ikea knäppa cardboard digital camera

i forgot to post about this after milan a few weeks ago: for the launch of ikea's ps 2012 collection, these cardboard camera's were given away at the exhibition. customers are then encouraged to upload their photos to a dedicated site.

it's a nice looking product, using three of ikea's most renowned things: cardboard, components and flat-packing. it uses two aaa batteries, and stores up to 40 photos, which you can transfer using the integrated usb. they make no lies about the photo quality (see video below), but i think it's a nice update of the disposable camera for the digital age. i just hope they'll be available to buy!

via moco loco

gorillapod

http://www.cornwallcameras.co.uk/WebRoot/Eclipse/Shops/cornwallcameras/496C/7928/1FDA/47FF/5958/5299/FE61/342E/Joby_Gorillapod_SLR_0025_20Mini-Tripod_Grip_SLR_Cameras.jpg

i don't know why i havn't done a post on the gorillapod yet, as i have had it for a couple of months now, and have already been raving about it on my twitter feed, as well as to everyone i know.

if you've never heard of one before, it is basically a very flexible tripod for a camera. the company that makes them, joby, have created a variety of sizes for different cameras (below), all of which performing the same, amazing function.

http://www.intro2020.co.uk/newphotos/gorillapods2.jpg

it's always great to take photos with a tripod, as it reduces camera shake, and for setting up timed photos you can be sure of the angle you are going to get. with traditional tripods though, you are often limited as to where you can set them up. i have a really small one that is quite cool, but you still need about a 20x20com area to set it up properly.

and this is where to gorillapod comes in. not only can it be used as a standard tripod, but the legs are flexible, so you can attach it to almost anything. this is from the joby site:

The Original Gorillapod is the lightest and most versatile camera tripod available today. Featuring over two dozen flexible leg joints that bend and rotate, the Gorillapod will firmly secure your compact digital camera to virtually any surface — anywhere and everywhere!

The Gorillapod is the ideal camera accessory for photographers on the go. Throw it in your pocket or backpack and you'll be ready for your next adventure! While the Gorillapod serves all the functions of a traditional camera tripod – steadying your camera under low-light conditions, taking timed group shots, etc. – it is the only tripod malleable enough to provide you with the perfect shot while wrapped around a tree branch, hanging from a pole, or perched on a jagged rock. The possibilities are endless!

like i said, i have had it for a while now, and i still think it's great. i've got the small one for compact cameras, and got it on amazon for under £10. The prices obviously increase the larger and more professional you get, but i really do think they are woth the money.

http://joby.com/images/leg-joints.jpg

it has lots of joints which are all flexible, but retain the tension when set up to take the photo, and stays secure.

http://joby.com/images/slim-line_attachment.jpg

it has a quick release, which is very useful!

http://joby.com/images/gorillapod_foot.jpg

the rubberised feet are very grippy.

http://joby.com/images/gorillapod-horizontal.jpg

and it also folds down pretty small!

as if i havn't praised it enough, let me finally say, this is a brilliant product. i can (again) highly recommend them.

link to joby

the difference a good picture makes...

http://www.raydobbins.com/photosetup/update4.jpg a while back a saw a post about a guy who takes amazing photos of custom bikes using a very basic set up. from boingboing:

'Using consumer cameras, Ray gets tremendous results in his modest garage photography studio. Ray's process has been perfected with considerable trial and error, but surprisingly little money. With a $30 tripod, $35 halogen Sears work lights and a $55 roll of seamless, Ray has proven that I can no longer blame my camera for my poor quality photos.'

http://www.raydobbins.com/photosetup/update2.jpg

http://www.raydobbins.com/photosetup/photo7.jpg

it just shows the difference a good photo makes, and how simple it can be! check out his site to see what kind of lights, backdrop, and tripod set up he uses. through lots of trial and error he seems to have come up with just the right setup, which can easily be copied without having to go through that trial and error yourself.

when looking at peoples (product) design work on a website or portfolio, a picture can really make or break a product. a simple white backdrop like the one above is often the best thing to use to show the product, as it doesn't over-complicate things. i will definitely use some of his tips when photographing my own things this year...

link to boingboing post

link to ray dobbins photo setup