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A review from National Geographic Creative Photographer Jonathan Kingston

Posted by Scott Dordick sharing Jonathan Kingston's review on 14th Feb 2018

The Acratech GP ballhead and its little brother the GP-S are - in my opinion - the finest tripod ballheads ever created. I have been using the GP ballhead for nearly a decade. In that time it has been accidentally doused with salt water, inadvertantley dropped into fine beach sand, ridden for miles and miles in the back of open pickup trucks getting covered in talcum-fine dust — and it has NEVER jammed or operated less smoothly than the day I unboxed it. The pure genious of this ballhead is the open design of the ball itself. There is simply nowhere for sand, dirt or water to get stuck and gum up the mechanics. The knobs are designed so they cannot rattle out during long bumpy rides, and it is ultra-light and ultra-strong. It’s as if a zen master met an industrial designer that understood photography - and birthed the GP.

Jonathan Kingston, National Geographic Creative Photographer, www.jonathankingston.com

National Geographic Creative photographer, climber and diver Jonathan Kingston captures images of the natural world and vistas of life on the edge. From arresting photographs of vibrant tribal dances to underwater scenes of elephants swimming at sea to silhouettes of climbers scaling rock, Jonathan’s penchant for travel and love of the wild have taken him to some of the most remote and unmapped corners of the globe. His work has appeared in print and online in National Geographic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. A passionate teacher, Jonathan has received multiple honors from the prestigious Communication Arts and PDN Photo Annual competitions. Johnathan has taught for National Geographic teaching young adults and children in underserved communities around the world to develop their own voices and tell their stories. Jonathan’s work is represented by National Geographic Creative and the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries.

New video "How to Choose an Acratech Ball Head"

When I meet people at trade shows, the first question I am often asked is "what is the difference between the Acratech ball head models". I admit we have had too many models that were too similar. We have recently eliminated some older models. I put together this video to simply explain the difference between our current models. I [...]

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Improvephotography's Best Ballhead Under $500

There has been a lot going on and I have some catching up to do. Mark Morris at improve Photography did a very extensive ball head review https://improvephotography.com/46538/11-best-ball-heads-500/ And the winner is the Acratech GP Ballhead. Mark is taking the tripods and ball heads on the road so photographers can get some hands on time with a large [...]

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​Improving your composition and photographic eye

One way to improve your eye as a photographer is to start out by studying the images of photographers whose work you admire. Don’t just look at an image, but relax and try to feel and understand what about the image appeals to you, the lighting, the subject, the contrast, the composition, the color, the mood, etc. I have [...]

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My friends high school aged son was showing me an electronics project he was working on. I noticed the delicate wiring and asked what type of soldering iron he was using. I have done enough electronic projects to know that the hardware store soldering irons are not going to work for delicate soldering. He said he was using a [...]

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Has digital made you a better photographer?

Digital certainly has made photography easier but, has it made your photography better. For me, it is a double edge sword. With Photoshop and the ease of manipulating images, you can certainly get shots that would have been impossible with film and I certainly get more good images now. So if I am getting more [...]

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Jack Neubart's review of the Nomad Ballhead

Jack Neubart reviewed our new Nomad Ballhead on his website. Even if you don’t know Jack, you have probably read some of his articles. Jack has written for (from his website):  Shutterbug Magazine (print & online: www.shutterbug.com); Petersen's PHOTOgraphic Digital Photo Guide; Digital Photo Pro; Photo District News (PDN - "Technically Speaking" columnist for 18 years); Studio Photography & Design; Rangefinder; The [...]

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Lost, Stolen and Missing Ballheads

Unfortunately, sometimes our equipment is lost or stolen. When it comes time to replace a lost or stolen item many of us start the whole shopping process over. Was it good? Was it so good that I would buy it again? Maybe there is something better or maybe I can find something cheaper, etc.?We always appreciate it when [...]

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A new way to fix blown out skies.

People have been creating composite photographic images since the mid 1800’s check out this image form Henry Peach Robinson created from 6 negatives in 1877. Everyone agrees that photo-journalistic images should not be manipulated. But, when it comes to artistic images it is the choice of the photographer or artist. In theory I don’t like the idea of adding something to [...]

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