Links to useful information related to all things photography.
Camera and Photography Gear
Possibly the world’s best one-stop shop for camera gear and photography equipment. Great prices, excellent customer service, and worldwide shipping–a match made in Heaven.
Another excellent source for equipment of all kinds.
Retailer featuring hard-to-find (and extremely useful) camera equipment and accessories.
US-based purveyor of high-end camera equipment and lenses.
Rock-solid CNC-machined accessories such as L-brackets, nodal slides for panoramas, flash brackets, etc.
A worthy competitor to RRS, with their own line of accessories and some unique items not to be found anywhere else, such as the Super Grip camera handle (very useful, believe me).
Home of the incredibly versatile and tough GP and Ultimate Ballhead tripod heads.
High-end manufacturer of adapter mounts to allow DLSRs to use medium and large format lenses.
Manufacturer of the legendary Gigapan robotic panoramic imager, which allows for gigapixel panoramas.
Maker of the excellent Expodisc for perfect white balance every time and the Ray Flash ring flash adapter.
High-end manufacturer of unique photo filters, including the Vari-ND adjustable neutral density filter.
Great studio flash and power units.
Great flash reflectors and diffusers.
Japanese camera manufacturer who makes an attachment (the Horseman VCC Pro) to turn a Nikon or Canon DLSR into a medium format camera with full bellows functionality.
An awesome little device which attaches to your DSLR and allows you to use your iPhone/iPad as a remote shutter release and as a GPS geotagger.
Manufacturer of quality tripod heads, gimbal mounts, and other accessories.
Manufacturer of handy, rugged accessories like camera straps, lens covers, et al.
Arguably the most versatile, rugged and functional speed harness systems for cameras and lenses on the planet–great for shooting situations that require fast, on-the-fly lens and accessory change-ups and/or physical exertion, like climbing steep cliffs or pointy pyramids.
Inspiring Photography and Graphic Design
The Internet home of long-term Japan resident, good friend and even better wildlife and landscape photographer Martin Bailey–this gentleman is one of the most talented photographers I have ever met, and that is saying a lot seeing as how I have met literally thousands of photographers!
Another fellow old Japan hand and master of portrait and fashion photography. A true artist and gentleman in every sense of the word.
Extraordinary canine photography by dear friend Mark Wild–absolutely the best shots of man’s best friends to be found anywhere.
A very talented and focused veteran creative director of the ad world who is blessed with an extremely diverse and rich visual style–if a comprehensive, hands-on and intelligent approach is what’s needed for that next big project, he’s the man.
Stunning photography of a variety of subjects by award-winning photojournalist, writer and friend Everett Brown.
Photogenic Travel and Tour Links
Boutique Tokyo-based eco-adventure tour company operated by friend Mark Morris offering customized ecologically-friendly cultural tours and guided travel throughout Japan (and whose website also incidentally features photographs by yours truly).
If money is no object, this outfit can arrange the ultimate in luxury adventure travel and provide opportunities to do things and go places simply not possible otherwise.
Members-only website offering high-end luxury travel packages around the globe that are only available on a limited, first-come-first-serve basis to increase the exclusivity of the offerings.
Travel agency offering unique tour packages around the world.
Small tour agency based near Angkor Wat whose philosophy could be summed up as “focus breeds quality”–while only offering packages for travel within Cambodia, AboutAsia offers a personalized approach and fully customized itineraries usually only available from ultra-high end boutique travel agencies at a fraction of the cost with at least twice the level of service. One of my personal favorites anywhere in the world.