Summers are usually when things seem to slow down. There’s no rush to get the kids to school. Families take leaisurely vacations. Even the weather seems to be saying “Hey, it’s hot outside. Slow down and take it easy.” So why do I feel like everything is just zipping by lately? Between work, book writing, travel, photowalks, and blogging I just seem to have less and less time each day to get the things done that screaming out for my attention. I had planned to write up my review of the TrekPod for you to read today but that, like most things these days, is going to be pushed back just a little. I will, however, have it ready for tomorrow so make sure you check back to see what I thought of this innovative piece of photo gear. In the meantime, here’s a few things I found interesting over the past couple of days.
♦ – I saw yesterday that Scott Kelby’s new The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3 is now available on Amazon. I have not seen the book yet but there is a great in-depth review of the book on the Amazon page that really gives some great insight into what you will find in this newest volume of the best selling series. I can’t wait to get my copy later this week.
♦ – Canon has announced a new Image Stabilization technology that it plans to include in new lenses by the end of 2009. The new IS, called Hybrid IS, will not only correct for shift shake, bat also angle shake that has to do with up and down angling of the lens during the exposure process. You can read more about in the Press Release over at the Canon Press Room.
♦ – Here’s one that’s just for fun. A company called Style-Your-Garage.com is selling photo murals for garage doors that are pretty darn creative. Imagine the look on the neighbors faces when they see that fighter-jet hanging out where the minivan used to be. The offer multiple fun designs or you can actually design your own. The total cost is about $300 including shipping (the murals come from Europe). Click here for more info.
♦ – Deal of the Day – If you have a new DSLR, there’s a pretty good chance that it has an HDMI connector somewhere on it. This can be used to connect your camera to an HDMI compatible TV for image reviewing, LiveView, or even Video Playback in HD. The problem is that most cameras do not include this cable among the many included accessories you will find in the box. The other thing you may not realize is that the HDMI connector on your camera is not the same size as the one on your TV. DSLR cameras typically have something called a Mini-HDMI connector, which means you will need a different cable than the one you probably use to connect your TV components. HDMI cables are generally pretty expensive but I found a pretty good deal on a Sony 4.92 foot Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable over at Buy.com for $32.95, shipping included.
That’s all I have for today. Make sure you check back tomorrow for my review of the TrekPod monopod.