Congratulations to Cade Palmer and Becca Bredehoft for your fun XShot group self-portrait in Guatemala!
"How many para kooks can you fit in a Guatemalan super Tuktuk?" . Cade and Becca are traveling down Central and South America, paragliding and connecting with local communities along the way.
Photography by Becca Bredehoft
Best wishes for a wonderful new year guys, full of adventure, laughter and new friendships !
"Just got back from a three week trip across Europe, the attached video wouldn't have been possible without the XShot 2.0."
Epic Moto Roadtrip 2013: Frankfurt, Germany – Paris, France by Scott Mc Queen
Thank you Scott for sharing this great video, what an amazing and quite romantic trip. Your selfies and 360 angles are perfect!
Source Scott Mc Queen YouTube
Zona is a one of our favorite filmmakers and she received her new XShot Pro before Xmas. It is a delight to see her try it out and demo it. We can't wait to see her new movies with the new extender and her GoPro Camera…
Thank you Zona for one of the best unboxing ever! The footage of the cat on the roof is priceless…
Source: Zona Films on YouTube
Support Expedition Everest with XShot, Toilet Hacker and Toby Storie-Pugh
December 20th, 2013
Toby Storie-Pugh is a climber and founder of Expedition Everest, a campaign to get the first Kenyan climber, Steve Obbayi, to the summit of Mount Everest. The pair will make their Everest bid in spring 2014, setting an example for all Kenyans to believe in the power of their dreams. The Expedition will raise awareness for global sanitation issues by leading the Toilet Hacker Campaign. We are extremely proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful adventure and we wish them a very successful climb!
Guest post by Toby Storie-Pugh
"In less than 100 days now, I’ll trek into Everest Base Camp with my climbing partner Steve Obbayi. Steve will be the first Kenyan to climb Everest.
Summiting Everest has been a goal of mine for years. When I realized that no one from Kenya had ever climbed the world’s tallest peak, I knew that leading the first Kenyan expedition for my adopted home was something I must do.
And when I met Steve, his passion and determination convinced me that he would be the perfect role model to inspire other Kenyans to tackle their biggest dreams with courage and confidence too.
But Steve and I don’t just want to inspire Kenyans…we also want to reach global citizens like you with a huge message, one that is as massive as Everest: Do Epic Shit.
That’s right. Go climb a mountain. Raft an untamed river. Trek for miles in an undiscovered place. Do something big. Think epic. And do it on behalf of the 2.5 million people who don’t have access to a toilet. Those are the people who we’re climbing for, because we know that by raising awareness of this global crisis, we can solve this humanitarian issue in our lifetime.
We’ve teamed up with Toilet Hackers, a non-profit dedicated to this cause. Toilet Hackers is launching a new sanitation project in Kibera, Nairobi's largest slum. Every meter that Steve and I tackle means hygiene education and access to sanitary hand washing facilities to two people in Kibera. With Everest standing at 8,850 meters, that's 18,000 people living healthier lives in Kenya.
You better believe we’ll be sending the folks at Toilet Hackers selfies from each camp on Everest, making sure they know exactly how many meters we’ve climbed. And yes, we’ll be taking our XShot Pro with us to capture each image.
Follow the expedition and learn more at http://www.expeditioneverest.org/index.php.
Please join Steve and Toby in this amazing crusade and adventure and help them raise their goal by helping and donating here : www.Indiegogo.com/projects/do-epic-shit.
"This is me in Times Square in New York City on World Toilet Day, Nov. 19, 2014.
It was the first official World Toilet Day recognized by the United Nations and I joined the Toilet Hackers crew at several events throughout the day to make sure the 2.5 billion people without access to a toilet know that we “give a shit.”
XShot Camera Extender in the TOP 3 Favorite Gear for Mobile Journalists
December 20th, 2013
Journalists love tech gadgets that make their life easier while on the go, recording an interview or shooting some great footage. They don’t always have a camera crew with them and some accessories are just perfect for that.
Jeremy Caplan, the director of education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, picked his Top 3 Gear for mobile journalism. Check out the video below where he highlights and shows the gadgets he loves, at the 2013 Online News Association conference in Atlanta.
Thank you Jeremy for including the XShot camera extender in your top 3, it means a lot to see it in such expert hands!
Source: AJR American Journalism Review
XShot Pro Extender for GoPro Cameras Love on Twitter
December 18th, 2013
Thank you Roger for the XShot Pro shout-out! We can' t wait to see what pictures and videos you will come up with your new XShot Pro Extender for GoPro and action cameras.
Don't forget that you can use your telescopic monopod with any compact digital camera or smartphone, thanks to the dual head mount.
— Roger James Smith (@RJS3566) December 15, 2013
Unique Gifts Under $50 on Fox32 Chicago. I spy an XShot Camera Extender!
December 17th, 2013
The Gift Insider expert, Lindsay Roberts, was on FOX News Chicago sharing her top picks for the holidays: Top Holiday Gifts Under $50.
Thank you for including the XShot in your off-the beaten path gift selection for FOX Chicago. Check out the details and demos on the Fox video below.
