Wednesday, November 02 09:23 AM
When you reminisce about a vacation, the atmospheric collage of sights you recall isn't always consistent with the true-to-life, megapixel-perfect scenes that your camera captured. But there is a tiny little thing that can change that.
Traveler, meet the Double Exposure Digi Cam ($130), a wee 1.1-ounce photographic magician that mashes up images, layering that Brazil beach nap with the clubbing that preceded it or a Central Park close-up with its skyscraper surroundings. Even single images get the dreamy treatment with saturated colors and soft-focus edges, making your photo album every bit as mellow as your memories.
Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo
Wednesday, October 12 10:51 AM
A lion sprints across the savanna and you have to make a split-second decision: pictures or video? Well, thanks to the fine folks at Nikon, the answer can be both. The new Nikon 1 J1 ($649.95) can simultaneously shoot photos and HD movies, capture flip book-like moving images, and switch out lenses to suit your subject. Best of all, there's a new Smart Photo Selector option that shoots ten pics and singles out the sharpest.
The serious functionality is combined with slick simplicity--we dig the monochrome white, red, or silver color options. A camera that looks good and keeps you focused on documenting your vacation? That's worth a shot.
Photo: Courtesy of Nikon
Monday, September 12 10:52 AM
Toting your SLR, tripod, and lenses up the Great Wall might seem like a good idea. But a trip to a Beijing chiropractor later? Not so much. How's a shutterbug like you going to lighten your load? Kick it old-school.
Behold the Polaroid SX-70, resurrected from a basement near you and restored to pristine working order by the fine folks at Mint. These lightweight instant cameras fold flat and pop open when you're ready to shoot. You'll get retro lo-fi images Hipstamatic can only dream of, and your back will thank you.
Limited Edition Polaroid SX-70, $350, available from Photojojo
Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo
Wednesday, August 10 07:00 AM
Ever wonder how to catch those time-lapse images of a growing flower or the changing seasons? It usually involves a few thousand dollars' worth of equipment and a whole lot of patience. But now those of us who prefer to spend our vacation in a hammock nursing a daiquiri rather than sitting patiently behind a camera can get in on that pro-style photography.
Just set up this sturdy new Time-Lapse Camera (available from Photojojo, $149), click a few buttons, and leave it to its work shooting frame after frame and stitching them together into a time-lapse video. So you can bring home footage of the changing light across a cityscape, the rise and fall of the equatorial sun, or a full day of your kids frolicking on the beach. All of the payoff with none of the effort? That's our idea of a vacation.
Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo
Tuesday, July 19 07:00 AM
It's an amazing experience to watch the dramatic landscape slide past your stateroom window on a cruise to Antarctica. But AdventureSmith Explorations' new Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise goes one step further. For the first time ever, cruisers can get off the ship and camp on the frozen tundra.
It might not be as comfortable as your cabin, but you'll be provided with mattresses, polar sleeping bags, and all the other cozy gear required to protect you from the elements. Sailing time is kept to a minimum in order to maximize opportunities for hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and glacier walking. While on board the 110-passenger Plancius, you'll be schooled by photography experts on how to capture the icy surroundings and amazing wildlife. If you've ever dismissed a cruise as a sedentary vacation, this is the trip that will change your mind.
Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Cruise, 2012 departures: February 27-March 9, November 22-December 3; 2013 departures: February 25-March 9. Doubles from $8,350 (2012) and $8,790 (2013) per person; 877-620-2875.
Photo: Courtesy of AdventureSmith Explorations
Thursday, July 07 07:00 AM
The best travel images tend to be stealth shots. But unwieldy digital SLRs can make discreet photography difficult. That's why we'll be packing the new 3.88-ounce mini Minox ($179), brought to you by the creators of 1940s CIA spy cams.
The body, a 5/8th-scale replica of the Cold War-era Leica M3, is pure James Bond cool. But that pretty packaging also shoots with precision, thanks to a German-engineered glass lens and 5.1-megapixel resolution. Best of all, it fits in the palm of your hand.
Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo Store
Wednesday, June 15 11:15 AM
The combo of sea and sand can play havoc with a fancy camera, so it's little wonder that many of us don't pack that pricey piece of gear for a day at the beach. But things are looking up, sunseeker: The new Underwater Digi Cam is about to become as essential to your summer as a high-SPF sunscreen.
The shock-resistant casing lets you throw this camera into your beach bag with abandon (it has a plastic lens, it can take it). Plus, it's waterproof down to 100 feet. It's as simple (point, shoot, done) as it is affordable ($35), and there's enough memory for 75 photos--or two minutes of video--to capture the mellow bliss of your day by the sea...and in it.
