Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LEICA LOUNGE: With Jeffery Salter

Leica Lounge with Jeffery Salter

Tomorrow Night! Thursday, October 2nd, 7:00-8:30 PM


Join us tomorrow night at Leica Store Miami with commercial and editorial photographer Jeffery Salter. He will be discussing his environmental portraiture and fine art studies.

Leica Store Miami
372 Miracle Mile   |   Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 921-4433   |   info@leicastoremiami.com
To RSVP, email info@leicastoremiami.com or call (305) 921-4433.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PHOTO WORKSHOP: The Business and Style of Iconic Sports & Fashion Photography With Marc Serota

Fresh back from Photokina, Marc Serota is eager to travel with you to Turk & Caicos 

Sports and Portrait Photographer Marc Serota's Photo Workshop Series, as seen on the Today Show!
Photo © Katelyn Barclay, 2013 Turcs & Caicos Student

The Business and Style of Iconic Portrait and Sports Photography in Turks & Caicos November 1-6, 2014

Turks & Caicos is renowned as the last of the true exotics. I love to look over it's crystal clear waters and the 12 miles of powder white sand where we will be working. During our workshop, you will have the opportunity to shoot on our sets and lighting, working with the professional athletes and legends of the Pro Beach Volleyball tour as well as some of the most beautiful models anywhere.
Join Mark Serota and learn the ways to create images that sell and get published. I will teach you the way of distribution, metadata and how to maximize the revenue stream that is your archive.

Take a look at the behind the scenes video of a recent workshop and join us today!


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop is for amateur and serious digital photographers. All participants must bring a digital camera, a laptop computer and software for organizing and presenting images. The workshop is limited to 16 participants to allow for maximum individualized attention.  



Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Big Move For Roberts Camera Store

Meredith Reinker

Roberts is Moving...Now What?!



