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Amanda Stevens' "Autumn Celebration": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Macro Photography, Wedding Photography       Tags wedding rings, MeFOTO Giveaway, sidekick360, instagram giveaway, Amanda Stevens Photography, wedding ring photography, photography tips

Ring shots are an important part of wedding photography. Rings symbolize the couples union and tell a piece of the the wedding day story that's unmatched by any other detail shots.

Amanda Stevens, our SideKick360 winner for 10/17, brings us a prime example of a creative, personalized ring photo:

"This shot was taken at a wedding last weekend in New Jersey. The venue was very well decorated in celebration for both autumn and their wedding day. I always look for something during the reception to tie the rings together for the photos and who doesn't love pumpkins this time of year?

This was shot with my Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 100mm IS L Macro lens with my assistant holding an LED video light off to my/viewer's right hand side." - Amanda

Interested in trying some ring shots yourself? Check out these tips on How to Photograph Wedding Rings to get you started.

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Jenny Minutillo's "Soft Beauty": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Macro Photography, nature photography, Giveaway       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, instagram giveaway, Orchid photography, flower photography, white orchid

Orchids. With their graceful lines and amazing range of colors, they make interesting subjects for close-up and macro photography. Surprisingly, it doesn't take much in the way of gear to create a good orchid photo. The basics are as simple as your favorite orchid, your camera, a tripod, a strong light source and something large and white to bounce that light off. Check-out B&H's excellent post on Beginning Orchid Photography for a detailed "How to".

Jenny Minutillo, last week's SideKick360 winner, captured her winning image in the comfort of her own home:

"I was intrigued by the "whisker" on the orchid and tried varies angles to capture it. It just so happened the back drop was a dark brown table lamp, so the contrast brings out the beauty of the orchid." - Jenny

Eric Greenhalgh's "Twisted": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, nature photography, Macro Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, extension tube

Eric Greenhalgh, last week's SideKick360 winner, shares with us this macro image made possible by the use of an extension tube. Extension tubes are a affordable way to use the lenses you already have to experiment with macro photography.

An extension tube is a hollow, light-tight tube that goes between your lens and camera body. It basically moves the lens further away from the focal plane. This means your minimum focusing distance gets smaller, so you can get closer to your subject and still achieve focus. The closer you can focus, the more magnification you get.

There are 2 types of extension tubes: manual versions that do not maintain the electrical connection between the lens and body and auto versions that do. The manual version is by far the least expensive option. A set of 3 can be had for as little as $20. The trade off is if your lens does not have manual aperture rings, it will stay locked open at the widest aperture. (Giving you a very narrow depth of field.)

The auto version has electrical contacts that allow communication between the lens and camera body. Thus, the camera can still control the aperture settings, and you can still use autofocus and any automatic exposure mode. Auto extension tubes are a bit more pricey. A set of 3 will run you approximately $60 - $200 for third party brands. Still far less than a dedicated macro lens.

"This image is a squash plant flower taken in my mother's garden in Payson, AZ. 
Shot on a Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-70 2.8L and an extension tube. Of course
the camera was mounted on a MeFOTO tripod!!" - Eric

Alexis Behilo's "Stompers' Eye": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Bird Photography, Macro Photography, nature photography, Giveaway       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, chicken eye, close up eye, eye

Feel like you're stuck in a photography rut? Like all your photos are starting to look the same? It happens to us all occasionally, when we reach a certain level of comfort in our craft. Instead of feeling discouraged, shake things up! Try a different point of view. Get up high on a ladder or down low on your belly. If you usually shoot with a wide angle, try a long lens. Prefer color? Challenge yourself to create some black & white images you really love.

This week's SideKick360 winner, Alexis Behilo, provides us with a great example of a familiar subject shot from a fresh perspective. Alexis used a macro lens to zoom in for this unusual image of her pet chicken, Stompers.

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.