My First Wedding Video Shoot

So here I am with another blog and I'm actually surprised with myself on how I handled my first wedding shoot.  Mind you I didn't take photos for it but video.  It was a great learning experience and found out first hand that nothing goes as you plan.  But that is life and you have to be flexible with how the cards falls and learn how to pick it up.  My first fault was making assumptions which now I know not to do especially during events, always prepare for the worst.  I assumed that the groom would be in the same hotel getting ready and that did not happen at all.  So I drove over to the location where the event would be taking place and got some shots over there of the groom getting ready and drove back to the hotel and got the girls getting ready.  Then drove back to the event location and waited for both the bride and groom.  If it wasn't for my friend Cari who came to help me out and give me moral support I don't think I could of done it as well if she wasn't there.  I 100% owe her a nice dinner to say thank you! Any who I ended up being there for about 2:30pm? to about 10:30-11? so it was a full day of recording and being on my toes and getting enough b-roll to tell a nice story. I was shooting with my Canon 80D and also had my drone.  The lenses I used throughout the night was my 18-135mm Canon STM, 10-22mm USM, and 50mm f/1.4.  I think these did the job for me.  Only complaint on myself is getting faster lenses or just lenses that are fixed aperture so I didn't have to consistently change the F-Stop to adjust for me zooming in and out to get the right shots.  But you live and learn and go with the punches.  Make the gear work for you instead of you working for the gear.

Overall I was very happy with the end result and the clients were very happy which is 99.99% of what matters in this type of service.  

If you interested in watching the 1 min video I made for social media, Link is down below!

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Another Day Another Hike

So I went on a hike today with Louis from @offgridphotography and he was going to go to Rabbit Lake anyways so he invited me to come with.  It was about a 5 mile hike to an awesome lake area which I will post photos later since I mainly took photos with my film camera and was vlogging somewhat with my DSLR.  

The end point was still a bit snowy but you could see how high the peaks were and was just amazing.  I will definitely be back during the summer to check out the hike and see more of the views.  Louis is definitely a cool dude and very inspired by Chris Burkard.  

Hopefully there will be more of these hikes in the near future with other IG-er's to collab on hikes and network in this state.  

Here is a small vlog of today's hike.  It isn't much but hope you guys enjoy! :)

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New iPhone 8 News!

So I've been looking through my feed and as of late iPhone has been popping up in the news again.  The rumored iPhone 8 schematics have been leaked and since a lot of people aren't really into digging the information out for themselves and I do it anyways.  I thought I would use my searched information and give it to you in bite size pieces. I'll also link in where I get my information in hyperlinks if you guys are curious to see.

Firstly I have been an avid iPhone user since iPhone 4?5? well something like that.  Currently I have the iPhone 7+ which I chose mainly for the better camera feature.  iPhone cameras have always been awesome and reliable to what you see is what you get.  Features may have been put on later after android started with them.  But Apple has almost seamlessly integrated their software and hardware to work beautifully.  

The FIRST bit of news I saw was the change up of the back iPhone camera and full usage of the front face for the display.  From 9to5Mac they got information of schematics by Benjamin Geskin and Slashleaks of a almost bevel-less front screen and vertical orientation 2 cameras. This is most likely the usage of the newOLED that came out from Samsung's phones and the new trend of bevel-less phone screens.  But if you noticed in the images the schematics do not include a home button.

The home buttons is now removed entirely and will lead to this SECOND bit of news.  Due the the possibility of the New OLED screens the entire face maybe touch recognition. So it will not matter where you touch for you to open up your phone.  MacRumors has a nice concise read on possible new leaks and design features.  But we are only interested in the big picture of the product...well I am at least.  And again from the schematics we see still no headphone jack on the new phone so either dish out 150 bucks for the Airpods or get yourself a nice pair of blue tooth headphones or you can get yourself some iPhone Splitters from Amazon HERE.  Might as well since the headphone jack is not coming back and either way iPhone may be switching to USB-C instead of the Lightning port on the new phones too.

THIRD bit of news from The Wall Street Journal is that Apple may be getting rid of its proprietary lighting port and running with the crowd of USB-C.  This maybe a a hurrah for some and BOO~~ for others but either way we are still spending money on accessories and it does not matter to me which one or the others since I only care of convince and camera of the phone.  

And speaking of convince...Wireless charging will be coming to apple products too. Early iPhone 8 rumors are stating that due to the all glass body it will be easier for wireless charging to be implemented into the housing.  This from previous models having all body aluminum makes it harder for wireless charging to occur.

Lately and my main priority of this product is the camera.  The long awaited 7MP front facing camera might get a significant upgrade for the selfie moments!  There is talk about duel front facing camera  for the iPhone 8. So like the back of the 2 cameras being both 12MP we might get two 7MP cameras or higher resolution.  

That is all that I'm focused on and I am happy with the phone I have. The phone coming out the following year may be a tad better. Thus I will not be waiting in line to for this years purchase.  

That is all for today.

I'll see you guys in the next blog! :)

Tips on Photography

I'm not going to call myself an expert on Street Photography, but I looked up ALOT of articles and blogs on how to update my photography game.  One of the main sources I read up/watched was Eric Kim Photography. He recently deleted his IG so I can't put a link to the stuff he posts but he does have a Youtube Channel which he updates irregularly. He has lots of information about life in general and about photography.  

