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New Years Resolution…Divorce!

January 4, 2012

Bitter cold winds whip across the lawn as I drag out the remnants of Christmas past. This magnificent, beautiful tree that once caught my fancy over all the others looks dry and limp now.

Every year I wrestle over when to get rid of it. Too soon and you risk incurring the wrath of those still reeling over the brevity of the Kardashian “marriage”. Wait too long and you become rather attached to the memory of the holiday magic and it’s harder to let go.

The New Year, for most of us, ushers in little change, despite our ritual resolutions. But for some, the stress of the holidays proves to be the breaking point. The tree becomes a metaphor for their spouse. They resolve to radically change their life this year by breaking from the family.

Save for a few celebrities, divorce is a process surrounded by challenges. Challenges that are new to us.
One is wise to look for assistance, as early as possible, from competent folks who are trained in such matters.

Lawyers, accountants, therapists and clergy can all help guide you through this difficult process.

“How does THIS relate to photography?” you might ask.

Good question!

And I have an equally good answer.

Late last year I was contacted by several photographers who shared stories of how photography had helped them to heal and get their life back on track after divorce. It helped them get past feelings of loneliness and restore their confidence. It gave them a sense of purpose and opportunities to meet and interact with fun new people. Exactly the results you would expect if you’d read my survey results.

Not willing to settle for hearsay evidence, I went to an expert on matters of divorce and had a wonderful conversation with Dr. Lisa Rene Reynolds, therapist and author of the new book, “Parenting Through Divorce – Helping Your Children Thrive During and After the Split”.

You can listen to the full interview at the bottom of the article here:

Listen to this enlightening interview with Dr. Reynolds on Photography and Divorce now.

Even if you’re happily married, or long past your divorce, you’ll find great tips on using photography to keep your life happy and healthy…or maybe help someone you know get through this difficult time.

*** Listen all the way through to discover how even smart phone cameras are getting in on the action!

(This article was reprinted courtesy of


Holiday Loneliness Conquered by Camera

December 23, 2011

All of the socks come out of the dryer with a mate except for one. You.

Wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for all those holiday get-togethers. Boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, lovers of all variety having one another to fall back on, leave with. Family, work, and friends all gathering (paired) to spread the holiday cheer.

You’re expected to go and have fun too, even if you are the lonely sock.

So what’s a person to do?

Good news! It’s easier than ever now to have fun on your own, in any situation.

Just appoint yourself the photographer!

Now, you can even use your iPhone or android to take candid shots. Whether you tell anyone or not is up to you. The point is, you have a mission now, a greater purpose. A cause.

You’re no longer the lonely sock, you’re a rogue spy. You have a reason to interact, to draw a crowd, to instigate fun. When you become the self-appointed photographer you take the focus off you, pun intended, and concentrate instead on capturing all the fun. We’re always happiest when we’re doing something for others!

Imagine how much fun it will be to share those photos after the party’s over.

It works for parties and it works if you want to travel someplace, but don’t have anyone to join you.

Think about it. Do you ever feel lonely going to the store? No, you’re on a mission to buy something. You have a definite purpose. Do you feel lonely when you’re fishing, or painting, or knitting, or baking, or cutting the grass, or washing the dishes? No, because you have a purpose and that makes all the difference.

The great thing about the camera is you not only have a purpose (to record the sights and mood of the occasion) but you also  have a tangible product when you’re done…photographs!

Many photographers and artist have more fun manipulating the images afterward (with programs like Photoshop) than they did taking the pictures initially. So you get double the fun.

If you have a digital SLR camera, that’s great. But you don’t need to lug obvious or expensive equipment to get results. Many times a big camera and lens actually makes people freeze up or move away. But folks seem to love hamming it up in front of the tiny cell phone lens.

In my survey of amateur photographers, 93% said taking photos made them feel good about themselves, it boosted their self-esteem and 80% said photo taking made them feel more connected to the community, it increased their interaction with other people.

This holiday season, if you want to feel really good about yourself and have a blast at all those parties you were dreading, break out the camera!

