Train Ride with Matt Beard

One of our bags, the Pro 9 BP, was lucky enough to enjoy the comforts of a cozy train ride while in the company of it’s owner, Tamrac Sponsored Photographer Matt Beard!  Matt was able to find great use for his bag in a variety of ways…see what he had to say:

“Had to catch a train today, and needed a bag that could hold my clothes, a small camera, my laptop, all my bills and mail and other things…yet work as a quick carry-on.

My Series 9 did the trick.  …and it worked well as a pillow for a quick nap!”

Thanks Matt and we are glad the bag gave your weary head a soft landing!
Check out Matt’s website at www.mattbeard.com

On the Train with Matt Beard

 

Tamrac Sponsored Photographer Kevin Kubota Q&A

Kevin KubotaAmerican Photo Magazine named Kevin Kubota one of the “Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World”. His photos have been featured on the covers and within the pages of countless popular magazines and photography books. Kevin has been a featured presenter for Nikon and Adobe, and his work with the Nikon digital camera earned him a spot as a Nikon “Legend Behind the Lens”.

Kubota is an internationally recognized speaker, having presented for every major photographic convention in the USA. He created the popular “Digital Photography Bootcamp®” workshop which has been running successfully since 2002. He authored the book under the same name, now in it’s second edition, published by Amherst Media. Kevin shares over 2 decades of commercial and portrait lighting experience in his latest book, The Lighting Notebook, published by Wiley. The companion iApp, is available in the iTunes store.

Kubota Image Tools products have won multiple Hot One Awards as well as the Readers Choice Award. Kevin was personally awarded the 2009 Monte Zucker Memorial Humanitarian Award for social service through photography

Tamrac:
Wedding photography can be very challenging, but your images convey beauty, personality and spontaneity.  What inspires you to create such amazing photos?
Kevin:

Adrenaline!  But seriously, I do actually thrive on the pressure of photographing weddings. I think that certain people are able to use pressure and adrenaline to be creative and solution oriented, while others tend to freeze under it. Good wedding photographers find a way to use the pressure to fuel their creativity. The style of my imagery, I think, comes from my own romantic imagination and my ability to connect and put my clients at ease. I try not to use formulas to create an image, but instead I let my imagination run wild and try to put what’s in my head in to my client’s head – so they become part of the process. I’m also not afraid to ask my client to do anything that pops in to my head – within reason. If they say no, I move on, but I’m not afraid of hearing “no” because usually they say, “Sure!”.

Tamrac:
Have any funny moments happen to you during a shoot?
Kevin:

My wife, Clare, and I would often joke with wedding clients during the pre-wedding meeting about what, if any, unique events they had planned – so that we could be prepared to photograph them. We’d joking say, “Do you have anything special planned? Special guests giving speeches? Slideshows? Fire breathers?”. We’d get a giggle and make a note of anything to watch for.
After one wedding, we were packing up to head home as the wedding reception continued to rage on through the night. As we were walking out, I saw behind the reception tent a woman in a skimpy costume (which of course caught my eye :-) secretly pouring liquid from a can on some sort of baton, and in her mouth. I immediately thought it was some wacky belly-dancing pyro terrorist plot, but then soon put the pieces together…FIRE BREATHER!
I whipped open my (Tamrac) bag, grabbed my camera, and ran back in to the tent just in time to catch the surprise fire-breathing dance show that one of the guests had planned for the bride and groom! It was amazing and certainly something you don’t see at every wedding!
Clare and I laughed, we finally got our fire breather.

Kubota-Fire-Breather

Tamrac:
You recently traveled to Rwanda, can you tell us about your experience?
Kevin:

It was an emotional roller coaster! We went there with some of our staff and a few photographer friends to deliver some funds we’d saved to a woman who ran a large orphanage. I was initially introduced to her by my good friend, Benjamin Edwards. He inspired me – through his own documentary photos, to do something to help her and the orphans. She was Rwandan and didn’t speak English, but after we’d told her we had the gift to give her, she – via a quick cell phone video – managed to convey her sincere thanks, and encouraged me to come visit her in Rwanda. I was moved to tears and we were determined to make the trip happen.

