Ever Wish Your Tripod was Small and Flexible? Meet the Gorillapod (And Enter to Win One)

If you are like me, you may think tripods are a huge pain.  They are cumbersome and seem to get in the way most of the time.  But for certain types of photos they can be useful (ie. night, low light, self portraits, or timer shots).  Have you ever found yourself wishing you had something that could hold your camera at a weird angle or higher than you alone can reach?  Meet my new friend… (And make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to learn how you can win one of my new friends – 2 are up for grabs here!)

Well recently I cam across a product at PhotoJoJo (one the coolest, fun photo accessory stores on the net) called the Gorillapod.  There is one for point and shoots and one called Gorillapod SLR Zoomfor SLRs and heavier cameras.  My curiousity got the best of me.  So I tried it…  And I have found, it may just help me be more creative at times.  You can literally hang it on railings and banisters, put it low on a floor or ground, and hang it from chandeliers.  With a latter or remote trigger, you could do some super cool stuff from up high.  It can wrap around things and hold tight – your camera just screws into it. Imagine this up high at a wedding with a wide angle lens or fish eye lens.

I tested the sturdiness with my old Canon 20D with a 50 1.8 lens (just in case – LOL).  It was totally safe though and soon my Canon 5D Mark II  and L lenses will have the pleasure of taking a turn aboard it.

Here is the gorillapod outside – so you can keep your camera raised off the ground away from the elements…

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What do you do when you are out shooting and need something stable – and have no big tripod?  Tie the gorillapod to a banister…

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What if you need to get down low to shoot a kid or get a fun wide angle shot?  Let the gorillapod help you – this is on the floor inside – but I bet you could wrap it around your ankle too :)

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And what about for those hard to reach places?  I am short so a ladder is often helpful – but what about this over a dance floor?  Or in this case a kitchen?  And I thought people looked at my funny when I use the Gary Fong Lightsphere.  Imagine the looks I could get with the gorillapod

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Now if you are a good reader, you got this far for the “good stuff” – the contest!!!  2 lucky winners will be picked at random on Sunday the 26th. All you have to do is enter below in the comment section by answer the following questions:

  • Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
  • What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
  • Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?

And since I know you love me to go 1st, my answers are:

  • compliments (Shootsac)
  • strange looks (Gary Fong Lightspere or other flash modifiers)
  • cannot live without (white t-shirts when photographing – yep – they make for the coolest catchlights)

Good luck everyone!!!

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

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  1. 2

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    compliments-camera strap esty
    wierd looks-white poster board reflector(i’m totally gonna try that white t-shirt, iv’ve never even though of that!
    Can’t live with out-crumpler

  2. 3

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    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    My PhatStrap! Black w/ fuschia polka dots and furry fuschia lining.

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    My squeakers that I use for getting little kids attention!

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
    My ShootSac!

    The Gorillapod looks really cool!….Thanks for sharing! :0)

  3. 4

    Mandie says

    1. Compliments colorful camera straps

    2. Strange looks when I use a telephoto lens

    3. Cannot live without my wireless remote. I LOVE that thing.

    I really hope I win. Hopefully nobody else enters this contest and I automatically win. LOL. Just kidding! Good luck to everyone!

    mama dot bear at rocketmail dot com

  4. 6

    Tina Harden says

    I’m sitting here reading through the contest and going… My Shoot Sac (just used it at Disneyland and Seaworld… extra battery, lens, wallet, video camera and water bottle) and my light sphere and then must giggle as I read yours. Not so much the lightsphere itself but the comments on the cap are pretty crazy. I really can’t do without my Calibration Target… It’s wonderful for White balance and exposure accuracy but my eye piece extender is pretty cool too. It’s funny that you are doing the gorilla pod. My husband was just video recording at Shamu and said I need a tripod. I laughed and said I’m not carrying that too. This would have been perfect!

  5. 7

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    1. I would have to say photoshop. Don’t get me wrong though, I know it takes a lot more than photoshop to be a great photographer but it does make a really good picture really GREAT if you use it right. I strive daily to build my skills in every area of photography including photoshop, but I have gotten a lot of compliments on my editing from family and friends.

    2. Umm.. well I guess lately I would have to say using my car shade as a reflector ;) Yeah I know I just need to go out and buy the real thing since they are not even that expensive but I tend to put my spending towards lenses (which I am soo addicted to btw lol ;)

    3. Chap stick and bottled water. I always get such a workout from shooting :) Don’t want to get dehydrated!

  6. 8

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    compliments- 6 Million Dollar Krumpler bag

    Weird looks- Lightsphere, as well

    Can’t live without- Mini Pooh characters to get kids attention to the lens.

  7. 9

    Mike Fiechtner says

    1.My wired remote for my night shots for longer exposures
    2. When I pull out a white card to get the right WB
    3. Filters – always adds a cool effect

  8. 10

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    Fun contest!
    1. My 52′ Photoflex Lite Disc – big, round & sparkley & everyone is always wowed with my twist & turn action that wraps it into a small little packet.
    2. Yup, the fong dong it is :)
    3. Our video light, the frezzi minifill – couldn’t leave home without it!

  9. 11

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    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My Funky Camera wrist-let!
    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? Yep, Gary Fong Lightsphere.
    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? Oh man, no lens….ok, I guess my calibration target….it’s THE BEST!

  10. 13

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    1.Compliments…I Haven’t had any compliments on my camera accessory/tools yet….maybe I need to get a shoot sack! Weird looks – long lens hood. I can not live with out bribe tools…candy, cookies. That is how I get all those smiles from my little girl!!

  11. 14

    Sandra says

    (1) tie between: shootsac w/ different fabulous covers and my colorful camera etsy strap; (2) holding up my large gold/silver/etc reflectors gets me a lot of strange looks (I use Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector); (3) Can’t live without– my camera backpack: Tamrac Adventure 7 Photo Backpack. It is the perfect size to travel with my three favorite lenses, lens cleaner, filter and flash. And it still has enough room on top for my wallet, a compact sweater, notebook, pen. perfect for travel! Eh, I use it all the time–so perfect for everyday! :-)

  12. 15

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    I have wanted a GorillaPod for a long time because I always feel like a pack mule when I have the full-size tripod!

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    Etsy camera strap – it is seriously beautiful.

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    The HUGE stack of white poster board in my SUV! Seriously, comments at least once a week!

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
    Crumpler

  13. 17

    Shelby says

    Compliments: my 28-70mm lens when used with hood gets a LOT of comments from non-photographers. Weird looks: flash bracket. Can’t live without: this sounds dumb but my rocket air blower – it’s dusty around here!

    Thanks and I hope I win!

  14. 18

    Daros says

    1. The little beanbag I carry around in my camerabag ~ I use it for stabilizing when I don’t have a tripod. 1/2 the time people comment that it’s a neat idea.

    2. And the other 1/2 of the time, people can’t fathom using a beanbag as stabilization when a perfectly good tripod or steady hand will do the job *shrug*

    3. 32″ Ebay lightbox! For fun lighting projects!

  15. 19

    MariaV says

    I don’t have many accesories yet, so I’m not sure I qualify.

    1. I have a “green” light, weight travel tri-pod. It is still rather cumbersome. I think people compliment it because of the color.
    2. I get wierd looks whenever I walk around with my camera. I would like to think it is because I go out at odd hours, but it might be because I don’t look comfortable with my camera yet.
    3. My Etsy wrist strap. It is beutiful and makes it easy for me to make sure my camera is safe.

    Thank you for the great contest.

  16. 21

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    1. My dandy green damask camera strap.
    2. Weird looks because of my camera. SLRs are not common around my area.
    3. My Crumpler 6MDH. I love that thing!

  17. 22

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    I think my photo vision target thing gets the “wow thats cool” from clients. Other photogs don’t really notice it anymore.

    2. My homemade scrim–it is like a sail in the tx winds but great to use (it is 4×5)

    3. I have to say my reflector. I am so a light modifying girl that w/ out that I would be so sad.

  18. 24

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    This product is GREAT!!!! I am short too…LOL
    O.K, I get the most compliments on my Shootsac, I also get he strangest looks when I use my Lightspere…one person even asked it I took it from a Science lab and I can live with out my cushy camera strap….it so soft on my neck.

