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AdoramaTV Hits Major Milestone with 400K Subscribers on YouTube

March 1, 2016 Comments off

AdoramaNew York, NY – March 1, 2016 Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, is pleased to announce it’s just hit a major milestone with more than 400,000 subscribers to its AdoramaTV YouTube channel. Featuring the latest photography tips, new product reviews, gear guides, tutorials, lighting how-to’s and more, AdoramaTV has something for any visual creator wanting to have more fun and a better experience with their camera.

“AdoramaTV is the preeminent source for videos related to photography and video,” comments Alana Casner, AdoramaTV manager. “Of course we have new product releases and gear reviews, but what sets AdoramaTV apart is how we connect with our viewers and create engaging creative content. We have over a dozen hosts that share their experiences, knowledge and tips to over one-million viewers a month. We believe having real professionals tell their stories and share their craft is why our audience is engaged with our videos and why they gain confidence and desire to explore their own creative directions with photography and video.”

In addition to featuring informative and educational content on AdoramaTV, the popular YouTube channel is also home to its AdoramaOriginal series, Through the Lens, as well as hosted original content which includes Breathe Your Passion with Vanessa Joy; Two Minute Tips with David Bergman; and Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace. Through all of its online series, Adorama is committed to providing viewers with engaging content that will inspire and help them feel more confident when creating images. By seeking out the best products and showcasing them in real-world situations on AdoramaTV, viewers can make the best decision based on their own desires.

Tune in to AdoramaTV today for the latest tips from photography pros like Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Ruth Medjber, Bryan Peterson, Tamara Lackey and more!

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 35 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

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Polaroid Remote-Controlled Panorama Eyeball Head Spins 360° for Perfect Panoramic Pictures and Videos

February 23, 2016 Comments off

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – February 23, 2016 The versatile Polaroid remote-controlled 360°panorama eyeball head accessory is a compact, portable freestanding mini tripod that can also be placed on a tripod, slider or even selfie stick. Designed for Polaroid cameras, other small popular cameras and SLRs, the Polaroid remote-controlled 360° panorama eyeball head is ideal for creating the perfect panoramic video or picture. IR remote controls offer five speed modes, clockwise and counter clockwise rotation, as well as a triangle mode up to 75°.

Panoramic Shooting Made Plenty Fun
For the contemporary videographer, being able to capture expansive panoramic vistas without any shake or distortion is an absolute must. Thankfully, the Polaroid remote-controlled 360°panorama eyeball head delivers effortless and precisely controlled results. It is compatible with a range of action cameras such as the Polaroid Cube lifestyle action camera line and smaller digital cameras (with ¼” threaded hole). Attachment comes included.

Turns on a Dime – or Quarter
The Polaroid remote-controlled panorama eyeball head rotates your camera in its place, clockwise or counterclockwise, for smooth shooting action. Users can easily control the turning degree from 0 to 360°.

Polaroid 360 Eyeball Remote Control Tripod HeadHeeds Your Need for Speed
Using the remote, shooters can also control the exact rotational speed. Press a button to speed up, and press a button to slow down. And thanks to finely calibrated gears, the action always remains perfectly smooth.

Functions Free or Mounted
At the top, a ¼” threaded screw connects to a wide variety of cameras. A padded platform prevents motion-related scratches. At the bottom, a ¼” threaded hole accepts tripod and slider connections for greater application flexibility.

Runs on Built-In Battery
To make this already compact and pocket-sized head as portable as possible, the built-in battery is rechargeable from any USB port or power outlet. A single charge provides five hours of standby and over three hours of non-stop runtime.

The Polaroid remote-controlled 360° panorama eyeball head accessory is available now for $49.99.  For more information, please visit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014T2Z5IQ.

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands with a rich 75-year history beginning with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood. Today, thePolaroid Classic Border Logo rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit http://www.Polaroid.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum, and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

The 24/7 Messenger Bag from Adorama (Review)

January 20, 2016 Comments off

24/7 Messenger Bag24/7 Messenger Bag
Adorama
$79.95

Joseph (thevideoguyjoe) Butler and I created a video review of the 24/7 Messenger Bag from Adorama on our My Technical Romance YouTube show. In the video, you’ll see our complete take on the Messenger Bag (Messenger) that is part of the 24/7 Traffic Collection. I was the primary reviewer of the Messenger. Joseph’s first time to see the bag was just before we performed the review on camera, so his impressions and commentary are all from his first impressions of it.

