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Hello my internet friends! Today is a very exciting day. I’m proud to announce 28 to Make.

Short version: I want you to join me and some friends in a global 28 day movement to dramatically enhance your creativity – and maybe your life.

Longer version? Read on…but it’s basically just pure awesome, and very simple, low friction, zero cost and just 5 minutes per day to way way way up your game.

The truth is, it takes 2-4 weeks to make a habit stick…and so some time ago I gave myself this challenge – to make something everyday for a month, something simple, fun, and playful in 5-15 minutes — a photo, a simple sketch, a haiku, or whatever — and it literally changed my life.

And whether your photographer, a designer, a bartender, accountant, or a stay at home parent…creativity is at the heart of being human. It’s one of the things that differentiates us from the other species on the planet. We were literally put here to CREATE — but the benefits go deeper.

THE BENEFITS I experienced when I tried this?

1. Sure, I was more creative, but not just in photography, in EVERYTHING. In cooking, in telling stories, in my approach to relationships, etc.
2. That inner self talk got a LOT more positive and confident. Instead of second-guessing my POV, I became more comfortable and happy to do my own thing.
3. I was more joyful. Put simply, the act of intentionally creating something brought me a lot joy. No time for grumpy, just joyful.
4. I was way more productive. Yes, taking a 5-15 min break during the day made me A LOT more productive throughout the rest of the day. As in I got more done by goofing off a little.

Overall, these creative exercises had such a dramatic impact on my life, that I now do this EVERY DAY of the year. Yes, every day. Ok I miss one or two here and there…but It’s right here on my list of daily habits now, and I LOVE it. Its no joke that today I attribute many of the successes in my career simply to my ability to be more creative.


It was through this sort of lens that the smart and awesome people I work with at CL came up with this cool little program we’re running for the month of February called 28 To Make. It is designed to spoon feed you one little email every morning for 28 days, with a simple little video explaining a 5 minute creative project idea for the day…All you have to do is go to THIS PAGE and click sign up / RSVP. (100% free, just an email so I can send you the lessons).

I have a goal that 1000 people will join me in this quest. Please help me make this goal come true! Scratch that – beat it already.
How about 2500. Please help me make that goal come true! Scratch that – beat it already – and we’re just getting started!
How about 5000 people in this project? Scratch that – even blew THAT away on our FIRST DAY TODAY!
OK LETS GET NUTS. Can we get 10,000 people in this project?! Let’s do THAT! Please help me make this goal come true!

AGAIN. Too many people erroneously believe that creativity is some god-given thing that you either have or your don’t. Or maybe you’re either INSPIRED today, or your aren’t. After a life dedicated to being creative, being around others who are creative, and helping those who don’t think they are creative to find that creativity within themselves — I can PROMISE YOU that creativity is not a skill…it’s a HABIT. We can all fall in and out of practice around creative project ideas…but the truth is (and science backs me here…) that it’s NEVER too late to either jump-start or re-engage your creative mojo.

FAQ section?

  1. How do I sign up?
    Go to THIS PAGE and click the blue button. Zero dollars, just your email to send you the daily lesson.
  2. What will happen after I sign up?
    You’ll get daily little lessons in your inbox every day for 28 days. And then it will stop. You can also find the videos here on the 28 To Make page once they’ve been posted each day.
  3. How long will each creative exercise take me?
    The projects can all be completed in 5-20 minutes, but you can take as long as you like. Also – do it your way. If the project calls for a drawing, but you’ve got some modeling clay on hand, feel free to sculpt instead.
  4. What if I skip some days here and there. Or what if I join late?
    No problem. Just pick up where you left off whenever you want. Or skip ahead. Just get as much of 28 days of making underway– or until you stumble upon that thing really gets you going. If you find yourself getting stale again, you can always come back. The videos will be released in weekly batches throughout February, but you can watch them on the class page whenever you want after that.
  5. Can I share my work? Is there a #hashtag?
    Yes there is. Share what you made with the world on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter using #28toMake. We really want to see what you come up with, and we’re not alone.
  6. Repeat
  7. BTW, by sharing the results of these creative exercises on Instagram, you’ll have a chance to win some cool prizes. Visit CreativeLive to find out how.

chase jarvis creative habit

Here’s How I GET SHIT DONE! (hint: BUSY isn’t success, it’s a lack of priority)

“Busy” isn’t success. Busy is a lack of priority.

For a long time I thought the following about “busy” people:
-they were important
-they were cool
-that had it so rough – poor them! They need sympathy!

Then, after bailing on a career in soccer, dodging medical school and quitting half-way through getting a PhD in Philosophy – I went to work for myself. That’s when being “busy” doing all that busy work ACTUALLY got real for me. It went from “ho hum…” to “YIKES I’m so busy because I need to figure out my life, this new career I want to start – becoming a pro photographer, and I’ve got to pay my rent and put food on the table for my family.” Busy quickly went from a cute thing that felt good to “holy shit, how am I going to get all this done – there’s literally not enough hours in the day.”

That “busy” was real – but mostly because I didn’t have my shit together. That kind of busy is ok, but only temporarily.

And so I rode that line for a while… When I started talking about being busy, people asked, “well what are you doing?” and I got to talk about all the cool stuff I was doing. I got to make that stuff sound important. And I got to cook up that feeling that all the work I was doing was super duper important. And after all, so was I! Busy shifted from a temporary state i was struggling with to a proud label (but still didn’t know it was dumb).

I didn’t have systems for anything. Systems weren’t “creative” – those were things that 9-5 people had. Those were for paper pushers and DAMMIT I’M SELF EMPLOYED NOW SO I DON’T NEED ANY SYSTEMS!

And then I realized that most of what I was doing was just noise…all bark no bite. Lots of action, but few results.

THAT’s when I took a close look at how I was ACTUALLY spending my time. What was I doing that was moving the needle I needed to move? Learning, making great work, getting clients, promoting my work, closing sales. For all those things…the things that MATTERED – it turned out that if I created systems around those things that helped me spend my time on those things more wisely – that my professional OUTCOMES (ie the shit I wanted to get done!) started dramatically accelerating, and – miraculously – I also had so much more personal success as well. In relationships, health, with family, etc. The simple act of putting some basic systems in place made me less “busy” (as in just flailing) and made me way more effective at getting what I wanted out of life. In short – the classic “busy” of important people was a fraud.

So I stopped. Not stopped DOING stuff. Just stopped doing stupid stuff that fronted a false sense of being successful and focused on being effective. It made all the difference. Sure I was living a very full life – from dawn to dusk – but that wasn’t “busy” in the lame sense of the word. I was effective and on point. Not “busy”. And you know what I’ve found out in all my travels and hoity toity elbow rubbing? I’ve found that the most very bad-ass people I know…people who are the best in the world at their craft – whatever it may be – are mostly algined around this principle. Sure there’ some hefty schedules and plenty of jet setting. But no one is running around saying how busy they are.

So can we PLEASE stop celebrating being “so busy”?! Again. Busy isn’t’ a sign of success, it’s a lack of priority.

THAT’s how I came up with structuring my day like I do now.

