This tripod is infinitely flexible and provides great stability. H150 x W30 x D30mm
Holidays in the sun? Seventies haircuts? What are the images you remember from your first big adventure?
For many, they are captured in piles of fading photographs, some of which may have made it into an album if they're lucky. Yet today, thanks to modern tech, everything has changed. Not only are images instantly stored, there's no excuse for not capturing any extraordinary moment (or haircut) wherever you are, and turning photographs into vibrant images, suitably edited to make you look like a professional. The only limit is your imagination. And the possibilities extend a lot further than just taking photos on a smartphone to post on Facebook.
The market for easy-to-use DSLR cameras is growing faster than ever before, allowing amateurs to take pictures as good as the pros, while smaller cameras, too, just keep getting better. Interchangeable lenses for small devices mean you no longer need a rucksack to hold all your kit. The latest video cameras are easily fixed to a helmet, so horse riders, cyclists and canoeists can film their route in high definition and upload it to a computer or phone. The tech is similar to that used by police and sport broadcasters, except you don't have to be an F1 driver to use it.
In terms of accessories, the single most valuable investment you can make is a tripod. Even mobile phones and small cameras benefit from a stable, neatly composed shot. And good images lead the way to the possibility of viewing on your TV or printing images in large format for display. Panasonic's range of televisions for 2013 includes a mobile app that lets you put web or phone content on your TV. Samsung's new sets include homescreens dedicated to your content.
Computers, meanwhile, make it ever easier to edit photos: Apple's iPhoto lets you order prints of photos; iMovie turns ropey video clips into Hollywood-style trailers and Windows can choose the best faces from similar images to meld the perfect shot. Today's printers offer great results too, and now often include a scanner for you to digitise your old photographs. Those haircuts may make a comeback yet.