Jul 012014
 

ONA Bag Giveaway! Win YOUR CHOICE of Ona Bag!

Hello to everyone! How about a cool contest for today? ONA Bags has allowed me to give away to one lucky winner, an ONA Bag of choice! YES, any bag that onabags.com sells, it will be the winners choice! ANY BAG! All you need to do to enter is to use the entry form below or CLICK HERE. This is a Facebook contest so you will need to like ONA BAGS on Facebook, On Twitter and like Me on Facebook. Not much to ask to win any bag of your choice from ONA, one of the coolest luxury camera bag makers on the planet! Some of these bags are $400+, so be sure to enter!

ENTER BELOW! ONA SAYS USA ONLY ENTRIES! They will only ship to USA addresses. 

 

click here to enter!

Jun 132014
 

Best shots of the year..from an iPhone

Thanks to the iPhone Photography awards we get to see some of the hottest shots of the year that were all taken on an iPhone or iPad. Yep, these shots and many more were all shot with a simple device that many of us have with us at all times. The perfect travel camera. The iPhone. Take a look at some of this years winners below, and click on over to the IPPAWARDS website HERE To see ALL of them. Pretty incredible and inspiring if you ask me, especially since the rules state that no processing was allowed in any way on a desktop computer but apps were allowed. This contest was organized by Apple and it goes to show it is always the photographer and their eye more than anything else. But as I said before, those who buy cameras and upgrade do so not for the better photos but for the fun and hobby of owning different cameras. 

The way we take pictures today is so much different from the way we took them many years ago. Today EVERYONE has a camera in their pocket in some way, shape or form and thousands of images are snapped every second around the world. There is hardly a moment anywhere that does not get recorded. The iPhone and other smart phones is the main reason for the huge decline in sales of point and shoot cameras and the photos below show a good reason why that is the case. Enjoy!

Third place in Children: Melisa Barili’s shot.

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This amazing shot using light and shadow was taken by JOSE LUIS BARCIA FERNANDEZ from Madrid Spain. 

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One of my faves by  Mihai Coliban Bucharest, Romania

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Aaron Pike took 1st place in the Tree category.

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1st place for people, Lauren Smith from Pensacola, FL

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Michael ONeal from San Fransisco took 1st place for Animals. 

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Athena Tan took 2nd place in People.

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Cocu Liu from Chicago with his image. LOVE this one as well.

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Reportage with an iPhone? Why not? Gerard Collett uses his phone to capture scenes such as this one

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See ALL of the winners HERE

Apr 152014
 

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The winner of the $16,290 and Leica Monochrom from I-SHOT-IT!

So did any of you here enter the last B&W Photo Competition from I-SHOT-IT? Click HERE to see the newly announced winners, including the winner of the Monochrom and the $16,000 cash. They already started the next B&W competition so if you think you have what it takes, and are in the mood for some healthy competition then CLICK HERE To check it out.

Congratulations to the winner!

Steve

Mar 192014
 

The I-SHOT-IT Competition heats up again!

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Over the past year or so I have been telling everyone here about these great photo competitions over at I-SHOT-IT.com . The last few premium contests have all produced winners who found out about it from this very website, which is amazingly cool. Prizes have been $25,000 cash and a Leica Monochrom as well as other huge cash prizes and Leica cameras. I-SHOT-IT.com offers competitions across a wide range of subjects and prize levels.

Imagine entering a B&W photo to the premium competition and winning a Leica Monochrom WITH a load of cash. I have gotten thank you letters from previous winners who found out about the competitions from me, so I want to make sure I pass along the next one which is ending in about 2 weeks in hopes that another winner from HERE can take home the cash and prize.

The Premium B&W competition has a prize including the Leica Monochrom camera and the cash amount. As of this writing it is just over $5600 but it always climbs during the last few days of the competition. The entry fee for the PREMIUM contest is $20 so I would make sure you have a superb photo before entering this one. If you win, the prize is quite special though. It only takes one to win.

They also offer free competitions with lesser prizes. 

