photography Stories January 17

If you’re a photographer that’s always on the hunt for that next great shot, you may be interested in light painting as a new art form. It typically involves moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph. It sounds easy enough, but it really isn’t. There are a bunch of different tools and accessories and of course patience needed to truly master this technique.

A start-up company out of New York has created a new “painting” light stick that they hope will transform the art for beginners and experts alike. It’s currently getting funded on Indiegogo with much success. With over a month left to go in its campaign, it has already reached more than double its goal of $30,000.

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photography Stories May 25, 2016

The Complete Photography Bundle at 9to5Toys Specials combines 26½ hours of tutorials on camera work and editing, plus 100 stock photos to use in your own projects. Best of all, you can currently pay what you want for the whole lot.

The training is delivered through engaging video lessons, split into separate tracks. Become a Better Photographer – Part I is designed to get beginners out of Auto mode, with tips on exposure, light and composition. Part II introduces the manual modes you can find on any DSLR or mirrorless camera, along with metering options, exposure compensation, and the advantages of JPEG and RAW. The other tracks focus on travel photography, portraiture, off-camera flash, black and white processing, photographing food, and general creative skills. The bundle also contains two packs of stock assets from leading professionals, Kasia Zmokla and Tom Eversley.

To get the deal, name your price on the DIY Food Photography and Advanced Creative Photography Skills courses, beating the average price paid to unlock the full bundle.

photography Stories April 25, 2016

Apple has continually done a top-notch job of improving the iPhone’s internal camera system with each release. That said, third-party manufacturers have made a mark with accessories focused on upgrading optics in a variety of ways. Olloclip has made a name for itself with add-on lenses while other brands like Aukey are now pushing low-cost alternatives.

When it comes to replicating a true camera experience, the options have been much more limited. DXO released a Lightning-attached add-on last year, but the price tag and form-factor have remained a deterrent for many. That’s where PICTAR comes in. This retro-inspired accessory add physical controls and functionality via a companion app. The best news is that the price isn’t going to break the bank.

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photography Stories October 6, 2015

Freebies: My Sketch iOS app + Carl’s Jr. BOGO breakfast sandwich + DSLR Photography eBook + More!

Usually priced at $1.99, My Sketch – Pencil Drawing Sketches for iPhone and iPad is now available as a free download on the App Store. It’s rated 4.5 stars from 23,446 users.

photography Stories August 12, 2015

expiredGet 12 months of Adobe’s Photography Creative Cloud plan for $100 ($20 savings)

B&H is currently offering a 12-month subscription to Adobe’s Photography Creative Cloud plan for $99.98 with digital download. This plan generally goes for $120 for the year, so today’s deal effectively delivers two months free.

This will give you access to Adobe Photoshop CC (2015) plus Lightroom for both desktop, mobile and web. You’ll have access to Adobe’s premiere photo editing suite and organization software to ensure your photos look perfect. Automatic updates and an “extensive” library of video tutorials are included as well. I personally subscribe to the Photography plan and use it daily for our work here at 9to5Toys. It’s a solid option that gives access to Adobe’s powerful software at a flexible price point.

Amazon also is throwing in free gift cards with the purchase of full-priced twelve month plans as well (terms and conditions below):

photography Stories July 27, 2015

Some of the coolest shots in movies are ones where the camera just glides alongside the action. You can replicate that look with your phone or GoPro by using the iStabilizer Dolly, which 9to5Toys Specials has for $39 shipped.

This four-wheeled platform has a flexible arm to hold your device in the perfect position for filming. It means you can get down really low, while the mount keeps a tight hold of your iPhone, iPod Touch, or GoPro camera. The dolly underneath is well made, and it has large, soft wheels to iron out the bumps. You simply push the dolly along to get a panning shot, or you can adjust the chassis so the cart rolls around an object. At just over a pound, this is probably the lightest high-quality video accessory you could come across.

