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Posted by ScottJarvie at November 13, 2013

Category: Uncategorized



I haven’t liked the URL location of my old blog for about 6 years now
But it was popular so I kept using the URL


But I’ve moved all these posts to the NEW LOCATION
nd I won’t be logging into this to post or check comments… since you can easily make the same comments on the new blog.
But it was time to pull the trigger… specially since Google Reader died, and since I’m doing this year long project. And I had some amazing technical help from Dave Veffer

I’m also re-branding most of my JarvieDigital stuff (Youtube, FB and BLOG) to be all around this concept of “A Photographer’s Life”

The stories, reviews, travels and resulting pictures of life as a photographer.
Basically it gives me a huge range of what I can talk about.

Of course the VLOGS and lots of random pictures from Faith In America Project
REVIEWS – Yep I have plans to review EVERYTHING i have on the road with me.

Anything else you’d like to see?

{RSS – Blog Subscriptions???}
K I’ve been out of it… this may be a silly question …. Does anyone subscribe to blogs anymore? What’s the technology for that these days?

Posted by ScottJarvie at March 5, 2013

Category: Uncategorized

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200 Beginner tips for Quadcopters and the DJI Phantom

If you’re interested in this hobby let me save you a bunch of hours and catch you up to what I’ve learned in the last week.

Spend 30 minutes learning what took me 10-20hrs
From beginner to beginner you’re welcome.
This should help “get you off the ground” … get it?

I’m gonna start a photographer-centric group with  and a few others who got the phantom, to discuss ideas and upgrades and answer questions. Who else is out there flying?


