Ross Grieve – Urban Approach 15 and a puppy challenge

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Small but MIGHTY

The Urban Approach 15

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Ross Grieve, New Zealand born photographer has been mastering his art for over 20 years. Ross now resides in the beautiful rolling countryside of Pembrokeshire in Wales. He is an accomplished photographer who has won many awards including UK Pet Photographer and Welsh Master Fashion & Portrait Photographer, and recently Welsh Master Press & PR Photographer of the Year. He is also a passionate Street Photographer. Ross has travelled to far-flung parts around the world on assignment including Thailand, The Maldives, Ras Al Khaimah, Japan, Sweden and Australia.

Since becoming an Ambassador for Panasonic, he has won yet more awards and is leading the way in 4K & 6K Photography. Ross’ fun filled, action packed photograph of a water fight included his three children who have since become the face of the GH4 campaign in Europe. Ross was one of two photographers involved in the Lumix GH5 global campaign. Check out the film here https://youtu.be/ddQmJUYcXho

He has used many of Think Tank Photo’s products over the years and for over a year now he has been using the Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15. Have a read of what he thinks of the bag and see how much he manages to fit in this bag. First though, check out a few of Ross’ great pics!

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Here is what Ross thinks of the Urban Approach 15…

I have been using Think Tank products for many years, I used to use the Thinktank Airport International V2 for all of my DSLR kit. When I made the transition to Mirrorless cameras and the Panasonic Lumix system I needed something smaller, stronger, and just as robust to give me the protection to my equipment that I have had with the Think Tank Photo Airport International. Furthermore I wanted something that was discrete and durable.

I saw the Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15 and I thought I’d give it a try. At first glance it looks small; but surprisingly it had the capacity to carry my 15 inch MacBook Pro, plus all of my other equipment comfortably.

It looks like an ordinary backpack, which is something I like straight away. I don’t want to draw attention to myself when I have this on my back especially when I am in a city.

TIP: In busy cities use a cable tie to lock your bag, it’s more discreet than a padlock


When you open the Urban Approach 15 you will be surprised by the variety of space options that you can have in such a streamlined bag. The simple velcro system allows you to configure the compartments to suit your needs. In my opinion the best features are: the loop on the back, allowing me to slip the Urban Approach over the handle of my main luggage bag, which is very useful at any airport or train station; the chest clip for added comfort; the easy access zip pocket at the front, which is great for business cards and passports; and obviously, the flexibility of the customisable sections, which protect my equipment.

Is it durable? Yes very. Since I have been using it for about 18 months, it still feels snug to wear. It has been used in variety of environments and in all weather, and there is no damage.  A rain proof cover is supplied with the bag.
Therefore, the Urban Approach is the ideal bag to transport your camera equipment safely, and it caters for all eventualities- a coastal walk, over seas travel, sport events, street photography, the list goes on.

So, what can you fit into this little gem?

This is the contents of my photography bag. I think you will agree I can get quite a lot in a small amount of space, without compromising any protection of my equipment.

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The list for this shot is:

  1. Two Passports
  2. Joby Gorilla Pod
  3. Business Cards
  4. Lens Wipes
  5. Charging Cable
  6. HPRC SD Card Case
  7. Battery Chargers
  8. Leica 100-400mm Lens
  9. Lumix 12-35mm Lens
  10. Leica Nocticron 42.5mm Lens
  11. Leica 12mm Lens
  12. Think Tank Powerhouse Pro (Sold Separately)
  13. Lumix GH5 with a Leica 12-60mm Lens and a Eddy Cam Strap
  14. Spare Batteries
  15. Lumix GX8 with a Leica 15mm Lens
  16. Notebook and pens
  17. MacBook Pro 13 inch

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For further information or to purchase the

Think Tank Photo Urban Approach 15 click here.

