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JOIN ME in a Project — the ONE THING that can CHANGE YOUR LIFE THE MOST


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.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!!

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

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

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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]

GEEK ALERT! 3 Tech Tools for People Who Make Stuff [#cjRAW]


Calling all maker geeks, photo geeks, and audiophiles – this one is for you. Yes yes, I regularly champion experience over stuff, but the reality is also true that we creators use tools to create. As such, in today’s #cjRAW I shine a bright little light on 3 tech tools that caught my eye. One for the geeky geeks, one for the photo geeks, and a third for the audiofile / video geeks.

Glowforge

When I first saw this 3D printer, my eyes bugged out. So simple, so gorgeous, and brilliant in what it can do. This little beauty will cut or engrave everything from paper, wood, leather, and – yes – even food. Not only was it the largest crowd-funded project of all time ($27 million in 30 days), but what’s particularly awesome about this thing is it’s versatility + gorgeous design, more than suitable for any home or studio. And it’s drop dead easy to use. While you can certainly use typical design tools such as illustrator, photoshop, or even CAD programs, you can also just draw on your material (yes, hand drawn on the back of a napkin will do….) and the Glowforge will use that template to cut or engrave your design into any material. Very dope.

Glowforge is still under development, but it’s got your bases covered. There are two options, basic and pro. The basic will allow materials 12″x20″ and will require venting or you can purchase the additional air filter. The Pro has a stronger laser and has a pass-through feature which will allow 20″ wide to infinite length. Glowforge is currently offered at a pre-delivery sale price of $2395 and up (40% off) for a limited time. At that price tag you might say ‘gulp’ but there is no finer 3D printer that I’ve ever seen.

DxO One Camera

If you are like a BILLION people on the planet and take freakish amounts of photos or videos with your iPhone, this little gadget will capture your attention, the DxO One Camera. This compact camera sports a 1″ sensor that can capture a RAW 20.2 megapixel photo. The photo nerds ears just perked up, I know, because I said RAW. Yes – that’s a thing. The DxO is the most compact way I know of on the market to get RAW photos. Plus, its superfast 6-element aspherical lens boasts a f/1.8 aperture making it a game changer for iPhone photography in low-light. How’s it work you ask? It does shoot as a stand-alone rig without a viewfinder, somewhat like a GoPro, but that’s not the preferred use case. At its best – and at the core of its design – this little camera (about half the size of a deck of cards) connects sweetly to the lightening port of your iPhone and turns your phone’s display into a digital viewfinder and menu control. It basically turns your iPhone into the smallest high-powered camera out there. And because it’s using the lightning connector, it can transfer photos (and video) near instantly to your phone OR save your space and send the photos directly to the DxO’s on-board micro SD card. The DxO retails for $599, which stays in the ballpark for similar compact cameras.

If right now you’re saying “why would I strap a $600 lens to my already-great $600 iPhone?” Here’s why. It most definitely elevates your phone’s ability to take higher-end photos in a “pro” capacity. Low light? Check. It has the fastest lens around. RAW? Check. Full manual controls – as in shutter, aperture and ISO? Check. Check. Check. Hardcore iPhone photo geeks just got themselves a new toy.

RODE SmartLav+

Over the years, I increasingly film more content on my iPhone. In fact, a bunch of the #cjRAW vids are straight outta my iPhone 6s. Looking for a better audio solution that was easy to travel with, I recently picked up the RODE SmartLav+. Dreamy. VERY simple. Similar to the production quality lavaliere mics I normally use, this broadcast quality mic connects directly to your iPhone’s standard headphone jack giving you significantly cleaner audio. Now you can turn your iPhone into a audio recorder using voice memo (or simliar) or record clearer audio when you’re speaking to the camera. The SmartLav+ is an update to RODE’s previous SmartLav adding a higher quality materials and a new gray cap on the connector so you can identify it from other lavs you might own (nice move). SmartLav+ retails for $79 bucks, but definitely a major upgrade to your iPhone or headphone mic if you need to elevate the audio side of your game.

KK friends. There’s a quick breakdown of a range of gadgets I’m enjoying


Links from the Episode

Glowforge
DxO One Camera
RODE SmartLav+

CreativeLive: iPhone Photography with Julia Kelleher

What’s Covered

Glowforge [0:31]
DxO One [4:05]
RODE SmartLav+ [6:29]

What are you doing with your life?


I was crushed when I heard about the Paris attacks. My heart and mind go out for everyone affected. Ugh. For those who’ve been following awhile, you may know that I lived and worked in Paris for a few years. It’s a place I’m still deeply connected with … close friends, regular vacations and visits, deep memories, and a place whose community we will always belong.