In the video, we discuss the bag’s style, its contrasting colors, its interior features, its 3-in-1 bag feature, its wearability, and its composition. We demo the bag’s fully and quickly adjustable shoulder strap, its protective raincoat, and its capacity to carry photography and computing equipment.

The Messenger is a classic style bag that is dual-purpose designed as a walkabout bag and as a bicycle rider’s bag. Since Joseph is an avid bicyclist, he takes the bicyclist’s perspective on photography gear and accessories. I’m more of a walkabout street photography with a tendency toward stealth and a bit of guerilla photography and filming. I snap candid photos of people on public transportation, on the street, in restaurants (often to my wife’s chagrin), and I love to catch people sleeping in public places. Carrying a visible camera isn’t always the best method for capturing unposed, impromptu shots. With the Messenger, I can “hide” the fact that I’m going to take your picture by posing as a random hipster with a cool bag.

The bag’s main flap either is coated with or completely composed of a water-resistant material, plus the Messenger has a built-in raincoat that pulls out of a bottom compartment. I really like that the raincoat, as I call it, does not detach from the bag. Being permanently attached means that you always have it available. Additionally, when the raincoat is tucked away in the bag’s bottom flap, it provides extra cushion to everything inside the bag. An added bonus for sure.

Messenger Bag and Bonus BagsThe Messenger is actually three bags in one. That is to say that within the large Messenger bag, there is a small mesh bag and a small camera and lens carrier. In the video, you can see the relative sizes of each bag. The mesh bag is for cables. It keeps your cables, chargers, and other items organized so that they aren’t lost by getting attached to other items that you’re pulling out of your other bags.

Camera BagThe camera bag is a smaller bag with a handle and double zippers. It will comfortably hold a DSLR with a lens attached plus at least two other lenses. This smaller bag is for quick camera access that doesn’t include a shoulder strap and a lot of accessories. For street photography, run-and-gun, or a bit of open-ended shooting where lugging around a larger bag won’t work.

The entire bag is well put together with very strong stitching and materials that are easy to clean, water resistant, and very sturdy. I feel like this bag would be one that could last for ten years or more even with very harsh handling and less than desirable conditions. You’ll change cameras long before this Traffic Collection series wears out. I’d love to see one of these bags five and tens years out to observe the type of abuse they can take. My guess is a lot.

I like the size of the Messenger. It’s not bulky and stiff like some messenger style bags are. It’s supple, but sturdy. It feels good in my hands and I have no fear of placing my most valuable equipment into it for a full-on street run.

24/7 Messenger BagNow the tricky part. There is possibly only one thing that I don’t like about the 24/7 Messenger, and honestly it won’t bother everyone, but it bothers me: The shoulder strap isn’t removable. I would prefer to have a removable strap that I could tuck away into a pocket or slot until I’m ready to use it again. At the ridiculously low price of $79.95 (Seriously, I thought it was a misprint until I called Adorama for confirmation), it’s a must have. If you ride a bike, motorcycle, or if you walk and shoot, I’m not sure that you could find a better bag at a comparable price. I’m actually not sure if you could find a comparable bag at twice the price.

If you check out our review of the 24/7 Sling Bag, near the end of the video Joseph says that he wishes the Sling had more room in it. Well, the Messenger is the bag with extra room, so guess who now has the Messenger bag as well as the Sling? If you guessed Joseph, you’d be correct. He convinced me that the Sling and the Messenger are two different bags (duh) with two different applications. Fifteen minutes later I’m too exhausted to argue, so he walks away with two bags. That’s OK, because he’s the one who usually carries around the DSLR and various accessories. For larger shoots, I have a small pullman bag that is part of a set of luggage my wife bought me last year. The luggage is really ugly, but at least this way no one would steal it. And if they do, the thief will be easy to spot.

Ken’s Review: 8/10

Recommendation: A great big bag bargain that’s actually three bags for an excellent price. One of the best values every. Buy it.

Season Two of Mini Documentary Series from Adorama “Through The Lens” Premieres Today on YouTube

January 6, 2016 Comments off

New York, NY – January 6, 2016 Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, today premiered season two of its popular online series “Through The Lens.” Making its official debut this past July, the YouTube show documents some of Instagram’s most popular photographers, featuring a different artist in every episode. While season one of the show focused on New York photographers and culture, season two goes nationwide, showcasing Instagram’s top accounts from all over the country, including Chicago, Portland, Seattle, LA and San Francisco. Episodes will explore everything from iPhone photography and food, to aerial, travel, landscapes and abstract photography.

