Caregiving – Just Not Enough Time

first_imgPutting objectives in their place was a suggestion from another caregiver. She has special places for things like her purse, keys, medicines, medical folder, phone numbers, pass words for websites, etc. This way she spends less time searching for items. I discovered that I was wasting time looking for things so I am attempting to declutter, organize and to put things away where they belong. I realize this isn’t easy but taking the time to do it now will save me time in the long run. I guess I’ll have to add this to my “to do” list. Be realistic about what I can and can’t do. This includes saying no to requests from others for things I know I can’t do or don’t want to do (including requests from other family members). I have a tendency to underestimate how much time it takes to get things done and then become stressed. So I am trying to be more realistic about how much time it takes to do things and to only do the things that are high priorities.Be aware of distractions—this is a hard one. If I hear my phone ping I’m off to see who texted me and then end up spending time looking at messages or postings on Facebook. This can be a time waster. Take a few minutes and think about what distraction might be your time waster and how you can take control of it. One way I take control of my phone is to turn off the sound and then look at it only a couple of times a day. Spend some time thinking about your time wasters.I’ve shared a couple strategies to manage your time and I hope they are helpful to you. I’m hoping many of you will share your time wasters and how you have taken control of them. Also please share tricks or tips you have for saving time. I know I’d like to learn other ways to use my time better.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on September 25, 2015. Blog post written by Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., MBP Consulting, LLC, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-ExtensionCaregiving is only one part of my life and at times the other parts of my life need attention or should I say demand my time. As a caregiver, I just don’t seem to have enough time to get everything done. It’s like being on a treadmill or going round and round on a hamster wheel in a cage. So what can I do? The reality is that there are only 24 hours in a day and I do need to take some time for myself or I’m not good for anything or anyone. That means I need to get sleep every night, spend time exercising and do enjoyable things.I’m more energized when I do things I like such as read a book for a few minutes, watch my favorite TV show or take a bubble bath. Being energized enables me to get a lot more done in a shorter period of time. When I take care of myself I’m more positive which helps me deal with the unexpected or difficult things that the day may bring. In reading lots of different time management articles and books, the following strategies are the ones most helpful to me.Keep a log for a few days to see exactly where your time is spent. You may be surprised to find out how efficient you are but you might also discover some time wasters. You’ll also note how often you are multi-tasking. I found preparing dinner includes much more than fixing the meal—it includes unloading the dishwasher, reading the mail or Facebook, and talking with my spouse or children.center_img Use a “to do” list. I love to mark off completed tasks on my “to do” list. Sometimes I put things on it that I know I can mark off right away. It makes me feel better and gives me a sense of accomplishment to see all those marked off items. Another trick I use with my “to do” list is to identify which items are most critical to do versus those that would be nice to do. This way I can focus on the most important items first. Sometimes I find an item on my list that is large and has multiple steps. I play games with myself and list each step as a “to do” task. This helps me see that I’m making progress on completing the larger task.last_img read more

Person-Centered Thinking and Planning

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on April 27, 2018. As we’re wrapping up Month of the Military Child, we would like to take this opportunity to revisit a blog post from earlier this month – Person-Centered Thinking and Planning.The Person-Centered Thinking and Planning process is most helpful for parents of children with disabilities, but can be used by all parents and guardians.Watch the video below to learn about Person-Centered Thinking and Planning as it guides you through the steps to mapping out what is important to and for your child.Download the fact sheet on Documenting Person-Centered Thinking and Planning here.last_img read more

