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Capturing Dramatic Urban Photography With Neal Kumar

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My name is Neal Kumar, a Chicago-based photographer, focused mostly on urban photography. I usually shoot with both a Canon 6D SLR and an iPhone, and I have the extra gear to help me shoot with both of those. While my Canon body isn’t too heavy, some of the lenses I use can add a lot of weight which makes having a sturdy tripod essential.

The Gorillapod Focus is perfect for this setup and is very stable despite harsh conditions. In Chicago, it can get quite windy, and in those situations, I like to spread the legs of the tripod out wider to increase stability. To be safe, I often adjust the legs without the camera attached, so that I can ensure the set up is secure before resting my camera on the tripod. Once I have the legs set, I will make fine adjustments using the ballhead. Sometimes I will even use Live view on the camera screen so I can make adjustments without having to look through the viewfinder. I use the Gorillapod for light trails, moving clouds, and night shots.

Ever since the iPhone first came out, new apps have been developed that allow the phone’s camera shutter to stay open longer to capture motion, light trails, and night shots. In most cases, I will use my Gorillapod with the iPhone attachment and ballhead. Again I like to get the Gorillapod legs set up before attaching my phone, and then make small adjustments with the ballhead. The beautiful part about the ballhead is that you can take both landscape and portrait shots with the iPhone by tilting it 90 degrees.

For night shots I like to use Cortex Cam which has fast focus and a relatively short shutter speed which decreases the chance of blurriness.

AvgNiteCam is great for capturing motion during both day and night. To capture the action of moving clouds or bodies of water, I like to use 16-64 shots depending on how much movement I want. However, the more shots I take, the long the shutter is open and the higher the chance of getting a blurry shot. Be sure to turn on the timer so that when you press the shutter button, you aren’t shaking the phone while the shutter is open.

Lastly, I like to use SlowShutterCam to capture light trails from moving objects such as cars or trains. This app is also useful for capturing motion while shooting from the very back window of subway trains in cities like Chicago and NYC. This is the one occasion where I don’t need a Gorillapod since I’m able to firmly hold the phone against the glass looking straight-on with the tracks. You can adjust how long you want the shutter to be open, but I like to keep this on “bulb” which allows you to stop the shutter whenever you feel like you have captured enough motion. I almost always keep the app in “Light Trail” mode, and use a sensitivity of ¼ or ⅛.

Check out JOBY Ambassador, Neal Kumar’s photography on his social channels.

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JOBY Capture The Holidays Sweepstakes

By | Contests, Gorillapod, Photography, Vlog | No Comments

Capture your holiday memories with some great gear for your camera. We have everything on your camera’s Wish List to start vlogging the holidays away! One winner will win this amazing prize package.

To enter on Instagram, find the sweepstakes post on @jobyinc. In the comments tag three of your friends, you’ll capture the holidays with, and follow the following brands.

Sweepstakes runs from 12/5 to 12/12. Check out the Official Rules for details. Have a Happy Holidays and good luck!

JOBY #SchoolPridePOV Spotlight featuring Trevor Mahlmann

By | Gorillapod, Pro Spotlight, The Crew | No Comments

This month we’re featuring our #SchoolPridePOV Ambassador, Trevor Mahlmann. Trevor creates wondrous long exposure shots of the stars and beyond when he’s not in class at Purdue. Listen to what he has to say about his gear and check out his channels for more!

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Don’t forget to get your entries into our #SchoolPridePOV Sweepstakes, for a chance to win $1,500 worth of camera gear! Details here: http://joby.com/schoolpridepov

What’s your favorite JOBY gear and why?

My GorillaPod Focus w/ BallHead X is my favorite because I use it the most.  It is a very sturdy and easy way to set up a shot quickly without getting out a bulky tripod, allowing you to get in lower situations you couldn’t reach without it.

What gear do you use?

I use a Canon 7D MKII, Canon Rebel T5i, GoPro Hero 4 Black, and a DJI Phantom 4 as my primary capture devices!

What is your favorite image you’ve posted and why?

My favorite image has to be the one below because of the craziness of it all. I still wonder to this day what made me think of that when I sat down on my flight.

What drives you to create?

Sharing awesome scenes I can be a part of with anyone and everyone I can so they can enjoy it too!

What’s the next piece of gear on your wish list?

5D Mk IV, definitely a full-frame body.

What’s your life outside of photography?

Student at Purdue, busy engineering student! During my summertime, I chase the photography projects I dream up during the school year.

What’s your dream job?

Astronaut. Flying in space, maybe step foot on Mars one day.

Any advice to those starting out?

