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Unboxing Video: Glidecam XR-2000 Series Handheld Camera Video Stabilizer

Today, we received our Glidecam XR-2000 camera stabilization from Glidecam. We made an unboxing video to give you a first hand look and what is included. The Glidecam product line is great for those who are interested in doing videography. Be sure to check back as we'll have a full review on how to set it up and how well it works once we spend time with it.

You can purchase the XR-1000 ($269), XR-2000 ($359) and XR-4000 ($479) from B&H Photo. The XR-1000 is designed for compact, low profile cameras weighing up to 3 pounds. XR-2000 is designed for compact, low profile cameras weighing from 2 to 6 pounds. And XR-4000 is designed for compact and full size cameras weighing from 4 to 10 pounds.

Project 365: Day 31 - Photographic Pioneer

The economy is rough. Even pioneers can fall victim to changing times. (Instagram style)

Project 365: Day 29 - Seventh Day of Chinese New Year

Green Tea Cake with Fresh Fruit and Cream from Yeh's Red Leaf Bakery in Flushing, NY.

The 7th day of the Chinese New Year is also called "Yun Yat" ("Everybody's Birthday"). In essence, everybody is a year older according to the Lunar Calendar.

Project 365: Day 28 - Culture

Everyone's culture is unique in their own way.

Review: Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket

Review: Stroboframe Stroboflip VH 2000 Rotating Camera Flash Bracket

Overview : The most compact approach to flash rotation.

The ultra-compact, "gripless", flash rotating bracket. It cradles the camera unobtrusively while maintaining an over-the-lens flash position with a design that lets you hold the camera rather than a grip, and rotate the flash for horizontal or vertical composition. What's more, the stress and weight of the flash unit is transferred from the light-duty camera shoe to the rugged Stroboframe mount. The Stroboflip is made for shoe-type flash units.

Features :
  • Accepts Digital SLR's, 35mm SLR's and smaller 6 x 4.5 cameras.
  • Supplied with a machined, positive-locking shoe mount and a 300-SLR Anti-Twist plate (interchangeable with other AT Plates).
  • Strong, lightweight aluminum construction with baked-on finish for hard use and durability.

Project 365: Day 25 - Gold Rush

Project 365: Day 23 - Delivery

Receiving packages in the mail is like Christmas. But receiving bills makes me put on a sad face.

Deal: Outdoor Photographer 1-Year Subscription for $4

Today only, DiscountMags offers an Outdoor Photographer 1-Year Subscription for $10.99. Coupon code "DEALNEWS" drops it to $3.60. It includes 10 issues, and you can purchase up to a 3-year subscription at this per-year price.

Project 365: Day 19 - Every Penny Counts

The only reason we to put food on the table. (Note: This is not my paycheck.)

Review: CPTech B-Grip Travel Kit Backpack Shoulder Strap

Review: CPTech B-Grip Travel Kit Backpack Shoulder Strap

Overview : The B-Grip Travel Kit enables you to attach your B-Grip Camera Belt Grip not to a belt, but to a backpack strap. If you attempted that trick with the B-Grip quick-release system but without this Travel Kit, you'd have a horizontally oriented DSLR lens knocking against your swinging arm as you hike.

The Travel Kit allows you to attach the B-Grip and your camera to your backpack strap with the proper orientation: lens pointed down. Whether it's a backpack strap or another closed-circuit strap, the Travel Kit lets you mount the camera/lens/B-Grip parallel to the strap – rather than perpendicular, as you typically want with a belt (and as the B-Grip on its own enables).

By using the Travel Kit to mount it to your backpack strap, you can keep your B-Grip-mounted DSLR secured to your chest and ready to shoot.

Note! Requires separate purchase of B-Grip Evo Belt Clip – not included.

Features :
  • Includes a security tether, which provides a second line of defense against dropped equipment
  • The included camera raincoat protects your camera & lens in inclement weather

Project 365: Day 17 - Life Has its Ups and Downs

Life has its ups and downs but for me, there is only up from now on!

Project 365: Day 16 - My Dream Job

I wish I can sit around all day and do nothing but someone has to pay the bills

Project 365: Day 15 - Looking Fresh

Looking fresh for the my case, my wife.

