IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE. FEB 28TH IS OUR LAST DAY
June 01, 2016

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Photography Survey

We are working on creating new photography blogs and resources and we need your help. We want to create content that will help us all grow as better photographers. We know that there are many resources for photography education online and we want to one for you.
May 17, 2016

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Don't put so much pressure on yourself

Create for you

There is something happening in photography that is hurting us. We are putting too much pressure on ourselves to create work that pleases the masses. While this doesn't apply across the board it's important to remember that photography is meant to be fun and some of us are getting caught up in the social hustle. The likes, comments, and followers shouldn't be the reason that you create.

When you put an image out for the World to see you are sharing a part of who you are and that makes you vulnerable. Being vulnerable can be scary as an artist and we tend to keep our art under wraps because we are afraid of what others might think. The hidden secret of photography is that sometimes it just doesn't matter what other people think. It's too much pressure. Challenge yourself this week to create something that is not premeditated. Make something that is for you, not your followers.

Likes and comments do not make a photographer.

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May 13, 2016

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Become a better creator this weekend.

CreativeLive 30 days of Genius

Hey!

Michael here and I have a small request.

As creatives one of our biggest responsibilities is to continue to education ourselves in not only our craft, but the way that we learn. Yes, we must continue to learn how to learn. It's easy to grow stagnant and complacent as we build our portfolios, grow our businesses, and get caught up in the general ebb and flow of life. When we stop learning we do ourselves and our craft a great injustice. That is why I am here to challenge you to take 1 hour and make yourself better this weekend.

Right now is the best time in history to be a student of creativity. Notice that I didn't write photography there. The options for learning are limitless in the digital age that we live in and the amount of quality content for us to learn from is becoming better and better everyday.

Recently Chase Jarvis announced that he and the CreativeLive team would be hosting a series of interviews with some of the worlds best creatives, entrepreneurs, and thinkers. This series is called 30 Days of Genius. If you are unfamiliar with CreativeLive it is a free creative education live classroom and has hosted photographer and business instructors from around the globe. I can personally say that CreativeLive has changed my life and photography over the course of the last five some odd years. I even had the opportunity to be in the CreativeLive audience a few years ago.  I implore you to spend some time and check it out.

If you do one thing this weekend take an hour and watch one of these amazing courses. Not sure where to start? Email me: Michael@clickgearclothing.com and I'll be happy to help guide you in the right direction.

Become the change that you want to see in your life. Click the link to check it out.

https://www.creativelive.com/courses/30-days-genius-chase-jarvis

-Michael

 

May 02, 2016

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Spring Photo Contest Top 10 Photos

Spring is the best time of the year for photographers. The changing of the seasons comes along with the opportunity to dust off your creativity and start fresh. Our spring photo contest had over 100 entries and we are happy to announce our top 10. This was no easy task as we had so many amazing submissions so thank you to each and every photographer who entered.

This contest had over $500 in prizes and we are more than excited to announce our winners:

1ST PLACE:
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GINA SOUTH
 2ND PLACE:
Click Gear Photo Contest
FRED ZANG
3RD PLACE:
Photographer contest
ILIA CASTRO
Honorable Mention:
Click Gear Photography Contest
KURT TILSE
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MASON SLOVER
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CHUCK SMITH
clickgearclothing photo contest
JEFF ARADINE
photographer contest
RODRIGO PINEDA
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SEAN FEAVEL
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ALEX HARTZELL
CONTEST SPONSORED BY:
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April 29, 2016

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Are any of us really photographers?

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I was having a conversation with a fellow photographer a few days ago. He’s one of those older gentleman that hasn’t quite wrapped his head around the way that the photography world has changed in the last 4 decades. He learned photography by shooting film. He learned editing in the dark room. He cut his teeth through grinding and built a legit business from nothing.

Our conversation was about the normal things people who are photographers talk about, mainly who our favorite football team was going to draft and what our favorite beer is right now. We steadily worked our way into talking about photography. It was going to happen eventually. Most working photographers don’t much care to talk about photography when hanging out, but despite our efforts it’s inevitable.

We drifted in the stream of what gear we like now and our last big project, our aspirations for the year, and the state of photography. Here we found that our opinions differ quite heavily, but were remarkably the same. I feel that the current state of the world of photography is to be embraced. He feels the there are no lessons being learned and that people are not valuing the craft as they should, because if they did they would be getting paid to do it.. “Sure, anyone can take photos, but how many photographers do you know?”  This made me stop and think for a moment.

