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Above: My MacBook Pro in the photo workroom, secured with “The Ledge” and cable lock.

A couple of weeks ago I covered the Bucs home game vs. the LA Rams, and I tried out a new lock for my MacBook Pro Retina laptop called “The Ledge” from (while I’m out on the field, my laptop is back in the photo workroom, and I don’t like to leave it there unattended without it being locked down).


Above: Here’s the cable lock I keep in my Thinktank Laptop bag.

Why we need a separate lock today
The MacBook Pros’ used to have a built-in slot for attaching a lock directly to the body itself, and I used a MacBook cable lock back then, and it worked perfect. But then in 2012, with the newer, thinner MacBooks, Apple sadly did away with that locking slot on the body, so I had to find another solution, and had the only decent solution I could find, which had you attaching a lightweight, yet strong, thin horizontal bar along the bottom rear of your MacBook, and on the end there was a slot where you inserted the lock (here’s the link to that review here on the blog). While it did add a long bar to the back of your MacBook, it did the job well (I still have my MacBook despite being left on its own many times). My only big complaint with this older lock was there was not a combination lock model available — you had to use a key lock.


Above: Here’s a close-up of The Ledge — it’s really small and unobtrusive.

The Ledge is That Much Better!
Beside the fact that you couldn’t get a combination lock with the other bar method, the other downside to the “locking bar” is that bar would sometimes get caught when  taking it in/out of your laptop bag. No biggie, but it happened enough that it was a bit annoying. Not enough to remove it, and take my chances with an attended laptop just lying their begging to be stolen, but annoying enough. That’s why when I saw “The Ledge” I wanted it badly — It’s the smallest, most unobtrusive, and easiest to install MacBook Pro lock I’ve ever used (just remove one screw; pop the “Ledge” on; use the included MPB screw and you’re set). Two minutes tops. And now I can say hands down The Ledge is absolutely my favorite. It addressed my one minor gripe from the old version, and it did it in a better way than I was expecting. It’s just so small and so simple. I love simple design.


Above: Finally — a combination lock option! Note: be careful when setting your combination — you press in a little button on the bottom (with a pen or small screwdriver) while setting the number you want for your combination (unless, of course, you want 0-0-0-0 to be your number). If at any time you let off the pressure even a tiny bit, it will choose whatever number you’re currently at, but you won’t realize it until it’s too late. Yes, this happened to me, and I had to get a replacement cable lock. It’s tricky to do with just one person, so ask a friend to help. 

You can choose a key lock or combination lock (I went with the combo lock).

Highly recommended if you worry about protecting your Mac anywhere you have to leave it unattended, even for a minute. It’s $79.95 for the Ledge with the cable lock, special little screwdriver, and slightly longer screw to attach the Ledge to the bottom of your MacBook Pro. More details at

Above: Here’s a close-up of combo lock attached to The Ledge.

Overall Rating
If I actually had a five-star rating-system, with 5 being best, this would be a 5-star (I gave the old version I a 4-1/2 star rating, knocking off the half star because at that time they didn’t offer a combination lock option (only a key lock) but now they do, it’s just a $5 upgrade.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! ✭✭✭✭✭
Price: $79.95 (includes key lock cable)
Combination Lock Cable Option: Add $5.00
Works on: 13″ and 15″ Retina MacBook Pros
Available from:

Hope you found that helpful. Try to stay safe and dry out there, and have a great weekend! #rolltide



Hi Gang: Thanks to all the KelbyOne members who tuned in to catch my “Iceland Landscape Adventure” members-only Webcast on Thursday. One thing I didn’t get to cover on the Webcast was a look at the backpack I took with me on the photo trip — the Vanguard Quivio 44.

I did a quick field review for you (below) with what I liked about it; what I wish were different, what the bag does best.

If this bag looks like the one you’ve been looking for, here’s the link. It’s $169 at B&H.

Tomorrow I’ll have an update on my 9th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, so I hope you’ll check back then. :)

Have a great Monday. Well…you know what I mean. ;-)



P.S. Next week: I’m in Minneapolis on Wednesday September 21st, and then Milwaukee on Friday the 23rd with my “Shoot Like a Pro Tour: Reloaded.” Tickets here. Come on out and spend the day with me.

If this ever happens to you — you go to open a JPEG image in Photoshop, and you get a warning dialog box saying you have an ‘Invalid JPEG Marker’ and it won’t open the image, here’s what I do (I made a video with what to do step-by-step – it’s easy).

I’m in Iceland right now….
…and I’m sharing my behind-the-scenes crazy stuff over on Instagram, if you follow me over there.

