With Father's Day approaching, Gear Daddy brings you some great ideas for Father's Day Gifts for the dad photographers in your family. Daddy Troy recommends a number of digital camera accessories for your digital camera, cell phone camera, and SLR camera. Check out the demonstration of some photography iphone apps including the Autostitch and Best Camera apps. Other gift ideas include the Eyefi wireless SD card, a camera extender, a DiCAPac waterproof camera case, polarizing filter and others.
Father's Day Gifts for the Photographer Dad Welcome back to Good Daddy, I'm your host Daddy Troy today’s topic Father’s Day gift for the photographer dad. Speaking of photography checkout the front of this BabyBjorn box, it’s got a photograph of a dad on it. Thanks BabyBjorn. So we’re going to talk about three types of cameras today and gifts associated with them. First of all the phone camera. Next we’re going to talk about little point and shoot cameras and finally gift for the dad who shoots on an SLR. Our first gift is an iPhone app it’s called autostitch. The camera on the iPhone only has a certain amount of angle to it, and therefore if you want to take a giant panorama of, say, a mountain and you're going to get the whole thing inv perspective you use autostictch to do that. It’s really easy program to use. You simply take some photos with your phone, go the program, it calls up your photo library, you drag the photos into a special area of the screen and you simply press go or stitch and you have a panoramic shot that you can then either leave like it is or crop, save it and then have it as a high resolution photo. Our second gift is another iPhone app, it’s called Best Camera. It’s from a photographer whose name is Chris Jarvis. What you really need know about him is that he’s a professional photographer but his whole deal is that the best camera is the one you have with you, which is exactly what happened to me recently on a trip to the country with my kids right at dance hall. It was 4 in the afternoon when I took this photo and the photo severely backlit, it’s kind of washout. So Best Camera allows me to put a filter on this. First thing I'm going to do is you desaturate the shots; it’s going to go black and white. And then I'm going to warm it up a little bit which gives it a bit of sepia feel. I can then save that photo back to my iPhone with all the filters applied or I can share it via Facebook or Twitter and I can also share it with the best camera community which also uses this particular app, which then allows others to learn what filters I used as well as me to learn what filters they are using. It’s a great learning opportunity for me as a photographer. Next is a wireless ST card. This will transmit pictures wirelessly from your camera to your computer and if there's a wireless network present where you took the picture, it also geotag or geolocate your pictures so later on you knew where the picture was taken. Really handy, this is between $40 and $100 depending on the functionality of the card. They're called Eye Fi. This is a camera extender. This model is called XShot. It’s a telescoping rod that goes from 9 inches to 37 inches. It allows you to take pictures of yourself and other people as well as some scenery in the background and you can use it to take pictures above crowds and it cost $30. Well at this Father’s Day which means summer is here so why not go to the pool and take some picture of kids underwater with this DiCaPac waterproof camera case. It’s a soft shelled case although it has a hard attachment which allows the zoom lens on your camera to go in and out as you use it. This cost between $20 and $50 and are great deal. For you SLR dads out there single lens reflex dads, you might want to think about or asking your family to help you think about getting a polarizing filter. It really will help you step up your game in terms of photography. A polarizing filter will eliminate reflected light and it also makes skies really a deep blue. In order to buy one you'll need to know the thread size on the lens of your camera and this will cost you between about $30 for an off brand all the way up to $50 for a name brand such as Tiffen or Hoya. This is called a light scoop and it’s for SLR cameras. SLR cameras have a little popup flash on them. It usually creates a lot of shadow, it’s not a really great flash and if you don’t want to show up the box for high-end flash going to your hot shoot instead you can buy for 30 bucks the light scoop. You could see it’s a mirrored surface right there that goes on to the hot show in your camera although it doesn’t receive any power from it. And you'll notice what happens when I press the button to take a picture, the flash pops up inside of the light scoop, it hits the mirrored surface and goes off unto the ceiling and then fills the roomful of light. You can see from the images right here that this one image has a lot of shadows and this other image has no shadows at all. And finally for SLR dad is the black rapid camera straps. It’s totally reinvented the camera strap rather than attaching the camera to the side of the body, it’s attached to the tripod screw on the bottom of the body of the camera and the attachment actually swivels which allows you to pull the camera up quickly and have it into position. And rather than moving the whole strap, the camera slides along the strap therefore you don’t get choke the camera strap doesn’t slide off to your body and well worth it if dad is going to be shooting in the field for a long length of time. Well that’s all this week for gear daddy and big thanks to our sponsor BabyBjorn. Hey if you’ve been to dadlabs.com, we have a photography form there you should check it out. We’ll see you next week.