Think Tank Perception Daypacks – Mirrorless Cameras

Over the past couple of years there’s been a new type of camera making inroads into the traditional DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) market, and they’re called mirrorless systems. There’s a huge range on the market now, from Fuji, Sony, Olympus, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and more. The problems with DSLRs is that there’s a mirror which needs to be moved up and out of the way so that the sensor can be exposed. Mirrorless cameras, are, well, mirrorless! The image you see is that provided by an electronic viewfinder (as opposed to the optical viewfinder in a DSLR). Not having a mirror means that the cameras are smaller and lighter, and so are their lenses. Now, if you’ve got a traditional DSLR system you’ll have camera bags which take all of their kit, and believe me, photographers can NEVER have enough camera bags!! These bags are generally too big for carrying around the mirrorless systems, so bag manufacturers are now providing solutions in the quest for the “perfect bag”. The latest offering has just been announced by Think Tank, which has primarily specialised in providing solutions aimed at professional photographers, be they sports, commercial or wedding photographers.

“For the first time mirrorless system users have a backpack designed specifically for them that has Think Tank’s commitment to innovation, workflow, and quality,” said Think Tank’s CEO Doug Murdoch.”


Image courtesy of Think Tank

Here’s an extract from their Press Release ….

Think Tank Photo introduced its smallest, lightest backpacks, the Perception™ series. Designed specifically for mirrorless systems, the Perception series will become the “go-to” pack for photographers looking to add flexibility to their workflow while using a smaller system along with a laptop and tablet. It’s an all-new and advantageous way to carry smaller camera systems and is ideal for travel and city walk-arounds.

The Perception series comes in two colors, black and taupe, and in three sizes. The smallest size, The Perception Tablet™, accommodates a mirrorless system and an iPad Mini. The largest size, the Perception Pro™, holds a 15″ laptop and a 10″ tablet, plus one mirrorless body or small DSLR with a small to medium zoom attached (lens hood reversed). Plus, the largest size fits four to five more lenses or a large GoPro® kit.

“Our designers took inspiration from Think Tank’s award-wining and popular Shape Shifter backpack, which includes protective features to enclose and secure camera gear, but with the Perceptions it is scaled to a smaller form factor,” said Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “For the first time mirrorless system users have a backpack designed specifically for them that has Think Tank’s commitment to innovation, workflow, and quality. The fitted backpack straps accommodate either male or female body types.”


  •     Cinch cord pockets provide flexibility for gear.
  •     Dedicated laptop/tablet compartment.
  •     Interior organizer provides quick access to pens, business cards and keys.
  •     Extra space to fit a jacket, food, water bottle or additional gear while on the go.
  •     Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum straps.
  •     Removable waist-belt.
  •     Tripod-carry on the front of bag allows for access to gear even when tripod is attached.
  •     Stretchable side pockets hold water bottles or compact umbrellas.
  •     600 denier twill fabric feels soft yet durable matte finish.
  •     Top pocket with plush liner for cell phones.
  •     Specially designed divider holds a pancake lens or small accessories.
  •     Seam-sealed rain cover included.

To see the full range click here to visit the Think Tank website

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Bournemouth Wedding Photographer – why I never release RAW files

I’m trying something new as I write this Blog post. I’m standing up! No, I’m not crouching over my desk, but the laptop’s on a cupboard. Why? Well, to be honest, being a wedding photographer’s one way to make sure you end up with back problems. Believe me, carrying 8-10 kilos on your shoulders for 12-13 hours is definitely going to give you problems! Then spending 12-16 hours a day hunched over the keyboard, slumped in a chair whilst I edit doesn’t do me any favours either! :) Anyway, I read somewhere that standing up and working’s better for your back, so let’s see what happens. So, onto today’s post “Bournemouth wedding photographer – why I never release RAW files” ….

Dorset wedding photographer never release RAW files

…….. a couple of times every year I seem to get requests from couples asking for the RAW files. I don’t know whether it’s because they’ve seen an article in a wedding magazine or one of the “trendy” wedding Blogs.  If you’re not a photographer let me explain a little (hopefully without getting technical and sending you off the sleep!) ….

