Hear on Gear 30, we’ll look at the new TTL speed light, from Phottix; the Mirtos.
The Mistos is an affordable alternative to brand speed lights. It has built-in IR triggering with master and slave modes, AF assist lighting, and auto and manual zooming flash head; all with fast recycle times. The Mitros is made for Cannon DSLRs; however, Phottix is working hard to release both a Sony and Nikon version.
Today’s gear is a Westcott Rapid Box. This is a 20-inch octa-mini soft box that’s durable and compact, and it’s easy to setup and breakdown. It comes with a 1-stop diffuser that’s obviously removable. You can also install a deflector plate that turns into a beauty dish. A shoe mount and a solar bracket is included, along with a carrying case. This product comes in this 20 inch, a 26 inch and also a stripped soft box.
Copyright issues are very important for all photographer’s these days, and it seems there are more misconceptions than fact when you look for information or ask others about these complicated laws. I myself have read books, magazine articles, and spoken to many on this subject in order to protect myself from blatant violations.
Notice I used the word “blatant”, which to me means a case where someone else is obviously benefiting from my creative work and has not tried to compensate me in any way. My whole philosophy on image “stealing” is that if you do not want to ever have anyone “borrow” one of your images, then don’t put it online. Once you put something out into cyberspace, you can’t stop anyone from decided they want to use it without your permission.
Hi. I’m Danny, from 3-Legged Thing. People often ask us, “What’s with the color scheme?” Allow me to explain, with a little help from my mate, Keith. Did you know black is the only color that doesn’t occur in nature? With the exception of pandas, penguins, and ninjas, all of which are entirely fictional. Why is it that the one color that doesn’t occur in nature is the one color that consistently appears on tripods? How does that make any sense?
In one of our early reviews, the reviewer, a wildlife photographer, whilst highly-acclaiming the product, suggested that he could never use one of our tripods because the ball heads were blue; yeah, because wildlife is afraid of blue. Birds, frightened of blue. Fish, terrified of blue.
We collected 10,000 images of the planet; landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, seascapes, wildlife shots, and then went through a painstaking process to ascertain which colors occurred most often through those images. Number 1 was this blue. Number 2, the bronze. 2/3 of our planet is this color. Isn’t it time your tripod made more sense?
Cropping images can be tricky. Sometimes, awkward crops can result in bad composition. But, this photography cropping illustration from Digital Camera World shows you the best—and worst—areas to crop a subject so you can avoid creating awkward portraits. A cheat sheet if you will.
The green lines are the “good” places to crop and the red lines are the ones to avoid. Every image is different, so this may not cater to your image, but it gives you the right direction.
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Hey, everybody. My name is Robert Rodriguez, Jr. I’m a landscape photographer, working primarily right here in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. For me as an outdoor photographer and hiker, nothing beats a great backpack for getting my gear around. I’ve used lots of backpacks from different manufacturers over my career, but for the last few years, I’ve relied exclusively on Gura Gear bags. They’re light and well designed. They’re strong, and most importantly for me, they’re really comfortable on my back and shoulders, especially when I’m carrying lots of heavy gear around. They just make my life in the field a lot easier, whether I’m carrying stuff around out here on a long hike, traveling my air, or just getting my gear from one place to another in my car.
I’ve been field-testing their latest model, the Bataflae 26L, for a few months now. I have to tell you, I really, really, really like it. It’s got some great new features over past models from Gura Gear, the most obvious one being this beautiful new color that it comes in; a nice gray. I thought I would share my thoughts and opinions, and also go over some of the key features of this bag that make it a top choice for me, and help you decide whether it’s the right bag for you.
We’re back here in my studio where it’s a little bit warmer than it was outside, thankfully. Let’s get right into it. The Bataflae bag comes in two sizes, a 26L and a 32L; ‘L’ stands for liters. The only difference, really, between the two bags is the height. The 32L is about 4 inches higher than the 26, otherwise, same width and same depth. It really depends on your personal preference, how much gear you want to carry. For me, the 26L kind of fit the sweet spot between the size, the weight when it’s loaded, and how it
Invented in the early 1970′s by cameraman Garrett Brown, the Steadicam has become a staple in the world of motion pictures. But given how frequently it’s used, most of us have lost appreciation for the true impact the camera stabilizer has made.
Ever been in this situation? You ask someone a question. They answer. Yet, something about their body language leads you to suspect something is, well… off. The fact is that is it much easier for a person to provide you with an answer they think you will want to hear than to hide their body language.
This is not to suggest that people lie. Rather, it highlights the differential in what someone speaks and what someone’s body language indicates. One is more telling than the other.
Rain Covers can protect your gear from all the elements—not just rain! Mother nature throws all kinds of corrosive material at your gear: sand, salt spray, snow and dust to name a few. Think about how dirty your clothes were the last time you shot near the water or in a dusty field. That same stuff that made your clothes dirty is on your gear!
Your choice of rain covers is all over the board, both in price and in sizes. From $5 plastic disposable covers to high tech solutions running several hundred dollars, it might be overwhelming as to which one to choose.