Pro Spotlight – Aurora Lampson

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer |Aurora Lampson

This month we’re featuring professional photographer Aurora Lampson. Sometimes photography finds us. With Aurora photography found her and flourished as she documented the daily joy of being a new mother. Soon photography became her passion. It would be hard to find a day, yet a moment when her camera isn’t hanging from a strap on her shoulder ready to go. More and more she began to receive request for photo sessions and before she knew it she was working as a full time photographer. Sometimes photography finds us and never lets go.

 

Aurora Lampson |  Age: 37   |  California, USA

Facebook: facebook.com/LensDaisy

Instagram: instagram.com/lensdaisy

Webpage: lensdaisy.com

 

What type of professional photographer are you?

I primarily photograph children and families.  My passion is children though.  Kids change so quickly and being able to capture them as they are at this very moment goofy faces and all is pretty cool!  I also consider myself my family’s photo journalist.  The number of photos that I have of my daughter from about 1 year old to now (she is 6) is ridiculously large.

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Your Gear ­- What gear do you use regularly?

I shoot with my 5D MKIII and love, love, love my 85mm f/1.2.  This is my go to portrait lens and my favorite lens.  I also enjoy using my 35mm f/1.4.  I have nicknamed it my storyteller.  You can get up close and personal but also take a few steps back to capture the story you are trying to tell.  It is also fun to get shots of wee ones up close.  The distortion adds to the silliness of the photos at times.

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What would be your dream photography job?

Not really sure!  Something with kids for sure.  Perhaps some editorial work with wee ones.

 

Why did you become a professional photographer and when did you know you wanted to be one?

I started professionally in 2012. It sort of just happened.  I’m sure many photographers who are moms just wanted to take better photographs of their kids like I did.  Little did I know it would become this!

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Did you study photography?

I did!  I read the Canon 5D MkIII manual even before I purchased it.  I studied online and continue to grow my craft with online classes plus lots and lots of reading and experimenting.

Do you carry a camera with you daily when not working?

My camera is like my third arm.  Of course my camera on my phone is always with me but I prefer to use my DSLR.  I have no shame and will use my camera wherever I am!

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When you’re not shooting photos ­ you are?

A mom and a wife.  However since I always have my camera with me I’m never really not taking a photo.

 

If you couldn’t be a professional photographer you would be a?

Not sure, maybe a circus clown?  Honestly I was studying to be a marine biologist many years back.

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Have you ever dropped a lens? ­ Come on be honest!

Never (watch – now I will).

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If you could only have only one lens for a year what would it be?

Canon 50mm f/1.2

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Name a famous person living or dead whose photo you would wish you could take.

Ian Somerhalder.  He is incredibly easy on the eyes but I love his views on saving the earth and taking care of homeless animals.  I would love to have a visit with him and talk about those passions.  Maybe one day!  Hey Ian, have your people call me.

What’s the next piece of gear you’re going to get?

A new softbox or a Sony A7r.  Probably the cheaper of the two though.

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And finally what is the one thing you wish a professional photographer had told you before you became a professional photographer?

To never doubt your own art.  It comes from your heart and that is all that matters.

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Instagram Spotlight – Neal Kumar

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @nealkumar

Neal caught our attention right away which his magical slow shutter photos and the breathtaking way he plays with light in his hometown. Be sure to follow along on Neal’s Instagram feed to view his city in a whole new light.

Neal Kumar  |  Age: 29  |  @nealkumar  |  instagram.com/nealkumar

Chicago, Illinois

What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 6 Plus

CAMERAS: Canon 6D

ACCESSORIES: Moment Lenses (Tele & Wide), JOBY GorillaPod Hybrid, UltraFit Sling Strap, Anker external battery

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When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photos in 2006 when I was a college student studying abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Why did you start taking photos?

I bought a point and shoot camera before I started my college study abroad program in Spain. I knew it was a once in a lifetime experience so I wanted to capture everything I could during my short time there. I ended up taking a few thousand photos in 3 months and really liked how some of them came out.

