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Chase Jarvis1,971,092I'm doing a G+ hangout on air today at noon seattle time 3pm nyc time and 8pm london time.  Taking any and all your questions here, via @chasejarvis on Twitter and on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/chasejarvis30 Min Q&A over Coffee with Chase Jarvis2014-08-05 21:00:00142  
PSFK1,002,348Join experts in creative business, design and technology as they give their predictions for 2013 in a Hangout On Air here on Google Plus. Watch the whole Hangout here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVDQyzPzrDs Featuring: +Chase Jarvis  Jonathan Ford Rachel Shechtman +Ari Kuschnir  David Polinchock and others! https://plus.google.com/+PSFK2013 Trend Predictions2012-12-12 18:00:00294  

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2015-02-08 19:58:00 (20 comments, 27 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

If it's not interesting, you're not close enough. 

Here's 6 inches at 40mph.

Most reshares: 27

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2015-02-08 19:58:00 (20 comments, 27 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

If it's not interesting, you're not close enough. 

Here's 6 inches at 40mph.

Most plusones: 465

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2015-02-08 19:58:00 (20 comments, 27 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

If it's not interesting, you're not close enough. 

Here's 6 inches at 40mph.

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2015-08-24 16:52:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Robert Rodriguez is a special breed of filmmaker, a breed that we’ll continue to see more and more of as filmmaking technology becomes increasingly accessible and affordable.  The do-it-yourselfers who are so technically savvy that they can oversee and drive every aspect of their production.  Since his first DIY breakout film “El Mariachi”, Robert has been able to maintain total creative control of his films mostly due to one thing:  the dude knows how to stretch a dollar.

Learn from the master here: cr8.lv/1hCUYH2

Robert Rodriguez is a special breed of filmmaker, a breed that we’ll continue to see more and more of as filmmaking technology becomes increasingly accessible and affordable.  The do-it-yourselfers who are so technically savvy that they can oversee and drive every aspect of their production.  Since his first DIY breakout film “El Mariachi”, Robert has been able to maintain total creative control of his films mostly due to one thing:  the dude knows how to stretch a dollar.

Learn from the master here: cr8.lv/1hCUYH2___

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2015-08-19 21:26:38 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

In honor of #WorldPhotographyDay I’ve put every photo class @creativelive on special 25% off. TODAY ONLY. https://www.creativelive.com/catalog/photography/on-sale?via=banner

In honor of #WorldPhotographyDay I’ve put every photo class @creativelive on special 25% off. TODAY ONLY. https://www.creativelive.com/catalog/photography/on-sale?via=banner___

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2015-08-11 16:19:31 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Seems like the more I listen, the more I hear people talking about the gear, the business of photography, the widgets. Let us not forget the simple love of photography.

Read the rest of my thoughts on this here: cr8.lv/1N7ahUe

Seems like the more I listen, the more I hear people talking about the gear, the business of photography, the widgets. Let us not forget the simple love of photography.

Read the rest of my thoughts on this here: cr8.lv/1N7ahUe___

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2015-08-07 20:45:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Commit to creativity. 

Commit to creativity. ___

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2015-07-08 18:06:34 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

I'm hiring a digital / content guru.  Come work with me!

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/07/work-with-chase-jarvis/

Ok 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- andin-front-of-the-scenes c... more »

I'm hiring a digital / content guru.  Come work with me!

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/07/work-with-chase-jarvis/

Ok 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.

Job detail and more info here... thx!
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/07/work-with-chase-jarvis/___

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2015-06-17 17:09:55 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I’ve spent most of my life behind the camera, but I occasionally end up out in front of it too.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/06/switch-it-up-on-the-other-side-of-the-lens-with-cassey-ho/

Like the buzz I get from #cjLIVE talking with inspirational pals, or when I want to laugh/cry/hide under a rock like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX76k-chflo, or other times still when I get to launch cool new technology like http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/04/mimic-launch-and-movi/


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 UNLESS it has something to do with what I love – like say the Seahawks in the Superbowl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk6KiSyarjM or in this case where I said yes to this #ad for Ford because (as someone whois obsessed with li... more »

I’ve spent most of my life behind the camera, but I occasionally end up out in front of it too.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/06/switch-it-up-on-the-other-side-of-the-lens-with-cassey-ho/

Like the buzz I get from #cjLIVE talking with inspirational pals, or when I want to laugh/cry/hide under a rock like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX76k-chflo, or other times still when I get to launch cool new technology like http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/04/mimic-launch-and-movi/


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 UNLESS it has something to do with what I love – like say the Seahawks in the Superbowl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk6KiSyarjM or in this case where I said yes to this #ad for Ford because (as someone who is obsessed with lifelong learning like my www.creativelive.com) 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.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/06/switch-it-up-on-the-other-side-of-the-lens-with-cassey-ho/___

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2015-04-22 18:01:55 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 275 +1s)Open 

Get some.

Get some.___

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2015-04-22 18:00:58 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

This is truly my fitness bible from pal @mobilitywod. Must have book is here http://bit.ly/BASLIIAMZ.   Dope video trailer is here....

This is truly my fitness bible from pal @mobilitywod. Must have book is here http://bit.ly/BASLIIAMZ.   Dope video trailer is here....___

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2015-04-22 16:37:18 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Some "Get Shit Done" advice from +CreativeLive:

Want to jump-start your week on on a motivational high? In an effort to make Mondays slightly more bearable, Creative Live is rounding up our favorite pieces of career advice from experts in every field –– be it art, design, fashion or business. Whether you’re embarking on a new career or happy in your current one, everyone needs the occasional kick-in-the-pants when it comes to getting motivated –– get inspired by the words of wisdom below so you’re ready to dive into your work week!

Live Your Dream

“The best ideas are often the simplest. When we devised Tinder in September 2012 there was still a stigma surrounding online dating. But we spend half our time on our smart phones – why not date on them too? Creating a dream takes blood, sweat and tears. I worked all day, every day. I thought about Tinderin the shower a... more »

Some "Get Shit Done" advice from +CreativeLive:

Want to jump-start your week on on a motivational high? In an effort to make Mondays slightly more bearable, Creative Live is rounding up our favorite pieces of career advice from experts in every field –– be it art, design, fashion or business. Whether you’re embarking on a new career or happy in your current one, everyone needs the occasional kick-in-the-pants when it comes to getting motivated –– get inspired by the words of wisdom below so you’re ready to dive into your work week!

