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360 Selfie video around the world with an XShot Selfie stick, a GoPro and Sony ActionCam
June 10th, 2014

Check out Raymond Haikal's awesome 360 Selfie video around the world: the perfect inspiration for your travel bucket list!

Raymond traveled in 2013 and 2014 in South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa, Brazil and Peru, and he shot 360° short videos of himself and the beautiful background and scenery around him. This is such a great way to capture perfect memories for the trip of a lifetime and a very nice way to show us a glimpse of the different places and make us want to see more. 

The video was shot with a GoPro camera, a Sony Action Cam and an XShot Selfie Stick: the perfect combo and ultimate selfie machine to capture your adventures on the go . 

 

Source: Raymond Haikal on YouTube

Warning: this video may cause extreme dizziness!

:)


Cute couple’s selfie in Ankara, Turkey – XShot May 2014 Picture of the Month
May 31st, 2014

Congratulations Chris and Pouneh from Longing to Travel! Thank you for your great XShot selfies in Ankara, the view is pretty amazing from the castle.

 

xshot selfie in ankara

XShot Selfie on top of the Ankara Kalesi

About Longing to Travel

Chris and Pouneh are passionately curious, travel enthusiasts and self-proclaimed global citizens. They currently live in Turkey and their blog, "Longing to Travel", is a great guide to living, traveling, working, studying and surviving your life abroad. "We hope this blog will help other 20-30-somethings build a successful and fulfilling life overseas."

 

Please continue to share your pictures with us : we love it and you may be selected like this one and win prizes. You can email them at xshot@xshot.com , or upload them directly on our Facebook page.  


Non-stop adventure, surfing, snowkiting, skateboarding, design and photography: Interview of Giufo Soulboarder, Italy
May 20th, 2014

Giufo Soulboarder is an Italian outdoors fanatics and amazing photographer. Give him any kind of board, on wheels, on water or fresh powder and you'll be amazed by what you see.

It has been a love story between Giufo and the XShot team for years, and there are so many reasons why we love our Italian friend , that it is hard to even start a list… His amazing sense of color and photography… his everlasting enthusiasm for any new stunt, new free ride experience… his way of pushing the limits of what you can do and shoot with an XShot and GoPro camera…. his amazing loving and fun personality… endless creativity… and his love of gadgets, accessories, cameras and multiple XShot camera extenders!

1. Why did you choose your path and how did you get started? 

"I have been passionate about snowboarding almost immediately. I had been practicing skiing and surfing for some time and so it was natural! Free ride in particular is what fascinates me the most. I enjoy the contact with nature without any constraints, such as slopes or bounded areas . I feel the same at sea, practicing Stand Up Paddle and Surf and during my adventures mountain biking."

2. How did you hear about the XShot camera extenders?

"I was looking for a good extension to start taking photos with my GoPro and I found XShot on the Internet. It was marketed by an online store in Germany and I immediately felt it was a good product."

3. What do you always carry in your camera/travel bag? 

"I always have a lot of equipment in my camera bag… sometimes I have more than just a bag! Usually I have a Canon SLR with a small zoom lens, a wide angle and a telephoto lens. Then there is a compact Nikon, always useful in many situations, and then three GoPro that are my sports cameras. I also carry many accessories for GoPro cameras, a small tripod and three XShot extensions (XShot Pros and classic)."

4. Where is your favorite location to take pictures? 

"I live on the sea front, really just a few meters from the beach in the south of Italy, in Otranto. There is a beautiful coastline, very suitable for photo shoots and a fascinating hinterland. I am also really lucky because I have the opportunity to spend a lot of time in the mountains, on the snow, in La Thuile, Aosta Valley."

 5. We noticed that you had been very creative with the XShot, how do you think you will use it the most?

  "Thank you very much for your support and enthusiasm towards me! Now that my snow season is over and  that I'm back home by the sea, I think that I will use XShot also underwater. 

 This summer I want to experiment with the new XShot Pro and I want to use more of the many     opportunities offered by the rotating head of XShot.

 Actually, by rotating the camera about 45 degrees, you can get a great selfie without even seeing the  telescopic extension in your shot. (see picture)

 

 

 

6. Tell us about your new exciting trips and projects to come.

 "My plans for next season are almost all on the sea: I will explore a part of the coast almost inaccessible by means of a special inflatable SUP. There will be also a lot of trips mountain biking, to explore the historical and natural wonders in my area in Italy.

