NEW TECHNOLOGIES, PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES AND CREATIVE APPLICATIONS
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
Technology specialist DaN HavLik selects his favorite products and gadgets for July.
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Lowepro Event Messenger
We’ve made the switch from big photo backpacks to sleek, over-the-shoulder bags for any assignment
that doesn’t require more than a few hours to shoot. Because really, what’s the point? A camera body and
a couple of lenses are often all you need and a discreet, light bag attracts less attention.
Our current on-the-go favorite is Lowepro’s Event Messenger, a bag that takes its name from those
messenger bags you see slung over cyclists’ shoulders as they dart in and out of traffic. But unlike those
formless, flappy bags, the Event Messenger has a solid structure to it while still appearing inconspicuous. We
tried out the largest of three sizes of the bag—the Event Messenger 250—and it’s probably the one you’ll be
interested in. It has padded, customizable inserts, and fits a pro DSLR with an attached lens, extra lenses
and accessories. There’s also a padded compartment for up to a 13-inch laptop.
The design of the bag is subtle without being dull. It comes in one color, which Lowepro calls “Mica,” sort
of a gold/tan/green that’s attractive but not flashy. Other features
include a “dual-mode-flap” design that lets you “turn-off” the
Velcro fasteners so you don’t cause a ruckus while opening the bag.
The Event Messenger also has a shoulder strap with a non-slip patch so the
bag will stay put and two expandable side pockets for stashing bottles of water.
PRICE: $69 (for 250 size)
Enlight Photo ioShutter
This seems to be the year of solutions for triggering your digital camera with your iPhone. We’ve written about
a few iPhone app-based shutter release devices already, but the one we’ve enjoyed using most is the simple and
seamless ioShutter from Enlight Photo. (Enlight also makes the Orbis ring flash and Frio cold shoe mount, two
products we’ve enjoyed using in the past.)
There are actually two parts to ioShutter: the shutter release cable ($70)—with a version for Canon (which
also works with Pentax, Hasselblad and Samsung cameras) and one for Nikon users—and a downloadable app
for your iPhone. The app comes in two varieties: a free Lite version, that gives you basic but limited control over
your camera, and a Pro version, that sells for $10 and offers extensive features for time-lapse photography, bulb
control for long exposures, and ways to trigger photos via sound and movement. We recommend splurging for
the more robust Pro version of the app.
Setting up ioShutter takes just a few seconds. Connect one end of the shutter release cable to the headphone
jack of your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, and the other to your camera’s remote port. Then launch the app and you’re
ready to start capturing photos, creating time-lapse sequences
and more just by touching the app’s interface on your device.
A few of the fun features in ioShutter include the Clap ToSnap
sound trigger, which lets you customize the sound threshold in the
Pro version of the app; and Shake To Take, which lets you choose
six motion directions for triggering your camera, the amount of
movement it takes to trigger it, delays and other settings.
PRICES: $70 (ioShutter Release cable);
$10 (ioShutter Pro app);
free (ioShutter Lite app)