Megan Allen / 2016 Mentorship

Mark your calendars! Registration for the 2017 Mentorship will be opening up for new photographers on NOVEMBER 7th. Only a small number of photographers will be accepted next year to keep the group intimate and I’m so excited to be releasing details soon on something I’ve been working on for close to two years now.

One of the things I really wanted to make sure we did this year was capture the experience of the Mentorship. I know what it’s like to jump into a photography education experience with next to no details while wondering if it’s going to be worth the investment so we’ve captured a few stories from some of the photographers who were a part of the Mentorship this year. The first one is below with the amazing Megan Allen of Studio 22 Photography.

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For more info on the Mentorship, click here and be on the look out in the coming weeks for more details.

Our good friends over at Western Digital sent us along with the new My Passport Wireless Pro several months before it’s big release to give it a road test as we traveled for weddings and sessions throughout Germany, Austria, Iceland, Canada, and the Northeast USA. Whether you are a traveling or local creative, this drive is a game changer and is setting the standards for whats to come in the years ahead for the tech world. If you missed Part I & II of Chrissy & Ryan’s session you can look through more images by clicking here or here.

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Produced by: Robert J Hill
Filmed by: John McLaughlin, Craig Flood, Robert J Hill
Edited by: John McLaughlin
Special Thanks: Emily Hill, Chrissy & Ryan, Heather Skinner, Matthew Bennion, Holdfast Gear
Sponsored by: Western Digital

Gear Review: My Passport Wireless Pro

I just returned home from a month long trip of shooting weddings and couples sessions throughout Austria, Germany, Iceland, Canada and the Northeast USA and as I’ve been jet setting, I’ve been testing out some new gear for my good friends over at Western Digital. Their newest product, the My Passport Wireless Pro,  has become a staple for me in my workflow, especially while traveling the last month and below I’ve shared some thoughts and insight on how this new drive has already changed my entire game when it comes to shooting and post processing on the go. There is a ton this drive can do but I’ve only included below the much less technical points that I believe would be crucial for any creative out there. All of the images below are of me working on a wedding wirelessly with the drive at a little coffee shop in Munich, Germany.

My Passport Wireless Pro

This is WD’s second version of their wireless drive and they’ve definitely succeeded in packing in even more functionality and capabilities in this one than the last version. From just an exterior and physical standpoint, the drive is flatter but has now taken on a square format from the previous rectangular version. It’s got a pretty sweet case that you can now get as well that doubles as a great SD card case. Along with the power button, battery indicator button, SD 3.0 Card Slot and USB 3.0 port (for charging and connecting via wire), they now have an extra USB port which allows this drive to also serve as a power bank or a port for another drive to daisy chain to. This may seem nominal but it has been huge for getting a quick charge on my phone as well as for accessing other drives wirelessly.

My Passport Wireless Pro

Everything is simply set up via a new My Cloud app which allows you to access the drive, see the contents, set up sharing settings for other friends to access and work off the drive simultaneously as well as grab images and/or videos from the drive and save them to your phone or tablet to edit immediately. One of the game changing features I’ve found in this app is the auto import via the SD card slot on the side of the drive. I can now carry this drive with me on a shoot and once my card is filled, I pull out the drive, grab another card from the Wireless Pro case and slip my used card in the drive to starting downloading everything as I continue my shoot. It has 4 blue indicator lights that let you know when the card is 100% downloaded and at the end of the day everything is downloaded before I ever get back to my hotel room. And for all of you ahead of the game, yes, that means I no longer have to carry a laptop with me. Everything can stay at the hotel (or even at home) and I could solely have this drive with me and be set. In the app, you simply set up a four digit security passcode to gain access and you are in. This really came into play when hiking for shoots in Iceland a few weeks back as I’m constantly trying to stay as light weight as possible with gear. Every card was downloaded completely before we made it back to the car and with the additional USB port, I was able to connect another drive and transfer all of the files for a second if not third backup of my images, all without a laptop.

My Passport Wireless Pro

Unlike the first version of this drive, version 2 now has two different wifi signals, both AC Wifi 5.0Ghz (20mb/sec which is as fast as a Macbook) and N wifi 2.4Ghz (5mb/sec for better long range). This is pretty awesome as you can have multiple people working off different wifi signals that won’t interfere with one another or slow each down while being connected. As well, this little thing serves as a hotspot for you and friends as you can easily connect the drive to a local wifi network and then your group can connect to the drive and access the files while also having access to the internet. I haven’t had a chance to test this yet because when my team did meet up with me, they flew on a different plane, but I’m excited to see if this works with an airline’s wifi network as it would be a perfect scenario to utilize this feature and save some money on the outrageous wifi costs from 30,000ft.

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Above all, the reason I love this drive is because of it of course being wireless. I had it out at this coffee shop in Munich specifically to take some photos but as soon as I finished shooting I slipped this thing right back into my bag and continued editing my wedding. This is massive when it comes to flying as well because when I’m traveling in and out of airports and on and off planes I don’t want to keep having to open up and pull out multiple things from my carry on. I can just turn this on when I get to the airport and have 10+ hours of continuous access to 3tb of content without filling up my computers internal drive. It also has a range of over 50ft while still having great signal and comes in both 2tb ($199.99) and 3tb ($229.99) options.

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Lastly, Western Digital sent me an extra one of these drives so that one of you can be of the first to get one of these! I’m doing a little giveaway via the link below and the winner will be announced on my Instagram at the end of the week! Click the link below and sign up for my newsletter to be entered to win a 3TB My Passport Wireless Pro and then head over to Instagram and follow @westerndigital and @robertjhillphotography and lookout for the winner to be announced this coming Friday June 24th, 2016. Good luck!

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Mystic Seminars 2017

Mystic Seminars

Ridiculously honored to have been asked to speak in January 2017 at Mystic Seminars in Portland, Oregon along with some of the best wedding photographers in the world. If you haven’t seen the speaker line up you are in for a treat. Tickets are available and for a limited time, sign up using code “2017earlybird” and receive $100 off your registration.

I’ve recently decided that due to the overwhelming number of educational opportunities offered these days, I will only be hosting workshops connected to conferences that I am speaking at and will be releasing more details on my education page soon for one I will be teaching the week of Mystic Seminars here in Oregon! Find out more about the conference as well as a little about what I’m sharing at www.MysticSeminars.com