PART 2 of the 2 part video


  1. It’s more expensive than you think
  2. It takes more time to learn than you think
  3. It’s addictive
  4. It attracts a lot of attention from onlookers
  5. Most multi rotors – quadcopters are diy builds
  6. DIY – is do it yourself
  7. DJI Phantom is one of the only mass produced pre-built ones
  8. Therefore I’m telling you what I learned about DJI
  9. But first LEARNING: MQX is a great small one to start with
  10. MQX is pretty tough and made to take crashes
  11. Learn with the MQX as it’s tougher
  12. MQX costs a lot less
  13. Even batteries are only about $10
  14. You can easily fly the MQX inside
  15. Even if you’re just considering the phantom or bigger just get the MQX right now to try it out
  16. You don’t really need a flight simulator if you’re gonna practice with the MQX
  17. but a flight simulator wouldn’t hurt and may facilitate your interest in other RC flying things.
  18. TERMINOLOGY: Helicopter is traditional,
  19. Quadcopter is 4 rotors
  20. Octocopter is 8 rotors and so on
  21. Thus they often call them Multirotors
  22. They call them props- propellers
  23. Or UAV – unmanned aerial vehicles
  24. Or even drones
  25. Let’s call them by their more toy names so we’re not confused with killing machines
  26. Kits and DIY are popular terms
  27. FPV is first person view
  28. TX is the transmitter
  29. they rate the transmitting devices
  30. usually smaller number goes farther
  31. phantom has been known to go maybe up to 1000meters
  32. MORE TERMINOLOGY : GPS you know
  33. ATTI – is attitude
  34. CL HL are more common on Phantom Home lock and course lock… flying methods
  35. That’s called IOC – intelligent orientation control
  36. DJI made the best how to videos on youtube for most of this stuff
  37. the phantom doesn’t come with a paper manual
  38. there is one online somewhere
  39. most people learn stuff via youtube or forums
  40. GIMBAL is what keeps a filming device level
  41. There’s so many opinions about gimbals
  42. Gimbals use servos which are motors.
  43. They are rated in torque and speed of response
  44. They are controlled by the phantom itself
  45. The phantom knows if it’s level, acceleromitor etc
  46. NAZA is the brain of the system that controls pretty much everything in the phantom
  47. There are other brains out there including open source type stuff for DIY enthusiasts
  48. They aren’t mainstream once they get larger
  49. Small toy ones and pre-fabricated ones are at bigger stores and amazon
  50. but kit ones are usually at specialty stores
  51. There are a ton of RC stores … more than you think
  52. They often hook you up on shipping Which is good because they’re not on amazon prime
  53. There’s a huge community of hobbiests in Europe so they tend to recomend stuff out there
  54. You may end up joining your first ever forum just because of the DIY Upgrade nature
  55. Yes there are lots of upgrade options
  56. Upgrade propellers
  57. Buy lots of batteries
  58. in fact I bought 4 extra fantom batteries
  59. They cost 30-40$ usually
  60. Specs on those batteries are 11.1v and 3s LIPo 2200mah
  61. 3s means 3 cells – s stands for cells apparently
  62. LIPo is lithium pollymer and they pack more of a punch for the size and weight
  63. They are more prone to fire I hear
  64. They say not to leave them charging unattended and be careful they don’t start to bulge or look damaged.
  65. They have fireproof bags you should charge them in
  66. Explosion is not common it’s just a precaution
  67. 2200mah is how long they’ll last.
  68. More mah means heavier
  69. Mah means more flight time
  70. Heavier means less flight time
  71. Can’t just get whatever you want for phantom because it’s the opening for the battery is specific
  72. They connect with chords and connectors
  73. the phantom connector is xt60
  74. ec3 is another popular conenction
  75. You can indeed rewire the connections
  76. You may end up buying solder iron and electric tape
  77. solder iron is spelled solder
  78. If you change the connector on the phantom you’ll need to change it on battery charger
  79. I’m told the phantom charger isn’t that great.
  80. But this is from people that super geek out about this stuff
  81. Most of what you learn online does not seem to have consensus but it’s like the people that comment on youtube… everyone has an opinion
  82. Some of the people seem lots of fun
  83. some seem like crotchety older men that have strong opinions about everything
  84. However they’re a nice community and there’s not much animosity
  85. SAFETY – There are lots of opinions on safety
  86. These aren’t more killer than a car… but they are dangerous
  87. Specially since they’re harder to use than a car
  88. Be careful around people… in fact when in doubt don’t fly them around people
  89. gov managed Parks don’t want them there so don’t get caught with them there and ruin it for us
  90. Don’t look into going into business with these things.
  91. Yes many aspects like everything in this world is illegal
  92. every country has different laws
  93. some countries require insurance
  94. some countries require licence
  95. united states at the very least stay under 400ft and away from airports
  96. there is rare possibility of fire from batteries
  97. RISK – You will probably loose your phantom one day as long as you keep using it
  98. Write your name on it maybe
  99. RTH – means return to home.
  100. Yes it’ll fly back to the place it had gps lock
  101. meaning wait to fly your phantom until it gets a lock
  102. this doesn’t help much if you fly in the more fun ATTI mode
  103. Don’t bank on RTH
  104. Stop flying as soon as battery is low
