GripTight Winners from #instameetinstanbul!

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Last weekend, our friends @gseymas and @tanergungor hosted their first Instameet in Instanbul, Turkey!  Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #instameetinstanbul!

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By @umitko

Hosting an Instameet in your area? We want to be a part of it! Contact @jobyinc on Instagram and let us know more!

 

GripTight Winners from #balboaparkinstameet!

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Last weekend, our friends @mattderinger_ud, @victoriafletcher7 and @mapoftheearth hosted an Instameet at Balboa Park in San Diego, CA.  Instagrammers showed up to hang out, meet new friends and make awesome photos. We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #balboaparkinstameet!

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By @arenita003

Hosting an Instameet in your area? We want to be a part of it! Contact @jobyinc on Instagram and let us know more!

 

Cinetics Gear to Create Pro Video on a Budget

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Ever since our friend Justin launched a Kickstarter campaign a few years ago attaching skateboard wheels to the feet of our GorillaPod Focus, we’ve been hooked. In the intervening years, Cinetics grew and added even more awesome products to their product line. Today we’re happy to say that we’ll be featuring their gear for GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and GorillaPod Focus on our site.

We’re so happy to sell their gear because Cinetics just like JOBY strives to help their customers do more with less. Our goal has always been to create adaptable products that empower your creativity, not constrain it, and Cinetics embraces that vision too. Their products allow you to maximize the resources you’ve got and combined with a little creativity, help you capture epic footage you’d only thought possible with pro gear and a pro crew. Cinetics also holds their products to the same high quality and performance standards we do at JOBY. We’re stoked to have them as (an official!) part of the JOBY family!

Now, without further ado, the Cinetics gear that will turn your GorillaPod Focus or GorillaPod SLR-Zoom into an amazing video-making machine!

CineSkates for GorillaPod Focus

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Skateboard style wheels to capture seamless sliding, rolling and rotating shots. Perfect for dynamic moving timelapse videos too! >>Learn More!

CineSquid for GorillaPod Focus

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Suction cup feet to attach your camera to planes, trains and automobiles! Capture the unique perspective you’ve always dreamed of! >>Learn More!

CineVise for GorillaPod Focus

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Vise grip clamps turn your DSLR into a pro-style rig, allowing you to clamp down securely where a normal tripod just won’t do the trick. >>Learn More!

SkatePlate for GorillaPod Focus, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and All Cinetics Gear

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Make your GorillaPod Focus, SLR-Zoom, ‘Skates and ’Squids even more versatile and easy to use with this rigid, adjustable plate.   >>Learn More!

And the Cinetics gear that will transform your GorillaPod SLR-Zoom!

MiniSkates for GorillaPod SLR-Zoom

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Skateboard style wheels to capture seamless sliding, rolling and rotating shots. Perfect for dynamic moving timelapse videos too!   >>Learn More!

MiniSquid for GorillaPod SLR-Zoom

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Suction cup feet to attach your DSLR, GoPro or iPhone to planes, trains and automobiles! Capture a truely unique perspective! >>Learn More!

Be sure to share your photo and video creations with us on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram!

 

Instameet Winners for #crescentbay_meet

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Last weekend, our friends @brianmichael_ and @laughing_octopus hosted an Instameet in Orange County. Over 40 Instagrammers showed up to hang out and make awesome photos.  We chose three of our favorite photos taken during the Instameet to win a GripTight tripod for their phone. Now, without further ado, our winners from #crescentbay_meet!

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Painting with Light—featuring GorillaTorches!

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Jordana Wright is a professional photographer based in Chicago, IL. We first met Jordana during her America By Rail project, a 45 day photography trip across the western United States. She’s been our BFF ever since, making full use of our GorillaPod, Camera Strap GripTight and GorillaTorch lines. She also hosts photo walks and workshops in Chicago, so if you’re Chicago-based, be sure to follow her on Google+ and attend her next event! Thanks Jordana for writing this awesome article for us! 

Painting with Light – featuring JOBY’s GorillaTorches

Photographs and Article by Jordana Wright

Painting with Light is a great way to add artistry and interest to your light photography.  It can draw out details in natural features, add intrigue to architecture, and bring drama to portraits.  To get started painting with light you’ll need: a camera, a tripod, and a couple of powerful flashlights – like the GorillaTorch 125.

