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Manfrotto Ambassador

by Coole Photography on May 12, 2014 Leave a comment

After using Manfrotto products since the very beginning of my career, it is a great honour to become part of the Manfrotto family and represent them as an Ambassador.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this brand, here is some information taken directly from the Manfrotto website:

“Based in Northern Italy at Bassano del Grappa, Manfrotto designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of camera and lighting support equipment for the professional photographic, film, theatre, live entertainment and video markets. The product line includes an extensive range of camera tripods and heads, lighting stands and accessories.

Manfrotto products are sold by its own distribution companies, Manfrotto Distribution, in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus independent distributors in over 65 countries around the world! The unrivalled strength of the international distribution network and the team efforts between the company and the distributors is a key element in the success of the lines. The group owned distribution companies provide direct access to the market, trends and requirements which is essential in keeping the company at the forefront of development and innovation.”

Every single long exposure shot of mine was taken using my trusty little lady-frotto (as I only use the smaller carbon fibre models I called them ladies, the bigger heavier ones keep their original name of man-frotto, plus I have a teeny tiny tripod which is called my baby-frotto!), so a huge thanks to Manfrotto for producing such beautiful gear.

As part of our collaboration I was asked to give a couple of talks at The Photography Show on the Manfrotto Stage – although instantly regretting the quick email I fired back I said YES! I have had a fear of public speaking for as long as I can remember, and in all honesty I prefer people not knowing who I am, but I thought the sooner I got a talk out of the way the better, everyone has always told me it gets easier so I may as well try…

I am told the talks went really well – I had a good crowd and no walker-off-ers. I can’t remember for the life of me what I talked about, I did have a whole script prepared but soon realised that rather than trying to stumble my way through it I’d just talk about whatever image came on screen next and hope that what I said helped people! The title of my talks was “Taking your time with travel photography” and so it all revolved around that (I hope!).

Sadly nerves and planning don’t seem to mix, I never thought to ask anyone to take shots so I have no actual photos of me giving these talks – something to remember for future ones!

My favourite aspect of giving these talks was actually meeting the other photographers who were giving talks, a really great group of people who all have such different styles and approaches, yet all create really beautiful work, it really was an honour and I hope we all get to meet up again in the future. If any of my readers would like to see their work please follow the links below:

A final thanks to everyone who watched my talks and the lovely people who came to chat and ask questions afterwards – it was a pleasure meeting you all! If anyone ever has any questions about my work or how I take my images please just leave a post on here and I’ll get them answered as soon as I can.

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