Live Your Dream

“The best ideas are often the simplest. When we devised Tinder in September 2012 there was still a stigma surrounding online dating. But we spend half our time on our smart phones – why not date on them too? Creating a dream takes blood, sweat and tears. I worked all day, every day. I thought about Tinder in the shower and dreamed about it at night. It wasn’t just my job – it was my life.”
— Whitney Wolfe, co-founder of Tinder

Read the rest here: cr8.lv/1JcdhxJ___

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2015-04-15 20:21:13 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Stay hungry, stay foolish
(...and 10x your goals in the process)

Check out this blog from +CreativeLive and kickstart your life NOW

Stay hungry, stay foolish
(...and 10x your goals in the process)

Check out this blog from +CreativeLive and kickstart your life NOW___

2015-04-15 00:17:39 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

If you're winning, then you're the dumbest guy in the room.  Let me break it down for you...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km6T5e03y-I

If you're winning, then you're the dumbest guy in the room.  Let me break it down for you...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km6T5e03y-I___

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2015-04-12 23:49:01 (2 comments, 9 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Won't disappoint.  https://vimeo.com/124394693

Details + a chance to score one for yourself here: 
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/04/mimic-launch-and-movi/

Won't disappoint.  https://vimeo.com/124394693

Details + a chance to score one for yourself here: 
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/04/mimic-launch-and-movi/___

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2015-04-12 23:30:36 (13 comments, 24 reshares, 167 +1s)Open 

Today I’m excited to be the first to share with you a piece of game-changing technology that will help new AND established cinema / video camera operators capture world class moving pictures in the most intuitive, simple way that I’ve ever imagined. And if car enough to link over to my blog,  I’m giving you a chance to win this gear valued at ~$5000.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/04/mimic-launch-and-movi/

Over my career in the photo & film industries I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate behind-the-scenes with many of the brightest minds, top brands and most innovative products. Among those I count experiences with Apple on iPhone and other products, with Nikon on the world’s very first video DSLR (D90), Ustream and now Meerkat and Periscope on live internet broadcasting and…well…drones, software, computers, etc…game changers that completely re-definedentire industrie... more »

Today I’m excited to be the first to share with you a piece of game-changing technology that will help new AND established cinema / video camera operators capture world class moving pictures in the most intuitive, simple way that I’ve ever imagined. And if car enough to link over to my blog,  I’m giving you a chance to win this gear valued at ~$5000.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/04/mimic-launch-and-movi/

Over my career in the photo & film industries I’ve had the good fortune to collaborate behind-the-scenes with many of the brightest minds, top brands and most innovative products. Among those I count experiences with Apple on iPhone and other products, with Nikon on the world’s very first video DSLR (D90), Ustream and now Meerkat and Periscope on live internet broadcasting and…well…drones, software, computers, etc…game changers that completely re-defined entire industries and — most importantly from my perspective — they share the common thread of having led to the democratization of creativity.

Today marks the public debut of yet another one of those ‘pinch yourself’ highlights…the opportunity to collaborate on MIMIC. What pray tell is MIMIC you ask? Well i’ll give you this tidbit first, and then let you watch for yourself…

MIMIC represents a completely intuitive and organic way to control a cinema / video camera remotely… NOT the camera settings…but what the camera actually sees and records. You’re familiar with the concept of a steady cam, right? Well consider that with this product you can now operate a stabilized camera remotely, right from your director’s chair with a simple-to-use device that track your movements and translate them into smooth, precise camera moves.

a LOT more info, videos showing this in use here: http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/04/mimic-launch-and-movi/___

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2015-04-08 17:16:37 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

In almost any comment section of an article about freelancing – and especially any article that has the audacity to suggest that freelancing may be a viable way to make a living – some person who thinks they are very clever will make a remark about how freelance is just a kinder way to call oneself unemployed. That person is almost always incorrect; freelancing is, by a great many measurements, a major economic driver. That said, there are some individuals who could use a refresher (or maybe a first-time lesson) on the real difference between being underemployed and being a freelancer. The difference, of course, is professionalism.

You know you wanna read the rest from +CreativeLive cr8.lv/1DJZHQF

In almost any comment section of an article about freelancing – and especially any article that has the audacity to suggest that freelancing may be a viable way to make a living – some person who thinks they are very clever will make a remark about how freelance is just a kinder way to call oneself unemployed. That person is almost always incorrect; freelancing is, by a great many measurements, a major economic driver. That said, there are some individuals who could use a refresher (or maybe a first-time lesson) on the real difference between being underemployed and being a freelancer. The difference, of course, is professionalism.

You know you wanna read the rest from +CreativeLive cr8.lv/1DJZHQF___

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2015-04-07 19:23:34 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

I originally started traveling to New Zealand for commercial photo and video work. Visually, there are few place on earth that exude the beauty of that place AND it has the benefit of being opposite seasonally (opposite hemisphere) from most of the brands/agencies etc that I work for. Great 6 month lead time for campaign creation, media buying, etc. It’s geographically very dense with variety as well. It’s a home run for productions. As such I’ve been heading down there to shoot campaigns for many years.

It was in these travels for commercial work that I fell in love with the New Zealand landscape and started a personal project aiming to capture that beauty from the air. Nothing too serious…more casual initially. But in the past 3 years it has grown more serious with each return. I’ve learned that mountains and landscapes can often photograph a lot like people. They have moods,personali... more »

I originally started traveling to New Zealand for commercial photo and video work. Visually, there are few place on earth that exude the beauty of that place AND it has the benefit of being opposite seasonally (opposite hemisphere) from most of the brands/agencies etc that I work for. Great 6 month lead time for campaign creation, media buying, etc. It’s geographically very dense with variety as well. It’s a home run for productions. As such I’ve been heading down there to shoot campaigns for many years.

