Picture perfect accessories
Good photos mean accessing the right gear, write Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson and Rod Chester
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THE Rogue Safari fl ash booster makes the fl ash on your DSLR a little better in some situations. You need to use it with a lens of at least 100mm in focal length, or you get a spotlight- like beam in the middle of the frame. It intensifi es and focuses the brightness of the fl ash, but in some cases it can be too harsh.
IF YOU must take a selfi e, it’s worth aiming high to make yours stand out. The iStabilizer Monopod lets you do that, literally, because it holds cameras and phones while you extend its 1m telescopic arm. Its claim to hold “virtually all smartphones” is an overstatement as many require an additional $ 20 “XL” mount.
INSTACUBE DESIGN TO MATTER
DIGITAL photo frames are somewhat passe, but this Silicon Valley creation is different. Rather than load it with photos, you wirelessly connect to the internet, log in to Instagram and see your feed appear in a slide show. Its 6.5- inch, 600x600 pixel LCD screen fades on an angle, and it struggles to connect to corporate wi- fi , but its unique take is refreshing.
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ANYONE can add a fi lter with a tap but this lens for a DSLR lets you create the fi lter look the old- school way. You need to set your camera to manual and then play around to fi nd the focal point by squeezing the bellows- like lens tube. It’s easy to use, although expect a lot of trial and error in fi nding the right exposure and focus point. The pay- off for patience is a very cool, shallow depth of fi eld around a sweet spot of focus that gives a retro look to your images.