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20 Behind-the-Scenes Snaps from Our Shoot in Monaco. Happy Friday.

It’s that time of year. The holiday hustle. We’re all trying to squeeze everything in. If you can pull yourself away from work, shopping, traveling or whatever it is you’re doing today – here’s a casual 20 behind-the-scenes shots from my recent work in Monaco for you to peruse on a Friday. I’ll share some of the final campaign images in 2013…some epic stuff…

BTW, Monaco is a truly extraordinary location.

Included below are a bunch of shots from our wrapup celebration with my dear friend Mike Horn. As a part of the shoot, we watched him sail Pangaea into Monaco harbor with fifty of his Young Explorers and mark the official end to his 4-year+ expedition around the world with the YEPs. Along the way we’ve been lucky enough to join him in China, Taiwan, Seattle, Brazil, South Africa and finally Monaco where Prince Albert personally greeted Mike and crew to congratulate them on this extraordinary accomplishment. A dreamy gig. The final gala – suits and ties and gowns and such…was a blowout bash – and we all went a bit deep on the vino… A worthy endeavor to wrap one helluva journey.

Erik, Chase, Jerard - Post Monaco Heli

New Terms of Use for Instagram: Users React with Outrage

chasejarvis_INSTAGRAM ANOTHER UPDATE 12/19: today Instagram did a much better job in the media explaining their position – specifically around not “selling” your images as in “here ya go company X, use this in your next billboard”. As an artist & entrepreneur, having been involved in IP licensing all my professional career and navigated these waters before…as such I think I understand their challenge better than most. The legalese required around IP creators (in this case photographers using the platform ) in a social sharing environment is tricky and has some specific requirements and often positions such a service in an unintended light. Clearly IG wants to make money in/around your photos – they’re a business. But without getting in the weeds on that, the key point they articulated more clearly today is their lack of intent to outright “sell” images. That’s not their game – at least not yet. I’d guess those inside the org are trying to position the widest possible array of future revenue streams so that they don’t have to change the ToC much in the future as these things always create a shitstorm for the social sites and they can’t do that without going to great lengths to explain this to their community. There are still open issues that many creators will take up with such ToC (as there are in Fbook for example), so there is still work on their part to be done, but there is likely a future where the words in the ToC can better capture the ground between Instagram and it’s users. TBD.
UPDATE 3:00pm Pacific Time 12/18: Instagram has rescinded its position. I applaud them. I hope what comes back (and it will) will be better, and more in accordance with the community they created in the first place. Check out co-founder statement here.

NEWS: You might remember the well-known mobile phone app Instagram made big news a few months back when it was acquired by Facebook (FB) for $1 billion. Instagram is back in the news today, especially…ahem…with creatives and photographers, with an update to its terms of service that will let the company sell users’ photos to other companies.

The new terms of use (below for your reference), effective January 16, have many changes — but the biggest changes came in the section about users’ rights. “A business or other entity may pay” Instagram to display users’ photos and other details “in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”

Users can’t opt out of the new provisions. The only way to avoid them is to delete your Instagram account.

This is a rather large change effing ginormous change in the terms. The current terms simply note that “Instagram may place such advertising and promotions on the Instagram Services or on, about, or in conjunction with your Content.” The new terms make it a “sub-licensable” agreement, with an updated emphasis seemingly focused on Instagram’s ability give content to third parties. In addition, users waive their rights to a class-action lawsuit or class-wide arbitration. A note at the top of the new terms, in bolded caps, says that any dispute between Instagram and a user “will be resolved by binding, individual arbitration,” unless the user opts out of the provision in writing. (If you want to do that, you need to snail mail in your opt-out statement. The address is buried in the Terms of Use: search for “Arbitration Opt-out.”)

ANALYSIS: Instagram is blowing it hard on both the WHAT (selling out your images with no profit to you) and the HOW…by changing the ToC to gobble up your imagery bound to by using the service after allowing users to build up huge followings and large libraries of imagery. Lame sauce and an assault on your work.