It was in these travels for commercial work that I fell in love with the New Zealand landscape and started a personal project aiming to capture that beauty from the air. Nothing too serious…more casual initially. But in the past 3 years it has grown more serious with each return. I’ve learned that mountains and landscapes can often photograph a lot like people. They have moods, personalities, essences. Capturing those has become the goal of my Aerial New Zealand project.

Read the rest + see BTS photos here: cr8.lv/1HBf5iT___

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2015-04-03 18:50:20 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Some killer insight from +CreativeLive - 
"Teddy Roosevelt was right— comparison truly is the thief of joy. No matter which way you spin it, comparing yourself to other people is a slippery slope to misery and is altogether best avoided.

But in a world of FOMO and YOLO, how can we avoid comparing ourselves to everyone around us? I’ve got a few tips.

Read the rest -> cr8.lv/1CqgSmo

Some killer insight from +CreativeLive - 
"Teddy Roosevelt was right— comparison truly is the thief of joy. No matter which way you spin it, comparing yourself to other people is a slippery slope to misery and is altogether best avoided.

But in a world of FOMO and YOLO, how can we avoid comparing ourselves to everyone around us? I’ve got a few tips.

Read the rest -> cr8.lv/1CqgSmo___

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2015-03-31 19:44:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I’ve been shooting religiously with GoPro cameras since they came out way back in the day. Love those little monsters. At a minimum, I travel with three or more Hero3’s for any shoot – I’ve just found they just come in super-duper handy for all sortsa great stuff. BUT…. taking into account mounts, memory cards, chargers, spare batteries and all miscellany associated with the GoPro and you’ve got yourself quite a load of gear to keep track of.

That’s why I’ve come up with a pretty tight little system for packing & traveling with my GoPros. The above video really gives the full insight, but all cooked down into a tasty little reduction, it smells something like this: cr8.lv/1G46CnQ

I’ve been shooting religiously with GoPro cameras since they came out way back in the day. Love those little monsters. At a minimum, I travel with three or more Hero3’s for any shoot – I’ve just found they just come in super-duper handy for all sortsa great stuff. BUT…. taking into account mounts, memory cards, chargers, spare batteries and all miscellany associated with the GoPro and you’ve got yourself quite a load of gear to keep track of.

That’s why I’ve come up with a pretty tight little system for packing & traveling with my GoPros. The above video really gives the full insight, but all cooked down into a tasty little reduction, it smells something like this: cr8.lv/1G46CnQ___

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2015-03-27 21:09:10 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

When we feel the thrill of a great idea, our first instinct is to grab the nearest person and share it. But there’s a problem — ideas are very light. It seems like the best ones, once you open your mouth, are likely to fly off back into the aether.

One big reason we want to share our ideas immediately is we
want that little extra boost, the confirmation that yes, that is a great idea. Of course, as many very talented people will tell you, there is no shortage of great ideas out there; there is, though, a notable lack of good executions.

Read more here: cr8.lv/1LUaOKA

When we feel the thrill of a great idea, our first instinct is to grab the nearest person and share it. But there’s a problem — ideas are very light. It seems like the best ones, once you open your mouth, are likely to fly off back into the aether.

One big reason we want to share our ideas immediately is we
want that little extra boost, the confirmation that yes, that is a great idea. Of course, as many very talented people will tell you, there is no shortage of great ideas out there; there is, though, a notable lack of good executions.

Read more here: cr8.lv/1LUaOKA___

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2015-03-25 18:44:52 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

There are two types of photographers who impress the hell out of me.

One is the wartime photojournalist, who puts his or her life on line to document real stories and images behind the world’s most dangerous conflicts. [I’ve written about it before — Would You Die for a Photo?]. Without their work, truths get lost, and the stakes are as high as they can get.

The other is the extreme photographer. I’m not talking about the “adventure photographer” here, the guy who snaps sunset shots of a pride of lions from the safety of his Range Rover. No, I mean the photographer who captures the athletes and adventurers who are pushing the absolute limits of sport in remote and difficult locations. It’s a bit obtusely self reflexive as I often get lumped in with this action sports crew…but there is another level beyond that, I promise. These are the photographers who must both beartists behind ... more »

There are two types of photographers who impress the hell out of me.

One is the wartime photojournalist, who puts his or her life on line to document real stories and images behind the world’s most dangerous conflicts. [I’ve written about it before — Would You Die for a Photo?]. Without their work, truths get lost, and the stakes are as high as they can get.

The other is the extreme photographer. I’m not talking about the “adventure photographer” here, the guy who snaps sunset shots of a pride of lions from the safety of his Range Rover. No, I mean the photographer who captures the athletes and adventurers who are pushing the absolute limits of sport in remote and difficult locations. It’s a bit obtusely self reflexive as I often get lumped in with this action sports crew…but there is another level beyond that, I promise. These are the photographers who must both be artists behind the lens and possess the same talents being captured in front of it.

Read the rest here: cr8.lv/1BJjvvG___

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2015-03-19 15:44:07 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Fuck yeah freelancing is hard work. But it's the hard that makes it so good.

If you freelance for a living, you might be shocked and disappointed to learn that the work you fought so hard for feels like…well, work. And that means that something is very, very wrong. Or does it? In fact, it’s okay for the freelance life to feel like work. Here’s why:

A Humble Approach

Have you ever heard the phrase “chop wood, carry water?” It’s a Zen proverb that goes something like this: Before Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. You could easily sub in the words “going full-time freelance” for Enlightenment—and the message is a healthy one for freelancers to absorb.

Read the rest -> http://cr8.lv/1LxgUQL

Fuck yeah freelancing is hard work. But it's the hard that makes it so good.

If you freelance for a living, you might be shocked and disappointed to learn that the work you fought so hard for feels like…well, work. And that means that something is very, very wrong. Or does it? In fact, it’s okay for the freelance life to feel like work. Here’s why:

A Humble Approach

Have you ever heard the phrase “chop wood, carry water?” It’s a Zen proverb that goes something like this: Before Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. You could easily sub in the words “going full-time freelance” for Enlightenment—and the message is a healthy one for freelancers to absorb.

