Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spider Pro Camera Holster Review

By:  Kristina Rust Photography

When I was at ClickAway last fall, I saw a few photographers using the Spider Pro Holster and was very intrigued.  It looked like a great alternative to wearing your camera around your neck or across your body.  Flash forward a few months and I had the opportunity to try one out myself and I have to say I really love it!

Now I must admit, I have not taken it out on a shoot just yet (I'm really excited to do so) but in just trying it out around my home and neighborhood, I'm very impressed.

What I really like is that the Spider Pro is a comfortable and secure way to carry my camera.  It's a nice change from having a strap digging into my neck.  I also love that I don't have to worry about my camera strap dangling in front of my camera and getting in the way of the lens.

The Spider Pro Holster is a belt system that you wear evenly across your waist, keeping the weight of your gear off your shoulders and back.  A metal plate attaches to the bottom of your camera and the attached pin slides into the holster and locks into place (this is very important...make sure it is locked into place lest you end up with some damaged gear).  The camera then swivels into position (which is upside with the lens pointing behind you) leaving your hands free.

While it felt strange at first (I was reluctant to trust that my camera really was secure hanging from my hip), I quickly got used to having my camera on my waist.  

Here is a video that provides a great overview of this very cool product!


The Spider Pro has a variety of accessories you can purchase such as lens pouches and adapter kits so that you can attach your Spider Pro to belts from Think Tank and LowePro.

If you are looking for an alternative to wearing your camera around your neck or across your body, I would highly recommend giving this a try.  If you have one already, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Disclosure:  I was provided a Spider Pro Holster in exchange for this review.  The opinions are entirely my own. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

More Top Down Photography

I am loving the The Studio Online group that I am a part of this year.  So much creativity going on and what a supportive nurturing group.

Here are some more images I recently captured.  The prompt was fruit.  Oh and the silverware in these images was so tarnished and not in a good way.  I used a trick for cleaning silver that I found online here where you use foil, boiling water, baking soda and salt and it totally worked.  I couldn't believe how clean and shiny these pieces became.   If you've got some dingy silver or silver-plated pieces, you really got a try it out!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Studio Online--Top Down Photography

by: Kristina Rust Photography

This year I am participating in a creative group called The Studio taught by the amazing Kim Klassen.  It is a place for creatives to connect, share and learn and I am thrilled to be a part of it. 

Each week we are given a photography prompt as well as access to a variety of Lightroom presets (created by Kim) to try.  There are also loads of tutorials and videos on using Lightroom, setting up still life photos and various photography tips and tricks.   

I love being a part of this group because it encourages me to capture images just for the sake of creating.  It's a different experience than my usual family or event photography.  Which don't get me wrong...I love. 

Anyway, over the past few weeks we've been doing all sorts of fun stuff.  I'm a bit behind (as I usually am when I take online classes) but I'm slowly catching up.  The nice thing about this course is your encouraged to go at your own enjoy the process and that is what I am doing. 

So here you go... a few examples of what I've been up to these past weeks.  The prompt below was to work on top down photography (or shooting from above).  I really love this style of photography.  It is amazing how little tweaks can really impact an image and the story being told. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Instantly Framed Review: Framed Photos From Your Smartphone

by Kristina Rust Photography

If you are like me you probably have hundreds thousands of photos on your smartphone.  While it's nice to scroll through them to relive the moments, it's even better to have your favorite images printed and hanging on your wall.

But the fact is it takes some effort to get them off your phone and on your walls. This is why I am a new fan of the app Instantly Framed.  Instantly Framed is a smartphone app that provides a simple process for printing, framing, and shipping your photos from your camera.  Whether you are using Instagram photos, Facebook photos, or photos from your camera roll, all you have to do is upload the image and in 3 days you will have a beautiful print delivered to your door.

Instantly Framed uses archival printing materials and a beautiful walnut framing in a soft black finish.   You can choose from 3 different print sizes that are in an acid-free archival mat which fit a 12" x 12" frame.  And they've made displaying your framed print easy by providing an option for hanging or using the easel backing.

I had the opportunity to try out Instantly Framed and was thrilled with the beautiful framed photo I received.  Ordering was very easy.  All I had to do was download the app, select a photo (which ended up being the hardest part), choose a photo size and hit send.   The print arrived carefully packed in 3 days.   No more waiting for prints to arrive from the printer (or printing it myself only to realize I'm running low on ink), running around hunting for frames and assembling everything once I finally get it all together.  Now I can just Print. Frame and Ship.

The video below shows you just how simple the process is.

Instantly Framed's flat rate is $65 which includes shipping in the United States.  You can receive $10 off your order (through February 15, 2015) by using the code CIMOMSCLICK10.

Disclosure: I received a framed photo from Instantly Framed for the purposes of this post. This does not influence my opinions of the company or the product.