Enter Tony Schwarz who helped usher in the strategy of “strategic renewal” — the idea that you have moments of intense focus mixed with short scheduled breaks that can rejuvenate you physically and mentally throughout the day – thereby boosting your productivity. I’ve slowly adapted to Tony’s idea.

One of my popular blog posts on the topic was actually the inspiration behind this week’s episode of cjRAW. In the middle of this vlog – ironically where my schedule is getting blown up – I get on the topic of effective schedules and I share a simple, yet crucial, process I’ve lived by for the past several years … breaking down the 100’s of to-dos on the list into like items and then placing those like items into 90 minute work chunks. And whether those chunks are solid blocks dedicated to solving big problems … working on big goals, OR small tactical shit like phone calls and meetings, I can orient my day toward successful chunking of the stuff I want to get done – and voila, I’m 10x more productive than I’ve ever been.

Think I’m crazy or right? Let me know.

In the meantime, here’s a few other things I would add to the above rant:

  • REMINDER! – I freakishly protect the first 90 minute block of my day for my morning routine. It’s the one thing I know can make a HUGE difference in the success of my day, week, and life. Sometimes this requires some modifications, but I generally go way beyond reason to keep this block intact.
  • I prioritize the next 90 minute block as the most important stuff I need to get done that day — by knocking out the important stuff first, it’s easier to sleep knowing you’ve made great progress.
  • I use lunch as either an “eating meeting” or “walking meeting” (sometimes both together) – but generally time to get some headspace before the next 90 minute chunk.

But the video really says it all. So watch that again. And then let me know what you think. Hope this helps you fine tune your day. If you’ve developed some strategies to pump up your productivity, do share in the comments below or somewhere on the web where I can find it.

What’s Covered

Wake up call [0:07]
Flight’s delayed [0:55]
Meet up with Alex [2:06]
CreativeLive San Francisco [2:29]

Links from the Episode

If you’re looking for more resources, here are two classes worth checking out:
The Art of Less Doing and Time Management 101

My Morning Routine
Do Less = Do More. The Art of Being Creative + Productive

Music From:
“You Can Have It” by Fresh Espresso:
“Something Elated” by Broke for Free:
“Big Because” by Minden:
“Viper” by Ray Rude:

People Mentioned

Evan Carmichael
Tony Schwartz
Chris Burkhard

Time for some CHANGES around here!

We’re into the new year and everyone’s talking about resolutions and goals… lose weight, quit drinking, teach yourself some new skills. Yet something like 1 in 3 folks give up before the end of the first month. What gives?

I’m cutting to the punchline on this one: ‘Change’ by itself sounds so big and ominous. But it’s not. At its core, change is just making the ‘right’ decision toward the outcome you want enough time that it becomes a natural occurrence…a HABIT so that you no longer have to think about it as ‘change’. It becomes NORMAL.

Case in point: whenever I have a change I want to accomplish in my life, I first break it down into small behaviors I can do every day. See if you follow me. What if I want to lose 15 lbs? I immediately shift gears AWAY from 15lbs and to the following 3 behaviors.

1. Eat paleo / slow carb every day
2. Move my body in some fashion every day + lift heavy weights 3x per week
3. Get descent sleep.

…and bam. There’s literlly no way I CANT hit my goal in 30+ days if I do these 3 behaviors every day.

And I’ve found the same is true for almost everything in my life….namely, that there is some subset of behaviors that, if I do them enough –ie turn them into HABITS — that I will definitely achieve the change I want to see.

Sound too easy? It is. It’s a bit of a psychological mind f*ck, but it works. Any change, no matter how big, is just a change in behavior.

The example I give in today’s #cjRAW is an expansion of My Morning Routine, into larger context of what I do for my personal health everyday. To track my daily habits, I use an app on my phone called Habit List ($3.99). Unfortunate for some of you, this app is only available on iPhone. If you’re an android user, try “7 Weeks“. Of course you don’t need to have an app on your phone, you can use a calendar, or whatever is easiest for you to keep track of your daily progress – just sharing what I personally use.

So what ARE the 10 things I personally track daily that help me be my best creative, boss, friend, husband outgoing awesome self? Watch the above vid to find out. And of course – report back! Let me know if any of this helped at all.

[and finally, as you start thinking about habits, start slow. Avoid going from zero to ten habits all at once. I developed my habit list over about a year to help me understand what’s going to make me my best self. I’d recommend setting 1-2 habits every couple of weeks or months for the best results, then tracking those habits daily. And remember -this set of habits is for a particular outcome of health and vitality for ME. Want a different outcome – you’ll have to figure out what the right behaviors are for you to gain the outcome that matters most to you.]

That’s it

Of course – if you have some habits you’re doing to help make a productive life, do tell.

What’s Covered

Daily Habits are critical for change [0:28]
Habit List 2 second lesson [1:34]
My habits [2:14]
Recommendations for creating habits [4:45]
The Power of Habits [6:11]

Links from the Episode

Habit List
My Morning Routine
Play It Away by Charlie Hoehn
The Power of Habits on CreativeLive

People Mentioned

Tim Ferriss
Dave Werner
Charlie Hoehn

My New Camera Has ARRIVED! […and it can SEE IN THE DARK]

Alright you camera freaks. The long-awaited Nikon D5 + Nikon D500 have finally been announced. Live from the CES show in Las Vegas yesterday Nikon paraded out their new babies for all the geeks and journalists. As a face for Nikon long before there was such a thing (I know – hard to remember that far back) and core to launching new cameras for them (like this and this, I long lived at the heart of all these announcements there on the floor of the show talking to journalists…but that’s not my jam anymore. I don’t miss the pixel-peeping and the gear chatter one bit, but I DO really LOVE a good camera…which is why I posting this today. When the camera was announced – my feeds popped with your questions about my opinions on these beasts, so I thought I’d respond to your asks in the most simple way imaginable, by just recording my first impressions.

So that’s what this is. It is NOT a “camera review” in the classic super nerd techy sense. It’s my OPINION on the specs based and what I know about these things given a lifetime of unfair access to the inner workings of these cameras and their launches….more experience than 99% of the planet – for better or worse. (Trust me – I’ve seen the sausage being made and it’s not pretty. haha ;)

So anyway – here’s my take in the video above and here’s the specs for both the Nikon D5 and the Nikon D500 below. I’ll follow up when I get my hands on one or both of these in person. Hit me up with questions or comments if you have em.

Nikon D5

The new Nikon flagship camera – their top of the line.
$6495 – body only. March 2016 predicted ship date.
Buy from Adorama

Topline Specs of the Nikon D5

  • 20.8MP FX-format CMOS sensor + EXPEED 5 image processing
  • Widest native ISO ever in a Nikon full-frame DSLR: ISO 100 to 102,400 (expandable to Hi-5, ISO 3,280,00)
  • Redesigned AF system with 153 focus points (55 selectable), 99 cross-type sensors + dedicated processor.
  • 4K UHD video at 30/25/24p + pro grade features (simultaneous external + internal recording, Flat Picture Control, Zebra Stripes, built-in stereo microphone with 20-step increment adjustments)
  • 12 fps continuous shooting with full AF and AE performance (14 fps without), and up to 200 RAW shots in a single burst



Pretty sexy. Now on to its baby brother…..

Nikon D500

The Nikon D500 gives pro-level features in a compact and lightweight body.
$1995 – body only. March 2016 predicted ship date.
Buy from Adorama

Topline Specs of the Nikon D500

  • 20.8 MP DX-format image sensor with EXPEED 5 image-processing engine
  • 153-point AF system (55 selectable)
  • 10 fps for up to 200 shots (14-bit lossless compressed RAW)
  • 4K UHD video
  • ISO sensitivity up to ISO 51200, expandable to ISO 1640000 via Hi
  • Touch-screen, tilting 8-cm/3.2in high-resolution monitor
  • Connect to smart devices using proprietary “Nikon Snap Bridge” system via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Nikon D500 - Profile View

Nikon D500 - Top View Nikon D500 - Back view

Again – so there you have it. I’ll get back out in front of you again soon when I get one of these suckers in my hand. Until then, subscribe to my Youtube channel for god’s sake. And hop on my VIP email list while you’re at it for exclusive content. I post fresh videos + send one bad-ass email every week. Nothing ever sucks – only awesome. And here’s where you can learn how to use your camera better, right here.

What’s Covered

My history with Nikon [0:24]
Nikon D5 [1:48]
Nikon D500 [6:27]

The TIPPING POINT — How You Know When You’ve “Arrived” [ + answers to 9 other questions you asked me]

Hi friends, back atcha here with another #cjRAW.

You might remember in Episode 10, I asked for you to tag your questions #heychase and I’d answer those questions? Well, you did your part, and now I’ll do mine.

In this episode I answer the following questions from this community. I go deep on some, quick on others, but tell me in the comments below or on social that I’m adding value… And of course feel free to pepper me with the next round of #HeyChase anytime, anywhere. I’m on it.

Q1: #HeyChase can u advise, should one specialize at the early stage in a photography career when the goal is diversifying?

Q2: Hi Chase! Can creativity be taught? Or is it something that you have/are?

Q3: Do you ever invoke a lucid dream to enhance your creative way of thinking?

Q4: When did feel that your career were on to something? When did u finally realize you’ve arrived?

Q5: What are your best practices for getting a project off the ground.

Q6: What’s the tipping point when a hair brained idea becomes a project you start?

Q7: Do you think film has a future?

Q8: How to I move from semi pro to pro photographer?

Q9: How many days a week do you have off work??

Q10: What’s your strategy for good networking?

Thanks again. Reminder to pepper me with YOUR questions, and tag them now with #HeyChase in social so I can snag them and get ‘em answered for the next #heychase episode. Cheers

Links from the Episode

Money + Business for Creatives with Ramit Sethi

What’s Covered

Should one specialize at the early stage in a photography career when the goal is diversifying? [1:09]
Can creativity be taught? [2:26]
Using lucid dream to enhance your creative way of thinking [3:17]
When I realized I finally arrived [3:49]
Best practices for getting a project off the ground [5:25]
What’s the tipping point when a hair brained idea becomes a project you start? [6:18]
Does film have a future? [7:09]
Going semi pro to pro [8:03]
My days off. [9:11]
Good networking strategies [10:12]

People Mentioned

Ramit Sethi

SERENA WILLIAMS + ROGER FEDERER in da House (and in front of my camera)

HA! You asked for another #cjRAW behind-the-scenes photo/video shoot…and so I’m DELIVERING! That’s right, in this episode of #cjRAW, I take you on location to photograph SERENA WILLIAMS, ROGER FEDERER and half dozen more of the BEST TENNIS STARS IN THE WORLD (while shooting a campaign for Wilson Tennis).

Working smoothly with pro athletes or celebrities or otherwise fancy people on set is under-recognized, but highly valuable skill. Put bluntly – it is almost always the differentiating factor in getting a great shot…or having to make up excuses why you didn’t In light of celebrating the release of this here newest #cjRAW (I release new ones every week, follow along by doing this thing and/or subscribing to this thing), I thought it would be nice to go the extra mile and throw a few, scratch that, FIVE of my best tips for working with key talent on set.

1. Know all you can about your subject + their world.

Whether its athletes or Hollywood stars, most all personalities are accustomed to photo shoots and media, but doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk. Mostly they have BAD experiences with this stuff. In fact, this is one way I’ve developed a killer reputation in the industry…by providing great work AND being great to work WITH. It’s true – by having a good time, your subjects will photograph better, which -in turn- make you look better in every way. I’m not saying you need to become their best friend in 5 minutes – or be fake in ANY way (quite the opposite, it’s AUTHENTICITY and confidence that you want to oooze). Do NOT kiss their ass. In fact, here’s something to sink your teeth into: be NORMAL and AWESOME. (I don’t know why I’m using so many CAPS. I’ll stop…). Knowing as much as you can about them (ie ‘researching your subject’) isn’t so you can kiss their ass, it’s so you can determine the ways in which you can authentically connect with them, if the chance arises. You both have a Golden Retriever? Good to know. Store that in the memory bank. You have some friends in common? Definitely bring that up. etc etc. You get my point. It also helps a lot to know a lot about their world (ie their sport, movie, etc etc). That’s one way I get a lot of work as well…because I can authentically photograph (as an ‘insider’) a LOT of sports, pop culture, music, lifestyle etc because I’ve spend years focused on each of those worlds on their own. How bout you? If you’re living your passion and have put in the time, I bet the same is true for you (or can be)! And btw, remember – you only GOT to this place you find yourself in right now because you ARE especially good at this stuff! That’s why you’re here! You know better than most people and you need to believe that.

Portrait of Pro Tennis Player Serena Williams, photo by Chase Jarvis

2. Be relatable, not a weirdo.

This one is short. There’s nothing worse than an ass-kisser or a superfan stance when you’re trying to get a killer shot of a talented / famous human. See #1 above? There’s a difference between knowing a lot about them and being a weirdo on set. In the former, you know enough to connect with your subject around common interests and creative ideas that will drive your shoot forward toward success. In the latter, you lose authority as a photographer and fall into “fan” or “superfan” category which they get everyday. You devolve from a person who they first consider someone who is talented and hired to get a killer shot because of your skill….into another one of the hundreds of people they see everyday on the street asking them for their autograph. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable they will be.

3. Be on your A game.

I’m not talking be smooth like a playah… I’m talking be really effing organized for the shoot. Have an objective (ie a shot that looks like this, or in that style or with a focus on X, Y, or Z. Know what you want and hunt for that photo in a timely and reasonably precise manner. Conjure as much artistic inspiration as you have / need for the shoot – we don’t want to stifle that – but do it like a boss with a plan and not on your heels. A smoothly run shoot is all about being prepared on and off of set. The less stressed you are during the shoot, the more time and energy you can put into working with the athlete to get the image you’re looking for. BONUS: this is a thing that celebs and other people with high emotional intelligence can FEEL. You send of poorly organized vibes, they can smell it. And then you lose the opps for your best imagery.

Pro Tennis Player Roger Federer in Action, photo by Chase Jarvis

4. Get an early win.

Most often, as you’re on the way up in your profession (and unless you’re a baller) the key talent often does not know who you are. In there eyes, you are generally one of two things… a) the person who is going to get an acceptable (not great) shot of them; or b) probably going to eff this up and at best get one salvageable shot where the talent doesn’t look like a tool. Seriously. There are so many mediocre photographers out there, and a lot of them talk their way into shooting this celeb or that talent etc…but only once (and then they never get hired by agency X, client Y again, etc). For the rest of us – it’s our job to stand out. How do that? Get an early win. Spend a lot of time prepping so that you can nail an early shot of the talent where they look goooooooooood. And then show it to them on the back of the camera or the monitor. BAM! Instant credibility. (now you’d better have some decent taste – for if you show them a shot you “like” and they “hate”, you’re name is mud. So, seriously, get a killer shot early. Know what that shot looks like…go make it…and then show them. Assuming you know what’s up and can show them an early winning shot, their trust will go up 10X and THATS when you can make the real magic. Just like in commercial shoots…get a great shot that they expect, gain trust, and then turn on your magic. This will give not just them confidence in YOU, but YOU confidence in YOU. Get an early win. You can see this in the video above – I’m showing them the back of the camera when I get a killer shot and they are loving it…trusting me more and more.

5. Be collaborative.

Assuming you nail #4 above, and keep working on the shoot for a while, there comes a magical time where you have an opportunity to be collaborative…and sometimes this is when your talent gives you their best stuff. An example is if, say, someone has their best move – whether that’s a dunk in basketball, a look on the runway, a go-to trick that they KNOW they rock at… and get them to do that. Note: this trick can’t be pulled out too early, lest you send a message that you don’t have creative mojo, or can’t do your job and are looking to them to play your role (don’t let that happen). BUT if you get a rapport going…and the vibe is happening (the ultimate goal), it’s cool to at that point and never sooner to ask them if they have something they’re dying to do for / with you and the camera… If you can get to that point, it not only adds to the chances of getting an image of them at their MOST comfortable, but NOW you’re really having fun. They forgot that you were supposed to only have 5 minutes with them and now you’re working on 45 and they are really into it. They are committed to the project, and you will get pure gold.

Sooooo….below is a handful of BTS photos AND list of gear and such for your perusal. I’ll do my part to answer any questions in the comments here or via social- and in the meantime, keep shooting. And remember, the dirtiest secret in photography is that you have to take a hell of a lot of photos to get the ones you want.

There you go my friends! I hope you enjoyed the vid and/or that this post helps you in some way. If you know someone who could benefit from this, definitely don’t tell them! Keep this a secret all for yourself. Kidding of course. Your sharing of this video / post with your circles is the highest form of flattery. If this added value to you, I appreciate the extra effort ;)

chase jarvis roger federer photo shoot

chase jarvis roger federer photo shoot 2

chase jarvis roger federer photo shoot 3

serena williams on photo shoot with chase jarvis  2

serena williams on photo shoot with chase jarvis

Gear Used on Set

The “Essential” Kit Video (BTS Kit)
Nikon D4 Body Canon 5D Mark III
D4 Backup EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
14-24 F/2.8G ED AF-S EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
24-70 F/2.8G ED AF-S EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
70-200mm 2.8G ED AF-S VR EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
AF 50mm 1.8D EF 85mm 1.2 II
200-400mm F4 Z-Finder Pro 3x
400mm F2.8 EVF – Electronic Viewfinder
MH-26 Charger HDMI Zacuto 18in Mini to Standard HDMI
EN-EL4a Battery x4 Panasonic GX7 – Camera Body (Timelapses)
17x CF Extreme Pro Card Wallet Lumix Vario 7-14mm F4
Card Reader GoPro Hero 4
Lens Cloth
ND Filters
Computer Tech (Digital Asset Management) Lighting
Road Warrior 15” Thunderbolt (Macbook Pro 15”) SB-910 TTL AF
Thunderbolt 27” Display SB-910 TTL AF
Pegasus J2 256GB – SSD – Spare x2 Pocket Wizard Plus III x3
Thunderbolt SSD 1TB Main
Thunderbolt SSD 1TB Backup
Grip/Miscellaneous Audio
Manfrotto Magic Arm 2929 EW112-p PG3 Receiver (A) x2
Manfrotto Super Clamp MA035
Motorola XTN Series 2-Way Radios
Dakine Reload 26L Backpack
ThinkTank Airport Security V2.0 Roller Case
Kessler K-Pod System (Pocket Dolly)
Kessler elektraDRIVE Bundle w/ Basic Controller v2.0
Manfrotto 190 CF Tripod-90-4 Section 190CXPRO4
Manfrotto 054 CF Kit Grey-4s Ball Head 190CXPRO4-M0Q2
Manfrotto 057 CF Tripod-4s MT057C4

Rent from borrowlenses
Buy from adorama

Links from the Episode

Learn all this photo stuff and more at CreativeLive

This episodes features a green screen, which requires keying out the background and replacing it. This course will give you the tools to do the same: Advanced Photoshop Techniques with Dave Cross

It’s not uncommon for me to to produce thousands of photos on shoots like these. We use a lightroom workflow to sort through them, find the best and present the final selects to the client. I discuss more of that in this blog here.

You can also learn more about Lightroom here at CreativeLive.

People Mentioned

Serena Williams
Roger Federer
Victoria Azarenka
Kei Nishikori
Petra Kvitova
Feliciano López
Grigor Dimitrov
Gael Monfils
Zhang Shuai

Answers To 4 Good Questions, Including Why I LOVE/HATE Coffee [#cjRAW 10, #HeyChase]

Hey friends – Time is flying. We’re already at episode 10 of the new #cjRAW, and frankly speaking, I’m just getting warmed up.


Onto this week’s episode where I’m AGAIN answering YOUR questions, just like Episode 02..AAAAANNNNDD…. While selecting questions for this episode, I noticed more and more questions coming in were starting with “Hey Chase”… So that got me thinking … what if you/everyone just tags their questions with #HeyChase it’ll be easier for me to find YOUR questions to answer them in future episodes. So, starting today, if you have questions, please use the hashtag #HeyChase and that’ll help me pull them for future episodes!. Ok then. Without further ado, let’s get to those questions:

Q: How did you get over the fear of taking street portraits without being too intrusive?

Thing #1 - Previously on the blog, I wrote a 5-step guide to street photography, and there’s a bunch of goodness there. So check that out first and foremost.

Thing #2 - Smile when you’re on the street. Not a creepy, stalky smile, but a warm one. Simply having your camera out and giving a nod and a smile gesturing that you’d like to take a photo is a great early step regardless of the language.

Thing #3 - If you are in a place where you speak the language, a short, tight, dialog like … Hi, my name is _______ and I’m doing a project on _______ (or I’m an aspiring photographer) Can I borrow 20 seconds to take your picture? This is a technique my pal Brandon Stanton uses for his project Humans of New York. We chat a bit about it on an episode of cjLIVE. The main thing is, don’t be a creepy stalker person that takes a photo and then acts weird when someone notices. Start with a smile, and that will go a long way.

Q: What do you think about coffee?

