Evo 9 and ZipShot spend 11 days in Yosemite

Hey folks! We recently partnered up with Chadwick Trentham, the Visual Storyteller at Azusa Pacific University, for an 11 day filming project that took Chadwick and his team over the mountains and through the valleys of California’s Yosemite Nation Park. We set him up with an Evolution backpack and a few ZipShot tripods to use and abuse on the trek, and abuse he did! We’re excited to share with you the visual story of Tamrac in Yosemite and Chadwick’s detailed account of the adventure! Enjoy!

11 days in the wilderness with the Tamrac Evolution 9 and a ZipShot tripod from Chadwick Trentham on Vimeo.

Chadwick in the wilderness
As a storyteller for Azusa Pacific University, my job includes producing films covering a range of topics: alumni, academics, campus events, and student life. That’s a pretty diverse task for a filmmaker—you never know what you might shoot next. One week I’m in the middle of the African bush filming an alumnus, and the next week I’m running alongside APU’s football team as they take the field for a home game (and trying not to get hit). As you can imagine, what I carry my gear in is very important; it has to be able to travel and function well in any situation.
The Crew
My most recent project took me on an 11-day backpacking trip with students into the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Northern California. I love to hike, so I was excited about this trip. Capturing the beauty of the outdoors would be the easy part. But 11 days on the trail also presented a few challenges. No showers, for instance. No outlets to charge my batteries either, which meant packing in plenty of extra batteries. Packing light? Not really an option.

The biggest challenge was finding a bag that would hold all my gear and keep it dust free, dry, and ready to go at a moment’s notice. The bag also had to fit inside the main compartment of my large backpacking pack, and be easy to use as a daypack. After researching my options, I landed on the Tamrac Evolution 9. It offered all the compartments and pouches I wanted, and looked like it was built for the rugged outdoors, including a rubber bottom to protect it from the dirt. It even came with a rain cover, and how could I say no to that? (That rain cover came in handy.)

It looked sturdy enough to hold all my gear, which included:
2 Canon 60Ds, 2 GoPro Hero2s
Canon 24mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 24-105mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
2 ZipShot tripods with a set of  ZipShot quick release plates
Manfroto 190XDB tripod with 701HDV head
Manfrotto 561bhdv1 monopod
Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier
Zoom H1, H4n
Evo next to river
The Evolution 9 was a perfect fit. Other than a few strap-ends being a little too long, it met all my needs and kept the gear safe, clean, and dry. I could set it down on the damp ground by a lake and know the gear was well protected. Toward the end of the trip, we got trapped in a three-day rainstorm complete with thunder and hail. As soon as I felt the first raindrop, I put the rain cover over the Evolution bag, put it in side my pack, and put another rain cover over that. When the rain stopped, I took the bag out of my pack and it was completely dry.

The pack also functioned really well for day hikes. On the day we repelled with the students, I needed to shoot from the bottom, so I used the chest and waist straps, put my tripod on the back of the bag, and repelled with all my gear on my back. Dangling about 100 feet off the ground, I knew that pack wasn’t going anywhere. After traveling with this bag, I’m not sure I would trust any other bag company. Tamrac’s lightweight, well-constructed bag met all my expectations. If it can survive 11 days in the wilderness, it can handle just about anything I throw at it.
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I also used the ZipShot tripods, a new item for me. I needed a second option for filming but wanted something lightweight. The fact that it’s so light, compact, and can be set up in about a second sold me instantly. I used them almost daily on the trip, including once for an interview when I used my second 60D. It supported the camera’s weight, stabilized quickly, and got the job done. But the ZipShots really shined when I used them with the GoPros for time lapses, filming, and as a pole for a higher shot. They provided perfect support for the weight and were really easy to use with the ZipShot quick release plates. These will be a must have for any future trips.

Chadwick Trentham
Visual Storyteller for Azusa Pacific University
www.youtube.com/universityrelations
©Chadwick Trentham 2012, www.chadwicktrentham.com

For more information on the Evolution Series backpacks, visit: www.tamrac.com

For more information on the ZipShot Tripod, visit: www.zipshottripod.com

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

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.

Car Accident 1

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.

Car Accident 2

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

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

Your Backpack Saved My Camera Gear

We work hard to design bags that are easy to use, last a long time, and protect your valuable camera gear without compromise. Our reward for a job well done are the stories from our customers that are putting our bags to the test day in and day out. Here’s a story we received a few days ago. Enjoy!