So be sure to check out all of the ways you can enter over at I-SHOT-IT.com. I feel they are providing a great service to those who want to get out and shoot as THIS WILL motivate you to get out and get the best shots of your life. For me, that is what it is all about. If I could enter I would pay my $20 and go out to find the best B&W shot I could possibly take and then submit it. I can not enter as I-SHOT-IT.com is a site sponsor but I know many of you here do enter, so I can live vicariously through some of you, lol.

Whoever wins this next one, if you come from here again let me know as it would be amazing to help deliver another winner from this community!

Go to the I-SHOT-IT home page HERE.

Check out their Facebook HERE. 

Check out and enter the B&W Premium Competition HERE

The FREE competition is HERE.

Feb 042014
 

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Win cash and a Monochrom in the latest I-SHOT-IT.com B&W competition!

Just over a year ago I started to let you guys know about the premium contests over at I-SHOT-IT.com and the cool part is that each time I posted about the premium B&W contests where the price was a Leica Monochrom and huge amounts of cash, one of my readers won. I am talking a Leica Monochrom (Valued at $8000) AND over $20,000 in cold hard cash. Yea, these prizes are ridiculously good.

There is yet another B&W contest going and while there are still 57 days left to enter I thought I should announce it now so anyone who wants to enter can think about what they want to shoot or submit.

Basically, you can enter with your best B&W photo. It is NOT a free contest (No one can continually give away huge amounts of cash and an $8000 camera) but if you feel you have an incredible B&W photo the $20 entry fee is well worth it to enter for the challenge, the fun and to help raise the prize money. Again, the last 2-3 winners were readers of this site who found out about it from my posts, so maybe we can keep the streak going.

To check it all out you can click HERE. 

There are also many other contests there to check out. Some are free, some are much less than $20 to enter. All depends on the prizes. But one thing remains constant..the I-SHOT-IT website does indeed help inspire you, push you and think outside the box. When prizes like this are on the line you want to do your best so many will go out and shoot with a goal to bring in that winning photo. That right there is worth $20 to me!

I love what they do over at I-SHOT-IT as I know the prizes are real, legit and it does indeed inspire those who enter or want to enter to really give it their all.

If you feel lucky or that you have the skill, check it out!

Steve

 

 

Jan 162014
 

Max HeMe-Foto Tripod Review and Give-Away!

At the end of this review there is a link where I am giving away a free MeFoto tripod on Facebook! Be sure to enter to win the exact tripod you see below!

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I admit..I am not a huge fan of tripods for my photography. I rarely ever use them (for photos) and in the past 10 years I probably used a tripod a handful of times and that was mainly due to HAVING to use them at specific events or for camera tests. Nope, just give me a nice light camera, a lens and some memory or film and I am off and running  - nice and light.

But even though I do not use them often I do indeed own a tripod and have had the same one for 15 years! I use it mainly for video and it has come in handy for that when I needed to stabilize my camcorder. There are times when long exposures also get me to pull out the trusty tripod as it is the only way to do such photography and get good results. Long story short, my tripod experience is limited as I just do not like to lug them and use them. I am not a landscape guy nor a long exposure guy so keep that in mind when reading this. All in all, this will be my quick thoughts on using the MeFoto tripods but remember, I have limited experience with other brands of tripod.

My intro to MeFoto

A few months ago I ran into a rep from MeFoto and he offered to send me a couple of tripods for review. I was hesitant (because I never use them) but when I saw the tripod he had in his camera bag (yes, in his camera bag) I immediately had to know more about these small and tiny wonders. As I looked at the smallest model called “The Day Trip” I instantly wanted one. Why? I am not sure but I instantly fell for the design, colors and teeny size/ease of use. Maybe the reason I never use tripods is because I did not want to lug around my beast. Hmmmm. After a demo and a few words he promised to send a couple my way and that he did.

The small and tiny “DayTrip” will  hold up to 8.8lbs and can be used almost anywhere. At $119 it is a great buy in the small tripod world and is super cool at the same time. Ball head, smooth controls and a well made feeling makes these tripods a contender for those looking for small, light and quality.