Finally, I intend to prepare to best the season on the snow next year with new solutions of shooting for new sports such as snow kiting!"

 

About Giufo Soulboarder

 “I was born in the heel of Italy, in 1957. I live and work in Otranto as a graphic designer and photographer but they are often outside the region to follow my new projects.

From an early age I have had many opportunities to practice adventure and formative experiences. At age 11 I explored my first cave with a speleological group, and by the time I was 18, I had my diver’s license and enjoyed paragliding. I attended the Faculty of Geology at the University of Urbino. I worked for 17 years as a professional Skipper on large sailboats, catamarans in particular. My favorite sports are surfing, SUP and, during winter, snowboarding, snowkiting and freeride in general. Photography has always been a passion of mine in both documentary and sporting and I had the honor and satisfaction of seeing many of my images chosen and published. I have a very personal idea of light. I think that the colors do not exist in reality but are only perceived by the soul. So my photography -when the work does not compel me to realism- is purely irrational and emotional.”

Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/soulboarder

 


Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, with XShot and Mommy Shorts’ Selections
May 9th, 2014

Mother's day is in two days!

There are many ways to honor our moms and show them how much we care. Gifts are always a nice token , but it has to come from the heart and always needs to come with a special thought. It does not need to be big and a child's thoughtful drawing goes a long way. But it is Mom's special day and she deserves to be pampered and cherished that day. 

You only have two more days to find the perfect little something that will touch her.

Oh my, I can't just get her flowers and chocolate like last year… Help! 

No problem.

Your mom (or spouse) loves photography, iPhone and gadgets?

Search no more, we have a nice selection for you on the XShot Pinterest Gift board: jewelry, accessories,  gadgets, apparel, Lego purse, cameras, phones accessories  and a lot of fun and sweet ideas to discover HERE.

If you are looking for ideas outside the photo box, don't worry, Ilana, aka Mommy Shorts from New York, got you covered with her awesome gift selection for all moms. We love Ilana here at XShot, she is very witty and her Mother's Day Categories are quite funny.

Check out her fun themed categories and find the whole product and ideas list on the Mommy Shorts blog.

- Gifts for Moms who have trouble getting up in the morning. 

- Gifts for Moms who are heading back to the office

- Gifts for Moms who don't think jewelry should involve macaroni

 - Gifts for Moms who think nothing says "I love you" like flowers 

- Gifts for Moms who are sick of snacking on leftover cheerios

- Gifts for Moms who are never in their own pictures : the Pocket XShot guest stars to put mom in the picture 

- Gifts for Moms with a toddler who breaks everything

- Gifts for Moms who find refuge in the bathroom

- Gifts for Moms who think playmates begin with cocktails

- Gifts for Moms from their own passive aggressive mothers

What are you doing for your mom this year?

Happy Mother's Day!


XShot Mother’s Day Photo Contest: Get Mom in the picture
May 7th, 2014

Mother's Day is just around the corner and we want to celebrate all moms out there! 

Get Mom in the picture and remind her how special she is and always will be in our lives. 

 

XShot Mother's Day Photo Contest!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’d love for you to post a photo with your Mom on the XShot Facebook page. Tell us in the post what you love about her, why she is special, or how she made a difference in your life. 

If you are not on Facebook, you can still participate and email us your picture and quote at xshot@xshotpix.com by May 11th, 2014.

The Winners* will we chosen the week of May 12th, 2014 with random.org

Prizes to win:

First:       A Flower bouquet delivered to your mom

                + XShot Pocket camera extender + Universal Phone Holder + GoPro tripod Adapter

 

Second:   XShot Pocket camera extender + Universal Phone Holder + GoPro tripod Adapter

* USA and Canada deliveries only.

 

Official rules :  http://xshot.com/mothers-day-contest-2014-official-rules

 

Show Mom some love, good luck

and Happy Mother's Day!

 


Colorful Self-portrait at Coloreate in Mexico: XShot April 2014 Picture of the Month
April 30th, 2014

Thank you Ryan Gargiulo for the awesome picture taken at the Coloreate race in Playa del Carmen.

It was too beautiful not to share, along with the video of the race. Great editing and footage with lots of colors, smiles and different angles with the XShot: up high, running and spinning. LOVED IT! This idea of a fun storm of color started off a as a tradition in India and has been picked up all over the world, as you may have experienced it in Arizona or Paris in April.


