Hello Again, Windows

Hello Again, Windows

In the last blog post about my 2017 gear list, I mentioned that there was something strange about the gear I work with. Along with getting rid of my DSLR/Mirrorless cameras, I haven’t used any laptop at all for about two years. The iPad Pro 9.7”, at that time, was my mobile computing platform of choice. 

Of course, the only constant in my gear setup is change. I don’t like that. I prefer finding and sticking with the same gear & software as long as possible. But after using an iPad as a laptop replacement for almost two years, I am using a laptop again. It's not what you think. At least, it’s not what you think if you think the iPad was not a suitable laptop replacement for everyday business use. It can be, depending on your circumstances, of course. 

2017 Social Media Photographer's Kit

2017 Social Media Photographer's Kit

(UPDATED MARCH, 27th) - Things change. This article was live for no more than a few weeks and I dramatically changed my setup and workflow. So, let's do this. I'll leave this article up so you can see a snapshot of what I was doing at this particular point in time. However, If you want to see the most current gear and software that I'm using, head over to my Social Media Photographer's Gear page. I will update this page as needed, at least once a month. 

While I shoot photos and videos for a living I am not your typical photographer. Specializing in social media photography, I must compromise between achieving high-quality results while maintaining a small footprint. If I were still shooting for broadcast or print, this would pose a serious dilemma. But since the content I shoot is targeted to the internet I have found the right products that fit my particular situation where I can carry several days' worth of gear with me in a single shoulder bag. I have updated my readers on my software and gear each year for the past several years. So, not wanting to disappoint, here is the 2017 edition of the Social Media Photographer's Gear.

A Ray Of Light

A Ray Of Light

A previous coworker of mine, Johnny Thompson, once introduced me to a group as “The Madonna of Technology,” explaining that I had a tendency to seek out new technologies and trends in mar-tech as a means to stay fresh and relevant. This description has stuck with me through the years. It was a hilarious way to introduce me and he nailed the description. I have never been one to sit tight for too long when it comes to my career. I mainly attribute that to me having a short attention span. I didn't end up this way out of some overarching strategy. I just get bored easily. 

With that, and keeping with the same theme, I’d like to welcome you all to the “Ray of Light” era of my career. Let me explain.

Go Mic Mobile Wireless System for Mobile Filmmakers

Go Mic Mobile Wireless System for Mobile Filmmakers

Ultra-portable Wireless System Brings Mobile, High Definition Sound to Your Smartphone and DSLR Camera

Samson, an industry pioneer in mobile audio solutions, today announces Go Mic Mobile, the world’s first professional wireless microphone for smartphones. This new wireless system allows mobile filmmakers and journalists to capture incredible audio anywhere, making it the ideal mobile mic for everything from filmmaking and podcasting or vlogging to live streaming and YouTube production. Samson’s Go Mic Mobile will be available in May 2017.

Final Leaked Details Before The Apple iPhone 7 Announcement

Final Leaked Details Before The Apple iPhone 7 Announcement

Here are the final details about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that Apple will present this Wednesday. Although we already knew many of the new features of this new generation of iPhone, Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has gone one step further and is much more specific about the features and specifications of the new iPhone 7s. This article is a spoiler of the highest magnitude. If you want to hold on to the few minor surprises which may be left in the keynote, maybe you should not read this article… or the internet or talk to anyone, or get out of bed.

Should Snapchat Be Part of Your Digital Strategy?

Should Snapchat Be Part of Your Digital Strategy?

Stats show that Snapchat is the social network of 2016. In spite of having the youngest audience, it's experiencing faster growth than Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram.  

Many brands have already integrated it into their digital strategy. They are not just including it in an organic marketing strategy, but are coughing up big bucks to be in the Discover section, which is currently the only way to include paid advertising campaigns on the platform.

Logitech Introduces CREATE for iPad Pro 9.7

Logitech Introduces CREATE for iPad Pro 9.7

Logitech announced the CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The CREATE Keyboard Case is a toolkit that gives you everything you need to make the most of your iPad Pro; a protective case, backlit keyboard, and integrated holder for the Apple Pencil all in one lightweight package. Whether you are posting an update, watching a video, or drawing a sketch, CREATE empowers you to unleash your creativity and productivity wherever you go.

