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Porta-Brace BK-HIVE Backpack Review

One of Peter’s greatest tips to aspiring young photographers is to organize and pack all necessary equipment as efficiently as possible before going on location. The Master Photographer has spent years constructing a system that allows him to prepare adequately before any shoot, no matter what weather or terrain he faces. In doing so, he […]...

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Back to the Future

A key piece of equipment in Peter’s bag is his new Phase One IQ180 digital back – one of those digital wonders that are emblematic of just how far photography has come. Peter uses the back extensively, and why not? The Danish-made image sensor boasts a mighty 80 megapixels! Phase One also released 60-megapixel P65+ and 40-megapixel P45+ backs, and...

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A New One for the Bag?

This is pretty amazing. It’s a far cry from when I started out with the Brownie! I’ll have to give them a shot.” That was Peter’s reaction to the news of Toshiba’s upcoming, two-way memory card. You probably know about the SD memory cards – EyeFi cards – that can send your photo and videos from your camera to your...

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What’s in Your Bag?

Every Wednesday in this blog we talk about the equipment Peter uses when he goes on shoots. Well, now it’s your turn! “Exposed” has always been about appealing to photographers of all levels, so don’t feel intimidated if you’re just a beginner: We really what to know what you carry. So what we’d like to see is a list of...

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Quite a Caper

If you’ve ever been to a sports event when the skies opened up, you’ve probably seen the TV cameras covered in “raincoats” to protect them. Well we’ve had some inquiries about keeping still cameras dry and, yes, there is an item for your bag: rain capes. Like most photographic gear, there’s a range of versions of these capes – and...

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Under the Hood

An item that Peter carries in his bag, and you should consider carrying in yours, is the lens hood. A lens hood can help reduce flare although photographers debate the degree of value they really provide. Peter uses his on occasion. “I always have it in my bag,” said Peter. “I’ve used it on some shoots where there was very...

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Music, Music, Music

If you’ve followed “Exposed” for some time, you will know that music is not only an important part of Peter’s life, it plays an important role in his photography. “I’ve loved rock music as long as I can remember,” said Peter. “I play it all the time, wherever I am, and it definitely plays a role in my photography in...

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Don’t Leave Home Without ‘Em

Okay, you love heading out into the wilderness to get those way-out-of-the-way shots. Great. But you really have to think of these adventures as expeditions: You have to prepare and take precautions. We’ve touched on this in other blogs but let’s look at five things you really shouldn’t go into remote areas without....

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Linhof 617s III Lens Unit with Focusing Mount

You probably know that Peter has taken many of his finest shots with his Linhof Technorama 617s III film camera. Images like “Angel’s Heart,” “Bamboo” and “Majestic.” But taking great shots is more about the lens you use than the body. For much of the panoramic work Peter does with his Linhof, he uses a Schneider 72mm f/5.6 Super Angulon...

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Locking it In

By Adrian Zupp Sometimes photography can seem like a pretty complicated affair. But often it’s the little things that can simplify it for you. Take your humble L-plate. This is a simple bracket in the shape of an L – no surprise there! – that locks your camera to the head of your tripod. Its […]...

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Vested Interest

The multi-pocketed photographer’s vest has been a staple of the pro scene for quite some time. But it’s an equipment item that any photographer, pro or amateur, should consider – especially those doing outdoor work. And these days, there’s quite a lot to consider. Peter’s vest was custom made by Swivler and fits his particular needs perfectly. It’s made of...

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It All Computes

The Digital Age has had a huge impact on photography – especially the immediacy it brings to the craft. You can fire off multiple images, check them out in an instant right your camera, and sort and discard on the fly. Times have changed a lot from when every shot on film was money out of your pocket. How far...

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Seitz 6×17 Digital Panoramic Camera

Peter gets tons of offers from companies to test run their gear. But there’s one camera he’s so eager to try that he’s going to rent it: The Seitz 6x17 Digital Panoramic camera. The amazing thing about this camera is that it can create a 160 million pixel digital image in one second! Actually, that’s just one of the amazing...

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The Kessler Crane

Back on March 9, we blogged about the Kessler CineSlider, a piece of equipment used while shooting “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” and which also can be used for still photography. Well, there’s another piece of Kessler equipment in Peter’s arsenal that has come in handy on more than one occasion: the Kessler Crane. The Kessler Crane is most...