Read the rest -> http://cr8.lv/1LxgUQL___

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2015-03-17 17:10:44 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

A couple years ago, you may recall, during a month-long artist-in-residency at the Ace Hotel in NYC I took the opportunity to celebrate the snapshot — quintessential street photography — and I called the exhibit Dasein: Invitation to Hang. [‘Dasein’ is a German word used by philosophers to refer to raw human experience or the fundamental mode of “being there.” I found that when applied to photography, the snapshot was the ultimate photographic expression of us simply, authentically being in the world / caught on film. ] The exhibit featured an ever-changing wall of snapshots, both my own and selections chosen from nearly 15,000 submissions across the globe.

At the core of the work what I found was my own sense of street photography – regardless of whether it was on the street, on a train, or backstage with the band. Point being that street photograhy – the art of the snapshot ifyou will – is a... more »

A couple years ago, you may recall, during a month-long artist-in-residency at the Ace Hotel in NYC I took the opportunity to celebrate the snapshot — quintessential street photography — and I called the exhibit Dasein: Invitation to Hang. [‘Dasein’ is a German word used by philosophers to refer to raw human experience or the fundamental mode of “being there.” I found that when applied to photography, the snapshot was the ultimate photographic expression of us simply, authentically being in the world / caught on film. ] The exhibit featured an ever-changing wall of snapshots, both my own and selections chosen from nearly 15,000 submissions across the globe.

At the core of the work what I found was my own sense of street photography – regardless of whether it was on the street, on a train, or backstage with the band. Point being that street photograhy – the art of the snapshot if you will – is about the moment. It’s about choosing to take the photograph. It’s about mood, and –quite often–it is about talking to strangers.

Read the rest -> http://cr8.lv/1DxoxCk___

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2015-03-13 15:55:35 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

Adventure is the best inspiration.

One thing that never gets old for me is the adventure of location photography. I thrive on the travel and escaping from one’s day-to-day, the challenges that Mother Nature conjures up and deploys on you at a whim, and the camaraderie of a crew – be it large or small – united on a mission in search of a stunning photo or two.

Now combine that “one thing that never gets old” with another – the stunning country that is New Zealand.  This is perhaps the mother of all location shooting – there’s a reason that Peter Jackson chooses this backdrop for all the fantasy films he makes. It looks like a goddamn made up place. One where you’d expect unicorns and rainbows – and that’s basically what you get.

Read the rest here: http://cr8.lv/1MxY9rC

Adventure is the best inspiration.

One thing that never gets old for me is the adventure of location photography. I thrive on the travel and escaping from one’s day-to-day, the challenges that Mother Nature conjures up and deploys on you at a whim, and the camaraderie of a crew – be it large or small – united on a mission in search of a stunning photo or two.

Now combine that “one thing that never gets old” with another – the stunning country that is New Zealand.  This is perhaps the mother of all location shooting – there’s a reason that Peter Jackson chooses this backdrop for all the fantasy films he makes. It looks like a goddamn made up place. One where you’d expect unicorns and rainbows – and that’s basically what you get.

Read the rest here: http://cr8.lv/1MxY9rC___

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2015-03-11 17:57:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

There just shouldn't be barriers to education. Period. 

I had the distinct pleasure of being a guest on Jenni Hogan’s “Next Big Thing” podcast a couple weeks ago to talk a bit about my life path(s), pivot points and the way that creativeLIVE is systematically re-shaping access to the best education.

Read more and check out the podcast here: http://cr8.lv/1C21XjA

There just shouldn't be barriers to education. Period. 

I had the distinct pleasure of being a guest on Jenni Hogan’s “Next Big Thing” podcast a couple weeks ago to talk a bit about my life path(s), pivot points and the way that creativeLIVE is systematically re-shaping access to the best education.

Read more and check out the podcast here: http://cr8.lv/1C21XjA___

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2015-03-10 21:51:06 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

So you want to be a professional?

Photographer. Director. Golfer. Belly dancer. Designer. Waiter. Model.

If you’re wondering if you’ve got what it takes to go pro, try it. Seriously. Quit what you’re doing now and go there. You’ll know soon after you’ve tried to go there whether or not you’re in the right spot. If you don’t have what it takes, it will be obvious – going pro will be too hard, other things will seem more interesting, more pleasurable, more fun.

Read the rest -> http://cr8.lv/1wknTFV

So you want to be a professional?

Photographer. Director. Golfer. Belly dancer. Designer. Waiter. Model.

If you’re wondering if you’ve got what it takes to go pro, try it. Seriously. Quit what you’re doing now and go there. You’ll know soon after you’ve tried to go there whether or not you’re in the right spot. If you don’t have what it takes, it will be obvious – going pro will be too hard, other things will seem more interesting, more pleasurable, more fun.

Read the rest -> http://cr8.lv/1wknTFV___

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2015-03-10 02:32:35 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

One thing is for certain: both paths are full of fear.  But which will you choose?  

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/04/so-you-want-to-be-a-professional/?utm_campaign=so-you-want-to-be-a-professional/

So you want to be a professional?

Photographer. Director. Golfer. Belly dancer. Designer. Waiter. Model.

If you’re wondering if you’ve got what it takes to go pro, try it. Seriously. Quit what you’re doing now and go there. You’ll know soon after you’ve tried to go there whether or not you’re in the right spot. If you don’t have what it takes, it will be obvious – going pro will be too hard, other things will seem more interesting, more pleasurable, more fun.

On the other hand, if you do have what it takes, you will be reborn. All setbacks will seem small, all goals achievable, all hurdles put there only to keep out the others. Youwill know you’re ... more »

One thing is for certain: both paths are full of fear.  But which will you choose?  

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/04/so-you-want-to-be-a-professional/?utm_campaign=so-you-want-to-be-a-professional/

So you want to be a professional?

Photographer. Director. Golfer. Belly dancer. Designer. Waiter. Model.

If you’re wondering if you’ve got what it takes to go pro, try it. Seriously. Quit what you’re doing now and go there. You’ll know soon after you’ve tried to go there whether or not you’re in the right spot. If you don’t have what it takes, it will be obvious – going pro will be too hard, other things will seem more interesting, more pleasurable, more fun.

