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Gear Review: Yeti USB Microphone

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Although I am primarily a still photographer, I am at heart, as are most photographers, a storyteller. I am finding that more and more clients are requiring video in addition to the static pictures for their events and products. This has resulted in a great many requests via email and during photographic outings to put together tutorials on things ranging …

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Gear Review: Wimberley Gimbal Head WH-200

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Panning and handholding big glass can be done with practice and proper technique, but at times, you are going to need a break. Enter a gimbal head. A gimbal head is a type of tripod head that has an arca quick release mount, adjusts tilt, pan and rotation as well as perfectly balancing the lens so it can be moved …

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Gear Review: Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VRII

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

OK, so I am way late to the party with this lens. First released in May of 2010, it has been on the scene for sometime and given the cost, it took me a while to save up. This super telephoto has been on my list for awhile. The lens features the innovative Vibration Reduction (VRII) system that allows handheld …

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Nikon announces 180-400mm VR

In Gear Reviewby Patrick

Today at the CES, Nikon announced the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens. Hailed as the replacement for the Nikkor 200-400mm VR II, it boasts some impressive new technology. I currently own the Nikon 200-400 VRII and it is one of my favorite lenses for wildlife, sports and birding and I not ready to switch for the …

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Winter Gloves

In Gear Reviewby 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 Reviewby 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 Reviewby 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 Reviewby 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 Reviewby 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 Reviewby 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 …