Flaming Steel Wool Photography with Tom Keller

We love our Instagram community and wanted to spotlight the work of Tom Keller who’s been doing some really cool things with steel wool, his camera, and lighter! So here’s Tom’s images and what he has to say about them. Enjoy!

I first came across a picture of steel wool on Instagram. I’ve never seen this
before and was very intrigued by it. After doing some research my Fiancée Marissa and I
went out and got the necessities. We experimented in our back yard that night but
quickly got the hang of it and ventured out into the nearby neighborhoods. Places like
parks, bridges, rivers, and train yards offer interesting backgrounds and features to
photograph with. It’s usually j ust the two of us with one spinning while the other sets the
timer and possess.

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The spinning vortex is one of the first pictures that Marissa and I shot in the backyard. I
started spinning at the back of our yard and randomly decided to walk towards the
camera while spinning. This became one of many successful experiments.

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After a couple weeks of experimenting with steel wool my fiancé and I started getting
creative. We came up with the idea of using an umbrella to get a force field effect
creating this image under a bridge here in Sacramento; “Protector of Art.”

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The exposures we use are between 15-20 seconds long and it can be tricky posing still
for that long. In this colorful picture done in my backyard, you can see that I shifted
positions while spinning causing a partial ghost effect but my fiancé did great.

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Spinning orbs are amazing; it’s like an explosion of sparks! The way to spin an orb is to
find a set point on the ground (like a leaf or rock) and spin slowly around it with the
bottom of your spin hitting the top of that point. We found this Underpass interesting and
did a lot of experimenting here.

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This silhouette shot was taken in a large storm tunnel in Houston Texas. I posed while
Marissa (my partner in life and in late night shenanigans) spun behind me creating the
silhouette and flaming water effect. We both got soaked this night, but getting down and
dirty is all part of the fun.

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I always carry my GR1 Ruck from GoRuck and Canon EOS Rebel T2i with a Sigma 10-
20mm lens. After a lot of trial and error throughout the months, I developed a plywood
cut out that mounts 12 spinners and fits perfectly in my Ruck. This makes for an easy
“reload,” to cut down wasted time during the night. The actual “spinners” are made up of
an ordinary wire cooking whisk stuffed with 0000-000 gauge steel wool tied on a long
rope. A few other musts are a tri-pod, headlamps (not only to see but to focus the
camera) and lighters. Also, be sure to only spin after rains, during the winter months, or
near large bodies of water to prevent possible fires.

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This over head spin was done alone in Lake Tahoe, CA. I learned from this experience
that the mechanics of this photography works much better with a partner. For this
picture I had my headlamp positioned facing the rocks to get a little more color from
them.

The Steelwool Photography community is still small but very innovative and filled
with great artist. Marissa and I have come up with many new ideas using the various
techniques we’ve developed so far and can’t wait to experiment with them this summer
in new adventurous places.

-Tom Keller, TK Photography

To keep up with Tom and his fiery shenanigans:
Follow him on Facebook
Follow him on Instagram: @tomkellerphotography
Send him an email: Tommokeller@gmail.com

For a cool tutorial on steel wool photography from our friends at Photojojo, Click Here!

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All You Need In Two Tamrac Bags

Here’s a blog post we’re reposting from our friend Chadwick Trentham. Check out what he has to say about reducing his load from 5 bags to just 2. We like making life easier, and we’re pretty good at it.

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I received two new bags from Tamrac last week and decided to put them to the test for a series of small productions I’ve been working on recently. UnpackingThough smaller in scope, each shoot requires many accessories, including multiple cameras, mics, and more. And of course, the location is often far from my car. I’m typically carrying four or five bags of various sizes, by myself. Unpacking+2So I turned to Tamrac to find an easier solution. They previously helped me find a great bag, the Tamrac Evolution 9, to use on an 11 day back packing trip.
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For my current productions, I was searching for a two-bag solution with wheels and the capacity to fit my kit. APU_9657I usually bring two cameras, lenses, mics, two tripods, a slider, and a light kit. With that in mind, Tamrac recommended the Big Wheels Speed Roller 2x for cameras, and the Medium Rolling Studio for gear. APU_9637The best part is I can use them when I travel. The Big Wheels Speed Roller 2x falls within carry-on guidelines, which would make it a breeze to use when flying.
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Packing has never been simpler. These bags are easy to rearrange, and the dividers have great padding while remaining sturdy. APU_9693The Speed Roller includes numerous pockets for small items, a laptop pocket, and straps that hold the top upright so the door doesn’t flop onto the ground when you’re trying to access things quickly. APU_9676The Rolling Studio feels really sturdy, and is well padded in case you need to check gear when traveling. My favorite feature is the top pocket: it’s large and I used it to store fast flags and a reflector for quick access.
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Overall, I would recommend these bags for anyone looking to simplify their productions. Tamrac has always been my go-to for protecting my gear. I’m looking forward to testing them further on my next production.

