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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Now that I have made my holiday book recommendations, next up are my stocking stuffer ideas that are under $100. If you have a loved one that is into photography, and you have no idea what to get him or her, here are just some ideas to help make the holidays a little brighter.

Lacie iamaKey 16GB USB Flash Drive. Now how cool is this? 16GB of storage, right on your keychain. $54.95 from B&H. They also have 8GB and 4GB versions if your budget is less or if you don't need 16GB.

Lacie iamaKey 16GB USB Flash Drive

Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap. I tried the strap on a recent workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I have to say that I love how comfortable my camera was. Definitely recommended. They have a few other models available if you want to pimp yours out a little more. $54.00 at B&H.

Black Rapid RS-4 Camera Strap

Impact Super Clamp. This is the same thing as the more famous Bogen Super Clamp (with Quick Action Clamp), but at a lower cost. I have found uses for these clamps in many situations. I can easily attach a ballhead or flash unit onto the clamp, and then attach the clamp onto tables, pipes or whatever I can find. I have one of these in my bag on every single trip that I take abroad. $19.95 at B&H.

Super Clamp

Justin Clamp. This is an essential tool for anybody who uses flash photography. Clamp a flash just about anywhere, and it doesn't weight that much. $54.95 at B&H.

Justin Clamp

Manfrotto 5001B Nano Compact Light Stand. This little guy fits easily in any duffel bag, and I can easily put multiple stands plus a ton of other lighting equipment in my Gura Gear Kiboko bag. They are lightweight and they don't take up much room. The collapse down to 19 inches and expand to 6 feet tall. Every traveling photographer needs to own a couple of these guys. I cannot guarantee that they are going to fit in your Christmas stocking, though.

Manfrotto 5001B Nano Light Stand

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That 'Manfrotto 5001B Nano Light Stand' looks absolutely awesome! I'm definitely considering taking that on one of my trips through Africa. How much do they go for though?

December 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChirp

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