Category Archives: Reviews

Uplift Desk

I’m back and I started a YouTube channel! For my first video, I shared my initial thoughts on my new sit/stand desk from The Human Solution.

I wanted to touch on one thing I didn’t mention in the video: customer service. I contacted The Human Solution via chat a few times with questions regarding certain parts. They were very responsive and answered my questions quickly. I sent a message after business hours, and they responded first thing in the morning. In fact, I ordered my desk in the evening with some custom requests. They called me the next morning to verify and started production on my desk. Later that day I got another call. They had a truck heading to Houston, and would I mind having my desk delivered the next day. I ordered my desk on Wednesday evening and had the desk setup by Friday evening! I had a good feeling when I saw the company is based in Austin, Texas. Can’t beat local.

Components:

  • 60×30″ Bamboo desk top with center-cut ergo edge
  • Black C-frame
  • Advanced Wire Management Kit
  • CPU Holder
  • Grommets – one wire and one power
  • Large Keyboard Tray
  • Track Spacer (for CPU holder)
  • Advanced 1-touch Digital Memory Keypad
  • Dual Monitor Arm
  • Standing Desk Mat (free)

Read // Food Photography & Lighting

Food Photography & Lighting: A Commercial Photographer’s Guide to Creating Irresistible Images
by: Teri Campbell

If you want to improve your photographs for your food blog or instagram feed, this isn’t the book for you. The book is aimed toward professional photographers looking to make a career in commercial food photography.

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Camdapter Pro Strap

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Looking for a handy camera strap? (See what I did there?) Here’s my review of Camdapter ProStrap. Prior to purchasing the Camdapter hand strap, I used the OP/TECH SLR Wrist Strap. The Op/Tech is OK, but I found it didn’t distribute weight evenly. I wanted a hand strap that would connect at the top and bottom of the camera for a more comfortable grip.

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White Balance and the ExpoDisc 2.0

Lights have different color temperatures which are measured in Kelvin. Our brains translate the colors so for the most part everything evens out. However, our cameras lack our big sexy human brains, so we have to tell it what to do to achieve correct white balance. (The blue/gold dress debate is a perfect example of poor white balance.) Now, I don’t know about you, but I can’t look at a light and determine its Kelvin temperature. Luckily there are a number of ways to beat your camera into submission to obtain correct white balance.

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Joby GorillaPod Review

I received the Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod as a gift before my honeymoon. What sets the GorillaPod apart is its flexible legs. My intent was to use it to setup shots of myself and my husband on our Mediterranean adventure. While I kept it on my camera backpack for a portion of the trip, I don’t recall ever actually using it successfully.
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Columbia Interchange Jacket

Columbia Jacket

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Usually I review photography gear, but I am making an exception for this jacket. I received it for Christmas and have had a few months to try it out during the bitter Houston winter. I jest. Though I have to admit my body has adjusted to Houston heat so anything below sixty degrees has me griping about how it’s “freezing”. Anyways, I’d been eyeing an interchangeable winter jacket for some time. I was between The North Face and Columbia. The price range is pretty similar between the two brands, but I preferred the styles from Columbia.

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Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap

I’ve been using the Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap for about two years. The Black Rapid, similar to other slings on the market, is a cross body strap rather than a typical neck strap. The sling style helps distribute the weight of the camera across your body. Black Rapid offers a few different styles of sling straps and some attachment accessories as well. They have a double strap that would work great for wedding photographers. The Black Rapid Curve or RS-7 is the basic strap and now comes in five colors. It will run you about $60.

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