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When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

I joined Instagram about 2 years ago when I realized I was using social media primarily just to see photos people shared, not status updates or links.

What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

This photo was taken in Rio de Janeiro last year. This photo contains a cityscape embedded in nature’s serene landscape, with the tram lines that give more depth to the photo.

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What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

Before Instagram I had only been using DSLR. However once Instagram came out, the iPhone camera had made huge jumps in quality, and editing apps were first developed – I found it mobile photography much more fascinating and challenging. Since then I’ve found myself using my iPhone more often to see how far I can push the limits of mobile photography.

Are there any photo apps you recommend?

To shoot I primarily use the native iPhone camera with HDR or Camera+ which allows shooting with uncompressed TIFF files. For night photography I use AvgNiteCam, and for light trails I use SlowShutterApp. I usually start editing by adjusting exposure, contrast, brightness, and levels with apps like snapseed or filterstorm. Then I may add a filter or adjust temperature/tint with VSCOcam. Lastly I use a low amount of filter in Picfx for a unique effect.

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Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?

I used to shoot for my college when I was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, however since I graduated I just shoot for fun now.

Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

No.

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What’s your day job?

I am a Dermatologist.

Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

Yes. Either my iPhone 6+ or Canon 6D.

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Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?

@cocu_liu is a fellow Chicago instagrammer who has a great eye for street and architecture photography.

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Any advice to those staring out?

Don’t let the cost of camera gear stop you from getting into photography, all you need is your phone and a couple bucks to download an editing app. Then just go out and take as many photos as you can, while following other photographers that inspire you, and the rest will come naturally.

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Pro Spotlight – Chris Higgins

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer |Chris Higgins

This month we’re featuring professional photographer Chris Higgins. You might remember Chris from our video “What Does It Take To Get The Shot – Caving” where Chris took us hundreds of feet below the surface and scared the @##@! out of us. Since we meet up with Chris a year ago he has been summiting peak after peak across the world. Follow Chris’s social sites and you’ll be in store for a view of places 99.9% of us never see.

 

Chris Higgins |  Age: 27   |  Tennessee, USA

Facebook: facebook.com/chrishigginsphotography

Instagram: instagram.com/chrishigginsphoto

Webpage: chrishigginsphoto.com

 

What type of professional photographer are you?

I consider myself an Adventure Photographer. I specialize in lighting and photographing remote and difficult locations. My camera leads me to climb up giant, ferocious mountains, and explore deep into the earth. I would say that my primary focus is caving, however, it was my first love.

Your Gear ­ What gear do you use regularly?

Nikon D750 and D7000
Nikon SB-700
YN-560s
Gorillapod Focus
Lowepro Hardside 300

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What would be your dream photography job?

Any job that pays me to do what I love (I think the obvious answer is Nat Geo but what photographer wouldn’t want to work for them?). The dream is to let my camera take me all over the world, while climbing as high and as low as I can get.

Why did you become a professional photographer and when did you know you wanted to be one?

I have always been interested in photography. When I was younger, it introduced me to incredible places that I could not travel to myself. I dreamed of one day being able to open other’s eyes to the places they could never imagine. This is why I really took a calling to cave photography. I began going to these places that words could not describe and many would never get to see in person. Over time I began to learn how to bring justice to these incredible places I was going so others too could be inspired.

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Did you study photography?

Photography started out as just a hobby, so I could show my friends and family why I spent every weekend with my face in the mud crawling underground. But, as I have gotten older I realized how passionate I was about it and how many places my camera could take me, so I decided to go back to school and continue my learning, I now have an associate’s degree in Photography.

Do you carry a camera with you daily when not working?

If you count a cell phone…Yes the camera goes everywhere with me. But I always lug my Nikon up every mountain and down every cave, just to be safe. I never know what I will see or find.

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When you’re not shooting photos ­ you are?

Editing photos…planning new photo trips…getting gear ready to go take photos.

If you couldn’t be a professional photographer you would be a?