 

Photo Ryan Giargiulo

 

You can follow Ryan’s adventures in Latin America in Pause the Moment. Enjoy and plan your next trip…


 

Please continue to share your pictures with us : we love it and you may be selected like this one and win prizes. You can email them at xshot@xshot.com , or upload them directly on our Facebook page.  


Want to improve your photography skills? Join our Free Datacolor Spyder – XShot Webinar
April 29th, 2014

datacolor and xshot photography webinar

Looking forward to extending your photography skills? 

We partnered with Datacolor, the photography color management specialist, and we are very pleased to invite you to a Free Photography Webinar, hosted by professional photographers David Saffir and David Tobie.

Movement. Dimension. Drama. Learn how to capture these elements and expand your photography skills repertoire. 

In the webinar you will learn to explore all the angles within your photography. We’ll discuss options in camera mounts and extensions, using camera settings to change dimensionality, change sense of time and movement, explore access to new vantage points, explore motion capture, and more. Join us May 7 as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and David Tobie discuss these issues and provide examples of ways you can expand your horizons in photography and motion capture!

         Extend your Photography Co-sponsored by Datacolor and XShot

         May 7 2014 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

         Register to the free webinar HERE

The webinar will be in English and is open to all photography levels: Beginners, Semi-Pros and Pros. 

Attendees will have the chance to win a FREE Datacolor SpyderCUBE or XShot Camera Extender as well as receive exclusive discounts.

Hope to see you there and let us know if you have any question!

 

About Datacolor

Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, provides software, instruments and services to assure accurate color of materials, products and images. Most photographers know their famous Spyder line and the SpyderCube, allowing them to easily set their white balance. The world’s leading brands, manufacturers and creative professionals have used Datacolor’s innovative solutions to consistently achieve the right color for more than 40 years.

About David Saffir

David Saffir is an internationally recognized, award winning portrait, commercial, and fine art photographer and printmaker. He teaches workshops and seminars in photography, printmaking, and color management. He lives near Los Angeles, in Santa Clarita, California. David is a Datacolor Expert, the author of Mastering Digital Color: A Photographer’s and Artist’s Guide to Controlling Color, published by Thomson/Cengage and a photography book, The Joy of Discovery.  For more information about David, visit his blog or his website.

About David Tobie

C. David Tobie has consulted internationally for many imaging-related companies, but is best known by photographers for his writing and technical editing of texts and periodicals for the photo industry, such as Mastering Digital Printing, and Professional Photographer magazine, as well as his seminars on color and imaging at photo workshops around the globe.  David is currently Global Product Technology Manager at Datacolor, where he develops new products and features for their Spyder line of calibration tools. Find out more on his photography blog, and on his website.

Related subject :

How to use the SpyderCube and XShot by Patrick Stanbro, professional photographer:

The Datacolor's SpyderCube is a 3D color reference for setting white balance, exposure and black levels.

Attach the cube to the XShot tripod mount, extend it into the scene and take a reference shot under your lighting. Read more

 

 

 


Sauze D’oulx : 3 Boarders 1 Skier video by Stefan Hugues
April 17th, 2014

Is it already almost the end of the season?

Thank you Stefan for your awesome video on YouTube. Great editing and very nice angles and points of views, thanks to your multiple camera accessories and XShot pole. Loved it!  

YouTube Video by Stefan Hughes

It's very cool to see the XShot in action in Sauze!

Filmed all with GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition and Hero 3 Black Edition. Using pole mounts/xshot poles, tripod mounts, front/side helmet mounts to gain an array of angles. All timelapse footage is filmed with the Hero 3+ in 4k, movement done in post production by Stefan.


XShot Pro embarks in the Rickshaw Run with Team Drive Sleep Rupeet. Good luck ladies!
April 5th, 2014

April 6 is a big day for Charlie and Sherry. Our two Travel Bloggers/adventurers extraordinaire are embarking on a crazy 4,000km pan-Indian adventure for charity in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower: The Adventurists Rickshaw RunThe quest itself will begin in the town of Cochin, in the southwest of India, and shall finish in Shillong, in the far northeast corner of the country.

For those who have been XShot friends and fans for a long time, you may remember that we love the TukTuk race and already sponsored a team in 2010, the Raiders of the Lost Tuk.

 We’d like you to meet Team Drive Sleep Rupeet, leaving Sunday in their customized Indian Rickshaw, competing to raise funds for 2 charities, Cool Earth and Charity: Water, a respected non-profit organization that will use the money to provide hundreds of people in developing countries with clean, safe water.

