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GripTight Winners from #HauteAsEver13 in San Diego!

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Last weekend, our friends @igerssandiego hosted the world’s largest instameet in San Diego, CA. Over 450(!!!) 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 #HauteAsEver13!

By @johntorres

By @johntorres

By @chucka95

By @chucka95

By @pixelmama

By @pixelmama

 

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GripTight Winners from #MtScottInstameet!

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Last weekend, our friends @darrenisreal and @i_like_boring_things hosted an Instameet in Mt Scott, Oklahoma. 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 #MtScottInstameet!

By @benandphotos

By @benandphotos

By @nathanwinfrey

By @nathanwinfrey

By @carsynabrams

By @carsynabrams

We loved the photos so much from this tag, we recommend you check them all out! Here are two great shots from the hosts!

By @darrenisreal

By @darrenisreal

By @i_like_boring_things

By @i_like_boring_things

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GripTight Winners from #Instameet_PGH!

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Last weekend, our friend @caulingrant hosted an Instameet in Pittsburg, PA.  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 #Instameet_PGH!

By @kevinswx

By @kevinswx

By @genericpieces

By @genericpieces

By @rmacoustic

By @rmacoustic

 

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GripTight Winners from #MusicCityInstaWalk in Nashville!

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Last weekend, our friends @timothygirard and @mattpbrock hosted an Instameet in Nashville, TN.  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 #MusicCityInstaWalk!

By @michaelthinks

By @michaelthinks

By @veritaseeker

By @veritaseeker

By @darren2112

By @darren2112

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How To Use Your GorillaPod & iPad Together!

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We get asked all the time how you can use your GorillaPod with your iPad, iPad Mini, or Galaxy tablet. Well, our friends at Tether Tools have a great solution for attaching just about any any 1/4-20″-mounted accessory—like all of our GorillaPods—to your tablet. Using the Wallee iPad/Tablet Case and a Tether Tools Connect Lite you can add GorillaPod legs to your tablet. Now you can achieve your ultimate viewing angle, whether that’s reading a book, watching movies, surfing the internet or checking emails.

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GorillaPod Hybrid with iPad Mini, Wallee Case and Tether Tools Connect Lite

The GorillaPod’s flexible legs allow you to adjust the position of your tablet for a comfortable resting position across your body while reclining, in your lap for comfortable viewing while seated, or even wrap the legs around the arm of a chair or wheelchair. The Wallee Case provides a secure fit without getting in the way of key features for all iPad models and Galaxy 10.1 Tablets. The Tether Tools Connect Lite connects case and Pod, and because you can mount any 1/4-20″ accessory to it, it is a super versatile, modular solution. Because the Tether Tools Connect Lite is 1/4-20″ screw compatible, you could even use your JOBY camera strap with your iPad if you wanted to give you GorillaPod a rest!

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GorillaPod Hybrid with iPad Mini, Wallee Case and Tether Tools Connect Lite

JOBY and Tether Tools products combine to give you  the ultimate flexibility to use your iPad or Galaxy Tablet anywhere! So if you want to use your GorillaPod with your iPad, iPad Mini or Galaxy Tablet, check out the Wallee Case and Tether Tools Connect Lite.

Painting with Light—featuring GorillaTorches!

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Jordana Wright is a professional photographer based in Chicago, IL. We first met Jordana during her America By Rail project, a 45 day photography trip across the western United States. She’s been our BFF ever since, making full use of our GorillaPod, Camera Strap GripTight and GorillaTorch lines. She also hosts photo walks and workshops in Chicago, so if you’re Chicago-based, be sure to follow her on Google+ and attend her next event! Thanks Jordana for writing this awesome article for us! 

Painting with Light – featuring JOBY’s GorillaTorches

Photographs and Article by Jordana Wright

Painting with Light is a great way to add artistry and interest to your light photography.  It can draw out details in natural features, add intrigue to architecture, and bring drama to portraits.  To get started painting with light you’ll need: a camera, a tripod, and a couple of powerful flashlights – like the GorillaTorch 125.

When a recent commercial shoot brought me to Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands, I took the opportunity to practice Painting with Light in a few of the island’s iconic locations.  Armed with my Canon 60Ds, a Gorillapod Focus with BallHead X, a wide selection of lenses, and four GorillaTorches, I explored locations like Virgin Gorda’s famed Coppermine Point, The Baths, and Spring Bay, eager to create something beyond traditional touristy photographs.  For these shoots specifically, I worked in collaboration with another photographer (Lotus Carroll of Austin, TX), but there are plenty of ways to accomplish similar shots on your own.