Getting Started with Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro

first_imgLearning keyboard shortcuts may seem daunting, but it’s worth the effort in speeding up your workflow!  In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most important Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts.Any professional video editor will tell you, knowing keyboard is integral in having a speedy video editing workflow.  You may already be familar with using shortcuts to edit in Final Cut Pro or Avid, and may not be keen on learning a new set of shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro.  Do not fear!  Premiere Pro offers the option of using either the FCP or Avid shortcuts if you prefer. To access these shortcuts from the menu bar click on Edit (on Windows) or Premiere Pro (on Mac).  Then, select the Keyboards Shortcuts option:This will open the keyboard shortcuts option box.  From here you can select which format you’d like to use from the top drop-down menu (includes CS6, CS5.5, Avid Media Composer 5 and Final Cut Pro 7 layout options).Selecting a Different Keyboard LayoutIt should also be noted that keyboard shortcuts are editable in Premiere Pro.  To edit a shortcut, simply find the property you wish to add a shortcut to or change a shortcut for, and then select it. This will then bring forward the ‘Edit’ button:When you click the ‘Edit’ button the shortcut becomes editable and you can choose a new shortcut as needed.  However, if you choose a shortcut that already exists you will get a warning message telling you that you have removed that shortcut from another tool!  If this is OK, then click OK and carry on.Warning Message When Selecting An Existing ShortcutOtherwise, hit ‘Undo’ to take things back to how they were and then choose another shortcut.Essential Premiere Pro ShortcutsWhere should you start?  Check out these must know shortcuts for navigating the timeline and choosing clips in Adobe Premiere Pro. Import:  CTRL + I (PC) or CMD + I (Mac) Quickly import  media into your Premiere Pro project with this handy shortcut.  CTRL/CMD + I will bring up the import media dialog box.  It is the same as choosing File>Import from the menu bar.Note that the shortcut is shown in the drop-down menu to help you learn it.When you see these, try and start to use them so that over time they can become a natural way of working.Choosing In and Out: I or O The next set of shortcuts have to do with selecting which parts of a clip you would like to use. If you are either hover scrubbing in the project panel (or you’ve double clicked the item to have it open in the source monitor) it is likely that you won’t want the whole clip.  Instead, you’ll just want to select a portion of a clip.  This is where you can use the I and O keys to select the IN and the OUT points of the clip you are looking at.For example, if hover scrubbing in the project panel – tap “I” to signal where you’d like to clip the start and “O” when you get to the part where you’d like it to end.  Then, when you click on the clip in the project panel you will see an orange line denoting where you hit the I key and where you hit the O key (your in and out points).In and Out Points Selected For Clip in the Project PanelThe premise behind using the I and O keys is that you can use a combination of mouse and keyboard to quickly and easily select the portions of the clips you want. However, if you are finding that hover scrubbing isn’t precise enough for you then once the clip is selected you can use the next set of shortcuts.Video Editing Shortcuts for PremiereNote, the next set of Premiere Pro shortcuts are right under the I and O keys on a standard keyboard – this is not by accident!First, select a clip in the project panel, the source monitor, the timeline OR the program monitor. Tap L and the clip will play.  Tap L again and the clip or timeline will play back faster. Tap K and it stops. Tap J and the clip or the timeline will play backwards. Tap again and it plays backwards faster and so on. These three keys are the basis of all video editing keyboard shortcuts and should be being used all the time in your workflow. In fact, you can even use them to play your clip or timeline in slow motion!  Hold the ‘Shift’ key while you tap J or L and the timeline will play forwards or reverse in slow motion. Under the K/L keys are the ‘,‘ and ‘.‘ keys. When you’ve selected an In and an Out point for a clip in the project panel or the source monitor, the next thing you want to do is drop it on your Premiere Pro timeline. That is where these keys come in.The , key will cause an ‘Insert’ edit to take place. In other words, it will insert the clip into the timeline wherever your playhead is, while cutting and shifting down any clips to the right of the playhead (to make room for the clip you are inserting).  The ‘.’ key will cause the selected clip to go to your timeline from the position of your playhead, overwriting any clip that may already be on the timeline.  This is called an overwrite or overlay edit. These shortcuts are important because they enable you to select the portions of the clips you want to use and get them to your timeline quickly for editing. Now, with lots of clips in your timeline, start to use the up and down arrows to quickly move up and down the edit points in your timeline.There are obviously lots of other shortcuts that I could mention, but these are the essential shortcuts you must know to get started.  You can always hover over the tools with your mouse in Premiere Pro and get a tool tip telling you what the keyboard shortcut is for that particular tool. Export: CTRL + M (PC) or CMD + M (Mac) The last shortcut I’ll give you for this post is Ctrl + M (PC) or Cmd + M (Mac).  This will open the Export Settings dialogue box for a selected sequence, ready for you to set up for final export.Learn these simple shortcuts and you will quickly learn how much time using these can save you.  I suspect that once you integrate them into your video editing workflow you’ll start looking for them more and more!last_img read more

Video Tutorial: Light Painting in After Effects and Photoshop

first_imgLearn how to create a stylish light painting effect using only After Effects, Photoshop and a camera – no third party plugins necessary!In a previous post, we highlighted the visually stunning Light Pollution video by digital video studio Super Frog Saves Tokyo (SFST).  What was unique about this video is that all of the light painting effects were created without the use of any specialized third party plugins – pretty impressive.Now, the team behind the video is giving us a peek into how they created the effects.  In the video tutorial below, Joe from SFST shows how one of the light painting effects was created.  Joe has also shared the raw footage so you can walk through the tutorial step-by-step without having to acquire your own shots (see the Vimeo page to download).The light painting technique uses a slew of After Effects and Photoshop tools including adjustment layers, basic color grading, masking, tracking and batch automation.  None of these steps is too complicated, but familiarization in these apps is essential – this isn’t for the Adobe newbie.Additionally, the SequenceLayers plugin from AEScripts is used to automate the timing of the effect (this can be done manually without a script but would be very time consuming).Light painting in After Effects is a great visual effect that can add punch to your video projects.  Thanks for sharing, SFST!See the Vimeo page for more info. Best viewed full screen:last_img read more

Easy Luma Mask in FCPX

first_imgA simple plugin makes it easy to get clean luma masks in Final Cut Pro X. Download the plugin and see it in action in this FCPX video tutorial.Want to add an animated style matte with a luma mask? In this post we share a plugin (and corresponding tutorial) that makes this simple in FCPX.Graphic artist David Walsh created a Luma Mask template for FCPX that’s available as a free download. First, head over to to snag that plugin and install it on your system.Then, check out the tutorial below by our friend Kes The NLE Ninja, who shows how to use it effectively in your Final Cut Pro X projects.Previously you had to add to add the stencil alpha or luma matte in FCPX and turn it into a compound clip. This plugin simplifies that. Additionally, you can use the luma mask template to create unique transitions.Thanks David and Kes for sharing!last_img read more

