4 Amazing Apps for Nighttime Photography

Stars Over FarmI have had a recent fascination with photographing the night sky. It all started with a trip to a cabin in the woods in northern Michigan this summer. After quickly becoming bored photographing green ferns and woodland scenery, I planned a night shoot of the Milky Way. I became hooked!

After that, my poor husband was at the mercy of the weather and the timing of the Milky Way with late night drives out into the countryside to get away from the light pollution of the city. (yes, I am still scared of the dark!) It gives me a sense of security to have a tagalong or fellow photographer, especially out on the back country roads in the middle of the night.

It did not take long to figure out which apps would help me with this venture and take a lot of the guess work out of the positioning and best time to catch the brightest part of the Milky Way. You can lose a lot of sleep and miles driving if you do not plan ahead.

Sky Guide App

App #1: Sky Guide

This App is amazing in that you can pre-plan a photo trip into the future by using the Time & Date setting. If I want to look ahead to next weekend, all I have to do is put in the date and approximate time I want to go out to see the Milky Way. It will let me know where the Milky Way is by direction and position above or below the horizon. You can point your device in any direction and it will show you the position of the Moon, Sun and all of the stars. You can even select a star or planet and it will give you a detailed description. You can go years into the future with this app.

Cost: $1.99 – by Fifth Star Labs

Storm App

App #2: Storm

This is my favorite weather app. It’s very important to know the predicted weather and cloud cover for your upcoming photography adventure. There is nothing worse than driving 2 hours to your special location and not being able to see the stars. Although there is always a chance of haze, even the lightest cloud cover can ruin a great shot. It always helps to study the weather beforehand.

Cost: Free – by Weather Underground LLC

Dark Sky Park

App #3: Compass

This app has turned out to be really important for me to verify which direction I am facing. Even though Sky Guide has a built in compass/tracking feature. I find that my iphone can sometimes be about 15 degrees off with this app, especially inside my vehicle. I like to verify my direction with the compass app. It can be hard to see the Milky Way with the naked eye, especially in low light polluted areas. The compass app will help you set your first shot up in the general direction.

Cost: Free

App #4: Photo Pills

This app is especially helpful when you are new to night photography. You can use the Exposure Values chart to get basic guideline for setting up your camera. It will have some nighttime settings for photographing the moon, with recommended aperture, shutter speed and ISO. It even includes a Milky Way planner. I have not used this app to its full potential, but I have used the exposure chart.

Cost $9.99 – by Photo Pills

 

I am sure that there are multiple apps out there that work just as well and would love to hear our feedback on what works best for you!

Sunset

All Photography Copyright by Robyn Porteen

 

 

 

 

 

Scottdale Invasion! Press Trip in Arizona.

Scottdale Invasion! Press Trip in Arizona.

Saguro Lobby

By now, some of you may be wondering why there is a flood of Arizona photos hitting all of the Porteen Gear social media. Don’t worry! Team Porteen is still in the studio in Michigan making all of the orders! I was invited to take part in the Scottsdale, Arizona bloggers trip called the Scottdale Invasion. It is a great way to showcase an area that would be a great travel destination and also a great opportunity to field test Porteen gear.

Saguaro-Lobby

You will be seeing the trip as it unfolds for the next 4 days and then I will be back in the studio. You can also see more detailed reviews of the resorts and restaurants on my Global Snapshots blog at WanderlustandLipstick.com

For this trip, I have taken a Compact Camera bag and turned it into a blogger bag with Ipad Mini, Iphone and a Fuji XT1 camera. Turns out it is the perfect size! I even fit a wallet, sunglasses and a light jacket on top. I will be reviewing the Fuji XT1 and the different used of the compact camera bag.

Page One Automotive even gave me a brand new Toyota Camry to drive so I can showcase that on my desert adventures!

Art-Walk

Stay tuned….. Robyn Porteen

All photography copyright – Robyn Porteen

Disclaimer: This experience was provided free of charge for review purposes by Scottsdale CVP, but all opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Porteen Gear Brand Ambassadors being Showcased on the New Website!

Porteen Gear Brand Ambassadors being Showcased on the New Website!

Porteen Gear New Site

The new portal to the World of Porteen Gear is ready to go! We still have some minor tweaking to do, but the new site will make the whole buying experience easier to navigate. There will be a Style Guide and Size Guide to help you pick the perfect size of bag. The Bag Builder is easy to get to and there will be galleries to see product in action.

We are most excited about our Ambassador section showcasing some of our talented customers! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

 

Finding the Perfect Bag!

2 WAYS  TO ORDER!

Please pardon our remodeling of the online presence of Porteen Gear! Until our transition is complete, there are two places you can visit to get your Porteen Gear bag.

