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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Manfrotto Unica VII Messenger Bag ~ Near Perfect Camera Bag

Posted by Stacie Huckeba in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:17 PM

Product Category: Camera Bag
Manufacturer: Manfrotto
Where to Buy: Best Buy, Amazon
Price: $50 - $99 USD
Holds: DSLR with lens attached as well as 1 to 2 other lenses, 17" Macbook (15.4" laptop) and personal effects.
Specifications: Product Height 12.2", Product Width 7.5", Product Depth18.9",Product Weight 2.2 lbs.


  • Lightweight;
  • Cost Effective;
  • Lots of Storage Space.


  • Shoulder Pad is not Comfortable;
  • No Regular Tripod Attachment;
  • No Easy Access Side Pockets.

Summary: The Manfrotto Unica VII Messenger Bag is a great camera bag for photographers on the go or who travel frequently. It is stylish and has an easy access top zipper that lets you get to all your gear in a hurry. That same zipper makes it easy to grab your laptop out for airport security checkpoints and, yes, the whole bag is carry-on friendly for both domestic and international flights.

The ability to carry a pro body with a battery pack attached and a 17 inch laptop along with other lenses and equipment without weighing a ton or requiring you to stop and find a place to sit your bag down in order to access your equipment is a lifesaver. The messenger bag style makes it easy to carry around all day and doesn't scream "I have an expensive camera in here!". The price point on this can't be beat - at $50 - $100, it easily compares to bags twice the price. Read more...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Real iPad Photography App: Photosmith

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 01:30 PM

"Professional photographers who use Lightroom have one more excuse reason to swap an iPad for their MacBook while traveling. Squared Enterprises has released Photosmith, an iPad app for organizing your photos on the road before importing them into Lightroom."

When people talk about photography apps for the iPad, they tend to talk about apps that control the miserable thing that is in the iPad2. For us people who take photography seriously however, this is what we mean by a useful app. In this case, it is the ability to apply your Lightroom cataloguing workflow out in the field before hitting your desktop. My only concern is memory space; even a 64GB iPad may not be enough if one is out in the field for a long long time. That and the fact you need Lightroom as your Digital Asset Management (DAM) software. So if you have both an iPad and Lightroom 3, go check this out!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Viovio Photo Books Reviewed: Free Your Photos!

Posted by Eric Juillerat in "Digital Home Printing" @ 08:00 AM

Product Category: Photo Books and Printing
Manufacturer: VIOVIO
Where to Buy: VIOVIO
Price: $5.99 USD and up (varies)
System Requirements: Internet Browser, Laptop or Desktop computer
Specifications: N/A


  • Massive library of templates;
  • Excellent customer support;
  • Impressive printing and pricing options.
  • Internet based application can be slow;
  • May not be compatible with some browser plugins;
  • Finished project may not have the printing option you want.

Summary: Am I the only one who has gigabytes of photographs gathering digital dust on my hard drive? I'm not, right? And why? Because ink and photo paper is expensive, and it would take me forever to print them out! And then what? Invite the family over for a sit-down where you pass one photo hand-over-hand to the person on your right, over and over? No, no, this can't go on, and that's exactly what went through the brilliant minds over at Viovio. What if you could pick up a book, and inside have your photos displayed on high quality photo paper? And what if it had interesting notes and text, amid a visual playground that didn't just display your photos, but presented them? Viovio turns Family-Vacation-Photo-Night into an upper scale gala, thick with praise and hyperbole, but more importantly with love. And speaking of love, hidden in this review is a 20% off coupon for you to use! Read more...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Would You Like To Know More? Scan This Barcode

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple News" @ 10:00 PM

"Do-it-yourselfers will now be able to do more product research by themselves as well, now that The Home Depot is bringing mobile barcodes to its shelves."

With nearly every mobile device sporting a decent (or better) camera, this seems to be a logical way of providing more information for consumers. Once Lowe's starting using the system, Home Depot had to follow, even though they are using competing technology. Have you tried this yet, and, if so, what do you think? Useful?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

piRAWnha Processes RAW Images on iPad; Fills Your Pun Quota for the Next Decade

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 PM

"piRAWnha is the first RAW image developer for the iPad. In piRAWnha, the raw data can be edited and once the settings have been optimized, a high‐quality JPEG image file can be exported to the Photo Library. Currently, piRAWnha supports raw images transferred to the iPad with the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. piRAWnha works with all raw files supported by Apple."

