Peak Design Everyday Messenger Camera Bag Review

The world of camera and gear brands is not that huge. There is only a handful of companies who shape the look, feel, and functionality of what we use. Last year there was a bit of anomaly with the crazy spike of attention to one gear brand – Peak Design out of San Francisco. They launched a Kickstarter campaign that I’m pretty sure every other photographers heard about. Today I am reviewing the product they launched. The hype slowly starting to go away and we can really focus on what this bag does differently and why it was so successful …

Why You Should Shoot in Series

It’s been a while since I published something new on the blog. In part because after holidays I promised myself a short break from writing, and also in part because I was so busy on the business side. I haven’t been shooting as much lately, but when I do I have a total blast. A few weeks ago I spent three days shooting American Contemporary Ballet, the company with whom I spent the last two years capturing their rehearsals and performances. I’ve been thinking lot about writing on shooting in series and importance of that.I think this photo collection below …

Sony a6300 First Thoughts. Shooting Ballet Auditions.

At this point I think we’re all pretty clear that Sony is set to make history with its mirrorless cameras. I own quite a nice lineup of Sony cameras and a few weeks ago got the brand new a6300 in my hands. I never owned an a6000, I decided to get an RX100IV instead. So this is my first camera in the a6xxx lineup. This is not meant to be a full-blown review, just my initial thoughts on the camera and what it can do for you. To be honest, I think the hardest question at this point is not whether …

Palette Aluminum Expert Kit Review

There are many interesting gadgets on the market to make editing images faster, more precise, and fun. I typically don’t use Wacom tablets to edit my images, it’s all just the standard Mac keyboard and mouse and it seems to be enough. After seeing Palette and its kickstarter campaign, I couldn’t get it out of my head for weeks. I knew there will be a time when I give it a try. It was a popular holiday gift and I am guessing many people are curious about the gadget and if it’s something that’s needed for everyday editing. Here are …

Aide de Camp’s Madison Female Camera Bag Review

The search for the perfect camera bag is never really over. For some people it’s like watches or sunglasses where you get a new one each year or season. Female camera bags have been quite popular over the last few years and there are several brands that focus specifically on female camera bags. I go through the news of the photo world on a daily basis and a few months ago ran into this really cool company out of Singapore called Aide de Camp. It was the first time I really wanted to try out a women’s bag. So I emailed the …

2015 Recap. Best Photos and Blog Posts

The year of 2015 was an amazing year. I didn’t want to rush with publishing the recap because I was still going through all the best moments of 2015. Early in the year I became Sony Artisan of Imagery and my life changed. In February I launched Asilda Store and my life changed. I met Bellamy Hunt and got my M6 and my life changed. I had big dreams for the year that just ended and to be honest in many ways I didn’t expect to have such a year. Every December I make a list with goals and every …

Introduction to Lens Filters, Type Options, and Filter Pouches and Holders Review

In the last few months everyone has been writing quite a bit about filters. There is a lot to say and the level of depth can be very broad on the topic. I have been using filters for many years. I typically have a UV protective filters on every lens I own, but that was about it. Then I decided to get a little more into it and got some ND filters for video and creative effects. At some point I realized it’s time to put a big overview together with some essential options, their purposes, and how to keep …

Sony’s Sky HDR App Review

It took me some time to fully absorb the idea that firmware updates and apps are the modern reality of the future. In the past you needed to get better hardware to see improvements. Computers needed new components, phones needed new batteries, new accessories, and so on. Today a simple firmware update or an app can make you very happy and get you the tools you were looking for. I got my hands on the new in-camera app by Sony. It’s called Sky HDR and I took it for a shoot in an early afternoon to see if the future …

Tanner Goods Field Camera Bag Review

There are many camera bags on the market, but only a few fit that incognito non-camera bag looking profile. For me personally, walking around the city without drawing too much attention is a big plus. I always strive to get my hands on some of the best casual camera bags on the market and I’ve done quite a few reviews of such bags. Today I want to introduce you to Tanner Goods Field Camera Bag. Tanner Goods is based in Portland and focuses primarily on lifestyle leather goods. They have a few products for photographers and this camera bag is …

Microsoft Surface Book First Thoughts and Review. For Photographers.

Displays, of any sorts, are definitely taking over our lives. Phones, tablets, and computers for us, photographers, are essential to our work. Throw in a digital viewfinder of a mirrorless camera and you’re looking at a screen 20 hours out of a day. It’s a bit of this love hate relationship with all these devices. I haven’t been excited about laptops and phones in a really long time. I have MacBook and iPhone, and iPad mini for writing articles for the blog. I’ve been using Apple products for the last 5 years and at this point I am a little …

Why I Bought Sony RX100 IV. Review and thoughts

There are many awesome cameras being released literally every few weeks now. It’s all revolutionary and we really are seing some major changes happening in the gear world. Often we do recognize that a certain camera is great, but does it have a space in our kit and does it make sense to may a certain amount of money for possibly your second or third camera? For many people RX100 IV is not the dream camera, there is a prime a7 line for that. I’m sorry I though give you a head up, I think of cameras these days primarily …

Tanner Goods Camera Strap Review

As everyone, I have my favorite places and regions. I love Oregon and just so happens that a lot of companies I admire are based there. It’s their home, their soul, their land, and their products. Tanner Goods is a Portland based company that does some really cool everyday carry products. Their range of bags is probably one of the best looking out there. As many artistic people, the craftsmen at Tanner Goods couldn’t pass on an opportunity to make something for photographers, and about a month ago I got my hands on the camera strap they make. Chances are, …

Photography Websites and 7 Things you Need to Do for Yours

There are numerous articles on websites: how to make one, how to promote it, and so on. It always seems that there are more articles about this stuff than people actually taking actions on these suggestions. I find that often the advice is too broad and not actionable, so I put a list together that is simple to digest, that is relevant to everyone, and that you can keep close as your checklist for the future. My website is an important part of what I do and I run into situations I shouldn’t have let happen. But this happens to everyone! Many …

Being a Brand, an Ambassador, and an Influencer

We’re living in an interesting time. It’s difficult alone to be both a business person and an artist, but now we have three more interesting and relatively new areas where we can make an impact. I’ve mentioned this many times this year, but we truly are becoming brands of our own. We do not necessarily need to have someone to present our work. We’re in full control of how we present our work, to whom, how we package it (text and visuals at the very least), and how often we broadcast. I know these might seem like completely incompatible to …

Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015. Los Angeles.

Last Sunday was a busy day for me. I was participating and shooting the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2015 in Los Angeles. This is an annual fundraising ride where over 30,000 motorcyclists dress up dapper in over 400 cities around the world do this ride on the same day. All money is donated to find a cure for prostate cancer, a pretty painful topic for me because I lost my grandfather to this two years ago. So this year I donated my time to capture the special moments of the LA DGR 2015 ride. 600 riders gathered in Pasadena on early …