If you haven't heard the news by now, we hope this will find it's way to you one way or another!
ROBERTS IS MOVING!  ROBERTS IS MOVING! ROBERTS IS MOVING!
This is a big deal for many reasons, but let me start with the some of the logistics and how it might impact you:
We will be closed starting at 5:00pm on Thursday October 2nd.  Our Downtown store in Indianapolis, Indiana will be closed October 3rd, 4th and 5th...and the PLAN (let me really emphasize the word plan) is to reopen for business in our new location (220 E. St. Clair Street in Indianapolis) on Monday October 6th.
- During these days, the Carmel location will still be operating with normal business hours and can help you with anything that you need!
- For our wonderful on-line customers...unfortunately this move will delay our shipping for a few days.  Therefore, please place your orders no later than 2pm on Thursday, October 2nd to ensure that your order gets out that day.  Our website will still be accepting orders, but anything placed after October 2nd may not be shipped until Tuesday October 7th at the latest.  We are VERY sorry for this inconvenience because the last thing we ever want to do is miss out on an opportunity to help you out, but we will make every effort to get your goods to you as soon as we are operating effectively!
Are you going to make a ridiculously big deal out of the new store?
Ummm...Yes!  Save the date for our Grand Opening weekend, November 6th - November 8th!  It is going to be big! We are going to have amazing speakers, tons of seminars, tons of deals and tons of give-aways.  Trust me...you don't want to miss it.  We will release all the details soon!
Why are we moving?
There are MANY answers to this question, but the most concise one is that we need room to grow and adapt and change with this new on-line retail market place.  My dad has always been a huge proponent of change.  It is the reason that Roberts has stayed relevant for as long as it has.  We want room to bring in more product lines and more variety.  We want to offer our retail customers an experience vs. just a showroom.  Try out the camera, try out that lens, test out some studio equipment.  Photography should be an experience and we hope to bring that to our new store.  We need a better warehouse and shipping area to help grow our on-line offerings and processes.  We are making a big splash in the used camera business and what better way to bring people this great gear (at really great prices) than to have a big used camera showroom and tons of inventory to choose from!  The Midwest has a large and vibrant photography community and you deserve a place with an extensive selection of used gear and we want to be the ones to deliver it to you.  We also know that not everyone can buy the latest and greatest...you might just need to rent something for a few days?  Well, we can help you there too!  We are going to be expanding our rental offerings (this will happen over time) with some of the hottest new lenses, video gear, audio gear and more.  And, we will finally have a lovely on-site classroom to help bring more amazing seminars and workshops to Indy!  Oh yeah...the parking is better too!  We can't promise a parking lot like you would see at Target - I mean we are still downtown, but we can promise it's better than what we have!  This is just a small teaser...
New Store Build Out
While change is great and necessary (more emphasis on necessary), let me tell you what is not going to change:
Our commitment to the customer and to providing a great experience.  We will continue to do whatever we can to make sure that you get what you need, we will listen to you and your needs and give you our best opinions.  We will work to continue to give you the best pricing, and we will continue to educate you so that you can get the most out of your equipment.  AND, we will continue to have a staff that is as passionate and knowledgable about photography as you are.
In short - we never have and never want to be a transactional business where we see you once every 5 years when your camera breaks and you come into get a new one.  We like relationships, we like friends. We want to focus on the lifecycle of your camera and you as a photographer.  We hope you get your first camera here, take some great classes to learn how to use it, buy some cheap used gear as you make your way through life, trade in your old camera for cash when you get your first job and buy the hot new camera, take some more classes to master lighting, Lightroom, and light painting, let us help you with the repair process when you drop it, buy some new lenses when you get ready to go on your honeymoon, get your trip pictures printed here, trade up your camera when that perfect job comes along, get a new camera with a great lens to capture every moment of your child's first years, probably get some pictures printed on canvas, take some classes on portrait photography and sports photography, buy some BIG lenses to capture every second of every sports game, trade in your camera to help pay for college, college is over - time to get the hottest new camera with the best lens because your are finally taking that trip of your dreams!  That was not short at all was it?  You get the point.  We want to be there for everything.  Let us help you achieve your vision and capture every memory...because it goes fast right?
Why else is this move a BIG deal?
Well, for starters we have been in this building (yep, the one below) at 255 S. Meridian Street since 1970.  That is 44 years of history, inventory, paperwork, pictures, cameras, clocks, jewelry, weird figurines and more that we have to sort through.  We want to make sure that we are bringing only the best to our new store location.
Roberts Building
This move is a pretty big deal to me personally as well.  My grandparents started Roberts in 1957 and truly put everything they had on the line to buy this building and make this business work.  I learned a lot from them about character, loyalty and hard work.  But for me, it is more about my relationship with my dad.  I am currently 33 years old, and my dad has been the managing partner of Roberts for the past 40 years.  That means it is the only job he has ever had and the only thing I have ever known.  It means I have been coming here for 33 years.  I started answering phones at the front desk when I was twelve years old.  I would get so excited to come to work with my dad on Saturdays.  We would go to breakfast at Shapiro's, we would open the store and I would help turn on all the lights and clean the cases (my grandmother would not let me use more than 2 paper towels and 2 squirts of Windex to clean the show cases...she was a child of the Great Depression and you did not waste ANYTHING). During the day, I would answer phones, wrap Christmas gifts at the holidays and bother the staff.  My dad would take me to lunch at Union Station when they had the big food court in the upstairs area and we would always get Enzo's pizza - those really big New York style slices, and I would get a huge soda (which I was NOT normally allowed to have).  And I would watch my dad stand at the front counter and go through his invoices and talk to every person that came in the door.  I would see how much fun he was having (and still is having) all the time and with everyone that came in the door.  He truly loves seeing people and providing great service and getting people what they really need and not talking them into something they don't.  It's funny how you remember the small things so vividly.  There were these containers of mixed nuts that my grandmother insisted we sell at the holidays.  They were in red boxes and always sat right by the front door.  There is a sign that has hung in my dad's office for years that reads, "It Is What It Is" because that was my grandmother's famous saying.  I remember her hanging another sign in the store that read, 'Any Unattended Child will be given an Espresso and a Free Puppy' and she thought that was the funniest thing she had ever seen.  She made everyone who came in the store read it.  She also RULED the parking lot.  If you were not in the store, you did not come within a 10 foot radius of the parking lot without feeling her wrath.  I remember my grandfather sitting in his big leather chair at the front of the store, and he would talk with the longtime customers and watch.  He'd watch it change, he'd watch it grow and I know he was proud of my dad.  I remember when the wholesale district actually had wholesale businesses.  Many things have changed, and many things have not.  But the most interesting thing to me is still watching my dad work.  His business mind and intuition is one that can't be taught, you can only hope to absorb like a sponge as much as you can in the time that you have.  The best part is that I still get to come to work each day with my dad and see him having so much fun day in and day out.  That's an experience not a lot of people have (and maybe not a lot of people want), but for me it makes this move that much more important.  I know how much work has gone into making this store what it is today, and I know how hard it will be to continue to move this into the future.  But the fun is in the challenge of it, and in the day-to-day and that is what makes coming to work an adventure where no day is ever the same.  So, all in all - I think the word of the hour is 'Bittersweet.' I am excited for the opportunities that this growth will bring to Roberts, and to the photography community and to Indy.  I am sad to be leaving behind such a key piece of this company's history.  I am sad to walk out of that building for the last time and I am sad to not be able to look at the front counter and picture my grandmother standing there, or my dad sitting in his office laughing with someone on the phone.  But, as my dad will be the first to tell you...you can't move forward when you are standing still right?
Mere old store pic
Bruce old store pic