Let’s call it what it is… this idea isn’t new, it’s just a shitty way – the shittiest way – of going about monetization. In truth, I had plans to allow photographers to opt into a sales program as a source of income for photogs if they so desired back in 2009 when I launched Best Camera app, the first photo app to share images direct to social networks (top 20 App of 2009 – Wired, NYTimes, Macworld, etc), but there were key differences then…the same key differences that, if I were in charge of Instagram’s ToC (and what I had in my roadmap for Best Camera before it was derailed), could make/have made a huge benefit for photographers. Here’s a different approach that would be acceptable

1. Make the program an opt in program. Check a box in your user settings that says “this image can be sold (or x’d or y’d whatever)”, with some legal jargon, and have only those images be available in the marketplace. Make it image specific. For the people who want to manage that – who want to earn money – this won’t be a burden. For those who don’t want to play, it’ snot an issue.

2. Assuming #1 above, then split the revenue with the photographer. As the creator, you should own the right to exploit the work you create. A simple rev share would generate tons of dough and be perceived as a win for photography, not an attack on it by a multi billion dollar company.

There are just two things that could have changed today’s news into a huge win instead of a f*&king disaster. And FWIW, there are 100 other ways to monetize their platform that could be a win for content creators instead of an assault. If they need help, Kevin (founder), just give me a ring. I’ll help outline some alt options for you.

I’m flattered that not so long ago Instagram was a lift and stamp copy of Best Camera. I had my reasons for letting BC go that way and I think they did a marvelous job of executing – better than I ever could have done, especially without giving up my career as an artist. I love the results of what they’ve been able to build, almost flawlessly to date, a massive global community creating photos! But let’s face it. Instagram was a silicon valley startup on its second pivot (translation: tap into something hot right now and try to make it happen to get your investors money back…which they did). They saw market opportunity, not photography. The founders are nice guys (we have lots of the same friends) who certainly “like” photography, but they are not photographers, and they don’t have the sensitivities IMHO required to navigate the creators’ landscape (or if they have them, we have’t seen them yet…). I hope they can recover. For them, for you. I actually think they CAN recover. These guys are super smart and I’ll be in support of them if they can change and adapt to what the world wants – fair terms. But… For now, I recommend that those of you on the platform let them know that this isn’t cool.

iPad Mini Launches — Some Photographers Will Be Extra Happy

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Phil Schiller holds up the iPad mini

If the best camera is the one that’s with us, the camera phone wins for me (iPhone in particular, but I’m excited for all models). But let’s take a departure for a second, because just minutes ago Phil Schiller announced the new iPad mini.

// 7.9 inch diagonal screen
// A5 dual core chip
// Facetime HD
// 5MP iSight Camera
// LTE wireless + 2x faster wi-fi
// lightening connectioin
// 10 hour battery life
// starting at $329

What will this do for us photographers? Here’s my quick thoughts:

// advertising photogs – stoked, but not all that much changes.
// wedding + portrait photogs – stoked, but not all that much changes.
// journalists + editorial creatives – revolutionary. iPhone camera + small device has been a treat for ALL photographers, but the new iPad mini seems to run double for journalists because it’s handheld with a great camera and actually a surface you can compose a story on… Ever seen people taking photos with an iPad? Sort of goofy. Or seen a journalist composing a press-ready story? Also sort of goofy. IMHO, this new iPad might not be for everyone (although all us geeks and fanboys will get one for the thrill…) but it really seems to fill that void for the journalist – shoot photos and compose. Just a thought.

Let There Be LIGHTT — and MIRRORGRAM [two very cool new iPhone photo apps]


In the process of drooling over my iPhone 5, I got the inside line on two new photo apps that I love and want to share… Lightt and Mirrorgram.