  19. 25

    Vaitiare says

    compliments: camera strap bought on Etsy
    weird looks: white foam board from a gift that my son received, doesn’t look very professional
    can’t live without:stretchy pants and water bottle

  20. 26

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    The idea with the white t-shirt is great, I will try it next time :-)
    Ok, I get most of the compliments for my edited photos. (thanks, photoshop :-))
    The most weird look, I get, when I use my big round sun reflector. (It looks very professional ;-)
    And the one thing, I cannot shoot without, is my beautiful camera strap from etsy.

  21. 28

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    I would have to say… camera armour over my slr body, gps attached to the hot shoe and can’t live without my tripod… but, a gorillapod is on my short list and would replace my tripod on many occasions…

  22. 29

    Jeanine says

    compliments: Tracy Joy camera bag
    tool: grip, reflector
    can’t live without: hmm… grip, love having those extra batteries and the feel of the grip.

    Do I get bonus points for having the same kitchen light as you? lol!

  23. 30

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    I am still semi-new (just amateur) and haven’t invested tons of money — accessories are not abundant in this household!

    compliments: since those that I’ve photographed are family/friends/acquaintances without tons of moola who aren’t familiar with DSLRs, they just ooh and ahh over the camera and are pleased with what I get.

    strange looks: since I don’t have much, strange looks don’t come that often… but my sheets of white posterboard or foamboard that I’ve used have gotten strange looks, as well as when I get down on the floor or climb up high to get that angle… people aren’t used to anything other than standing up full height.

    cannot live without: now that I use it, I could never live without photoshop… I’m utterly addicted (when I was adamantly opposed before I began!) but if we’re talking an accessory… technically, the UV filter for my lens, if that counts! It makes me feel better about the lens being protected… just in case something happens (and with two kids 2 and under… VERY likely)… I’m out a filter, not an entire LENS!

    (on another note, I have thorouhgly enjoyed this blog and have learned SO much already. I’m so grateful!)

  24. 31

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    Compliments: My white umbrella – intially bought it for my wedding and it’s so versatile, I can use it instead of a reflector, as an accessoire in front of busy backgrounds, or just as an umbrella :)
    Weird looks: Apart from lying on the ground taking photos… maybe the fact that I’m NOT using a camera strap as I find it too restrictive (following the Kevin Kubota school of thought ;)
    Can’t shoot without: dust remover for my lens

  25. 32

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    I don’t really have any accessories at the moment. But when I use the big ole 70-200 f/2.8 lens, that always gets lots of compliments and sometimes a strange look or two… Love the white t-shirt idea too.

  26. 33

    Jessica says

    Compliments: My camera backpack (instead of bag). Wierd looks: I’ll also have to say my Gary Fong light difuser. Can’t live without:a big bottle of water on shoots.

  27. 34

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    Kind of a newbie so don’t have alot to choose from but here it goes:

    compliments: Tracy Joy camera strap
    weird looks: beleive it or not it is the lens hood on my tele lens
    My camera bag tracy joy!

  28. 35

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    1. Compliments – Lensbaby
    2. Weird looks – 500 mm mirror lens with 2X convertor …… looks like a german hand grenade The Model 24 Stielhandgranate.
    3.Cannot live without – My Ginormous camera bag, the Tenba shootout, Large. Huge … but there is nothing better knowing you have EVERYTHING you need with you and safe.

  29. 36

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    compliments: camera strap from Tracy Joy (and the bag)
    weird looks: my light diffuser
    live without: i really wanted to say my 50 mm lens but I will say my camera bag that holds all my goodies….now if I just had a cool tripod….

  30. 37

    Gail says

    Most compliments: my Shootsac.
    Weirdest looks: all of my flash modifiers
    Can’t shoot without: my stack of poster board (I do love the idea of the white t-shirt and I’m going to try that as soon as possible.)

  31. 38

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    compliments: lowpro, love it!
    strange looks: 70-200 L….b/c of how big it is
    can’t live w/o: you said no lens so I’m going with my camera!!!!
    Thanks for doing this!

  32. 39

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    Most compliments: This is crazy, but people who are not familiar with camera gear are way impressed by a lens hood. I get lots of comments like, “that’s a serious camera!” Funny.
    Weird looks: Gary Fong’s Lightsphere (but it sure makes things pretty.)
    Can’t live without: External flash–you just never know.

  33. 40

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    * most compliments – wireless remote. People are easily impressed :)
    * weird looks – handmade lens covers for shaped bokeh
    * cannot “live without” – Small camera only bag. So much easier for day to day pics than lugging around the big bag.

  34. 42

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    * compliments – photo bracelet … seriously this will get more compliments than any kind of equipment that I have
    * strange looks – 7- 300 lens with the flare guard … gets all kinds of oohs and aahhs and questioning looks
    * cannot live without – 50 mm 1.8 lens … I know it’s not the grandest, but I feel it’s the truest lens

  35. 43

    AmandaV. says

    1. Compliments: Telephoto L lens
    2. strange looks: pez dispenser attached
    3. cannot live without: my fleurville bag

  36. 45

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    Compliments – my collection of traveling backgrounds. Wierd looks – the funny faces and animal noises that i used to get littles ones look and hopefully laugh. Can’t live without – compfy pants that aren’t too low rise :-) (which in the future i’m going to try to pair with a white tee…thanks Jodi!)

  37. 46

    David says

    1. Remote flash trigger, after I explained what it’s for.
    2. Remote flash trigger, before I tell them what it’s for. :-)
    3. Flash diffuser.

  38. 47

    Carin says

    1) My old Nikon n2000 camera because it makes such a cool Duran Duran “Girls on Film” sound when it snaps a photo. 2) My grandpa’s polaroid camera. One of those leather ones that’s flat and flips open James Bond style. Sadly, can’t use it much anymore because film’s run out. 3) My shutter release cable for my DSLR. I don’t know what I was thinking waiting so long to get one.

  39. 48

    Sally says

    1.) Most compliments…well, people just think my camera’s pretty awesome. ;) But extra compliments when I use my telephoto lens or my external flash.
    2.) Weirdest looks…When I was shooting in Africa, just having a camera got me some WEIRD looks. In the US, I get super weird looks when I have my long lens hood or am using a reflector….the lens hood thing is funny. People just don’t understand it so they think its like really special or something.
    3.) Can’t live without external flash and Photoshop. <3

  40. 49

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    compliment- normally the camera itself (5d MarkII)…people comment on how huge it is…then they pick it up and can’t believe the weight :)
    strange look- nothing…I haven’t brought anything strange to a shoot…yet
    can’t live w/out- maybe my 6 year old..he came to a shoot on Saturday and did an awesome job getting the two boys I was photographing to actually laugh and look at the camera (using his one-eyed cross trick)

  41. 50

    Kenna says

    I love my bag, do not get wierd looks for too much since I am still in the beginner stage, I cannot live without my bag. I know that is twice, but I love having something to carry my camera in since it is constantly with me!

  42. 51

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    1. Compliment … my colorful camera strp
    2. Funny Faces … at my funky pink chair I drag out into the middle of the street
    3. Can’t live without … my external flash

    The white t-shit is an awesome idea. Thanks Jodi!!!

  43. 53

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    1. My bright red camera bag (6 million dollar bag) 2. my “puffer” flash modifier 3. I am pretty new to all this so mine is kind of boring…but my spare battery :) I learned the hard way that a spare is the only extra anything I really (really) need!

  44. 54

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    Uh-oh… I have to say almost exactly the same thing. I hope that’s not a strike against me, instead shows how similar we are! :-)
    Shootsac gets tons of complements
    Gary Fong Whale Tail flash modifer gets tons of “What the heck is that?”
    Can’t live without my homemade reflector that stands by itself since I hardly ever have an assistant!
    Thanks! I love Photojojo! You guys rock!

  45. 55

    cyndi says

    compliments-the burst mode on my camera; wierd looks-a plastic tupperware cup that diffuses my flash; cannot live without – the remote…I can take pictures of my kids without them even thinking I am taking pictures…I’ve gotten some really great shots!

  46. 56

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    Compliments: My Shootsac
    Wierd Looks: My Ray Ring Flash – I couldn’t tell you how many people have come up and ask me what the heck it is!
    Cannot Live Without: My Manfrotto 458B Neotec Pro Photo Tripod – It is so fast and easy to set up when I am photographing wildlife…of course a Gorillapod could be my new favorite accessory! :)

  47. 57

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    Most compliments – my super cheap lens hood! No one noticed my 5d ’til I added a cheap lens hood, and then they were all like, whoa!