Fear not, even if your photo taking skills are lacking. The same survey of photographers showed that it didn’t matter if the photos were good or bad, those taking the photos still felt all the positive benefits. It was the ACT of taking photos, not the actual photo quality that made the difference.

Embrace your lonely sock-ness. Roam untethered through the season, capturing all the action, and you just might find in the end… you’ve become the life of the party!

For more information on how to become a happier, healthier you while having fun with your camera, check out “Your F-Stop Guide to Fitness”


Coming Up: My interview with Dr. Lisa Rene Reynolds, psychologist, marital counselor, and  author of the great new book, “Parenting Through Divorce” . She shares her expert opinion on how photography helps folks create a more positive atmosphere through the loneliness and trauma of marital breakups. Her book offers a unique perspective on how to best protect and nurture the children through this difficult time. She says certain photos can really help!

Our Independence Day Photo

July 3, 2011

America Reflects Me and You Flag Photo from TotalFitnessPhotography.comMake Fourth of July Your Birthday Too!

 It’s hot dogs on the grill for us. Juicy hamburgers. Mouth watering barbeque chicken, slightly blackened. And giant kettles of sweet yellow corn on the cob. That’s how I think of the Fourth of July.

Hot summer days spent lazily by the pool. Long forest walks with the kids as they explore this new and exciting world. The possibilities of summer always seem infinite, in stark contrast to the strict confines of winter.

So, on this Fourth of July celebration, I tend to think more of my own rebirth in summer. Every Fourth of July finds me celebrating my own independence, celebrating my own freedom in the summer fun while watching fireworks stream across the sky.

But I also think of those not so fortunate. Those that don’t have the opportunity or courage to pursue their own freedom.

For some, personal freedom has been denied through powerful government regimes. For those who choose to walk afoul of the law, prisons hold their fate.

But what I find most tragic, are the millions who deny their own freedom. Those who accept only what comes to them easily, whether good or bad, and accept that as their fate. Those who never pursue their own freedom of choice, whether for reasons of their own making or imagination, or circumstance.

I discovered through my own research many years ago the most wonderful gift given us at birth – the power to control our own mind.

No matter what outside forces, real or imagine, conspire against us, we are ultimately in control of how we choose to let that affect us. Legendary are the accounts of men and women who were stripped of everything yet came back to great success by simply embracing the power of their mind.

Especially here in America, where we are all so blessed to have freedom, no person should deny their own right to be free. To pursue what ultimately make them happy or gives service to those they love.

As we celebrate the birth of our nation on this Fourth of July we should also celebrate our own birth into the freedom that America  provides. And we should ask ourselves,  “Have we have grown up in that freedom? Have we really become all that we could be? Or Desire to be?”

Several years ago, as I approached the big FIVE-O I asked that question of myself. And I didn’t like the answer. After nearly a half-century of living I really didn’t feel that I was free. I hadn’t really pursued my own dreams.

So I set about changing that immediately. For me, I had always wanted to express my creative side through photography.

Let me tell you, it has been a most liberating experience. Especially now in that we are blessed with the simplicity of digital cameras. It just makes everything so much easier.

Not only has this pursuit led to enormous personal pleasure, but it has also connected me to a whole world of people, nice people, that I never knew existed

People like you

Photography was my re-birth into freedom.

I don’t know what your personal passion is. But I do know, that as we celebrate America’s birth into freedom, we should give serious consideration to our own freedom as well. Give it a bit of thought and decide if you are truly free. If your answer is no, remember that you alone have the power to change that. Seize control of your mind, and claim the gift given you at birth.

Make this Fourth of July your birthday too!

Your re-birth into freedom.

And nothing offers more freedom and adventure than to grab your camera and go off in search of the all beauty in this world. You’ll surely find it…if you look!

Robert Schwarztrauber can help you get started on a photo adventure that lasts a lifetime!

Mothers Love This Gift Most

May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day Gift from

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

None of us would be here today without you!

And we’re grateful for every day you’re here to share your love, your kindness, and your wisdom.

Here’s some great news for you – and a great gift idea for those looking for something truly special to give.

