Packing for a photography trip, image created by Midjourney
25th August 2023

Packing for a photography trip is never easy. It may be more straightforward if it’s only for a weekend rather than a few months. But it’s still a matter of making the right choices. Now it’s the Summer holidays season and I’m doing lots of packing and unpacking myself. For example, this weekend is a bank holiday here in the UK, and I’ll be visiting places. So, I thought it would be...

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Ulanzi Aircross F38
18th May 2023

A few weeks ago, Ulanzi sent me their new X-Aircross F38 travel tripod for video creators to review. When I created my channel, my goal was not to do gear reviews. But these seem to have become popular and get good engagement, so I have made a few of them. All available on this blog as well. And companies have noticed. As per my other reviews, the video is not sponsored. Ulanzi...

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Hoya Sparkle filters video review youtube
4th July 2022

Remember my Starry Nights short film? No? Well, it’s here to watch if you missed it: https://youtu.be/-1xWKCKgwG4 I mention it because I made that short film using the Hoya Sparkle filters, both 4x and 6x variants. These creative filters from Hoya make for very interesting results. But more importantly, they provide consistency and reliability to every image where you want to add a starburst effect (and maybe some soft diffusion). Something that...

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Hoya Sparkle filters used at night in London
7th March 2022

Have you ever heard of the HOYA Sparkle filters before? Me neither. But it looks like this is about to change as Hoya is investing more in marketing to push these. Since I moved to my new studio, quite a few agencies have approached me, offering collaborations. Among them is the professional video, photo and broadcast supplier Holdan who distributes Hoya, as well as Samyang and others. I already use some Hoya...

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Photographer's Everyday Carry EDC
16th March 2021

Here is my Photographer’s Everyday Carry (EDC). EDC includes all the nifty tools you always carry with you that may come in handy to overcome simple everyday unexpected problems. The famous “I’ll bring that, just in case…” Think of these items as the spare tire in your car, but more likely to be used (hopefully) ;) I suppose in this digital age, even phone apps may count as EDC… Perhaps, this may...

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What's In My Camera Bag
27th August 2020

You likely see the “What’s In My Camera Bag” videos all over YouTube. It’s quite a popular topic for several reasons: people are genuinely interested in what professionals use, it satisfies the Gear Acquisition Syndrome, it’s a way for a content creator to put out some affiliate links (they do help), etc. And even though I do not do too many reviews, I had to publish my own version too. If only...

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Travel - @fabienb with Stable Diffusion
4th September 2018

And so I’m packing for my month-long travel (longer, actually), and as always, the question is, “What do I bring with me?”. It wasn’t always the case, but now I’m used to travelling light. Sometimes super light. But that’s for a week maximum, while this time I’ll be away for at least a month. I think I’ve been smart in choosing to travel between countries that will have consistent weather all along;...

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