When a recent commercial shoot brought me to Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands, I took the opportunity to practice Painting with Light in a few of the island’s iconic locations.  Armed with my Canon 60Ds, a Gorillapod Focus with BallHead X, a wide selection of lenses, and four GorillaTorches, I explored locations like Virgin Gorda’s famed Coppermine Point, The Baths, and Spring Bay, eager to create something beyond traditional touristy photographs.  For these shoots specifically, I worked in collaboration with another photographer (Lotus Carroll of Austin, TX), but there are plenty of ways to accomplish similar shots on your own.

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Spring Bay and the Night Sky, Virgin Gorda, BVI

The first photo features the iconic boulders found at Spring Bay and The Baths.  It is a fairly easy shot to achieve, using basic Painting with Light techniques.  For this photo, my camera was mounted on a tripod, set to a low ISO (200), with a wide aperture (f/5), and a very slow shutter speed (30 sec).  Remote triggers are not required, but always helpful with longer exposures.  They help to minimize camera shake while releasing the shutter.  You can get away with using the “self timer” mode on your camera, but a remote is more consistent and very useful.

As far as the painting itself goes, there are a few different techniques you can play with.  Ultimately, you’ll find what works best for you, or what works best for each style of image you’re going for.  I like to tell students to think of Painting with Light as watering a lawn.  You want to do an even job of it.  You don’t want any dry spots (underexposed) but you don’t want muddy patches either (overexposed).

To keep my lighting even in this image, I utilized a steady side-to-side movement while working my way from the top of the object to the bottom.  If all parts of the object are fully lit by the beam, you’ll still want to move your light continuously over the object to compensate for the brightness of the light’s hotspot, and the dimness of the light’s edges.  The amount of time you spend painting will depend on your camera’s settings, the ambient light, the brightness of your light source, and the distance from the light source to the object.  For this image, I painted the boulders the whole time the shutter was open, so about 30 seconds.  I’m sure there’s an elegant formula somewhere to help you figure out the duration of painting, but with this sort of photography, experimenting is half the fun.  The more you practice, the more you’ll develop tricks, techniques, and timing.

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Red at the Coppermine, Virgin Gorda, BVI

As I’m sure you can tell this next shot was A LOT more involved.  For starters, because I used the red LED setting on the GorillaTorches, the duration of painting was much longer (red light is inherently dimmer so I needed longer painting times to achieve the same level of brightness as I would with white light).  Also, to create the silhouette effect, you will need a second person to stand in the frame.

We painted the foreground by hiding one light in among the rocks of the structure and leaving it turned on for the whole exposure.   Once the foreground light was placed, I triggered the shutter, carefully scrambled up the structure and hit a pose.  When going for the silhouette effect, make sure your model chooses a pose that they can hold for several minutes.  While I posed, Lotus painted the structure from the inside using two Gorillatorches, being careful to fill in every nook and cranny.  In order to get the full inside of the ruin, Lotus did a fair amount of crawling around and hit it from all angles.  We composed this shot several times to get a variety of exposures levels and shutter speeds.  For this specific image, the camera was set to ISO 100, at f/9, for 30 seconds.

The ring and moonlight that backlit the ruins were completely atmospheric and visible to the naked eye.  We certainly composed the image to accent the dramatic sky, but the halo effect itself is just an example of being prepared to adjust to your surroundings when they give you something great to work with! :-)

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BVI – photograph by Lotus Carroll

Another way to paint with light is often seen with light sources like glow sticks, steel wool, and bright LEDs.  It involves facing toward the open shutter while moving your light source to create a shape or pattern, or even to form letters.  When painting words, you can make each letter from your perspective – which will be the mirror image from the camera’s perspective – then, flip the image over in Photoshop.  Make each stroke of the torch several times to sufficiently burn in the letters.  Between letters, be sure to cover the light source with your hand or a black cloth to keep from connecting the letters with accidental light trails.

Painting with Light is becoming more and more popular among photographers of the digital age.  Now that we have powerful LED technology it is even easier to add the technique to your repertoire.  So, grab your camera, a tripod, and some of JOBY’s GorillaTorches and start experimenting!