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While we were there we visited with her, the children, the volunteer teachers at the makeshift school, and all the wonderful people who’s lives she touched. We documented the journey with photos and video and shared the experience when we returned. I’ve heard from many photographers since then who have seen my work and in turn been inspired to do something charitable like that themselves – just like I was inspired by Ben.
We often never know how our images will affect people and the world, so we have to just take them, share them, and know that the ripple effect has been put in motion.

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Tamrac:
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Kevin:

Create personal projects. One of the hardest things for new AND seasoned pro photographers is to stay motivated and fresh. Whether you need to learn a new technique, perfect an existing one, or push yourself to create something completely new, projects are the way to go. You simply cannot wait for ideas and assignments to find you! You have to create time and commit to doing them until the day comes when client requests overwhelm you. At that point, it’s even harder to schedule time for personal projects, but they are just as important to keep doing. Put it on your calendar a time to do a personal project. Treat it like a real job and commit to it. You’ll grow in leaps and bounds!

Kubota Ninja

Tamrac:
Tell us one place that you have not been but would love to photograph and why?
Kevin:

I have not yet been to Atlantis. I love scuba diving and have started working on my underwater photography. It’s a lot harder than I thought! I think the under-sea world is absolutely fascinating and beautiful. It reminds me of being on another planet (not that I’ve actually been on another planet yet). I enjoy the challenges of learning something new and of photographing things we don’t see every day. When underwater, you generally have to get much closer to your subject to make it come out clear and colorful and this is particularly challenging when the currents are whisking you around or big sharp teeth are smiling at you.

Kubota Tuscany

Tamrac:
How has Social Media helped you as a photographer?
Kevin:

It’s given me another avenue to share my experiences and projects – which often leads to inquiries about new jobs and opportunities. In a way, it is also an incentive to get out and keep shooting or to be more committed to my personal project agendas. When the world is watching, you want to push yourself a little more – and that’s good for our own growth.

Kubota Italy

Tamrac:
What is your favorite movie?
Kevin:

Ooh, tough one. I loved Moulin Rouge for it’s silliness, romance, quirkiness, and dramatic sets. It is just so unusual and entertaining. I also loved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for its unusual premise, characters, and romantic desperation. Then, of course, I love movies like Lord of the Rings and 300 for their visual amazingness and inspiration.

 Kubota Italy Rock Shore

Tamrac:
What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Kevin:
I’ve been using Tamrac bags for about 20 years. My mentor when I started wedding photography had a Tamrac bag that he swore by, so of course I had to get one too. I’m kind of a gadget geek and pretty particular about ergonomics and details in the products I use. I’ve been known to buy several brands and types of similar products just to find the one that is “just right” and then give the others away. My Tamrac bags and products have always just fit my needs and held up extremely well. I’ve never had one break, rip, or wear out. The features are well thought out and satisfy my ergonomic pickiness.

Tamrac:
What Tamrac gear do you use?
Kevin:

My main bag has been the Super Pro 14. It is the perfect size for my primary photo gear and I particularly love the computer sleeve in the back of the bag. I use this for my computer, obviously, but it also perfectly fits my 42” pop-up reflector disc (when folded), which goes with me everywhere. I like that this slot is behind the main cover so my disc can stick out a little and I can still secure the front flap over the main compartment. I haven’t seen any other bag on the market that offers as much versatility for my needs.
I also have a Super Pro 13 that I use for my speedlights, wireless transceivers, and other smaller lighting gadgets.
I have a 324 tripod bag, and 3 of the 328 Location bags for my light stands and folding light panels.
I use Rolling Strong Box 692 and 694 for my studio strobes and larger light heads. I love that they protect my delicate gear, are relatively light to move, and have wheels for easy cruising.
When I’m traveling abroad and don’t want to carry a ton of gear I use my Adventure 9 backpack for my DSLR and misc. goodies and an Express 6 compact case for my point-n-shoot.
For my day-to-day work commuting with my laptop and gadgets I use the Superlights Computer Messenger 15. I also have the Superlights Computer Sleeve 15 for when I just need to transport my laptop and nothing else.
And of course, what accessory collection would be complete without a red flames camera strap!