  105. it should lower itself if battery gets too low
  106. don’t bank on it
  107. Don’t be over water when this happens
  108. phantoms don’t float… they sink
  109. It may have transmitter problems and fly away
  110. don’t use gopro in wifi and carbon fiber causes some problems (not sure about these things)
  111. Cold causes the brain to not work super well
  112. cold causes the batteries to not work as well
  113. You can get about 8-10 minutes but it depends on the cold and weight
  114. MQX is the same 500mah compared to 2000mah
  115. Count your minutes yourself because battery indicator may fail
  116. There is soooo much stuff on youtube
  117. I spent dozens of hours watching
  118. Everyone is trying to find a solution for best video
  119. VIDEO PROBLEM: The camera shakes because the phantom does
  120. When you bank or turn or go up or down the film is uneven
  121. The frequency of the vibration causes jello effect on gopro
  122. There are suspension mounts
  123. Using moon gel to absorb vibration
  124. Lower shutter on gopro to have a more smooth video
  125. This can lead to grainy higher ISOs
  126. You can put a ND filter on the camera
  127. and uneven is fixed by a gimbal
  128. from gopro or adapter to use regular camera type small filters
  129. Different Props for more sturdy flying
  130. but they don’t have as much give and can break more
  131. buy extra props
  132. consider graupner – 8×5
  133. You really really need to balance your props
  134. balanced props mean both sides weight the same
  135. it’s silly they don’t already come this way but they’re cheap i guess
  136. a prop balancer is 20-30$
  137. be ready to drill them or ream them to install them
  138. Get 8mm washers if you go that route
  139. Weird DJI has a product that specializes in Gopro but needs lots of work for it to be actually good
  140. film in 60fps
  141. gopro3 allows 1080 60fps
  142. even though you’re actually gonna watch at like 24fps online etc
  143. 4k and even 2.7k get jello a lot
  144. position gopro so you don’t see the legs
  145. some people change legs to accomodate different gimbals
  146. Using isolation configurations of every type
  147. Do you keep the gopro protected in hard case or not.
  148. Sound is annoying but lets other hobbiests understand what’s going on (how hard motor is going)
  149. BUY – MQX, controller seperate or with
  150. D5e is great but D6i is way better
  151. You can reprogram the phantom to work with some controllers
  152. You can get a hard carrying case
  153. A typical gimbal is anywhere from 150-400 for the phantom
  154. Carbon fiber is popular do to weight
  155. you can buy another battery charger
  156. There are people who’ll upgrade stuff for you for a price
  157. FPV is a whole other ballgame
  158. goggles or a portible screen
  159. hard to switch between the two for fear of loosing view
  160. Some countries require you to have a spotter for visual view even still
  161. they use their own transmitter
  162. it’s said to be super scary on your first few flights
  163. but also seems to be a more natural way to fly specially for the video gamers
  164. you can view using the gopro
  165. use a special chord
  166. you’ll need to open up phantom to do it
  167. open phantom for the gimbal as well
  168. telemetry is when the quadcopter tells your controller the actual readings of the battery
  169. otherwise you’ll need to see red blinking lights
  170. the phantom communicates to you with blinking on the back of the phantom
  171. green means your in GPS
  172. yellow ATTI
  173. red lights are about lack of GPS signal
  174. no gps signal means no return to home
  175. Red blinking when you get going means lacking battery
  176. Always have your transmitter on when battery is plugged in
  177. unplug battery before turning transmitter off
  178. turn on transmitter with throttle down
  179. special turn on command
  180. helps to avoid mistake starts
  181. start off harder than expected in order to not just tip over
  182. much easier to fly than mqx
  183. one that carries a dslr is many many thousands of dollars
  184. their is a right and left joystick
  185. there is a proper way to control the joysticks
  186. easier mainly because it knows how to keep itself level
  187. GPS mode will counteract momentum
  188. Atti will allow momentum
  189. People film in Atti over GPS
  190. you can let go in GPS mode
  191. If it kind goes to one side then recallibrate IMU with software
  192. recallibrate IMU advanced
  193. it lets the phantom know which is level and it’ll make it stay level in the air
  194. Callibrating IMU is different than callibrating compass
  195. their is a compas that needs to stay away from magnets
  196. if it gets too messed up the compass callibration won’t work and you’ll need to use another magnet to hopefully get it in a range that the compass callibration will work
  197. this callibration is the main one you’ll need to do at the beginning and whenever you go a far distance
  198. it’s super easy and quick to do
  199. IMU callibration is when you crash
  200. it requires software and a computer
  201. Lights on phantom are super handy to fly at night
  202. even helpful at night
  203. meaning you can fly at night if you want
  204. windy days are tough to fly obviously
  205. usually fly with it pointing away from you
  206. it’s extremely tough to fly with it pointing at you because everything is suddenly reverse
  207. you can quickly become disorianted
  208. cut off proppelers if it’s gonna hit something so they’re not spinning fast when they hit something.
  209. when in trouble sometimes it’s best to just cut power
  210. specially when you’re learning on mqx
  211. practice practice



