Micro 4 thirds

I haven’t tried to hold the tiny cameras that micro-4/3s are for an excessive amount of time but I have to admit that it’s pretty cool for run and gun. I want to experiment with the format with a few different cameras.  I’m considering a rental of panasonic’s GH3 or the G5/6 – work permitting.

The new world of digital acquisition makes older digital technology suffer almost immediately once the new machine hits. The sensors on the new consumer cameras smoke most of the 8 year old pro sensors in speed and color fidelity.  You do see a lot of nastier macro blocking on the videos and the low light is subpar but in terms of portability and cost the consumer gear can get you in the game. And under favorable conditions most would not be able to determine any differences from cameras in the $400 range from the $2000 level.

As not  all conditions are favorable, that’s one of the reasons to shell out for for smarter internals and more manual features. With creation tools, you need to be able to grab the stick on the fly.


Cell phone? Blah!

Limping to the finish line

One more old beat down gig to finish before I switch to the new business model. After a year and a half, I will have purged the last legacy loon off of the list. The new business model calls for a higher starting point and a return to more product-based method. One of my biggest bad decisions was putting product on the back burner for so long as the service end was doing so well. Personality type-wise, I make things. I’ve always been a creator to a MacGuyver level were I can make anything out of something else.

I made a casual comment to my son who then asked me the difference between being alive and living. He understood my answer. But talk is talk without the effort to actualize.

Just as one learns by doing, you do by doing. You should be learning as part of the process. That does not mean you don’t do research. That’s part of the doing. Education is to bring out the power that is already in you. You have the energy, the ancestral knowledge, then you are to merge it at with practical application and information to where it becomes your knowledge through routine. That’s the discipline.

Steve’s condensed milk

Good speech by director Steven Soderbergh here. Insightful and contradictory commentary.

I was told that my invoice was too much by someone yesterday. The early, I was asked by someone else that I was doing a quick and dirty job for if I was done with the work. They had asked for several more items well beyond what the initial spoke of the agreement was. Both entities at different times showing zero understanding of how the sausage gets made suggested that I do the work on their computers.

Now, both these were “favor” gigs from my standpoint. What I might do and how little I might do it for is not equivalent to what I will do for a regular gig. A regular gig, you set the terms and move on. Buzzwords like “It will only take you an hour” show you the immediate disrespect they have for you and the craft. “It’s too much” is not a term that you hear when people actually know what things really cost. You want to eat at The Ivy, don’t come with Subway money.

Yesterday, two other people returned to me out of the blue. One to check in, knowing that checking in likens the probability that I’ll do something for free or barter. The other one outright asks I can do the thing gratis. I’m fine with that. That’s respecting the situation versus feigning you’re doing someone a service by flinging seat cushion money at them. So the proud and the arrogant wave their little dollars like sharecroppers. If I’m going to sharecrop, I’ll grab a rake and not use my years of skills to indulge you in your notions of the historic beauty of the Mason-Dixon line.

I shoot for free when I want to do it. I don’t work for less because you want me to do it.