How to Use the Sensor Gel Stick

In this video, I decided to cover a couple of important aspects of using the sensor gel stick. First, I wanted to show what the product looks like when shipped and what it comes with, then answer some of the most frequently asked questions by our readers (see below for the text version), before actually showing how to use the product on a camera sensor.

DISCLAIMER: Not responsible for any potential damage of the camera due to misuse of the product! Please watch the video carefully and follow the instructions step by step.

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What is the Sensor Gel Stick?

I have shot this video a couple of weeks ago and have not had a chance to post it due to my crazy schedule. Basically, it is some detailed information and history about the Sensor Gel Stick and how it works when compared to other sensor cleaning solutions. Since our readers have been wondering about the tool and asking questions about it, I thought it would be a good idea to share it. This is the first part of the video, where I talk about the stick. The second part on how to actually use it will be posted tomorrow, with some detailed instructions for reference.

If you have already purchased yours, you might want to watch the second instructional video before you attempt to use it on your sensor. And to those that are waiting for their shipments – we have been busy inspecting each sensor gel stick and preparing all the shipping materials so that we could get everything out on Monday morning. All orders heading out to US should arrive before Christmas, while orders going to Canada might take a little longer due to customs, etc.

Hope you enjoy the videos!

You can now pre-order the Sensor Gel Stick

Due to popular request (and the fact that we ran out of the stock in less than 3 hours last night), we have now enabled pre-orders for the Sensor Gel Stick! I have received a number of emails and comments from our readers that really want to buy when it becomes available, instead of patiently waiting for the next email update. We are doing our best to get as many units as possible now, so hopefully we should receive more stock next week.

Sensor Gel Stick

To access the product page where you can pre-order the sensor gel stick from, click here. You can also access the page through the “Shop” link on the top of the page. Once you place your order, you will be able to view its status and receive notifications when the product ships.

Please note that your credit card will NOT be charged now when you pre-order. You will have to come back and complete your order as soon as we have stock. All pre-orders will be served on a first come first serve basis.

The Sensor Gel Stick is in stock!

We have just received a full box of the Sensor Gel Stick and this time we have a lot more than last time (250 to be exact, but I have some units reserved), so hopefully they will last for a little more than last time. The last stock of 70 units was gone in less than two hours and I got some emails from pretty unhappy readers that could not order just because the notification was posted very early in the morning. This time I am posting the notification in the evening to be fair to our readers from the west coast.

UPDATE: All sold out! Next shipment will be here next week.

Sensor Gel Stick

To access the product page where you can order the sensor gel stick from, click here. You can also access the page through the “Shop” link on the top of the page. Once you place your order, you will be able to view its status and receive notifications when the product ships.

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Do You Have Insurance for Photography Equipment?

You have insurance to cover damage to, loss of, or theft of your photography equipment, or do you?  We have all heard the words of warning, look both ways before you cross the street, don’t talk to strangers, and read the fine print.  Maybe for photographers it should be read the fine print before you sell a print. Recently a friend of mine (who, for the purposes of this post we’ll call Bill), learned about insurance and the fine print found in policies in an unfortunate way. Bill had his home broken into and some of his expensive photography equipment stolen. Having someone violate your home is hard enough, but the loss of valuable items is like salt in a wound. Finding out that the insurance you purchased and thought protected your loss doesn’t have you covered, might take you to a different state of mind and not in a good way. Read the fine print.

Claim Denied

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Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway

We are very excited to announce yet another great Facebook giveaway and this time we are partnering up with our friends at Fstoppers to do it. The winner will have a chance to choose between three different cameras: Nikon D610, Canon 6D or the new Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera! We are approaching the end of the year, so we decided to give this one away on the Christmas Day, similar to what we are doing with our Fuji X-E1 giveaway. So you have exactly one month to participate in this awesome contest! The contest is open for everyone, not just US residents.

Photography Life Fstoppers Giveaway

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Upcoming Black Friday Deals

If you are deciding on whether to purchase a camera or lens, I would hold off until next week. As you know, Black Friday is a big day in the US, so we are expecting all major brands including Nikon and Canon to have some killer rebates and instant savings on all kinds of camera gear. As before, our “Current Deals” page will be updated frequently during the holidays. If anything special comes out with a fast time limit, we will post it on the main page.

