Gear:30 – Phottix Mitros TTL Flash For Canon

April 8th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Today on Gear:30; the Phottix Mitros TTL Flash For Canon. An affordable alternative to brand speedlights.

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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.

 

Gear: 30, Everyday!

April 5th, 2013 by Clay Cook

A project we have finally kicked into “gear”. Everyday, we will be posting a 30 second video on all the latest and greatest products available here, at Outdoor Photo Gear.

This is Gear: 30!

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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.

 

The Photographers Guide to Copyright

April 1st, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

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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.

3 Legged Thing – What’s With The Blue?

March 28th, 2013 by Clay Cook

We get a lot of questions about the colors used on 3 Legged Thing tripods. What ‘s with the blue ball head and bronze frame?

Danny Darkside explains it all with a some help from Keith and Troy The Turkey. 

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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?

Why, thank you, mythical beast.

 

Avoid That Awkward Crop With This Cheat Sheet

March 25th, 2013 by Clay Cook

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.

Crop Sheet

How to Create Dazzling Star Trails Photos, From Start to Finish

March 18th, 2013 by Richard Gottardo

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Some people have been asking for tips on how to do star trails. There seems to be a few misconceptions and a few different methods. Here’s a tutorial on my personal technique.

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What you need:

  • Camera (obviously)
  • Remote shutter release (or duct tape… You’ll see)
  • Tripod
  • Clear skies
  • Adobe Bridge (optional but highly recommended), and Photoshop
  • Time (lots of it)

Robert Rodriguez Jr. – In-Depth Review Gura Gura Bataflae 26L Backpack

March 18th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

What makes a good camera backpack? What should I buy? As photographers, we always ask questions.

But, let’s skip the questions and just let you decide after watching this awesome review…

Robert Rodriguez Jr., a professional landscape photographer explores his Gura Gear Bataflae 26L and shows how efficient it is in the field.

Check out the Gura Gear Bataflae 26L here.

Check out Robert’s website for images, workshops, webinars and more: LINK

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

The Art of the Steadicam

March 10th, 2013 by DL Cade

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.

UX For #togs – Believe What They Do. Not What They Say

February 24th, 2013 by Theodore A. Stark

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.

Choosing The Right Rain Cover For Your Gear

February 14th, 2013 by Chris Klapheke

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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.