5 Ways to Improve Your Cinematography Right Now!

first_img Tip #3: Understand shooting methods.There are several shooting methods that you should be aware of, such as Master Scene, Freeform, In-One, Overlapping, Montage, Coverage and Point-of-View. For instance, we see more and more films taking on the freeform style of cinematography, or what many call the documentary style of filmmaking. Now, if you were working on a film that called for this type of method, you would know exactly what to call it and how to shoot it.As you see, having a base knowledge of each one of these methods will help to ensure that you get the most out of each scene. So if you find yourself in a situation where your director wants to run and gun, like Michael Mann does, then you’ll know exactly how to handle that scene and what method to use. Let’s put aside the camera loadouts and other gear setups and just focus on knowledge-based cinematography tips.We talk about cinematography all the time here at The Beat, however these discussions usually revolve around camera loadouts and other gear. So we thought it was high time to put all of that aside and give you five non-gear related tips that will help improve your cinematography.All of the tips we are going to give you today are things that you would learn in the lecture side of a cinematography class. Do you have to go to film school to really learn these tips? No way! There are a ton of great resources out there for you to check out. Let’s list just a few before we get started.Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors: 2nd Edition by Blain BrownFilm Production Technique: Creating the Accomplished Image by Bruce MamerCinematography: Third Edition by Kris Malkiewicz & M. David Mullen ASCEach one of the books above have been used in various cinematography classes around the world. Luckily you don’t have to actually take one of those classes to get your hands on them. The two “Cinematography” books wont run you much, however Film Production Techniques is a little pricey, but its knowledge base is fantastic. Now enough wasting time… On with the tips!Tip #1: Cinema is a language. Learn it!As a cinematographer, you, like the director, are a storyteller and you tell your story through the language of motion. Now, this motion has a specific vocabulary and in that vocabulary there exist specific sub-languages such as composition, point-of-view, continuity, movement, design, lighting and lens. As a cinematographer, you should learn each one of these sub-languages. What we mean by this is you should gain a knowledge base of the concepts and terms of each.Having this type of knowledge can make a world of difference, especially when working with on a professional set. Because if you understand sub-language like movement you can take an ordinary static shot, turn it on its head with movement, and make it dramatic.  Tip #2: The knowledge bases of Cinematographers and Directors overlap.Now that you know your language, let’s expand that knowledge base. If you really want to be a successful cinematographer, then you need to know your director. Not just who the director is or how they work, but the knowledge base they work from. Just like you, a director has a language and sub-languages, many of which overlap with your own. And one thing is for sure — you both have a singular goal. That goal is telling a story with a camera.By knowing your director and understanding what he or she wants (through the concepts and terms they use), you can make things so much easier for yourself and the crew. For instance, because of his knowledge of exactly what Steven Spielberg wanted, cinematographer Allen Daviau was able to visually construct the famous “ride in the sky” scene from Steven’s storyboards to the film negative in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.  Tip #5: Learn the art of light and color. You must learn the art of light and color. Not only does light help to make your scene visible, it conveys a certain mood about that scene. Having a scene with a lot of dark contrast is going to elicit a specific emotion from your audience, so, again, use this to help sell the narrative.Then if you add color to your lighting, you can take your composition and visual metaphor to the next level. You’ll find high contrast lighting and color in every one of Nicolas Winding Refn’s films. He uses them to craft a mood. Whether it’s using the color of red to convey fear and hate, or the color blue to convey innocence and naiveté, he uses these colors in conjunction with the lighting to generate an emotional theme and response.This footage from Shutterstock shows us another good example of using light and color to tell a story. As you can see in the footage you eye is probably drawn to two distinct points in the frame: The clouds in the upper left and the building the the lower right. This is for multiple reasons including contrast, opposite colors, and differentiating lightness values.center_img  Tip #4: Grasp visual organization and compositional rules.To take your cinematography game to the next level, you always need to be aware of organization and the rules of composition. Whenever you are on location and you are ready to film, be aware of horizon lines, vanishing points, and even the lines created by a row of buildings. These natural lines in the world are all around us can be used to visually organize your composition. Use them to your advantage.In addition to natural lines, be aware and grasp the concept of compositional rules. For instance having knowledge of rules such as positive and negative space or the rule of thirds will help to keep your compositions balanced and visually interesting. There was no better master at visual organization than Stanley Kubrick, who used the natural lines of the world to his advantage constantly.This stock footage from Shutterstock is another great example of organizational and composition rules. Note how the leading lines of both the glass pyramid and the sidewalk lead your eye to the front door of the Louve. Want more content on cinematography? Of course you do! Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.Is the AJA CION the Biggest Bust in Modern Filmmaking?Just How Expensive Are Real Cinema Lenses?Choosing Between The Blackmagic URSA and URSA MiniDo you know any other must-know cinematography tips? Sound off in the comments below.last_img read more

