Where Do You Assimilate?

April 17th, 2011

cartoon-zombies-1Info_partsinfoWe (creatives) all take in knowledge as much as we can.  At least in my opinion those of us that are truly passionate are mostly likely (not 100%) doing so.  We’re hungry for it.  We are like zombies and information (ironically stored in our brains) is brains.  Many of us are schooled in our fields while others (myself included) do our best to better our own base of understanding in various ways.  The question is: how?

Personally, I have two major methods of taking in delicious new brains knowledge.

1.) Fail Like a Pro!

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I make mistakes.  More accurately, I make a LOT of mistakes.  The trick is make them well.  Know why you made them, and learn from them.  You can error and be upset with yourself and try to focus on getting whatever you’re doing done right, or you can fail and focus on the fail itself.  I prefer the latter.  When I understand precisely why I botched I always learn something important.  To add to that the fact that I never make that same mistake again, I kind of become photo-Doomsday (sorry to those that don’t know the reference).  It turns the fail into a win and what’s more is that this method of learning seems to stick with me best.  There’s nothing like slicing your hand open while being an idiot with sheet metal to sear that message into your head: “Don’t be an idiot with sheet metal”.

Method 2.) The Procurement of Information O’Gratis

There’s this ridonculous amount of knowledge out there waiting to be absorbed.  Between blogs and videos and forums and all sorts of other things, a person could spend years taking in helpful, useful and most importantly, relevant information.  While there is certainly a wealth of awful knowledge out there, someone taking the time to filter through it will surely benefit greatly from all the great material online.

If you’re serious about your creative endeavour then you should double check and make sure you’re doing some of the above.  The main reason being: if you’re not… then you’re falling behind.. because everyone else is!  Learning is one thing I can’t image I could ever stop doing.

photo-net-screenshotI’ll end this post with a link to one of my favourite sources of knowledge regarding photography.  Photo.net.  This is a great forum with all ranges of expertise waiting to help you with any problem or just chat about whatever.  I’ll do my best to continue to share some of the gems I stumble across and would LOVE to find out what some of yours are.

Thanks for reading,

David Dvir

Get Your Productivity Vaccinations!

April 13th, 2011

Working HardIt’s that time of year again. Spring is here and productivity is everywhere. It seems like everyone I know is coming down with it and frankly, I’m beginning to get worried. Ugg I’m way to busy with life (doing nothing) to be productive. All it takes is a little bit of cleaning, or a couple good days in at work, even cooking a nice meal or hitting the gym and BAMMO you’re getting shit done. It’s awful.

I’ve never understood how productivity can be so contagious. It’s like I’m napping and couch potato-ing one day, and then suddenly after a weekend of taking care of business it’s all I can do. Truly a cure is needed. I would have gotten my vaccination before the season hit but ironically I wasn’t really all that productive at that time and now I’ve definitely contracted a strong strain of this darned productivity affliction :’(.

All kidding aside, I have to say how great it actually feels when everything is going smoothly. I think I’m happiest when I can look back at the last chunk of hours and think to myself “you did all that? WHEN? wtf… ok :D!” I don’t know about all of you out there but personally, I find productivity to be extremely contagious. After a few days of it I have a really hard time stopping. Not to mention I find that it’s actually easy or dare I say “self sufficient” after a little while. Once all the wheels are in motion it becomes scary just to think about how to stop.

stewie-griffin-on-trikestewfallsIn my mind I image a toddler in a tricycle and sticking a twig in the front wheel’s spokes… that kid aint goin’ nowhere (that’s me when I’m “normal”). Then I think of some dude ripping down the highway in his Ducati and attempting to stick that same twig in his front wheel… errr I don’t think much will happen (that’s PRODUCTIVE me).

So I guess what I’m trying to say is if you haven’t already, pick something. Attack the crap out of it. Embarrass it. Etc.. Whether it’s a workout, the dishes, photos to edit, laundry, paying the bills (or figuring out how to not pay them) get it done. Then do the next thing. Don’t even look back. Basically go Kill Bill on all your shit. Then you’re going to have the most wonderful sleep. Wake up and do the same thing the next day. After a couple of days of this routine you’re going to be a ninja when it comes to any task. You’re going to be; feeling great, most likely eating well, getting fit, getting smarter, I can’t promise you’ll be handsomer (some of us are just ugly), but I CAN say you’re going to be happier. So go on. Get those gears moving!

Thanks for reading (I wrote this post while reading Twelfth Night, learning to juggle and responding to eleven emails (OK OK only two of those are true))

David Dvir

Teaser 2 for ?????

April 6th, 2011

So we are still working on a project to be released some time in the summer. Here’s a second teaser for everyone to sink their teeth into. Another point to mention is that we’ll likely be giving most if not all of these little guys away after we’re done abusing them : D

Stay tuned!

David Dvir

This is Starting to Seem Ridiculous

March 28th, 2011

SanDisk Extreme® Pro™ CompactFlash® 128GB Card with VPGI understand technology is changing and getting better and we should take advantage of it etc etc… But for some reason this latest card reaches speeds and capacity that it just out of hand. I can’t see when I’d want one card to have 128 GB, I feel as though in photography, we’d never want to fill a single card up with that many images, I would be afraid to lose them all or something. Personally I thought 64 GB was already bordering on out of control. On the other hand, when shooting video it might come in handy to have such a large capacity, except the speed of 100MB/s is just insane. Video currently only needs about one third that speed. The card costs $1,500 which to me is just “ridiculous”.  Perhaps this is just a sign of the things to come and we’ll all be shooting 30Mb images any day now…?

Dave Dvir

Gear to Vegas

March 25th, 2011

So last weekend I headed to Vegas for a trip with my family (one of whom had a special birthday – Happy Birthday!) and well.. I brought a whack of gear. So this breakdown is a video I shot on my iPhone 4 one day when the weather was a little less than perfect. Below I’ve listed links to pretty much all the important gear incase anyone is curious and wants to know a bit more about anything. Also I should mention that both of my camera bags were with me as I took them on the plane as “carry-on”. One of them had a monopod sticking out on the side of it as well and not a single customs or security agent gave me a hard time. Of course according to TSA rules you’re allowed a camera bag in addition to a carry on and a personal item (which is awesome – learned that from CJ and it’s def. true), however I was still expecting some trouble. In fact I was only asked to open a camera bag once out of the four times one of them was x-rayed (one bag each direction). I was even asked purely out of curiosity what that “thing sticking out of your bag is, man?” referring to the monopod.

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW
Manfrotto 562B Video Monopod
Hoya 77mm Circular Polarizer
Sennheiser ME4 Lavalier
Nikon EN-EL4A
VisbleDust SL700
Sennheiser EW122p G3
Phottix Cleon II N8
Rode Stereo Shotgun Mic
Rode Windscreen
Manfrotto HDV701 Video Panhead
Nikon D3s
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
Sigma 70mm f/2.8 Macro
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Nikon 85mm f/1.4
Nikon 10.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Apple 15.4″ Macbook Pro
Sandisk Extreme Pro
Nikon 85mm f/2.8 Tilt/Shift
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8
LaCie Rugged 500GB
Nikon MH-22 Battery Charger
B+W 77mm 10x and 6x ND Filter
Glidecam HD2000
Acratech Inc. GV2 Ball Head
Manfrotto 055CXPRO4

Thanks for reading.

David Dvir

Teaser

March 17th, 2011

Essentially related to the previous post.

That’s it for now :P

David Dvir