iKlip Puts Your Tablet Where You Need It!

Sure, the case on your iPad lets you prop it up, vertical or horizontal, but you need a surface to set it down on.
Or you get to hold it for indeterminate lengths of time.
When it’s a matter of sending txts or watching vids, checking email, or heck, even a little shopping, it’s not so bad.
But when you need to really rock the tablet to do actual work, like controlling your DSLR in a non tethered manner, using something like a CamRanger, how do you mount it?
We’ve been looking for the right solutions for awhile.
There is one out there that requires you take out your tablet out of the case and snap it into a backing, then use an expensive connecting device, which then goes to ANOTHER expensive connecting device. It does lock and load, and is very heavy.
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Then iRig entered the picture. The company makes items primarily for the musicians, but when they announced the iKlip® Xpand, it had to be checked out.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
First of all, it assembles very easily.
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Then it is heavy spring loaded adjustable, so I could even use my ancient iPad 1st gen, WITH case on, now relegated to camera control apps. Of course the new iPad air, mainly on the road with me, fits in the holder, WITH the case on.
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Made of high impact plastic, the ball joint allows for easy adjustment of angle, the rubberized back and clips insure a good, secure mounting.
I have banged it, shaken it, and bumped into it to see if there was any movement.
OK, not very scientific, but it replicated, what could happen, and all was secure.

Did NOT tip it over for a fall though. Nothing will protect the iPad then, BUT having the case on does help, as it absorbs some of the impact.
Have a look at this video for a demo.
How much for the iKlip® Xpand Universal

About $50

My other system cost me about $200+ for all the parts,and I had to get a new backing for the iPad air.
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Only thing i wish it had: a rubber cap on the end of the bolt that secures it to the light stand.
It hasn’t stripped the paint so far, but I’m always looking for non-marring connectors.

Olloclip 3-In-1 Macro: Extreme close-up photography in your hand

I love the Olloclip lenses. There. I said it.

There are so many ways to add lenses to that phone in your pocket , and I’ve tried a bunch. Forget the magnets, not a good idea to put one next to your camera. And the cases that have screw in lenses may be good (new ones coming) but a bit unwieldy when you want to get that shot, fast.

When it comes to quality glass lenses that fit easily on the camera,  have usually 2 lenses on a unit, come with a bag that can double as a lens cloth, and a full range of focal lengths from fish eye to telephoto, Olloclip is my product of choice. My shoulder bag has a compartment filled with the little lenses, ready to go anytime.

They  just come out with a lens for the iPad, but I wanted to share with you one of their products I’m having a blast with: the Macro 3-IN-1 Lens

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The beauty of this set-up is that is comes with a light diffusing tube, set to the perfect distance to get you a great shot, when used flat.

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and when the subject has a few more curves:

IMG_3719-11Basically , you just slip it over your iPhone camera lens, open the camera app, and you are good to go.

Give your Instagrams and Vine a whole new unique look with this lens, or any of the lenses in the line

And they have a case which is designed to protect your phone and easily fit the lenses on. Plus a piece swings out of the body to become a shutter release. The Olloclip Quick Flip Case

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For $66 dollars , it’s a pretty cool solution to a fun shooting opportunity. I did find out that you really need to clean the itms you are shooting. When you get that close, you see everything. And I mean everything!

Yes, it’s only for Apple products, right now. As time marches on , I wouldn’t be surprised if the line was expanded.

 

 

July 4th Fireworks Photos! A Simple Guide to Cool Images

(This is a previously published article, but the fireworks haven’t changed, so it should all still hold true.)

Living in A Powder Keg and Giving Off Sparks!

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What is it about fireworks that draws us close, cause us to emit uncontrollable ooohs and ahhhhs, and brings a group experience unlike any other? That shared , almost primal feeling of amazement at seeing those colored explosives, bursting in air, and the crescendo of the finale, is an experience like no other.

Here are some tips on creating your own iconic images. And some more. Here too.

Want the basics?

1. Shoot with a tripod
2. No Flash
3. ISO 100 is sufficient
4. Photograph peoples reactions too. You may want to get those ooohhs and ahhhhsss on record. Mass happy reactions! Remember-no flash!
5. Experiment with focal lengths for a new look at the same patterns.
6. Set your focus to infinity
7. Shutter speed should be set to “bulb” or shoot 1-4 secs. Experiment!
OR
Set your point and shoot to “Fireworks” and shoot away. You may not get the best , but you’ll have a memory.

And have a happy and safe 4th!
For all of our friends around the world, keep these tips handy for your country’s celebrations.
Hmmmm…maybe July 14th for our French photographers.

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CE Week 2014 : Tools And Toys

At the half year mark, CES does a small preview coming products in the electronics field,and it;’s called CE week

It’s always a goal to see what may enhance your photographic life in the shape of smart thinking, manufacturers listening to the needs of the public, and I’ll admit, some cool gadgets and toys.

Please note- many of these items were seen and not tested. Some at market, some almost available for purchase.

Here are some highlights of what I saw:

This phone case looks just like a camera and has a module with lenses that flip out and over your phones lens.

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With a flip-out cover to access your charging ports and speakers, the Ztylus will retail for $100, complete. Total package could be a sweet phone/camera case.

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Like GoPro? Sure, who doesn’t? Everyone has at least one in their kit. Well, it’s so small that unless you have mounted it securely, you’re gonna get some shaky footage.

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Nikon Beloved D800 gets an upgrade: D 810 – Worth the Dough?

A short while ago I sat down to write , dare I say, a love letter to the Nikon D800 : with the ergonomic excellence, all of the controls in all the right places, files that are mega beautiful @36 megapixels, video quality that’s hard to surpass, fast accurate autofocus features that make my life in the concert pit a success, and the Nikon glass that I own, basically sing.

and then this happens:

D810_24_70_front34r-2Yep, after 2 years, this gem of my ocean gets an upgrade.

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So, is it time to get the latest? Are the improvements worth the selling of the old, and purchase of the new?

After having it it my hands only briefly and giving it a lot of thought, here is where I netted out:

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