It all started when I purchased the new late 2016 MacBook Pro with touch bar on launch day. I needed a new carrying case/sleeve due to the new size, but quickly learned there wasn't anything available yet. I've always purchased protective sleeves from Incase and I expected them to have something to fit the new MacBook Pro either at launch or fairly soon after. Well, fast forward two months after purchase and there’s still nothing released from Incase. I reached out to them twice on Twitter and they never replied. At this point, I decided to search for a replacement brand and product since my traveling dates were fast approaching and I needed something quickly to keep my MacBook Pro protected while carried in my Ajna Fstop Gear Backpack.
This is when I came across a company called Mac-Case online and noticed something that appealed to me. I wasn't sure if it would work with the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, so I sent them a message via Twitter (@MacCasePortable) and they responded within a few hours. From there, they responded to two more of my concerns within hours. So I was off to place my order online and was excited to see upon checkout their option to use Apple Pay. It only makes sense right? How are you going to sell Mac accessories and not accept Apple Pay, the single most secured form of payment in the world?
The very next day, I received an email with shipping and tracking information for a fast USPS delivery. Impressed again! Arrival day. I was very surprised to see and feel such a quality product. The pictures on their website and the ones posted here do not give this protective sleeve it’s due justice. In my opinion, the quality of this protective sleeve exceeds anything else out there. The 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar fits into the sleeve very nicely. It's not a tight fit nor is it a snug fit, but it’s a comfortable fit. When I was told that it wasn't going to be a snug fit like I was used to having with protection sleeves from Incase, I was a little worried. There's very little movement inside the sleeve, and in fact, the comfortable fit allows for easy entry and removal of the MacBook. The padding and protective edge guard is simply wonderful and the cloth inside it Is very soft.
So if you are looking for an awesome protective sleeve to fit your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar - look no further.
- Get Insurance: if your able to get insurance - just do it. I have a policy that's $55.00 a month and covers $15,000 in gear away from home.
- Purchase a Quality Backpack: lot of camera backpacks make it difficult for theft. For example, some open from the back, so you have to remove the bag in order gain access to your gear
- Aside from protection from the rain, a waterproof cover can be a deterrent. With a cover pulled over the backpack, the pockets and zippers are not accessable. It would also help that the cover isn't branded with a name associated with photography gear.
- If your not wanting to use a rain cover, you could maybe use small hooks or clips. This way you can clip together some of the zippers on your backpack. I use S-BINER® SLIDELOCK (see image above), which can be purchased from REI. My backpack is an Ajna made by Fstop.
- To allow yourself to concentrate on your shot, and to not loose your gear. Simply wear your bag while shooting or safely place it under your tripod. Also, make sure everything is closed and zipped up.
- Whenever your sitting at a restaurant, place the strap(s) of your bag underneath the leg of the chair. If you can also place the bag under the table - Great!
- Do not leave your gear or bag in plain sight in your car. Just because your windows are tented does not mean equipment should be in plain sight. Broken windows on a rented car will mean huge loss in time and bad headache.
Nothing makes a house a home more than hanging artwork on bare walls. It adds personal style and visual interest, and it reflects the homeowner’s personality. For most of us, it is fairly difficult to hang artwork properly. If artwork—especially the popular “gallery walls”—isn’t hung correctly, everything will look awkward and out of place, causing perfectionists everywhere to cringe every time they pass the wall. Before whacking away at your wall to hang artwork, here’s a checklist of what NOT to do.
Not Using the Proper Hanging Equipment
Sometimes, a single nail just won’t cut it—especially with heavier pieces. While using a single hook might work for some smaller pieces, most of the time, it’s extremely difficult to get the artwork perfectly straight without using another hook. Using two hooks, one on each side, ensures that the weight of the piece is evenly dispersed on each side, keeping it from shifting over one way or the other. There are also picture-hanging kits available at most retailers that include the correct brackets, wall mounts and other hardware needed to hang your piece correctly according to weight and size. Just any nail won’t necessarily work—and if it does, it won’t last for a long time before it collapses.
Even though adhesive hooks are not ideal, sometimes renters don’t have a choice in the matter as it is common for most landlords and property managers to disallow renters to put holes in the wall. If you fall under this category, the “two-hook” method still works; however, it’s important to get the right adhesive hook for the weight of your piece. Otherwise, you’ll defeat the purpose of using the hook when your artwork falls off the wall and possibly damages it.
“Eyeballing” the Height Placement
Nothing is more frustrating than trying to “eyeball” the placement of artwork. Yes, it may look straight while you’re up close to the wall and hammering away, but once you step away, it’s almost guaranteed that it will be crooked or too close to the floor.
Before you begin to hang your artwork, grab a measuring tape and measure 57 inches from the floor—that’s the ideal height for the center of the artwork to be. This height is at eye-level for most people, and it is the most commonly used measurement in art galleries and museums. Using a leveler will also ensure the piece does not slope one way or another.
Be sure not to use the 57-inch rule as the measurement for where the hook should be; that must be calculated using the placement of the wire on the back of the frame. Using our inexpensive Picture Hanging Tool is an easy way to mark the place where to put the picture-hanging hook on your display wall.
When hanging multiple pieces, or creating a gallery wall, the 57-inch rule is even more important to adhere to, because otherwise, the pieces won’t flow together properly. Hanging all of the pieces at eye level will create consistency. When hanging an arrangement of pieces in one location, you can use the “string and pushpin method,” where you measure 57 inches from the floor, marking each spot with a pushpin and running a string between them to ensure everything is lined up.
Lack of Planning for Gallery Walls
When creating a gallery wall, pre-planning where the frames will go saves you the headache and hassle of having to continuously rearrange the pieces on the wall—creating dozens of holes in the wall during the process A commonly used and quite effective method for pre-planning a gallery wall is to use craft or butcher paper. Lay the paper flat on the floor and arrange your frames in the order that looks appealing to you. Larger pieces placed toward the left can create a sense of harmony.
Trace the frames out on the paper, including the placement of the hooks, and tape the butcher paper to the wall with painter’s tape. Hammer the nails for the hooks through the paper on the wall where indicated. Take the paper down (without damaging the outlines of the frames) and use the butcher paper as your guide. Voila! The artwork is exactly where you intended.