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Over the past couple of months I have been in possession of three tripods from Me Foto. The Daytrip, the Backpacker and the Road Trip. All three are very nice, very well made and VERY affordable. No, these are not $1500 rock solid big and heavy tripods. Instead they are small genius designs that are light, easy to carry and they simply just work.

For tripod and landscape gurus these may not be the #1 choice but for those who are like me, and prefer a small and light tripod to stabilize their camera then the MeFoto line is right up our alley. They will not break the bank, they will work very well and they are small and attractive as well. The few times I was able to get out and use them I had no problems, issues or complications. They are simple to use as the legs pull out with a simple twist lock. Twist and the legs fall out, twist again to lock in place. The Ball Head is smooth and easy to position and the bubble level helps to make sure you are level. The #1 thing that I love about these tripods is the weight. They are light yet feel solid and they fold up nicely to be very compact. For example…

The little DayTrip tripod is TINY and will fit inside most camera bags. It is not a full size tripod but will do for those times when you just needs something to hold your camera.

The Road Trip is full size and will even quickly convert to a monopod, which I find extremely useful and cool. At $189 it is a full featured tripod that would be all many of us need. I really love this model and in Titanium it very nice to look at as well.

They are sleek, cool, fun, small, light and functional. My only gripe is that you need an allen wrench to loosen and tighten the mounting plate to your camera. The tripods come with the tool but I lost two of them already and on one occasion could not get the plate off of my camera because I did not have the wrench. Throwing on a hand tightening mechanism would be much better IMO. They do come with a carrying case to hold the tool but I always find a way  to lose small little items and I never did use the carrying case as the tripod resided in my bag most of the time.

From tripod to monobod in seconds..

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Besides that little niggle I love these things and not only are they great buys and a bargain for someone seeking a light and very portable tripod,  one of these now resides in my own stable :) Good stuff and highly recommended!

Features and operation Breakdown: It is a tripod. You open the legs, attach your camera, set it up where you want it and shoot :) They are lightweight, have a built in bubble level, have an included very nice carrying case, 360 degree panning capability, two leg angle positions, a hook for adding more weight to the center for stability (or to hang your bag), easy twist leg locks. Great bang for the buck. You can see feature details HERE.

In use they are light and easy to carry (as mentioned) and even has a very nice carrying case that comes along with each and every tripod. I had no issues bringing any of these along with me. My son Brandon is using one for long exposures and even for his binoculars for night sky viewing. He really loved his time with the MeFoto as well.

All in all, a wonderful product that is very functional. If it had a finger screw base plate for attaching the camera  it would be perfect!

So there you go..my quick look. There really is nothing to dislike about these.

I did take many more photos of the tripods in use but somehow the Fuji X-E2 and 23 1.4 I was using missed focus in half of the product shots. (focused behind the subject). That means I will be going back to my tried and true Olympus E-M1 for product shots in my reviews! :)

Specs and Cost:

Day Trip – Max Load – 8.8 Lbs. – Max Height 24″ – Min. Height 9.4″ – 1.8 Lbs – $119

BackPacker – Max Load – 8.8lbs – Max Height 51.2″ – Min. Height 17.3″ – 2.6lbs – $139

Road Trip – Max Load  - 17.6 lbs – Max Height 61.6″ – Min. Height 15.4″ – 3.1lbs – $189 (the sweet spot in the line up IMO)

Globe Trotter - Max Load 26.4 lbs – Max Height 64.2″ – Min. Height 16.1″ – 3.7lbs – $209

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Where to Buy MeFoto and how to WIN one!

You can buy the MeFoto tripods at B&H Photo HERE

You can buy them at Amazon HERE

You can buy direct from MeFoto HERE (as well as see all of the color options, sizes and even Carbon Fiber versions)

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WIN A FREE DAYTRIP Tripod!

Win a free DayTrip Tripod courtesy of MeFoto and SteveHuffPhoto! Click HERE to enter on Facebook!

Nov 032013
 

GIVEAWAY! Win an On a Bowery Bag in Smoke!