Fujifilm Announces X-T2 Camera with 4K Video

first_imgFujifilm announces the new X-T2 Camera with 4K shooting capabilities, film simulation, improved tracking abilities, and more.Image via FujifilmStarting at $1,600, Fujifilm’s versatile new mirrorless camera surpasses the previous X-T1 with more megapixels, 4K recording capability, improved AF, and the X Processor Pro. The camera’s sensor has a native sensitivity range of ISO 200-12800 that can be bumped up to 51200. The X-T2 uses a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor adding eight megapixels to the X-T1’s 16.3 MP sensor. This improvement in image quality in photography and video is a huge step up with the high ISO sensitivity, low noise level, and new sensor.Image via Fujifilm The FUJIFILM X-T2 captures approx. 1.8x the required number of pixels for 4K video (4K/30P, 25P, 24P) and 2.4x the required data for full HD video (1080/60P, 50P, 24P) to deliver superior movie quality free from moiré or artifacts. It also supports the high bit rate of 100Mbps. — FujifilmThe body of the camera is bigger and has a better grip, plus raised dials that help photographers handle the camera in a more comfortable fashion. On top of the accessible handling, the camera is housed in a weather-sealed body, keeping the elements at bay on your next shoot. The X-T2 also has built-in Wi-Fi, cutting down the process of uploading pictures to your phone, Instagram, and Facebook. With yesterday’s announcement, Fujifilm released a short film made entirely on the X-T2, including a behind-the-scenes look at how the film was made. As far as AF goes, the camera’s detection area has grown by 230% with up to 325 focus points. Eye detection and face detection are among the new AF features, automatically distinguishing facial features to improve focus capability.Image via FujifilmThe cameras “joystick” can change the focus area by moving left, right, up, down and diagonally covering a wide area of focus after establishing your image.Image via FujifilmThe X-T2’s improved viewfinder has a 0.77x magnification ratio:The 2.36-million-dot high-resolution organic EL electronic viewfinder has a magnification ratio of 0.77x, a horizontal viewing angle of 31 degrees, and a display time lag of just 0.005 seconds. The viewfinder, which is 2 times brighter than the previous model, also features an automatic brightness adjustment function so it’s easy to see in all conditions – even intense backlighting. It completely eliminates moiré or false colors, and boasts performance comparable to an optical viewfinder, but with the added advantage of displaying a live view that reflects exposure settings. — FujifilmAnother small change to the body comes from the rear LCD screen that can now swivel out to the right instead of only up and down like the X-T1. This could be beneficial when attempting to shoot difficult angles.Tech Specs24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III SensorX-Processor Pro Engine0.77x 2.36m-Dot OLED Viewfinder3.0″ 1.04m-Dot 3-Way Tilting LCD ScreenInternal UHD 4K Video & F-Log GammBuilt-In Wi-Fi Connectivity325-Point Intelligent Hybrid AF SystemUp to 8 fps Shooting and ISO 51200Weather-Sealed Body; Two UHS-II SD SlotsFilm Simulation and Grain Effect ModesPrice: $1,600Release Date: September 2016Got any thoughts on Fujifilm’s new X-T2? Share them in the comments below.last_img read more

Best Video Drones Under $1000

first_imgRemovable gimbalHandheld stabilizerDJI Phantom 3 ($499 Standard, $799 Advanced, $999 Professional)Just because the Phantom 4 ($1199) is out doesn’t mean the DJI Phantom 3 is outdated by any means. From the 2.7K capabilities of the Standard, to the 4K capture of the Professional — the Phantom 3 line is bound to have everything you need.Here is a look at some Phantom 3 Professional 4K footage from Ronne VinkxThe DJI Phantom 3 specs range a bit based on the model of your choosing, but DJI offers a great comparison tool to help you find the right Phantom for you.Got your eye on a drone? Which one? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Video Recording ModesC4K: 4096×2160 24fps4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30fps2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30fpsFHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96fpsHD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120fps Removable gimbalHandheld stabilizerBackpack case with stabilizer attachment UPDATE: GoPro recalled to Karma drone for power failure during operation. The drone has been pulled from Best Buy shelves and the GoPro store.The GoPro Karma is great for shooters that already have a GoPro Hero4, since they can save on the initial costs. The drone is also compatible with the new Hero5 and Hero5 Session. It’s built for athletes and travelers, coming with a backpack the also doubles as a mount. The camera gimbal is removable, so you can attach it to the included handheld stabilizer. You can read much more about our thoughts on the GoPro Karma here.Here is a look at some GoPro Karma test footage from Brent Rose.GoPro Karma Specs: Max flight time ~ 20 minutesMax speed – 35 mphMax distance – 1.86 miles (3 km)Weight – 2.22 lbs (1006 g)Auto shot pathsCameraRequires GoPro Hero4, GoPro Hero5, or GoPro Hero5 Session Here are some of the best drones that can capture amazing footage without breaking the bank.Top image via ShutterstockFrom capturing over-the-head aerials, amazing dolly shots, or even some traditional camera moves, these drones offer great video options with prices that won’t bust your budget. All of the drones on this list have a price tag under $1000.DJI Mavic ($749 drone only, $999 with controller)The DJI Mavic is the newest drone on this list. The Mavic was so popular on launch, there are currently shipping delays — but everything should arrive in time for the holidays, if you’re looking to treat yourself. The drone is exciting because it collapses into a small and easy-to-carry mode. This is the first true drone for those shooters on the go. It can be controlled by a smart phone and hand gestures or with a dedicated controller. You can read more about the Mavic’s release here.Here is a look at DJI Mavic footage from Bokeh DigitalRev TVDJI Mavic Specs: Max flight time – 27 minutesMax speed – 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport modeMax distance – 8 miles (13 km, 0 wind)Weight – 1.62 lbs (734 g)Forward and downward vision systemsIntelligent flight modesCamera1/2.3” CMOS sensorFOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2 lensISO 100-3200 (video)Micro SD (max capacity of 64 GB)center_img Yuneec Typhoon 4K ($697, $899 with SteadyGrip)If the appeal of GoPro’s Karma system is the included handheld stabilizer, consider the Yuneec Typhoon 4K. The drone has a package that includes a SteadyGrip that works with the drone’s built-in camera and gimbal. Even with the camera, the Typhoon comes in cheaper than buying a GoPro Karma and Hero4 bundle.Here’s is a look at some Yuneec Typhoon 4K sample footage from Digital Trends.Yuneec Typhoon 4K Specs: Max flight time ~ 25 minutesMax speed – 17.9 mph (8m/s)Max distance – 0.5 miles (800m)Weight – 3.74 lbs (1700 g)Smart flight modesCamera1/2.3” CMOS sensorMicro SD (up to 128 GB) GoPro Karma ($799 without camera,  $999 with Hero4 Black) Video Recording ModesUHD 4K at 30fps2.7K at 30fps2.5K at 30fps1080p at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120fpslast_img read more

