As photographer and business owner, I’ve tested a wide range of photography gear from strobes to speedlights, hard drives, computers, hard disks, photography software, camera bags and straps. In this gear segment I’m sharing links to my favorites pieces that I’ve discovered along the way and what you can find in my studio and camera bag. Keep checking back to see new gear I discover.

RAWSIE saved me 12.2 GB!

RAWSIE succinctly define raw image compression in the tradition of ‘Less is More’, simple, but brilliant. This is the essential photography tool to reduce raw file size I have been waiting for! On my last job I saved 12.2 GB and it made my wireless NAS upload/download 5 times faster.

Check out RAWSIE here.

RAWSIE allows RAW image compression by up to 80% without compromising on quality with a compression speed of roughly 0.7 sec/img.

No dynamic range change. No pixel resolution change. No bit count change. No lossy artefacts. No color loss.

Cull, edit and organize raw files as if they were simple lightweight jpegs. Simply drag and drop an LR catalog file and choose folders to compress and RAWSIE will automatically relink files while preserving your previously introduced edits – XMP sidecar file edits will apply as well.

There’s not better RAW image compression software outside there!

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The Everyday Backpack by Peak Design is my favorite Backpack to go! All-custom hardware built with minimal dangling straps. Inside it has 3 configurable FlexFold dividers to keep gear organized, protected, and not bunched at the bottom of your bag. The backpack has a variety of internal slip pockets for small items and is made of 100% recycled 400D weatherproof shell that keeps everything safe.

Check out Everyday Backpack here.

Years ago I supported Peak Design and their first version of the Capture Camera Clip on Kickstarter. Up to now I won’t miss it in my workflow while shooting outdoors. Unlike a camera strap, the clip keeps your camera stable while moving around outdoors. It includes 2 components: a metal clip that clamps to any backpack strap, belt, or bag, and an Arca tripod-compatible plate that screws into the bottom of your camera. Holds well over 200 lbs. (90kg)! 

Check out Capture Camera Clip here.

WANDRD - Inflatable Lens Case

If you like to travel light like me, then you might take a closer look at WANDRD’s space-saving Inflatable Lens Case. Traditional lens cases are bulky and a “one-size-only” solution. This one has weather resistant zippers, is made of 150D Polyester with TPU coating and weighs only 122 grams – it will fit just about any size of lens you carry!

Check out Inflatable Lens Case here.

KURVD Lens Caps

The KURVD UNIVERSAL, MICRO and MAGNUM lens caps more than hit the ‘simple, yet elegant’ target. The lens caps are the best way to cover and protect your camera lenses. They’re made of durable high grade silicone material. The new design is 25% stretchier to cover even more of your lens. With a tight seal around your lens, MICRO and MAGNUM prevent water, mud, and the finest dust and sand from scratching and mucking up your lenses. They also work as both a front & rear lens cap, never falling off and ensuring that your glass is always protected!

Check out the KURVD Lens Caps here.

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