As a highly renowned photo innovator and educator, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Coach to the Pros Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is constantly asked to evaluate the latest cameras, lenses and gear.  Of course, Will is also very well known for not mincing his words…  Good or bad, he’ll tell it like it is. Sometimes, Will has products come across his desk that quite frankly, leave him less than enthused at first glance.  Such was the case with the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods from Benro.  Give them a cursory look and you’ll see that the MeFOTO Tripods are cut from a [More]
Here’s a nifty little device we’ve come across that may be a perfect fit for shooting video with a mirrorless camera system, such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Sony NEX 6. Meet the dougmon.  Invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – the dougmon is touted as the swiss utility knife of hand held camera support systems. Doug Monroe is a cameraman who specializes in reality television and documentary shooting and the video tutorial above illustrates how to use this smart simple camera support system. Doug has spent nine years perfecting the dougmon and [More]
Internet Marketer Gideon Shalwick shares his gear for producing GREAT VIDEOS fast – and he does it all with inexpensive iOS / Android compatible devices! Here’s the Gear… The i-Microphone EIM-003 For vocal practice recording and monitoring Specifically designed for music enthusiasts Monitor open air instruments (Guitar, vocals) Extremely low handling noise Small and compact design   Smartline (ESL-001) Extension Cable with Volume Control, Lapel Clip & 3.5mm Audio Jack for i-Microphone Turns the i-Microphone into a lapel microphone Inline volume control and label clip Record and monitor simultaneously 3.5 mm audio jack for monitoring on headset Extend the reach [More]
Here’s a great video that walks through the basic set up and function of Transcend’s new Wi-Fi SD Memory cards. The Transcend Wi-Fi SD card is easy to set up, and you can use it to instantly add wireless capability to your digital camera.  When used in conjunction with the Free Transcend Wi-Fi SD Mobile App for iPhone or Wi-Fi SD App For iPad, you’ll be able to instantly view photos on your iOS devices, share on Facebook or email them to friends (also available for Android devices). The Transcend Wi-Fi SD card operates in 2 modes: Direct Share Mode [More]
Pro Photo Guru Chase Jarvis got his hands on an innovative new piece of equipment that’s in development called the Lil-Mule and wrote up an article detailing his initial impressions >>Here<<.  The Lil Mule is touted as “An intuitive, affordable, heavy duty camera platform for creating arced or linear camera moves when shooting time lapse and video”, and it’s basically a robotic dolly that will drive your camera around, allowing you to capture cool slider shots and time-lapse videos without a track. For a little more info, check out the Lil Mule KickStarter Video below: Here’s Chase’s Preliminary Conclusions on [More]
John Maier (CEO of Blue Microphones) showcases the new Blue Mikey Digital Microphone for iOS devices.  These days it seems that more and more audio, photo and video companies are figuring out ways to utilize the sophisticated technology that’s built in to iOS devices to provide the brainpower for their gear and apps.  With the Blue Mikey, you now have a portable and affordable way to tap into Blue Microphones’ high quality audio. Product Features The Blue Mikey Digital Microphone has two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording, a line-input, USB pass through and a 230-degree rotating design which is [More]
Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul discusses the basics of wedding videography, from how to get your first gig, through what equipment you’ll need, how to set up your shots and how to tell a story with your video. This is an excellent peek behind the curtain for any filmmaker, but especially for those aspiring to get into the lucrative wedding industry. Griffin’s camera and gear set up is excellent.  You can’t go wrong with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Panasonic Lumix GH2 for shooting video.  Griffin also uses a GoPro Hero2 in the video.  This is an excellent choice for [More]
When creating Hybrid Photography Products, one of the most important, and unfortunately, overlooked components of shooting video, is capturing high quality audio.  TASCAM is a company that makes some great and affordable portable audio recording devices, and here’s an overview of 3 of TASCAM’s best Portable Audio Recorders – the DR-07 mkII, the DR-40 (showcased in the video above) and the DR-100 mkII. Product Features TASCAM DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder Adjustable Stereo Condenser Microphones (XY or AB) Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording. Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rate. Reverb effect. Overdub recording mode Auto [More]