Tips on Lighting Day for Night Interiors

first_imgDay for night interiors can be tough. However, with the right approach, you can sell the effect by controlling, shaping, and cutting out the daylight.Cover image via Indie Cinema Academy.Understand Your Light SourceWe always hear about day for night exteriors but hardly ever day for night interiors. The first thing to understand when lighting any type of night scene is your main light source — in this case, it’s the moon. You’ll also have many practical sources in the room. However, to give a little lift to the scene, you’ll still want to push some moonlight through a window.Many people think that the moon is a soft source because it is dim. However, the moon is actually a hard source and casts a hard shadow. You can see this illustrated in photos by David Mullen, ASC. He took these photos at night at a high ISO to demonstrate the light quality of moonlight.When lighting a night scene, interior or exterior, it’s always wise to rely on your harder light sources like your pars or spotted fresnels. Using these sources, you can easily imitate the quality of light of the moon and create those harsh shadows.Controlling the Ambient DaylightOnce you control the ambient daylight spilling into a room, it almost becomes a studio-like setting. You have complete control of the lighting in a room.When filming a day for night interior, ambient daylight spilling through the windows can be a problem. It’s wise to control it by knocking out all ambient light that’s spilling through windows, doorways, etc. You really want to get this room as dark as you possibly can. The best way to do this is to wrap a window using duvetyne or as many solid black flags as you have.If you’re going to push moonlight through a window, you can easily make a tent in that area with your duvetyne and allow room to place a light.The video below by Indie Cinema Academy is shot at night. However, once you flag off all ambient daylight, the same principles will apply.Also, be sure to avoid rooms with white walls. Once you start pushing in your moonlight, the white walls will behave like giant reflectors and start pushing your light in all sorts of directions. From that point, it will be difficult to sell the night effect.ExposureExposure is a key component when filming any night scene. To really sell the effect, it is wise to underexpose your subject by 2-3 stops. Creating this darkness for the subject will create an evening effect. In this situation, be sure to keep an eye on your shadows so they don’t fall into complete black. You’ll still want detail in there.Color TemperatureColor temperature plays a huge role in selling the effect of moonlight in a night scene. Moonlight is a very blue light source. This is much different than the 3200K practicals in most interiors, and this actually works out to your advantage. If you’re using an HMI light, which are roughly 5600K, you can achieve this moonlight effect by placing your HMI through a window and changing the white balance on your camera to 3200K. You can then use 1/2 CTO on the light to warm it up slightly but still maintain a blue color. This white balance will make the light blue, creating a moonlight effect. Then, if you have a practical source in the interior, like a lamp, you can keep a warm tungsten bulb in and base all of your interior lighting on a 3200K source.Have you shot any day for night interior scenes? Let us know in the comments.Looking for more information on day for night shooting? Check out these resources.Low-Budget Solutions for Shooting Nighttime Car Scenes5 Reasons Your Day For Night Footage Doesn’t Look RightCinematography Tip: Why ‘Day for Night’ Is a Horrible Idea7 Indie Filmmaking Tips for Shooting Day for Nightlast_img read more

A Field Guide to the Canon 5D Mark IV’s Built-in Wi-Fi

first_imgFollow these five simple steps to get your Canon 5D Mark IV synced up to Wi-Fi and connected to your smartphone or laptop.All images via Jourdan Aldredge.In a hyper-connected world, it may come as no surprise that digital cameras have been quick to adopt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for syncing with other devices and smartphones. The Canon 5D Mark IV, like past iterations, is no exception. Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to get your Canon 5D Mark IV synced, connected, and remotely accessed.Turn on WifiFirst, you’ll want to turn on your camera’s Wi-Fi, which you can find by navigating through your camera’s menu screen. Scroll through until you get to the settings tab (which is the yellow wrench). From there, you’ll go to the fourth tab, and scroll down to click on “communication settings.” I say scroll, but with the Canon 5D Mark IV, you can use the touchscreen as well to navigate.From there, click through to the “Built-in wireless settings” and then the “Wi-Fi/NFC” option to enable Wi-Fi (if it already says enabled, and the rest of the options below are available, you’re good to go but may need to clear settings at the bottom in case your camera has already been synced to another device in the past).You can then create a nickname for your camera. For this example, we’ll just use the default, which is “EOS5D4,” but feel free to make it whatever you’d like.Download Canon AppBefore we move on to connecting your Canon 5D Mark IV to your smartphone or device of choice, you’ll need to make sure you have the Canon App already downloaded and set up on your device. For this example, we’ll be using an iPhone 6s, but the app should be the same across all smartphones and devices. To download the app, go to your app store to find the “Canon Camera Connect” app. Once the app is downloaded and set up, you can connect your camera using the following steps.Connect to SmartphoneOnce you have the Canon App, you’ll go back to your 5D and choose the “Wi-Fi Function” option under the “Built-in wireless settings.” You’ll choose the icon for your smartphone (or other device of choice). Choose “Easy connection” over “Select a network,” and you’ll find yourself at a screen with info about your Camera’s SSID and an “Encryption key” to sync your camera to your smartphone.You’ll then go to your smartphone and navigate to your wireless settings and find your Wi-Fi connections. You should see a Wi-Fi signal with your Canon 5D SSID (set to your camera’s nickname). You’ll simply choose that Wi-Fi and put in your “Encryption code” as your Wi-Fi password. Give your camera and smartphone a few seconds to connect. After you go back to your camera, you’ll be asked to confirm your connection, and from there you’ll be connected and synced!Open in Canon AppIf you go into your Canon App now, you will see a page confirming your two devices are connected and synced. If not, you can manually connect them in the app in the same way. The Canon Camera Connect app has lots of functionalities of its own, a few you’ll notice right away are your ability to view and transfer your images and video files directly on the app.Remote Smartphone ControlsFrom within the app, you can sync and manage different aspects of your camera remotely. Some of the most notable controls allow you to change things like ISO, F-stop, shutter speed, and exposure. For video purposes, you can start and stop recording; change other more advanced controls like your white balance and frame rate (and change between MOV and MP4); and keep tabs on recording time and battery life — and even monitor audio levels.For film and video professionals, this opens lots of doors when shooting solo and you need to set a camera and monitor remotely. It’s also helpful when vlogging or filming yourself, as you won’t need to jump back and forth between in front of and behind your camera. You can also use this to get your camera into tight or hard-to-reach spaces where you can’t monitor the viewfinder directly.For more Canon 5D (and other camera) tips and tricks, check out these articles below.Should You Upgrade the Canon 7D to the 5D Mark IV?Using Canon 5D Mark IV’s Auto-Focus While Shooting VideoCanon Log Upgrade: Should You Send in Your Canon 5D Mark IV?The Differences Between All-I and IPB CompressionUtilizing Remote Grades in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: The Non-Hustler’s Infection

