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 utmost importance to keep our gear safe and secure in the colder temperatures, not to mention ourselves. Having grown up in Northern Michigan, I know what the frozen tundra feels like. And despite having moved a few hours south, I still know how winter can take its toll on my love of photography. A few years ago I invested in a few pieces of gear that I know consider … [Read more...] about Cold Weather Photography Essentials
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 goes on), it becomes increasingly difficult to fit these toys into smaller bags. This was certainly the case for me. Enter the Ruggard Triumph 45 Sling Bag. This bag was a game changer for me and made me more efficient as a photographer. To say that it was an upgrade from my former, smaller bag is an understatement. Let's dive into the details of this … [Read more...] about A Hands-On Review of the Ruggard Triumph 45 Bag
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, I tend to choose a bag based on the task I have ahead of me, (meaning, I have WAY too many haha). Whenever I need something larger than a messenger bag, most of the time I'm left choosing either a roller case or a backpack. Both of which are great on their own, but getting gear in and out of the bag while "in the heat of a moment" can be a tad cumbersome. This is why … [Read more...] about Review: Ruggard Navigator 75 DSLR Shoulder Bag
I've long been a fan of Vanguard's bag offerings, as I'm the owner of The Heralder 38 messenger bag as well as The Heralder 46 backpack. Both have long offered me suitable room for my Nikon DSLR body and lenses. But when I switched to a Panasonic mirrorless system earlier this year, I knew I needed something smaller. When Vanguard's new Veo2 series of products came out, I knew that this could potentially be the solution I was looking for — something small and lightweight, but that would still hold my gear. The Vanguard Veo Discover 42 is … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Vanguard Veo Discover 42 Backpack
This bag is simply called Udee, and the simplicity carries through the entire design and delivers a fine bag that will be very good for many photographers. It Looks Good The outer appearance of the Udee is pretty good. It's minimal and the fabric is very nice. Everyone who sees it asks me if it's a Peak Design bag: it has a similar kind of fabric and the slim design is reminiscent. The bottom of the bag is a little blunt, but overall it's a good looking bag. The gray fabric is highlighted with the orange grab handle and one orange … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Udee Backpack–Surprisingly Good
Let's cut straight to it: the Mountainsmith Borealis is a very fine backpack, and it's a very fine camera bag. It's exceptionally well made, logically designed by people who clearly know what photographers need, and I think it'll last a lifetime. I've got just a few caveats, but this is a good backpack. Lifetime Construction I've owned Mountainsmith bags since I was a young mountaineer in Colorado, which is where Mountainsmith are headquartered. I've been using one of their bags for 20 years, and it's still going strong. The reason these … [Read more...] about Camera Bag Review: Borealis Backpack, from Mountainsmith
Back in October during PhotoPlus Expo I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of a new Bag Company that had just been funded on Kickstarter, WANDRD. The two adventurous brothers were displaying a prototype bag called the PRVKE (Provoke), and it caught my interest pretty freaking quick. At the time I had been coming from several months on the road traveling and shooting, and getting pretty frustrated with my bag selection. Albeit huge, I was still lacking in that perfect travel kit bag that fit all my gear, felt comfortable, and looked better … [Read more...] about PRVKE Bag by WANDRD – A Stylish and Functional Adventurer Bag!
Think Tank Photo has just announced the release of their latest product, the Production Manager 50, a gigantic roller case designed to hold an immense amount of gear, including lighting equipment and large light modifiers. This case will allow a single photographer to transport what it used to take up to two assistants to move! Its size, in case you were wondering, is impressive; Exterior Dimensions: 17.3” W x 53.1” H x 12.6” D (44 x 135 x 32 cm), Interior Dimensions: 15.6” W x 49.2” H x 10” D (39.5 x 125 x 25 cm), and its Weight: 20.7 – 29.8 … [Read more...] about Think Tank Has Released The Largest Rolling Photography Case Ever!