The iPad's IPS screen makes it a natural fit in the photographer's bag. Upon the iPad's announcement most photographers saw its potential as a portable electronic portfolio. Others have since used it for a second monitor for photo editing on the notebook while out in the field. Now there is an app to process raw images on the iPad. Besides the awful pun, I am just curious if anyone would really want to use the iPad to process anywhere from 12 megapixel to 24 megapixel raw images.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Confused About Photo Book Services? This Should Help!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 12:00 PM

"My son Logan was born on August 16th, 2009, but long before that I started work on a very special project: a baby book that would chronicle the process of my wife's pregnancy, our preparations for his arrival, and the first couple of weeks after he was born."

And in this fantastic article, you can read all about the trials and tribulations that Jason Dunn from Digital Home Thoughts went through as he spent the last 7 or 8 months going through a dozen different photo book services to see just which one worked best. The article is expansive, but very thorough and well worth the read if you want to get the low down on which service really came through. Granted, it doesn't have the service that Apple provides (yet anyway), but that is mainly because Jason is a Windows guy. He does say he may get a Mac and try out the Apple service and when he does, he will update the article. But regardless, this does offer a lot of great information for anyone out there considering or currently creating photo books. Nice job Jason!

Friday, December 18, 2009

XO Skins For All of Your Coverage Needs

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:30 PM

Figure 1: First impressions? Nice packaging!

I've used several protective covers for my various iPhones since my first one back in 2007, so I'd say I have quite a bit of experience with them. Last week I was sent one to try out on my iPhone 3GS from XO Skins and I was pleasantly surprised by a few things. Just what exactly you may ask? Read on!.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Shoot Steady Video For Only $295!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Introducing the Zgrip iPhone PRO, a completely adjustable and quick releasable handgrip system for shooting professional, stable video using the iPhone 3Gs. This is the first serious solution for shooting video with the iPhone 3Gs. It's all about stability."

$295 to shoot low-res video with the aid of a pistol grip? I'm sorry, but did I miss something? And not for nothing, but how much more stable will this make a camera? There's nothing holding the camera to your shoulder, just a pistol grip that sits in your hand. I could possibly live with this at a much lower price point, but $295 has me asking, "Are these folks serious?"

Monday, June 22, 2009

Maybe Less Relevant, But Not Irrelevant

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"As successful as Pure Digital has been with their Flip line of video cameras - selling $150 million worth of them last year - they face a new type of threat that they can't defeat. The video capable iPhone, and video mobile phones in general, will make them irrelevant in the next couple of years."

Mike Arrington has a way of making things sensational even when they're not really that big a deal. That's not to say the iPhone isn't a big deal, but the idea that it's going to start satisfying the market for the Flip cameras is a little silly. They satisfy different niches, and the Flip is good for people who don't want to commit to an iPhone or a monthly plan. At $189, you get very good video quality with no strings attached with a Flip cam.

You can logically argue that the quality is comparable between the Flip and an iPhone 3Gs, but comparable quality alone isn't going to steal market share away from a product that, at its core, is popular because it's easy. I don't think the Flip will suddenly be rendered irrelevant, but its relevancy will probably decrease among the crowd that owns an iPhone and wants quick videos for web purposes, but that by itself in no way renders the Flip irrelevant.

No More Belittling The iPhone Camera

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"This weekend I tried to take a few more photos than normal to get a feel for what the new camera in the iPhone 3G S is capable of. I'm quite pleasantly surprised at the results. I did run most of these through some quick post adjustments in iPhoto, so take 'em with that grain of salt. (also, the colour is a lot better in a browser that supports image colour profiles, basically just Firefox 3 and Safari at the moment.)"

I'd say that Apple pretty much quieted the (rightful) critics that the last two iPhone cameras were utter crap. There's an axiom in photography that says that the best camera is the one you have on you and it's nice to see that, for most purposes, the iPhone's camera is now adequate for doing more than taking snapshots for Facebook. The gallery in its full-sized glory can be found at the link below. It's pretty impressive.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Eye-Fi Pro Is Now Available!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 12:00 PM

"Eye-Fi announced the immediate availability of its new Eye-Fi Pro SDHC memory card with Wi-Fi for digital cameras on Wednesday. The new memory card supports RAW image files, peer to peer file sharing, and includes 4GB of storage."

You can find a lot more about this nifty card at the Eye-Fi website, but the basics are as they outlined above, plus geo-tagging and photo and video uploads to 25 websites including Flickr and Facebook. Nice option to have when you need to save some photo's or videos, but at $149.00 USD, a bit spendy. I guess if it works for you though, and is the right tool at the right time, money well spent!

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