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3 Legged Thing Eric tripod
A tripod made by photographers, for photographers.
The Evolution X4 Eric is the most stable 26mm system. It features 4 leg sections made from 8 Core Stealth Carbon Fiber giving Eric has amazing rigidity and stability. Designed for multipurpose use, Eric folds down to a petite 500mm but is versatile enough to extend from 135mm to over 2 meters, making Eric one of the tallest and shortest carbon fiber tripods going.
That's a heck of a huge range, and you really have to see it to believe it. Not only that, but even at over 2 meters, the tripod feels solid, and the camera feels safe.
With a detachable Monopod, and a double section removable and reversible central column, Eric really is the ideal all-round tripod.
More info | Price: Starting at $400
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Datacolor Spyder4ELITE color calibrator
A properly color-calibrated screen means that you can be more confident when editing your images, enabling true-to-life reproduction.
There are plenty of other reasons:
- Displays render the same image differently: Calibration tunes your display to a reference standard and brings color consistency across desktop, laptop, multiple displays, televisions, projectors, iPad, iPhone and Android devices
- Displays change over time: Recalibration returns it to reference state for brightness and color
- Prints often do not match display: Display calibration provides a base for better print matching
- Wide gamut displays may be oversaturated: Without calibration even wide-gamut displays may be inaccurate
- Highlight and shadow details may be inaccurate: Control of brightness, white point and tone response with calibration
- Image colors are not true to life: After calibration, images can be viewed and edited with confidence
The Spyder4ELITE is a full-spectrum 7-color sensor that can accurately characterize a variety of wide gamut and normal displays.
More info | Price: $200
HDRsoft Photomatix Pro software
Anyone who has ever tried to photograph a high contrast scene knows that even the best exposure gives you blown out highlights, or flat shadows, or both. Filters can certainly help, but there's only so far they can go sometimes.
This is where HDR comes in. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and this is a process where you take several photos at different exposures and combine them into a single image.
Using Photomatix you can produce HDR images that are either natural looking or extreme, depending on choice. While there are a number of HDR tools on the market – even Photoshop has that feature built-in – Photomatix is currently the most sophisticated easiest-to-use solution out there.
More info | Price: Essentials: $39 | Pro: $99
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