So first thing is first. I love coffee. Love it. I can even say that I think I have abused it at different times in my life. But…when a few of you asked this question from episode 07 on my morning routine I did not mention it. Why no mention? I did not mention it because here’s the real deal: I don’t think it should ever be a daily requirement. Keeping in mind that “should” can sometimes be wishful. Personally coffee is my preferred morning beverage (in addition to water), but I sometimes I have tea, and sometimes I have nothing BUT water…and say I get that same buzz from exercise and without the caffeine. I’m not trying to sound saintly here, but I know from personal experience, research, and others around me that coffee as a must have (anything for that matter as a must have) is not desirable.

Q: Can you talk about a time where you realized you could not fly solo and needed to hire a team?

First, if you’re an individual / independent artist, hiring people as full time crew is a huge step. I look at it as being personally responsible for the income of another and their family, so look at it carefully to make sure you REALLY need that person and if there is the income & flow to support that long term. If not, hiring crew members on a per project basis is a really great way to go. You can budget rates into your projects, see how it is working with them, and start learning to collaborate as a team.

If you do have the ability to keep someone busy full time, then make sure you’ve connected with the right resources to make sure you understand the various nuggets in payroll, taxes, and other rules & regulations. Sounds lame, but those rules are there for a reason. Once you’ve done that, create a job description to set clear idea of what you’re looking for. Source people you trust by using your network, narrow down candidates to those who align with you & your business values, and have gone through an interview process that demonstrates they are competent to do the job & are one the same page as you.

Q: What tools are you using for being productive, keeping ideas, and inspirations?

Thing #1 - I LOVE, love, love Evernote. It’s an everything digital file cabinet that’s always synced to the cloud. You can take a picture, take a screenshot, record something and tag it. I’ve been using it for YEARS, almost since the beginning of time. It’s a great tool that I carry with me on my computer and phone. You can type notes, upload photos, and it even turn graphic documents into searchable type. For example, you can take a picture of a business card and the text becomes searchable. I use it for notes, reflections on mtgs, agendas the next mtg, notes from the shoot, brand ideas from something I saw, etc. I use it 10x per day minimum. Everyday.

Thing #2 -- I still love a great notebook. Moleskin, Field Notes or similar. Something I can carry around to sketch in and draw.

OK friends. There you have it. Links and other goodness from this Episode are below. Cheers.

Links from the Episode

Money + Business for Creatives with Ramit Sethi
Humans of New York
cjRAW EP07 – My Morning Routine

What’s Covered

Tag your questions #HeyChase [0:29]
How do you overcome the fear of [0:53]
What I think about coffee [2:56]
Transitioning from a solo artist to building a team [4:57]
Tools I use for being productive [10:48]

People Mentioned

Brandon Stanton
Kelly Starrett
Michael Bierut
Ramit Sethi
Tim Ferriss

I got PHOTO TIPS for DAYS – #cjRAW Episode 09 is HERE.

Photo geeks — this one’s for you.

Yes the new #cjRAW series covers a lot of territory — from how I taught myself French, why I’ve come together with a bunch of people to build CreativeLive, to why I meditate, to my morning routine and everything in between…but I’m also aiming to maintain the soul from which this series was originally born… and that’s photography. #NeverForget LOL

I’ve already dropped episodes featuring shooting in wet weather, and my religion around good ways not to break your lenses. But apparently your appetite for photo is insatiable and you’ve asked for more photography and filmmaking geekery. So, in your honor, I today drop episode which brings you 3 CRITICAL TIPS from recent work on location in Turkey.

1. Memory Card Management

While on location, your filled memory cards are gold, right? They hold all the goods. And if you’re anything but a rank beginner, you’ve got more than 1 of those pesky cards…in fact I bet you’ve got lots of them. Though we ALWAYS like to keep the shot cards VERY separate from the fresh ones, things sometimes get a little chaotic. So many of you asked what I do in these instances. My answer is simple. I build systems for dealing with cards and data… and the most basic of these systems is something you can use immediately…starting today. Short cut = there are lots of ways… from using gaffer tape to mark shot cards, to keeping them in their own special place away from everything else… but here’s something that works in a pinch = always keep shot cards (ie do NOT use or reformat) FACE DOWN in any card wallet or card storage device. That’s the basics, but watch the video above for a few more details.

2. Never Miss a Sunrise/Sunset

The weather app on your iPhone will tell you when “sunrise” or “sunset” will happen on any given day, but that’s really generic relative to any particular location when you’ve got hills and trees and any number of things to contend with… A scouting trip will go a long way to understand light at a location, but hundreds of you have asked me over the years how do I know exactly when the magic light will come and go. My answer, it’s easy. I cheat. I use technology.

You guessed it – there’s an app for that. I absolutely LOVE Sunseeker app, which will give you an augmented reality view of your location matched to the exact path of the sun at that spot. It’s genius and well worth the small amount of $. It saved my ass here and a zillion other times. There are other apps that do this, but SunSeeker is the one I use and trust.

3. Why Shoot 4K

4K is becoming more ubiquitous and more affordable every day. The latest version of GoPro Hero 3+ and 4, DSLRs like the Panasonic GH4 or even the latest iPhone have 4K capability. Sure there are reasons NOT to shoot it (cost, file size, who has 4k TV’s?), but there are more reasons now that ever before to embrace it – and my favorite of which is DEAD SIMPLE. The resolution give you the ability to crop or reframe a shot in post. This comes in handy a lot, especially for interviews and punching in a a subject. If you tried to scale an basic HD shot, the image may not hold up and you’ll start seeing grain. But with 4K, you can reframe a standard 1920×1080 HD shot with plenty of resolution to spare. Trust me. You’ll thank me later.

So that’s a wrap for you photo geeks. I’m always happen to appease requests for the #cjRAW series – in fact it’s you requests that are driving the content of each epsiode. So enjoy this one, don’t forget to step out of your comfort zone and watch the episodes BEYOND photography…and keep asking in the comments below, Facebook (have you seriously not liked me yet?), YouTube (subscribe for the goodness) or wherever for exactly what you want to see, and I’ll do my best to deliver.

Links from the Episode

Storytelling on Location with Corey Rich
Sunseeker App
Panasonic GH4

What’s Covered

Memory Card Management [0:52]
Never Miss a Sunrise/Sunset [1:32]
Why Shoot 4K [1:52]

People Mentioned

Ten Hundred

Corey Rich

How To Get UN-STUCK From Anything in Life That’s Got You Down [with Lewis Howes]

Ever felt STUCK with something in your life? Blocked, like you can’t get past this mental state, this hurdle, this creative block, this bad habit, this… Wait a minute. Why am I even asking that question? Of course you’ve been stuck before. We’ve literally ALL been stuck before. And by extension we all know how much it sucks to be in this state of mind. AND – on the flipside – how amazing it is when you can reclaim your life and get back to the things you want to be thinking, doing, and becoming. I’m obsessed with overcoming the mental blockers that try to keep me down – and I think it’s been a big piece of my personal success. Which is why I thought this little nugget might help.

ENTER: Lewis Howes.