Come join us for 3 days (or less) in Utah March 23-25 for some awesome photography adventures.

My event The Jarvie Photography Decathlon (happening October) is sponsoring this epic 3 day photowalk
Kind of a pre-event festivity. If another group/company would like to help sponsor more than organization skills and help us rent a clean room tent get in contact with me.


It’s a time for lots of photographers to get together for a weekend have fun, socialize and go take pictures.

This could possibly be the largest weekend-long photowalk so far in the history of Google+
We already have some well known photographers like Lotus, Hawk and Colby coming
Some photographers are even coming from out of the country.

When and Where
Friday 23rd of March through Sunday 25th of march in UTAH

Friday we’ll do photowalks in Salt Lake City and a couple other locations
Saturday and sunday we’ll go to the festival of colors
All days we’ll probably find locations to eat together
People are organizing groups to rent houses for the weekend since it’s more fun and cheaper.

And remember almost all details will be given on Google+ on my Profile or the Festival of Colors page

Things to know about the festival of colors

  • Here are 8 other blog posts I’ve done about the event in the past 4yrs
  • The festival is also known as Holi … there are over 15k people that go… mostly college kids
  • here’s the official site about the festival of colors
  • I write about how to keep cameras safe at the end of the blog
  • it’s 2 dolors for entrance and you buy your own colors
  • photography is allowed
  • It’s all at your own risk
  • It’s a pretty clean festival where I’ve never seen nudity, smoking or alcohol of any type… people are also very respectful of eachother and there’s lots of love and joy there.
  • It could possibly be chilly or rainy
  • It’s located in Spanish Fork Utah
  • Here’s a great Youtube video by some friends

Other things to know about the photowalk

  • I have access to large 20-50ppl cabins if someone wants to organize it
  • Getting a location anywhere from SLC to Provo is perfect.
  • Most people are aiming for near Lehi/American Fork because it’s halfway between the festival and SLC and Lehi is where I live.
  • Contact +Ricardo Lagos (for now) and he can help connect you with housing options outside of hotels.
  • As far as the photowalk itself there is no cost (just in case you didn’t know how photowalks work) Just show up.
  • Let us know you’re coming so we can put you on the list of expected participants (Yes or maybe)
  • Updates will happen on Google+ or on this blog – so follow both



Here’s a small collection of some of the pics I took that year


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1000 More of my shots from 2010

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Last year I did some actual shoots… like a couple of real engagements, trash the dress (with models) and some portraits.



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(Below Models)


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This will be the most popular section.
People always ask me about keeping the camera safe??

The safest thing you can do is to not own a camera to worry about.

Personally, I really don’t worry about it… tons of people that bring their camera and if they’re not stupid they’re just fine.

I will NOT try to convince you to come… some people will remain paranoid no matter what. I will not try to talk sense into you. If logic can’t save you then just don’t come, or come and don’t shoot, or come and buy a underwater bag.

If you read this section and you still whine about it… I will probably not answer your questions and simply mock you and your pansiness… so don’t expect babying from me.

But below I will give you the perfect TIPS on how to be SMART

We will also have gaffer tape, rain bags, and syran wrap and rubber bands at the event.





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BTW it’s not smart to be in the middle of the crowd with no protection and a external zoom lens… but you can always NOT be in the middle of the crowd.

For those that are concerned

I would NOT recomend the following

  • Using external zoom lenses
  • Going into the middle of the crowd
  • Changing lenses
  • Changing memory cards
  • Using a neckstrap you don’t want stained
  • Not using gaffer tape on sensetive areas

As for me

  • I wear an open jacket to tuck the camera
  • I put filters on the lenses. (Even a cheap one just for the day)
  • I don’t use an external zoom lens (so no 24-70) and I’d be risky to use my 14-24 but the other 5-6 lenses are fair game.
  • I gaffer tape flash pop up, battery area, memory card area and external plug in sections.
  • I put syran wrap around where the lens connects and remove it when I want to change lenses
  • I change lenses in a safe environment
  • I air compressor or comressed air to blow off entire camera prior to changing lenses and when I’m done for the day.
  • I get a sensor cleaning

Worst Case?

Send your camera to my favorite camera repair shop (Kew’s) where for a nominal fee they’ll clean the entire camera for something like 100 (that includes sensor… and well everything)

So in any case… it’s a ton of fun and hope to see you all there.

We are helping CONNECT communities on Google+

Facilitating Circling

Please note that the project is still being developed at a quick pace


What we are doing

We are facilitating by getting more people aware of these lists of people based on interests, locations and languages.
The project is heavily centered around Photography/Photographers seeing that I am a Photographer but it is welcome to any other groups.


I am simply an organizer, aggregater and advertiser.
I provide direction to the moderators
I put all the information into one simple location.
Then I promote the list of lists.