1. THE BAG BUILDER:

Here, you can be the designer by picking swatches of fabrics and leathers to design a bag that is unique to your personality. All six sizes are on the bag builder in the standard formats. You can go add your bag to The Cart right from here and pay with a credit card or Paypal.

(If you want any different customizations or add-ons, you will need to contact us so we can make a custom listing for you in our Etsy store.)

To start building your own custom bag, visit: The Porteen Gear Bag Builder.

Porteen Gear Bag Builder

2. ETSY STORE: Custom Bag Orders and In Stock Items:

We are still on Etsy and this is the best place to contact us for custom orders for different styles of bags, (Tuscany, Verona, alterations to the flaps). You can also find bags that are ready for immediate shipping and all of our camera straps and misc. items.

Visit the Porteen Gear Etsy Store to read the reviews, design and find inspiration for your custom bag!

Porteen Gear Etsy Shop

Stay tuned for more upcoming announcements as Porteen Gear will be adding a few new items just in time for the holidays!

The holidays are coming up and we will be selling Gift Certificates with swatch books, to give the Gift of Design again this year!

 

 

 

 

New Features for Spring 2016!

Porteen Gear Spring

To celebrate the warmer weather we know is coming (its snowing today!) We are happy to announce that we have added new features to all camera bags!

There is now extra height on the pockets under the flaps to accommodate taller phones like the Iphone 6.

Porteen gear Camera Bag

We have added outside back pockets to all messenger style camera bags. It’s a great place to stash maps, lens caps or easy to reach items. We have already been putting these on all orders since March 1st. So if you have an order in-house right now, don’t worry, it’s already being done.

Porteen Gear Pocket

COMING SOON!

We are excited to announce that our bag builder is getting an upgrade and we are almost ready to roll out the new website that will have customer galleries, style guides, easier to navigate information and everything will be in one place!

Do you get overwhelmed by the Bag Builder? Shop our new Pre-Order section and you will be able to customize the basics by changing the interior color or waxed canvas to suit your style. Pre-Orders are our top selling designs, so the hard part is already done!

We might even have a couple new designs up our sleeves for the smaller sizes of cameras that are popular on the market.

This blog will start back up again with camera reviews, new product announcements and travel tips!

Stay tuned!

 

Flash Sale to Celebrate Australia Day on Now!

Australia Day

15% OFF on all orders over $50.00 Through Monday!

To celebrate one of our top selling countries, Use Coupon Code: AustraliaDay to get 15% off from now until 6 PM EST (-5 GMT) Coupon code works in our Etsy store and on the Bag Builder.

While Australia is in the middle of their hot summer months, the Porteen Gear Studio is in the middle of Winter and dreaming of being on those beaches!

Use Coupon Code: AustraliaDay to get 15% off from now until 6 PM EST (-5 GMT)

 

HOW TO ORDER!

Please pardon our remodeling of the online presence of Porteen Gear! Until our transition is complete, there are two places you can visit to get your Porteen Gear bag.

1. The Bag Builder:

Here, you can be the designer by picking swatches of fabrics and leathers to design a bag that is unique to your personality. All six sizes are on the bag builder in the standard formats. You can go add your bag to The Cart right from here and pay with a credit card or Paypal.

(If you want any different customizations or add-ons, you will need to contact us so we can make a custom listing for you in our Etsy store.)

To start building your own custom bag, visit: The Porteen Gear Bag Builder.

Porteen Gear Bag Builder

2. Custom Bag Orders and In Stock Items:

We are still on Etsy and this is the best place to contact us for custom orders for different styles of bags, (Tuscany, Verona, alterations to the flaps). You can also find bags that are ready for immediate shipping and all of our camera straps and misc. items.

Porteen Gear Stock Bags

Visit the Porteen Gear Etsy Store to read the reviews, design and find inspiration for your custom bag!

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Give the Gift of Design with a Porteen Gear Gift Certificate!

Gift Certificate Porteen Gear

 

 

 

 

Keep it Simple with Minimalism

MinimalBag

Min·i·mal·ism (noun) : a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

 

The  minimalist bag is sleek, clean and simple with black and creme leather, creme tweed, black waxed canvas and an asphalt linen interior.

 

This is the little black dress of camera bags.

 Porteen Gear Minimalist

Black and creme in 2014 Fall Fashion.

 

models

Want one? CLICK HERE

 

 

Like the outside of the bag but prefer a pop of color on the inside?  We have a new drop-down feature that allows you to choose a different interior color., it is available on the minimalist bag and the elephant canvas bag in  The Porteen Gear Etsy Shop .
001a Porteen Gear Elephant Bag