Q & A with Ben Horton

13Ben Horton started his career as a photographer by taking photographs of places where other people simply couldn’t go.  The more remote the location, the harder it was to get there, the more appeal it had for the young upstart. It wasn’t long before Ben moved on to working in the commercial world, and was picked up by some of the top names in fashion and advertising.  As it goes, Ben’s original passion caught ahold of him once again while shooting a documentary project on a remote island in the Pacific.  Ben was awarded the first ever National Geographic Young Explorers Grant for work he did to expose the issue of shark poaching on Cocos Island and as a result, he was invited to join National Geographic Explorer in Residence Will Steger on a two month arctic adventure, using photography to document the effects of global warming.  Ben is now a contributing photographer for National Geographic, and is currently working on the story of Genghis Kahn, Endangered Trees, and the Haitian earthquake recovery.
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Tamrac:  What inspired you to become a photographer?
 Ben:  I always knew I wanted to be a storyteller.  For a long time I thought that meant writing, and I do write on occasion, but when I discovered that I could tell the same story through images I was quick to change my focus from writing to photography.  It also helped that my photos started selling while my writing didn’t get picked up right away.

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Tamrac:  Does your mental preparation change when you are shooting for National Geographic compared to shooting fashion or commercial photography?
Ben:  It is an absolutely different mental process.  I think that’s also why I like doing both National Geographic work and fashion/commercial work.   It stimulates different parts of my brain.  When shooting for National Geographic I’m trying to take an existing scene and interpret what I’m seeing accurately, but in a way that intrigues the viewer, that means building whole new tools to help me capture an image, or finding ways to see something from a new angle.  When I’m shooting commercially, or fashion, I’m creating an image from scratch.  Sometimes I visualize concepts with paper and pencil, and then try and recreate that image in reality.

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Tamrac:  What is the best advice you have been given that was related to photography?
Ben:
  To never give up.  I wasn’t born talented as a photographer, but I do have one talent that a lot of people don’t have, and that’s the willingness to work longer and harder than the next person.  That’s the most important talent anyone can have.

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Tamrac:  You have traveled all over the world, is there a particular location you love to visit and why?
Ben:  Everywhere has it’s own draw.  It’s hard to compare the high arctic to a submarine landscape 2000 feet below the surface of the ocean.  I would go back to any of the places I’ve visited, but I think if I had one place left to go, I might choose to go back to the arctic.  It’s like being on another planet.  It’s the most remote place that I’ve ever been.  Imagine going two weeks without any sign of man at all.  I didn’t even see a plane in the sky for two weeks.  There’s bear, wolves, muskox, giant rabbits and tiny reindeer.  It’s a really fascinating world.

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Tamrac:  What project moved you the most?
Ben:  In Haiti, you just saw a broken country, where even the presidential palace was literally falling apart, about to collapse.  But the people were for the most part kind, happy, and spirited in the face of all that had happened to them.  The country is beautiful once you get outside of Port Au Prince.  First world aid programs were everywhere, but in many ways they were taking advantage of the Haitians as much as they were helping them.  It was all a very large contrast to what we hear about on our news channels.

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Tamrac:  With DSLR’s now capable of shooting video, do you experiment with shooting motion when you are in the field and has that changed how you approach an assignment?
Ben: I do, and I enjoy shooting video when I am on an assignment.  I shot a lot of video when I was in Mongolia, and they ended up putting a large portion of my work into a documentary on NGTV.  I’ve shot a few TV shows and even had some of my own projects put on television, so it’s always good to collect some motion while in the field.  It is hard sometimes to decide what matters most, stills or video, because when something important happens and there isn’t someone there dedicated to shooting just video it can be missed.

Tamrac:  What Tamrac gear do you use?
Ben:  I have three tamrac bags, I’ve got the Expedition 8x for hard hiking, and remote places, the Rally 6 for when I only need my camera and a lens or two, and the speedroller 1x for when I’m shooting in the city or when I’m traveling.   I’m also thinking of getting an Evolution Speedroller so I have something that both rolls and can be worn like a pack. That would be great for traveling assignments.

