Messenger Bag Round-Up : Part 1 – The 24/7 Traffic Collection

247tcm-1I know, I know.
Photographers have soooo many bags, why do we need another?
Because you just do. The right bag for the right assignment. There is no one perfect camera bag.
And why a new bag? Well, depending on your assignment, you may not want to show up at the gig with a nasty beat up old bag, especially if your clients are all in business attire, or formal wear.
Living in New York City, messenger bags are the primary order of the day, for most people.
Before I start getting into the different bags, I would like to point out that a messenger, cross slinging bag, isn’t right for everyone. Many woman find them uncomfortable.
I’ll be talking about 4 bags in total. All bags have been used on the street for 2 days, minimum.
OK, here we go:
First up is a bag called the 24/7, sold by Adorama and Amazon.

With a design made for slinging to the back, the bag has a back, zipped pocket, the full depth of the bag, mirrored with an internal padded laptop pocket.
The flap is secured by a pretty standard clip system, velcro free.
Under the flap there is a very convenient pocket, where I put my ever present battery for charging the phone. Perfect placement. On the top of that section are some easy to get to pockets for pens, biz cards, cleaning cloths, etc.. They do give you a little card holder case deal, pictured, but I never used it.

That whole thing zips up, to give you some more security, especially if you are riding a bike, or just slinging it back.

Once inside, the orange interior gives you a better view of what may be hidden. Enough additional pockets for perhaps a portable drive, media card wallet, pen slots, card reader, etc.
Then we go to the bulk of the interior space. Designed to sit flat on the ground, it’s a pretty open area.
But wait, there’s more.

You get a sweet handled pouch, with zipper, and some simple foam dividers. A great way to pre-pack your cameras.
Plus there is a cable, or whatever extras you like, pouch.

The flap of the bag is made is some kind of rubberized, or waterproof material.
I found out just how waterproof it was, as I was shooting Cage The Elephant (incredible band) in the pit during fleet week, and the crowd was well lubricated and sloshing their free rum drinks, all the way into the pit. (Photos below)

The flap was closed on the bag, an my loose lenses were well protected.

My gear on this jaunt was 2 mirrorless bodies, 3 lenses, card wallets, plenty o’ camera batteries, tablet, large phone battery, cables, snacks, biz cards, lens pen, .

Admittedly, I was a little bit dubious about the weight, and how it would sit on may back.
That was the first clue that 24/7 had a sweet design: walking 15 NYC blocks from my apt to the venue, the bag was comfortable and secure on my back. And day 2, when I shot at the Intrepid for Memorial Day, with the same set-up, another comfortable shoot.

By slinging the bag to the front, I was able to get to the gear quickly, and actually, kinda tossed the changed lenses in the gear pouch, and felt that it would protect the glass. And it did. Could use some work on the access, but got it sorted for this gig.

What I like:
Great price, simple, well made, waterproof flap (also comes with a rain cover), flat bottom.
What I didn’t like:
A bit too deep, no outside pocket for water, needs more versatility on the strap to use easily as a shoulder bag, top of bag access would be helpful.

Overall: a great value proposition($80), perfect for a mirrorless system, and if you ride a bike, a secure, comfortable way to get your gear to the gig, or use for everyday use.
Although isn’t have a camera with you an everyday use?

and even a video!

Shots from the gigs:

Fleet Week

Cage The Elephant

Fleet Week

Cage The Elephant

Fleet Week

Memorial Day at The Intrepid

Fleet Week

Norman Reedus

Magnum Square Print Sale – Time To Refresh Your Walls

David Seymour Chim _ Magnum PhotosDAVID SEYMOUR ISRAEL. 1951. © David Seymour / Magnum Photos

I always look forward to this event.
Imagine buying a museum quality print, from one of the most prestigious photography agencies, Magnum Photos, for $100.

