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Carry a camera tripod in your pocket

on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

You’ll always have a tripod when you need it if you carry a Bottle Cap Tripod in your pocket.  The bottom is a stretchy, rubber socket that fits on the top of most any kind of water or soda bottle.  The top is a standard tripod mount that works with any camera with a tripodRead More…

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Belkin NetCam HD+ Wi-Fi Camera with Glass Lens and Night Vision review

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

I’ve avoided playing with “home” monitoring cameras because (1) I live in a tiny condo in San Francisco, and (2) my son is 8 now and we’re past the baby monitoring stage.  I do have friends and family with small children, so I figured I owed it to them to stay on top of thisRead More…

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Fly6 is a bicycle tail light that reminds others to safely share the road

on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Some time ago, Kingsley Fiegert was out riding his bicycle when someone in a passing car leaned out and shot him with a slingshot.  Kingsley was understandably in shock and in a great deal of pain, and he didn’t have the presence of mind to note the car’s license plate.  Kingsley and his business partner, Andrew Hagen,Read More…

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The Clutch, Slid and Anchor Links are three accessories to help you hold on to your camera

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

So, you have that camera you always wanted and now you are looking for accessories to help make you a better shooter. Neck straps and hand straps are a couple of items that come to mind when I think of camera accessories and, the Clutch, Slide and Anchor Links Kickstarter project from Peter Dering andRead More…

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Expert Shield Screen Protector review

on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I have a Fujifilm X-M1 camera that I purchased not too long ago. I thoroughly enjoy using this camera and intend to take good care of it. I had been thinking about purchasing a screen protector for the LCD screen to protect it from scratches, especially when I wear the camera around my neck andRead More…

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Share files wirelessly to your mobile device from your camera

on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Tablets and smart phones are a great way to carry and share photos; they have replaced those little photo albums called “brag books” that people used to carry in their purses or gear bags.  Many of these mobile devices have cameras to take photos with, but let’s face it, the quality of those photos aren’tRead More…

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Use your smart phone or tablet as a remote shutter release for your DSLR

on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

I’ve purchased remote shutter releases for all of the Nikon DSLRs that I own.  Some are wireless, some are wired, but they all require me to push a button to get a photo – and that’s all it can do.  With the Triggertrap cable and an app for your smart phone (most versions of iPhoneRead More…

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OnSlot is a screen cleaner that stores on your camera’s hot shoe

on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

When I first saw the OnSlot On-Hot Shoe Cleaner I was confused because I didn’t know there was such a huge problem with dirty hot shoes on our cameras. But then I read the product description and learned that the hot shoe is just a place to store the OnSlot when you’re not using it.Read More…

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Convert your old Super 8 movies to digital video

on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Super 8 movie cameras and players are going the way of the dinosaur, if they haven’t already gone.  The time is now to convert that pile of movies that you or your parents have laying around.  With the Super 8 to Digital Video Converter, you can convert them yourself, without having to search for aRead More…

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Make taking selfies easier with Brando’s Quick Selfie Pole with Shutter Button

on Friday, June 13th, 2014

When using your cell phone to take selfies, you are limited by the length of your arm.  That limits the number of people you’re able to include in a photo, and you may find it hard to trigger the camera when you’ve got your arm stretched out to the limit.  With Brando’s Quick Selfie PoleRead More…

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Add some extra light on the subject with this iPhone camera flash accessory

on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

iPhones have decent cameras, and you can snap even better photos with the built-in flash.  That flash does have its problems, though, because it’s fired directly at the subject.  Photos can look harsh if you were too close to the subject, or they can be dark if you were too far away.  The Nova externalRead More…

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Snappgrip adds DSLR-like controls to your iPhone

on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

It can be hard to hold the iPhone steady while you reach for the virtual button on the screen or find a volume button to trigger the camera to snap a picture.  If you like taking pictures with your iPhone but you’d like controls that are easier to find and use, consider the Snappgrip iPhoneRead More…

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Turn your keyboard into a photo-editing cheat sheet

on Saturday, June 7th, 2014

If you do a lot of photo editing, you may already know all the keyboard shortcuts to make your task easier.  But if you’re a novice, or a not-so-novice who just can’t remember all those shortcuts, these Keyboard Shortcut Skins for Apple keyboards will help you speed up the process of editing your photos.  SkinsRead More…

