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Gear - My Camera Bags

Lesson 3 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

Gear - My Camera Bags

Lesson 3 from: Adventure Photography Pro

Alex Strohl

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Lesson Info

3. Gear - My Camera Bags

Alex dives into the camera bags he brings into the field.

Lessons

Class Trailer

Intro

1

Workshop Intro

03:18

Foundations

2

Gear

12:14
3

Gear - My Camera Bags

08:00
4

Mastering Camera Settings

07:41
5

Blue Hour, A How-To

10:45
6

Photos That Move Us

07:19
7

Visual Storytelling 101

07:51
8

Endurance In A World Of Sprinting

06:27
9

Keeping Your Ideas Fresh

08:31
10

Building Your Story Arc

06:44
11

Shooting More: Action Plan

02:01
12

Conveying Emotions

07:52

In the Field

13

The Assignment: Himalaya Pre-Pro

12:08
14

In the Field: The Himalaya Defender Shoot

20:29
15

The Assignment: Canon Pre-Pro

10:25
16

In the Field: Canon USA Shoot

15:06

Editing

17

Keywords & Organizing Images

06:42
18

Commercial Grading

04:47
19

Masking & Radial Filters

12:33
20

Perspective Correction

05:39
21

HDR (Hand-Held)

03:37
22

Black & White Edits

07:00
23

Before & Afters

01:33
24

Moody Grading

13:15
25

IG Export Settings

04:00
26

Web Export Settings

02:44
27

Clone Stamping & Patch Tools

05:51
28

Grading in Lightroom

06:45
29

Hand-Held Panoramas

03:41
30

Radial Filters Pt 2

02:38
31

Delivering Files to Clients

12:33
32

Archiving & Organizing Images

10:15
33

My Favorite Software

03:44

Business

34

Let's Talk Business

01:03
35

Building A Desirable Portfolio

11:17
36

How to Contact Clients

12:00
37

Prospecting: Finding Brands That Fit You

04:16
38

Getting Clients To See Our Value

10:16
39

Paid to Travel the World

14:48
40

The Art of Making Moodboards & Treatments

08:09
41

Keys To A Fulfilling Career

07:40
42

Three Things You Need To Know Before Pitching

06:19
43

Finding Your Value Proposition

08:02
44

Media Kit: A Walk Through

08:06
45

How I Built My Audience

07:46
46

Social Media Landscape

07:32
47

Module Recap

03:08

Bonus - Everything To Know About Filters

48

Do You Need Lens Filters?

09:36
49

Filters in The Field

12:40

Bonus - Find Your Path

50

Find Your Path

07:44

Bonus - How To Print Your Work

51

Why Print or Sell Photos

23:21
52

Preparing Photos for Print

06:44
53

Reviewing Major U.S Printers

06:57

Lesson Info

Gear - My Camera Bags

(chime chord) Backpacks, so, this is, I use three bags. Two Lowepros for bigger missions, and then an Arc'teryx I'll show you after for outdoors, light and nimble missions. I'm gonna start with the biggest one, the Whistler BP 450 AW II, something else. Yeah, Whistler BP 450 AW II is the new version of the big guy. It's what I call it, the big guy. So honestly, I'm kind of on the fence. I think the version one was better because this was here, So you could, you know, when you unzip it you didn't have to, this is the issue here. But with that aside you can open it and the good thing about this guy is that it fits two bodies and many zoom lenses. It's just huge, it's perfect for airport travel. Usually I'm going on this mission so the 1635 goes right there perfectly. Then I would take the EOS R with the adapter so I can use the 1635 on both cameras. This usually the R comes in, it just fits anywhere pretty much in the bag. A 100-400 usually comes with me. You know, when I'm going acros...

