You & Me Photo Contest Semi Finalists Announced

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Photo Credit: @tedcraig

Our panel of judges have selected 16 semi-finalists to move on to the first public voting round of our latest Instagram Contest! We’ve posted the 16 submissions below for your viewing pleasure.

If you’d like to vote or see the rest of the submissions, follow us on Instagram @TamracPhoto for all the detail.

The winners will receive a free Tamrac Rally Messenger bag, and a free wooden iPhone case and pair of sunglasses from tmbrs.com!

For more on Tamrac, check out our Facebook page: fb.com/tamrac.inc
For more on tmbr, check out their website: tmbrs.com
For more on Ted Craig, check out his website: www.tedcraigphoto.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!

Mute-Math – Drum Jump!

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!

Black-Keys

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.

MUTEMATH-Dallas

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.

Jay-Z

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.

Mumford-and-Sons

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.

Gimmelwald

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

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
Like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jimjordanphoto
Follow him on Instagram @jimjordanphoto

Jim’s Tamrac gear:

Tamrac Sponsored Photographer Ted Craig Q&A

Ted Craig – self portrait

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

 

Tamrac Fright Photo Contest

TedGraig

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!

toriau

Follow on Instagram @toriau

stardust_and_wanderlust

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camwashburn

Follow on Instagram @camwashburn

suazojazz

Follow on Instagram @suazojazz

Steeven333

Follow on Instagram @Steeven333

roohdi

Follow on Instagram @roohdi

rn_photography

Follow on Instagram @rn_photography

rjzimont

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holdenbrown

Follow on Instagram @holdenbrown

bjscribben

Follow on Instagram @bjscribben

beckyalicecoe

Follow on Instagram @beckyalicecoe

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.

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