The saying “don’t work with children and animals” springs to mind…

So, photographing pets can be challenging. Especially puppies. All they want to do is play. So my idea was to get the shot as quickly as possible. Now not having a dog should be taken into account. I have a lazy cat.
So I was asked to photograph Ebony, a 12 week old black Labrador, who is very very active, and runs around like she has just been fed a bowl of sugar.
My genius idea was to set the lights up so she would run through them, and I would hold a treat for her to have and run towards. The first run Ebony took no notice and just ran about sniffing the studio. The second run was not much different, but she did get the treat off me. This sparked added enthusiasm from Ebony. The third run she run full pelt straight at me, just before she got to me she put the brakes on. But being a wood floor it was as good as skiing on ice. She slid straight into the camera, taking it out. But she was happy she got her treat and I got my shot. The shot went on to win UK Pet Photographer of the Year.
Ross Grieve Dog Pic

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Workshops –

Ross runs a number of beginner, intermediate and advanced workshops.  One to one sessions are available on request and tailored to your requirements.
For further information on his workshops visit – http://www.rossgrieve.com/workshops/

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MindShift Gear SidePath Backpack – Colin Morris v. ice-cream & Storm Doris

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 SidePath Backpack

Colin Morris v. ice-cream & Storm Doris

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Colin Morris is part of a great team working at one of our specialist retailers imagex in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Colin has many years of photographic retail knowledge and experience.  Not forgetting he’s a talented photographer too.

Colin has seen and tested many bags over the years and so we asked him what he thought of the MindShift Gear SidePath.

Before that though, have a sneak peak of some of his work..




So what did Colin think of the MindShift Gear SidePath bag…

“When using a camera bag, I tend to stuff a bit more into it than I probably should. For me I like to pack my camera, 3 or so lenses, some lunch, a jumper and some waterproofs.

The MindShift Gear SidePath bag allows me to fit all of my camera gear inside and I have the added security of knowing that no-one can open the rear-zipper section for my camera when the bag is on my back. The bag feels comfortable on my back and is no problem at all to carry on a day out.

I have used the bag in awful weather and it’s never let me down. I also managed to buy a tub of ice cream and forgot to take it out of the bag, meaning it melted inside my bag, with all of my gear inside. Luckily my gear is weather sealed, but even the bag came out looking brand new after a quick spin in the washing machine.

As a summer day pack the bag is superb, but when I want to pack a little extra warmth in the winter the bag could’ve perhaps been a little bigger”

Colin uses Olympus and he packed:

  • Olympus E-M1 II
  • Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens
  • Olympus 40-150mm f4.5-5.6
  • Olympus 9mm Fisheye
  • Olympus M.Zuiko 50mm f1.8


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MindShift Gear SidePath versus Storm Doris…

I was recently asked to take some photos for a local garden centre. So the night before I charged up all my gear, checked it over and bundled it all nicely into my SidePath bag.
I arrived at the garden centre, had a cup of tea and got to work. As luck would have it, the infamous storm Doris decided to show up just after I started. Stormy skies do make for some great photos, but not when I can’t stand up. The trees at the garden centre were blowing over and the plants were coming out of their pots. Everything had gone to pot (if you’ll pardon the pun). One thing that worked without fail was my MindShift bag! Not a single drop of rain got inside the bag. A job well done.

SidePath bag = 1  :  Storm Doris = 0

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For more information about the MindShift Gear SidePath backpack, click here.


If you’d like to meet Colin you’ll find him at imagex. Where you can also find stock of MindShift Gear bags and accessories.

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For more information visit their website http://www.bicestercamera.club/ 

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MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe – Around the world with Steve Gosling

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Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe Backpack

Around the world with Steve Gosling

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Steve Gosling a professional photographer who specialises in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (his ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs).

Steve’s images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of his work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. His work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.

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Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ250 back and 35mm Rodenstock lens

“Bands of rain swept over me as I was taking this shot of a small lake in Colorado – it was more like UK weather”  Storm Approaching Sangre de Cristo Mountains (1) Storm Approaching Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Taken with Phase One A-series, IQ250 back and 35mm Rodenstock lens

“Sat in our hotel one evening at Westcliffe, Colorado I saw these storm clouds moving in over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, I grabbed my Rotation 180° Professional backpack and my tripod & headed to the nearest spot with a view across to the dark sky. I managed 3 or 4 shots before the rain reached where I was standing, soaking me as I tried to shelter the gear under the rear hatch of the 4×4”

Steve tested the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe

backpack and this is what he thought of it...


