Author: Austin Smith

Austin Smith is an experienced writer, graphic designer, and photographer. He has also pursued his passion for the fashion industry and, in April of 2017, he had his first fashion line debut. The fashion line features several designs that were created with or inspired by Austin's photography work. His work as a photographer had previously landed him a featured spot in a City Pages article, a Minneapolis-St. Paul newspaper.

The VILTROX VX-18M Professional Tripod is a heavy-duty tripod for photography equipment that falls on the heavier side of the spectrum. Design elements and features built into the VILTROX VX-18M Professional Tripod all aim to provide a secure and safe experience with a heavy camera setup. This tripod by VILTROX features elements that are commonly found with other high-quality tripods that aren’t specifically geared toward heavy-duty cameras. Some of those features include a 360-degree panoramic mount and a quick-release plant for fast mounting and removal of any compatible camera. Photographers who need a tripod that can support a maximum weight…

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The Victiv 72-inch Camera Tripod is a quality camera tripod for amateur photographers and professionals. It is mainly made out of a durable, quality aluminum alloy that gives it a much lighter overall weight. This tripod by Victiv is perfect for use out in the field as it does nothing to hinder a photographer’s journey and only provides help along the way. The tripod comes in at a total weight of 3.97lbs and comes with a strapped carrying bag for easy travel in and out of the field. Design The Victiv 72-inch Camera Tripod has numerous design elements built into…

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The Vanguard Alta Pro tripod hosts one of the highest levels of customization when it comes to photography angles. This tripod features a multi-angle central column (MACC) system. The MACC system provides for an extremely wide range of angles that covers from 0-degrees all the way to 180-degrees. As this is one of the most adaptable tripods available on the market, this is sure to be the one to cover any angle that a photographer might need. Photographers who choose this tripod will find themselves blown away with the immense options when it comes to angles. Design The Vanguard Alta…

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The Oben CT-3535 Travel Tripod is an example of quality tripod craftsmanship made with carbon fiber. This tripod exhibits all of the best features that a tripod can have on top of its quality construction. The Oben CT-3535 boasts an extremely lightweight total of 2.5lb and a maximum height of 51.6 inches and would perfectly fit in any travel photographer’s arsenal. This is one of the best travel tripods and can easily be the crown jewel in the eyes of a travel photographer who needs a compact, flexible, and lightweight tripod for the field. Design The Oben CT-3535 Travel Tripod…

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The Neewer Carbon Fiber 66″ Tripod is a classic example of how material of an extreme quality, namely carbon fiber, can create a wonderfully lightweight product. This tripod is one of the most lightweight and durable tripods out there due to its bulk construction out of carbon fiber. However, this tripod isn’t one of the best tripods out there just solely based on what it is made out of as this tripod is a veritable cornucopia filled with tripod features. A net weight of 3.4lbs and a folded height of 19.3 inches proves that this tripod is ready to be…

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The MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod is easily a prime example of the best of the best when it comes to compact travel tripods. This tripod is constructed with lightweight aluminum and features rubberized locking grips on the legs. Photographers who consistently travel out into the great outdoors for nature photography will need this tripod and its lightweight construction. At a total weight of 3.6lbs, this tripod won’t dramatically weigh down a travel pack or photography backpack. This MeFOTO Roadtrip tripod can even convert into a monopod for handheld use and even use when hiking. MeFOTO also includes a carry case to…

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The GEEKOTO AT24Pro Dreamer is one of the best tripods out there with its maximum height of 77.5 inches and lightweight design. This tripod is constructed with a durable and high-quality aluminum alloy which provides damage resistance in even the harshest of rugged outdoor terrains. Any photographers who need a durable, lightweight tripod with a pretty tall height of 77.5 inches should absolutely consider the GEEKOTO AT24Pro Dreamer 77″ tripod. Qualities and features exhibited with this tripod can’t be easily found and if it is, it won’t be the all-in-one tripod like this one. The tripod has the ability to…

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The GEEKOTO AT24 Traveller 58” ultra-compact lightweight aluminum tripod is the ideal choice for a travel photographer who needs a lightweight tripod for the field. This 58″ tripod is constructed out of a high-quality, durable aluminum alloy and can handle even the most rugged of outdoor environments. Photographers out in the field need a dependable tripod, and this GEEKOTO 58” tripod is the perfect travel tripod to go with. The design of this tripod doesn’t stop at a quality tripod, it combines the ability to change into a monopod, a rocker arm, and an inverted tripod for macro photography to…

