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SideKick360 Review: Finally... a Flexible, Secure Mount for My iPhone

  by Jeff Picoult       Category Reviews, Macro Photography, Featured Photographer, What's In My Bag       Tags SideKick360 Review, Smartphone adapter Review, Macro photography, flower photography, Iphone adapter, iPhoneographer, Iphonography


I have always believed in the saying, "The best camera is the one that you have with you." - Jeff

 360° ball joint makes switching from horizontal to vertical quick and easy. Locks in any position!

360° ball joint makes switching from horizontal to vertical quick and easy. Locks in any position!

Since the release of the iPhone 4, my favorite camera has been my iPhone. Whether it was the iPhone 4 or, more recently, the iPhone 5, I always have my favorite camera with me. Don't get me wrong, I love my DSLRs and super-telephoto lenses and I don't like to be without my Leica for landscapes and portraits. However, the iPhone fits right into my pocket and, just like my wallet and car keys, I never leave home without it.

With that said, there was one thing I'd wished for many times. A tripod mount for my iPhone. But not just any mount. I wanted one that was flexible enough to allow me to turn my iPhone from landscape to portrait quickly and without much fuss. I also wanted to be able to leave my favorite case on my iPhone whenever possible. Why should I have to remove my case, and risk damaging my phone, just to put the phone onto a tripod?

So why exactly would I want a tripod mount for my iPhone anyway? Easy! Macro photography and time-lapse photography. Both take a steady hand or, better yet, a tripod mount. I'd searched around for tripod mounts for my iPhones before, but never found anything that I liked. Most of them required the case to be removed or numerous adjustments to transition from landscape to portrait and back again. That is just far too time consuming when seconds can mean the difference between the right light and a good shot or missing the shot because you were fumbling around with the tripod.

 Clamp adjusts to fit phones from 58mm-73mm.

Clamp adjusts to fit phones from 58mm-73mm.

Enter the SideKick360 Smartphone adapter. One knob twist lets you easily adjust from landscape to portrait with another simple twist to tighten things back down again. Another set of knobs allows you to safely tighten the mount onto your smartphone of choice. The clamping mechanism is nice and soft allowing you to use your smartphone without a case for those times when the case must be removed. This is most common when using macro lens attachments that do not work with your favorite case still protecting the phone. The SideKick360 locks into quick-release mounts quickly and securely with the included Arca-Swiss style base. Or, you can thread the SideKick360 directly onto your choice of 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 mounts.

As a photographer who takes his profession seriously enough to consider each and every little purchase I can say, without a doubt, that this is the answer that I've been looking for to all of my questions about how to mount my iPhone safely, securely, and quickly to any tripod. Whether I'm using one of those nifty twisty-leg tripods that you can mount to just about anything, or a tripod capable of holding a DSLR along with a battery pack and 400mm lens, or my favorite tripod of all which is my green MeFOTO BackPacker, the SideKick360 fits perfectly. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that if you're lucky enough to own a MeFOTO tripod, you can color match your SideKick360 to match or change it up and get a new SideKick360 in a nice complementary color.


Ross Hamamura Shooting Video at the Bellagio

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer       Tags MeFOTO Globetrotter, Ross Hamamura, Las Vegas

 © Ross Hamamura

Ross Hamamura was recently on assignment at the Bellagio, shooting some sample images and videos for Sony using their RX1 35mm, full-frame camera. While he loved the camera’s low light performance, there’s one area where no amount of light sensitivity is going to make your work look any better - video.

  © Ross Hamamura

 © Ross Hamamura

Using his black aluminium MeFOTO GlobeTrotter, Ross took a shake-free video of the Bellagio’s famous fountain, choreographed to Andrea Bocelli’s Con Te Partiro. Check it out over on his SmugMug gallery along with his other photos from the trip.  

“Whenever I travel,” he says, “this MeFOTO will be my tripod of choice for trips!  No question.”

Aside from shooting video, Ross plans on using the monopod option to photograph sports. See some of his sports work here and check out his review of the GlobeTrotter on his blog, Tourist of Light.

 

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Ross Hamamura, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

 


Thomas Streiff’s Neon Cityscapes and Laser Fountains

  by M. Gertz       Category Night Photography, Featured Photographer       Tags Thomas Streiff, MeFOTO RoadTrip, HDR, cityscape

 © Thomas Streiff

  © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

Thomas Streiff was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is proud of it! Much of his photography showcases his hometown, including a couple of ultra colorful nighttime cityscapes we found on his flickr stream.

Thomas had an on-and-off interest in photography until recently when it became, he says, “an addiction, a passion of mine, a serious hobby and part-time business venture.” He often finds himself shooting for friends, but for fun and relaxation he goes for landscapes and cityscapes.