Tamrac:  What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Ben: I strap my bags onto the back of my motorcycle and I fully trust them.  Having lost a lot of camera equipment to the roughness of travel, it’s nice to have something that I don’t have to worry about.   I would even check my bags and feel safe.

Q & A with with Myles McGuinness

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_9M78785-139Inspired by a lifetime of traveling, Myles was raised on saltwater and snow. He grew up across the U.S. in such places as the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina, and along with the coastal beaches of Georgia, Texas, Florida and California. You could say he traveled a lot as a kid and developed a certain itch for exploration.
Myles holds Bachelor of Art degrees in both Graphic Design and Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. His images have been exhibited internationally in Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Australia, U.S. and recognized by: American Advertising Federation (AAF), National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Oceanside Museum of Art, The California Surf Museum, Communication Arts Photo Annual, and a Follow the Light Finalist.
“Great images have always inspired me, whether they are images that have been captured before by others, or those that I see when I close my eyes and imagine. Images are so powerful they motivate, tell stories, alter the course of history, they change the way we see the past and shape the future. For me, photography has been a life-long means to explore and capture how I view the world—slices of life, an instant in time, a person, an experience or an event. I strive to connect with those places and people I’ve documented. Photography represents both a means of expression and documentation.
With my images I look to combine certain energy, a feeling, with unique light, at equally interesting moment in time. I am drawn to the textures and patterns of the ocean, a persons face or a distant location. The feelings and essence are what I try to embody and capture within my images. Subtle but bold. Simple yet deeply complex. Instantaneous but timeless.”

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Tamrac: 
How did you get into photography?
Myles:  Both my parents were really into photography and my step dad was a filmmaker. My first camera was an old Kodak Instamatic, which was in my hands probably around age 4 or 5. I still have some prints from it. The next leap was in college, learning about the technical side of photography- the darkroom, lighting, and different processes.

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Tamrac:  You have traveled all over the world shooting for clients such as Surfer Magazine, Eidon, Kelly Slater Wave Co., to name just a few!  Do you have a favorite location to shoot and why?
Myles:  Each place I visit has something special and memorable to offer, it’s hard to pick just one place. I think the best part of traveling is experiencing new places and people for the first time. If I had to pick one place it would have to be of my favorite local spot to shoot, Blacks Beach in La Jolla, CA. Amazing light, sandstone cliffs and emerald green water, but you do have to watch out for the nude sunbathers.

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Tamrac:  Did you grow up surfing and how has that helped you as a photographer?
Myles: I actually grew up skiing in West Virginia and North Carolina, and then moved to Florida around age 11. That’s when I transitioned from skiing to surfing all the time. Living in Florida required traveling to find better waves and naturally I would document those adventures. I guess you could say surfing has helped me step back and appreciate those simple things that bring us so much joy. The people, the feeling, the environments and the experiences along the way.

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Tamrac:  What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Myles:  Keep it real, shoot what you know and are passionate about in life. The rest will fall into place.

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Tamrac:  Can you share with us your next project?
Myles:  I’m off to Nicaragua next week for a photo shoot. We have talented group of 8-10 art directors, models, and surfer’s flying in from California, Puerto Rico and Canada.

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Tamrac:  How has Social Media helped you as a photographer?
Myles:  Social media has been a great tool for me to gain exposure to a larger audience without having to spend a ton of money. Though it does take a bit of time.  It’s helped me reach & interact with more people across the globe that wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago.

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Tamrac:  What is your favorite surf movie?
Myles:  Bunyip Dreaming. A classic film shot by Jack McCoy in Australia with music by Concrete Blonde and INXS.

Tamrac:  What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Myles:  They are durable, well designed + protects my gear from the elements.

