Magic Bullet Photolooks 2

There are many plug-ins for Photoshop that change an image’s looks, but few are as feature-complete as Red Giant’s Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 2. This mighty plug-in is a direct port of the company’s video color grading plug-in, but contrary to most ports, this one actually makes sense.

HDR Efex Pro 2

Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro remains one of the best HDR (high-dynamic-range) systems available. In version 2, there’s new tone mapping, improved ghost reduction, and alignment algorithms/controls.

Nikon D800

Kudos to Nikon for bringing in such an incredible camera at an affordable price!

Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite Ultimate 2013

Maya is the king when it comes to cinematic and visual effects. Some of the notable new features that make this an intriguing update are Maya nHair, ATOM Animation Transfer, and Bullet Physics.

Glidetrack HD Hybrid Slider

The motion produced by slowly sliding a camera along a rail adds visual interest. For medium-sized camcorders and video-capable digital SLRs, a Scottish company has developed the Glidetrack HD Hybrid Slider.

ProShow Web

The video-production learning curve presents a greater level of difficulty than photo editing; however, video can add value to your services. For those who aren’t fluent in Adobe After Effects or Premiere, creating professional videos may seem overwhelming, but there are video-production options that offer a WYSIWYG approach.

Extensis Suitcase Fusion 4

Although not a major upgrade, Suitcase Fusion 4 is a must-have if you’re running any Adobe CS6 software. It has a new, improved panel interface within InDesign, Illustrator, InCopy, and Photoshop (CS5–CS6).

X-Rite i1Photo Pro 2

The i1Photo Pro 2 is X-Rite’s impressive, new, comprehensive, color-management solution for professional photographers.

Booq Python Courier

The Booq Python courier is a brilliantly designed, midsize, messenger-style camera bag that’s packed with features.

Rampant Designs Tools

Just like in the photography world, the video world has a TON of plugins and stock special effects that you can purchase and use with your non-linear editing program.

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