First, is…. Lightt
Lightt is perhaps THE breakout photo app that splits the difference between photos and video better than I’ve ever seen in mobile, while nailing the best of both worlds (ala some of my chasejarvisFRAMES videos but in created in your hand on the fly). It captures images in 10 frame bursts — a flipbook-like sequence of photos called a “highlight”– and then instantaneously builds a cloud-based visual timeline that’s skimmable from beginning to end and sharable via social tools. I got previews of this app from Lightt’s president, Pam, under the cover of pre-launch and was quite honestly blown away. (And in truth – Scobleizer was raving to me about it behind closed doors…here he calls it the “app of the YEAR”!) I will say that the new-to-mobile way of looking at images in this photo/video hybrid , plus the simple UI is frickin genius.

lightt iphone app on chase jarvis blogSharing is easy too, either an individual photo out of the sequence or the entire highlight if you so desire. There is solid social integration via Twitter / Facebook from your profile page — plus the classic number of followers, of those you’re following, and the number of highlights you’ve created, etc. I’m on there – so track me down and follow…

Overall I give this super DUPER high marks for concept and design & the big data coding running in the background blows my mind. Some smart ninjas made this thing sing. Get Lightt here on iTunes for iPhone. Android is coming soon I’m told.

Second…is beloved Mirrorgram.
Mirrorgram is a tight & very sexy little mobile app that lets you create and share beautiful mirrored images. It’s super simple and brilliantly effective. Created via a collabo between a smart dev team and my pal Justin Boreta of LA’s electronic music trio The Glitch Mob that you’ve heard in my most recent video (as well as the soundtrack for flicks like Spiderman and Tron). Put simply, Mirrorgram allows users to create mirror images of a photo by splitting it in half on the vertical, horizontal or diagonal axis, then reflecting it upon itself using a simple drag interface. Simple approach, really dope results. And fully shareable via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Boreta told us…

“I came up with the idea of making Mirrorgram on the Drink The Sea tour. We’re all big iPhone nerds and started geeking pretty hard on iPhone photo apps as a way to explore cities and kill time on the bus. I’ve had a long-running fascination with symmetry and photo editing, and i realized there was no simple way to create symmetrical images on my iPhone. At the time, i was doing it with a lot of apps that weren’t meant for that, and wanted an easier way for me and my friends to make trippy, mirrored images….it allows you to see stuff around you in a new way. some of the most interest images i have taken come from mundane stuff like buildings, sand, plants, or the airport.”

I’ll second that, Boreta. I never thought of myself as a symmetry guy, but I’m in love. Who knew? Get Mirrorgram here.

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Impossible Pictures of Pictures

Impossible Instant LabHey photo friends, Erik here with my quick 2 cents on a new product that has sparked some debate here in the CJ Studio. The Impossible Project has a Kickstarter campaign for their new “Impossible Instant Lab”, which will “transform your digital iPhone images into real instant photographs that you can touch, caress and share with friends.”   Take a look at the Kickstarter video for all the details:

I should love this thing.  I mean, it combines Polaroids with iPhone Photography with Kickstarter! What’s more hip and awesome than that?  The charm wears off for me quickly though when I realize that all of this is just taking pictures of pictures.  Is there any artistic merit here?  I respect the tangible nature of instant analog photography, but more than that I respect the difficulty, unpredictability, and commitment it takes to do it well.  In my opinion, all of that is lost when you’re using an instant camera more or less as a printer that connects to your iPhone. We LOVE our iphone dearly, but this gadget isn’t about that. Does an analogue printer of digital undermine instant analogue photography?

What do you think? Like I said, I should love this thing, but I don’t know

A “Top 10″ Life Moment: Video of Dolphin “Super-Pod” Stampede

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a lot of far-flung places and I’ve seen my share of amazing things. But this hour-long event captured in the video above was one of the most beautiful, humbling and amazing things I have ever seen in my entire life. I was so dumb struck that I could hardly put the camera in front of my face to capture it…

Last month my crew and I were sailing with Mike Horn off the coast of South Africa. We are working in collaboration with a visionary company called Polyform who are helping Mike and I bring the beauty and wonder of our oceans to as many people as possible.

