Pocket Tripod Pro – impressions

So my luck with only backing Kickstarter campaigns that only deliver continues. Few days ago I received another delivery from one, that was a bit late, but arrived. This time it’s the Pocked Tripod Pro, a credit card sized, collapsible tripod for mobile phones. And today I will share my first impressions and some photos of it.

Pocket Tripod Pro
Pocket Tripod Pro

What is the Pocket Tripod Pro?

As I already mentioned, is a mobile phone tripods, that when not in use is the size of a credit card. Like this, it’s something you can always on hand, either with your documents or wallet. It comes packed inside the instructions, together with a fit card. As phones are of a different thickness, you would use the fit card to measure you phone, to know what width of the adapters you need. There is one size on the tripod (depending what you ordered) and others can be ordered separately.

Pocket Tripod Pro
Pocket Tripod Pro

How do you use it?

The Pocket Tripod Pro is very easy to setup. You just rotate it around the middle, and the flip the both sides up. You can also split it apart in the middle, in case you want you phone in landscape. Like this the legs are further apart, so more stable. Putting it away is the same procedure, just in reverse. Takes all only few seconds.

Pocket Tripod Pro
Pocket Tripod Pro
Pocket Tripod Pro

You can also take the adapters out and rotate them, in case you want to insert the phone the other way around.

Stability

I had not time to try it somewhere out yet, but I tried it at home a lot. With my current phone (Xiaomi Mi Mix 2), which is not the lightest one you can get, it was pretty stable. When in landscape orientation, with the split Pocket Tripod Pro, I could go from having the phone vertical to completely horizontal.

Pocket Tripod Pro
Pocket Tripod Pro

When in portrait orientation and the tripod together, I could go quite low, but not completely horizontal. The weight of the phone was just too much in that case. But around 45 degrees was no problem. This is of course with a 6 inch phone, with a smaller one it should be even more stable.

Final thoughts

For now, I’m quite impressed how small the Pocket Tripod Pro is and how stable it is while being this small. I don’t need a tripod for my phone often, but if I have this one always on hand, I think I will use it more. Especially for video.

You can find more about Pocket Tripod Pro on the manufacturers website here.

Mobile Wallpapers

For a long time, I wanted to add a new category to the wallpapers section, that being mobile wallpapers. But here the choice for resolution is a bit harder, as not every photo has the same resolution or even the same aspect ratio. And to avoid having every photo in many resolutions, I decided to go with the most average one. So for now, all wallpapers here are 2:1 aspect ration with a resolution of 1080×2160. This will fit most screens quite well, even if on some a bit from the edges gets cut off.

As always you are welcome to share these further, just please mention me as the author and link back here. Thank you.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

1080×2160 mobile wallpapers

Nature themed 1080×2160 mobile wallpapers

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

Black Friday deals

I did a post like this the last few years, so why not again. As during Black Friday there are many deals, it’s the best day to get all the software and tutorial one wants and needs. The discounts are worth it. So as before, here is a list of discounts I found for now. There will be more as Friday approaches, and I will be updating this post as I find some :)

1. Master exposure blending video tutorial

Add to CartAs usually, I will start with my own discount. From today, until the end of the month, you can get 50% off (that’s 25 instead of 49 USD) from my video tutorial series Master exposure blending. Just use the code BF2017 at the checkout. You can buy it from the Master exposure blending page here.

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2. Macphun software

Macphun offers a lot of discount on their software during this week. For their Creative Kit and plug-ins from it they offer 30% discounts.

For Luminar, you can get the upgrade for 49USD and new users for 69USD. For Aurora it’s 49USD for the upgrade and 89USD for new users. And with Luminar or Aurora , if you use the code HDRSHOOTER you will get an extra 10USD off.

macphun

3. Topaz Labz

Topaz Labs offers a huge 75% discount on all their plugins and also on Topaz Studio. You can check out their Black Friday page here, or their store here.