On the other hand, if you do have what it takes, you will be reborn. All setbacks will seem small, all goals achievable, all hurdles put there only to keep out the others. You will know you’re on the right path.

One thing for certain is that both paths–trying to go pro and steering clear of going pro–will be full of fear. In one case the fear is that you’ll fail and not be good enough. In the other case the fear is that you’ll never have lived your dream…

When you think of those two, which one is worse?

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2011/04/so-you-want-to-be-a-professional/?utm_campaign=so-you-want-to-be-a-professional/___

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2015-03-04 21:45:48 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

One of the most common misconceptions I come across is the belief that once you’ve somehow “made it,” I / one / you don’t hit ruts, bumps, run into blocks, or otherwise get paralyzed by the creative work that needs doing.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I get thrown for a loop all the time.

I’ve found myself off my game at numerous times in my career, getting lost for a bit and struggling to re-capture the clarity that comes with great creative vision, intent, and very hard work. And the same is true of so many of my friends who are at the top of their creative games, respectively.  We all get bit by the occasional creative funk.  The difference between those of us who sink and those who swim?

Action.

So what do I do when that happens?

First, I acknowledge that my moon is waning and, as I mentioned above, I take decisiveaction.  So... more »

One of the most common misconceptions I come across is the belief that once you’ve somehow “made it,” I / one / you don’t hit ruts, bumps, run into blocks, or otherwise get paralyzed by the creative work that needs doing.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. I get thrown for a loop all the time.

I’ve found myself off my game at numerous times in my career, getting lost for a bit and struggling to re-capture the clarity that comes with great creative vision, intent, and very hard work. And the same is true of so many of my friends who are at the top of their creative games, respectively.  We all get bit by the occasional creative funk.  The difference between those of us who sink and those who swim?

Action.

So what do I do when that happens?

First, I acknowledge that my moon is waning and, as I mentioned above, I take decisive action.  Sometimes it takes a week or even a month to realize the creative hole, but once I do, I know it’s time to act.

Second, I find some space. I need room for step 3.  And what is step 3?

Third, I read. Yep.  I pick up the books that I’ve read before but that continue to inspire me and remind me that creativity is a process, an activity, a mode of operating — and not divinity.  It’s not luck.  It’s not wisdom.  It’s work. And it’s this headspace that helps kick me back into the spirit of reading. They create adventures in my mind that turn into adventures in making, being, doing.

So….The following is THE list of books that I turn to on the regular to escape these scary dark places when my (lying) mind takes over and tells us me I suck.  Or tells me that I’m lucky to be here.  Or tells me that I’m fooling everyone and that my once sunny is sinking into the abyss as we speak.  The voices in my head are, I know, really just bullshit — but this list of 6 books is anything but that.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/03/books-to-make-you-more-creative/___

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2015-03-02 20:01:54 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Barriers are bullshit.

Are you pursuing your personal passions to get the pictures you want, or are you letting…ahem…”too many obstacles” stop you?

Here’s a little inspiration. Using a weather balloon, a Gopro 2, a Multiplex Funjet and some other lo-fi equipment, David Windestål decided to get some first person footage of a trip to space. What he ends up with is an awesome video of the camera’s trip into orbit, and a ton of inspiration for the rest of us. Sure he could massaged the footage and edited differently / better. But whatever. In this post its the spirit that counts. Because truth be told, he’s doing cool shit. And you…?

Read the rest here: http://cr8.lv/1E0WNEC

Barriers are bullshit.

Are you pursuing your personal passions to get the pictures you want, or are you letting…ahem…”too many obstacles” stop you?

Here’s a little inspiration. Using a weather balloon, a Gopro 2, a Multiplex Funjet and some other lo-fi equipment, David Windestål decided to get some first person footage of a trip to space. What he ends up with is an awesome video of the camera’s trip into orbit, and a ton of inspiration for the rest of us. Sure he could massaged the footage and edited differently / better. But whatever. In this post its the spirit that counts. Because truth be told, he’s doing cool shit. And you…?

Read the rest here: http://cr8.lv/1E0WNEC___

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2015-03-01 02:56:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

My dear photo friends.  Free classes + SALE ends TODAY on +CreativeLive 
$1000 worth of the best Photoshop classes ever for $299.
http://www.creativelive.com/conferences/photoshop-week-2015

Change your photography game now. The top instructors, only the most relevant Photoshop topics.

https://www.creativelive.com/bundle/photoshop-week-2015

My dear photo friends.  Free classes + SALE ends TODAY on +CreativeLive 
$1000 worth of the best Photoshop classes ever for $299.
http://www.creativelive.com/conferences/photoshop-week-2015

Change your photography game now. The top instructors, only the most relevant Photoshop topics.

https://www.creativelive.com/bundle/photoshop-week-2015___

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2015-02-26 20:42:14 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 55 +1s)Open 

Hush your demons. 

Hush your demons. ___

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2015-02-23 21:32:44 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Top 5 Lenses for your Nikon camera...
(Plus a sneaky link to my favorites from Canon and Hasselblad too)

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/02/top-5-lenses-for-your-nikon-camera/

So you just dropped an entire month’s pay on a super nice camera body. Ok. Take a breath. That was a big jump, and we want you making smart moves going forward. Yes, the lens is important. And yes, you can spend 10x what you just spent on a body on good glass. But before you go cashing in that 401k to buy one of each (dear god don’t), soak in the knowledge below. We shoot almost EVERY camera brand for one thing or another. Nikon for stills. Canon dSLR for video. Hasselblad for high end studio / fashion, etc etc. So my video guru Erik, yours truly, and my gear editor pal Sohail decided to put together a little series of blog posts. Over the next weeks we will break down the top lenses from severalman... more »

Top 5 Lenses for your Nikon camera...
(Plus a sneaky link to my favorites from Canon and Hasselblad too)

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/02/top-5-lenses-for-your-nikon-camera/

So you just dropped an entire month’s pay on a super nice camera body. Ok. Take a breath. That was a big jump, and we want you making smart moves going forward. Yes, the lens is important. And yes, you can spend 10x what you just spent on a body on good glass. But before you go cashing in that 401k to buy one of each (dear god don’t), soak in the knowledge below. We shoot almost EVERY camera brand for one thing or another. Nikon for stills. Canon dSLR for video. Hasselblad for high end studio / fashion, etc etc. So my video guru Erik, yours truly, and my gear editor pal Sohail decided to put together a little series of blog posts. Over the next weeks we will break down the top lenses from several manufacturers, with an eye on application. If you know what kind of photography you want to do [or are already doing], there’s a great lens or two for you.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/02/top-5-lenses-for-your-nikon-camera/

+Nikon USA +Canon UK +Hasselblad Luxury ___

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2015-02-23 20:02:48 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

You get what you give.

