December 23rd, 2016
Tenba Lens WrapsCheck Price on Amazon Sandy recommended this lens to help protect your gear. Keeps a nice piece of mind of not being mangled in your bag for travel. It’s great for Lens, Flashes and Cameras
Amazon Echo DotCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommended this for your home support and moving into that advanced technology world. Extremely responsive and supports so many applications now.
December 16th, 2016
Tokina 100mm F2.8 Macro lensCheck Price on Amazon Sandy recommended this lens for anyone doing Macros Photography. She found it for a great price on amazon from the awesome Lens Finder tool found here at Improve Photography.
Hengedock vertical docking stationCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommended this docking stating for anyone using a Macbook. Super handy to be able to doc and mirror image to multiple monitors.
December 9th, 2016
Zippo Hand warmerCheck Price on Amazon Connor recommends these handwarms. Great for the outdoors and especially the winter time. Keeps your hands warm and they heat up quickly.
SIRUI K-40X 54mm BallheadCheck Price on Amazon Connor recommends this for anyone looking for a cheap but great ballhead. Has a quick release plate and also level to ensure the best photos.
November 8th, 2016
The Photographers pricing systemCheck Price on Amazon Sandy Recommends this book for any photographer. Helps a ton when you’re getting started and trying to figure out a good price structure for your business.
TeckNet Small KeyboardCheck Price on AmazonNick recommends this keyboard. Excellent for on the go and being able to use your tablet or smartphone without worrying about typing on the small screens.
Tascam DR-10LCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this recorder. He has noticed a big change in voice quality for podcasts. Has now stopped recommending Rode SmartLav due to some audio issues he’s experienced.
October 21st, 2016
Tamron 90 MM Macro LensCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this to connect with all of your household Smart devices. You can command your speakers to play certain things, turn the lights off, scheduling and even control your sprinklers.
Power BankCheck Price on Amazon Nick recommends this Maco Lens. Its good on the price, great focus, and very little chromatic aberration. Can be used great for those excellent macro shots and even some portrait photography.
September 29th, 2016
Bear SprayCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this Bear Spray for obvious reasons. When you’re out in the wilderness shooting, the last thing you’d wanna worry about is being eaten….
Power BankCheck Price on Amazon Laryssa recommends this power bank for while you’re on the go. Keeping your camera batteries, cellphone or even your laptop charged. Has a nice rapid charge to get things going quickly.
Energizer Recharge AA BatteriesCheck Price on Amazon Jeff recommends these rechargeable batteries because as a photographer, you can’t ever have enough AA batteries. They last very long, charge quickly and worth the weight in gold as you can recharge and reuse.
September 22nd, 2016
Mifine HeadlampCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this headlamp for your night photography. It’s extremely usesful specially with it taking AA Batteries instead of the typical AAA.
September 15th, 2016
Photo MechanicCheck info on website Nick recommends this app to help with your workflow while editing. Perfect tool for any photographer
Impact Background Support SystemCheck price on AmazonJeff recommends this background support for any inside photo shoot. great for backdrops and canvases.
Logitech c615 webcamCheck price on AmazonLaryssa recommends this webcam. Easy to set up, easily mounts on your monitor and great quality for Skype videos.
September 8th, 2016
Headlamp Cree XM-L T6Check price on Amazon Jim recommends this headlamp for your night photography. It’s extremely usesful specially with it taking AA Batteries instead of the typical AAA.
Gaffers Tape!Check price on WebsiteSandy Recommends Gaffers type because she’s going to be taking stock in the product with how much she uses it! However, if you use promo code IMPHCO-15, you can get 15% off.
Platypod ProCheck price on WebsiteLaryssa Recommends this Platypod Pro because its stable and doesn’t fear of her Camera falling over.
August 25th, 2016
Iphone 6 Case WalletCheck price on AmazonJim recommends this Iphone Case. It’s so nice to be able to carry this around instead of having a big bulky wallet in your back pocket. Holds all of his cards, money and obviously his phone.
Yn 560 and the tx controllerCheck price on AmazonNick recommends this transmitter for anyone trying to use a manual off camera flash. Super easy to use and works great with Canon.
August 18th, 2016
Lexar JumpDriveCheck price on AmazonJim recommends this Lexar Jump drive. Supports 3.0 usb drives. 128 GB’s of awesome.
