Genie – Motion Controlled Time-Lapse Accessory

Every once in a while you come across a very creative product that will help you with all your photographic projects. I consider myself to be a photography enthusiast, I like taking great shots, and in my case that only happens about 10% of the time but thats why I take so many shots. And I have about zero photoshop editing skills, but I do enjoy the shots I have but I still want them to be better.

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I have been tinkering with time-lapse shots recently and about 60% of them have been a disaster, they don’t really work out the way I want them to in my head, but I’m slowly figuring it out. The Genie is a device that integrates with your camera to help it take these amazing shots, and you can set it up to move the way you want, and honestly after watching the video I want it, and it retails for $999, I honestly can’t justify the price in my case but it would cool to use.

Link:Syrp

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Joy Ride

Its videos like these that make me want to ride my bike like Batman, it doesn’t help that the bike they chose is the BMW S1000RR which is one of the most powerful if not the most powerful machine out there, and the way the story is playing out it gives that rider a feel as if he is a super hero. All the footage was done with the new Nikon D800 which will be retailing for $3000. Canon snagged the DSLR/Video market with both the Canon 5D Mark II & the 7D, so lets see how well the Nikon D800 will measure up.

Lowepro’s Messenger AW Series

When your gear feels right, your work goes more smoothly. The Pro Messenger AW was designed with this idea in mind. It’s built to fit pro-sized camera gear in configurations you’ve told us work best. It has an innovative flap that effortlessly folds in half to quiet your moves and quicken your pace.

Compactly packing all your camera gear into neat package makes this bag series very appealing. I have one bag which I use for packing my camera gear but recently I have more gear then the bag can take and the Lowpro’s Messenger AW Series looks very appealing with different sizes for different uses. With the largest of the three, the 200, you’ll find the front flap pocket is large enough to accommodate two DSLR bodies while the main compartment features customizable padded sections to fit lenses, a flash and other accessories. Each successive model reduces capacity for different uses. For street and travel shooting the 160 looks to the perfect bag as it’s small enough to pack in the luggage but big enough to house a DSLR, one extra lens, a flash and other assorted items when you grab for a day of shooting.

Link: LowPro

Droplet Art Photography

INCREDIBLE water droplet art photography of Heinz Maier is amazing, I wouldn’t know where to start with something like this. The work to get the lighting, colors, water, camera, and type of lens to get the perfect picture takes a lot of time to figure out and even longer time to tweak to get it just right. For now I am just admiring his work, and more can be found at his flickr account below for the full spectrum of his droplet art photography.

Link: Flickr


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Krump & Ballet 360

A very interesting project with photography and video to put together this amazing work of art. Different styles of dance brought onto one playing field, I really love projects such as these and the amount of technical work that goes into it makes it seem effortless. I do not have the technical ability to pull off something such as this, I would like to develop the ability to get better, but I’m amazed at how they got it done.

“The 360 Project” is an exploration into the crossroads of photography and motion pictures. It is a study of peak dance movements, captured simultaneously by 48 cameras aligned in a circle. There are two components to “The 360 Project” – “Ballet 360” features ballerinas from Canada’s National Ballet School, “Krump 360” features dancers from Northbuck Krump. The two styles of dance represent polemic perspectives in both technique and origin – one is beauty, the other beast. The resulting images resemble a type of digital statue – a frozen, peak moment, embodying the essence of each dance form in 360 degrees.

UpComing Cameras

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I have two cameras which I am extremely dependent on and I swear by them because of their quality, consistency and overall ability to still work after my heavy usage. Once you start with a brand its very hard to go back because you start collecting lenses and they only work with a certain brand in my case I went with Canon and never looked back. I can admit that other brands make amazing cameras such Leica, Nikon, Sigma, Lumix, and Sony. DSLRs are great cameras that taking amazing photographs but sometimes they are too bulky to carry around, and I’m tempted to try out Four Thirds Cameras which also take interesting pictures.

Constant Use:

  • Canon 7D
  • Canon G12

Here are a few of the tempting new cameras that I have been looking at, I wouldn’t mind just renting them and trying them out. I would honestly just stick to Canon for now, I have always been eyeing the 5D MII but I love my 7D, does everything I want and more, but for few interesting cameras the ones below have peaked my interest.

  • Sony A77
  • Sony A65
  • Leica MP-9
  • Lumix GF3
  • Sony NEX-7

Street Fighter Stop Motion – Ryu VS Ken

The last few games of Street Fighter have been amazing and I hope that they come out with an animation soon, I never get tired of the Streetfighter Saga. Now this stop motion animation is a work of art, it looks so damn good and surprisingly this all took two days and was done with a Nikon D5100 with very little special effects.

Lock Circle Body Cap

If you’re a professional photographer taking your camera into extreme environments, the cheap plastic body cap that comes with your DSLR might not cut it. That’s where LockCircle comes in — it’s a solid billett aluminum body cap designed to seal your camera from the elements while providing a special grip for removal even if you’re wearing thick gloves. They’re available for Canon EF mount cameras in silver, titanium, and black, and will soon be available for Nikon’s F mount as well.

I have 3 DSLR cameras since 2003 and I have lost a few caps here and there, somehow they get misplaced over the years. Having a solid aluminum body cap won’t be something you misplace and it will protect the internals of your camera perfectly. Right now they only have the body cap for the Canon in silver, titanium, and black for $99 each, and the Nikon F mount will be coming soon. I think it would be pretty cool to have this on the camera and make sure that it remains there, the plastic ones I have are a bit flimsy and sometimes a bit loose, but this one looks like it would literally lock in and not let go.

Link: LockCircle


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iPhone SLR Mount

Ever since the iPhone camera was invented, it’s aspired to be what it simply never quite could be: a DSLR. Sure, apps have helped your camera phone inch forward with simulated focusing and faux filters.

Faux no more. The iPhone SLR Mount gives you the real thing. It’ll set your phone photos apart from everyone else’s on Instagram in an unprecedented way (#nofilter)!

This case-adapter combo lets you mount your Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 4 giving your phone powerful depth of field and manual focus.

Since the iPhone came to this world people have been snapping photos left and right, and some are very high quality images. And with the iPhone 4 the camera improved drastically over the iPhone 3Gs but it still lacked the professional quality of DSLRs. It seems someone else thought the same thing and came up what with an adapter that every photographer would love. There are two kinds of adapters one that works with Nikon Lenses and the other with Canon Lenses, and each one costs $250 which isn’t too much in the DSLR world but very expensive compared to the phone. But if you love photography and do have these lenses then these would be a very good addition to your kit.

Link: Photojojo


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