Read more on Roberts Raw: http://blog.robertscamera.com/2014/09/roberts-is-moving-now-what/#ixzz3EMBjlpZh

Saturday, September 20, 2014

MIAMI PHOTOS: CPR Rescue Baby Celebrates Birthday

Sebastian de la Cruz with his mom Paola Vargas. Her sister Pamela Rauseo 
rescued the infant by performing CPR when he stopped breathing while
traveling on the 836 expressway in February. AL DIAZ/MIAMI HERALD STAFF

By Audra D.S. Burch
By Audra D. S. Burch
aburch@MiamiHerald.com


For his first birthday, Sebastian de la Cruz is having a pool party Saturday with a bounce house and a donated Little Dumbo cake topped with a single candle.
It will be the birthday celebration that almost wasn’t.
But for the random nature of Miami’s clogged highways — which happened to be filled with just the right strangers on a February afternoon — and an alert aunt who remembered CPR just in time, Sebastian might not have made it past five months.
Born prematurely, with some respiratory issues, the infant had stopped breathing and was turning blue when his aunt, Pamela Rauseo, revived him on the shoulder of State Road 836 in a dramatic roadside rescue that was captured by a Miami Herald photographer in an image beamed around the nation.

With the baby in her arms, Rauseo had jumped out and run into the traffic jam begging for help. Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz captured one of the most powerful moments: Rauseo crouched over the baby, blowing into his mouth. The photo and rescue became a national story, rooted in an aunt’s bravery and the importance of CPR.
“So many things had to come together in such a way for there to be a positive outcome,’’ says Anthony Trim, a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue captain who happened to be near the scene as it unfolded in traffic and pitched in to help.
Had anything changed in the sequence of events that afternoon, Sebastian might not have lived to see this first birthday. Had he not stopped breathing, doctors might not have discovered he had life-threatening cysts on his trachea. But he is here now, all gums and giggles and bursting with energy. Even as the family prepares for his party, his mother, Paola Vargas — Rauseo’s younger sister — worries about her firstborn, and still tears up wondering about the what-ifs.