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Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Myles:  Expedition 8x- Model 5588 (Black) + MX5354 Rain Cover
Jazz 76 Sling Pack Model 4276
Big Wheels SpeedRoller X2 5592

Tamrac: How can people find out more about you and your work, and keep up with what you’re doing?
Myles: www.9mphoto.com (Website)
www.facebook.com/9mphoto (facebook)
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Maring Visuals Q&A

CharlesandJen_Bio_8x10_300Maring is an International Award Winning studio where creative storytelling shines. We’re a group of photographers, cinematographers, graphic designers, master printer artists, and book binders working in unison to bring our clients a one of a kind experience where the words “artistic integrity” ring true.
We tell stories in print, on the big screen, online, and we even design custom mobile applications for smart phones and tablets in which we blend the creative content we produce into gorgeous interactive publications that can be private or monetized online.
Often we get to photograph and create content for some well known personalities and companies like Donald and Melania Trump, David Tutera, Star Jones, Tom Clancy, Disney, American Express, etc…
You won’t find Maring everywhere or advertising in local magazines, etc… Instead, we work primarily on referrals from past clients who know that we will deliver on our promise of excellence. Whether your project is personal such as a wedding, private party, or a family portrait…. Or, your project is commercial as an interactive catalog, a business portrait, or a viral video.

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Tamrac: How did you get into photography?
Charles/Jennifer:  Both Jennifer and I are lucky in that both our fathers were into photography. We both come from families that were experimenting in the photographic processes, both behind the camera and in the darkroom, our entire lives. So, it’s something both of us have always held close to our hearts and something we dreamt about growing up.

Tamrac: You guys excel in shooting diverse photographic styles.  Do you have a favorite?
Charles/Jennifer: Thank you for noticing this… We don’t really have a favorite style. We simply like telling great stories. We have just as much appreciation for photojournalism as we do for pro-active work. We strive to be the best we can at both and feel there is a time and place for both as well.

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Tamrac: You guys created a really cool app for the iTunes store called Modern Light, can you describe it to us?
Charles/Jennifer: Modern Light is more like an interactive book that an app per say. It covers a lot of basics, terminology, light shaping tools, etc… for those that are just getting started. However, we also included videos, diagrams, and examples of how we personally use these tools in a variety of ways from lighting reception halls to celebrity portraits to fashion. It chronicles some of our shoots over a 6 month period and shares advice on how to light with purpose.

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Tamrac: You guys have been on several episodes of My Fair wedding.  Can you tell us about that experience?
Charles/Jennifer: Yes we have… We actually photographed David Tutera’s personal wedding quite a few years back after he fell in love with our style and quality. We went on to co-produce several books with David on entertaining, and just recently photographed him and all of his commercial brands as well for upcoming product launches. Our work with My Fair Wedding was really more behind the scenes although we appear many times and are the focus of a couple of shows. David came to us regarding creating a My Fair Wedding book. So, most weddings had their own photographer, and our job was to capture the details of the design and from a behind the scenes perspective. It was a lot of fun to work on set with cast and crew as well as to be a guest expert.

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Tamrac: Do you have any unique or funny moments while shooting on location?
Charles/Jennifer: Nothing to crazy that happened to us personally. Luck favors the prepared mind I guess. I’ve dropped a few lenses over the years, but have been quite lucky.  But, we have seen some crazy things. One time at a wedding the grooms mom got out of a Lincoln Town car at the ceremony, which was driven by a neighbor. She walked behind the car and the neighbor ran her over breaking her leg severely. Luckily an ambulance arrived to bring the grandmother at the same time, and they had an extra wheelchair. In trauma, the grooms mom refused to go to the hospital. So the overall view of the ceremony was with two wheelchairs on each side of the aisle. Looking back, that was kind of lucky as well as the shot balanced quite nicely.

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Tamrac: What are projects are you working on that we can expect to see soon?
Charles/Jennifer: We are working on numerous projects right now on the personal front. We never sit still, and if things are slow on the client front, we ramp up personal projects. We are very passionate about personal work above all else. Too many photographers focus only on client work instead of their own ideas and dreams. In the end it is personal work that ultimately feeds client work somehow in our experience. Plus you may succeed or fail in the end, but what matters is that you grew in the process, and have something spectacular to show for it.  On the video front, we shot several short films this year, along with a feature film, with the New York Film Group. This is a creative group of directors, producers, writers, actors, and cinematographers, and we are one of the key players. Some members are seasoned professionals that work in broadcast, others are students, and still others are aspiring. We team up to help each other get projects off the ground and, as a group, we see them through to completion and off to film festivals. The group has nearly 200 members, but is growing at incredible speed. We expect 1000 members by the end of 2013. So, we are working on finding meaningful scripts, and producing several shorts and two feature films in the coming year.  We also have been shooting stills, video, and time lapse films of the growth of a new park in NYC called the High Line for the past few years. We are on the verge of launching the pilot issue of a magazine called HighLine, which will be available on the iPad summer of 2013. The magazine has interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, gallerists, etc… and is a publication that brings the area to life in a new creative way. Digital publishing is the next wave, and we intend to be on it.

