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Yet Another Bag! The Tenba Cooper Slim 13

Yet Another Bag! The Tenba Cooper Slim 13

Yes, you read that correctly. Alas, I caved yet again. I've wanted this bag for a long time but didn't order it for two reasons: price (retail: $230!) and uncertainty about whether it was big enough. Well, as I often do, I did a search to check the bag out again and found it on Amazon for $175 new.

The Small Things Are What Ruin Your Videos

The Small Things Are What Ruin Your Videos

 "The devil is in the details," as the saying goes. And, indeed, it is, as I learned recently. I have most things organized now for when I want to video record an episode in my basement studio for any of my three series.

Wandering the Streets: Regensburg, Germany

Wandering the Streets: Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg is a beautiful city in Bavaria. It is my sister-in-law’s favorite city and the home of one of her nieces, whom I first met when she was a baby many years ago. Though she is not, I think of Petra as one of my German nieces. It is also now the home of one of our son’s best friends. So, though I had been to the city several times in the past, it was the first on my list of cities to visit on this trip.

Germany: My Image Storage Solutions on the Road

Germany: My Image Storage Solutions on the Road

When I go on a trip for two weeks that involves sightseeing and exploring new areas, I typically shoot 1,600 images or more. I used to use only 4GB memory cards but then began switching to 8GB cards. I subscribe to the "don't put all of your eggs in one basket" philosophy and have always preferred the smaller cards.

Germany:  the Final Packing - What Goes? What Stays?

Germany: the Final Packing - What Goes? What Stays?

Well, I leave on my two-week adventure through Germany the day after tomorrow. Clothes are all organized. Most are ready to go in the suitcase but I’ll do that on Monday before I leave for the airport. I’ve packed my Vanquest SKITCH-12 bag with my camera and audio gear and am taking pretty much what I had listed before...

Germany: Preparing for My Trip - My Olympus OM-D E-M1

Germany: Preparing for My Trip - My Olympus OM-D E-M1

I'm going to Germany next week. Spending two weeks there and hope to capture some great images. Naturally, before a trip such as this, my mind turns to packing. Clothes and camera gear. It's already turning cooler in Southern Germany (Bavaria, primarily), so clothes I think I have figured out.

Holding Up Your Camera - Camera Support Systems I Use

Holding Up Your Camera - Camera Support Systems I Use

Over the years I have tried a lot of ways to hold my camera stable. Only recently have I invested in sturdy tripods that cost more than I ever thought I'd pay but are are still inexpensive compared to what many photographers use. I opted, instead, for the lighter, less expensive alternatives. And, for as much as I used them, that was okay. I've tried monopods and gone through two or more of them. I've gotten and used various GorillaPod tripods, too. I still carry around with me a little tripod my brother-in-law gave me some thirty years ago. Add to these a variety of other things to hold my camera upright and I have quite a collection of tripod-like devices.

Out of Chicago: Interesting Learning Opportunities

Learning comes in many different shapes and sizes. At the Out of Chicago Photography Conference it can be a traditional “sit in a classroom and take in new information” session, but it is also attending hands-on workshops, going on photowalks and putting into practice immediately what the photowalk leader suggests one tries, interacting with other attendees in workshops, presentations, and when just standing around having coffee or snacks.