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Hey guys, I am giving away an Ona Bowery Bag in SMOKE color to show my appreciation and to give back once again. This is a fantastic bag that I personally use myself for my Micro 4/3 system but it is perfect for any mirrorless camera system or Leica system. Small, attractive and very stylish as well as functional.

All you have to do to enter is click the link below or the image above and like my facebook page. If you have already liked it then it is easy to enter, just one click!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER! IT’S SUPER EASY, JUST ONE CLICK!

This contest has already started and will end on 11/12/2013 at 9 AM Mountain time. USA and Canada Only for  this one. The contest is all automated and the bag will be shipped to the winner within 48 hours of winner announcement.

I did review this bag a while ago in black, check it out in the video below. Good luck!

Nov 012013
 

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The I SHOT IT Leica X2 Contest – NO ENTRY FEE!

Check this out! You guys know I have talked about I-SHOT-IT in the past and actually, the last three winners of the Leica Monochrom were actually readers of this site who went there to enter after I posted about it here. $20k plus a Monochrom..what a prize..and the ones who won them did so with their sheer talent. So I am proud of this fact :)

The reason I am writing now is that I-SHOT-IT is now giving away a Leica X2 valued at nearly $2000 and ANYONE can enter for FREE. No entry fee required. With the big prizes like the cash and Monochrom, a $20 fee was required to enter. This is how they paid for the massive prize. But today you can go enter this one at no cost, so it is well worth it to get your photo in.

It is all about CLOUDS this time, so whatever you enter must have clouds in the photo.

So check it out HERE and give it a go. When it ends YOU just might be the lucky winner of that Leica X2!

Oct 212013
 

Congrats to Neil Buchan-Grant for winning the AOP “Best in Show”

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A while ago Neil posted an article about his love for Micro 4/3 and the OM-D camera. He posted a photo (above) that got quite the response and as soon as I saw it I knew it was special. Neil showed that yes, the little OM-D E-M5 could indeed take photos that not only excelled in quality but were able to be pushed and used by someone who really knew how to work a camera. His photo has now officially won the Best in Show AOP open award for 2013!

So let us give a big Congrats to Neil!

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Over the years I have defended Micro 4/3 (ever since the GF1 and E-P1) while many bashed it and predicted its doom because it had a smaller sensor than APS-C or Full Frame. Today less and less are trash talking Micro 4/3 and I even know of quite a few who dumped their slower APS-C cameras for an E-M5 and they never looked back. With the E-M1 it goes up another notch and I will state right here and now that Micro 4/3 is going nowhere anytime soon because it offers the perfect mix of IQ, performance, speed, build, and lenses. The lens Neil used for this image was the Panasonic/Leica 25 1.4. One of the best overall lenses for this system.

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In any case, Neil has shown what this system can do in capable hands. Make sure you see his latest post here as well as his own blog.  I also want to thank him for his continuing contributions here where he shares his love and passion for photography with all of us here.

Thanks Neil!

Oct 022013
 

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Be sure to like my Facebook Page!

Just a heads up to anyone out there who uses Facebook

Me, I have a personal page and a page for this website and that is where I will be posting some very cool things VERY soon. News you will not want to miss. NEWS that will be posted there before it will be posted HERE. I have had the Facebook page for 4 1/2 years and always post photos, tidbits, news and upcoming news on that page. More interaction and info will be posted in 2014 so if you want to get in on this, make sure you go to it and LIKE it! When it hits 20,000 likes I will be giving away something really cool. Not much more to  go as it is well on its way to 19,000 :)

BTW, the last contest finished up last week for the really cool Tenba Mini Messenger bag and the winner was Joseph Timmins from Chicago, IL.

I’m also just about to hit 20,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel HERE. Be sure to subscribe to that because in addition to some really cool news coming soon, there will be a new video that you will not want to miss very soon as well :)

You can LIKE my Facebook Page HERE

You can Subscribe to my YouTube HERE

Thanks!!

PS – BTW, more cool things coming today, so check back!

