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Winter Gloves

In Gear Review by Patrick

Seems like a simple title for a post, and I actually got the idea from a fellow photographer who every year runs a post on what he uses for glove when out shooting. I have to say that his recommendations are solid and I primarily use the same ones with some modifications. I wanted to share what I use as …

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Ruggard Dry Cabiniet

In Gear Review by Patrick

Here in the Midwest, we average between 70 and 90% humidity year round. I have been hearing a lot about the necessity to protect my lenses, photographic and optical equipment, mobile electronics, and other valuable accessories from excessive moisture, dirt, and dust. I chose the Ruggard 80L Electronic Dry Cabinet based on trusted recommendations from highly respected photographers. The cabinet’s …

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Nikon 70-300 AF-P VR Update

In Gear Review by Patrick

As noted in a previous post here, I was updating one of my favorite Nikkor lenses, the 70-300. Usually when I get a new piece of gear I will marry myself to it for a week or so to learn its pros and cons before ever using on a client shoot or paying job. So now that I have this …

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Transition to Mac

In Gear Review by Patrick

I have always been a windows guy. Nothing against Apple or the Mac’s, but windows it what I learned on and have used since the beginning. As my photography began to flourish I started t warm up to the idea of getting a Macbook pro laptop. Why you may ask, and that is a valid question. Peer pressure from fellow …

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Gear Review: Anker PowerPort 6 USB Hub

In Gear Review by Patrick

I get asked and emailed a lot of questions regarding photography and gear that I use. I love it and this is one of the reason that I do the blog. I love to share what I have learned from others and things that help my photography. Other than the obvious photographic gear, things need power and in today’s digital …

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MagMod – Sweet kiss of light

In Gear Review by Patrick

Light is king when it comes to photography. Whether you are doing portraits of people, product photography, the light on landscapes and even with wildlife. For well over 5 years now I have been using the Better Beamer by Visual Echoes to extend my DoF to when using flash fill. We have all seen those beautiful pictures of critters and …

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Nikon Key Mission vs. GoPro Hero 5

In Gear Review by Patrick

Nikon recently released the Nikon Key Mission series of action cameras and is there answer to the ever popular GoPro series of cameras. Being more of a still photographer with an occasional foray into the video realm, I was interested to see how these two stacked up against each other. First the new Nikon KeyMisson 360: Nikon KeyMission 360 Tech …

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EVO GP 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal

In Gear Review by Patrick

Trying to get steady video without putting a camera on a tripod is near impossible, no mater how steady our hands. This becomes even more evident with smaller video devices like the Go Pro. I discovered a great solution that I am pretty pleased with so far. Now those of familiar with still photography know of the gimbal heads that …

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Go Pro Hero 4 – Silver Edition

In Gear Review by Patrick

There are times when storytelling requires moving pictures and not just stills. I am finding this to be more apparent in certain situations where although the stills can convey a very powerful message, seeing something unfold live can be even more impact. Although today’s high end DSLR cameras can capture 4K UHD video (3840×2160 at 30p), there are times when …

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Gear Review: Profoto Octa Softbox

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Profoto has many different OCF (Off Camera Flash) modifiers for their lighting systems. They are a bit pricey compared to other soft boxes and modifiers, but the build quality is evident when you first lay hands on one. I chose the 24″ octa soft box which is compatible with their B1 and B2 heads. This is ideal for portraiture as …