Looxcie LX2 Wearable Video Camera

The option to record your photo shoots just got easier (maybe). There's been quite a few times I've been out on a shoot and wish I could record stuff I see while still using my camera. So while browsing around on the net this morning I came across a viable option. Being the gadget freak I am it caught my eye. (The Looxcie LX2). I've never been one to use the bluetooth ear piece for my cell phone, it just freaked me out at the idea of what seems like I'm walking around talking to myself. Not to mention the blue flashing light to bring attention to myself. Hey I can just as well talk to myself without the earpiece. This video camera is capable of capturing up to 480p video and audio to a built-in 2GB memory chip and is bluetooth.Reviews suggest that the video quality on this device is pretty good.

The unit ships with a USB cable and various ear gels and over the ear clips for you to get the right size. You can charge it via USB and of course connect it to your computer to access the video files. You turn it on/off via a switch on the inner side of the unit. Once it's on you can start and stop recordings with a dedicated button. There is a green status light so that you know if it's on and a red light on the front to indicate recording.


Problem solved for 'CF Cards & iPad owners'

The tech gurus finally found a fix for you iPad owners out there wanting to import photos from your Compact Flash cards onto your iPads. So a Hong Kong based company has developed a CF Reader that can be connected directly to your iPad and allows you to import photos directly from your CF cards (up to 400x speed cards) right into your iPad.

Just letting you know I use SD Cards so I've not tried these devices myself. However based on an article I read by Terry White, he seems to be quite happy with the performance. It was used to import RAW (.NEF) files with no problems.

The M.I.C CF Reader can be ordered here. Apparently they are currently on backorder.

Check out the You Tube video below:-

What's the best Camera to get?

Just because everyone else is buying it, doesn't mean it's the right camera for you 

A recent Bloomberg report indicated that Canon held 44.5 percent of the camera market, with Nikon increasing its share to 29.7 percent. Based on what I see on a regular basis the majority of cameras I see in the field tend to be Nikon. Is this true or is it just that I use a Nikon and seem to pay more attention to them. I recently came across a poll.

As you can see, the results of were remarkably similar to the initial report. Canon still held the lead, but by a slightly smaller percentage.

So what does this mean if anything at all?

First, I think it's important to point out that both brands are equally capable in the right hands. Photographer are using iPhones these days to make wonderful photos. Go figure....

Ultimately, this type of healthy competition is in the best interest of the consumer as each company works to gain market share through price cuts and added features. The result is a wide array of professional quality DSLRs with reasonable sticker prices. As this trend continues, the line between the super high-end and prosumer bodies will become increasingly blurred.

Consider these questions when asking which camera.

1 ) What subject(s) will you photograph most often? Weddings, portraits, wildlife, sports, landscapes, still lifes, food, fashion, etc. 2 ) What gear (if any) do you now own? 3 ) If you had to choose between ease of use and power, which would you select? 4 ) Do you want a compact pocket-sized camera (point and shoot) or a DSLR? 5 ) On a scale of 1-10 (10 being a working pro and 1 being someone who usually shoots with a disposable camera) how would you rate your skill? 6 ) What is the MOST money you’d be willing to spend on a camera? 7 ) How long do you think you might keep the camera? 8 ) What do your friends use? 9 ) Do you have a local camera store that can offer you support?

Considering this ongoing tug-o-war, it can be difficult to pinpoint which camera is right for you. Besides Canon and Nikon, there are excellent Pentax models, Sony, Olympus, Fuji, and more. Before deciding on one, I recommend looking into their entire line of dedicated lenses and flashes. Remember, you're not just buying into a camera body, but rather an entire system of products.



Memory Cards – 15 Essential Tips for Photographers

[gallery] If you use a digital camera you use memory cards. Whether SD or CF or anything else, there are certain things you should know about your memory cards if you want to get the best experience possible.

1. Format your cards in the camera – not on the computer. This helps to ensure that no unwanted or unneeded files make their way onto the card from the computer.

