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Lightroom iphone library

My Lightroom iPhone library provides inspiration for today’s misty, flat-gray, painted sky. Cloudscapes and sunsets are often a go-to collection. 

lightroom iphone library

Rogers Beach, October 25, 2017. Stored in my lightroom iPhone library, in my “go-to” cloudscapes and seascapes collections.

“My cloud photographs are equivalents of my most profound life experiences, my basic philosophy of life. All art is an equivalent of the artist’s most profound life experiences.”

– Alfred Stieglitz

I became interested in cloudscapes when I first studied the history of photography and learned about Alfred Stieglitz and his profound influence on photography and modern art. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and lived from 1864-1946. Stieglitz championed photography helping to prove its relevance as art. Stieglitz was the first to exhibit works by European avant-garde artists Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, and Francis Picabia in the US at his New York City gallery, 291.  Alfred Stieglitz married Georgia O’Keefe (1924) and she was his muse who captured much of his photographic time and philosophy.  Stieglitz also created a profound collection of photographs, “Equivalents,’ which had a profound effect on many artists continues to inspire me.

…the idea of the fragmented sense of self, brought about by the rapid pace of modern life; the idea that a personality, like the outside world, is constantly changing, and may be interrupted but not halted by the intervention of the camera; and, finally, the realization that truth in the modern world is relative and that photographs are as much an expression of the photographer’s feelings for the subject as they are a reflection of the subject depicted. 

Click here, if you would like to read more about Alfred Stieglitz.

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Lightweight Tripods

To create great photos you’ll often need a tripod. Manufacturers have added some panache to tripods making them almost a fashion statement. I  have created a list of lightweight tripods for all camera models. Price tag, manufacturer, portability, and style were considered as I compiled this list.

In addition to price point, consider the weight of the tripod, the height — both the collapse size and maximum extended size, along with portability. Also, do not forget to account for the weight of your camera and the lens to make sure the weight is below the load capacity I provided. 

For DSLR cameras and many mirrorless cameras:

Davis and Sanford Traverse Carbon TR654C-36 

For still photographers, this tripod is the most economical model around. $170

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 2.15.27 PMWeight: 3.25 pounds

Folds down: 18.5 inches

Maximum height: 65 Inches

Load Capacity: 12 pounds of gear

Arca-Swiss quick release

Ball Head with level

Carrying bag 



Manfrotto 190 Go! Aluminummanfrottogo

$190 + $89 (BallHead)

Twist and lock legs allows you to open and close the sections all at once with one turn of the wrist

Weight: 3.75 pounds

Maximum height: 57.48

Load Capacity: 15.4 pounds

Folds down: 17.1 inches 

You will need a ball head for this tripod. I recommend:

Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release

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MeFoto RoadTrip

   mefoto      mefoto monopod                                                                                  

$199 (aluminum)  $349 (carbon Fiber)

With 12 colors to choose from – you can customize the model with interchangeable leg colors. Available in titanium, blue, chocolate, gold, green, hot pink, and orange.

Maximum height: 61.6 inches

Minimum Height: 15.4 inch

Load Capacity: 17.6 pounds of weight

Weight: 3.6 pounds (aluminum) Carbon fiber 3.1 pounds

Inner column can form a monopod

Arca-Type Quick-Release

Converts to Monopod

Spiked feet (great for tough terrain)

Joby Gorillapod SLR-Zoom Flexible Mini Tripod w/ BH1-01EN Ball Head


gorilllapod with ball head

Weight: 1.21 pounds

Max Weight Load: 6.6 pounds

Maximum Height: 11.7 inches

Minimum Height: 4.7 inches

Folded Length: 12.5 inches

Quick release with bubble level

For deluxe Point and Shoot and Bridge cameras

Joby GorillaPod Hybrid Flexible Mini with Ball Head – Grey/Black


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For small lightweight point and shoot cameras, and Bridge cameras weighing less than 2.2 pounds. Useful in environments where a tripod would be difficult to use or carry. Terrific for unconventional self-portraits (think placing the tripod on a rock, a fence, a lamp post).

Weight: 6.4 ounces

Max Weight Load: 2.2 pounds

Maximum Height:10.1 inches

Minimum Height: n/a

Folded Length: 10.1 inches

Quick release with bubble level

For Smart phones

Joby GripTight Gorillapod Stand for Smartphones (Black/Charcoal)

smart phone joby


If you already have a tripod and want to mount your smart phone that is 2.1-2.8 inches wide:

Joby GripTight Mount for Smartphones

joby smart phone mount reg

Joby GripTight Mount XL for Smartphones


For smart phones 2.7 to 3.9 inches wide:

Jopby smart phone mount xl

All the products include links to BH Photo where I have been purchasing my camera equipment for a very, very long time. As an educator, I take product recommendation quite seriously and put a lot of time and effort into finding the products that I would purchase myself (or already have). If possible, I would appreciate your using my links, as I get a tiny affiliate fee for the time and care I put into my product recommendations.

Have fun shopping and if you thinkI have left off a noteworthy product, I’d love to hear about it.

~Cheryl Machat Dorskind

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