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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!!

Patrick Bianchi's "Pirate Cove": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, Walt Disney World, Disney World

Congratulations to Patrick Bianchi, last week's SideKick360 winner, for this "accidentally awesome" shot taken earlier this month in Disney World.

"Wow!  I can't believe I won!!  I'm an amateur photographer from New Jersey who really only started to find his groove this year. I got my first DSLR (a Rebel T3) in 2011, and would only pick it up once in a while to play with, but never really learned much about it. Then, this year I started to read up about photography - A LOT!  During this time, I came to the conclusion that my Rebel was not really sufficient for the type of photography I wanted to do. This past summer I bought my Canon 70D, which is what I used to take this picture. I practiced with it as much as possible in preparation for my trip to Disney World two weeks ago - it would be Christmastime, so I knew I'd be taking a ton of pictures. I'd also want to take some dark ride photos while I was there and that's how this one came to be.

For this shot, I used a Sigma Art Series 30mm prime lens. I used aperture priority set to f/2 and let the camera decide on shutter speed (1/10 sec) and ISO (3200). On these dark Disney rides, you need a wide aperture in order to keep the shutter speed fast enough to not have a blurry mess. For those unfamiliar with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, they have an animatronic Jack Sparrow at the very end. I was taking pictures of him while the boat was moving, and then we stopped just ahead of it waiting for other boats to unload. Having the boat stopped allowed me to stabilize the camera a bit more and get a longer exposure of the lantern and barrels. Since the aperture was open pretty wide, it created a nice depth of field and a really cool look. When I was going through and tweaking my photos from the trip in Lightroom, I saw how accidentally awesome this one came out and knew I had to post it. And I'm sure glad I did!! - Patrick

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Oliver Rogers' "Posing": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Bird Photography, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, sidekick360, Instagram giveaway

Love photographing animals, but having trouble getting out into the wilderness? Why not try a small, local zoo? SideKick360 winner, Oliver Rogers did just that when a surgery forced him to stay close to home.

"This photo was taken at the Naples Zoo. I had ACL surgery that week, so I wasn't able to do my typical photos of wildlife and fish on my own. I had to go to a place that was accessible for me. My first thought was the zoo. I found a very friendly pair of Military Macaws. This guy loved modeling for me." - Oliver

Yi-Ching Lin's "Rex": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Street Photography, Giveaway       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, iguana

Congratulations to Yi-Ching Lin, winner of our SideKick360 Giveaway for 11/21!! A self-taught photographer and classically trained professional musician, Yi-Ching is inspired by people and everyday objects. Through her images, she seeks to engage the audience in sometimes subtle, oftentimes whimsical, exercises in seeing, thinking, and feeling.

"Rex is a young iguana and a pet of one of my neighbors on the mean streets of Brooklyn (smile). I took this photo as he was sun-soaking on my neighbor's lap on the typical Brooklyn stoop. With his unconventional red leash, he was a sight to behold for all passers-by!" - Yi-Ching

Check out Yi-Ching's blog, Waking Up New, to see more of her work.