I reserve the right to list and promote the circles/lists I find interesting


1. FULL LIST We will have lists of Google+ Users that fit a group. A Full list of everyone that fits the bill. We will be using the Group.As website (A third party site I have no affiliation with… nor anyone on this project)

2. MOST INTERACTIVE LIST: Moderators will be asked to look for those that are actively using Google+ and involved in providing posts in regards to that list. They will create a MOST INTERACTIVE circle and share those circles to the community


The original post: A call for Moderators (People can still volunteer to moderate a circle)

If you have already created a list/circle and want to be a part that is great! Basically we’ll be able to advertize it for you. As long as you or someone else is willing to make a “Most Interactive Circle” and share it

Reason for Most interactive lists:

This is a quick and fast way to connect with possibly hundreds of other people that share similar interest.
Presently there is no way to use a third party system to quickly add groups of people but Google+ shared circles is a great resource.
We also need actual people to read posts and see who really is interactive in their respective communities.
Most interactive lists assures the users adding thes.e lists that the people will actually be involved in this interest/community



Photographers by Location

Announcement by Moderator – +martin ollman Full List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Christopher JayFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Johan Peijnenburg | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Robby Candra | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +David La SpinaFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Johan PeijnenburgFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

United Kingdom
Announcement by Moderator – +Gerard Charnley +Mark WFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Arizona
Announcement by Moderator – +Christina Lawrie +Matt Suess +Nicholas Pappagallo Jr | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – California – San Fransisco
Announcement by Moderator – +Peter Adams +Sam BreachFull List 1 Ful List 2 ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – California – North
Announcement by Moderator – +Benjamin Glatt +elizabeth hahn +Jeffrey SullivanFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – California – South
Announcement One & Two by Moderator – +Lisa Borel +alejandro carabesFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Colorado
Announcement by Moderator – +Colby Brown | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Illinois
Announcement by Moderator – +Rebecca Borg | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Minnesota
Announcement by Moderator – +Andy LevesqueFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Montana
Announcement by Moderator – +Melissa Breen +Hope OHara | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – New England
Announcement by Moderator – +Geoffrey OgonoskyFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Pacific NW
Announcement by Moderator – +Jacob Lucas +Anthony ProcissiFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Texas
Announcement by Moderator – +Ben Godkin | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

US – Utah
Announcement by Moderator – +Jeremy Hall +Scott JarvieFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Photographers by Language

Announcement by Moderator – +Ludovic Godet +Alexandre Roschewitz +Younes BounharFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Ugo Cei +Francesco Gola | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Nuno Ferreira +Luís Pedro +Ricardo Williams | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Lili Ana +alejandro carabes +Jeff HillFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Photographers by Theme

Fashion Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Shawn Ray +Brent BurzyckiFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Glamour Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Shawn Ray +Brent Burzycki +Christopher JayFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Landscape Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Younes Bounhar +Siddharth PanditFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Macro Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Ron Clifford | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Portrait Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Laura MitchumFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Portrait (Conceptual) Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Scott DetweilerFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Travel Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Elia Locardi | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Wedding Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Shelley Porkolab +Christopher Jay +Scott JarvieFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Wildlife Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Robby BowlesFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Relgious Images Photographers

Announcement by Moderator –+Charles Lupica | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Panorama Photographers

Announcement by Moderator – +Charles Lupica | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Other Photography

Full Time Photographers
Announcement by Moderator – +Scott Jarvie | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Photo Business Discussion
Announcement by Moderator – +Catherine VibertFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Behind the Lens Critique Group
Announcement by Moderator – +Colby Brown | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

SmugMug Users
Announcement by Moderator – +katherine cheng +Scott JarvieFull List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October



Announcement by Moderator – +Donny Nyamweya | Full List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Scott Jarvie | Full List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Michael Beckett | Full List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Politics (Liberty Minded)
Announcement by Moderator – +Michael Beckett +Scott Jarvie | Full List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator – +Gavin DashFull List ( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Announcement by Moderator –  | Full List( | Shared (Most Interactive) Circle: Coming End of October

Posted by ScottJarvie at May 26, 2011

Category: (a) Engagement Pictures, Uncategorized

OK, I don’t know how to write this better, I’m trying, and this might be a little off but you’re just gonna have to work with me on this as I try to formulate my ideas.

Those that know me will get it, those that don’t might think “he’s a little full of it”.
I suppose by posting this I’m saying I’m willing to take that risk of perception in hopes what I write helps someone.

The post is not perfect and prone to misunderstandings… but right now I just don’t care. (Maybe I’ll erase the post later)


I realize their is a magical mixture in our personal interactions. (like when teaching people. )
I recognize that I often fail to achieve those lofty heights.

For now (specially in teaching) I usually say to myself: “I’d rather improve someone’s life rather than just be liked”.
When optimal, I’d rather do both.


