Have you ever watched people as they take pictures? It can be pretty amusing to observe as they squint and contort their face and/or body as a means to get that perfect shot. When someone is attempting to get a great picture of a baby, now that’s when the real comedy starts.
You see people playing peek-a-boo with their camera, shaking their keys around, babbling some sort of high pitched baby language that we all swore we would never utter, and for really tough babies, calling in for backup. That’s when everyone in the room is huddled around the photographer, cooing and waving their arms, all of them babbling crazily at the poor subject, trying to hold baby’s eye so they can direct their gaze back to the camera.
Of course, all these attractions seem to rarely grab baby’s attention and seldom do you get that perfect shot you were hoping for. That’s why new parents take a million pictures of their kids - so the chances of them taking at least one or two shots for the scrapbook are much greater.
The Shutter Buddy is a simple tool that was designed by a dad who thought taking pictures of babies would be a whole lot easier if he could somehow make the baby interested in the camera, instead of bringing in the whole dog and pony show to get their attention. The Shutter Buddy was the result of an almost failed Christmas picture shoot in which he was trying desperately to get at least one good picture of his daughter under the Christmas tree.
The Shutter Buddy solution is brilliant in its simplicity; It simply slips onto your camera and secures with elastic bands to create a squared-off flared shield over the camera to help grab baby’s attention. The Shutter Buddy is covered with black and white checkered fabric and red trim, reminiscent of the baby toys designed by psychologists that are said to be more intriguing for babies with their limited color palette.
The Shutter Buddy slipped nicely onto the two point and shoot cameras we tried, and didn’t cover the lens or flash as the directions specify. We were still able to take pictures easily with the Shutter Buddy on, but did have to be careful not to let the contraption shift and cover either as we snapped away. As an extra bonus, we found that the Shutter Buddy was also great on our blackberry phones and still allowed full use of the camera and built-in flash.
But, what made the Shutter Buddy one of my favorite baby photo accessories ever was that it can fit over my SLR’s lenses as well, with no need to secure with the elastic straps. It didn’t work over my really chunky wide angle lenses, but did fine for standard sized Minolta lenses nicely. As an added bonus that we only found once we started using it on the SLR lenses we loved that the auto focus feature actually made the Shutter Buddy rotate and move from side to side while we got ready for the shot. Unfortunately, the Shutter Buddy does render the pop-up flash useless, but since I rarely use the on-board flash (especially when photographing babies), I really can’t see it becoming that much of an issue.
The Shutter Buddy is quick to remove and can be easily placed in a camera bag for impromptu photo shoots on the fly. The design is great in that it takes up minimal space when folded in half, but can be ready whenever your little subject is.
And now for the Giveaway...
One Rave and Review reader will win a Shutter Buddy of their very own! To enter, just visit Shutter Buddy and tell me who this would help you photograph or tell me a bad photo experience you've had and how the Shutter Buddy would have helped.
This Giveaway is CLOSED. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Chelsea who has won the Shutter Buddy!
A thank you to Shutter Buddy for providing their invention be reviewed, and for offering a giveaway to our fabulous readers. No type of monetary compensation was received for this rave review.