Pocket_guides_tab_layout-224x173Evan Luzi, who runs The Black and Blue website that focuses on the art of camera assisting, has updated the pocket camera guides he released back in October. Some were a little disappointed that their favorite camera (mainly the GH2), was not included as part of the package. Well, if you were one of those people, fear not, because the Panasonic GH2, along with a number of other cameras, have been added to the guides. Evan has also made a few changes that make these guides even better.

First, here are the cameras that have been added:


Here are some of the additions to the guides:

  • High-Resolution, Vector Graphics (zooming in without pixelation)
  • New Layout Designed for Tablets
  • Up-to-Date Firmware for Specific Cameras
  • Improved Flow and Consistency
  • Inaccuracies and Typos Corrected

On the tablet issue, this is what Evan said on his website:

One of the challenges the pocket guides present is designing them for all situations — print & paper, tablet, and smartphones. In the last update, the full-size guides were made to be printed out and folded up. Because of that, the various sections faced each other so, when folded, they would read in the same direction.

Well, that proved to be difficult for tablet users: whenever you flipped the tablet to read the bottom sections, it would auto-correct for orientation. A screen-lock was the only (cumbersome) solution.

Now there’s a layout with all sections facing the same way that’s perfect for large tablets.

If you've already downloaded and paid for the guides, these updates are free just as Evan promised. If you haven't gotten in on the action yet, these guides are pay what you want, so you can give as much as you'd like, or as little as nothing (but please give something if you do plan on downloading). Evan suggests $15 for the whole bunch (which is less than before), so with all 25 guides that comes out to 60 cents per guide. These are really a fantastic value, because they give many of the important settings and options for the different camera systems, so you can quickly find exactly the information you need to keep your shoot moving fast.

For those who have already bought the guides, you should be receiving an email with a link, and if you haven't yet taken advantage of the great deal, head on over to Evan's site to download or learn more about them. If you aren't satisfied, Evan is offering a 90-day money back guarantee, so it's tough to beat the value he's offering.