Watch the trailer for season two of “Through The Lens” now on AdoramaTV and be sure to follow #TTL on Instagram.

“‘Through The Lens’ celebrates artists who have cultivated a rich community that transcends borders with the help of social media,” comments Salvatore D’Alia, senior producer at Adorama.“Adorama is an integral part of that photo community, especially in the Instagram realm. We tell stories and inspire people to get out and shoot, to get their camera and look for new subjects and explore new styles. ‘Through The Lens’ is designed to encourage professional and aspiring photographers alike to follow their dreams. Many of the successful photographers featured in this season left their day jobs, and we could not be more excited to join them on their journey as we chronicle what it’s like for them to pursue their passions with incredible success.”

With hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, artists featured on “Through The Lens” share their journeys, biggest inspirations, tools and best tips in the AdoramaTV episodes. Season two of Adorama’s docu-series will feature Instagram artists @fursty, @swopes, @littlecoal, @samuelelkins, @chriscreature, @scottborrero, @samalive, @cannellevanille and @kdkuiper.

“After all of the interesting stories Adorama shared in season one of ‘Through the Lens,’ to be asked to share some of my own story in season two, alongside a wide variety of talented artists from across the country, was one of the highlights of my year.” Eric Ward, @littlecoal

Aran Goyoaga, @cannellevanille states, “Excited to see the new generations of photographers who are creating beautiful work on their own. Honored to be included.”

Catch “Through The Lens” Wednesdays at 10am
“Through The Lens” offers an interactive experience that caters to the young, social media savvy audience, introducing them to photography from a relatable perspective. New episodes go live Wednesdays at 10am. Visit the Adorama website to watch full episodes of “Through The Lens.”

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 35 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

3Pod Announces Brand New Photo and Video Tripods, Monopods, Ballheads and Video Heads for the Working Shooter

December 2, 2015 Comments off

3PodNew York, NY – December 2, 2015 3Pod, the award-winning brand of photography and video tripods, has just announced brand new 3Pod tripods, monopods, ballheads and video heads for the working photo and video professional, available for preorder now at Adorama.com. Headlining the collection of new gear is the line of Orbit tripods featuring the Orbit Overhead Shot System, which enable overhead and low angle shots, courtesy of a center column that can be tilted or oriented horizontally if desired. All new 3Pod models are made of lightweight, durable materials for a balance of portability and solid function on the job. Combining the incredible value, most-wanted features, weight, functionality and quality that 3Pod gear is known for, the brand’s latest offerings are perfect for dependable, everyday use.

“The new tripods and heads from 3Pod are absolute necessities for the every day photo or video shooter – these are your bread and butter working tools,” comments Abe Eherenfeld, global sourcing manager at Adorama. “The Orbit Overhead Shot System allows for a variety of shots you just can’t get from a typical tripod. The tripod heads are super functional and meet the needs of portrait and product photographers who don’t want plain ballheads. And the video heads can be mounted to any monopod, tripod or rail. The price points on these products combined with the functionality, usability and quality they offer really can’t be beat.”

Now available exclusively at Adorama, new products from 3Pod include:

Orbit Overhead Shot System Tripods: Designed for photo and video use, the newest collection of tripods from 3Pod include the Orbit 3-Section Tripod and the Orbit 4-Section Tripod, both available in either carbon fiber or aluminum. The Orbit Overhead Shot System tripods feature a center column that can be easily titled or oriented horizontally for overhead or low angle shooting, perfect for product or food photography. These photo and video tripods feature a super lightweight and sturdy design, quick adjustment flip locks, padded grip, 3-leg spread angle settings, retractable foot spikes and a bubble level on the top plate.

MonopodFour-Section Monopod with Fluid Base: This lightweight and sturdy monopod from 3Pod is available in either aluminum or carbon fiber. Perfect for photo and video use, it features four fully adjustable sections for maximum height in a minimum package, a cushioned grip, and flip lock legs for a more stable shooting experience. Its pivoting fluid base with tripod foot allows for balanced and smooth swiveling and panning, great for adding dynamic motion to a shot.

