The Great Shuttertalk BlackRapid Winners!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in The Great Shuttertalk BlackRapid Giveaway, to celebrate our site redesign. The response has been truly great, with visitors and new members pouring in from all over. Without further ado, here are the winners of the prizes.

The Great Shuttertalk BlackRapid Giveaway

Howdy folks! To celebrate the launch and “rebirth” of the new Shuttertalk site, we have partnered with BlackRapid to offer some giveaways to our supporters! Entry is open to everyone, so read on to see how your can score your freebie.

Shuttertalk Circa 2012

Welcome to the New Shuttertalk!

It’s been a long time coming, but the new Shuttertalk is now live! With the site redesign, we not only refreshed the look of the site, but also took the opportunity to replace the backend software powering the site with updated, more feature-ful software that will keep us in good stead for some time to come.

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Vosonic VP8870 Photo Storage Review

The Vosonic VP8870 is the flagship portable photo storage and multimedia device, for backing up and viewing photos and videos on the go. Julian Tan takes the unit through its paces in this review.

Case for camera

BlackRapid RS-7 Camera Strap and BRAD Review

The BlackRapid RS-7 is a modular camera strap featuring a unique upside-down design, as well as the BRAD, an optional attachment that secures the RS-7 and makes sure it stays in place. Read on for a review by Julian Tan.

Cases for camera tools

Review of the Kata Auxiliary Pouch (AP) System

The Kata Auxiliary Pouch (AP) System uses a military-type webbing and pouch system to hold camera equipment in a versatile and modular manner. Rob Will takes us through a detailed review of the system.

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DIY Flash Bracket for Under Five Dollars

Flash brackets allow flashguns to be placed off-camera and help eliminate the dreaded deer-in-headlights look.
Here’s how to make your own Flash Bracket for under $5.

Wall Mounted Digital Photo Frame

Wall Mounted DIY Digital Photo Frame

In search of DIY excellence, Rob Will takes us through the process of building a large, wall mounted digital photo frame, using an old laptop and LCD monitor.

The Cable Turtles

Keeping Cables Tidy with the Cable Turtle

In our electronic world, messy cables can be a major inconvenience. However, solutions such as the Cable Turtle can make life much easier keeping cables neat and tidy. Read on for our review of the Cable Turtle.

The VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly 724

Sensor Cleaning with the VisibleDust Arctic Butterfly 724

Sensor cleaning is one of the necessities with Digital SLRs, if one is interested in blemish-free photos. In this article, we look at dry sensor cleaning in general, as well how the Arctic Butterfly 724 sensor brush from VisibleDust performs this task.

Essential Gear

Going Mobile: Review of the Kata T-214 Torso Pack

After having the pleasure of reviewing the Kata T-212 Torso Pack, we couldn’t resist the opportunity of taking a look at the updated version – the Kata T-214. Combined with the R-103 photo backpack, it forms a complete storage solution for mobile photographers.

The Crumpler Sinking Barge

Review of The Sinking Barge Photo Backpack from Crumpler

I had the opportunity to take The Sinking Barge from Crumpler – a backpack style camera bag that also accommodates a laptop and other gadgets – on a recent 4WD adventure to the country. Throughout the trip, even though the bag was bouncing around in the cargo area due to the uneven terrain, I had no reservations about the safety of my gear.

Original vs Hand-Coloured Image

Hand-Colouring Black and White Images with Photoshop CS

Just before Christmas I scanned a heap of old family photos, including many black and white ones in need of some restoration. In this tutorial, Adrian Broughton takes us through a step by step on hand colouring photos in Adobe Photoshop CS.

Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 EX DC(Image courtesy of Sigma Corp. of America)

The Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 EX DC Lens In Focus

Sigma’s 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC lens targets the higher end of the market – with features such as a constant maximum aperture throughout the zoom range, internal focusing and high grade optics. Mitch Schlesinger gives us a review of this standard zoom lens.

Ricoh Caplio R1V

Ricoh Caplio R1V Review

We take a look at the Ricoh Caplio R1V a 4.8x optical zoom camera with a 5 megapixel sensor and blistering operating speeds. With a compact form factor and scene modes, the R1V appears to be targeted towards the mainstream consumer category – though it does have more “pro” features.

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