Whether you’re an aspiring photographer/filmmaker or a seasoned pro, you know that one of the biggest truths about the photo/video industry is that those who get involved by and large have a passion for their craft.  A passion for creation that helps them to bring their images to life.  Of course, after going around pricing up all the cameras, lenses and gear that you want, a second major truth becomes apparent…  Photography and Filmmaking can be expensive (especially if you’re starting out from scratch), but they don’t have to be… How To Start Your Photo/Video Business on a Budget Once [More]
Star light, star bright.  How can I get good shots of the stars I see at night?… A company called Vixen may just have the solution you’re looking for. Shooting Stars with the Polarie… The Vixen Polarie is a specialized photographic accessory that allows you to take pin-sharp photos of stars and constellations. It is designed to follow the apparent motion of the stars caused by the earth’s rotation, thereby eliminating star trails. If you watch the video above, using the Polarie to shoot stars and constellations, as well the Milky Way Galaxy looks surprisingly straightforward.  Simply mount the Polarie [More]
Here’s another great idea from Scott Eggleston (aka The Frugal Filmmaker).  This time, it’s for a low cost alternative to an OWLE camera stabilizer.  By using a Nintendo Wii Steering Wheel and a mini ballhead, Scott creates a mini version of the “FigRig” stabilizer that’s used by many pro and indie videographers.  Of course, this option is a bit cheaper. Fig Rig = $309.99 USD OWLE = over $100 USD Wii Steering Wheel + Mini Ballhead = Somewhere between $5.00 and $35.00 USD The Frugal Filmmaker found the Wii Steering Wheel for under $1.00 at the Dollar Store, so you [More]
A couple weeks ago, we posted an article called “How To Build a RotoRig DIY JIb Crane/Shoulder Rig” that’s been getting a great response.  The RotoRig is one of the (if not THE) best DIY Jib Cranes I’ve ever seen, and it would seem that a lot of people agree, because many are now building and using their own RotoRig devices. Two of the latest are my708class (video above) and Thomas Emmerich (video below), who are shown testing their RotoRigs. We take our hat’s off to people like Chad Bredahl (aka KrotoFlik – subscribe to his YT Channel Here) who [More]
In a follow up to his excellent report on the Ultimate YouTube Vlogger Kit for DigiDIRECT TV, Blunty reveals two more of his Secret-weapons of Ultra portable photography editing and wireless publishing… All you need is your Camera, your Smart device, and these secret weapons… 1.  Snapseed – For Mobile Photo editing made quick, powerful & easy, Blunty likes the FREE Snapseed App from Nik Software (who’re now owned by Google, so it runs on Apple iPhone, iPad & iPod touch along with pretty much any Android phone and Android Tablet) 2.  Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Cards – which include geotagging, [More]
Hybrid Photography Ninja and Photo/Video Innovator “Coach” Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is back, this time showcasing a great new hand grip camera mount that he’s been using from Camtrol. For guys like Will (who has a bum leg) and me (with sporadic back issues), having an easy way to get a low angle shot can be a lifesaver.  And the Camtrol Hand Grip, which is small, lightweight, portable, and has shutter release button built right into the handle, is one of the best solutions that I’ve see. Will writes… If you need to shoot high or low angle shots, but you [More]
We love the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods with Ballhead from Benro, which are light weight and portable, yet strong and sturdy tripods that available in 5 different colors.  They are light weight yet well made, come in a variety of cool, conversation starting colors, and they fold up small, so they’ll fit in just about anywhere.  No wonder they’re highly popular with our HybridPhoto colleagues and have become the go-to tripod for the Hybrid Photographer on the go. Here’s the skinny on the MeFOTO Tripods… MeFOTO Travel Tripods Features 360-degree Panning – Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the [More]
New from RØDE, the smartLav – a lavalier microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® Touch.  Can the smartLav provide professional quality audio recordings from an iOS device? Here are the Details from RØDE The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications, from the boardroom to the pulpit, the car to the classroom. The RØDE smartLav uses a standard TRRS connection, which plugs directly into your Apple iOS device’s headset input. By employing an omni-directional capsule that picks up sound equally from all around the microphone, the smartLav can [More]
