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Flash Bus Tour: Learn to Light with McNally & Strobist

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These guys are a blast one on one. Put them together? Watch out. It’s a combo of awesomeness, mad science, MythBusters and the two guys in the balcony from the Muppets….

That said, if you wanna learn small flash lighting, no doubt this will be a great class and great value… Learn the fundamentals and the tricks of the trade from my homies David Hobby (Strobist) and Joe McNally. Two of the best photography instructors in the biz live out of a bus and teach the world to light stuff: 29 cities and 13,000 miles–kicking off in Seattle this March.

A map of the cities after the jump as well as links to their registration site. Continue Reading →

creative LIVE HOLIDAY SPECIAL OFFER [THIS IS A SCORE!]

Friends. My team who run the day to day show over at creativeLIVE have put together an amazing deal for the holidays on photography and video “weekend workshops” from your favorite photography instructors – some of the best in the world: Vince Laforet, Zack Arias, Jasmine Star, David DuChemin, Jeremy Cowart and Tamara Lackey. Single courses are all offered $129 (instead of $149), but the really smokin deal is this: all 6 courses for $399 (that 55% off. whoa.).

They tell me that special offer ends soon. Please support this cool concept. If you’ve thought about buying a class or want an entire year of photography education for one amazing price, me thinks this is for you. More info is here at creativeLIVE.com.

PHOTO INDUSTRY: HELP US RAISE $5000 TODAY (FOR @CHARITYwater)

chase jarvis _ scott harrison _ charity waterFINAL UPDATE: Thank you, thank you, thank you! Together we raised $5000 — enough to build a fresh water well that will serve 250 families forever–and we did it in under 18 hours. Who makes this possible? YOU and http://www.charitywater.org. Please check them out and continue to give. Consider asking your friends and family to re-direct what they’d normally spend on your birthday this year and send it to charity: water. 100% (yes you read correctly) of your money goes directly to water projects…0% to administration and other peripheries. Again, many thanks! If you want to continue giving on this campaign, please do–I’ll leave the account open for donations until the end of the year – click here to see our donation page. My most humble gratitude to you and our community here.
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NEWEST UPDATE 5:30am Seattle time: We’re at 90% of our goal!! Just $450 short of building a well in Africa in one day with just a few hours left in this challenge. Please help – and please ask your network to help…we can’t do it without your support. Join the photo industry and donate here now. Thank you!
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UPDATE: We’ve upped our game and decided to raise enough to build a new fresh water well TODAY TODAY TODAY that will provide water for 250 families. We’re giving ourselves 24 hours to raise $5000. We’re at 20% and need your help to reach our goal. I’d love to go on the air this evening on chasejarvisLIVE and announce that we have succeed already… Please help.

Donate here now – every dollar helps: http://mycharitywater.org/chasejarvis
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TODAY’S Monday December 6th episode of chasejarvisLIVE is not to be missed. I’m not doing a live photo shoot and I’m not interviewing a photographer or a filmmaker. It’s bigger than that. In fact it’s bigger than photography and bigger than creativity. It transcends whatever it is that most of do on a day to day basis.

My guest is Scott Harrison and his story is about bringing clean water to 100 million people worldwide. His plan to do so is via one of the most dynamic and fast-growing non-profits in the world called charity: water.

My pal Michael Hebb (also my partner in Songs For Eating and Drinking) and I met Scott in Washington DC last spring. This man and his message rocked us, and we’re lucky enough to host him on our show just before his story airs on ABC’s 20/20 in ten days…seriously. Scott is an amazing creative mind and a dynamic and engaging speaker. He’s changing the world and his story will light a fire underneath you – whatever your passion might be. You’ll get to meet him on Monday if you tune in – even ask some questions live on the air via my twitter handle @chasejarvis or using #cjLIVE.

WHAT: You, Me, Hebb, Scott Harrison (and his 1.3 million twitter followers)
WHEN: Monday, December 6th at 6:30pm Pacific/9:30 Eastern USA
WHERE: point your browser to http://www.chasejarvis.com/live

From Fast Company magazine: “Scott Harrison hopes to turn charity: water into an epic brand that brings fresh water to 100 million people in need of something most of us take for granted. His journey is both inspiring and instructional for any entrepreneur.”

We’re trying to build a fresh water well in Africa with this one event in Seattle and online show. A well costs $5000. Please donate here – it’s tax deductible – anything is hugely appreciated.

Follow charity: water on Twitter.
Here’s a link about Scott and charity: water in the NYTimes.
Here’s a link to the lovely charity: water website.

See you Monday evening online.

Fraction Magazine: 100% of Print Sale Goes To Artist

Photo by Todd Walker via Fraction Magazine

Fraction Magazine today launched their annual Holiday Print Sale where, for between $30 and $100 bucks, you can purchase some pretty stunning original photographic art work. I got a DM from them this morning about the sale, went over and took a peek, and was positively struck by a lot of the work.

The hook? The hook is that there is no hook. 100% of the money goes direct to the artist. Just good clean livin there. The karma gods are smiling.

I was thinking that the gift of original artwork is a lovely gift and something you might consider giving over the holidays. Hope you find something you like. I love the shot in the thumbnail above by Todd Walker, and the couple others after the jump by Isa Leshko and Tom Richardson. Be sure to visit Fraction to see lots more and support artists over the holidays.
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Jeremy Cowart Portrait Photography Class on Creative Live

Many of you know the amazing portrait, entertainment, and travel photographer Jeremy Cowart. Well, good news is here: Jeremy is doing a creativeLIVE course on Experimental Portraiture in Photography. The two-day course is December 2nd and 3rd. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about portraits, how to shoot first-time models or what it’s like to photograph celebrities, this is not to be missed. And remember it’s worldwide and it’s free to watch LIVE. There will also be some additional free weekly video check ins leading up, so tune in. Check it out and register here now.

Also super cool is that creativeLIVE have teamed up with Jeremy to broadcast Help-Portrait to a live, worldwide audience on 4 December 2010–the day following Jeremy’s portrait course. And what is Help-Portrait? In case you missed it’s kickoff last year, it’s an annual, global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need. creativeLIVE will be hosting a huge Help-Portrait event from their new studio in Seattle and acting as the worldwide hub for the event, checking in with other Help-Portrait events from cities and countries all over the world and watching things and photos unfold. More details as this continues to comes together.

A video from Jeremy, more on Help-Portrait, plus a is a call out to discover new models after the jump. Hit ‘continue reading’ below… Continue Reading →

Levi’s Photo Workshop: A Community Photography Collaboration Venue

levis2.jpgLevi’s recognizes that photography is absolutely a core component of a new era of creativity. Here’s proof: check out their newest project, The Levi’s Photo Workshop. It’s a community photography collaboration venue located in central Manhattan (18 Wooster St. btwn Canal and Grand). Think free studio space, free camera rentals (even vintage), and a collaborative workspace. Levi’s Joshua Katz says this project is…

“…a way for Levi’s to offer a unique experience based around creativity and learning. Levi’s wanted to celebrate the pioneering creative spirit of artists and craftspeople in a way that would also hopefully turn others on to a new craft. As one of the original American work wear brands…Levi’s has a long standing connection to craftspeople and the workshops reflect a 21st century take on American craft.”

Photos of the space, link to locations after the jump. Hit ‘continue reading’ below: Continue Reading →

One Day On Earth – You Tell the World’s Story

Today is October 10, 2010…or if you’re sharper than me, that would be 10.10.10. And today all across the world, documentary filmmakers, students and inspired people like you are organizing to record the human experience during this 24 hour period and contribute a voice to what looks to be the largest participatory media event in history.

Every country in the world–190 something–are participating, as well as nearly every major NGO…with cameras even being dropped into Somalia, Iran, Mongolia, etc, via UN supply chains. The goal? A global time capsule, a documentary film, a photo book, and some good ol’ creative spirit, among other things… Continue Reading →

Seattle 100 Project: Just 3 Weeks Out [But Shipping Now?]

In the 8 weeks leading up to my Seattle 100: Portrait of a City launch, I promised to be blogging, vlogging and any other sort of ‘ogging one can do, as well as answering questions to share the behind the scenes of what’s going on with the project. I’ve been doing some o’ that and now we’re just 3 weeks out…sorta, but better.

If you recall, in similar fashion to The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You concept (book, iphone app, online community), this Seattle 100 project is an entire ecosystem: a book, an edition of fine art gallery prints, and a burly website.

While the “official” launch of the project is not until October 21st, but the book is shipping [read on...] Continue Reading →

Photo & Video Workflow and Backup [chasejarvis LIVE Re-watch]

Friends: at your request we’ve loaded up a re-watch of last week’s episode of chasejarvisLIVE to my YouTube channel [subscribe here] for your review and perusal. If you’re at all interested in our digital photo & video workflow and backup, then this is worth your time. It’s a follow-up to our popular workflow video and post where we discussed and reviewed our entire digital strategy from capture through to delivery of final files to the client…even how we backup our daily work, our email preferences, and our music. You name it. The gear, the plans, the whole mess.

I’ve said it before, but it would be remiss not to mention it again: I think this topic is one of the most important fundamentals–not just for professional photographers and filmmakers like us–but for anyone with valuable digital content that’s worth backing up. In this episode, Scott, Dartanyon, Erik and yours truly took live questions from a worldwide twitter audience and addressed in depth earlier questions that we received from our recent post–about everything the basics of our strategy to the subtle and the scalable parts that make this worthwhile to almost anyone.

We’ll keep an eye out for the comment section below for this post and do our best to answer any other topics/questions we may have missed. Surely there’s plenty.

Workflow and Backup for Photo & Video on ChaseJarvis LIVE Tuesday!

Without a doubt, one of our most popular posts of 2010 has been this post where we outline in detail our photo and video workflow from capture to delivery of digital assets to clients. Every step is included in that post or video, but EVEN THEN we had a huge number of questions about it. As in hundreds and hundreds. Questions that are important and deserve answers. That’s the reason we’ve decided to dedicate an entire episode of chasejarvisLIVE to this topic for tomorrow!

Who: YOU and the Chase Jarvis Crew
What: chasejarvisLIVE discusses photo & video workflow – takes questions from a global audience
Where: tune in to http://www.chasejarvis.com/live
When: Tuesday, Sept 28 at 9:30am Seattle west coast time [12:30pm New York time]
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I’ll offer my decade of experience on the matter, but what’s more cool is that I’ll be hosting my entire tech crew on the show: Scott, Dartanyon, and Erik. They’re the guys who literally walk the data through each of the steps, whether it’s still photos, HDdSLR video, RED or Phantom cinema cameras. They’re opinionated and have a ton of experience–they have all been doing this at the pro level for about 5-10 years. And tomorrow we’ll a lot of the questions that came in after our initial posting, plus we’ll be taking questions LIVE from YOU via twitter at hashtag #cjlive.

It’s a big topic, with dozens of components, from the very basic to the very complex. We’re aiming to simply this complex process. I’m re-posting the video from a few month ago after the jump in case you missed it or in hopes that you’ll get a chance to watch it and formulate some questions for tomorrow’s show. Click to see that again and keep reading… Continue Reading →

Which Photos Should I Donate?

chase jarvis bdayIndeed, today is my birthday! I’m celebrating with family and friends up at our cabin on the coast (snapshot here of yours truly at our fire on the beach last night), but there is something else that’s on my mind today. Giving back. And I’ve decided that in this coming year of my life, one of my goals is to give more time, money, and effort toward philanthropy and charity.

This will take many manifestations this year, but here’s one quick thing I’d like your help in tackling today. I get tapped every year to donate prints for numerous charity auctions, and I always struggle with which ones to give. A couple such asks are on my hot plate right now, and I’m stuck, so my ask of you today is very simple:

Out of all the images in my online portfolios here, would you please click around and tell me which image(s) is/are your favorite? Please specify by gallery name and image number.

I’m not looking for praise or critique, I’d just love to know which image(s) you like from any on this site so that we can collate all the feedback and use this community’s thoughts to help determine which prints I donate to raise money this year.

Thanks in advance. Your time here is the best birthday gift I could think of receiving.

Chase Jarvis TECH: Complete Workflow and Backup for Photo + Video

This may well be the most important behind-the-scenes video we’ve made to date. Not because it’s fancy or sexy, but because it covers arguably the most essential information on a set of topics that every photo and video person should understand: workflow, storage and backup of your precious images. This video covers all the ins and outs, the theory and the details of our complete photo and video workflow from capture to archive and everything in between. So whether you’re a seasoned pro, an aspiring amateur, or just starting out in photography or video we’ve worked hard to make this worth your time.

While there is no “right” digital workflow, ours has been shaped in the professional environment over the past 10 years. More importantly the techniques we use, the gear, the methodology, everything discussed herein been time tested and entirely scalable depending on budget, experience and where you’re at personally in photography and video, wheter you’ve got millions of images or just hundreds. Ultimately, this is a template, a summary of our experience piled into one video and one blog post. Photography, video, and filmmaking are my passions, but they’re also my livelihood, so–as you’d imagine–I take workflow, storage and backup solutions very seriously.

There are, of course, a number of ways to do this stuff, but several key concepts remain consistent no matter what your level of experience. In recent years, workflow, storage and backup has probably been the most requested topic I’ve been asked to cover…and rightly so. It’s important. While I generally don’t actively ask, I’m going with a different approach on this one. Since I’m hoping to re-ignite the dialogue on this entire subject, I would love for you to embed, share, retweet, re-post or share this with your friends. Arguably these principles–especially the parts on storage and backup of data, apply to everyone, not just us photogs. It’s my goal that this becomes a living reference, a launchpad for further discussions on this sorta nerdy–but important–topic. I fully expect there to be questions, counterpoints, and alternative views. It’s all welcome. The comments section of this post will be another place for great information and discussion.

In addition to the video above, there’s a HUGE RESOURCE of written workflow and backup after the jump. You’ll find additional images, a downloadable pdf, even B&H links to all our workflow gear after the jump, so please dig in… Continue Reading →

Lend a Hand and I’ll Give You Some G-Tech

chase jarvis town hallFriends: It’s the weekend and I’m focused on some personal stuff that could use your help if you’re willing. I’m trying to help my favorite non-profit win a $125,000 grant to make emergency repairs to their building, and I’m willing to incent you with about $500 bucks in gear for your help in doing so. If you are interested, please read on.

[NEWEST update: in what the sponsoring group, Partners in Preservation, called "an unprecedented photo finish" I'm soooo happy and grateful and pround to announce that WE DID IT! Town Hall wins $125,000 grant. Thank you thank you thank you!]

[UPDATE: we went to 1st but are now back in 2nd, so we need your help more than ever. Don't forget to follow the instructions below, it's a little tricky. And more importantly, please vote everyday. Karma points. ]

Background: Town Hall Seattle is a cultural center based in Seattle that showcases diverse music, arts and humanities, civic discourse, and world culture programming. They feature the broadest range of any programming that I’ve ever known–from hosting cultural heavy hitters like David Lynch, Moby, Malcolm Gladwell, Barak Obama, Al Gore, and Arianna Huffington all the way to community activists, children’s choirs, poets, Seattle’s hip hop acts, and the local Spelling Bee. It’s simply an amazing cultural and creative hub.

Here’s the good news: the grant winner is decided purely by a popular vote online. The most votes wins. Here’s the challenge: Currently Town Hall is in 2nd place by 1% and the voting ends THIS Wednesday May 12. It would mean the world to me and the my community if you would vote. And here’s some incentive from yours truly. 100% honor system here. IF you vote, and IF leave a comment below saying that you’ve voted I will choose one person from the comment section below (bonus points for roping in your friends to vote too…) and send them a super-awesome 2 TB worth of G-Tech hard drive love (+/- $500 value) from my personal stash. We roll G-Tech drives exclusively around here, and I’m expressly grateful for their support.

Now go forth and vote. It’s easy:
1. Visit the grant award site here and select ‘New User’ in the ‘Vote Now’ box.
2. Register with a name, email and password. (Don’t be scared off by this. It’s harmless and you can check the don’t contact me box!)
3. Scroll down to Town Hall and click on it. A check will appear, but you’re not done yet.
4. IMPORTANT: now scroll to bottom of the page and click VOTE.
5. Awesome. Now that you’re registered and logged in, you can vote everyday thru Wednesday 12th. Bonus karma points if you vote today, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Yes, whoever built this voting widget wrote code like it was 1998, but don’t let that get in your way. We all Continue Reading →

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