Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Camera Extender: Get In The Picture With The XShot

XShot camera extender solves my lifelong problem.

XShot Media Extender

So tiny yet so practical!

Does this sound familiar to you? All my adult life I’ve been the one behind the camera, so in many of our family photos my face is missing from the picture. Unless you always set up a tripod or have 6-foot long arms, you probably have the same problem; it is very difficult to photograph yourself.

I just discovered a clever little tool that will take care of this problem. It’s called the “XShot Camera Extender” and it is the coolest, most practical device to come to photographers in a long time.

With the camera extender, you can now get in the pictures that you take without looking like you’re in jail! No more awkward photos from stretchingXShot Camera Extender your arm out and trying to aim the camera at yourself. Now you can capture a full background instead of just faces because the XShot extends over 3 feet. You can have up to 10 people in the picture! The XShot closes to a remarkable 9 inches for easy transport and only weighs 5 ounces!

XShot Camera Extender

Get in the picture!

The XShot Camera Extender can hold many of today’s lightweight video cameras, as well as iPhones and other smart phones, so you can get video as well as still photos. Since the camera is pointing at you, you are always in the frame. Smile!

Such a simple and brilliant idea because…

  • You may not always want to trust a stranger with your brand new camera.
  • There isn’t anyone around to take a picture of you on top of the mountain.
  • There is no time or space to set up a tripod.
  • You want to take easy pictures and videos on the go, to post on your blog or social network.Get in the picture with the XShot Camera Extender

Why choose the XShot?

  • XShot Camera Extender is a high quality product with a unique durable metal shaft and high quality components including an easy to use camera adapter.
  • You can get the Pocket XShot for under $25! XShot 2.0 is $29.95.
  • This camera extender is solid, extremely light, very compact when closed and telescopic up to 3 feet (you can get the background and a group of people in your shot!). It not only has a universal camera attachment, it now comes with a new support for heavier cameras and camcorders (maximum 570g).
  • XShot allows you to get those fun angles, to reach high spots in crowds and concerts, take photos in places difficult to reach, and even make 3D videos.
  • Makes it easy and fun to take pictures and videos for blogging and sharing on social networks.
  • So small it fits in any purse, bag, or back pocket.
  • Lots of fun, very easy to use, no more close-up mug shots!

Because it’s very affordable, light enough to carry with you, super fast and easy to use… there’s just no getting around it – you need to get the XShot. I’m getting a couple of them so I can keep one in my car and one in my camera bag.(I’ll probably still lose track of it – maybe I should get three!)

I encourage you to check out the XShot Camera Extender* right now.XShot Camera Extender I’ll be posting on my Facebook page some of my photos I take with it so watch for those.


* I have given you my affiliate link and will earn a small commission if you purchase through it but that’s not the entire reason I recommend it. I’m so impressed with this little gizmo and see it’s value for your shooting that I decided to introduce you to it in this blog article.

Mike Filsaime’s 2011 Marketers Cruise Rocked The Boat!

Top internet marketers gather for a photo shoot

We just returned this week from Mike Filsaime’s 2011 Marketers Cruise, a networking vacation tour of the southern Caribbean Sea. This was our second time on this outstanding cruise and it provided rocket fuel for our business. Our heads are still spinning.

The party started even before the cruise when we joined up with friends Kay Kinder and Dave from Ottawa, Canada,  Annette and Chris Pratley from Oxford, England and new friends, Maria and Prriya from London, to dine at Coconuts, the favorite restaurant locals recommend in Fort Lauderdale. Boy, we sure loved the beautiful Click here to continue reading

The Benefits Of Taking A Leap Of Faith (Hint: It’s More Than Financial Reward)

Perry Lawrence (formerly of AskMrVideo) speaking to the camera

Near the end of September, I treated myself to a hands-on workshop on using the new Canon T2i HD DSLR. This isn’t a report on what I learned about that camera. That’ll come later. This article is about the experience of stepping out of my comfort zone and opening the door to new adventures.

