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Peak Design: Everyday Messenger vs. Everyday Backpack

Anyone who has followed me for very long knows I love Peak Design.  I own a lot of their gear and have reviewed a handful of things in the past, including one of their straps, clips, and a couple of their pouches.  I like Peak Design for their innovation and willingness to step out of the traditional way of doing things …

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9 Tools for the International Travel Photographer

For the holidays this year, I took my family of four (wife and two toddlers) on a sixteen day European vacation.  We had a great deal on a hotel in Paris so we planned around that and ultimately packed too much travel into too little time.  We flew into Amsterdam, spent the day there before catching the train to Paris …

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Review of the New Vallerret Markhof Pro Model Photography Gloves

If you’re like me, keeping your hands warm while out shooting in cold weather is no easy task.  A good pair of gloves will help to keep the hands warm, but finding gloves that also play well with the camera is a tall order.  The Markhof Pro Model Photography Gloves are one of the newest product offerings from Vallerret.  I …

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Review of the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

Lensbaby is a lens company most photographers have heard of, but a lot have never tried.  They aren’t like Tamron or Sigma or the other companies that are trying to compete with your camera manufacturers.  Lensbaby throws a whole different dynamic into the lens game by offering lenses that are all about creativity and fun.  Indeed, if you have never …

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The Best Westcott Light Modifiers Reviewed and Compared

If you have looked into flash photography at all, then you surely know the name Westcott.  When I was first shopping for new flash modifiers,  Westcott was the first place I went as they were the main name I knew and they have a reputation in the industry for producing high quality lighting gear.  Their website has about everything you …