This Tip for Beating Manual-Phobia is Hilarious and Effective

photographer jason groupp

When was the last time you read your equipments manuals? Have you ever?

When I ask this question, all too often I hear photographers respond with, “I don’t read manuals, who has time for that?” Yet ignoring your manual can get you into pretty scary situations, like not knowing how to shut off the “timer” function on your camera when you accidentally turned it on.

Reading this now, you’re probably saying, “Hey, old man, don’t lecture me, I know what I’m doing!”

But do you really?

I’m challenging you on this, because of the dozens of text messages I’ve received from photographers who were in the middle of shooting a wedding and had accidentally done this, and couldn’t figure out how to shut it off. Scary? You bet.

The truth is that I’m not immune to “manual-phobia” either. And it wasn’t until I got one of the best tips from a friend, that I really …

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The Story Behind My I Heart New York Engagement Sessions

themed engagement session photo by Jason Groupp

I heart NY.

I’ve been putting off writing this blog post for quite a while now. Don’t get me wrong; I’m honored to be asked by The Photo Life to write about ANYTHING I do, I just don’t like to write. I mean I have the world’s most neglected blog on the planet.  That said, somehow I have been able to amass over 6,000 tweets.

So, when I sat down to write tonight, I wondered what I could say to tell the story of my I Heart New York sessions in a new and different way. Recently, I’ve been taking a new approach to things. I’ve been making the conscious decision to tell the honest truth – no sugar coating – just raw thoughts and feelings.

So, here’s the honest truth about I Heart New York (IHNY).

About 8 years ago made the decision to walk away from my commercial photo business and pursue …

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