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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer HoldFast Roamographer Product Images -3

Photographers often need to travel carrying more than half their weight in gear, so why not do it in style? HoldFast Gear understands this and its latest bag called the Roamographer blends together the vintage look of handcrafted Great American Bison leather with modern foam protection. From the outside the Roamographer looks like a large leather tote ready for short business trips, but inside there’s an enormous foam insert with enough room for at least two camera bodies and four additional lenses.

Have a tripod or monopod? Just loosen the straps underneath and slip it in. You can carry around the bag in hand or throw on a shoulder strap to make it a messenger bag. For even longer trips or in case the bag is crammed full of gear, it can be clipped onto a set of chest straps. The first run of Roamographer bags will begin shipping by the middle of March. There are more pictures of the camera bag after the break and you can claim your own now $495.

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Own a Nikon D7000? Well according to the latest infographic from Lenstag, either lots of D7000 owners were careless or thieves really want one–but in this case it seems like many. According to the infographic above, the D7000 was the most stolen camera of 2013. Interestingly enough though, Canon lenses were stolen the most. The latter makes a ton of sense: when I was a former pit shooter, photographers would very often misplace their lenses or things would end up just gone. Otherwise though, the 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II is still also a very sought after lens that is quite expensive and yields wonderful image quality.

We did an interview earlier this year with the guys at Lenstag, and you should check it out to see how your gear can be protected.

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at the 2013 UCI MTB World Championships, Pitermaritzburg, South Africa

All photos by Sven Martin. Used with permission.

Sven Martin is a mountain biking photographer that is in extremely high demand. Ever since he was a small kid, he has had a fascination with photography and would later combine that with his love of extreme sports. Like every other photographer that has made it, he played the hustle game until it evolved into more of a relationship game. Sven’s photography cannot only be described as extreme, but beautiful with a gritty feel to it.

We had some time to chat with Sven recently outside of his super busy schedule. And his insights are invaluable.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A99 at lomo party (3 of 3)ISO 400

Want more Useful Photography Tips? Check them out right here.

This post is inspired by the loads and loads of people that I’ve seen this past weekend at New York Comic Con that I’ve consistently seen not pay attention to what they were doing when taking photos. For example, my friend who worked incredibly hard on her cosplay ended up getting some really terribly lit photos from one person who had a camera, a good lens, and an on-camera flash. The problem was this: they pointed the flash towards the ground and also had a diffuser on it.

So why is this bad? Well, the diffuser is already cutting down the flash power and when you bounce it off the floor, you’re lighting the person from below and killing details on the subject.

A better idea would have instead to have bounced the flash above and behind slightly to fill in any shadows that might occur.

Now–don’t think I’m trying to point out just this occurrence. It happens often–folks think that if they just buy the latest and greatest gear, that they’ll get better photos. But it isn’t true. And for that, we think that people need to really learn their gear inside out.

If you agree, we encourage you to share this with anyone you believe should heed the advice.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials The Urban Explorer (1 of 11)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 5.6

Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.

There are a couple of major things that you need to keep in mind when you’re exploring abandoned places. First off, you’ll need to pack light–especially if you’re going to take pictures. What I’ve discovered once when exploring an abandoned tug boat graveyard is that some of those floors aren’t so sturdy–and they can give way at any time. Second, you’re going to need to go in a group or a two person team. Plus, you need to do your research.

And whatever you do, don’t be seen.

Not that we condone breaking into abandoned places, but photographers are bound to do that. And if it’s going to happen, we recommend sticking to just a couple of core essentials.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Location Shooter (1 of 10)ISO 1001-100 sec

Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.

Some of us have a crazy dream: we’re doing a location shoot involving models or even products, and we’ve got either a small crew or an assistant to help us out. While that dream is really sometimes very awe inspiring we never think about all the gear that we need to sometimes adapt and make the dream possible (on top of all that portfolio building.)

Now, don’t just think that you’ll be able to naturally light it all every time. There is sometimes lots of work that goes into it all and to give your potential clients great images.

And here’s a kit to start you off. More than anything though, we have to recommend and remind you all that the items are interchangeable. But here’s a starter guide.


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