Over the years I’ve tried many backpacks and struggled to find one that has felt right for me and the way I like to work. That is until I came across the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe. It’s an incredibly well designed bag that allows me to carry a lot of photographic equipment and outdoor gear (waterproof, down jacket, hats & gloves etc) all day without any discomfort.

My Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe has been around the world with me from Europe to the USA to Antarctica and still looks like new. It’s very well made – the outer is of a robust material and the compartments padded to protect my kit. And when the elements take a turn for the worse the bag keeps the kit inside safe and dry (it also comes with additional rain covers).

Most importantly for me it allows me to access all of my gear without removing the bag off my back. It has a belt pack that separates from the bottom of the backpack and rotates around for easy front access. In here, I keep a camera with my most used lens and my Lee Filters. The main compartment of the backpack can be accessed from the rear by swinging the whole bag to the front. It may sound complicated but in practice it works quickly & extremely well. It’s great when I’m working in locations where I don’t want to put the pack down – either for security reasons or because of the environmental nature of the location e.g. working on a beach as the tide is coming in. Furthermore, when I can put the backpack down, the rear access means that the back of the bag doesn’t get covered in mud or sand.

Finally, as a photographer who travels overseas a lot, I need a backpack that I can take onto a plane as carry on. I’m pleased to say that I have never had any hassles taking my Rotation 180° Professional on board – it meets most airlines (that I’ve used anyway) carry on restrictions.

“In short, it’s the best backpack I’ve ever used!”

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So how much gear did Steve fit into the

MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe?

Steve has two of these backpacks – one is loaded with an Olympus M4/3s system and the other with a Phase One medium format system:


  • 3 Olympus OMD bodies
  • 3 Pro zooms – 7-14mm, 12-40mm and 40-150mm
  •  Remote releases for the cameras
  •  A set of Lee graduated and ND filters
  •  Accessories – batteries, memory cards, head torch, waterproof covers

Phase One:

  •  Phase One A-series camera with IQ350 digital back
  •  Rodenstock lenses – 23mm, 35mm and 70mm
  •  A set of Lee graduated and ND filters
  •  Accessories – batteries, memory cards, head torch, waterproof covers




Belt pack


Main compartment

“If I haven’t got wet then I probably haven’t got a good photograph”

This is particularly true of many of the locations I like to photograph – Scotland, Iceland, The Faroe Islands. I like to work in changeable weather conditions where I can get some drama as rain or storm clouds are moving in or away from a location. However I wasn’t expecting to experience this during a summer trip to Colorado, USA – they’d had several years of drought prior to my visit. But I was greeted on several trips out into the landscape to get images by heavy rain and even dense fog one early morning. The locals initially expressed great pleasure that I’d brought some UK weather over with me but after 10 days of it they were begging me to go home again and to take the rain with me!

Click here for more information on the MindShift Gear Rotation 180° Professional Deluxe.

Why not join him on a workshop…

Steve’s next landscape workshop is in the Isle of Skye from 7 to 14 October. He’s running this alongside Irish Landscape Photographer Peter Cox and you can see their full programme here: ISLE OF SKYE WORKSHOP.

Further information on Steve his upcoming workshops can be found on his website


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Think Tank Photo Airport International – Rolling Around with Richard Washbrooke

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Rolling Around with Richard Washbrooke

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Richard Washbrooke is a self taught freelance photographer since 2010. Richard has been a Think Tank Photo fan for years and is a great brand ambassador; so we thought who better to tell you about the bag, than someone who uses the bag day in, day out!

“Photography is my passion – life captured in a split second. Every image is a unique expression of a moment in time. I’m constantly looking for that special moment to capture, share and immortalise”

Richard has an array of experience within sports, weddings, portraits, PR, theatre, architecture and construction, commercial, travel and events.

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 So, what does Richard think of the Airport International roller bag?

