The Reasons Why LEDs Won’t Beat Flash Photography, Yet

If I had a nickel for every marketing rep who told me the industry is moving away from strobes and towards LEDs, I’d be rich. LEDs are great. They are easier to work with if you’re indoors as they offer tons of control over the light. They’re also great if you’re shooting outdoors at night. But the truth is that not everything happens at that time. You can sit there and spend hours in Photoshop editing an image to fix the exposure and introduce lighting that wasn’t there, but then it looks fake. Most of all, you’re turning a three-hour photography session into an even longer process. Why do we have to work excessively for the shot?

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Three Retro Modern Instant Film Cameras For the More Serious Photographer

Instant film cameras, otherwise called Polaroid cameras, are incredibly fun and have been incredibly popular with lots of people. Typically, the cameras and film are most in use with young adults though in recent years, there have been more efforts to expand the category to make it appeal to those who want something a bit more serious. Whether it’s the case of adding manual controls or even giving off a nice retro aesthetic, some cameras have just been more popular with the folks who reach for higher fruit.

So if you’re looking to go for some of those more serious instant film camera offerings, then look no further than right here.

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The Bilwatch is a Watch That Can Control Your Smartphone’s Camera

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The other day, we saw a watch with a camera built into it–but this other product that we found is an even more strange development. The Bilwatch is an accessory that mounts around your wrist and controls your phone’s camera. It can record video and shoot photos–and from the demo video that we have below it is also pretty damn responsive.

The units construction consists of two buttons for shooting photos and shooting/stopping video recording. There are two different LEDS: Green means photo mode, orange for video, blue flash for when it hasn’t connected to the iPhone, blue constant for connected, and red for weak battery.

The watch is being billed as being shockproof, waterproof and will connect to your phone via Bluetooth. While it seems pretty damn cool so far, there is no indication as to whether or not it can tell time–which is the essential functionality of a watch. It’s still a prototype though, so anything can happen.

Check out the demo video below. So far, there is no indication as to whether it will work with Android phones. But the Muku Shuttr does and it works with Bluetooth technology as well.


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Nikon’s WR-1 is a Radio Control That Sits On Top of Your Camera

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Accompanying Nikon’s latest D7100 announcement, they are also showing off the WR-1 Transceiver as a wireless remote control solution. It is capable of transmitting within a 394 feet range via a 2.4GHz radio frequency and 15 channels. The WR-1 acts as both a receiver and a transmitter to remotely control a camera or sync cameras shutter speeds. Using multiple WR-1s allows for remote control over multiple cameras. This allows for a variety of different remote setups which you can separate into groups and individually control, such as simultaneous release and synchronized release. There is also the option to remotely configure ISO, shooting mode, shutter speed, and aperture.

The WR-1 sits on top of your camera’s hot shoe connection and also plays well with the WR-R10 and WRT10 wireless remotes. The WR-1 will require a camera with a ten-pin remote terminal to set up as the master camera for synchronized release. While there has been no US pricing announcements, expect the WR-1 to ship sometime in March of this year.