Chase Jarvis CURRENT: Making The Web Work For You

In May of this year I was invited–along with photo Illuminati compadres David Hobby (Strobist) and David Nightingale (Chromasia)–to Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, UAE to give a little chat to some photographers. The seminar was called “Making the Web Work for You”. If you’re at all thinking of blogging, video, the web, or sharing information, then you will pick up a thing or two, guaranteed. Keep in mind, it’s almost entirely unedited. But there are some nuggets in there. Nothing flashy , just a couple of us guys talking about blogging and how we use the web in our profession. There’s a Q+A session at the end as well.

I’ve been sitting on this for 7 months for a few reasons:
1. Busy.
2. It’s long. But I figured there’s no better time to watch a long chat about photography and blogs and such, than while sitting in front of your computer with a gut full of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Cue it up. Grab another piece of pie.
3. I’ve been waiting till the time gets nearer for the next Gulf Photo Plus, so we can start chattering about it. This coming year’s event begins at the end of March, and is a spectacular learning opportunity. I then past few years, Mohammad from GPP has organized and handful of us photogs to share a few tips. Those include: Joe McNally, David Hobby, David Nightingale, Drew Gardner, Vincent LaForet, Zack Arias, Carol Dragon, Cliff Mautner, Asim Rafiqui, Chris Hurtt, Bobbi Lane, and Robin Nichols to name a few.

Happy watching.

[Update: The fine folks over at thought this talk was quite relevant. As such, they forked out their own $$ to have all 14,000 words from this video transcribed. It’s broken out into three sections, one for each Hobby, Nightingale, and yours truly. So, if you’d rather read these words, use em for school or whatever, then be sure to visit this CreativeTechs post. Thanks Craig!.]

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57 Responses to Chase Jarvis CURRENT: Making The Web Work For You

  1. Colby McLemore November 27, 2008 at 5:41 am #

    Great content again Chase. I love following your blog and videos. David Hobby mentioned David Hadda (I think I have the spelling incorrect). Do you know his website or correct spelling?

  2. elzora November 27, 2008 at 6:45 am #

    David Tejada:

    Watching the video now Chase and I have to say I really admire how open you are with what you do and how you do it. So, thanks.

  3. ISO Photography November 27, 2008 at 8:01 am #

    Chase would this video will be available at your Podcast? I would love to see it regular basis…!!!

  4. Anonymous November 27, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Thanks for a post.
    This is great video for me. I get started my own web site. I also want to share my knowledge to industry.
    Now I has only Russian version, but we`ll see.
    Valeriy Veduta

  5. Jonny November 27, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    Great insight on all points. It’s incredible the power the internet has today, and how much of it is still untapped on so many levels.

    This has inspired me to sit down and really finish my site, and work on all those “how to’s” i’ve been planning to write for months now.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. p4pictures November 27, 2008 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks to you and the two Davids this was such an amazing piece of video. You guys spelt it all out, explained how to do it and why. Guess we all need to take some inspiration from this and once we get over the 80 minutes duration think about how we can add to the worlds knowledge pool.

    I’m sure that even just playing the audio from this video to a few large companies marketing depts would be beneficial for all of us.

  7. Nigel Pinto November 27, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    Love your blog. Very interesting and educative

  8. Juha Ylitalo November 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    It was interesting to see someone talk specifically about blogs around photography. Usually when I read how he, she or someone else made it big times through blogging it is about ‘make money online’, ‘moms at home’, etc. topic which don’t really fit my “profile” (even though Darren Rowse has photography related blog as well) and how it all will eventually pay off, if you just keep on blogging.

    It was nice to hear your opinions about what photography related blog can do for you (and what it can’t), even though the message in your video (more or less) puts me back to drawing board to really figure out what I want to accomplish with my blogs and what I should do to achieve it.

  9. Anonymous November 27, 2008 at 9:53 pm #

    Smart, laid back bunch of guys. I wish half the panels I attend could be remotely that intelligent and simple. Thank you, gentlemen.

  10. Chase Jarvis November 27, 2008 at 10:07 pm #

    @ gamaliel: This video has been submitted to my iTunes podcast, which usually takes 24 hours to post (apple reviews it), so it should be ready tomorrow from the Chase Jarvis iTunes Podcast. You can download it from there (all my vids go there after posting here…).

  11. Ivan L November 28, 2008 at 2:02 am #

    I was about 2 seconds away from going to sleep, then I ran into this. Thanks :D

  12. Julian Love November 28, 2008 at 4:13 am #

    I was at this session in Dubai – and on Chase’s 3-day course there – and can testify it is a wonderful learning experience.

    From hands on learning with top photographers to mixing with a great bunch of people, it’s a wonderful experience.

    If you have the means to get there next year then GO! You won’t be disappointed.

  13. Conor November 28, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    Long, but AWESOME!! Lots of good content in there and it really made me think about blogging, starting a blog, etc. Thanks Chase!