TIP #1

Take your time.  I was using my film camera for majority of my trip in Korea and I would carry 2-3 rolls of film per day trying to take in the environment around me and kind of slow down to take photos.  I got some great photos, in my opinion, and got to meet some dope people too.  But just slowing down and looking through the view finder and getting a good composition almost fishing for the image you want is kind of part of it.  Almost zen like.  This photo I got just while waiting for family members to finish their errands and just happened to be a good photo.  I just saw a cool little area and then a couple started walking by the area playing around.  It looked so natural and empty like they were in their own little world.

TIP #2

Just SHOOT.  More you get comfortable with using your gear, the more confident you will be taking photos.  You don't have to be concerned with others when taking photos in a public place.  If you get confronted then just talk to them like they are regular people instead of just ignoring them and walking away.  Majority of the time people like their photos taken and sometimes after taking one photo you can ask the person if it is ok to take their photo and majority of the time they will say yes.

This next photo I took on the subway. Compositionally I thought was cool cause it had a young man in the military looking at his phone trying to be "connected" as much as possible to the outside world while he is serving his country.  And next to him you see a older man possibly same age as his father maybe? and on the other side a women that could be same age as his mother.  They are not related I know for sure since I saw them enter and leave different stations without any conversation or acknowledgment of each other.  But this was couple stops under exposed and I wished it wasn't but that is on me.  I need to shoot more to get used to variety of situations and understanding my camera gear and lighting.

TIP #3 

Teach someone.  Teaching I believe is the best way to learn your craft.  If you know someone who is wanting to get into photography or any other craft that you share. Help them along by showing them what you know.  Don't be an a$$ and brag about what you know and correct them every single time they mess up or about to mess up.  When they have questions they will ask and you can point out cool photo opportunities that you see with your eyes to them while you take photos.  This creates a great community and allows you to enforce what you know verbally and physically.  

I met up with a friend who is way creative and does awesome drawing.  Hopefully she will pick up photography too since she was way curious on analog cameras.  I showed her how to use the camera and let her take rein.  Compositionally the photos she took was awesome! When she had questions she asked and it reinforced my understanding of the craft while helping someone else learn something new.

That is all for today and hopefully you guys got some inspiration from this to go out and shoot and share your knowledge with others!

See you guys next time!

Not sure what to post about....SO I'll talk about my Cameras

So I guess I'll start out this blog with what cameras I use.  I started out with Canon 7D and the 50mm 1.4, the kit lens 28-135mm, and 10-22mm.  I was very satisfied with using all three for portraits, landscape, and everything in between.  It was then the Mark I version and not the Mark II.  I've used it for couple years and got some great photos.  

I got super into photography and found myself looking into film cameras.  Since I started out with Canon I decided to stick with it.  I got great images and lenses were awesome and I was comfortable with its menu system and how I used it. I went on Craigslist and looked for film cameras.  At the time it was about 2010? 2011? I'm not 100% sure on it but I found a Canon AE-1 Program with a 50mm 1.8 Lens that had a flash and other accessories for about $50.00. I thought it was a great deal and purchased it.  Now I looked online on how to use the camera and so forth but didn't really get into it until this past 2 years.  

In the mean time I upgraded my 7D to the 80D due to me wanting to go into video and photo.  The 80D has great autofocus capabilities and it basically was a nice upgrade for me on the 7D Mk I.  So currently I have 2 cameras besides my phone.  The Canon 80D and the Canon AE-1 Program.  Both I LOVE to use and on my trip to Korea this past April 2017 I almost exclusively used my film camera to take photos.  Images on it came out surprisingly well since I am still new to using film.  I used the Kodak TX 400, Kodak Gold 400, and Fuji Color 400.  The Kodak Gold and Fuji Color was cheap and I didn't want to spend too much on film so I got those.  The Kodak TX 400 is black and white film and got that recommendation from a friend who shoots great film photos.  You can check his work on @Jovellyism and @jovell.

On the way to Ewha University with Fuji Color 400

On the way to Ewha University with Fuji Color 400

Daejeon Institute of Science and Technology Fuji Color 400

Daejeon Institute of Science and Technology Fuji Color 400

Statue of Peace in front of Japanese Embassy Kodak TX400

Statue of Peace in front of Japanese Embassy Kodak TX400

I got GREAT shots on these rolls of film and made you appreciate and actually think about what kind of shots you wanted to take since there is a limited amount of photos you take with each roll.  With that I would recommend anyone who wants to start out to get some cheap digital camera to learn the mechanisms of taking a photo and just shoot away.  Then goto a film camera and learn it almost in a Zen state of thinking.  It is also very nice to when you get your photos developed to see what came out well and what didn't.  Almost like a Christmas present to yourself. Haha.

So yea. Those are my cameras I use and not really much on anything else.  I'll come up with stuff to post on my blog and just so you guys know, there isn't a schedule/route I'm taking this blog.  Just whatever comes to mind about my life and photography will be posted.  Maybe I'll post some tips and tricks and news worthy stuff down the line but thats something in the future and we aren't there yet.

Have fun shooting and see you guys later!

Welcome to my Blog

Hi there,

I've tried a a lot of times to make my own blog website and half-assed it and went a couple months and tried again and so on and so forth.  Due to me not committing myself to learning and utilizing the technology available. This time around I am making a full on effort to do so.  I will be making use of social media and this will be a daily journal for me to get myself to write more and later down the line do video updates too.  So here's to a new start and for sure will be committing myself to this like any other skill I've learned.  Just do it.  So here you go and hopefully I will continue to see you guys in the future!