See what you missed at Photographers Ignite, the grand finale event of WPPI this year & enter to win a prize from the sponsors!

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Each video is just five minutes long and is full of educational and inspiring content from fellow creatives.

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Matt Kennedy
10 Things You Can Learn from Taylor Swift
Steven Rosen
Taking Pictures, Making History
Lori Nordstrom
Get Off Your Big "But"!
Phillip Blume
The Power of a Wandering Mind
Elle Danielle & Tyrus Sturgis
The Kenny Rogers Approach to Customer Service
Joe Photo
Word on the Street
Bambi Cantrell
From Drab to Fab
Drexelle & David Park
Power of Paralysis
Jessica Lark
Time is My Currency
Craig Strong
Reinvent
Julieta Schwartzmann
All You Need is to Open Your Eyes, and See!
Cheryl Haggard
It's Not About Photographing Death, It's About Capturing Love
Taylor Jackson
How to Travel the World for (Nearly) Free with Your Camera

Thinktank bag review and deals

Just got and love my new ThinkTank Urban Disguise 60 Classic bag. I took this with me to WPPI last week and it is the perfect size for a camera, few lenses, couple flash units, flash triggers, doodads, and a laptop and iPad. When I got there, I took the laptop and iPad out and used the laptop pocket to stuff my collapsible 42" Westcott diffuser and my new LunaGrip kit. It's a perfect fit and it's pretty cool that I can carry everything I need to light up just about anyone, anywhere, in one small-ish shoulder bag.

My LunaGrip and pop-up diffuser fit neatly in the laptop compartment, keeping access to the camera stuff clear.

My LunaGrip and pop-up diffuser fit neatly in the laptop compartment, keeping access to the camera stuff clear.

ThinkTank bags in general are known for (and I can attest) incomparable quality construction. Everything detail is well thought out and functional. They are also discreet, without screaming, "I'm a camera bag, grab me and run!" Although for the photographer, they are certainly perfect for grab and run image capture. This particular bag seems to suit all my needs perfectly as I sometimes bring a laptop, but when I don't the dedicated pocket perfectly carries my pop-up 5-in-1 disc. In addition to the main center pocket for camera gear, there is also another expanding pocket under the front flap. This can be used for extra gear the size of flash units or smaller lenses and accessories. 

The padded interior pocket is configurable, so that you could carry a 70-200mm zoom mounted and ready to go, in addition to a couple other lenses and flash units. This bag is perfect on its own for photographers who like to travel light, but has the option to stuff more gear in it when necessary or you need an extra workout. When paired with a rolling bag, like the one on special below, you have an ideal combo for weddings and events. You can stash your backup gear and less used items in the roller, but keep your essentials on your shoulder for quick access. I used to carry one of those big boxy old-fashioned shoulder bags around at weddings but found that it was ornery for navigating crystal topped tables at the reception. A slimmer profile bag like this makes much more sense. 

I have to say, looks matter. Call me vain, but I like bags, and shoes. I won't carry a bag that looks stupid or wreaks of crappy construction. I like this bag because it is clean, yet thoughtfully designed and oozes with quality. It is like the subtle elegance of an Audi vs. the ostentatious screaming of a Ferrari. 

If you are interested in a ThinkTank bag, they have offered a special to my readers. With any purchase over $50 they'll throw in free shipping and free accessories! Just visit with this link. They also have a limited time promotion going on rollers, if you want to put together the perfect event bag combo. See below.

This bag carries all the gear I need to quickly access, plus room for a bit more if i get really ambitious or eat my wheaties that day.

This bag carries all the gear I need to quickly access, plus room for a bit more if i get really ambitious or eat my wheaties that day.

The laptop pocket on the back side also doubles as my pocket for my 42" 5-in-1 pop-up disc and LunaGrip disc holder. All my lighting gear in one bag!

The laptop pocket on the back side also doubles as my pocket for my 42" 5-in-1 pop-up disc and LunaGrip disc holder. All my lighting gear in one bag!

FREE 15” LAPTOP CASE WITH PURCHASE OF THINK TANK ROLLER

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have announced a special offer that runs through March 31, 2015.  Purchase any new rolling camera bag directly from Think Tank Photo, mail in the rebate form downloadable from their website, and they will send you a 15" laptop case for free!  Think Tank’s rolling camera bags are renowned for being designed for airline travel, enhanced security and durability, while being backed by the best customer service in the industry.  Another deal for my readers, in addition to receiving the free laptop, when you check out of their shopping cart you will be asked what other Think Tank item you would like to receive for free with your order.

Digital Bootcamp deadline this Sunday

The deadline to register for our Digital Photography Bootcamp™ is Sunday night, so I wanted to drop you a quick note to see if you'd like to spend a whole week with me in Bend, OR

Digital photography bootcamp workshop

Digital Photography Bootcamp is my primary hands-on workshop that I've been running for almost 25 seasons now. It is an experience that has changed the lives and businesses of hundreds of photographers over the years. Some of the most successful photographers in the industry have started their careers at one of my Digital Bootcamps: Parker Pfister, Craig Strong (Lensbaby inventor), Joe Photo, Becker, Frances Marron, Jeffrey Woods, Byron Roe, Alycia WhiteMatthew (The Body) Kemmetmueller and many, many more (that aren't necessarily famous speakers at WPPI ;-)

Bootcamp is kept very small so that you receive all the attention you need. We cover just about everything: inspiration, marketing and branding, lighting, posing, customer service, sales, and workflow. I stay with you out at the beautiful 5 Pine Lodge, where we have private luxury cabins and I (and my assistants) can be available all day to help with anything you might be struggling with in your business. You will work hard, and you will leave exhausted – probably a little sad to go, but inspired and energized by what the future will hold.

I have received so many stories of transformation over the years from my attendees and I wish I could share them all with you. Here is one in particular that was really moving to me and she was kind enough to share it with you as well. (This is an audio file and will play in your browser when clicked)

Bootcamp happens just once a year, and we have a few spots left for the upcoming program this May 10-15th in Bend, OR. It is the only workshop of its kind (that I know of) that also offers a money-back guarantee, because we know from past experience that you'll gain far, far more value from it than you'll invest. 

Will you consider joining me? Find out more and sign up here.