SUPON Camera Waist HolsterCheck price on AmazonJosh recommended this waist holster. Super handy and makes it easy to carry your camera without the worry of dropping it down a cliff or river.
Impact Large Clip ClampCheck price on AmazonNick recommends this Clamb with Ball Head Shoe Mount. Very durable, strong and very reliable for any flash setup.
July 14th, 2016
Case Logic DCB-309 Laptop and Camera bagCheck price on AmazonSandy recommends this backpack. At only $54 its a steal! Super handy to carry your laptop and all of your camera bag.
US to Europe Plug Converter Travel Charger Adapter for Apple iBook/MacBookCheck price on AmazonLaryssa recommends this adapter for your Apple iBook or Macbook while you’re traveling. Super easy to use and handy for all the different types of plugs worldwide.
June 30th, 2016
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits (National Geographic Collectors Series)Check price on AmazonConnor recommended this book for anyone interested in photography. Great photos and a great read.
38 inch Glow Parapop SoftboxCheck price on AmazonJim followed Nick’s recommendation for this portable softbox for easy and quick setup. It’s mobile and not heavy – to avoid carrying around all of the heavy gear.
EBL 12 Bay LCD AA AAA 9V Battery Charger for RechargeablesCheck price on AmazonLaryssa recommends these for the battle with rechargeable battery war. Helps charge the AA and AAA batteries.
June 23rd, 2016
38 inch Glow Parapop SoftboxCheck price on AmazonNick recommends this portable softbox for easy and quick setup. It’s mobile and not heavy – to avoid carrying around all of the heavy gear.
Holi Color PowderCheck price on AmazonJim recommends this week, to provide more interesting color to an image. He’s planning on using it while in Chicago.
Think Tank Photo Red WhipsCheck price on AmazonLaryssa recommends this to help attach or secure things and using to keep her hair out of her face.
June 9th, 2016
Mission Enduracool Techknit Cooling TowelCheck price on AmazonConnor recommends these towels, to keep you cool in the heat and sweat out of your face.
Windows 10 UpgradeCheck details out on WebsiteJeff recommends any user using Windows should to upgrade to Windows 10. Make sure that your computer is up to specs first.
June 2nd, 2016
YN RF-603Check price on AmazonZelda recommended this Wireless flash trigger. Compatible with most Canon’s but also very handy to make Canon talk to Nikon flash.
Zhiyun Z1 Smooth CCheck price on AmazonJim recommends this mount for your Large phones. Has a 3-axis stabilizer and made for phones under 7 inches. Easy to adjust with a new Joystick Control Design.
May 26th, 2016
Etekcity Wireless Remote Control - Electrical Outlet SwitchCheck price on AmazonJim Recommends this for your studio or recording area that you might have lights and cameras. He’s able to control all of the lights and power sources by one control. No longer needing to run around turning everything on manually.
OpenDNSCheck out their WebsiteJeff recommends checking them out, huge amount of protection from all the bad attacks. Easy set up and able to set up your own settings on the wifi router.
Wacom Intuos Pro TabletCheck price on AmazonConnor recommends this tablet. The regular intuos is perfectly fine, but the pro has almost twice as many pressure levels and allows to use brushes that can be used at different angles.
SunscreenCheck price on AmazonRandom Doodad! Connor wanted to give that reminder, always wear sunscreen while out in the sun. Save yourself the burn, pain and agony – just put it on.
May 19th, 2016
Apple World Travel Adapter KitCheck price on AmazonJim Recommends this for your Apple products. Great for traveling and makes it easy to connect to any outlet anywhere in the world.
SoundBotCheck price on AmazonBrian Recommends this speaker. Has amazing sound quality, easy bluetooth setup and you can’t go wrong with the price!
WinDirStatCheck website for DetailsJeff recommends this for those who are running windows and struggling with LR starting up. This will help windows find large files and remove them.
SonosCheck price on AmazonRandom Doodad! Jim recommends this for the best audio around your house. Allows you to connect wirelessly and stream music throughout your house and playing from your phone, tablet or computer.
May 12th, 2016
Lapel Wind ScreenCheck price on AmazonJim recommends this for the best audio. Blocks out the annoying background noise or high winds are impacting the audio.