Table Top Tripod with Ballhead: The perfect solution for positioning lightweight cameras, lights and accessories (up to 4 lbs.), the 3Pod Table Top Tripod is ideal for small point and shoot photo and video cameras, action camera users, and lighting technicians. Mount a camcorder, compact camera, GoPro, strobe or small LED light panel with exact control. Available in 14” or 16.5” models with the ability to adjust the height, this table top tripod has heavy duty load bearing legs, and can be collapsed down for convenient storage and transport.

Three-Way Head with Quick Release: The 3-Way Head for tripods offers independent camera control on three different planes, making it ideal for exacting photographers shooting product, landscape, architecture and commercial work.

M1 Mini Ballhead: Designed to add comfortable adjustment to any mount, the M1 Mini Ballheadis a favorite of action camera users and lighting technicians and is perfect for precise positioning of GoPro cameras, strobes or small LED light panels. Offering ballhead freedom with 360-degree rotation, the 3Pod Mini Ballhead is a great option for capturing unique shots.

Pistol Grip Ballhead: The Pistol Grip Ballhead is ideal for professional photographers seeking simple griphead adjustment when shooting portrait, landscape, still life and products. Enabling a precisely composed image, even with a heavy camera and lens combo, the 3Pod Pistol Grip Ballhead allows for easy and secure one-handed adjustments, leaving the other hand free to zoom, focus, balance the camera and make any other necessary adjustments.

T1 Tilthead with Quick Release: With 3Pod’s industry standard quick release system, the T1 Tilthead with quick release allows users to adjust the camera 180 degrees on a single axis, making it perfect when photographing with a monopod to orient for vertical shots or for video tilt to pan up and down.

Video HeadQ3 Fluid Video Head: A dynamic videography head designed for cinematography setups such as cinema camcorders, video rigs, DSLRs and ILCs, the 3Pod Fluid Video Head can support a maximum load of 15 lbs. This head features separate pan and tilt fluid friction controls, a bubble level on the base for perfect pans, a sliding quick release plate (with safety lock) for balancing a rig, an angle adjustable ambidextrous handle for stable control, and a comfortable padded grip. Separate tilt friction and lock controls allow this head to revert to the exact same tilt tension after unlocking.

Q2 Lightweight Fluid Video Head: This videography head is designed for lightweight setups such as camcorders, DSLRs and ILCs. The 3Pod Lightweight Fluid Video Head can support up to 11 pounds and is the perfect choice for cinematographers using monopods or tripods.

All 3Pod ballheads use industry standard quick release systems for interchangeability between support devices, as well as other features demanded by the everyday working photographer.

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 35 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

About 3Pod
3Pod offers a complete collection of tripods for photography and video production, including the best values in carbon fiber and aluminum construction support. With specialty tripods for cinematography and travel – including the one-of-a-kind Lay Flat tripod – along with tripod heads and accessories, the unique designs from 3Pod fit every requirement and budget.

With a coveted Award of Superiority from Microfilmmaker in 2015 for the V2AH video tripod, 3Pod tripods are quickly gaining recognition as a high quality but affordable support solution for imagemakers. Available exclusively at Adorama, visit the brand store online to find all 3Pod products: http://www.adorama.com/brands/3pod.

24/7 Camera Bags Hit the Photo and Video Scene, Available Now at Adorama

November 18, 2015 Comments off

247tcslNew York, NY – November 17, 2015  24/7, a new brand of stylish and discreet camera bags designed to securely hold all the photo and video gear one could need, has just launched The Traffic Collection, its first ever line of camera bags. Created for the urban photographer looking for infallible support and organization when shooting from location to location, the 24/7 debut collection was sleekly designed with impeccable taste, keeping photographers covered, discreetly, from café to boardroom to bustling city streets. The collection currently includes six different styles – the Holster M, the Holster S, the Messenger S, the Pouch, the Shoulder and the Sling. The 24/7 line is the picture-perfect answer for carrying equipment securely and in style, even in the busiest of cities. Bags from 24/7 are available to order now at Adorama.com.

