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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.  


Carson Daly reports from Orange Room with his XShot Selfiestick : Jimmy Kimmel snaps selfie with Clintons
March 26th, 2014

The Selfie Battles on the networks!

The Clinton-Kimmel snapshot inspired TODAY show's Orange Room host Carson Daly to break out his XShot "selfie stick" to do a "groupie" of his co-workers. "We're gonna ask all of you when you get into work today to take your 'groupie,' your selfie … and send it to us #OrangeRoom and we're gonna put it up on the wall."

Love it Carson! That's the way to nicely get more people in the shot and not crop some of Bill Clinton's hair…

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

View the Today Show segment here


Awesome XShot and GoPro Snow Tubing video at Blizzard Mountain by Gary Cruz
March 19th, 2014

Check out this great Snow Tubing self-video at Blizzard Mountain by Gary Cruz. Filmed with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black and XShot Pro selfie stick.

Don't you want to just go to Tahoe right now, just watching this?

 

Blizzard Mountain – Sierra at Tahoe from Gary Cruz on Vimeo.

 

Thank you for sharing it Gary. Love you and your family!


Must Have Travel Products by Matt Gibson for the Huffington Post
March 14th, 2014

We had the great pleasure to meet Matt Gibson at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, earlier this year. He was scouting the floors to find new innovative, versatile, travel-friendly products that would wow him and help people travel better with all the right tools and less baggage.

People always wonder what to take on a trip, especially when gearing up for an outdoors adventure, where space and weight matters a lot. What to wear, what electronics, photography and tech accessory should I take, what’s new this year?

Thank you Matt for your enthusiasm for our new XShot Pro, we were excited to show it to you in Utah and stoked to see you adopting it right away, snowboarding with your GoPro Camera. 

Check out Matt’s selection for the Huffington Post, his 11 Travel Products That You Won't Want to Leave Home Without.

1- The Eagle Creek Convertabrief

2- The Craghoppers Compresslite Jacket

3- The CamelBak All Clear Water Purifier

4- The Jetboil Flash Compact Cooking System

5- Switch Interchangeable Lens Sunglasses (with Prescription Lenses)

6- Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar-Powered Device Charger

7- XShot Pro Camera Extender

8- Pacsafe Metrosafe Bag Line

9- Arc’teryx Carda Jacket

10- Nau Tech-Nique Dress

11- Kelty Flyway 43 Backpack

The ultimate selfie machine (I took the above selfie using the XShot Pro) Matt Gibson

For full write-ups and a video featuring demos of all the products, check out the longer article on Matt-Gibson.org.

About the XShot Pro by Matt Gibson:

"This simple yet ingenious product is one of the most useful photo accessories I’ve ever come across. It’s a simple telescoping with a handle on one end and an attachment on the other end (they have models that can hold a GoPro, smartphone, or point-and-shoot camera) for taking selfies. The attachment on the end even has a ball-joint for full maneuverability. So simple, yet so useful for a person like me who travels alone frequently, but still wants some good photos for Facebook."

Check out Matt’s first video with the XShot pole and his GoPro in fresh powder, pure bliss!

 

Video by Matt Gibson 


Bradley Cooper’s ultimate A-Lister Selfie at Oscars 2014: he forgot his XShot again ;)
March 5th, 2014

Imagine the fantastic group self-portrait Bradley could have taken with the XShot with Ellen at the Oscars…

He would not need to have a longer arm to make the perfect selfie…and Jared Letto would be in the shot! And when angled right, slightly above the heads we could see everyone and the background… Next time Bradley.


Our UK distributor DDLTD sent an hilarious presentation of the XShot selfie accessories, right after the Oscars. You gotta love British Humor. We do!


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