May 5th, 2016
ThingumaCheck price on AmazonJim recommends this tool to help mount your camera to your tripod. Very handy to be able to attach to your keys so you can easily pull it out and not lose it.
Canon 70-300 mm Telephoto LensCheck price on AmazonNick recommends this telephoto lens – very versatile and gives you a great reach. You don’t need a lens collar if you’re using this.
April 7th, 2o16
Jototes Women camera bagsCheck price on AmazonLaryssa recommends the Jototes women bags. They’re PRETTY and it holds everything she needs and holds up to the everyday work
Gopro hero 4 silverCheck price on AmazonNick recommends the Go Pro to film tutorials in the field because of it’s size and weight. So nice to have with your kids to not worry about it being destroyed.
NetflixJim recommends the series, Finding Vivian Maier on Neflix. A street photographer that had a bunch of photos in a auction long after she had passed away. It’s a MUST see.
March 31st, 2016
Flash BracketCheck price on AmazonJim recommends the this flash bracket. It makes it sooo easy to adjust your flash and it’s made of metal so you wont be concerned of it breaking easily.
Sekonic light meterCheck price on AmazonConnor recommends the Sekonic Light Meter- its one of the smaller and more compact light meters and it’s soo easy to use.
GoPro hotshoe mountCheck price on AmazonBrian recommends the GoPro hotshoe mount. Comes in handy to connect to the front of your camera to record video and still take photos. Makes it extremely helpful for NFL games and concerts.
March 24th, 2016
YN-560Check price on AmazonJim recommends this flash for any set up but please check out the Recommended Gear. You can’t go wrong with this flash and the recommended setup’s that we have listed.
Glow Para Pop 38Check price on AmazonNick recommends this Softbox that is meant for speed lights. Unfolds in seconds and easy to put up and down. Provides a nice soft light.
March 17th, 2016
JW Red Shutter ButtonCheck price on AmazonJim Recommended this Red Shutter button that is very fashionable but has a larger surface area and not really Soft release.
Hydro FlashCheck price on WebsiteErica recommends checking out this Hydro Flask. Keeps your beverage at temp longer than any other product.
LightTrac appCheck website downloadCraig recommended this application to help track Sunrises and Sunsets. It’s been a complete life saver for him.
Intel NUCCheck price on AmazonJeff recommended this Intel mini PC for great performance and not a huge tower. ($390) M.2 SSD and 16GB RAM for $570. Similarly equipped Mac Mini is $1,100.
March 10th, 2016
Shutterbug MagazineCheck price on AmazonJim recommended the Shutterbug Magazine. He will have 2 photos on the cover of magazine during the month of March.
RopeCheck price on AmazonNick Page highly recommends to have rope on you at all time. No longer be afraid to go down that hill, so he isn’t the one yelling at the bottom of the hill for HELP!
Ring Flash LightCheck price on AmazonStephen recommends this for on or off camera flash. Great use for both Photo and Video – fits great right on the front of your lens. Provides a great halo in the eyes.
March 3rd, 2016
DJI Phantom 4Check out on RSS WebsiteJim recommended to check out the upcoming DJI Phantom 4. Flying will be made even easier with the return home options and detects objects to avoid crashing for those beginners learning how to fly.
Fotodiox Shoot Through UmbrellaCheck price on AmazonScott Recommended this Fotodiox Shoot Through Umbrella to get the best soft lighting from your flash.
February 25th, 2016
Thinguma tripod keyBuy on RRS WebsiteJim recommends this when you’re out shooting landscapes and needing to replace your tripod screw and it fits right on your key ring. Use code “IMPROVE” to get 25% off
Mag Mod SystemCheck price on AmazonNick Page recommends the Mag Mod system for your flash.
Caden Camera Shoulder BagCheck price on AmazonErica recommends the Caden Camera bags for people looking for a lightweight and inexpensive.
February 18, 2016
Pelican SD Card WalletCheck price on AmazonJim Harmer tried to save a little money by just putting his memory cards in a ziploc bag in his backpack. After he lost a card last week, he realized that he had just lost $40 in an attempt to save $20 by not buying a decent card wallet. Anyway, this is the one he picked. It fits tons of cards, is really durable, and is even water tight.
