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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

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.

Jeff Picoult's "Daffodil & Rain Drops": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Giveaway, Landscape photography, Macro Photography, nature photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, daffodil, flower photography

Who says you have to use pro gear to get a great shot? Jeff Picoult, BackPacker winner for 2/21/14, proves the best camera is the one you have with you - even if it's a phone!

"I am a volunteer photographer for the Summit Metro Parks in Summit County, Ohio. One of the parks I like to photograph each spring is Furnace Run Metro Park which features a 0.6 mile hiking path called Daffodil Trail. There are estimated to be more than 40,000 daffodils in over a dozen varieties along the trail during peak bloom in late April to early May.

This photo was captured during the peak bloom of 2013 just after an early morning shower passed over the park. The weight of the water on the daffodils caused most of them to point downward making for a less than desirable photographic opportunity. Then, as luck would have it, the sky began to clear allowing rays of sun to shine down on some of the flowers. Luckily, this particular daffodil was not covered in mud from the splashing raindrops. Instead it's white petals seemed to glisten in its tiny bit of sunlight. The dark canopy of leaves from surrounding plants and trees created the perfect backdrop to show off this beautiful flower!

For my wildlife photos I carry a pair of Nikon D5000 bodies. One is equipped with a 400mm lens and the other with an 18-70mm zoom. I also carry a Leica D-Lux 6 for landscapes and black & whites. However, I didn't use any of those to capture this daffodil. This photo was captured in a 1:1 ratio (square) on my iPhone 5 with the built-in Camera app! It was one of the last photos I captured only a few minutes before I left the park for the day!!! - Jeff