How to QUIT WASTING TIME By Avoiding This Management Technique

What’s the best way to quit wasting time when you’re trying to study or get work done? Most people think doing this makes them more effective. Actually, doing multitasking actually causes you to waste more time. Aaron explains this time management tec…

What’s the best way to quit wasting time when you’re trying to study or get work done? Most people think doing this makes them more effective. Actually, doing multitasking actually causes you to waste more time. Aaron explains this time management technique in this video.

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Review of the POWERFULLY BRILLIANT Triton Fethead Phantom Preamp

Review of the POWERFULLY BRILLIANT Triton Fethead Phantom Preamp

The Triton Fethead Phantom Preamp is nothing less than a game changer for people who use microphones to record audio. Have you ever had to turn the gain up so there was hiss? It’s happen…

Review of the POWERFULLY BRILLIANT Triton Fethead Phantom Preamp

The Triton Fethead Phantom Preamp is nothing less than a game changer for people who use microphones to record audio. Have you ever had to turn the gain up so there was hiss? It’s happened to all of us. The Fethead Phantom completely solves that problem. I couldn’t believe how well it worked for me. Watch the video to hear real recordings.

The Fethead gives you gain without any hiss. I don’t know how they did it but I don’t care. Watch and learn! link to the Triton Fethead Phantom:

Audio-Technica AT875R Microphone:

Audio-Technica AT2035 Microphone:

Reaper Audio DAW (digital audio workstation):


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Aaron Linsdau is a polar explorer and motivational speaker. He is the second only American to ski alone from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, setting a world record for surviving the longest expedition ever for that trip. Aaron is an Amazon best-selling author, is an expert at overcoming adversity and minimizing risk, and loves improving the lives of others.

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Time lapse footage Old Bills

Old Bills vantage point
Old Bills vantage point

Old Bill’s Fun Run Timelapse

Some of my Old Bill’s Fun Run time lapse footage was used in the 2014 1% For the Tetons Video Blitz Film Festival. Check out the film here:

Any part with the race, banner or runners were my shots. There were taken with a Nikon D800, Nikon D300s, and a Sony RX-100 to create the footage for part of this film.

Time Lapse Shooting Tips

Nikon 85mm f/1.4 aperture
Nikon 85mm f/1.4 aperture

I used Nikon  lenses with aperture rings to take all of the shot sequences to avoid flicker. When building up a time lapse video, flicker is the bane of time lapse shooters. It’s caused by subtle variations in the aperture setting when the camera takes pictures. You’ll never notice these in normal shooting but if you lay the shots down in a video sequence, the effect is distracting and ruins the video.

There are software tools to “de-flicker” or deflicker the video sequence. That’s all fine but it’s another step. All of Nikon’s new lenses are G series without aperture rings. I rarely use them but for time lapse. But when you need it, there’s nothing better. The only way to directly avoid this problem is to leave the G lens wide open or stop it all the way down. Both of these options aren’t as ideal.

Canon lenses and cameras used for time lapse shooting suffer from the same problem. If you are lucky enough to own a lens with an aperture ring and are thinking about selling it, consider that if you’re ever going to shoot time lapse, you’re selling off a superior tool.

Recording Voice Overs

AT2035 in case
AT2035 in case

Recording voice overs isn’t as simple as it seems. I’ve been working on getting the audio set for Antarctic Tears: The Movie, and it’s been a long haul getting audio correct. As all still cameras now have video capability, learning better audio to present your video and still work is worthwhile. The Nikon D800 records amazing film, as well as the Canon 5Diii. Photographer  journalists are now virtually expected to produce good video as well as compelling stills.

Apple would have you believe you can just hook your ear buds into the computer, click the Record Voice Over in Final Cut Pro X and everything will be good. Only if you want room noise, the dog next door barking, and lots of static hiss to ruin your otherwise good film.

How about the built in microphone on your Macbook Retina? Only if you want to record fan noise, your keyboard strokes and who knows what else.

No, you have to go to some effort to get good audio and a great deal of effort to get excellent audio. People spend a lot of money on it! How do you make a basic voice over that sounds decent?

  • Buy a great mic
  • Buy an awesome audio recorder
  • Build a sound booth [you’re an audio engineer, right?]

10k later, you’ll be set for your first audio book. Maybe.


Don’t believe it? Here are 2 audio samples of what you’ll get if you chose

A bad recording location: Wood floors, cathedral ceiling, lots of windows. This was recorded directly into a Zoom H4n into the stereo mics

You can hear the room echo. It’s terrible and makes the voice over difficult to hear.

Now, listen to this audio recorded on a Audio Technica AT2035 connected to the Zoom H4n in mono mode (mono input mode makes it possible to use a single microphone and record on both stereo tracks).

You can hear the voice, it’s clear and there’s no high or low frequency echo. Would this be better if it were recorded on a Schoeps CMC641G microphone? Sure! But you’ll be set back $2000 or more just for the microphone.

Video on Amazon

Amazon screen capOur video titled Introduction to Off-Camera Strobe Flash Photography is now available on Amazon! It was very exciting to bring up the link and actually see the video for sale. Now photographers will be able to purchase the video, watch it, and develop their strobe photography skills. By watching this video, you will develop an understanding of how light works, how to manage modifiers, and how to improve your photography.

