Vincent Laforet talking about HDDSLR filmmaking and photography. So incredibly glad I stumbled across this video.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
— Maya Angelou

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A new and ever-expanding camera setup

Updated March 31, 2014

Although I have not yet purchased a Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera as planned, I have, in the meantime, recently purchased a Canon EOS M, which is not so much of a temporary compromise as it is a worthy addition to my new and expanding kit — for both photography AND videography.

The EOS M, Canon’s mirrorless solution, in my opinion, and in terms of image/video quality, is extremely comparable to any of Canon’s current EOS line of prosumer or even professional DSLR cameras. And it’s one hell of a step up from my old Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi (450D).

However, at some point I’ll likely end up needing a 70D, or preferably a full-frame 5D Mk III (or future Mk IV) with additional lenses and filmmaking equipment. Not to mention the need for a new MacBook Pro that can actually handle intense video editing in Final Cut Pro X, unlike what I have now, a slow 2010 MacBook Pro on its last leg. So if and when I upgrade it will probably be to the MacBook Pro 15” 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Retina Display version.

Unfortunately, it’s not cheap being a photojournalism & documentary filmmaking student, but it’s an investment. Nevertheless, the following is what my kit is comprised of, so far:

Camera + accessories

Lighting

Audio

Stabilization & Support

So, with that said, I’m pretty much back in business. Nevertheless, there is more stuff to add later (and gradually), such as:

  • Additional lenses (e.g. 50mm 1.4)
  • Better audio setup (e.g. Zoom H6, Rode NTG-3 RF-Bias Shotgun Microphone, and Sennheiser G3 Wireless Lavalier Microphone System)
  • Lighting equipment
  • Various mounting systems (e.g. Cinev​ate Simp​lis Quic​k Rele​ase Syst​em)
  • Stabilization rigs
  • Miscellaneous accessories (e.g. Zacuto Z-Finder Pro Optical Viewfinder, sliders, cranes, hard drives, etc. etc. etc.)

I’m going to start writing articles on Medium instead of here on Tumblr.

“There’s no difference between a pessimist who says, “Oh, it’s hopeless, so don’t bother doing anything,” and an optimist who says, “Don’t bother doing anything, it’s going to turn out fine anyway.” Either way, nothing happens.”
— Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia
“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.”
— [attribution unclear]

On Google Keep vs. Simplenote

Reading a post by Bryan Villarin regarding the day-to-day organizational benefits of Simplenote, I commented briefly on how I use Simplenote and more recently, Google Keepand how they both excel at note taking in their own ways. So, I thought it would be best to just post some of my own thoughts about the two services.

Firstly, I have been using Simplenote for over four years and continue to use it for keeping all types of day-to-day or longform notes. However, up until recently I discovered the benefits of Google Keep—not as a replacement for Simplenote, but as an alternative to using Simplenote for short or temporary notes and reminders.

Maybe it’s because I use a Nexus 5, but Google Keep is really good at quickly capturing and storing short or temporary notes and reminders. Its integration with Google Now, homescreen and lockscreen widgets, and of course, the whole Google ecosystem. Another nice thing about Keep is the way it organizes notes with it’s ‘card’ style layout, which makes it really easy on the eyes—everything just seems less cluttered, an important element of the whole ‘keeping it short and sweet’ philosophy of the service I think.

What Keep doesn’t do well, seemingly by design, is keeping long notes (which it limits to 9914 characters each) and the ability to sort notes by date modified instead of Keep’s current behavior of pinning notes in their order created, even though notes can be rearranged manually by dragging them around.

Simplenote suites my needs better for day-to-day or longform notes, and whereas it’s layout doesn’t require the attention-grabbing style of Google Keep due to the fact that I don’t always need immediate access to certain notes, hence the usefulness of tags and the addition of a ’Pin’ feature for bookmarking important notes.

Ultimately, I think the main differentiation is that Google Keep is akin to a pad of sticky-notes, and Simplenote is more like a Moleskine notebook. They both accomplish two important things really well.

Solve for X is an experiment to encourage individuals and groups to undertake “moonshot” technology projects to solve global problems.

I really like this idea. On a similar note, I would love to work for/with Google[x].

“A good framework for thinking is physics, the sort of first-principles reasoning — boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.”
— Elon Musk