My good friend Lewis Howes was in the studio shooting his newest CreativeLive course last week and I was able to snag him for a few minutes to chat about his new book and his amazingly simple, yet powerful process for reclaiming our lives and live our biggest dreams. In this episode, Lewis shares a powerful experience from his life and how- on reflection – it helped him overcome his biggest obstacles in achieving his biggest dreams for himself. Lucky for us, Lewis breaks this process down into TWO simple steps, and gives us an action plan for moving through our blockers. He calls the exercise his “Perfect Day Exercise” and it looks like this:

1. Create a Big Vision

What’s one thing that we clearly have the ability to do as kids that we usually LOSE as adults? Easy. The ability, or rather comfort, with dreaming big. As adults, our wildest dreams are tempered by a lot of other messages we get in life (mortgage, job, family, responsibility, etc – sound familiar?) and that can often cloud the real vision we want for ourselves. To break through this blocker, and to get clarity, Lewis prescribes the following… First, go out into nature. Not like a climbing expedition to Everest, we’re talking just spend 30-60 minutes outside. In a park, on a beach, under a tree, at the table out in front of your favorite coffee shop… and envision your wildest dreams. Dream big. It’s a creative exercise. Do not limit yourself and in the process, picture your PERFECT DAY. Think about all the things that you want in life — without limits. Be detailed. Think about the people you’re spending time with, where you’re traveling, the food, the experience, how you’re feeling, what you’re creating … dream big and don’t feel guilty about it. Then write.this.down. This is key, because even if you have 100 reasons why your big dream cannot happen, there is power in taking the first step… writing it down.

2. Create a Daily Itinerary

Thing 2…is once you have a vision, create a fantasy daily itinerary outlining blocks of time will fit into your big vision in to every day little steps. What would you do every day? What would your day look like if you wanted to live those big hairy dreams you thought up in step 1. Now be careful not to over think this part. This should be easy. Imagine big blocks of time for what you want most. Some small block for other stuff you love. Get in touch with yourself. And again – WRITE IT DOWN.

3. Baby Steps – but Get to WORK

From this simple recipe you now literally have the basic outline of how to get out of that rut you’re in. You should ideally be energized because you’ve literally just created V1 of your outline to a new life. NOW… start integrating those things, those moments… first something that just takes 15 minutes, then something that takes 30 minutes… then keep pushing. It’s super simple stuff I know, but if you are intentional with your calendar you will start seeing small progress to the things you want to be doing. How do I know this? Because I’ve done it. Countless times in my life I’ve used this technique to get unstuck from stuff in my life… be they small or large…it works. I even share a simple example in the video.

Setting an intention starts with a dream. Then writing it down makes it a little more real. Scheduling time give you a space to start to live it…and before you know it, you’re on your way.

So this little nugget of goodness and a bunch more is in Lewis’ new book, The School of Greatness which drops TODAY! Check it out – and buy it via that page I just linked to and receive some special prizes along with your order. He also has two awesome CreativeLive courses online, Start Your Profitable Podcast and How to Build and Online Business. Both are baller.

Links from the Episode

The School of Greatness Book
The School of Greatness Podcast
Connect with Lewis Howes [ website | facebook | twitter ]

What’s Covered

Who is this guy [0:38]
The key to success [1:13]
How to get unstuck. Where this idea comes from [1:37]
The Perfect Day Exercise: [2:10]
Step 1: Dream Big [3:15]
Step 2: Create an Itinerary [5:29]
The Recap [6:35]
My results by planning my day [6:51]
The School of Greatness Book [7:30]
The School of Greatness Podcast [7:36]

Virtual Reality + I Answer 5 Questions on the #AskGaryVee Shoooooow

Hey friends — quick blog post coming to you from NYC. Just wrapped an episode with my man Gary Vaynerchuk. Episode 154… wowza. I’m sure you remember him from one of my most popular #cjLIVE episodes back in 2013. It was great to connect. Thanks for having me on the shoooooow! Here’s a brief recap of the Q&A:

Let's get into the shooooow. #AskGaryVee

Q: If I pursue what I think my passion is, but don’t come close to achieving what I want, will I have wasted my time?

You gotta follow your heart, and that’s never a waste of time. I spent the beginnings of life trying to do the things people wanted me but it was all crap. There’s only one thing, and that’s doing what you’re supposed to be doing in the world.

Gary brought up a good point, which is you also need to be real with yourself. If you want to be a needlepoint expert, but you want to make 10 millions dollars, those things just don’t line up. Gary said it best … reverse engineer yourself so you don’t have regrets. I’m a strong believer that we all have the answer inside ourselves. Do what you know you should be doing and if you’re not sure what that is, experiment until you do.

Q: Would you rather time travel 100 years into the past or 100 into the future and why?

Easy one. If I know everything I know now, then I’d definitely go backwards to capitalize on that. If I don’t know everything, then I’d go forward.

Q: In episode 122 you say at 22 to 24 don’t settle. What is the settling age? I thought you should never settle?

There’s living in the cloud of dreams, and there’s practicality. Sometimes the fact that you need to pay rent, eat, or other responsibilities cuts into making those dreams happen and you might decide to “settle”. But I think if you are serious about following your heart, you’ll use that practicality as a motivator to start doing the work. Nothing like doing the thing you hate to motivate you to do what’s necessary to make your dreams happen.

Q: Would you say the “T” in timing is way more important than the “T” in talent?

Hands down, talent. Though I truly believe there is no “talent” without (also) hard work to cultivate it. Your ability to do a thing, or as Gary mentions knowing when to do a thing, is all about talent. Timing or luck doesn’t win over the long haul.

Q: Star Wars or Star Trek? Or both?
Ahhh. I gotta say Star Wars here.

Fun times. Hope you found some nuggets of value in this. To close out the show, in #AskGaryVee style, my question of the day was …. Do you see virtual reality becoming popular in the next 24 months? Drop me a line in the comments below. As always, love to hear your thoughts.

My Morning Routine: 6 Things I Do (Almost) Every Day That Make for A Happy + Productive Day [#cjRAW 07]

FIRST: I believe deeply that our actions cultivate our mindset and – in turn – our mindset determines our life / success / outcome.

Experience tells me this. Whether from my background in art or sports or…hell…anything. As a result, I’ve long been paying attention to the habits (read: actions) that I do on a regular basis…which ones benefit me and which ones do not. In line with this, I’ve come to understand that a key subset of the days that feel the best and are my most productive, all have a certain similarity. For one, they are intentional. I’m in the driver’s seat for my life. Thing two, from the moment I wake up to when I’m out the door, I’ve found that when I do a certain / rough set of 6 particular things, my days are waaaaay more creative, joyful, and productive. In turn, this makes my personal, emotional, and professional life better as well.

So I’ve whipped up a quick video above (shot in my kitchen) to outline these 6 things, the WHY behind these 6 things, plus a handful of add-ons that are like frosting on the cake of my day. My goal isn’t to be prescriptive in this list (have a bunch of things you do every morning? Pls share in the comments!), rather my aim is to tell you what I’VE come to know helps me crush…and be a better person. Do I miss some of these things every day? Absolutely. I’m so far from perfect with this stuff, it’s laughable, but the fact remains that I put a lot of effort into kicking off my day with these few things. So without further ado, here’s my listicle with a bit of additional context for good measure….