I read a report today by Evangeline Lausier, MD, director of clinical services at Duke Integrative Medicine and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, both in Durham, North Carolina. She is an internist specializing in women’s health and complex multi-system illnesses, with an emphasis on preventive lifestyle.

In the Bottom Line Report, she listed several ways to boost your energy in 8 minutes or less:

“Take 800 steps. A moderately brisk walk — at a pace of about 100 steps per minute — is an excellent way to get blood flowing to your heart and brain. Exercise also triggers the release of endorphins, brain chemicals that make you feel alert and energetic. If possible, walk outdoors — the sun’s rays activate the synthesis of mood-enhancing vitamin D.”

And what better way to get motivated and actually DO IT than to take your camera along to record some special sights along the way.

Here’s what else Dr. Lausier recommended:

“Express yourself to lower stress. Play the piano, pen a poem, paint a picture or just doodle. The purpose: Creative self-expression is stimulating — it alleviates energy-draining stress by helping you reconnect with your deep inner well of emotional well-being.”

While she didn’t expressly mention digital photography, we know that it is a great creative outlet. And it has one distinct advantage over those she did mention…we do it while in motion! We stand, we walk, we climb hills and we get fresh air and sunshine!

So if you’re looking for a perfect Mother’s Day gift to get your mom…get her a digital camera! That way she can have fun and get the exercise that will keep her healthy and with us for a long, long time.

If you’re a mom and didn’t get a camera (and you need one) go out and give yourself the best Mother’s Day gift ever!

Give the gift that moms love most…the one that just might help them be with us longer…give them a camera!

Happy Day Moms!

Robert Schwarztrauber

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Time for a New and Exciting View

December 18, 2010

Niagara Falls Best ViewMaybe this has happened to you too…

The other night I was watching “Build It Bigger” on The Discovery Channel. They were showing how the Hoover Dam was built. I’ve always been fascinated by how some of these giant structures come to be.

In fact, I was so wrapped up in the program that I didn’t hear my daughter ask me a question. “Dad, didn’t you hear me?” she asked.

“No, I was hypnotized by the TV,” I said.

Truth be told, I was not really hypnotized by the  tube, but the results were the same as if I had been. In reality, I was simply experiencing the effects of tremendous focus. Concentration. In that state we block out unrelated sights and sounds until they suddenly startle us from our trance.

It is a known fact that most of the world’s greatest success stories are born of this great concentration. Someone with great vision and persistence (often called FOCUS) was able to accomplish in one lifetime what the millions who came before him or her never could.

Some people say it’s hard to concentrate, hard to stay focused. And yet everyday millions of people will sit hypnotized for hours in front of the TV. Concentrating on the plethora of nonsense borne of viewer polls and advertising statistics. If it’s loud and changes views every 7 seconds, we’ll watch it – good, bad, or ugly. Especially bad or ugly.

But there is a better view available. One that lets you choose the best scenes in the world. Surprisingly, some of them can be found right in your own backyard. (Like Niagara Falls is to me. See photo above).One that lets you get your body moving, one that lets you meet new people, one that lets you feel better about yourself instead of worse.

There is a view that will train your mind to concentrate, to focus as you’ve never done before.

Let’s recap.

Better concentration. More fun, more physical activity. More people meeting. More praise. A heightened sense of self-respect and a general overall good feeling about one’s self.

“Sounds pretty good,” you say. “How can I get that view?”

Well, it is as near as the back of your camera. It’s called, oddly enough, a viewfinder.

Ironic, the simplicity. We all walk around hoping for something new and exciting to appear in our life, but though we want another view, how many of us actually go to the VIEW FINDER?

Millions of photographers do worldwide. But all those extra benefits I mentioned in the recap are often kept quiet, and discussed infrequently, and just amongst ourselves. You can join us if you like! We’ve got a great view on life because everyday we get up and look for what’s beautiful in this world. Studies have shown that what we look for, what we think about most in our life, comes to be. We create our own reality – which is merely a reflection of our thoughts.

This year is about to close. I can promise that if you do nothing to change the view, the view will still be the same next year. And the year after that. You’ll sleepwalk  through life, hypnotized by the folks who do have a better view.

Why not get a little serious about photography now?