“Do you know the definition of photographer?”  He asked.

“A person that takes photos,” I replied.

“The definition of a photographer is a person who takes photographs, as a job.” He said. “So let me ask you again, how many photographers do you know?”

how do I know if I'm a photographer

By definition I know a lot of photographers, a lot. However, if you take out the “job” part, I know 10 times as many. Is photography as a job really the way we want to convey who is and who is not a photographer?

I started shooting when I was young, mainly using my Grandmother’s Polaroid and 35mm instant film camera, I shot on occasion as a hobby until I was 18, then I got more serious about learning. I continued to dabble because I spent much of my time working a job I hated. 6 years ago I decided to see if I could do it for real. Could I be a photographer?  In that time I’ve learned so much and the learning curve has been gigantic. Being a professional photographer is not as simple as taking photos. The road to "pro" has been  a difficult one of trials and tribulations atop amazing opportunities and learning more than I thought possible.

Before I got paid to shoot, was I not a photographer?

Today the amount of photography education and knowledge available online is far beyond what anyone who grew up without it could imagine. I love that I can google any photography question that  I can think of and likely find the answer. I also know that I am not the only person,  pro or otherwise that buries themselves in photography education to better hone this craft.

The world of photography is much different than the world my friend grew up in and the one that I did. Some of the most amazing talent is behind the screen of a phone. Some of today’s photographers  have only held a real camera a few times and couldn’t begin to use one if you paid them to. I can’t be the only person who feels like that isn’t a big deal. Do I think that photographers should take the time to learn and understand their craft, absolutely. I think you do yourself a disservice by not doing everything in your power to understand photography. Are you not a photographer because you don’t?

 

phone camera photographer

What does being a photographer really mean? How do you know if you are a photographer or someone who takes photos? I don’t know. I don’t think it’s about money.  I have no idea what the answer is. I spent much of my early photography life looking at the work of people I admired in the effort to better understand what photography is. To this day I still don’t have an answer, but I know that photography isn’t about what you shoot with, what you make photos of, or what you do with them when you are done. Photography is about embracing who you are as a creative despite the opinions of anyone. Being a photographer is about creating, because you are a creator.

While the definition of photography is clear according to my friend I don’t know that that is the photography world I want to live in. It’s so easy to disregard someone as a photographer because they don’t get paid doing it. It’s very much the same as saying someone isn’t a painter because they don’t sell paintings. Does it really matter at the end of the day? Does it really matter if when you wake up in the morning and grab your camera that you go to a job and at night (or whenever you can) you make photos? I just don’t think so. We should be embracing the idea that there are more of us instead of being concerned over what is and what isn’t.

Today I feel like a photographer, but I’ve always felt that way. It’s always been who I am. One day I won't be a professional anymore. One day it will just be 100% fun again. When I stop getting paid to make photos I will still be a photographer, at least in my eyes.

April 21, 2016

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There is no overnight success in photography

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The journey to knowing any craft takes dedication along with years of work and understanding the intricacies of what you are doing. There is no such thing as an overnight success.

Social media will lead you tomorrow believe that people just pop up out of the blue famous, rich, or talented. That's just not the way the world works and we're getting faked out. Even worse some of us are falling into the trap.

Success shouldn't be determined by follower numbers and like counts. Success is what we want it to be. For some of us it's creating just one piece of art that will define our legacy for others it's breaking down barriers. It doesn't matter what your definition is as long as you understand that to achieve any goal worth reaching takes time.

There are no over night successes. There is you and your goals, your dreams. Even if it takes twenty years never give up. Don't be disillusioned, people work their face off and for some "success" as they measure it against the world just isn't in the cards.

So what does success mean? For us it's finding a way to bring out the best in you.

What does success mean to you?

March 21, 2016

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We often forget about the impact of photography

photography Quotes 2016

We often lose sight of what it is to be a photographer. Between constantly shooting, editing, and building our portfolio somehow we forget about the essence of photography. We forget that it is about our community and the people around us. It's so easy to get lost in the hype of being featured on huge IG feeds, websites, and magazines. Along with wondering why we didn't get as many likes as we thought we should have on a photo, it's a wonder that we don't get lost in the hurricane.

