October 26th, 2017
HotHands Hand WarmersCheck Price on AmazonBrad finds these hand warmers not only useful for the traditional purposes, but also keeping your lenses warm when shooting in conditions where dew and/or frost can become a problem.
DecoColor Metallic PenCheck Price on AmazonKirk recommends these pens, along with melamine foam (magic erasers), to add a pop of color to your metal prints.
October 18th, 2017
RRS TVC 34LCheck Price on AmazonRusty recommends this extra tall tripod. It may cost a bit more, and is a bit heavier than most tripods, but there is no center column and it is very stable.
Lumenzia Photoshop PanelCheck Price on AmazonPex does not process anything without this tool! After recent updates to the panel, you will be able to take your photographs to a whole new level.
Breakthrough Photography QR PlateCheck Price on AmazonJim recommends this universal quick release plate for anyone with a 60mm ARCA-type tripod. Never be left in the field with a lose tripod head again!
October 12th, 2017
Taotronics Bluetooth headphonesCheck Price on AmazonJim highly recommends these headphones. He's been using them for working out at the gym, working around the house or just riding the his dirt bike. Excellent sound qaulity, less wires to worry about and they stay in your ear without a lot of effort.
SanDisk Extreme PRO CZ88 128GB USB 3.0 Flash DriveCheck Price on AmazonJeff recommends this usb flash drive to increase your productivity with uploading your images directly from your camera. Works amazing with USB 3.0
September 28th, 2017
Sirui K-40XCheck Price on Amazon Jim highly recommends this Ballhead with quick release. It includes 360-degree panoramic function, easy and fast operation on all knobs, and a safety button to prevent the quick-release plate from accidentally slipping out.
August 27th, 2017
Tactical PantsCheck Price on Amazon Jim and Brent both recommend these pants for outdoor photographers. They are durable, and repel liquids, dirt and other contaminates. Plus the 6 pockets make it possible to carry any extras you might need while out shooting.
Neewer Black Aluminum QR Quick Release L-Plate BracketCheck Price on Amazon This particular bracket is designed for the Canon 5D Mark III 5D3 camera body. Brian recommends it for the light weight, but sturdy design, and the ease of use.
July 5th, 2017
Sirui K-40X 54mm BallheadCheck Price on AmazonThis is a must if you enjoy taking 360 degree panoramic photographs! Operation is fast and easy, and includes a safety button to prevent accidental release of the plate.
June 28th, 2017
Amazon Basics Microfiber Thick ClothCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this cleaning cloth for keeping your equipment clean and dust free. It is ultra soft, non-abrasive, and won't leave lint or streaks behind!
ScenelapseCheck Price on Amazon Steve recommends the Scenelapse for anyone taking panoramic photographs. With a removable GoPro connection, the Scenelapse can rotate 360 degrees in 60 minutes.
June 23rd, 2017
OT/Tech USA RainsleeveCheck Price on Amazon Jeff recommends this rainsleeve for all avid outdoor photographers. Not only will this compact accessory protect your camera and lens from rain, but also other elements like snow and sand.
June 16th, 2017
Portable Camping GearCheck Price on Amazon Jesse recommends this handy tool for every household. Whether you are outdoors taking photographs, camping, fishing, hunting or just being prepared for emergencies, this tool has everything you need!
Tenba Messenger DNA 13Check Price on AmazonBrent recommends this messenger bag for the photographer on the go. Designed to be used year round in all types of weather, this bag will protect your valuable camera, lenses, and laptop.
June 9th, 2017
Step Down RingCheck Price on Amazon This is a must have if you ask Jim! Easily convert the thread size of your lens to fit other accessories such as filters, hoods, flashes, and lens converters.
Doorandom- Yeti 30 OZ RamblerCheck Price on Amazon Whether you are working late nights, early mornings or out in the hot sun, Brian recommends this as the perfect way to keep your favorite beverage hot or cold.
May 19th, 2017
Hook- Smart Home SetupCheck Price on Amazon Jesse recommends this for any studio or home. Easily control lights and appliances with the click of a button on your smartphone, IFTTT, Amazon Echo, or Google Home.
Etekcity Wireless LightsCheck Price on Amazon Jesse recommends this system as an easy way to control your lights and appliances with the click of a button, while saving on your energy bill at the same time!