When tragedies like these happen, there is the horror. But we also find moments of reflection, of empathy, and gratitude for what we DO have, even amidst the loss. In particular these kind of events can also serve as wake up calls for life…what are the things we’re supposed to be doing in life. How should we “be” in the world? How can we love more…love ourselves and love one another? Certainly over the years tragedies like this and others have made me think more intentionally about how I’m living. For, as cliché as the saying goes, we only have this one life. What are you doing with yours?

And it’s exactly that sentiment that I rant about in this episode of #cjRAW. No photo shoots, no entrepreneurial secrets. Instead, I get personal and break down how I think about living with intention in the way we want to be in this world. For me, it comes down to three things:

Doing

I deeply believe that life is very much what you make it…moreover…what we actually DO every day. So through tiny steps of “doing” every day, we’re creating our life and a legacy. Are you doing the things you want to DO in the world? There is always something we can do right now that can move the needle that next small step toward our goals. If you’re not sure what you want to do or what your goals are, then take the time to figure it out by doing a lot of things and then following the ones that speak to you. Try the perfect day exercise Lewis Howes and I chat about in episode 08.

Being

If the “doing” part is action, then “being” is how you “are” or rather how you hold yourself as you move through. What’s in your head? Are you emotionally moving through life the way you want? Are you peaceful? Are you present and literally being in the moment even when things get hard? I believe it and science supports me – happiness is directly proportional to your mental state. If you’re not happy in your mental state, what are you doing to help inform it? For me, I’ve already ranted on this blog and other #cjRAW’s that meditation has had a profound effect on my mental state and give me a new perspective about how I want to be in the world. There’s a certain sort of calmness. I’m not aiming to be presecriptive, but I AM suggesting that you do things that cultivate you “being” in the world as you want to be. I’ve talked about this & other things in my morning routine episode about how I get ready for the day.

Loving

Love is everything. In order to be your best, you have to take care of yourself first and foremost. It’s important to love yourself and be okay with making mistakes. To be vulnerable, to radically accept ourselves and one another. For, after all, we’re all human. If you’re taking care of yourself emotionally & physically, you’ll have increased capability to love & give to others. Again, love is everything. Yet another way to think about love is this… Do you love who you are? Who you have become? What you’re doing? If not, you can change those things.

Thanks for taking a ride with me in this video today. Again, my heart and the hearts of so many others I know go out to Paris and all those affected. In the face of tragedy, it’s always difficult to think about what we can do, or how we can be. We don’t always need the answers, but we should hope we can ask ourselves the right questions on reflection. Let me/this community know in the comments what you thought about this episode…here or Youtube or Facebook or wherever it convenient for sharing.

Love.


Links from the Episode

Brené Brown – Watch her on cjLIVE here and here.

What’s Covered

Paris [1:00]
Living with intention [1:58]
Doing [3:08]
Being [5:20]
Loving [6:47]

People Mentioned

Brené Brown

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
LowePro
Sunseeker App
GoPro
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.

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.

BIG NEWS!! Bravery, Authenticity + Rising Strong in a Digital World — Brené Brown on #cjLIVE [Thurs, Sept 17]

UPDATE: Still reeling from this awesome interview the Brené Brown. Incase you missed it, check it out above!

UPDATE: This live show is TODAY at 3:30pm San Francisco time (6:30pm NYC time or 22:30 London) at www.chasejarvis.com/live…. but you can still win $200 gift card from CreativeLive by sharing this blog post via twitter and facebook, see below on to score.

UPDATE: there are just 20 seats left to be part of the LIVE in-studio, in-person audience tomorrow at CreativeLive in San Francisco (details below). Interested to meet Brene in person? check this link ASAP to see if there are any spots left. Sorry we’re all full up ;)

cjLIVE Brené Brown Bravery and Authenticity in a Digital WorldA huge part of success is failure … but what we do AFTER a failure, heartbreak, or loss can make the difference between becoming defined by those stories or writing them. I truly believe this is the secret to unlocking your creativity and your biggest successes in life.

Enter: Brené Brown. You certainly remember, Brené joined us in studio in one of the TOP #cjLIVE episode of all time to discuss vulnerability  and having the courage to share our struggles as a path to a more creative life…. WELL HERE’S THE BIG NEWS! I’m honored to have her join us again to chat about her new book RISING STRONG, and how bravery, authenticity, and Rising Strong from failure, is a huge catalyst to our lives. Only when we own our true stories — our failures and discomforts — can we truly access the full power of creativity, love, belonging and joy.