“I think a lot about all he’s been through and I wonder why all this had to happen to him,’’ Vargas says. “But I know he is my biggest gift. He is my little survivor.”
‘NOT MOVING AT ALL’
For months, Vargas, 28, had woken up before sunrise to Sebastian’s gentle kicking — thump thump, thump, thump — in her belly. But on the Wednesday morning of his birth, Sebastian was silent. Vargas began to walk and drink orange juice to rustle her unborn into kicking.
As a nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital, she knew the risks of a
premature birth. Sebastian wasn’t due until December.
“It was a normal pregnancy. There were no warning signs of anything,’’ she says. “I knew his routine of movement and that day he was not moving at all.’’
By the time Vargas arrived at Jackson, Sebastian still had not moved. She met with an obstetrician who ordered a sonogram. It showed the unborn child had ascites, a fluid buildup in his stomach and Vargas had no amniotic fluid, the nutritional lifeline to babies in the womb. This meant Sebastian had to be delivered immediately by c-section.
Less than a half hour later on Sept. 18, 2013, Sebastian de la Cruz was born prematurely at 28 weeks, five days.
He arrived with complications: Hydrops Fetalis, a serious condition in which newborns retain abnormal amounts of fluid. At the time, the doctors also worried that his kidneys might not be functioning properly.
“The doctors said if there was something wrong with his kidneys, that he had very little chance of making it,’’ Vargas says, tears welling in her eyes.
Complications mounted. The next day, doctors discovered Sebastian had a skull fracture that caused a brain bleed. Fortunately, it would not require surgery. Two days later, he was diagnosed with necrotizing enterocolitis, a condition among premature newborns in which the intestines cannot hold waste.
“One minute, you think everything is going to be OK, the next you don’t know because something else has come up,’’ Vargas says.
As the uncertainty continued, Rauseo attempted to baptize the newborn. With rosary beads and holy water gathered from her church, the aunt stood over the nephew as he lay in an incubator in the neonatal intensive care unit.
“I knew that when someone is at risk, if they haven’t been baptized, you can make the sign of the cross and say certain words and that will suffice. I tried. We were very scared,’’ said Rauseo, who is Catholic. “I remember telling my sister that you need to prepare yourself for whatever fight is in front of us.’’
Sebastian was in the hospital the first two months of his life. The day before Thanksgiving, he went home for the very first time to an elephant-themed nursery. And things were good for a while, as Vargas and her husband, Robinson de la Cruz, settled into their roles as new parents.
Then about a week after New Year’s Day, Sebastian started coughing. His voice became hoarse, his breathing labored.
“We had traveled to North Carolina for the holidays. I thought it was the change in temperature,” Vargas said. “It was like he had a cold that would not go away.”
Doctors determined he had croup, inflammation of the throat. He was treated but after a few days, he started coughing again.
Still, Sebastian was a happy, playful baby with chubby cheeks and hazel-colored eyes; he loved to touch sparkly things, play bouncy and to eat Cream of Wheat. But always the coughing would return, sometimes accompanied with difficulty swallowing.
Sebastian was scheduled for another appointment with a pulmonary specialist the day he stopped breathing.
A SECOND MOM
With a 10-year age gap, Rauseo has been like a “second mom” to Vargas as long as she could remember. The oldest of four siblings, Rauseo moved from New York to South Florida in 1997, followed by Vargas seven years later. Rauseo, a preschool owner, took care of Sebastian, or Seba as she called him, when her sister was working. So when Sebastian’s dad had to take a business trip to Atlanta and Vargas had to work, it was Rauseo who took him to see a doctor working on Jackson’s campus.
As Rauseo and the baby waited for for the pulmonologist, Vargas and her mother, also a nurse at Jackson, found a couple of minutes to visit the infant.
“Sebastian was fine. He was watching the movie Frozen in the waiting room,’’ Vargas says. “He was so happy.’’
Afterward, Rauseo and Sebastian headed home on the 836, known locally as the Dolphin Expressway. It was about 2 p.m. and Sebastian was in the back, in a car seat facing the rear. Rauseo was listening to a Spanish language radio program discussing the social unrest in Venezuela. Sebastian had fallen asleep. As traffic slowed, he woke up and started crying. Somewhere between the Northwest 45th Avenue and Northwest 57th Avenue exits, he became quiet. Too quiet.
“We are at a dead standstill, not a single car is moving. The moment he stopped crying, I said to myself, this is not right, but I couldn’t see him because he was directly behind me,’’ she says.
Rauseo pulled the car partially onto the shoulder from the left lane. She checked on Sebastian. He was pale. His eyes were closed. His limbs were limp. She tried calling 9-1-1 but her fingers wouldn’t — couldn’t — move. So she did the only thing she could think of: grab the baby, get out of the truck and run like hell, looking for help.
“I started screaming but I made sure to point to the baby so people wouldn’t think I was some crazy woman,’’ she recalled.
“I need help!”
“Please someone help me!”
“Someone help me!”
She remembers a woman and a man rushing toward her — Lucila Godoy and Diaz, the photographer. She remembers dropping to her knees and trying to save her nephew’s life.
In the blur, Rauseo at first did not remember she knew CPR. Then it kicked in, the lessons learned seven years before in a class. She placed Sebastian on his back, then placed two fingers on his chest and counted out compressions while breathing into his mouth. Godoy helped and comforted the distraught Rauseo.
At first, Sebastian did not respond.
“I was getting tired and he had not yet started to breathe. I remember at one point, pounding on the pavement and saying ‘please God don’t let this happen,’ ” she says. “My sister had trusted me with her baby. I could not let him die.”