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The USA GEAR SLR Camera Backpack Case is a perfect choice for a photographer who doesn’t want to be overly flashy. The compact, streamlined nature of the backpack doesn’t draw any added attention, while still serving the wearer in functionality as well as form. Photographers who choose this backpack won’t be disappointed with its quality as it has a neoprene construction with reinforced stitching. The style of this camera shares a similar design as high-quality hiking backpacks with a shoulder buckle strap and waistline strap for evenly distributed weight. Design The USA GEAR SLR Camera Backpack Case has a quality…

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The MegaGear Torres Mini Leather Camera Messenger bag, which is in this case made out of mink leather, is one of the highest quality leather camera bags out on the market at this time. This compact messenger bag is able to fit a camera body and a lens within its durable, rigid, and padded main compartment. Photographers who choose a camera bag by MegaGear will see that the leather constructed to create the exterior to the bag is of extremely high-quality. The unique crossbody style of this camera messenger bag, along with its elegant outer exterior, is a recipe for…

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The Zecti Camera Backpack is a durable, waterproof backpack that can handle the toughest rainstorm. This Zecti camera bag comes with a removable rain cover as well as a high-density waterproof canvas design. These two waterproof qualities provide peace of mind against any possible water damage in even the heaviest rainstorm. Zecti’s line of camera bags are is constructed of quality materials and designed with long-term use in mind. Any photographer will be more than pleased with the Zecti Camera Backpack, especially one who ventures out into the wilderness and finds themselves rained on often. Design The Zecti Camera Backpack…

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The S-ZONE Waterproof Waxed Canvas Camera Backpack is the ideal backpack for photographers who travel often. S-ZONE’s waxed canvas backpack is constructed of quality, durable material with a rugged and fashionable outer look. S-ZONE is well-known for its portfolio of high-quality camera bags. The company has camera bags for any occasion, and this camera bag, the waxed canvas camera backpack, is perfect for the photographer who is often on the road. Design The company’s design that was picked for this waterproof canvas camera bag hearkens back to Indiana Jones through a resemblance to Indie’s bag with its satchel-like appearance. Brown…

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The Neewer camera bag is a perfect compact backpack for cameras and camera accessories. Photographers who have multiple lenses won’t find themselves in a difficult position as the main compartment can hold a wide variety of camera bodies and lenses. The design of this Neewer camera bag is compact, as it primarily focuses on the main compartment, but doesn’t fall short of what is expected from a camera backpack. Design The external material to the Neewer camera bag is made out of a quality waterproof nylon. Double YKK zippers are used to secure the main compartment closed and even allows…

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The Syma X5C Explorers camera drone is a small, lightweight drone, but a powerhouse nonetheless. Power from the internal battery and force generated from the propellers sets it apart from similar, smaller drones. This drone can withstand winds when flown outdoors and tackles even the hardest of air conditioning units indoors. The Syma X5C is one of the most affordably priced beginner drones with a camera available. Beginner drone pilots should seriously consider the X5C as it isn’t just a simple low-end drone to gloss over and not pay close attention to as it holds serious key qualities. Apart from…

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The DROCON Hacker Drone comes with a multitude of features that allows it to take the title of the best choice for beginner drone pilots and kids. Not only is this drone effectively priced to beat competitors, but it also has several features that place it above the pack. DROCON took out all the stops with the design of their Hacker Drone. They’ve included the best pre-programmable tricks like flips and rolls as well as a headless mode. The DROCON Hacker Drone comes with three variable speed options and a 720p HD Camera. DROCON also included a 12-month warranty on…

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The Sony ECM-B1M has a multitude of characteristics that make it the ideal shotgun microphone for Sony cameras. Released recently with the Sony a7 IV, the next generation of Sony a7 cameras, this shotgun microphone is a surefire way to record quality digital auto through its built-in digital audio interface. The digital auto interface allows for the Sony ECM-B1M to communicate with a Sony a7 camera directly through the multi-interface shoe. Fear not if you have a different model of Sony camera, different Sony cameras can utilize this microphone as long as the camera has a selectable digital/analog output feature.…

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The Syma X11 RC Quadcopter has a wide range of qualities that experienced drone operators, as well as beginner drone operators, will find themselves pleased with. Syma’s quality construction, quality design, and quality care for its customers is more than present with the Syma X11 RC quadcopter. The company has a wide presence at many fun toy fairs across the globe, which means it is more than apparent that they dedicate the time to design products that spark joy in their customers. Design Syma and the design that they chose for the Syma X11 RC Quadcopter could easily be put…

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