August 20th, 2013
by Clay Cook
GoPro cameras with their underwater housing units have really revolutionized the world of film making and consumer video. Never before has there been a more fun waterproof and rugged system, although a little pricey. Now a company called Optrix has created waterproof and heavy duty housings for your iPhone, letting you shoot like the GoPro, using a camera you already have! Taking it a step further, Optix features mounts and even interchangeable lenses for incredible footage. As you may know, the Apple iPhone 5 has nearly the same capabilities as the GoPro camera, including recording in full high definition 1080p.
We’ve been really excited to break out the Optrix gear ever since we stumbled onto the product. Once everything arrived, I put the Optrix XD5 Case to the test, a quick underwater test.
August 13th, 2013
by Troy Eckburg
The Think Tank Retrospective line just got better. If you are considering purchasing a bag in the near future, this should make your short list. Think Tank introduced the Retrospective 7 which fits comfortably between the 5 and 10 but is distinct enough to stand on its own. In case you were a little tired of the Pinestone and Black colors – no worries – because Think Tank has produced this bag in Blue Slate which reflects a denim-style hue. A chic look on the streets will provide multiple opportunities to catch a hipster salivating over your bag.
August 9th, 2013
by Clay Cook
Everyone can appreciate a well executed timelapse and Luke Shepard hasn’t fallen short here. Over the course of three months, Luke traveled to 21 countries and 36 cities to create a capture the gorgeous timelapse of Europe’s most iconic man made architecture. This is Nighvision.
August 3rd, 2013
by Clay Cook
The biggest and the baddest military grade camera straps on the market today. Designed to carry insane loads far outside camera and lens weights, it may resemble more like rock climbing gear then a camera strap. But, just know that your camera is secure and isn’t going anywhere. This is Vulture Equipment Works. Here is a quick look into the A2 and A4 Camera Straps!
July 30th, 2013
by John Adkins
There is a new kid in town, the Phottix Mitros TTL flash and if you’re in the market for a good, TTL flash for your Nikon (or Canon) camera and don’t want pay the equivalent of a high-end car payment, then this is definitely an option to consider.
Ever since Phottix released the Mitros for Canon, I’ve been frothing at the mouth to try the Nikon version out which is now on the market. Why? Because (as many of you may know) I’m a die hard Nikon fan, especially their flashes and CLS system, so when another flash came out on the market claiming to work seamlessly with the CLS system for considerably less cash, I’ll admit my curiosity peaked. The good folks at Outdoor Photo Gear got a few in and gave me one to run through the ringer, so this is my review…
July 29th, 2013
by Mike Moats
If you would like a few unique close-up images, just keep your eyes looking upwards into the leaf canopy of the trees on a sunny day. Most macro photographers are to busy scanning the ground for subjects while all kinds of these macro shadows are waiting to be photographed over head.
This first image is of a nice alignment of Sycamore leaves. I spotted the shadow on the large leaf, and then looked up a little higher and saw the small leaf that was creating the shadow. The small leaf also had some nice backlighting which made the veins pop.
July 23rd, 2013
by Robert Rodriguez Jr.
Last week I got an email from a major magazine editor looking for a very specific image of a Hudson Valley location. They needed it that same day since it was their deadline for publication. I knew I had several images they could use, but had no idea when I had shot them, nor did I have much time to search manually. But, I did have the specific location keyworded – Poets Walk – a Scenic Hudson Park. A quick search brought up a hand full of images, and I was able to select and send 4 for consideration.
The whole process probably took me 10 mins tops. Not only did they choose and use an image, but they also were impressed with my quick and efficient response. And similar scenarios have occurred many times over the years, so I’m a firm believer in taking the time to keep my archive organized.
While there are many different ways to organize and keep track of images in Lightroom, one of the most powerful is through the use of keywords. Similar to tags in other applications, keywords are single words or phrases that you assign to an image that allow you to sort and find your images in the future. This increases your efficiency and helps manage your catalog, especially as it continues to grow.
July 18th, 2013
The smartphone has not only revolutionized the way we live but also completely altered the landscape of modern photography. If you have any doubts just go to a concert and try to see past the ocean of glowing screens snapping shots or filming their own shaky and out of focus rendition of the show.
Yes, pretty much everybody on the street has a camera on them at all times thanks to their phone. But accessibility is just the surface. If you truly want to see how phones are changing the world of photography you have to look at the apps.
July 17th, 2013
by Mike Moats
When I exhibit at my art shows each weekend, I have one image that I place in an area of the booth toward the front, so customers passing by with not miss it. This macro image of dew drops with a flower inside of them always draws a crowd of people in amazement, and the big question is, “did you Photoshop the flower into the drops?“.
July 16th, 2013
by Clay Cook
In this second installment… from the setup to the snap of the shutter, Alan Murphy provides some handy tips on how to capture amazing imagery. This time, its all about the Woodpecker!
Hi, I’m Alan Murphy. I’m in a backyard in Kentucky, doing some woodpecker photography. I’d like to share with you my tips and tricks for getting some great images. We’re going to be going over where within your property do you set up. We’re going to talk about the backgrounds in relation to the sun angle. We’re going to be looking at how you choose the right perch and what foods to use to control the situation and attract the woodpeckers to come in. So come join me as I show you how to set this all up so that we can get some great images of woodpeckers.
An important part of good backyard bird photography is going to be the quality of your perch, so what we’re going to be looking for is something that has character, such as lichens, moss, mushrooms, fungi, or some interesting bark. These are typically found in some dark forest areas on the ground, usually in areas that have been flooded or have some moisture to them. We’re going to go find one now, so why don’t you come join me and we’ll go do that.
Okay. So I found a couple of perches that we’re going to bring out and take a closer look at, and I think these will work really well. All right. So I found a few different options here. We’ve got different diameter stumps. We’ve got this kind of medium diameter, which is going to be great for Downy Woodpeckers and Hairy Woodpeckers, and you can see that there are a lot of moss and lichen growing on this one and lots of little nubs and little branches sticking out, so this is going to work out great. Now, we also have a larger diameter stump that has a lot of beautiful moss growing on it, and got these little ferns growing on here, and this is going to turn out to be a beautiful woodpecker stump. And, of course, then we have something completely different, that we have more of a bare branch, but this has a lot of lichens on it and some fungi, and this can also make a