What's the number one feature I look for in a camera bag? Lots of pockets? Strong zippers? Nope. When I choose a camera bag I want it to be easy to find my stuff. That's why I look for a light interior. If your bag has a bright colored or light liner, it's often easier to find your stuff. That's why many companies use bright yellow or tan interiors. This will make it a lot easier to locate a black camera body or lens. It also means you can rummage around on a night shoot and not struggle so much. Here's two bonus tips. First add an … [Read more...] about Shopping for a New Camera Bag? Be Sure to Look for this Feature
If youve read my reviews of Think Tank Photo bags you know I am a fan. So when I heard that some of the people from Think Tank started another brand called MindShift Gear, I decided to take a look. With the same attention to quality and detail, MindShift Gear is tackling a different segment of the photo industry. Think Tank is primarily designed with working pros in mind - people who often work out of their camera bag (photo journalists, wedding shooters, etc.) MindShift Gear is a group of committed professional photographers and product … [Read more...] about MindShift Gear’s UltraLight Dual 36L
Disclosure: This bag was provided to me free of charge from Aide De Camp. Feature image on left is Brian Matiash Not long ago I received the Evie bag from Aide De Camp to test out and review. I spent some quality time with this bag and wanted to share my thoughts! For those of you who follow my blog, you may already be aware of my frustrations with "girl" camera bags. Spoiler alert: this bag was a nice surprise! Keep reading to find out more. The Basics: The Evie bag is a nice sized bag, and makes for a good large purse. It's a little boxy at … [Read more...] about The Evie Camera Bag from Aide de Camp
mountaineer noun mountaineer \?mau?n-t?-?nir\ 1: a native or inhabitant of a mountainous region 2: a person who climbs mountains for sport When I was a kid, I was a mountaineer, and I spent all my time studying mountaineering. You'd be surprised how much thought has gone into mountaineering. I learned techniques for everything from how to walk down a hill to how correctly use Velcro. Mountaineers are manic about their equipment, and some of those skills have served me well in Photography, too. Here are three essential habits surrounding bags … [Read more...] about 3 Mountaineering Tips for Your Camera Bag
What started out as a quick 36-hour trip to Pittsburgh turned into a full-scale video production to help out a friend of mine with a shoot. Luckily for me I was traveling as a one-man band and because Im flexible, I was able to gain a new client. Originally I was headed to pick up a production van for one of my main clients when I saw a Facebook post looking for somebody to shoot a testimonial video of a lawyer. At first, the idea was to just take a backpack to Pittsburgh and drive the vehicle back to Connecticut, but then things got a little … [Read more...] about 36 Hours in Pittsburgh | Tips for Packing Essential Gear
You may have heard the story of a San Francisco-based company that focuses on making amazing accessories for us photographers. In case you haven't, I'm talking about Peak Design. Now, I'm going to come right out and say itI absolutely love everything that Peak Design makes. The attention to detail that they pour into their products, as well as their amazing customer support, makes recommending them an easy decision. Recently, Peak Design teamed up with photographer, Trey Ratcliff, to design a messenger bag that offers features, functionality, … [Read more...] about A Deeper Look: The Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag
My friends at Mindshift Gear sent over one of their newest bag: the Backlight 26L for me to review. This bag is perfect for anyone looking to fit a bunch of gear for a basic day shoot or even a 2-3 day shoot. Lots of space and superb build quality. Check out the video review for more details! You can order your own Backlight 26L from Amazon using the links below: Backlight 26L (Greenfield) Backlight 26L (Charcoal) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr0PQHFWK98&feature=youtu.be Questions about this column? Just leave them in the Comments … [Read more...] about A Closer Look: Mindshift Gear Backlight 26L Camera Bag
Life on set can be crazy . . . You're thinking about the set design, lights, backgrounds, camera settings, models, hair and makeup, pleasing your clients, the art director breathing down your neck, etc. Every time I finish a shoot, I reflect back to find things that might have made the day go a little easier. I use rechargeable batteries in my speedlights, so I can't throw them out when theyre dead. This leaves a large pile of dead batteries on the floor next to my bag. Throughout the day, I never know which batteries are fully charged and … [Read more...] about Keep Track of your Rechargeable Batteries
When I was just a kid - and gasoline was only 52 cents a gallon, my first camera bag was a Domke bag. Every working photo journalist I know has owned or still uses a Domke bag. They have always been very sturdy for the money and very easy to work out of. I used my old Domke bag for 30 years. It was time for a new one so enter the Domke J-LEDGE-RM Ledger Rugged Wear (Military/Black). Its part of the Next Generation Journalist series of bags that Domke offers and as usual, its a keeper. The old F-6 (one of the models I used to use along with … [Read more...] about Domke’s Next Generation Camera Bag
Let me begin by saying I've had the same camera travel bag for over 12 years. I like it, it met my needs or so I thought. After getting the Airport International v2.0 Rolling Camera Bag, I realized how much I've been missing. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons you need to own a Think Tank Bag
Over the years of photographing professionally, I've slowly lost my habit of taking photos for fun. It's terrible & something I actively remind myself to work on because it's so important to staying connected to my work and remaining inspired. I know I'm not alone because I hear other pros lamenting the same sort of thing. "I'm on vacation! The last thing I want to do is work!" or "It's just too much gear" or "It's too conspicuous" or "I don't want to haul all my gear". I hear you and have caught myself saying the same things, too. But I … [Read more...] about ThinkTank TurnStyle 10
Don't get caught off-guard by rain on your next shoot. I show you two of my favorite bags (including pouches) that can work with your existing camera gear. Learn how to protect from snow, rain, dust, and splashes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCmkIVIti4E This specific tutorial is from the Video Gear Weekly series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and offers reviews and tips on the latest video gear, from cameras like the Blackmagic 4K and GoPros … [Read more...] about How to Keep Your Camera Gear Dry and Dust Free
My buddy, Mykii Liu, did a review on the Retrospective 5 which was a fairly positive review. The bag seems stylish and trendy enough to fit the needs of the every day photographer. But what if we stepped it up a notch with the Retrospective 7? The 7 has an additional pocket in the back for a small Mac Book Air or an iPad which works perfectly for my needs. So when I received the bag, my first question was simply personal. Is Retrospective 7 a man's bag or can it fit into my highly superficial need to look/feel stylish? ThinkTank's … [Read more...] about Is the Retrospective 7 by Think Tank My New Favorite Accessory?
