As I mentioned earlier, getting the good self portraits while on vacation was a concern. That lead us to purchase a compact digital point and shoot camera.

Fellow photo bug Laanba from over at read the post and took the time to make a comment suggesting I have a look at the Xshot, something she had heard mentioned on the The Digital Photography Show podcast.

I went to the web site and had a look. What a great idea! Basically it’s a mono-pod that allows you to hold your compact camera up to 37 inches away from you. It’s light weight and when retracted will fit in your pocket, making it super easy to carry around.

Being the technology radio personality that I am I decided to contact the company to ask about the possibility of getting a review unit. The folks at Xshot were happy to oblige and I received it last week.

It’s very cool and I will be adding this to the travel kit for our trip to Spain. It will certainly be a bonus to be able to get those adorable couple shots in front of all those scenic landmarks.

To give you an example, here’s a hand held shot:

Now with the Xshot:

And for your ultimate avatar or profile pic at your favorite social networking site, compare these crops:

An added benefit to getting the camera out some distance is the effects of the flash tend to be way less harsh. And think about the slimming angle shots you can accomplish! A must have for Myspacers!

Capturing the moment II
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10 thoughts on “Capturing the moment II

  • May 30, 2007 at 6:15 am

    Yay! I’m so glad that it worked out for you. Can’t wait to see what shots you come back with from your trip.

  • May 30, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Guess what my 16 yr old will get for Christmas?! Of course that would encourage more of those “I’m too sexy for my hair” pics..hmmmmmm

  • May 30, 2007 at 11:46 am

    that thing is cool!

  • May 30, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Allright, I’m going to say it. That thing is a little nerdy.

    Which, of course, makes it perfect. And I can say that because I’m a little nerdy, too.

  • May 30, 2007 at 11:48 am

    I must have one!

  • May 30, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    The best things are always simple. I will be purchasing one of these in due time! I’ll let ’em know you sent me, too!

  • June 5, 2007 at 1:27 am

    Hello everyone!
    It is so cool to see all this great comments about XShot. It is really awesome and very exciting.
    My husband came up with it while we were travelling in Paris.
    If you are interested in owing a XShot, and get $5 off, email me at and I’ll be happy to send you the promo code.


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