“CREATE is like the Swiss Army Knife of keyboard cases,” said Michele Hermann, vice president of tablet accessories at Logitech. “It puts all the tools you need at your fingertips, and the keyboard charges through the Smart Connector so you can just set your iPad Pro into a typing position and go. It brings typing on the iPad Pro to a whole new level.”

DJI And uAvionix To Release ADS-B Collision Avoidance Developer Kit

DJI And uAvionix To Release ADS-B Collision Avoidance Developer Kit

DJI and uAvionix Corporation announced Wednesday they will collaborate on an ADS-B based collision avoidance developer kit to help integrate drones into the national airspace system and help keep America’s skies safe.

“DJI and uAvionix share a passion for safety and are motivated by the improvement that real-time air traffic information will provide to our developers using our software development kit,” said DJI VP of Engineering, Darren Liccardo. “DJI developers will now be able to process ADS-B data and close the loop all within an embedded computer onboard the vehicle.”

ZVOX Introduces Smart Speaker that Uses Hearing Aid Technology to Enhance Clarity

ZVOX Introduces Smart Speaker that Uses Hearing Aid Technology to Enhance Clarity

95 million Americans are over the age of 50. And they are the first generation to grow up listening to LOUD rock music – so many suffer from minor hearing impairment. Combine those rock-impaired ears with the puny sound systems built into flat screen TVs and you get an epidemic of people who are constantly asking “What did he say?” while watching TV shows. Millions of people simply can’t understand dialogue on many shows.

The new AccuVoice TV Speaker from ZVOX is the best, smartest solution for this problem. Only 17” wide, it uses a computer processor that mimics the functionality of a hearing aid. It applies an advanced compression/equalization algorithm that lifts voices out of background sounds to create the clearest dialogue reproduction ever. This proprietary (patent-pending) technology is activated only when voices are detected in a soundtrack.

Kensington SD3600 Docking Station Wins North American Office Products Award

Kensington SD3600 Docking Station Wins North American Office Products Award

Kensington announced that its SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station was selected as a Best Product in the Technology Products Category in the North American Office Products Awards (NAOPA) 2016. The NAOPA awards were presented at the SP Richards (SPR) ABC show in Washington D.C. on July 21.

The awards were launched in 2010 by Office Products International (OPI) in association with SPR. Now in their seventh year, these awards set the industry standard and aim to find the best business products in North America. They were judged by a panel of leading resellers and the winners were announced during a packed General Session at SPR’s ABC.

Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure Easily & Conveniently Transfers Data at High Speeds

Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure Easily & Conveniently Transfers Data at High Speeds

Satechi has launch another Type-C solution to its Metallic Series – the Aluminum Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure. With transfer speeds up to 10Gbps, the device allows users to access their data faster than ever and to transfer data from a hard drive to a computer anytime, anywhere.

The Aluminum Type-C HDD/SSD Enclosure uses a USB 3.1 Type-C connection, the latest version of USB, to access data. The included tool lets users easily install their 1” or 2.5” HDD or SSD. With its slim, compact form (5″x3″x0.5″), the device makes it easy to take a hard drive with you while on the go – ideal for mobile work spaces and travel.

DEF CON 24: The Official Soundtrack

DEF CON 24: The Official Soundtrack

DEF CON (defcon.org), one of the world’s largest and oldest annual hacking conferences, and Gravitas Recordings are proud to present 2016’s DEF CON soundtrack. This is a free/pay-what-you-can donation based release, where 100% of the generated revenue will be going to straight to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF, www.eff.org/join ), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to protecting our Internet freedoms and privacy. The featured artists this year providing cyberstatic anthems for your ears include Dirtyphonics, ill-esha, AMB, bil bless, Psymbionic, Mochipet, Richard Cheese and more! A big thanks to all the musicians involved for donating their craft to the cause.