Missing Memphis

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Missing Memphis

It's a week passed the Bedford Camera & Video PhotoExpo held in Memphis and I still have the blues.  I find myself really missing everything about that convention, from the people, the location and the positive vibe in the air.  This must have been the best show so far and I'm happy to hear that it just wasn't my opinion.

 

We can get into all the details that made this an incredible experience for all, but if you didn't make it, then it would be hard to understand.  You just needed to be there.

These photography conventions don't happen with a click of a pen, a wave of the magic wand or just simple marching orders from command.  It takes the dedication, passion, and drive of many individuals that choose to push through obstacles, schedules, and every present - required - daily work.  Not to mention the doubt a simple idea will succeed.  Trust me, there are more people involved behind the scenes making things work than you can imagine.

This post is a simple way to say THANK YOU to everyone - seen or unseen - that helped create this event, worked the tradeshow, presented or even just corraled shooters on the Beale St. adventure.  I get to peek behind the curtain and have a very small idea of what the Bedford Camera crew does months in advance for these shows, but I still never get to see the whole picture.  I can imagine that from the outside - the regular attendee - all the moving parts are somewhat invisible to the general public.

Please do me a favor, the next show, convention or workshop you attend, be sure to thank everyone there.  Your kindness means the world.  Thank you for following me and I hope my presentation was helpful.  Be sure to check out the FotoFacts Podcast for the quick hits recorded during the PhotoExpo.

Here are some images from my lighting class and Beale Street - Enjoy!

A round of applause to the talent of Vail Models for traveling to Memphis for the event and assisting in classes.

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Featured in Tether Tools "Creative Uses of Off-Camera Flash" Vol 1

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Featured in Tether Tools "Creative Uses of Off-Camera Flash" Vol 1

It was a blast working with Tether Tools on this project.  I could spend this post talking about the project but I think it would best for you to download the guide and check out all the great photographers.

Of course, I will let you on the BTS video below, but the guide has a full-page spread with the details of the shoot.  Be sure to click the link above or the header image.

LIKE THE VIDEO PLEASE

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StoryTeller Bags by Think Tank Photo

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StoryTeller Bags by Think Tank Photo

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have released new and revised classic camera carrying solutions.  The newly-released StoryTeller shoulder bags come in three sizes.

The StoryTeller 10 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet.

The StoryTeller 8 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, three to four small telephotos or primes with hoods attached and reversed, and an 8” tablet.  

The StoryTeller 5 fits an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. 

Think Tank has also completely updated the #1 rated line of modular belt system components.  The Modular Belt System V3.0 moves weight from your shoulders to your waists for more comfortable all-day carry. Many of the new pouches are expandable to fit pro-sized lenses with hoods in the shooting position.

And, the newly added Camera Clip Adapter V3.0 belt attachment for the Peak Design Capture Clip, SpiderLight and SpiderPro camera clips allows the clip to rotate on any Think Tank belt for better workflow.  And don’t forget that by using my special URL you will receive free gear with your orders of $50+ and free shipping on all orders.

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Todoist - The RIGHT Direction for 2018

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Todoist - The RIGHT Direction for 2018

We are fifteen days into the New Year and everyone is talking about their plans for the remaining 350 days.  It's no surprise that I'm constantly working on ways to improve, be productive and save time - even though we really can’t save TIME in a bottle.  Sorry, I couldn't resist the punt.

I've used just about every iOS software for task management.  Some are too simple, some are too complex but Todoist is A M A Z I N G!  The software can be personalized to integrate into your lifestyle.    

I can write a long list of ways I use this app daily, but there is one person that is so much better with teaching about the aspect of productivity.  The person is Carl Pullein and his "Working with Todoist" YouTube series is the go-to way to learn.  But not just learn, change your evil ways of bad habits to push your rocks forward.

Todoist has been a part of my life since August 2017 and my days are more productive and satisfying.  So I was surprised to learn how my year (or part year) added up until Todoist sent me "The Year in Review".  I want to share it with you and would love to hear your comments below.

Check out My 2017 in Review with Todoist

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New Mentoring Thoughts Format

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New Mentoring Thoughts Format

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I started a weekly email with my closest 60 photographers, many are friends, family or people I admire.  It was a way for me to grow and dive into some self-discovery.  Akid to writing a journey and reviewing your thoughts, ideas, and progress over time.  Not everything I said, do or think about is some earth-shaking revelation of truth, but I thought some other people could use some inspiration, a different way of thinking or even a good laugh.

Over a short period of time, more of the recipients asked if they could share with their friends.  After a little soul searching, I decided maybe others would enjoy reading about my experiences.  Plus I really hate the large volume of emails received daily, and the fact that I'm adding to someone else's frustration would not be cool. So here we are with a good fit so anyone can enjoy some information, and jump off the list when it's no longer valuable to them.

If you are interested in receiving some weekly thoughts of inspiration, self-reflection and eureka moments, then please sign-up below.  I will post some of the previous emails so you can get a sense of my direction.

I would love to hear your comments below - give me the good, the bad or the ugly.

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Here is one the first emails I sent out:

Good Morning!

I’m exhausted after a very long day with the 2017 Worldwide PhotoWalk.  It’s one of the highlights of my year and I work hard to help make it memorable for those that attend.  This is now the 10th year of this event as photographers join around the globe for one day of social interactions, networking and just plain fun.

I do have fun and receive an unmeasurable joy helping others relax, network and laugh on their photo journey.  Many people make new friends, learn new techniques and some just come to get out of the house.  Make no mistake about it, this event is hard work in planning, balancing activities and commitments, as well as blocking off my schedule from clients.  But I’m not alone.  I couldn’t do this without the help of many backing me up, helping me plan, laying down the connections needed for several hours of a mass group of clickers walking around their neighborhood or business district.

To all those that helped, in any way… My warmest thanks!

I don’t do this event for fame, attention, notoriety or even financial gain.  I do it for one simple reason… to help others enjoy photography.  To watch others laugh, smile and just “be” in an environment that is an open, safe, secure place for their personal advancement.  It is my calling, it is my legacy.  It’s my chance to pass along my joy, drive, and passion for the craft of visual artistry.

Why I’m am telling you this?  With coffee cup in hand, I must be brutally honest and admit I failed.  I fail every day.  Even with this Photowalk, it didn’t go as I envisioned.  There were issues, there were problems - some small and some bigger.  Most unnoticed but still painful to me, because I failed.  Trust me that this isn’t the first time, nor the last time I will fail and fall down.

I have been fortunate to have a very diverse life filled with experiences and while the fame & fortune has eluded me, several things I can learn to share with others.

FAILURE is not FATAL unless you QUIT trying to be your BEST

WISDOM comes from EXPERIENCE and experience comes from MISTAKES

No ONE is SUCCESSFUL without the effort of MANY that SUPPORT

A favorite quote of mine is from Zig Ziglar - “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts”

I hope that my words help inspire you to be the best and never, ever let them see you sweat.

Happy Shooting!

Rob

PS:  bonus for today, is a little video someone sent to me - and I don't watch videos often - that almost brought me to tears.

Enjoy if you dare - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg_Q7KYWG1g

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