    Strange looks – me flat on my back or stomach on the sidewalk shooting flowers up into the light (one neighbor actually pulled over to get her phone out to call 911 until she saw the camera!)

    Cannot live w/o – my Spudz cleaning cloth dangling off my lens strap for emergency touch ups.

  48. 58

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    Funnily enough very similar to you
    * compliments (my handmade lens bag & my D300)
    * strange looks (yep, my flash modifiers)
    * cannot live without (white shirts, yes definitely .. and I’d have to say my Mac/Lightroom)

  49. 59

    Allyson says

    * Compliments? – I hear a lot of excellent things about the camera itself, but also the camera strap cover I bought on Etsy.

    * Weird looks? – Probably the camera itself, most of the time. Though, DSLRs are becoming more and more common.

    * Cannot “live without”? – Extra battery!

  50. 60

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    What a cool contest… I’ve loved reading all the comments/responses!

    Compliments: BlackRapid camera strap (from other photogs); strange looks: itty bitty 50mm lens on a big d300; can’t live without any of my cameras. I’m an addict, what can I say?!

  51. 61

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    Compliments: My SplitYarn camera strap
    Strange Look: My TtV contraption and Duaflex II
    Cannot Live Without: I’m still new to photography so right now it’s my Mac and my remote.

  52. 62

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    Compliments: my neckstrap…it’s paisley and bright pink. :-)
    Strange Looks: 2.8L lens…it’s a little intimidating to some people.
    Can’t live without: not to copy Jodi, but white t-shirts. Good catchlights and you don’t leave weird color casts in your photos. :-)

  53. 63

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    1. get the most compliments out of my Shootsac, especially when i have my basic black cover on it that showcases my embroidered logo; 2. weirdest looks from my lying on the ground techniques to get a cool shot from a different angle (will that count!?); 3. couldn’t live without Photoshop!

  54. 64

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    {compliments=shootsac}…{strange looks=our homemade snoot which is made of a gary fong with black straws and foam stuffed inside!}…{cannot live without=pocketwizards}

  55. 65

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    Safety tip, if your going to hang the camera up high like over a dance floor, use a safety line too.
    Compliments: Pocket Wizards, They think it’s cool I can fire off strobes and remote cameras without wires.
    Strange Looks: Canon 1D MKIII with 300mm 2.8 from the back of the church. “Now that is a big camera you have there”
    Cannot live without: Pixel Pocket Rocket by Think Tank. Keeps all my cards in one place and organized.

  56. 66

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    Compliments: My 42 inch 5-in-1 reflector. Little kids LOVE it when I release that beast from the package and it springs to life in a great “FLUMP!!”

    Strange Looks: My gray card. I’m sure people have a hard time imagining why on earth I come to their home, set up lights, and then take photos of a piece of gray cardboard.

    Cannot live without: My husband. I know that technically he’s not an accessory, and he doesn’t even accompany me during client sessions. But he’s totally what makes it possible for me to go…he stays home with our daughter, playing Barbies and Princess games for hours, just so I can photograph OTHER families. Every single shot I take is thanks to him.

  57. 67

    Gladys Rivera says

    Compliments{my bodabag and my pink stripe neck camera strap}
    Strangelooks { also my gary fong lightsphere}
    Cannot live without {my Mcp actions I LOVE THEM}

  58. 68

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    Compliments: my camera itself (Nikon D300); Strange looks: Fong Lightsphere II; Cannot live without: vertical/battery grip.
    Great blog you run here. Love your work/photos as well.

  59. 69

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    1 – I use a Yashica 124g that gets comments everywhere I go. Around the world, someone or their dad or grandfather (why all men?) used one or something like it way back when… it might be in the attic still.

    2 – My Ikophot light meter. Red-brown leather and brass dials and numbers… it must be magic.

    3 – Simplest thinnest shoulder strap I can find – like the originals on many vintage cameras. I ride my bike all over with a camera slung across my back, and I can’t stand the rubbery stuff on the Canon Rebel straps.

  60. 70

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    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My Shootsac
    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? Flip-it
    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? Video Lights for detail shots

  61. 71

    MelindaV says

    Compliments: My 70-200mm lens
    Strange looks: my large reflector
    Can’t live without: my light modifiers

  62. 72

    says

    compliments (Tamrac backpack camera bag…really cool and stores everything neatly)
    strange looks (Gary Fong Lightspere II Clear flash diffuser…looks weird, but works)
    cannot live without (wireless flash on my SB-800…never going back to on-camera flash again).

  63. 73

    says

    I am new to the whole photography thing, so I don’t really have answers for these questions. However, I would love to win one of these! Please count me in! (Even though I didn’t answer the questions) I will be checking back to see what everyone posts so I can check out the products for myself! :)

    Oh, the one I get the most compliments on is the MCP Action Coloring Book! :)

  64. 74

    Kim says

    Compliments – my camera strap cover (hedgehogs all over it). Weird looks – I use a business card to redirect my flash in a pinch. Can’t live without – an extra battery!

  65. 75

    Kara says

    Most complimented on my camera strap (I made it)
    Strangest looks on my reflector
    Couldn’t live without my gray card

  66. 76

    says

    My most complimented piece of equipment are my camera straps. My good friend and MCP fan Teri Fitzgerald made them for me. They are covered in bright, crazy wild colors you cannot miss.

    The strangist looks I get are from carrying around reflectors everywhere and asking complete starngers to hold them.

    I cannot live with out my handy dandy camera bag. (Although I hope it will soon be a gorilla! LOL)

  67. 77

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    They are also awesome as light stands! You can use the little mount thingy that comes with the flash to put it on there and then strap it to trees, railings, and well, pretty much do all the things you talked about! Gorillapods are the coolest!

  68. 78

    Kristal says

    Compliments: my 80-200mm lens.
    Strange looks: shooting from the top of my van or laying down in the middle of a road.
    Can’t live without: lens wipes, extra battery or two.

  69. 80

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    Most compliments: 70-200L 2.8. People take m seriously when they see that thing.
    Weird looks: also the 70-200L 2.8, but also when I used bubble wrap to modify my flash. People would stupidly stand directly in front of it to try to figure ot what it was. Not very classy.
    Cannot live without: my flash. That thing saves me more often than not in full sun. And the batteries to go with it.

  70. 81

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    Compliments: Tracy Joy bag, they like the different covers! I imagine it’s the same with the shootsacs :)
    Strange looks: Pocket Wizards or the fisheye, I have the 10.5 and people always thinking I’m getting up their nose
    Cant’ live without: wrist strap from phatstraps! I love the security of having a strap still that doesn’t have to hang around my neck, with the D700 and a 24-70, it’s just heavy! So the wrist strap is my fav!!

  71. 82

    SandraC says

    THis is a very cool accessory!
    Compliments: my bag….
    Strangs looks: my telephoto lens
    Can’t live without: extra batteries

  72. 83

    Natalie says

    compliments (colorful flower camera strap)
    most looks(lens cap cover holder)
    best accesory (slingback camera bag)

    thanks jodi!

  73. 84

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    What fun questions! My answers: 1.) Definitely my shootsac and all the FAB covers to go along with it. So fun coordinating my covers with my outfit! 2.) The FONG lightsphere for sure. The question I get asked most when using it “Is that tupperware?” 3.) mac book + photoshop + mcp actions (I know it is 3, but it is really like 1.. because none of them would be any good on their own! :)

  74. 86

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    Compliments: My bag
    Strange Looks: battery grip
    Cannot Live Without: Gotta agree with you on the white shirts. I have been collecting them and its ridiculous how many I have in my closet.

  75. 87

    Kate says

    # compliments – My photographs – yeah, go figure!
    # strange looks – I am _always_ reading my instruction manual
    # cannot live without – My iPod Touch apps for shooting and storing pix

  76. 88

    Carrye says

    safety belt cum camera strap – compliments
    I imagine I would get some strange ones with the gorilla pad! – strange looks
    Zoom the dog – cannot live without – he adds personality and interest to lots of otherwise meh kinda environments.

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    compliments: my jill-e bag
    weird looks: usually from a bystander while shooting in an “odd” location.
    can’t live without: I would have to agree with you Jodi…the white shirt while shooting is one of my fave things to do. I also can’t live without my portable background stand.

