Domke Bags: Have Your Video Gear Ready To Roll

Domke Camera bags have quite a legacy in the world of photojournalism. Well built, designed for the working pro, with easy access to gear, while protecting the goods.
They’ve now have been updated and re-introduced to a new audience.The line is called Next Generation

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Problem>>>>>>Solution

While going to events to shoot video coverage or an interview on the fly, my needs were for a bag to hold a pre-built video camera that was ready to come out quick, and get into action .
What I mean by pre-built is a camera that has a shotgun mic holder attached, or a wireless receiver / transmitter, w/lav mic, ready, batteries charged and in the camera, on board light in the hot shoe, just needing to plug in mic and earbuds, and go.
That’s the first priority.
And of course back-up cables, batteries for the camera/lights, spare power for the phone, folding leather job folder and an iPad, still camera for extra coverage. And maybe strap on a monopod with a ballhead. Or not.

I had to have a bag that was stiff for protection, but not a hard case, for lighter weight.
Incoming – the Journalist Series, and the J-Chron model fit the bill. With expandable zippered side pockets,padded sleeves for the iPad, front pockets, back pockets, solid webbing straps for holding a monopod, and has the room to serve the purpose.
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Needed to pack gear like this:
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Real World Review – Lexar HD2 : Multi Reader Just Got Better

When Lexar introduced the Workflow Tower last year, I took it to SXSW for a real world review.
Basically you have a 4 slot unit, where you can interchange the card reading modules, depending on your media, and have them all download concurrently to a folder, or consecutively to Lightroom.
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This was a dream come true, as I was able to download all of my material without waiting to switch out cards, thereby letting me sleep more (and dream). Getting to your hotel room at 3:00 AM with a handful of cards to download is no fun.
Ok, a little fun as you see the images!

And when you didn’t need the heavy lifting of the 4 banger, each module worked on it’s own. No power needed, as you are used to. Carry what you need on the road. Sweet.

So this year, they brought out the V2:
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simply called Lexar Workflow HR2 Four-Bay Hub

With an expanded line of modules, Thunderbolt™ 2/USB 3.0, back-up drives, AND 2 Thunderbolt ports in the back,
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Lightroom 6 Beefs Up the Options : Time to Subscribe?

I love Adobe because they are a company dedicated to the digital image across the board.
The gold standard, the one to go to. And of course after the Apple Final Cut Pro X miss-step, Premiere is becoming a go-to pro edit system.
Lightroom 5 has been working great.
Last year when they moved any updates to the Cloud, and forced you to subscribe to keep up, there was a lot of backlash. I still haven’t gone that way.

Last week, they announced the latest updates to Lightroom on the Creative Cloud

Is it time to subscribe? $10. a month to have the latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop all the times is not bad, if you add up the cost of the software alone, figuring in upgrade costs.
To use the all too common metric of Starbucks coffees as a measuring stick of cost, it’s only about 2 cups of specialty coffee. You can get LR6 as a standalone, non rental.about $150.00

Whats New:
2 frame HDR: Sure, if you have lightened up shadows using sliders in your files, maybe you see the value. I think most HDR images look overdone. 3 images, shot using a tripod, comped,and tweaked. Now with only 2 frames needed, maybe you can make something subtler.

Pano building in LR
Always had to move images to Photoshop for this, and after multiple versions would get a reasonable pano.
Now you can do it right LR. Handy, but still watch your match points

Facial recognition:
Good for filtering your subjects on an assignment, but not in love with results. Snoop had a shot right under his face and it didn’t call it.
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It’ll get better, no doubt.

Rhythym detection software for music on your slide shows.
For those that create slide shows right out of LR, you now get a Ken Burn-type with Pan-Zoom
Plus you can pick a track that an algorithm will adjust the changing of images based on the music. Easy-Peasey, and maybe a great project to try is a family album or birthday slide show with the subjects favorite song.

The Radial tool, can making you live more on Lightroom than Photoshop
Time to go to the cloud for this tool? Hmmmm.

