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on Jan 9, 2017 in Moose's Camera Bag

When Your Gear Gets Wet

As I watched the rain come down yesterday (we received 11.1″ of rain at the time of this post on top of our 6′ snowpack) it occurred to me it was time to talk about how I shoot in the rain. To start with, my rule of thumb is, if I can stand the rain, so can my gear. With that said, I personally don’t cover my gear with a cover or bag. Now if it’s pouring so hard I can’t stand it but I have to be in it, then I would cover my gear. The key is once your gear is wet, never WIPE your gear dry, always BLOT it dry! Wiping forces the moisture into crevices where it shouldn’t go and will cause damage. Blotting your gear dry with a dry white towel wicks up the moisture safely. Knock on wood, but this very KISS method is what I’ve used for forty years and I’ve never had any gear go down. Thought I would simply pass...

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on Jan 6, 2017 in Moose's Camera Bag

Cold Fingers … Solutions

With all my snow posts of late, had a few folks ask about keeping the fingers warm. The questions were more specific asking if there is a one stop shop for gloves. Well for photographers there are a few options and now, a new one you might not know about. B&H Photo now sells outdoor gear (with killer specials, just got chairs from them!). With this comes a much bigger assortment of gloves to pick from which is great for us. First, I want to point out again the DSLR Parka Cold and Rain Protector which I think is just marvelous! I’ve been using mine this week and it is simply the cat’s meow. But I have some new offerings for you to consider, all available at B&H. The Men’s Stretch Thinsulate Gloves are really nice gloves for most of the time when it’s just starting to get cold. I find them to run a tad large so you might want to get a size smaller than you normally...

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on Dec 27, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

New Camera, Old Camera … Firmware Up To Date?

Just get a new DSLR for Christmas? Had a DLSR for a year or two? Either case, is your firmware up to date (don’t assume new means up to date)? Nikon as well as other manufactures update their camera firmware continually. That’s a very good thing! And the majority of the time, the firmware is updated with no fanfare, it just gets released. For example, the Keymission 360 had a firmware update just last week! You need to go to your camera, toggle down in the menu to Firmware, check the numbers and then check if there is an update. You can check Nikon firmware updates here. Firmware updates can contain minor to major upgrades so it is important to keep them up to...

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on Dec 14, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

IoSafe & Synology

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE fan of IoSafe. You can read below how I depend on IoSafe to manage and safeguard my digital assets. Well, long before I owned the 1515+ system, I bought a IoSafe N2. It was my test unit which years later still works perfectly. The N2 has always been my video vault which just became full! Moving to new storage units has never been a job I’ve liked mostly because of the time involved and concern I did it all right and didn’t loose anything. Well, I started to look into what it was required to move up to a 6TB system. Well, I found out I could “simply” expand the N2. But how simple is simple, right? Well, my N2 raid is set up with the Synology Hybrid RAID making the migration of files a non-issue. I called up IoSafe, got their recommendation for new hard drives, plugged in and I’m up and running. Too bloody simple! It’s come a LONG WAYS...

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on Nov 22, 2016 in Moose's Camera Bag

The 1 Piece of Gear I Never Leave Home Without!

You guessed it, FLASH!!! Seriously, at the very minimum I have one SB-5000 (with WR-R10) always, everywhere, with me all the time (powered by SD-9 loaded with eneloop batteries) . Does it get used every time I go out? Heck no but that’s not the point. It is such an essential tool that can’t be replaced with anything else when flash is needed. The vast majority of the time, I need flash to simply kiss a subject like the Australian King Parrot where the color quality of the Flash was required. My application of the SB-5000 or flash doesn’t stop there. Everything from portraits to macro often require the kiss of flash to bring the story to life in a photograph. So one SB-5000 goes with me everywhere all the time. When does that change? When I’m going to a project where I know flash is a must have tool, I’ll grab my other two SB-5000s or up my flash game with bigger light. Like this pilot portrait I...

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on Nov 10, 2016 in Camera Tech

KeyMission 360 & 170 – 1st Thoughts

I’m so incredibly excited by all the possibilities these new cameras, tools bring to storytelling! I’ve had the KeyMission 360 and KeyMission 170 for a week now. My good friends at Crown Camera rushed them to me once they were shipped by Nikon. Ever since I’ve been learning these things. Like so many of you (cause I’ve heard from you), it’s not been perfect sailing. Pairing was smooth as silk the first time, the first time. Staying paired and connected has not been smooth. It doesn’t effect shooting, just controlling the camera remotely with the iPhone. I too have experienced the “Overheating” error message and at this time, I don’t have a solution to pass along. The KeyMission 360/170 Utility works great and has been the saving grace (great job for outputting a finished file!). The most important aspect to me is the enormous potential of this new technology! The VIDEO these units product is spectacular! To this point, all I have to offer is the basic battery /...

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