25 Gift Ideas For Professional DSLR Users

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25 Gift Ideas For Professional DSLR Users

25 Gift Ideas For Professional DSLR Users

Posted: 03 Dec 2013 07:01 AM PST

Photography, these days, is a very popular hobby. You can’t walk for ten minutes in a city without spotting someone taking a photograph of something or another. Thing is, though, while more and more people are using smartphones as their main cameras, DSLRs still rule the roost in terms of versatility, image quality and all around usefulness.

Cinetics CineSkates

This holiday season, if you’re stuck trying to buy gifts for that DSLR user (or users) in your life, we have this list of 25 accessories and items for DSLR users that can help you out. Whether you’re buying for a seasoned professional, or just a hobbyist, there will probably be something in this list to help solve your gift-buying woes.

Lowepro DryZone 200. This is the world’s first waterproof camera backpack. It’s also soft-sided, so you won’t feel like you’re carrying a box on your back. It also floats in water. [$399]

LowePro DryZone 200

Ona The Bolton Street. Here’s a stylish side-access backpack for your DSLR, which means you won’t have to take the backpack off to get your DSLR out. It also has a pocket for a 13 inch laptop. [$359]

Ona The Bolton Street

The Carlisle Camera Bag. A snazzy bag inspired by the bags carried by British schoolchildren, this camera bag is made of lightweight water-resistant material and has movable interior dividers. [$110]

The Carlisle Camera Bag

Inside Line Equipment Ultimate Photographer’s Bag Prime. The inside is a 30-liter bag with a rolltop main compartment, large side pockets, built with weatherproof construction. [$320]

Inside Line Equipment Ultimate Photographer's Bag Prime

Blackrapid Cargo Strap. The Cargo Strap is a comfortable, heavy-duty sling-type camera strap. It has a heavy-duty metal clip and tripod screw so your camera is always secure on the strap. There are also extra storage compartments for smartphones, memory cards and so on. [$71.95]

Blackrapid Cargo Strap

The Spring Break Camera Strap. The Spring Break Camera Strap is a funky, colourful strap for fashion-conscious DSLR users. It’s made of soft neoprene so it’s comfortable to wear, and is still strong enough to hold up to 120 pounds. [$26]

The Spring Break Camera Strap

Personalized Leather Camera Strap. This leather strap is hand-made from Italian cowhide and finished with beeswax. The leather loop that comes with the strap can be personalized with up to five characters for that special personal touch. [$45]

Personalized Leather Camera Strap

The Fisheye Lens. This handy fisheye lens adapter gives you full 180-degree photography without having to buy a new lens. Simply screw the adapter onto your current lens and have fun capturing things from a new perspective. [$50-55]

The Fisheye Lens

DSLR Wheel Of Filters. The DSLR Wheel Of Filters has eighteen different filters and prisms that you can switch between simply by turning a wheel. From weird dual colour tones to kaleidoscope prisms, the DSLR Wheel of Filters probably has something for everyone. [$40]

DSLR Wheel of Filters

Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom. Get a grip with this GorillaPod! Secure your camera onto almost any object, at any angle with a zoom lens and snap away. [$54.95]

Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB + SBH-100 Ball Head. This is an aluminium tripod with features such as a Multi-Angle Central Column and legs that adjust to three different angles. The SBH-100 ball head can rotate 360 degrees. [$229]

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB + SBH-100 Ball Head

The Expedition Wooden Tripod. Not a fan of aluminium? Here is a stylish tripod made from sustainably harvested ash. The wood is durable, dampens vibrations and (let’s be honest) looks really cool. [$290]

The Expedition Wooden Tripod

TVC-34L Versa Series 3. A top-of the line carbon fiber tripod hand-made in the United States. It’s lightweight but also incredibly durable and strong. There are also smaller versions if the TVC-34L is too tall for you. [$1045]

Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3

Cinetics CineSkates. CineSkates is a set of skateboard-style wheels that attaches to Joby’s GorillaPod Focus. These wheels ensure smooth camera motion for moving and tracking shots, especially important for video work. [$299.95]

Cinetics CineSkates

iFlow. The iFlow is a portable, compact dolly for DSLRs, compact cameras and the iPhone. The iFlow latches onto most surfaces within seconds, so you can get straight to shooting quickly. [$149]


ZipShooter Pro. An incredibly versatile portable dolly system, it works as a linear, curved or under-sling dolly, and will also serve as a hand or shoulder support rig. It folds compactly for easy transportation. [$425]

ZipShooter Pro

Rhino Slider. The Rhino Slider is an affordable and lightweight 48-inch slider for tracking shots. Its low-friction design means you can simply use gravity to slide your camera from one end to the other, and the all-terrain legs allow you to set it up on almost any surface. [$475]

Rhino Slider

Cineik IR13. The IR13 is an advanced rail and shoulder support system that stands out for its interchangeability. Users can add more accessories as they see fit, to suit any situation. You can buy the system and rails separately, or buy a complete shoulder support system. [$700 for complete shoulder support system]

Cineik IR13

Spaulding International Cinema The Ghost. The Ghost is a robotic camera stabilizer that’s programmed to make sure your camera stays level. It’s made out of carbon fibre to ensure durability and to minimize weight. It comes in both pre-assembled and kit forms. [$2350 assembled; $1895 kit]

Spaulding International Cinema The Ghost

Swivl. The Swivl is a multipurpose, motion-tracking robotic platform for DSLRs and tablets. When used with a DSLR, Swivl and its DSLR Control app can even be used to adjust settings and fire the trigger. [$149]


Cameramator. The Cameramator is a device that allows you to tether your DSLR to your iOS device wirelessly. You can transfer images, preview and edit images, and control your DSLR, all from your iPad or iPhone. The Cameramator also supports tethering to Mac. [$299.95]


