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12.06.16         photography  

How to Tether Your Fuji X-T2 to Lightroom




With the latest firmware update the XT2 can now be tethered via Lightroom. This comes in handy for all kinds of professionals. Sometimes the on-camera screen is just not good enough for a serious job. You'll have to purchase Fuji's Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO which is only compatible with Mac and costs $79. If you're a PC shooter you can download their HS-V5 software.

Once you get downloaded and ready to go this video will help walk you through the process. If you'd like to learn more you can do so HERE.

12.05.16         photography  

A Few Quick & Easy Ways to Get Some Extra Use Out of Your Kit Lens


We all have a kit lens laying around (18-55mm). They're great when you're learning and/or just starting out. They usually come with prosumers DSLR's as a package deal at an affordable price.

What if your skills have outgrown the capabilities of your kit lens? Maybe you're just looking for new and creative ways to use it. After all they're still worth a couple hundred bucks so you might as well get the most out them. If you relate to any of this, this video is for you. It's short and sweet and offers several different ways to get some extra and creative use out of those kit lenses.

12.04.16         photography  

"Bullet Time" Effect with Chronos High Speed Camera


Chronos high speed camera was conceived and executed single handedly by electronics engineer David Kronstein. The goal was to make a professional high-speed camera effective, and more importantly, affordable. This camera starts out at about $2,500 which is incredibly reasonable in the high-speed camera world. Just to rent a high-speed camera can cost the same. These cameras are otherwise unaffordable to those except experienced working professionals. They smashed their Kickstarter goal in 24 hours.

A few prototypes have gone out and Ben Krasnow of Applied Science had the opportunity to test one. He used a rig he made himself to replicate 'The Matrix' (bullet time) effect to create some really cool footage. In the video he'll talk about all of the features and what he went through to achieve the final effects shown. It's a great review and it'll probably make you want to get your hands on this camera ASAP!

I'm sure many of you are interested in ALL of the specs and details of this camera. You can learn everything you want to know HERE and HERE.

12.03.16         video  

Removing Background Noise Using Adobe Audition By Michael The Maven




In this video Michael shows you how to remove background noise from audio with Adobe Audition CC. This is especially useful to clean up audio in your video productions with background noise. Enjoy!
Feel Free to download and use the files used in this lesson by clicking below:
Download Audio-Removal-Samples.zip

12.02.16         movie reviews  

Allied


I have a lot of mixed feelings about "Allied". Beautifully shot, great acting and kind of a loyalty-mystery love story, mixed with some action. Parts of it were truly slow and could have been cut down. It sorta felt like they were going for art initially, and then transitioned into slow paced thriller.

Strangely Allied felt much like the end chapter of "Mr and Ms Smith" the film where Brad and Angelina met & fell in love, beginning their marital relationship, and now, another spy thriller, taking place during World War II, Brad this time with Marion Cotillard‎, which ironically ended the real life Brangelina. Im still trying to wrap my mind around this stranger than fiction hollywood marital palindrome. All that aside, there is so solid action, and the film explores the question of loyalty, fidelity and love. Its keep you guessing.

Robert Zemeckis is among the most talented film makers of our time, this is a must rental, but I think many couples will enjoy it in theaters.

12.02.16         photography  

Lok Cheung Has Also Left DigitalRev


DigitalRev, YouTube's largest photography channel, has now lost another of their major personalities. The lovable cameraman announced his departure just one week after Kai.

In the video Lok explains that he didn't have a plan when he left. There was no drama or fighting. He's not 100% certain what the future holds but that he hopes he and Kai will work together again.

We may never know what really happened behind-the-scenes but it's hard not to imagine that DigitalRev has some tough days ahead of them without this pair. This duo was why many subscribers tuned in and loved the channel.

I guess we'll have to wait and see what kind of content these three teams produce and who connects best with their audience. Either way, I wish them all success.

12.01.16         video  

Timelapse of Fungi from BBC's Upcoming Planet Earth II


Planet Earth was released in 2006. At the time it was the most expensive nature documentary ever produce and also the only one shot in HD. It was critically acclaimed and beloved around the world. Many have anxiously wondered if The BBC would ever do anything like it again. Good news is - Planet Earth II has already been released in the UK and will be coming to the US on January 28th.

The video above is a timelapse of fungi blooming that nature photographer Steve Axford shot for the documentary. These very rare specimens bloom at night and Steve captured them so beautifully. Check it out!

12.01.16         instagram  

I wanted to share today's sunset with you. Yes...


I wanted to share today's sunset with you. Yes YOU! Enjoy! #maui #sunset

11.30.16         tutorial & training videos  

FUJI XT2 Buffer Performance UHSII Card Tests | Which Memory card to buy


On my Fuji X-T2 vs Nikon D500 Epic Shootout I got a lot of comments asking why I didn't use an UHS II memory card. I decided to do this follow up using one and the results were interesting. Check out and please leave your thoughts below.

If you own the Fuji X-T2 and want the fastest, easiest way to learn all about it you can check out my FULL Fuji X-T2 Crash Course Training Tutorial by Clicking HERE.

11.30.16         personal  

Wider Release for 'Love Everlasting' - Rent or Purchase!


The movie I helped produced is now available nearly everywhere! I really hope you check it out! Here are the links for where you can rent or purchase:

AMAZON: Click here to rent or purchase

GOOGLE PLAY: Click here to rent or purchase

SONY PLAYSTATION: Click here to rent or puchase

VIMEO: Click here to rent or purchase

VUDU: Click here to rent or purchase

I hope you enjoy it. If you have watched or plan on watching it, please be sure to leave an honest review! As always, your support is greatly appreciated!

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