Do you personalize your camera? A custom-made strap, a sticker, or a soft shutter release button? Well, in case you want to give your Leica M a personal touch and add some bling, Bashert Jewelry has announced quite a fancy set of soft shutter release buttons. They are made of sterling silver, and they’ll make your Leica M personalized, shiny and classy. And yes, even more expensive.
When DJI announced its Zenmuse Z30 camera a few months ago, it looked mighty impressive. Full remote control 30x zoom from your tablet or smartphone connected to your controller. You can’t exactly stick this thing onto your average consumer DJI drone, though, not even the new Phantom 4 Advanced. Aimed at industrial and commercial use, it designed for the Matrice series.
With 30x optical zoom and 6x digital zoom, it has a lot of potential. But with that kind of zoom, there were a few concerns about just how stable it would be at that sort of range. Well, they’re out in the wild now, and this test footage from PhotoFlight Aerial Media shows just what it’s capable of.
If you enjoy traveling with photo gear, you know how annoying it is to manage all the chargers, cables and batteries. Even the cameras from the same manufacturer have different batteries and chargers, not to mention other electronics like smartphones, laptops and so on. This is why photographer David Bergman gives you a couple of great tips for managing these gear elements when you’re on the road. This is one of the most frustrating parts of packing for me as well, so I’ll also jump in with a couple of tips of my own.
Shooting stable video of sailing from a moving boat has always been a near impossible task. Brushless motor gimbal stabilising rigs have become ubiquitous over the last two years or so. They have gotten to the point where they’re cheap enough and light enough that they are changing the way video of fast moving boats will be shot.
Here is the story of how this…………………. evolved into this.
Snapchat Spectacles have finally stopped being a rare treasure. If you’ve wanted to try them out, you can now get them on the online store of Snap Inc. These sunglasses with a built-in camera allow you to shoot videos and record what you see from your point of view.
These sunglasses were first announced in fall 2016, but it was fairly difficult to get them. You could only buy them at a special store in New York, or at some of the Snapbots: vending machines which appeared on various locations across the USA. Now it’s far less complicated, and you can earn them online for the price of $129.99.
What’s the camera you are looking forward to? Are you upgrading your gear this year? There were several exciting announcements of cameras we can expect in 2017. Zacuto ran a poll asking the users what is the most anticipated camera for them in 2017. They have published the list of top five most anticipated cameras, and one has won a very convincing victory.
Do you have a smartphone (or maybe more than just one) lying somewhere around the house? There is an interesting project on Kickstarter aimed at repurposing a smartphone and introducing your kids to photography. Pixlplay is a smartphone housing designed as a classic 35mm camera. It combines hardware and software, so you can connect it to your smartphone, access a Pixlplay photo app and let your kids bring out their inner photographer.
If you are creative enough, you can make a camera from all kinds of things. And two UK artists, Michael (Mick) Farrell and Cliff Haynes created, were creative enough to make one from 32,000 drinking straws. We’ve seen and made some DIY photo projects with straws, but Straw Camera is the most unordinary and the most demanding so far. The results are truly amazing, and most of all – unusual and unique.
As Cliff explains, he and Mick started the process of creating the camera in 2007. Their idea was to create the images in the most direct possible manner. The idea started from Mick’s interest in pinhole cameras, but the straw camera actually works in a different way.
What are the vital parts of gear you always carry with you to shoots? The essentials should include more than just camera gear to get you covered if you experience a problem with it. In this video, Jay P. Morgan gives you quick tips how to make your own emergency kit if anything goes wrong with the gear during shooting. It fits in two small boxes, yet it can get you out of a big trouble.
Dou you remember your first phone with camera? When you look at those photos now, you realize how bad quality those camera actually was. Still, it’s fun to look back on cameras and phones, compare them and realize how much they have advanced. Actress Nina Dobrev goes through the history of phone cameras and the evolution of selfies from 2003 to 2017.