After you use a memory card, place it into the memory card case backward. Backward?....yes backward with the back of the card showing. This way you know the card is important and should not be used or formatted. Want to learn more? Check out this article, “A Quick tip to avoid formatting the wrong memory card” … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Place the memory card backward in your memory card case to avoid formatting the wrong card
Why it can be less expensive to fly First Class I recently returned back home to Boston from a three-week trip to the Bahamas and Florida. It was great to get out of the Boston winter! I was teaching workshops and shooting videos with Vanelli, photographing models and scenics and taking a few days off. Most of my time off was spent shooting. As always, I packed too much equipment with me. But, I need to make sure I have all of the gear I need for the shoots and the workshop! A big problem for traveling photographers is the fifty-pound … [Read more...] about A Better Way to Fly
Editor’s Note: It’s time for something new. In the past, Photofocus has made it a practice of acknowledging a specific camera and/or lens as the “camera/lens” of the year. This year several of us are putting together a list including camera and lens choices along with a few other pieces of gear that we think you’ll like. While it’s not designed specifically as a holiday gift guide, this list does happen to be a resource for photographers (and their friends/family) who want to get the ball rolling on their holiday shopping. A few things … [Read more...] about Photofocus Products Of The Year – Kevin Ames
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 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
My favorite cousin Mary Ann took a long photography trip to India. She wasn't sure how many photos she was going to take. To play it safe, she decided to err on the side of caution and doubled the amount of memory cards she thought she needed. Sounds like a solid plan, but keeping track of so many cards in the field can be challenging especially when they start getting full. Simple Solution Getting a good memory card case is the first step. Think Tank, Vidpro SD1, and Pelican all make great holders. But this next step is the most important. … [Read more...] about A Quick tip to avoid formatting the wrong memory card
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
Ive been on the hunt for a new camera bag for a while now. (Actually, ever since all my gear was stolen about a year ago. Sidenote: Insurance is amazing!) Pretty much every bag is expensive and pretty much every bag just doesn't work. Well, there was a Camera Bag Angel who decided to take mercy on me when the wonderful people at ThinkTank offered us at Photofocus the chance to review some of their products with some real world testing. I do a fair amount of travel, and when I do, its almost exclusively for work wether it be a destination … [Read more...] about Gear Review: ThinkTank Airport International V 2.0
Filters of all sorts, flashes, cards, readers, light-meters, remote triggers, straps, battery chargers, batteries, business cards, business card holders, lens bags, cases, cords, levels, tripods, lens cloths, blah, blah, blah. Do you need it all and does it have to be the best of the best? YES, GO BUY IT ALL RIGHT NOW (but only if you've got a limitless income!) Well, most of us can't go out and buy a car full of photography equipment, so I'd recommend that you start off slow and figure out what you need and want to use first. I always felt … [Read more...] about Building Your Bag: Accessories | Part 1
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
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?
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