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09.18.18         instagram  

I need some help picking a title...?


Hey guys & gals - i need some help picking a title for my new project: an international course in photography.
For many years I’ve been asked for photography courses in so many different languages and I was always disappointed to say they were only in English.
I initially looked at translation services & quickly realized that it was too expensive and tedious to be practical. Then I got the crazy idea.... “what if there were no languages used...at all? No languages...no translation needed! I had many, many doubts about wether or not this was even possible, and then I learned that western-Arabic numbers are used almost universally, with the exception of a few countries. It felt like an awesome challenge, that would really push me creatively as an instructor. I’m proud to say the first draft will launch in the next week or two.

I need help with the title though: originally I thought I would call it “Universal Digital Photography” but that felt too general, and I’m considering “Universal Photography Concepts”- Which one do you think is better? Any other suggestions?

I’ll be looking for several testers if you are interested, let me know in the comments and I’ll reach out to you (free of course). Thanks in advance!

09.18.18         instagram  

I heard this was something Bear Bryant read each...


I heard this was something Bear Bryant read each morning after waking up and it has really resonated with me. Each and every single day we have on this earth is a blessing and not to be squandered. Make each one count. Our time is finite. There is so much noise out there. Find the things that matter and pursue them with reckless abandon. Disregard everything unworthy of your time and energy. Find & embrace those who make you a better person (not necessarily those who make u feel good), for as The Bear also said “I ain’t never been nothing but a winner” and that mindset is something special. Now go out an carpe some diem!

09.16.18         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

#59 The Hermit Crab



09.16.18         instagram  

Thank you @tonynorthrup for the sweet picture! I...


Thank you @tonynorthrup for the sweet picture! I don’t have many action photos of me, let alone one shooting like this! I had so much fun with the Northrup’s when they visited They are so genuine and kind. Find them on YouTube if you haven’t already, they have the best photography channel in the : Tony & Chelsea Northrup @chelsea_northrup ——————————————The legend @michaelthemaven doing what he's famous for at 10,000 feet. Thanks again for showing us around! #iphoneography #iphonex #stunnersoninsta #photographer #sunset #maui #abovetheclouds #travelblogger #sonyalpha

09.15.18         photography  

5 Things better than a new Camera - Tony & Chelsea Northrup


In this video Tony & Chelsea will tell you how I am so much better than Canon around the 7:48 mark. :)



All kidding aside, we weren't really working, we were just hanging out and shooting. It was the most fun Ive had here in a while! I wish their viewers could see & know Tony and Chelsea the way I do because I think a lot of them misunderstand who they are based on misinterpretations of camera gear reviewers or comments. They are both great quality friends whom I deeply enjoy spending time with, and I think most people would like them as well if they got to know them.

09.14.18         movie reviews  

The Predator


Im a long time fan of the originals, and while some of them haven't been the best, I was pleasantly happy with this one! Lots of fun for what it is, terrible acting, terrible dialog, terrible characters, but still enjoyable. So many huge gaping plot holes and unexplained changes in motivations, but yeah- I thought it was great as long as you can accept it feels written by two completely different people, one for the first half a seasoned veteran in the predator series, then one for the ending, probably a teenager who was drunk and they teamed up for the middle part. LOL.

If you like Predator movies, you will likely enjoy it in theaters.

09.11.18         photography  

Northern Lights Tutorial By John Weatherby


My buddy John Weatherby recently started a Youtube channel on some of his techniques. You can also find him on instagram under the tag @whereisweatherby - He is one of my favorite landscape photographers and the tips he shares here are gold. Enjoy!


09.10.18         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

#58 What is COREFIT? | Richie Venancio, CEO Proven Nutrition – Part 2



09.09.18         movie reviews  

Operation Finale


It is incredible that it is based on a true story. I love these history type movies as long as they are accurate and don't make stuff up that distorts what really happened. As entertainment, it fell short of Argo, and in many ways felt like Argo (the airport scene). Really amazing acting performances.

Its a rental.

09.06.18         instagram  

Im so thankful to live on this beautiful island. I...


Im so thankful to live on this beautiful island. I know I’ve been MIA for a while, All efforts focused on finishing up my latest photography project. One of the craziest productions I’ve ever attempted- Everything or nothing! @chelsea_northrup #luckywelivehawaii #maui #sunset

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