Gura Gear Bataflae 32L Camera Backpack Review (Podcast 358)

January 21st, 2013 by Martin Bailey

For this week’s Podcast, I’ve put together a quick video to show you the new Gura Gear Bataflae 32L camera bag. As a long time user of the Kiboko bag, I’m happy to say that the Bataflae actually improves on perfection. Anyway, links are below, but here’s the video. Don’t forget to select the HD version under the cog-wheel in the video settings and go full screen!

How To Attach A Tripod To The Gura Gear Bataflae

January 17th, 2013 by Clay Cook

The thing I love about Gura Gear is not only the heavy duty material and compact frame, but the pure amount of packing options. Including, the ability to strap a tripod to the middle back of the bag. The video tells all. Simple, easy and very mobile.

OPG Caption Contest – Winner!

January 14th, 2013 by Clay Cook

We Have A Winner!

Having a BALL (Head)!

January 13th, 2013 by John Adkins
Induro BHD2 Ballhead

Maybe I’m late to the game on this one, but if you have a tripod and aren’t using a ballhead, you really should be!

OPG Caption Contest – Win a Kata EXO-12 Shoulder Bag!

January 10th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Win a Kata EXO-12 Shoulder Bag!

Every other week Outdoor Photo Gear will be hosting a caption contest and will be giving away one awesome prize to the best entry. The contest will be judged by the entire staff at OPG based on the following; creativity, originality (from other posts) and comedic value.

Focus on the Unconventional

January 8th, 2013 by Jack Graham

Focus on the Unconventional

In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with headlines and news that is filled with negativity or just plain old doom and gloom. And worse, it all happens so quickly in this fast-paced, internet, smart phone, iThis and iThat world. Volumes of information are sent our way from all kinds of sources. Blogs, websites, social media, advertisers came at us from all ends. It’s an “I need it now” world, and like it or not, most of us fall victim to these anomalies, often not knowing it.

Recently I have been writing as well as stressing in my photography workshops, that we must slow down, and “be into the zone” in order to attain the right state of mind that will give us the chance to create artistic images when we are out in the field.

Today, we have at our fingertips the most advanced equipment that our pocketbooks will allow us to purchase. We can process image with unthought-of technology non-existent, just a few years ago. This is useless unless we embody the creative process.

With all of this technology surrounding us, many photographers ignore the need for creativity and imagination and rely on the technology to produce the end product. This is what I call the “I can fix it in Photoshop” mentality. This is a prescription for failure. Unless we use the right side, or cognitive side of our brains, our creativity will be forever stymied. How do we do that? Read on.

We’re Moving!

January 4th, 2013 by Clay Cook

We’ve doubled our size, so we need your help!

Help us lighten the load by taking advantage of our moving sale. You only have this weekend though!

Sale ends Sunday, January 6 @ midnight PST.

The Tide of Changing Expectations in Landscape Photography

December 27th, 2012 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

I’ve been noticing a trend recently in people’s attitudes and perceptions on landscape and nature photography. I see it across different segments of people I talk to and work with—photographers on workshops, print buyers in galleries, people I follow and who follow me on social media, and just talking to friends on the street.

But I’m also seeing it in the industry as well, whether that be professional established photographers or leading magazines.

What trend am I talking about? The trend towards a more organic manipulation and processing of images, a return to reality, veracity, and hopefully art for art’s sake.

I’m getting a strong sense that the tides are changing against a heavy-handed approach to digital processing and manipulation. People are not impressed anymore with super saturation, or technical perfection, or perfectly exposed images where every tonality is perfectly captured and presented leaving little to the imagination.

Troy The Tree – OPG’s Best of 2012

December 20th, 2012 by Clay Cook

Troy The Tree recaps some of OPG’s best moments in 2012. The video above tells all.

Thank you to all who made this year one of OPG’s greatest and have a happy holidays!

Troy The Tree – WHAT?!

December 14th, 2012 by Clay Cook

Every photog needs this stuff.

PowerPax Battery Caddy
BlackRapid Metro Sling Strap
Gura Gear Tembo Memory Wallet
BlackRapid Wrist Strap
Ollo Clip for iPhone
Photographic Solutions Sensor Check
Hoodman Raw Steel USB 3.0

 

Transcript

Buying for a photographer is like buying for a 5-year-old kid; as soon as
you buy them one thing, they want something else. Here is a few things that
every photographer is going to want, like the Power Pax Battery Caddy.
Handy? Yeah, but you’re probably going to lose it anyways. The BlackRapid
Metro Strap; even a tree can afford this one. [inaudible: 00:45] wallet;
it’s just another memory wallet, right? No way.

The wrist strap from BlackRapid; bringing it back with the wrist strap. The
Olloclip. Do you have 5,000 Instagram followers? Because I do. The Sensor
Check; I don’t even know what this thing does, but you want to know what,
it’s awesome. The Hoodman Card Reader; this thing is USB 3.0. It’s faster
than a falling tree.

You don’t need to know about model Canon XYZla-dee-frickin-da, because
every photog needs this stuff. I’m watching you.