Two Peas In A Manfrotto Monopod

Two Peas In A Manfrotto Monopod

Manfrotto monopodUsually I shoot video using a tripod instead of a monopod, but lately I’ve been working in close quarters, and the tripod legs were getting in the way. Manfrotto produces a very high quality monopod and I already love using it. Quick to extend and a very solid piece of equipment. It’s also great if you’re a pirate and termites got to your wooden leg. Pop this baby into place. Try gnawing through aluminum ya scurvy bugs!

GoPro HD HERO2 Camera Unboxing & Test

For our upcoming honeymoon in Montego Bay, Jamaica I decided it was time to upgrade from my Kodak Zx3 to a video camera that can handle a bit more than 10 feet of submersion. How about 197 feet? That sounds good to me. The GoPro HD HERO2. This is a product I can use all of the time to create art. It has an impressive array of accessories and they don’t cost an arm and a leg. There is even a case that will hold two GoPros side by side to allow for shooting in 3D. I will definitely be making good use of the time lapse photography feature for sculpture.

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Square Credit Card Reader

Square Credit Card Reader

Square Credit Card ReaderYesterday I received my new Square credit card reader in the mail. My main forms of payments from customers are usually PayPal or check. Now I can accept credit card payments on the spot!

How crazy is it that technology has progressed to this point? Life gets more convenient each day with inventions like this.

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Toshiba Thrive 10.1″/16GB tablet

Toshiba Thrive 10.1″/16GB tablet

Toshiba 16GB 10" TabletI recently sold my Toshiba Satellite and replaced it with a Toshiba Thrive 10.1″ tablet. I needed something with enough power to handle my daily chores like photo editing, emailing clients, web browsing, video conferencing, etc. Must have played with every damned tablet currently available on the market. What sold me on the Thrive was the numerous full sized ports and it’s massive 10.1″ screen. It still fits in my hands comfortably, but the screen is key. Needed something with great resolution, color and brightness for client meetings. I also appreciate the heavily textured back cover which helps with gripping the device.

Check out the video for a full unboxing and initial impression of the Toshiba Thrive tablet.

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Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens

Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens

Rokinon's super wide angle lensI hesitated on purchasing a fisheye lens for a long time because I thought it wasn’t meant for everyday use. Wrong. The Rokinon 8mm is great for really tight spaces! The lens has a 180 degree field of view, so you will definitely have to get used to that. The slightest object will appear in the viewfinder if it comes anywhere near the lens glass. Also, this is a manual focus lens. The reason it’s affordable is because it does not contain electronics. It has a very solid metal body and nice glass. The construction on this lens is rock solid.Angela sits on top of a pay phone in New Brunswick, New Jersey

I have to say the image quality for such an affordable lens is quite impressive. It’s sharp and the colors are comparable to my Canon lenses. Yes, I am on of “those” loyal Canon customers in terms of lenses. I am not opposed to trying out a different brand if they have a really attractive product. I couldn’t justify spending upward of $400.00 for Canon’s fisheye. It’s not a lens I use every day.Lambertville Railroad in Lambertville, New Jersey I should also mention this lens works best with crop sensors. You can use it on a full frame camera, but it will give you a circular image.

I took the photo of Angela on the payphone while it was raining and the lens performed flawlessly. My gear was in an exposed area where it rained continuously. The lens hood on the Rokinon 8mm is long enough to keep a light rain off the glass. Because the lens is rounded, making it harder to clean, you will want to avoid getting anything on it.Three models showing wares from Discreet Denim by Rick Meeker

The photo of the railroad track was taken no more than one foot from the actual track. It’s amazing how much this lens can see at such close proximity to the subject.

The photo of all three models standing in the New Brunswick train station tunnel is a perfect example of how wide this lens is. The sidewalk is about five feet wide. My camera was set up on the same sidewalk the models stood on. I was able to capture the sidewalk, all three models, and much of the tunnel. None of my other lenses would come close to producing a shot like this. Great DSLR lens at a great price.

Pick up the Rokinon 8mm today!

 

Pantone huey™PRO monitor and printer calibration

Pantone huey™PRO monitor and printer calibration

Pantone hueyPRO monitor calibration deviceColor consistency between monitor and print is important. If your prints are drastically different from what you see on your monitor, chances are you need to properly calibrate your monitor. Jacking up the brightness/contrast is NOT properly calibrating your monitor.

The Pantone huey™PRO definitely improved color consistency between my two Acer V233H monitors and my Toshiba Satellite laptop monitor. I will be wasting much less paper and expensive LUCIA ink for my Canon Pro9500 printer.

Features & benefits from the Pantone web site:

  • World’s first built-in ambient light sensor enables consistency never seen before in any lighting condition.
  • TRUE COLOR. From monitor to print.
  • Multiple monitor calibration increases color fidelity from monitor-to-monitor-to-print.
  • New color patches added.
  • Advanced Help built in provides step-by-step instructions through calibration and beyond.
  • User-defined Whitepoint and Gamma combinations provide substantial control over the calibration and output matching.
  • Zero in on shadow detail and highlights with the enhanced LCD calibration.