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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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Spider Holster - Don't Break Your Neck

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Spider Holster - Don't Break Your Neck


UPDATE FROM SPIDER CAMERA HOLSTER

The good folks over at Spider Camera Holster is giving me a discount code to save you 15% on your first order!
Use the code "hugs" and enjoy some virtual love from us - thanks for following and see you soon!

VALID UNTIL END OF THE YEAR 2017


 

Hello There My Photo Peeps!

Before we get started, I hope you haven't watched the video yet because I have to apologize.  I'm working to get better with the video editing and shooting BTS clips that actually tell a story.  So please forgive me for the content of this mashed up video.  I know there are some critiques out there that will dislike this episode, but since I apoligized first... I'm good, right?

My dear friend Bob Kaussner from Spider Camera Holster called me a few weeks back and after I long conversation, I accepted his offer to try out this camera carry system.  Mind you that I haven't always been in love with most systems, but all of those have good and bad points to each system.  But still, I will give this product a combat-ready testing in my daily shooting.

Here is the first video of opening the box of the SpiderPro and I'm positive more videos will follow.  If you have any questions about how it's holding up, feel free to comment below and I will answer as honestly as possible.  

My friend Bob Kaussner from SpiderHolster sent me this awesome camera carry system to try out. The video is just the initial open box and I plan to have a more detailed breakdown of features very soon.

I want to get a shout-out to my sponsors that make my life easier daily.  If you are thinking of purchasing the same gear, there are some discount codes in the sponsors' area of the site.  

Special thanks to Xavier & Patrice from Photos on the Vine for inviting us out and of course, our muse, Chaeann F.

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XPerience LIGHT coming to TULSA, OK

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XPerience LIGHT coming to TULSA, OK

We are so excited to be working with Bedford Camera once again on another FREE workshop, this time in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The schedule and locations are still being finalized, but the presentation of the Five Characters of LIGHT will be 4pm - 6pm inside the store location.  We will then break for dinner and meet up for shooting with Interfit Photographic's amazing S1, XP PhotoGear light modifiers, and Vanguard USA tripods.

Class Description

Light can be found, Light can be created or Light can be blended. How you use LIGHT will define you as a photographer through your images. This workshop is geared towards anyone in photography, regardless of skill level, desiring to push the limits of creative, portable lighting. Isn't it time for you to invest to see LIGHT?

We will walk you through the FIVE characteristics of EVERY light that photographer must consider before hitting the shutter. Once you are aware of these, the understanding leads to controlling LIGHT of ANY scene to create stunning images, picking the right light modifier combination for each situation.

Experience a live product shoot & creative portrait session, learning tips for stunning storytelling through light selection using XP PhotoGear's incredible line of MicroBoxes and SpeedBoxes. What you carry in the camera bag will change how you command light. We will demo the versatility of small flash units to create quality images with impact your clients will fall in love with. Learn about the THREE modifiers to always have on hand to quickly change light from dull to spectacular.

Get your hands dirty practicing with clean light modifiers and SpeedBoxes that go from bag to stand in under 60 seconds. We will give you the tools, easily to understand, to select, setup and shoot dramatic images that will take your photography to the next level.

Don't miss this information packed, hands-on experience that will change the way you see, modify and capture LIGHT.

Special thanks to Jeff Moore from CaptureTV for post-processing this little teaser video.  Be sure to follow the CaptureTV creative crew and website for local, practical photography education.

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XPerience LIGHT - Bedford Camera - April 14, 2017

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XPerience LIGHT - Bedford Camera - April 14, 2017

Yes, we are using the "F" word for this workshop.  F R E E !

We will talk about the Five Characteristics of LIGHT and then demo those in class before heading outside to actually setup and shoot a session.  You need to bring a tripod and a camera so you can take a turn with the lights.

It's going to be a fun and casual settings that will be a great learning experience.  Head over to Meetup.com and sign up for the FREE class!

Light can be found, Light can be created or Light can be blended. How you use LIGHT will define you as a photographer through your images. This workshop is geared towards anyone in photography, regardless of skill level, desiring to push the limits of creative, portable lighting. Isn't it time for you to invest to see LIGHT?

We will walk you through the FIVE characteristics of EVERY light that photographer must consider before hitting the shutter. Once you are aware of these, the understanding leads to controlling LIGHT of ANY scene to create stunning images, picking the right light modifier combination for each situation.

Experience a live product shoot & creative portrait session, learning tips for stunning story telling through light selection using XP PhotoGear's incredible line of MicroBoxes and SpeedBoxes. What you carry in the camera bag will change how you command light. We will demo the versatility of small flash units to create quality images with impact your clients will fall in love with. Learn about the THREE modifiers to always have on hand to quickly change light from dull to spectacular.

Get your hands dirty practicing with clean light modifiers and SpeedBoxes that go from bag to stand in under 60 seconds. We will give you the tools, easily to understand, to select, setup and shoot dramatic images that will take your photography to the next level.

Don't miss this information packed, hands-on experience that will change the way you see, modify and capture LIGHT.

Join us and never be afraid of the dark again. 

Be sure to check out ALL the products from our sponsors!

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SouthWest PPA - Walk, Boobs, Boys & Bokeh - SUCESS!

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SouthWest PPA - Walk, Boobs, Boys & Bokeh - SUCESS!

Southwest PPA Convention was held in Oklahoma City this year and it was a BLAST!  Terri and I both were on the speaker schedule.  Mine was a photowalk and despite the weather, we managed to pull off some great images and make new friends.  Terri presented a "PJ & Pixels - Boobs, Boys, and Bokeh", bright and early on Sunday morning, where pajamas were encouraged.  We are thrilled to have so many come out that early for a presentation.

Here are a few images from the fun we had.  Thanks to Eric Epperly for bringing out some girls to shoot - Ami & Chae

 While waiting for the weather to pass, Chae graced us with a country outfit in a parking garage near downtown OKC.

While waiting for the weather to pass, Chae graced us with a country outfit in a parking garage near downtown OKC.

 We had a break in the weather and scrambled for the SkyDance Bridge.  We quickly threw Ami in the parachute dress.  Terri manned the battery powered wind machine to keep the "dress" flowing while I shot away and demo'd the Interfit S1 500W light.

We had a break in the weather and scrambled for the SkyDance Bridge.  We quickly threw Ami in the parachute dress.  Terri manned the battery powered wind machine to keep the "dress" flowing while I shot away and demo'd the Interfit S1 500W light.

Be sure to check with us before buying for DISCOUNT CODES!

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