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.

Fujifilm Unveils Long-Awaited XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens, Available February

Fujifilm Unveils Long-Awaited XF 16-55mm f/2.8 Lens, Available February

Setting off CES 2015, Fujifilm has officially announced the new Fujinon XF16–55mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens. This 16–55mm (24–84mm equivalent) standard zoom lens is proudly described by Fujifilm as the perfect companion for photojournalists who favor a weather and dust-resistant design, a highly practical wide-angle to standard-telephoto zoom, and a wide f/2.8 aperture throughout.

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.

Setting Up a Successful Headshot Session: Part 2

Setting Up a Successful Headshot Session: Part 2

Getting your clients comfortable in front of a camera is always a challenge. I still get a little nervous before a shoot so I can imagine what my clients must feel like. In part one of this series, we talked about the importance of the pre-shoot consultation and how it can start you off on a good path toward a successful headshot or portrait session. In this article, I want to talk about ways we can address skin issues with our clients, how to deal with makeup, when to use a makeup artist, and discuss the basics of getting clients comfortable and focused in front of the camera.

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.

Alexis Cuarezma Explains the 'Whys' behind His Sports Illustrated World Cup Preview Issue

Alexis Cuarezma Explains the 'Whys' behind His Sports Illustrated World Cup Preview Issue

The last time I talked with Alexis, he was just trying out a technique of shooting two different lighting setups with the press of a button (be sure to check that article out for details on how the SpeedCycler feature of the Pocket Wizard MultiMax works).This time around, he managed to pull off five different looks (three at one time) – nabbing himself six pages and the cover of the World Cup preview issue of Sports Illustrated. His behind the-scenes-video gives a ton of insight into how he pulled this off, but I asked him to go even further than the video or what he already explained at his blog and explain the "whys" of it all.

Baseball Legend Ken Griffey Jr. Now Photographing NFL Games from the Sidelines

Baseball Legend Ken Griffey Jr. Now Photographing NFL Games from the Sidelines

Retirement for some legendary athletes means sitting back, relaxing, and continuing to build upon the fortunes you made as a professional ball player with more sponsorships and commercial deals. For others it's about finding a passion that moves you to get out there and really making a new name for yourself. That passion for baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. is photography, just like you and I.

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