I'm a woman, and I like purses and bags. I am also a photographer, and so with that I tend to collect lots of cool bags. Yay, bags! I have more than I will use, some come and go with my photography style or locations I travel to, and some have stuck around and have been used for a very long time. Yet I am always on the hunt for a bag that fits my needs in many different ways. The are so many different types of camera bags: backpacks, purses, messenger bags, sling bags, and more. For the purposes of this article, I am lumping all bags into one … [Read more...] about Camera Bags: A Rant of Frustration from a Woman’s Perspective
One of our friends here at Photofocus, ThinkTank Photo, recently sent me a bag to review: the CityWalker 10 in blue. Because I had recently purchased the Fuji X-T1 camera, I am on the prowl for the "perfect" bag to carry around on a daily basis. I thought that the CityWalker 10 would be a worthy competitor, and I was right! After using the bag regularly for a few solid weeks, I decided to write up a review to share my findings. Pros I will definitely start off by saying that I have many good things to say about this bag. To make it easier to … [Read more...] about ThinkTank’s Photo CityWalker 10
What do you think would make the best street photography bag? Something that blends in, is compact, durable and accessible? Well, that's it for me and this Think Tank's sleek and stylish shoulder-bag was more than what I could ask for! I have to say that besides a little ID holder, I've never really dealt with anything Think Tank related. I've heard of their reputation as a quality brand that's trusted by several photographers that I know and have seen, so I'm pretty excited to have one in my own hands. The Impression The Retrospective 5 … [Read more...] about The Retrospective 5, by Think Tank
More often than not when shooting in the mixed light of partially-shaded areas, such as under canopy or near water where available light can be a spotty mixture of shadow and highlight, it can be difficult to locate a neutral tone on which to meter an accurate exposure. Seasoned shooters will typically carry a gray card in their bag to combat this common issue. For those new to metering, our cameras see and relate a white tone as a neutral gray. In a nutshell: when we (spot) meter on something bright, the camera will attempt to bring that … [Read more...] about Camera Bag Metering
There is no perfect camera bag. There I said it. It's a license. Use it. Tell your spouse there's a reason you need so many camera bags. Camera bags do different things for different people. I have had as many as 30 but now am proud of the fact that I have it down to fewer than 10. Just as I wouldn't think of owning just one camera lens, I wouldn't think of owning just one camera bag. You need different bags for different tasks. Before I give you my updated picks for best camera bags, let's discuss some basics. What do you want your camera … [Read more...] about My Answer to the Question – What Camera Bag Should I Buy? UPDATED Aug, 2013
We're big fans of ThinkTank bags here at Photofocus. They make bags that are designed by photographers for photographers. I've never seen one of their bags I don't like. But when I heard about their new line of bags designed for mirrorless cameras, I was excited to get my hands on one. I picked the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 30i Bag, which is the largest of the series. It will hold an iPad or other similarly-sized tablet and one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, and additional accessories or a smallsize DSLR and … [Read more...] about Think Tank: 30i Mirrorless Bag
As far as camera bags go, you just can't go wrong with anything from Think Tank. For years they've been making some of the best bags out there and their new bag, the Think Tank Sub Urban Disguise 30 is no exception. It's a shoulder bag that doesn't look like a camera bag, but it's very sturdy, offers tons of protection and is perfect for people who are shooting with smaller MFT cameras, compacts and other mirror less bodies. You can also use it for carrying a small DSLR and two small lenses. This is a day bag, not a trip bag. You would use … [Read more...] about Think Tank’s SubUrban Disguise 30
There is no perfect camera bag. There I said it. It's a license. Use it. Tell your spouse there's a reason you need so many camera bags. Camera bags do different things for different people. I have had as many as 30 but now am proud of the fact that I have it down to fewer than 10. Just as I wouldn't think of owning just one camera lens, I wouldn't think of owning just one camera bag. You need different bags for different tasks. Before I give you my updated picks for best camera bags, let's discuss some basics. What do you want your camera … [Read more...] about What Camera Bag Should You Buy?
This May Be The Finest Camera Bag I've Ever Seen! I've had every camera bag ever made. I've had every kind of bag ever made. I've thrown away more camera bags than most photographers have ever owned. In other words I have camera bags coming out my you know what. But THIS ladies and gentlemen is one bag I will NOT be throwing away. The ONA The Union Street Camera and Laptop Bag rocks! I've never heard of Ona before being contacted about this review. But clearly that hasn't stopped them! :) It's clear they have found a niche for themselves. … [Read more...] about Ona’s Union Street DSLR Messenger Bag