Posts Tagged ‘lifehack’

Your Camera Lens Can Double as a Lighter in a Pinch

If you’re out shooting on a sunny day and suddenly find that you need to start a fire, your lens may be able to do the trick. The video above shows how a photographer named Mohammad recently used his Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 lens to light his cigarette while out hiking with friends. You could also use this handy little trick to light a fire if you’re out camping — as long as you have some direct sunlight to focus to a point.

Buying or Selling Used Gear on Craigslist? Arrange the Meetup at a Police Station

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If you’re planning on buying or selling some camera gear with the help of Craigslist, here’s a simple tip: the lobby of your local police station is a safe place to arrange the meeting with the stranger.
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How to Turn an iPad and iPhone Into a Negative Film Viewing Station

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A few years ago, we wrote about how phones can be used as negative film strip viewers by simply inverting the screens. Swedish photographer Adam af Ekenstam took the idea a step further by using an iPad and iPhone together as a simple yet powerful negative viewing station.
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Tip: Sanitary Napkins Can Dry and Dehumidify Your Lenses in Wet Environments

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I often shoot time-lapse photos in harsh outdoor environments, and over the years I have discovered a number of odd items that are useful for my work. One of them is sanitary napkins (AKA sanitary pads).
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Tip: You Can Use Your Wallet as a Simple Tripod for Your Smartphone

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There are now a number of smartphone tripods out there that are designed to fit inside your wallet when not in use. Before you buy one, though, here’s a random little tip: if your wallet is thick and sturdy enough, you don’t even need a separate accessory — your wallet itself can do just fine.
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Giving Constructive Feedback to a Photographer? Use ‘And’ Rather than ‘But’

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If you’re ever in a situation where you need to (or want to) give some constructive criticism to another photographer, here’s a simple trick for giving good feedback in a way that will help rather than hinder: use the word “and” instead of “but.”
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Pro Tip: How to Wrap Cables with Duct Tape Without Getting Them Sticky

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Duct tape can often be a photographer’s best friend. Cable management can often be a nightmare. The two don’t naturally combine very well though, since duct tape can leave sticky reside on your cords after its removed.

If you ever need to wrap up cables and don’t have any twist- or zip-ties on hand, here’s how you can use duct tape to wrap cables without the cables getting sticky.
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Hotel WiFi Speed Test Can Keep You Well Connected When Traveling with Your Camera

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Want to make sure you can upload your travel photos quickly from your hotel room? Hotel WiFi Speed Test is a service that can help you plan ahead when you’re roaming the world with your camera.
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Video: Ten Photography Life Hacks That’ll Save You Money

We’ve shared a few pretty cool life hacks over the years — for example, check out this super-simple drop test that’ll let you know if your AA batteries are juiced and ready to go — but the video above brings together some of the most useful.

Put together by DigitalRev, these ten photo-related life hacks have the potential to make your photographic life that much easier, while saving you some money as well. Read more…

Use This Simple ‘Drop Test’ to See if Your Batteries Are Juiced

Even though most camera bodies these days use some sort of Lithium-ion battery, chances are there’s still some gear in your bag that still runs off alkaline batteries. If you’ve ever found yourself in need of checking the charge on those batteries but you happen to leave your volt meter at home (I know … what were you thinking!?) here’s a cool little life hack that’ll give you the info your need. Read more…