- See the Specs on Pulse by Alpine Labs
- Simple Tricks to Getting Sharp Images With Your Camera
- How to Make a Time Lapse Video
- See the Specs on the SpiderPro Hand Strap
- Explore More Camera Accessories to Help You Shoot Like a Pro
Being a professional photographer is hard work.
Heck, being an amateur photographer is hard work too!
But luckily, we live in an era in which we have more tools at our disposal to help us take better photos than ever before.
Some would say that using these tools is taking the easy way out.
Instead, I say take advantage of technological advances to help you create more compelling photos.
Here's a few innovative products I really like that have helped me along the way.
I know it might not sound like it's something that would make a huge difference, but trust me when I say that the way you carry your camera gear impacts your ability to get photos.
Enter the SpiderPro by Spider Holster.
For starters, having your cameras on your hips and right at your fingertips means they are out of the way as you move around, but right there easy to access at the same time.
If you need to quickly draw your camera to your eye, you can do that, meaning you won't miss the shot.
Secondly, carrying your cameras on your hips makes sense from a comfort standpoint.
By distributing the load at your hips, you can carry your cameras much more comfortably. The more comfortable you are, the longer you can stay out and shoot. And the longer you can stay out and shoot, the more photos you can take.
Systems like the SpiderPro are additionally nice to have because they're so easy to use.
The SpiderPro has a patented ball-joint system facilitates easy action to holster and unholster your camera.
It's built like a tank, too.
The plates and pins used to secure your camera are solid and tough, so you don't have to worry about your camera slipping out or falling due to poor construction or ineffective materials.
Instead, you get the peace of mind knowing that your cameras will be safe and secure when you don't need them and easy to grab when you do.
Trust me - this thing will change the way you work whether you like to take portraits, landscapes, or something in between!
Pulse by Alpine Labs
If I told you there's a gadget that helps you take sharper photos, long exposures, time lapse video, and do it all from your smartphone, would you believe me?
Well, it's reality, and it's called Pulse.
This little guy attaches to the hot-shoe mount of your camera, plugs into the USB port, and gives you wireless control over everything from aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to HDR bracketing, timer delays, and time lapse settings.
It works on Bluetooth so that you can make adjustments from up to 100 feet away, too, so there's no more standing idly by your camera as it does its work.
Using a camera remote like Pulse means you can mount your camera on a tripod and use the remote to fire the shutter remotely.
That means you don't have to worry about camera shake, the result of which is sharper photos.
You can also use Pulse to extend the shutter speed to get delightful long exposure images.
It's just a matter of dialing in the settings you need and letting Pulse take it from there.
But where Pulse really knocks it out of the park is with time lapse video.
You can ramp the exposure with Pulse, meaning you can get seamless day-to-night time lapses that are beautifully exposed.
If real-time video is your thing, you can start and stop recording from Pulse.
There's even image review on your phone so you can see how your still images turn out.
That's not a bad set of features to take your photos from okay to pro-level if you ask me!
SpiderPro Hand Strap
I don't know about you, but when I'm shooting photos, the last thing I want is my camera strap around my neck.
I want something that's out of the way, doesn't tangle up in stuff as I walk by, and gives me a way to securely hold my camera, even when it's at my side as I walk around.
That's where the SpiderPro Hand Strap comes in...
This thing is purpose-built to help you be more efficient with your photography - and get better photos while you're at it.
It's adjustable to any size hand and compatible with any tripod, extended battery pack, or vertical shooting grip. It doesn't even get in the way of the camera's battery door or memory card slots.
Better yet, the SpiderPro Hand Strap puts your hand in an ideal shooting position - at 45 degrees to the camera body. That's due in part to the unique s-shape that gives you access to your camera's controls with ease but without sacrificing the feeling that the strap is nice and secure on your hand.
In shooting with my SpiderPro, I've found that the strap is on the perfect spot on my hand - just above my knuckles near my wrist.
That maximizes its ability to support my camera and do so without causing my hand and wrist undue fatigue.
It's comfortable, too.
I swear my SpiderPro remembers the shape of my hand - it fits that well. It's probably the memory foam on the inside of the strap that does it!
In other words, this thing will help you shoot with greater ease, for longer periods of time, in greater comfort.
If that doesn't equate to improved photos, I don't know what will!