It was about an hour’s sail south of Capetown, cutting through the water on Mike’s 110-foot sailboat Pangaea, when “it” appeared. At first, on the horizon, we noticed what appeared to be a giant ball of bait fish. The water boiled for literally a mile in every direction…only as it approached at the speed of a swift wave did we see first a nose, then another, then a dorsal fin and then a thousand of them, then more. Only then did we realize we were experiencing the rare “superpod” of dolphins. Not dozens, not hundreds, but thousands of them — so thick you could have walked across their backs had they been game for it.

As they approached our boat and quickly surrounded us, our cameras were blazing…every camera, iPhone, point-and-shoot, DSLR, GoPros, every camera imaginable was firing off frames…until we realized that they were with us, and that the moment was actually too rare to shoot photos. After just a few minutes, we all put down our cameras, we stopped talking, and we simply took in the beauty with our eyes. In all of my days as a photographer, there have only been a handful where I’ve been witnessing / pariticpating in an event like this and simply stopped shooting to take it in. This was one of those moments.

In the few minutes we did shoot, we were able to get the footage to make this video above. And while it’s impossible to truly convey the magic of this experience – I hope these clips give you just a little sliver of what it’s like to encounter something so rare and stunning – especially when you least expect it. I think Mike does a good job of trying to communicate this with his little voiceover we cut into the video. Once you see something like this – you are truly marked for life.

The next step. YOUR next step.
After the experience, we spoke with Doreen Gurrola, an instructor of marine sciences at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, who told us these were “common dolphins” or Delphinus delphis. As my crew learned more from her about these dear creatures, my thoughts went…

// …to the mindblowing documentary film, The Cove (Oscar winner for Best Feature Documentary.) If you haven’t seen it, watch it. You’ll love me and hate me for the recommendation.

// …to my friends at 1% For the Planet where I’m an ambassador along with musician, Jack Johnson, and pro surfer, Dan Ross. Please give 1% For The Planet a donation. They are an amazing organization and can use your help. $1, $20, $100. Anything will help them. And then they connected me with…

// Leilani Munter, is also an ambassador for 1% for the Planet. She says, “I am using my voice and my race car to address environmental issues by trying to educate and engage 75 million race fans and hopefully inspire them to rethink their day-to-day habits. I am a big believer in not preaching to the choir.” Amen. Most recently, Leilani has teamed up with the Oceanic Preservation Society and Louie Psihoyos, the director of “The Cove”, on his new film called “The Heist” about species extinction. Bringing the message to the masses is their mission. Their kickstarter project is just thousands away from becoming a funded project. Let’s put them over the edge and give them money here. “We can’t say much about what we are doing, but it will be a big event, something people will definitely remember and will be equally as inspiring as the first film.”

// …which led me back to The Cove website where I found a wonderfully simple directive on what YOU can do take action to preserve, protect, and help these cool creatures and our planet:

5 Things You Can Do Now
1. Sign our petition to help save Japan’s dolphins
2. Help Save Japan Dolphins’ efforts on the front lines
3. Learn more about dolphins in captivity
4. Support the filmmakers with your donation
5. Learn more about what’s happening in Taiji
(Taiji is the location that The Cove uncovered as a slaughtering trap in Japan.)

Thank you for reading all of this. If you’ve been moved by this at all, if you’re not able to donate, then you can still help by sharing this post, this video with your friends. Also, huge thanks to Zoe Keating – check out the gorgeous music accompanying this video get it here on iTunes. Many thanks, much #respect.

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Big Art Mob – Project Aims to Map a Global Collection of Public + Street Art

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Paris (via streetartblog)

Art created for the sole intent of eliciting surprise and delight- often with anonymity – makes the world a more creative place. A story on NPR caught my eye yesterday – about a project that aims to help map these works on a global scale. I’m intrigued. I’ve explored the concept of social art on this blog and publicly many times. It’s happening everywhere now. Creating an app to bring together the global street art community? And then grow it? This fits my definition of the concept of social art. Brilliant. Click through the image tabs above to see some examples of street + public art from around the world today.

