Month: April 2018

Photowalks and Talks with Wex

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This is just to remind everyone that I am with Wex Photographic over the next 3 months and have 15 photowalks and a couple of talks around the UK branches.

These are very reasonably priced and a great way to get out in your local city with like-minded people for a few hours of Photography.

Here is the link to sign up hope to see a few of you guys there.

Wex Walks and Talks

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GNARBOX Announces ‘GNARBOX 2.0 SSD ’ Kickstarter Campaign !

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GNARBOX Announces ‘GNARBOX 2.0 SSD ’ Kickstarter Campaign
The leader the in field backup market announces the release of the second generation to their breakout product via Kickstarter; along with debuting key integrations with Adobe, Dropbox, and LumaFusion.

(Los Angeles, CA) – MYGNAR INC., the developer of rugged backup devices for cameras, pr oudly announces a Kickstarter campaign to support the development of the second generation of their core product GNARBOX , launching globally on April 3 2018 .

GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for content creators who prefer to travel without a laptop. Unlike other portable hard drives, GNARBOX has assembled an ecosystem of mobile applications that serve the professional workflow in the field.

“We believe in making the creative process easier for anyone with a camera. Since the launch of GNARBOX 1.0, we’ve worked with our active community of photographers and videographers to understand the goals of content creators.” said Tim Feess , co-founder and CEO of MyGnar Inc. “GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is designed for professionals who want to reliably back up their cards in the field and advance their mobile editing workflow. The goal is leave your laptop at home and streamline a process that can otherwise be a burden to creativity. With this product, you can get more work done in the field so you spend less time at home in front of your computer. you get home to your computer. It’s water, shock, and dust resistant , yet packed with the power to review RAW photos and render ProRes videos while in the field.” continued Feess.

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Since shipment of its first units in Spring 2017, GNARBOX is quickly becoming the industry-standard mobile workflow platform for on-the-go content creators. The market for backup devices has expanded in early 2018 with the introduction of the Western Digital MyPassport Wireless Pro SSD and LaCie DJI CoPilot. GNARBOX 2.0 SSD will be the highest-powered, most versatile, premium option on the market. With software tools for creative independence, hands-on customer support, and the most third party integrations on the market, GNARBOX has demonstrated its clear position as the leader in this space.

New to the redesigned GNARBOX is an on-box OLED display and button array, allowing users to backup files faster than ever before. When a card is detected, the box prompts you to kick off a transfer with the single press of a button. With a second tap, you can direct the transfer to a preset folder tree for automatic organization. This new tool is designed to save creators meaningful time in the field, and add needed reliability to their creative process.

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GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is proud to offer key integrations with widely-used software tools, including LumaFusion, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Lightroom and Dropbox:

  • ●  GNARBOX + LumaFusion Integration : GNARBOX integrates with LumaFusion by leveraging its processing power in support of the most powerful multi-track timeline video editor available on iOS.
  • ●  GNARBOX + Adobe Premiere Pro/Final Cut Pro Integration : GNARBOX integrates with Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro to create a frictionless video editing workflow that starts in the field and follows you back to your production studio.
  • ●  GNARBOX + Adobe Lightroom Integration : GNARBOX integrates with Adobe Lightroom CC to create a direct connection to the industry-leading photography app.

● GNARBOX + Dropbox Integration : GNARBOX can sync folders with Dropbox to create a seamless transition to your cloud storage.

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GNARBOX is also launching four new mobile applications with the 2.0 product:

  • ●  Safekeep: The most powerful field backup experience, with tailored file/folder organization and sleek tools to manage file movement across your devices.
  • ●  Selects: Super-fast preview of RAW photos, making it easy to mark your selects with EXIF metadata and prepare for editing in Lightroom Classic/CC.
  • ●  Sequence: An accelerated rough-cut assembly app that acts as a bridge to Industry-Standard editing tools like Premiere Pro and FinalCut Pro. You can review videos, prepare bins, and send your sequences to your favorite timeline editor with the widely-used XML format.
  • ●  Showcase: The laptop-free way to project your photos and videos on a big screen, wherever you are.Complete Technical and Hardware Specifications of GNARBOX 2.0 SSD:
  • ●  Intel Quad Core, 2.40GHZ CPU
  • ●  4 Core Intel HD Graphics GPU
  • ●  867mbps 802.11 ac/b/g/n WiFi
  • ●  2/4GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • ●  NVMe SSD up to 1TB
  • ●  SD Card Backup:75-100MB/sec write speeds
  • ●  USB-C Backup: 400-500MB/sec read/write speeds
  • ●  USB-C Computer Connect: 400-500MB/sec read/write speeds
  • ●  2x USB-C, SD & microHDMI ports
  • ●  4-6 hour battery life
  • ●  3200mAh 7.4v removable lithium ion battery
  • ●  IP67 – Waterproof to 1m for 30minutes
  • ●  Dimension – 6.05” x 3” x 1.16” / ~1.1lbGNARBOX 2.0 SSD will offer several storage capacities in association with special pricing for Kickstarter rewards throughout the campaign, which are listed below along with MSRP:
  • ●  GNARBOX 2.0 SSD (128GB) – $399 USD
  • ●  GNARBOX 2.0 SSD (256GB) – $499 USD
  • ●  GNARBOX 2.0 SSD (512GB) – $599 USD
  • ●  GNARBOX 2.0 SSD (1TB) – $999 USDFull media kit available via the link below:CLICK HERE TO ACCESS

    Each pledge for a GNARBOX 2.0 on Kickstarter will receive an extra battery along with a USB-C to C cable and custom wall plug for superfast charging.

    With a Kickstarter goal of $180,000, MyGnar intends to begin manufacturing in September 2018 and shipping to backers in December 2018. International pledges are encouraged as the product will ship globally.

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Three years after the first successful Kickstarter for the original GNARBOX (now aptly titled GNARBOX 1.0 ) which raised over $500,000 in 30 days, the brand has developed a strong, supportive community of experienced content creators; ranging from professional photographers, videographers, adventure/travel bloggers and even field reporters and journalists.

“GNARBOX 2.0 is a tool that we expect to be in everyone’s camera bag before long,” said Will Africano co-founder and CMO of MyGnar Inc. “We’ve heard from many of the industry’s most decorated photographers and videographers, our own community of GNARBOX users on live chat and Facebook, and the YouTube reviewers who helped share our story. We’re confident in how innovative 2.0 will be for the world of creators.”

GNARBOX prides itself on offering unparalleled customer service which includes personal one-on-one guidance and assistance from their internal teams who maintain expertise in media production workflows and troubleshooting. In addition, GNARBOX also crafts workflow-specialist-led tutorials and reviews designed to support the skills and development journey of a streamlined content creator via Youtube.

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An active community of production industry experts also supports the GNARBOX Ecosystem with reviews and testimonials, including support from Chris Burkard , UnboxTherapy , Peter McKinnon and PhotoJoseph . GNARBOX Insiders , a forum-like Facebook community , gathers creative individuals dedicated to streamlining their workflows; connecting GNARBOX users and sharing their latest content and workflow tips and tricks. Insiders also provides an exclusive look at software and product releases before they are publicly announced.

In 2017, the GNARBOX Pro Team was introduced as a group of photo/video professionals who are both creators as well as educators. As Pro Team members, they actively aid in creating public conversations around GNARBOX, and provide GNARBOX-related education at workshops and industry events.

The original device is now referred to as GNARBOX 1.0 with differentiating storage versions of 128GB or 256GB. This entry-level GNARBOX will continue to be supported and will see the same software improvements from future 2.0 software releases and updates. GNARBOX 2.0 SSD will provide significant improvements to backup speeds, transcoding times and on-board functionality that are not available to GNARBOX 1.0. There are currently no plans for an upgrade or trade-in program.

With single-step backup, fast file review and culling, and integrated access to professional editing software, GNARBOX 2.0 SSD will save content creators time and make them more reliable creators.

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ABOUT GNARBOX:

Designed for S treamlined Content Creators w ho produce content while on-the-move, GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for content creators who prefer to travel without a laptop. Unlike other portable hard drives, GNARBOX has assembled an ecosystem of mobile applications that serve the professional workflow in the field. G NARBOX is a creative technology company based in Los Angeles. It’s backed by an active community of content creators and develops products and solutions to revolutionize the multimedia management experience.