The 24/7 Traffic Collection includes:

Holster M: The Holster M is perfect for the urban photographer, with a design complementary to fast-paced city life. This medium-sized holster can hold a standard DSLR camera and has additional pockets for a memory card and personal items. Its adjustable, removable shoulder strap allows for two different ways to wear – across the body or on the shoulder. With a built-in all-weather cover, the 24/7 Holster M offers the best camera protection possible from the elements. Shop the 24/7 Holster M                    

Holster S: Like the Holster M, the Holster S is also designed for fast-paced city life, but in a more compact size. Made to carry a mirrorless camera and additional personal items in a front organizer and rear pocket, this small holster is wearable across the body or on the shoulder. A built-in all-weather cover gives shooters peace of mind in any environment. Ideal for those spur of the moment trips on the town, the 24/7 Holster S is the perfect size for travel. Shop the 24/7 Holster S

Messenger S: Specially designed for bicyclists, the 24/7 Messenger S is both stylish and discreet. A standard DSLR kit and personal items can easily fit in its large main compartment, and the additional padded insert keeps items from jostling around during a bike ride through the city. An adjustable shoulder strap gives the wearer two options, across the body or on the shoulder, for ultimate support while on the go. Shop the 24/7 Messenger S

Pouch: The Pouch was designed to hold a superzoom camera with plenty of padding and support. It can be carried on the shoulder or attached to the belt for free-hand shooting. This bag also includes a built-in all weather pouch to protect equipment from the elements. Designed for photographers seeking the highest level of convenience, the 24/7 Pouch allows for quick access to equipment with a fast-release front clip. Shop the 24/7 Pouch

Shoulder: The 24/7 Shoulder bag gives commuting professionals style and discretion in a larger carrier for those needing a bit of extra room. With space for a standard DSLR kit and personal items, there is plenty of space to hold all equipment necessary for all-day shooting – and then some. The removable shoulder strap is adjustable for extra support, and its built-in all-weather cover keeps equipment safe from the elements. Shop the 24/7 Shoulder

Sling: The 24/7 Sling gives shooters the ultimate flexibility on the job. With a strap designed for “slinging” the bag from back to front quickly, gear is accessible in a flash. This bag also offers side access that allows users to take their camera out without removing the bag entirely. Its padded harness and quick-adjust buckle provide extra support during fast movement, and with a separate area for personal items, the Sling is ideal for any situation that may arise during an all-day shoot. Shop the 24/7 Sling

The 24/7 Sling InteriorADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store



Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 35 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

[Note: Keep watching for our review of the Messenger S and the Sling.]

Flashpoint 300 LED on Camera Light (Review)

October 1, 2015 Comments off

Flashpoint 300 LEDFlashpoint 300 LED
Adorama
$79.95

The Flashpoint 300 (300) LED is the first on-camera LED light that I’ve tried and I have to say up front that I love it. The 300 is a lightweight, versatile, fully adjustable light source that delivers as much or as little light as you want for a very good price. 300 individual LEDs provide you with strong, even light that you can’t reproduce with a standard flash unit.

Flashpoint 300 LED: On-Camera Light with Audio

The large 300 diode LED gives action videographers and still photographers super bright, high-quality output. With auto light levels, stereo microphones and a signal flash mode, the 300 LED can sense lighting requirements and delivers automatic balance exposure as it passes from one environment to another, making it ideal for run-and-gun shooters looking for the most light on demand. The on-board stereo electret condenser microphones are also invaluable for traveling shooters, minimizing the need to cage-rig a camera for attaching an external microphone. The sensitive mics are distanced from camera sounds on either top corner of the light, delivering clean audio directly to the camera. All fitting comfortably atop a camera’s hot shoe or off-camera via the convenient stand thread, the 300 LED is a comprehensive package in a superior, sleek design.

I like that the unit delivers consistent light at all levels. There’s no flicker or any odd color shifting at full power or at any power setting.

  • Advanced 300 LED lamp count in a sleek but strong unit.
  • Delivers amazing flicker free Daylight 7140 lux at 50cm.
  • Generous beautiful wrap around 80 degree angle emission.
  • Automatic light level mode responds to conditions automatically or total manual control with fine settings.
  • Dimmer dial from 0-100% with shift free color.
  • Renders at least 85% of total spectral value.
  • Digital display for battery level and light output .
  • Uses standard Sony NP 7.4v Lithium battery plus DC power adapters.
  • Built-in Stereo Microphones delivers clean audio to camera.
  • Constructed of super tough black ABS.
  • Keeps subjects and gear cool and comfortable when used close up.
  • Special emergency signal capabilities.

FP 300 LED BackWhy it’s Frugal: The Flashpoint 300 LED is frugal because it’s the only light you need for a variety of situations including run-n-gun, still photography, video, and fill lighting. When you only need one light that can fill almost every need, then it’s frugal.

