Guest Blogger: Mark Morrow

Huge thanks to my friend, Mary Lu Saylor of GrowGreatCompanies.com for a recent conversation on using social media to aid in locating a market and acquiring traction in business.

A 30-year veteran of the television industry, Mary Lu is a two-time Emmy-award winning journalist and social media specialist with a knack for sharing valuable information, and fostering strong relationships within the community.

Check out her Blog at socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com.

Social Media Mary Lu

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I love bringing new ideas to share with you about social media through some very special connections. Mark Morrow is a very talented photographer that I daresay I was stalking a bit…ha ha on Instagram.  I saw some of his pictures which evolved into me engaging him in a bit of conversation. His beautiful photographs of our city and the surrounding mountains are breathtaking.  He reached out to me via Facebook where we were able to continue conversations in a little more depth.

I would encourage you to check out Mark’s work. Use this blog as a tool to share with others who would be interested in photography.

What social media platforms are you on?  And how do you use social media?

At the current time, I’m located on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google + as well as my personal Blog hosted via WordPress.com.

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Benefits of Working with a Local Charity

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Photographers face many challenges when first starting out and can have a tough time breaking into the local market. While it can certainly be said that photography is well-saturated in the cyber world, when we stop and take a short look around we see another story. New businesses and outreach efforts of all kinds are formed almost daily with a similar need of exposure.

One of the best and most rewarding ways to build a portfolio is to consider working with a local charity or non-profit organization. Read more

Flycam Nano DSLR Adapted for GoPro Hero 3

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If you’re seeking to get your camera off the tripod and add smooth motion capture to your video projects, you might take a look at this modified setup of the Flycam Nano DSLR system adapted for use with the GoPro Hero3 camera. If you’re not currently shooting with a GoPro system, no worries, the information in this post can be equally applied to nearly any digital compact on the market today. That said, I do highly recommend the GoPro Hero 3 (Black) for its frame rate capabilities, specifically the ability to capture 60fps (frames-per-second) at full 1080p resolution, not to mention its usefully small size.

As cameras have become smaller and more capable, companies are now making available on the consumer level the cinematic tools developed and used by the motion picture industry for decades. One such item is a vertical stabilizing device designed to remove footsteps, typically (generically) known as a steadicam. While there is a company producing excellent products under the name Steadicam, the system we’re using for this post is the Flycam Nano DSLR. This setup is so straight-forward, and produces such amazing results that it has become an integral part of my daily workflow. Let’s start with a look at the basic setup and balance of this versatile platform. Read more