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Archive for April 9th, 2009

Gear to Own: Litepanels Micro

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Good lighting equipment is fundamental to photography and there’s a variety of gear to choose from. One of the nicest pieces of equipment I’ve seen is the Litepanels Micro light.
Suited for both video and still photography – especially handy if you have a Nikon D90 or a Canon 5D Mark II – the Micro light is a constant output light source that can be mounted on the camera’s hot shoe or on a stand. It’s small, weighing in just under 4 ounces, and is perfect for filling in shadows and adding light to eyes. This is a perfect setup for portrait work.

The Micro has a dimmer switch that allows the user to dim the light from 100% down to 0, and is flicker- and heat free. The Micro operates on 4 AA batteries and can produce an estimated 1.5 hours of continual output on one set of regular alkaline batteries. Power can also be supplied through a 5-12V input jack.

The unit has won PC Photo magazine’s Editors’ Choice award and Digital Content Producer’s Pick Hit 08.

The street value is around $300 US, which is a little less than you would pay for a shoe mount flash.

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Protect Your Gear with Camera Armor

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I can be terribly abusive to my photography equipment. Although I try to be gentle with my gear, I guess I’m just a klutz.

But now, I can worry a little less thanks to Camera Armor. Camera Armor is just what it sounds like … a silicone-based system that protects the camera and lens from bumps, scratches, dirt and drops. Although not fully waterproof, the system also does well protecting against moisture. Think of it as the bulletproof vest for your camera.

Camera Armor system for the Canon EOS 1D/1Ds Mark III.

Camera Armor system for the Canon EOS 1D/1Ds Mark III.

The system comes with 4 parts: the Body Armor, the Lens Armor, which fits a 49mm-84mm physical diameter lens, the LCD Shield and a Lens Cap Leash. Although it completely covers the camera, all controls are accessible.

The system is designed specifically for certain camera models. For Canon, there are Camera Armor systems for the following bodies: Canon XTi, XSi, 40D, 30D, 20D, 5D, 1D Mark II and the 1D Mark III. For Nikon, there are systems for the: D40, D40x, D60, D70, D80, D2x, D200 and D300. There are also systems for the Fuji S5, Sony A100, Pentax K10D, Pentax K20D, and the Olympus E-410.

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 9

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

Peter Yang: Whimsical might be the best word to describe Peter Yang’s photography. The Texas-born photographer is a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, ESPN Magazine and Wired. His images are impressively lit and well defined. When you visit his site, BE SURE to check out the “Cowboys” gallery.

Albert Watson: Albert Watson has made stunning images for nearly 4 decades. He has nearly 250 covers of Vogue magazine and has been published in numerous other publications. He has created images for various advertising campaigns such as Levi’s, Gap and Chanel. Make sure your volume is on when you visit his Website. You can spend countless hours there.

Mark Seliger: It might be easier to list the people Mark Seliger HASN’T photographed than it is to list those who have appeared in front of his lens. Seliger, another Texas photographer who made today’s list, is a contract photographer for Conde Nast Publications where he has shot numerous covers for Vanity Fair and GQ. Prior to Conde Nast, Seliger was chief photographer for Rolling Stone where he shot more than 100 covers. Here’s just a few of artists he’s photographed: Willie Nelson, BB King, Sean Combs, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia and Kurt Cobain.