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5 Awesome Last Minute Gifts for Photographers

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Fun, gifts       Tags Wild Blue Yonder, Polarizing filter, sidekick360, LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens, Lensbaby, Photojojo Mobil Light Kit, SpiderPro, last minute gifts, gifts for photographers

It's not too late!! For those who may have left holiday shopping to the last minute (ahem), here are 5 unique gift ideas for the photographer on your list:

1. Mobile Light Kit

For the iphoneographer who's ready to take their photography to the next level, PhotoJoJo's put together a tiny, but mighty Mobile Light Kit. Loaded with a Pocket Spotlight, Pocket Reflector, and Rainbow Filter Set, the kit pulls together everything needed to extend a shooting day, even out harsh shadows and correct skin tones. Even if your receipient of choice knows nothing about lighting, the included Guide to Photo EnLIGHTenment points the way with whimsical illustrations and clear step-by-step instructions.

2. Wild Blue Yonder Circular Polarizing Filter

Ever rock a pair of polarized shades and stand in awe of the deep blue skies and saturated colors? That's what Wild Blue Yonder is all about. Added to their favorite lens, this multi-coated filter gives an outdoor photographer creative control of the light, contrast and reflections from things like glass and water. Available in 8 sizes and 5 colors, MeFOTO has created a filter that fits both camera lens and personal style!

3. Lensbaby Sweet Spot Phone Lens

Have a photo-snapping, drama-loving, on-the-go BFF on your list? Help her (or him!) add some drama to their shots with the LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for Mobile. The newest lens from the imaginative folks at Lensbaby lets anyone create artsy images with a "sweet spot" of focus surrounded by blur. Use the Lensbaby app to move the point of focus or change lighting to create uniquely beautiful images. Take advantage of the second metal ring to stack other phone lenses (telephoto, fisheye) onto the end for even more dramatic effects!

4. SideKick360 SmartPhone Adapter

Timelapse, slow-mo, panaromas, night photography - the current crop of smartphone cameras has some amazing capabilities when it comes to capturing the world in photos and video. Ironically, the key to creating the best images using any of these high tech processes still comes down to one decidedly low-tech factor - stability. That phone needs to be on a tripod and locked down! Cue the SideKick360 SmartPhone Adapter. With an Arca Swiss style base built-in, the SideKick360 can stand alone or easily mount to virtually any tripod. It's rotating 360° ball joint quickly switches from vertical to horizontal and locks in any position making it ideal for capturing both photo and video. Plus, it's available in 12 colors so choosing your pal's favorite should be a snap!

5. SpiderPro Single Camera System

For anyone who carries their camera for hours at a time (or ever dreamed of carrying an "Old West" six-gun!), the SpiderPro Single Camera System is a great find. With its all-metal construction, the SpiderPro was designed for the sport, action, event and wedding pro-shooter as a quick-draw, comfortable no straps and no-nonsense camera carrying tool. The SpiderPro Camera Holster is designed to take the weight of pro gear away from the upper body and put it at the waist - the most ergonomic place to carry heavy gear. Personally, I love that I can carry my camera at-the-ready all day and not end up with sore shoulders that night!

So there you have it. Five awesome products for your best photo shooting pals. What are you waiting for? Order today and some stores are still offering free shipping!!

Shiggy Ichinomiya's "Water Veil": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Giveaway, Fun, Wedding Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, sidekick360, instagram giveaway, Trash the Dress, Drown the dress, fearless bride

The "Trash the Dress" trend in Wedding Photography has officially arrived here at MeFOTO. Started about 10 years ago in Las Vegas, the hot trend features photographs of brides ruining their dresses with water, paint, mud and even fire in the most unusual environments for such finery.

The ritual is meant to symbolize the bride's devotion to her new husband as the dress can never be worn again. For many, the images from these irreverent shoots offer not only an unique memory, but also a very personal form of artistic expression. 

Shiggy Ichinomiya, last week's SideKick360 winner, shares his experience in creating this image:

"My friend Lara wanted to do a "Trash the Dress" or "Drown the Gown" Wedding Dress shoot. We decided to do the photo shoot by the beach at sunset. I had the couple lay down on the dry sand. And without telling them that a wave was approaching, I started to shoot three frames. Lara and David did not flinch as they were pounded by the wave. If you look closely, you can see Lara's pink/red toenails and what's amazing is that the water that sprayed over Lara's head created what looks like a "water veil."' - Shiggy

Samuel McMain's "View from Paradise": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Fun, special effects       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, 360 Panaroma, little planet

Little planet photos seem to be popping up everywhere these days. The acclaimed 360 Panorama app turns your iDevice into a 360 degree panoramic camera and allows users to instantly capture the ideal images for creating little planets.

"I took this while I was on a bike ride, using the app 360 Panorama. I live on an island, and one of the bays empties almost entirely at super low tides. I got lucky with timing, so I ran down to the beach and did a quick run with 360 Panorama. Later, I exported the photo as a stereographic image into Google Snapseed, and made a couple versions of it. Finally, I used Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to composite the two versions." - Sam

For a complete demonstration of how Sam made this image, check out his blog.

Read more about Sam's work at the Digital Annum Blog

Connect with Sam on Facebook

Five Colorful Ways to Brighten Mom's Day

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Family Photography, Fun, Tidbits, What's In My Bag       Tags Mother's Day Gift Ideas, mefoto roadtrip, MeFOTO DayTrip, MeFOTO SideKick360

Know a dynamic, photo-obsessed Mom? This Mother's Day thrill her with one of these vibrant gift ideas:

1. Give Her an Extra Hand

The SideKick360 SmartPhone Adapter gets Mom's smartphone out of her hands and lets her join the action. With a tripod-friendly base and a rotating 360° ball joint, this handy adapter quickly switches from vertical to horizontal and locks in any position making it ideal for capturing both photo and video. I love it for it's ability to stand alone on any surface. Perfect for my daughter's impromptu Facebook chats with Grandma!

Available in 12 Colors. What's her favorite?

Available in 12 Colors. What's her favorite?

2. Give Her a DayTrip


Our smallest tripod kit weighs less than 2 lb. and folds up shorter than an IPad! Mom can easily pop it into her favorite backpack, messenger or even diaper bag. Perfect for street photography, that special Mother's Day excursion or any time she's on the go.

3. Put a Rainbow in Her Wallet

Mom's who covet color and are never without their IPhones will love Photojojo's Phone-o-Chrome full spectrum color filter for those special IPhone shots. This tiny filter is cleverly housed in an old fashioned, easy-to-transport slide frame. Holding the slide over the IPhone's lens puts a rainbow of color at Mom's disposal. Now changing a scenes mood is as easy as a finger twitch!

4. Sharpen Her Focus

Mom's who care about the sharpness of their photos as much as they care about their families will rejoice when they receive the sturdy RoadTrip Tripod Kit. Supporting up to 17.6 lbs, this tripod will steady even full-frame DSLRs with zoom lenses in a lightweight, colorful package.

5. Give Her Gracie (or Betsy or Georgia)

Induge 2 passions in one! JoTotes offers a nice line of colorful, comfortable bags that don't scream "camera bag".  Their popular Gracie bag offers seven spacious pockets with space for a camera body, multiple lenses and an iPad. Available in 7 colors, it's a pretty, practical bag for both photo shoots and day trips.

So there you have it...a few colorful ways to honor your favorite Mom and bring joy to her day.