I have been an AT&T customer for a long time. A really long time. Let me first say that my move to T-Mobile had nothing to do with a problem or deficiency with AT&T. Loved them, still do. Service was second to none. Now thats out of the way lets move on. The AT&T family plan that I was on was affordable but if I were to upgrade phones/devices then my plan pricing would have skyrocketed. I have 7 lines on my plan and everything starts to add up. I was sitting at about $255 month for AT&T but heres the thing. For every phone I upgraded there would be an upgrade fee ($99, $150 or whatever) and then a monthly charge for that upgraded line of like $25 or $35 dollars per month. I had four iPhone 4s’s, one iPhone 5C and two iPhone 5’s. So upgrading all the devices would have added $200 per month or more. Basically unless I purchased my phones outright then my plan pricing was going to be in the high $400’s at least. I had always discounted T-Mobile. I assumed it was a struggling 3rd place wanna be carrier that was using … Continue reading
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This is a little off my normal topic of cameras and gadgets but I thought this was interesting. Yesterday, my wife purchased bleach at the store, dropped the container and cracked it. She was unaware of the crack and placed the jug in my car. It leaked all over and through my carpet. Interestingly the carpet did not discolor (props to Ford). Its a 2004 Ford f150 by the way. But it did burn my nose hairs right out! I thought it would be days before I could drive the car due to the smell. After a little research I found out that peroxide is a neutralizer for bleach. So I purchased a bottle of 3% peroxide at the store and poured it all over the spill location. They recommend a 1:1 ratio for spill vs. neutralizer. The oder immediately started to subside and this morning it seems all good. Anyway… Tip of the day.
Last weekend I went down to the National Mall in Washington DC to show support for an amazing girl who lives in my Neighborhood along with support for hundreds of other children with cancer. She’s a really good friend to my children and we are very close to the whole family. Childhood cancer is a really tragic disease…there is not enough research, funding and the treatments are antiquated. These are our children!! There must be more awareness, funding and action to help improve treatments and to find cures for our children. Yes, OUR! Maybe today you are unaffected… “thats someone else’s kid…” but you could blink and it could be your child, your friend’s or someone in your family. Take the time to learn more about this horrible disease and make one or two minor changes in your life that could help in the efforts to promote awareness, research and possibly a cure!
One group making strides with awareness is thetruth365 organization. Please visit their site, watch their videos and sign any petition you can get your hands on. Its worth it!
This is a short montage music video of the event. It just captures a few scenes of a truly amazing day. I plan to put together a more in depth video as some of the speeches and displays of absolute courage were truly moving and deserves to be shared.
Ok, corny title. Met a nice guy at my niece’s wedding this weekend. He is going to produce the video for the event and we got to talking about Neat Video. Ya see, with digital cameras and a dark event like a wedding its not uncommon to experience noise (grainy image) in the darker scenes. Some of you I am sure know what I am talking about and have experienced this with your phone or even low priced cameras. There is only a couple ways to get around this… add light or increase the cameras ability to bring in light. Both of these options are limited. I am sure if you cranked up the candle power on your lights at the reception you’d piss off the bride and the camera can only do so much to bring in more light. In comes Neat Video. Just like Dolby Noise Reduction used to reduce the tape hiss or “noise” of your old cassettes, Neat Video reduces video noise. I know, I know not “just like” but its a simple way to look at it. Neat Video is available as a plug in for many editors and the way it is used is generally the same for all. It goes for $99 and it is available at www.neatvideo.com. Take a look below at my sample of it being used in FCPX. Its fairly easy and may help you save that shot.
Last week in perfect weather we walked in support of Amelia Schmidt and the Lymphoma Research Foundation. There were 130 people there… just for Amelia’s team! I put together a quick video trying to capture the event but it still doesn’t do justice to the level of support that is around this girl and her family. Our prayers continue. Go Amelia!
For more information about Amelia and her courageous fight: https://www.facebook.com/theTruth365film
This is a nice program if for nothing else to use as a vehicle to upload your photos into Flicker. If you don’t already know about Flickr’s free 1TB of storage for your photos and videos then go read my previous blog HERE. There are several ways to get your photos to flickr. You can sync from your iPhotos library but I don’t like that method. If you delete photos from your iPhoto library when it “synchs” with flickr it will also delete the photos from Flickr. (not good for me) You can use the Flickr app in the iPhone or iPad and have the “auto upload setting” enabled but you need to make sure of two things… 1-You are in wifi so you don’t use up data (this is a setting you control) and 2-You have the app ON when you are in wifi…otherwise it won’t work. Ultimately this only backs up the photos on your phone or iPad. When it comes to uploading and backing up photos I like to have my photos in two places. A hard disk or server (on site) and on Flickr. That way if there is a major catastrophe at my house there … Continue reading
Recently was archiving old movies that I had collected on to a hard disk from my DV Camcorder. I wanted to De-Interlace and clean up the video a bit but was unable to figure out how to do it at first using FCPX. After a little fiddling I figured it out. Thought I would share…
Today I enter a different kind of post. Childhood cancer is a beast that needs to be dealt with. The Truth 365 organization is doing just that. Watch the video and visit their site (and any others for that matter) and sign every petition you can get your hands on to help these children.
I did today…I am signature 102,570
All digital cameras when faced with dark areas try to artificially add brightness. Some do it better than others. To see what I mean take your iPhone into a dark room and it will get all grainy.
In a DSLR you increase your brightness by using a couple of settings but raising the ISO is the most common way. ISO’s above 800 are considered fairly high in the Video World.
I recently upgraded from the T2i to the 70D. I wanted to see if there was any significant improvement in noise levels at high ISO’s. I did a quick non-scientific test of both cameras of ISO’s 800, 1250, 1600, 2500 and 3200. I would never use the T2i over 1600 but with the 70D I might just be able to. Take a look at the video and see what you think.
You will want to view the video in full 1080P and on an iPad retina or desktop computer. It will be hard to see any difference on an iPhone.