“One of the main areas that I photograph is the architecture and building industry. A lot of my clients are based in London and to get around I find using the train and underground the best method. The rolling Airport International V2 bag I use comes into its own here, and fits all my camera equipment that I need for the job. The bag is the size of a small suitcase, very mobile with the wheels which makes it ideal for getting through rush hour with my gear. So a perfect combination. I have been using the Airport International for a few years now and has taken many bumps and been wheeled on very uneven surfaces and it still does not show any signs of wear. All of the zips still work. The two areas that could go wrong are the handle and wheels, but they’re user changeable. My new wheels have improved the performance of the bag and the handle still performs well considering the weight it can be rolling “.

How much gear does Richard pack?

Well, this much…

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Richard Washbrooke's Airport International gear fit

  • EOS 1Dx
  • EOS 7D mk11
  • EF 16-35 F2.8
  • EF 70-200 F2.8
  • EF 85 F1.8
  • EF x1.4
  • Sigma 12-24
  • Batteries
  • Flash 580EX
  • Pocket Wizards
  • Hahnel Capture
  • Memory Cards
  • Flachbender
  • Power Port
  • Remote Cable
  • Syrp
  • Polarizer
  • The Pod
  • Leatherman

Check out how Richard packs his bag on the YouTube video:


The new Airport International V3

The new Airport International V3 roller now has an integrated laptop and tablet compartment and continues to incorporate the user changeable wheels and handles.

Want to know more about the Airport International V3? Click here

Watch out if Richard’s about, you might lose a toe…

“I find rush hour can be fun when I have my bag. A lot of people do not look where they are going. They push in, always rush rush, so I keep the bag tight to me when rolling. Occasionally people will get too close and try to cut across you behind and not see the bag and it will run over a foot… the pain on their face. Perhaps we should have bright colour bags?!”

If you want to see more of Richard’s work, take a look at the following…


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DJI Phantom 1 meets Airport Commuter

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We met up with Pete from LCE – London Camera Exchange – Winchester branch to find out which backpack from the Think Tank Photo range is the smallest fit for the DJI Phantom quadcopter and accessories.

We found that the DJI Phantom Series 1 fits very snugly in the Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter backpack, with room for the controller, monitor, action camera, some spare batteries and the blades.

Take a look at how this gear fits in the Airport Commuter:

The Airport Commuter backpack weighs in at 1.5 to 1.9kg, depending on the number of dividers used. The external dimensions are 31.6 x 21.6 x 45.7 cm (12.5″W x 8.5″D x 18″H) and the shape is rectangular, so this is an ideal bag for airline travel. Of course you’ll need to check out your preferred carrier for their carry-on allowance!

For those of you that prefer more space around the DJI Phantom quadcopter, then the larger Airport Accelerator backpack is ideal. With external dimensions of 35.6 x 22.9 x 52.1 cm (14″W x 9″D x 20.5″H) and weight of 1.9 to 2.5kg (depending on dividers used) it provides even more space for accessories too. There is also a separate pocket for your laptop and tablet.

These photos give you a guide to the bag size when fitting Canon and Nikon gear inside:

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Accelerator loaded with an assortment of Nikon Gear

Airport Accelerator with Canon Gear

The dividers that come with the Airport Accelerator are for standard DSLR gear, however Think Tank Photo have now produced a special divider set for this backpack – the Airport Accelerator DJI Phantom 2 Divider Kit – to maximise best use of space when fitting the DJI Phantom and accessories:

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T487 Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Divider Kit 01S

As you can see, compared to the Airport Commuter there is more space around the quadcopter, and greater capacity for accessories. The special dividers allow for storage in between the quadcopter arms, and also the divider kit comes with x4 protective rotor mount thread caps.

The organiser pouches pictured between the arms are the Cable Management 20 V2 – other sizes and types are also available, and you can see the full range HERE.

Find out more about the DJI Phantom quadcopters and Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter and Accelerator backpacks from Pete at London Camera Exchange in Winchester.

You can check out Pete’s work on his website here: www.pete-rawlinson.co.uk

FYI: We filmed the video of the DJI Phantom 1 fitting in the Airport Commuter using Canon, Sony and GoPro cameras.