Sep 122013
 

FYI: I-SHOT-IT B&W Premium Contest ending in 19 days! Win a Leica Monochrom!

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I posted about the last two premium contests at I SHOT IT and they went on to reach over $20k in cash plus a Leica Monochrom as the grand prize. Guess what? Both winners from those two contests who each won over $20k and the camera came from THIS WEBSITE! Yes, they read about it here, entered and WON. Amazing and I am happy that I helped inform those who eventually entered and won. I just checked the I SHOT IT website and noticed the next Premium B&W contest is up in 19 days, and not nearly as many entries this time (maybe because I have not yet posted about it, lol). The cash prize is up to $3,640 and it grows with each entry. There is still a Leica M Monochrom attached as a prize as well.

To enter, just go to the I SHOT IT Premium Contest page HERE. This is a B&W photo contest and the prizes they give are simply amazing.

Sep 122013
 

GIVEAWAY: Win a Tenba Mini Messenger Bag!

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Want to win a Tenba Mini Messenger bag? I have a brown one I am giving away on my SteveHuffPhoto.com Facebook wall! Since Facebook changed their contest rules last week it makes it MUCH easier for me to easily give away cool photo products from time to time. I reviewed this bag HERE so if it is something you think you might like, take a chance and enter. It is EASY to enter the contest. All you have to do is go to my Facebook Page HERE, go to the contest post and read the rules :) It is a sticky at the top of the page.

I will probably give away cool things from time to time there and to enter you must be 18 or older and anyone, living anywhere is eligible :) Good Luck!

Jul 132013
 

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The winner has been announced in the I-SHOT-IT.com photo competition where this time around the prize was over $20,000 along with a Leica Monochrom camera. You can see the results here and as you can see, there are many INCREDIBLE photos in this group of winners. The winning photo is well worthy of the prize and was shot by Damon Winter, a pulitzer prize winning photographer who also shoots for the New York Times. Congrats to Damon and this goes to show that I-SHOT-IT.COM does indeed offer serious photo contests that are online based, which is a rarity these days.

The next B&W competition has already started HERE but there are many competitions to enter. You can see the entire list of current ones to enter HERE.

Jul 012013
 

Win $11,000 plus a Leica Monochrom! B&W contest.

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It’s that time again but with only TWO days to go before the deadline to submit and image is here. TWO DAYS! The last time I-SHOT-IT had their B&W contest the winner walked away with $25,000 US dollars and a Leica Monochrom camera valued at $7995. The cool part was that the winner came from THIS WEBSITE because I posted about it, he acted, he entered and he won. Amazing.

I would freak out if I won $25k and a Monochrom.

What I am speaking of is a Black & White photo contest over at I-SHOT-IT.COM. They have many contests running at any given time but their B&W contest, to me, is the creme of the crop just due to the beautiful entries and the awesome prizes.

I-SHOT-IT has contests that are free to enter and some are fee based, but one thing is constant…and that is that the quality of entries is superb. If you want to enter I suggest you have a strong contender. If you do, who knows, you may get lucky and win. Of course you may not but that is all part of the fun.

So just wanted to post ad I have not posted about the contest at all this quarter and since the winner came from here last time, maybe it can happen again. Good luck to anyone who enters!

You can enter the B&W Premium contest here to be in the running for the cash and camera prize.

Steve

May 022013
 

Don’t forget to enter the new I-SHOT-It premium contest! 60 days to go!

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The newest Premium competition is underway and has been for 30 days at I-SHOT-IT.COM. A week ago or so they picked the grand prize winner of the competition who walked away with $25,000 US and a Leica Monochrom camera, and the cool part is that the winner came from this site! Because I posted about the contest, someone here saw it, entered his photo, paid his $20 and won $25,000 and the Monochrom. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!?! The more that enter the bigger the prize.

So just wanted to let everyone know about the contest as they ALWAYS have them. They also have other contests with other prized like Leica X2′s and other cool camera gear along with cash.

You can check out the new Premium B&W competition HERE and all of them are listed HERE.

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