Tips To Make Your Fireworks Photos Stand Out

July 1st, 2013 by Theodore A. Stark

The grill is hot. The burgers are sizzling. The brats are almost done. The kids are having a watermelon seed fight. It’s time for the Fourth of July. 

If you are like me, this time of year means getting ready to cover one (or more) fireworks shows during the holiday. This article will take you through the technique I use, tips on finding the best location, and advice on execution for making wonderful fireworks photographs. 

Gear:30 – MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Photo Backpack

June 28th, 2013 by Clay Cook

In case you didn’t know, the hottest bag to grace the planet right now is the Rotation 180° from Mindshift Gear. The Rotation 180 takes photo backpacks into a different level of high tech gear, with the features and materials of hiking and climbing backpack. The coolest feature? An integrated camera waist pack that rotates out to the front of your body, allowing instant camera gear access.



Hey friends. Today on Gear 30, it’s the MindShift Gear Rotation 180 professional backpack. Have you ever missed a great nature photo because you couldn’t access your camera? Well, revolutionize how you work in the field with a Rotation 180. The camera waist pack rotates out in front of your body, allowing instant access to your camera gear without putting the pack down. With an internal aluminum frame and a memory foam back panel, this bag is built for photographing the great outdoors. Pick up your MindShift Gear Rotation 180 and right now.

Mastering Lightroom Catalogs – Part I

June 28th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.


One of the best features of Adobe Lightroom (all versions) is the ability to have multiple catalogs. A catalog is a database that tracks the location of your RAW files and information about them. This includes any Develop Module adjustments you’ve done to them, as well as keywords, ratings, and labels. The power of catalogs is the flexibility it gives you to organize your image library, or enhance your particular workflow. Each catalog can contain different pictures, and can reside on different computers or hard drives (but not on a network.)

Gear:30 – Custom SLR Split Strap

June 27th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30 today, we’ve got the Custom SLR Split Strap. Your neck and back with thank you if you use this strap! The split strap distributes weight more evenly than flat straps, to reduce pain and fatigue and provides superior ventilation to keep you cool while you shoot.



Hey, Gear 30 friends. Today it’s the Custom SLR Split Strap. Your back and neck will thank you when you use this Custom SLR Split Strap technology. The strap distributes weight more evenly than flat straps to reduce fatigue and provide superior ventilation while shooting. This stretchy, padded, ergonomic design conforms to your shoulder and the rotation quick release reduces strap tension by pivoting to your movements. It attaches to your DSLR’s regular strap mounts or it works great with a custom SLR c-loop. Pick up a strap at right now.

How to Protect Yourself Against Camera Gear Theft

June 27th, 2013 by Roger Cicala

How to Protect Yourself Against Camera Gear Theft as a Photographer protecttheft

In case you don’t know it, cameras and lenses are prime theft targets. You may never think it’s going to happen to you, but almost every day I hear from someone who is missing thousands of dollars worth of gear with no hope of getting it back. Some of the things I’ll describe are total overkill for someone who owns a camera and a couple of lenses, but could be quite useful for someone else who has most of their net worth and future income tied up in their equipment.

By the way, in case you are one of those people who just got a ‘too good to be true’ deal on a Craigslist or eBay lens, you might want to read the section about recovering stolen gear. In most states, if the original owner finds out you have their stolen lens they can take it back and don’t have to pay you a dime. (For those of you who are thinking “over my dead body”, I’ll just say that’s never necessary.)

Gear:30 – LensCoat BatteryPouch DSLR 2+2

June 26th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30 is back in action this week! Today we have the LensCoat BatteryPouch DSLR 2+2!  If you’re anything like me, you may have DSLR battery’s all over the place, keep those things safetly stowed with this cool new product from LensCoat!



Hey, Gear 30 fans, today it’s the LensCoat BatteryPouch DSLR 2 + 2. These compact pouches snap together to hold four DSLR batteries for easy storage and retrieval. They’re made of lightweight and waterproof material that’s completely durable in the field. It’s compatible with all standard size DSLR batteries, including the Nikon D800, the Canon 5DMKIII, and the Sony A77 and similar cameras. As with all LensCoat products, these pouches are made right here in the USA. Check them out at

Gear:30 – Photographic Solutions Sensor Swab Plus

June 25th, 2013 by Clay Cook

We took a week off from Gear:30 with the MindShift Gear release! But we are back at it! It’s time to clean that dirty sensor with Sensor Swab Plus from Photographic Solutions, don’t be afraid!



Hey, there. On Gear 30 today, it’s the Sensor Swab from Photographic Solutions. So many photographers are simply afraid to clean their sensor, but it couldn’t be easier with this set, Sensor Swab Plus. Two swipes and say sayonara to those annoying black dust spots. Sensor Swab Plus comes in packages of four individually wrapped swabs and is sealed with the highest purity cleaner available. Grab a set at and clean that dirty sensor.

Carry A Macro Reminder List

June 25th, 2013 by Mike Moats

There are many things that we have to remember every time we go out to shoot, whether it be camera functions, composition, subjects, etc. Type up a list of reminders and each time you go out to shoot, read the reminders to refresh your memory. Type it in a small size, trim the paper down to a compact size, have it laminated, and place it in your pack. Here are a few suggestions for your reminder list.

    MindShift Gear Has Arrived!

    June 21st, 2013 by Clay Cook
    Mindshift Gear Now Available
    Be ahead of the “pack” and get your a MindShift Gear Rotation180° before anyone else. Outdoor Photo Gear is pleased to bring you this state-of-the-art camera bag before it hits the worldwide stage. You won’t find it anywhere for weeks. But we only have a small limited supply, so grab one while you can!

    What Does It Mean To Be Humble?

    June 20th, 2013 by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

    © Robert Rodriguez Jr. Photography

    © Robert Rodriguez Jr. Photography

    Landscape and nature photographers often talk about being in wonder and awe of nature, and of being humbled by the beauty, power, and majestic qualities of the natural world.

    The term “humility” comes from the Latin word “humilitas”, a noun related to the adjective “humilis”, which may be translated as “humble”, but also as “grounded”, “from the earth”, or “low”, since it derives in turns from humus (earth).