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Jim Harmer
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Attended University of Idaho School of Law
Lives in Caldwell, Idaho, USA
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Woke up early on a Saturday morning to write this article on some of the ways I've found to save on photo gear.  Enjoy it!
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+Rick Sammon and +Juan Pons just lightened my wallet significantly after listening to their holiday gift guide. Jerks :-). The Improve Photography doodads of the year episode is coming out soon!
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Happy New Year to you and
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I love my DJI Phantom.  This thing looks incredible.  Hopefully the FAA will relax a bit and let us start using our work.
 
Wow - I watched the live stream and saw +Eric Cheng up on stage announcing this thing... then I watched this video... It looks so awesome!!

 DJI – Introducing the Inspire 1 
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Agree on the FAA piece and I'm waiting until the first of the year to upgrade.  Fantastic piece of equipment though!

As a an existing Phantom owner I can tell you that 98% of those flyaways occur as a result of operating near cell towers and/or not setting home location properly!
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I've been in Iceland for the last 5 days doing a FREE photo workshop with about 20 readers of Improve Photography.  It's been an amazing experience and you can join us on another free workshop by checking the schedule here: http://improvephotography.com/travelgroup

On this night, everything came together.  The sky was clear (a rarity in Iceland), the moon rose in the right spot, the northern lights appeared, there was Ice on the waterfall, etc.  It was an amazing experience.  
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I wish I was in Iceland during this time! Beautiful shot!
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I'm headed to Iceland next week, but both of my cameras are out of commission and won't be repaired in time.  Time to go camera shopping... I'd like to try out something new and different. Maybe a Pentax medium format, or a Sony A7s, etc. Ideas?
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+David Callahan - Over on Facebook, I saw that +Jim Harmer took a D750 and a D810 to Iceland.  He didn't say if he took any other bodies.  With roaming charges and the like, I'm guessing we'll have to wait until he gets back to the states for the details.
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I've been in West Virginia for the last few days doing a free meetup event with some of the readers of Improve Photography.  

Yesterday we had ideal conditions--overcast all day long, fog all day long, light rain to brighten up the colors, and incredible locations.

This shot is just a tiny little creek that we were driving past on the way to a major location and stopped quickly for a shot.  Glad we did because it turned out to be quite a spectacular location.

I took about 20 shots in different locations at this little cascade, but this is the one that really felt solid to me.
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I like that it's a kind of shot that's in all our locations.
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Shooting in Portland this week. What a gorgeous location!
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You're at silverfalls it seems, i miss Portland. 
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I've spent the last few weeks testing out the new iMac 5k.  I don't remember the last time I was so surprised by a product review.  

If you have been wondering if you need a 5k screen in your life, this review will make you feel a LOT better.  

I did a test (watch the video in the link) and found that people could only spot the 5k screen 50% of the time, which of course means that it's total chance.

I think this one is worth 5 minutes to watch the video: http://improvephotography.com/31352/imac-5k-for-photographers-review/
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Now THAT is a waterfall!  I got exactly two shots in before my lens was drenched.
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amazing
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Want to come shoot with me... for free?  Check out the Improve Photography Travel group and see if I'm coming to your neck of the woods soon.
Below are the dates for the 2015 Improve Photography Travel Group events.  The Improve Photography Travel Group is a completely free photography workshop that is open to any readers of Improve Photography–even new readers.  Anyone is welcome to attend. PLEASE read the FAQ about the travel group if you have questions.  The answer is probably there. CONTINUE
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mmmm superb
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I don't often get controversial on ImprovePhotography, but this is something I feel passionate about.  Check out my comparison of the iPhone 6 Plus and the 5D Mark III.  I think you'll be surprised what you find.  http://improvephotography.com/30439/iphone-6-plus-vs-canon-5d-mark-iii/
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You are pretty much spot on.

Aspiring photographers who started with an iPhone will pick up today's SLRs, give it a try, and just go to something else. Could that be the plan?

I have pinch to zoom on my Canon 70D and use it quite a bit. I wish I had even more phone like features.