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Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Charles/Jennifer: Since we are in NYC, well-made roller cases are big for us. The rolling studio cases are incredible because we now do so much high production value video work. On set, everything remains organized, visible and easily accessible.  As you know, we shoot weddings and portraits as well… We absolutely love the line of Tamrac Messenger bags because they piggy-back the big wheels speed roller cases. This is ideal for travel as it all fits as a carry on.

Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Charles/Jennifer: What we love about our Tamrac bags is that they are extremely well made, and they last a very long time. They are also well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
Feel free to drop us an email or give us a call. We hope that you’ll expect the best, because that is what we strive to deliver!

Behind the Scenes of NBA Photographer Andrew D. Bernstein

You’ve seen the images, now hear the stories behind them!  LA Lakers, Clippers, Kings and NBA Photographer Andrew D. Bernstein will be at Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles on March 21st to talk about his experiences shooting some of the most famous athletes in the world.  Come to get a rare glimpse behind some of the most iconic sports images from the last 30 years.  To learn more see below:

To purchase tickets got to: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5413660404/eorg#

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Q&A with Wedding and Portrait Photographer Hanson Fong

Hanson-HeadshotHanson Fong of San Francisco, California, is globally recognized as one of the premier wedding and portrait photographers in the industry. With more than 30 years of experience, Hanson has rightfully earned the Photographic Degrees of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman. He is currently a member of the prestigious Society of XXV. Hanson is also a proud member of Canon’s Explorers of Light.

Hanson regularly shares his techniques that apply to both fine art and classical photography. In his course, “Fong Shui, Harmonizing the Fine Art of Posing and Lighting” he demonstrates the Classic 10 Poses that he pioneered, flow posing, body shifting and facial analysis. Complimented with his animated personality, attendees enjoy live shooting demonstrations, hands on posing techniques, as well as large screen projections of his present and past work.

Hanson has lectured at every major school of photography across America and has been invited to speak at various national and international conventions. His work and talent are recognized throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Europe. His work has been displayed in the Hall of Fame, Epcot Center, and the ASP Traveling Loan. Hanson’s images have been seen in numerous publications including “American Photo,” “Bridal Guide,” “Popular Photography,” “Rangefinder,” “Studio Photography,” and “Professional Photographer.” The quality of his work is reflected in the aesthetic appeal found in each of his photographs.

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Tamrac:  Can you describe the moment you knew you wanted to be a photographer?
Hanson: It was 1970, I was in high school and started photographing my friends and family. I enjoyed it very much and my subjects thought I was pretty good. When I enrolled in a community college, I started taking photography courses and knew that was what I wanted to do.

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Tamrac:  What do you think about the new mirrorless cameras?
Hanson: Great possibility of a lighter camera body…it is about 30% lighter! Technology is ever changing before our eyes!

Tamrac:  Tell us a about your course “Fong Shui, Harmonizing the Fine Art of Posing and Lighting” and where can photographers learn more?
Hanson: How I came up with this course title was the fact that when I was taking classes from my mentors, the models they had to pose were just that, models. When I got into the real world to photograph, my subjects were your average everyday people. In order to make these subjects “look good” I had to learn how to make them “look good” by learning how to pose and using different lighting techniques.
Photographers can learn my techniques by checking out my website, www.hansonfong.smugmug.com , teaching programs. I am contemplating doing some private workshops as well this year.

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Tamrac:  Where is your dream location to photograph and why?
Hanson: What better place than Venice, Italy! I love the charm, beauty, romance, architecture of Venice.

Tamrac:  Do you have any unique or funny moments while shooting on location?
Hanson: I once photographed a bride and groom at the Palace of Fine Arts. Swans were passing by and all of a sudden, one of the swans attacked the bride and the other chased the groom away!