The mother of three knew something about this kind of panic. Her own son had stopped breathing eight years earlier as an infant. She and her husband were racing to the hospital when he began to breathe again on his own.
As Sebastian struggled to breathe, Amauris Bastidas, a Sweetwater police officer at the time, rushed over. He had been sitting in his squad car a few lanes over.
“I lifted him up in the air and moved him up and down,” Bastidas said in an earlier Miami Herald interview. “He started breathing and crying.”
Then he stopped again.
They frantically started CPR again, reviving Sebastian for a second time. By that time, more help — officers from the City of Miami and two from Miami-Dade, also stuck in traffic — had arrived.
Sebastian finally began breathing again. Rauseo crumbled.
“Fear. Terror. Panic,” she says. “I really thought we were losing him.’’
A MUFFLED SCREAM
Diaz had been returning from a photo assignment when he ran into the crush of traffic on the 836. He happened to be right behind Rauseo.
“I had just hung up the phone when I hear a muffled scream. I am not really sure where it’s coming from. I am thinking it’s the phone. I think it’s the radio. I look in the rear-view mirror and there’s nobody around me,’’ Diaz says. “I look up and she pops out of the car with a limp baby. With a blue baby. And she comes running toward me.’’
Diaz jumped out of his car. So did Godoy who left her own 3-year-old son in the car.
“She runs over and asks if the baby was eating anything or if he is choking. Pamela says no, he just stopped breathing,’’ Diaz explained.
One of the women turned the baby over, patting him to clear his airway. He went for additional help.
Diaz dashed through the stalled traffic, head on, flagging down Bastidas who was in a marked police car. It is that second round of CPR that is captured in Diaz’s picture.
‘SOMETHING ATYPICAL’
Capt. Anthony Trim and Lt. Alvaro Tonanez of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s hazardous materials bureau — also stuck in stop-and-go westbound traffic in separate vehicles — were returning from a training session in Miami Beach when they heard the emergency call come over the radio. They were both in the center lane, about a half-mile away from the scene.
The dispatcher was sending units to respond to “kid in respiratory distress or cardiac arrest.” Both hit their light switches and started trying to navigate the traffic jam.
“Something atypical happened. The cars actually moved out of the way for us, which is sometimes hit or miss,” Trim recalls. “Typically in congested situation, we encounter a handful of motorists who are hesitant or downright obnoxious.’’
They found Sebastian barely breathing.
“I saw Pamela on her knees and the baby on a mat on the shoulder of the road,’’ says Tonanez. “As I came up, she grabs Sebastian and passes him to me.’’
Tonanez, a paramedic and firefighter, quickly assessed the infant’s condition the way he was trained: He is breathing. He is blue-ish or purple-ish. His eyes are open. He is making noise trying to breathe. This is good. His arms are limp.
“I start by blowing air around his nose and mouth. The aunt did pretty much all we needed to do to get Sebastian back. Did I help by blowing a little bit? Hopefully I did help clear the passageway,” Tonanez says. “His appearance was improved considerably by the time we passed him onto the rescue truck.”
Trim said their job was to keep the infant alive until help arrived. About seven minutes after the first call, a City of Miami paramedic unit — which was closer than the county unit — arrived and rushed Sebastian to Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
“He was breathing, but he wasn’t in good shape,’’ Trim says. “We were hopeful.”
Trim and Tonanez have nearly 40 years of experience between them, including many life and death situations. But cases involving babies are always different.
When Tonanez got back to his office he picked up the phone.
“I called my kids to make sure they were OK,” Tonanez said. “It kind of hits home when you are dealing with kids.”
When Trim got back to the office he received a call. His 77-year-old mother had been in a car accident. He rushed to her side. She is still recovering from a leg injury.
TWIST OF FATE
Vargas was in the seventh hour of her nursing shift when she called Rauseo to find out about Sebastian’s doctor’s appointment. What she didn’t know: her sister and son were in an ambulance rushing to the hospital. “I didn’t tell her at first.”
Vargas was pregnant at the time. Her sister was worried about her reaction. “I am thinking, how do I tell my sister what we just experienced?’’
At the hospital, Rauseo called Vargas and told her to go to the emergency room.
“By the time I got to him, he was already crying so I knew if he was crying, he was breathing,” Vargas said.
Doctors discovered and removed three cysts from the baby’s trachea that were blocking his airway. Vargas said they may have never known the procedure was necessary had Sebastian not stopped breathing that day.
Sebastian was in the hospital for a week. Since then, he has had a few respiratory issues, but nothing severe and he is developmentally up-to-date. The hope is that as his trachea grows and lungs mature, the last of the breathing issues will subside. For now, Vargas suctions his nose regularly to clear any congestion and keep the passageway clear.
In the months that followed that day in February, Vargas would give birth to a little girl named Chloe. Sebastian was officially baptized. Diaz won awards for the stunning photo that captured the rescue. And Rauseo walked away from the experience convinced that more people need to know CPR. She hopes to launch an initiative requiring infant CPR education for parents before they are allowed to take their newborns home from a hospital.
The focus now is on Sebastian’s first birthday party Saturday, a celebration of the promise of life.
“I believe he is meant for a big purpose,’’ says Vargas. “He was given back to us twice.’’
 APME PHOTO OF THE YEAR
Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz, a 30-year veteran, shot photos of Pamela Rauseo’s dramatic CPR rescue of her nephew, Sebastian de la Cruz, after he first flagged down help in traffic. In July, that image was named the Associated Press Media Editors’ Member Showcase Photo of the Year. He also received the 2014 National Press Photographers Association’s Humanitarian Award.

