Pic­ture per­fect ac­ces­sories

Good pho­tos mean ac­cess­ing the right gear, write Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son and Rod Chester

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

SA­FARI ROGUE

$ 39.95

maxwell. com. au

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.

ISTABILIZER MONO­POD

$ 34.95

istabilizer. com

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

$ 199.95

hill­shome.com.au

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.

SPARK LENS­BABY

$ 99

maxwell. com. au

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.

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