An astronaut? I’d be good at that. Before photography paid the bills, though I was an EMT working on an ambulance so I guess I would still be doing that.

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Have you ever dropped a lens? ­ Come on be honest!

More times than I care to admit. One still sticks out in my mind, we hiked several miles to an overlook to watch the sunset. I was changing lenses and set my second lens in my lap. When I stood up I saw the lens take off down the side of the mountain. We missed sunset searching for the lens that rolled nearly 300’ down the mountain side…

If you could only have only one lens for a year what would it be?

Something wide maybe the Nikon 14-24mm.

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Name a famous person living or dead whose photo you would wish you could take.

Jimmy Chin. His work is second to none!

And finally what is the one thing you wish a professional photographer had told you before you became a professional photographer?

Don’t quit your day job.

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Instagram Spotlight – Mono Del Espacio

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @monodelespacio

Monodelespacio or “Mono del Espacio” in Spanish is translated into “Space Monkey”. Besides having one killer Instagram handle Monodelespacio is one of the most diverse Instgramers we’ve come across. His images expand over a variety of subject and are carefully crafted by the eye of a designer. Climb onboard with this Space Monkey and join the 87.7k and growing Instagram followers along for the ride.

Mono Del Espacio  |  Age: 32  |  @monodelespacio  |  instagram.com/monodelespacio

Guatemala City, Guatemala

 

What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 6 Plus

CAMERAS: Sony A7

ACCESSORIES: Lowepro Protactic 450AW, JOBY GripTight GorillaPod XL, GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X, Ultrafit Sling Strap, Action Suction Cup with Locking Arm

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When did you start taking photos?

I have taken photos all my life I just wasn’t serious about sharing them with anybody. In 2011  I begun my instagram journey, the rest is history.

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Why did you start taking photos?

I begun documenting architecture projects to keep track of the building process. I think this was the main reason I shared my work and begun paying attention of new points of view on everyday subjects.

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When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

I joined instagram on late 2010, but didnt use it until 2011.

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What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

This was a decisive point in my explorations. It was the first time I found something based on a vague memory from my childhood, to find this bridge was quite exciting.

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What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

This is a tough question. But on Instagram (until recently) just my iPhone. I’m using more and more of my mirrorless now though…

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Are there any photo apps you recommend?

VSCO. Afterlight. Blender.

 

Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?

I studied architecture. But right now have several photography commissions. So yes I am a professional photographer. I work with several brands taking lifestyle pictures as well as several look-books. I have been working lately on architectural photography.

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Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

No, I developed my craft taking pictures on my own. Practice makes perfect I guess.

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What’s your day job?

I am a Senior Designer at an architecture firm.

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Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

Sony A7

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Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?

@13thwitness

 

Any advice to those staring out?

Photography to me is more about being honest to who you are than to what you see. Pursue a distinctive voice in everything you do without compromise.

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Pro Spotlight – Dale Mears

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer |Dale Mears

This month we’re featuring professional photographer Dale Mears. If your into kayaking  you’ve probably seen one of Dale Mear’s photos or read one of his articles and reviews. Dale is a regular contributor in The Paddler UK magazine and has contributed works in N-photo and UK’s independent Nikon Magazine. It’s always great to work with someone you can count on to get the shot; but even more important is working with an overall positive and energetic person. Over the last two years Dale has become more than a JOBY advocate, he has become part of the JOBY family. He always delivers the shot (even with little notice) that make us smile and wish we’d taken that image.

 

Dale Mears  |  Age: 30   |  United Kingdom

Facebook: facebook.com/DaleMearsPhotography

Twitter: twitter.com/DMPhotogrpahy

Flickr: flickr.com/people/dalemears

 

What type of professional photographer are you?

Mostly white water kayaking and other action sports. I like to try a bit of everything though!

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Your Gear ­ What gear do you use regularly?

In my go to gear bag: Nikon D7000, 50mm f/1.8, 70-200mm, sb700 flash, 2 GorillaPod Focus with Ballhead X, Action Grip, Action Jib kit, Contour Roam 3 and Plus 2, Lowepro bags/cases and JOBY Action Suction cups are the essentials.