Project 365: Day 14 - The City That Never Sleeps

Sneak Peak at Latest M-Plate Design from Custom SLR

We reported back in October about the Kickstarter page about the M-Plate. Custom SLR was at CES 2012 and revealed the new form factor and design of the M-Plate. It's elegant yet functional and all proudly made in the USA. The M-Plate will retail for $74.95 when released.

A sneak peak at the latest M-Plate design that features the world's first camera tripod plate to integrate the Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss plates in one. Also features modular attachment points for hand grips, flash brackets, video rigs and more.

Camera in the demo is a Canon 5D Mark II with a 85mm 1.2L lens attached. C-Loop and Camera Split Strap attached to the M-Plate.

Project 365: Day 13 - So Sparkly

Millions of stars glimmering

Project 365: Day 12 - Living Life on the Edge


Glidecam Camera Stabilizer XR-Series Now Available

Pictured above is the Glidecam XR-1000, XR-2000 and XR-4000.

With DSLR's now including HD video function, more and more photographers and videographers rely on DSLR's for video. But who likes to watch a shaky camera footage? There are camera stabilizers such as the Steadicam Merlin but who can afford $800 for a setup? Glidecam has released their own that will transform your shaky camera footage to smooth and steady footage.

Deal: Think Tank Photo Rain Cover Special Offer

Free Eyepiece + Free Gear with Every Rain Cover

For a limited time you can get a free eyepiece with Think Tank Photo’s Think Tank Photo’s Hydrophobia rain covers. The Hydrophobia 70-200 and Hydrophobia 70-200 Flash rain covers accommodate a DSLR with up to a 70-200 lens and, in the latter, a flash. Its Hydrophobia 300-600 rain cover protects a DSLR with a super telephoto lens (300 f2.8 up to a 600 f4) attached, with the lens hood in position. These heavy-duty rain covers provide protection during even the toughest downpours, wind storms, or other challenging conditions. What's more, you can actually attach your DSLR and simply carry it by the rain cover. The sleeves are big enough to not only let you control the camera (with the help of a clear window around back), but swap out batteries or memory cards as well. When you check out of the shopping cart you will be asked which eyepiece you would like to receive for free.

Project 365: Day 10 - End of the Line

The line ends here

Adobe Introduces Lightroom 4 Public Beta

Lightroom 4 Public Beta has been posted to the Adobe Labs site. This new version incorporates many exciting features which have been long requested. You can discuss the Public Beta over at the Adobe Labs Community Forum.

As with any beta releases, there is always a warning. This is a beta release for you to try on copies of your files, certainly not for use with your main Library. There are some fundamental changes to the way images are rendered in Lightroom 4, so the strong recommendation is to copy a subset of your images to a different folder or disk and experiment with those. Don’t use your main image set! There are no guarantees, that the final release of Lightroom 4, will support any changes you make in the Public Beta.

The new feature list is extensive. To view them all...

Review: BlackRapid FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Tripod Plate

Review: BlackRapid FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Tripod Plate

Overview : The FastenR-T1 for Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Plate from Black Rapid allows you to make your Manfrotto 200PL-14 quick release plate compatible with Black Rapid's innovative R-strap. The R-strap is worn diagonally across the torso from shoulder to hip and is adjustable to fit most photographers. It holds your camera ready to be quickly and easily accessible and with the FastenR-T1, to go from R-strap to tripod or monopod. The FastenR-T1 is made from stainless steel, with a black nickel finish and it has a 1/4"-20 bolt and D-ring.

Features :
  • Stainless steel, black nickel finish
  • 1/4"-20 bolt and D-ring
  • Compatible with Manfrotto 200PL-14 for the RC2 quick release system
  • Includes replacement bolt, C-clip, spacing washers and instructions
  • Quick release plate not included

Press Release: Canon Introduces PowerShot G1 X Compact Camera

Today, Canon has introduced the PowerShot G1 X. This is a new compact camera with a large CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, flip-out screen, full HD video and many more features. The camera will retail for $799.00 USD with an expected release date of March 31, 2012. You can preorder the PowerShot G1 X from authorized retailers such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama.

For a full press release, read below.

Project 365: Day 9 - Zzzzzzz's

Just 5 more minutes...

Project 365: Day 6 - Favorite Day of the Week

It's pay day and the start of the weekend.