The photo above is of the view up the Allegheny River towards Pittsburgh and was actually the result of a weather impaired super moon shot. When the clouds rolled in, obscuring the sky, Thomas didn’t just give up and go home. Instead, he aimed his Nikon D700, mounted on his titanium MeFOTO RoadTrip tripod, downriver to capture this 7 shot HDR image of the city at blue hour.

 

 © Thomas Streiff

  © Thomas Streiff

 © Thomas Streiff

This next one’s got lasers! As part of the Three River Arts Festival, the city was celebrating the reopening of the Point Park Fountain with a spectacular laser show. From the West End Overlook, Thomas set up his camera and tripod and caught this shot of the colorful lasers shooting up out of the top of the fountain. The MeFOTO performed admirably!”, he says. “It started to get a little breezy, and I had the center column of the tripod up. To prevent a little camera shake, I placed my bag strap on the hook of the tripod in the center column and it was rock solid. After coming home I adjusted the photos to my liking in Lightoom 5 and viola!”

To wrap up, here’re some words from Thomas on why photography is his passion:

I think the best thing about photography is to be able to tell your story. To capture a moment in time. To be able to go back and view and experience that special "slice of life", Whether it be a wedding, a birth, an event, a simple hug, a certain look, or just a majestic landscape. If you can recreate that lost time through photography, suck the viewer in, make them experience and feel that moment, you have achieved the nirvana of being a true photographer, not merely one who takes pictures. That is what I strive for.

I feel the strong NEED to take pictures. It is in my psyche. It is my soul. It transforms and shapes my stream of consciousness.

See more of Thomas’ work on twstreiff.com and on flickr.

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Thomas Streiff, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.

 


Steve Huff Gives MeFOTO a Thumbs Up!

  by Domenick Delfino       Category Reviews, Giveaway, Featured Photographer       Tags MeFOTO, DayTrip, MeFOTO DayTrip, MeFOTO Backpacker, RoadTrip, MeFOTO RoadTrip, Steve Huff, giveaway, tripod, photography, Review, MeFOTO Giveaway, MeFoto review Steve Huff Gives MeFOTO a Thumbs Up!

Over the past couple of months, Steve Huff has reviewed the MeFOTO DayTrip, BackPacker, and RoadTrip.  Despite openly admitting that he is not generally a huge fan of tripods for his photography due to the hassle of lugging them around, he loved ours!

Steve instantly fell in love the with MeFOTO DayTrip upon his first encounter and immediately wanted to learn more about these “small and tiny wonders” as he liked to call them.  But, what caused this immediate attraction?  He fell for the design, colors, and “teeny” size/ease of use.  The size of the DayTrip allows you to take it with you anywhere you go.  For more product specifications, please click here.

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Overall, Steve thought all three tripods are very nice, very well made, and VERY affordable tripods that are designed extremely well, lightweight, easy to carry, and easy to work with.  He highly recommends them.

Don’t forget to participate in the Steve's MeFOTO Tripod giveaway.  Read to the end of Steve's review for a chance to win a MeFOTO DayTrip.

 

Connect with Steve Huff:

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/

https://www.facebook.com/stevehuffphoto

https://twitter.com/stevehuffphotos

https://plus.google.com/115481103967401468109/posts

 

 

 

 


Yasmin Tajik’s Desert Milky Way

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer, Night Photography       Tags Yasmin Tajik, MeFOTO RoadTrip, astral photography, light painting
  © Yasmin Tajik

 © Yasmin Tajik

Looking up at the night sky into the light of the stars is an awe inspiring experience no matter where you are. Astrophotography can be tricky to get right, but with a little experimentation, can be one of the most rewarding images to make.

Yasmin Tajik is the woman behind Shalimar Studios, a Las Vegas wedding and portrait photography studio. She recently shot this image of the Milky Way in the Nevada desert, which combines astrophotography with terrestrial light painting. Her MeFOTO RoadTrip in black kept her camera steady while the stars revealed themselves.

She says that she finds inspiration all over - in people, landscapes, music, and movies to name a few, but that one image that stands out to her is Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl, of National Geographic fame.

"My family is Pakistani and my father grew up very close to the refugee camp where that image was captured.  Because I am from that culture that image spoke very deeply to me and struck a cord.  I have since pursued a specialty with the South Asian market, photographing their portraits, weddings and events.  If you look through my portfolio you'll see a heavy influence of South Asian images giving a nod to my culture and heritage."

If you can believe it, this is Yasmin’s first attempt at astrophotography, although if all goes well, it won’t be her last! "As a matter of fact," she says, "I'll be hiking through the Himalayas next year up to Everest Base Camp and plan to take my MeFOTO to capture the Milky Way framed by the Himalaya Mountains and hopefully Everest."

All images and quotes in this post are used with permission and ©Yasmin Tajik, all rights reserved; story is ©MeFOTO. Please respect and support photographers’ rights. Feel free to link to this blog post, but please do not replicate or re-post elsewhere without written permission.