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What would be your dream photography job?

One traveling around the world earning lots of money! I’d like to see lots of places, maybe on luxury yachts in far off destinations!

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Why did you become a professional photographer and when did you know you wanted to be one?

Technically I earn a living teaching in the UK, but pick up photography work in my own time. I guess I knew I wanted to be a photographer around 8 years ago, I was on a trip kayaking in Norway with friends and was first introduced to a DSLR. I was amazed by the quality and images that it would take and decided I couldn’t miss out on all the photo opportunities I have had over the years. First thing I did when I returned was buy a DSLR and read as much as I could and practice all the time. The buzz has grown and I still can’t put down my camera.

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Did you study photography?

No I am self taught, but photography runs in the family. My granddad was a photographer and my dad always had a passion which he started again when I started photography. Most of my experience comes from working most weekends at the National White Water Sports centre and coaching from my boss at the time.

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Do you carry a camera with you daily when not working?

I always carry a camera. I’m scared if I leave it at home I will miss something!

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When you’re not shooting photos ­ you are?

Teaching Design and Technology at secondary school, spending time with my fiancé and friends. Kayaking (when its hot)

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If you couldn’t be a professional photographer you would be a?

I quite like the idea of digital marketing, I think I would enjoy working for a good brand, I have a real passion for promoting good gear.

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Have you ever dropped a lens? ­ Come on be honest!

During my time spent photographing at the UK’s National White Water sports centre I was stood taking photos of the white water rafts one day when I blacked out, I guess the night before had been a heavy night! I stepped forwards and went straight into the water, I remember it happening in slow motion, I tried to throw the camera onto the bank and it just dropped in. It was a Canon 7D with a L series 28­-300mm attached. They had to shut off the course at night and drain the water! But luckily my boss went in with a wet-suit and Snorkeling goggles to find it for insurance. Fortunately, that’s the only one that I’ve dropped. I always use a JOBY wrist strap or Pro Sling Strap to stop it happening again!

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If you could only have only one lens for a year what would it be?

I think it would have to be a 50mm f/1.8, It’s a good lens to carry around. It’s small, light, fast, easy to use and gets amazing shots.

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Name a famous person living or dead whose photo you would wish you could take.

Wow… this is a hard question, maybe the Queen, a proper royal photo shoot though, not just from a distance. As to be asked by the Queen would be an honor!

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The next piece of gear you’re going to buy is?

A Nikon 70­-200mm f/2.8 would be nice but I have a wedding this summer to pay for first!

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And finally what is the one thing you wish a professional photographer had told you before you became a professional photographer?

How addictive and expensive it can be!

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Instagram Spotlight – Heinrich Knoetze

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @instacptguy

Cape Town, South Africa has some interesting Instagrammers and @instacptguy is right up there with the best. Following along with him on Instagram you’ll find a guy who enjoys experimenting with his camera and capturing the beauty of the natural world.

Heinrich Knoetze  |  Age: 34  |  @instacptguy  |  instagram.com/instacptguy

Cape Town, South Africa

 

What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 5s

CAMERAS: Nikon D3200 with Sigma 18-200mm or 10-20mm lens.

ACTION CAM: GoPro Hero 3+

ACCESSORIES: JOBY GripTight GorillaPod, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, Gorillapod Action Tripod, GPod Mini Mag, Ultrafit Sling Strap, REI Headlamp, Flashlight, Remote Trigger.

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When did you start taking photos?

I have always enjoyed taking pictures, but when I got my iPhone in January 2014 my life changed. I downloaded Instagram and started Gramming.

 

Why did you start taking photos?

I enjoy it and as a designer it’s a way of expressing what I see.

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When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

I joined in November of 2012 when I got my iPad, but hardly posted anything until I got my iPhone in January 2014 and had more access to it more frequently.

