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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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Cinetics Gear to Create Pro Video on a Budget

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Ever since our friend Justin launched a Kickstarter campaign a few years ago attaching skateboard wheels to the feet of our GorillaPod Focus, we’ve been hooked. In the intervening years, Cinetics grew and added even more awesome products to their product line. Today we’re happy to say that we’ll be featuring their gear for GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and GorillaPod Focus on our site.

We’re so happy to sell their gear because Cinetics just like JOBY strives to help their customers do more with less. Our goal has always been to create adaptable products that empower your creativity, not constrain it, and Cinetics embraces that vision too. Their products allow you to maximize the resources you’ve got and combined with a little creativity, help you capture epic footage you’d only thought possible with pro gear and a pro crew. Cinetics also holds their products to the same high quality and performance standards we do at JOBY. We’re stoked to have them as (an official!) part of the JOBY family!

Now, without further ado, the Cinetics gear that will turn your GorillaPod Focus or GorillaPod SLR-Zoom into an amazing video-making machine!

CineSkates for GorillaPod Focus

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Skateboard style wheels to capture seamless sliding, rolling and rotating shots. Perfect for dynamic moving timelapse videos too! >>Learn More!

CineSquid for GorillaPod Focus

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Suction cup feet to attach your camera to planes, trains and automobiles! Capture the unique perspective you’ve always dreamed of! >>Learn More!

CineVise for GorillaPod Focus

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Vise grip clamps turn your DSLR into a pro-style rig, allowing you to clamp down securely where a normal tripod just won’t do the trick. >>Learn More!

SkatePlate for GorillaPod Focus, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and All Cinetics Gear

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Make your GorillaPod Focus, SLR-Zoom, ‘Skates and ’Squids even more versatile and easy to use with this rigid, adjustable plate.   >>Learn More!

And the Cinetics gear that will transform your GorillaPod SLR-Zoom!

MiniSkates for GorillaPod SLR-Zoom

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Skateboard style wheels to capture seamless sliding, rolling and rotating shots. Perfect for dynamic moving timelapse videos too!   >>Learn More!

MiniSquid for GorillaPod SLR-Zoom

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Suction cup feet to attach your DSLR, GoPro or iPhone to planes, trains and automobiles! Capture a truely unique perspective! >>Learn More!

Be sure to share your photo and video creations with us on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram!

 

Photographing Africa alongside Andre Haramboure

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We sent our GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X to photographer Ander Haramboure just before he embarked on a photo expedition to Africa. Below he shares his experience and his tips for how get great photographs with zoom lenses in even the most extreme environments! 

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First, can you tell us a little bit about how you got into photography?

Most of the time, I go into photography during my travels. I’m lucky enough to go out several times a year… Photography is part of the travel itself as taking the good pic needs you to sharpen your eyes. Then you discover so many details you would have never seen without your camera. I’ve also met so beautiful people I wanted to shoot! I couldn’t travel without my camera!

 

What projects you currently working on? Can you tell us about the project these photos are from?

This year, I going on the extremities… I just came back for Zimbabwe and am heading to Spitzberg Island… 60°c gap!

I was in Africa to support a local NGO. It was the dry season and animals needed to be counted at the waterholes. Many of them were dying of thirst and it was urgent to have a good “picture” of the situation. I was on the “fire line” and could be very close to the animals! Great views!

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How has the GorillaPod changed the way you shoot?

The GorillaPod is light and discreet. You can bring it with you all the time even in a small bag! It can solve many of the problems that get in your way of shooting anywhere and everywhere, like low light and need for stability stability with zoom lenses.

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What is your best tip for using the GorillaPod?

Without the Gorillapod, you will be limited to “common altitudes”. With it, you can let your imagination express itself! Find the craziest viewpoint of the scene you want to shoot, prepare your camera and only then use the GorrilaPod! Twist it’s 3 legs in many different ways so to find the best stability you can. Mount your camera on the GorillaPod, point, and shoot!

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Can you share a story of a time that your GorillaPod really came in handy from your past trip?

In Zimbabwe, sometimes shooting conditions were really extreme! My zoom lens was heavy and I needed stability to get a clear pics! As you could see on one of the pictures, I was able to block my camera on the bull bar thanks to my gorillaPod ! It helped me to shoot a beautiful group of elephants that were showering the babies at the waterhole.