Photography is about the people that we share our craft with. It's about the feeling that people get when they look at our work. As photographers we make it about us when in reality we are at the bottom of the pile. Though you may not realize it, chances are that your photography has had an amazing impact on the people around you.

For many of us we get to "steal" moments and create amazing images of people we will never know, never talk to, or never see again. Sometimes it's our duty to to just say hello. The impact that you can have on a person with just a photograph can be amazing. The next time you are out shooting take a moment and think about how you can make someone's day a little better with your talent.

-M

March 17, 2016

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Happy St. Patricks Day Photographers!

St. Patricks Day is here and we just wanted to say have fun! We're busy creating our new collection of photography shirt designs, but we'll be having a green beer with you tonight!

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March 16, 2016

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The 5 best photography podcasts in 2016

Photography is easily one of the hardest crafts to learn. We liken it to the tedious effort it takes to be a master of woodworking or tailoring. It takes years of patience, practice, and learning. One of the best ways to learn is by doing things hands on. Another way is by listening. Unfortunately the majority of us do not "listen" we simply wait for our turn to talk. With podcasts you don't have a chance to be involved in the conversation first hand, but you do have an amazing way to learn by listening. Photography podcasts are one way to not only understand the art and business of photography, but they are also a great way to get to know the photographers of the world that you look up to or may have never heard of.

These are the photography podcasts that we love.

"The 5 best photography podcasts in 2016"

 

The angry millennial podcast

The Angry Millennial is very much in tune with the way of the current state of the creative world. Not only do they sit down with some of the best photographers and creatives around, they have real and meaningful conversations. These conversations may or may not be family friendly, but that's why we love it. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

Recommended Episode:  Kenna Klosterman

 Hashtagged podcast top 5 photography podcasts

The Hashtagged Podcast is a photography podcast focused on the community of Instagram. What is so special about this show is that not all of the guests are "pro" photographers. Without question Instagram is one of the best gifts that the photography world has ever known and The Hashtagged Podcast is one of the best compliments you could ask for.

Recommended Episode: Ryan Tacay

 The Sprouting Photographer Podcast

The Sprouting Photographer podcast is hands down one of the best photographer education podcasts on Planet Earth. Each episode is worth listening to especially if you are a professional photographer looking to grow your business. Between the amazing content and helpful insights of professional photographers you will find at least 1 thing in each episode that you can apply to your business. A must listen if you're a pro.

Recommended Episode: Why do so many photographers today fail?

 

The Candid Frame photography Podcast best of 2016

10 seasons strong, The Candid Frame Podcast is a photography podcast that will touch your soul. Each episode is better than the last. Hosted by Photographer Ibarionex Perrello ( this guy should be a national radio host)  the Candid Frame is exactly as the title would imply. Full of amazing stories and photographers who tell it like it is, the Candid Frame is another one of our favorites.

Recommended episode: Bruce Smith

The digital story photography podcast

The Digital Story Podcast is one of the best photographer resources on the internet. With over 500 episodes The Digital Story breaks down cameras, lenses, gear, Lightroom and Photoshop tips and tricks as well as some of the best informational episodes that you can find. This is another podcast that both professional and amateur photographers alike need to bookmark and return to again and again.

Recommended episode: Should you buy used gear?

March 15, 2016

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Instagram Announces Curated feeds

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Today Instagram announced on their blog that they will be shifting their focus to creating a more "curated feed" much similar to that of Facebook. As you may have realized over the last couple of years Facebook has been focused on showing content that you may "want" to see.

Form the Instagram Blog-

"You may be surprised to learn that people miss on average 70 percent of their feeds. As Instagram has grown, it’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share. This means you often don’t see the posts you might care about the most.

To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.

The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.

If your favorite musician shares a video from last night’s concert, it will be waiting for you when you wake up, no matter how many accounts you follow or what time zone you live in. And when your best friend posts a photo of her new puppy, you won’t miss it.

We’re going to take time to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way. You’ll see this new experience in the coming months."

You may or may not realize it but, this will dramatically change your Instagram feed. This could potentially be a good thing. It could also be devastating to what we currently love about Instagram.

We'll keep you posted if we learn anything new!

-Team Click Gear

 

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