 

What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

I have so many favorites, but there are three that stand out. Table Mountain, Cape Town City, and Cape Back Roads. (These are the things I love to see).

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What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

My Nikon DSLR.

 

Are there any photo apps you recommend?

No I edit most of my images on my phone and use Lightroom. The Instagram editing tool is awesome. As for the filters, I do not use filters.

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Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?

It’s a hobby but I can see myself moving into it professionally over the next few years.

 

Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

Yes I am currently attending a 9 week photography course.

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What’s your day job?

I’m a graphic designer.

 

Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

Yes I do, it hardly leaves my sight. One never knows when a great moment arises and you would like to capture that perfect moment.

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Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?

I admire Brendon Wainwright @brendon_wainwright for his creativity and dedication to taking the perfect landscape pictures.

 

Any advice to those staring out?

Do not give up before you have even tried. Practice makes perfect. Think about the end result before you take a picture.

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JOBY Labs | Steel Wool Photography

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JOBY Labs | Episode 1 | Steel Wool Photography

We are constantly inspired by our JOBY advocates on Instagram and after seeing some really amazing Steel Wool photos, like the ones below from @thebumonboard and @monodelespacio we decided to give it a go ourselves.

And so was born JOBY Labs. It’s a new video series where we tackle photography and video trends and explore the fun side of Photo & Video. Follow along as we learn, have fun, and get a bit crazy with our cameras.

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JOBY Labs | Episode 1 | Steel Wool Photography

In this episode we see what it takes to burn steel wool, check out camera settings, and then kick it up a notch. How often do you see a 2ft. ball of steel wool on fire, much less throw a bunch of sparks at a firefighter?! And that’s not even the half of what we experienced. Be sure to watch the video for this and so much more!

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Watch the full video on our YouTube page now!

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Pro Spotlight – Petr Jan Juračka

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer |Petr Jan Juračka

This month we’re featuring professional photographer Petr Jan Juračka. Petr is based near Prague and works as a scientist and photographer for Charles University. Over the last few years Petr has shared his images and love for JOBY products with us. Petr is a photographer that other photographers look up to. His work is awe inspiring and we’ve never received an image from Petr that didn’t have the whole office gathered around the screen to see it. Petr is also an avid GoPro and drone enthusiast. He was big into drones before they became the latest craze. When Petr post a YouTube video the footage looks on par with the promo videos GoPro produces. It’s safe to say we think Petr is an awesome photographer but even more so he’s become a great friend to several of the staff at JOBY.

 

Petr Jan Juračka  |  Age: 29, soon 30 ;­)  |  Prague, Czech Republic

Website: petr.juracka.eu

Google Plus: plus.google.com/+PetrJanJuračka

Twitter: twitter.com/PetrJanJuracka

500px: 500px.com/petrjanjuracka

 

What type of professional photographer are you?

I have to ask myself, as I am not sure, what type I might be. It is quite complicated, as I am 3 days a week considered to be a scientist (Ecology: Hydrobiology) at Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic). Rest of the week I work as a photographer on the same place ­ I take pictures of the scientists, scientific experiments, animals… Most often I am using very special gear including various both light and electron microscopes, or radio controlled drones. During the weekends and free days I am leading landscape photography workshops, as well special macro & microphotography lectures. However, a major part of my work is free, and consists of personal photography and video projects…

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Your Gear ­ What gear do you use regularly?

Yes, this is crucial for me. I cannot take an image of my gear, as these things are sputtered on multiple places over our country, and it is not possible to photo all these subjects in one room ­ some microscopes are too large ;­) So, maybe it is easiest to have a look in my bag, which is completely differently packed for every event ­ this is my favorite setup for a short walk with my daughter… ;­)

The most important parts of my gear are Nikon DSLRs (Nikon D610, Nikon D800, Nikon D300 and others), then lenses (the most favorite are 10.5/2.8, 14/2.8, 28/1.8, 50/1.8, 105/2.8, 180/2.8 and 300/2.8), tripods, camera slider, drones (FR1200, DJI F550), action cameras (GoPro 4), microscopes and tons of various accessories (external recording, grips, power supplies, cables, cards, bags etc.). Among those, Joby products are really the most favorite ones, as are quit handy and steady at the same time. I take into account to my photography gear also some climbing stuff, as this enables me to shoot from interesting perspectives. I love my work… ;­)

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What would be your dream photography job?