May 5th, 2017
FoCal Autofocus Micro Adjust SoftwareCheck Price on Amazon Jeff recommends this software for anyone who wants to fine tune the autofocus on their camera, with minimal effort on their part. Both versions- FoCal Plus and FoCal Pro, are compatible with Windows and Mac.
April 28th, 2017
Pixma Pro 100 PrinterCheck Price on AmazonJim recommends this printer for quick prints. Amazing quality and great detail. Super fast to be able to provide that sample print to a clint before sending off for a more professional print.
Domke F-34 Protective WrapCheck Price on Amazon Laryssa recommends this lens wrap to help keep your most Prized posessions protected in your bag. Avoid concerns of having it damaged during travel.
April 21st, 2017
8 TB WD HDsCheck Price on AmazonJim recommends these HDs for backup. Amazing quick transfer rates and great deal of space to help store photos/videos.
USB Light KeychainCheck Price on AmazonBrent recommends these lights as they're surprisingly bright and very small for packing/travel. LEDs will last for so long!
April 15th, 2017
CQR Men's Tactical PantsCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this pants for any outdoor photographer. They repel liquid, dirt and other contaminants. Plus with the 8 tactical pockets, you'll have room to carry extra gear and essentials!
April 7th, 2017
Kupo Midi 7' Light StandCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this light stand for anyone needing to add some extra light to their photos. With it's compact, lightweight aluminum construction and design, it is great for using in the studio or taking on location.
ARKON Heavy Duty Camera Clamp MountCheck Price on Amazon Connor recommends this for anyone who needs a small easy to use stand. It is compatible with all cameras with a 1/4″-20 mounting pattern, and easily clamps to tables, desks, worktables, and more.
April 1st, 2017
Lightroom Keyword List ProjectCheck Price on Amazon Jeff recommends this list for all Lightroom users. Use this CVC (controlled vocabulary) list to quickly and easily tag and label your photos in Lightroom.
March 24th, 2017
53 inch-wide SeamlessThunder Grey Backdrop PaperCheck Price on Amazon Aaron recommends the Thunder Grey backdrop for anyone wanting to experiment with studio photography. This professional quality, non-reflective surface is perfect for getting you started with a small home studio.
1 inch Gaffers TapeCheck Price on Amazon Aaron recommends this tape to go along with the backdrop paper. It's easy to tear, doesn't leave residue behind, and can be used for more than just hanging photo backdrops!
Samsung 250GB SSD Hard DriveCheck Price on Amazon Laryssa recommends this for anyone looking for a place to store photographs. With it's compact size and super fast read/write speed (up to 450 MB/s), your photos will be kept safe and secure.
March 17th, 2017
VILTROX LED PanelCheck Price on Amazon Sandy recommends this for any photographer shooting indoors. Add natural looking light to portraits, newborn and children photographs, wedding photography, etc.
Doorandom- Camera NecklaceCheck Price on Amazon Sandy recommends this piece of jewelry for anyone who wants to share their love of photography! Perfect to give to the photographer in your life as a gift, or as a gift to yourself!
SensorKlearCheck Price on Amazon Brent recommends this for all photographers! It is convenient, portable, environmentally safe. There are no sprays, liquids, chemicals or residues!
Doorandom- Battery CaddyCheck Price on Amazon Brent recommends this for anyone with batteries in their camera bag. Don't get caught out on a shoot with a dead battery! Keep your spare ones together instead of all over your bag!
March 3rd, 2017
RX100VCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this compact camera because of the amazing features. In the world of compact cameras, it has the World's fastest1 hybrid AF system (0.05 sec), World's most AF detection points (315 phase detection), and the World's fastest continuous shooting speed1 (24fps3 w/ AF/AE tracking).
Lexar JumpDrive S45 128GB USB 3.0 Flash DriveCheck Price on Amazon Jeff recommends this for anyone. With a low profile plug and stay design, you can store and transfer content quickly and securely (up to 150MB/s read and 45MB/s write). It is both Mac and PC system compatible.
February 24th, 2017
100mm Square Glass ND FilterCheck Price on Amazon Connor recommends these filters for shooting in any condition. Not only are they great for shooting in bright light, and helping to prevent overexposure, they are also multi-coated in EVERCLEAR5 (WATER REPELLANT/ANTI-OIL/ANTI-DUST/ANTI-SOIL/SCRATCH RESISTANT) coating technology to withstand almost any conditions.
