Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad

Introducing the latest innovation for your nursery: the Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad. Super soft and easy to clean, this device actually lets you watch your baby grow. Integrated into the base of the Hatch Baby Grow is a scale. Each time you place your bundle of joy on top, it instantly connects to your device and records the weight. With this information right on your smartphone, you can view and compare your baby’s weight at any time. You… Continue Reading

Magnetic Wood USA Puzzle Map

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I Asked Photographers for Ideas for Photography Horror Movies

I asked photographers to come up with a premise for a photography-based horror movie, and the answers did not disappoint. Some of these situations quite literally terrify me to think about, and others make me outright laugh!

  • Models hunting down photographers for endless retouched photos for their Instagram accounts –Rob Polgar
  • Exposure. Just a never-ending slew of emails and inquiries asking to work for free. It’s giving me tremors just thinking about it. –Claudia Hershner
  • Bridezilla. Giant angry bride tears city apart whilst screaming Where are my photos? It’s been two days!!! –Brandon Adam
  • A photographer spending days on planning, directing, setting up, shooting, retouching a shot – and the client ends up butchering the shot by posting an iPhone screenshot of the image on Instagram with the Kelvin filter –Kristoffer Sandven
  • No matter what you do, your lens cap is always on somehow. –John Barley
  • The Day All The Batteries Died. –Keecia Buster
  • They Died from Over-Exposure. –Justin Rosenberg
  • It would be Groundhogs Day movie theme. You are shooting the same family reunion event over and over every day for exposure. –Scott Schmidt
  • You’ve been kidnapped and forced to re-touch low res JPGs from a 20-year-old cell phone. And they had better come out perfect

    Scott Myers

  • A story where the photographer shoots the series of their career but is paid net 90000. –Dan Moore
  • The day I shot a wedding but forgot to put the memory card in. –Laura Spires
  • Same apparition appearing in the images, everywhere the photog goes. And the subject mysteriously dies after. –Cce Soo
  • Photographer drops his Hasselblad into pristine ocean waters during magic hour shooting for SI with the most beautiful model on the planet. There is no backup camera. –Ellen Hancock
  • The model who just left your studio goes missing. This is something I often worry about. It must have been the photographer! Scumbags all of them!, is what they’ll say. –Justin William Officer
  • From the directors of You Forgot Your Camera Bag and Your Hard Disc is Corrupted comes the horror story Your Model Didn’t Make it to the Shooting Based on a true story. –Felix Alejandro Hernndez Rodrguez
  • The Pixel Plague. Slowly eating away and infesting anything that has the RGB DNA. Images, Drives, Sensors –Rahul Mall
  • Silence of the Shutter. It puts the gaussian blur on its skin, or it gets the hose again. –Troy D. Davidson
  • Someone invents a small little gadget that completely rethinks the use of a professional camera with one app downloaded (for free), making everyone and their grandmother a pro iPhone 8 will be hitting your local theatre soon –Deborah Anderson
  • Instead of Candy Man it would be Canon Man say his name three times while staring at your computer and he pops out the screen his camera steals your soul. His biggest weakness would be slow Internet. –Glenn Tucker
  • The Dead Shutter Island. –Vasilije Bajilov

Feel free to suggest your own photography-related horror movie premise in the comments below and we may add it to the running list above.

(via Retouchist)

About the author: Pratik Naik is a photo retoucher specializing in commercial and editorial work. To see his work, head over to his website or give him a follow on Instagram and Facebook. This article was also published here.

Image credits: Header illustration based on still frame from Psycho by Shamley Productions

Why I’ll Never Use FedEx Again to Ship My Camera Gear

My name is Marc Weisberg, and I’m a luxury home photographer based in Southern California. This is an article about why I’ll never use FedEx again to ship my camera gear to a workshop, as well as what you need to know before ever shipping camera gear. It’s the story of how FedEx utterly screwed up my delivery and cost me over $1,000 to get new gear and re-printing of all my workshop materials.

My Camera Gear Shipping Horror Story

The story begins in Irvine, California, at the FedEx delivery hub. I was teaching a Luxury Real Estate Workshop in NYC in early June 2017 and needed to ship out a ThinkTank Production Manager 40 rolling gear case that weighed 60lbs. Following all the rules, I showed up at the FedEx facility 1 hour before the shipping drop-off deadline of 5:00 PM on a Tuesday.

There are a couple of things to know about FedEx shipping/delivery options: (1) Business delivery is delivered to the destination Monday through Friday only, and (2) Home delivery is delivered Monday through Saturday. Since my drop-off was on a Tuesday by their deadline and 4 days was required for transit, I chose home delivery which should have reached my destination by Saturday end of the day. I say should have because according to FedEx, this was their guarantee.

Everything was going according to plan. I followed all the shipping and deadline rules. But, on Friday morning at 8:00 AM, two of hours before my flight from LGB to JFK, I logged onto the FedEx website to track my package. Much to my surprise, I saw that my shipment was scheduled to arrive by the end of the day Tuesday, June 6th, instead of Saturday, June 2nd, as promised.

This must be some kind of weird mistake, I thought. But NO, it wasn’t.

