If you thought airport security lines were torturous before, just
wait—they’re going to get worse.
While it’s always preferable to carry on your photo gear, new
rules issued by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) this
summer now require travelers to remove all electronic devices
larger than a cell phone from their carry-on for screening in their
own bin—much like you currently have to do with laptops.
If you’re toting along a gear bag, it means you’ll be removing
camera bodies, lenses, external drives, monitors—basically, a
lot of stu;. That guy who can’t seem to get his belt and loafers
o; in a timely fashion? He now has to unpack and repack an
entire gear bag.
The new procedure is already in place in a few major airports,
including LAX and Logan International Airport. It will be introduced
to all other airports in the U. S. throughout the remainder of the year.
The good news, however, is that photographers and
filmmakers can avoid having to unload their gear by enrolling
in TSA PreCheck. Those enrolled in that program won’t be
subjected to the extra electronics screening. Barring that,
it’s imperative to get your carry-on gear as well organized as
possible before flying. Investing in a case like the Think Tank
SKB 3i-2011-7DL EOL (pictured) with a lid that opens wide and
dividers that are easily accessible will help speed you through
security. Oh, and work on that belt, would ya? •
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What you need to know when traveling
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Wide-angle lenses are wonderful tools for swallowing up vast
landscapes or urban skylines, but they can often produce
unwanted distortion out at the edge of the frame. The bad news
is that there’s really nothing you can do to avoid distortion in-camera. The good news is that it’s very easy to fix in programs,
like Lightroom or DxO OpticsPro, that include lens profiles.
While you can’t avoid some degree of distortion in many wide-angle lenses, you can shoot in a way that either minimizes its
visibility or capitalizes on the curvature for creative e;ect. ►
Tips for shooting wide-angle, and the glass
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Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2
Equally at home shooting stills
or recording video, this lens
has an aperture ring that can be
de-clicked for quiet and smooth
exposure changes during video
$799 / tokinausa.com
Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15
A manual-focusing prime lens for
DSLRs, the Milvus features an all-metal design that’s ideal for the
rigors of outdoor work. It stops
down to f/22.
$2,699 / zeiss.com
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• DRAW THE EYE
Positioning something striking in the foreground when
shooting wide helps draw the eye toward the center and
away from the edges of your image.
• STAY LEVEL
Angling the camera up or down can exacerbate the e;ect
of curving lines. Invest in a tripod with a bubble level, or use
your camera’s electronic level—if it has one.
• OR DON’T
The flip side to the above is that the gentle sloping curvature
of wide-angle distortion can be put to dramatic e;ect
precisely by angling your camera up or down.
Here’s some great wide-angle glass you’ll catch at PhotoPlus
Expo this year: