A Week in Chicago 2016

I first visited the Windy City of Chicago in November 2011. Freezing cold and not particularly crowded as evidenced by the curiously empty Chicago Bean below , it didn't leave much of an impression and was high on my list of places to return to. Fast forward several years, and I found myself back in

By | 2016-12-21T17:57:26+00:00 July 29th, 2016|2 Comments

Review: MIOPS Smart Trigger for High Speed Photography

Today's digital cameras come jam-packed with so many features, you'd think they also had the ability to automatically take photos for you. While cameras themselves aren't quite at that stage yet, there's an accessory out there that can help you take a photo without having to press your camera's shutter button. Dubbed the MIOPS Smart, this

By | 2016-12-21T17:57:27+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Review: MIOPS Smart Trigger for High Speed Photography

Gear Guide: Best Camera and Lenses for Concert Photography

Concert photography is one of the most exciting fields of photography out there. After all, who doesn't dream of capturing iconic images of their favorite pop stars or rock stars? Thanks to the plethora of musicians and bands going on tour every year, plus the abundance of affordable camera gear out there, the interest in becoming a

By | 2016-12-21T17:57:27+00:00 April 15th, 2016|5 Comments

Parental Consent Form Template for Photographers

For photographers, taking images of children is always risky business, which is why a parental consent form is crucial. Similar to model releases and property releases, but aimed at providing consent for minors under the age of 18, a parental permission form gives photographers a degree of protection when photographing children.  A blog reader recently emailed me

By | 2016-12-21T17:57:29+00:00 January 1st, 2016|4 Comments

The Best Women’s Leather Laptop Bag for Work and Play

From the boxy vintage briefcase to the modern laptop bag with wheels, style options for modern business bags seem endless. And yet the perfect feminine and stylish women's laptop bag appears ever elusive. As my freelance business has grown over the years, I've found that my accompanying style has also had to mature. Toting around my dearly beloved Timbuk2 laptop backpack has

By | 2016-12-21T17:57:32+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Comments Off on The Best Women’s Leather Laptop Bag for Work and Play

Review: Think Tank Shape Shifter Camera Backpack

I have a thing for bags. Not fancy, name-brand purses or handbags, but functional bags. From REI to Kelty, to Timbuk2 to Swiss Gear, I have rather large collection of functional bags for a variety of travel situations, from overnight urban adventures to 6 month backpacking escapades in third world countries. You name the travel scenario,

By | 2016-12-21T17:57:34+00:00 June 25th, 2015|3 Comments

What’s the Best Lightweight Travel-Friendly Camera Bag?

A reader recently wrote to me asking about what kind of lightweight travel-friendly photography accessories I like to use. Whether you're a professional, amateur, or hobbyist, some of this gear may appeal to you to better secure and tote your camera around while on the road. What's the best lightweight travel camera bag? Ani asks:

By | 2016-12-21T17:57:35+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on What’s the Best Lightweight Travel-Friendly Camera Bag?
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