  14. Adam Swords November 28, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    Thanks for posting this, Chase.
    How come it’s always strange to hear your own voice on a recording?! I never think it sounds like me…I sound like more of a dork in real life than I do in my head!

    But thanks for the feedback on my question, I’ve been blogging steadily since as you know and I’m slowly getting more readers visiting each month.

    I’ll also echo Julian’s comment, the whole trip was absolutely invaluable. If I wasn’t learning in the classroom I was learning from just hanging out with you guys. I can’t wait for next year!

  15. ingalbraith November 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    thanks dude.

  16. ehoxes November 28, 2008 at 3:54 pm #

    Lots of great ideas shared here. I’ve been following what you guys do for a while now as your videos always get me excited to go out and shoot.

    A small group of us photographer/video types just started a blog this past week, and it’s videos like this that make a guy feel like maybe there’s still a chance to be found on the web.

    thanks man.

    Oh and don’t worry, I won’t tell anybody about the preloaded JamPack audio samples used to make the intro song ;)

  17. Ryan Scott November 28, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    Thanks for posting. As a shooter, the video content is what has me checking your site on a regular basis-always really informative or really cool.

    I also meant to ask this a while ago…What kind of hiking boots were those?? I’m due for a new pair.


  18. Stephen November 29, 2008 at 5:01 am #

    I couldn’t agree more with this. I personally think some of the more famous and recognized photographers today are the ones posting regular content.

    New photographers must be at an all time high and we are all looking for a handful of sites to learn from daily.

    Teaching/Blogging/Workshops is huge right now and if your teaching in public, future clients will also identify you as an expert in the subject.

  19. Isaac Lane Koval November 29, 2008 at 7:29 am #

    This is great! Thanks for all the insight into your photography that you’ve posted over the years.

  20. Gazedd November 29, 2008 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi Chase,
    Having watched your video i have decided to make my own blog, I even contacted David Nightingale who only lives up the coast of North west England from me.

    Thanks for posting this video, it really has some great tips on how to get started.

  21. admin November 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    Great talk David, David, and Chase. As I keep going with my web exposure and it has already started to grow, along with the launch of a new web site things have started to click (pun untended). I really enjoyed the Q and A session.

  22. Kjrstin November 29, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    Thanks for your efforts of always giving back to the community. I’m always excited when you post a new video (I like your text posts, too).

  23. Adam November 30, 2008 at 2:40 am #

    Thanks Chase. I listened to most of this, and am inspired to be more focused in my blogging. I run more blogs than I can remember at 2 in the morning, everything from singlespeed mt. biking to photo of the day. I am contemplating a blog novel, with photography. Also a basic photography skills tutorial. Do I have time? No. I really love blogs and blogging. What hooked me was a blog by a girl in Bagdad about 6 or 7 years ago, she was the Iraqi Anne Frank, blogging her day to day about no-power, bombs, relative abductions and being bored to death with the absence of school. It was the first thing I read in the morning for about 6 months, then it disappeared. Gone. I know that people I wouldn’t expect to follow my blogs, do follow my blogs, I hope more people than I can imagine followed this Iraqi girl’s blog.

  24. Becks November 30, 2008 at 3:38 am #

    You gety 10x bonus points for using a Swedish band for the music at the start of the video.

  25. Ron M. November 30, 2008 at 8:05 am #

    Thank You Chase

    You and David x2 keep me moving forward with new inspiration.


  26. Anonymous November 30, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    Thanks for this excellent post!

  27. Jay McLaughlin November 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm #


    I started blogging about this time last year after finding both yours and David Hobby’s blogs. It’s nice to know that I’m on your wavelength in terms of why I’m blogging and who I’m blogging for.

    I don’t get much traffic (hell I get excited when I receive an email telling me I’ve had a comment left!), but as you mentioned, it’s about looking inward rather than using it as a promotional tool.


    PS. Have you seen the iPhone apps for blogging? I tried out Lifecast and works pretty well with blogger. Now you can blog from anywhere! haha

  28. Tastre December 1, 2008 at 8:09 am #

    Long vid, but great content. Well worth it.

  29. Alex Photo Blog December 1, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Great video Chase! Thank you so much for posting it :)
    Greetings from Greece

  30. Dan Carr December 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm #

    Great post Chase, I have just recently started a blog as part of my site and this was really really helpful. Thanks!

  31. Nuge* December 2, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    Excellent video – thanks for posting it. I am really impressed by you guys and your willingness to share info on all kinds of topics – it really shows that you love photography and that you are not just in it for a paycheck.

  32. Alex Evans December 2, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    Great video, very inspiring. Really enjoyed your three very authentic stories on blogging.

    First video I’ve watched from this site, hope to watch many more.

  33. Anonymous December 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm #

    What I have is more of a question than a comment. In posting your work on the web isn’t there a big risk in people stealing and using your work? I in the past have had people steal my work and I never was able to get compensation for their illegal usage of my work. So I removed my work from the web, Which in turn served no one. Ending a once promising career all together.

    What steps are there for a person to use in protecting images published on the web? Copyright protection is costly to the semi-pro field of photographers out there. Or does one simply take their chances in publishing on the web?

  34. Roeland December 2, 2008 at 11:13 pm #

    Hey Chase,

    Thanks for yet another great vid. Been following your blog a while now and it is abolutely fabulous! I’ll be replaying this vid more then once (time allowing).

    Keep it up!

  35. James December 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

    Brilliant video chase..
    you are the man!

  36. Adrian December 4, 2008 at 3:37 am #

    Thanks for this great post.

    We have struggled quite a biut and this will help us.


  37. J & L December 4, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks for posting some great info for us beginners…appreciate it.

  38. J & L December 4, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    Thanks for posting some great info for us beginners…appreciate it.

  39. Mark Rutt December 4, 2008 at 5:15 pm #

    chase you truly are an inspiration, not just as a photographer but as a good person. i love that you are willing to share your journey with those of us who strive to be as talented and successful as you. i love your videos. keep up the great work, and thanks again!!

  40. Anonymous December 4, 2008 at 6:54 pm #

    Your videos are inspiring to me. Great pictures. I just bought a camera and need something for an idea to take pictures of. THANKS FOR SHARING.

  41. Anonymous December 9, 2008 at 3:53 am #

    how things change. you talk about dubai like the promised land, now the global crisis hit it as well. was this really a surprise? no.

  42. frainphoto December 9, 2008 at 7:46 am #

    Great Vid – inspiring stuff..

  43. Telmo Ferreira December 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    Great vid! I’ve learned a lot from it.

    In fact like Chase says, some times a bad decision is better than doing nothing!

    Shame that in Dubai you have to plug and unplug cables to switch laptops!

  44. brewmonkey December 20, 2008 at 8:39 am #

    Still unavailable as a iTunes download.

  45. Anonymous December 22, 2008 at 10:06 am #

    @ben seems to be there for me

  46. Scott R. December 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm #

    @Anon – Regarding Digital Copyright Protection.

    There is really no alternative to the internet as a tool to share your work. Any aspiring photographer will almost absolutely need to post images online in order to build the recognition required for a successful business. There are many things you can do to limit your risk online.

    Register your images with the US Copyright Office or similar federal agency. In the states, this is THE tool for building a case against infringements. It is also wise to be very careful about where you publish your images online. Flickr, Myspace, Facebook, Smugmug, etc. all have stipulations in their usage agreements that effect the ownership of your images. Read the small print, and make educated decisions regarding where you post. Watermarks, flash galleries, and copyright notices are all ways to protect your images online.

    Keep good records, register your images with the copyright office, know the rules where you post, make ownership apparent in your online presence, and always stay vigilant in protecting your images.

    Good Luck!

  47. AR December 23, 2008 at 6:36 pm #

    Thank you, Chase.

  48. Camden January 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    After watching this video I decided to start a blog myself. I really enjoyed watching this video and spent a few good hours in the early morning watching this along with your other videos. Great, down to earth, video and presentation.

  49. Mathieu March 31, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    Hi Chase,

    Could you please tell us a bit more about LiveBooks and the development process of your website? Why such a talented guy, assisted by a highly qualified team, chose not to design and develop his website by himself? Also, is your blog manageable through a 3rd party web interface or do you need to have access to all your blog files to post?


  50. Chase Jarvis April 2, 2009 at 12:42 am #

    mathieu: simple answers here…

    livebooks = best algorithm in the world for serving up big images fast
    livebooks = drag and drop interface
    livebooks = somewhat customizable
    livebooks = best algorithm in the world for serving up big images fast
    livebooks = best algorithm in the world for serving up big images fast
    livebooks = best algorithm in the world for serving up big images fast

    and my blog is all at blogger, we’ve just hacked the template to look like our livebooks site.

  51. Sean Porter June 14, 2009 at 7:58 pm #

    Chase, Thank you so much for your video as a 15 yr old wanna be photographer I found this extremely helpful. There is nothing else out there like the content that you post.

    I look forward to further videos and keep up the good work.

  52. John Classen June 15, 2009 at 7:13 pm #


    Thanks for all you do. You are a huge inspiration, even though I am late to the table of photography.


  53. Anonymous September 9, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    Dude that was long! actually its still going but maaan.. long. wish you would of mentioned the length in the beginning O_O heheh. its great though. a lotta great info and i learned a lot. I don't have a blog yet but i'll definitely start one sometime in the future!

  54. Anthony Perez May 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Slowly going thoruhg your videos and they are so inspiring, love how much i can learn from them. and i love the insight into the production and behind the scenes.

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