photo week 2010

  • Inflatable Photo Studio Sets Up In Minutes, Is a Firetrap

    Our buddy Charlie found this great Inflatable Photo Studio designed for photographers who want to, for some reason, have a controlled environment outside. It’s basically one of those big bouncy castles without the bouncy part. Before you get too excited, however, remember this thing could kill you. From the fine print: It is not recommended that you smoke, cook or have any open flames… Read More

  • CanvasPop: Print Your Photos On Canvas

    This past photo week I wanted to take a closer look at some photo printing options that broke the mold, as it were, and thought outside of the box. While the average photo sharing site offers a number of size and formats, including books and posters, I was wondering what there was out there for the artistically inclined DIYer without the wherewithal or ability to paint actual pictures. To that… Read More

  • Swedish Chamelon DSLR Rig Looks Sexy As Hell

    I’m a sucker for these setups. All the chrome, the bars, the rails, the pads, the cables — whenever I see my friend’s RED setup in full gear it always amazes me how he finds his way around the thing. The same applies to these gorgeous, but complicated-looking DSLR setups from Swedish Chameleon, made to minimize the size of the rig while maximizing functionality. Read More

  • Review: Camtrol Camera Control Grip

    Short version: Expensive but worth having around, this rock-solid accessory stabilizes and makes video more dynamic. Read More

  • Lowepro Camera Bag Roundup

    It’s tough to recommend camera bags. Choosing the bag that’s right for you can be long process, and one that you should take seriously, even to the point of going to your local camera store and check out the fit and feel of bags there. You need to make sure that the bag you choose fits your needs, but still has room to grow. That way your spouse/significant other can’t shoot… Read More

  • Review: Adobe Lightroom 3

    Short version: Powerful and easy to use, this is probably the best cross-platform photography management software out there — though navigation and organization aren’t the most intuitive. Version 3 adds some useful features, but whether they are useful enough for you to upgrade is for you to decide. Read More

  • Guest Photography Podcast: Nikon And Jim Reed, Extreme Weather Photographer

    We got a chance to check out a bunch of new Nikon gear last week, including the brand-new P7000, and one of the perks was early access to Nikon’s latest podcast, in which they interview photographer Jim Reed. Jim has been taking pictures of extreme weather for years and knows a thing or two about taking pictures in the rain. Check out the podcast inside. Read More

  • Camera Case & Storage Round-Up

    We’ve looked at an absurd amount of computer and camera bags over the years. What follows is a handy-dandy round-up of all the camera cases. There’s camera backpacks, messenger bags, and satchels meant for the average consumer to the most die-hard professional. Some are as cheap as $50 while others are north of $200. But they’re all quality. Enjoy. Read More

  • Astrophotography: A Primer

    Taking pictures of the night sky can be a rewarding and frustrating experience. The good news is it’s easy to do, if you have the right tools and the knowledge needed to get that amazing shot of the stars. It’s taken me about 2 years of infrequent trips in the cold to get that perfect shot – let me help you learn a bit without experiencing my frustration. Read More

  • Photo Gadget Round-up

    Part of learning how to use that new camera is learning what to buy to make it work for you. Here are a few gadgets that I like to have around to help me, depending on if I’m using a point and shoot for family shots, or a my DSLR with a full blown flash unit for portraits or product shots. Read More

  • Fracture Glass Printing Makes Photos "Snazzy"

    I have a lot of photos. Most of them were taken for the restraining order hearing, but the rest are of my children, wife, and various permutations thereof. There are a number of these photos that I’d like to print out and save forever and there are a few I’d love to hang on my wall for posterity. That’s where Fracture comes in. Fracture is one of the most interesting and… Read More

  • Hands-on With Leica's 2010 Line-Up

    We didn’t get a chance to go out to Photokina this year so Photokina – or at least Leica’s portion of it – came to us. I got a closer look at four of Leica’s new cameras, the all-black X1, the DLUX 5, and the V-LUX 2 along with the new Titanium M9, one of the most outlandish cameras I’ve seen in a while. The V-LUX 2 is Leica’s ultrazoom priced at $849… Read More

  • So You Want To Buy A Lens

    Even the best camera out there won’t take decent pictures without a decent lens. But how to choose? Whether you’ve got a Nikon, Canon, Pentax, or other, there are likely at least a couple dozen lenses worth taking a look at. So how do you know which to pick? Well, we’ve got our own recommendations for a few brands, but let’s take a look at what goes into picking a good… Read More

  • Review: Joby GorillaPod Focus With Ballhead X

    Short Version: Joby finally makes a GorillaPod capable of holding the weight of DSLR with a lens. And the Ballhead X isn’t too shabby either. The legs are a bit stiff, but that’s a good thing when you’re holding a high end video or still camera. Read More

  • Video: Canon Shows Off Cross Media Station Device That Charges Camera Via Induction

    Is this magic? That’s my cute way of opening the discussion of the Canon Cross Media Station. It’s an inductive charging station. That means you put your camera right on top of the thing and it charges. Fun! Read More

  • Nikon Expands My PictureTown Sharing Service

    Nikon’s MyPictureTown service has been running for a while now, but it still hasn’t pulled in the users that the other sharing services have. There has been some work to change that though, Nikon just announced several upgrades to the service, which will allow users to create PhotoMovies, as well as an improved user interface and more sharing options. Read More

  • Review: Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Messenger Bag

    Short version: The Snoop Camera Messenger Bag is clearly the result of a trendy Timbuk2 messenger bag and boring camera case joining together in beautiful harmony. This is their glorious offspring. Read More

  • A Camera For Every Budget

    Wanting to get into photography or upgrade your current camera doesn’t always mean you’ve got disposable income. But if you’re serious about your hobby, you’re always ready to drop some money. Let’s see what you can get for a few common budgets. Read More

  • It's Photography Week At CrunchGear

    Hi there, shutterbugs. We’re doing a few extra photography-themed posts this week — more than usual, anyway. We just couldn’t hold in our gear recommendations, shooting techniques, and general photography advice any longer. Read More