I took the 300 with me to SpiceWorld 2015 in Austin last week and I had a professional photographer ask me all about it. I showed him all the same features that I explained in the video. I’ll bet that he’s already placed an order for one.

If you can only carry one light with you, this should be the one. In its bag, with two extra batteries (sold separately), that I highly recommend that you purchase, the space cost is approximately 9″x7″x1.5″. That small space contains the 300 LED, the audio cable, two batteries, and your filters.

NP-F550 BatteryThe only reason that the 300 didn’t get the coveted 10/10 is that it drains batteries (sold separately for $22.70) pretty fast. And it drains them even when the unit is off, but the the batteries are connected. So, remove your battery from the unit if it’s going to be off for more than 30 minutes. Buy more than one battery. You get two plus a charger from the link above at Amazon.

Rating: 9.5/10

Recommendation: If you are a photographer or videographer, this light must be in your bag. And the batteries too.

Real time color correction with Premiere Pro Mercury Playback. New trackpad control capabilities. Support for DaVinci Resolve. New Looks Presets and LUTs

September 27, 2015 Comments off

RED GIANTPortland, Oregon – September 23, 2015 – Red Giant today announced the availability of Magic Bullet Suite 12.1, a free update to the Magic Bullet Suite 12 color correction, finishing and film looks solution. Packed with new features, presets and host support, the Magic Bullet Suite 12.1 update offers a more fluid color correction experience that includes new trackpad controls and real time color correction during video playback.

Magic Bullet Suite 12 includes Magic Bullet Looks, Magic Bullet Colorista III, Magic Bullet Film, Magic Bullet Mojo, Magic Bullet Cosmo, Denoiser II and LUT Buddy with new key v12.1 features and capabilities in the following:

Magic Bullet Looks (v3.1)

  • A more intuitive and fluid way to control color correction tools, Trackpad Mode lets users interact with Looks using the computer’s trackpad, a control surface they already own.
  • Updated LUT tool with new LUTs and Looks
  • Support for DaVinci Resolve

Magic Bullet Colorista III (v1.1)

  • Support for OpenCL and Cuda allows for real time color correction during video playback via Adobe Premiere Pro’s Mercury Playback Engine.
  • Back by popular demand, Skin Overlay makes it easy to verify and correct skin tones.
  • Keyer “Cut Out” mode uses the Colorista Keyer to create layer transparency for more powerful, layered color corrections.

Magic Bullet Film, Cosmo, Mojo

  • Magic Bullet Film, Cosmo and Mojo now support Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. This adds to their existing host application support for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro X, allowing users to work within their editing environment of choice.

Magic Bullet 12.1 Tutorials

How to Update to Magic Bullet Suite 12.1
To update an existing Magic Bullet Suite, please visit http://www.redgiant.com/product-downloads/ or use Red Giant Link to update. For more information, or to purchase, please visithttps://www.redgiant.com/products/magic-bullet-suite/.

The Red Pledge
Red Pledge is Red Giant commitment to customer happiness, with no purchasing hassles. Learn about the Red Pledge guarantee at www.redgiant.com/redpledge/.

About Red Giant
Red Giant is a software company made up of talented artists and technologists who collaborate to create unique tools for filmmakers, editors, VFX artists, and motion designers. Our company culture is focused on finding balance between work and life – we call it “the double bottom line” – this philosophy helps us ignore complexity in favor of building simple tools that yield giant results. Over the last decade, our products (like Magic Bullet and Trapcode) have become the standard in film and broadcast post-production. With countless users around the world, it’s nearly impossible to watch 20 minutes of film or TV without seeing our software in use. From our experiences as artists and filmmakers, we aspire to not only to provide tools for artists, but inspiration as well. Watch our films, learn from our free tutorials and behind the scenes, or try our software at www.redgiant.com.

Glow Adds QuadraPop and ParaPop 38″ Portable Softboxes to Light Modifier Line for More Flawless Hard Light Diffusion

July 28, 2015 Comments off

ParaPop 38"New York, NY – July 28, 2015 Glow, the award-winning brand of high quality lighting modifiers for professional photography and video production, has just announced two new additions to its softbox collection – the Glow QuadraPop 24”x34” and the Glow ParaPop 38” Portable Softboxes. The perfect solutions for speedlights, studio lights and large portable strobes, Glow’s latest models feature excellent softbox quality, marrying a sleek look with superior, innovative design for the “pop” of innovation needed in every imaging scenario.