The physical, mental and even economic rewards can be great. But as they say…you’ve got to participate.

Robert Schwarztrauber

P.S. If you’re interested in using your viewfinder (your camera) to really improve your health, wealth and wisdom in the coming year, send me an email and I’ll be sure to put you on my pre-publication list for my soon-to-be-released home-study photography program. Unlike other programs, this one’s not designed to push you toward achieving worldly artistic greatness, but is focused instead on a simple,  fun way to achieve your own personal satisfaction, and better physical and mental health through digital photography.

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Memorial Day Honors

May 23, 2009

Freedoms PolaroidHappy Memorial Day!

“Freedoms light continues to shine on the many thanks to the brave sacrifices of the few.”

As we remember to honor all the brave men and women who sacrifice much, if not everything, for their country – let us also be reminded to appreciate all the freedoms we enjoy thanks to their dedicated service.

To enjoy the maximum benefits of health, wealth and wisdom from everything you do, be sure to give your all to the activities that mean the most to you as well.

When you’re committed to the goal, no matter how difficult the challenges may seem, you are well on your way to victory.

Photography, using your camera to capture all the wonders of life, is a great way to preserve the memories of all that is dear to you. And a great way to stay healthy, get wealthy and wise too!

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

2nd Chance For Camera Cash

March 29, 2009

spring-card4Short Note:

Many folks were interested in getting the NewPhotoBiz 1.0 offer I wrote about previously, (Recession Beating Income)but were closed out

Well I’ve just been informed that it will be opening up again, slightly better, next week. Scott has also prepared a FREE online-video introduction that really offers some great Photoshop and business tips as well.

If you missed out last time, you won’t want to miss this. Since I’ve gotten so many questions specifically on Photoshop, I created a new site more dedicated to the details.

You can sign up for Scott’s NewPhotoBiz Lite, free videos when you fill out the name and email form on the top right of my new photoshop dedicated blog, Photoshop House of Cards. Click here to go there now.

Remember, if you’re looking for a great way to create waves of cash using your camera, Scott’s, NewPhotBiz Lite, is the Tsunami you’ve been looking for!

Increase Your Income in 2009

January 2, 2009

Just a short post today, as the new year begins, to remind everyone that it’s not enough to be great at taking pictures. I have no doubt that there are great photographers across the planet wondering where their next dollar will come from.

Great income comes from great marketing.

Here’s a new link to one of my best resources, Clayton Makepeace and his crew over at The Total Package.
Go here for great money making techniques that will send your income soaring. (I almost forgot to mention…it’s FREE!)

Also, don’t forget to get your copy of
“How To Pay The Rent With Your Camera – THIS MONTH!”  from “Dan the Man” – who knows all about making money with your camera.

Here’s that great ebook link again:

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!

Robert Schwarztrauber

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Camera over Retirement Gold Watch

December 24, 2008
Say NO to Gold Watch

Say NO to Gold Watch

If you are offered the traditional gold watch upon retirement, you would do wise to politely decline this gesture – in exchange for a camera.  More precisely, exchange it for a digital, single lens, reflex camera, DSLR for short.

There are many reasons why choosing a camera over the gold watch (whatever the wild market price of gold might be as you read this) could just be the smartest decision you ever make in your life.

In fact, it just might SAVE your life.

Or at least help you live longer.

Here are my top 5 reasons to chose a camera over retirement gold watch:

1. Cameras Stop Time

Watches are for keeping track of and counting down time. Is that how you want to spend the rest of your life, counting down the hours until your ultimate demise?

A camera lets you explore and capture all the beauty of this world – to enjoy again and again – whenever you chose. A camera is the ultimate time-stopper. Each image, each memory is frozen for all eternity.

2. Photographs are Priceless

A gold watch has a market price sure, maybe even $800 – $1000 per ounce. But if you trade in your time piece for cash, blow it on something else, then where will you be?

A camera may or may not be worth as much per ounce, but is priceless in terms of the opportunities it provides for adding enjoyment to your life. Imagine the smile of one adorable grandchild, captured forever by the lens on your camera. Imagine the most beautiful sunset or sunrise captured by your camera as you sit with your spouse in some exotic location (or even on your own front porch). How much would that be worth? Priceless, wouldn’t you agree?