Source: Youtube The Gift Insider
Top Holiday Gifts Under $50:
1. Carnivore Club
2. HoldaPlate Cocktail Plate
3. XShot camera extender- Get in the picture. Pocket size extender is easy to travel with & is a must-have camera accessory, perfect for anyone who's ever been left out of a photograph because he was the one taking it! Telescopic pole attaches to any compact digital camera.
4. Feast of Merry Treats & NBC Chicago.
5. Charitable Creations Jewelry
6. Concannon Irish Whiskey.
Lindsay offers to her readers some amazing offers and coupons on her picks, check out http://www.thegiftinsider.com for all Discount Coupon Codes.
Dan R Morris, the mind behind Blogging Concentrated, Letters from Dan and Common Sense Revenue, has been using online tools to drive revenue since 2008. He is a great XShot fan and friend and is using his camera extender to get better self-videos and content for his blogs and website. He has been coaching famous bloggers and entrepreneurs for years and we asked him to tell us what it takes to become a true and successful blogger.
What it takes to become a true business blogger
It takes almost nothing to become a blogger. These days you could do it by visiting an internet cafe and paying $3/hour to use the computer. With a smartphone in hand, you could take quick videos and load them up to YouTube or Vine. You could even become an Instagram / Photo blogger just by taking pics and adding captions.
But for the most part, these “fast food” techniques won't lead to money or business freedom, until you're able to think professionally and up your game.
The cost of blogging
Did you know that it takes $300,000 to start a Subway Restaurant. And those guys are not only hoping to break even the first year, they're hoping to make $80,000 – $100,000 for their families. Bloggers have the same goal.
But for some reason most believe they can achieve that by spending $7 on a domain name and $10/month in hosting fees.
$300,000.00 vs $127.00 . . . Somewhere in there lies a disconnect
So I ask, what should you be spending your money on to really maximize your income? Let's take a look at two small parts of blogging. As the “microwave” world has become “Pinterest” fast, bloggers need to use more than just words to reach an audience. Video and Audio have exploded on the scene in the last few years in a big way.
YouTube is no stranger to bloggers. Getting more traffic than almost every other website combined, YouTube is a video juggernaut that vaults many to stardom. But the professional blogger hoping to get seen by traditional media shouldn't spend their time making selfie videos in the bathroom. Good lighting, good camera equipment and planning make a huge difference.
To start take a look at the Cowboy Studio lighting sets on Amazon. A few professional lights can make the difference between an amateur and serious marketer. And when you think about the kind of media folks we'd like to get our message in front of, what level of experience do you think they have with superior quality lighting and imagery?
In fact, take a look at Philip DeFranco on YouTube. He made the leap to TV. After seeing just a few seconds of his video, you'll know he's a professional. No doubts.
It's always a great idea to regularly produce content. Sometimes that means making videos on the fly.
Instead of holding the camera in front of your face with half your arm taking up part of the frame, get a camera extender from XShot and take the quality up a notch. You can then have your arms in more normal, resting positions. Your face can be a normal distance from the camera and, again, you look that much more professional.
Every year more and more podcasters up the ante and buy professional equipment. Sound quality makes a huge difference to podcast listeners who listen with earbuds at the gym. Echos, background noises and hiss just detract completely. Sadly I'm afraid the standards have been set. There's no going back to inferior audio at this point.
Make sure when you buy a video camera it has the option of plugging in an external microphone. The audio from your Flip phone at 15 paces is nothing compared to a simple lapel mic. And if you're doing interviews via Skype, think about using ecomm's Call Recorder to improve the recorded audio and video quality. Long gone are the days of pressing “play and record” at the same time.
No matter what, the default settings means amateur. When acting professionally, research the add-ons, plugins and extras to make sure you're not letting $3 stand in the way of your success. Sometimes the equipment or software, like Camtasia, are so well done the default is good enough. Just make sure you do your research. Assuming doesn't get us anywhere.
So Go ahead. Take the extra step closer to awesome. Be and act like a professional blogger.
Kobe vs. Messi, The Selfie Shootout : They so need an XShot camera extender ;)
December 10th, 2013
What do you need to win a Selfie shootout ?
Imagination, creativity and great gear: a compact camera, GoPro or smartphone and your XShot telescopic extender, to avoid distorted faces and to get some of the background, of course!
Which team are you rooting for, Messi or Kobe?
Source: Turkish Airlines on YouTube
Cade Palmer is an amazing paraglider and speed flying instructor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is a great XShot friend and has been using the XShot 2.0 extender with his GoPro camera for a while, to record his tandem flights and share those amazing moments with his passengers.
Every year, we wait for his awesome Tandemonium video, and it is a delight to see all those smiles, scares and beautiful sceneries.
This year was a little different, as Cade spent a few months in New Zealand, and had the privilege to fly for Gforce paragliding in Queenstown. AMAZING…
We can' wait to see what Cade will come up with his new XShot Pro.
More about Cade Palmer and http://www.groundrushairsports.com