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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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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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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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5 THINGS I LEARNED AS A TRAVELING PHOTOGRAPHER

Happy New Year! As I write this, it's the end of one year and the beginning of another, and as I look back on what I've accomplished this year, I also see what I could have done better. Hopefully these five tips will help you as you travel.

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PHOTOGRAPHING HOLLYWOOD: KAT ANDRUSCO

LAST THURSDAY, ACTRESS, MODEL AND SINGER KAT ANDRUSCO STOPPED IN SEATTLE. MY GIRLFRIEND SET UP A SHOOT AND WE MET ABOVE LAKE UNION FOR MAKE-UP AND PREP. HER PERSONALITY WAS SO WARM AND FRIENDLY, I IMMEDIATELY KNEW THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN EXTRAORDINARY SHOOT.

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What I Use to Be A Mobile Creative

MacBook Pro 15" with TouchBar

So first we’ll start off with MacBook Pro 2016 edition. This is the 15-inch MacBook Pro. 15” retina screen the TouchBar and what’s really cool about the TouchBar is that it allows for very fast and very fluid editing in applications such as Final Cut Pro, which I’m using to edit this video right now.

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5 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY

I was thinking of a list of gear I'd want to do a video on of things I'd want to expand my mobile kit, and figured it would be better to show everything here than make a video. So I chose 5 pieces that I think would be a great addition to your kit to help you get creating!

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