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Photography Gift Ideas under $50

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Some of the products listed below are under $50 because they are on sale.

Tiffen 58MM Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

A polarizing filter is mandatory. It darkens skies, makes blue skies bluer, removes glare, and should be in every photographer’s kit. Be sure to get the correct size filter for your lens.

CowboyStudio NPT-04, 4 Channel Wireless Trigger Receiver

This set is designed for photographic studio and on-location work to trigger various flash lights. The transmitter is attached on the hot shoe of the camera while the receiver is plugged into the studio flash. Each receiver works with one studio flash. You can also get an extra receiver and still be under $50. 

Timer Remote Control RS-60E3

If you are interested in taking long exposures or time-lapse photos, you will need an external remote. Make sure that you get the model that will work with your camera. This remote will work with the following cameras:

  • Pentax K100D,K110D, K10D, *ist Ds2, *ist D, *ist Ds, *ist, *istDL, *ist DL2
  • Samsung GX-1L, GX-1S, GX-10
  • Canon EOS 30, 33, 50E, 300, 300V, 3000, 50, 300D (Digital Rebel), 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), 450D (Digital Rebel XSi), 500D, 1000D

If you have a Nikon, try the following link: LCD Digital Timer Remote Control (MC-DC2) for Nikon D Series Digital SLR Cameras (Check Compatibility)

Cowboystudio Backlight Strobe Flash Studio Photography Kit

This inexpensive studio flash requires AC power. It is a slave flash that will fire when your primary flash fires.

Serif PanoramaPlus X4

  • Powerful, easy-to-use digital-photo-stitching software
  • Create stunning panoramas in just 3 easy steps
  • Easily import photos and movie clips to create panoramas
  • Edit and enhance panoramas with simple-to-use correction tools
  • Save and share panoramas to share with family and friends

Eye-Fi Connect X2 4 GB Class 6 SDHC Wireless Card

The Connect X2 is Eye-Fi’s entry level SDHC card. Automatically upload photos and videos to your computer and to your favorite site – they’ll just land there already organized. Choose from 25 websites, including Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and more.

  • 4GB Memory to store up to 2000 photos or 90min or video
  • Upload JPEG photos & videos fast through your home Wi-Fi network thanks to built in 802.11n speed
  • Get email, Facebook, or Twitter alerts when your photos are uploading online
  • Photos and videos can automatically land in date-based folders of your choice on your computer or even directly into iPhoto for Macs

If you want more capacity and features, take a look at my review of the Eye-Fi Pro X2 SDHC card.

Photoshoot at Vizcaya

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Vizcaya was built by agricultural industrialist James Deering in 1916. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens features a Main House, ten acres of formal gardens, and a rockland hammock (native forest).

I used the Panosaurus panoramic head and a Canon T1i to take all the examples in this post. Since I have also become obsessed with infrared, all of the photographs were taken with a Hoya 58mm RM-72 Infrared Filter.

Click on the thumbnail to see the full photograph.


Follow this link to find out more about taking panoramas and infared photographs.

Enhance Google Searches for Photography

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Google has a new service to enhance Google searches.

In order to use Google Subscribed Links, you must create a new Google Account or sign in with an existing Google Account.

Infrared Photography Tips

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Infrared PhotoStart by testing your DSLR to find out if you can use it to take infrared photos. Point a remote at your camera and take a one second photo. If your camera records the light produced by the remote, you can take the next step – buy an IR filter. The Hoya 58mm RM-72 is a good choice. Be sure to get the correct size for your lens. The link pictured in this post is to a 58mm filter. Expect your exposures to be extremely long because the filter blocks out almost all visible light. Click to continue »