Dear Tamrac,

I want to thank you for producing a truly excellent camera backpack. I have an Aero Speed 75, and this past weekend the backpack saved my gear from certain disaster.

Into Infinity

Into Infinity, Sean Goebel

A friend and I decided to shoot a long-abandoned whaling pier located in a rarely-visited strip of coastline north of Santa Cruz, California. After shooting some photos looking down on the pier (see above), we rock climbed down the crumbling 150-ft sandstone cliff to the beach. The small beach behind the pier had steep, loose sand and was choked with rotting kelp.

I had warned my friend of the importance of keeping our backpacks on at all times, but like fools we set them down on the beach 20 feet behind (and 5 feet above) us. I watched several waves slam into the first piling of the pier and set up my 5D Mark II on a tripod for some long exposures. Although the waves came quite close, the beach was so steep that the surge stopped quickly.

Almost my Last Photo Ever

Almost My Last Photo Ever, Sean Geobel

I took one photo (see above) and was recomposing when a freakishly huge wave rolled in. It slammed into the pier, spraying sea water far over my head. I grabbed my tripod, with the camera on it, and spun, shielding it with my body. Suddenly waist-deep in water, I watched in horror as the wave surged over my backpack, spinning it around and flipping it. The backpack contained four lenses, a flash, radio triggers, and assorted other accessories, and I took several steps before being knocked over by the wave. I held the camera above the surface of the water until I could struggle to my feet and dive for the backpack. It had been under the water for several seconds at this point. My tripod case, which was strapped to the outside, had been sucked away.

After running to dry sand, I opened up the backpack and took out all the contents. Although some sea water had penetrated the pack, it was not enough to damage the lenses. We removed them and shook the water out of the backpack. We dried off the lenses as best as we could before repacking everything.

Climbing

Photo by: Simone Anne, www.simoneanne.com

Completely soaked, I began the rock climb back up the cliff face (see above). Although I didn’t get the photos I had in mind, I was lucky that any of my gear had survived. Thank you again for your awesome product. It may claim to be rain resistant, but in my testing it withstood a bit more than that.

Happy shooting,
Sean Goebel

Thanks for sharing your Tamrac story with us, Sean! The photos are awesome and all of us in the office are stoked that your camera gear is safe and sound so you can continue capturing these beautiful images.

Do any of you readers have a Tamrac story of your own? Please feel free to share it in a comment below!

Cheers!

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.

Rally Micro Open Shot

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.

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

Customer Satisfaction: Scott M.

We pride ourselves on our customer service and are always ecstatic when the customer is pleased with our service. So here’s the latest e-mail that got us ecstatic!

Aloha,

I have one of your Expedition 7 bags, that I’ve owned, I think, for about six years. I trek and shoot throughout the Hawaiian island chain, and by far, it has been the most durable bag I have ever owned. In its tenure, it’s been checked as luggage, scraped along jagged lava, has seen its fair share of ocean waves and pouring rain, meaning it’s also wallowed in a lot of mud and baked in the sun. Yet it still cleans up nicely and shows minimal wear. More importantly, the bag has fully protected my gear – no matter the weather, if I’ve taken a spill in a stream or had it take a 10-foot drop – with nary a piece of damaged equipment.

On a recent shoot on Kauai, I somehow lost the male portion of the waist belt buckle/clasp. Returning to the studio, I called the customer service department, and asked if I could purchase another buckle. The woman I spoke with (I cannot remember her name), asked for my address, and to my surprise, said there was no charge. A week later, a new buckle/clasp set arrived.

I basically wanted to let all of you know how much I appreciate your quality of product and the incredible customer service. Most companies today, after hearing that the customer had lost a part, for a product that was way out of warranty (and has been put through the proverbial wringer for several years), would charge for the item, plus shipping. Tamrac, on the other hand, just sent me another part.

You guys are great.

Mahalo nui loa for making an incredible product, and for taking care of your customers (me) long after the sale. If my Expedition 7 ever wears out, I’m unequivocally buying another one!

With warm aloha,

Scott M.

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!

Matt Beard

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.

Maroon 5 Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

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.

Maroon 5 Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

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

Switchfoot Matt Beard

© Apple iTunes / by Matt Beard

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!

Carmen Electra Matt Beard

Carmen Electra Shoot

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.

John Cryer Matt Beard

John Cryer Promo Shoot

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/

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