I would like to make a really beautiful and extensive gallery of the nature as seen from above ­ from the drone. It would consist of the landscape structure shots, taken on various places of our planet. Just to show, how different the places of our Earth are. But this is whole­life project with a need of some really liberal financing ;­)

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Why did you become a professional photographer and when did you know you wanted to be one?

Since my 11 I was trying to found, what is better: photography or the science? That is why I am still something between. I love photography and started as a pro in 2009. However, the scientific environment is somehow still around me.

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Did you study photography?

Yes and no. I have never attended any photography school or courses. But…, my father is a professional artist and used to take me to the nature quite often when I was young. It was a hard school of life, as he is really hairsplitter and the differences between his profession (graphics) and mine are substantial. However, I think this gave me a lot.

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Do you carry a camera with you daily when not working?

My gear weights about 70kg, so I have to choose very carefully what to give in the bag. When travelling to a job, I am used to have a pocket camera with me, my favorite Nikon Coolpix A. However, right now I am sitting in the train from my job and have any camera with me. So sad ;­)

 

When you’re not shooting photos ­ you are?

Probably editing shots, sleeping or typing my Ph.D. thesis ;­)

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If you couldn’t be a professional photographer you would be a?

Professional painter, but I would die of hunger soon, as I cannot paint.

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Have you ever dropped a lens? ­ Come on be honest!

So many! But all of them survived, even washing in the Caribbean, falling many meters in the Czech caves or dropping to the fine sand in Mongolia.

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If you could only have only one lens for a year what would it be?

WOOOOW, this is a hard question! Probably 28/1.8, as I love the perspective, it is possible to use for landscape as well as human portrait with very shallow depth of field.

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Name a famous person living or dead whose photo you would wish you could take.

This is easy ­ Michael Jackson. When young, I wanted to be his personal photographer! ;­)

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The next piece of gear you’re going to buy is?

Today I bought TASCAM external recorder, tomorrow we are going to build a new DIY thing. I am going to love it ­ RC cable­cam! Yes, as I am going to Egypt, where the drones are forbidden, I am trying to bring some alternative ;­)

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And finally what is the one thing you wish a professional photographer had told you before you became a professional photographer?

GO AHEAD!

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Instagram Spotlight – Omar Dean

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @thebumonboard

Omar “O M A R” describes himself as an artist/ athlete/ adrenaline junkie on Instagram. One look at his page and you’ll see that he’s a guy who lives everyday to the fullest and does it with a smile. If ever we’re having a ho-hum day at JOBY we take a peak at Omar’s page to bring our spirits back up. Omar Dean another JOBY Advocate we’re proud to be associated with!

Omar Dean  |  Age: 31  |  @thebumonboard  |  instagram.com/thebumonboard

 

What gear do you use?

MOBILE: iPhone 6

CAMERAS: Canon 60 D, Gopro Hero 4 Silver & Black

DRONES: DJI Phantom 2

ACCESSORIES: JOBY Action Gorillapod, Action Clamp & Locking Arm, GorillaPod Original, GorillaPod SLR-Zoom, Suction Cup & Locking Arm/ GorillaPod Arm, Action Grip, Action Adapter Kit, Hub Adapter, Jib Kit & Pole Pack, and Feiyu-tech G4 Gimbal Stabilizer.

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When did you start taking photos?

About 5-6 years ago

 

Why did you start taking photos?

Back when EVERYONE use have/carry a point and shoot camera, my friends and I would go to things like live events to a night on the town. My buddies brother & I would stand side by side of each other and take group photos of our friends throughout the night. I would come home and look at my shots, and would find a few (as in maybe a dozen) good ones. I would hop online to upload my photos (this was back in the myspace days) & would see that my buddies brother had taken similar shots as me, but they were 10 times better. This irritated me so I picked his brain on technique and did my own research on composition, lighting, and etc.   I kept on practicing, practicing, practicing till I finally started to see the progression I was looking for.

