Let’s Talk About Tripods

I am happy to share that my first article at Digital Photography School has been published. For my first article at dPS I wanted to write about a topic that many photographers are interested. However, I wanted to do it in a very different way.

So I went for the tripod topic as a start. Instead of just talking about what tripods are or providing a review of a tripod, I decided to write about the many differences in tripods and how some can work better for certain situations like landscape photography, portrait photography and more.

Here is a preview of the first paragraph. (don’t mind the strange characters as something was going on at their website when I grabbed the screenshot).

talking tripods at dPS

After the article as published a few comments were submitted about monopods and bipods because I did not mention them in the article. I do not use either so I can’t really comment on them anyway.

But I wanted to dig a little deeper into my own tripod setup. So I recorded this video to show you my workhorse tripod.

As mentioned, the tripod I use for the majority of my professional work is from Really Right Stuff. It’s a heavy-duty, yet lightweight, carbon fiber tripod made in the USA.

However, also as mentioned I use a 3 Legged Thing tripod as my always on hand ( throw in the back of the car) tripod. I also have Manfrotto and Promaster tripods which are used when teaching.

If you have any questions about my setup please comment below to ask. Please also check out the article over at Digital Photography School to learn more about tripods.

Thanks for reading and happy shooting,

Scott

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Exploring New Territory

I recently spent a day wandering around New York City with my friend Gevon.  We met up with Quentin of fotoclasses at Brooklyn Beans Roastery, talked for a bit and then kept walking and shooting.

One of the beautiful things about walking around places you spend little time at, is that feeling of seeing and experiencing something for the first time. It’s like growing up all over again.

For example, tasting an amazing maple coffee or getting down low on cobblestones and then come across what you see in this photo.

Graffiti in the streets of Brooklyn. the Brooklyn Bridge, beautiful light and so much more.

Exploring New Territory

While Brooklyn may not be the same without my friend Brian around, shooting around the area makes for an awesome time.

After spending some time in the area, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan and then continued towards Animoto for a meetup that night. It was during our Manhattan part of our day that we happened upon another story.

It’s not too often where I find myself speechless. However, Gevon and I we happened upon Jay Maisel’s building. If you don’t know, Jay has photographed many iconic images including the cover of the Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue”. We walked to the front of the building and Jay was going inside. The introvert in me was in true shock and the only words that I could get out… “Hi” and eventually “Jay”.

Fortunately Jay is a nice guy and the interaction wasn’t as awkward as it could have been.

Jay Maisel's Building

In addition to learning a lot of unrelated information at the meetup at Animoto’s offices, I also learned that no matter how old you are, you can still be speechless when you meet someone you admire.

Explore new territories. Even if you think you’ve been somewhere, you may not have really been there. Things change, people move, stores come and go.

So keep exploring.

Scott

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Photography Business Revamp aka PhotogBizRevamp

bizrevampIf you’ve been following my blog for some time now then you’ve likely heard me mention Rachel Brenke on numerous occasions. In fact, she even guest blogged about model releases for street photography.

Rachel is a lawyer (aka The LawTog) and photographer, and there is no one better to talk about the togethers together than her.

That is why I am extremely excited to share a new online course Rachel has put together called PhotogBizRevamp, or Photography Business Revamp.

Rachel offered the course for two years but shut it down for a year improve it with a lot more depth.  Here are a few key points about the course:

  • It’s incredibly awesome
  • No one else has a huge legal section in their business courses
  • Students receive lifetime access to the course and content
  • There are tons of videos, handouts, transcripts and more.
  • There are walkthroughs of boring stuff most people don’t like but as photographers and business owners, we have to.
  • Did I mention there is a conversation with me in one of the sections?

There are many business courses out there for photographers, including Marketog which is also amazing.  But Rachel’s course stands out above the crowd.  Why? Well, she breaks the legal aspects down so well that anyone can understand it.  She talks about the struggles of the business and provides strategies, tools and ideas to get through the barriers.

Photography Business Revamp

bizrevamp-checklist

If this hasn’t caught your interest yet, maybe more details will.  In PhotogBizRevamp you will also learn…

  • How to set up a legal photo business so you can stay legal and protect your assets.
  • A simple system to manage and file yours taxes the right way.
  • The minimum insurance coverage your photo business needs to have peace of mind.
  • How to get a solid contract with no holes that covers you.
  • Website and social media quick-fixes that get you the inquires and new clients you’re losing out on right now.
  • A streamlined workflow that minimizes stress and maximizes your money-making potential.
  • How to generate more cash (even if you aren’t into in-person sales).
  • How to create your custom business plan to finally reach your goals.

As mentioned you will also receive:

  • Videos and accompanying transcripts so the you can quickly go through, understand and absorb the material.
  • Printable handouts, checklists, and worksheets so you can take action on what you learned.
  • Mobile ready videos so you can work on-the-go
  • Downloadable full video transcripts, audio files, and the above mentioned printable items.
  • Three question and answer podcasts right to your inbox.
  • Lifetime access so you can learn at your own pace.

bizrevamp-documents
Curious how the course works?

Basically, the content modules are dripped for one week for every module. Once you reach the end of the modules you have lifetime access to everything. You receive Module 1 upon registration.

Although there are only 8 modules mentioned in the marketing materials for the course, there is actually a bonus module, but you didn’t hear that from me.  Rachel is also adding more content and fresh materials for students.  How cool is that?  PhotogBizRevamp is affordable and can have a huge ROI, but as enrollment fills up, the price will steadily increase.  Rachel also offers a 45 day refund policy, but be sure to read the policy if you are curious about it.

So now that I’ve gone through all of the details about the course, I strongly encourage all photographers looking to grow their business to check out PhotogBizRevamp. Enrollment is open April 10-14th, 2014.

Thanks for reading,

Scott

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