Signed or estate stamped, high quality printing, and the selection is prime.
Now, when they say SQUARE, that is exactly what they mean.
6″x 6″ prints.
Raghu Rai_Magnum PhotosRaghu Rai INDIA. Delhi. Wrestlers through the painted gate, Paharganj, 1988 © Raghu Rai

You surely have room for one of these, right? I bought one last year, and hung it so every morning I get to see it smiling back at me. The archival matte and framing was pretty affordable.

And the theme this time is:

The sale will take place at the Magnum Photos Online Shop:

David Alan Harvey _ Magnum PhotosDAVID ALAN HAREY SPAIN. Ibiza. 1991. Soap suds party © David Alan Harvey / Magnum Photos

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Lexar + GoPro : Video Studio In Your Hand

Packs small, plays big.
How would you like to be able to shoot, edit, and BACKUP your GoPro or drone videos with only a pocketful of tech?
Take a look at this set-up:
I take a real world imaging problem, and try to find the right tech solutions.
In this case, it’s a matter of walking around in NYC, with a messenger bag containing some GoPro video gear, and being able to sit anywhere, like a bench, and editing, saving and backing up the raw files.

The goal was to keep it as small and lightweight as possible.

And whether you’re going to the skate park, or a mountain hike, compact gear is a huge advantage.

One of the issues, was the amount of space on the iPhone, after all of my apps and content already on there. And unless you subscribe to a music service, you need your tunes on the device.

With microSD cards being 32-64gb in the sweet spot, especially with higher quality capture modes, space is critical.

Finally a full workflow solution!

With an iPhone, the new Lexar lighting connector microSD reader, and the C20i 3-in-1 flash drive, I get a direct media card into my phone, AND a lighting connector flash drive to back it all up.
C’mon, you’ve gone through the painfully slow upload to your site/cloud/transfer with wi-fi.
Sure, it can happen, but it is so much faster with a file transfer to flash drive.
The app you use (free download) can also send your card files to dropbox, but I like a hard copy in my hands.

So it goes like this:
•Make sure you have enough storage space on your iPhone for your intended content.
(If not, back some of it up on the C20i flash drive – go for at least the 64GB)
•Shoot your content on a microSD card with GoPro, drone, or whatever using a microSD card.
•Load it into your iPhone, using the Lexar MicroSD card reader with Lighting connector
•Edit in your favorite editing app.
•Offload a copy to the flash drive, and depending on your wi-fi signal strength. upload to social media and/or Dropbox.

All with tech that fits in your pocket!

And when you get back to home base, plug the USB 3.0 end of the flash drive into your back-up system on your computer, hopefully RAID, and empty the contents of the flash drive . If you want to go old school, you can load the MicroSD card into your computer via the other Lexar card reader, with USB. It’s a full set you should consider

Here are all 3 Lexar units:

This first part was primarily about using these items in a walk around or lightweight situation.

Now, of course, the 2 Lexar pieces can be used for a ton other things: keep music/movies/photos (your portfolio?) on separate micro Sd cards. I can’t always get wi-fi where I shoot. Having my music on MicroSD cards insures I always have my tunes.
I have been to concerts where I’m shooting the whole thing with my iPhone and Olloclips lenses (Iggy Pop and Nick Cave when I didn’t get credentialed, and quickly run out of space. That’s when the flash drive to carry your extra media comes in handy. Or if I have to look at videos emailed to me on my phone.
If you are going to be doing a lot of shooting, we’ll need to talk about some power solutions.

We all know that you need a handful of batteries for a good day of shooting with a GoPro.

Here are 2 solutions:
lexar power

Digipower is a company that has made a series of batteries that plug into the back of a Hero 3+, and Hero 4, giving up to 12 hours of shooting, aptly called ReFuel. By adding this unit on the back of the GoPro, you’ve got a solid block of shooting.

The other smallish option is a battery filled, Quikpod, 7inches to the GoPro connector. If you use a GoPro, there is a good chance you have a 1/4-20 standard tripod adaptor, which can also be added to use the Quikpod for other cameras, lights or Lume Cube. It has a rubber-covered USB output, and a 4 light, power consumption scale. It has 5200mAh, so you can also use it to power anything else.

