And the top item on the list is the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle 2 What is it? A very cool shutter release unit that is specific to your camera. Make sure you order the right set for your camera! Trigger your camera by smartphone using the free, downloadable app.
Here are the different modes: Timelapse Mode,TimeWarp™ Mode (very trick)Sound sensor Mode,Shock & Vibration sensor Mode,LE HDR Mode,LE HDR Timelapse Mode,DistanceLapse™ Mode,Cable Release Mode,Star trail Mode, Bulb Ramping, Timelapse Wi-Fi, Slave Mode Wi-Fi, Master Mode (trigger other devices running Triggertrap Mobile.
CAMERA COMPATIBILITY… Current cameras compatible with MD-DC0: • Nikon D3 • Nikon D300 • Nikon D300S • Nikon D3X • Nikon D3s • Nikon D4 • Nikon D4 • Nikon D700 • Nikon D800 • Nikon D800 E Older cameras (launched before 2006) that use this cable: • FujiFilm S3 Pro • FujiFilm S5 Pro • Kodak DCS Pro 14n • Nikon D1 • Nikon D100 • Nikon D1H • Nikon D1X • Nikon D2 • Nikon D200 • Nikon D2H • Nikon D2HS • Nikon D2X • Nikon D2XS **) If your camera is not listed above, check the Triggertrap website to see which cable you need for your camera.
Only $30. Watch for their next product, RedSnap! coming in the spring.
Coolest gadget for entertainment
We all use flash drives to transfer, hold and share files. This year SanDisk came out with unique flash drive that also is capable of wireless transmission.The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive creates it’s own wi-fi connection via a free app on your smartphone or tablet. This allows you to stream,any content on the drive you want: music, documents and up to 3 different movies.
Let me break it down for you: instead of loading up your tablet with content, stream your favorite movies or music from the flash drive. Save the space! If you have 3 friends who watch want to watch something different, you can stream that from the ONE device.
Iphone all full of apps and nearing capacity? Use the flash drive to stream music, photos, or movies to the phone.
Sure, it still can be used as a standard flash drive, but isn’t this a heck of a lot cooler?
Just plug it into to your USB port to charge.
And if 32gb isn’t enough, they also make a little square unit with 64gb capacity, and the ability to stream 5 movies at once to different devices. About $60.
A Stocking Stuffer Everyone Can Use
We all have media cards. From the old 1gb Compact Flash card to the new 32GB SDHC SD cards.
If you are a working pro, on assignment, then you probably already know about Photo Mechanic: the hands down, fastest, editing and uploading software on the planet.
Software for the Photographer Just Diving In
This will be easy: Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 This link brings it to you for $70! It may just be the best deal on the planet.
This bundled set of software gives you simpler to use photoshop and easy as pie Premiere. Not a bad idea to get on the Premiere editing family line. After Apple blew their lead with the pro market with Final Cut X, Premiere has been moving up the ranks.
For you or the budding photographer/videographer on the list, you cannot go wrong with this product. I just received 12 for review and will follow up with an indepth look, but here is what Photoshop Elements 11 gave you.
Plug-ins to enhance your experience
OnOne Perfect Suite software is now up to Version 8. That should give you an idea of the company’s staying power.
I’ve primarily used it as a plug-in for LightRoom, with tools for adjusting focus: get your lensbaby effect in post with more control, portrait tools; lets you smooth the skin, whiten the teeth, and keep the eyes clear, work with layers, masking, enhance, size which uses Genuine Fractuals software to help you enlarge you images without loss. Essentially this software will make your creative adjustments fast and while in LightRoom.
Cost you $180 and they will constantly send you new updates and bonus add-ins till they get to Version 9.
Nik software had been a staple, and some of the folks that brought you that software, broke off and offer 2different plug-ins you can download as apps , Intensify Pro (always in the top 10 in iTunes app store) with proprietary software to enhance you photo, giving them a finished look, digging into 16 bit image processing and getting the most out of what your RAW images have to offer.
And Snapheal Pro. If you want the simplified, powerful version of content aware fill, this is worth your time.
The erasing modes on this are fast, easy. For $30, this one should be added to your plug-ins.
