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 – Fashion Photographer Jim Jordan

Jim and his dog Jisele on his mountain of Tamrac bags!

  • “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
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Tamrac Fright Photo Contest

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Tamrac Fright Photo Contest is our latest photo contest running on Instagram. We’ve gotten some dreadfully delicious submissions and wanted to share a random sampling with our online community! To see all of the submissions, look up #tamracfrightpic in Instagram. The contest is in its last day, so if you’d like to enter, check us out @tamracphoto for details! Special thanks to Ted Craig, one of our new and exciting sponsored photographers, for partnering with us for this contest!  Enjoy!

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Aero Speed Pack 75 vs. Army Fuel Truck

As I’ve said before, we love hearing about how our bags help keep your gear safe in the most unforeseen circumstances; like when your Honda Pilot gets tangled up with an army fuel truck and your camera gear is thrown from the car through a shattered rear window at highway speed as your roll end over end. Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the accident, but what about the camera gear? Read on to find out!

I’ve owned this backpack for two years and have always been very happy with it. Recently I’ve become even happier.

On August 17, 2012, my family and I were heading from Portage Michigan to Madison Wisconsin to attend a wedding. Early in our trip my wife, who was driving, pulled into the left lane of the highway to pass an Army tractor-trailer fuel tanker. As we were passing, the driver of the tanker made a sharp left turn into our lane. My wife swerved left in an attempt to miss the truck, but it didn’t work: the right front of our vehicle hit the front of the truck. According to witnesses, we went airborne and rolled four times before we stopped. We were stunned and bruised, but okay.

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The Honda Pilot minutes after the accident.

After we got out of the car, and got some semblance of understanding for what had happened, I began looking at the trail of debris our car had left on the highway. My heart sank when I saw my backpack sitting in the median. It had been behind the rear seats of our Honda Pilot. It must have been tossed out of the rear (shattered) window. I had my Nikon D700, several lenses, a flash, and a portable hard drive in it. I feared for the worst but, when I opened it and began to look around I saw all the items were unscathed. I used the camera to take a few quick shots of the accident, and everything functioned perfectly.

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Here you can see the army fuel truck and the shattered rear window of the Honda Pilot through which Lee’s Speed Pack 75 took flight.

So I commend you, and thank you, for building such a quality product. I’ve told several people about this, and will continue to sing your company’s praises. I thought you should know too.

Lee D. W.

 

Thanks so much, Lee, for sending in your story along with the pictures to illustrate it! If any of you readers have a similar story, feel free to send it to us!

For more information on the Aero Speed Pack 85, check it out here: http://www.tamrac.com/3375.htm

Rally Micro: perfect bag for the new Canon EOS-M

Rally Micro & Canon EOS-M

It’s official! Canon has entered the exciting, popular and rapidly growing mirrorless camera craze with the announcement of their new EOS-M camera.  Loaded with some really cool features, including an 18MP APS-C sensor, full HD video with focus tracking, an amazing 3” hi-res touch screen and a wide ISO range for great low-light shots, it has a lot of people anticipating its release this fall.  For all of you that are excited to own one of these cameras, Tamrac has the perfect bag to carry it in. Meet the Rally Micro.

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The Rally Micro was specifically designed to work with your mirrorless camera system of choice.  While being stylish and fun, it carries and protects your camera with the kit lens attached, an extra lens, cables, battery charger, memory cards and manual.  The buckle on the top flap makes getting to your camera a breeze and since the exterior design doesn’t scream “CAMERA BAG” you don’t have to worry so much about thieves trying to walk off with your new camera. You can carry your new Canon EOS-M in style and with confidence in the Rally Micro mirrorless bag only from Tamrac.

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For more information on the Tamrac Rally Micro, visit this link:
http://www.tamrac.com/3440.htm

To view all of our mirrorless camera bags, visit this link:
http://catalogs.tamrac.com/?startpage=10&iid=58978

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Q&A with Matt Beard

Matt Beard in action

Matt Beard in action

We’re excited to announce our new partnership with Los Angeles based photographer extraordinaire, Matt Beard. Matt has spent the last 20 years capturing the visual essence of clients including Apple, Nike, Levis, Lucky Jeans, Sony, Maroon 5, and Cirque Du Soleil. To introduce you to Matt, here’s a little Q&A session with our new friend. Enjoy some of Matt’s tips, tricks and funny moments!

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photo of Matt Beard by: Corinne Saffell

Tamrac: How did you get into photography?
Matt: I’ve always loved photography, even as a young kid I was experimenting with my folks 126 and 110 film cameras.  In 9th grade, my parents lent me their 35mm canon A-1, and I started taking b&w photography classes at Venice High with Larry Shapiro…and the journey begins!

Tamrac: What is the one piece of camera equipment you always take with you?
Matt: My Canon 5D Mark2.

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Tamrac: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Matt: If you always produce the best work you can, every job will lead to another…and so forth.

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Tamrac: What projects do you have coming up that you are excited about?
Matt: Can’t say, top secret.

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Tamrac: Do you have any unique or funny moments while shooting on location?
Matt: There’s quite a few, especially from the assisting days.  Once I was told that we were doing a top-secret photo shoot, and it was very hush-hush.  NO cell phones allowed, and we couldn’t reveal our location to anyone.  I didn’t know where we were going, or who we were shooting until we were about a mile away from the location.  At first I thought we were photographing the president.  But, it turned out to be Kobe Bryant’s wedding.  So I got to shoot at Kobe’s wedding… pretty cool!

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Tamrac: You get to meet and photograph a lot of really cool bands…what music do you enjoy listening too?
Matt: Oddly enough, I’ve always listened more to the news than to music.  However, I really like a lot of different genres of music.  I grew up with everything from Rock, Metal, Ska, Punk and Pop…to Hip Hop, House, Trance and Techno.  I also love classical music, Jazz, swing, big band, reggae and rockabilly.  I’m a fan of anything unique and creative, which has a feeling of the artist’s soul in it.

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Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Matt: I use a Big Wheels SpeedRoller 2x, Rally 7 Messenger BagZuma Compact and a Tamrac Medium Tripod Bag.  I also have an older 692 Big Wheels Rolling StrongBox.  It is still in really great shape after all these years and still works great.  I also have a Tamrac Pro-9 Backpack that I’ve used for years, and love!

Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?
Matt
: They are affordable, easy to use, and they last a really long time.  They are also fairly inconspicuous and can look more like regular luggage than a camera case…which helps with airline travel…and those run-and-gun guerrilla shoots.

For more information on Matt and to see more of his photography, go to his website: http://www.mattbeard.com/

All images are the property of Matt Beard Photography and cannot be used or reproduced without permission.