January 2, 2017 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 7

Best of 2016

Whew, it’s been quite a year. It can be easy to forget all the amazingness one year can contain. So I decided to go through and cull my favorite images I shot this year. Some of these you may have seen, and others this is their first time seeing the light of day. If you have a favorite, please let me know in the comments below! Without further ado…

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December 28, 2016 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 0

My Best Professional Decision of the Year

Most people dream of leaving the office behind and working from home. As a freelancer, I have the opportunity to work from anywhere. But this year I decided to start renting an office. And I believe it has had a greater impact on my work and quality of life than anything else I’ve done. Here’s why: I decided working from my couch in my professional attire (sweatpants) was not a good idea for me. Even though an office would create an additional financial burden I wasn’t sure I could afford, I decided the move was worth it for a few specific reasons. I wanted to create a separation of work life and home life. I wanted to have a space that was specifically for creativity and work. I wanted to be around other people in my industry, not only for networking, but to see how others operate and to learn from them. And I wanted to force myself into greater motivation and efficiency. Let’s go into each one a little bit more. I intentionally raised the stakes.

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August 9, 2016 by Eric Hanson Photography 2

How to Become an Adventure Photographer

There are two rules on how to become an adventure photographer. First, you must go on adventures. Second, you must take lots of photos. Revolutionary stuff right? Many people want to be Chris Burkard or Jimmy Chin, getting paid mega bucks to travel the world and shoot top athletes. But how do you actually do it? I was recently sitting in on a Q and A with Chris Burkard, who now has close to two million followers on Instagram and shoots huge commercial projects all over the world. He was talking about how he got his start by living in his van and eating hot dogs every day. He was photographing random surfers and trying to make a buck any way he could. He lived the dirtbag lifestyle. He lived off student loans to pay for his camera gear and his hot dogs. It was risky. But it laid the foundation to get a job as a photographer at a surf magazine. He then spent years working under the restrictions of deadlines and editors. But he gained the tools to become a world class photographer. Burkard gave a TedTalk about the key to his success. What set him apart was […]

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August 1, 2016 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 0

Brendan Leonard on Becoming a Writer and Doing What You Love

Becoming a writer, a filmmaker, or a photographer is hard. But there is good news. Most people who consistently work hard tend to make it. Yet let’s not work hard at the wrong things. I decided to reach out to people who have accomplished something unique, interesting, and inspiring in order to glean wisdom. I want to learn from those who have done it in order to help me accomplish my own goals. My intent is that their answers can help others who are working in a creative field. Brendan Leonard is an author, filmmaker, climber, and outdoor adventure guy. He recently released his second book, Sixty Meters to Anywhere. The book is truly wonderful. I highly recommend picking up a copy. I asked Brendan four questions about the path he has taken in his creative pursuits. – What was the most important thing (such as a trait, habit, or action) that helped you reach some sort of tipping point towards positive things, or “success,” in your life? “I think putting my writing online on my website at Semi-Rad.com and making a genuine effort to write something high-quality every single week (even though I wasn’t getting paid for it) did more for my writing […]

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July 29, 2016 by Eric Hanson General, Photography 8

How I Found My Dream Job

I quit my day job two years ago. Since then I traveled the length of the Andes, done river trips in the Grand Canyon, press trips in Canada, went trekking in the Cordillera Huayhuash, all for work. I’ve notched some life goal accomplishments, published my first article in National Geographic Adventure, landed multiple magazine cover shots, been hired to create video content for major gear brands. I’m working my dream job. How did I get here? Sometimes people ask me how to become an adventure photographer. I set out to offer some tips and advice on how to do what to many is a dream job. But as I started to write this, it quickly changed into a personal story. I will be writing a more tactical approach to becoming an adventure photographer. But first, here’s my story version. I took a grand total of two photography classes. Both were black and white film classes that required 15 hours in a dark room to produce two or three prints that would be received with little enthusiasm by my photography professor. I learned quickly I was no prodigy.

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