3. Cameras Can Help You Live Longer

Watch the time! Do you know how slowly time seems to go when you’re watching it? With nothing to do? Don’t count the hours -Live Them!

It has been shown, scientifically, that (barring some inherent illness, accident,  or disease) the people who live the longest are the people with something to do. What better way to live your life than in search of the beautiful things -the things we love to take pictures of. And if you already have a hobby, photography can be the spice that really adds a punch to your passion. It could even earn you a nice income. (see more articles below on earning big bucks with your camera!) Don’t count hours, live! Nobody is too old to start!

4.Cameras: The Perfect Hand-held, Mind-Body Fitness Machine

Tic-toc, tic-toc, ’round and ’round she goes. Looking at that shiny gold case or those hands going around won’t do anything to stimulate your body or your brain. And if you don’t do something, it’ll all turn to mush.

A camera on the other hand is a call to action. Imagine jumping out of bed each morning in eager anticipation of capturing the best sunrise you ever saw. Imagine heading out each day in search of some wonderful photo, that you took, to share with your spouse, your friends, or your neighbors? “Ooh, ahh”  they’ll say! Your ego will soar. And tomorrow, you’ll get up, take a walk, use your whole brain and all of your senses to search for the perfect scene. And then concentrate on the best way to capture it. You’ll build your body and your mind – the perfect “exercise”. And it will feel like fun, not work! Choose the camera!

5. Cameras Can Lead to Fame and Fortune

While you might appear on one episode of “Antique Roadshow” with your retirement watch, it’s unlikely to bring you much fame or recognition.

A camera on the other hand lets you share your world with folks from around the globe. No picture ever taken is quite the same as another. And when you are serious about taking good photographs, other folks will heap praise upon cash to see your work. It’s a great way to get your name out there, meet new people, and win awards and even cash. When was the last time you received an award- for anything? In photography, it’s quite easy to get a pat on the back, a “Good Job!”, “Nice Work”. And the number of photo contests and opportunities to be “famous” and earn cash are almost endless.  Finally, you can… BE SOMEBODY!

To wrap up, whether or not it’s your time to retire, (and likely as not there is NO longer any gold watch being handed out) DO get yourself one of the new digital, single lens, reflex cameras (DSLR’s) and begin to learn about photography. Digital makes photography so much easier. Anyone can do it! Even if you’ve never tried before. (If you have questions , I’m always here to help you. Just email your questions to me)

More information on how the camera can dramatically improve your life is contained in the preceding posts…be sure check them out below!

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“How To Pay The Rent With Your Camera – THIS MONTH!”

December 22, 2008
 Holiday Gift Ideas

Short on Cash?

Turning Photos Into Cash

How great would it be if someone were actually PAYING you to capture photos of beautiful, wonderful, or just plain fun things?

If you’re like most people who get the photo bug, you start taking pictures because it’s just great fun.

Nostalgia. When you come across something beautiful, or something wonderful, or something fun you want it to last forever.

Snap! Got it. Now, with picture in hand, you can feel that same feeling over and over again. Flip out the picture…ahh, you feel great again.

Where would we be without our photo memories! In fact, next to saving their children and pets, people will most often run back into a burning building to save their precious photographs!

Now just think how great it would be if someone were actually paying YOU to capture photos of their kids, their pets and their whole family!

Imagine that people will come to you and ask to have their picture taken. One simple technique could have folks handing their cash over to you.

A great new book has just been released which can have you getting cash fast – using your CAMERA to make you money!

A master of creating cash from your own photography business,
photographer DE has assembled this great book to help photographers of all skill levels go behind the curtain to discover proven techniques, in use, that get you PAYING customers. It’s about simple, slap-yourself-on-the-forehead, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that techniques by photographers from across the country. All sharing their secrets.

And get this! For less than you’d pay to buy one person a holiday gift, you can have ALL the tips, techniques and strategies in this book!

What’s more, you could pay for all the holiday gifts you bought this year from just ONE tip in this book!

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