first_imgWhen it comes to hustling, there is nothing more important than your mindset. You can understand this idea intellectually without really knowing what this means. Unfortunately, we have an example. A non-hustler posted a comment on a post on my Facebook page. His comment had nothing to do with what I posted, but here it is in its entirety”“Why don’t y’all take some time off from trying to get ahead and help someone else along? Y’all the ones making money off broke people doing all the work. Don’t get me wrong, I could sell thongs to a nun and then talk her out of them. I just don’t have the conscience to make money marking up somebody else’s work.”Let’s unpack some of this non-hustler’s infections.By trying to get ahead, you aren’t helping other people.The non-hustler believes that people who are striving to get ahead aren’t the kind of people who help other people. This is a classic example of the infection of envy. Hustlers create business, and as they grow, they need to hire people to help them create the value that they create for the people they serve.In one college economics class I took in college, the liberal professor was railing against trickle down economic. A young girl very innocently asked, “If trickle down economics doesn’t work, can you tell me how trickle up economics works?” She meant no harm, and she wasn’t being political.People with the means to help other people often do. Some people with the ability to help people don’t.  But the non-hustler is infected with envy.Capturing value is difficult.The non-hustler doesn’t understand how value creation and value capture works. Each of us is paid exactly what we are worth. We are paid for the value that we create. If you want more money, you create more value. Different outcomes are worth more or less based on how other people value them.Non-hustlers suffer the infection that causes them to misunderstand fairness. You can do what you love, but you can’t make the rest of the world value it.Selling is something you do to someone.I’m hard pressed to find a better version of this belief than what our non-hustler offers us. Nuns don’t buy thongs, and salespeople don’t sell things to people who don’t want or need them. The non-hustler makes a crude remark intended to prove that he is every bit as persuasive as any salesperson.Hustlers know that selling isn’t something you to do somebody. Selling is something you to for and with somebody, and something from which they benefit. The non-hustler is infected with the belief that one who sells is supposed to be taking advantage of someone else.There is inherent honor is being broke.The non-hustler reveals another infection when he says he is uncomfortable making money “marking up somebody else’s work.” The non-hustler has negative beliefs about money and how it is made. Minus a few people in the financial sector, no one creates real wealth stealing from other people.The non-hustler believes there is honor in being broke. This is an infection designed to protect the ego of the one infected. In their minds, it is better to be broke than to engage in the activities that generate money.I was broke until I was 13 years old and started working full time. I promise there was no inherent honor in not having money.If you would be a hustler, then examine your beliefs carefully. Do your infections serve you? Or are are they preventing you from producing the results you are capable of? Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Maintaining Pricing Discipline

first_imgPricing discipline is the key to protecting your business model and sustaining profitable growth. Pricing too high, or too low, can kill your business over the long term, or really quickly.Pricing Too HighSome companies with a low price model make the mistake of charging some client more specifically because the client is naïve. They gouge the customer because they know that the client doesn’t know any better.They put the transaction before the relationship. This is always a mistake, and not just when you expect repeat business from that customer. It’s also a mistake because word-of-mouth is so powerful. Word-of-mouth is powerful when you do great work because it helps you acquire new clients. But it’s even more powerful when you cheat someone because they will tell others how you took advantage of them.At some point, your client will learn, likely from one of your competitors, that they are receiving a raw deal. There is no coming back from violating your client’s trust to make a few dollars more (dollars you would have made over time had you put the relationship before the transaction).Pricing Too LowThe lack of discipline when it comes to pricing is more often the other direction, when companies with models that require that they capture a higher price point take in business at breakeven or a loss.Profits are sanity, sales are vanity. Revenue without the accompanying profit is empty calories; there is no nutritional value. It doesn’t help you grow, and it distracts you and your company from doing work where you can be profitable. A higher price is how companies who differentiate on value capture the money they need to execute and deliver for their clients.It might feel good to win an opportunity, but breaking your pricing model isn’t an accomplishment worth celebrating. A lack of pricing discipline is a step down a slippery slope. It isn’t worth breaking your model to win a big account at breakeven, or a margin that doesn’t allow you to execute for them.Keep the Model PureThere is no business model in which you lose money on transactions and make it up on volume that doesn’t also result in your quickly going out of business.Your higher price is an indication of the greater value that you create. The pushback you get from clients is not really that your price is too high, it is that they don’t yet know how it makes you worth paying more to obtain. Sometimes your prospective client doesn’t believe the difference that makes you different is worth paying more. Helping them see otherwise is called selling, and it isn’t easy.Breaking the model is about trying to make selling easier. And that is never the right answer—especially when you break your model.last_img read more