2013 Holiday Shopping

Nikon will be running a similar “buy together and save” instant rebate program as before, but the list of lenses and cameras will be extensive (yes, the new Nikon Df will be included). As far as I know, up to $300 off will be offered on lenses, some of which are lower-end! So rebates will be very attractive, especially if you stack lenses (you can buy as many lenses as you want, as long as you include a single camera). And I am expecting B&H to be adding those extra 2-4% savings on top of all these again.

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Documentary Photography in Conflict Zones

“Landscape” and “documentary” are two of the most celebrated genres in the photographic arts. These traditions are also the inspiration for the photographic images in my primary area of work as a historical geographer focusing on what is arguably the world’s most intractable geo-political dispute – the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. “Photographs furnish evidence,” the cultural critic, Susan Sontag conceded in an otherwise critical examination of the documentary genre in her work, On Photography (1973). The photographs in this collection for Photography Life build on Sontag’s observation in an effort to reveal how aspects of this protracted conflict have become embedded in the Palestinian landscape.

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While the Israeli / Palestinian conflict has generated impassioned debate about its causes and consequences, there is little debate that these hostilities have altered the patterns of daily life for both Israelis and Palestinians. At the same time, most observers who travel to the region would probably admit that everyday life on the Palestinian side has been transformed in a more fundamental way. Despite the recent lull in hostilities, the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza are conflict zones. In these areas photographers confront very specific rules established by military authorities limiting the type of images that can be taken, along with cultural conventions that place certain subjects out-of-bounds.

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Fuji X-E1 Giveaway

We were so impressed by the Fuji X-E1 (see our detailed review) that we decided it is time to give one away. Once again, we are happy to announce yet another giveaway for our loyal readers. As before, this is a Facebook giveaway designed to increase our presence in social media. And as before, this giveaway is open to anyone, not just US residents.

Photography Life Fuji X-E1 Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, click the above banner or follow the following link to our giveaway page:

Photography Life Fuji X-E1 Giveaway

If you have a mobile device, please use the following link instead:
Photography Life Fuji X-E1 Giveaway (mobile)

Here is how to enter this contest:

  1. Visit the giveaway Facebook page
  2. Click “Like” to reveal the entry form. If you are already our fan, the form will appear automatically.
  3. Type your email address in the form – we only need it to contact you so that you can claim your prize. If you authorized the “Sweepstakes” app, there is no need to enter the email address – your Facebook profile will be used instead.
  4. Once you click “Enter”, you will be entered for the giveaway.
  5. You can invite your Facebook friends to participate in this giveaway as well to increase your chances of winning. For every friend that enters this contest, you gain an additional bonus entry. Number of referrals is unlimited!

The “Sweepstakes” app might request access to your public profile, friends list and likes – this is needed to get your name and contact info. Likes are needed to verify that you indeed liked our page, while your friends list is used to give you bonus entries. Please note that the app does NOT access any other information in your Facebook account. You can verify this by seeing the App authorization.

Some restrictions apply to non-US participants:
Some countries have tax and other regulations for camera equipment, while others are extremely expensive to ship to. While we will do our best to ship the package internationally, if the cost of sending the package is extremely high or if there are other complications, we will have to give a choice to the winner – either to pay for all the extra expenses, or accept a gift card equivalent to the prize from our trusted partner B&H Photo Video.

Note that those of our readers that do not have a Facebook account are also eligible to participate. Just leave a comment below with your contact info and we will include you for the giveaway.

We will announce a random winner on December 25, 2013 to make it a great Christmas present from us! Good luck!

The Winner of the Nikon D800 / Canon 5D Mark III Giveaway

It has been long, but the winner is here! We had a total of 6114 eligible participants in this giveaway. Since this was a Facebook giveaway, most of the participants were from Facebook. However, thanks to the feedback that we received from our readers, we also manually included those that complained about not having Facebook accounts from our giveaway page. After eliminating some of the duplicate entries (174 people were disqualified as a result), I pulled up all the names on an Excel spreadsheet, then typed 1-6114 at random.org, which gave me the lucky number – 839:

Giveaway Winner

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