WHO: You, Me, Brené Brown + a worldwide creative gathering
WHAT: LIVE interview, discussion + worldwide Q&A
WHEN: Thursday, September 17th, 3:30pm San Francisco time (6:30pm NYC time or 22:30 London)
WHERE: Tune in here. It’s free!

Anyone can watch and we’ll be taking YOUR questions via Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #cjLIVE

A FEW KEY CONCEPTS WE’LL COVER ON THE SHOW
// How do we recognize the power of our emotions and turn them into creative energy?
// How owning your personal struggles and story are keys to bravery and authenticity
// How do we lean into discomfort of any kind to drive personal growth, innovation, and huge success?
// How can we create a revolution in our lives on a path to becoming a better creative entrepreneur, a better partner, a better human?

For those of you who know and love CreativeLive… The #cjLIVE show is now broadcasting on the CreativeLive network! We are the world’s largest live-streaming education company, teaching skills for career, hobby, and life…focused on unlocking your creative potential. As the Founder + CEO, you’ve see me excited about CL for years, and you’ve also seen featured all over the place including the New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Time, CNBC, Fast Company, etc. So my long-running #cjLIVE show has now joined forces with CL to incorporate an even larger worldwide audience.

WITH THAT IN MIND…HELP US PIMP THE SHOW AND WIN STUFF.
In order to reach the largest audience possible, we’re kicking out a couple nice prizes… We’re giving away $200 worth of free creativeLIVE course credits to two (2) people.

Enter to win by promoting the show as many times as you can starting RIGHT NOW till the show begins. Send out a creative tweet OR Facebook post including #cjLIVE + @BreneBrown + any url pointing to THIS blog post. Be sure to use the hashtag and/or point back to my Facebook or CL’s Facebook so we can track all your entries. We’ll select 2 of the best ones and give you a shout-out at the beginning of the show, along with access to the $200 CreativeLive credit.

WE WILL ALSO GIVE AWAY MORE TASTY PRIZES DURING THE SHOW… including signed copies of Brené’s book. You gotta tune in to the LIVE SHOW for a chance at winning those.

JOIN US IN THE STUDIO.
Want to be part of the live studio audience in San Francisco? It’s first come, first serve. Be one of the lucky few! Register here.

LASTLY BUT NOT LEASTLY… thanks to CreativeLive and our fine friends at BorrowLenses.com –the place where I get all the rental cameras, lenses and equipment for my shoots … who help make this show possible.

I’m BAAAAAAACK – with a New Video Series Starting NOW! Enjoy chasejarvis RAW 2.0


Fellow creators, makers, do’ers and lovers of all things internet and beyond…

WELCOME to the first day in a new chapter! I’ve been promising more content is in store, and today I’m on the delivering end of that promise… and happy to be kicking off my newest video series, chasejarvis RAW.

Errrrrr. But wait a minute you say. I know, I know. RAW?!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ll certainly be familiar with a series by the same damn name I started doing way back in 2007 which was a behind the scenes look at commercial photography.

Well. As you know, over the years my work has evolved to not ‘just’ photography, but TV + film, community builder, software/app developer, entrepreneur etc, etc. At the core, it’s all just art…but with this series I want to lean INTO all these things.

NONE of us are just one thing anymore. We’ve all become hyphens…artist-entrepreneur-etc-etc. This NEW cjRAW is fresh content covering any and all topics about just that. You asked for it, and I’m doing my best to deliver. Yes it will be creativity, it will be photography, but it will also be lessons learned. Heartbreaks. Morning routines. It will be gear/products I love, a quick hangout with a guest, CreativeLive, behind the scenes look at X, Y, or Z. You get the picture. Expect episodes to be coming your way 1-2x a week.

[But hey, wait, you say… What about chasejarvis LIVE?! Is RAW replacing LIVE? No. No. Nope. No. RAW is a totally separate thing. chasejarvis LIVE – the original connection on the internet (5 years running now!)to the most creative minds from a zillion fields… that 60-90 minutes with people like Macklemore, Adrian GrenierTim Ferriss to Marc Ecko, Brené Brown to Swiss Miss….people I think are doing really badass work. That’s still happening…and, like RAW, also about to be reborn. Bare with me, hold tight! New episodes coming your way soon.]

So — Episode 1 of chasejarvisRAW kicking off! Tell me what you’d like to see in a future episode in the comments below.


Links from the Episode

ChaseJarvisRAW 1.0: http://cr8.lv/1JWi9De

ChaseJarvis LIVE: http://cr8.lv/1gb89xo

CreativeLive: http://creativelive.com  ⟶ Award winning online education. Check it out for education on Photography, Design, Audio, Crafts and Money/Life classes.