Your One Page Plan for Winning Your Dream Clients

first_imgThe truth is that there is no magic formula for landing your dream client. No matter what you have been told, it takes a lot more than a magic wand or a forceful or winning personality. What you really need is a plan.Draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper. A legal pad will work perfectly.Label the top left-hand column “Dream Clients.” In that left-hand column, write down the names of your top 20 strategically chosen prospects.Label the top of the right-hand column “New Clients.” Write the numbers 1 through 20 down that column to create 20 spaces to match the 20 dream clients whose names you have written in the left-hand column.Your job is to move the dream clients on the left to the right by winning their business.Begin by answering these questions:What do you need to do to move the dream clients on the left-hand side of the page to the right-hand side of the page? What do you need to do to turn your “dream clients” into “clients.” Be specific.What are the compelling reasons that your dream clients should change what they are doing, and what do you know that would help them understand why they should change, what their better future looks like, and what actions are necessary to bring that future to life?What is the first medium you need to use to begin the process of being known? Is this medium the fastest method available to you, or do you prefer it because you are uncomfortable using a faster choice? How long should it take you to start developing relationships and opportunities with your dream clients now that you have named them?What actions do you need to take to nurture these relationships, playing the long game, developing relationships, and creating the value that earns you the right to compete for their business? How do you make yourself known as a value creator and someone with deep chops?What resources do you have available to help you open new relationships and create opportunities within these dream client companies? Whose help are you going to enlist?How many days should you allow to pass without taking some action to move these prospects over to your client column?Six months from now, how many of your dream clients will be working with you?Twelve months from now, how many of your dream clients will be working with you?A big part of success is just showing up. Naming your dream clients, designing a pursuit plan, and taking action every day will likely be enough to move some of your dream clients to the client column here.You just have to be willing to take action. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

You Become What You Think About

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It was a few weeks after my brain surgeries, and I was sitting in my neurologist’s office filling out paperwork. Before the surgeries I was living in Los Angeles, where I was mandated by the state to pay for disability insurance. This was something I would not have done voluntarily at 22 years old, my age when I arrived in California.The application I was filling out had two boxes. The first box allowed me to collect short term disability payments. If I selected that box, I would make some portion of my regular salary while I was recovering from my surgeries. The second box would allow me to collect permanent disability, where I would collect some portion of my salary forever.I asked my neurologist, “Am I disabled? I mean, do I have some permanent disability?” He said, “You are if you think you are.” I said, “I don’t think I am disabled.” And that was the end of the discussion, and I collected short term disability for 90 days.You are what you believe you are. Or, as the great Earl Nightingale put it, “We become what we think about.” There is no way to underestimate the importance of this idea. It is the foundation of all of the results you produce in life.Your beliefs precede your actions, and your actions precede your results. If you believe there is something you must do to succeed, your actions will fall in line with that belief. Certain results inevitably follow.But a lot of people don’t believe that they “must” do something to succeed. Instead, they believe they “should” do something, and so they lower their standard, never taking the necessary actions, never producing the great results they are capable of, and never reaching their full potential.What is it that you believe? What is it that you spend your time thinking about? Those beliefs, those thoughts, have produced the results you are experiencing now.What beliefs do you need to transform from “shoulds” to “musts?” What do you need to spend your time thinking about for you to reach your full potential?There is nothing more powerful than your beliefs.last_img read more

Recognizing You Are the Value Proposition

first_imgThe question reads, “How do you differentiate when you have no advantage on service offerings?”Another prompt read, “We are struggling because we used to have no competitors and now we have a strong competitor in our market. We also haven’t had a new product in five years.”All of us work in crowded markets now. If your market isn’t crowded, it soon will be. If your market isn’t yet commoditized, there are forces at work to push you in that direction. While there is still room for innovation in every market, little of that innovation creates an opportunity for a monopoly—or anything like one.As much as you want your company’s products and solutions to create the defining differentiation that causes your prospective clients to beat a path to your door, it is more than unlikely that will be your experience. Instead, you will be challenged with having to differentiate on something other than your company’s products and solutions.As much as you want white space, with little competition and clients clamoring for help, you will instead find yourself in a crowded and cluttered marketplace full of “me too,” “look-alike” companies with offerings that are difficult to distinguish one from the others (which is why I wrote Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition).Here is how you win: You become the differentiation. You are different in a way that makes a difference, creating a preference.Here is how you win (part two): You become the offering. You are what your client is buying.Here is how you win (part three): You become the value proposition. You realize that you already are—or that you are not.If you are waiting for your company to suddenly develop a monopoly to win, I promise that strategy will fail you. If you believe you need a new, compelling product to sell, you misunderstand sales altogether. Success isn’t situational. It’s individual.Competition isn’t as much about your company’s value proposition as it is you as the value proposition. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

