Svalbard is a beautiful landscape destination, with jagged mountains, fjords, glaciers, and icebergs. At the same time, it is a terrific wildlife destination, one of the few in the world
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(Editor’s note: The Photofocus’ column “The Traveling Photographer” is adding an author. Marie Tartar joins her friend Susan Kanfer in writing installments of the popular column.) In September, I spent
I have loved Platypod from the very beginning. In fact, up until recently, it was my only tripod of sorts. I couldn’t even afford a tripod so I used my
While it might not officially be the winter season yet, it’s still a great time to start preparing for when the sub-zero degree temperatures hit. As photographers, it’s of the
(Editor’s note: Read Marie’s depiction of what led them to photograph the eclipse from two different places.) Marie’s Eclipse My eclipse day went like this: Greg, Sarah and I were
I don’t use a monopod often, but when I do I want it to feel good in my hands. It should provide stability no matter what size lens is attached
I like to travel light. I have a mirrorless camera, the Fuji X-T2, and very small prime lenses. My preference is to keep the camera strap around my shoulder and
Zoos are a great place to practice shooting (not a good word to use but this is a photography site) animals. The thing is, we all have great images of
There comes a time in every photographer’s life when it’s time to upgrade to a new bag. As we accumulate common photography paraphernalia (camera bodies, lenses, speedlights, and the list
Being an outdoor/adventure/”hike all over the place” type of photographer, I love any gear that can do more than one job, without weighing a ton. When you have to backpack everything in, you learn to simplify and use as much multipurpose lightweight gear, as possible.
One trick I have learned is to turn my Oben travel tripod into a light stand for flashes or continuous lights. At just a few pounds, it’s light enough to hike with, and serves double duty as either a camera or flash support. This versatility means it gets a place in my pack, instead of staying home with more specialized gear that won’t make the hike.
A lightweight travel tripod is a handy piece of equipment for every photographer to have in their gear collection. There are times where larger, heavier, “workhorse” tripods are not the right tool for the job, or places where they are too cumbersome to transport and use. On the lookout for a new one, a few months ago I got my hands on the Oben CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod and BE-113T Ball Head.
After unpacking it my first thought was “Wow this thing is light, I’m going to break it.” But, half a year later with pretty constant use, it shows few signs of wear and tear. In that time, it has been used for landscape, travel, and macro photography, in various locations and conditions.
The thing is, there are stellar celestial events every month and wherever you live you’re sure to be able to make a great picture. I’ve just moved to Nampa, Idaho, and
Video clips are one of the best ways to both record memories and bring a little extra cash. Mirrorless cameras are ideal for making videos, but shooting video is very
How many times have you pushed the shutter release on your camera, to take that perfect photograph, only to find your battery is dead and you don’t have another. Let’s
I travel more than most people, and I’ve used all kinds of bags to help me carry my camera gear from hard cases to shoulder bags to sling bags and
If you are returning home to the US after a trip abroad, take notice! Under certain circumstances, you may be charged a duty on your photography gear if you are
Over the past couple of years, there has been a wave of super wide-angle telephoto lenses released on the market. Ideal for huge landscapes, vast night skies, or anything your
Atlas Packs is a new company and they have created a good product. They’ve created backpacks that are extremely comfortable to wear and that carry a lot of weight without
What’s in a bag? It’s possible to say that your bag, (when pertaining to photo and video), can make or break your shoot. Like most photographers and videographers out there,
Sharing pictures from beautiful places is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I’ve hiked to get there. However, if I suddenly had to choose between never making
The last place you want gear failure to happen is overseas when you’re on a job or just on vacation. There are several different ways to avoid this and keep