Here is a link to a comparison of Creative Cloud Lightroom, Lightroom 6, and Lightroom 5. you know what you need

It’s not broke, so not sure I need to fix it. Over 130K images, and things seem good living on LR5.

And now the official word:

Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that delivers lightning-fast performance and new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase beautiful photos. With Lightroom CC and the legendary magic of Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud Photography empowers photographers to transform photos into amazing shots. Creative Cloud Photography also includes unique sophisticated mobile capabilities: automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets. At just $US9.99 per month, Adobe’s photography plan champions photographers of every level — bringing the tools relied on by photo pros worldwide within reach of anyone who loves photography.
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10 years of ThinkTankPhoto : Best Camera Bags in the Biz

Technical Image Press Association Names Think Tank Photo’s 10th Anniversary
Airport International™ LE Classic Rolling Camera Case 2015 “Best Photo Bag”

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Seems like only yesterday that I was walking the lanes of PhotoPlus Expo in NYC and saw a sea of black bags, with a company name I had never heard of. ThinkTank Photo.
Aside from being very nice guys in the booth, and all of the bags being black, the stuff all looked incredibly well made. I had always used one other brand for soft bags and one for the hard shipping.
After some discussions, and making one of the early videos with them that I ever posted for this site, I learned that the bags were designed by pros. Real photographers with input that had purpose. The folks who knew what you needed, because they needed it. I use the gear daily. Made perfect sense. Still does.
And after years of developing great useful products of all of us, they realized it had been 10 years of being in business.

I raise a toast to this group: two designers, Doug Murdoch and Mike Sturm, and two photographers, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Kurt Rogers. Deanne Fitzmaurice won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism in 2005. Thanks for making the best stuff I’ve ever used!

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Now, My Airport International is still going strong and has traveled around the world with me many times, so i may not pick up this special edition. If you don’t have one, this may the time to pull the trigger and get the best carry-on camera bag around!

And the official release:

SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – The Technical Image Press Association recently named Think Tank Photo’s 10th anniversary edition Airport International™ LE Classic rolling camera case 2015’s best photo bag. The TIPA awards are given to the best products in their category that have come on the market in the year preceding the election.
In naming the Airport International™ LE Classic “Best Photo Bag” TIPA wrote: “The roller photo case is specially designed for photographers who need to bring a lot of equipment in the aircraft. The bag has been approved as a carryon and offers space for several cameras, lenses and a 15 or 17 “laptop. The outside of the bag is equipped with water-repellent fabric and protected strips.”
TIPA Awards are independently voted on by TIPA’s General Assembly every year. TIPA membership comprises 28 leading photo and imaging magazines from 15 countries on five continents, and also has a cooperative partnership with the CJPC (Camera Journal Press Club), representing 11 top photography magazines in Japan.

Think Tank Photo developed the Airport International™ LE Classic in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its founding.
“The Airport International™ LE Classic is most definitely a limited edition bag. In celebration of our founding 10 years ago in my garage, we have added such one-time highlights as full-grain leather accents and panels,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s founder and lead designer. “The roller is extremely useful for wedding and commercial photographers who need quick access to their gear and who are concerned about gear security while shooting remotely.”
The Airport International™ LE Classic carry-on roller lets photographers legally store their bodies, lenses, and accessories in overhead bins or under the seats of international carriers. For added security, it features front-pocket and main compartment combination locks and a cable from a secret rear hatch that allow it to be secured to posts, trees, and other immovable objects.
It accommodates up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses, two gripped DSLR camera bodies, and other photography accessories. TSA approved combination locks secure the main compartment zipper sliders.
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ABOUT THINK TANK
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank is a group of designers focused on studying how people work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign

Lynn Goldsmith : Streets Of NYC @ Morrison Hotel Gallery

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One thing you have to love about New York City is the incredible amount of quality photography at any given time.
While Upper East Side has AIPAD right now, Soho, and Morrison Hotel Gallery in particular, has some of the best portraits of the rock world you will ever see, by Lynn Goldsmith.
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    Arrivals and Departures
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