Chadwick Trentham
Visual Storyteller
Azusa Pacific University
Los Angeles, California

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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)
           9mphoto (instagram)

Q & A with Travis Burke

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Travis Burke’s diverse and creative approach to action and adventure photography stems from his own perspective on life. He approaches it with a dedication to conquering anything thrown at him and to not living with regrets. Whether hanging from a 500’ bridge, riding a jet ski over shark infested waters or hiking alone in the dark of night to remote locations, Travis is constantly pushing himself and the limits of his photography. Travis’ client list includes working with world-class companies such as ESPN, Skullcandy, GoPro and more. His drive for adventure and mastery of photography has earned him the staff photographer position for GrindTV.com. He is currently satisfying his thirst for adventure shooting stories for Grind’s featured blog called “The Bucket List”.

 

Tamrac: How did you get into photography?

Travis: Back in 2008 I was planning a solo road trip to Yosemite National Park and decided to pick up a DSLR camera to try and capture the experience. I had no knowledge of shutter speeds, Aperture, ISO or any other camera settings at the time. After spending a week camping, exploring, and hiking to the top of Half Dome with my camera, I knew I had found something I was passionate about. Its been an amazing journey ever since.

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Tamrac: You were recently featured on Yahoo for your assignment into the Antelope Canyons in Arizona.  Can you tell us more about that?

Travis: A few months ago I took a ninety-five day road trip around the Western United States and got to explore some amazing places. I wrote a story for GrindTV about one of my favorite locations, the Antelope Canyons. The unique shapes, light, and pure beauty of these slot canyons make them some of the best in the world. My boss at Grind submitted the story to Yahoo News and it ended up being featured on the front page. It brought some great exposure and we’re currently working on getting some more featured stories up soon!

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Tamrac: Not only do you love to photograph Action Sports but you also love to be a part of them yourself!  Do you have a favorite sport and why?

Travis: Ever since I can remember I have had a love for all action sports. I started skateboarding at age 3 and as a teenager skateboarding took over my life. I got to the point where I was attempting tricks that few very skaters in the world were trying at the time, but after multiple ankle injuries I basically had to give up the sport. That left me with a very empty feeling inside and it wasn’t until I started pushing myself again in multiple other action sports that the feeling went away. Now any free time I have is spent devoted to trying to progress in every sport. From rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing, kite-skateboarding, slacklining and a million others.

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Skateboarding and action sports in general have taught me a tremendous amount about life. If you have confidence, dedication, willpower and a positive attitude you can accomplish just about anything in the world.

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Tamrac: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers who want to shoot action and adventure photography?

Travis: Be passionate about what you’re shooting! I have found that if I participate in the activity and know it well, it gives me a better understanding of the angles, tricks, timing, and overall representation of the sport.

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

Travis: There is a little place called Havasu Falls in Arizona that I am excited to check off my bucket list later this year. It’s a mixture of backpacking, breathtaking waterfalls, remote locations, and cliff jumping. Everything I could ask for in an awesome adventure.

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

Travis: Social Media has played a huge role in my photography. It’s a great way to share my images as well as follow other creative individuals that inspire me. I have met new clients, made friends, sold images, and obtained sponsorships because of it. It’s a great tool that everyone should be utilizing these days.

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Tamrac: What is your favorite action movie?

Travis: The Art of Flight. It’s a snowboarding movie that has incredible cinematography, extreme progression of a sport, adventure and an awesome soundtrack.

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Tamrac: What do you love about your Tamrac bags?

Travis: I’ve been using Tarmac bags since my first exploration into Yosemite. The diverse selection available makes it easy to find a bag that fits my exact needs. They are rugged enough to handle the elements while protecting my gear and still making it easy for me to access everything I need.

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Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?

Travis: Expedition 7x, Adventure 10, Jazz Messenger 2 and Explorer 15.

Another Happy Customer!

We love helping out our customers and when Mike contacted us about his worn camera bags we saw another opportunity to do just that. After Mike had his bags back, he was kind enough to send us this letter expressing his appreciation!

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Mike’s 5552’s all fixed up and ready to go at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

Dear Tamrac Customer Service,

Thank you for the great work from your refurbishing team! Recently, I had sent in two 5552 roller cases for a wheel replacement on one and a new pocket zipper on the other. To my surprise and delight, both wheels were replaced on both roller cases and the pocket zipper AND the main compartment zipper were replaced making the products function like brand-new equipment once more, and all at no charge to me!

