Seek Out: February’s Innovative Photo Products and Gear

February 11, 2014

By Lindsay Comstock

New Portable Photographic Lighting Solution

Looking for an alternative to a traditional speedlight? Interfit Photographic Ltd. recently released the Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty—a high-powered 180 w/s bare-bulb portable flash unit that can be used on shoots in the studio or on location. The unit is designed for even exposure across the frame, and offers high-speed sync (up to 1/8000 second), stroboscopic functionality (99 flashes in 15 seconds) and available modifiers. The daylight-balanced light is a tool that can be used on- or off-camera and the battery pack boasts 700 full-power flashes. 

Price: $594.99 (with battery pack). A second flash head can be added for $405.99.

Photos this section Courtesy of Interfit Photographic Ltd.

New iPad App to Assist in Photographic Sales

FathomFocus, a new application made for the iPad, functions as a way for photographers to use their iPads for in-person sales of their photography, previewing galleries or projecting slideshows. The app can also either be connected to a computer or projector or directly to a client’s Apple TV. In addition to recording orders, the app has the ability to sort, crop and adjust images as well as create slideshows. FathomFocus also includes companion software (PC and Mac compatible) that allows clients to save images to their computers and to use the iPad as the controller.

Price: $99.99 (for a limited time)

Photos this section Courtesy of FathomFocus

Dream Shoot Rentals Launched by Lindsay Adler

Photographer and educator Lindsay Adler has been very busy lately. Aside from her new book, Creative 52: Weekly Projects to Invigorate Your Photography Portfolio (Peachpit Press, October 2013), the New York-based shooter has launched a Web-based clothing rental company for photographers called Dream Shoot Rentals. A catalogue of clothing and accessories—including wedding dresses and children’s clothing—the website houses an inventory Adler has amassed from designers around the world, including one-of-a-kind commissioned pieces. 

This new business comes after Adler was asked at her workshops where photographers could find beautiful clothing for their shoots. Adler says photographers needed a service like this. “It really started this December when I was commissioning some custom-made dresses from some designer friends of mine…to teach with in the upcoming years. I posted on Facebook to see if anyone would be interested in renting these dresses from me when I wasn’t using them for a class. The response was overwhelming: hundreds of comments within hours.”

Adler hopes this company will fulfill a creative need within the photography community. She posts sneak peeks of her designers’ creations to the Dream Shoot Rentals Facebook page, as well as a Facebook group where photographers can share photos they’ve taken with the clothing. Adler says so far she has seen a positive response to the service: “Several photographers have even referred to my site as the ‘missing link’ for their photography. I couldn’t be happier to be this link in their creative chain!”

Photos this section Courtesy of Lindsay Adler