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Preparing and Packing A Portable Studio Efficiently

Preparing and Packing A Portable Studio Efficiently

When people walk through my living room studio , they are puzzled that I do not own or rent a permanent studio space. What many do not know is that when I’m contracted for a commercial assignment, about 80% of the time I must travel to a location or shot at the client’s home base. And, in many cases that requires transporting several 9 foot seamless backdrops and a whole lot of equipment. I don’t have a giant bus to haul all of my studio gear, so it’s been a trying experience to find the right tools to efficiently pack and tote my mobile studio.

G-Tech Hits CES 2015 with a Major Focus on Rugged Lifestyles

G-Tech Hits CES 2015 with a Major Focus on Rugged Lifestyles

While familiarity with LaCie's signature, bright-orange-accented Rugged series hard drives comes with the territory of being in the photography business, G-Technology has always relied on the simple reliability of its HGST hard drives and Apple-inspired looks to gain them the same notoriety -- until now. G-Tech's announcements for CES 2015 concentrate on introducing greater shock, dust, drop, and even water protection for those reliable drives inside with an array of bumpers, enclosures, and even lightweight Evolution-series-compatible drives for the mobile creative.

Can't Afford A Movi? Meet The Nebula4000, The Pocket-sized $700 Video Stabilizer

Can't Afford A Movi? Meet The Nebula4000, The Pocket-sized $700 Video Stabilizer

During a shoot with Tony Roslund and Gary Martin for RGG+EDU this past December, I was lucky enough to operate a Movi M5 for lots of behind the scenes and "color" footage. The motion rendered from the Movi, even while running, was most impressive. Just recently though I learned of the Nebula4000 Lite , and at a fraction of the price, I think this might be the next big compact video camera accessory to have.

Seagate Introduces World's Thinnest 500GB Hard Drive and a LaCie Surprise at CES 2015

Seagate Introduces World's Thinnest 500GB Hard Drive and a LaCie Surprise at CES 2015

Preempting CES 2015's official start date as so many electronics manufacturers often do to beat the media buzz, Seagate announced the world's thinnest 500GB hard drive — and who knew it could be so beautiful? While many might inquire as to the actual excitement a relatively low-capacity hard drive should bring, the reality is that the Seagate Seven — a truly 7mm-thick USB 3.0 external hard drive — could drastically change our mobile workstations in ways that make our lives much easier. Along with the Seven, Seagate announced the LaCie Rugged RAID , featuring up to 240MB/s-access to 4TB of storage in a USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt enclosure.

Westcott Flex: First of Its Kind Now Available

Westcott Flex: First of Its Kind Now Available

Announced earlier this year, the Westcott Flex is now available in stores. This unique device bridges the gap between a light and a light modifier, as it is a little bit of both. This fully­ bendable mat features a 10” x 10” surface lined with 166 dimmable LED diodes and outlined with a moldable 1⁄4” black frame. Weighing in at just 5 ounces, its compact design allows it to be easily concealed on set and allows for easy travel.

Rolling Old School: Original Star Wars Toy Photography

Rolling Old School: Original Star Wars Toy Photography

I don't know how I ran into this here on the eve of 2015, but I am glad I did. Product photography has never been particularly easy to do well, and I love being reminded of the fact that it used to all be done without extensive use of Adobe Photoshop CC14. These images, shot by Kim David McNeill Simmons for toymaker Kenner between 1977 and 1985, showcase basically my childhood: Star Wars toys.

Hans Eijkelboom Dazzles with a Photographic Study of People Through 20 Years of Photos

Hans Eijkelboom Dazzles with a Photographic Study of People Through 20 Years of Photos

Dutch street photographer Hans Eijkelboom recently celebrated the release of his book, "People of the Twenty-First Century," published by P HAIDON . Featuring 6,000 photographs, the book serves as a comprehensive catalog of what people wear and what they're "into" over a span of over twenty years. Stylistically, the series can easily be likened to that of Bill Cunningham's "On the Street" fashion column in the New York Times, but somehow manages to comment more on culture than fashion.

Joey L. Reviews Three Portable Lighting Kits for Traveling Photographers

Joey L. Reviews Three Portable Lighting Kits for Traveling Photographers

Joey L. is a photographer best known for his stunning personal work creating portraits of the peoples of Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and other exotic places of the world. He uses studio lights on-location to achieve his unique and dramatic look for his portraits of these exotic people. Consequently, he is frequently asked about what lighting gear he takes with him for those kinds of shoots. Recently, Joey made a video and blog post outlining three major options for portable studio lighting for photographers with varying budgets who want Joey L.-esque studio lighting on the go.

"The Parrot" Is A Portable, Inexpensive Teleprompter That Uses Your Smartphone

"The Parrot" Is A Portable, Inexpensive Teleprompter That Uses Your Smartphone

For a long time teleprompters were considered bulky, unweildy, and often required you to be tethered to a laptop or other control station. In the last few years, more affordable options that used wireless technology and compact mounts began to hit the market. Now, "The Parrot" might just be the most compact system I've ever seen, and it uses a device that the majority of us will already own: a smartphone.

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