Who We Follow: Chris Burkard

There is no under abundance of great photographers to follow on social media. You can do a quick search for a photographer and find hundreds upon hundreds, all with a stellar body of work to look through.

In our opinion, none of them hold a candle to the epicness that Chris Burkard brings to the table. He is a self-taught photographer, author, and filmmaker from California who has won numerous awards for the work he’s done.

His client list may be long with recognizable big-name brands, but it’s the scope and beauty of the pictures captured on his adventures that captivates us. With stills from every imaginable corner of the world, he brings to life places some of us only imagine being able to go to.

Whether adventure, landscape, commercial stills, or any one of the videos Mr. Burkard has on his website, he takes you on an epic journey.

 

Who We Follow: Swellrunner Overland/Jason Koertge

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Many may already know him from his YouTube videos or Instagram account. We’ve mentioned Jason Koertge (aka SwellRunner on Instagram) here on the site in our Overlanding YouTube Channels to Watch article. He is quite possibly one of our favorite YouTube channels to watch.

There are hundreds of businesses, websites, and people who create extraordinary content on the internet. These companies and people show us places we haven’t been, the gear we might find useful, or just provide information on how to explore better. The Who We Follow series puts a spotlight on some of the influencers we follow and inspire us to adventure more.

His delivery and editing style is akin to the likes of a Casey Neistat. Now, we aren’t video production connoisseurs, but that seems to be high praise based on what other people say.

Jason’s videos are well put together and easy to watch. His blend of action shots and narrative delivery make them some of the best overlanding/adventure travel videos on YouTube. With the likes of Mountain State Overland and Expedition Overland delivering the best videos. Not many channels put out the same caliber of content that he does.

On top of running a fantastic YouTube channel and Instagram, Jason also owns and runs Blue Swell. Blue Swell is a vacation property rental company currently active in Florida. We say now because there is also a plan in motion to provide the same types of properties in Utah, where Jason is currently residing. So, if you’re in the market for a vacation in Florida, we suggest checking out what’s available.

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Who We Follow: The Loadout Room

Who We Follow: The Loadout Room

If you’ve not heard of the Hurricane Media, that’s okay. They’re a small media company with a handful of men’s lifestyle brands, one of which you may have heard of, Crate Club. Outside of Crate Club though, they run several fantastic magazine/news style websites. One of which, The Loadout Room, we have been following since its inception.

There are hundreds of businesses, websites, and people who create extraordinary content on the internet. These companies and people show us places we haven’t been, the gear we might find useful, or provide information on how to explore better. The Who We Follow series puts a spotlight on some of the influencers we follow and inspire us to adventure more.

We like magazine style websites that span a variety of topics and do not hold themselves to just one topic. Physical and digital magazines like Tread and Recoil fit the bill nicely. They both blend a good amount of outdoors and overland content with their primary topics. The Loadout Room, while not a physical magazine, also does this very well. In our opinion, almost better than some of their competitors.

Using their diverse background of authors, The Loadout Room, offers everything from gear reviews to gun-related articles to, more recently, men’s lifestyle articles. All of the content is no BS writing that is straight to the point. Something we very much appreciate. They span coverage at events like SHOT show to Overland Expo either in written format or video format.

Recently their team has been putting out more video content on their YouTube channel. Again, the videos are informational, straight to the point, and usually no more than ten minutes in length. They made the trip to Overland Expo East last year and put together three videos highlighting the very wet conditions and some of the vendors who were there.

The Loadout Room has come a long way since its beginnings. They are starting to fill a void that was left by websites like Motus World and magazines like Wheels Afield, both of which still offer good articles to look up. While the content doesn’t lean towards overlanding too much, they still provide plenty of information and gear reviews to make them worth a follow.

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