Try out a Think Tank Retrospective bag for free

Think Tank Retrospective bag
Think Tank Retrospective bag

I’ve been using a Think Tank Retrospective 7 bag for the past 6 months, and I couldn’t be happier. Now, Think Tank is offering a free test drive of the bag (and others in the series). You get the bag for a couple of weeks and decide whether or not to keep it. Return it with a written evaluation of the bag, and you won’t be charged. Or decide to keep it and pay for the bag. There are a couple of restrictions: you must be in the US, you must use a credit card (not a debit card), and you have to sign up for the test drive before June 15.

The bag isn’t perfect, but it’s the best I’ve used. It’s small and has a nice variety of pockets. The flap closes with velcro (not my favorite), but comes with flaps to cover up the velcro so the bag is silent in quiet situations (this is great!). The strap is really durable and the strap pad doesn’t get in the way–the strap on my previous Domke bag, for instance, frayed to the point of breaking pretty quickly. And the bag comes with an attached rain cover so you don’t need to worry about bad weather. I’m not particularly fond of the divider system, though. Instead, I replaced the dividers with a 2×2 insert from my Domke bag, but others I know like the Think Tank dividers.

Do yourself a favor and try out the bag for free. Or, if you’re planning to buy anything else from Think Tank, click through this link to send a little love our way with your purchase.


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Model releases on your iPad/iPhone

Screenshots from Easy Release

Over the past few months, I have had to get model releases for many of my assignments. In the past, I’ve hated dealing with all of the paper–you know the drill of carrying around a stack of releases, scanning, filing–and trying to remember who’s who later on. Luckily, a few enterprising developers have made apps for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch to do the job. There are a few apps available, but the one I settled on is Easy Release, which handles both model and property releases. It’s stable, integrates the device’s camera, offers releases in a few different languages, and let’s you customize the release language beyond a standard blanket release with an app upgrade. It’s been wonderful for my workflow. I bring along either my iPad or my iPod and easily collect signed releases from as many subjects as I need. After the release is completed (with a witness signature, too), I just email a JPG or PDF copy of the release to myself through the app and file it away with the shoot, and everything’s done. No scanning, no trying to remember which release corresponds to which subject, no forgetting to fill in an address or phone number (all fields need to be filled before the subject can sign the release). The app does not require an active internet connection except when you want to email the release to yourself, so it’s good to use anywhere in the field. You can get Easy Release for iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, and Android devices.

There are a number of other model release apps available for iOS devices, but I don’t have any personal experience with them. Check out these other iPad and iPhone apps and you might find something to help your workflow: Model Release, Photographers Contract Maker, Release Me HD (iPhone), Portable Contracts, Image Release, Contracts HD (iPhone), iRelease for iPhone, iD Release for iPhone, mRelease for iPhone, and Visual Media Release for iPhone. Some of these have model release language already built into the app, while others are sort of like contract frameworks which require you to import your own contract language.

UPDATE: Just noticed in the Easy Release FAQ that Getty and Alamy have stated that they accept Easy Release model releases.


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