Three Steps to a Successful Commercial Los Angeles Shoot

Commercial shoots tend to have a lot moving parts to them. There’s shot lists, organization, and making sure that all parties on board are on the same page. Here are three things that will help you have a successful shoot.

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Nikon Z7 | Hands-On Preview & First Impressions

Last night in Seattle, WA, local camera shop Glazer's had a special event for photographers and videographers in the area who wanted to check out the latest offering from Nikon. With the recent announcement of the Nikon Z Series, a new lineup of cameras and lenses for the brand, they've been doing events over the country for creatives to come and try out their latest piece of hardware. 

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Thoughts on the Nikon Z + DJI Mavic 2 Pro & Zoom

Last week, the floodgates were opened on official news from both Nikon and DJI on their newest tech after what seemed to be months of leaks and rumors. Nikon offered up their new mirrorless camera line, the Z Series, a clear response to Sony's own mirrorless lineup and the shift that it they have caused in the industry by rapidly delivering multiple iterations of cameras over the past few years. 

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Los Angeles: The 24 Hour Blitz

This weekend has been a refreshing trip to Los Angeles. Landing before the sun could break through overcast skies on Saturday, I spent the first few hours shooting both outside of LAX to capture an undercarriage of an airplane landing…

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Los Angeles: Beyond Hollywood

I've made it no secret that I love Los Angeles. It's a beautiful, sprawling city with so much history, and a hub of the entertainment world. Working with entertainers and talent, giving them images that they can use for promo, marketing and behind the scenes, it's a city I want to get way more familiar navigating. 

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Starter Series Episode 2: 35mm f/1.8!

It's a new week, which means it's time for a new episode of Starter Series, my YouTube series based on finding affordable equipment to help you create better photo and video content. This week, the topic of interest is the 35mm f/1.8 lens, and for this video, I'm using the DX cropped sensor version.

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Starter Series Episode 1: The Nikon D7100

I've been trying to come up with a new project for YouTube, something I would get enjoyment out of making. What I ended up with was coming back here to the blog as a reference point, and looking at a post I made, called "Starter Series". The initial concept of that post was to give myself the advice I wish I had been given when I was first starting out with buying equipment for photography.

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Behind the Scenes: Karlie Hustle, Host of the Brutally Honest Podcast

There have been a bunch of projects that I have been working on for the past few weeks. I've been reaching out to mentors and people with whom I'd love to collaborate. That time has been spent talking to fellow creatives in adjacent fields, asking questions on how to make something that you, dear reader, can get value from and that is authentic to myself. 

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Starter Series: 35mm vs 50mm

When starting out in photography, you might not have access to the best lenses. If you're lucky enough to jump into this with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, more power to you. But for the rest of us, we might start from a more humble origin, in the form of kit lenses.

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Superior Donuts: Lessons From a Donut Shop

This week, amid rounds of show renewals and cancellations in Hollywood, the unfortunate news came that after two seasons, CBS would not renew it’s multi-camera comedy Superior Donuts for a third season. Before visiting the set of Superior Donuts, I had breif interactions with high end professional productions. I was looking at video production on at it's peak. I have to stop and say thanks to that show for what it taught me. 

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Automation: Doing More In Less Time

With day to day work, staying focused on daily tasks needs to be as efficient as possible. If your an entrepreneur, there are usually 20 different things that you need to do before close of business. I’ll let you in on a little secret; working smart AND harder will open more doors. There are plenty of tools to help with this, but I’m going to share my top favorites at the moment, and I’ll come back to this as I discover more and more.

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The Best Budget Mobile Creative Storage: LaCie Rugged USB-C Hard Drive

When it comes to editing video content as of late, my process has been to shoot in the highest quality format I can, and then to take that footage and organize it onto my MacBook Pro’s internal SSD. Having everything on a drive that fast makes it easier to do edits versus running them off an external hard drive.

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Thoughts On Failure

In life, failure is inevitable, and as an entrepreneur, that lesson is something that we face more often than we would care to admit. 

Recently, I was walking door to door to businesses that fit with my own sense of design and personality. While most of them gave no response, there was one who had a moment. 

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Weekend Outfits For Spring - Shot on iPhone Edition

Another weekend brings another opportunity to get outside and shoot. I've always loved the photography in fashion/style magazines such as GQ, so I'm bringing some aesthetic to my personal shoots. This week is based on two looks that work well in Seattle's super wet April. 

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Three Books That Gave Me Perspective As A Creative

As with any major turning point in life, a birthday is a highlight that you've reached another year in life, bringing to this new year all the wisdom and experience from the old. Personally, one of the things that helped me reach this next level of thought that I talked about in a previous post was a group of books from various authors. Here are three of my picks and how they can help you.

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