Helpin’ out

I’m writing this because I’ve had many people ask me what kind of camera I suggest… more or less they’re asking what do I need to get into photography (pro or not)

So this is some of my advice and where I’m coming from

The Beginning

About 5yrs ago I jumped into photography. 6yrs ago I was dinking around with a Casio 4mp point and click in Europe and recognized how much I liked it… and then others gave me confidence by telling me they liked the travel pictures I took.

Out on a Limb

Then I went out on a limb and put a DSLR on a CC as a poor student and someone else went on a limb and had me do engagement pictures… then a bunch of other crazy people went on a crazier limb and had me photograph their weddings.

I had no formal training, I had no mentor, I hadn’t read books, It was just this year I started looking at other people’s photography blogs.

But hey it worked for me… in fact I’m even proud of all of my weddings, even that first year. I mean I could run circles around that version of me from 5yrs ago with one hand tied behind my back and a canon camera (haha)

An advantage

I think all along I kinda cheated… I had a bit of both worlds… I loved buttons and I came from a family of artists.

And I think many of you out there have similar advantages… you have a good eye for pictures. (The way to figure that out is if you really really like my work)

You come from an artistic background and that goes beyond photos… creativity is more than pictures… a dancer or painter or musician has creativity that Can spill over into other forms of art.

The Geek and the Philosopher


The Rule

It seems to be the unwritten rule in photography that you don’t give unsolicited advice.

Of course I don’t know all the rules  nor did I make them. In fact many photography rules I tend to break. However, this one I try to stay far away from.

I’ve only heard complaining stories of photographers not too well pleased with another photographer critizing and giving unsolicited advice. I don’t think it’s so much the advice part… but that they don’t have a strong enough relationship with the person giving the commentary, they don’t know the real motives. I bet had they respected that individual and of course had they asked they would have been more than happy.

In giving advice

So if you care about somebody and want to help them… a few words of advice… and you came to the blog so well I guess it’s kind of solicted. haha

  • Establish a relationship where both sides are respected and trusted.
  • Care about the person. Show it in action and in word.
  • Don’t try to turn it into an opportunity where you make money or otherwise profit from them.
  • If being harsh remember to show care and love at the end. Read this
  • Know what you’re talking about.
  • Give them an opportunity to explain their situations before you assume what you think you know is right.

NOTE: As with many of my blogs this is a work in progress a theory I feel good about but am open to kind and honest and educated dialog. The hope is to improve us all. It takes work to understand my way of thinking but I am confident that there is benefit. I hope to always be open to the best way of thinking. I hope to continue to understand and grow more… but for the moment what follows is what I feel tonight and I hope it’s inspired for this moment.



Looks kind of posed for stock, doesn’t it.
Well I don’t do stock (too lazy) and that really was my lunch. MMM tastey.

I’ll shoot everything that happens.

Here’s the point… you don’t become Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Tony Gwynn (Good at your craft) without constant practice.
(By the way only one of those people is a role model outside of sports… go Padres!)

If you only shoot when you need to then how good are you going to be when you need to be?


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No matter how busy and bogged down, no matter how neglected or sad, no matter when things don’t turn out like hoped, no matter whether I haven’t been out side in days or I don’t see friends for a while, no matter if I’m hungry or tired, no matter if people cancel on me and I feel that my life becomes one demensional…

These things don’t come into play when I have a camera in my hand and I’m making people smile.
When I’m instilling confidence and bringing out the best in them.

Those other things disapear when I’m taking pictures and it all clicks (like so often it does) … the other cares are long away.

When they’re loving it and I’m loving it and I can show them a few pictures and tell them there are one hundred (or 4) just like it and they are happy… well I feel like a rockstar.


Posted by ScottJarvie at March 22, 2010

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(Above: the most popular card at the wedding)

Finally put into practice

I’ve heard of and had the idea for years now, but this was the first time I’ve actually done it. I printed and set out cards at a wedding with pictures of the bride and groom, with information about where they’ll be able to see their prints later.

I created a URL on SmugMug where they’d be able to go easy enough to anticipate that traffic. I used a local vendor to print (which I won’t recommend as they were a bit to expensive and many online systems have amazing web enabled card designer software) I recomend or both have great online design that would make it easy to change up cards quickly and even save and use previous cards for new orders.