 

When did you join Instagram and why did you join?

I joined Instagram Spring 2012. I had just bought an Iphone 3 before a trip to Jackson Hole, WY. I wanted a different platform to showcase my photos where you could connect with other like minded individuals. Back then editing apps were not as sophisticated as they are now, so the filter choices Instgram provided at that time were legit!

 

What is your favorite image you’ve posted to Instagram and why?

It’s hard to narrow it down to one, as I shoot various styles of photos but at this present moment I would have to say its one of my more recent pictures from Beaver Creek Colorado.

[ Perspective ] – I love when people can create an image that not only looks good, but captures the moment in a way that makes you feel like you were there, wish you were there, or makes you never want to be there ( the adrenaline side of me!)

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What do you use the most, DSLR or Smartphone?

Smartphone

 

Are there any photo apps you recommend?

Get your feet wet with Snap Seed, especially because it’s FREE! Then Step your game up with VSCO CAM

 

Are you a professional photographer or hobbyist?

PRO- Hobbyist

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If you’re a professional photographer tell us a little about it. Brief 2-4 sentences.

Through figuring out what I really enjoy shooting and what I can actually do a great job at shooting; I have come to figure out through the years that action sports and music festivals are my favorite style to shoot, and that’s currently what I do.

 

Do you attend or have you attended photography workshops, classes etc?

YES! Knowledge is power. Photo stores and things like Groupon offer great affordable options for some one trying to get their learn on!

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What’s your day job?

Sheet Metal Worker by Day, Marketing, research and development by night!

 

Do you carry a camera daily? Which one?

iPhone & Gopro

 

Which fellow instagrammer do you admire the most?

@mattfrench

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Any advice to those staring out?

Have a vision to design, create, & capture a story you not only think, but feel is worthy of sharing with the world. As you do these things, help out as many people along the way as possible.

People come and go, NEVER give up on your PASSION!!!

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Pro Spotlight – John Rathwell

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JOBY Pro Spotlight | 13 Questions for a Pro Photographer | John Rathwell

This month we’re featuring John Rathwell an action adventure photographer from Ontario. John consistently produces some amazing images. We’re fans of his work here at JOBY but also have grown to love the positive attitude John has. He’s a top level photographer who humbly calls himself a “pro button pusher”. At JOBY we’re proud to have John as an Advocate.

 

John Rathwell  |  Age: 27  |  Ottawa Ontario

Website: JohnRathwell.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JohnRathwell (John Rathwell Photography)

Instagram: www.instagram.com/JohnRathwell (@JohnRathwell)

Twitter: www.twitter.com/JohnRathwell (@JohnRathwell)

 

What type of professional photographer are you?

I like to consider myself as more of a professional button pusher than photographer, but to answer your question, I shoot action and adventure sports for commercial and editorial use.

 

Your Gear – What do you use regularly?

I use a variety of gear depending on the shoot but my go to is; Canon 5D mk III, Canon 8-15mm, 16-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm. Lately I have also been using primes like the 50mm and 135mm a lot more. In terms of accessories I typically carry LumoPro Flashes, Pocket Wizard Plus III’s, GorillaPod Focus and ND filters. I love ND filters!

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What would be your dream photography job?

Any job that keeps me traveling to beautiful places and working with amazing people and athletes. It doesn’t get much better than that! My bags are already packed…where in the World should we go?

 

Why did you become a professional photographer and when did you know you wanted to be one?

To be honest, I became a professional photographer by accident. I was kayaking full time when a chronic shoulder injury put me on the sidelines. I found myself in a situation where I was sitting on the banks of some of the greatest rivers in the world with the top paddlers in front of me. I had the thought “Gee…someone should take photos of this” and it all began. From that time on (about 2009) I have slowly grown and expanded my photography business to a place it sustains a living for me. I don’t believe I ever woke up one morning and said “today is the day I am going to be a professional photographer”. It just kind of happened…and I hope it keeps happening!