#1. Sleep

It’s hard to say this is a morning routine thing, because it’s really PRE morning routine, but it’s so critical to ensure I kick off my day right that I had to put it here as number one.

For a long time – I’m talking YEARS – I was a person who certainly wasn’t afraid of espousing that I didn’t need a lot of sleep. I probably went about 10 years on about 5-6 hours of sleep per night. I felt like it was genetic and I had a ton of energy (which is true), but one holiday season a couple years ago, as an experiment, I headed to Hawaii and decided to have ZERO schedule on vacation. What would it be like to literally let my body sleep as long as it wanted. Knowing that I’m not a huge sleep lover, I wasn’t afraid of the negative side of oversleeping…I was just going to let this one play out. I even used earplugs as an aid, borrowed from lots of airplane experience. The result? Holy cow. I slept 14 hours a day for 6 nights in succession. And it wasn’t the sleep that actually felt “good”. It was the in between times. I felt smarter. Happier. More creative. etc etc. You get it. In short, I felt completely different then I had the previous 6-8 weeks I was working 20 hours a day. Since that holiday season, I’ve started tracking my sleep and aim to say in bed for 8 hours a day. Right now some of you are saying “WTF?! Not possible. I’ve got X or Y or couldn’t do this because ABC [list all your reasons].” Fine. I get it. But I’m just telling you what I’ve been up to for the last 18 months, what the science says, and what I’ve been able to accomplish through some intentional effort. I can’t say that I’m perfect – there are still lots of nights I don’t get 5 hours of sleep, let alone 8 hours bed, but I gotta confess that getting more sleep has dramatically helped me.

#2. Drink Water

Considering the human body is around 60% water, it’s no wonder that drinking at least 64oz a day can make you feel better. I kick off my day by drinking 20oz of cold ass water. Why cold? It’s good for you. . Just try it over the next few weeks. I guarantee you’ll feel better, you’re skin will look better, and your body will literally just run better.

#3. Meditate

I’ve been on record for several years now sharing my experiences with meditation. Meditation and the resulting benefits, have probably been the biggest game-changers for me as an adult. Throughout my life I’ve tried a few different methods with differing degrees of “success” but it wasn’t until I found Transcendental Meditation that I really felt like I was receiving the greatest benefit. Again – I’m not aiming to be preachy here – just sharing what’s worked for me. It’s perhaps also worth noting that I am not at all religious in the classic sense. I consider myself spiritual (think that we are all connected and that life is a magical thing and the world a magical place), but I don’t look at meditation as a woo-woo thing, or a religious thing, or anything other than a healthy practice that connects our physical + mental worlds in a meaningful way. Again, I’m not advocating you use TM specifically — there are a lot of different methods out there …but it’s been hugely beneficial in my life and worth trying if you haven’t already. The science also, finally agrees with the thousands of years of practice, that meditation increases creativity, reduces stress, adds clarity and focus, and a lot of joy to the lives of many people the world over.

#4. Gratitude and/or Visualization

After meditation, each morning I can, I’ll go into a 1-5 minute gratitude and visualization practice. For gratitude, it’s not always being thankful for the big things, like grateful for my wife, my family, my career, health… but small things too, like a great run I had. The roof over my head. Even for the opportunity to experience fear or pain as a part of the richness of what it means to be human. From there, I turn my attention from gratitude toward briefly visualizing what I want for myself — in my day, week, month, or life. It might be related to the day, a problem I have to solve or a thing I want to be better at. I visualize – sometimes getting as deep into it as possible around other sensations, like feelings, smells, etc, what it would be like to have accomplished my smallest tasks or my biggest goals. This practice most certainly stems from my past as a competitive athlete (I played nearly every sport offered in school incessantly, grew up skateboarding, riding bikes, skiing, climbing, etc, even went to college on a soccer scholarship, was selected for youth US Olympic Development teams etc). In some of those higher end programs I was able to participate in earlier in life, we had mental coaches as well as our typical head coach…. and those coaches really helped us practice and understand the value of visualization. Overall, it was so powerful that I’ve carried that practice forward into my personal and professional lives with some success. Ultimately, IMHO, the combo of gratitude + visualization can be incredibly powerful medicine.

#5. Eat

Some version of breakfast is also an important element of my day. I almost never leave with house without eating something. With a busy day ahead, we need fuel to keep us going. What kind of food, how much food, etc can vary on a variety of circumstances, but depending on how much time I have, I subscribe to a few different programs… my fav thing to do is eat some protein + some vegetable down the hatch within 30 minutes of waking. This is a trick I learned from pal Tim Ferriss. But I also have a few other stand-ins, if having the perfect breakfast it tough. For example, if I’m in a hurry, then I might just go with getting some good fats in my body, like a half an avocado, or a teaspoon of coconut oil and some almonds. Or another quickie solution might be a protein shake + a spoonful of coconut oil. I occasionally dabble in the Bulletproof coffee schtick professed by Dave Asprey (his killer CreativeLive class is here) the rare times when I’m eating lighter. But my overall POV is that getting some clean (ie not processed and not bloaty carbs) in the morning is a good thing.

#6. Move

Lastly, I love to start my day by getting my blood flowing. Note that this does not need to be a big deal. My “blood moving” criteria is quite a low threshold. Yes, that might be a quick 3-mile run, but it also might simply be a brisk 1/2 mile walk to the coffee shop up the street. If I’m on the road and living out of a hotel as I often do, I will tolerate a treadmill or an elliptical trainer, but 9 out of 10 times my far an away preference is to get outside. Moving my body and connecting with fresh air, whether its in rain or shine, is a huge catalyst to my day. Again, it’s not really about burning calories at all…the main thing is to get the blood pumping, get the body moving and the brain engaged.

So that’s the baseline… but now here are a few quick hits of bonus material. These are a little nuanced, but since so many of you have asked about my morning routine, I thought I’d add some more meat on the bone for those that want it.

Bonus Stuff

Some other things I like to do:

  • END IT COLD :: I mentioned above that cold is good for you. Science says it, and my body agrees. How do I get my dose? Well, at the end of my normal shower, I like to turn the water to ice cold for the last minute. As cold as the shower will go. Sometime this is so cold it makes me laugh out loud. Eye poppingly cold. Shivering cold, cold cold. It’s uncomfortable for about 10 seconds… but then, wow, it gets you awake real quick. Something changes. It kicks my physiology into a different gear and brings about feelings of well being and joy. (it should be noted that I hated cold water with a passion for the previous 20 years. Now I can’t get enough.
  • MAKE MY BED — Learned this from my wife Kate, who picked up the practice at a zen monastery she spent a little time at… I’m not militant about this, but it’s a nice thing to feel organized and get an early check off the ‘ol list. It removes clutter from my mind as well. It’s tidy. Most of me isn’t tidy, but it’s nice when my bed is.
  • BRUSH THEM TEETH — let’s not forget hygiene. But I don’t say the obvious here just so you don’t get rot mouth or go breathing some nasty mouth on your friends… I say this because I love the feeling of a Sonicare toothbrush on my teeth. Again, it’s the little pleasures. ;)

So that’s about it. My morning routine takes me 90 minutes or less. I intentionally organize my schedule to protect this time. Yes. Life happens, and sometimes you over sleep, you have to be somewhere, that gremlin in your head is telling you a billion things to do…. I just try get the most of these things as I can and that helps me start the day in a positive way.

