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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 Digital Camera Review Red Tea image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 2.0

You remember that kid who was allergic to everything growing up? For the most part that was me, and phases of those allergies come and go with my immune system. Being a creative and journalist over the years, I’ve had to do shoots where I ended up with red eyes from pollen or totally sick for the next couple of days. And as a photographer, we all know that time is money and that any time lost needs to be recounted for with you working twice as hard after your recovery.

If you’re an allergy prone photographer, though, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind whether you’re hankering for capturing that perfect landscape, or the newly engaged want you to photograph them amongst some beautiful cherry blossoms.

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Nikon-password-protection-patent

According to a recent report on Nikon Rumors, camera company Nikon recently put in a patent to protect against theft. It involves passcodes and a combination needs to be entered into the camera before you can unlock the lens/camera duo to protect it from use–which means that thieves will either have to learn how to hack it or gain access to the passcode.

We wonder just how far this will go though as it may also just sometimes stop a photojournalist from getting a shot quicker if they need to unlock it all the time. But as the admin states, we’re amazed that no one did this sooner–and it seems very Apple-esque in the idea.


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Sometimes as photographers, we often don’t take enough care of our eyes. I want you to think about this: what if you suddenly lost your sight? What would you do?

We’re going to dive right into these tips on how to protect your eyes, and therefore your ability to continue in photography.

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A lens with filter and hood. Read below why using both is important.

When being out and about taking pictures, one of the most important rules is to keep your lens(es) protected. There are various reasons why this is important, and various ways of lens protection that are possible. For one, you don’t want your lenses to be damaged. Ever walked through the narrow streets of a small Mediterranean village? You could easily come too close to a wall and scratch your front lens element. Ever taken pictures at the sea with a non-waterproof camera? Dirt or salt could easily penetrate your lens. But it’s not only about the lenses—it’s also about the camera. Ever walked through bright sunlight without a lens cap on? Your shutter or sensor could be damaged by a concentrated beam of light. (Remember how you used to burn ants with a loupe when you were a child?)

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Until something is missing, we often don’t seem to step up our security for our gear. That’s when we go into frantic mode. Granted, I’ve never had something stolen though I almost did. For those of you looking to protect your investment, here are some tips on how to protect your gear.

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