Tomorrow: It’s Canon 5D Mark IV day on “The Grid”
The wonderful Larry Becker is sitting in for me tomorrow on “The Grid” doing the hosting duties with our guests, Canon Explorers of Light, Rick Sammon, and video guru, Bruce Dorn, who both got a chance to shoot projects with the just-announced 5D Mark IV, and they’ll be sharing their experiences and answering questions. That’s tomorrow at 4pm ET on “The Grid.”

“Gear Head LIVE” is back tomorrow…
That’s right — they’re back — Rudy Winston (Canon’s super genius tech guru, and hero to KelbyOne members around the world), will be here tomorrow with  Brent Ramsey (Canon’s video Tech Genius guy and the other part of the Gear Head Tag Team) answering KelbyOne members questions live, and the Webcast is hosted by the always-fun Larry Becker.

KelbyOne members can watch this free Webcast at

If you’re not a member, you can still watch by signing up for the 10-day free trial. Then you’re a member (well, for 10-days anyway).

OK, that’s it from here in Iceland
Don’t miss tomorrow’s Guest Blog, right here. Same bat time. Same bat channel.



NFL 2014 -- Buccaneers vs. Packers

The drought is over — Football is back, and tonight’s my first game of the season (well, it’s a pre-season game, but ya know — I definitely need a pre-season game to warm up and shake the dust off a long off-season).

I’m excited to once again be covering Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games for Zuma Sports, and that starts with tonight’s epic clash against the Cleveland Browns (stop snickering). I think it’s going to be a solid year for Tampa, so I’m psyched to see how the season plays out.

NFL loadout

Here’s the load out I’m using for tonight’s game (No, I don’t have any 1DX Mark IIs – I’m still using the old 1Dxs). Buried in there is a Rapid Strap camera strap. I can probably take the Hoodman Loupe out, since it’s a night game, right? ;-)

OK, gotta run. Hope you guys have a great weekend — I’m heading to Iceland on Monday, so could be a sketchy blogging schedule next week. We’ll see.  :)




Canon just announced perhaps one of the most anxiously awaited new cameras in years — the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. I got a chance to do a shoot with it (see the video below), and I have to say, it’s not only probably the best camera Canon’s ever made, it’s arguably one of the best cameras ever made, period. I just fell in love with it!

First, check out the video where I go over all the main specs (and I share a few shots from my first shoot with it).

That video covered all the really big features, but…
there’s all sorts of other cool stuff in this camera, so head over to Canon’s site to read the press release about all the other stuff, like built-in light flicker correction and a new noise algorithm, and enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities, and all that type of stuff.

In the meantime, here’s some more picture of the body, which look astonishingly like the old 5D Mark III body!

Mark4 Backb

Above: The back view which look very familiar. 

mark 5 side 1b

Above: Side view with lens attached (seriously, where you would be without these helpful captions)?

Mark 5 topb

Above: What could this be? Wait! Wait! I know! Is it — the top of the camera? Yes, you are correct (said the council on the glaringingly obvious. So why did I make these captions at all? Because it looks better!). 

Canon also announced a couple of new lens (one that I am particularly interested in is the newly updated 16-35mm and they also announced a 24-105mm. Both expected in October I believe).

OK, that’s the big news today. I’m in Indianapolis with my seminar today. I expect to meet a bunch of very excited Canon shooters there today!





Well, they’re technically from MindShift Gear (a Think Tank company), but they’re designed in partnership with Moose, and I have to say — these bags totally kick butt! I got my hands on one this week and I was very impressed. In short, there are three big things I love about them:

(1) Incredible accessibility — you can access everything right through the front.

(2) It holds just a ton of gear, including long glass, and it still fits in an airline overhead (it’s soft sided and smartly sized overall).

(3) It’s surprisingly lightweight (which is big if you’re thinking of stuffing it with gear).

I’ll be toting some big glass in these this football season. Just really well designed, thought out, and constructed. Moose and Mindshift hit one out of the park on these bad boys!


Above: This is the middle-sized one, the MP-3 V2.0. Check out what fits insides (that’s three bodies – and I rarely travel with three, so I’d take two and use the extra space for another lens). 

Here’s a video from Moose (below) that really takes you through how they work and what makes them so awesome. Definitely worth checking out.

These bags start at $199 (for the small one), but that one I showed above is only $279. Worth every penny.

Here’s the link with the all the details or to order yours.  (Note: I’m planning on doing a short Facebook video post about it later today, so keep an eye on my Facebook page).

OK, I’m off to Photoshop World!
On Monday, I’ll be reporting from the conference out in Vegas, and sharing some photos from the Pre-Conference day here then. Hope I get to meet you out there – it’s going to be an epic event!!! :)

All my best,