  • Create motion picture quality video on your mobile device
  • Craft professional-quality cinematography with minimal effort
  • Lower production costs by reducing required manpower and budget
  • Execute seamless tracking shots on any flat surface

Order now to get 34% off the iStabilizer Dolly – add to cart.

photography Stories May 7, 2015

The truth about drones: fun to fly but expensive if you want a full feature packed model. Take DJI’s latest release for example, which features 4K, auto-pilot and its own Wi-Fi connection, it will set you back more than $1,000. Even if you’re going to provide your own camera, those options still cost upwards of $600, if not more.

So what are your options if you need something a little more fiscally sound? A new Kickstarter project is attempting to bring an affordable drone to market that puts your iPhone right in the air… expand full story

photography Stories February 10, 2015

This week, Nikon has announced a bevy of new DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras to its well established line of digital cameras. We are seeing everything from a high-end DSLR designed for stargazers to a rugged Coolpix model that claims to handle just about everything that you can throw at it. All-in-all they’ve released the details on two DSLRs and nine COOLPIX cameras. Head below for full details on the DSLRs and our standouts amongst the point-and-shoot models.

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photography Stories June 11, 2014

expiredMacphun’s Creative Kit+ bundles SnapHeal Pro, Intensify, Focus Pro and more for $99 ($260 value)

MacPhun is now offering $260 worth of photo apps bundled together for $100. Inside the Creative Kit Plus you’ll find SnapHeal Pro, Intensify, Focus Pro ($140 value), 1yr. of View Bug Premium ($60 value) + free access to a new MacPhun photo app coming out this Summer. Only the first 500 people to purchase the bundle will get access to this Summer’s new app ($60 value).

This offer runs from today through Sunday, June 22nd, and you can find out more about each app below.

Flawlessly remove unwanted objects & people with Snapheal Pro, add unprecedented clarity, drama & details with Intensify Pro, and easily highlight the most important subject on your photos with Focus Pro. Value: $140

ViewBug is the world’s biggest photo contest community with daily prizes and unlimited opportunities to enhance your photography skills. A Premium membership gives you access to way more contests and exciting prizes, unlimited uploads, photo backup and the ability to sell your photos. Value: $60

Over the last 9 months Macphun has released Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro and Intensify Pro, 3 apps that are currently ranked among the most popular photo software on the Mac. Later this summer we will launch new photography app that will be the most advanced in its category; trust us, it will be a game changer. The first 500 people will get this new app absolutely free. Value $60

photography Stories January 13, 2014

expiredSony NEX-3NL/B Compact Interchangeable 16-50mm Lens Digital Camera Kit (Black): $290 Shipped

As its Gold Box daily deal, Amazon has the Sony NEX-3NL/B Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit in Black for $289.99 and free shipping. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen it by $60 and over $200 off retail. It features:

  • 16.1 MP Exmor APS-C sensor for great images
  • World’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera
  • New SELP1650 lens with motor zoom lever and body control
  • Create easy self-portraits with 180° tilting LCD screen
  • Full HD movie shooting 60i/24p

The Nex-3NL receives excellent 4.5/5 star ratings from Amazon reviewers.  With your $59 savings you can pick up a Sony Portable Wireless Server (WGC10/N) for cameras which allows storage and sharing photos with a tablet or smartphone wirelessly.

photography Stories October 26, 2013

expired1 year magazine subscriptions starting at $4: Maxim, Popular Photography, GQ, The Economist, Car & Driver, more

We have some more mag subscription deals for you this weekend. DiscountMags is running its Halloween sale all weekend long with subscriptions starting at just $4 per year across a number of categories including lifestyle, tech, fitness and photography, among many others.

The Halloween Magazine sale’s highlights include a one year sub to Maxim Magazine for $4 (which matches our lowest mention) and is available at that price all the way up to 4 years. We also have some solid price matches on Wired, Popular Science, GQ, Car & Driver, Motor Trend, and Popular Photography at $5 each per year, again matching our lowest mentions on these mags, beyond multi year/subscription bundles.

