Crowdfunding Pick of the Week: Getting Up Close and Personal with Nature through Photography

by Linzy Novotny

Passionate birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike will enjoy a new way to get up close to birds and other animals without needing expensive camera equipment or having to worry about scaring the animals away.

Nvate Crowdfunding Kickstarter Project Bird Photo Booth by Bryson Lovett

The Black-Chinned Hummingbird taken with the Bird Photo Booth. Credit: Bryson Lovett

Avid birdwatcher and inventor Bryson Lovett of Los Angeles, Cali., invented the Bird Photo Booth as a way to observe, photograph and take video of a variety of birds as they are feeding. In Lovett’s own words, it takes lots of patience and expensive camera equipment to be able to take close-up photos. But now with the Bird Photo Booth, it is even easier to enjoy bird watching.

To help fund the production of the photo booth, Lovett is asking for $35,000 through Kickstarter.

“This new interactive window into everyday nature inspires both kids and adults to become photographers and thinkers, while remotely capturing high-resolution video footage, sounds and photos of birds at unprecedented close proximity,” according to the project’s Kickstarter page. “It transforms your iPhone, iPod Touch or GoPro camera into the ultimate secret recorder of your backyard world up close. Before you know it, you will be naming the birds in your backyard and sharing with your friends.”

To use the Bird Photo Booth just attach the photo booth to a tripod, tree or to any surface where you would like to record birds or other animals, Kickstarter states. The iPhone, iPod Touch or GoPro camera is placed inside the photo booth, which consists of a foam interior. The exterior of the photo booth is made of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, meaning the wood comes from a sustainable source.

What makes the Bird Photo Booth truly unique is its photo-taking technology. The Bird Photo Booth utilizes a macro lens, which allows photos to be in focus, while the background is blurred.

“Set it up in your backyard in seconds and watch wild backyard birds strike a pose for you in Bird Photo Booth,” according to Kickstarter. “Stunning close-up photos are merely a tap away. You, the photographer, decide the perfect moment to take stunningly detailed macro photos and video, that rivals expensive DSLR telephoto zoom lenses.”

Nvate Crowdfunding Kickstarter Project Bird Photo Booth by Bryson Lovett

Credit: Bryson Lovett

“The photos obtained rival DSLR at a fraction of the cost and allow iPhone 4S prints to be enlarged to 52 by 52 inches without pixelation,” according to Kickstarter.

Photos are taken wirelessly in a number of ways. The iPhone can connect to another smartphone, iPad, laptop or desktop computer. Using the Airbeam, Duplicam or Remote Shutter apps, a live feed from the iPhone or iPod Touch is sent to one of these devices and the viewer chooses when to take a photo.

Pledging $149 gets you a Bird Photo Booth of your own, according to Kickstarter. The estimated delivery of the photo booth is March 2013.

As of Nov. 7, pledges total $11,311. The Bird Photo Booth will only be funded if a minimum of $35,000 has been pledged.

To pledge, visit the Bird Photo Booth Kickstarter page.

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