Great article.
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The good news? Had a successful sports portrait shoot with an Olympic gold medalist. Bad news? Fried my new D810 in the pool doing it.
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+Jim Harmer well, your photo is fantastic! The definition in the muscles, gorgeous.  Sorry about the camera! 
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  • Improve Photography
    Owner, 2010 - present
  • University of Idaho Law
    Juris Doctorate, 2011 - 2012
  • Ave Maria School of Law
    Law, 2011
  • Journey Advertising
    2009
  • Lexington Law Firm
    2008
  • Jim Harmer Photography
    2009 - 2011
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Caldwell, Idaho, USA
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Naples, Florida, USA - Rexburg, Idaho - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Meridian, Idaho - Honolulu, Hawaii - San Antonio, Texas - Sandy, Utah
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Author of the ImprovePhotography.com blog (read by MILLIONS of photographers) and total photography addict.
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I consider myself mostly a landscape photographer, but I love doing all different types of photography as well.  

I'm a father of two young boys and husband to my wife, Emily.  
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Owner of ImprovePhotography.com - the best way to learn photography.
Education
  • University of Idaho School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, 2011 - 2011
  • Ave Maria School of Law
    2009 - 2011
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho
    Communications, 2006 - 2009
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Really nice people and the salesman (Jay) was actually helpful... unlike salesman from several other dealerships I went to.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
I don't like how I was treated today at this dealership. I went in to buy a car. I explained that I wasn't interested in a new car and wanted something lightly used. The salesman showed me a brand new car $15,000 above my price range. I told him I wanted a lightly used car that wasn't as expensive. He showed me YET ANOTHER brand new car way above my price range. Then, surprise! He showed me ANOTHER brand new car way above my price range. I finally just left (angry that he wasted my time!) and another salesman finally told me that the reason he wasn't listening to me is because they have all their used cars at the fair grounds right now, so they only have new cars to show. The salesman was more interested in his commission than he was about providing me with helpful information. He wasted my time.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Excellent family-owned company that you can trust. They do good work.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I don't have a problem with this particular location, but I have a HUUUGE problem with Idaho Athletic Club as a business. Unlike most companies that treat their customers with respect, this company has not done so in my opinion. I moved away from the location I went to when I had this membership, so the membership wasn't useful for me. I don't want to commute in 20 minutes to the gym and 20 minutes back. So, I tried to cancel my membership. The club said I couldn't cancel over the phone and had to go into their store. This is a HUGE hassle for me because I work long hours and I would have appreciated it if they would not have this policy which is annoying. After complaining, they said I can cancel over the phone by calling the corporate office. The number on the website didn't work so I had to call and find the right number. I talked to the lady at the corporate office and she said I would be charged a cancellation fee of OVER $100 for me and OVER $100 for my wife. IN ADDITION to that, I would be charged $50 for January even though I'm cancelling before January. THEN she said I couldn't cancel over the phone and had to tell them in writing that I'm cancelling. WHY!!??!??!?! This policy ate up a lot of my time, hundreds of dollars during the Christmas season, and forced me to make many calls and write a letter. This is why I believe this company does not treat their customers right. A better option, in my opinion, is the YMCA. They have several locations in the Treasure Valley and they don't make you sign a two year contract. Also, I think their gyms are superior to the Idaho Athletic Club anyway.
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My experience here was HORRENDOUS! First of all, I'm a returning customer, having bought a car here in the past. I expected to be treated the same way I was when I bought a car before. This time, the salesman lied to me, and after I left the dealership and was driving home, the salesman continued to text me (I never gave him permission to text me on my personal phone). In his RUDE text, he said, "we will never sell you a car"! Unbelievable.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
OUTRAGEOUS prices!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I went with my wife and we generally had a good time. However, the prices were UNREAL!!!! Also, we found the customer service to be somewhat rude (other reviewers have said the same thing, so it sounds like this is a constant issue). I agree with another reviewer that Wahooz might be a better option at least in the summer months since Wahooz has an outdoor track and this one is indoors.
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago