Straps for Smartphones

You don't see smartphone straps often, but they're a good idea if you regularly take photos with your cell phone. Even if you have the cheapest phone on the market, you're recording memories and moments that are worth protecting. Fortunately, most cell phone straps are cheap. You don't need to invest much to have a reliable safeguard against accidents. Here are some of the … [Read more...]

Camera Sling Straps, Two-Camera Harnesses, Camera Holsters and Vests

As prevalent as neck straps are, they don't work for all photographers. They can get in the way or cause neck pain, especially if your camera is heavy. If you're getting a sore neck from your strap, you can look at hand, wrist, and finger straps (see Part 1) or try out the following options for your shoulders and hips. The Best Camera Straps Guide is a 4-part series … [Read more...]

Camera Neck Straps: Quality, Comfort, and Design

In Part 1, we mentioned how you should get to know your camera before buying an expensive strap. Otherwise, you might find out that you prefer carrying your camera in a different way. For example, if you get a hand strap, you could end up wanting a sling strap instead. There's one exception to this general rule: fashion. If you're buying a new strap mainly because you hate … [Read more...]

The Best Camera Straps Guide: Wrist, Hand, and Finger Straps

Looking for a new camera strap can quickly turn into a time-consuming affair. The search can last days as you debate between the different choices. Whatever your reason for needing a new strap--whether for professional work or simply for fashion--you can end up getting bogged down by all the options. That's why we've created this useful guide for choosing a camera strap. … [Read more...]

42 Unique Gifts for Photographers

Gift shopping for birthdays and holidays can be a joy or a burden, depending on who you're shopping for. It can be especially difficult to shop for someone who already has everything, or who doesn't say what they want. Fortunately, if that person is a photographer, there's always something awesome you can get. Here's a list of 42 unique gifts for photographers, organized … [Read more...]

Clakit Strap Packs: Secure Storage Attached to Backpacks for Phones, Passports, and More

Clakit is a company that has created a product that transforms backpack straps into easily accessible, secure storage. For photographers who are used to carrying around their gear in a backpack and want to keep their smartphone or documents in a convenient location while traveling, these pouches are something to consider trying out. The Strap Pack is a pouch for phones, … [Read more...]

20 Sweet T-Shirts for Photographers

Whether you've been taking pictures for 30 years or just got your first camera, wearing a photography-themed t-shirt is an easy way to show off your passion. (That, and wearing a big camera around your neck.) Besides sharing your hobby or profession, a photography shirt can also be convenient to wear for outdoor photo shoots. Then, you won't get any of your other clothes … [Read more...]

Lensbaby Velvet 56 Nikon Review and Sample Images

Aptly named for the velvety, glowing tones it lends to digital images, the Velvet 56 from Lensbaby is a worthwhile addition to your bag of lenses -- particularly if you’re an avid portrait, nature, macro, or fine-art photographer. A 56mm f/1.6 with 1:2 macro capabilities for SLR cameras, this manual focus portrait lens enables photographers to move seamlessly from … [Read more...]

Glaukar 3.1: A Lens Reborn Promises To Liberate Your Portrait Photography

When a pair of German photographers, whose clients include Rolls Royce, Redken, and Chopard, set out to create the perfect portrait lens, they turned to their history lessons for inspiration. Benedikt Ernst and Firat Bagdu, present-day professional photographers who specialize in portrait, wedding, and fashion photography, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign aimed at … [Read more...]

Startup Aims to Put the “Insta” Back Into Instagram with the Citograph 35mm

If you’ve ever wished for a lens that combined the convenience of a smartphone with the quality of an SLR, this product is for you. German startup C.P. Goerz recently launched the Citograph 35mm, an ultra-thin, always-in-focus lens for your point-and-shoot designed to revolutionize spontaneous photography and put the "Insta" back into Instagram. Because of the lens’ fixed … [Read more...]