OxyLED Constant Light StickCheck price on AmazonJeff Harmon recommends this small video light to provide a little fill in your photos, or as a very small video light. It’s inexpensive and really easy to use as long as you have an assistant to hold it up near the model. You can also have the model hold it as long as their arm won’t be in the frame.
February 11, 2016
Acratech GP BallheadCheck price on AmazonNick picked up this lightweight ballhead for use on his new tripod. He likes some of the features that allow it to be used as a gimbal, as well as the open ball design, which may prevent dirt and salt from getting into the head.
Really Right Stuff BH40 BallheadBuy on RRS websiteJim Harmer picked the Really Right Stuff BH40 Ballhead over a year ago and recommends it for its solid performance and durability. It is the same price as the Acratech that Nick recommended, but doesn’t have the features of the Acratech. Jim picked it because he wanted a ballhead that would hold solid and last a lifetime and was concerned that the Acratech wouldn’t be as durable.
Jabra Speak 410 USB Speaker PhoneCheck price on AmazonJeff Harmon recommends the Jabra speaker phone for conference calls. It’s not necessarily a photography device, but he’s been liking it. I guess you could call your photography clients using it, right? Anyway, the Jabra Speak 410 is apparently pretty good.
February 4, 2016
Amazon Basics BatteriesCheck price on AmazonNick recommends these very inexpensive rechargeable AA batteries for use in speedlight flashes and other gear. Nick says he can’t tell a difference in how long these last compared to the more expensive batteries in flashes.
Vello Wireless Shutter ReleaseCheck price on AmazonNick also recommends the Vello wireless shutter release for triggering your camera from a distance. This is a handy tool for group selfies, firing a remotely mounted camera at a sporting event, or other uses where you can’t be at the camera when it’s triggered.
January 28, 2016
Atmosphere AerosolBuy NowJim found a cool aerosol can that sprays fog instantly. This is incredibly useful to show the lighting in a room. You can get beams of light and light rays coming from anywhere with this little can of magic. Unfortunately, though, you can’t take it on an airplane.
Vallerret Photography GlovesMore infoNick and Jim both recommend Vallerret Photography gloves. They have grippy palms for holding your camera, removable finger tips on two fingers for camera operation, a spot to put a memory card in your glove, etc. Really well made gloves, but they are pricey.
Steel Series QcK Gaming Mouse PadCheck price on AmazonJeff Harmon recommends this mouse pad because it is very large. That keeps you from needing to pick up the mouse and move it when making an edit on a photo where you have to drag the mouse all the way across the surface of the photo.
Glorious Extended Mouse PadCheck price on AmazonAfter Jeff mentions his favorite mouse pad, Jim also mentions a mouse pad he got this week and really likes. It’s the GLORIOUS extended white mouse pad. It’s so long that your keyboard and mouse can easily fit on it so that your keyboard doesn’t clunk when you press on the edges of it. It’s really nice to lay flat across the desk.
January 21, 2016
Fuji XPro2 Mirrorless CameraCheck price on AmazonJim expresses his undying love for the new Fuji X Pro 2 camera. He says, at least from the specs, it looks to be his dream camera. Fuji has updated the resolution, autofocus, and added lots of cool new features. He ordered his on Amazon the instant it was announced.
Bose QC25 HeadphonesCheck price on AmazonNick and Jim both recommend the Bose QC25 headphones. They have a technology in them that cancels out the ambient sound by sending negative sound waves to your ears. It works amazingly well! Airplanes are much quieter, the audio you hear through the headphones is crystal clear, etc. They both love them and say they are worth the high price.
January 14, 2016
Feisol CT 3472lv TripodCheck price on AmazonBrian McGuckin just got this new tripod and he is really loving it! He likes that it is tall since he is 6’1″, has a leveling base, is made of carbon fiber, is reasonably priced, and is a stable platform for his cameras.
Yongnuo Pro LED Video LightCheck price on AmazonNick Page recommends this inexpensive video light for fill in your indoor still shots, or for videography. It’s made by the same company that makes the speedlights that we all like, Yongnuo. And the price isn’t half bad!
Yuneec Typhoon H QuadcopterRead moreJim says he’s been eyeing this quadcopter from Yuneec. It’s slightly more expensive than the DJI Phantom, but looks to pack quite a few additional features into the bundle. However, Jim later changed his mind and ended up buying the DJI Phantom instead.
January 7, 2016