Happy Holidays from all of us!

December 24th, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

All of us here at Outdoor Photo Gear would like to wish you and yours a happy and peaceful holiday season.

Wallpaper_icon1As a small token of our appreciation for your support this year, we asked our vendors and contributors to forward us some images you can use for desktop wallpaper.  You'll enjoy these wonderful images dressing up your screen.

Just follow this link for a zip file, and enjoy.  Wallpaper

Rick Sammon and the RayFlash

December 22nd, 2009 by Matt Dennison

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Learn more about the RayFlash in the OPG store.

Black Rapid Camera Straps

December 21st, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

I feel like a gunslinger.  Draw, pardner!  Only instead of a six-hooter, I have my spanking new Canon 7D by my hip.  Up comes the camera, fast and ready to shoot.

For events, parties or photo walks, the Black Rapid camera straps give you instant access to your camera, and keep weight strain off of your neck.  Black Rapid straps are worn across your body like a sling, and attach to your camera via the tripod socket.

Sound unique? It is. The Black Rapids are comfortable and adjustable, and will have you saying “why didn’t I think of that!” With the camera at your hip or behind your back, you can maneuver easily through a crowd, carry a tripod or other gear, or simply have both hands free. When you’re ready to take the shot, the camera quickly glides up the strap into shooting position.

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Envision The High Dynamic Range (HDR) End Result in Your Mind’s Eye

December 21st, 2009 by Rick Sammon

Much has been written about “seeing the end result.” In other words, envisioning the end-result in your mind’s eye. I’ve done some of that writing, and I’ll do a bit more here . . . because that creative process is so very important, especially when it comes to HDR imaging, which is a current favorite [...]

Andy Biggs Details His Gura Gear Kiboko Bag

December 18th, 2009 by Matt Dennison

Andy Biggs, the designer and manufacturer of the Kiboko Bag, has produced a video detailing the features of his revolutionary travel backpack.  Well worth watching!

You can see more about the Kiboko in the store here:  Kiboko

Video Review of the Think Tank Photo Streetwalker Backpack

December 16th, 2009 by Juan A. Pons

juan Pons is a big fan of the Think Tank Photo brand of camera bags. Take a look at his video review of Think Tank's StreetWalker line of photo backpacks. You'll find it informative.
 

 

You can check out the entire Think Tank Photo line of bags in our store.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Our Gear Board Favorites

December 11th, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

Yes, it's that time of year again, where gift idea lists multiply like holiday bunnies.  We're no exception.  We've tried to make this gift idea list simple--nothing requiring sizing or items for specific equipment.  That way, you can print this article out and give it to your favorite gift giver (a yellow highlighter would help) or heck, just buy the stuff for yourself.

Here goes:

Gifts Under $25

pelican_casePelican Memory Card Case

Models for CF cards or SD cards with the same fancy features as the high end Pelican equipment cases.  $19.95





Ansmann Express Power Charger with 4 BatteriesAnsmann Power Charger

At only $9.95, it comes with 4 2700mAh batteries.  You'd pay more than $10 just for the batteries themselves!

 

 

Outdoor Photo Gear LED Lighted CapOPG LED Lighted Cap

OK, it's kind of geeky (well, WAY geeky) but invaluable for dark morning setups or for showing your family just how strange you have become.  $14.95



 

flash_keeperLensCoat FlashKeeper

A great neoprene case to hold your flash and extra batteries.  $24.95

 




Gifts Under $50

GlovesAquaTech Sensory Gloves

One of our best sellers this cold season.  Holes in the neoprene tips of your thumb and forefinger let you operate your camera (and iPhone!) in cold weather while keeping your gloves on.  $49.95



 

Jobu3axismJobu Design Triple Axis Bubble Level

A new product that lets you keep your bubble level working for both portrait or landscape mode.  $24.95



 

Welcome Mike Moats!

December 10th, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

A big welcome and thank you to Mike Moats, award-winning professional nature and macro photographer!

061Mike has authored three ebooks which are now available in the OPG store:

Running a Successful Nature Photography Business

How To Sell To Art Galleries

Macro Workshop

As a pro photographer, Mike gives successful business strategies applicable to any photographer wanting to obtain or increase income through their craft.

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In Mike’s Macro Workshop ebook, Mike brings his yearly sold-out Macro Workshop to you, with all the details, tips and tricks of Macro photography.

A prolific photographer, writer and workshop instructor, Mike has had articles and images published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Nature’s Best Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA’s Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, Fujifilms Newsletter and Tamron’s “Angle of View” Blog. Winner of numerous local and international awards, Mike is a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team and a “Macro Master” for Tamron Lenses.

You can visit Mike’s blog here:  Tiny Landscapes

Congrats to Ted Stark!

December 7th, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

Ted_headshotTed Stark is the winner of our Canon 5D Mark II giveaway contest.  Thanks to Scott Bourne, this contest was “re-tweeeted” around the world!

We couldn’t have a nicer guy for a winner:

Theodore A. Stark is a Colorado native and an avid nature, wildlife, and architectural photographer. He also does portraiture work, focusing in the candid style.

Stark has been involved with photography since 2001 when he experienced a life changing event that, literally, changed his perspective on the world around. Add to that Stark is a Type I Diabetic and, as he puts it, “… I am aware that I -very well- may lose my vision at some point, so I should share what I can see while I still can.”

Stark is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Management Information Systems. He and his wife, Erin, currently live in Centennial, Colorado.

Awards:
2009 – Winner – “A Time Machine, A Magic Wand” – Denver Photo Contest – Four Seasons Private Residence Denver

Exhibitions:
2009 August – Backstage Coffee House, Denver, CO – “Urban Life”

You can view Ted’s website here: http://www.tstark.com/

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Congrats to John Batdorff!

December 4th, 2009 by Chris Klapheke

John_headshotWe are pleased to announce John Batdorff as the winner of our Think Tank StreetWalker HardDrive contest. Out of thousands of entries, John won in a random drawing.

The son of two avid photographers, John began his photo career as a teenager, shooting pictures for the family’s newspaper business.  A renowned landscape photographer, John’s work has been showcased at the prestigious National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. His work has also been featured in numerous publications.

John has a strong following on his photography blog and he gives photography instruction and seminars in Chicago where he resides. In addition to photography, John enjoys many outdoor sports including running, fly fishing and mountain climbing.  He’ll put his StreetWalker to good use!
 

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Be sure to check out all the cool pics on his site.

Also, check out John’s blog.

Thanks to Brian at Think Tank Photo for his support in this contest!

More to come!