If my gear showed up on Tuesday, June 6th, that meant all my gear would show up after my workshop was finished. Basically, I was screwed. I immediately called up FedEx. They told me it was my mistake, and that I had shipped it incorrectly. First, they told me that I didn’t meet the deadline. Then they told me that I did meet the deadline but that I was in the wrong line – the FedEx Express line. Then they said I was in the correct line, but that I shipped it business delivery (which I did not).

FedEx confirmed that the package wouldn’t be there until the Tuesday, June 6th, by the end of the day. I asked to speak with a supervisor and was told that I couldn’t speak with a supervisor and that there was nothing that they could do for me. What?! I wasn’t having any of that. So I called up the facility where it was shipped from and was able to get a manager on the line, and this is what I learned:

The on-site manager at the Irvine depot said that her hands were tied but that she’d get back to me and see what she could do for me. About 30 to 45 minutes later, she got back to me. This is what she told me: the driver who was picking up all the packages from the Irvine depot got an emergency call that his niece had been in a car accident and left the depot with all the packages except mine. My package spent an extra day sitting at the Irvine depot.

The driver had screwed up.

Hey, I feel for the guy. But we are talking about a multi-billion dollar, multi-national Fortune 500 company, ranked #58 on the Fortune 500 list in 2017. You’d think that they have policies in place to prevent this? But they don’t. The on-site manager at the Irvine facility told me that it wasn’t until Wednesday at some time during that day that my package shipped, and that the package was on a truck somewhere between Joplin, Missouri, and NYC.

She had spoken with the managers in both the Missouri and New Jersey depots and that there was nothing at all that could be done. Basically, I was f***ed! All my lighting gear, all my light stands, tripods, batteries, and all my printed materials for my two-day workshop would be delayed until after my workshop was over.

I had just opened an account with FedEx a couple of weeks earlier, and this was my first shipment ever with the company. How could this happen? I was panicking. I needed to replace all my gear! I needed this essential gear to teach my workshop and also needed my books, which I give each student. The first thing on my mind was that I needed to take care of my students.

Luckily, my workshop was in NYC. We landed in NYC on a Friday evening at 10:30 PM. Both Adorama and B&H camera are closed for Sabbath from Friday sundown until Sunday morning. So, on Sunday morning, I walked into Adorama and plunked down $1,000 for new gear. Renting the gear would have been $800. In my mind, spending $800 on a two-day rental was a complete waste of money. So I purchased all new gear.

Insurance Doesn’t Cover This

Here’s something else I found out. FedEx won’t do anything for you at all for a delayed shipment. They won’t pay for you to rent or buy new gear. Your insurance company doesn’t pay for delayed shipments either, and my insurance policy is with a triple-A rated insurance company with a comprehensive business policy. My American Express Platinum, which I pay $450 a year for, doesn’t cover me for delayed shipments either. Only for lost airline luggage.

Again, I was f***ed. The key here is that the shipment wasn’t lost – it was delayed. It gets worse though: If FedEx is to pay out anything, they will only pay the insured amount that you’ve stated on your FedEx shipping bill. And they get to keep the case and its contents that you shipped.

But wait, it gets better: you have to prove the value of everything that was in your shipment. That’s right: you need to show proof of purchase and the receipt for evertyhing that was in the case that you shipped. They make it very difficult to get your money. And it’s a lengthy process that can take several months.

How to Protect Yourself When Shipping Your Camera Gear

So here are some tips to protect yourself if you do decide to ship your gear:

  1. Make a list of all your gear
  2. Photograph all your gear in the case
  3. Record all the serial numbers and have proof of purchase receipts
  4. If needed, make copies so if you are traveling to a foreign country and you need to start a case with FedEx you can start it right away.
  5. Know that you are not covered by your business insurance or by your credit card, and that FedEx will not take care of your expenses should you need to rent or purchase new gear.
  6. If you really, really want to protect yourself, have an identical case of backup gear ready to ship overnight. This may seem overkill, but what are your options?

Needless to say, I’ll never use FedEx again for this type of shipment. In the end, my case finally arrived by the end of the day Tuesday, June 6th, at my friend’s apartment in NYC, 4 days late, when my workshop was completed and done. By that point, my case of gear was of no use to me.

FedEx did end up reimbursing my shipping costs both ways from California to New York and back. But that was nothing compared to the stress, 2 hours on the phone with FedEx, the time, and the money it cost me to replace all my gear. In the future, I intend to try UPS for my shipments and have an extra case of gear ready to ship, just in case.

About the author: Marc Weisberg is an architectural and luxury real estate photographer based in Irvine, California. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website. Weisberg is also teaching an upcoming 3-day workshop in Orange County, California, in September 2017. This article was also published here.

de Dolomieu Marble Laptop Block

de Dolomieu Marble Laptop BlockRaise up your MacBook with the de Dolomieu Marble Laptop Block. Specifically designed for the Apple laptop, this stand is a work of art. In fact, it uses the beautiful Statuario Marble from Carrara, Italy. Made in Germany, the Marble Block helps to lift your device to just the perfect height. At the base of the stand is a small yet sturdy marble lip. This keeps your laptop from sliding out of place. In addition, this also serves as a… Continue Reading