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Spring Bay and the Night Sky, Virgin Gorda, BVI

The first photo features the iconic boulders found at Spring Bay and The Baths.  It is a fairly easy shot to achieve, using basic Painting with Light techniques.  For this photo, my camera was mounted on a tripod, set to a low ISO (200), with a wide aperture (f/5), and a very slow shutter speed (30 sec).  Remote triggers are not required, but always helpful with longer exposures.  They help to minimize camera shake while releasing the shutter.  You can get away with using the “self timer” mode on your camera, but a remote is more consistent and very useful.

As far as the painting itself goes, there are a few different techniques you can play with.  Ultimately, you’ll find what works best for you, or what works best for each style of image you’re going for.  I like to tell students to think of Painting with Light as watering a lawn.  You want to do an even job of it.  You don’t want any dry spots (underexposed) but you don’t want muddy patches either (overexposed).

To keep my lighting even in this image, I utilized a steady side-to-side movement while working my way from the top of the object to the bottom.  If all parts of the object are fully lit by the beam, you’ll still want to move your light continuously over the object to compensate for the brightness of the light’s hotspot, and the dimness of the light’s edges.  The amount of time you spend painting will depend on your camera’s settings, the ambient light, the brightness of your light source, and the distance from the light source to the object.  For this image, I painted the boulders the whole time the shutter was open, so about 30 seconds.  I’m sure there’s an elegant formula somewhere to help you figure out the duration of painting, but with this sort of photography, experimenting is half the fun.  The more you practice, the more you’ll develop tricks, techniques, and timing.

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Red at the Coppermine, Virgin Gorda, BVI

As I’m sure you can tell this next shot was A LOT more involved.  For starters, because I used the red LED setting on the GorillaTorches, the duration of painting was much longer (red light is inherently dimmer so I needed longer painting times to achieve the same level of brightness as I would with white light).  Also, to create the silhouette effect, you will need a second person to stand in the frame.

We painted the foreground by hiding one light in among the rocks of the structure and leaving it turned on for the whole exposure.   Once the foreground light was placed, I triggered the shutter, carefully scrambled up the structure and hit a pose.  When going for the silhouette effect, make sure your model chooses a pose that they can hold for several minutes.  While I posed, Lotus painted the structure from the inside using two Gorillatorches, being careful to fill in every nook and cranny.  In order to get the full inside of the ruin, Lotus did a fair amount of crawling around and hit it from all angles.  We composed this shot several times to get a variety of exposures levels and shutter speeds.  For this specific image, the camera was set to ISO 100, at f/9, for 30 seconds.

The ring and moonlight that backlit the ruins were completely atmospheric and visible to the naked eye.  We certainly composed the image to accent the dramatic sky, but the halo effect itself is just an example of being prepared to adjust to your surroundings when they give you something great to work with! 🙂

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BVI – photograph by Lotus Carroll

Another way to paint with light is often seen with light sources like glow sticks, steel wool, and bright LEDs.  It involves facing toward the open shutter while moving your light source to create a shape or pattern, or even to form letters.  When painting words, you can make each letter from your perspective – which will be the mirror image from the camera’s perspective – then, flip the image over in Photoshop.  Make each stroke of the torch several times to sufficiently burn in the letters.  Between letters, be sure to cover the light source with your hand or a black cloth to keep from connecting the letters with accidental light trails.

Painting with Light is becoming more and more popular among photographers of the digital age.  Now that we have powerful LED technology it is even easier to add the technique to your repertoire.  So, grab your camera, a tripod, and some of JOBY’s GorillaTorches and start experimenting!

How to Shoot Fireworks with Your Phone

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With Independence Day 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 USA. You don’t want to miss the shot because you’re fumbling with your iPhone or Galaxy SIV, right?

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So here we go …

1. Don’t forget a tripod!!! Bust out your iPhone or Android smartphone + GripTight phone tripod and position it appropriately to capture the action. Watch out for trees, buildings and other spectators who might block your shot.

2.  Turn off the flash! 

3. If you have an iPhone, use out our iPhone camera app GorillaCamPro. If you have an Android, check out Lapse It.  Set yourself up for success, which means lots and lots of shots. Set up the apps to take photos at a 1, 5, 10 or 30 second intervals, sit back, enjoy the show and let your phone do all the work for you!

4. Use a self-timer  to avoid camera shake when you hit the shutter button.

5. Test out long exposures. An app like SlowShutter or Dr. Light will do the trick.

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What are your fireworks photo tips? Have a favorite fireworks photo? Share it with us on Instagram. We’re @jobyinc! Happy 4th!

20% Off Father’s Day Sale ENDS TODAY!

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We know how tough it can be find a great gift for dad for Father’s Day. Dress shirts are boring, ties are passé, socks are well, socks. This year get your dad a gift that he’ll really put to good use! Plus, from June 1st through today June 16th, we’re offering 20% off our favorite gifts for Dad!

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Need help finding a gift? Check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide below! 

Does your dad like photography? Try our GorillaPod SLR-Zoom. A super lightweight and super flexible tripod he can take anywhere to capture unique photos wherever his adventures take him.

