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Dec 14, 2015

Episode 45 Notes

Dec. 14 ,2015

In this Episode, Jay and Rhonda  wrap up the Holiday Gift Guide with a couple of stocking stuffers and a few “Money is No Object” lens selections. No drones for Jay, but a source on where to get polarizing filters for yours! Laser Thermometer, a couple of gimbals and a Macro Lens in a pear tree!

Canon Vixia Mini X

Lomo Instant Camera

DJI Osmo

Shark Tank on ABC

Polar Pro Filters for Drones

Photojojo  Ring Light Adaptor

Venus 15mm Lens

Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Laser IR Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun

Z1-Smooth 3-axis Handheld Smartphone Brushless Stabilizer Gimbal for iPhone 5/ 5s/ 6 /6 Plus, Galaxy Note

Laser Level

Holiday Gift Guide

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

E-mount Adaptors

E-Mount Auto Adaptor Commlite

Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Nikon 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Pentax 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Zoom Lens

Canon 70-200 f/4 Zoom Lens

Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens

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Kelly Moore Camera Bags
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Nov 16, 2015

Episode 41, Nov. 16, 2015
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 Holiday Gift Guide 2015 Continues…
Rhonda and Jay have some great suggestions for your holiday giving and getting. Need gift ideas for that photo enthusiast? Maybe you need a few new items for your gadget bag! It’s all here, and ready for your wishlist!

Rhonda and Jay have some great suggestions for your holiday giving and getting. Need gift ideas for that photo enthusiast? Maybe you need a few new items for your gadget bag! It’s all here, and ready for your wishlist! 

Links to Items Mentioned in this Podcast:

4GB USB Thumb drive Camera
Wasabi Batteries
SDHC Flash Memory Cards
Amazon 7” Fire Tablet under $50.
Hoodman Loupe
Maxpedition Case
ApeCase Insert
UTG Multi-Function Tactical Bag
Tamarac Minimalist Bag Deroche
Sandbags for light stands (use pea gravel)
Frio ENLFRC1A Hot Shoe Mount for Tripods
Peak Designs Camera Strap
Jodies Camera Straps
Travel Mug Zojirushi
Manfrotto Lumi
External Flash by Yuongnuo
Rain Covers for Cameras
Ricoh Theta S
85mm f/1.2 Canon Lens
15mm Venus Macro Tilt/Shift Lens

Cool Photo Tools receives compensation from some companies whose products appear on our site.

 

Nov 9, 2015

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Episode 40, Nov. 9, 2015

In this episode, Rhonda and Jay start to work on their Holiday gift list. All the best stuff for giving and getting for photoenthusiasts and geeks, with a few family pleasers thrown in. The best suggestions on the net! Let’s get started!

Bellevue-Avenuse Leaves and Branches

How to change Summer to Autumn by Tutorial Junction

Light.co’s 52megapixel shooter with 16 lenses!

Zhiyuan Z1 Smooth Gimbal for Smartphones

Carbon Fiber extension handles for Zhiyuan gimbals

Gopro Awards

Peak Design Capture

Maxpedition Tactical Bag

Cool Photo Tools Holiday Gift Guide

Pick Punch and Pick a Palooza Guitar Picks from Credit Cards

Microsoft Xbox One

Seagate External Hard Drive for XBOX One

FastPictureViewer Codecs – View .psd and Camera RAW thumbnails in Windows Explorer

Hufa Lens Cap Clip

Sugru

Shower Mate Aqua Notes

Stofen Omnibounce Flash bounce diffuser. Make sure you get the one that fits your flash!

Gaffer Tape

Neewer 43": Collapsible Reflector

Amazon.com Gift Cards

V
isit CoolPhotoTools.com for more information.

Cool Photo Tools receives compensation from some companies whose products appear on our site. Prices listed may change without notice. Copyright © 2015 Jay Pierstorff

Nov 2, 2015

Adobe loses it, Rhonda has a gift request, Bellevue Avenue Photoshop Products, Meet your new Elements XXL, more!

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Oct 26, 2015

The Skeleton in Rhonda’s Closet, The Jpeg Police, and a Halloween bag full of Canons and Sonys!

Oct 19, 2015

Please go to CoolPhotoTools.com for the Show Notes with links.

In this Episode we discuss:

Patreon.com

Kickstarter.com Holga Digital Cameras

Platypod Pro

Saberstrip.com

Radio Poppers

Yuongnuo wireless triggers

Lensbaby Spark

Venus 15mm Laowa Macro Tilt Shift Lens

Puf ‘n Sip Switch Camera Release

Fotodiox Adapters for Mirrorless Cameras

Lens Baby Velvet

Vaseline on UV Filter

Clear Fingernail Polish on UV Filter

Ricoh Theta Model S 360 Degree Video Camera

Google Camera for Photospheres

Audibletrial.com/coolphototools

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Amazon.com

Topaz Labs.com

GraphicRIver.net

DealJumbo.net

Videoblocks.com

Oct 12, 2015

Please go to CoolPhotoTools.com for links to products discussed in this episode:

In this episode, we discuss:

Peak Designs, Venus 15mm Report, UV Filter Opinions and of course, the Hoodman Loupe!