I went to learn more about the T2i and to work on Perry’s upcoming how-to video on using the camera but what I took away from the trip was an unforgettable vacation in a gorgeous lakeside retreat in southern Virginia, a treasured picture that’ll remain in my mind’s eye of walks along quiet country roads, a reminder of why I love video production, several outstanding Southern meals, and some new friends with a potential future business together. How good is that?

When Perry Lawrence of picked me up at my hotel in Raleigh, North Carolina, we clicked right away. It was clear that we are cut out of the same entrepreneurial bolt of cloth and we could easily talk about video technology. Geeks of a feather, I suppose.

Later, when we picked Thomas Roberts of at the airport, I knew I was in for a treat. He was bubbling over with information and enthusiasm for the technology we would spend the next three days exploring. He had great stories of recent video shoots, plus he brought all the camera toys, thanks to his great connections with Jag35!

That evening Perry treated us to one of the best dinners I have ever had at the Traveler’s Tavern, located in Cooper’s Landing Inn. I highly recommend it if you are ever in Clarksville, Virginia.

Lake Kerr at sunrise

We had an ambitious agenda; to shoot a video introduction to the Canon T2i. On the morning of day one, we built a small but functional “studio” in the basement of Perry’s lakeside home at Lake Kerr. Working without a script, we shot a thorough introduction to the innovative Canon T2i, covering everything from menu options to lenses, follow focus adapters, viewfinder magnifiers, and other accessories. I ran camera and Thomas wrangled the equipment and kept us on track.

By late afternoon we were finished … all in one day! Perry is a natural on camera talent and is able to work well without a script or teleprompter. I admire that. That night Perry perfectly grilled some excellent steaks and we shared a bottle of wine.

Elizabeth Grayson

Elizabeth “Liz” Grayson, our beautiful model

The next day we were blessed with the presence of beautiful, professional model, opera star, and performer Elizabeth Grayson. With Liz as our subject, we put the camera through its paces by shooting examples in Clarksville and Boydton, Virginia, two towns stuck in time that could double for Mayberry in the Andy Griffith Show. We had so much fun using our gear including a camera slider, follow focus and viewfinders that the day flew by.

Late in the afternoon had an impromptu mastermind meeting with Perry floating in the lake while Thomas and I relaxed on the dock as fish flopped and the occasional boat motored by. That evening we had excellent southern BBQ, then returned to Cooper’s Landing Inn to shoot an interview in the warm outdoor southern night with Bubba, our colorful waiter from the first night.

Perry Lawrence (AskMrVideo) & Thomas Roberts lining up a Cobra crane shot

The final day came too quickly, yet still had surprises in store. We stopped at the Prestwould Plantation to do some tests with the Cobra Crane jib arm, not knowing that they were having a semi-annual fund raiser luncheon. Prestwould is the most documented plantation in existence and is in immaculate condition. The large gathering was dressed in their Sunday best while we were casual (Thomas had on a chroma green t-shirt), but they allowed us in.

We met the quintessential southern gentleman, Bagley Reed (I loved his name!), we were invited for lunch (we politely declined), and they all made us feel welcome. Southern hospitality is very much alive and well in Virginia. I wish you could bottle and sell it; other parts of the world need it.

Prestwould Plantation in Clarksville, Virginia

That afternoon we leisurely drove to Raleigh and after I was dropped off at my hotel I knew that I had experienced something special, a feeling that hasn’t left me. We have remained in close contact almost daily since then and are exploring ideas for future joint ventures, details to come later.

My point in telling you this? Sure, I could have learned to use the Canon T2i on my own. In fact, I taught my teachers several things about it. But, by breaking out of my routine I had an unforgettable trip, met some fantastic people, formed friendships that could evolve into business partnerships, and awakened my own sense of possibilities.

Would you be interested in attending a training event that sharpened your video production skills, gave you some new business ideas and possible business connections? Please comment on this article and let me know if you are interested (that’s a hint).

The funny thing about this whole adventure is that my wife is usually the frugal one who keeps us on a tight work schedule, but it was purely at her insistence that I signed up, spent the money and took time out from my busy schedule to do this. She seemed to have the intuition that something good would come of it. She was right.

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