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    Compliments: My Canon 5D Mark 11
    Strange Looks: Hmmm… don’t notice too many looks, but maybe my diffuser.
    Can’t live without: Probably my stool. I love to shoot slightly down on people.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Compliments: My 70-200mm lens (as if it’s length doesn’t make it stand out enough, add to that the white color–it gets noticed!)
    Strange looks: Me in weird positions!
    Can’t live without: Lightroom!!

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    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My 70-300mm lens.

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? My old school tripod. My boss found it tucked away in a corner about 20 years ago and I’ve been using it ever since. It’s old and bulky and probably an antique, but it works!

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? A reflector.

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    judy says

    Compliments – my lens cap holder…it is such a functional thing (from adorama) that other photogs appreciate the practical use for it!
    Strange looks – my Gary Fong flash diffuser!
    Can’t live without – my $20 “hippie bag” from Kohls that holds my camera and lens for a camera day out in the city!

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    Most compliments: My 70-300mm lens, people love those tight shots
    Most weird looks: ok, here I have to admit that I already own a Gorillapod cause it does get a lot of weird looks when you wrap it around a tree or railing or stand it up on a trash can…but if I win I’ll have an awesome gift for my brother-in-law!
    Can’t live without: my circular polarizing filter!

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    1. My canon 5d and 28-70mm L lense with my shootsac- Love them!!!
    2. My power grip because it makes the camera look so big and because I am such a small person people look at me weird.
    3. I would say my flat ballerina shoes because comfort is everything.

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    Compliments: my D700 – everyone loves that camera! Weird looks: My hair after a photo shoot on the beach! Cannot live without: (three way tie) CS3, TRA & MCP!

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    1. compliments – Lowero Compu Daypack, because it keeps my camera equipment all nice and accessible, and has that handy laptop pouch.
    2. weird looks – My white balance lens cap, because I look like I’m taking pictures with the lens cap on the camera.
    3. can’t live without – Lightroom!

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    Let’s see… 1. I get the most compliments (pretty much exclusively from NON-photographers who don’t realize it’s actually pretty outdated) for my dusty, old D100; vertical battery grip; 28-70/2.8mm lens set-up which looks WAY more impressive than it really is. sigh, 2. I get the most weird looks for my ultra-nerdy photo vest, and last but most certainly not least, 3. I don’t think that I could ever possibly live without Adobe Photoshop (or Photoshop Lightroom, for that matter!) The Gorillapod looks amazing and I would LOVE to get weird looks when I used one!

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    1. My long portrait lens 70-200 mm
    2. Garu fong-dong and my home made light diffuser
    3. back-up batteries–you never have enough of those.

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    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? Not my cool bag or straps…LOL I don’t have those. so mine is my camera. people are sooo used to the smaller the better for point and shoots, so my big dslr surprises them and gets lots of compliments..

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? My Ladder. LOL I am a shorty so I also bring it. I also get alot of weird looks from my camera bag….its a diaper bag. LOL

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? only one… extra batteries, extra cf cards, my Smartwater, my kid bribes…

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    Which camera accessory/tool compliments? Photoshoped Final images
    What camera accessory/tool weird looks from strangers/friends? Me being foolish to get the grin and my immaginary buuny
    one camera accessory you cannot “live without” My black backdrop

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    Meghan says

    1. Most compliments: My 70-300mm, people are just impressed with size I guess (though once I start using my shootsac I’m sure that’ll be it!). 2. Strangest looks: my handmade diffuser made of an old film canister for my fill flash. 3. I cannot live without the camera bag my brother gave me, it has been a huge lifesaver!

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    compliments: nifty-50 lens (“it’s so small!” “it’s like a little baby lens!”)
    weird looks: air blower (also impossible to use without other people grabbing and playing with themselves)
    could not live without: sandisk usb flash-card reader (sooooo much faster than direct camera transfer!)

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    Wow! that is cool! Okay here are my answers:
    Compliments (my camera)
    Looks (gary fong lightsphere)
    Cant live without (my camera strap)

    Wow, Im not very interesting am I?
    Maybe thats why I need this cool tripod =)

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    1. Gets the most compliments? Camera strap from Silly Jilly (hot pink damask). 2. Gets weird looks? Flash diffuser and gigantic reflector 3. Can’t live without? Tracy Joy camera bag – gotta have all my “stuff”.

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    HilarySh says

    People love my cute polka dot strap.
    I don’t have anything weird… that’s why I need a gorilla pod!
    I love my Crumpler 6 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag,

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    1. Shootsac. I just got the “Lively” cover and people always compliment the look. They never realize it is a camera bag. 2. I would have to say my shooting style gets me the funniest look. My accessories are all pretty normal. 3. This one I don’t have yet but really wish I did, hand strap. I can’t say how many times I wish I had one.

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    1. compliments – Camera strap and cover (knitted them myself for those days I don’t want to carry around a bulky bag)
    2. strange looks – Telephoto lens. People think I’m spying.
    3. cannot live without – Most definitely Photoshop. Love playing around with it!

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    Compliments – People tend to compliment my camera more than anything else hee hee.
    Weird Looks – I have the GF whale tail and that is even worse than the light sphere LOL
    Can’t Live Without – I don’t have a shoot sac yet but I do have a camera back pack and it is quite handy.

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    Kat says

    compliments — My camera bag.

    weird looks — My “makeshift” tripods when I don’t have mine/when mine won’t get me the angle I need. People’s heads, flat spots on rocks, ledges, shelves, stacks of books, hanging it by the strap from tree branches, etc. I get a lot of weird looks for the places I will put my camera to get a good picture.

    can’t live without — My classic ‘ol tripod. I would MUCH rather have a gorilla pod though!

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    Carrie says

    I’ve always wanted to try the gorillapod. I have a tiny collapsible tripod that is indispensable, but it still needs a more-or-less flat surface. This looks so much more useful. Thanks for the review!

    As for your questions…

    Compliments: strangely enough, my cell phone camera. People are shocked by the photos I get out of it. Framing and paying attention to light gets you a long way. I put up a gallery of wedding cell phone pics on my facebook (all the while cringing at the quality) and got NOTHING but glowing compliments. Shocker.

    Most weird looks: I think I need to branch out because I haven’t noticed any weird looks! Or maybe it’s the fact that I live in Portland, and nothing is weird here.

    I cannot “live without” my shutter release cable button thingie. I like to experiment in low-light quite often.

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    Melissa says

    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?

    And since I know you love me to go 1st, my answers are:

    * compliments (Shootsac)
    * strange looks (Gary Fong Lightspere or other flash modifiers)
    * cannot live without (white t-shirts when photographing – yep – they make for the coolest catchlights)

    1. My battery pack
    2. lensbaby
    3. definitely my 5 way large reflector

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    COMPLIMENTS- my super cute, pink & green paisley camera strap.

    STRANGE LOOKS- people ask about flash modifiers a lot but my camera itself probably gets asked about most.

    CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT- reflectors…love them!

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    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?

    My Tamrac camera bag. Non-photog’s think it is really big and cumbersome.

    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?

    Gary Fong’s ‘Fong Bong’ … I mean Lightsphere. ;)

    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?

    My new RS4 R-Strap camera strap. It’s cool …. http://www.blackrapid.com (for those that are interested in what I am talking about).

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    Compliments: Shootsac and baroque cover
    Strange Looks: Bouncing my flash off of anyone wearing light colored clothing in a dark room with high ceilings!
    Cannot Live Without: Pocket Wizards

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    My Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS L gets regular props. The Lightshpere consistently throws people for a loop. Think Tanks Pixel Pocket Rocket card wallets are indispensable

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    Angel Esguerra says

    Compliments: remote control (very small and for most unexpected)

    Strange looks: my homemade flash deflecting “thingiemabob”

    Cannot live without: my DIY over shoulder camera strap

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    Most Compliments – Pro Lens Wear messenger bag and matching strap
    Weirdest looks – the homemade snoot my husband made for one of our flashes. Hey, it works!
    Can’t live without – My Fong. It also gets some strange looks, but I love it!

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    compliments – my funky camera, camera strap.
    wierd looks – gary fong puffer for pop up flash.
    cant live without – UV filter. I am so afraid of something happening to my lens. I love having a filter to protect it.

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    I get the most compliments on my camera straps that my mom sews for me with fabric that I choose. (Although the Shootsac is a very close second.)

    I get strange looks when I have wireless transmitters on my cam.

    I can’t not live without my UV protection filters. I have one on every lens. My second thing that I absolutely couldn’t live without is Photoshop. It’s not a camera accessory, but is essential for my business.