The way it went down

I feel the best benefit is to print several different options. I printed 11 different fronts. Meaning same back with 11 different pictures for the front.
My fealing was correct some cards appealed a ton more to some people than others, everyone was able to find something they liked. If they were a friend of the bride they picked a picture of the bride. If they were a friend of both. If they wanted a more generic card of just the flowers or one with the temple. Of if they wanted one of the engagement pictures.

People enjoyed selecting their cards. I printed 330 and at the end there were about 50 left, which I gave to the couple whom were excited to get them printed.

The pictures also added a lot to the print display they had.

I was able to do a discount coupon associated with the card giving them 7 days to get a 20% discount on the prints.

Setting them up and making them work into the presentation without taking away from the presentation is something to consider. You want them to take the cards but you don’t want them to be obnoxiously in your face. Like I said mold them into the visual presentaiton of the reception. That’s why having multiple pictures came in handy once again. I was able to make a small display using many of the pictures together in a row.

In the future

I won’t do this for all weddings, specially not on weddings that I haven’t done engagements and bridals. I’m also more apt to do it for weddings that I’ve done formals.

I see it as a Win-Win – they get to hand out pictures to all their guests, they get hundreds of free pictures. I get to spread my name just a bit more with the hope that they might print but at least that 200-300 more people will know who i am and perhaps even keep that business card and use it later down the line.

I know a few photographers who do this pretty consistently at their weddings… this was my first time, I can’t per-se tell you the real world results just yet after 2 days.

(Below: Some more of the pictures I chose to print.)


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Posted by scott at January 26, 2010

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Ranting Allowed?

Am I allowed the moment to rant a bit? Have I earned this much?

I feel I’m probably “preaching to the choir.”
I doubt I attract the other types to this blog.

I’m down about something completely different but for some reason I got sparked on this unrelated subject as well tonight
… this is after all the Photography Blog …Gotta keep it photography.

Give said the Little Stream

I feel people should not hide their talents…
They should use them to help the lives of others.
I’ve been given so much I totally want to give back…

You expect me to believe those are our only two choices?


Posted by scott at January 11, 2010

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So the new years resolution is to not spend all 15 waking hours of the day editing and taking pictures… I need to play more.
A sainer happier scott should mean better pictures for everyone…

And hey come to game nights and maybe you’ll get your picture taken… OK I probably won’t take many pictures but if you ask I’d probably do it.

But it’s also a great opportunity for lots of us photographers (and regular types) to come together and discuss photography if you want, it’s up to you.
So yeah… that’s game night.

I write this post in part as a way to train the new student-interns of JarvieU

They all say hi… Chuck, Melissa, Jeets, Kara

But in all seriousness come hang out… rock band and what-not as well.
You can also bring friends, you know… the single cute variety 😉 (Chuck is single, just looking out for him 😉



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Quick Rant

I just quickly wanted to leave a couple of words. (Turned into a lot)
Drop a quick rant on the blog.

If you’re a photographer and you want my honest advice.
Here it is.

Think about how you present your pictures.

OK so I can sometimes be a bit lazy sometimes and though I have tons of ideas there is plenty i’ve thought of or appreciated in others that I have yet to implement.
Sometimes I try to stand on the principle that the pictures should speak for themself and I object to people trying so hard to present their pictures so nice to try to make up for obvious lack of quality.


But if there is one thing that I believe strongly in… it’s first impressions.

Putting your best foot forward means lead with what you do best.

If you’re going to show your pictures, you should probably start with the best ones.

(Much more after the jump)


Posted by scott at August 4, 2009

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Find her essay about assisting me and the things she learned here:

My Response – I wrote out here but it was almost as long as your post…so I put it back on my blog, seems fair it should be something lots of people get to read that follow my photo-stuff.


Posted by scott at July 17, 2009

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Thought I’d write a short little ditty about my new baby.

Sorry I’m not all detailed and didn’t include fancy screen shots and what not.
But what I lack because of my lazieness I’ll make up for with awesome detailed info.

The beginning

I bought the new 2nd gen 30″ Dell monitor. I can’t compare it to the 1st gen that is 500$ cheaper.
But I’ll compare it to all my previous monitors. old crts for ages and ages past… dozens. More recently sony 17″, samsung 22″s
And a few laptops with the biggest being the 17″ macbookpro functioning at 1920 resolution.

This thing kicks butt!

Speed & Quality – Lightroom