Sunday, August 29, 2010
Quid Pro Quo
Sometimes, I plug.
Sometimes, they plug back.
It's not just a quid pro quo thing. It's also a courtesy thing.
For those who haven't read my ebook, Guerrilla Glamour, you might not know about some of the equipment I plugged in it. I'll admit, I didn't do a lot of plugging in the book. Leastwise, a lot of naming-gear-by-brand plugging. But I did plug some.
One of the guerrilla glamour brands I plugged is orbis™, the ring flash adapter.
That wasn't a typo, BTW. orbis™ doesn't capitalize their brand name. They also prefer seeing that trademark "™" thingie at the tail-end of their brand.
Must be a Kiwi thing. (orbis™ is a New Zealand company.)
I call orbis™ a "guerrilla glamour" brand because their product perfectly fits the criteria for "keep it simple stupid" guerrilla glam shooting: It's a cost effective alternative to traditional ring flash devices and -- and this is a big "and" -- it utilizes equipment most all of you already own. (That would be a speedlight.)
In their latest orbis™ newsletter, those nice, courteous, quid-pro-quoing New Zealanders gave my ebook a thoughtful, courteous plug! (Thanks, mates!) Check it out! In fact, you might want to sign up for their newsletter as it often includes great tips for shooting with an orbis™. (Good info if you have an orbis™. Some of it might even be helpful if you don't.)
I'll be reviewing the orbis™ ring flash adapter quite soon. As it happens, I just happen to have an orbis™ in my fat grubby fingers -- well, it's not in my fat grubby fingers this exact moment. I am keyboarding, after all -- but I am looking forward to putting the orbis™ through its paces. I have a cute model lined up for my orbis™ shoot. All we have to do is find a day and time both of us are free to take some pictures. Hopefully, that happens this coming week.
orbis™ also has a new product they're about to unveil: The frio™. (Again with the no capitalizing and the "™" thing.)
Frio, if you didn't know, means "cold" in Spanish. Who knew they speak Spanish in New Zealand? Definitely not me. But then, what do I know? About New Zealand, I mean.
Apparently, not as much as I thought.
The frio™, from orbis™, is a cold shoe adapter. A cold shoe adapter is a device that clamps to hot shoe accessories, e.g., to the foot of your flash or speedlight, allowing you to then attach it to something else... like a light stand.
There are cold shoe adapters already available in the marketplace. I'm guessing the frio™ is going to be somewhat different from what's already available. Like everyone else, I'll have to wait and see just how different. The orbis™ folks are saying they will be unveiling the frio™ in the next week or so. (They're being quite secretive about their frio™.)
BTW, if, like me, you're a Facebooker, you might want to check out the orbis™ Facebook page. Give it a "Like" why don'tcha?
While you're at it, Facebooking I mean, check out my Pretty Girl Shooter Facebook page. Give it a "Like" as well! (If you haven't already.) The more the merrier, right?
The pretty girl pool shark at the top is Devin. I'll bet Minnesota Fats never played against a pool hustler like Devin. Game of Eight Ball anyone?