Is Dad a pro photographer or videographer? Check out our GorillaPod Focus. A professional grade tripod with a ton more flexibility than most, it’s perfect for a dad who’s looking to get creative with his photography.

Maybe Dad is the type to hike a mountain, ride a bike or run through city streets—all to get the perfect shot. He’ll love our UltraFit Sling Strap! Designed to allow you to cinch your camera tight against your body but still have for quick and easy camera access, it is perfect for the adventurous and active photographer.

Or perhaps Dad really enjoys DIY projects around the house or tinkering with his classic car? GorillaTorch Flare has six light settings, magnetic feet and is water resistant, making it the best way to light just about any task handsfree!

Is Dad the outdoorsy type who loves to spend his time camping in the great outdoors? Then GorillaTorch Switchback is for him! A 2-in-1 lantern that can convert into a headlamp, he can use it grilling, setting up a tent, or even on a night hike up Half Dome.

Use code DADROCKS at checkout to receive 20% off these great gifts for the dads in your life! Hurry! Sale ends today!

 

 

Return of the GorillaCam (Director’s commentary)

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In probably the quietest re-launch ever for an app that has had over 3M downloads, we rebooted our iPhone GorillaCam app in early-February. For those who don’t know, JOBY had a lot of success with GorillaCam when it first launched in Dec of 2009. At one time, it was a top 5 camera download on the Apple app store.

But alas, GorillaCam development stopped because of a number of…well…weird…reasons.

JOBY moved on to creating another iPhone app, Frame x Frame, in April 2011. It had a lot of features of GorillaCam but also included stop motion and time lapse features (check out the Frame x Frame contest that we ran).

But alas, Frame x Frame development stopped because of a number of…well…weird…reasons.

JOBY. Tis a silly place.

People came and went; everybody associated with the app left. And our two apps just sat there gathering dust (and bugs, lots of bugs).

But since our spiffy GripTight phone tripods were coming out in late 2012, a new generation of JOBYians pushed for rebooting GorillaCam. It just didn’t seem right to let GorillaCam wither on the vine. We had to give it a shot, right?

Admittedly, it wasn’t a terribly popular idea at the time. Remember how you promised your mom you wouldn’t forget to feed the goldfish if she just gave you a THIRD chance? Yeah, it was kind of like that.

First off, we had to figure out what we wanted the app to be. Frame by Frame had great functionality, but it was too hard to learn. This was the typical Frame x Frame user experience:

600 shots x 5 second interval per shot x 10 fps = SDFSKLFSJDFDALFK.

GorillaCam had this large following, but well, we didn’t have the code for it. X_x

So, we relaunched GorillaCam with Frame x Frame’s additional functionality as its base but thought about how to make the app a lot easier to use. We wanted an app where beginners could just get started creating their cool photography or time-lapse and stop-motion videos without getting bombarded by a ton of options. For instance…

 

To shoot say a timelapse video in GorillaCam today, you just say how long do you want to record and then how long you want the video to be. That’s it.

Just start shooting

Just start shooting

All of the camera modes are clearly broken out. We’ve grouped the options a lot more logically to make them easy to find. We tried to keep the buttons per screen down to a minimum.

Our first test run of GorillaCam

But we understand that some people wanted those advanced settings so we created GorillaCamPro which has those features. Now, you can set your shots, intervals, fps, time lapse photo series (instead of video) as you see fit for $1.99. To keep GorillaCam free, we had to stick in some JOBY ads in the app to help pay the bills, but hopefully those aren’t too intrusive.

I’d love to say that the GorillaCam relaunch in early February was a smash, but actually it was something of a disaster. We took our lumps from loyal GorillaCam users who were furious for leaving out the tap-screen-to-shoot option as well as the anti-shake option which takes a picture only when the camera is steady.

No good deed goes unpunished.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Ack.

But we’re ready for change this time. Our development goal with GorillaCam now is to introduce small features and improvements over time. Part of it is because of budget reasons. But the other part is that smaller releases let us respond more quickly to bugs or introduce new features.

We managed to re-introduce the biggest missing features (tap to shoot, antishake, beeping on the photo countdown, etc) a few weeks later…

We're sorry! We're sorry!

We’re sorry! We’re sorry!

And then in another update just last week, we overcame the limitations of the old Frame-x-Frame code and greatly improved the resolution of the photos and videos. Your iPhone 4S and 5 for instance can now shoot timelapse videos in 1920 x 1080 HD on the best setting. And we’re already at work on the next set of features.

So, please give GorillaCam or GorillaCamPro a shot, and let us know how we’re doing, good or bad. If there’s some functionality that you want to see, please let us know on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or by email at community AT joby.com. We can’t promise that we can build every request, but we do definitely want to hear what you’re thinking and how we can improve!