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What is your best advice for aspiring photographers?

Even if you need it, photography is no question of technique… Photography is question of imagination and sensibility!

Go out and shoot with your feelings, you get great shots!

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Thanks Ander for sharing your amazing photographs and your trip! See more of Ander’s work from all over the world on his website.

Friday Finds: First Day of Skiing – Really? Press for Gorillapod Focus and Gorillatorch Blade

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Happy Friday Creactives!

It has been fantastic weather here in San Francisco with lovely summer-like evenings. Of course, elsewhere in the world, they seem to have made the transition to cooler climes. I love the miniature look of the video below taken by Fredrik Nordheim as he rediscovered his winter feet (ie skis again).

A short film from my first day on skiis this year in Engelberg. from Fredrik Nordheim on Vimeo.

Crunch Gear published a great story about how to take good pictures of the night sky and even gave a shout out to our lovely Gorillapod.

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The Gorillapod Focus and Ballhead X got even more attention this week with this full review on Crunch Gear.

The press keeps coming for the Gorillatorch Blade, below are a few excerpts from some of the great hits we received.

On Gadget Review:

The Blade on the other hand is solid all around. It’s body can best be described as a chunk of solid metal (aircraft-grade aluminum) – that’s a good thing. And of course there is Joby’s patented bendy legs with magnetic feet, which means it works just about any where you need to stick it. It’s rated IPX-5 water resistant and uses a an ultra-bright CREE XLamp XP-C LED bulb.

The battery, which lasts about 2.5 hours on full power (130 lumens), is completely rechargeable. A mini-USB port is hidden behind the rubber switch, which flips opens to reveal the port and they’ve include a wall wart with a USB plug, so if need be you could charge this thing via your computer’s USB port. Charging is indicated by a blue LED inside the lens that remains lit until charging is complete.

I4U gave a 9 out of 10 rating for the Gorillatorch Blade.  They particular were excited about the ability to use the light both hands-free and tactically.

The Blade flashlight slips off easily but it is held very snugly when on the rail so you can poison it in any direction without fearing that it will slip off the tripod. Another key difference in the Gorillatorch Blade and the other Gorillatorch flashlights is that the Blade has an internal rechargeable battery. A rechargeable battery can be both good and bad.

Friday Finds: Riding & Filming the Waves in the Caribbean Sea, Road Trip Season Begins and Istanbul

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Riding & Filming the Waves

Adrenaline rush without the effort, yes it would be even better to actually participate. This cool film of windsurfing Lac Bay Bonaire in 2010 is captured with a Kodak ZX3 Playsport and a Gorillapod on a Tabou Rocket 105, JP Supersport 65 and 69 and the JP Funride 130 with Ezzy Freerider 4 sails. Ok,  that’s a lot of detail about the equipment, but it does make for a fun ride.

CNET Hits the Road

Daniel Terdiman, a reporter for CNET once again has started out on his yearly road trip where he explores technology and geekiness in different parts of the country. This year, all eyes are on the Eastern Seaboard as he heads off in his loaned out Porsche and his trunk full of goodies including, of course, a Gorillapod.

Here are more details about his trip:

CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman is back on the road again. This year, beginning June 24, he’ll be driving a car loaded down with tech gear thousands of miles up and down the East Coast, searching for the most interesting spots for technology, military, research and development, naval shipbuilding, and more. He’ll begin at a NASA facility in Virginia, hit induction day at the Naval Academy, watch paper money get made in Washington D.C., and coins get made in Philadelphia, and see how the famous PostSecret project comes together. Come along for the ride, all without leaving your computer.

Istanbul’s Blue Mosque Time-Lapse

As a co-worker lamely (shhh…don’t tell him I said that) stated while looking over my shoulder, “those people sure are walking fast.”  This gorgeously shot footage of  Istanbul by day and night was shot with a Nikon D3 and Gorillapod Focus. You can find out more about the set-up for the  time-lapse video on Richard Peters’ Photography blog.

A Little Press

Miami Herald: Travel Tech-Savvy This Summer

Outdoor Photography: Ballhead X Review