 

For more on Kevin Kubota, you may visit his website at www.KevinKubota.com

Tamrac Sponsored Photographer Andrew D. Bernstein Q&A

Andrew D. Bernstein portrait

Andrew D. Bernstein

Since 1983, Andrew D. Bernstein has photographed and developed a unique personal rapport with the world’s leading professional athletes. Bernstein’s work frequently appears in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN, The Sporting News, Time, Newsweek and more. As the Senior NBA Photographer, Andrew has covered every NBA Finals and all major NBA events since 1982, as well as coverage of the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2008 and 2012 United States Olympic basketball teams.

As the LA Lakers, LA Clippers, and LA Kings veteran team photographer, this year Mr. Bernstein captured his 30th year of NBA playoffs, including every Lakers playoff series that Kobe Bryant has played in, and his 18th year of L.A. Kings playoffs, which culminated in their first Stanley Cup championship. Additional work on behalf of the Lakers includes Bernstein’s book documentary with former Lakers’ Head Coach Phil Jackson Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champions.

Accolades for Mr. Bernstein include that he is among only four photographers whose work was selected for permanent exhibit in the media wing of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  He will also be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in April 2013.

Bernstein’s other recent projects include advertising campaigns featuring some of the world’s top athletes for Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Icy Hot. For more on Bernstein, visit his-
Website: http://www.AndrewDBernsteinPhotography.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADBSportsPhoto
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AndyDBernstein

We were able to pull Andrew away from his busy schedule for a few moments for a little Q&A!

Tamrac:
What is your most memorable moment shooting an NBA game?
Andrew:
There have been many in over 30 years, but if I had to pick one it would be shooting Michael Jordan hugging his first Championship trophy moments after his Bulls defeated the Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals. He was sitting in a locker sobbing with his father next to him trying to console him while the pandemonium of the locker room was raging. Was a very special and poignant moment that Michael himself requested a print from me after his father was killed shortly after.

Shaq-black (approved)

Shaq for Reebok

Tamrac:
The LA Kings won their first ever Stanley Cup this year?  What was that like for you after covering the team for so many years?
Andrew:
Wow! What an awesome experience on many professional and personal levels. The Kings were the first professional team I covered while still attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 1979. I grew up a rabid NY Rangers fan as a kid and hockey was a special bond between my late father and I for many years.  The Kings are the third team I have been the team photographer for that has won a championship–the Dodgers (1988), Lakers (8 times from 1985-2010) and now the Kings in 2012. It was very special and rewarding to see them raise the Stanley Cup on the Staples Center ice.

Phil Jackson preparing for the 2010 NBA Finals Game 4

Tamrac:
What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Andrew:
Follow and work hard to develop your passion in photography. Whatever that may be–landscapes, people, kids, sports, news, product, fashion, etc. These days, anyone with a high priced DSLR and a couple of lenses considers themselves a “professional photographer”. What separates the true professionals is a relentless pursuit of what turns them on about photography. That leads to a development of a unique and personal style. Those aspects need to work together with a good nature and personality and some business knowledge to be a success in this business.

Yao Ming

Yao Ming

Tamrac:
What inspires you as a photographer?
Andrew:
Producing and creating images at the highest level of my capabilities.  I still get excited before every game and photo shoot. I love being able to catch the action of a game or tell the story through my photos or produce a commercial shoot. It never gets tedious or boring.

Tamrac:
Some athletes love to eat their Wheaties before a big game…what is your breakfast of choice before the big game?
Andrew:
Breakfast is sometimes an after thought…but my lunch of choice is ALWAYS a club sandwich, especially on the road. That started back in the ’80′s.

Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson

Tamrac:
What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Andrew:
Durability and functionality. I have had some of my Tamrac gear for 15-20 years and they are still going strong! Tamrac really understands the needs of the professional photographer. The storage and pockets are the perfect sizes for the cameras and lenses I use. I only use Tamrac camera straps because they have never failed me. My bags and cases have traveled all over the world many times. I depend on my Tamrac gear and it comes through.

Tamrac:
What Tamrac gear do you use?
Andrew:
My workhorse piece of Tamrac gear is my carry-on rolling bag. It is versatile and holds everything I need for many of my shoots. Plus it fits easily in the overhead compartment of every airplane so I never have to check it. I also have a couple of Tamrac shoulder bags, camera straps, strobe cases and stands bags.

