Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com Our journal of film, food, fitness, family and faith Fri, 07 Dec 2018 22:46:46 +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 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/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:58:15 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3542 1min DJI Ronin-S Review: Pros the smoothest, strongest and best made handheld gimbal I have ever used. Unlike other gimbals made by others, my Ronin-S does not lose the horizon and does not need frequent calibration. Great battery life great iOS app (for easy setup, fine-tuning and calibration) trusted (and growing) DJI system of accessories […]

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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/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/blackmagic-web-presenter-vs-aja-u-tap-for-livestream-and-video-capture/#respond 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/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/bts-with-dq-studios-adobe-lightroom-retouching-with-motibodo/#respond 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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Our House flooded :( Here’s How to Prevent Your House from Flooding https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/how-to-prevent-your-house-from-flooding/ Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:57:10 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3390 It’s never a good thing to arrive home to find water on your kitchen floor. Even worse to check the basement, turn on the lights, and hear sizzling (that would be water shorting out the water-filled ceiling light fixtures). In hindsight, it seemed a bad idea to have our photo and video studio setup right […]

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In a Full-Frame World, Why I bought a Micro Four Thirds Camera (2018) https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/in-a-full-frame-world-why-i-bought-a-micro-four-thirds-camera-2018/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/in-a-full-frame-world-why-i-bought-a-micro-four-thirds-camera-2018/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2018 04:27:21 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3353 2018 will definitely go down as the year of the rise of the full-frame mirrorless camera. But even though I’ve drank the water and purchased the latest-greatest full-frame Sony A7iii, I also just purchased a Panasonic G85 with a Micro Four Thirds sensor that’s literally half the size. This article explains how Micro Four Thirds […]

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Shure SM7B Review – is it really the best podcasting mic? https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/shure-sm7b-review-is-it-really-the-best-podcasting-mic/ Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:08:19 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3330 The Shure SM7B mic, iconic in shape, and seemingly ubiquitous used in popular podcasts, is a mic I’ve been interested in for years. With a current list price of over $500 CAD, it’s far from an impulse purchase, but seeing it pop up on everyone from Gary V’s to Joe Rogan’s podcasts kept me curious […]

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My Video Gear circa 2018 – recommended Sony A7iii kit https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/my-2018-best-video-gear-sony-a73/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/my-2018-best-video-gear-sony-a73/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:19:40 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3322 NOTE TO READERS: I’m planning to go through each piece in this kit more in depth in coming videos and livestreams. Be sure to sign up to be notified with all the geeky details 🙂 . The Sony A7iii was the camera that started it off, and 2018 will definitely go down as the year […]

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FEIYUTECH VIMBLE 2 TELESCOPIC SMARTPHONE GIMBAL REVIEW https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/feiyutech-vimble-2-telescopic-smartphone-gimbal-review/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:02:34 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3285 180915 Update: The more I use it the more frustrating it gets. The Vimble 2 slowly drifts making it impossible to deliberately frame a shot. I’ve also seen random 180 rotations which deals a death blow to your smartphone video mojo. Though you can make gorgeous videos with the Vimble 2, there are better options […]

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