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Gray: It’s Color’s Best Friend

Whether you’re shooting a product for a catalog, or the vastness of the Grand Canyon, there’s a handy helper you should have in your camera bag. It’s called an 18% gray card. Here’s why you need one. Your eyes see shades and colors differently to your camera. Colors are created by the way light is reflected off an object and...

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At the Tips of Your Fingers

By Adrian Zupp Alaska. Extreme cold. Cold equipment. Cold hands. Cold everything. Not ideal for setting your camera and snapping off shots. We’re talking about a kind of cold where you really don’t want to take your gloves off: In fact, you wish they’d grow fur! But you’re there to take photographs, so what’s the […]...

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Staying on Course

When you talk to Peter and his assistant Mark Thurman about some of the remote places they go, the issue of getting stranded comes up quite a lot. After all, going down into a massive cave, stepping around the perimeters of a live volcano, or heading out miles from civilization in the freezing expanses of Alaska are not without their...

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All the (Wide) Angles

When you’re standing on an epic piece of the California coastline and you want the entire stretch in frame, what can you do? In one of the early scenes in this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” Peter faces just that challenge: He’s on a spectacular strip of coast that bends out towards the ocean on...

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Beauty in Motion

You’re setting up your camera to take the perfect waterfall shot – to capture it just the way your eye sees it. Everything sharp – except the water, which you want to convey movement. You have your wide-angle lens, and your camera set for a long exposure, low ISO, with the aperture pin-tight to get great depth of field. But...

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Shedding a Little Light

You may never go down a hole in the ground quite as mammoth as the Camuy Caves of Puerto Rico like Peter did in tomorrow night’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik.” But if you’re a photographer who does shoot in darker places, or is often out walking back from a shoot after nightfall, some quality illumination is...

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Wet Weather Gear

In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” Peter goes to the rainiest place in the lower 48 states – Olympic National Park in Washington State. But things don’t have to be that extreme for a photographer to get “rain ready.” In previous “It’s in the Bag” posts, we looked at a couple of Peter’s favored weather...

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Macro Lens

Peter is famous for his magnificent landscapes. Wide-angle panoramas of deserts, mountains and coastlines. But he doesn’t limit himself to just the “big picture.” One of the keys to Peter’s success is his eye for detail. You can see it in his panos but, on occasion, he likes to take a closer look at things. “I do quite a bit...

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Cleaning Kits

It’s surprising, given the cost of equipment these days, how many photographers neglect to properly care for their cameras and lenses. You can often see someone out and about with an expensive camera, cleaning their lens with a tissue or their t-shirt or even a beach towel! No no no! In fact, you shouldn’t even blow on your lens. Every...

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Filters

A photographer and his filters are pretty much inseparable. That’s because filters serve so many purposes, all of which yield better photographs. On every shoot, Peter takes a variety of filters -- and when he went to Montana to shoot the episode “Winter Extremes,” his filters were put to good use again. “In Montana there were glaciers and lakes, ice...

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The Gitzo Tripod

Today we look at the piece of equipment Peter has had longer than any other: his Gitzo tripod. Friends may come and go, but a good tripod will never let you down. Over the past couple of years, lots of things have changed in Peter’s equipment bag. But his Gitzo tripod has been a constant companion: from Hawaii to Alaska,...

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Pro Trekker 300 AW Camera Backpack

Today we look at another piece of equipment in Peter's bag. Well, actually, it IS a bag. The Pro Trekker camera backpack goes wherever Peter goes. Check back every Wednesday when we look at a different piece of equipment used by Peter and give you an insight into what this stuff can really do for you. There's no joy in...

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Beta Shell™ SLR Lens Cases

Today we look at another piece of equipment in Peter’s bag: the Beta Shell lens cases. Check back every Wednesday when we look at a different piece of equipment used by Peter and give you an insight into what this stuff can really do for you. What they are: State-of-the-art lens cases that offer the ultimate protection for your camera...

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The Kessler CineSlider

In this new blog series, we’ll look at a piece of equipment used by Peter out in the field. “It's in the Bag” will run every Wednesday. The Kessler CineSlider is a heavy duty, portable, mini-dolly system. The film crew shooting Peter’s new TV series “From the Edge with Peter Lik” for The Weather Channel uses it quite extensively. (Peter...

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Really Right Stuff Pano-Gimbal Head

Welcome to the first installment of our new weekly feature “It’s in the Bag.” Every Wednesday we’ll look at a different piece of equipment used by Master Photographer Peter Lik and give you an insight into what this stuff can really do for you. What it is: An attachment that fixes the camera to the tripod for shooting panoramic (pano)...

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