Review: Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 (A Content Creator’s Dream Bag)

A Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 will look and feel fantastic strapped around you.

Bags like the Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 and others have just become better for photographers over the years. Though I’m still partial to a backpack instead of a messenger, this update feels just a bit special. Arguably, the Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 is for photographers. But in use, one could say that it’s for content creators and journalists. Messenger bags over the years have evolved a lot, and the Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 shows evidence of that. The internals were updated to give photographers who shoot with mirrorless systems a bit more organization. Further, you can shove a laptop in this bag along with pretty much every tool you’d possibly need. If you’re the type to go for hot shoe flashes, there’s room for that. But if you tote along a Profoto B10 the way I do, you’ll have a bit more trouble. We’ve taken the Billingham Hadley Pro 2020 with us on planes, on trips, on commutes, to meetings, and everywhere. We’re very impressed. However, this is more of a bag for a content creator than a photographer.

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Review: JPEGmini Capture One Plugin (You’ll Want It)

JPEGmini is bringing its fantastic algorithms to Capture One, finally!

When we first reviewed JPEGmini, we were pleased with the results it gave us. I never ended up using it as it couldn’t integrate easily into Capture One Pro. But that’s over now; today there is a release for JPEGmini as a plugin for Capture One accompanying the announcement that it will finally be available for PC too. If you’ve ever seen the show Silicon Valley, think of JPEGmini as Pied Piper for images. It’s an algorithm that heavily compresses images without quality loss. For a publication like ours that regularly uploads 100 images roughly to reviews, JPEGmini is going to be a significant space saver.

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REVIEW: Joby Gorillapod Mobile Rig

Is this the ideal tool for mobile content creators?

Joby and their Gorillapod brand have been around for forever, and these versatile tripods have long been a favorite tool for run and gun photographers and videographers who always needed a tripod they could put anywhere. But in this age of mobile content creation a new breed of content creators, utilizing the incredibly powerful tools at their disposal in smartphones and action cameras, are growing and need tools to support their passions. Enter the Joby Gorillapod Mobile Rig – possibly the ultimate all-in-one tool for these creative content producers. Continue reading…

Getty Photographer Arrested Amid Ferguson Unrest


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The unrest between civilians and the police in Ferguson, Missouri is not going away anytime soon–and neither the National Guard nor Missouri Governor Jay Nixon can do anything to pacify the angry crowds. Now, it looks like the Police are turning their hostility onto journalists and photographers as well.

Following the death of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer on August 9 for stealing a pack of cigarettes, what should have been peaceful civilian protests to condemn the act and seek justice have often turned violent with the police firing tear gases and rubber bullets and with snipers at the ready while the demonstrators often erupting into chaos, both sides stuck in a endless cycle of aggression from each other.

It seems the police aren’t happy with the media presence there either. On Monday, August 18, veteran Getty photographer Scott Olson was arrested and detained by police officers. He was arrested for allegedly refusing to relocate himself to the designated press area located opposite the protest zone.

Although he was later released and no charges were filed, Olson claims that he was “arrested for just doing my job.” His arrest came after Ferguson authorities signed a court declaration that “acknowledge and agree that the media and the members of the public have a right to record public events without abridgment” unless they pose a threat or prevent police officers from doing their job.

He isn’t the only member of the press that’s been arrested during the conflicts. Last week, two journalists – Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post and Ryan J Reilly of the Huffington Post – were also arrested by officers for allegedly “videotaping them,” prompting criticisms from both publications, condemning the acts as “military aggression” and an “assault on the freedom of the press”.

Via The Guardian