25Oct

Discounts on photo gear, free shipping, and more

When you follow my blog, take a workshop, buy my book and write a positive review on Amazon, you get perks- that’s right, I throw DOWN for my students and fans! 🙂


FREE SHIPPING on HOODMAN LOUPES:

Ordering a Hoodman loupe and want free shipping? Go to Hunt’s Photo and Video and when you add the loupe to your cart, at checkout type in “SArbabi” to the coupon field – that equals free shipping!

http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com


FREE GIFT WHEN YOU BUY A CAMERA BAG/ CASE:

Go to Think Tank Photo and use this link below:

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=WS-142

When you do, if you buy a camera bag/case over $50, you get a choice of one free item valued around $20-30 (three to choose from). Great cases- I have four of them and love ’em- best camera bags made out there.


$20 OFF OF YOUR NEXT ONLINE WORKSHOP:

I teach online workshops with BetterPhoto.com – the past three years to students in 30 counties and 43 US States – come and take a course online, on exposure (my course) or many others including photoshop, composition, lighting, and more- tell ’em I sent you and you’ll get $20 off of your next course: http://www.betterphoto.com/courseOverview.asp?cspID=144


ALL OTHER CAMERA COMPANIES / STORES / MANUFACTURERS:

If you read about them here, and I recommended them, tell ’em I sent you (Sean Arbabi – The Photoguru) and you just might get free shipping or a discount. More discounts to come in the near future!


29Apr

Where should I buy photo gear?


As more and more camera stores close with the onslaught of web-based photo distributors, I often hear the question “Where should I buy my photo gear Sean?“.

There are mix of places I’ve used over my career, from local Bay Area stores (Northern California) like South Bay’s Keeble & Shuchat, San Francisco locations like Calumet (based in Chicago with an e-store as well) or Pro Camera, and East Bay stores such as the Looking Glass and Sarber’s, open since 1961- and then Reed’s in Walnut Creek (the closest to my home) that closed in ’07 after 50 years in business.





Then when I’m on the road and need quick gear or rental equipment, I use Samy’s Cameras in Los Angeles CA (a few locations and where the pros go) or Glazer’s Camera Supply in Seattle WA (around since 1935).

Where to go online? Besides B&H Photo and Calumet, I love working with the people at Hunt’s Photo & Video– an east coast-based store (online, as well as physical locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Maine).

Hunt’s rocks- not only have they been around since 1889 (that’s right, 120 years), they are personable, don’t try to sell you gear you don’t want or need, and I’ve had direct connection with the owner (Gary) for years.

I also feel if we, as photographers, don’t support companies like Hunt’s, we’ll end up falling into the mix of large companies with horrible customer service reps that know nothing about gear and only want to “make their numbers” in sales. You know these companies – the ones that transfer you six times to different departments, screw up your bill or order, and waste your time for an hour and what could have been a 5 minute call (rhymes with ShmAy-Tee-&-Tee). Where’s the invention that will allow me to grab someone’s neck through phone lines? A fiber-optic vulcan grip of sorts.

I have certain criteria when I use these stores, and if they don’t follow them, I don’t get them my business:

Reps that are awake, alert, happy and helpful

Good competitive prices (but I’ll pay a few bucks more for prompt service and accurate details from knowledgeable reps)

My gear arrives on time, or they follow up with me on my order

Mistakes happen, just admit it (instead of trying to cover it with a bunch of baloney)

Don’t try to sell me something I don’t need (no, that $300 camera strap made of Carbon-fiber isn’t necessary dude)

Help me when I’m in a jam (don’t place a 10 grand hold on my card for rental gear, when 5 grand will do the job and save me some space to use the card on my job)

There ya go- now go out and spend, spend, spend. Just kidding. But if you do, and don’t get the treatment you expect, let ’em you’ll take your business elsewhere, tell ’em I sent you, and go somewhere else if they don’t get it.

Happy shooting….I mean shopping. 🙂