You get what you give.___

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2015-02-20 21:07:59 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Take flight. 

Take flight. ___

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2015-02-19 19:48:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Whales + a passionate documentary? Let's make this happen!

Whales + a passionate documentary? Let's make this happen!___

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2015-02-19 00:05:44 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Workflow isn't super sexy to talk about but this behind the scenes vid could save your ass. 

Workflow isn't super sexy to talk about but this behind the scenes vid could save your ass. ___

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2015-02-18 16:40:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

No shame in the fake it 'til you make it hustle.

No shame in the fake it 'til you make it hustle.___

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2015-02-17 21:19:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

It's all about the connection.

It's all about the connection.___

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2015-02-16 17:22:45 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Where some see danger, others see opportunity. Only you can decide what you see.

Where some see danger, others see opportunity. Only you can decide what you see.___

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2015-02-08 19:58:00 (20 comments, 27 reshares, 465 +1s)Open 

If it's not interesting, you're not close enough. 

Here's 6 inches at 40mph.

If it's not interesting, you're not close enough. 

Here's 6 inches at 40mph.___

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2015-02-05 22:05:36 (5 comments, 11 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

What I've learned about a creative life worth living....

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/…/what-i-learned-from-an-exper…/

You have certainly heard this from me before, but the more I think about it, study it, and live it, the more I can say definitively that the photographic snapshot has quietly emerged as one of our culture’s–if not the world’s–most unsung creative heroes. (Here’s some deeper explanation.)

This little film is an exploration and summary of some thoughts and personal experiences, having just recently carved out a month to live with the snapshot top of mind via the Dasein: Invitation to Hang installation during my month-long artist in residency at the Ace Hotel NYC.

While this story is quite a personal one, I hope it carries a collective meaning back to you and your life. For the film’s simple aim is to make a case that a morecreative life–t... more »

What I've learned about a creative life worth living....

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/…/what-i-learned-from-an-exper…/

You have certainly heard this from me before, but the more I think about it, study it, and live it, the more I can say definitively that the photographic snapshot has quietly emerged as one of our culture’s–if not the world’s–most unsung creative heroes. (Here’s some deeper explanation.)

This little film is an exploration and summary of some thoughts and personal experiences, having just recently carved out a month to live with the snapshot top of mind via the Dasein: Invitation to Hang installation during my month-long artist in residency at the Ace Hotel NYC.

While this story is quite a personal one, I hope it carries a collective meaning back to you and your life. For the film’s simple aim is to make a case that a more creative life–through whatever mechanism you can use to break your life out of routine and for however much time you can allot–is one more worth living.

Thanks and love.

[much gratitude to my entire crew, especially erik hecht for all the effort on this work]___

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2015-02-01 19:08:52 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Photo of a lifetime...
1 year ago today.  Here's hoping for a repeat - #gohawks  

How I got the shot....  http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/02/super-bowl-edition-chase-jarvis-raw-video-bud-light-hotel/

Photo of a lifetime...
1 year ago today.  Here's hoping for a repeat - #gohawks  

How I got the shot....  http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/02/super-bowl-edition-chase-jarvis-raw-video-bud-light-hotel/___

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2015-01-30 15:57:06 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

THE 5-step guide for better street photography + snapshots

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/06/what-ive-learned-in-the-trenches-the-5-step-guide-to-better-street-snapshot-photography/

A couple years ago, you may recall, during a month-long artist-in-residency at the Ace Hotel in NYC I took the opportunity to celebrate the snapshot — quintessential street photography — and I called the exhibit Dasein: Invitation to Hang. ['Dasein' is a German word used by philosophers to refer to raw human experience or the fundamental mode of "being there." I found that when applied to photography, the snapshot was the ultimate photographic expression of us simply, authentically being in the world / caught on film. ] The exhibit featured an ever-changing wall of snapshots, both my own and selections chosen from nearly 15,000 submissions across the globe.

At thecor... more »

THE 5-step guide for better street photography + snapshots

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/06/what-ive-learned-in-the-trenches-the-5-step-guide-to-better-street-snapshot-photography/

A couple years ago, you may recall, during a month-long artist-in-residency at the Ace Hotel in NYC I took the opportunity to celebrate the snapshot — quintessential street photography — and I called the exhibit Dasein: Invitation to Hang. ['Dasein' is a German word used by philosophers to refer to raw human experience or the fundamental mode of "being there." I found that when applied to photography, the snapshot was the ultimate photographic expression of us simply, authentically being in the world / caught on film. ] The exhibit featured an ever-changing wall of snapshots, both my own and selections chosen from nearly 15,000 submissions across the globe.

At the core of the work what I found was my own sense of street photography – regardless of whether it was on the street, on a train, or backstage with the band. Point being that street photography – the art of the snapshot if you will – is about the moment. It’s about choosing to take the photograph. It’s about mood, and –quite often–it is about talking to strangers.

I was reflecting on that project this morning and wanted to share a bullet point list of things I learned that could be easily applied to anyone’s work.

1. The Law vs Respect. When it comes to street photography, there is the law, and then there is etiquette. The laws permit us to take pictures of anyone in a public space [for which thousands of paparazzi thank the gods every day], even taking pictures of private property from a public space is fair game. But let’s face it. Do you really want to be ‘that guy’? Etiquette is an entirely different matter. And note that while it’s ok to take the photo – USING or displaying the photo later is an entirely different manner protected by laws, permissions, likeness, etc. But that’s another post.