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Tamrac:  You offer a variety of products that include photography tip DVD’s to EZ Steps, where can photographers buy your products?
Hanson: Please visit my website, www.hansonfong.smugmug.com, email me at hansonfong@mac.com or call me at (415) 433-7994.

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Tamrac:  What Tamrac gear do you use?
Hanson: I use the Tamrac Rolling Strong Box 692.

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Tamrac:  What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Hanson: They are extremely well made! The large wheels are able to handle the roughest, uneven terrain. These bags remind me of that suitcase that was indestructible by that gorilla! Very durable and easy to clean! I love the compartments, they are adjustable, designed very well, and protects my gear with tender loving care.

For more info on Hanson visit his website: www.hansonfong.smugmug.com

Photographer Spotlight – Q&A with Max Roper

We’re excited to to partner up with concert-photography maven, world traveler, and entrepreneur, Max Roper. We got to pick his brain about some of the visually striking images he’s captured and packaged it all up this this blog post for your enjoyment! So read on and enjoy!

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Tamrac:  Tell us about your first experience with photography and when you knew it was something you wanted to do.
Max:
  I am a fairly new photographer in general, I got my first DSLR back in 2009 and started just taking photos of anything I was doing. I travel a lot so I was very excited to start getting some good documentation of my travels. Music is a huge part of my life so I think once that was blended with photography, I was into it!

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Tamrac: How did you get started with concert photography? Did you know the bands or just show up with your camera in hand and start taking awesome photos?
Max:
I love and play music and was going to shows all the time and I thought that I would try and sneak my camera in to get some shots of this artist I was seeing at a smaller venue. I separated the camera up between a few of my friends and I got it in. After the show, I posted the photos on the artists facebook page and they loved them. It was really unexpected. I honestly really had no idea what I was doing, but they really liked my photos. That encouraged me to continue.

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Tamrac: What kind of camera gear do you usually take on your concert shoots? Do you ever use a flash as a fill or use only stage lighting?
Max: My first camera was the Nikon D80 and I loved it, so now I am a Nikon dude! I use the D700 now and pretty much just the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8. Once in a while I will bring out my fisheye or the 50mm 1.4 if it will work for the shoot I am on. The 24-70 f/2.8 is pretty much my go-to lens. About 90% of my shots are with that lens.  I bought a flash a few years ago and the first time I tried to take it out it got dropped in a lake and that was that. I am a big proponent of using only stage lighting.

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Tamrac: You’ve managed to capture some epic moments in concerts (Mute Math drum jump). Are some of these simply being at the right place at the right time and do you also have an idea of how the show will go so you’re able to plan your shoot out?
Max: Thanks :). That Mute Math concert was actually the 4th concert I had taken photos at so I was still getting into the swing of how it all works. I had never seen them before. They were just unreal! Still to this day, they are one of the most amazing bands touring. That night may have had a bit of luck on it. I was also just so into their energy. I think it contributed to how good all of the shots came out. Since then I’ve been on a few tours with bands where I’m shooting their show every night which allowed me to really learn the pace of their sets. You can be very calculated in that type of situation.

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Tamrac: From all of the concert shoots you’ve been on I’m sure you’ve seen some pretty crazy stuff. Do you have any funny or crazy stories you can share?
Max: There is always something crazy happening at every concert. Haha. I was taking photos in New York once and it was a pretty insane show; mosh pits everywhere and crowd surfing galore. I was up front and taking photos and some dude from the crowd that was (obviously) pretty drunk decided that it was the best call to pour the remainder of his beer all over me and my camera. My camera was a bit sticky but it was all good. He ended up apologizing. It was pretty funny afterwards.

Tamrac: So what do you like to do when you’re not shooting Jay-Z or traveling around the world?
Max: I have a few things going on. I do tech stuff over at Red Bull and just finished up the Red Bull Stratos project where we had an athlete skydive from space. The project went very well and I am glad he is alive. I also have a tech startup called Appetize. It’s a mobile app that allows you to order food/drinks/merchandise at stadiums and get it delivered to your seat. It is going very well and we have some pretty awesome products that I am very happy about. I love the blues. When I am not working on my other projects, I am playing some blues guitar.