Music “You Can Have It” by Fresh Espresso: https://www.facebook.com/FreshEspresso

What’s Covered

Brand new video series: ChaseJarvis RAW [0:43]

What could it be? [1:11]

What it’s not. [2:21]

More like a hyphen [2:51]

How often to expect episodes [3:37]

People Mentioned

Macklemore

Adrian Grenier

Prince

Tim Ferriss

Marc Ecko

Brené Brown

Swiss Miss

Come Work with Me! I’m Hiring a Digital / Content Guru

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 10.07.13 AM Jul 8, 2015Ok friends. This post has been a long time coming…you’ll see why a in a bit… but for now, here’s what you need to know.

In short, I’m looking for a high quality, high hustle digital/content guru to be my right hand man / woman supporting my content efforts. It’s true – I’m deep into lining up a new, fresh chapter of content aiming to add value to this community – those already with us and those yet to join our army. There are simply not enough hours in the day for me to create as much content as I’d like to be creating with one slice of a few people’s time (the way I have it set up now…). Between being CEO of CreativeLive and living the life of a working creative, I need someone to focus hardcore on helping me make behind- and in-front-of-the-scenes content that adds value and tells stories … photos, writing, video, podcasts – you name it.

WHAT THIS IS.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, this isn’t a ‘get your feet wet’ job, or something you’d do on the weekends. This is a job and, honestly, a lifestyle. I hustle, and so must you. My work and play are highly intertwined, and it will be very helpful if yours is too… You are the rare mix of creative AND highly attentive to detail. You love beautiful things – and you also love a bit of data. You will play a critical role in helping me add value and authentically connect with a million+ person community. You found this posting because you’re already a part of this community – that’s a huge head start. You love creativity, photography, and technology. You don’t just want to work 9-5 M-F. I’m a reasonable boss (you will have a life!), but an unreasonable lover of doing cool stuff that has impact when the iron is hot…so I need someone who is available at off hours too and thrives on that. You’ll get unfair access to people, places, and experiences. Put bluntly, I need a aspiring pro who has done much of this before and is fully capable of running with it from early on. It’s immersion in the creative world, the content world, the tech world, the startup world…combined. It’s content and community management, it’s story telling, making, and growing. You already know a lot, but we will learn more together. You might dream in gifs.

WHAT THIS IS NOT.
This is NOT a photo assisting job. It’s not even close to that – in fact this is not a photo industry job. It’s a creative industry job for sure, but it’s not about photography. It’s not an internship. It’s not a learn to be a photographer, or director, or anything close — you must already be an writer, editor, creator, social media savvy human. You will not be a fake voice for me. You will not pretend to be me. This is not a personal assistant job. You are not schlepping anything. You are a respected teammate, a pro, a good human (see above) who contributes to making the Chase Jarvis + CreativeLive messages/content better than it could be without you – with the larger mission in clear view. Again, this is not weighted toward photography. This is weighted toward community management (see above).

Now if you’re still reading and I haven’t freaked you out…but instead have inspired you to consider a career change, life change or new path…I’d like to hear from you. [Or have a friend who you think we be perfect? Please share this in your social feeds / let them know. I will give you a high five and a pizza if you recommend someone I hire…]

NON-EXHAUSTIVE BULLET POINTS FOR THIS JOB:
– Co-create and manage my editorial and social calendars – this includes working closely with the community team at CreativeLive
– Be a primary force in producing, editing and sourcing great content to engage the community
– Monitor and help me engage with the community in authentic, playful, sometimes serious ways
– Edit and manage a new chasejarvis.com
– Analyze outputs and translate anecdotal or qualitative data into recommendations and plans for growth
– Be with me at live events and be able to capture what’s happening on the ground
– Sit in on new product briefings with me and play with the coolest and newest photography, video, drone, tech equipment
– Hang out with me and smart, sometimes crazy, sometimes famous, sometimes not, but always talented people all over the globe. You must be able to be your normal self in these situations
– You’ll be an employee of CreativeLive, you’ll get to be a part of a fast growing 120 person startup with studios in Seattle and San Francisco
– Based on our employment laws, you’ll need to be a citizen of the USA or have a green card already (sorry I know that’s tough for many of you)

MUST HAVES (these are non-negotiable):
– You must have 2-5 years “working” in digital. If you don’t have this experience, please don’t apply. If you’re wondering if you qualify, you probably don’t (just being honest here I hope there’s value in that…)
– You must have taste. A sharp eye for design, photography, etc. You can curate.
– You must know the ins and outs about optimizing for most digital/social platforms – or at least have opinions
– You must be analytical. The most creative people I know have an analytical curiosity as well.
– You must be organized. There will be a lot to do. You have experience prioritizing.
– You can proficiently write as well as shoot/capture + edit basic photography, video, and audio
– You can write well.
– You can communicate well.
– You are solid when there are elements of ambiguity.
– You are a self starter. I love people who think of things before I do. People who can run on their own are awesome
– You are a positive person (there is no room for negative nancies, aggro or jerky people – not even if you’re a genius).
– You are results driven. I don’t care much about output (“I did 50 blog posts!”) – I care about results (“community engagement is up 100% and we’re hitting our goals”)
– You live or are willing to live in either Seattle or San Francisco. Some travel is certain, but you won’t be on the road nearly as much as I am.

