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July 2011

Friday Finds: JOBY at Comicon and on vacation

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Happy Friday Creactives!

After our weekend in Tahoe with minimal internet access (but with maximum water balloon fights, bear sightings and boating adventures), I’ve got a lot of fun things to share.

First, the GorillaPod Focus made an appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego last weekend. Tony Amat, one of the premier photographers for Comicon and a JOBY loyalist, shared this image from the festival with us. Is it just me or does the Focus look just as good as that lovely lady in lace?

Photographer Leon Oosthuizen also send us a beauty shot of the Focus in action, but in a very different setting— on a busy street in South Africa supporting a vintage Rolleiflex Camera. Gotta love the versatility of that adapter screw!


Since summer is in full swing, our GorillaPods have been busy vacationing all over the world. Here are a few beautiful shots from the GorillaPod Love flickr photostream from the past week or so. Ahhh, summer!


Greece, Lefkada

The Týn Church in the Old Town


So many beautiful places just begging to be visited and photographed! Keep the photos coming guys!

As for news in the photo world, photographer Sacha Goldberger just published his series of photographs cataloging the before and after appearances of joggers in France. You might remember Sacha from his Superhero Grandma series. First, he took photos of joggers while they were out exercising in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne park.  He then asked them to come into his studio a week later for a studio portrait wearing their street clothes. Sacha said that he “wanted to show the difference between our natural and brute side versus how we represent ourselves to society. The difference was very surprising.” Below are a few of my favorite portraits.

More than just highlighting differences, I think the project beautifully catalogs the more subtle similarities in the way we present ourselves to the outside world despite different contexts – our posture, the colors we choose to wear. Read more about the Sacha and the series on My ModernMet.

That is all for now! Enjoy your weekend!

Win a GorillaMobile Ori or Yogi with Splashtop’s XDisplay “Extend Your Screen” Contest!

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What if you wanted to use your iPad as a second screen to your computer? Maybe you’d like to extend your laptop screen to the left, right, top, or even diagonal. Well, you’d need something to place your iPad exactly where you want it vs. your screen. Now, what would place your iPad anywhere (and I mean *anywhere*) relative to your laptop?

Think of the possibilities!

Ok, maybe that’s a bit nuts. But when Splashtop reached out to us saying that they thought the GorillaMobile Yogi and Ori are the perfect displays for their XDisplay screen-extending app, we saw a match made in heaven. XDisplay lets you extend the screen of your Windows 7 desktop or laptop on to your iPad. Now, you can put that second screen exactly where you want it.

Span your Windows 7 screen onto your iPad

So, to help kick off XDisplay’s launch, we’re teaming up with Splashtop to offer prizes for their “Extend Your Screen” Contest. To learn more, go to the Spashtop contest page and show how you’d use your iPad with XDisplay.

What could you do with Splashtop and a Yogi?

They will be awarding prizes to the winners of four categories

– Most original / creative / unique extended display usage
– Most humorous extended display usage
– Geekiest (most advanced / cutting-edge) extended display usage
People’s Choice (the entry with the most Likes  on Facebook)

Winners will get their choice of a free GorillaMobile Yogi or Ori! The contest ends 8/21 so head on over to their app contest page and let your imagination go wild.

Friday Finds: Tahoe Edition

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The entire JOBY team is in Tahoe this weekend for our annual corporate off site.  This year we are lucky enough to have most of our international team members joining us as well. Because I’ll be busy teambuilding and galavanting in the wilderness, Friday Finds will be brief this week.

First, here is an great review of the GorillaPod Original and GorillaPod SLR. The gentleman in the review has tons of charisma—he pairs some pretty fabulous one-liners with jazzy music. We see a lot of reviews of our products here at JOBY, but this one from PhotographyTalk had me laughing the whole time. Enjoy!

This artsy photo of a GorillaTorch was shared with us by our friends at Jake Scott Photography. I’ve never seen a GorillaTorch look so moody.

And to close, here are a few photos of georgous Tahoe taken by yours truly. It is unbelievably beautiful up here and such a nice break from city life. Sunshine and fresh air are never overrated.

Have a wonderful weekend Creactives! See you next week!

Friday Finds: Shuttle Launch, Summer Gift Guide, Vacation Shots

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Happy Friday Creactives!

Let’s start off with a video of the recent shuttle launch filmed by Eric Jue, brother of our project manager Michael, using a GorillaMobile for iPhone 4. If you’re impatient, skip to the 23 second mark for 3, 2, 1, blast off!