Hyperdrive iUSBportCAMERA. The iUSBportCAMERA functions similarly to the Cameramator, but with the additional ability to control video recording from the companion app. The iUSBportCAMERA supports Mac, PC, iOS and Android. [$299.95]


TriggerTrap. The TriggerTrap is a sync cord that lets you control your DSLR from your iOS or Android device. It can function as a shutter remote, a motion or sound trigger, as well as time and distance lapse. It works in conjunction with a free iOS or Android app. [$30]


Michron. The Michron is a device that, together with an app, turns your smartphone into a time-lapse photography controller for your DSLR. The app comes with presets, so even novices will be able to produce great time-lapse photography from the start. [$50 minimum pledge]


The Lens Apparatus. The Lens Apparatus is a lens controller for time-lapse and video. It provides follow focus control in conjunction with the included ChronoController, so you can accurately manipulate zoom, focus and depth of field while shooting your time-lapse or video. [$449.99]

The Lens Apparatus


[Giveaway] Win $1000 Coding Services From PSD2HTML

Posted: 03 Dec 2013 05:01 AM PST

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How To Open iWork Documents On Android Devices

Posted: 03 Dec 2013 02:10 AM PST

iWork was made free during the recent update of OS X Mavericks. With its real-time collaboration feature, iWork may even make you give up your default office suite to opt for it instead. However, if you have an Android device, opening your iWork documents on your Android device will be a pain. Well, we have a solution for you.

Open iWork Documents On Android Devices

In this quicktip, we are going to show you a step-by-step workaround for opening iWork documents on Android devices.

Accessing iCloud On Android

First, make sure you have your documents already uploaded to iCloud so that you can access them using your Android device.

Then, download and install Photon Flash Player & Browser on your Android device. Next, open the browser and tap on the Settings logo to bring down a menu (see 1). Look for the User Agent option under the Browser section; tap on it (see 2).

Setting Menu

Choose Safari as the browser user agent.

User Agent

Now, head back to the main interface and enable flash by tapping on the "lightning" button to the right of the address bar.

Enable Flash

Opening iWork Documents

To access your iWork documents, go to the iCloud website by typing in https://www.icloud.com/ in the address bar. You will be presented with a login page. Use your Apple ID to log in.

Sign In iCloud

Once inside iCloud, tap on Pages to open your Pages documents.

iCloud Homepage

Then, double tap on a document to open it.


In here, you can edit, share, print or download a copy of your document in Pages, PDF or Word format.

Pages File

You can also use this method to access Numbers. Similar to Pages, you can edit, share, print or download a copy of this file in Numbers, PDF or Excel format.

Numbers File


This workaround only works for Pages and Numbers for now. If you try opening a document in Keynote, you’ll get an error message. This may possibly be because the iWork is still in beta, and bear in mind the steps in this quicktip will only serve as a workaround.



5 (More) Useful Chrome DevTools Tips for Developers

Posted: 02 Dec 2013 09:01 PM PST

Google Chrome comes with a handy set of web development tools in the form of DevTools (The Chrome Developer Tools). In a previous post, we showed you a few basic tips on using DevTools like changing the User Agent string, CSS Editing, Changing color format, and moving the DOM.

As Google continuously adds new features to DevTools, we have decided to showcase 5 more features in DevTools that could help you develop your website more efficiently.

1. Tidy-up JavaScript

Minifying JavaScript is a good way to reduce file size and improve a website’s load time. However, a minified code is very difficult to read and debug. If you have this problem, you can use the PrettyPrint feature in DevTools to "un-minify" the JavaScript.

Go to the Sources panel in DevTools, and you will find an array of icons at the bottom left (screenshot).

Select the minified JavaScript source, and then click on the curly bracket icon, {} from the array of icons (screenshot).

And as you can see from the screenshot above, the JavaScript is now tidier and more readable.

2. Snippets

By taking advantage of frequently used codes, Code Snippets can save you a lot of time and significantly speed up the debugging process.

First, go to Sources > Snippets (subpanel). Then, right-click and select New to create a new snippet, type in a code that you frequently use and save it.

To insert a snippet, just open one of your source codes – it could be HTML, CSS or JS. Then, drag and drop the snippet into the source code (screenshot).

3. Override Geolocation

In a previous tutorial, we showed you how to retrieve user location using HTML5 Geolocation. When developing a website or an application where you incorporate HTML5 Geolocation, you might want to display a location other than your own. With DevTools, you can do that quite easily.

First, you need to find out the longitude and latitude coordinates of the desired location with this tool.

  1. Then, go to Settings > Override.
  2. Check / Tick the Override Geolocation option.
  3. Enter the longitude and latitude coordinates.

Now, refresh the page and you should see the location based on the coordinates you have entered (screenshots).

4. Performance Audit

Your visitors or customers will likely leave your website if it loads terribly slowly. To measure your website’s performance using Google Chrome, you can go to the Audits panel in DevTools, and hit the Run button (screenshot).

It will generate a report showing you which part(s) of your website should be optimized (screenshot).

5. Copy the Text Document

With DevTools, you can also copy content from a web page. This could be useful when you need some real content to test your website instead of the conventional Lorem Ipsum. To do that, just go to the Console panel and run the following command.


The command assumes that the content is nested under the element with the ID of content. Depending on the web page, the ID may vary. So, before running this command, copy(), you need to figure out where the content (that you intend to copy) is being nested.

After running this command, the content will be immediately saved to the clipboard, so you can simply paste it into your document.

As always, we hope that you found these tips useful. If you have any other good tips what we have missed out in this post, please feel free to let us know in the comments below.



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