2. When ejecting your memory card from the computer, safely eject by dragging it to the trash or select “Safely Remove” on a Windows machine or Command + E on a Mac. Then wait at least five seconds before pulling the card out of the reader slot. Could save you a few dollars in the long run.

3. Never format or erase a card until you know it’s been backed up in at least two places. Also, don’t erase or format until you’ve verified the backup.

4. To avoid confusion when using multiple cards, mark cards with your name and a sequential number. This makes it easy to determine your cards from cards used by other photographers in your studio or on your workshop. The sequential number is also helpful in making sure you know which card you are dealing with.

5. Don’t buy generic memory cards. While it’s true that there are only two or three principal manufacturers of the components used in memory cards, these manufacturers build to different quality standards depending on who they OEM for. When they make generic cards, the quality control as well as the quality of components is usually not up to par with the same issued by the big names.

6. Note that not all cards work the same in all cameras. Some cards are optimized for individual brands. You can read about these optimizations in the manufacture literature or check various online forums for tests. In general, it’s best to ask if your camera can produce the advertised results before you buy.

7. Carry cards on your person not in your camera bag. If you can’t access your card you can’t make photographs. Too many photographers have shared stories of setting down their camera bag or leaving gear in their car, only to go on a hike, find a great spot and then run out of memory because the cards aren’t where the camera is.

8. To help you keep track of which cards have been used and which are empty, place the cards you’ve filled in your memory card wallet upside down or reverse them so you can see which ones are ready.

9. Don’t edit files on the card as if it were a hard drive. The memory card is designed to get data from the camera to the computer. It’s not designed for editing.

10. Don’t delete images on the card from the camera. Cards are cheap. Buy enough to do the job. If you delete images on the back of the camera you may easily make a mistake. It’s better to delete in your post editor like Aperture or Lightroom.

11. If you accidentally delete an image on a card stop using it and obtain a data recovery program to try to restore the images. If you keep shooting after the deletion you may mess up the chance to recover the lost photo(s).

12. Recognize that some of the ultra high-end cards may have a small impact on your battery life, draining the battery at a faster pace than normal. It’s not a big deal, but if you are in a critical shooting situation and need to have all the battery life you can get, remember the high speed cards might take a few shots off the end of the battery’s life.

13. Don’t share cards with friends, or put them into other people’s cameras or computers. This can cause a crash since the other camera or computer may attempt to write a system, desktop or file of unknown format to the card.

14. Avoid the largest, newest cards until they’ve been on the market for a while. As we get into 128 GB cards and beyond, we are stretching the boundaries of technology. It only makes sense to let the marketplace test these bleeding edge technologies to make sure they are reliable.

15. Turn your camera off before inserting or removing a memory card. Most camera manuals advise this but most photographers don’t read the manual. This eliminates “voltage shock.” Modern cameras are often less prone to this but why take the chance?

Since the memory card is in many ways the most important photo accessory you will ever own, try these tips to ensure that your cards last their longest and work at their best.


Eye-Fi to Wireless Device

Any of you that know me well, must know how much I love my iPad. Now to add icing to the cake Eye-Fi is now making it possible to shoot Tethered (wirelessly) to any iPad. I've been trying out the Eye-Fi Pro X2 Card in my Nikon D80 shooting wirelessly for a little while now. It works okay, however I find it works better in studio than when out on location. Today Eye-Fi just announced a new card (yeah you just can't keep up, always something new coming out). The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 which is a cheaper card that offers Direct to iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and Android mobile device shooting WITHOUT the need for a WiFi hotspot. Removing the WiFi hotspot requirement and going direct in an AdHoc fashion makes this solution even better. However, don't fret if you bought the Pro X2 card like I did. They are going to release a firmware update to the existing cards next week. Keep in mind that the Pro X2 card does handle RAW and Geotagging. The new card does not. I can only imagine that people wanting to shoot and share those images even with some minor retouching/adjustments, from a tablet device directly will now be able to do so freely from anywhere. This is going to be awesome.

If you don't have an Eye-Fi card yet, you can get the NEW Mobile X2 8GB card with the Direct Mode love built-in from Amazon.

Not available for the Compact Flash as yet.