Shoot everything, find what you like to shoot and hone in on it, perfecting your skills. Share those beautiful scenes with as many people as possible!

Step Into The World of Steel Wool Spinning with Dale Mears

By | Gorillapod, Photography, Uncategorized | No Comments

JOBY advocate Dale Mears took some time to walk us through his world of steel wool spinning photography. He’s been perfecting his style for a while now and recently came up big, winning a popular online competition versus many other talented spinners. Read his journey to spark some ideas in your photography!

I started spinning steel wool after seeing a shot online and instantly knew it was something I wanted to try. I went and bought myself a metal whisk, some steel wool, and some rope and called up a few friends.

I didn’t have a clue exactly what I was meant to do or what would happen, so I set my camera up on a GorillaPod and headed out to our local park at night to find some tunnels. With cameras set up and on a release shutter, we lit the wire wool, and I instantly knew it was something that I would have to do again. Sparks flying everywhere and the whole tunnel lit up was a real thrill. Back to the camera and waiting for the exposure to finish and up flashes the preview, we thought “wow, let’s do it again” and again and again. Our images got better each time and over a few months we tried a few locations and left it there.

A couple of months later I had a conversation with a friend of mine who said: “I know where there are some fields full of helicopters.” We had to visit the field, so we went a few times to grab some new steel wool shots.

We have since visited some cool location here in the UK based in Nottingham.

I have always had a thing about light painting and seeing what I can do with a camera and some cool toys, so this is the perfect hobby.

Earlier this year, I was asked if I wanted to take part in a UK competition called Battle of the Underdogs, an invite-only steel wool spinning competition over on Instagram. Of course, I had to say yes. The competition gives twenty contestants who have been spinning steel wool but were are not well known for it, a good chance to get some exposure.

It all started over at @steelwooldaily_uk and was a knockout format head to head. It was the best thing having to shoot specifically for the competition and go up blind against a competitor. The competition was judged by two well-known judges one of which Sergey the founder of Light Painting World Alliance so had to go large with the shots.

The competition went well and pushed me to travel with friends to some cool locations like a church carved into sandstone recorded to exist from 1658, some fresh graffiti ridden tunnels and a disused railway where we used the signal posts to club up high.

I ended up winning the competition thanks to the judge’s votes and, of course, a number of JOBY fans who gave some of my images a vote. A massive thank you from me!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out steel wool spinning, go and give it a go. If you need any tips check out the JOBY labs video guide!

My main piece of advice for someone wanting to start is to buy a nice comfortable dog lead and a good sturdy medium sized metal whisk. The dog lead will prevent you getting some real sore blisters. Make sure you have a sturdy tripod – I love to use my GorillaPod Focus + Bullhead X or SLR-Zoom as I can pack them in my bag without the hassle of carrying a big tripod and you get a nice low perspective. Use grade 00 or fine steel wool as this burns much better. Make sure you have some old clothes; a hoodie works nicely, so sparks don’t go down your back. Please be sensible and keep an eye on your surroundings, so you don’t burn anything.

Check out my channels and feel free to get in touch.

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JOBY Takeover: BMX Rider Nikita Ducarroz

By | Events, Gorillapod, iPhone | No Comments

Our favorite female BMX rider, Nikita Ducarroz is set to take over our JOBY Instagram and Facebook this coming week! Nikita is a 19-year-old BMX phenom who’s been working her butt off in the BMX world. She’s been using GorillaPods to capture all her tricks at the parks which you can find on her Instagram feed nikitabmxgirl.

Nikita will be traveling down south to Woodward West Summer Camp August 1st through the 6th where she will be hanging out with the campers and checking out the Mongoose Jam put on by Mongoose Bikes.

Our @jobyinc Instagram will be taken over by Nikita on August 2nd and 3rd, giving you a behind the scenes into her life as a BMX pro. On August 3rd at 2 pm PST, she will be on JOBY’s Facebook Live to do a Q&A from the camp. She’ll also be giving away a few prizes to viewers that tune in so you won’t want to miss out on all the action live! Other pro-BMX riders will also be in attendance and join Nikita on Facebook Live to throw down some tricks!

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JOBY Instagram Takeover
Date: 8/2 to 8/3
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Facebook Live Q&A and Giveaways
Date & Time: 8/3 at 2 pm to 3 pm PST
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A Home Away from Home: JOBY at Galileo Summer Quest

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(JOBY Note: This post was written by Jessica Ellis at Galileo Learning which hosts awesome innovation camps for kids. Check ’em out!)