 

Did you study photography?

I did not go through a traditional college photography course. That being said, I did put my time in reading books, watching tutorials and learning off of local photographers that inspired me. I also spent a lot of time just shooting, editing and learning by trial and error.  Side note: The book the stands out the most to me, in terms of teaching crux skills for my career is Syl Arena’s Speedliters Handbook (I still have it…and if you want to learn to light you should get it to).

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Do you carry a camera with you daily when not working?

Don’t we all these days (holds up phone)? I pretty much always have my iPhone on me, which for most situations on the fly, can capture the shot I am after…even if I have to work it a little more (but thats all part of the fun). I recently started carrying the Canon G1 X mk II around with me in certain situations, which has has been fun. I have been known to through a GoPro in my pocket as well when going on adventures with friends as a quick and easy way to shoot photos.

 

When you’re not shooting photos – you are?

Any of my friends can tell you, that at any moment I can be torn off the path we are headed down to start working any sort of photo that I think might have potential. Kind of like a dog and squirrel situations you could say. When we are on road trips, everyone knows if I am in the car it is going to take longer than average! Actually, I try to drive as much as possible so I can choose to pull over, as my friends have started ignoring me when I ask if we can stop for a photo.

 

If you couldn’t be a professional photographer you would be a?

Good question. I would be doing something else that I love and that makes me happy. My theory has never been to do a specific job because it pays well. It has always been to simply just be happy. So whatever it is, I can bet it will be doing something outside.

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Have you ever dropped a lens? – Come on be honest!

A lens? As in just one? I wish I had a short answer for this question…but unfortunately I have dropped a lot of gear. To keep it down to my 2 scariest stories, last fall I was shooting sea kayaking on the rugged shores of northern Nova Scotia. I had climbed high onto a rocky shore line and   went to grab my camera to start shooting when the body came of the lens. The body dropped and tumbled off the edge of the rock and feel about 20 feet. After that it continued to tumble down the sloped rock towards the sea about another 40 feet. It stopped right before it hit the water. Luckily the camera still works great. I also had my entire bag fall off a rock and end up in the river once. I had to jump in in my clothes to fetch it out of the cold spring water. I ended up loosing one flash which is pretty lucky considering that my entire kit was in the bag at the time. When it comes down to it, gear is a tool to get the job done. I do my best to protect and take care of it, but in the end its about getting the shot, not making sure my gear stays in mint condition for ever.

 

If you could only have only one lens for a year what would it be?

My 24-70 is my workhorse, go to lens and has been for awhile. I think that catches a lot of people off guard, as sports photographers always go to their trusty old 70-200. I prefer showing more of the environment the athlete is in and is trying to conquer, which is why I prefer the wider lenses.

 

Name a famous person living or dead whose photo you would wish you could take.

There are several amazing action sports athletes on my list, past and present that I would love to work with, but I am actually going to say my father, who passed away last summer. As a photographer, it is sometimes hard to make the time to create a really good portrait of someone in your family, but it is something that is very much worth doing.

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The next piece of gear you’re going to buy is?

I have been eyeing up the 24mm tilt shift lens or the new Canon 100-400mm. I try not to focus on all the fancy stuff to much though. I find to be at your creative peak you need to have a few restrictions, which is why I think I have been loving the use of primes lately.

 

And finally what is the one thing you wish a professional photographer had told you before you became a professional photographer?

I feel like for myself, I misunderstand the need to always be learning. When I started getting into it I tried to learn all these techniques and thought “once I know all these things, every photo will be amazing”, but the fact is you always need to learn and push yourself. Photography gets boring if you keep making the same photos and using the same techniques. I have discovered that my “personal photography” has become experimental in terms of trying to do something new or different then mastering it. Once I master it, I bring that technique to my professional work.

 

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