WRAPUP – So What’s Explicitly on my DO NOT DO list?

Checking my effing email. Do not check your email in the first bit of your day if you can at all help it. Rarely are there work things in your life that have to happen in the hours between 6 and 8am. Email is usually simply a petition for your time and attention, that doesn’t require there to be any real NEED for that petition. This is why I’m as militant as possible, to wake up at a decent time and bang out my morning routine without getting sidetracked. It’s worth noting perhaps that even after I get my morning routine wrapped up, the first thing I do STILL isn’t check my email. I try to first attack the most important thing on my list for that day — that one domino that I can tip over which, if accomplished, will a) help me consider the day a success and b) likely tips other dominos over or remove them all together.

Again – video notes below if its helpful. Thank you for sharing this info with people you love or who need to see this stuff. Let me know what you do in the comments here or on any of my social channels – i read it all. Gratitude and much respect…

Links from the Episode

Transendental Meditation
Blue Bonnet Whey Protein
The 4-Hour Life: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

What’s Covered

Kick your day off right [0:44]

1. Sleep [1:06]

2. Drink Water [2:06]

2.5 Dexter the Cat [2:29]

3. Meditation [2:35]

4. Gratitude Practice & Visualization [3:11]

5. Eat [3:52]

6. Move [5:09]

Why a morning routine is important [5:37]

Bonus Material:
–Cold Shower [6:25]
–Make my bed [6:41]
–Brush your teeth! [6:52]

What would you like to see in future episodes [7:02]

People Mentioned

Tim Ferriss

Photo Backpack Genius — Keep Your Camera + Lens Gear Secure [ChaseJarvis RAW #06]

PROBLEM: I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this classic scene: you’ve walked away from your gear bag, not paying close attention and someone goes to move it and OOPS … the bag LOOKED closed, but it was actually still open and now sh*t is going everywhere. You’ve got $2,000 lenses bouncing on the concrete..

SOLUTION: Here’s an very simple tip that will increase your on-location camera bag kung fu skills and make sure this stupid mistake never happens to you. NEVER. In short, there are only two states when setting your gear bag / pelican / backpack down…

cjRAW Episode 06: Photo Tip to avoid damaged gear on location

STATE 1 — OPEN so you can access gear quickly
cjRAW Episode 06: If your backpack is open, make sure it's visibly open to prevent camera gear damage

STATE 2 — Closed AND Zipped
cjRAW Episode 06: If your backpack is closed, make sure it's zipped shut to prevent camera gear damage

NEVER And I mean NEVER leave your bag, your backpack, your Pelican case, your laptop case….NEVER leave anything closed and unzipped. Why? Put bluntly, if you’re working with a crew or assistant or a world in which someone besides YOU (or hell i’ve even seen amateur photographers do this to themselves…)they won’t mistakenly try to move your bag while it’s still open and risk your gear falling out. Trust me – I’ve seen this 100 times…. cjRAW Episode 06: Protect your camera gear by keeping your gear bag closed and zipped

Thank me in the comments.

#Hugs and best of luck out there.

In This Episode, I Reviewed YOUR Photos [ChaseJarvisRAW #05 is here!]

Hey all — Another glorious episode of cjRAW is here! Can I just say that I’m having so much fun making all this content – and to be back on my game! Thank you for all your well wishes, support and sharing.

Also thank you for the oodles of comments & photo submissions across my social channels for photo critique! Given your overwhelming response, I decided to not just review one, but SEVEN photos. And even if your photo was not selected, I bet dollars to donuts you’ll find some tasty tidbits to consider the next time you pull out your camera.

And- oh – be sure to hang tight to the end of the episode as well…as I’ll discuss how you can get your photos reviewed on the show in future episodes AND some ways easy peasy ways to get other people to chime in and evolve your work through constructive feedback.

In the meantime – here’s just a sample list of stuff I discuss when reviewing your images in this episode… (LMK in the comments what’s working for you and what you’d like me to do differently next time).

Zero in on Your Subject

Every shot tells a story. The most powerful photos zero in on their subject by removing the less important details that distract from it. Use composition, light, natural lines, focus & blur, to direct the eye to the elements more important and remove the rest.

Consider Body Position

If the subject of your shot is moving through the frame, take a look at their body position. If they are the subject of your photo,  you’d ideally want to see the majority of the athlete, or a really nice shape that creates visual interest & context.

Placement of subjects in a photo

Look for opportunities for your subjects to stand out from their surroundings through camera angle or position. Ideally, try to keep them separated from the background so they are not lost or engulfed by other elements. Make sure they don’t intersect with the background in weird ways…(i.e. stuff sticking out of the subject’s head.)

Use the rule of thirds

A simple, yet powerful tool that can affect the tone and balance of your photo. Artistic choice comes into play by either employing it or breaking it. Lines, for example, can frame a subject, draw the eye toward convergence or create tensions through a blocking or cutting off feeling.

Wide Angle Lenses

Use of a wide angle lens can cause distortion on the outer edges of your frame. If used in a scene with humans, the side-effect could be distortion of their bodies. You can minimize this by avoiding to place your subject near the edge of frame – and/or use photo editing software to digitally correct for this.

And there’s a bunch more goodness buried in the video. Dig in and LMK what you think.

Links from the Episode

My CreativeLive Course Pick of the Week: The Power of Body Language, Vanessa Van Edwards [14:37]

This is not directly photo related, but it’s something every photographer can use -> Social queues and techniques through subtle body language can help you communicate more effectively in client meetings, negotiations, and more.


What’s Covered

The Idea [0:27]

Karan Jeebun [1:03]

Crop the photo [1:17]
Remove other distracting elements [1:59]

Blake Johnson [2:34]

Initial Reaction [2:45]
Strive for tack focus in panning moves [3:15]
Body Positioning [3:44]

Bram Berkein [4:20]

Initial Reaction [4:39]
Hide the light source behind an object to avoid over exposure [5:18]
Subject Placement [5:47]

Krassy Dimitrov [6:11]

Initial Reaction [6:22]
Rule of Thirds [6:36]
Shoot what’s comfortable to the eye[7:14]

Preston Gervais[7:38]

Initial Reaction [8:16]
Show just enough detail [8:33]

Udell Jimenez [8:55]

Initial Reaction [9:02]
Using a wide angle lens [9:21]
Composition + Use of Triangles [9:59]
Exposure [10:18]
Storytelling [10:30]

Veronica Domeier [11:10]

Initial Reaction [11:23]
Composition [11:58]
Remove anything that competes with the main subject [12:17]
Exposure [12:31]

How to Get More Feedback Like This:

  1. Watch for future cjRAW opportunities [12:55]
  2. Your Trusted Circle [13:13]
  3. Trusted Source Online, Workshops, Courses [13:32]
  4. Professional Reviewers [13:56]

People Mentioned

Tim Ferriss
Casey Neistat
Michael Kenna
Zack Arias
Vincent Laforet
Sue Bryce
Chris Burkhard

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