We can't wait to see your amazing XShot Pro pictures along the road.  Have fun and stay safe ladies!!!

Tell us a little bit about your great adventure and why you chose to do it?

We are Sherry and Charlie of team Drive Sleep Rupeet. Don’t let the name Charlie fool you – we are two adventurous women who make a living out of traveling the world and finding adventures and cultural stories to write about. 

Ok – we don’t always do ridiculous adventures like the Rickshaw Run, half of the time we are actually doing really grown up stuff around the globe, but then Charlie puts the ‘Adventure’ word out there and entices me to get our of our predictable lives and live a little. 

We have a pretty glamorous resume of experiences like walking across Spain, driving across Mongolia, being in a bus hijacking in Africa, being leached, climbing mountains, jumping out of planes, eating disgusting food, drinking moonshine, and between the two of us we have been to over 120 countries. 

We hail from New York City, but are nomadic travel writers and photographers in search of a good cup of coffee, a beautiful sunset, nail biting adventures, and an occasional coconut ball. 

According to the legal papers we had to sign to be in the Rickshaw Run it is apparently a reason to get life insurance and maybe adult diapers! 

Practicing using our XShot in front of our Rickshaw

The Rickshaw Run, put on by the Adventurists, is a 2000-mile mayhem filled drive through India in an inappropriate vehicle (a motorized 3 wheel, 7HP rickshaw).  There is also a charity component to the race – we are raising money for charity: water in order to bring more clean water solutions to villages in need. Our goal is to raise $15,000 and after some great generous donations we are very, close – but we still have $2000 to go! 

2. How did you prepare for the Rickshaw Run?

We have a map…and the good news is that it’s a map of India.  Based on our experiences in the Mongol Rally, planning is futile in an event like this.  We are learning how to drive the rickshaw the 2 days before the start of the race.  We have a bevy of electronic devices that will hopefully work and provide us our GPS location, helping us get from point A to point B every day.  But that’s as far as the planning has progressed.  We will wake up each morning and drive – that's the main plan.

3. How did you hear about the XShot?

I've seen the XShot in traveler's hands around the world!  As a solo traveler I've always wanted to try one out as my own arm is only so long. 

4. What do you carry in your camera/travel bag?

Between the two of us we normally as little as possible! However you can normally find GoPro mounts, lens cloths, lens cleaner, SD cards, duct tape, extra batteries, a notepad, and a LensCoat RainCoat for unexpected weather, and our XShot Pro.

5. What will be the biggest challenge in the run?

Normally one of the hardest parts about stressful, unpredictable adventure travel like this is people dynamics.  However  – there are many others that may trip us up too – such as simply fitting into the driving in India, which is like a functioning anarchy and nothing like what we are used to.  And finally, our lack of mechanical knowledge will probably cause a few hiccups! 

 

YouTube Presentation of the Rickshaw Run by The Adventurists

Meet the Team:

Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger and photographer. Sherry has been blogging about her travels on Ottsworld: Travel and Life Experiences of a Corporate America Runaway since 2006. She’s a co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go!, a website and national event offering career break or sabbatical travel inspiration and advice to mid career professionals.  She continues to seek out adventurous unique opportunities to challenge herself and inspire people to overcome their fears and reap the benefits of travel.

Charlie Grosso has the heart of a 19th century adventurer, head of a 21st century entrepreneur, hands of an artist. Charlie Grosso’s life is as much as expression of her art as her photographs are. Charlie captures the world with irony and sensitivity, wonder and rich understanding. Through her work, we feel deeply and think differently about people and places both familiar and alien.  She has traveled across five continents, through nearly 60 countries, via local bus, train, caravan and clunker. She has raced the Mongol rally, survived a hold-up by Ugandan rebels, and fallen in love with sublime moments through the lens of a Hasselblad. Her journey is like no other, so her vision takes us to places we never expect. Find her on SpyTravelogue


XShot March 2014 Picture of the Month: Saint Patrick’s Day Group Selfie in Mammoth
March 31st, 2014

Nothing better than a gorgeous day in Mammoth Mountain, shredding some in green for Saint Patrick's day!

Thank you Cormac for the awesome group selfie in the snow with your XShot pole!

xshot group selfie

Photo: Cormac O'Brien

 

Please continue to share your pictures with us : we love it and you may be selected like this one and win prizes.

You can email them at xshot@xshot.com , or upload them directly on our Facebook page.  


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