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  • A “Picture Perfect” Holiday Gift Guide from Roberts Camera

    by User Not Found | Dec 03, 2012

    A “Picture Perfect” Holiday Gift Guide from Roberts Camera

     In honor of our National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West Exhibit, it is time to take a few moments to think about the camera lovers in our lives!  We all have a family shutterbug to buy for this holiday season, so here are a few ideas to help you find the perfect gift for photographers at any level.

     For the budget shopper out there, one thing I recommend is a small tripod. From time to time, every photographer finds he needs a bit more stability, so an inexpensive, portable tripod is a must-have for every well-stocked camera bag. One of my favorites is the Gorrillapod made by Joby. The Gorrillapod has a very clever design: the legs are flexible so you can wrap them around almost anything, like a tree branch, railing, or anything else that happens to be available. Joby makes many different sizes to accommodate a variety of cameras, from “The Original” ($21.95) for point and shoot cameras to “The Focus” ($99.00) for large, professional quality DSLRs. If you are looking for a more traditional tripod with a bit more height, then the Mefoto Compact Travel Tripod Kit for $139.99 is the winner. It folds up to only 12.6" and unfolds to a whopping 51.2" and can hold up to 8.9 pounds of camera. It comes in five colors and includes a nice little carrying case.

     Another inexpensive gift is an updated camera strap. The Black Rapid straps are an amazing tool for any photographer, especially an event or street photographer. These straps are designed so the camera hangs upside down on a sliding strap across the photographer’s body. This allows her to quickly grab her camera, get off a few perfectly-timed shots, and just as quickly secure it at her side and out of the way. Starting at $55.00, this very well might be the last strap the photographer in your life will ever need.

     A new camera is always a great gift too.  For the young photographer, I’d recommend the Nikon S01 ($179.95*). It's small enough for a child to use comfortably, and it’s stylish enough to turn an eye. The S01 comes in four colors, shoots great video and includes a carrying case and enough built in memory for over 3000 photos. If you’re buying for an adventure seeker, the Nikon AW100 ($349.95*) is the perfect camera. It is designed to resist damage when dropped from up to 6 feet, can function at up to 30 feet underwater, and can still shoot in below freezing temperatures! The Nikon AW100 will allow the extreme sportsman in your life to capture all of his adrenaline rushes.  Finally, for the photographer who never leaves home without a camera, consider the revolutionary Sony RX100 ($649.99*). This camera delivers DSLR quality images but is still small enough to fit in your pocket. Its massive 1 inch sensor and an f1.8 Carl Zeiss lens allow low light shooting capabilities beyond any other point and shoot camera available.

     What if you’re the photographer? Give friends and family the gift of your photography. Collect twelve of your shots and compile them in a 2013 calendar (available online for $18.95). Or, you could give a canvas print of a beautiful image, stretched and ready to hang (starting at $29.99). You could even have a book of your favorite photos printed as you wait ($19.99). Any of these gifts would be priceless presents, loved for many years to come.

     Robert’s Camera also has the perfect gift for the photographer who has everything. We now offer a new full line of classes for beginners and experienced photographers. We have a special purchase during this holiday season that includes a gift pack of three advanced classes for $125; that’s a savings of up to $100!  We also offer private lessons. 

    You can visit robertscamera.com/classes for our full listing of our class options.

     If you can’t make up your mind, a gift certificate is always a great idea. Or stop by either of our Roberts Camera locations (Downtown or in Carmel) to work with our knowledgeable staff to find the perfect gift for the photographer in your life.

     **Prices listed in blog do not include any current vendor instant rebates.

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  • Are you making art in Instagram?

    by User Not Found | Oct 18, 2012
    When National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West opens at the Eiteljorg on Oct. 27, you'll be treated to 125 years of work by some of America's greatest photographers. The men and women who used to rely on careful use of Autochrome plates to manipulate color in the early 20th century would no doubt be shocked at what modern shutter bugs can do with just an iPhone and an Instagram app. Suddenly, you don't need an old, plastic Holga camera to create the interesting shadows caused by light leakage. Use the Hipstamatic app. Done.

    Today, everyone can be a photographer...of sorts. Go to a rock concert and the glow of iPhone and Android screens is as ubiquitous as Bic lighters were in 1975. Our lives are obsessively documented through phones; cropped, skewed and given a vintage cast through editing; and then shared on social media. 

    But does our new-found love of documenting and curating our lives mean we're missing actually living them? Do these new technological shortcuts amount to photographic cheating? Can the product of a hipster-held Smartphone be considered art?

    Last year the Orange Dot Gallery in London hosted an exhibition of Hipstamatic photos. And, this week, journalist and multimedia producer Richard Koci Hernandez created a video essay (below) and CNN article endorsing the state of modern photography. 



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