The offers are valid until the November 29th.

topaz

4. ACD Systems

ACD Systems have a 20-50% discount on all of their products and you can find them on their website here. The offer ends November 26th.

macphun

5. Oloneo Photoengine

Oloneo, in my opinion still one of the best HDR tonemapping software, is currently in a huge 55% discount. You can get it for 56 Euro (instead of 124) + tax. This is really a great deal. Just don’t forget it is available only on Windows. You have to use the code SPECIAL2017PE to get this price, and it’s available until the 27th November. Get in on the Oloneo Page here.

oloneo

6. Peak Design

Peak Design is offering quite a lot of discounts right now. 25% off Everyday Messengers, 15% off all Clips, Straps, Pouches, Accessories and 10% off other Everyday Bags. If you want to get this offer, head over to Peak Designs website right now here.

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7. Imagenomic

Imagenomix Noiseware is still my favorite noise reduction plugin, and right now, you can get it with a really nice discount (around 30%). Same with other Imagenomic Plugins. Just head over to Imagenomic site and use the code BF2017.

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Hviezdoslav in the snow – Plotagraph

I did not know that, with a Plotagraph Pro you can also add particles to photos. Stuff like snow, rain or flowers. It is very easy and just looks great. The only problem with this is, that you can’t compress the resulting video as much as other Plotagraphs. There is just too much movement for that. But still I thought I share one with you :)

This is the Hviezdoslav statue in Bratislava. This snowy photo really fits to this heavy snow animation, as it really was like that that day. I’m still not 100% sure about how I animated the background, but after over 50 different tries, I ended with this one. Hope you like it.

The autoplay on this one is dissabled, so it does not load all the time, so if you want to see it, hit play.

(if you use an older web browser, you may only see a static image, if you are on a mobile, please hit the play button to see the Plotagraph in motion)

Last week I mentioned I got the Spark remote from Alpine Labs as a Kickstarter reward. And now, since I had time to play with it, I will share with you my thought about it. So here goes.

What can the Spark remote do?

Alpine labs is a company specializing on camera accessories. There are the makers of Radian time lapse device and few others. Spark remote, their latest product, is a camera remote. It’s can work in three different settings.
Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review

1. As a wireless infrared remote

It can work as a standard infrared remote, but with one special function. In the app, you can select what camera brand you want to control, so it works on all of them.

2. As a wired remote

Secondly, you can attach it to a camera directly by a cable, and use the button on it as a standard wired remote.

3. As a app controlled remote

Lastly, if you connect it to the camera by cable, you can pair it with the provided app, so getting advanced function. This can be used to take photos, do long exposures, HDR, Photo booth mode (similar to timelapse) or control multiple devices at once.

Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review
Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review

How is it to use the Spark remote?

The remote on it’s own is very simple to use. For the wired control, you just connect it to the camera and it works. For the wireless one, you fist have to go into the app, and set the correct camera model. You have to do that only once, as the remote remembers what you set.

For all else you have to pair the remote with the app, and use the build in function. They are all very simple to use, and offer all the functions you may need. The only one I could not find was bulb ramping, which should be possible here. Maybe after an app update.

Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review
Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review
Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review

I took me seconds to get all up and running, as it is just so straightforward. You connect the Spark remote to the camera, open the app, wait until it’s connected (if its not, you can go into settings and choose the remote to connect) and choose what you want to do. It’s all connected with a Bluetooth, so the range is quite good also.

Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review
Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review
Spark remote by Alpine Labs - review

Conclusion

The remote is small, works well, the app offers many functions. Alpine Labs states up to 2000 hours of work on one battery and replacing it is quite easy. The ability to work in multiple modes is quite handy. Sometimes one needs just a wireless remote, sometimes app control is needed. I like that you can have it complex or just completely simple. Overall I quite like it and it will have a permanent spot in my camera bag from now on.

You can find Spark remote by Alpine Labs on their Kickstarter site. Other Alpine Labs products on their official site here.

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