Adding that cinematic look to my wedding films.

Using a filter can be too much for some photo and video projects. When people think of filters, I assume they think about Instagram filters where it changes the photo in every way and are often too strong.

Now, the filter I am here to talk about is a diffusion filter. Which is different in how it works and what it does compared to a photo filter. This is a filter you put on the front of a lens and it softens the light. It can also help with skin by smoothing it a little bit but I mostly use it for the softer light look that it gives photos and video.

I picked up this new lens a few months back and finally got into my wedding season to show some sample footage from a previous video. Check out this link to see what I am talking about!

Wedding Season

Two weddings under my belt for 2021. All together I booked 6 weddings for 2021 and I feel like that is a good number for me. I still work a full time job and freelance for Pitt State athletics so weddings are just another side gig. I love being able to do them but not sure it’s something I would want to do more of in the future. Maybe cap at 10 overall in the future years as I could have had over 10 this years if dates worked better.

With have a handful of wedding videos done from 2020 and my first one out of 2021 with another one in the editing bay, I made a page on my site dedicated to my wedding videos. I post them on my youtube and link them to my page.

If you would like to check them out, go to :

My newest one is right on top and then 2020 follows underneath. I feel like its still a working process to figure out my style and get better with everyone single one. This year I have sold the 5d mark iv and now have two Canon r6’s. I shoot with a 24mm f1.4 sigma art lens and a Canon 85mm f1.8. I love having two different focal lengths to hop back and forth with and prime lenses are sharper so I have chosen to use two bodies over one and a zoom lens.

Thanks for checking out my blog and see you soon with a new upload on my youtube channel!

Long Form

I have started a new series on youtube and that is “Just Speak”. This is where I will be just siting down and talking about random topics that are on my mind or topics I love and don’t make videos about. I am using it as a way to just vent in a way and it gives me another source of content to put out to show other interest outside of photography and videography.

Check out my first one here :


Spotify(audio only) :

Have a listen, have a good day and keep livin.

An introduction.

Hello everyone,

Today, I want to introduce myself to you all. I am Derek Livingston. I am a full time videographer and a freelance photographer. I have been working with a camera in hand for about 5 years now. I have jumped around a good bit to just stay busy and justify my camera gear purchases.

When it comes to photography, I started with nature and landscape photography for the most part. I had tried my hand at portrait photography off and on and it’s grown on me and would love to be more active in it but posing people isn’t something I am good at in my opinion. Then comes weddings and realize very quickly that wedding photography is something I will never do. Then there is sports photography. Sports photography is a huge passion of mine and something I really love to do. It has always been something I can fall back to when I need a break from my other areas of work. I love getting out and shooting sports whenever, wherever that may be. I recently started a new freelance gig and that is shooting sports for a local college. This is something I have been working towards and super excited to see what the future holds for me in sports photography.

Now, onto video work. My video work started in weddings and client work at a marketing agency. The marketing agency was a mix of work from youtube, tv, or social media video. Then came weddings, and since leaving the marketing agency I am still a full time videographer for an education company and still video weddings when I can. Now let’s jump out of work and get more personal.

I am married to my wife Terra. We have one cat, two dogs and multiple nieces with a niece or nephew on the way! We love seeing our family, going to breweries and trying out new beers and being outside. We often go to Dallas for weekend getaways or a cowboys game. Since the pandemic we have found many new shows to watch and we love to watch movies. On to me. I love to play Call of Duty warzone with my brothers and my friends. I love to go hiking as Arkansas is right across the border with plenty of things to see. I also love cars, cooking, camping and working on youtube videos. I am always looking for things to take video or photos of to share on social media. I am very active on instagram to share my work in many different ways. I have a page for just about everything I do. That is to keep everything separate for my liking.

Some details I should have maybe started with is, I am 30 years old and we live in Joplin, Missouri. Id say Joplin, is not our forever home. Once my wife finishes up school, we will then decide on where to settle down depending on where she gets a job at. She is a nurse on the ICU floor at our local hospital.

That is all I have for you today. Until next time, have a great day

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