For the phone, I’m still a fan of the PNY battery for it has a visual percentage readout of the available juice, 2 USB plugs, and has just been working for 2 years, with no issues.
The new ones, have 3 USB plugs. Only about $18!


After looking at a bunch of cases, if that’s what you like, for the GoPro plus batteries, accessories, and everything you saw above, I’m a fan of the Fotodiox line. Deep enough, pre-cut dense foam, a flap to separate came/batts, from other items, a net pouch for tools.
And check out the Fotodiox set of GoPro tools. You need them, and these are great. They come in colors so you can tell whats what pretty fast in a case.

Yep, only discussed the Micro SD solutions here. We do know that there are Lightning SD card readers by Apple available.
Perhaps you want to have a larger screen to edit, like an iPad.
Sure, all of that is true.
I like to travel light. Sometimes, isn’t that the best way?

Pelican Air – Now Up To 40% Lighter Cases

Photographers/videographers: Bags and Cases can be the most important part of your kit.
Getting the gear to and from a gig, safely, is key.
And traveling by plane can be the most crazy, as you try to get the window or early boarding surcharge so you get an overhead compartment for your carry on, main gear. (We’ll get into the checked gear in a second)
The standard for many has been the Pelican 1510, which meets the airline standards. A bit heavy, honestly, but protected.
I started to use a Pelican case when flying, after having my roller bag being taken from me, and hand checked. I could have waited for 12 hours for another flight, or trust they would take care of the bag. I moved camera bodies and some glass into a backpack I stashed under seat. They did hand check it, but it was a very uncomfortable flight.
So now I use Pelican 1510, with TrekPak dividers, when flying, and transfer needed gear to a ThinkTank BackPack when I hit location, which I pack in my luggage.

OK, the folks at Pelican have now come up with a series of lighter, just as strong, cases. The carry-on is 28% lighter! Pelican Air should be shipping as of May, 1st, 2016
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What would you do with this bonus? Add more gear, or just make your load lighter?
Just get ready to lose some weight, and I think a lot of us will be happy for that!
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there is one last test: Can you stand on it to get a better shooting vantage point, as many photos do now? We’ll see, once they come out!

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Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Morrison Hotel Gallery Salutes the Ramones!

OK, all of you lucky folks in LA, do NOT miss this crazy good exhibit at Morrison Hotel Gallery! At the end of this post, we have included a video interview we did with Brad Elterman, one of the featured photographers
The Ramones, 1978 ©Brad Elterman

The Ramones Work My Camera 1978: The Ramones were staying at the Sunset Marquis, just down the street from the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Alta Loma.  The band was wonderful to photograph and they really knew how to work the camera.  They would all line up and strike their pose like they had already done it a thousand times before. It was so cute to watch. I am sure they were taught how to do the dog for the camera by their brilliant manager, Danny Fields, also a talented photographer.  Both the Sunset Marquis and The Whiskey are still around.  You can go for a visit and stand in the exact spot where Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy once stood.  I should conduct tours of these landmarks.

The Ramones Work My Camera
1978: The Ramones were staying at the Sunset Marquis, just down the street from the intersection of Sunset Blvd and Alta Loma. The band was wonderful to photograph and they really knew how to work the camera. They would all line up and strike their pose like they had already done it a thousand times before. It was so cute to watch. I am sure they were taught how to do the dog for the camera by their brilliant manager, Danny Fields, also a talented photographer. Both the Sunset Marquis and The Whiskey are still around. You can go for a visit and stand in the exact spot where Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy once stood. I should conduct tours of these landmarks.

Forty years ago, a mighty band from Forest Hills, Queens released a debut album, brandishing buzz saw guitars and demented bubblegum pop sing-alongs that changed the face of popular culture. Virtually overnight the Ramones wiped rock music clean of pomp and bloat, and invented a new genre – Punk Rock. From April 30th to May 6th, Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood salutes this feat with an unprecedented exhibit featuring fine art photography legends that also happened to have had a ringside seat while these iconoclasts changed music forever. Guitarist Johnny Ramones’s widow, Linda Ramone, will curate the exhibit.

