to hang comfortably on either side of the body. Estimated Street Price: $109. Contact: Spider Camera Holster, www.spiderholster.com.

Fine-Art Paper
Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique 310gsm is museum-grade photo paper developed for inkjet printers and optimized for pigment-based inks. Delivering the look and feel of an original darkroom Baryta print, it consists of an alpha-cellulose, acid-free, pure-white paper with the same Barium Sulfate coating used in traditional silver halide, and it’s coated with a premium inkjet color-receiver layer. The paper also is ideal for black-and-white printing with first-rate black density and image sharpness. Estimated Street Price: $25 (25 sheets of 8½x11). Contact: Canson, www.cansoninfinity.com.

Two-In-One Lighting
The Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid serves as a flash unit for still shots and provides continuous light output for video. In Continuous Mode, the Hybrid provides soft, wraparound lighting, especially handy when shooting video with an HD-capable DSLR. The Flash setting produces a 400-percent brighter burst for illuminating stills. The MicroPro generates 1.5 hours of continuous output using six AA batteries, or five to six hours using Energizer e2 Lithium cells. An integrated dimmer at the top of the housing delivers instant dimming from 100 percent to zero with minimal color shift. The unit measures 5.5x3.7x1.5 inches and weighs 10.5 ounces. List Price: $525. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.

Theft Prevention
Protect your valuable camera equipment with help from GearGuard, a new line of security devices from Gary Fong, Inc. The Camera Body Lock attaches to the camera’s tripod mount, and a security cable is threaded through its twin-plate design, allowing you to attach the camera to any object with the lock in place. The screw that attaches the lock to the camera has a threaded port so the camera remains fully compatible with a tripod, ballhead or quick-release plate. The Bag Lock provides even more protection. The two-piece clip slides together over a bag buckle and is fitted with a combination lock to prevent theft. Estimated Street Price: $9 (each); $9 (security cable and combination lock). Contact: Gary Fong, Inc., (800) 906-6447, www.garyfong.com.

Tied Up
From cameras to computers to external hard drives and more, there’s probably no shortage of loose cables and wires cluttering up your workspace. Bundle them all neatly together with BongoTies. These durable ties are made of heavy-gauge rubber attached to a wooden “Bongo” pin with a button-type closure design for easy fastening and removal. There’s also an eco-friendly bamboo version. Just wrap the tie around the wire as many times as necessary and insert the wood closure securely into place. BongoTies are reusable and nonconductive so they work with any number of cord types. Estimated Street Price: $6 (10-pack). Contact: BongoTies, (818) 706-1231, www.bongoties.com.

Flashpoint Lighting Kit
Brighten up a shoot using the Flashpoint Two Light Softbox kit. The setup includes two 18x24-inch softboxes with silver interior and white front diffusers, two 70-watt fluorescent bulbs, two six-foot air-cushioned black light stands and a carrying case. It’s portable enough for use in the studio or on location. Estimated Street Price: $109. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.

For pros shooting stills and video, Animoto has created four new video styles for showcasing those images in a high-end video production. The Elegance collection features a more conservative motion design than traditional Animoto videos, creating more toned-down productions intended to appeal to a broader audience. While the Elegance collection is exclusive to Animoto Pro subscribers, a new style called Simplicity will be available at no cost. For those who haven’t yet used Animoto, this is a web-based application that gives photographers an easy way of creating videos to sell to clients, or for sharing via social networks, the web, e-mail and DVDs. Estimated Street Price: $39 per month; $249 per year. Contact: Animoto, www.animoto.com.


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