UP Assembly sessions may be longer, telecast live: Speaker

first_imgUttar Pradesh Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit favours longer sessions of the state legislature and “mutual cooperation” between the ruling party and the Opposition for smooth conduct of the House.He is also “open” to the idea of live telecast of the proceedings of the House.“The elected MLAs of both the ruling party and Opposition are interested in running the House. I have full faith that the House will run for more than 90 days as per the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the UP Legislative Assembly, 1958,” 69-year-old Dixit told PTI in an interview.Asserting that the elected MLAs of the 17th Uttar Pradesh Assembly — both ruling and Opposition — are interested in smooth conduct of business, he exuded confidence that the House will run for more than 90 days a year.The sessions have been usually been very brief in the past, irrespective of which party was in power, lasting somewhere between less than a week to little over a week, barring the budget sessions.Asked as to how he was so confident of having a longer session, he said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has himself expressed his willingness to run the House for a “longer time”.“Previous governments did not show the same type of willingness,” Dixit, a five-time MLA, said.According to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the UP Legislative Assembly, 1958, “every year, the Assembly shall ordinarily have three sessions — the Budget session, the Monsoon session and the Winter session and sit for 90 days of which, as for as possible, a session for at least 10 working days shall be convened at the interval of two months.” On the idea of live telecast of proceedings of the Assembly, Mr. Dixit said, “It is a good idea, and we are open to the idea.” He said that positivity exists within the UP Assembly and it must also be highlighted.On whether the Opposition could be bulldozed, given the brute strength of the BJP and its allies, which have together bagged 325 of the 403 Assembly seats in the recent elections, Mr. Dixit said, “The voice of the Opposition will be heard.” The Speaker admitted that from the point of view of numbers, the Opposition is weak.“But, the responsibility of the Opposition is to present alternative policies to the government and to oppose policies which it thinks are not in the interest of the people. In addition to this, the Opposition is supposed to give constructive suggestions to the government.” Invoking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the importance of Opposition, Mr. Dixit said, “Vajpayee had once said that democracy is not a game of 51-49. Democracy translates to mutual conversation, mutual partnership (paraspar samwaad, paraspar bhaagedaari). Jawaharlal Nehru had said that for a successful democracy, the Opposition should be as strong as the ruling party. There should be mutual cooperation, suggestions and sense of responsibility between the ruling party and the Opposition.” The Speaker also cited British political theorist, economist, author and lecturer Prof Harold Joseph Laski that the role of Opposition is to propose and to oppose.Asked as to when the first session was likely to commence, he said the first-time MLAs will be called to the state capital for an orientation and training programme where they will be imparted all the relevant knowledge by veteran MLAs, parliamentarians and by Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST).“Recently I was in Delhi, where I met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and requested her to come to Lucknow and impart training to the first-time MLAs,” he said.“After a week-long training session, the House will meet,” he said.On his election as the Speaker, Mr. Dixit said, “During my election, MLAs of opposition parties extended their support to me out of affection and not out of formality. I enjoy good rapport with the ruling party and the Opposition as well.” Mr. Dixit, who has earlier been minister for panchayati raj and parliamentary affairs, was the leader of the BJP in the Legislative Council till recently. He is also a columnist and has a number of books to his credit.last_img read more

Charge sheet filed in Goa murder case

first_imgThe Canacona police in south Goa on Friday filed a charge sheet against Vikhat Bhagat (23), before the Judicial first class magistrate charging the youth with the rape and murder of a 28-year-old Irish national in March. Canacona inspector Rajendra Prabhudesai filed the 374-page charge sheet charging the accused under Section 302 (murder), 376 (rape), 394 (robbery) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of IPC. According to the charge sheet, the woman hailed from Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland. She arrived in Canacona on March 12. The charge sheet states that the accused, taking advantage of his friendship with the victim, took her to an open field, sexually abused her and attacked her with a glass bottle. He later murdered her and tried to destroy the evidence. The accused is a local history-sheeter.last_img read more

Gorkhaland activists to go on strike

first_imgWith no end in sight to the Darjeeling impasse, the representatives of the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) will observe a one-day hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 4.The representatives met in New Delhi on Tuesday and urged the Centre to take adequate steps so that normalcy was restored in the hills of Bengal. GMCC is a 30-member-body comprising representatives of all political parties in the hills and social organisations to take forward the demand for Gorkhaland.“We are sensitive to the hardship faced by the people of the hills, but we support the indefinite strike. We call upon the government to take steps to see that the strike is lifted and the young people on fast in Darjeeling are saved,” Munish Tamang, national working president of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisang, said. GMCC representatives acknowledged that they had received letters from school principals stating that students were losing crucial days. Mr. Tamang said that while there would be flag hoisting on Independence Day in the hills, people would also form a human chain in demand for Gorkhaland.The indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills started on June 15. Mamata appeals for normalcy West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a public event in north Bengal urged political parties and leaders in the hills to “be calm and help in restoring normal life in Darjeeling.” Expressing concern over the situation in the hills, Ms. Banerjee said that the tea gardens were closed and essential services were not reaching the people. She, however, once again ruled out any division of the state and creation of Gorkhaland. “Whatever happens, everyone should remember that I am ready to give up my life but I will never support dividing (the state),” she said.last_img read more

Dalit killed for watching upper castes-organised garba event

first_imgA 21-year-old Dalit man was allegedly killed for watching a garba event organised by upper castes in Bhadraniya on Sunday.The police have arrested eight persons and registered a case of murder under the atrocity Act.Jayesh Solanki and his cousin Prakash had gone to watch garba near a temple. “A group of people came to us and asked what we were doing. When we said we were watching garba, they thrashed Jayesh and banged his head against a wall,” said Mr. Prakash, who lodged the complaint.“He died due to severe injuries because eight people beat him,” said Mr. Prakash.“We have lodged a case of murder and arrested all the eight accused named in the FIR,” a police officer from Anand district said.The murder came in the wake of another caste-related assault on a Dalit man for sporting a moustache in a village near Gandhinagar.Piyush Parmar (24) and his cousin were allegedly assaulted by people from upper castes who did not like Mr. Parmar sporting a moustache.The police have registered a case under the atrocity Act and arrested three persons from Kshatriya community. “They asked us how we can sport a moustache, and then they started assaulting us,” said the complaint filed by Mr. Parmar.last_img read more