The Most Important Camera Gear

Over the years I have given countless lectures at conferences, dealer events, or tradeshows. I really enjoy these events as it gives me the opportunity to share my photographic knowledge with you and your excitement and appreciation is very rewarding….but I am frustrated by a segment of photographers who hyperfocus on gear.  This is somewhat understandable […]

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Bob Wells - I’m reminded of something I read in one of Galen Rowel’s books; one time he was only getting mediocre pictures and so he started to think he needed new gear. But then he remembered that same camera had taken so many fantastic pictures and that the difference wasn’t the camera, it was him.

Soon he was back to taking great pictures.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in March in Sarasota! I can’t wait to see the images I get then!

Can I ask for a topic for a blog post? How do you carry your camera gear on the airlines? Not being a pro this is going to be the first time I want to take it all with me and I’m wondering about the best way?


admin - Hey Bob, Galen Rowell was a huge idol for me when I was starting out. One of the few pro’s that I actually followed because of his beliefs, work ethic, and skill. The world lost a great one too soon.

As for the blog post….sure….but the easy answer is that airlines are getting tough. I wish they would end this nonsense and just start charging for carry on….they do for everything else so what the heck! I find I am shipping my gear more often now. Pelican case, insured, via FedEx. Expensive but part of doing business. Most hotels accept them if you have a reservation….or if you are going to a big town… can pick it up at a FedEx location. I never ship any camera gear with the airlines. Accessories and other non-essential items….but not gear. It goes carry on.

I have a few airline stories….so it will make a great blog post… the meantime….cal or email me if you are having trouble for that trip!

Ann Marie Proud - I came across your name as I was planning my trip to Yellowstone. I was thinking of doing a photography class, workshop, etc. during my stay. Anyway…I just need to say how captivating your photos are. Just when I thought that I wasn’t worthy (lol) of hanging with you and your other workshop particpants and instead find a group of novices that wouldn’t be put off by my camera lens size…I read this blog and it pumped up my self-esteem (a little). But you’re right…I have to pat myself on the back and realize that I do know how to set up shots, although my technical knowledge needs a lot of work 😉 So with that…I will keep on shooting!

Again, your work is incredible. What a great job you have!

Roman - Hi Ann Marie,

Too many photographers focus on gear. I continue to learn a ton in this craft…….I have been photographing for over 28 years! It is a great job especially when you compare it to being a union carpenter for 25 years. Roamin’ with Roman is entering its 13 year……so I guess you could call me a 12 year overnight success!

Thanks for the kind words and check out the lecture schedule as I will be at the PSA photographic conference out there in late Sept. and early October giving both a keynote lecture and leading workshops for the organization.

2014 Year in Review

  The year is coming to an end and as I sit back and reflect on 2014 a few things really stand out and I would like to share them with you. I am thrilled to say that 2014 has been the most successful year for Roamin’ with Roman & myself personally in both workshops […]

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Pat Noell - Your writing is as good as your photography. I had so much fun at VLA. Thank you for that. Now I am scraping to find the money to come back in January for the photographers’ intensive workshops, but I just can’t get the IRS to agree to wait for their money. Sob.

admin - Thanks Pat! Maybe the next one!

Mike Cohen - Roman, I agree. Fantastic time at Bosque and the VLA was the highpoint. If I didn’t have to get back to FL for Thanksgiving I would have stayed to go out again on Saturday. I enjoyed meeting you and hope to catch up with you before to long.


admin - Thanks Mike, I will be down in FL sometime around Christmas so maybe then!

Harold Klein - Roman,
Agree with the comments above, the VLA was an outstanding experience!
May our paths cross again soon!!

What’s in my bag?

People often ask me what’s in my bag?  That is a complicated question as it really depends on where I am going but I always have my 2 Canon 1D Mark lll bodies. But before I get accused of just promoting Sigma lenses because I am on the pro team, let me state that I […]

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Yellowstone/Tetons 2014 Report

I just returned from the Teton/Yellowstone tour and all I could think about is how much things have changed over the last 23 years that I have been coming but the greater Yellowstone ecosystem is still is one of the most incredible places that I have the privilege of visiting. I have stood in front […]

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Pura - Gorgeous!!! Great blog!

Jacki - You make me want to go back! The images are sooo beautiful!

Nancie Bozza - Love the commentary and photos!

admin - Thanks Jacki!

admin - Thanks Nancie!

Megg - Roman-
Terrific stuff. You sure go the skies to cooperate!

admin - Thanks Megg! Always working on the cloud switch 🙂

How do you judge photographers?

With all the new advancements in the digital photography world, it seems that everyone prematurely considers themselves a “pro”photographer.  I have spoken with countless professionals, which included everything from other nature photographers all the way to wedding photographers and everything in between.  The response has been the same across the board.  It is tough out […]

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