We'd like to share some very special items that we recommend or might wish for under our own tree. What are you hinting for this holiday season? Tell us in the comments section, and we might add it here.
—Joan Sherwood, Senior Editor
"Slide:ology The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations"
By Nancy Duarte
Though it's written for business presenters, this book contains fantastic, straightforward guidelines, instruction and ideas that photographers can use to prepare an unbeatable client, civic group or workshop presentation. Just like a great presentation, it's easy to digest and you'll come away amazed with how much valuable information it contains. It takes you step-by-step through the process of building a presentation, from brainstorming to color design to rehearsal. It leads you to examine the message you want to deliver, how to do it better, what your audience will respond to, and how to organize and design the visual elements. If you use a presentation to close the deal or make the sale, you should be devoting some serious thought to how it's put together and how you deliver it. This book will teach you more than you knew there was to know about creating engaging, professional presentations that get the job done. —JS
$34.99 ($23.09 on Amazon.com)
Look for an interview in the January issue of Professional Photographer with "Slide:ology" author Nancy Duarte, President and CEO of Duarte Design, the firm that created the presentation for Al Gore's Oscar-winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth."
Calumet ZipDisc Package with ZipDisc Arm & Stand (RM4040K1)
Illuminate curves and details with natural, white light. This 42-inch translucent zipdisc works inside or outside, fits on the arm and stand, plus gives you the freedom to create great images. Check it out.
Zion and McKinley Backpacks from M-Rock, currently 20% off
Identical except the McKinley includes large roller wheels and locking telescope handle. The backpacks include a modular interior with a removable Accessory Bag and spare dividers for three set up options. The basic set up is for a regular or Pro DSLR camera with up to a 6-inch lens attached, with room for an additional two to four lenses or photo accessories. The Accessory Bag can hold more electronics, personal items or hiking gear. Replace the Accessory Bag with the extra dividers to use all of the interior space for extra photographic supplies and load your camera with up to a 9-inch lens attached. The removed Accessory Bag has Web & Velcro arms below that can securely attach to the fabric handle on top of the backpacks.
$230-290 (not including discount).
The Bowler by Acme Made
If you're looking for something more in the squee-inducing neighborhood of adorable, you should look into The Bowler. It does double duty as both a camera bag and a purse, is colorful, durable, and sized to fit most smaller DSLR cameras with interior dimensions of 7x3.5x6.25 inches. Materials are high-quality synthetic leather, tricot and YKK zippers; includes hidden exterior accessory pockets and loops for a shoulder strap; padded adjustable divider can be moved or removed entirely. If you can hold out until March for a bigger size, there's a Super Bowler on the way.
$39.99 special offer for the holidays.
drop it MODERN Photography Backdrops
drop it MODERN, is a new line of photography backdrops that have been created to enhance your photographic settings. Our professional photographers have hand-selected fabrics with flattering textures, colors and patterns to bring out the quality and inventiveness of your photographs. drop it MODERN backdrops are made with luxurious materials including high end velvet, brushed cotton and plush chenille.
These are not your typical muslin backdrops—drop it MODERN has taken the backdrop to a whole other level by utilizing textures and colors only found in designer fabrics. They cannot be found at your local fabric store or on-line. Owner Breanne Schaap, of Schaap Studios Photography, is known for the eye-catching textures and colors she uses in her style of photography. Schaap has personally worked with each backdrop and has chosen distinctive fabrics with textures and colors that best suit the portrait client. The designs are fresh: some modern, some vintage, and they will leave your clients wanting more!
Price varies by size and selection.
Image ©Breanne Schapp