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    Compliments: Shootsac
    Weirdest Looks: Some of my newborn props – I get the weirdest looks, but moms always love them!
    Can’t Live Without: My PowerEx batteries for my pocketwizards. They are so good, I’ve replaced all the batteries in my house with them!

    I’ve seen the Gorilla Pods before and have wondered if they were useful – thanks for sharing! I think they’d be a great asset with my newborn shoots!

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    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
    My home-made diffuser made from vellum and clear tape attached to the built-in flash on my camera gets the most compliments, mainly the wow-that’s-inventive type of compliments, but they they’re compliments. While the above mentioned diffuser gets plenty of weird looks, my hand-knitted camera bag probably gets the most weird looks … it tends to stand out. Sometimes in a bad way. It was one of the first things I knitted. As lame as this might sound, I cannot live without my strap for my camera. Seriously! I can’t tell you how many times that little fabric thing has allowed me to climb higher to get the better shot or how many times it has literally saved the life of my camera!!!

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    Ben says

    compliments: the only time i’ve EVER had compliments (other than “nice camera” which doesn’t count) was when i borrowed a friend’s gorillapod to mount a flash on. looked like some miniaturised war of the worlds three legged alien it did, staggering around like they do at the end when the drivers have all caught the flu.
    strange looks: i have a mobile dark room which i use on squelchingly hot glaringly sunny south east asian afternoons in order to see the crappy screen on my 5d’s lcd. it is whatever short-sleeve shirt i happen to be wearing un buttoned two holes and then rebuttoned so i can squeeze my downturned head in at the top, and then opened at the bottom so i can get the camera in.
    cannot live without: one of those horrid elastic lens cap strings which i use on my 28mm walk around lens. before i discovered it, and got over my i-don’t-want-to-look-like-an-old-fuddy-duddy pride, i was losing like six lens caps a year (cos they just drop off, don’t they, deliberately-badly-designed pieces of crap that they are).

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    Deirdre says

    I’m a relative beginner, and I don’t know many other photographers, so really, 1) my camera itself gets the most compliments, and 2) I get weird looks when I take out just a speedlight and/or tripod. I think people expect too much of me when they see that I’m shooting with anything other than a p&s and have “all this fancy equipment.” Because of these issues, I often carry around 3) my favorite accessory — an old translucent film canister cut to the size of my on-camera flash, which I use to diffuse said flash so people don’t stare at me too much. Plus I like that it’s so lightweight. The speedlight does a better job, but I’m able to be more stealthy with my film canister.

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    Compliments: Tracy Joy bag
    Weird Looks: Props
    Can’t Live Without: spare memory cards

    (I just my SLR in January so my gear is still pretty “rookie” – I don’t even own a tripod yet – … but I love photography and I’m working on expanding as quickly – or slowly – as finances allow.)

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    Jennifer B says

    Compliments: the toys I pick to get kids’ attention. Weird looks: when I hold my polarizer filter in front of my lens during a shot because it doesn’t have the right thread size for my most used lens. Can’t live without: photoshop. I admit it. It makes me look good. :) And I’d LOVE a gorillapod! Thanks for the contest!

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    Compliments come from my online proofing slideshows. I get odd looks when I carry my Quantum Turbo battery pack. The one thing I could not live without when shooting: Dr. Scholl’s Gel Inserts. Yeah, I’m gellin’!

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    monica says

    1. compliments: Crumpler bag
    2. weird looks: vaseline on a lens filter
    3. can’t live without: lens cleaning cloth

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    Stacey Panassidi says

    Compliments: my camera, which is a canon 30D, but most people that see me with it have a small point and shoot

    Strange looks: my 70-200mm lens, they have never seen anything so big, again, they use p & s

    Can’t live without: my remote shooter thingy (love to take self portraits)

    I’m hoping next time I can say I can’t live without my gorilla pod! lol!

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    1.My camera itself, I suppose. I don’t have anything else that’s noteworthy! But I do love that Mark II :)
    2. My pocket wizards… they think its weird when I put a flash on the floor. :)
    3. My neck strap. Boring, I know, but it gives me a sense of safety. I’d love to get a hand strap one day but they don’t make them for my camera unless you have a battery pack and I don’t. ;(

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    JenW says

    Compliments: When I pull out my camera, most people are shocked but it and love it!
    Weirdest Looks: Usually when I have my studio lights up, they are VERY old and look really crappy but they work and get the job done…most of the time…
    Can’t live without: MCP actions, of course!!!!

    I have always wanted to try a gorillapod out! Hope I get a chance to!

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    1. I get the most compliments on my Tracy Joy Bag & matching camera strap
    2. The funniest looks come out when I get out the FONG! you’ve gotta love the fong!
    3. The accessorie I can not live without- My MCP actions of course!! ;)

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    howdy!
    1) tracy joy bag- very versatile!
    2) the tight fitting camera sleeve i have- don’t remember who makes it- but its ummm, an “interesting” shape
    3) same as #3… i can throw my expensive SLR and L lens in my purse amidst a lot of junk and feel ok with it being in there!

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    Compliments: My camera – nothing spesh (it’s a 40D) but most ppl comment about it
    Questions: My Fong LOL
    Cannot “live without”: My Lowepro & Photoshop!

    The gorillapod looks totally cool – thanks for the opportunity, Jodi! :D

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    1. I’m still new at this and don’t have any camera accessories…so I’d have to say my camera!
    2. My backdrops…I will use almost anything!
    3. I’m a lover of Photoshop and actions!!

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    Compliments: My camera – and the photos afterward, LOL.
    Weird looks: When I bounce my flash and everyone looks around for lightning.
    Can’t live without: my organizing program for the ridiculous number of photos I take. :)

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    Silvina says

    Compliments: my camera (Nikon D700 – LOVE IT!!)
    Questions: my WhiBal card
    Cannot live without: photoshop

    Thanks for the contest!

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    Jacqueline Dover says

    I get the most compliments on my Lowepro Slingshot 200 camera bag. It’s comfy and my gear is easy to access with a quick swing of the bag.

    As for accessories that draw weird looks, does the photographer count? Surely there isn’t much that can top all the odd body positions one finds oneself in during the hunt for an interesting perspective, the intense staring at objects most people overlook, all while adorned in big lenses, accessory vests and the like! Well, when my own antics and attire aren’t enough to draw strange looks, my DIY cardboard and foil ringflash over an sb-600 attracts stares aplenty.

    I don’t think there’s any accessory I can’t live without. If it don’t have it, then that’s just an opportunity to get creative or to grab a different shot. But if I had to pare down to just one, I’d keep my tripod (Manfrotto legs and ballhead). It enables more shots that would not otherwise be possible than any other accessory I own.

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    1. Speedlite Nikon SB-400 (small, but effective)
    2. Yashicamat (borrowed) for TTL photography. Shooting one camera into another always draws a few stares.
    3. Wireless remote (ML-L3) — Good for self portraits and avoiding camera shake.

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    compliments (my portable and easy-to-set up Apollo 28″ softbox)
    strange looks (My Lumiquest Hot Shoe Light modifier)
    cannot live without (I live and die with my Nikon SB800… don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have it. I used to shoot natural light, but no more!)

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    April Butler says

    compliments: 70-200 2.8
    strange looks: when I pop up my 50×50 Westcott out in a field
    cannot live without: SB800 with 50×50 ~ OCF ROCKS!!

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    Allison says

    Compliments: camera strap – pink flowers
    Strange looks: Gary Fong light sphere
    Can not live without: black velvet backdrop

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    compliments: my hair… being a 6 foot tall redhead means I’m never lost in a crowd
    strange looks: my homemade flash bounce… in various colors (silver, gold, white)
    cannot live without: my 50mm 1.4 mmm yummy bokeh!

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    Compliments: Battery Grip, “wow you must take good photos with that camera”
    Weird looks: My home made “Better Bounce Card” too poor for a Fong!
    Can’t shoot without: Extension tube that converts my nifty 50 into a macro

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    ~compliments (homemade heart-shaped bokeh lens hood)
    ~strange looks (My left hand, as I use it to shoot my right handed camera with since I am missing part of my right arm)
    ~cannot live without (wireless remote for selfie’s of course!)

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    compliments: shootsac!
    strange looks: gary fong lightsphere for sure, “Fong Bong”
    cannot live without: Epson Multimedia Photo Viewer!!

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    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?