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Tamrac: Are there any projects or opportunities on the horizon for you that you’d be able to share with us?
Max: I am a licensed skydiver and am trying to get as many jumps as possible to be able into get to base jumping. I am pretty excited about it and plan to start base jumping everywhere I travel to. Hopefully some of my photography can carry over into that space and I can starting getting some new and innovative shots.

Tamrac: Lastly, do you have any advice for other photographers that have been inspired by your work?
Max: Every photographer should strive to be as unique as possible. Just trying to copy someone else won’t get you very far and ultimately will just put you in the cloud of others. Strive to be as personally creative as possible!

To see and learn more about Max:
Website: www.maxroper.com
Instagram: @maxroper
Twitter: @maxroper

Photographer Spotlight – Fashion Photographer Jim Jordan

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  • “I love my matching Tamrac camera bags, they keep my camera gear so organized and safe, plus I’m always styling when I’m rolling in and out of airports.”
  • “Tamrac has streamlined my work flow and made my life so much easier”

Jim Jordan – Fashion and Commercial Photographer

Growing up as a skater and surfer in sunny, Southern California, Jim Jordan spent his high school days scouting models and finding the next great faces of the coming generation. With a passion for beauty and styling, Jim quickly became a highly respected hair and makeup artist, traveling the world and working with the biggest actors, actresses and supermodels of the time, such as Cindy Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Farrah Fawcett, etc. He worked with the world’s best photographers, such as Herb Ritts, Peter Lindbergh, Steve Meisel, Patrick Demarchelier, to name a few, and after many years of behind the scenes experience as a hair and makeup artist, Jim picked up a camera and immediately developed his own unique style as a photographer. Jim now shoots celebrities such as Leonardo Dicaprio, Drew Berrymore, Charlize Theron, Marisa Miller, to name a few, and shoots for clients such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Marie Claire, etc. Jim also directs and shoots seamless campaigns for clients such as Mercedes Benz, J Crew, American Express, Warner Brothers, and many more. Jim now lives in LA and NYC, and shoots in the most picture perfect places around world.”

Want to learn from one of the best?  Jim offers numerous workshops throughout the year where you will get hands on advice from Jim himself.  Keep up to date on all his workshops at www.workshops.jimjordanphotography.com

To see more of Jim’s work check out his website at www.jimjordanphotography.com
Like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimjordanphoto
Follow him on Instagram @jimjordanphoto

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Tamrac Sponsored Photographer Ted Craig Q&A

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We are thrilled to have Ted Craig as part of the Tamrac team and as a Sponsored Photographer.  Ted is a conceptual artist based out of the West Coast of America. His creations of imagination and  pushing art have captured the eyes of both domestic and international viewers. Ted continues to push the boundaries of creativity through is images.  We are excited to share our Q&A with Ted.


Tamrac:
Tell us about your first experience with photography and when you knew it was something you wanted to do?
Ted:  My first real experience with photography would have to be my first pictures for my band’s album cover. I remember grabbing our drummer’s expensive leather chair, sneaking it out past his family, and putting out in a sand pit where we ended up taking the photos. I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it! With no access to a tripod, I placed it between two rocks. Then, I hit the timer on my moms Nikon Coolpix 7900 and ran like hell only to find out later that it was “artistically out of focus.” From there on I was known as the lead guitarist and designated photographer, I was one hundred percent on board after that!

Tamrac: You’re work is very imaginative and creates a story.  Where do your ideas and inspirations come from?
Ted:  It goes beyond just the capture and the post production. I do a lot of self-portraits because, one: I am always available and two: it is the easiest way to experiment with lighting to conceptualizing. Some people work out, read, or shop, but I simply take photos everyday. And every photo, 99% of the time, is an expression of who I am that day.

Tamrac: You are working on the 365 project.  Can you tell us more about that?
Ted: I took on the 365 project for the first time this year. I believe, and I really stress this to people that ask me about the pros of doing it, this is the best thing you can do to further yourself with photography. What I have found with this project is a personal style, and a way of thinking; that is not something you just simply acquire or can buy. I have had my days when it was hard to pick up my camera, dedicate myself to an idea, and execute it; but those are the days that make you appreciate the project and that you will accomplish it in 365 days. I am on day 302 today!

