GNARBOX 2.0: Back-up and Edit Video On the Fly Sans Laptop or Device

If you’ve ever gotten extremely frustrated over losing a “moment” while transferring footage to your laptop to make room in your card or device, then Gnarbox 2.0 is the perfect solution to your problem. After the original Gnarbox successfully debuted on Kickstarter in 2015, its developers lost no time in creating an improved version based on the feedback from its users. It’s now back on Kickstarter with the campaign already exceeding its funding target.

Backing up files is such a necessary task in the photography and video workflow – when you think about it, there’s no way product without intact files. However, enthusiastic users can miscalculate just how much they can store. Increasing the megapixels or changing the capture output can quickly fill up your drive. Another important thing to consider is that when on the go, conditions are unpredictable (inhospitable actually!) so you need a back-up that is rugged, shockproof, and waterproof.

If you are an occassional user, storage is the least of your worries and you can just focus on shooting indelible Kodak moments. But if you had taken an incredible amount of footage and you have no time to edit or make sense of any of it, you do need the portable Gnarbox! Download your videos while on the go through SD or microSD to this 128 GB (expandable) storage solution without needing your smartphone or laptop. Aside from being the go-to ready device, you can edit photos and even 4K video and export to social media.

One touch backup with Checksum Verification and fast transfers (75MB/s SD to 450MB/s USB-C)to pre-set folder trees makes the once tedious job of backing-up fast and easy.  Data is organized by date and camera. Now selling at $250 at Amazon or through Kickstarter, it is compatible with Android and iOS (not Windows), DSLRs, action cameras and drones. Compatible with Action Cameras, DSLRs, and Drones.

Another way to look at it is to see it as a “standalone” computer with its own editing software. It is connected through Wi-Fi and can be expanded to 1 Terabyte harddrive. Whether you are a hoarder of footage or one who meticulously reviews and deletes everything except the choicest morsels to string together into an amazing video, the Gnarbox has a place in your travel knapsack.

The essence of going on vacay is to unwind and there’s practically no point in bringing a laptop. But for the more demanding who find editing on smartphone tacky, the Gnarbox is a reasonable compromise robust enough to bridge your needs from the field to the studio. It is equipped with tools to:

  • safekeep
  • select
  • sequence and render (with rough cuts and transitions) and
  • showcase on any HDMI enabled screen.

With Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, Dropbox, and LumaFusion integrations this sleek box has become more powerful. It definitely is not a replacement for your favorite editing suite but in the field, it does an amazing job and cuts down the time you eventually spend on editing!

Photography : Tips to Make it Better

Making Your Photography Better

Making your photography better means you must not rely on its automatic mode. This is despite the common belief that your camera’s auto mode will let you take pictures without all the fuss with its settings. If you want pictures with better quality, spend time to fuss over your camera’s settings. To make your pictures better, here are some tips.

Hold Steady

Movement blurs your pictures. To avoid or minimize blurring of your pictures, here are some options:

• Use a tripod. A tripod keeps a camera steady. But not everybody has a tripod. And sometimes tripods are in inconvenience if have to bring them with you always. But there are still ways to take better pictures. Find a steady, level surface to put your camera on. The kitchen counter, a stack of books, or a table, may take the place of a tripod.

• Do not move. Keep still before, during, and after pressing the shutter button down. This will help minimize image blur. Digital cameras process images even after you press the shutter button. So it is advised that you keep still for several seconds after pushing the shutter button.

• Use the camera’s self-timer. This can be done if you are using a tripod or a level surface. You do not have to trouble yourself with pushing the shutter button since it might make you move. This will result to picture blur then if you move.

• Bring the camera closer to your body. Hold the camera with both hands and bring it as close to your eyes as possible. Do this if you are using the camera’s LCD screen to frame a picture. Tuck your elbows and your hands all the way in. You can minimize body movement this way.

• Focus on your subject. Before pressing the shutter button, you have to focus on the subject. Almost all digital cameras have an auto-focus feature. This is effective if you know how to use it properly.

• To zoom or not to zoom. It is not advisable to use your camera’s zoom feature. Why? Pictures taken using zoom is always pixelated. This is not a guarantee of a better quality image.

• Make a scene. This means using the camera’s scene mode. This will tell the camera what kind of an environment you are shooting. The camera then will adjust its settings to produce a better image.

• Flash yourself. Using a flash on a dark environment may make your image appear too intense. But low light or lack of it makes your pictures darker. There is a trick to it. Deactivate the flash and use the available light in the room. Then hold the camera steady for a few second after pressing the shutter button. You may not believe it, but flashes work better on bright conditions. Shadows on faces caused by sunlight may be eliminated by the flash. Use the “forced flash” mode to do this.

May these tips help you when you take photographs. These tips will make your images clearer and better.

The A7 leather camera strap

The A7 leather camera strap

Photography hobbyists as well as pros are fond of prepping up their cameras. A lot of individuals investment their money to buy posh accessories to differentiate their tools from others.

While some buy things to enliven their dull gadgets, others on the other hand buy things to protect their investment.

The first thing a photographer usually buys is a camera bag. The one that usually comes with the camera is awful but it can serve its purpose. The next is camera lenses, flash, tripods and monopods and other camera accessories.

But people usually neglect buying a camera strap. This contraptions helps you with protecting your cameras by securely tying it against your hand when shooting without the help of a monopod and a tripod.

This is where New York startup company A7 comes into play. This company has a line of all-leather straps that is hard to pass up.

These handcrafted straps have a vintage appeal that would definitely set you apart from others. This was designed with older analog cameras in mind. If you are still fashioning the stock strap that comes with your camera package, the A7 would certainly be a huge step in quality and aesthetics.

The A7 is retailed at $65.

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