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Blame Good Taste (Why Artists Don't Make Enough)

You see it everywhere. You look at it and cringe. Your friends just don't understand.

  • "Can you believe they used Papyrus for the font on that logo?"
  • "Who could drink that cheap beer? It's gross."
  • "You put sugar in your coffee?"
  • "Really? Who wears socks with sandals?"

Taste. Some people have it and some people don't.

In this post I'll discuss what you should do about what you make when it doesn't live up to your tastes, what my taste has hindered me from accomplishing, and what to do if you don't have good taste and want to develop it.

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Caleb Wojcikniche, written
Which Studio Monitor Speakers Should You Buy?

As you build out your video (or audio) editing studio, one important piece is a solid pair of studio monitor speakers.

Up until this week I've just simply edited any video or audio I've produced while wearing over the ear headphones. But there are a few reasons why you wouldn't want to exclusively edit only wearing headphones.

  • Not everyone that consumes what you make will be wearing headphones.
  • To properly mix the audio you'll want to hear it on different devices/set-ups.
  • You'll often have more than one other person at a time watch or listen to what you're working on.

In this post I'll walk through which speakers you should be looking at buying and if you can't afford them, what headphones to go with in the meantime.

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5 Best Places Online to Learn DIY Video Production

When I got my first DSLR camera I loved learning as much as I possibly could making videos. I searched everywhere for the best places to learn the basics.

Now, while I'm working hard to build this into the single place you can learn everything you need to know about DIY video (including the upcoming audio podcast I'm working on, which launches August 4th), there is always more to learn. 

Here are the top five places online that have helped me learn how to make better videos.

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Which Camera Lens Should I Buy?

One of the most common gear questions I get from people is: "What camera should I buy?" Honestly, this is the wrong question to ask.

What usually matters more than the camera is the lens that you attach to it.

A great lens can increase the quality of the image, create a nice blurred "bokeh" background effect, and completely change the mood of a given video or picture if used differently.

In this post I'm going to help you answer:

  • Should I get a zoom or fixed lens?
  • Which focal length should I get?
  • How low of an aperture do I need?
  • How much I should spend?
  • What specific DLSR lens should I buy?
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What I Learned About Online Video at Wistiafest 2014

I just got back home last night from Boston after attending Wistiafest, an online video conference hosted by Wistia, the awesome company we use to host all our private videos over at Fizzle.co and what I use to host the videos in the DIY Video Guide.

One of the biggest problems with attending most conferences is that sometimes you can't really take home much of what you heard or did (except for perhaps hangovers and some new friends on Twitter).

In this post I share with you what I learned if you weren't there. I'll break down each of the main stage talks, the panel I was on, the roundtable lunch discussion I led, and the three workshops I attended.

Let's get started.

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Do the Edges First

When I was a kid my mom used to love doing puzzles.

If it was raining during the weekend or we had a snow day from school, she’d set up a foldable card table in the living and dump out a thousand piece puzzle to pass the day.

Now I don’t know about you, but my strategy was always to start with the edge pieces first. It was easier to find the edges, match pieces up, and see progress being made in the beginning (which was key to not getting bored and finding something else to do).

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A First Look at the DIY Video Guide

I'm super excited for tomorrow and it isn't because I need to start packing for my move next weekend. I've been working like mad the past couple weeks to put the final touches on the DIY Video Guide for the launch tomorrow.

And I wanted to take a quick break from all the prep to share with you what you can expect when the guide drops tomorrow. 

Below is a complete list of what the book entails, what video tutorials, video case studies, and video interviews are a part of it too.

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Gear Doesn't Matter

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: DIY Video Guide. Coming February 11th, 2014.

My wife and I have spent over $20,000 on photography and videography gear over the past two years.

We have a closet full of cameras, lenses, memory cards, film, microphones, lights, tripods, monopods, flashes, bags, audio recorders, and more.

And I want to tell you why you don't need any of it to make your videos

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