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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax WG 2 product photos (6 of 6)

The Pentax WGII was one of the products that we aimed to make look great when we started moving fully into a lifestyle product photography regimen. Considering that it is a weathersealed camera, putting it on a table after a rain shower made complete sense.

“You guys are fancy.” said Les Shu of Digital Trends to me one day during a Panasonic meeting. When I asked why, he told me that it was because of our product photography. Mario Aguilar from Gizmodo agreed with him as he passed the LX100 onto me to shoot during a press briefing.

One of the features of the Phoblographer that differentiates us from many other websites is also one of our biggest reasons why many folks keep coming back: our product photography. Every couple of months, it evolves to feature new textures, lighting styles, and of course–the products. Our product photos involve fairly simple lighting techniques combined with Post-Production techniques that help to make the products pop out more on the screen.

Due to popular request on Twitter, email, Facebook and Instagram, we’re teaching you about how we shoot.

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Felix Esser The Phoblographer LowePro Urban Reporter Bag Hands-On

At Phot Plus Expo 2013, LowePro is showing off two new shoulder bag series for the photographer on the go: the Urban Reporter series and the Nova Sport series. Both series come in three sizes, both offer space for a laptop and tablet, and both come with variable and removable inserts. While the Urban Reporter has a more understated look that might appeal more to the fashion-conscious and business types, the Nova Sport is clearly aimed at the active outdoors crowd. We’ve been taking a closer look at both.

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One of the realities that I face when traveling is that I have to have two photo bags. The first is always a roller bag that serves as my carry on luggage and carries most of my gear. This makes it convenient and easy to travel. I not only carry a lot of photo gear, but also audio recording equipment for producing my podcast on the road.

The ThinkTank Photo CityWalker 30 seems to hold the promise of a bag that would provide me the ability to carry my walk-around kit, which often includes my laptop computer, a 13-inch MacBook Air.

Up to this point, I’ve not been pleased with the options, because either a bag didn’t accommodate a laptop or if it did, it would be too big and bulky. I was hoping that the CityWalker 30 might fit the bill.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 12mm f2.8 product images (4 of 7)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 5.6

“The Phoblographer Weekly Recap” is a new feature where we recap the week’s most popular posts. Each weekend, we will present you the top ten posts of the week for your perusal. If you’ve missed any of our popular stories that week, you’ll find them here. Among this week’s top posts: we review the Zeiss Touit 12mm f2.8 lens, 100 year old stereoscopic photos surface, and Nokia’s new ‘EOS’ camera phone leaks. Find the complete breakdown after the jump.

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Think Tank previously had the Retrospective 7 designed for mirrorless camera lovers, but now they’re showing off a brand new line designed specifically for that crowd: the Mirrorless Mover. Available in a 5, 10, 20, and 30i series,the bags are designed for different sizes of mirrorless cameras moving from the Nikon 1 series all the way up to Leica Ms accordingly. As for prices, they’ll range from the mid $30-$70 range.

Besides dividers (which are very close to the Retrospective series in design) the bags sport a Flip-Top style lid with magnetic closure, a rear slot for your belt and to therefore prevent theft, side pockets, mesh pockets, and is made from ballistic nylon. It also includes a rain cover. It’s quite interesting that the company has chosen not to make the bags from canvas.

They aren’t available yet, but then they launch we’ll be sure to have them in for review.

Rokinon Aktiv backpack


Rokinon has made lenses, filters, flashes and tripods; but now they’re getting into the camera bag business. One of their first new additions is their new Aktiv Pak messenger bag. The messenger bag seems to be very similar to other sling type camera bags. And on the eBay sales page, the company touts that is is carry-on compatible and made of durable, weather resistant, 600D material. There is padding inside with three compartments for your DSLR as well as for an iPad, tablet, laptop or magazines. Most of all, there is also a tripod/monopod slot to hold that extra sucker if you need it.

The new bag is available now for $34.95.