Peak Designs Lens Capture

Peak Designs Camera Bag

GoWing Lens Holder for Canon

Westcott ICE Light

Sunpak 516 Photo/Video Dual Panel LED Light Stick

EACHSHOT 55cm Portable Handheld 298 PCS LED

CameraPlus CP-MTLII - Magic Tube Light 

Laowa 15mm Macro Tilt Shift Lens

Canon 17mm Tilt Shift Lens

Canon 24mm Tilt Shift Lens

Canon 100mm Macro

Canon 180mm Macro Lens

DOFMaster.com

Venus Lens Flash Unit

Joby Gorillapod

Manfrotto Lumie

Hoodman Loupe

Petapixel.com on UV Filters

UV Filters on Amazon.com

Lenshoods

Oct 5, 2015

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SHow Notes: In this Episode we talk about:

Akvis Coloriage

Richard Rosenman’s UltraFlares Plugin for Photoshop

OnOne Software

Topaz Labs

Corel Paint

Professional Photographers of America

Canon 250 Megapixel Sensor

Bill Gates

Epson Ecotank Printers

Black and White Laser Printers

WHCC.Com

Nikon One

Sony RX100 Mk IV

Polaroid Snap

Polaroid Swinger

Polaroid Big Shot

Polaroid SX70

Kodak 126 Instamatic Film and Cameras

Dr. Edwin A. Land

Sep 28, 2015

Episode 34
CoolPhotoTools.com Show Notes

Show Notes Sept 28, 2015

Worldwide Photowalk, Electric Objects, Particles and Flames!

Mefoto Tripods in 792 Combinations Custom Colors

Neewer30x60 Softbox

Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk

Kelby One

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Rhonda Spencer Gallery Exhibit at ASDM

Electric Objects

Duratrans

Light Box

Nikola Tesla

Corel Paintshop Pro X8

Corel Painter

Corle Particle Shop Photoshop Plugin

Wacom Tablets

Flame Painter

Microsoft Pro Photo Tools

Polaroid SX70

Polaroid Snap

Polaroid ZINK Printer for Smartphones

Sep 21, 2015

Photographers Partnering with Zoos

With Shawnee Riplog-Peterson, Curator Mammalogy and Ornithology at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Rhonda and Jay talk to Shawnee about the Photography Classes that are put on by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Jay and Shawnee developed several classes that provide a “photography experience” where participants get great photo opportunities with a class hosted by a professional photographer and a zookeeper. These popular classes have been a source of income for the photographer and the Zoo to the mutual benefit of both. How photographers can start something similar in their own communities is explored.

Sep 14, 2015

In this episode, Jay and Rhonda discuss the latest camera bags and their past favorites, including Trey Ratcliff’s Peak Design project. A compelling new tool for School Photographers and a quick look at some Android based cameras.

Show Notes at CoolPhotoTools.com

Aug 31, 2015

Rhonda and Jay discuss the Neewer Leveling Base, Tiny cameras, Smart Lens Cameras and the Painter’s Pole camera stand adaptor.

Show Notes at:

CoolPhotoTools.com/Episode_30

Aug 24, 2015

In this episode, Rhonda and Jay discuss Shooting for Stock, 85mm lens comparisons, Video Marketing with Facebook, and corrective eyeware for the colorblind, and Rattlesnake Battles.

Show Notes at CoolPhotoTools.Com

Aug 17, 2015

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Aug 10, 2015

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Aug 3, 2015

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Jul 31, 2015

How to Win a Photo Contest

Read the Rules.

Do they get to own your photos? Read the fine print.

Watermarks? Usually not allowed in a contest.

Most Submitted Subjects:

1.       Sunsets

2.       Flowers

3.       Babies

Sony Worldwide Photo Contest 2015

Images Discussed:

Little Girl with Exuberant Expression

Smart Phone with Jumping Cat

Couples Taking Shower at Public Pool

Studio Hairless Cat

Ballerina doing Headstand

Synchronized Swim

House Husband with Vacuum

 

Observations: Minimal Special Effects except Black and White when appropriate

Unusual Activities

Traveler Photo Contest 2015 National Geographic

Make sure Horizon Lines are straight.

Watch your Composition

Learn and use the Rule of Thirds

Subject and especially eyes must be in Sharp Focus

 

Don’t stop at one Photo Contest

Jul 27, 2015

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Jul 20, 2015

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Jul 13, 2015

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