And a few words from the videographer about how he captured this historic moment: “GorillaMobile was THE perfect solution for this situation. I wanted to capture video and audio of this historic space shuttle launch using my iPhone 4 and needed to get it above the crowd for a clearer view. I scouted the area and ended up attaching the GorillaMobile to a tall vertical pole holding up one of the speakers broadcasting the mission control audio feed. I was able to wrap the legs around the speaker bracket and position the iPhone camera to include the 1st couple rows of spectators in the foreground while maximizing the visible sky for the perfect shot of the launch!”

The GorillaTorch Original continues to be our media darling. This week it was featured in the Core 77 Ultimate Summer Gift Guide. They featured some really fun and unique products in their guide and we are happy to be among such great company. I mean, how awesome is this re-imagined tool box?

And these BBQs by  Black+Blum have been showing up all over the place. I always thought the Weber Smokey Joe was cute, but their Hot Pot takes the cake.

I might be biased, but the JOBY GorillaTorch fits right in with this crowd – unique design and awesome utility!

I’ll send you off with a few beautiful images taken with the help of a GorillaPod. Anybody else have vacation on the brain? Where does your dream getaway take you? I’m torn between Paris and Peru.

Bombay Beach Decay


Matthiaskirche und Fischerbastei

Friday Finds: Night Photography, Street Photography and iPhone Gadgets

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Happy Friday Creactives!

To start off, our good friends Down Under sent us this fun image shot using both a GorillaPod and a GorillaTorch.  A GorillaPod supported the camera and a GorillaTorch Flare was used write the text. I say that is doubly awesome!

Here is a little bit from the photographer Paul Gibbs: “It was taken on Nikon D700 full frame camera sitting on a Gorillapod, camera set to low ISO to extend time needed to write logo. It was a 30 second exposure at f8 on a tamron 28-75 f2.8 lens.The writer made sure he did not stand too long in one place to remain invisible (nearly),  wrote each letter backwards then covered Flare with hand and then did the next letter. It took just two attempts once we worked out exposure! It was totally dark exempt for moon light, hence the detail in landscape.”


The versatility of the GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad 2 has charmed a reviewer on Thomas Duff gave the Yogi a 5+ rating and said, “this stand is WAY cool. As far as I’m concerned, this is now part of my iPad. It won’t be coming off anytime soon”. Now that is exactly what we were aiming for.

For those of our readers who live in London or who have the luck to travel there this July, check out the London Street Photography Festival. The festival features a panorama of street photography: old and new, analog and digital, professional work and student work. If you (like I) can’t make it to London, there is plenty to see just poking around on their website. I particularly enjoyed these images.

Somewhat in the vein of taking photos on the fly, Photojojo has announced a new mount for iPhone 4 that allows you to use any of your Canon or Nikon DSLR lenses with your iPhone.

While my iPhone has quickly become my favorite (and most readily available) camera, I’m not sold on the practicality of the device. What do you think, Creactives? Would you splurge on a mount for your iPhone and lug around all your lenses or just stick with your DSLR?

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday Finds: Fireworks Camera Tips, Action Photography Awesomeness

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Happy Friday Creactives!

Another busy week here at JOBY.  Can you believe that it’s July already?!?

With Independence Day weekend upon us, I thought it only proper to give a quick tutorial about the how to best capture the fireworks displays that will be shooting up all over the country. You don’t want to miss the shot because you’re fumbling with your iPhone, right?

Fire at Night

So here we go …

1. Bust out your iPhone and GorillaMobile and position it appropriately.
2. Choose our app Frame X Frame.
3. Turn off the flash.
4. Choose the Time Lapse setting. I’d set it to take 1000 shots at 2 second intervals to capture the most possible. Set yourself up for success.
5. Sit back, enjoy the show and let Frame X Frame do all the work for you.
6. Marvel at all of your perfect shots. You must have killer timing!

the forth of july

In other news, the GorillaTorch Original got a nice shout out in this month’s issue of Real Simple. It was lauded “Best Hands Free Flashlight” … exactly what we were aiming for. The GorillaTorch Original is just a media darling these days, but we’re not complaining!

For the extreme sports inclined of you out there, check out this new free iPad app from Red Bull over the long weekend. The Red Bull Illume HD iPad App allows you to peruse 250 of the best adventure and extreme sports photos taken within the last year. Each photo includes an accompanying bio and a caption about how the image was shot. Get inspired and pick up some action photography tips, I don’t mind if I do. Here are just a few incredible images to lure you in.




Happy Friday and enjoy the holiday weekend! I see BBQs and beaches in my future.