Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com Our journal of photography, film, food & family Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:58:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Screen-Shot-2016-01-24-at-10.27.34-PM-148x148.png Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com 32 32 105872443 How to set up the Sony A7iii – Recommended Settings, tips and tricks for Video shooters https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/how-to-set-up-the-sony-a7iii-recommended-settings-tips-and-tricks-for-video-shooters/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:53:31 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3659 The Sony A7iii is undoubtedly one of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras of its time. Great as it is, and Geeky as I am, the menu system is confusing at best, and intimidating enough to throw your hands up in frustration. There’s likely never going to be a set of Sony A7iii “best settings” that […]

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The Best Phone Tripod Mount https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/the-best-phone-tripod-mount/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/the-best-phone-tripod-mount/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:47:41 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3609 I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect phone tripod mount for years. I always tell myself, “Self: if only I had a better smartphone mount I’d be able to make more and better photos/videos/media!” and other such nonsense. Well, I’ve got no more excuses, because I think I’ve finally found the perfect all-metal smartphone […]

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Etymotic Hi-Fi Earplug Review https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/etymotic-hi-fi-earplug-review/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/etymotic-hi-fi-earplug-review/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 17:56:27 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3600 As a musician, audio engineer and filmmaker, I rely on my ears every day. Even if your profession doesn’t, nobody wants to lose their hearing. With the recent return of Volleyball season, I was reminded of how loud every whistle and cheer can get. So I reached out to the best headphone reviewer at the […]

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Sony A7iii Review and Recommended Accessories (video centric) https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/sony-a7iii-review-and-recommended-accessories-video-centric/ Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:31:12 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3573 1-line Sony A73 Review: If you can get past the poor ergonomics, confusing menus, and frame-rate dependant auto-focus and zoom features, the Sony A73 is a tremendous value for a full-frame mirrorless camera for video shooters. Highly recommended! The Sony A7iii is undoubtedly one of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras of its time. Though not […]

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The Best Cable Organizer: Cable Buddy Review https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/the-best-cable-organizer-cable-buddy-review/ Mon, 07 Jan 2019 19:15:54 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3581 A look in my gear room tells you I’m no neat freak, but I like to keep my standing desk and (seemingly) endless cables tidy. The reason isn’t just for looks either: I hate it when I break a cable because it’s often an unnecessary expense that a little care could prevent. The best way […]

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Recommended Vlogging Camera Gear https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/recommended-vlogging-camera-gear/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:28:07 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3558 Four parts to an inexpensive – but decent – vlogging setup: Camera, audio, Tripods, supports, and Lights. Ok: 5 parts. Strangely, I often get asked for recommendations on camera and gear for vlogging. I don’t really consider myself a vlogger, but definitely am a geeky camera nerd, so I guess I should take it as […]

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Ronin-S Focus Motor Review https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/ronin-s-focus-motor-review/ Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:27:50 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3551 Ronin-S Focus Motor 1-Line Review: Excellent build quality and concept, in urgent need of a firmware update. This isn’t the first accessory I’d buy for the Ronin-S. But for those, like me, who love to focus manually for full creative control, DJI’s Focus Motor is a must-have. Unsurprisingly, I ordered it on the first day […]

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DJI Ronin-S Review & 3 Accessories You Should Buy https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/dji-ronin-s-review-3-accessories-you-should-buy/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/dji-ronin-s-review-3-accessories-you-should-buy/#comments Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:58:15 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3542 1min DJI Ronin-S Review: DJI’s Ronin-S is arguably the most popular handheld gimbal of its time. When I handled prototypes at the NAB show, I knew right away, by its performance and quality of materials, it was going to be a contender. But I was unprepared for the amazingly low price it was introduced at, […]

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Blackmagic Web Presenter vs AJA U-TAP: for Livestream and Video Capture https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/blackmagic-web-presenter-vs-aja-u-tap-for-livestream-and-video-capture/ Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:27:57 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3537 Blackmagic Web Presenter Review (2018) – after almost 2 years of hard use, is it still worth live-streaming at 720p? Short Answer: YES! 1080p Livestream Experiment It didn’t take much – just a Youtube comment on my video that questioned why he should listen to me talking about cameras when my video was “only 720p”. […]

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BTS with DQ Studios: Adobe Lightroom Retouching with Motibodo https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/bts-with-dq-studios-adobe-lightroom-retouching-with-motibodo/ Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:52:16 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3522 As photographers we’ve always wanted to control the creative process from shoot to final delivery of our images to our clients. Here’s where we’ll share the behind the scenes with DQ Studios – how we vision an image while shooting, and quickly complete it in Lightroom. Find our more about Motibodo for Adobe Lightroom here.

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Creative Thinking – The Myth of “Writer’s Block” & testing Koygear clothing https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/creative-thinking-the-myth-of-writers-block-testing-koygear-clothing/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:02:54 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3525 A friend was watching me edit video one day and asked, “how do you get in the zone for creative work?” I probably seemed rude as I answered, “I just get to work.” It wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate the question, but I was taken aback at the thought there was some kind of ritual […]

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Grace Over Grind – Why Hustle is over-rated https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/grace-over-grind-why-hustle-is-over-rated/ Tue, 30 Oct 2018 17:44:34 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3516 As a life-long entrepreneur I’m as guilty as anyone for working too many hours and thinking it’s best to be busy in business 24/7. Living by “the grind” or even “holy hustle” doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but today’s devotional was a gentle reminder that God’s Grace is more important to my business […]

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