The Camsafe V9 One Serious Camera Bag


I recently had the opportunity to try out the Camsafe V9 anti-theft camera sling pack made by Pacsafe.  If you are not familiar with Pacsafe, they design bags to keep your gear safe, and they do it with style.

Let me put it this way, if James Bond needed a camera bag, . . . . .  he’d have this.

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Another Free Software for your IR Images

If you are looking for a low-cost, no-cost alternative to Photoshop, Lightroom, Corell, and the others, you may want to check out Autodesk’s Pixlr.

The software many already know as a phone app is now available for free download to your PC or MAC.

And here’s the surprise, It’s not bad,  It works.


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Photo Shoot: Flat Panel Flash

The Cotton Belt Rail Depot is located in downtown Saint Louis, MO,USA.  The Cotton Belt Depot was built in 1911 and was in service for many years, and then just left alone for several decades.  I have photographed the Cotton Belt Depot for the last several years, with the permission of its current owners.  It is a great location for a model shoot.



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A Gift – FREE Software !

If you are a regular reader of Shutterbug Magazine and receive their emails you already know they have teamed up with DxO Optics to give away FREE copies of the image processing software, DxO OpticsPro8.

If you didn’t know, don’t worry I’ve got all the information right here.

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Product Review: Cap Gorilla

Have you ever looked at a new product and thought,… “It’s about time!” or “why didn’t I think of this?

Well this happened to me when I tried out the new Cap Gorilla.   I’ve heard it said there is genius in simplicity and this item proves it.  The basic idea behind Cap Gorilla is it is a device to hold your lens cap.

Who needs that?.?.?………. Every photographer in the world, that’s who.

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Canon releases new version of DPP

Canon released its fourth version of Digital Photo Professional, the software that comes with the camera. If you are a Nikon user, you just yawned, but for Canon users this is exciting news. DPP 4.0 will work with 64 bit operation systems and offers updates and improvements over the previous version, notably the ability to work with video. Now for the downside, it (for now) will only be available for full frame cameras, the EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS-1D X and EOS-1D C. For APS-C users, expect an updated version……soon.

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Adding Texture to Your IR Images

I want to show you a relatively simple way to jazz up your images and give them an artsy look. This involves blending layers. Simply put, we are going to stack two images, one on top of the other and then blend the two. Watch this short video. For this video, I am using Photoshop CS5 and an Infrared image that was taken using a Canon 50D converted with an Enhanced IR filter.

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First Shoot – Super Color Filter

Like most photographers, I have that shelf where old cameras go to die and collect dust. Recently, I took one and had it converted to Super Color Infrared. My experience with shooting Infrared has been with 3 cameras. First, the standard R72 (720nm) filter, a tripod, and very, very long exposures. Then I moved up to camera conversions.

I have had two DSLRs converted, both with Enhanced Color (665nm) conversions. The results have been great, and I love the quality of IR I can produce. I had heard that the Super Color Filter was the most popular conversion, and I really didn’t know what to expect. What I have found is quite exiting. I did my standard pre-shoot white balance and shot in RAW. The Super Color images have a much deeper (for lack of a better term) range. I have much more intense color tones, and even deeper Black & White images. Basically, I can get the look of all of the other filter conversions, depending on how I process the RAW images. If you are contemplating which filter choice to make, I highly suggest you consider the Super Color conversion.

Below is a sampling of my first couple of shoots with what is now my favorite camera.

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Artist Profile – Mark Hilliard

Mark Hilliard has been a photographer for half a century. His accumulated knowledge and skill level is reflected in his Infrared images.


1. Welcome Mark, please tell us about yourself and your background.

I am primarily a Landscape, Wildlife & Fine Art Photographer for 50 years now, I have extensively traveled the world chasing my photographic visions from South America to many locations in Europe. I also travel the United States several times a year.

I co-own the Lens Work Gallery in Pawleys Island where I specialize in fine art nature photography and run a Gicle’e printing service and a photographic training center where I teach 15 different photographic workshops & seminars! I (alone with Jamie Davidson) also lead several photographic excursions each year to hidden treasures of the southern east coast which are primarily Infrared based. We locate, visit and photograph many special places along the eastern shore and inland in Georgia, North Carolina and West Virginia! Aside from the great infrared locations I teach in-depth infrared post processing to all of our participants!

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