The Best Photography Accessories of 2010
- Tue, 30 Nov 2010
Looking for the perfect accessory? We have a few ideas that won't break the bank...
Back up your files or restore them with ease using this simple software. The additional Boot CD (£9) also includes system rescue tools.
MAGIX PHOTOSTORY ON CD AND DVD 9 £39
Turn your images and videos into slideshows in record time, using this very latest edition of the Photostory software.
REALLUSION CRAZYTALK 6 STANDARD
CrazyTalk gives static images the ability to take on a life of their own, animating portraits to dialogue to produce fun and eye-catching videos.
REALLUSION CRAZYTALK 6 PRO
Much like the standard version CrazyTalk Pro can animate still images, with a larger degree of control over the movements and emotive reflexes of the images.
LENSPEN PANAMATIC PLUS
Seamless panoramic photos, complete with Arcsoft software.
REALLUSION ICLONE 4 PRO
Create stunning 3D effects in combination with real video or as a standalone project, creating some incredible CGI footage.
MAGIX XTREME WEB DESIGNER 5
A simple way to create your own website, including the ability to add Flash animations and YouTube videos with 500MB of online storage included for free.
MAGIX RESCUE YOUR VIDEOTAPES 3
Capture, fix and optimise your old video tapes thanks to the Magix Rescue Your Videotapes hardware and software combination.
MAGIX MOVIE EDIT PRO 17 PLUS
A fully featured video editing program for the aspiring filmmaker, with the ability to create HD videos as well as Stereo 3D productions.
GENIUS EFFACE 2050 HD WEB CAM
For those making video calls or utilising the likes of CrazyTalk to create some fun effects, a high-res image is vital. The eFace Webcam from Genius has a 2MP sensor and the ability to shoot HD video, making it the perfect accompaniment for a number of web and offline-based projects.
COREL PSP PHOTO X3
An impressive combination between powerful editing tools and a simple-to-use interface, with plenty of clever functions and features.
COREL VIDEO STUDIO PRO X3
Whether you're making a few simple trims to a home video or trying to put together a more professional product, Video Studio Pro is more than capable of producing both.
FOTOSPEED PF LUSTRE A4 (50)
A less shiny image than standard gloss makes this paper type perfect for more detailed images, such as macro work.
FOTOSPEED PLATINIUM BARYTA 300GSM A4 (20)
A heavyweight paper with a glossy finish that isn't overly shiny, giving a more realistic level tonal gradient across the images.
The Epson PX820FWD can operate with a sole power cable, thanks to Wi-Fi connectivity, and has the ability to scan, copy and fax documents. With a large touch panel to operate the functions and a memory card reader built in, anyone wanting to print a photo directly needn't even turn on a computer.
MICHAEL FREEMAN DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY REFERENCE SYSTEM
A seven part Digital Photography kit including all the information a photographer will need, from a wallet-sized tip guide to a hard cover book about the Art of Photography.
A simple to attach softbox for a flashgun design to give a less harsh level of light across your image.
LASTOLITE TRI-GRIP REFLECTOR
Thanks to a helpful grip handle the Lastolite tri-grip reflector can be easily angled to ensure the best possible flight placement.
BILLINGHAM F/2.8 KHAKI BAG
Billingham is well known for producing understated, well made products that allow the photographer easy access to kit while protecting it from bumps and knocks. The f/2.8 is well padded, with high quality leather straps and enough space for a DSLR and a few lenses.
The innovative Samsung PL150 doubles up on the LCD screens by including a second display on the front of the camera, allowing easier framing for self-portraits or a large countdown timer when taking a group shot. The camera also has a 12MP sensor, HD movie recording and 5x optical zoom.
SAMSUNG 8GB PLUS COMPACT FLASH CARD
For burst-shooting photographers the transfer speed of a memory card makes all the difference. Samsung's 8GB CompactFlash has that in spades thanks to its 233x transfer rate.
CANON EOS ACCESSORY KIT
Not only does this EOS Kit come with a 100 EG bag and lens cleaning cloth, but also included is a copy of Adobe's Photoshop Elements 8 photo editing software.
DUST OFF DUSTER JUNIOR 100ML
Dust on a DSLR sensor is a constant annoyance, so a spray of compressed air can clear the problem without physical contact.
HERMA REMOVABLE GLUE DISPENSER
A helpful accessory for any situation, Herma removable glue can be easily peeled off after usage.
SWANN DVR4-421 PEN CAM
The Swann Pen Cam has a cleverly hidden pinhole camera to record up to three hours of video, and also has a fully working ballpoint pen to maintain the illusion. The top half of the pen can then be removed in order to download the footage direct to USB.
LENSPEN SENSORKLEAR PRO
Clean your image sensor from dirt and dust like a pro.
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Superb for cleaning your lenses
COKIN ND GRAD KIT
This P series filter kit includes a filter holder plus Grad grey G2 soft (NDX8), Grad grey G2 Medium (NDX4), and Grad grey G2 light (NDX2) ND filters.
MANFROTTO JOYSTICK HEAD 324RC2
Rather than unscrewing various screws and bolts to move a tripod head around the 324 RC2 has a single grip for releasing and manoeuvring the camera, making it far easier to track a moving object. There's also a quick release plate for handheld shooting when the need arises and a spirit level to ensure shots are flat.
A tripod attachment that allows up to three flashguns to be attached to one stand, saving space in the studio and time as only one tripod needs manoeuvring.
JOBY GORILLAPOD MAGNETIC
Strong magnetic feet help this Gorillapod hang from anywhere.
A handy gorillapod tripod attachment for your iPod touch, to provide a steady shot for photos or videos.
Ideal for lighting up darkened spots thanks to its wrap-around legs.
Foot-anchored camera support that can fit in your pocket.
SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGING FOUNDATION IN DIGITAL IMAGING COURSE
A home study course in how to edit and improve your photos after shooting.
WE ADMIRE T-SHIRT VOUCHER
The perfect fashion statement for any photographer that comes in a number of sizes and in both male and female designs.
2 TICKETS FOR CHARLIE WAITE SEMINAR
On the 23rd February famed landscape photographer Charlie Waite talks through some of his favorite images and how he took them. Call 0203 1484 326 for more details.
A 16GB 400x speed CompactFlash card, 16GB Echo SE USB drive and Dual Slot reader should provide enough storage for a day's shooting, as well as the means to read the images.
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WHAT DIGITAL CAMERA SUBSCRIPTION £35
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