Both models are available with speedrings for five popular types of speedlights, monolights and studio strobe heads. The interchangeable speedrings align either light modifier with virtually every brand, allowing creative imagemakers the flexibility and value of using their modifier of choice with any type of lighting and/or brand in their gear kit, simply by changing out the speedring. Because of their durable, easy-to-use and lightweight frames, both the Glow QuadraPop and ParaPop are perfect for mobile portraits, and travel photography and videography in addition to studio work. They are ideal for imaging enthusiasts of all levels, from novice to professional.

Made primarily in Korea, the Glow line is getting noticed by customers from all over for its high quality and variety of offerings. Photographer Wally Kilburg, of The Studio at 46 West, based just outside of Chicago, commented, “Glow products are engineered to compliment other vendors’ products, as in my use of Glow softbox grids. Softbox grids often cost more than the modifier they are used on, so it’s pure joy to find the Glow grids work on the standard sizes listed – and at a way low price! Well-made, priced right, and they work as good as you can find. Pretty much the same can be said of any Glow products I have used.”

QuadraPop 24"x34"“We love the Glow products, especially in studio and on location, for their affordable pricing, great build, quality and beautiful lighting effects,” adds Daniel Marcion of Belle Portwe Photography, a premier fashion, commercial and wedding photography studio located on the island of Saint Lucia. “I can recommend The Glow Line to anyone interested in great quality light modifiers. They have a variety of products that meet our needs and we plan to continue using them in our studio.”

The QuadraPop 24”x34” and ParaPop 38” Portable Softboxes are now available online at Adorama.com and at the Adorama superstore, located at 42 West 18th Street in New York City.

About Glow QuadraPop 24”x34” Portable Softbox
The lightweight, rectangular QuadraPop 24”x34” opens and closes with speed and ease, providing ultimate portability with one snap. It was designed by engineers using UV-A and UV-R diffuser materials, to reduce UV light by up to 98% and make it exceptionally heat and water resistant. With no falloff from edge to edge, it combines the strength of a portrait key light with all of the benefits of a soft wrap, blending perfectly with any additional fill. Its rectangular shape lights evenly and makes it a popular choice for fashion, portrait, child and beauty photography.

The Glow QuadraPop is now available from Adorama for 199.95 USD.

About Glow ParaPop 38” Portable Softbox
Like the QuadraPop, the ParaPop 38” snaps into action with jointed positioning rods that open, close and lock with one click. The ParaPop’s unique 12-sided shape and parabolic profile provides a huge 105-degree light spread. It creates sun-like shadows that are slight and beautifully graduated, giving dimension where it is needed the most. The size and shape of a softbox determines how soft and seamless shadows look on a subject, and the ParaPop 38” is being quickly recognized for creating a gentler, more pleasing final shot. Learn more about softbox sizes from photography expert Gavin Hoey at the Adorama Learning Center: http://www.adorama.com/alc/0015011/article/softbox-size-vs-soft-light.

The Glow ParaPop 38” is now available from Adorama for 249.95 USD.

About Glow
The Glow line of light modifiers for photography and video is comprised of universal lighting accessories that mold and shape light, changing its quality and bringing its function to a whole new level. Fully compatible with all brands of strobes and lights, Glow umbrellas, softboxes, reflectors and beauty dishes are crafted of the highest quality materials for durability and longevity. Innovative designs make our modifiers easier to use, bringing advanced lighting setups and tools within reach of the creative vision – and budget – of every photographer.

Glow’s Grand Softbox was named Best in Show by Professional Photographer magazine in its 2014 Hot Ones Awards. Available exclusively at Adorama, customers can visit the Glow brand store online to buy: http://www.adorama.com/brands/Glow.

