Photography is an art that many people love to pursue professionally. There are just about 61,000 professional photography jobs in the U.S. today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these photographers are self-employed.

In recent years, people are using less professional photographers than they used to. With the invention and globalization of the smartphone, many people prefer to use their devices to take photos themselves.

There are several reasons for this. Photos taken on camera phones feature auto focusing, video recording, filters, and more. Not only can they take their photos how they choose to, but they are also instantaneously ready to be posted online and shared with friends and family.

Because of this newer and evolving complication, professional photographers have to find a way to stay ahead of the game and make their own photos stand out.

In many instances, photographers are in need of external flashes, or even mounted lights to help keep the lighting as perfect as possible. But, if you are a one-man show, odds are, you don’t have someone to manage your equipment when you need to take a shot elsewhere. That, or you find the area you are shooting in is too cramped for light stands.

On ProMediaGear, an online website that sells camera gear, you can purchase the Elinchrom ELB400 kit. The seven-piece set costs $479.70 and includes free shipping.
The ELB 400 allows you to carry around lights you would typically up on their own stand. The kit comes with a belt holster with a universal plate. Simply hook your ELB 400 to the plate for hands free and secure shooting. The kit with built in handle expands creative lighting options by working as a second mounted flash. It also stabilizes your camera, making it easier than ever to navigate without the fear of motion blur.

The kit comes with a cage, which snaps on to the ELB 400. The install is easy and quick, so you can get to shooting your subjects right away. The rigid stand mount, which is included in the kit, allows you to mount your ELB 400 onto a light stand without having to balance it precariously and risk breaking your light stand. When you’re ready to get on the move again, you just have to pick the ELB 400 up off of the stand mount and you’re ready to go. Other items included in the kit include a flash riser, which rises and repositions your flash shoe; a small stud; a tall stud; and a tilting rosette head.


ProMediaGear is a family owned company of three brothers with a passion for business and photography. The shop, located in Illinois, also sells Gimbal heads, quick release strap systems, carbon fiber tripods, flash brackets, sliders, flash systems, and more. For more information, visit ProMediaGear.com. If you have any questions, you can call 1-888-413-3332 or fill out the contact form online. To stay connected, Like ProMediaGear on Facebook and follow the company @ProMediaGear on Twitter.


Dji announces Spark for the Selfie Generation

This seems more than just a toy, a drone sized and controlled by the palms of your hands.   Hand gesture control, that's a first.  It's a high performance drone pint sized with 2-axis mechanical gimbal for stabilized shots.

If you order now expect to receive it by end of June, once the rush is over these will make for great Christmas gifts.

For the size of it it boasts very impressive specs: 1080p video, Wireless control.  Get it with optional controller for more creative freedom. 16-minutes of flight time,

The best feature we see that it will allow you to get videos of self in action without much effort, and then easily posting them to social media on your smartphone.  The DJI go app features ways to easily edit and share the footage.

Quick Launch with face recognition is amazing, powering up the Little spark in seconds.

Obstacle avoidance will save the drone when you lose control.


Sony A9 Mirrorless that puts SLR's into the corner

Sony has just revealed its new flagship camera, with even the most advanced competition designs looking like children's toys, on paper that is.
For ages professionals claimed that mirrorless cameras are too slow, they can’t be used for sports or serious work.  Batteries due to their compact nature and constant on LCD screens were drained much faster.
Well the time or reckoning has come.  Is the new Sony A9 up for competition against the best DSLRs like Canon 1Dx or Nikon D5.
Bionz X processor writes 14-bit uncompressed RAW files at resolution of 24.2 Megapixels.
Specs are amazingly impressive:
Viewfinder with resolution of 1280x960 and 120 frames per second refresh, let’s you see lifelike action mirroring (pun intended) the quality of viewfinders on mirrored DSLRs.
Sony's latest camera can shoot at 20 frames per second, like shooting video, with constant on LCD with no black out.
With a buffer capable of holding up to 241 RAW files and up to 362 JPEG files.
Shutter speed is crazy fast at 1/32000th of a second.
Battery the new model NP.-FZ100 is 2.2x longer than the previous Sony models.
Autofocus is superb as well at 693 points covering 93 percent of the frame, and the autofocus system can calculate AF / AE up to 60 times per second.
ISO sensitivity ranges from 10 to 51200, expandable to 50 - 204800.
The new model NP-FZ100 battery lasts 2.2x longer than the previous Sony models.
Full Frame 4K video, down sampled from 6k, makes for sharper images.
Dual SD card slots with Ethernet port for stationary remote photographers.
5-axis image stabilization, I think you know that this means, that any lens can be stabilized.
Add to this silent operation with fully electronic shutter, we think that Sony could have gone further than 20 frames per second but at 24 fps they would compete with their video cameras.
Buckle up Hollywood, there is a new kid in town and it’s Sony A9.

