DPP Home Gear In Focus September/October 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

September/October 2012

New Tools Of The Trade

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Optics Update
DxO Optics Pro 7.5 gets a big performance boost with 64-bit functionality that delivers faster previewing and processing. It handles much larger files, even those up to 200 megapixels. Built around what DxO calls Optics Modules, a series of tests are conducted to analyze different camera and lens combinations. The software will automatically detect your camera body and lens, then suggest downloading and using those optical characteristics to automatically correct flaws such as distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness and more. There are more than 7,000 modules. This update adds nearly 200 more modules, of which 60 are for the Nikon D800. Estimated Street Price: $149 (Standard); $299 (Elite). Contact: DxO Labs, www.dxo.com.

Touch Up
ArcSoft Portrait+ gives you a quick way of polishing up portraits when you're on a tight deadline. Based on facial imaging technology that focuses on key points around the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth, the program uses preset templates to smooth skin, enhance eyes, whiten teeth and more. The software's face detection technology can recognize up to 20 faces in each image, and batch processing is possible for making adjustments to a lot of images at once. There are 20 preset template styles, and the program automatically defines more than 24 facial points for making quick adjustments. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: ArcSoft, (510) 440-9901, www.arcsoft.com.

With Marilyn: An Evening/1961
In a revealing new photographic memoir, famed photographer Douglas Kirkland recounts an evening he spent taking pictures of Marilyn Monroe just one year before she died. Shooting her for Look magazine's 25th anniversary issue in 1961, the photographer created a series of timeless, flirtatious photographs that have been compiled for the first time in their entirety in the book With Marilyn: An Evening/1961 (Glitterati Incorporated). Estimated Street Price: $60. Contact: Ms. Mi Mi Chloe Park, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Roll It
With room for up to two DSLRs with lenses attached, the Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case from Petrol Bags is a solid choice when you need to bring multiple systems on a shoot, but still require mobility. The carry-on-size roller comes with detachable internal dividers that secure your gear and create pockets for storing spare lenses, a matte box, camera baseplate, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables and more. Without the dividers, the bag functions like a standard suitcase. The front lid quickly unzips for getting into the main compartment, and it has a padded pouch that fits a laptop with up to a 17-inch screen and a smaller, zippered envelope-style mesh pocket that holds small accessories. Estimated Street Price: $279. Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.

Zoom Tube
The Pro-Optic Macro Zoomer is an extension tube that allows you to continuously adjust magnification without having to remove the lens and change tubes. The tube functions like a zoom lens. Rotating its "zoom" ring adjusts the magnification. Autofocus and auto-exposure operation are both preserved. The focusing range is between 46mm and 68mm. The Macro Zoomer is available for Canon and Nikon shooters. Estimated Street Price: $129. Contact: Pro-Optic (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.


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