RAW files are really the equivalent of a digital negative (if you compare back to the days of film). There’s no camera wizardry or algorithms involved, like sharpening, adjusting tone and contrast etc. What you shoot is what you get. It’s like an artist’s palette, ready for the photographer to work on it. The files are also HUGE in size! Now, not all cameras shoot RAW, but they do shoot jpegs (jpg) which are effectively compressed, sharpened, adjusted images. They’re designed so that they can be used without any post production. The benefit of RAW files for professional photographers is that we can adjust the white balance, exposure and tone of an image much better when the file’s big and not compressed. A jpg file throws away huge chucks of data that are useful. That’s why most professionals shoot RAW, but, it’s a time consuming process. Now, there are lots of keen amateur photographers around who like to take a RAW file and create their own version of an image – I have no problem with that, providing it’s THEIR RAW file, not mine! :) Asking a professional photographer to release their RAW files is like …. well, take a look at this great article that’s appeared in the photographic press from Daniela Bowker …..

Asking a photographer to hand over a memory card, USB, or DVD of raw images is akin to asking an author to present you with their book in manuscript format: unedited, unformatted, and including the paragraphs and chapters that didn’t make it.

Here’s a link to the article in full on Photocritic - please take a look, and feel free to leave any comments below.

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  1. Brian Shaw

    Hi Ian. Your absolutely right, of course, regarding what some keen amature photographers will do with raw files. The trouble is that they will do exactly the same with any file type that they can get hold of. They will also screen grab, scan and use any method they possibly can to take our images without paying for them. So by not allowing them access to raw images only slows them down a little. Of course the image that results from their ‘imaginative’ playing will not, in the majority of cases be as good as we as professional would produce, but from their point of view for the ‘cost’ involved is perfectly acceptable. What I’m saying is that in these cases, because we know what they will do, is try to limit the impact of poor representation of our work by providing them with an image that is right to start with – at a cost, and that’s the crucial part from my point of view. We’re not going to be able to stop what

  2. Brian Shaw

    Sorry Ian. as I was saying before I pressed the wrong button and posted prematurely! We’re not going to be able to stop them because of the technology available to them now, but we can control it to a degree. So why not let those who want it have it, as I said, at a cost. In real terms of course, the majority of clients do want quality original professional photography and are still prepared to pay the proper price for it. We just have to fight harder and cleverer to get them to come to us. On a different note – you mentioned at the top of your blog about the amount of time you spend editing. I’m curious. Why on earth do you spend 12 hours a day editing images! I tend to use presets on the first run through of a wedding of about 400 images and on the second run through, tweak those that need additional adjustment. about 90 mins. tops. I’ve made my system as highly automated as I can just to avoid spending the backbreaking time in front of a hot monitor! I fully accept that many will completely disagree with my methods and opinions, but hey, that’s part of life’s rich tapestry. (I hope that you received the first part of my reply to you, otherwise this will appear to be complete nonsense! Best wishes.

    • Ian

      The release of RAW files is a contentious issue amongst photographers Brian and I know some who will release them for a premmium. At the end of the day, it’s what the individual’s comfortable with. :)
      On the editing side, well, again, some people have a very quick process whilst others take a different approach. At the end of the day, we’re all different in the way that we shoot and edit, and that makes everyone unique! :)


Studland wedding – Dorset wedding photographer

Here’s a quick teaser image from one of this year’s lovely weddings – entitled “Studland wedding – Dorset wedding photographer”. It was taken at the lovely wedding of Gill and Rod, at St. Nicholas Church in Studland. The Church is just a stone’s throw from the beach. I seem to have shot a few weddings in Studland and the Isle of Purbeck this year – good job that the Sandbanks Ferry’s been working! :)

Gill and Rod’s wedding was, well, awesome. It was impeccably organised (as always) by Melanie Kiani and her team from Bellissimo Wedding Planners and as I expected, ran smoothly and without a hitch. There will be more to come from this wedding in the next few weeks as I catch up with my Blogging, so keep your eyes peeled.

Studland wedding - Dorset wedding photographer

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Dorset wedding photographer

If you’re considering getting married in Dorset and are having nightmares planning the wedding, then I’d seriously recommend taking getting in touch with Melanie from Bellisimo. Bellissimo specialise in weddings in and around Bournemouth, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Poole, The New Forest and Ringwood. They’re considered one of the most accomplished and professional wedding planning companies in the South West and have received a huge number of testimonials and accolades from previous couples who loved having them on board. Having worked closely with Melanie and her team on several occasions, I can highly recommend them to you.

I’m both delighted and proud to be a recommended photographer for a number of the leading Dorset wedding venues and would be delighted to have a chat about what you want out of your wedding day, and how you want it recorded. Your wedding day’s unique, so shouldn’t the service that you receive be unique as well?Please use the contact form here on my website and I look forward to hearing from you.


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