Andrew Bernstein's Tamrac gear

Photo credits:
Photo of Andrew D. Bernstein: ©Michael Bernstein
Shaq: ©Andrew D. Bernstein
Phil Jackson: ©Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Yao Ming: ©Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Mark Jackson: ©Andrew D. Bernstein
*The photos cannot be used or reproduced without permission of Andrew D Bernstein.

 

Tamrac-Summer Bag Give-Away

Hey, check this out!  Tamrac is giving away some HOT bags.  We love summer, even in sunny California and we would love to see your favorite summer photo.  So shoot or find that memorable shot and you could WIN a HOT camera bag!   *see below for details

Tamrac Summer Bag Give-Away

Q&A with Tom Carey

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We are so thrilled to have surfing photographer Tom Carey as a Tamrac Sponsored Photographer.  Tom joins our team with an incredible talent at capturing surfers in some of the most extreme and beautiful enviroments.  Since picking up his first camera at the age of 12, Tom Carey has been passionately pursuing his lifelong dream of shooting the best surfers, in the best waves, around the world. Nineteen years later he’s still doing what he enjoys and his photos are a testament to that love.  When not roaming the globe, Tom resides in Costa Mesa, CA with his lovely wife K.C. The 32-year-old Seal Beach native is currently a staff photographer for Volcom Inc. and Surfing Magazine. In 2010 he ranked 1st on the Transworld Business Exposure Meter.

Tom Cary

Self Portrait, Tom Cary

Tamrac: How did you get into surfing photography?
Tom:  I started off with my mom’s Minolta SLR just shooting my friends who were good amateur surfers at the time. This was the film days and my first shots weren’t too bad. A lot of my friends turned pro and I ended up sticking with it.

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: Did you learn to surf before you became a photographer?
Tom: I definitely learned to surf before I became a photographer. I wouldn’t say I’m that great or anything but my timing and wave knowledge is good I think.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: What tip would you give to someone who wants to photograph surfing?
Tom:
I’ve seen the most success from people that buddy up with one great surfer, travel around with them, and meet other great surfers. Really it’s all about connections and opportunities. So knowing the right people always helps.  Otherwise a lot of guys are shooting underwater and empty wave photos only now. They seem to be having some success with that so it just shows you that you don’t have to have someone on the wave to make a great photo.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: You have traveled all over the world, is there a particular location you love to visit?
Tom: A lot of times you end up going to the same places time after time so anywhere new and fresh is always an adventure. Indonesia however seems to have the best waves and weather, which are two combinations we all love.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: What projects are you excited about this summer?
Tom: Well I think Volcom is going to slowly start filming for an upcoming movie, which I hope to contribute to. That might take us over to France, Bali, and really just bring our team together. Its always fun to work on these projects and then see the finished product and say “Wow, I was a part of that .” It’s a good feeling.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: Most of us will never know the feeling of being in a “pipe” or “tube”, can you describe what it is like?
Tom: The vision you get is always amazing. I couldn’t tell you what it feels like to be on a surfboard on a giant Tahiti barrel or anything like that but I’ve had a few tubes on some smaller waves. The feeling of coming up from shooting a big tube is pretty awesome as well. Especially now that our cameras are digital. You usually know when you had a good “hook-up” and you’ll straight away check out your LCD screen. Next thing you know you’re showing the surfer that probably got pounded on the wave if he fell. So they like to know the beating wasn’t for nothing.

©Tom Carey

©Tom Carey

Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Tom: I travel with my Tamrac Expedition 8x Back Pack and either my Super Telephoto Lens Pack to fit my 600mm, or my Tamrac Big Wheels Speed Roller Case.

Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Tom: The durability hands down to me is my number one concern. I abuse my gear constantly with all my travels and Tamrac’s bags are the only ones that seem to hold up. The salt air that I surround my self with corrodes everything, especially zippers. But my back pack has the weather sealed zippers and I never get a single snag. I’ll carry as much gear as I can on the planes these days as well. And my Tamrac’s just seem to fit everything more proficiently.

For more information on Tom and to see more of his amazing work, visit his website! tomcareyphoto.com