UltraFit Sling Strap is an IDSA Design Award Finalist!

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Hurray! We’re happy to announce that our UltraFit Sling Strap is a finalist in the IDSA Industrial Design Awards! It is a big honor to be featured and we think this proves that our sling strap is without a doubt the best one out there. ;)  A big congratulations to our awesome design and engineering team! You guys rock!

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How to Shoot Fireworks with Your Phone

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With Independence Day upon us, I thought it only proper to give a quick tutorial about the how to best capture the fireworks displays that will be shooting up all over the USA. You don’t want to miss the shot because you’re fumbling with your iPhone or Galaxy SIV, right?

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So here we go …

1. Don’t forget a tripod!!! Bust out your iPhone or Android smartphone + GripTight phone tripod and position it appropriately to capture the action. Watch out for trees, buildings and other spectators who might block your shot.

2.  Turn off the flash! 

3. If you have an iPhone, use out our iPhone camera app GorillaCamPro. If you have an Android, check out Lapse It.  Set yourself up for success, which means lots and lots of shots. Set up the apps to take photos at a 1, 5, 10 or 30 second intervals, sit back, enjoy the show and let your phone do all the work for you!

4. Use a self-timer  to avoid camera shake when you hit the shutter button.

5. Test out long exposures. An app like SlowShutter or Dr. Light will do the trick.

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What are your fireworks photo tips? Have a favorite fireworks photo? Share it with us on Instagram. We’re @jobyinc! Happy 4th!

Better Lighting Setups for Action Sports Photography

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Photographer John Rathwell is an action sports photographer based in Ontario, Canada. Long hikes, wild weather conditions and tight set ups are all in a days work for John. We caught up with him to chat about how he uses his GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and  GorillaPod Focus on a typical shoot. 

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With more and more photographers working alone these days, and lighting as a key aspect of professional photography, it becomes clear that you need to have your lighting systems down.

To give you a little background on myself, I am the owner and photographer for John Rathwell Photography. I shoot action sports for commercial and editorial use. Lighting is key and is what sets me apart from a lot of action sports shooters. I often have to hike into areas and work in non-ideal weather. Keeping my gear to a minimum in size and weight is key for me. It must also be rugged and stand up to a lot of abuse as well as be quick and easy to work with.

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I decided I would give GorillaPods a try, and in a way you wouldn’t think. Light stands have always been one of the most frustrating things to me. They are bulky, heavy and always fall over in windy conditions. Plus hiking in with sand bags just isn’t fun.

I use a GorillaPod SLR-Zoom with a Lastolite Triflash bracket and 1/4-20 adapter. These work great for holding my secondary lights or anytime you need one direct flash. Quick and secure setup and they go low on the ground or high in a tree branch in seconds.

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When I need more power, I turn to my GorillaPod Focus. I have had up to 5 lights on it in heavy wind and it held fine! I have also used it with a softbox and umbrella and no issues at all. I never had to worry about it blowing over like a light stand!

I have started considering the GorillaPod SLR-Zoom and Focus my new 3-fingered assistants. They are flexible  small, lightweight and strong. If you shoot anything outside and are into lighting they are worth a try!

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I’ve also been using the UltraFit Sling Strap. I have used sling straps for years. Any sling strap is better then the traditional neck strap, but the Joby strap is the best one I have ever used. The issue with most sling straps is that when the camera is hanging at the right level at your hip and your bring it to your eye, especially when shooting a vertical shot, the strap is never long enough. So you lengthen it. Then it hangs way to low when you put it down. The Joby designers must have known this and were truly innovative in the design. The strap automatically looses when lifted and can tighten back up instead of just hanging at your hip. Perfect for shooting in tricky locations.

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This shot uses 2 main light sources. The main light sits camera right and is mounted to a tree using a Focus. There are 3 flashes attached to a tri-bracket and a softbox on it. On camera left there is a bare flash held up by an SLR-Zoom on the ground.

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This shot used almost the same setup as the mountain bike shot but both GorillaPodsPods are attached to a chain link fence and both are high above the subject.

Check out more of John’s awesome work on his website or see a video of him in action here

Thanks John for sharing your awesome lighting tips! Need to squeeze a flash into a tight spot or tired of carrying heavy sandbags and light stands all over the great outdoors, check out our GorillaPod SLR-Zoom or GorillaPod Focus

20% Off Father’s Day Sale ENDS TODAY!

