NEW TECHNOLOGIES, PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES AND CREATIVE APPLICATIONS
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
Technology Specialist DAN HAv Lik selects his favorite products and gadgets for January.
If you have a product you want to tell Dan about, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bird Photo Booth
One of the most difficult things about bird photography is finding the right fine-feathered subjects. But what if
the birds came to you instead of you looking for them? That’s the thinking behind a clever device called the Bird
Photo Booth, which is a bird feeder that remotely snaps close-up photos of winged visitors.
The Bird Photo Booth is designed to look like a classic Polaroid Land camera from the 1950s, but open the
front of this hardwood feeder and there’s a spot to place an iPhone, iPod Touch or GoPro camera. Move away to
a discreet location and you can monitor birds swooping in for a bite at the feeder in real time on an iPhone, iPad,
other mobile device, or computer via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
When you see a bird you want to photograph or capture video of, just hit the virtual button on the Bird Photo
Booth’s companion app, and you’re done.
The device was invented by ornithologist Bryson Lovett, and while it was still a Kickstarter project at the
time of this writing, it was on its way to meeting its pledge goal. If all goes as planned, the Bird Photo Booth is
expected to ship in March 2013.
SeaLife Cameras Fisheye Wide Angle Lens
Underwater photographers who use SeaLife cameras can capture a bigger picture of life under
the waves with the company’s new Fisheye Wide Angle Lens. When attached to the SeaLife
DC1400 underwater camera, the wide-angle lens has an effective focal length of 16mm. For
maximum light transmission, the lens is fully multicoated and features anti-reflective optics on
all of its air-to-glass surfaces.
Sound fishy? It’s not. This fisheye fits all DC-series SeaLife cameras and is designed to be easily
attached or removed while underwater. You can also use the lens for shooting wide-angle video of
schools of grouper swimming by; a family of octopi frolicking in the coral; or a hungry hammerhead
shark in search of a snack. Out of the water, the lens captures dynamite landscape photos.
The dome-shaped lens is waterproof to 200 feet, and comes with a safety lanyard that
attaches to your camera so the lens won’t float away as well as a dock to mount the lens under a
flash. When not in use, you can store the lens in an included neoprene cover.
Underwater, it has slightly negative buoyancy; on
land it weighs just 13. 8 ounces with dimensions of
1. 8 x 3. 8 x 3. 8 inches, making this fisheye more of a
guppy than a whale.