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Have a changeable art gallery with these decals

on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Do you still take a lot of photos with a film camera?  Or perhaps you use digital, but you still like to print out your images?  In either case, you probably like to display them, and you probably want something that looks more polished than thumbtacks or double-sided tape to attach them to the wall.Read More…

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Butterfleye is a new smart social camera for the connected home

on Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Keeping an eye on your property and loved ones when you’re not physically there is important for your peace of mind and for security purposes. The Butterfleye is a new camera that features completely wireless operation, two way audio and Active Eye Intelligence which automatically captures 1920 x 1080 pictures and videos using motion detectionRead More…

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Canon EF 16-35 f/4 L IS: a cheaper and stable alternative

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

Canon’s EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II is a very popular lens, particularly for landscape and architectural photography.  It has remained out of the reach of many enthusiast photographers due to its very high price  ($1700, but at the time of this writing there is a $200 mail-in rebate).  The lens is also not image stabilized,Read More…

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Naneu UrbanGear U60 Camera Backpack review

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I love photography.  There is seldom a moment when I am not at work and there isn’t a camera in my hand.  Like all photographers, I go through camera bags like crazy.  What works for one application somehow doesn’t seem to work for another.  I have used such camera bags as the Billingham Hadley ProRead More…

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Improve photo and video quality with the Olloclip iPad 4-in-1 Photo Lens

on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Someone once said that your best camera is the one you happen to have with you.  Sometimes your iPad is the camera you happen to have, and for some people, the iPad is the only camera they have.  The iPad’s back camera is pretty good, but it could be improved, and that’s the purpose ofRead More…

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This Samsung camera takes selfies (and all your other photos) to a higher level

on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Why limit yourself to taking selfies in your bathroom?  With the Samsung NX Mini camera, you can photograph yourself anywhere in the world.  You can always see what you’re including in the shot, because the 3″ LCD touchscreen view screen can flip up and face forward.  The camera is slim (0.9″) and light (5.6 ounces),Read More…

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Ztylus Revolver Smartphone Camera Kit review

on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Torn. Conflicted. Confused. Verklempt.  Ok, maybe not verklempt, but conflicted, yes.  I am one of those people who gave up the traditional digital camera and exclusively use my Samsung Galaxy S4 as my digital camera.  It’s with me all the time, right?  And like many of you I have struggled to take good pictures consistentlyRead More…

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Tilt-shift focus on the cheap: The Lensbaby Composer Pro

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

The Lensbaby Composer Pro is an intriguing solution to selecting the perfect focus spot in your composition.  Available in mounts for several ILC and dSLR cameras, it is a fully manual lens with a manual aperture control and swivel lens.  The aperture settings will determine the width of the in-focus area and the swivel lensRead More…

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Never pay someone to scan your photo negatives again

on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Posted in: Camera Gear, News

With the iPhone and Android Film Scanner, you’ll be able to scan your own 35mm photo negatives directly into your smartphone, as easily as snapping a photo.  And you’ll be able to color correct or even stitch together images before you save them.  You’ll need to use the LomoScanner app from Lomography on your AppleRead More…

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Kamerar KamPro Handle Kit review

on Monday, April 14th, 2014

The GoPro action cameras are synonymous with capturing exciting video.  But what if you want to hold the tiny camera instead of strapping to your helmet or the handlebars on your bike?  The Kamerar KamPro Handle Kit is a flexible and clever way to do just that.

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Now they’re just enabling you: GabbaGoods #TheSelfie Camera Remote Shutter Release

By: Mark Rosengarten
on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The selfie craze has swept the nation, it has been determined that some people are even addicted to taking selfies.  With smartphones having front-facing cameras, I guess this phenomenon was pretty much inevitable.  Heck, I was taking selfies with my little Olympus Stylus pocket film camera back in the 1980′s, when I’d actually have toRead More…

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iPhone selfies made easier with the HISY Wireless Smartphone Selfie Remote

on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

For all those selfie addicts out there who can’t go even one day without posting a picture of themselves to Facebook or Instagram, I have a tiny gadget that will make it even easier for you to annoy all your friends with your attention seeking photo habits. It’s the HISY Wireless Smartphone Selfie Remote forRead More…