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We know how tough it can be find a great gift for dad for Father’s Day. Dress shirts are boring, ties are passé, socks are well, socks. This year get your dad a gift that he’ll really put to good use! Plus, from June 1st through today June 16th, we’re offering 20% off our favorite gifts for Dad!

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Need help finding a gift? Check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide below! 

Does your dad like photography? Try our GorillaPod SLR-Zoom. A super lightweight and super flexible tripod he can take anywhere to capture unique photos wherever his adventures take him.

Is Dad a pro photographer or videographer? Check out our GorillaPod Focus. A professional grade tripod with a ton more flexibility than most, it’s perfect for a dad who’s looking to get creative with his photography.

Maybe Dad is the type to hike a mountain, ride a bike or run through city streets—all to get the perfect shot. He’ll love our UltraFit Sling Strap! Designed to allow you to cinch your camera tight against your body but still have for quick and easy camera access, it is perfect for the adventurous and active photographer.

Or perhaps Dad really enjoys DIY projects around the house or tinkering with his classic car? GorillaTorch Flare has six light settings, magnetic feet and is water resistant, making it the best way to light just about any task handsfree!

Is Dad the outdoorsy type who loves to spend his time camping in the great outdoors? Then GorillaTorch Switchback is for him! A 2-in-1 lantern that can convert into a headlamp, he can use it grilling, setting up a tent, or even on a night hike up Half Dome.

Use code DADROCKS at checkout to receive 20% off these great gifts for the dads in your life! Hurry! Sale ends today!

 

 

How to GorillaTorch Flare for Photo & Video Lighting at Night

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Oakland-based photographer/videographer/rock climber Austin Zimmerman used our GorillaTorch Flare 125 to light an awesome video of his recent trip to Yosemite. The great part about using a GorillaTorch on a camping trip? It also doubles as a photo and video light in case you decide to film your friends climbing at night!  

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We caught up with Austin after his trip to hear what he thought of GorillaTorch Flare and also get some tips for how to use GorillaTorch Flare to light your nighttime photos and videos. 

Tell us about your project. 

This short film was shot with a Canon DSLR and a Joby GorillaTorch Flare 125 during a weekend trip to Yosemite. A few days before our trip, a member of the Joby crew brought a box of Joby torch lights to the climbing gym where I work. We hooked up a few lucky members at our gym with a Joby light, but a co-worker and I decided we had to take one with us to Yosemite for some “field testing”.

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Tell us about your experience using the Joby GorillaTorch Flare 125.

I was blown away by the quality of light the Joby put out. The Flare 125 provided a crisp, clean beacon of light which really illuminated every detail of the boulder. Everything from the curvature of the rock all the way down to the obsidian crystals inside the granite. I have used external lighting to capture rock climbing footage at night before, but on this trip I decided to leave the bulky L.E.D. panel at home, with no regrets.

 

Tips for using the Joby as external lighting?

Much like uplighting or downlighting in home landscaping, having a powerful concentrated beam of light allows you to pick out the natural features you would like to highlight. The Joby is perfect for filming boulders at night because of the way it accentuates the beautifully sculpted prows and ledges. Those are the types of features that really lend themselves to the camera. The trick is not to point the light straight at the rock, but to pick an angle which highlights those features.

 

Favorite attribute of the Flare 125?

This light is efficient to the max. After three long nights of climbing and gathering footage, the batteries hardly seemed fazed. Even the batteries in our headlamps, which produce less light, had to be swapped at least once each.

 

Best part about filming rock climbing?

A boulder problem is like an intricate and delicate puzzle. I really enjoy that moment of discovery when you unlock the sequence of movement that allows you to ascend a line edges in a rock face. I gain a lot of inspiration from that moment when you see someone transcend mental barriers. For me it is really motivating to watch a film that captures those moments.

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Tips for people new to filming climbers?

Shoot at every chance you get! Even when your friends burn you for it!

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Going camping this summer and need some versatile flashlights? Check out our GorillaTorch line, especially our GorillaTorch Switchback – a handy two in one flashlight that converts from lantern to headlamp!