I’ve long been a fan of JOBY’s various products. They tend to be simple, effective and well made. In fact, the very first GorillaPod tripod I reviewed is still going strong! For the past year or so, I have keeps a JOBY GripTight Micro Stand on my keychain. Just last week a person I was with said, “I wish weRead more
One of the big selling points of the Sony NEX-6 I recently purchased was the built-in WiFi that allows for wireless on-the-go transfers from the camera to an iOS device. (Yeah, I like the small size, awesome picture quality and interchangeable lenses too but this WiFi thing really caught my eye!) Fortunately you don’t need to go out and buyRead more
While I do own a decent DSLR and love to use it, the best camera you can use is the one in your hand. Most of you have heard that phrase, and it is true. Obviously no image can be captured if there is no camera to see it. These days almost everyone has a camera with them in the
Remember that scene from the Crocodile Dundee movie where the protagonist is threatened with a small switchblade retorts “That’s not a knife…“, then proceeds to pull out his own much larger knife and says “That’s a knife!” and saves the day? In the world of camera lens add-ons for your phones, owners of Samsung Galaxy S4 phones equipped with a
Lowpro’s recently announced their new Transit Series of camera bags. This “design-forward” line is comprised of the Transit Sling 250 AW and Backpack 350 AW. Both bags feature fast-access, front to back rotation for rapid camera retrieval and UltraFlex™ fit system for endless organization options. The UltraFlex system is particularly interesting. The best way to understand what it offers isRead more
The Lowepro Photo Hatchback 16L AW camera backpack is a great way to carry and protect your mirror less camera, a tablet and a healthy selection of gear.
When preparing for CES 2013 last January I tried a number of bags and backpacks that would allow me to carry my camera gear and my tablet all day long. Ultimately I
Think Tank Photos Mirrorless Mover line of bags is a great way to carry and protect your mirrorless camera. The line is “scaled to fit today’s compact, mirrorless cameras, this collection of bags offers the same top quality materials and craftsmanship that Think Tank is known for. “The Mirrorless Mover 30i is also the first accessory I am getting toRead more
It was about this time last year that I decided to up my photographic game. After a good bit of searching, I settled on the Canon T3i DSLR and a number of lenses. I’ve been quite happy with the camera but, at times, wanted something that sat between the small and easy to use camera on my smartphone andRead more
Artec Inc. develops and sells 3D scanners (a.k.a. 3D cameras) that function in real-time. Their uniquely versatile equipment is used in fields such as reverse engineering, medical imaging, archeology, art digitization, computer animation, prototyping, and anthropology. Artec Inc. also develops and produces biometric security, 3D face recognition technology, and advanced 3D imaging and processing technologies. The company has offices inRead more
Tom Santora, the creator of Mi (Mobile Intelligence) Alerts, recently explained these new, multipurpose systems to me that all stem from one central communication hub – your mobile phone.
“Our mobile intelligence technology called MiAlert involves several functions where people get important information via their mobile phone/device,” says Santora. “Our multi-phased plan will make this technology available for several
While for the most part I tend to write posts on things that cost a few bucks (or that are even FREE!), or at most a few tens of dollars, every once in a while we point out to you, our faithful readers, items that (no kidding) are way up there on the top of the money spectrum. Like ourRead more
Even though I love them, I’ll be the first to admit that lens and other camera adapter equipment looks a little bizarre when mated to a smartphone. In the day, your 35mm SLR camera was a big, bulky sucker. It had heft, size, and throw-weight. So when you hooked up big lenses to it, it didn’t look too odd. NowRead more
Before CES 2013 I reviewed the Pelican ProGear S100 Elite Backpack. It is a serious backpack for people who need serious protection for their laptop, tablet and assorted gear in the go. Now the company has released their Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera backpack. The Pelican ProGear S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera Backpack features the same basic designRead more
We’ve all seen those first-person action videos of guys and gals flying down the slopes, jumping out of planes, or slashing through the whitewater on their kayaks. These videos are entertaining and provide the viewer a peek at exactly how it would look if you were risking your own neck out there, without all the danger and adrenaline. The problemRead more
12X Telescope Lens with Hard Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100
Sometimes, you want to enhance the lens on your smartphone, right? So if you have a Galaxy Note, maybe you want to get yourself a case with a nice, telescoping lens on it like this 12x Telescope Lens with Hard Case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 by
I hate synching my devices to computers. It’s much simpler to use iCloud and Photostream than it is to fire up the beast that is iTunes these days. In an all-iOS environment, this works great. But if I have a number of photos that need to be edited in Picasa, it’s a pain to download what I need from Photostream
I received a review sample of the Chrome Niko Camera Pack backpack a few weeks ago, andI’ve been using it on and off since them. I loved the fact that the backpack came with a handwritten note that encouraged me to “be hard on the bag”. Always one to take direction well (okay not really) I have been doing justRead more
If you are looking for a small, light backpack you can stop reading now. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a backpack that is large, flexible, comfortable to carry and tough enough to last and last keep reading.
Tom Bihn’s Brain Bag is a pricey backpack that is large and flexible enough to serve as a weekender,
Project Title: tabMount – Tripod Adapter for iPad, iPad mini, & All Tablets
Closing Date for Funding: January 27, 2013
URL of the Project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ndrasheta/tabmount-tripod-adapter-for-ipad-ipad-mini-and-all
From the Creatives: “Imagine being able to mount your iPad, iPad mini, or whatever tablet you are currently using to a standard tripod. That’s exactly what you’ll be able to do with the
When writing news posts for Gear Diary about Kickstarter projects, I sometimes idly wonder, “What happens to these folks if they don’t meet their goals? Do they just fade off into obscurity? Or what?” Well, I’m sure that some of them do, but the folks who worked on the Photoboop Kickstarter project most certainly didn’t, even though they didn’t meet
As a general rule, I don’t take photos and then fiddle about with them. I don’t use Photoshop; I don’t print out 8×10 color glossy photos with circles and arrows on the back of each one to use as evidence; I don’t modify photos. It’s just my nature. But I’m odd (as we’ve established many times), and there are plenty
If you work in a creative industry, chances are you use software programs from Adobe’s extensive creative suite. The issue, of course, is that these applications are insanely expensive. Interested in image-manipulation through Photoshop CS6? MSRP will cost you $700 for that program alone. You can grab it off Amazon right now for $560, but that’s not exactly a bargain.Read more
Due to an inflamed nerve and subsequent surgery following some skeet shooting with my Pop a decade ago, I can’t do anything remotely “extreme”. No skiing, skateboarding, snowboarding, or what have you. And even when I was skiing a lot, I was not the level of skill where I might want to capture my ineptitude on camera for later analysis
We recently reviewed Epson’s Expression Premium XP-800 Small-in-One Printer. (Read the review.) I was impressed.
Judie and I came back from Aruba having taken a huge number of pictures. Many of them can be seen in this post on “Amazing Aruba“.
Some of them are so good that I wanted to print and frame them for
Back when Maggie was a wee bairn, panoramic photos that you could take yourself were something that was just really getting off the ground. We were still deep in the world of actual physical film, but you could buy cameras–including disposable cameras–that with several snaps allowed you to “automatically” create a panoramic photo.
But hey, we’re well into the digital