The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is a Travel Photographer’s Boon

Essentials is a series featuring products we’re currently lusting over in quick, bite-sized posts.

We understand that most photographers aren’t incredibly technical. However, we’re super practical. And the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD makes practical sense for a photographer. The simplicity is a dream that every photographer yearns for. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done when you’re out on the road. When you’re back home, it’s easy to back up on a RAID if needed.

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Useful Photography Tip #13: How I Photograph Most Products Here On The Phoblographer

Today I’m giving you a very quick behind the scenes look at how I sometimes photograph items for the site. I’ve got one style with a black background where I just point a speedlite at the ceiling, and then there is a more complicated setup, like what I did yesterday for the Zeiss 15mm f2.8 review.

Years ago, I took a box and glued white pieces of paper to it: the same type of paper that you would find in those large art sketch pads. I did this all over in varying layers. The front and top are cut off. On top of the setup, I usually place a light. In this case, it is my Chris Gampat Beauty Dish Hack and 580 EX II. However, I shot all of the photos with my Olympus 17mm f2.8 and EP2. In order to set the flash off, I needed a hard connection. My Phottix wireless triggers didn’t work, so I instead opted for Syl Arena’s OCF TTL cord. Olympus and Canon’s TTL systems don’t play nice together, so I set the flash to manual. Then I adjusted all of my settings and blasted the item with light.

Very little post-production was done to the images.

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Review: OCF Gear TTL Cords (Canon and Nikon)

In today’s high technology photo world, I often state on this site that we sometimes need to return to basics. After reviewing the very excellent Phottix Odin TTL triggers and Vello’s Freewave Fusion wireless triggers, I contacted Syl Arena about his very own OCF Gear TTL cords that he developed by himself.

Syl was kind enough to send them to me in both Canon and Nikon and over the past couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure of testing them out during other different reviews. So can they really outdo today’s complicated wireless radio triggers?

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