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07.31.14     gadgetry  

Want To See In The Dark? There's An iPhone Case For That


Set to begin shipment in early August the FLIR One iPhone case features infrared technology. The creators tout the expensive case ($349) as having state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology developed by the military. This technology was only available to the military just a few years ago.

They say you can now see and photograph the world in a totally new way. Sounds kind of novel for the lay person but the creators are also saying it has numerous practical applications. Is there danger lurking in the woods while camping or hunting? Are you jogging on a foggy night and need to spot possible threats? How about electrical and plumbing issues in the house?

I found this video from MacWorld 2014 that showcases some of it's features. You can also check out FLIR One's website here.


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07.30.14     photography  

Martha Stewart Writes About Loving Her Drone


Apparently Martha Stewart is in love with the drone copter and camera she was given as a gift. She lives on a sweeping farm with acres of gardens, guest houses, chicken coops, and horse stables. She became immediately hooked after being able to see this landscape as never before. She says in the past if she wanted to get these images she would have to rent complicated and expensive equipment like a helicopter or balloon. She simply views the aerial photography gadgets as "useful tools".

You can read her entire opinion piece at TIME here.


View of Martha's farm taken from her DJI Phantom

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07.30.14     photography  

How To Capture Milky Way Images Even if You Don't Have Ideal Conditions


Photographer Justin Ng lives in one of the most light polluted cities in the world; Singapore. So how does he get such awesome images of the Milky Way? Well he shares just how he does it in a in a very cool tutorial. If you're like me and have always dreamed of photographing the beautiful night sky but maybe live in a busy city this tutorial is wonderful. He also included links to a simple app he made to locate the Milky Way if you can't see it with the naked eye.

Follow this link to check it out.


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07.29.14     photography  

Florida Woman Might Be Forced to Buy Back Her Stolen Camera From Pawn Shop


In an extremely frustrating situation, a woman in Florida had her Nikon D3200 stolen out of her minivan. With the help of authorities she was able to track it down. However, the pawn shop that has it refuses to give the camera back to the rightful owner. They maintain that they legally do not have to return it to herd until an arrest of the man who sold it to them is made. Check out the video below.


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07.28.14     tutorial & training videos  

How to Record 4K HDMI Footage on the Sony A7s



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07.28.14     tutorial & training videos  

How to Shoot 4K 10-Bit on Panasonic GH4 Tutorial Video



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07.28.14     fun!  

Digital Rev Makes Hilarious Video About Annoying Things Non-Photo Enthusiasts Say


Digital Rev is know not only for his photography expertise but also for his great sense of humor. He kind of knocks it out of the park with this one. I'm sure many photo enthusiasts can relate to his list of '10 Things Non-Photo People Do That Annoy the Crap Out of Photo Enthusiasts'.

Check it out below for a good laugh.



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07.28.14     tutorial & training videos  

Sony A7s - 4K HDMI Recording Set up, Until Shogun Atomos


Been getting a lot of questions on how I am recording 4K video out of the Sony a7s. A few viewers even suggested it was not possible.

Well, here it is:



The Aja Ki Po Quad is impressive for what it does, but it is a little expensive and will be obsolete in about 2 months with the Atomos Shogun being released.

Thank you to Bhphoto.com for sponsoring this test, and for the engineers at Black Magic and Aja Ki to help me figure this out!

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07.27.14     gadgetry  

Defender: Personal Defense Pepper Spray w/Camera


Technology is improving our lives on a daily basis. Here's yet another product that has true potential in personal defense.

The Defender is not only a pepper spray can it's also a camera. You can defend yourself against an attacker, snap a picture, and send to authorities all in one small device. Check out their promo below.

The Defender - The First Smart Personal Protection System from The Defender on Vimeo.


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07.26.14     tutorial & training videos  

Sony A7s vs Panasonic GH4 Moire Test at 4K


Being that I've been able to pull 4K footage out of the Sony a7s I have been getting a lot of questions about how it performs in certain ways. One of those questions was in regards to moire, so we decided to record 4K out of both the A7s and the Panasonic GH4 and compare the two.



In a very interesting result, it appears that the GH4 is strong incredible moire performance (trust me, it is much better coming out of the camera) at 4k and very poor performance at 1080.

The Sony is the opposite, showing excellent performance at 1080, and not-as-good performance at 4K.

The take home message here is that you could shoot at 4K on the GH4 and down sample in post and you will probably be ok. If you have a Sony and are shooting for a 1080 final product, it would make more sense to shoot at that resolution.

A huge thank you to Bhphoto.com that made this test possible!

My GH4 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video is already available, and the Sony A7s Crash Course is now under production, it should be ready in about 2-3 weeks.


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