Review: 4V Design ALA Strap

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4V Design is a company that not only tries to design beautiful straps, but is doing something a bit different by attempting to innovate on the way that the basic functionality performs. Take the 4V Design ALA leather and canvas strap for example: it provides enough ergonomic comfort for use with a DSLR but also enough for use with a smaller camera. Then there’s the signature 4V Design shoulder pad and how incredibly comfortable it is.

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The Step-by-Step Process of Posing Someone for a Portrait

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If you’re an event photographer, wedding photographer, or work with people that aren’t models at all, you’ll realize that the majority of people don’t know how to pose themselves except for when they take selfies. Instead, people will rely on you to do the work. The real truth though is that you’re not completely responsible for the perfect photo and instead the process of posing someone for a portrait is a collaborative process. You’ll be leading, and in that case you should have a better idea of how to pose people.

Here is a step-by-step process on how to pose someone.

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Five Gorgeous Camera Straps for Your Mirrorless Camera

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Beautiful but functional camera straps should accompany your equally beautiful mirrorless camera. It only makes sense to adorn a beautiful Leica rangefinder or Olympus OMD with something that makes it that much more attractive. But even though the strap ups the eye-candy level of the package, you’ll need to ensure that they’re functional for you and your purposes.

Besides, a distinguishing strap shows that you carry yourself as a photographer with a bit more class than others.

Here are five of our favorite gorgeous camera straps along with quotes from our reviews.

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Review: Think Tank Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag

The Think Tank Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag

The Think Tank Retrospective 40 Shoulder Bag

Yes, another Think Tank bag review. You know why we do so many of these? Think Tank likes people to try out their bags and receive feedback on the good and the bad about their products. They have been so willing to do this with the staff of that we almost continually have another Think Tank bag review in the works. Which makes sense, because they are one of the most prolific bag makers on the market today. The Think Tank Retrospective 40 bag is another shoulder bag in their long line of professional products, paired in release with its larger cousin the Think Tank Retrospective 50 which was reviewed by Bobby Zhang recently.

The difference between the two bags is a bit more room and a jump from the 13” laptop pocket in my Retro 40 to the 15” laptop pocket in Bobby Zhang’s. It’s a little funny that I got the 13” laptop model because my 17” Toshiba is nowhere near fitting in this bag, but I have found that using it as a straight camera bag has been plenty use enough to test it out. If you want to know about the laptop protection qualities or are more interested in a 15” model, check out Bobby Zhang’s review of the Think Tank Retrospective 50 bag for a more in-depth look at those aspects of this bag’s construction. Enough prattling about other bags, let’s dive into this one after the jump.
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New Products Coming from Vanguard


Vanguard has just announced three new products that will be available soon. Two new bags in the Quovio series (The 41 and the 44) and a new Carbon-Fiber tripod (The ABEO Plus 323CT). The company is also offering up to a $100 dollar mail-in-rebate for their various products.


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