    70-20mm lens

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?

    better bounce card

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?

    sekonic light meter

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    compliments: the spiffing camera bag I sewed myself
    weird looks: not any accessory, but generally the weird things I take photos of and the awful ways I contort myself to get the right angle
    can’t live without: extra battery power! and my husband, as strange as it sounds, because he is more than tolerant of my obsessive need to photograph things and will go out of his way to help get me the perfect shot even if it’s inconvenient

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    compliments: my black/orange crumpler bag
    strange looks: my bubble wrap, cardboard and black tape speedlite diffuser :-) Woopwoop for strobist!
    cannot live without: my plastic L lense- the Canon 50mm f/1.8

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    Andi Monick says

    Compliments: I think it’s the Lensbaby.
    Strange looks: Definitely my TTV get up. Constant comments and questions when I go out with that.
    Cannot live without: My incredibly comfortable, heavy duty neoprene strap.

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    compliments? My bag. But red is the best in Georgia and Alabama.
    weird? My homemade diffuser. I just like making my own.
    cannot do without? Filters. I could fool with it in PS, but why not get it in camera.

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    * Compliments: I have to agree with you on this one- my Shootsac!!
    * Stange Looks: My Seagull medium format camera- yeah, it looks strange when juxtaposed with my 5D, too bad I never get the film in for processing!
    * Cannot Live Without: My Think Tank memory card holder. Without that strapped to my Shootsac, I’d wash my CF cards for sure. I put everything in my back pockets- and lens caps can stand the washer, but memory cards can’t!

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    Compliments: my tracy joy bag
    Strange looks: I’ve used my car reflector as a reflector
    Cannot live w/o: Camera strap. It’s saved my camera a few times :o

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    -Most Compliments: Camera Bag… nothing out of the ordinary, just big… would love a shootsac :)
    -Weird Looks: My big telephoto lens.
    -Can’t live without: Photoshop and Lightroom…

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    Sadie says

    Compliments: My camera itself :) Or one of my super telephoto lenses.
    Strange looks: My super telephoto lens with it’s long lens hood.
    I cannot live without: My laptop with Photoshop on it!

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    Laurie says

    1. Camera Bag (big and ugly..I have tried to win a cool one!)
    2. Big tripod (the neighbor thinks I am a freakshow)
    3. MCP Skin action!

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    L y s h a says

    (1) My Funky Camera Strap, (2) don’t really have one, (3) I’m still new to this so I don’t really have any camera accessories :(

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    Olivia says

    Compliments: My Funky Camera Strap
    Strange looks: Giant Reflector
    Can’t live without: My Hello Kitty Pez Dispenser that I can slide onto my flash to distract the kids!

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    Ashlee says

    I don’t have a lot, but
    compliments: my finished photos.
    strange looks: my Fong for sure.
    cannot live without: a water bottle, I get soooo thirsty during a shoot, also the pouch that attaches to my camera strap that holds my memory cards.

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    Conni says

    Most comments — my camera strap (made by me!)
    Weirdest looks — my 3 paneled white board..lots of questionable faces!
    Cannot live without — my camera bag…has everything I need in it!
    Thanks for the chance to win..this has been on my list of gadets to get!!

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    Amanda Reimer says

    I so need one of those! My only tripod is from my sister, who bought it at a garage sale. And one ‘pod’ doesn’t hold.
    I don’t have that many accessories – still starting out – but I did buy a pretty strap for my camera. It makes the camera look like it is mine.
    Strange looks would have to be my camera. I pull it out all the time!
    I cannot live without memory on my computer. There is nothing as annoying as trying to view your pics and you’ve slowed your memory down so much you can’t flip through them!

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    Chi-Girl says

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My homemade ribbon camera strap

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? Def. my whiteboard as a backdrop.

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? My remote control!

    Thanks a lot of this chance!!!

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     compliments (Sling camera bag)
     strange looks (camera flash soft box velcro modle)
     cannot live without (remote camera trigger)

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    Compliments: My tracy joy bag
    Wierd looks: I really haven’t noticed any beside some positions I try to get in
    Can’t live without photoshop. i love all the cool things you can do and storyboards!!

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    Ok, now this is tough since you said we can’t say a lens!
    compliments: my pink medium size JillE camera bag
    weird looks: me contorting myself to get “the shot”
    can’t live without:my camera! photoshop…and mcp actions of course :)

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    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    Probably that I have a nice camera for how young I am.
    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    When I stop in the middle of the road when I find a good spot to shoot or weird positions to get the shot at the right angle.

    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without”? My remote! I LOVEEE it!

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    My 50mm lens — people always compliment my photos when using this lens the most; I use an old film canister over my flash sometimes to soften the light (read @ photojojo as well!) that I get weird looks on using; and my kids — I wouldn’t be able to practice my skill set so much without them!

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    Leslie says

    compliments (lens with hood – funny how you can be perceived as awesome b/c you have a cool lens)
    strange looks (Demp Flip It)
    cannot live without (extra memory!)

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    *Compliments: Jill-e bag, *Weird looks: 5 foot oval reflector (especially when I’m struggling to get it back into a 1 foot circle…which I never do), *I can’t live without Photoshop!!!

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    I’d say my small white Jill-E camera bag gets the most compliments. I get strange looks not for my equipment but for abruptly stopping in the middle of sidewalks to look at something more closely. And I can not live without Adobe Lightroom, if only for making renaming and organizing all my photos SO EASY.

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    Nancy says

    I seem to get the most compliments when I’m packing my 80-200 f2.8 – it’s hard to be inconspicuous with that lens on! I always get strange looks when I have my Gary Fong lightsphere or whale tail on, those are just plain odd looking! And I could not live without my Black Rapid carrying strap, it helps me be so quick on the draw! Thanks – Nancy

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    Um–most compliments–well, nothing yet, but I am in the market for a fun new strap and nice, small bag to carry just my camera and the lens or two I am using that day… Maybe a little Joey? For strange looks–also nothing yet–haven’t shelled out for any huge lenses yet. But in my non-photography circle of friends, my 40D camera itself gets the most looks, since everyone else I know uses a little purse-sized P&S! And cannot live without–well, that would have to be my 70-300 2.8–love that lens!

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    Natalie Putnam says

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My custom cottoncandybynatalie camera strap! (that I make!)
    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? my wireless remote
    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? My many memory cards.

    Pick me, I want one of these really really bad!!!!

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    Compliments: I’m not a professional and don’t have anything fancy, mostly I just get comments on the camera itself.

    Looks: My zoom lens with its lens hood

    Can’t live without: My purse turned camera bag, not fancy, but it works!

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    1. My camera “bag” gets the most compliments. It’s actually a plastic tool box. With foam added to hold my lenses, batteries, and memory cards. Plenty of room for my video camera gear too. Fits in the overhead compartment of even smaller planes, yet if I have to check it, I know it won’t get crushed.

    2. The strangest looks come when using my 13′ monopod, with pull string trigger and remote viewing with a handheld tv attached to the ‘mast.’ 13′ doesn’t sound very high, but the different perspective produces some really great shots, that no one else is going to get.

    3. I can’t live without my tripod, or a monopod. It gives me confidence that my shots won’t be blurry, and holding it above my head, with a timed delay, will get me a different view when I don’t have the 13′ rig with me. (Though I’m sure I look quite silly taking these shots.)

    Thanks for the contest. The gorilla pod would be a great addition to my ‘toolbox.’

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    Barb Ray says

    1) my 100-700 lens (would love to buy a shoot sac!!!)
    2) my Gary Fong Lightsphere for sure
    3) more cards and a battery charger!!!

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    …so I must be really boring because I don’t have alot of these weird and wonderful gadgets!
    1 – The only wow compliments I get is when I pull out my SB-800 flash out???
    2 – I get weird looks from my friends and family when I drag a HUGE camera bag around…when they can slip a point and shoot in their pocket :)
    3 – The camera accessory that I know I’m already struggling to live without, since I don’t actually have one is definitely the shootsac! But other than that, it would really have to be my spare batteries & CF cards – peace of mind – but I’m not sure that you would classify those as accessories!

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    I actually think I get the most compliments on the camera itself–especially if I have a big lens on it.
    Although it’s not original, the Fong lightsphere definitely gets the craziest looks.
    I would never be able to live without my Optech Pro strap. It keeps me from getting wicked migraines from the camera weight on my neck.
    Thanks for the heads up on the gorillapod.