Created in 2006, Big Art Mob’s founder Alfie Dennen is re-launching a global public + street art mapping site along with iPhone and iPad applications. Big Art Mob has 12,000 pieces in its database so far and is looking to grow that collection. The site invites users to upload and map public art anywhere in the world. The intent is to share a massive range of art – from a public museum piece or wall of graffiti to something small creative and surprising. “We’re not setting out to create huge canonical work which defines explicitly what is and isn’t art in the public realm. We want to de-fragment how public art is documented and talked about, making a global hub for public art discovery,” says Dennen.

The site, still in a beta phase, encourages anyone, anywhere to discover any form of public art (from graffiti to outdoor sculptures by established artists) and tag it to a map.

BAM is also aiming to contribute to the street art community by enabling people to create their own walking routes, or for their favorite artist, and share these with others via the iPhone/iPad app.
Dennen and BAM aim to raise funds by partnering with art institutions and by creating paid walking routes on its app. Another avenue is via an API available to third parties who wish to make use of its Point Of Interest database.

The project is still in a beta phase – but you can contribute HERE.

Note: I gave a talk, the PhotoPlus keynote in NYC on the concept of Social Art. A bit dated now (Fall 2010)- but interesting to look back on if social art intrigues you.

Snapshots of the Famous by the Famous

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Bill Cosby By Dennis Hopper

There is a raw, metaphysical power in snapshots that cannot be denied.
Throughout my career I have been hired or commissioned to create very specific technical photos. There are lights and crews and mechanics involved – and while it’s incredibly creative – it’s also complicated. There is a purity and undeniable power in a snapshot. I recently came across these stunning snapshots (via Flavorwire), spanning 50 years, shot by the likes of Lady Gaga and Andy Warhol. The subjects are their equally famous friends. Click through some of the image tabs above to see some great examples of snapshots of the famous – by the famous.

We are approaching critical mass of cameras in our culture. They are nearly ubiquitous. Point and shoot cameras, web cameras, surveillance cameras, DSLR cameras, and particularly mobile phones. Celebrating that we can now be whimsically, instantly, in-the-moment free to be more creative than ever before, is something that I have enjoyed playing with. Some of my recent work (Dasein:Invitation to Hang) has come to rest not in the artistic exploration of what creativity these devices afford, but specifically the content of the snapshot images that spring from them. Like it or not, the snapshot has become the most meaningful visual storyboard we have of our ‘being’ in the world because it is pure, direct, unmediated visual expression. It refreshingly lacks academic influence or vogue and invites accessibility and participation. The intention to capture a moment is fundamentally present but not over thought. There is an innocence in snapshots, a marked lack of sophistication, that resonates in today’s media landscape off well-orchestrated “messaging.” Snapshots of the famous by the famous…who better to demonstrate the raw power of a snapshot?


For more of these snapshots and some great commentary on the celebrity side of this story head over to Flavorwire, where I discovered these snapshots.

Mind Blowing Moment: Dolphin Encounter in South Africa

After some initial cheering and howling, no one said a word for the longest time. Silence and awe. Where there had been lively conversation just moments before – there was now only the sound of cameras clicking away and quiet sounds of appreciation. No one, including Mike Horn and the crew of the exploration vessel Pangaea, which has sailed close to 200,000 nautical miles in the last 4 years, had ever seen an event like we were witnessing: a gigantic super-pod of dolphins. Many thousand at least by our estimate.

When it started, was swaying back-and-forth 70 or so feet up on the mast of the Pangaea working shots of the deck below and the nearby coastline when it happened. The ocean off to my left, halfway to the horizon, began to boil. At first it looked like a massive bait event, little finger-sized fish, maybe a school of tuna feeding. But then the distinctive curve and graceful slicing in-and-out of the water revealed something unbelievable: Dolphins. Thousands upon thousands of dolphins. Like a stampede they were headed right for us. They moved behind us from port to starboard and then surrounded us on both sides. Dozens if not hundreds playing in the wake of the bow and stern alone – not counting the probably half mile or more swath of dolphins that lined the horizon… more than the eye could comprehend all around us.