Those two roller cases have seen rough use at hundreds of locations around my city and at numerous travel locations throughout the U.S over a two decade period. No special care was ever taken to treat them gently while they were being tossed in and out of vehicles hundreds of times, run up and down concrete staircases, similarly rough-handled by baggage pros at the major airlines, and constantly exposed to inclement weather, factory chemicals, construction dust, and other field conditions. They are indeed remarkable products, and now through your excellent service and commitment to your products AND those who use them, my well-used roller cases now work like new again and are good for many more years to come.

Tamrac is highly regarded by working pros everywhere for very good reason. Your products stand the test of time, survive remarkably well with real world handling, do the job they are designed to handle, and I can also recommend that photographers and videographers also consider the awesome fact that should any repair ever be needed (they may have to wait a very long time for this to actually happen), they can be sure your company will stand 100% behind what you make, years and years after purchase and nearly a lifetime of usage later with service second to none.

Thank you,

Mike

Time Lapse Guru Tom Lowe Q&A

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The Astronomy Photographer of the Year award winning image which features features a 4,000 year old bristlecone pine tree against the Milky Way. This photo is actually a single frame of time laps footage featured in Tom’s film TimeScapes.

Recently we caught up with Tom Lowe, time lapse photography guru, to pick his brain about his technique, gear, and adventures! If you’re not familiar with Tom’s work, you should be! Tom and his production company Dreamcore were instrumental in the resurgence of time-lapse photography by pioneering new techniques and designing motorized time-lapse dollies and motion-control systems for capturing the mesmerizing visuals that define the genre. He is also working on bringing like-minded creatives together through his online community forum at TimeScapes.org.

Tamrac: You have done some impressive work with time lapse photography. What is it about time lapse photography that has drawn you to this
technique?

Tom: The main draw for me was the ability to film at night, capturing the stars and the moonlight.  You simply cannot do that with conventional movie cameras or techniques. Second, time lapse is a great way to get into film making, because the gear is relatively inexpensive. When I first started in late 2006, using a $600 Canon 350D Rebel,  I was able to shoot incredibly sharp 1080p+ video that totally blew away the images from Sony’s top-of-the-line, $200,000 F900 digital movie camera.

Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Tom Lowe

Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Tom Lowe

Tamrac: Your film TimeScapes [view the trailer at the end of this post] showcases your stunning time lapse photography work and is the first film to be released for purchase in 4K. Along with pushing the boundaries of distribution, what are some of the boundaries of the time lapse technique that the process of making this film gave you the opportunity to push?

Tom: Without question, no film has ever contained anywhere near the amount of dark-skies (Milky Way) astro-time-lapse that “TimeScapes” has.  Director Ron Fricke and  producer Mark Magidson’s 1992 film “Baraka” was and remains a huge inspiration to me, but they were limited in what they could shoot at night due to the low ISO/ASA rating of chemical 65mm film.  Basically, they could only shoot in moonlight, but they could not capture the Milky Way. The higher sensitivity of digital cameras, especially when coupled with modern cinema and stills lenses, also allowed me to really push the boundaries of how time lapse cameras can move.  Instead of just using dollies, sliders and jibs, I was shooting astro-timelapse from moving cars and boats.

Tom attaching his camera to the windshield of his truck.

Tom attaching his camera to the windshield of his truck.

Tamrac: TimeScapes took you 2 years to film during which you spent 250 nights sleeping outside under the stars as your cameras shot through till morning. Do you have any  funny/interesting stories you’d like to share that happened on your two year adventure?

Life of a time lapse shooter. Members of the Dreamcore team, Ben and Mike, camping out on an unfinished tower in Dubai

Life of a time lapse shooter. Members of the Dreamcore team, Ben and Mike, camping out on an unfinished tower in Dubai

Tom: Well, let’s put it this way.  Aside from gas and food, our largest line item production expense on “TimeScapes” was… beer!  At Dreamcore, our motto is “Film like Terrence Malick, Party like Led Zepplin.”  So we had hundreds of epic nights blasting dubstep at
all-night bonfire parties in some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth.

Location scouting and camping under the stars in Yemen.

Location scouting and camping under the stars in Yemen.

Tamrac: What kind of cameras and lenses are you using to capture these images?

Tom: Our main camera on “TimeScapes” was a Canon 5D Mark 2, with a Canon 16-35mm lens.  That is a timelapse workhorse combination.  But we also used a special, modified Canon 1D4 camera with a PL mount, which allowed us to use the 1D4 with the super-fast 16mm f/1.2 Zeiss/Arri Master Prime 16mm lens.  Without the Master Prime, I simply would not have been able to successfully film the “astro boatlapse” sequence at Lake Powell, for example.

Getting ready to shoot with his Canon and Optimo combo in Dubai.

Getting ready to shoot with his Canon and Optimo combo in Dubai.

