Photography Action Group | Arizona | Photo Clubs Across US

Last week I was introduced to a really great photography group in Arizona called “Photographers Adventure Club”, which through it’s new affiliated Smug Mug transfer groups totals about 10,000 members. (wow).

The PAC has weekly photography events, workshops, photography trips, speakers and is truly an awesome resource for photographers of all experience levels who live in Arizona and want to get out as well as meet other photographers. I went to one of their free events last week and was very impressed with how well organized it was. They have a cool trip to Antelope Canyon coming soon that I would definitely be interested in. I later met with a few of the organizers and am excited to become one of their sponsors.

Ill be honest I was also a little surprised I hadnt heard about them, but figured if I hadnt heard about them, many of you might be interested as well. If you are in Arizona, definitely take the time to check out their websites and activities:

Photographers Adventure Club – Arizona – Facebook Page
Photographers Adventure Club – Arizona – Main Page

When I am in Arizona and they are having an event, there may even be the chance to meet me at them, but Ill try to give you guys a little heads up on when and where those events will be.

In the mean time, I would definitely be interested in learning about and sponsoring more groups across the US. If you are aware of a good photography group in your area, please let me know in the comments below so I can learn more about them and share them on the blog!

Looking forward to getting my computer back tomorrow. I feel so useless without it!

The Principle of “Traction”

Im not sure “traction” is the best word for it, but I have recently observed a certain very interesting phenomena in my life that I believe is a true principle which can be intentionally exploited, for now I am calling it “Traction”. I’m sure its been around since the beginning of time, but I have alone really started to notice how powerful it is recently.

Essentially the concept is that a self contained force is useless to an individual until it comes in contact with another force, and when those 2 forces combine, there is synergy.

An example in physics would be a spinning wheel, which is useless until it comes in contact with another force, like the ground. Only when it is in contact with another surface can it propel an object forward, otherwise it is just spinning in circles.

More specifically, what I am seeing is that I have certain skill sets and talents that are essentially useless to me until another person comes along and inputs. My study of music is a good example, while I can read & play basic music, I feel very limited creativity wise until I meet up with my music instructor for a lesson. It isn’t so much that he teaches me something (which he does), it is that we are able to combine our ideas to come up with something that either of us would not have thought of otherwise.

This also isn’t one directional either, while my instructor knows tons more than me, he is also relatively a humble guy, and there are many times where he learns something from me, as limited as my knowledge of music is. We both really click during lessons and it is amazing to me this super creative burst only happens at lessons. I have also noticed this in other activities as well, 3D design, business planning, writing articles or books, & problem solving. On the other hand, I find that I can do some things very well alone, like video production, exercise, reading, etc where I know other people who can only do such things with someone else.

It also appears that there are very different results based on the personality type and knowledge of the person I am working with, often the more interesting results coming from people who are more different.

In a profession where many photographers tend to want to keep secrets to themselves, what I am learning is that the best way to grow is to find other photographers I admire and collaborate with them, even if I am not really sure what the collaboration will be. Once you discuss it, you will figure out pretty quick what it is. Interestingly, I have, can and expect to learn from photographers of all levels, including pure beginners.

Something that has helped me recently when I collaborate with the intention of finding “traction” is I ask the person what their biggest problems or hurdles are, to explain them in great detail (even taking notes) and then explaining what I would do in that situation. Almost always, that person then returns the same. I’ve been having some very positive experiences with this.

Its a really strange concept for me that I havent been able to put my finger on, but I know it is there and a very real thing.

Canon Rebel SL1 Training Tutorial Now on DVD!

Great News- My Canon Rebel SL1 Training Tutorial Video is now available on DVD, as well as a download:
Click Here for Michael’s Canon Rebel SL1 Training Tutorial DVD & Download Combo

As a side note, the Sky Cam Maven Adapters are sold out, but we should have a small run of them available in about 3-4 weeks. I’m in the process of getting some industrial strength (3-4 times stronger) factory produced adpaters made which will have a few more features added, but it is difficult to say when they will be ready.

Anyone who buys an adapter while we are sold out are put to the front of the line when the new adapters arrive, it essentially guarantees you will get one with the next batch.

I have some limited internet access in Idaho, but should have my laptop back and posting regularly on Wednesday. I have done a few shoots since it went down and want to get those pictures up.

The number 1 mistake of starting a new business?

Overestimation of the demand for your product/service and the actual market size.

My rule of thumb is if you calculate that you can thrive off a tenth to a half of a single percent of the number of customers available to you who might be interested in your services, you might have a chance, and that is probably overestimating.