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Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Quick Review - DaVoice - Cell Phone Tripod Adapter

As cell phone cameras have improved over the years it has become more likely that by default you will be taking a picture or video from your phone. Most of the time this is perfectly fine, but, if you want to take a group shot with you in it, or if you want to record a video without all the shake then you're going to want it on a tripod. That's where the DaVoice tripod adapter comes in.

This inexpensive adapter lets you securely place your phone on a tripod. It attaches to the tripod via a standard 1/4" 20 screw. Phones are held in place with tension from springs in the base. I had no problem getting an iPhone 6 in this mount even with a case on it.

Davoice Tripod Adapter

You can see full product details on amazon by clicking here. I've also put together a review video showing the product being used. Enjoy.

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Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Quick Review - Giottos MH1000-652 Ball Tripod Head

I've purchased two Giottos MH1000-652 Ball Tripod heads.

These things are great. A small profile, easy release, and pivot your camera to almost any angle. The quick release plate makes it a key piece of photographic gear.

Giottos MH1000-652 Tripod Head

Mounts to 3/8" screws, so an adapter may be required if your tripod has a 1/4" screw.

I've used this tripod head all over the world: Rome, San Francisco, Galapagos, Paris, ... It's never let me down. I should also mention that I use this with a Canon 5D Mark II, with battery grip and 24-70 f/2.8 lens. It doesn't have a problem supporting the 5 lbs of camera gear I've regularly got on it.

You can check out this product (4.5 out of 5 stars) on amazon by clicking here

And here is a quick video review:

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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Quick Review - Lowepro Magnum 400AW

If you're a photographer who has finally collected enough junk to merit a larger gear bag, then look no further than the Lowepro Magnum 400AW.

Lowepro Magnum 400AW

This bag will easily and safely cary your camera, a few lenses and plenty of accessories with room to spare. It is completely modular for easy configuration based on your needs and comes with great extras like: a memory card/CD case, 2 microfiber cloths that velcro into the bag, and a quality built-in rain cover.

The construction is top of the line with zipper covers and clasps to protect your gear while in transit. The strap is wide and well padded for long use. I regularly keep this bag on my back for 4+ hours while covering NCAA football games.

This bag has become my primary storage and transportation bag. I've never tried to take it on a plane because I feel that it is slightly too large to fit in the overhead compartment on a plane.

For more information or to buy, you can find it on Amazon (4.5 out of 5 stars) for $185 (normally $300). Click here to visit amazon.

Here is a short video review that will showcase the bag and all of it's features:

* For full disclosure, I received this bag from Lowepro for free. The review above is my personal opinion after using the bag for my own photographic needs.

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Monday, January 25th, 2010

Two New Prints Available on Etsy Shop Page

Have a few prints in the pipeline to be printed and framed. I put the prints up on my new Etsy.com storefront.

You can see the storefront here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aparkerw

Lonely Bridge - Golden Gate Print
See Print: $50 (click here)

34th and Broadway Print
See Print: $40 (click here)

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Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Planning an Ultimate Photography Trip - All the Gear

So there has been a lot going on since my first trip post in January. Now that the trip is a week away I felt I should go through the list of gear that I've picked up to make sure that I have everything I need to get great shots of this trip.

The Gear

Camera - I am bringing the Canon 5D Mark II 21 megapixel full-frame dslr that also shoots 1080p HD video.
Lens (every day) - Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Lens (wide angle) - Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
Lens (telephoto) - To get the shots from afar I'm using the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
Lens (portrait) - For this I'll take along the Thrifty Fifty Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
Bag - My gear will be transported in the Lowepro Fastpack 250 read my review here Lowepro Fastpack Review
Tripod - For the landscape pictures I will have a tripod with me, the Velbon El Carmagne 540 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Computer - I will have Lightroom 2 installed on my 13.3 Apple MacBook Pro and an additional 2 GB of RAM (for 4 GB total) and a 120 GB harddrive
Storage - To keep all the images I will have one 640 GB Seagate FreeAgent hard drive and a 2nd 640 drive to store backups for a total (with laptop) of 1.36 TB of storage.
Geo Tagging - To geotag my pictures I will take along a Sony GPS-CS3KA GPS tracker
Flash - the Canon 580EX II
Memory - I've got 2 16GB UDMA cards
Power - I have the Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip with two batteries and a 3rd battery for continued shooting
Misc - I've also got a circular polarizer, rechargeable AAs, a pelican waterproof case and an outdoor research 25L Dry Sack, one radiopopper JrX transmitter and receiver

Here is a picture of the entire setup.
What is In The Bag

Here is the flickr post that shows the entire bag and contents with notes. - flickr post -

Well, that's the list. I should be doing full reviews of all of these items and how they held up on the trip. But that will have to wait until I'm done with the trip.

I should have everything I need to get whatever shots I can envision. I can't wait to put together the book when this trip is finished. I won't be going back any time soon and I fully intend to make the most of this amazing opportunity.

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