Category: Gear

With so many remote islands and few large cities, you would think that the tropical archipelago of the Philippines would be a dark sky haven. There are reports that claim that light pollution is so bad that it hurts rainforest regeneration. Not to get too deep into astronomy and astrophysics, but scientifically speaking, you are at a much bigger DISADVANTAGE of seeing the night sky while in the tropic because there is more frequent cloud cover due to higher concentration of moisture in the atmosphere.

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Lightening the Load It actually was not too long ago that I had the realization that I was carrying WAY TOO MUCH stuff with me when traveling; more specifically: personal items and toiletries. So I put together a blog post on what to bring along and what to leave at home, leaving more room in your suitcase for camera gear of course. Supermarkets to the Rescue Nowadays, I make a supermarket one of my first stops when visiting another country. Think of it as a

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As a long-time video and photography professional, I understand the need to transport gear in different configurations. You are not always going to need 5 lenses, lights and a drone, but there may be cases where you need all of those things. For that reason, it is always good to have many options to transport these different configurations effectively, and with as little waste as possible. Currently, I am shooting overseas (in the Philippines) for three months and this duffel/ backpack by Patagonia is my

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When I am traveling tens of thousands of Kilometers from home, and completely living out of a suitcase or a backpack, being efficient with gear is paramount. But that does not change the fact that I am a filmmaker and a photographer... and now a drone pilot as well. I have LOTS of considerations when packing, and some gear is so essential, that I cannot consider leaving it home. My laptop and my main camera body (currently a SONY a7S)  are the top of that

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Admittedly, my primary reason for switching to a mirrorless camera system was size and weight, with the full understanding that this is in regards to camera body and batteries only, not lenses. Please forgive the camera images as this body just got back from a 3 month long, overseas trip, so its a little beat up! Metal and glass; that is all that the Sony Alpha A7s and the accompanying Zeiss lenses are made of. The Added durability of using metal is worth the extra

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While sitting in a hospital bed, fresh out of the OR and still feeling the lingering effects of general anesthesia, I made a few bids on 'cool things' on ebay. You see, I have a personal policy on buying things via ebay, and that is to bid the MAXIMUM amount that you are willing to pay for something, while still making it an AWESOME deal. It is important to note that this is not a formula that leads to winning many auctions, but it pretty

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There is absolutely no replacing a professional grade monitor when editing photographs, color grading 4k video footage, or laying out a visual centric blog such as this one; but it is far from realistic to carry around my 27" Apple cinema display in a Pelican case from destination to destination when you travel as much as I do. But likewise, it is also very impractical to wait until I get home to start work on these, often times, time sensitive edits; specially when "

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The iPhone 7 has changed raised the bar and changed the expectation for apple users. With 4K video recording at up to 100mbps with third party apps such as Mavis, full HD recording at 120 frames per second, and excellent image stabilization; the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were REAL shooting tools for professionals. I should know because I used my 6s Plus for client work, when appropriate. Currently, my main camera body is a SONY a7s, which is one of the best performing full

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A question that always comes up in regards to travel is, ‘How many batteries do I need to take with me?’ The better question is, ‘How many batteries can I afford to bring with me?’ Since switching to a mirrorless full frame camera for my main camera body, my battery and charger pack weight has gone way down. The tiny, aftermarket batteries by Wasabi Power are up to 1300mAh; that is quite the capacity for such a tiny cell! Because of their size and efficiency,

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