RELATED LINKS

Drama on the expressway: Drivers scramble to save unconscious baby on 836

Photojournalist Confronts Ethical Dilemma


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article2172638.html#storylink=cpy


Sebastian with his newborn baby sister Chloe.



Sebastian gets a little help blowing out the candle from his father Robinson de la Cruz 





Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article2172638.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

THINK TANK PHOTO & MINDSHIFT: New Products Announced, Plus More

OUR BIGGEST ROLLER EVER!

Our newly released Production Manager 40 is the most convenient way to safely transport a large amount of lighting equipment. You will appreciate the superior design of this large roller with room for multiple flash heads, power packs, monoblocks, softboxes, and a light-stand. Many configurations can be set up with the removable no-scratch Velex divider system.

Production Manager 40 gear layout 1The Production Manager 40 features a spacious gusseted front pocket that fits reflectors, umbrellas, cables and more. You can roll into your next production fully equipped and secure with added features like the integrated cable and lock, lockable zippers, and wide set wheels that minimize tipping. It also has reinforced honeycomb panels wrapped in ballistic nylon with full-length exterior slide rails for protection in transport.

  KEY FEATURES
  • Stores and transports all types of gear on location with wide set wheel base.
  • Lock and cable secures the main compartment and the bag.
  • Attachments for light-stands or tripods on both sides (straps included).
  • Large front zippered pocket for reflectors, umbrellas, cables, and more.

Production Manager 40 gear layout 2ADDITIONAL FEATURES
  • Multiple sizes of Velex wrapped dividers for endless configuration options.
  • Rigid shell and reinforced Velex dividers ensure optimum gear protection.
  • Robust handles on three sides, rear slide rails, and custom-wheel housings for easy loading and unloading.
  • Replaceable, roller bearing wheels roll smoothly and quietly while holding up under the toughest conditions.
  • Large interior mesh pockets for organizing small accessories.
  • Adjustable, standing lid straps keep bag open and accessible.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included.
Airport International Classic LE

NEW LIMITED EDITION AIRPORT INTERNATIONAL™TO BE RELEASED   
This is to let you know we just announced at photokina that we will be releasing a limited edition version of our most popular rolling carry-on camera case, the Airport International LE Classic. Crafted with genuine, full-grain leather accents and panels, this classic version represents everything we are known for: premium quality, innovative design and long-lasting durability. Designed to complement our new Urban Disguise Classic shoulder bags series (described below), these two bags make a beautiful set of matching cases that meet international airline carry-on standards.