February 17th, 2017
Syrp Genie MiniCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this for the photographer looking to create a more dramatic and dynamic photograph. This small, lightweight device is perfect for the creation of time-lapse and panoramic photographs, as well as real time video.
Canon Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1Check Price on Amazon Jeff recommends this for any Canon users. Easily transfer images and videos in MP4 format to a smartphone or tablet. Designed strictly for the EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 5DS, and EOS 5DSR Digital SLR cameras.
Focus ShifterCheck Price on Amazon Brian recommends this because of the ease of use. Improve your manual focus speed and accuracy when taking photographs. It is especially helpful when using lenses with a shallow depth of field and need fine adjustments.
February 10th, 2017
Eneloop Batteries for FlashesCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this batteries for any flash. Keep your flash charged and ready to go with these rechargeable batteries. They can be recharged up to 500 times and work in extreme temperatures down to -4 Degrees F.
Selens Flash Gel Combination KitCheck Price on Amazon Sandy recommends these filters for anyone looking to add a creative touch to their work. Use them as accent lights or to add an artistic touch to select portions of your photo.
Vallerret Markhof Pro Photography GlovesCheck Price on Amazon Rusty recommends these gloves for the adventurous outdoor photographers. Extend your session and capture those prized shots in comfort and style. Rated for temperatures down to 14 Degrees F.
February 3rd, 2017
Epson EX9200 ProjectorCheck price on Amazon Jim recommends this wireless projector because it is perfect for giving presentations. The brightness and resolution are sure to wow the audience!
Bucket HatCheck Price on Amazon Brent recommends this hat for everyone! It is perfect for keeping the glare out, especially on those bright sunny days.
January 27th, 2017
Corn LED Light BulbCheck price on Amazon Jim recommends this light because of the natural light appearance. This energy saving bulb gives off a natural pure white light, giving your photos the best possible color without an unnatural yellow hue.
Petzl Tikka RXP HeadlampCheck Price on Amazon Greg recommends this headlamp for any night photographers. Don't get lost in the dark! This rechargeable headlamp is perfect for night shoots with it's reactive light output.
Sony Voice Recorder, ICD-UX533Check Price on Amazon Brent recommends this because of the ease of use. Record memos and reminders to help keep yourself and your business organized.
January 21st, 2017
Aggressive Tooth CramponsCheck Price on Amazon Nick recommends these for anyone shooting outdoors in the winter. They provide excellent traction on icy surfaces!
Fuji Instax Share sp-2Check Price on Amazon Stephen recommends this for those who take pictures with their phone or tablet. This portable, rechargeable printer will print high resolution photos from your phone or tablet in 10 seconds!
January 13th, 2017
Muslin BackdropCheck Price on Amazon Connor recommends this backdrop for anyone shooting headshots. It is reversible and lightweight, as well as collapsible and folds into a circle for easy storage and transportation.
RadarScopeCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this app for any outdoor photographer. Don't be caught off guard by severe weather! Not only can you check out weather radars, it will send you alerts notifications when the National Weather Service issues warnings.
Shortcuts Keyboard SkinCheck Price on Amazon Sandy recommends this for anyone who uses Adobe Photoshop. Increase your speed and decrease the time it takes to edit your photos with this keyboard skin. No more searching for keys for the PS shortcuts!
January 6th, 2017
Henge DockCheck Price on Amazon Jim recommends this because of the sleek design and ease of use. Receive all the best features of a laptop, desktop, and media center PC all in one system while keeping your work space neat and organized.
BlackRapid Double StrapCheck Price on Amazon Brian recommends this strap for any photographer. The harness style strap allows for quick easy access to two cameras, while also providing versatility. The front sternum and back stabilizing straps can be disconnected creating two cross-body camera straps.
CramponsCheck Price on Amazon Nick highly recommends these for any outdoor photographer. Not only are they great for snow and ice, but also in areas with slick mud and logs as well.
GeForce GTX 1060 Video CardCheck Price on Amazon Jeff recommends this graphics card as a way to view and enjoy your photos in all their glory with the higher resolution. You will also be able to edit photos in greater detail with the higher pixilation.
Eero WiFiCheck Price on Amazon Doorandom recommends this system because of the coverage. Get rid of the router and extend your WiFi throughout the whole house! With a simple set up and easy manageability, you can work from anywhere in the home!
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