5 Critical Travel Tips for Photographers

June 17th, 2013 by Joey L.

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I’ve read too many lists online of “traveling photographer tips” that don’t actually appear to be written by actual photographers. Some things work in the real world, others simply do not. Here’s some collected tips shaped from 7 years of travel experience on the road. I don’t think you’ll find most of these anywhere else.

Gear:30 – Honl Photo Color Effects Filter Gel Kit

June 14th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30 today! The Honl Photo Color Effects Filter Gel Kit, add artistic and theatrical color to your images, whether lighting your subject or a background.



Today on Gear 30, we have the Honl Photo Color Effects Gel Kit. You can add artistic and dramatic color to your lighting and images using these quality polyester gels. Red, blue, green, frost, and yellow are included in the kit. They are pre-cut with velcro strips attached so they can be quickly fastened to any speed light with a strap. The Honl Photo Color Effects Gel Kit is 120 bucks at outdoorphotogear.com.

Gear:30 – Hoodman Compact Collapsible Hoodloupe 3.2

June 13th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30! We have the Hoodman Compact Collapsible Hoodloupe 3.2! A must-have! Glare-free, accurate LCD viewing in a collapsible form, saving space in your bag.



On Gear 30 we have the Hoodman Collapsible HoodLoupe 3.2. Some may say is one of the most important accessories in any photographer’s camera bag. This collapsible loupe from Hoodman gives you accurate LCD viewing with precise German glass optics. Check out your histogram, your composition and focus easily outdoors without annoying light glare. Pick up your Hoodman Collapsible HoodLoupe 3.2 for right under $100 at OutdoorPhotoGear.com.

Troy The Turkey & Danny Darkside Return – X1.1 Brian

June 13th, 2013 by Clay Cook

When Danny Lenihan CEO of 3 Legged Thing, comes into our town, we can’t help but make a informational video for the world to see. In this video we break down the X1.1 Brian and show just how versatile this tripod really is. You can’t take life too seriously.



The trouble with travel tripods is that once they fold up really small, they don’t do very much. They certainly don’t hold very much, until now, that is. Most travel tripods from 1.3 to 1.5 meters tall, so wouldn’t it be nice, just for once, to have a travel tripod that went over two meters? That’s right, seven feet! I know that you’re thinking. “What kind of idiot wants a travel tripod that’s over seven feet with anything more than a compact camera on it?” We cannot think of everything.

Ca-ca! Ca-ca!

So, if you can’t run it at seven feet with anything more than a compact camera on it, what’s the point? Modeling can be hard, but not when you’re working with a pro. Oh, work it Troy! Oh, that’s good! Oh, I’m loving it. I’m loving it. Oh, that’s beautiful. Yeah, work it Troy. Oh you’re gorgeous.

Like most travel tripods nowadays, it comes with a detachable monopod. Wouldn’t it be nice, on occasion, if you were able to go to a second camera without having to put it down on the floor? Wait, I need to get closer. The trouble with very tall tripods is that they come with their limitations. I mean, what’s the use of having a seven-foot tripod if you have to be five inches off the ground? Is that even possible? Let’s be honest, size does matter. I mean, some guys can only dream of five inches.

Macro photography is my passion. Being able to get down to five inches really helps me to photograph my favorite subject, wild life. Work it Troy. Oh, you’re a beautiful subject. I’ve never seen such gorgeous navel now. Give us a gobble. Gobble, gobble. I love it.

A 3 Legged Thing, X 1.1 Brian, winner of the innovative image project of the year 2013, the world’s most capable and functional travel tripod. Isn’t it time your tripod made more sense?

Gear: 30 – Westcott Deflector Plate

June 12th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30 tonight! The Westcott Deflector Plate! A must-have for every Rapid Box owner. Change the output of the light by installing this lightweight, all-metal highly reflective plate and create a large, stunning Beauty Dish.