Tamrac: What kind of equipment are you using to get such fluid camera motion?

Tom: I used Kessler and camBLOCK motion-control gear on “TimeScapes.”  We actually invented some new rigs while shooting as well, like the Kessler “Timelapse Crane” setup. That piece of gear was spawned from an informal phone conversation I had one morning with Eric Kessler.

Sunset time lapse with the Kessler Crane CineDrive motion control system in Jordan.

Sunset time lapse with the Kessler Crane CineDrive motion control system in Jordan.

Tamrac: You sent us a really cool picture of a number of Expedition backpacks piled in the back of an SUV getting ready for a shoot. So how many Expeditions are you using for all your gear and what is it that you like about your Expedition backpacks?

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Loaded up with Expedition 9x after Expedition 9x.

Tom: Haha, we probably have 15 or 20 Tamrac Expedition 9x bags. The 9x is our main method for moving gear around, whether we are talking about motion-control kits, lighting, or cameras.  We actually keep our Red Epics totally built inside the 9x… that’s one of the main reasons I love it, because I hate disassembling cameras.

Packing up the Expedition 9x's for a shoot.

Packing up the Expedition 9x’s for a shoot.

Tamrac: What are some words of wisdom you might share for someone interested in   trying time lapse photography for the first time?

Tom: If you really want to become a great time lapse photographer, it’s not patience that you need, it’s dedication.  It’s easy to pass time while the camera clicks away, but it’s hard to get your ass up at 3am in the freezing cold and move a camera dolly up the side of a  mountain. Dedication is the key.

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Tamrac: How can people find out more about you and your work, and keep up with what you’re doing?

Tom: They can follow me at

http://www.facebook.com/tomlowefilmmaker
http://www.facebook.com/DreamcorePictures
http://twitter.com/DreamCorePics

View the TimeScapes trailer!

TimeScapes: Rapture 4K from Tom Lowe on Vimeo.

And they can purchase “TimeScapes” here:
http://timescapes.org/products/default.aspx

Thanks so much to Tom Lowe and his crew at Dreamcore for answering our questions! We’re excited to see what you guys will come out with next!

For more information on the Expedition 9x backpacks. Check them out here:
http://www.tamrac.com/frame_exp.htm

 

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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Happy Customer: Troy Daniels

We love hearing from our customers about how our bags have kept their gear safe and sound. It lets us know that we’re doing it right and encourages us to keep making the quality products they can trust. We recently received feedback we’d like to share from photographer Troy Daniels telling us about his Evolution 8.

Penang, Malaysia - Note the awesome backpack

Penang, Malaysia – Note the awesome backpack

About a year ago I purchased the Tamrac Evolution 8 backpack for a solo trek through Hawaii.  Since then it has traveled though the mid-west, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and soon to be Myanmar.  Through all this, this pack has consistently held over 50 lbs of lenses and gear for up to eight hours at a time, been submerged in a river (big whoops), caught in several rainfall deluges and generally been my go to bag for all my traveling and hiking.

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Canon Mark III with mounted Canon 24-70mm. Tripod goes on the outside and I fit a few water bottles or snacks in just below the DSLR.

Middle - Canon 100 mm Macro, Extension tubes on top, Canon 16mm - 35 mm wide angle Bottom - Tokina 11mm - 16mm, Canon 70 - 200 mm (2.8 so its extra heavy), Canon Extender III.

Top – Canon 7D, Canon 24-105 mm lens
Middle – Canon 100 mm Macro, Extension tubes on top, Canon 16mm – 35 mm wide angle
Bottom – Tokina 11mm – 16mm, Canon 70 – 200 mm (2.8 so its extra heavy), Canon Extender III.

I am incredibly impressed by the strain I’ve put on it and how other than my stinky sweat odor remains in pristine condition.  My only concern is that with the consistent weight I put on the shoulder straps (yes, I use the hip strap too), they might eventually tear, but I’ve yet to see that.  I consider it an integral part of my setup and in the event that anything ever happens to it, I’ll definitely be buying another. Awesome product.  Don’t regret the purchase at all.

Troy

Troy will be happy to know that all of our backpack straps are reinforced with internal webbing and sewn through the entire seam twice where they attach to the bag with nylon boot thread. This ensures that those straps will not pull out and explains why they haven’t torn while carrying a consistent load of 50lbs of gear.

Troy wanted to give a shotout to Eldar who’s a sales associate at ePhotoCraft.com where he purchased his Evo 8. He’s thankful that Eldar highly recommends Tamrac bags, and gives him great advice along with an occasional discount. So thanks, Eldar!

Here are some more images that troy sent us taken during his trek through Hawaii.

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Big Island, Hawaii

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Big Island, Hawaii

Oahu

Oahu

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