A knowledgeable staff, stocked bookshelves and tables with the latest photo books, and a full selection of the classics, they also have the goodies you want for yourself and to give. Cameras, mugs, T-shirts, camera bags, jewelry, the unique, the special, the photo gifts you want to give and get. How about digital WeeGee prints made from the original negs?
I’ll admit it. Walked in there today, promised myself that no books could be bought (just packed away 50 boxes) And they pointed out an incredible concept book. In my hands it went.
Aperture has been at the photographic forefront for-EVER! From the classic magazine, that just went through a sweet renovation, to the books they publish, and the prints they sell, this is the place for the photo collector, looking to round out their collection.
Earlier this year they had Martin Parr in the house doing portraits of people all day, with a beach theme. About $400. per shoot, they did well, Martin did well, and it was a party. The folks that had their portrait done are very lucky to have a photo of them made by a master photographer.
Martin Parr reviewing photo session images with his subjects.
And now there is a great book and print sale going on.
the gear side of town…
This year I had the pleasure of a first purchase from Hunts Photo up in the Boston are. Met the proprietor at PhotoPlus Expo and figured I’d give em a shot.
Knowledgeable, pleasant staff, they got me not only a great deal on an item, they made sure I had it in time for an assignment. And told about the other possible gear in that category, so I was best informed on the purchase. You’ve got to check em out.
The 800lb gorilla in the room is B&H Photo. How can you not love this place?
From the great staff, to the incredible selection, to the classic in-store delivery system (see video) these are the guys that all of the other places are measured against.
and even the used gear is updated 3 times a day on the site.
In LA? Well then you know it’s Samy’s all the way. 3 floors of solid goodness, plus a great rental dept. handling quality goods for the pro. If you have a shoot in LA, rent from them. They will also price match B&H.
In NYC, we also have Adorama and Calumet(also multiple locations around the country). Good shops for sure, although not quite the range on the floor as the others.
(Fast note: Sodacase, listed below is doing a 50% off sale this week!)
Chase Jarvis talks about the” best camera is the one that’s with you”
And today, that would be your smartphone. You shoot, you post, it’s shared.
But now you can dress it up, give it protection and add Apps that gives it powers you didn’t even imagine.
Favorite iPhone Lens set
Olloclip has come onto the scene with a series of lenses that easily slip over your phone, and transform the built in lens to a telephoto, wide angle, fish-eye, macro, and now has an available polarizer.
There we have the smartphone gift ideas. This is the kind of stuff that goes on sale during the holidays, so just wanted to get it out quick.
More cool stuff coming up in the next gift guide parts.
One more note:
What I haven’t touched on is all of the apps available to run your life.
As more things can get controlled by you smartphone, can I make a suggestion? The phone is probably your only phone, less hard lines these days, and if you use it like I do, battery life is already dodgy.
Start using it to run things and what happens when someone calls? The app stops?
So this Black Friday, consider buying an iPod Touch, or an iPad. And maybe when the next iPhone comes out, use your old one as an app running device.
We all have some sort of way of bouncing light, but if you want some good control, and have a buddy or assistant to hold em, the Profoto series is the best.
Folding up like the rest, with a stiff edge that folds onto itself, the big deal here are the handle grips. Incredibly well built to last, not only can you hold the reflector at a particular angle, you can fine tune the bounce with a twist of the wrist.
And the current standard camera strap that every photographer loves, is the Black Rapid.
I’ve shot day after full long day at events like SXSW, and let me tell you, the Black Rapid saved my neck and back by distributing the weight the best way. Heavy glass and DSLR’s have a strong pull but the sling style of the Black Rapid, get the job done.
Yes, there are imitators, but get the original, the real deal.
For banging around town, the cool, lightweight City Walker 20, handles either my mirrorless camera plus just life stuff. Or a 13 in. laptop, camera, papers, water bottle, work supplies, files, etc.. Have also gone down the DLSR road with a crop duster 28-300 lens on it.
Who doesn’t love to see the latest piece of equipment, promising all kinds of things.
We all do.
There is some Gear Monkey in all of us.
This part of the site will celebrate that with all gear, all of the time.