How to Start a Video Production Company from Zero

For the handful of people that follow me, you know I’m a photographer, but now I’m trying to learn a little bit of video. Mostly for personal projects and growing on YouTube, but I’ve always thought, “If I have the gear, why not use it to make a little extra money on the side?” Photography knowledge does come in handy, but I’m essentially starting from zero. I did a little research…

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Panasonic G85 vs Olympus EM-5 II – IBIS vs Dual IS Stabilization

I’ve shot with Micro Four Thirds essentially since it’s inception in 2009 with the Panasonic GF1. Back then, it’s main differentiator was the size. In addition to that, today we’re seeing µ43 first to the race with things like IBIS, Dual IS, 4k, etc.

Stabilization was a game changer for me. Not that I even attempt the 1+ sec handheld shots that some people boast about. But the fact that I can shoot at 1/60 and not have to worry about a tad bit of camera shake is amazing. And if I want to bend the handheld rule a little bit (adding 1 before the focal length ie. 100mm =1/100s), I can.

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If WordPress is Making Your Photos Look Bad – Try this!

A few days ago, I was updating this post on my favorite m43 lenses, and I noticed the images were coming out soft. I immediately knew it was WordPress compression, because I’ve been through this with my own website years back ( But it looked even worse.

Since WordPress 4.5, their JPEG compression is actually even more aggressive at 82% of the image quality. Sure, a page my load faster for a mobile user, but it comes at the expense of people who want to show their images at their best… I mean what’s the point of spending thousands on gear only to upload low quality images to the web? I’m all for a faster web though, as a matter of fact Google just announced a new compression tool that reduced bandwidth by 75%.

Nonetheless, WPBeginner has a tutorial on how to disable JPEG compression with a single line:

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Why I Decided on the Panasonic G85 over the GH5 and Olympus OM-D E-M1 II

Updated: March 21, 2017  – Hey just wanted to update this post from September ’16, I did end up buying the G85 and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite cameras, checkout my review above. 

I know what you’re thinking. Before the barrage of internet hate strolls though, let me explain.

The Panasonic G85, probably one of the quieter announcements at Photokina. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

According to a DPReview poll, with 29% of the vote, the Fujifilm GFX 50s stole the show, and rightfully so. An “affordable” medium format mirrorless camera is quite the feat.

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Best Micro Four Thirds Lenses – The Ultimate Guide

Last Updated: March 18th, 2017 It’s crazy. Back when I started with the Panasonic GF1 in 2009, Micro Four Thirds had less than 10 native lenses. And now µ43 has grown to a mature system featuring over 50+ lenses with very little gaps in the lineup. Not to mention the hundreds (if not thousands) of legacy lenses you could adapt. Need more speed? Utilize the…

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Low vs High CRI LED Bulbs for Photography/Filmmaking

Long story short, there is a pretty significant difference between low and high CRI LED’s. Enough that you could plunk down the extra $30 for good quality LED’s.

Budget LED’s on Amazon are about $30, and most of them I’ve seen make zero mention of CRI rating… yet most of these products are rated 5 stars. But truth is, most people just starting out probably wouldn’t notice this type of thing. Fortunately, I did the dirty work for you and I have two recommendations (as mentioned in the video):

  1. Aputure HL198C
  2. Yongnuo YN360

As mentioned in the video, I found the lighting from the YN360 a bit harsh, even diffused with the umbrella. So I did redid it, toned down the power just a tad and added a tiny bit of fill and here was the result:

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