ProMediaGear is already gearing up for accessories for this camera.


Tripods for Serious Professionals

Some of us are super serious about our photographs as well as our photo gear.

ProMediaGear Tripod is on fire when it comes to developing new gear.  Their tripod is no exception.  Using the latest technologies and superb engineering creates tripod with ground breaking performance and best value in class.   Weighing in at only six pounds, that's under 3 kilos.   Use it even in most challenging conditions with heaviest great, rated up to 125 pounds.   These come in in 3 or 4 section models, as well as 75mm bowl mount option.   These tripods are designed for field use as well as studio use.  Setup up quickly featuring precision twist locks that require only a quarter rotation to unlock and re-lock.  The leg joints are enlarged to distribute weight across thicker cross sectional area minimizing vibrations and increasing stiffness.

Common features to all  tripods
  • 10x Carbon Fiber 
  • 1/4-20 accessory ports
  • Push Pull leg angle lock
  • Rubber Ball Feet with integrated steel spike
  • Bubble Level
  •  QR top plate system


New Nikon DSLR D7500

Basically this is a cross between Nikon D500 and D7200.  It's a DX-Sensor sized camera aimed at prosumer, or high end enthusiasts.

-Sensor DX size, with 20.9 megapixels, no optical low pass filter
-Iso range of 100-51,200 EXPEED 5 Processor
-RGM Metering sensor with 180k pixels
-and above all 4k Ultra HD, video codecas well as 1080p Full HD with Stereo Sound, power aperture control, auto ISO, 4K Timelapse
-8 Frames Per Second
-51 Point auto-focus system improved over the D7200 to allow better low light action photos
-Large 3.2 inch 922k dot LCD screen, tilting adjust and touch functionality, this is a killer feature, we want to see that on pro level cameras
-Built in WIFI with reliable Nikon SnapBridge app that brings in photos from the D7500 to your smartphone for immediate Snapchat, Facebook etc functionality.

Nikon has been pushing 4k video in a lot of the recent DSLRs, and it's clear that it wants these cameras to be more than just still cameras.


Holster adapter for Arca-Swiss DSLR plates by ProMediaGear

ProMediaGear Bracket plates, are at the heart of their bracket system, the modular plate system.   There are many plates available from universal to custom or camera specific plates. The advantage of camera specific plate is that it offers anti rotation and custom tailored fit for that camera.  Meaning that the plate once attached doesn't become lose, and neither blocks batteries or ports.

ProMediaGear has gone further though.  At each side of the plate there are ports for accessories that can be mounted on the side, such as, the adapter for holster ball #SH1.  The plates work directly with PMG holster and strap systems.

In this post let's explore the #PAH1 and  #PASL3 adapters, and #SH1, holster.

The #PASL3 mounts to the side of the plate and the #SH1 holster mounts to your belt.  It will fit any belt up to 2.5 inches wide.  The #SH1 features a solid metal construction and safety latch so that the ball won't be released accidentally.  The idea is similar to a holster for cell phones but this here is a much more robust construction and it's entirely made in the USA.

The ball mounted on the #PAH1 or #PASL3 adapters, doesn't block Arca-Type plate from being mounted to the tripod.  The adapters also have featured which prevent the lock ball from unscrewing accidentally.   Let's take a look at the pictures below.  Further information can be found at www.ProMediaGear.com








Papparazzi compact flash bracket for your Canon Nikon Sony etc DSLR

When shooting in tight spaces and when needing to have the camera flash in portrait orientation.  ProMediaGear Papparazzi bracket is your best choice.  The flash mounts easily beside the camera, either on left or right side.  The flash sits close to the lens and the head in oriented the same way as the camera sensor. 

Equip the BP1 bracket with Cost Shoes to mount the flashers with remote wireless trigger, or just use the thumb screws to mount the flash cords to it.  It's also possible to mount double flashes effectively doubling the flash output or halving the flash recycle time.   The #BP1 papparazzi bracket can be equipped either with universal camera plate or custom camera plate.