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    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? The telephoto lens
    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? Oddly enough, its the monopod. People around these parts haven’t seen them before
    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? My backpack camera bag…works great for getting stuff about be it on a plane or in the woods

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    Compliments – My Tracy Joy Bag
    Strange Looks – My homemade “Better Bounce Card”
    Cannot Live Without – I’ll go with the white T too

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    compliments- my camera strap
    strange looks- Flash diffuser
    cannot live without- my tracy joy bag!
    I really hope I win I could use a tripod!!!!

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    Wow, look at all the comments above me. That’s crazy :)

    Compliments, tracy joy camera bag
    strange looks, different angles in which I hold my camera
    cannot live without, my backup battery. You never know when you’ll need it!

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    Compliments: definately photoshop (thanks to your actions!!)
    Strange Looks: foam board for a reflector–I know I need a REAL reflector!
    Can’t live without: Elmo puppet for kids attention!

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    * compliments: My Canon Canonet QL 17 GIII
    * most weird: Lomo Holga CMY
    * cannot “live without”: my bag that lugs around my 3 cameras 9(etc.) wherever i go that i’ve had since high school.

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    Ok, very much an amateur here.

    Most compliments, eh, I guess my camera.
    Weird looks, when I have my camera with flash. It’s the size, I think, when everyone else has a point and shoot.
    Couldn’t live without, my flash. I can do ok with manual settings, but the flash makes such a difference with my kids, especially during the winter.

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    So I am new to photography or at least new to digital SLRs. I dont have many accesories or cool lens, but the thing that gets me the most compliments would be my Nikon even though its just a D80 Nikon. Its funny because people automatically think you must be professional just because you have a big DSLR- i try and tell them its a regular camera but they still think just the camera is cool. You can tell I dont hang with lots of photographers:) I don’t have anything that gets wierd looks. I do have a 80-300 zoom but its not all that odd. The camera accessory I cant live without is my little camera bag that holds just the camera. Its quick, easy, and light. But I have to make sure I have the lens I want on the camera b/c I can’t bring any extras along.

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    Tracy M says

    * compliments? My strap ;)
    * weird looks? My assortment of toys to get kids attention
    * cannot “live without”? My wireless remote.

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    Paula says

    1. Me and My Camera, I take so many pictures people talk about me. But, I am the one they come to when they need a picture!! 2. I get looks from people when I use a car, hand rail, or anything to put my camera on to make a picture with me in it. I love to be I the picture too. 3. Photoshop!!! They have it at the office and I can use it very limited, but have fallen in love!

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    Diane Stewart says

    Compliments: Camera Strap. Funny looks: The Camera itself. (My family is getting tired of it). Cant live without: Photoshop

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    Mostly my camera itself gets “wows” and “ooohs” but if I had to pick an accessory it would have to be my Speedlite 580EX II. It also goes for the weird one too because after darn near blinding them that’s when I get the weird looks ;) (I have to flash them once just to tease lol) I couldn’t live without my strap, it’s nothing fancy but by the end of a shoot if I didn’t have my strap my arms would feel like they were falling off.

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    Ann Minner says

    I’m just starting out so I don’t have much but I do carry my Canon everywhere I go. I would love to get a Gorillapod. compliments: M-Rock bag; strange looks: camera strap; can’t live without: “how to” camera books

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    Compliments: Well, I’ve only had my DSLR for about 3.5 months, so I don’t have many accessories yet. I would have to say some of the actions I use on my photos (computers and programs are accessories, right?)

    Strange looks: Again, since I’m a relative newbie, I can’t say I’ve had any of these yet.

    Cannot live without: My computer and program (Elements 6), to fix the mistakes I make! That, or my 8 gig memory card. Love all that memory!

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    Compliments, Shootsac, strange looks Fong for sure and actual comes with MANY strange comments (Is that for your beer?) and cannot live without my bean bag (for newborns)

  182. 233

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    most compliments- my camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag
    most weird looks- lens hood made from cardstock paper
    cannot “live without”- lens cap keeper

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    compliments: 70-200 L series lens (people go, Ahh!)
    funny looks: 70-200 L series lens (someone thought it was a thermos!)
    cannot live without: My hiking boots. Waterproof with a super gripping sole. I can take shots while standing in a creek or on the edge of a hillside!

  184. 236

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    Compliments: My cool camera strap (I long for a Shootsac)
    Weird looks: My little gorillapod
    Can’t Live Without: Photoshop
    Thanks, Jodi!!

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    Carly says

    * Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    My camera bag, it fits snugly on my camera

    * What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    My little mini dollar store tripod

    * Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
    I am going to say a gorilla tripod. I just purchased my first dslr, and I am a little nervous about putting it on the dollar store tripod. I don’t have one so….

    Here’s hoping that I win

  186. 238

    PS Nunn says

    compliments: camera backpack.
    weird looks: a bright, shiny penny (which I place next to “belly-button flowers,” when shooting wildflowers in Death Vally).
    can’t “live without”: extra batteries!!

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    Jenny E. says

    1. My funky camera strap, 2) Mostly I get really strange looks from the odd dances or strange noises I make to get my subject laughing, etc. 3) it’s been said but I can’t live without extra batteries…I’ve learned that the hard way!

  188. 241

    Jeannette says

    The most weird looks? My camera period. I take it everywhere I can possibly get away with and people always look at me slightly strange. Maybe it’s because they see me at the same park 3 days a week with the darn thing attached to me! I’ve been desperately searching for a tripod.. this is a wonderful invention!

  189. 242

    Celia says

    compliments: my cybershot (it has a HUGE display screen), strangest looks: my arm (I take a LOT of self-portraits), must-have: camera bag (to keep my screen pretty)

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    1. My Pocketwizards. People are always amazed at triggering things wirelessly.
    2. My customized Gary Fong Lightsphere. I’ve added paper towels and tinfoil and tape to it.
    3. I can’t live without my 4 GB CF memory cards. I love the size and speed. YUM!

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    Compliments: my case? Weird looks: probably my crack when squatting down to get a photo-haaa! cannot live without: i have no accessories yet…..sniff,sniff.

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    Shannon says

    Great give-a-way! I would love this!
    Most compliments: my final images (post production)
    Weird looks: all the ways I try to get my subjects (mostly kids) to look at the camera!
    Can’t live without: memory cards & extra hard drive

    I would love to win! :)

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    what fun! my 17-55 f/2.8 lens, dunno why, it must look scary… oddest looks- the SB800. Pull that out at school assembly and watch the other Mom’s stare… Assembly area is very backlit, so it’s pretty much essential…Can’t live without: some of my memory cards came in a little zip up neoprene card sized bag. I love it, it’s tied to my camera strap with a hair tye and has a spare card and a little lens cloth in it…

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    1) I get the most compliments on my final photos (usually the colors). 2) I usually get strange looks becuase I was running around, laying on the grass/dirt trying to get good angles and I am filthy afterwards. 3)I can no live without my reflectors.

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    1) I don’t have anything cool and have never had compliments on any of my accessories. But people do stop me to ask about my crumpler
    2) Stange looks when ever I have any zoom lens or my external flash.
    3) I cannot live with out extra batteries and a cleaning cloth.

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    Compliments: My home made camera strap slipcover
    Strange looks: My DIY on-camera flash diffuser, and I can totally see why!!!
    Cannot live without: My cordless remote shutter control

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    Wow those things look cool! Compliments: my reflector just because I was shooting a team that I normally coach so the girls thought I was looking all professional using it on them, they felt like super models! Weird looks: haven’t really gotten any for equipment but some of the positions I get into while shooting… Can’t live without out my lens pen. Cleans them so nice and easy! Love it!

  198. 252

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    1.My precious pink laptop case / camra bag that I always seem to make my husband carry to events.

    2. Gary Fong – Like everyone else – but oh well it is worth it!!!!

    3. I cannot live without …my tickle stick – it is just a feather duster but it always gets the perfect laugh!!!!

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    most compliments: my ability to make my subjects feel very comfortable and always with a smile or laugh – my female clients are always amazed that i got smiles out of their beaus!. strangest looks: climbing or getting into some interesting positions to get that unique shot whether from me or my subject. can’t live without: my aveda lipgloss – i put it on, i feel pulled together and it lasts so i can shoot without licking my lips all the time!

