BTS Follow-up

Hello again!

So, in my last blog, I talked about a recent shoot with some photos to show what exactly I was talking about.

The shoot was for a Barbershop collaboration video. The video is going to be entered into the Hairbrained competition. You can check out last years here:

So, with 2 barbers with different cutting choices, we went with that storyline in a way. Showing one using a straight razor and the other using scissors. Here is a short video where I show talk about the process and gear in short and then show you an edit I put together from the footage simply to share some of the shots I got during the shoot day.


Hope you all enjoyed it and if you have any questions feel free to comment here or on the youtube video itself.

Thanks for coming back for another short blog.


Behind the Scenes

Hey Everyone!

Recently I shot a video for a local barbershop and it was a collab with another barber from California. The whole premise you can say is “Razor(Kansas) vs Shears(California)”.

What I want to talk about is the shoot in general. This is my first client shoot since I left the marketing agency and it was a blast. This shoot was given a main idea by the client/friend but they were totally open to ideas and didn’t shut everything down that I might have come up with it. The workspace was super chill, relaxed and totally up my ally which made this shoot very enjoyable. I am pumped to get to do more shoots with this client and with others in the future.

Now to the shoot. The main stationary camera was the Canon 5d Mark iv with a 35mm f2 IS USM and that covered both of the models as they got their haircuts/styled. Then I had a Canon 5d Mark III with a Canon 85mm f1.8 on the Zhiyun Crane 2 capturing close-ups of the action(cutting, blading, etc). For lights, I used a $30 led panel that I placed up high and angled it down and that served as the main light and then I used two can lights with LED bulbs. With those, I had one focused on each model. No diffusion on any of these lights.

Here are a couple behind the scene photos I took with my phone so you can see what it kind of looks light for overall set up.

I am picking up the footage from the client later on today so I can get a little video together to show you guys some of the shots I captured during this 3ish hour shoot. When I say “picking up the footage” .. this isn’t a typical shoot where the client gets the footage raw and all but this barber/friend is doing a video competition and she does video edits herself, so she will edit and create the video she wants from what I shot. I am simply getting the footage so I can create something completely independent and have something for my sample reel for future clients possibly, plus I just like to edit and create videos.

Well, I will have sample footage in the near future but thanks for coming back and checking out my new post. Check out my older ones and follow me on the socials.


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Camera Gimbal and Canon 50mm f1.4

Hello Ladies and Gents!

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks or so and I have not had much time to do anything besides work. My full-time job at Storm Cloud Marketing ( has been crazy busy for clients then almost every weekend I am out shooting wedding films with Tim Toms photography ( and then shooting sports here and there for the Joplin Globe.

The other day I finally got some time away from all of the jobs and went out with my Zhiyun Crane 2 and the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and went out to some local walking trails. the 50mm is a little slow for video on the autofocus side of things when compared to my usual go-to lenses, the 35mm f2, and 16-35mm L. One huge benefit to the 50mm is the shallow depth of field. The bokeh on the lens is great for video and photo but I loved how it turned out shooting video this week. Below you can see what I am talking about and just so you all know, this footage was shot in 60 frames per second. I adjusted the speed on the clips, some to 40% and some sped up to 150%. No post production stabilizer was done and it’s so smooth and that’s why I love my gimbal so far!

If all of you want to know more about the gimbal or the lens just comment below!

I am hoping to have more blogs coming soon and want to say thank you to the select few that keep coming back to my blog.


Until next time, stay ON THE SHUTTER!


Apple iPhone 8 120FPS- Slow Motion

As you see in my last few posts, I have been taking my blogs and base them off of the youtube videos I have been creating.

Since my last one was 120fps video on the Canon 5d Mark Iv, I thought I should do the same on my current cell phone. You can see the Canon is the better choice but for a run and gun option, the iPhone 8 is a great option. Check out the video below to see some sample footage along with the Canon footage for comparison. If you’re on youtube let me know you came from the blog on my videos or comment on here what your youtube channel is and ill subscribe to your page.

As always…



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