If you have the #BP1 configured on right side the left side is still open to L-Brackets, Handles, #PAH1 Holster adapter, or #PASL3 the Holster, strap or Quick Strap adapter.

If you have the #BP1 on left side the right side can be used with Boomerang Flash Bracket.

Check out the pictures below for in use scenarios.


Gimbal Heads for Telephoto Lenses wildlife photography

You know it.  Once you have that big lens, a whole lot of weight comes with it.  How do you handle such a beast?  How do you shoot for extended time without getting tired, and with great results?  You can use a traditional ball head but that's not ideal as the range of motion is limited and it tends to drop down away from leveled plane. 

The solution is the gimbal head.  With gimbal head you can balance the lens/camera perfectly so it's weightless and can stay pointed in the direction you're shooting with minimal friction.  Hence it's easy to maneuver since there is no friction and the whole system stays put once you let go (provided its balanced of course). 

ProMediaGear has three different types of Gimbal Heads, a big one #GK, Katana, and a smaller one #GKJr, which only weight in at 2.4 pounds and it's a full featured gimbal head for any tripod with 3/8inch-16 thread mount.  So any tripod on the market today.   Then PMG also has a Tomahawk, but that's like a sidekick that you attach to your ball head to make "poor mans" gimbal head.

Check out the pictures below.  ProMediaGear Katana Junior is the smoothest gimbal in it's class.  Due to compact size and weight it can also be easily traveled with.  You can now take your equipment on the plane and not worry about carrying excessive loads.  

Let's take a look at some of the pictures below:


ProMediaGear launches new Travel Sized Professional Tripod - Tripod you can take places.

ProMediaGear's bold entry into the tripod market had to be done with something revolutionary.  An average tripod just wouldn't do.

You've got state of the art quality carbon fiber, large diameter legs, for added strength and rigidity.  CNC precision machines components out of T6061 Aluminum.  Super clamps for tripod angles, accessible from inside and outside.  Aluminum Leg Locks.  Hidden Spikes in tripod feet.  All that in travel size.  This is the tripod you can take places.

PMG has taken all it knowledge, best brains, designs and materials and manufactured the 34mm  Series Pro-Stix Carbon Fiber tripod.  Let me give you some quick specs:

#TR343 Specifications: 

• Leg Sections: 3 (34mm top leg diameter)
• Leg Material: 10x Layer Carbon Fiber
• CNC Machined Apex: T6061 Aluminum
• Mount: 3/8-16 (Flat Center Disk)
• Max Height: 50.90 in. / 130 cm
• Min Height: 3.80 in. / 9.70 cm
• Folded Length: 22.10 in. / 56 cm
• Weight: 3.70 lbs / 1678g 
• 3 Locking Leg Angle Positions
• 3 Stainless Steel Spikes ($75 value included)
• Max Load Capacity: 60 lbs.

Let's look at some pictures, click link below to the website:



Carbon Fiber tripod, at Photokina 2016 by ProMediaGear

Hey so if you know us you know we manufacture all sorts of stuff.  Just recently we have introduced a pro line of carbon fiber tripods.  These beauties are made right here in good old Chicago.  So they're made in USA by definition.

Carbon fiber has cross weave pattern 10x layers, of that incredibly rigid material.  So yes it's very very stable and probably best in class.  The legs are whopping 42mm diameter, figure that our if you're in imperial system, but that's about 1.65 inches.  Now that is crazy thick.

Tripod is rated at 125 pounds, but it will hold much more, but alas it's not recommended.

Of course the top screw is 3/8inch standard thread, and apex has removable top plate, and can also be equipped with 75mm or 100mm bowl adapters, also sold by ProMediaGear.

Now the apex is a thing of beauty, truss bridge design, saves weight without sacrificing strength.  So for about $1000 you can have a tripod that's the best in class with weight of only 6 pounds.

Take a look at our Photokina Video, although some of the things Matt says are not 100% accurate, as it's a 10x layer now.


Identifying the Boomerang Flash Bracket

The Boomerang Flash bracket has been around for about 7 years now.  It has gone through a number of revisions and current models are BBX and BBGv2.  The BBX requires prongs to be inserted into the plate to mount, the BBGv2 doesn't.  There are two types of Prongs we have used on the BBX.  The older model has thin prongs whereas the newer has shorter thicker prongs.  In the picture below you can identify which model you have.  When inquiring for the prongs please let us know if you have the BBS or the BBX model.