Australia Bound

It appears as if my dream of going to Australia might come to fruition. At least one version of one version of the dream might come to fruition. Years ago I came close to venturing down under but the trip was thwarted at the last minute. This time we are all systems go.
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This isn’t a vacation. Far from it. In fact, by my estimation we, meaning myself and the other Blurb crew members, will do something like twenty or twenty-one events in about a fifteen-day time period. If this sounds crazy it actually is, so the description “crazy” is accurate. I know this because a few short months ago we embarked on a similar venture which took us to four cities in less than two weeks with five events in each city. At one point in the ordeal I did ten hours of presentations in one day. That IS a bit much, but like anyone who has been training for a while, you get used to it. And, I think being in front of people, showing them examples of what you can do with the tools of the Blurb platform, is the best thing I do for the company.
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Many people know the Blurb name, many have used the system, but few have fully explored the potential of the platform and the range of possibilities. This is where I come in. There is nothing better for me than to hear a seasoned photographer say “Man, I would have never thought of that,” after I offer advice, direction or suggestions. We are all products of learned behavior, whether that means learned in the direction of our friends, family, beliefs, or in the direction of being photographers. I know I was, and I suffered under the system before I realized the system didn’t feel right and I needed to invent my own.
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Over the past few weeks I’ve been creating a new presentation called “The Tools of Modern Storytelling,” which is a look at one project and the multiple lives that project lives via the multitude of modern formats at my fingertips. Book, magazine, short-film, PDF, Rich-Media, as well as the channels in which these formats take flight. The traditional channels of information exchange are changing, and in many cases, limping along(Which I think is just normal change). If you are professional, have training, create unique work and have the trust of those following your work, then why do you need those traditional gatekeepers of information? There are reasons why you need them, or would want to work with them, but you need to determine your plan first and we are no longer limited by the system.
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At the end of this trip I’m hoping to drop everything, except my camera, and head out into the bush for as long as I can get away with. I can’t go to Australia and NOT photograph something, someone, anything, anywhere. The images here are a few from my new presentation, just random things that all fit together in my twisted little mind. I know the image of my bag and contents will cause heart palpitations amongst some people, but just know within arms reach of my laptop are several different cameras, all of which I use for specific reasons, but this post is about Australia, storytelling and the potential of the unknown not what is in my bag.
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What is so interesting for me on a trip like this is the fact I get to branch outside of photography and work with designers, bloggers, students and also get to connect with the festival world. I think there are no less than THREE major festivals going on in Australia at this time, Head On, Reportage and Analogue/Digital. I’ve already begun getting emails from photographers from all over the world saying, “Hey, I’m going to be there too.”
I have much, much, much to do before embarking on this little voyage. Several of the presentations I need to do are more about my photography than my job, which is new for me. I don’t normally lecture, talk, speak about my photography, so I need to invent new and interesting presentations that are outside of what people are expecting. I’m always amazed at how much work these are and how much time they actually take to produce.
I have a sinking suspicion I will be in Australia JUST long enough to wet my appetite for more, more, more. Hey, I’ll take what I can get. My goal, at some point in the distance future, is to ride my bike across Australia. This is, of course, after I have ridden it across the United States and from Alaska to Patagonia. The odds of this actually happening are SLIM but a guy can dream.

If you know people in Australia who would be interested in these events please alert them via the links below. The great thing about our plan is that regardless of your skill level there is something, potentially multiple things, that are suited to your needs.

Melbourne
Photo Safari – http://melsafari.eventbrite.com
Blurb-Meet-up – http://melblurb.eventbrite.com
Tools of Modern Storytelling – http://meldesign.eventbrite.com
Pro Photo Books workshop – http://melpro.eventbrite.com

Brisbane
Photo Safari – http://brisafari.eventbrite.com
Blurb-Meet-up – http://briblurb.eventbrite.com
Tools of Modern Storytelling – http://bridesign.eventbrite.com
Pro Photo Books workshop – http://bripro.eventbrite.com

Sydney
Photo Safari – http://sydsafari.eventbrite.com
Blurb-Meet-up – http://sydblurb.eventbrite.com
Tools of Modern Storytelling – http://syddesign.eventbrite.com
Pro Photo Books workshop – http://sydpro.eventbrite.com

And in case you need a little description….here you go.

Photo Safari: Urban and mobile photography enthusiasts and bloggers will be led by professional photographers on a free, three-hour photographic exploration of each city’s visual beauty.

Tools of Modern Storytelling: Professional designers and creatives are invited to breakfast to learn new ways in which creative minds and businesses are leveraging tools and technology to tell stories in both print and digital formats.

Pro Photo Books Workshop: Suitable for aspiring and professional photographers, Blurb’s most popular three-hour workshop provides a complete picture of the book-making process within the context of a quickly changing photography and publishing industry.

Blurb Meet-up: All interested book-makers and photography book-lovers are invited to check out an array of beautiful Blurb books and share a drink with the Blurb team and other like-minded DIY creatives.

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Jerry Courvoisier: Learn Lightroom (Enhanced Ebook)

If you are ANYTHING like me you need all the help you can get when it comes to software. I’m helpless but I’m hoping you aren’t. My old Santa Fe pal Jerry Courvoisier is at it again, but this time with an affordable, rich-media ebook about the guts of the Lightroom ecosystem. I’ve taken Jerry’s class twice, a two-day beast that covers a front to back, start to finish, look at how to REALLY use this program as your primary digital asset workflow. If I can survive this class it tells you how good it is.

Learn Lightroom Book 1 (enhanced ebook)
Organizing Your Photographic Life
by Jerry Courvoiser

ebook, (iBooks for iPad and iPhone format)
Introductory Offer for a limited time only $1.99

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/327911-learn-lightroom-book-1

Learn Lightroom Book 1 provides a new perspective on grasping the essential elements of this application. Jerry focuses on developing the user’s confidence to engage with the program in a way that produces an effective and efficient workflow quickly. Learn Lightroom will assist you in enjoying the photography process that fits with your approach to photography. The book includes 73 pages of reference materials, resource web links and 14 “How To” videos that will have you working in Lightroom’s Library without a glitch. Ease into the process of using Learning Lightroom with this thought. Photoshop CS6’s learning curve on the scale of 1 to 10 would be a 10 vs. Lightroom’s 4. Lightroom is like learning to ride a bicycle as opposed to learning to fly a jet airliner.

Jerry Courvoisier

Jerry has guided hundreds of amateurs, celebrated pros, and leading corporations into the digital age. He is one of the world’s leading experts on digital imaging technologies and Lightroom 4.0 for digital photographers. His skills go beyond digital imagery to photography, imaging application instruction, and image asset management. As a technology writer, and self-avowed digital gadget addict, Jerry’s writing has appeared in the pages of Professional Photographer, Shutterbug, and Rangefinder Magazines. Author : Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop from Peach Pit Press

“Jerry Courvoisier is, plain and simple, one of the best teachers of digital photography workflow and image management working today. He demystifies the digital world for both the beginner and the advanced user. For anyone shooting digital pictures, his book simply has to be on your shelf.”
– Joe McNally, photographer