Press Release: Nikon Announces D4 'Multi-Media' DSLR

Nikon has announced the D4, its latest professional DSLR. The 16MP full-frame camera is capable of shooting at 10 frames per second with full autofocus. In addition to a host of ergonomic improvements, the D4 also sees the expansion of its video capabilities, to the extent that Nikon is describing it as a 'multi-media DSLR.' The cameras gains an Ethernet port, a 91,000 pixel metering sensor and an uprated AF sensor that can work in lower light and with smaller aperture lenses. Its sensitivity range can be expanded to the equivalent of ISO 204,800 and adds illuminated controls to make it easier to work in the low-light situations in which such a setting becomes useful. The D4 also becomes the first camera to make use of the XQD memory card format. Retail

The Nikon D4 will be available for preorder (and to purchase when released) at Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama and other authorized retailers. It will retail for at a whopping...$5,999.95 USD.

Full press release below...

Project 365: Day 5 - "Together, We Are One"

We together, write our chapters for the present and the future...

*taken with our new Canon PowerShot S100

Unboxing Video: Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera

On the hunt to replace our old Canon PowerShot SD1000 7.1MP camera with a new digital camera, we decided to get the Canon Powershot S100 12.1MP Digital Camera. Stock has been going in and out of stock since its release but its starting to finally showing some signs of availability at stores like Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama. So we purchased ours and we received it yesterday.

The Canon S100 is the successor to the popular Canon PowerShot S95. The S100 uses Canon's new DIGIC5 Image Processor, CMOS sensor, RAW + JPEG, 1080p video at 24fps, 24-120mm f2.0-5.9, up to ISO 6400 and many more!

But if you want more information about the Canon PowerShot S100, visit Canon's website. In the mean time, check out our unboxing video of the Canon S100:

After we spend some time with the camera, we'll have a full review on the camera. So check back soon.

Deal: Popular Photography Magazine 2-Year Subscription for $7

Discount Mags offers a Popular Photography Magazine 2-Year Subscription (12 issues per year; 24 issues total) for $27.94. Coupon code "DEALNEWS" cuts it to $7. For US only.

Project 365: Day 4 - Expensive Hobby

Expensive Hobby = Evil

Deal: Canon Powershot S100 In Stock at Amazon for $418

Amazon has the Canon Powershot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (black) for $418 and is showing it as in stock! Camera ships FREE with Super Saver. This camera retails for $429.99 and has been going in and out of stock at many retailers such as B&H Photo, Adorama. Finding a deal on this camera for under retail price is great!

The Canon S100 uses Canon's new DIGIC5 Image Processor, CMOS sensor, RAW + JPEG, 1080p video at 24fps, 24-120mm f2.0-5.9, up to ISO 6400 and many more!

We ordered one ourselves and will have it today. It's on the truck as we speak (type). We'll have a full review of the camera once we spend some time with it. We'll be ordering some accessories as well such as an extra battery, screen protector and probably a Joby Gorillapod.

Amazon also has a deal on a Canon PSC-910 Deluxe Leather Case for $10 (free shipping via Prime or orders over $25). It says its for S95 but it will fit the S100. I'll be using my BlackRapid SnapR-20 (review) which can hold the charger, cables and other small accessories.

Project 365: Day 2 - Entertainment

Nothing like passing time by playing mahjong and gambling

Deal: Digital Photo Magazine 1-Year Subscription for $5

DiscountMags offers a 1-Year Subscription to Digital Photo Magazine for $11.97. Coupon code "3901" drops it to $4.99. It includes seven issues. Of note, you can purchase up to a 3-year subscription at this per-year price.

You can also check out other magazines deals here.

Project 365: Day 1 - Start of a New Year

Project 365: Photo a Day, See Life in a New Way (2012)

Project 365: How to Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way

People will often say that their whole lives flashed before their eyes after they experienced a traumatic event. Perhaps it’s a bit morbid, but we think that sounds pretty incredible.

When individuals start taking a photo a day, they never imagine the project will not only serve as a way to remember a year, but also a way to help them understand what was important in their life.

Whether it's their relationships, career, or fashion sense, recording a photo a day for a whole year will leave them with a rich visual history of their life. And it will make you a better photographer to boot!


Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider doing it:
  • Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)
  • Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.
  • Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.

Here are six tips on how to create your own Project 365:
  1. Bring Your Camera Everywhere: Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.
  2. Make Posting Easy: Facebook will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it.
  3. Vary Your Themes: Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.
  4. Tell a Story: Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.
  5. Don’t Stop, No Matter What: This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.

    There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.

    Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.
  6. Post early, post often: Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.
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