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3 years, 3 months ago 3



Thanks to my old Nikon buddy Sam Garcia for sharing this rather scary image!!!  Doesn’t this guy know that lens mounts aren’t strong enough to support your body weight!!!???  I admit I’m super careful about how I protect my gear, o.k. obssesively!!!   If you want your cameras and lenses to not let you down when you need them, don’t mistreat them!


My efforts to protect my gear may be over the top, but since I fly a lot and the micro vibrations can really work on gear, I take extra procossions!


FIRST:  Choose your camera bags and back packs carefully.  This is not a huge problems, as today, many manufacturers make really good bags with high tech foams that isolate and protect your gear well.  Pick the one that you can afford and that works for you!  I love Think Tank bags, and they have held up well for me, Guru Gear (now gone), and the newest Tenba Anvil Series work great too. Some traditional companies like Lowepro, Domke and Tamrac make some nice stuff too.



SECOND:  To further protect lenses and bodes I have been using Tamrac Goblin lens and body pouches.  They provide surface protection and an extra layer of vibration stopping insulation.



THIRD: Use nesting to double protect your lenses and bodies.  Once you put them into a wrap of some kind make your lens and body slots big en0ugh to hold the equipment in the wrap snugly.  Don’t make them so tight that they cannot be taken out easily, just firm enough to hold them in place.  This is all valuable should you ever mistakenly pickup your bag unzipped, it would help protect the lenses from flying out!



FOURTH:  Learn how to clean your glass properly.  Always blow off any glass surface before cleaning it.  There are several ways to clean the front and rear elements of your lenses, but I’ve  been using the Zeiss Lens Cleaning wipes for some time with great results.  You  can pick them up in camera stores and the eye glass department of Walmart.  A good quality micro fiber cloth is handy for removing small smudges or light dust, after blowing of course.


So a few ideas for all of us obsessive equipment lovers!




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3 years, 3 months ago 6
We just finished our Annual Nashville Event and it was one for the Ages!!  Joe McNally, (above), fresh off his appearance at Photoshop World came straight to Nashville and gave us four solid days of his knowledge experience and wit!  Monday he flies to Rio for a month at the Olympics!   It was, as many attendees said, our best His Light Workshop yet!!!!!  Add to that the fantastic Ricky Skaggs, (below), who, as always, wowed us with his talent and good natured presence!
The image above was made between shooting seasons by the modeling lights on Joe’s strobes.  We had a great time learning all about portrait lighting from Joe!  We did all the usual assignment locations including a private massive car collection that is not open to the public!  The Corvette shot before was from that shoot!
With the able help of Jim Haverstock and Nick Coury we had our troops, (below), spinning like tops!!!!!
Mark your calendar now, Joe will joins at Shaker Village April 19-23, 2017!
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3 years, 3 months ago 4



Well, Ricky Skaggs, Joe McNally, Jim Haverstock and I are already on the ground  in Nashville to start the Fourth Annual Nashville Event!  Nick Coury will join us tomorrow!  Our first morning as aways is American Picker’s Nashville Store, Antique Archaeology.  Our group had a great time this morning sheltered from the sweltering 90+ degrees in the Marathon Motorworks facilities.  Our critique sessions showed us we have some talented shooters.  Here are few my favorite from the morning!



Out to shoot the city scape tonight, more soon!




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3 years, 4 months ago 2

Photograph by Jack Graham


Hey guys, I’m in Seattle where Fujifilm held their Grand West Coast Release of the Fuji X-T2 last night!  I was honored to be one of four speakers along with Jack Graham, Dan Bailey, and Omar Robie.  We had a great time and saw a lot of our old friends from Seattle and of course the Fujifilm team!  It was a very nice evening!  The photo press and guests really were excited about the X-T2!


In the second image above, X-Photographers,  left to right, the pilgrim, Dan Bailey, Jack Graham, Geoff Hinze of Fujifilm.  It was great to meet Dan, who will be with us in the Great Smokies for the Summit in October.  Of course it is always great to be with Jack and Geoff!!


Tomorrow it’s back to Nashville for our big event there.  Today I will be visiting with the great folks and customers at Glazier’s Camera in Seattle for a Q&A session the X-T2.




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