Domke Next Generation Metro Messenger Photographer’s Bag (Review)

May 26, 2015 Comments off

Domke Metro Messenger BagDomke Next Generation Metro Messenger Bag
Tiffen
$349.95

The bag I chose for review is the Domke Next Generation Metro Messenger Bag from Tiffen. This particular bag (pictured right) that I reviewed is a photographer “gig” bag for me. Sure you can haul just about anything in it, including a laptop and accessories. But I’m an avid photographer who carries a camera, multiple lenses, and multiple camera bodies, and sometimes multiple cameras with me. I also throw in my battery charger, a flash unit or two, small lights, various cables, and even film (Yes, film. Don’t judge me). This bag can hold more than you can carry–trust me on that point. I’ve filled it so full and with so many different things that I’m sure the people behind me at the airport were rolling their eyes and taking some heavy sighs at the spectacle. Watching me pull out so much stuff from that bag–I’m sure I looked like a guy pulling clowns out of a Volkswagen at a rodeo. But I don’t care. The bag is capable of holding my stuff, so I’m going to take advantage of its capacity.

The Metro Messenger bag is one tough cookie too. It’s made of Cordura, which is a military-grade nylon blend fabric that’s used to make backpacks, duffle bags, and other stuff for the military. It’s also the material that’s used to make a lot of the new lightweight, super durable luggage that you see in department stores.

I chose the Metro Messenger because not only does it not look like a standard issue photographer’s bag, it can double, as I wrote earlier, as a laptop or other type of tote. The Messenger style bag has a good look for me that’s somewhere between briefcase/satchel and small suitcase. I don’t want to feel like I’m carrying a purse/murse nor do I want to look like I’m toting a really fancy diaper bag. That’s why I chose the evergreen style of the Metro Messenger. It’s classic, smart, and professional without being stuffy or pretentious.

Metro Messenger - Inside LookYou can also tell that this is a substantial bag. In other words, it isn’t some cheap knockoff of a bag that you really want. It IS the bag that you really want without paying the big price for it.

Now you might say that $349.95 isn’t inexpensive, but I’d tell you that you’ll probably never have to buy another one unless it’s a gift for someone. In other words, you’ll likely never have to replace it, so $349.95 is a steal, even if you keep it for just ten years, but you’ll keep it longer because it won’t wear out.

Color – Black
Fabric – Cordura
Laptop Friendly – Yes
Carry Options – Shoulder
Exterior Size – 21 in Long
Weight – 4.50 lbs
Exterior Dimensions – 21″L x 5″W x12″H
Interior Main Dimensions – 16″L x 4.5″W x11.25″H
Internal Laptop Area – 14.25 x 9.5″
Dividers – (2) D6
Webbing Color – Black
Warranty – 2 Years

 

DOMKE NEXT GENERATION METRO MESSENGER – CORDURA BLACK
Satchels, Courier and Messenger Bags

NEXT GENERATION brings evolutionary and revolutionary features to the trusted name of Domke. The Metro Messenger (the grandchild of the F-832) is part of the Metro Series of Satchels, Courier and Messenger Bags. The Metro Messenger , with functionality as the core design inspiration, integrates our patent pending systems for personalizing, protecting and accessing your valuable gear. Also available in RuggedWear Black and RuggedWear Military.

Features:

  • Black color with Sand color webbing
  • Top access with double zipper
  • Rear slide pocket
  • Expandable zippered side pocket
  • Stacked front slide pockets
  • Key-ring strap
  • Secure luggage strap
  • Numbered identity plate
  • Side rain hoods
  • Padded zippered tablet sleeve fits up to 14.25 x 9.5
  • Foam-lined laptop cargo pocket with double zipper
  • “Quiet” system hook and loop silencer
  • Expandable front pockets
  • Custom antique steel hardware
  • Detachable Gripper shoulder and grab strap
  • Domke flap tucks in for anonymity
  • All zippers YKK®
  • Comes with 2 dividers – Additional divider inserts (D6) available in GearProtex Accessories

Accessories:

  • Domke GearProtex Insert System – a revolutionary, customizable insert system that allows you to compartmentalize and organize your contents to create any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators.
  • Domke PocketFlex Pocket and Pouch System – an ingenious system of movable, pockets, patches and pouches.  These innovative storage components adhere to all interior surfaces, personalizing your storage.

Why it’s Frugal: The Domke Metro Messenger bag by Tiffen is frugal because it will quite possibly outlast you. I’m pretty sure that if you amortize the price over 20 years, you’ll see that for less than $1.50 per month is a great deal. The bag is tough, attractive, and functional. And it could become an heirloom. What else do you need?

The only negative about this bag is that it only has a shoulder strap and no handle on the top. I don’t always want to shoulder a bag, but it’s required with this one. Yes, it’s a messenger bag, but a top handle would be a very welcome design addition to this near perfect product.

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