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ABOUT MYGNAR INC.:

Guided by the leadership of co-founders Tim Feess and Will Africano, MyGnar Inc. conceptualizes and produces breakthrough innovations for content creation and distribution. Their mission is to make the creative process as seamless as possible for anyone with a camera. Through creative storytelling, strategic partnerships and investments, MyGnar Inc. continues to roll-out new technologies and products that enable their core values of creativity, community support and adventure to be replicated by their valued customers at all levels of interaction and exploration.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

MYGNAR INC.

Tim Feess

tim@gnarbox.com

(626)676-5415

Will Africano

Will@gnarbox.com

(716)830-0366

Told By Thomas

Julian Thomas

Julian@toldbythomas.com

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The Second Half

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Boom ! There it is, the start of the fourth year of my photography business ! When I was made redundant, my Area Manager was made redundant too! He said “what are you doing at the weekend ?” I said “talking at the photography show.” He just looked at me like I was winding him up. I took my redundancy money and decided to give the industry another go after a very long time out! I sold all my Nikon camera gear, went on holiday to Venice, came back and took the plunge.

It’s been really hard graft at times and very gut wrenching scary ! But all the time there has been this little voice next to me ( no not Richie!) saying just keep going. I have sat in the car next to Jane on my way to talk to a room full of 900 people feeling sick and on the verge of giving it up through anxiety but Jane was always there supporting me from the start !

She is supporting me even more now with my weight loss and she is amazing and is the only reason I can do what I do as she gives me the confidence to do it.

Not easy for a guy with Dyslexia and really bad chronic IBS !

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Jane gave me the strength to drive forward against all odds at times in an ever changing industry to stop, think and change direction and find a new way to make it work, adapt and evolve.

It’s all getting more difficult, even weddings are becoming a struggle and training companies in the UK are dropping like flies.

I have had some very good contracts and clients but the plan is in four years time is to just have the time to take Photographs for myself and spend some time with Jane.

Well that’s four years away !

In the meantime something amazing and positive.

I have decided to attempt to do something very special ! I want to help my friend Alan and his team turn this industry on its head and put Photography back where it should be, on top !!

I love photography, I have been addicted to it all my life and I admire the great photographers that have gone before us, they inspire me to go out day after day to be just like them. Not for fame or glory but just to one day make one amazing image.

There is more to great photographers than the gear they use. it’s about light, composition, moment, great subject, emotional impact and passion !! Sometimes it’s luck but most of the time it’s hard graft and thousands of hours out there, searching and learning.

You need a camera that is the right tool for the job and is a perfect fit for you, but a great photographer could use any camera.

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So the second half of my eight year journey is to get photography for all ages back to where it should be.
I am going to be working with Alan Raw and his Team, Claire, and Richard to bring to Hull an amazing photography show!

I have amazing artists booked but so far only three people from the trade have said yes !! Very sad and proves my point ! They don’t want to risk a new show as it costs money with hotels and stands and staff !! Also, if it’s past Birmingham everyone gets a nosebleed !

Over 8000 people went to HipFest last year on opening weekend and 100,000 over the Festival ! That’s passionate people with cameras and a love of photography !

I know all my friends will support me and make this very special.
I know Jane will be with me all the way putting up with me not sleeping and running around making notes and voice memos and being a driven (and grumpy!) I also have to finish my program of workshops for Wex etc so extra grumpy the next three months.

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Even if you are not sure what Photography is all about come to Hull in October for a day out ! Marilyn Stafford is there with her Exhibition at 91 years old! Come and see her images of Einstein, Edith Piaf, Cartier Bresson and be inspired by her passion for creation. Come and have the experience of a pie and a pint in Hull !

So the next four years I will be working with as many people as I can to put Photography back at the top and help creative people have a voice.

I hope you guys will join me on this journey ! Sit down, hold on tight and let’s go….

PhotoCity Hull 5-7th October 2018

From the Hart…

Thanks Jane x

Thanks also to all my friends for all the help and advice along the way, you know who you are.

Thanks to Kevin Mullins for saying just do it what have you got to loose, and it’s easy just get up there and talk it’s your passion…

 

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