The Airport International™ LE Classic carry-on roller lets you 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.

Airport International accommodates up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses, and up to two gripped DSLR camera bodies and other photography accessories. TSA approved combination locks secure the main compartment zipper sliders.

Key Features
  • Limited Edition with full-grain leather accents and panels.
  • International and US carry-on size for most carriers.
  • TSA-approved combination zipper locks secure main compartment.
  • Two lock and cable systems: one to secure a laptop, keys, etc., one to secure the entire bag to a fixed object.
What Fits
  • Up to a 500mm f/4 lens unattached, additional smaller lenses and up to two gripped DSLR camera bodies.
  • A standard professional kit consisting of two standard or gripped camera bodies, multiple professional lenses, flashes and accessories.
To be alerted when we receive our first shipment, click on the words "Notify me when this product is in stock" on the product page. 
Urban Disguise Classic
LEATHER TRIMMED URBAN DISGUISE SHOULDER BAGS TO BE RELEASED
We are releasing new editions of our flagship camera shoulder bag, the Urban Disguise Classic. The Urban Disguise Classic is crafted with genuine full-grain leather accents and panels. The travelers quick access bags are available in four sizes to suit  a variety of gear carrying needs. They are built to protect photographic equipment with enduring materials, including a padded compartment for a laptop.

The UD Classic features the professional good looks of a briefcase without calling attention to it obviously being a camera shoulder bag carrying expensive photographic equipment. The Classic features new design elements over its predecessors, including the wide-mouth camera compartment for unencumbered access. For greater convenience, the Urban Disguise Classic's pass-through strap fits any Airport International roller's handle for easy transport. When paired with the Airport International LE Classic, they work together as a high-end, coordinated set.

What Fits
  • Urban Disguise 35 Classic: 1 standard or gripped DSLR with lens attached, one additional lens, flash, tablet and up to a 13.3" laptop (with standard camera body only).
  • Urban Disguise 40 Classic: 1-2 standard DSLRs with lenses attached, plus 1-3 additional lenses, a tablet and up to a 13.3" laptop.
  • Urban Disguise 50 Classic: 1-2 gripped or standard DSLRs with lenses attached, plus 1-4 additional lenses, a tablet and up to a 15.4" laptop.
  • Urban Disguise 60 Classic: 1-2 gripped or standard DSLRs with lenses attached, plus 1-5 additional lenses, a tablet, and up to a 17" widescreen laptop.
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NEW OUTDOOR BACKPACKS TO BE RELEASED
rotation180 TrailOur sister company, MindShift Gear, has announced it is releasing a smaller, lighter new backpack, the rotation180®Trail™ . With the rotation180ยบ Trail you can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. In one swift motion, you can rotate the beltpack and grab your gear without disrupting your creative momentum. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. You can quietly capture wildlife in their natural habitat.
rotation180 Travel Away 
When traveling in unfamiliar places, it is very important to know where critical items are and to protect them from prying eyes. With the rotation180® Travel Away™ in one swift motion, you can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers and removing your backpack to gain access to essential travel items. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15" laptop and 10" tablet, while the beltpack can fit an 8" tablet.
John Moore on Ebola in Monrovia for 'About A Photograph' 
ABOUT A PHOTOGRAPHCheck out the newest addition to our "About A Photograph" short video series.  It features the story behind Getty Photographer John Moore's stark image of being in the epicenter of Ebola virus
14 top pro photographers answer your questions.
"ASK THE PROS"  WHAT IS CONSISTENTLY THE MOST CHALLENGING THING ON A SHOOT?  HOW DO YOU OVERCOME IT?
In Part 1 of the newest addition to our "Ask the Pros" column we asked our panel of 14 leading pro photographers these very questions. And, as always, their answers ran the gamut based upon their areas of specialization and unique personalities. For example, "We're not crunching numbers all day after all... never forget that it's about the journey and not necessarily the result." And, "If you can remember to keep moving, keep hovering, keep looking, that is when the special pictures seem to make themselves available."   

Monday, September 15, 2014