We are in a holding pattern to have the video available for the Amazon Video On Demand service. It will be available in June, as the lead time for loading videos has grown quite large. But you can purchase the DVD right now.

Also, you can purchase the DVD here at CreateSpace as well.

We’re excited to have this DVD out, as that means we’re already working on the next title. We hope to have several titles available by the end of the year.

Using the Nikon D800, we were able to shoot all of the in-studio material with a Black Magic UltraStudio Mini Recorder. This allowed us to record in Prores 422, meaning we were able to capture very high fidelity video right into the computer. This was better than having to run the HDMI signal to an external recorder, then download it to the computer. All of this boils down to being able to produce a video and get it to the retail market faster.

Strobe flash photography DVD produced

We are very excited that we have completed production and post-production work on our latest training DVD,

Introduction to Off-Camera Strobe Flash Photography
Introduction to Off-Camera Strobe Flash Photography

Introduction of Off-Camera Strobe Flash Photography.  Working with the wonderful production team at TVLVideo, we have created an educational 76 minutes of training on the basics of how to get much more out of your photography with off-camera strobe techniques.

We had a great time producing this DVD.  Like all video projects, this one took quite a bit of planning and work before we ever began shooting.  And, like all video projects, we discovered that some of our planning just didn’t pan out into what we thought it should look like.

Fast forward 2 months through tough video work, 14 hour shooting days, and working through editing system issues and we have the final image file for our DVD.

We are now preparing media to send to our distributors.  We investigating if we can make pre-production copies available at a 30% discount.  If you are interested, please contact us through the website and we will make it happen.

Filming for flash photo

Filming for my training video for off-camera flash photography is moving along very well. We will be finished with shooting in 2 days and will be able to shift to finishing post-production. It’s been fun and useful to work on, as it helps me develop the curriculum for my flash photography classes in Jackson Hole, WY.

It’s been much easier to film when it’s 75 instead of 20 degrees. Outdoor demonstration shooting is difficult to do in a snow storm.


Jackson Hole Quickdraw 2013

As part of my video reel, I needed to put together a video from something interesting and fun, then edit it so it worked well.

So, I went out the day before the Jackson Hole Quickdraw during the 2013 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and began shooting setup shots.  That way I could make some fun transitions to the actual drawing competition.

It was very crazy to be shooting with three different cameras during the competition to make this shoot happen.  As much as I wanted to be shooting with a PMW-200, the budget did not accommodate that camera.  Instead, I shot with:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Canon M-500
  • GoPro 3 Black

Using these three cameras, plus Final Cut Pro X to edit the material, made it possible to create the video above.  I’ve done work as a DirectorDirector of Photography, cinematographer, editor, grip, and gaffer.  All have been fun, though I prefer working as a DP or cinematographer, as it’s one of my passions.

Getting the right shot, making it look great, and matching or improving the director’s vision is a constant and challenging job.  The rewards are worth it.

Variable ND inducing softness and blurriness

In an attempt to achieve a shallow depth of field (DOF) with my Canon M-500 video camera, I purchased a Polaroid HD Multi-coated Variable Neutral Density (ND) Filter for that purpose.  The concept of the variable ND filter is to reduce the light, forcing the camera to open the aperture, reducing the DOF.

For regular ND filters, this is easy to do.  Put dark glass is put in front of the lens, cutting the light, the aperture opens, and the DOF drops.  There is no adjustment with these filters.  Really dark ND filters introduce a color shift, as the Hoya ND400 does, but it can be dealt with.

But with the variable ND filter, two polarizers are crossed and their relative position will determine how much the light is cut.  That’s the theory.  However, the variable Polaroid filter I chose makes the image blurry.  And not just a little bit but a lot.

Canon M-500 with Polaroid Var-ND
Canon M-500 with Polaroid Var-ND

At first I tried testing with video, as the above YouTube clip shows.  Once I realized the filter was making the video blurry.  It was still difficult to tell the extent of the problem, so I switched the M-500 to still mode to compare.  The problem was instantly evident.   The two photos show the problem.  Click on them to download and see for yourself.  Wow.

Canon M-500 no filter
Canon M-500 no filter

So, now it’s either drop $400 on a Singh-Ray Variable ND or just get a 3-stop ND for the M-500.  Considering the Canon video camera costs $400, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to purchase the Singh-Ray, as much as I want it. Buying a $1k camera with built-in NDs would be a better choice.

Here are some links to other discussions with the same problem:

Focus Problem with Cokin Variable ND

Variable ND filters (loss of sharpness)

Fader ND is killing my sharpness

Fader ND Softness

There seems to be a lot of non-uniform feedback on the problem.  This filter is something to be tested at the store prior to purchase if possible.  There’s nothing worse than getting home and having things not work.

Great bungee inline technique

After a lot of punishment to my back last summer prior to my expedition, I was getting tired of having expensive bungees wear out, get snagged, and crank on my body.

After research and seeing what other people have done, I cut this little video to show how the bungee is actually integrated with the line, cutting the hard edge of having the rope hit you.  It’s easy to do.

For those towing tires or sleds for cardio and leg training, this is a great way kick your butt and get it in shape.  And, you won’t hurt your back from rope shock in the process.