Tamrac: As an active user on Instagram, you have over 5800 followers and growing quickly. How has it helped you as a photographer?
Ted: I honestly thought Instagram was not for me and did not think twice of it in benefiting my photography. Now, it is my highest traffic source and I have met many connections through it. I am thankful for all the people that have helped me on Instagram to get where I am today.

Tamrac: Shooting your images seem to have quite a process.  Can you share how much time is spent in pre and post production?
Ted: Some insight on how long my processing takes from start to finish: you can actually go ahead and look at my first image titled, ‘chest of drawers.’ (see above) The shooting portion did not take me long, just over 20 minutes. The reason it took me such a short period of time to do so was because I was working with natural window light, which became directly involved and displayed in the image. Realism is the first thing I try to accomplish in my images. I know it isn’t real but if it were to be real that is what it would be like, from light to shadows on all variables in the actual image. There was an hour or so of post work on this image. Again, creating realism within a fantasized world isn’t always easy, but that is probably the hardest part of the process. This is a 7 image composite.

Tamrac: What do you like to do when you are not shooting?
Ted: Outside of photography, I love films. It is still related to photography in a sense and I would love to be in the film industry as a DOP. The work of Ce’sar Charlone in ‘City of God’ got me really interested in the possibilities of creating beauty within film. Getting out of photography all together, I really love surfing, cooking, spending time with family and working on my other company mavenOG.

Tamrac: Lastly, are there any projects or opportunities on the horizon that you can share with us?
Ted: A project that I am exited about is a collaboration with my sister, Paige. She is a brilliant writer out in Denver, CO and that is all I will reveal for now!

Part of Ted’s Halloween photo project…SPOOKY!

To learn more about Ted and is very cool images check him out www.tedcraigphoto.com and follow him on Instagram @tedcraig.

Here is Ted’s Tamrac gear!

Surfing Photographer Tom Carey shoots Bali

Riding the wave!

Tamrac Sponsored and Surfing Photographer guru Tom Carey recently visited Bali. Tom travels all over the world capturing some amazing surfing photos. We are so happy that Tom gets home safe and sound from his travels.  And Tom is happy that is camera equipment is safe and protected in his Tamrac bags!

“Hey Tom, tell us about your trip”

The locations I travel to and the conditions I put my bag through are the toughest around, including my latest trip to Bali. The salt air, dirt and dust are relentless. I really abuse my gear and my Tamrac bags handle every element.  I’m also able to carry on the bigger planes a 600mm, multiple SLRs, a laptop, hard drives, a 70-200mm and multiple other lenses. My super Telephoto Lens Pack was also perfect for riding my moped in Bali, it felt like nothing was on my back.
“great Tom, awesome pics too”

Catching big air!  Photo Credit: Tom Carey

Heading to the gate with the Expedition 8x and Evolution Super Telephoto BP!

Here is Tom cruising on his moped with his Evolution Telephoto BP secured as a passenger! And yes, he does have a 600mm and Pro DSLR in there!

Happy Hour? Tom and his Expedition enjoying some downtime!

For more info about Tom and to see more of his cool photos, visit his website at www.tomcareyphoto.com

 

Andrew D. Bernstein travels to China to shoot the NBA

Tamrac Sponsored Photographer Andrew D. Bernstein recently traveled to China to shoot the NBA games. He was well equipped with his Tamrac bags!  Even the paparazzi wanted photos of Andrew…and his Tamrac bags!
Andy, we are glad you made it back safe and sound.  How did your bags do?

“When traveling all over the world, I need camera bags that are reliable and durable in all conditions, and my Tamrac rolling bag is just that. One of the best features of the roller is that it fits in the overhead compartment on a plane, making it easy to store during travel. Also, the roller’s storage and pockets hold all my gear needed for the job.”                             - Andrew Bernstein

Andrew on his way to China with the #5592 – Big Wheels SpeedRoller 2x

A great smile says a lot!  Andrew with his Tamrac Pro 12 #5612 bag.