2. Discrete but not creepy. While some photographers live by the “If you see a good picture, you take it” rule. I do not because I’ve decided that my role in life is to evoke the messages and emotions and thoughts that I want to evoke – not to simply document. This isn’t for everyone, but here’s how it translates into my work… I am discrete but not creepy. I often connect with my subjects. Your style will vary. Aside from the rare times I shoot candidly, my general mode of being is two fold. I either (a) quietly and quickly snap the photo; or (b) I say “hey, can I take your picture?!” with the camera pressed to my face OR simply a wave to get someone’s attention with the camera snugged up to my face. I click the shutter when they look up.

3. It’s all about the aftermath. Nine times outta ten when using the above techniques, my snapshot subjects either don’t know I’ve shot a photo or don’t care. But here’s the critical point IMHO – if they do care, or even if they lock on to you, take proactive action. Introduce yourself and say thank you. It’s almost entirely about the interaction AFTER you shoot the photo. And this is where non experienced photographers blow it. Sure it takes vision to get the shot – no questions there. But in keeping the shot and keeping your integrity as an artist operating in a grey space…. It’s 10% being before 80% after…. People will either warm up or blow you off and it’s your job to read them. How do you get good at reading this? Experience. You will quickly be able to read if someone is aloof and doesn’t care that you’ve snapped their photo, or if you’ve ticked somebody off. Moreover, connecting with subjects after the fact is often an amazingly insightful part of the process. I’ve heard amazing stories, been inspired, been awakened, and felt more human after talking with unknown photo subjects on hundreds of occasions.

4. When things go south. Rarely, after engaging with someone in number 3 above, the unknowing subject will react negatively. In that case, cut your losses. I always prefer to be a good human than to be unpleasant. On just a handful of occasions in my entire career (I can think of 2 in this sitting…) has anyone asked me to delete a snapshot of them. In this case – despite it being my right to have ‘taken’ the photo (NOTE – ok to ‘take’ the photo in a public space but not ok to later USE or display the photo by law without proper permissions…), I have–during both those rare occasions–deleted it with a smile and a shrug as I showed it to them.

5. Some recommended don’ts… 
–I don’t photograph the homeless or downtrodden without their permission or even better only after a long conversation where it becomes clear that a photograph is on the up-and-up.
–I don’t photograph young kids in the street that I don’t know without first connecting (eyes, nod, hand wave, etc) with their parent or guardian. Just don’t do it. Otherwise, you’re creepy.
–Don’t try to use snapshots commercially. Ever. You will get caught and you will be breaking laws.
–Don’t take your gigantic camera on the streets. It will wreck your chances at getting good imagery. If a Dslr is all you have, take a small, short lens and that’s it. Even better, consider being discrete with a point and shoot – or my favorite – the new mirrorless camera platforms. There are lots of reviews and stories about those here on my blog. Feel free to search for them.

Above all, IMHO use common sense and common courtesy as your guide. Sure – get sneeky, get gangster, get ‘the shot’, but you can do it without being a nut job. Plenty of other photographers have done amazing projects in the streets that are in your face, against people’s will and without warrant. My suggestion? Leave that to somebody else and focus on the pictures that you want to make through respect and hard work. You’ll thank me later.

Enjoy.  Some great examples of my street photography here in this post....

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/06/what-ive-learned-in-the-trenches-the-5-step-guide-to-better-street-snapshot-photography/___

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2015-01-29 20:32:55 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

So there's this new drone!  I scored an early release.  And i unboxed it to share my thoughts.  Video here, more details on the bloggy blog ...

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/01/dji-global-inspire-1-drone-unboxing/

Short version for my G+ peeps:
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

bit more here
 http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/01/dji-global-inspire-1-drone-unboxing/

So there's this new drone!  I scored an early release.  And i unboxed it to share my thoughts.  Video here, more details on the bloggy blog ...

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/01/dji-global-inspire-1-drone-unboxing/

Short version for my G+ peeps:
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

bit more here
 http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2015/01/dji-global-inspire-1-drone-unboxing/___

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2015-01-19 18:28:20 (7 comments, 17 reshares, 261 +1s)Open 

Success requires dedication.  Train like no one is watching.

Success requires dedication.  Train like no one is watching.___

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2015-01-12 21:31:04 (5 comments, 21 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

FECK PERFUCTION !!

Creativity is not math. Perfection is a myth.
This is the video you need to be hearing right NOW. 

http://cr8.lv/1y56srK — designing with the legendary James Victore.
Free class on +CreativeLive today. I'm watching now, join me!

FECK PERFUCTION !!

Creativity is not math. Perfection is a myth.
This is the video you need to be hearing right NOW. 

http://cr8.lv/1y56srK — designing with the legendary James Victore.
Free class on +CreativeLive today. I'm watching now, join me!___

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2014-12-18 17:46:03 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 115 +1s)Open 

The Top 5 Lenses for Your Nikon Cameras (plus a link to Canon cameras too!)

I've used 100 of them... these are the tops.  Very hard to whittle them down to 5 - so I'm sure I left some off.  Tell me which ones ;)

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/02/top-5-lenses-for-your-nikon-camera/

The Top 5 Lenses for Your Nikon Cameras (plus a link to Canon cameras too!)

I've used 100 of them... these are the tops.  Very hard to whittle them down to 5 - so I'm sure I left some off.  Tell me which ones ;)

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2014/02/top-5-lenses-for-your-nikon-camera/___

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2014-12-15 16:09:01 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

12 Tips for Landing a Gig in Photo, Film or Video (HINT: it's not what you think...) 
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/03/12-tips-for-entering-the-commercial-photo-film-world-hint-its-not-what-you-think/

We get a ton of email inquiries every day from guys and gals looking to “work their way into the industry” or utilize skills learned while at school. Most inquire about being a photo assistant. And while that’s certainly an option to learn a ton on-set, it’s not the only path you can take to get your feet wet in the business of commercial photography and film. It’s not often discussed, but as valuable as a good photo assistant is to a photographer, a good production assistant can be just as clutch. And it’s a way to ease in the biz without the same level of knowledge as the photo assistant gig, because a production assistant is even more about the hustle.