NICE TO HAVES (but not required)
– You may have built your own community online
– You may have advanced creative (visual) skills
– You have experience wrangling busy people and getting them to help you. People want to help you win.
– You can translate my late night voice mails, rants, bullet point notes and hallway conversations into compelling content.

Now. If you’re excited about this prospect – I want to hear from you. Please apply at this here link via CreativeLive’s application channel. You will hear back from us if we think it’s a good fit.

And thank you so much dear friends for reading this rant. I’m excited at the prospect of a new teammate joining the cause in the fight for high quality content that helps people lead more creative and fulfilled lives. Cheers to that.

That application link once again is right here…. Apply to work with Chase + CreativeLive here.

Lastly, we’re all in this together. Even if you’re not this person – if you’d be so kind as to share this post, I would be grateful. Hiring this person will help me create more things that – I hope – will add value to your journey.

Thank you.

Switch It Up: On the Other Side of the Lens with Cassey Ho.

I’ve spent most of my life behind the camera, but I occasionally end up out in front of it too. Like the buzz I get talking with inspirational pals, or when I want to laugh/cry/hide under a rock, or other times still when I get to launch a thing or two that the world hasn’t seen before.

And then there’s the ‘other side of the lens’ stuff I get the opportunity to as a…um…”influencer” (wack term / really awkward). I say no to 99% of that stuff (esp cringe-worthy things) UNLESS it has something to do with what I love – like say the Seahawks in the Superbowl. Or in this case where I said yes to this #ad for Ford because (as someone who is obsessed with lifelong learning) my job was literally to spend all day learning pilates from rockstar internet pal/celeb Cassey Ho. What I missed, however, was the memo saying that I also had to…um…TEACH a class.

Respect to Ford for encouraging people to step out of their comfort zones and for sponsoring this learning series.

VIDEO: Unboxing The New DJI Global Inspire 1 Drone

You my dear friends all know the drone photography + cinematography, UMAV’s, quadcopters, whatever the hell you wanna call them is all the rage these days. You don’t need me to tell you that. But even I couldn’t have predicted when I was first playing around with this stuff back in 2008, 09 and 2010 how fast this technology was going to blow up (figuratively). And…well… I’ve gotten to know the fine folks from DJI Global, attended their launch event in SF end of last year…and lo and behold, I last week scored their newest machine–The Inspire 1– and holy crap. #nice stuff.

Even if you’re not a pro, the DJI Global Inspire 1 drone (or unmanned aerial vehicle, but that’s a debate for another day!) is going to make you feel like one. For the first time (with any degree of quality), this sexy beast has its own camera, made by DHI, just for UAV filming. There are lots of other bits too…some great, and the jury’s out on some other features… My rants and ramble are in the above video, but here’s a quick list o’ specs:

  • 4k camera mounted on the drone
  • 12mp stills
  • 1.2 mile radio range
  • 3-axis gimbal
  • Wireless 720p HD live view back to earth via the mobile app, so you always know what it’s seeing
  • GPS to help guide it — and find it, in case you’re a bad pilot
  • Indoor mode with spacial awareness
  • Average flight time: Between 18 and 22 minutes

Other hot features on the Inspire 1 that make it sweet? Frickin lazers! Ok, just kidding. But it’s got landing gear that retract and expand on takeoff and landing, without sacrificing the 360-degree view of the camera. It’s also got an optional double-remote feature, so one person can be manning the UAV, while the other pilot is aiming the camera itself. How cool is THAT? That arrangement most closely mimics the approach the professional drone operators have been using for years. Now it’s in your hands.

Anyway, there’s more deets in the video above. And I presume we’ll be seeing more from upcoming competitors like GoPro, Adorama, 3D Robotics, SteadiDrone and many others.

Check out this unboxing video above to hear my take and get a feel for how hearty (and sexy) this craft is.

[Any questions on this? Hit me in the comments. Have other fav drones or optimistic with one coming out? Chime in as well…]

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