Above is a quick iPhone video that Kate snagged and a snapshot from Jerard below – which truly cannot do justice for what we witnessed, but wanted to get something here on the blog from the road. We’ll do more with the “professional” footy we nailed when we get back to home base, but just wanted you to be among the first to know… Having experienced it, now trying to explain it but not succeeding.. it’s impossible to put it into words. Will plan to share more pictures (they say a thousand words you know…) asap. #Awesome

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What the Foap?! How to Sell Your iPhone Photos [But is it Worth It?]

The iPhone application Foap says $10. Actually…$5 after they take their cut. Here’s the rundown…
Foap is a micro stock photography app made exclusively for iPhone photography. You upload your photos for review using their app, and then when/if they’re approved they become available for purchase in their market for editorial or commercial use by third party companies. There’s no end to the number of times a single photo can be sold (at the fixed $10 rate), so there’s a lot of potential to earn money  ($5 per sold photo) if your work is popular enough.


So what do you think? Sound like a good deal? Personally, I’m torn about whether or not I like this concept. Photographers get an incredibly easy way to put their photos on the market, buyers get super cheap images, and Foap gets to split the profits. So who wins in this scenario? Have any of you used this or other micro stock photography services with any success?

If this sounds intriguing to you, check out the Foap site for more information, or better yet, take the app for a test drive.

Priceless Data: Apple Faces Lawsuit for Lost Baby Photos

"I'm backed up baby..." Photo: Hilary Camilleri

I’ve said it before, but it would be remiss not to mention it again: Back up your data.

Sad reminder of this again when I saw a recent story on PetaPixel about a guy who is taking Apple to court over lost baby photos, saying the failure of a storage device caused him to lose priceless memories. Perminder Tung used an Apple Time Capsule to back up his photos. The Canadian man claims that the device failed and that Apple subsequently told him that data was gone forever. Tung, a lawyer, says the data included the birth of his child and is now suing for $25,000 to compensate for the lost memories. Sad. But is this really Apple’s fault? Hell no. Drives fail. As photographers and filmmakers who depend on the retrieval of data not just for nostalgia – but for our living – we must accept this fact and take the necessary steps to avoid being int the position of the forlorn Mr. Tung.

This 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. You can review my workflow video on how to back up your data here.

The workflow video I hinted at above, under the link “said it before” walks you through steps you can take to NOT be this guy. This may well be the most important behind-the-scenes video we’ve made, 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. It’s a tad dated, given some updates in technology, but the theories are crucial and sound. 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.

Too cute baby photo: Hillary Camilleri and Angela Smith

GoPro video starring Ryan Sheckler’s NYC skate session

I love what GoPro is making possible. These are things I’ve been asking for from a lot of manufacturers for years. I’m excited someone is listening.

Make a Declaration of Creativity

I just received a very inspiring email. I thought it was worth sharing. I’ve changed or left out some of the personal details to protect the privacy of the sender.

“Hey Chase,
It worked. Everything you said worked. I declared myself a photographer, got business cards, set up an LLC, pumped out shots and pimped them like mad. I DECIDED this is who I am, and it’s like the whole world conspired in my favor. The best part is that my Dad who always told me photography was a waste of time, now respects me and respects my art. My life has changed because you gave me the time of day. Thanks for everything!”

By declaring a commitment to your own creativity you can make big things happen. Simply by deciding, “I am a photographer,” “I am an artist,” “I am a writer,” and taking the action necessary (like making your business cards and forming an LLC) you can and will make make it happen. Whatever your it might be. These are massive mental shifts — and not easy to make by any means. But trust me, they will make all the difference. Just like the letter says, you might find that the ‘whole world’ will conspire to help you. When I hear these stories – they deeply inspire my own work. So thank YOU for the letter. And most of all, thank you for helping to make the world a more creative place.

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