There is also a deal available on The Economist at $60 for a 1-year subscription, that’s $120 off the newsstand price and $80 off the already discounted sale price. Also keep in mind that although a 2 year sub for Macworld at $20 is a solid price (matches lowest on a 2 year sub), keep it locked to 9to5Toys in the coming weeks as we from time-to-time will get our hands on exclusive 1 year subs on the popular Apple mag for less than the $10 offered in this weekend’s promo. In other Mac-centric mags, you can also pick up a 1-year sub to MacLife magazine for $11, which is $49 off the newsstand price, $13 off the already discounted sale price and the lowest price we’ve seen on this mag.

photography Stories May 23, 2013

Today only, Best Buy has two Nikon Coolpix cameras for $149.99 and $99  with free shipping. That’s up to $180 off and the lowest price we’ve seen for these two popular point and shoots.

The Nikon Coolpix P310 ($149.99 $329) features a 4.2X optical zoom with Nikkor Glass, 3″ LCD display, 1080P video recording and gets 4.5 stars from Amazon’s enthusiast reviewers.

The Nikon Coolpix S6200 ($99.99 $229) features a 10X optical zoom but 720P video recording, 2.7-inch display and slightly more critical reviews on Amazon.

Looking for some more high end camera deals? Ebay has some more excellent Nikon and other cameras and accessories on sale. expand full story

photography Stories May 11, 2013

(Actual photo taken with the iPhone Olloclip Lens kit)

Olloclip makes the most well-known and respected interchangeable camera Lens kit for Apple iPhones, iPods and more. 9to5Mac spent some time with the iPhone 4 version of this Lens kit and found that “the Ollopclip camera lens kit obviously makes already impressive iPhone photos even more impressive. We recommend it for anyone …who really need sharper shots.” The kit includes a fish-eye, macro and a wide-angle lens. For more on the kit and some sample photos be sure to check out 9to5Mac’s full review.

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The big news that recently came down from Olloclip is that they are going to be offering a Quick-Flip Case for iPhone 4/4S/5 and iPod Touch. This case is built to protect your iPhone while making it easy to change the Olloclip Lens when a photo opportunity presents itself. Even more exciting is the photography functionality this case adds…

The case also comes with a detachable Pro-Photo adapter for mounting your iPhone to a tripod in portrait or landscape. The adapter also has a cold shoe bracket for attaching microphones, lights and other accessories. Finally, the rotating corner becomes a dedicated shutter button for quickly snapping photos.

The Quick-Flip Case retails for $50 but for a limited time, Olloclip is offering two exclusive deals:

Quick-Flip case and Pro-Photo adapter for just $40 (Reg. $50) Olloclip 3-in-1 lens system and the Quick-Flip Case and Pro-Photo adapter for just $90 (Reg. $120)

The bundle is a terrific deal since discounts and promos are typically very scarce on the iPhone Lens kit. Use coupon code “OLLOCASE10” to cash in on these savings.

Head over to the official Olloclip website now to place your preorder, they are available in white and translucent black.

The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone – now available for the iPhone 5.

photography Stories September 26, 2012

Photoshop Touch for the iPad is currently on sale for only $4.99. This app retails for $9.99 and rivals the iPhoto app feature set. Use the direct download link below to cash in on these savings.

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photography Stories August 3, 2012

For a limited time the photo editing app, Snapseed, is available for only $9.99. That’s a total savings of 50% off the typical price of $19.99.

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photography Stories May 16, 2012

Because of the advanced technology in today’s cameras, it’s never been easier to take high quality photos, but once it’s time to put your images on your computer, the problems begin.  This video course will teach you the best way to organize and prepare your photos to be published on the internet or safely stored away on your computer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity–make sure you have the snazziest pictures on the block (or in the newsfeed)! Get it here for only $19, that’s a 61% discount!

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