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JOBY #SchoolPridePOV Spotlight featuring Trevor Mahlmann

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This month we’re featuring our #SchoolPridePOV Ambassador, Trevor Mahlmann. Trevor creates wondrous long exposure shots of the stars and beyond when he’s not in class at Purdue. Listen to what he has to say about his gear and check out his channels for more!

https://www.instagram.com/tmahlmann/

https://twitter.com/TrevorMahlmann

https://www.facebook.com/TrevorMahlmann

http://www.tmahlmann.com/

Don’t forget to get your entries into our #SchoolPridePOV Sweepstakes, for a chance to win $1,500 worth of camera gear! Details here: http://joby.com/schoolpridepov

What’s your favorite JOBY gear and why?

My GorillaPod Focus w/ BallHead X is my favorite because I use it the most.  It is a very sturdy and easy way to set up a shot quickly without getting out a bulky tripod, allowing you to get in lower situations you couldn’t reach without it.

What gear do you use?

I use a Canon 7D MKII, Canon Rebel T5i, GoPro Hero 4 Black, and a DJI Phantom 4 as my primary capture devices!

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

My favorite image has to be the one below because of the craziness of it all. I still wonder to this day what made me think of that when I sat down on my flight.

What drives you to create?

Sharing awesome scenes I can be a part of with anyone and everyone I can so they can enjoy it too!

What’s the next piece of gear on your wish list?

5D Mk IV, definitely a full-frame body.

What’s your life outside of photography?

Student at Purdue, busy engineering student! During my summertime, I chase the photography projects I dream up during the school year.

What’s your dream job?

Astronaut. Flying in space, maybe step foot on Mars one day.

Any advice to those starting out?

Shoot everything, find what you like to shoot and hone in on it, perfecting your skills. Share those beautiful scenes with as many people as possible!

Instagram Spotlight – Hugh Roberts

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @boomeister_ru

This month we’re featuring Hugh Roberts. Hugh originally caught our attention with his mystical slow shutter images, and we became captivated by how he saw his hometown – Cape Town, South Africa. Check out Hugh’s feed and get ready for some jawdropping images that will inspire you to get out and explore!

Hugh Roberts  |  Age: 36  |  @boomeister_ru  |  instagram.com/boomeister_ru

Cape Town, South Africa

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Instagram Spotlight – Nikita Ducarroz

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JOBY Instagram Spotlight | featuring @nikitabmxgirl

This month we’re featuring Nikita Ducarroz. We all follow people who just make us laugh, entertain us, or whom we just admire. Nikita is one of those people whom doesn’t take herself seriously even though she’s seriously talented. As one of the only females in the world who can backflip a BMX bike her Instagram feed is full of action, spills, and a behind the scenes look at the making of a pro at the start of her career. Follow @nikitabmxgirl today and add some excitement and silliness to your day.

Nikita Ducarroz  |  Age: 19  |  @nikitabmxgirl  |  instagram.com/nikitabmxgirl

Northern California

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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

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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

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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 you’re 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 to 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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dmphotography_uk/

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 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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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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