On a warm summer morning in Palo Alto, twenty middle school students are busy at work planning their set for the world’s next great movie, so they proclaim. They are equipped with Pentax adventure cameras, a sense of determination, a willingness to collaborate and, a JOBY GorillaPod Video tripod. Summer camp is not the typical setting for JOBY users, but these tripods are no less valuable here.

Galileo Summer Quest: GorillaPod Video Positioning

Campers need equipment that is weather resistant and can withstand eight straight weeks of heavy use. Galileo provides over 36,000 weeks of camp to Bay Area kids and providing high quality equipment that enhances the camp experience is a top priority. High quality equipment is important because it enable kids to focus on the art of their idea. Galileo Summer Quest helps campers tap into their natural creativity and empowers them to design and build projects with tools that are often unavailable at home or at school. Their adventure is one of wild imagination and innovation. The JOBY tripod helps budding photographers and videographers push their ideas beyond the confines of a typical class and into the exciting and risk-free environment of an innovation summer camp.

Galileo Summer Quest: GorillaPod Video Notebook

All summer, campers at Galileo Summer Quest’s 14 camps from Tiburon to San Jose have been putting JOBY tripods to the ultimate test of endurance and usability. Galileo Summer Quest offers a wide range of one-week courses in the fields of Digital and Fine Arts, Building and Making and High Technology. This year, JOBY tripods were offered as a compliment to three of these courses: Digital Filmmaking, Digital Photography and Lego Robotics. In Digital Filmmaking, campers use the JOBY GorillaPod Video tripods for shooting a 3-5 minute movie. In Digital Photography, campers use the GorillaPod SLR Zoom tripods with their Nikon SLRs to set up their images for portrait photo shoots and for their Public Service Announcement photographs. In Lego Robotics, campers use the JOBY GorillaPod Hybrid tripods to film their “vlogs” of robot competitions, which they then upload to YouTube to share with parents and friends.

The JOBY tripods replaced the aluminum tripods used in the field last summer. They had been one of the greatest bottlenecks for campers in Digital Filmmaking and Photography. The aluminum tripods continuously broke and were a great frustration to campers who had designed their projects to require tripods for stability in their films and photos. This summer, the tripods have far exceeded expectations. One highlight of the JOBY tripods has been their use in Digital Photography. Campers love the size and versatility of the Zoom tripods. One camper wrapped her tripod around the branch of a tree to get a unique angle and another balanced it on picnic tables for a wide aperture photo shoot.

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The JOBY tripods not only have proven rugged enough for constant handling by 11 and 12 year olds, but have also engaged middle-school aged campers with their bendable and magnetic legs. Stored with the magnet side attached to metal file cabinets and hanging from metal binders, the Joby tripods looks very much at home at Galileo summer camps.

Galileo Summer Quest: GorillaPod Video Herd

 

As the summer comes to a close, the tripods will be packed with their cameras and stored away for next year when campers will return, eager to capture their ever-evolving stories. A sense of adventure and openness to new ideas has always been part of the culture at Galileo and now, so is JOBY.

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Creating Album Art

By | Artist Profile, delightful design, Gorillapod | No Comments

Ashlan Nathens, or ‘scribblegraph’ as he is now known, is an independent artist from Perth, Western Australia. He shared this great video of the behind the scenes process of him creating the album art for singer-songwriter Heather Fay. Not only did he use his GorillaPod SLR-Zoom to film the behind the scenes video, he also used it to photograph the artwork for the album. Super cool!

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To see more of Ash’s great illustrations check out his website!

Say Hello to MPod Mini & GPod Mini Magnetic!

By | Gorillapod, iPhone, New Product Launch, Photography | No Comments

We’ve added two new products to the JOBY family and boy are they fun little guys!

MPod Mini is a great on-the-go stand for your smartphone. It’s jaws expand to fit just about any smartphone, including the massive Galaxy Note II! iPhone 5, Galaxy SIV, HTC One—they all fit (even with a case!), no problem!  Plus, MPod is just $14.95!

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We’ve also got GPod Mini Magnetic! A tiny tripod with super strong magnetic feet that is great for your point and shoot camera, GoPro or Contour camera. He might be tiny, but we are not messing around with those magnetic feet! They are STRONG!  Take him home for just $14.95!

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Want to see more of MPod Mini and GPod Mini Magnetic? Follow @jobyinc on Instagram!

GripTight Winners from Instameet #IGerCo72713 in Bend, OR

By | Gorillapod, GripTight, iPhone, Photography | One Comment

Last weekend, our friends @IgersCentralOregon hosted an Instameet in Bend, OR.  Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #IGerCo72713!

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Hosting an Instameet in your area? We want to be a part of it! Contact @jobyinc on Instagram and let us know more!

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