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    Ann says

    I just recently bought my camera and don’t have much as accessories go. I’ve gotten compliments on the camera itself (“wow…nice camera!”)though. The only wierd looks I get are from the kids once they’re tired of getting their pics taken..ha ha. Right now, being so new, I couldn’t live without my little reminder cards I keep with me so that I won’t forget how to change some of the camera settings!

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    I’m pretty sure I’d fall in love with the gorrillapod, and would probably be my answer for question three, BUT since I don’t have one, here’s my answers —
    most compliments: my camera bag, which is a Canon 200EG
    most weird looks: homemade flash diffuser made from a milk carton
    accessory: fully charged batteries! this is the one thing where I’m obsessive-compulsive

    Thanks for your great contests! They are always fun even if I don’t win!

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    cathy says

    I was just thinking of purchasing something like this! Looks fantastic! I’m just a beginner, so here go my answers:
    compliments: my camera
    strange looks: my external flash… really
    cannot live w/o: my new camera bag my mom bought me for my b-day last month (thanks mom!)

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    Most compliments: My white leather Jill E bag!
    Funniest looks: My giant reflector that I take everywhere.
    Can’t live without: The aforementioned giant reflector. LOL.

  204. 258

    Erin says

    My Mom just got the Gorilla thingie for her birthday and used it to take a shot of all party members together~ I need that!
    I get looks for: having a crappy camera.
    I have to have:(besides a lens), is a fully charged battery.
    I get compliments on: remembering to bring my crappy camera to events when nobody else remembered.

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    Kelly Lundy says

    Compliments: My Nikon D90
    Weird looks: my 18-200 mm zoon lens when it’s all the way extended
    Cannot live without: My camera bag!

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    compliments: the camera itself
    strange looks: my camera bag. I’ve had people think that I’m carrying around a lunch box :)
    can’t live without: screw-on macro filters

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    I’m always complimented on my THINKTANKPHOTO bags.
    I get the strangest looks if I dare use the Gary Fong diffuser.
    Can’t live without my Gitzo tripod. I love long lenses, low light, and tack sharp images.

    The gorillapod looks cool and can live in my camera bag, it’s all about keeping it steady anywhere.

    Have a great day.
    Millie

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    * the most compliments? 55-200mm lens.
    * the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? The fisheye attachment that works with my normal lenses – I can’t justify/afford to get an actual lens right now :-p
    * cannot “live without”? my kavu bag which stores so much stuff in it even though it’s really small.

  209. 264

    PeggyN says

    Compliments on my favorite lens Canon 24-105mm – strange looks and comments on my Gary Fong lightsphere – wouldn’t want to take photos outside without my polarizing filter.

  210. 265

    Juanita says

    * the most compliments?
    My camera
    * the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    The things I stand on to get better angles – the latest a regular/dirty 5 gallon bucket I borrowed from the horses.
    * cannot “live without”?
    My computer – to share my pictures with others! :P

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    Gosh I would love a gorillapod! I’ve seen them and they are so perfect for on the go! So to answer your questions. Most compliments: (currently – because I don’t have a lot of accessories yet) my macro filters Most weird looks: gosh, it’s a toss up between my habit of getting down on the ground for the shot I want or when I have my Duaflex camera attached to my SLR for TtV [through the viewfinder] shots. (yeah, that one takes the cake – I’d go with #2) Can’t live without: My Shootsac – oh wait, I don’t have one… well then, my wireless remote, extra battery and Lightroom for quick editing of my RAW images.

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    Compliments: { My wireless remote… I’m suprised by this but a lot of the people I have sanpped talked about that the most; they think it’s neat!}
    Wierd Looks: { I don’t have a shootsac yet so I haul my gigantic bag full of my sutff down the streets looking for just the right picture then pick it all up again to find another.}
    Can’t Live without: {Expo cap…I love it!}

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    says

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    Camera strap -etsy
    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    Deffinately the Gary Fong Lightsphere..
    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? My reflector.

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    says

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? wireless remote What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? fleece backdrops. Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? lens cloth

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    compliments? I don’t get compliments on my camera equipment (at least not so far)
    Weird looks? Hmmm, same, I don’t have a lot of accessories, as I just purchased my Nikon this year so I don’t get a lot of weird looks
    A camera accessory i cannot live without? photoshop haha maybe my Balens lens cap

  216. 273

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    Compliments? probably my crumpler bag, but it isn’t nearly as cool as some others
    Wierd looks? definitely flash modifiers
    Most important accessory? my computer! does that count? but I would love to try the expodisk!

    Great contest. Thanks again, Jodi!

  217. 274

    says

    People always ask where I got my camera strap… I have a fun, colorful strap from etsy. Black is boring!
    Weird looks… hmmm… I’ll say my bad cuz. I’m a pet photographer! I gotta have a squeaky toy!
    Can’t live without? My shootsac! : )

  218. 275

    Katie Scott says

    1. Compliments: shootsac with my special edition mammoth men cover. :)
    2. I don’t get weird looks cuz of equipment. I get weird looks for what I do (I’m always climbing something or spread out on the ground and don’t care what people think).
    3. Can’t live without LIGHTROOM. I’m having a love affair with it. :)

  219. 276

    Alanna says

    Probably my 70 – 200 gets the most compliments. I maybe my flash modifier? for weird looks. I can’t live without my fstop Mala camera bag.

    Thank you for the chance Jodi.

  220. 277

    Heldy says

    Compliment: My Tracy Joy Bag. Strange looks: My tripod. Cannot live without: My Memory Manager for organizing my pics.

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    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments?
    red acme made bowler camera bag.. totally the cutest small travel camera bag

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends?
    you know so far I haven’t found anything that gets weird “looks”

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)?
    besides lenses I haven’t got any must have accessories.. just yet anyway :)

  222. 279

    says

    I just found you today! I hope I am not too late!

    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My camera strap from trendycamerastraps.com

    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? my “balance smarter” grey card that I stick in everyone’s face to get the best color possible!

    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? my balance smarter grey card

    L-O-V-E your site, your work, you! You are an inspiration!!!

  223. 280

    says

    cannot live without: my crumpler bag
    weirdest looks: the crazy scrunchie thing that goes on my lens to get attention
    most compliments: my beautiful camera strap

    cheers!

  224. 281

    says

    compliments: camera bag which is odd b/c it’s plain and black, go figure! weird looks: the 24″ disc to set my CWB … they can’t figure out the weird frisbee! one camera accessory you cannot “live without”: a funk camera strap … gotta break up the black attire …

  225. 282

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    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My seamless paper..odd i know, but not many use it around here.
    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? My awesome posterboard/foamcore reflector…or my car sunshade depending on the day lol
    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? CS4

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    Anthony Guillory says

    * compliments (Ball Head)
    * strange looks (Better Beamer)
    * cannot live without (Gisteq Phototrackr)

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    * My lenspen! One of my cheapest items but also one of the most useful (-:
    * Lensbaby
    * I am going to repeat … my lenspen – or any cleaning cloth/brush

    Thanks for the competition – fun!

  228. 286

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    Which camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most compliments? My lens.
    What camera accessory/tool that you use gets you the most weird looks from strangers or even friends? My softscreen…my kids keep telling me I’m covering my flash!
    Tell us one camera accessory you cannot “live without” (for this one – you cannot say a lens)? My neckstrap…after losing one lens to a camera drop, I always have my strap on.

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    most compliments…camera strap cover. love it!!
    weird looks…hmmm, haha. i’m going to have to go with me! :) the faces i make, the positions i have to get into..haha
    can not live without…50mm 1.4!!

  230. 289

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    most compliments…camera strap cover. love it!!
    weird looks…hmmm, haha. i’m going to have to go with me! :) the faces i make, the positions i have to get into..haha
    can not live without…squeeky toys!

  231. 290

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    compliments= yellow jill.e camera bag
    strange looks= white foam board used for lighting
    cannot live without= lens cleaning cloth – always using these!

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    says

    Am I too late? Just saw the tweet! Thanks, btw!
    *most compliments – definitely the shootsac
    *strange looks – my husband. does he count? He’s my assistant!
    *can’t live without – my husband, again. He carries all my equipment, sets up the shots, gets whatever I need, and always rubs my back when I get overwhelmed/tired/nervous during a shoot.

    ok.. that last one really doesn’t qualify… so I’ll say I can’t live with out my lens filters.

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    Lee Ann K says

    compliments..my bag

    wierd ..tripod cause it always means im getting serious

    can’t live without.. external hard drive to backup on

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