Playing with my camera while on vacationing in Corpus Christi.
This is one reason why being creative just for the sake of it is important to me. I had the urge to make a businesses card design that was simple and cheap to print, but popped and made an impression. This meant a one-color print and no crazy sizes, shapes, or embossing for the card stock. The most extravagant feature I allowed myself was front and back printing. I didn't have an event or anything that pressured me into this, I just wanted to see what I could do under those constraints. So I sat down and started playing with text. After a while, I got burned out, so I saved my progress, and then moved on to something else. I liked the ideas I came up with, but couldn't settle on anything, so I left it.
Weeks later, I actually had an event that I wanted new business cards for. Perfect! I already started that project. I opened up my file and loved it the way it was. So I made some minor adjustments to make it print ready, then uploaded my artwork and made my order.
I'm happy with how they turned out considering the limitations I placed myself under. After they arrived in the mail, I made myself a card holder so I can carry several in my pocket without damaging them.
Overall, it was a fun little project that yielded good results! Many of my personal creative projects never see the light of day, but all of them push me further, or allow me to explore a something new.
I recently took my brother out to do some test shots I need for a The Life Project. I need promotional photos for various media, and I wanted to make sure I could nail the look and feel I wanted before working with the participants in the film.
We went out to the downtown Albuquerque area because we wanted architecture to have a presence in the images. We arrived at about 10am and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. That meant we needed to look for shade from the buildings that surrounded us. It also meant that the longer we were there, the more difficult it was going to be to find shade as the sun would be rising higher into the sky, reducing the amount of shade created by the buildings. We only used natural light and I brought another brother to hold a reflector when needed.
Overall, I am pleased with the look, surprised to have found some beautiful locations in downtown Albuquerque, and enjoyed spending time with family. Plus, my brother did an outstanding job as a first-time model, don't you think?
- Olympus EM-5
- Olympus 12-40mm 2.8 PRO lens
- 5-in-1 reflector
To do anything well...
...you need to learn from those who do it better. If you want to do better as a jazz musician, you need to listen to the great jazz musicians. The same thing applies to Interviewing. I want to improve in my interviewing skills, so along with consistent practice and studying good theory, I must listen and observe the great interviewers themselves. Here are a few that I've grown to love:
Tested.com is a show for tech news and all things creative. One of the hosts of this show is Adam Savage, from Mythbusters, and he has some incredible interviews with some great guys from the film industry. His passion for the craft of filmmaking helps lead his interviewees to give insightful viewpoints on the film industry and the art of storytelling.
Reihan Salam is a tenacious interviewer. He thoroughly understands the subject matter before interviewing his subjects and then spends the interview thoroughly seeking to understand the position of his subjects. He pushes and challenges them while still maintaining a respectful attitude which draws out a lot of dialogue that we otherwise might not have had!
Doug Fabrizio is a definite favorite of mine! He produces and co-hosts RadioWest, from Salt Lake City, UT. His thoughtful interviewing skills have allowed him to interview people like the Dalai Lama, Madeleine Albright, Desmond Tutu and more. If you want to listen to a wholesome and meaty interview then RadioWest is the show for you!
There are many more great interviewers out there worth highlighting, these just happen to be some that I enjoy right now. Who else should be on the list?
Product shots of wood turning projects from the students of Kip Christensen. If you don't know who he is, he's worth a google to see some of his work!
Carbon fiber drum with Kevlar top
Stool made from plastic bags and milk jugs.
Happy Independence Day! In celebration, enjoy some abstract and not-so-abstract light painting. Thanks to my fantastic brothers for their enthusiasm and creativity on this project! (photo specs included in the photo descriptions)
I recently got to go to Nicaragua to do some video work for Balance Stationary, a cool new company from the UK that donates a portion of its profits to schools in developing countries. On our off time I had the chance to so some good ol' street photography and try to capture the charm and quirks of León, the base camp for our project.
I went out to the flats with my buddy Ben to film some new material for his Kickstarter, but learned that the winter provides a completely different version of the salt flats than what we were used to. This crippled our plans. So, with a film day cancelled, I tried to make the most of our failure by capturing a panorama of an amazing view.
This weekend I became an Adobe Certified Associate. I don't know what that means exactly, but the guys at Adobe seemed jazzed about it! So HAZZAH for certifications!
There I sat in my living room, my bag bulging with all the things I was planning on taking on my trip. These were the "essentials" I thought I needed to make the trip successful minus a pair of pants to make more room. When work heard that I was an experienced traveler in South Africa, they thought Ghana shouldn't be too different and offered me a chance to go film one of the programs they run out there.
So in my living room I gaze over this mound sticking out of my bag wondering how I'm ever going to get it all to fit. "Airport security is going to be hell if I keep packing like this," I thought. My wife pops her head up from her laptop with an important detail I overlooked. "You'll be there during the brunt of the rainy season!"
Immediately I realized a problem that I obviously overlooked: rain protection. It was too late to try and get work to order something for me, and even if I had a decent rain cover for my camera, there's no way I could sacrifice another pair of pants or socks to make room for anything more. I needed a quick fix, but I also needed a solid and compact fix.
I remembered a time when I had to shoot in the rain and in a pinch I used a grocery bag over my camera. I ripped a hole in the bottom of the bag, stuck the lens through it and tied the rest of the bag around the back of my camera. Lots of people have done this. I also remembered how one of my friends used to fold up his grocery bags like a paper football before storying them for later use. This lead me to develop a simple system for carrying a rain cover system for my camera that was compact, cheap and disposable.
There aren't many DIY or "life-hacks" that I swear by, but this is one that I love! Now I always have a few of these little triangles at the bottom of my bag ready for any of my small camera setups.
Things needed: Plastic grocery bag, and several rubberbands.
What do you use to protect your gear in the rain?
BYUs College of Nursing hired us to travel to Ghana to follow and capture video of its nursing students as they shadowed medical personel throughout the country. It was a wonderful experience to meet the people and try to document the budding relationships between the students and their Ghanian mentors.