We're all consumers of electronic devices in some shape or form. Some of us go to the extreme with a cutting edge specs checklist, while others keep things down to the brass tacks. Most of us likely fall somewhere in the middle, sometimes choosing form over function or vice versa depending upon the device/use. The question is, what kind of tech buyer are you?
I love my DSLR, but it stays home about 95% of the time now thanks to the convenience and quality of smartphone cameras for the average snapshot (the last two models I've used, the Samsung Galaxy SIII and iPhone 5 are both fantastic). What I do miss on occasion is the flexibility of switching out a lens for a wider shot, or to zoom in closer from afar, and most often, a macro for detailed shots while hiking or exploring tide pools here in SoCal. No longer, as now I've got the option to magnetically snap on a wide angle, telephoto, fisheye, and even a macro lens (sample below).
As a photographer and artist, I'm constantly seeking out the new and fresh to inspire and delight me. It can be overwhelming to distill the content, sites and sounds out in the world and use it all to motivate instead of intimidate. The question I'm always asking to others who are creative for a living, not just in a casual whenever–the–mood–strikes–me sense how do you organize ideas and keep your work going?
The Fotodiox Crystal DSLR Camera 2/3 replica of the Canon 7D works as a paperweight, bookends if purchased in pairs, or just a conversation piece for the shelf. We'd imagine these would be well received amongst shutterbugs, especially Canon loyalists; at just about $60 even two are a lot cheaper than most photography related gear (too bad it's sold out at the moment).
Oh cool, Braveheart is on TV. Wait, don't you own that DVD? Or did you loan it out to a friend and forget about it for a year, rendering your chances of getting it back approximately zero? Adopt this smartphone strategy and you'll never forget who borrowed your DVD, jacket, blender, or anything else ever again.
I could just imagine freaking out my photographer friends for a split second if I pulled out one of these to sip my morning cup of good morning. I bet even after recognizing the joke, they'd quietly check their equipment bag...
Although interchangeable DSLRs and mirrorless micro 4/3 models the best photos, for amateurs and enthusiasts, a compact point and shoot still rules the backpacks and pockets of travelers (minus camera phones out of the equation, which seems to be eclipsing them all). Although you generally can't switch lenses with permanent single lens model without some serious hacking, you now can a circular polarizer with the simple technology of magnets!
Want to learn a technique for taking better photos immediately? Stabilize your camera onto something while shooting, ideally a tripod, instead of shooting hand-held. But most of us aren't looking to carry a tripod everywhere we go, even a compact fold-up model, making something like these clever and extremely pocketable tiltpod "tripods" for point and shoot and iPhone photographers an attractive alternative. Each version rotates and tilts, with the iPhone model coming equipped with a magnetic base and keychain ring for perpetual Instagrammers. And because they're so small, you'll always have it with you, unlike that $XXX.00 tripod you always forget!
If you are a beginning photographer or seasoned pro, chances are your friends have asked for you to shoot some photos for a bio page, web site or project. Head shots can be a quick creative practice to keep you fresh and thinking. Here are some tips to keep in mind next time you're on the head shot task.