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Tag Archives: Photography

Project Your Flash Up To 8 Times Further With This Horseshoe Attachment

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Yes, it’s better to take pictures without the flash, or at the very least, without the basic pop-up flash. But if you’re in no position to adjust your ISO settings, and stabilize the camera for a longer exposure, you really have to. Thing is, there’s a very limited range to flashes, seeing as the light goes off in all directions. The Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-up Flash Booster uses a special Fresnel lens to focus the light from the existing flash, and project it outwards up to 8 times as far as normal. Used in conjunction with 100mm+ lenses, you should be able to catch a decent shot of the raccoons stealing your trash without even having to leave your front porch.

It’s not compatible with ever model of camera, but if your device is a Canon or Nikon in APS-C or DX format DSLR built in the past five years, you should be good to go. It’s $35.

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Forgot Your Tripod? Mount Your Camera On the Public Camera Stand Instead

Public Camera Stand

So you found the perfect spot to take a photo as a souvenir from your much-deserved vacation. You could use a tripod, ask some passerby to take your photo, or use the clever public camera stand instead. Unfortunately, the latter is only available in select locations, but hey, at least it’s another option.

These public camera stands are built by Sunpole, a Japan-based manufacturer of flagpoles and other outdoor products. The stand pictured above was spotted at a scenic area in Enoshima Island in Japan. It’s basically a tall structure with a small platform at the top, with a notch off to one side to hold your camera.Continue Reading

Control Your dSLR Remotely With Your Smartphone

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Getting that perfect shot sometimes means putting the camera in an angle that doesn’t leave any room for your big head. It’s for situations like that that the Weye Feye adapter was created. It connects to most Canon and Nikon dSLRs through the USB port, and allows you to sync up with your iPhone or Android handset running the associated app. Once connected, you have much more than a remote trigger.

It’ll transmit the live view straight to your phone, allowing you to control most of the major camera settings at the same time. ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and more can all be adjusted remotely, as you trigger your camera from up to 262ft (80 meters) away. You can also browse and download the photos you’ve already taken within the app’s gallery.

Chances of missing that perfect shot are also diminished because of the 0.2 second latency, which the company claims is the lowest on the market. That, combined with an 8h-14h (depending on operation mode) battery life, and you have an indispensable accessory for any serious photographer. It’s roughly $332, with a September release in the UK. No word on stateside availability.

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‘Face to GIF’ Web App Turns Your Selfies Into Animated GIFs

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Non-animated selfies are so yesterday. You can still be as vain as you want to be but add a little bit of fun and a whole lot of action by creating a GIF selfie instead. It normally involves a multi-step process to make GIFs, but Horia Dragomir has made it easier for everyone with her web app that’s aptly called ‘Face to GIF.’

The app accesses your web cam and turns the recorded video stream into a GIF. Quick, easy, and painless. After that, you can make edits or just send the GIF directly off to Imgur.

Start making your own GIFs here.

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DUO Camera Splits Into Two So You Can Shoot Two Perspectives For a Single Scene

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Sometimes, one camera just isn’t enough. Whether you want to shoot another perspective simultaneously or have a subject that’s too big for a single frame, neither is a problem when you’ve got the DUO camera. It’s basically a binary camera concept by Chin-Wei Liao, where one camera is actually two.

It sounds confusing, but here’s how it works: the DUO camera starts out as a single shooter. It can easily be separated into two parts when you’re ready to start shooting. They have synchronized triggers, so pressing the shutter of one side will also prompt the other one to take a shot.

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Poppy Turns Your iPhone Into a 3D Camera

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3D is all the rage these days, and if the people behind the Poppy are successful, then you might just be able to transform your iPhone into a 3D camera. If you take a closer look at it, the Poppy sort of looks like a Viewmaster, doesn’t it? That’s because its creators were actually inspired by these stereoscopes that were so popular in the eighties.

The Poppy has a slot in the middle where you’re supposed to insert your iPhone or iPod Touch. Only the iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod Touch are compatible with the device. There are mirrors in the Poppy which allow your iPhone camera to capture two stereographic images.

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These Giant DSLR Lens Are For Sitting, Not Shooting

DSLR Chair

The first time I saw my brother-in-law cry was when he sat on his fisheye lens after a particularly long shoot. Suffice to say, while his behind was perfectly fine, his lens were not. The second time was when his daughter grabbed his new lens from his bag and proceeded to play catch with her imaginary friend. You can just imagine how that scenario ended.

Breaking your lens is something you won’t ever have to worry about with Spanish design studio Monoculo ginormous DSLR reflex lenses, though. That’s because they’re (clearly) not actual lenses, but stools that were designed and created to look like one.

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iPhone Periscope For Sneaky Pictures

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This is a gadget that allows you to take pictures with your iDevice while you appear to just be looking down at it. It’s so that people don’t notice you’re taking a shot. If used properly, we think it’s a great product. But if you’re being a creep… well, we imagine you’re going to find ways of being a creep with or without some gadgets. See, we’re not exactly sure when it’s ok to be taking pictures of someone without their knowledge; people have become so sensitive to cameras these days. Not to mention, we’re unsure of the legal framework, although people do go around taking pictures all the time without getting sued… So what’s the proper etiquette? Maybe if you do decide to go around taking candid shots, at least ask your subjects afterwards if they’re ok with you keeping the pics? Right?

We’re really not sure which way to go with this stuff, and maybe some of our readers can enlighten us. Regardless of all that, the Periscope Lens is $23 and works with a wide variety of devices by using a sticky metal O-ring and a magnet on the detachable periscope itself.

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Aspekt is a Modular SLR Camera System That Lets You Keep On Shooting

Aspekt Modular SLR

Not all cameras are created equal. The same can be said for accessories. Photographers and hobbyists prefer different tools to create and capture their photographic masterpieces, which is why it’s so difficult to choose from only one brand because other lines might have more suitable options.

With this in mind, a team from the University of Applied Science in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany created Aspekt, a modular mirrorless SLR camera system that lets users attach and use different accessories and older lenses that are not normally supported by SLR cameras.
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