Think Tank dividers inside SKB hard cases!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases. 

There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them. 

Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem.  The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization. 

Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using THIS LINK.

Just A Small Rant About Gear

Really tired of people saying they can't take good photos because "their gear isn't good enough" and/or "new/better gear is too expensive".

Yes, the latest and greatest gear on the market is expensive but there is tons of older/ used gear on the market that is absolutely fantastic at a fraction of the cost.

For example I bought my 400 f2.8 AF-S (circa 2000) and 200-400 f4 VR (circa 2004) for $2500 each and they are both absolute tanks and function flawlessly.

Sorry to the Canon shooters out there because I can't help you out. For the Nikon shooters that are looking for longer lenses, if you have a body with a built in AF motor, you can pick up an old school 300 f4D AF lens for under $500 used.

Its a fantastic piece of glass that, despite being an AF lens, does a good job keeping up tracking subjects, is tack sharp, and has great color. You can check out a video I did about it HERE.

Here's one I took the other night with my 10 year old D3 and circa 1999 300 f4D.

Impromptu Couples Shoot

I was sitting in my office the other day when it was raining and looked out the door and saw this "couple" walking around in my back yard. I grabbed my D500 and 200-400 f4 and decided to take a few photos of them. Hope you enjoy.

Holding Things Down

So for a while I've been thinking about a way to weigh down my lights when Im shooting on location (specifically on the beach) since I dont ever bring an assistant and there's no guarantee someone is going to be coming with the model.

I thought about buying actual sand bags but didn't I like to travel light and fast (camera and lighting bag only) and didn't want to literally be weighed down by adding a whole bunch of heavy sandbags to carry around.

The solution I came up with was a 5 gallon bucket, trunk tie down, and a utility shovel.

I took apart one of my light stands and attached the trunk tie down to the light stand. When I get to the beach I carry the bucket and shovel down along with my other gear then fill the bucket with sand, attached the trunk tie down and tighten the strap.

Once the sand is added to the bucket I get about 50lbs worth of weight attached directly to the stand.

The added bonus to the trunk tie down is it has an additional metal loop that comes in pretty handy for hanging my lighting bag from the stand which keeps it out of the sand and adds about another 15lbs of weight to the stand.

Picked up everything from home depot for under $20
Keeper 1 in. x 3 ft. x 100 lbs. Trunk Tie Down - $4.57
The Home Depot 5-gal. Homer Bucket - $2.97
HDX 10.75 in. D-Handle Utility Shovel - $9.97

For extra windy days you can buy a second bucket and trunk tie down for $8 and put it on the other side of the light stand.

Here's a picture of the setup. Hope this helps someone out or gives you some ideas.

Fort Monroe Sunset

Drove up to Fort Monroe in Hampton a few days ago in the hopes of getting a time lapse of the sunset over the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Despite leaving a lot earlier than I needed to I got stuck in traffic and got there about 10 minutes before sunset. Due to this I dropped the time lapse idea and went for just getting a still photo of the sun setting. Here's what I ended up with. Hope you enjoy.