Photo: Courtesy of Photojojo
Thursday, May 26 07:00 AM
New York is one of those cities where, even if you're having the time of your life, you can't help but wonder if you're missing out on something even more fabulous (you probably are). But here's one way to see something that visitors hardly ever get to access: NYC's rooftop gardens.
New York Rooftop Gardens, a coffee-table book with 200 stunning color photographs by Charles de Vaivre gives you an eyeful of the oases nestled high above the concrete jungle. While most of these leafy, lofty spots are reserved for Manhattan's lucky few, don't despair--there's always the egalitarian elevated gardens of New York's High Line to stroll along (Section 2, from West 20th to West 30th Street, opens in June).
New York Rooftop Gardens, teNeues, available early summer. Click here to preorder.
Photo: © 2011 Charles de Vaivre. All rights reserved. www.charlesdevaivre.com
Wednesday, May 04 04:24 PM
There's always been one thing missing from your vacation videos: depth. And we don't mean insightful patter while filming your way through the Louvre.
But early adopters on the go can capture that elusive third dimension with Sony's new Bloggie MHS-FS3 3-D camcorder ($249.99), a narrow little number that slides easily into your pocket. Two high-def lenses and sensors capture one hour and 20 minutes of HD video, still pics, and up to four hours of Web-friendly 2-D videos. Plus, integrated social media functionality makes it a cinch to share on YouTube, Facebook, and Picasa.
A built-in 2.4-inch LCD lets you preview your handiwork sans special glasses, but you'll need a 3-D HDTV set to watch your multidimensional masterpieces. Finally, friends and family might actually be willing to watch your vacation videos.
Photo: Courtesy of Sony
Wednesday, April 13 03:23 PM
Sometimes, photos feel more accurate when they match the dreamy, saturated memories you have of a trip. And nothing adds lo-fi love to a snapshot like shooting with a Diana camera, a 1960s-style model using 35 mm film that's found a cult following in this pixelated age.
The Diana Mini JIYU, a new cherry blossom-themed camera, was originally designed as a limited-edition homage to Japan's annual Golden Week, a time of rest in the country. After the recent earthquake and tsunami, the Diana folks pledged nearly $30,000 from sales of these cameras to Red Cross assistance to Japan. So this is one purchase that can help give everyone a better outlook.
Photo: Courtesy of Lomography
Wednesday, March 16 06:31 PM
Sure, your digital can shoot 100 photographs in a minute, zoom the length of a football field, and store weeks of vacation shots. But does it have style? Our new favorite camera does.
The Fujifilm FinePix X100 has a body James Bond would be proud of, all pebbly leatherlike finishes and retro '50s dials. But it's much more than a pretty face. The X100 has the same size sensor as your average digital SLR, a high-tech optical viewfinder (so you can shoot using the digital display or peer through the old-school range finder), and the ability to film some quality video. That's our kind of straight shooter.
Fujifilm FinePix X100, $1,199.95
Photo: Courtesy of Fujifilm
Monday, December 20 05:23 PM
Don't get us wrong, we love the convenience of digital cameras. But remember the excitement of seeing your prints for the first time, when you shot on film? The new mini Sprocket Rocket might tempt you back. It's as bite-size as your compact digital, with a 35 mm wide-angle lens that's perfect for panoramic shots. And its retro appearance wins style points.
The Sprocket Rocket lends some extra creativity to your picture-taking experience, too. It exposes images over the entire piece of film, including the sprockets, which gives the edges of your prints a film-reel vibe. It's also the first camera fitted with a reverse gear, allowing you to take a shot then rewind to superimpose another picture over it. The result? Perhaps a streaky neon Tokyo scene over a field of poppies, or multiple perspectives of the Brooklyn Bridge, all in one photograph.
And since there's no preview, half the fun is waiting to see how your images turn out. There's nothing like a little delayed photo gratification.
Friday, December 10 11:48 AM
Half the fun of heli-skiing is the bragging rights. So why not take it to the next level and combine a heli-ski trip with a squad of professional outdoors photographers who'll capture your adrenaline-fueled adventures and teach you the tricks of their trade?
Starting in March 2011, EpicQuest's heli-ski and photography package will bring together outdoors/ski photographer Scott Markewitz, Powder magazine photo editor David Reddick, and up to eight guests on a seven-day excursion to Alaska's Chugach Mountains. The pros will teach you how to shoot on the slopes and atop remote peaks as well as from a helicopter, but it's not all about looking through a lens--you'll be swooshing through fresh powder on the steeps, too.
Finally, your aprčs-ski tales of derring-do can be backed up with photographic evidence.
Photo: EpicQuest/Scott Markewitz