We’re in the semi-finals of our latest Instagram photo contest! Check out these top submissions and be sure to follow us on Instagram @tamracphoto to vote for your favorite. Special thanks to Travis Burke (www.travisburkephotography.com) for partnering up with us to make this contest happen!
Hanson 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (415) 433-7994.
Tamrac: What Tamrac gear do you use?
Hanson: I use the Tamrac Rolling Strong Box 692.
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
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.
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- “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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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!
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”
For more info about Tom and to see more of his cool photos, visit his website at www.tomcareyphoto.com
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!