Recent Acquisitions


Vide gear

 

In a recent blog post I mentioned that I recently invested in quite a bit of gear to start doing more real estate videos. I really want to increase the production value and make the videos cinematic. Here is some of the equipment I’ll be using:

 

1.) Westcott Spiderlite TD 6 Continuous Lighting Kit

2.)Manfrotto  535 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 502 Video Head

3.) Tether Tools Wallee iPad Connect

4.) Cinevate Atlas FLT 26 inch slider with vertical kit and counterbalance

5.) Manfrotto 494 mini ball head

6.) Rode Smart Lav

7.) Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote

I plan to review each piece to let you know how it works and why I use it. So stay tuned for that.

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Canon Lens Prices, Cheap P&S Cameras and A Must See Short Film


Sony W510 Camera
A month or so ago I read an article that asked whether point-and-shoot cameras were going the way of the 8-track; some obsolete technology replaced by something better. That “something” is smartphones. Everyone, it seems, has one and the phones feature cameras. So not only do people always have cameras on them, but with apps they can alter and edit the photos.

Well, it looks like camera companies are responding by slashing prices. Check out this article which states some cameras with more features are selling for less than $100.

What do you think?  Less demand means lower prices. Is this a last gasp?

Speaking of prices, a fellow photographer posted this interesting tidbit on Facebook. If true, it looks like Canon will be increasing the prices on their lenses come February 1. Honestly, the lenses I want are so expensive, a few extra bucks doesn’t make that much of a difference! Sad, huh?

In other news…I started reading the PetaPixel blog last fall and in December I was added as a contributing writer. Well on my twitter feed yesterday I saw something from Westcott Co. linking to a short film posted on the PetaPixel blog. So I check it out and it was from June of last year, but it was new to me.

It’s a short film called “Leave Me” by Daros Films. It centers around a broken Canon DSLR and a husband trying to reconnect with his wife. It is powerful, moving and very creative…

More Gift Ideas in Photo News Round-Up


Christmas Tree Ornament

Today is my birthday, and that means Christmas is one week away. If you’re still looking for gifts, I’ve got some help.

Jeff Revell at the Photo Walk Pro blog, posted a .pdf of Last Minute Holiday Gifts under $100.

The Photoshop guys have more gift ideas sprinkled in with some Photoshop tips. You can watch it at Photoshop User TV.

Westcott has 12 weeks of Christmas Holiday Specials.

If you’re into Photoshop actions, check out MCP Actions. The Digital Photography School is offering a 10$ discount if you use the code: mcp-dps-10off.

Don’t forget to check out the Gift Ideas for Photographers and Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Photographer posts.