SoI thought I’... more »

12 Tips for Landing a Gig in Photo, Film or Video (HINT: it's not what you think...) 
http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/03/12-tips-for-entering-the-commercial-photo-film-world-hint-its-not-what-you-think/

We get a ton of email inquiries every day from guys and gals looking to “work their way into the industry” or utilize skills learned while at school. Most inquire about being a photo assistant. And while that’s certainly an option to learn a ton on-set, it’s not the only path you can take to get your feet wet in the business of commercial photography and film. It’s not often discussed, but as valuable as a good photo assistant is to a photographer, a good production assistant can be just as clutch. And it’s a way to ease in the biz without the same level of knowledge as the photo assistant gig, because a production assistant is even more about the hustle.

So I thought I’d have a little fun here and describe to you the Best Production Assistant in the World. This is all hypothetical, but if you think these are all qualities you possess, please, feel free to give your local photographer hero (or heck, even me) a call..

YOU:
…are the 1st person on set
One of my favorite sayings in photography + film industries: If you’re early to the set (or location), you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. And if you’re late, you’re fired. You should be standing around waiting, long before you’re supposed to arrive. You might not get fired the first time you’re not early, but the point is, don’t be late. Ever. Ever. Ever. Trust me, the producer doesn’t care if traffic was bad, or if your dog threw up. Be on time (= early).

…know when to be quiet
We champion the concept that a good idea can come from anywhere, but there’s a time and a place. The best PA knows when to chime in to their peers (almost NEVER directly to the photographer or director with a “creative idea” unless they ask but ALWAYS as a matter of safety – “hey that light is about to fall!”). So you’ve primarily got to know to stay quiet and observe. Getting caught chatting with the crew and making a bunch of noise is a quick way to not get hired again. Don’t be a know it all, but offer solutions to your peer group on set if you have a great idea. Generally speaking, keep your nose down and the work ethic up.

…have a car
And a decent driving record. A big part of being a PA is running errands, which is hard to do efficiently if you’re always waiting for the bus. Public transport is acceptable in NYC, Paris, London, etc, but usually frowned upon in non major-metro areas.

…are able to lift 50 lbs… easily.
There’s a lot of schlepping that goes on. You need to have some decent bicep strength and a healthy back. Be in shape, don’t be a slacker. If you’re not tired after a day of work, you either a) didn’t work hard enough or b) got lucky with a slack job. If b), don’t count on getting too many of those and don’t build your mentality of how in shape you should or shouldn’t be around the b) scenario. Be at least moderately physically fit – it will pay off.

…have no ego
Being a PA is not glamorous. At all. You’ll be asked to do things like take out the trash + clean up spills, all with a smile on your face. But doing so with pleasure and expediently is sure to get noticed and respected. Seriously. And in fact, I’ll add to this category… maybe even the most important thing… Have an amazing attitude. Nobody likes a whiner, a nay-sayer, a negative Nancy. Be a yes-boss, with a smile and some skills. Be positive. Oh, and be polite too. It’s amazing how far that goes.

…have a strong work ethic 
You are working your tail off from the moment you walk on set, until you step out the door. The best PA is ready to work as hard and as long as it takes to get the job done. If any other PA or assistant is carrying stuff, cleaning, etc and you’re not, you’re not doing your job. Know when you need to steer clear of certain roles (Gaffer, Grip, etc) especially on union jobs – and know when to help. The more you’re around this stuff, the more you’ll understand the subtleties here.

…have a slight case of OCD 
Attention to detail is the name of the game in production. The best PA is super organized and on top of his or her stuff. Always. If you’re a flake or even moderately poorly organized, this will show up quickly. Respect gets doled out if you can take on a project and complete it without being micro managed. On the contrary, no one wants to have to tell you the best way to “get coffee”. So you have to be able to figure it out. Efficiently and effectively.

…anticipate what needs to be done
See that the recycle bin is full? You empty it before being asked. The coffee pot is empty? You brew another pot before another crew member goes to refill his or her cup. Find yourself with nothing to do? Start making the rounds and ask if anyone needs a water. Anticipation shows that you understand what the heck is going on. Which, in turn, is the fastest way to get respect, a raise, a promotion.

…think on your feet
We’re always dealing with real-time problems on-set that need real-time solutions. The best PA is able to go with the flow and help resolve the issues at hand in a timely manner.

…remain calm under pressure
In the immortal words of Jimmy Dugan, “there’s no crying in baseball.” Or on photography sets. Be clear headed. Like Fonzi.

…value presentation 
Sometimes there’s a designated Craft Services professional on set, and sometimes it falls on the PA to shop for and put out breakfast, lunch, snacks and bevies. The best PA has a keen eye for presentation, whether it’s food, a pile or cords, a stack of apple boxes, or whatever. Make stuff look nice. (You also hopefully have a sense of style, whether it’s food or design. Understand that setting down a can of Cheese Whiz and a pack of Saltines OR wearing your flip flops to a celebrity shoot is usually no bueno.)

…are resourceful
Perhaps the most useful and prized of all PA attributes, this one will help you out in any and/or all facets of the creative industry. You know who to call, where to go, how to make it happen, or you can figure it out without much oversight. Try to “know people” who can get shiz done – whether it’s a welder or a car wash, the owner of a photo store or the guy behind the rental counter. Make an effort to know people. And know how to do stuff. Lots of stuff. Sure you can make coffee, but can you properly coil cords and cables? Can you paint (as in walls)? Can you parallel park? Can you fix broken stuff? Can you MacGyver your a$$ off? The more stuff you know how to do, the better. BE RESOURCEFUL.

Of course having some experience is preferred in every line of work, but it’s not 100% required when starting out. There’s something to be said for possessing the innate ability to “figure it out.” If you’re eager to please and ready to work your booty off, starting as a PA might be a good entrée to the industry. You’ll certainly get to see the underbelly of the photography + film worlds, which is often a good thing if you’re wondering if this photography thing is a good line of work for you. Gotta see the sausage being made in the basement to know where all that industry flavor comes from…

Everybody’s gotta start somewhere.

More commentary here on the blog  http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2013/03/12-tips-for-entering-the-commercial-photo-film-world-hint-its-not-what-you-think/___

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