“The Ramones set the tone for what punk rock was supposed to sound like,” says MHG partner Timothy White. “We wanted to create a comprehensive exhibit that includes never seen before images. Consequently, we have included photographers other than those that Morrison Hotel Gallery represent – such as the great Bob Gruen and Mick Rock. I’m very excited about this exhibit, and about working with Linda Ramone, and all the great photographers involved.”

To properly commemorate this milestone anniversary of 40 years since The Ramones released its debut, Morrison Hotel Gallery reached out to anyone and everyone who has ever photographed the band. Through exhaustive research and planning, the Gallery was able to track down iconic, rare, and previously unseen images of the group. Timothy White, who grew up in the fertile creative scene of CBGBs, was also able to earn the support and involvement of Johnny Ramone’s widow, Linda Ramone, to ensure the exhibit experience was immersive and felt authentic. One poetic tie-in is a well-loved photo of the group on the corner of Sunset and Alta Loma right where the Sunset Marquis is located.

This exhibit brings The Ramones’ mondo bizarro back to life with some of photography’s finest practitioners who happened to know the band intimately and be there for its seismic reign. Showing their Ramones catalog with be such venerated names as Bob Gruen, Brad Elterman, Chuck Krall, Danny Fields, Elaine Mayes, Ebet Roberts, Denis O’Regan, David Arnoff, Karen Mason- Blair, Norman Seeff, Lawrence Watson, Lynn Goldsmith, Mick Rock, Stephanie Chernikowski, and Merri Cyr. Throughout the hotel will be larger than life images of the group, and during the hours of the opening there will be a virtual Ramones concert in the courtyard sound-tracking exhibit.

In 1976, The Ramones dropped its self-titled debut on an unsuspecting culture. Twenty-two years, 14 studio albums, and 2,263 shows later, the quartet’s impact is indelible. Rolling Stone and VH1 have included their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” lists. SPIN ranked them the second-greatest band of all time, behind the Beatles. The Ramones are in immortalized in the Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, and they’ve been awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. They’re currently being honored at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows with an exhibit, that will be up through July 2016. By 2014, sadly, all four founding members had died.

The Ramone’s music was gloriously no frills-their pop savant song-craft was front and center with nary a guitar solo or instrumental break to detract from the group’s explosive simplicity. The band’s image perfectly matched its music-ripped jeans, canvas sneakers, mop top haircuts, and leather jackets made for an unforgettable visage that epitomized rock n’ roll without pretense.

About Morrison Hotel® Gallery
Morrison Hotel® Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood.

MHG is the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 100 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today’s contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert.

Morrison Hotel Gallery
116 Prince Street || New York, NY 10012

Morrison Hotel Gallery
Sunset Marquis
1200 Alta Loma Road || West Hollywood, CA 90069

And the video, from a few years back:


Upcoming Events

  • PhotoPlus Expo
  • Oct. 19th -22nd, 2016
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  • Oct. 23rd, 2016
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Current Exhibitions

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  • July 12th – November 27th, 2016
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  • Whitney Museum
  • June 17, 2016 – Sept. 25th, 2016
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  • Getty Center
  • Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium
  • March 15–July 31, 2016
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
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  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Nan Goldin
  • May 26–August 10, 2016
  • 11 West 53 Street
  • New York,NY 10001
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  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Simen Johan
  • May 26–August 10, 2016
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
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  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • JULY 6 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
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  • KlompChing Gallery
  • FRESH 2016
  • July 13–August 6, 2016
  • 89 Water Street
  • Brooklyn, NY
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  • Peter Fetterman Gallery
  • Neil Leifer
  • June 4 – September 3, 2016
  • 2525 Michigan Avenue Gallery A1
  • Santa Monica, CA
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  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play
  • Through July 31st, 2016
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