On Gear 30 today, we have the Westcott Reflector Plate. For all those Westcott Rapid Box owners, you can create the ultimate mobile beauty dish with this small attachment, right here. Screw the plate into the center column of the Westcott Rapid Box and you create highly reflective output and make some really beautiful light. The Deflector Plate is compatible with the Octo, Octo Mini and the Street and fits right into any Rapid Box carrying case. Grab the Westcott Deflector Plate for under $20 at OutdoorPhotoGear.com.

Gear:30 – Tripod Tote Universal Tripod Shelf

June 11th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Gear:30! We have the Tripod Tote Universal Tripod Shelf from Essential Photo Gear. The Tripod Tote attaches to the legs of any tripod and holds teleconverters, flashes, batteries, clamps, reflectors and more, all nestled in a strong, fleece lined triangular shelf.  Also great for adding weight to your tripod for extra stability.



Hello. Here on Gear 30, we have the tri-pod set up from EP Gear. It’s a great storage solution for the photographer in the field that needs easy access to the equipment that he has. Simply attach the tripod tote to the legs of your tripod and it can hold an array of camera gear with easy accessibility, or you can use it as a stone bag. The interior of the shelf is lined with a fleece material and can be machine washed. The tripod tote is made here, in the U.S.A., and it comes in three different colors. You can go online to www.outdoorphotogear.com, and grab one for yourself for under $40.

Rotating Supercell Thunderstorm Timelapse

June 11th, 2013 by PetaPixel

You know how much we love a good timelapse! Arizona-based photographer Mike Olbinski has been visiting the Central Plains of Texas for almost four years now in search of the perfect rotating supercell. A long-held goal of his, capturing one of these structures that look like massive, awe-inspiring “alien spacecraft” had always eluded him. That is, until his most recent trip.

Gear:30 – Tenba Messenger Wrap

June 10th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Back to our normal programming… Gear:30 today, we have the  Tenba Messenger Wrap which provides portable protection for any valuable equipment that requires an extra layer of padding. The 16-inch Messenger Wrap is a perfect camera wrap for all sizes of camera bodies including pro bodies, as well as zoom lenses up to 70-200mm f/2.8.



On Gear 30, we have the Tenba Messenger Wrap 16-Inch. The wrap provides protection for any piece of equipment that requires additional packing. The 16-inch wrap can protect camera bodies, zoom lenses up to 70-200 out to 2.8. It has a smooth, interior lining with Velcro tabs right at the corners to secure itself for a tight fit. The square can be rolled, it can be folded and configured in virtually any different way and comes in various colors. You will easily find the Tenba Messenger Wrap to be a versatile piece of gear in your camera bag. And you can find one at outdoorphotogear.com for under $14.

Gear:30 – Interfit 12″ Diffuser (w/ Danny Lenihan From 3 Legged Thing)

June 7th, 2013 by Clay Cook

Happy Friday! Danny from 3 Legged Thing is back with another special edition of Gear:30! Today, he really dives into the Interfit 12″ Diffuser, great for close up macro shots!



Hi. My name is Danny from Three Legged Thing. I am here doing a guest Gear 30 for Outdoor Photo Gear with the Interfit 246 Reflector. This little bad boy is just 30 centimeters wide with a realistic pinging sound. Do you remember that mouse from the Green Mile? Well, this is what they listened with. This is the Mick Jagger of the reflector. I thought that was a pretty good reason to have a plate for $11.99

Gear:30 – Think Tank Photo Pixel Sunscreen V 2.0 (w/ Danny Lenihan From 3 Legged Thing)

June 6th, 2013 by Clay Cook

On this special edition of Gear:30, the Think Tank Photo Pixel Sunscreen V 2.0! Danny from 3 Legged Thing shows off the cool features of this collapsible sun shade.



Hi, I’m Danny from 3 Legged Thing. I’m here at Outdoor Photo Gear doing the Gear 30 with the Think Tank Photo, Pixel Sunscreen, Version Two, designed to take even some of the biggest laptops. See, incredibly spacious. The way it works is this: in goes your laptop, when the sun is shining, so clearly, not a product you’d be using in England, and it stops all of the rays from hitting the screen so you can still work in normal conditions. And, if you happen to be an amateur magician, pfft! What a result! Now available at www.outdoorphotogear.com