Blunty’s back!  This time, he’s reporting for DigiDIRECT TV, showcasing the Tamrac Zipshot Tripod. A tripod is definitely a piece of equipment that no photographer should be without, but they’re not always easy to carry around with you when you’re out and about.  But Tamrac seem to have solved that problem with the ZipShot, which is basically made up of collapsible tent poles that fold up nice and small (and light), so it’s easy to carry.  I guess that’s why Blunty calls the ZipShot his “Secret Weapon” Tripod. Here’s the Skinny on the Tamrac ZipShot The Tamrac Zipshot is an [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) was at CES 2013 digging up all the great new tech and imaging gear that was on display at the event.  This time up, it’s the ProJive XLR adapter that allows you to plug your professional grade microphones directly into your iOS or Android Devices (via the 3.5mm headphone jack).  At $28.95 USD, this is an inexpensive way to create your own mobile audio setup. Compatible with: iPhone iPad iPad Mini iPod iPod Touch Android Devices Get the ProJive XLR Adapter for iOS and Android Devices Here
About a week ago, I ran across a video (above) by Chad Bredahl (aka KrotoFlik – He’s got lots of cool DIY videos posted, so definitely subscribe to his YT Channel) in which he gave a short demo of a new DIY Jib Crane/Shoulder Rig he had developed called the RotoRig, which has to be one of the best DIY Jib’s that I’ve seen. Chad has now posted the “How To Build a RotoRig” video (below), as well as a parts list and drilling diagram that we’ll share here.  Enjoy! Drill Hole Diagram Download (Click image for Chad’s updated, downloadable [More]
There’s a lot of buzz out there right now about the new Metabones Speed Booster Lens Adapter, and understandably so.  After all, the Speed Booster adapter promises to not only let you use your legacy lenses on a Sony NEX Camera (with other options available soon, including micro 4/3), it also promises to make those lenses brighter and faster (by a full f-stop) essentially, as if by magic, converting your small sensor camera into a full frame monster.  This almost sounds too good to be true…  but is it? The Metabones Speed Booster is now getting into the hands of [More]
The concept of the Metabones Speed Booster Adapter is mind boggling, to say the least.  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount (for Sony NEX cameras, but a micro 4/3 version is in the works and scheduled for release in March, 2013), but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera full-frame, while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to [More]
MC Contributor Giulio Sciorio (SmallCameraBigPicture.com and DiscoverMirrorless.com) is back, and this time, he’s pimpin’ out his Panasonic Lumix G5 while optimizing it for Hybrid Photography. Giulio Writes “Customizing your camera for hybrid photography gives you the ability to move between stills and video with ease. Regardless of whether or not you’re using your camera’s EVF or touch screen, having your camera customized for hybrid means you’ll be able to – Shoot quickly Shoot well Have fun Check out the video to see how I used the accessories to customize the camera. The buttons in the video are made by Gariz [More]
Blunty’s back!  …and this time, the DigiDIRECT TV host is talking about Vlogging and his Ultimate YouTube Setup. Blunty’s formula for vlogging perfection: the Sony RX100 compact “DSLR in your pocket” camera + an iPad mini = the best road-warrior vlogger production, editing & camera kit in the world right now? It’s a road-warrior production studio that’ll fit in your pockets! I can’t argue with Blunty here.  These are all powerful tools that will give you BIG RESULTS despite their small size. Here’s a great RX100 package that includes a 32gb Class 10 SDHC Card, a carrying case, lens cleaning [More]
French Company Lehmann Aviation is now manufacturing a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) specifically designed as a platform for GoPro POV Action Cams.  The Lehmann LA100 is basically a remote controlled flying wing with a mount on top for your GoPro cameras. Here’s the Press Release (via Photography Blog) Lehmann LA100 – WORLD’S 1st FULLY AUTOMATIC UAV for $1,200 USD Launch it. Wait 5 minutes. Enjoy your aerial images. BLOIS, FRANCE – Lehmann Aviation Ltd, the manufacturer of professional micro civil UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), announced today launch of a totally new product – LA100, a fully automatic UAV which works [More]