s the world, across the country, I wanna make sure I have my wides, my zooms covered. Then the extender usually comes with me because I can turn, you know, this into an 800. And you know, for such a small footprint usually comes with me, goes to the end of the bag right here. And a macro just to do some details. Again, this is, you know, I'm going far away with this bag so I usually bring it. It goes here at the front. So I pretty much all my angles covered. I might consider bringing the 24-14, but with the 1D X I shouldn't need to cause it's so good at you know high ISO. And then usually bring a charger in there. My cards kinda sandwich in between the two here, and my batteries go with the charger. Boom. The missing piece, battery for the 1D X. It's big, so I usually kinda squeeze it in the back here and I wanna make sure that the pins are not in contact with anything strong, that's why I put it upside down. Then, filters. I usually can squeeze them right here. And this is a bonus, but I always like to get some video from trips, so super teeny one, this is from Rode. It's called the VideoMic Pro, can squeeze it right there. Then that's pretty much what it looks like. 1D X, zoom, EOS R, 100 macro, four batteries at least, one charger there, big battery for the 1D X Mark II, microphone, cards, filters, cards. So this is it, zip it up. And I know they have a compartment for the laptop in here but I don't use it because it's not convenient. I still use like version one where I just put this laptop to the front and I'm ready to go. Lowepro Powder, this one I use in the winter. It's not an airport travel bag, doesn't fit a laptop really well, but it's really good for winter missions because it has only half of it is used for camera equipment. Actually pretty empty right now, but huh, 7800. Should be pretty empty, otherwise. Cause this one you can't really put much in it, you know. If you're going on a ski trip, there's not much room for jackets and food and water. But this I have the whole top compartment and that can fit easily you have another jacket or shell, some hot tea, some water, and some foods and even some of these Hot Pockets. So, it's, yeah, don't worry about this. It was a prototype and it ripped, but I still like my OG bag. I have the replacement bag, but I still wanna use this one. They're very similar except this one, the big guy, the Whistler. I'll take it on any airport trip long distance. And then this one is all for local adventures, especially in the wintertime so I can stuff a lot of jackets here, but at the same time I take it on a mission where I need to have a few lenses and a few cameras. Otherwise I have a light pack I'm gonna show you right after. That is the, that's the Powder. Action. Lastly, in the packs, the day pack. So we've done the big airport pack, which is for long trips. We've done the winter pack, which is for single day but really cold weather trips. And this is an Arc'teryx one that I use mainly in the summer and in the winter, but just around here. It's mostly when I don't need to bring a ton of lenses and camera, just like something very simple. And always, it's always packed in my suitcase because I can fold it flat. When there's nothing in it, it just folds flat. So this is a 30 liter pack, it's called the Alpha FL. And I'll show you what I got in there, it's pretty simple. So if I'm going to skiing or hiking for the day I'll just bring this, and it'll be the, you know, the best thing. Little extra layer in there usually. A down jacket, cause it's cold now. This was literally on it yesterday when I went skiing, and a shell, and there'll be some water too. But what I'll typically do is that I'll have, I'll use the pack for most of the stuff. If I have to throw some cards, I'll throw the cards in here. But this is my minimalist pack, and I love this thing. I've had it for years and I'll take it everywhere. So that's the pack. And then I always combine it with this thing which is a Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50 AW II, essentially just a thing that's built to put big lenses in it or a camera. So this is my friend's, Ben Tibbetts's, rig that he shared with me. This is a climbing harness that you take the legs off, the leg loops off, and it's got a few harnesses here. And I usually put it on with this pack because this fits exactly what I need for, this is more like the athletic setup so if I gotta go somewhere fast and light. So this fits the R, the 24, or the 1635, and I can put a battery or two in here, some cards or cards here. It's even, yep. So this thing is with me all summer, mostly. So that's it for the light setup. It's honestly is what I use most of the time. And it's just proof that you don't always need to have a camera bag with you. Like, look how this thing is flat. You can take, I'm taking this anywhere in my suitcase and I can put anything I want. And if I'm going through some shitty weather or I might just bang this on the wall or something, you know, a tree or, I can just fit this literally in the pack and then get it out when I need to start shooting. But this combo here is killer, and then I think it's my best kept secret.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Workbook
A Note From Alex

Ratings and Reviews

Jon
 

Not What I Was Expecting Let me just start by saying that the workshop was very good. There were lots of things that I learned and many insights I took away. Perhaps the greatest bit of wisdom imparted to me was not anything Alex said but how he approached every subject he talked about. I felt that he was talking to me as a friend, very personal and open book. This was both a blessing and a curse as the course tends to meander around and is not as structured as others I've taken. Alex's passion for the highest quality, and craftsmanship in every aspect of his business, is very evident. From the premiums he charges, to the attention to detail in client deliveries. This is where my review is going to give some hopefully constructive criticisms. For someone so focused on a premium experience I was a surprised to find the course a bit sloppily assembled, and the videography and editing lackluster. This is coming from a videographer and someone with a lot of experience in online training. A few short examples to illustrate my point include: repeating segments of the edit (in some instances the exact same segment), poor framing. Colors changing between cuts, and my biggest pet peeve, not leaving photo examples on for long enough to see them. These are all small things, but they add up, and along with the topics meandering, left me a bit disappointed. I'm curious who you would say this class is aimed towards. Amateurs, mid-level, or experts? The assumption of who you are addressing changes throughout the course. I feel like with a bit of work from an instructional designer, and some editing cleanup, you could help hone this course to be one of the best out there. I feel like I need to do a more in depth review than will fit here, to actually explain this well. Let me know if that would be helpful to you. One other note: When I signed up for a workshop on Adventure Photography, I honestly thought it would be more field focused. The field examples were all shoots for products, and not shoots documenting an adventure. I guess I had just hoped to learn that side of the storytelling process more. Getting into the nitty gritty of being wet, cold, and dirty, and still shooting bangers. The section on filters (going out and building the snow cave) was more what I thought this course was going to be. Anyhow, with all that said, I still found it valuable and worthwhile. To summarize, the course feels a bit unpolished and in some ways unfinished though there is still great value. I've taken Jimmy Chin's Masterclass on adventure photography and it felt very structured and highly polished. I purchased "Adventure Pro" on the "finish in a month" discount. I would have felt ripped off if I had paid full price with the course in its current state. Thanks for reading and I hope my criticisms come as helpful. As I've already mentioned I'd be happy to further elaborate.

Topher Hammond
 

One of the best photography investments I'm only 1/4 of the way through Alex's course and I feel like I already have a loose plan on how I can move forward in my own career as a photographer. I felt like my work was lacking a specific feeling. The way that Alex articulated ideas on how to convey emotion in your imagery and building that overarching story arc for your own life narrative were super helpful to focus on how to make my work better. Super looking forward to the rest of this course. Thanks Alex and team!

Sergi Mas de xaxars Rosell
 

Great Workshop I learned quite a lot with this workshop. Because I'm in the industry for 5 years now, there were a few things I already knew. On the other hand, Alex showed me different and more effective ways to improve my business. I like the way he gives the lessons, always in a personal and close way. This is the knowledge I wish I had when I started. Totally worth it!

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