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What Happened to Ditch Auto?

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If you are reading this, you may be wondering what happened to Ditch Auto and what Gear & Light is. I recently uploaded my first video in months to the new Gear & Light YouTube channel outlining why I made the change and what it means moving forward. You can either watch that video or read on for a short explanation. Ditch Auto was originally the name of a video course I created to help people get out of auto mode on their camera by learning to use manual mode. Manual Mode gives you much more creative control over your camera, and it is how you unlock your camera’s true potential. The Ditch Auto name works perfectly for the course. After launching the course, I created the Ditch Auto website and YouTube channel, where I started posting tutorials, gear reviews, and occasionally discussed some photography news. The Ditch Auto name always required explaining when someone came along that had not heard of the course. The Ditch Auto name also didn’t make much sense when I was reviewing and comparing camera gear. What I talk about is Gear & Light, hence the name. My more popular videos discuss cameras, lenses, and other equipment. Some of those videos are reviews, some are comparisons, and others are tutorials. These videos discuss some aspects of light, whether it be how well a camera performs in low light or how to light a subject. After years of not coming up with anything worth changing Ditch Auto’s name, Gear & Light popped …

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How to Film Yourself – Camera, Lighting & Audio Tips

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How to film yourself with a smartphone, Handycam, or professional mirrorless camera setup. Many are working from home and rethinking how they communicate with others. I put together this introductory tutorial to show how you can produce good quality video with your smartphone, a reasonably priced Handycam style camera, or a more professional setup like what I use. iPhone 11 Pro Max: https://jerad.link/iphone11proSony FDR-AX43: https://jerad.link/fdrax43Sony a6600 Kit: https://jerad.link/a6600kitRode VideoMic NTG: https://jerad.link/videomicntgDeity V-Mic D3: https://jerad.link/deityd3 Check out my video production setup here: https://jerad.link/videoproductionkit

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Top 12 Settings to Change on the Sony RX100 VII

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Today we’re going to talk about the top settings that I change on my RX100 Mark VII. I just got it in and this is what I do when I get a camera. I change some settings. It’s a fun day when you get a new camera. I’m actually excited about this little camera. Even though I have the previous version of it, I think that there are some things that I’m really going to like, like the zero blackout on the display being able to shoot images fast, I’m just excited to be able to get to spend some time with the camera and bring back my thoughts and share them with all of you. So make sure to click the subscribe button on the channel because I will be putting out some content on this little camera soon.  Product Links:Sony RX100 VII Camera: http://jerad.link/rx100viiCamera Cage for Protection: http://jerad.link/rx100viicageSD Cards I Use: http://jer.fyi/64gbprosdcardSmall Camera Bag fits camera with or without the cage: http://jerad.link/lowepronewport30 Before we get started, the first thing that you’re going to want to do, is set the date and time and the appropriate time zone for your camera. Because if you don’t do this, you’re going to end up having issues with those photos when you go and upload them to services like Google Photos. It’s not going to have your photos organized or situated very well and it’s just going to be frustrating. So for me, I go ahead and customize all of this stuff so I don’t have to deal …

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Handsfree iPhone Cinematography 4-Axis Slider Setup

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Today’s modern filmmaker needs cameras and tools to help get the shot with minimal assistance. We are making videos about all sorts of topics and want our content to stand out. Many of the filmmaking tools out there can do a lot, but sometimes you have to create your own tools out of what’s available. That is what I did with the ROV Pro Everday Slider and the Movi Cinema Robot. Product Links (Amazon)Movi Cinema Robot: https://jer.fyi/moviROV Pro Everyday Slider: https://jer.fyi/rovproArca Swiss Mini Plate: https://jer.fyi/arcaminiplateArca Swiss Clamp: https://jer.fyi/arcaclamp Hey, what’s up? It’s Jerad with Ditch Auto and this contraption here is a full motion slider that I concocted out of a couple of different things for a mobile phone, like an iPhone or your new Galaxy S10. So what do you do when you want to get those super smooth shots? And yes, I know that your phone cameras have some stabilization built into them and they do a good job, but what about those cool shots that you just couldn’t possibly get unless you had some sort of a system? Maybe you’re by yourself and you want to get some cool B-roll shots like this one. That is right. That shot was done completely hands free. I did not touch anything other than hitting start and letting it go. And I acted in my own scene. And a scene like that can be easily done on an iPhone with a setup like this. So let’s break down what I’ve got going on here. So what …

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First Shots with the Sony a6400

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The Sony a6400 is here and ready for some testing but first I have some settings I need to change to make the camera more fluid to use. Over the years I have found on just about every camera I use, there are settings I want to customize. That is why there are there, to customize. Each of us has a different workflow when taking photos and like our cameras to respond a certain way. Though each camera brings new features, it is best to find what works well for you and set your camera up accordingly. I produce videos like these to help you learn more about your camera and it’s functionality. Check out the video or read and check out the images I captured below. Check out the Sony a6400: https://jer.fyi/a6400Pelican SD Card Case: https://jer.fyi/sdcardcaseMy favorite SD Cards: https://jer.fyi/64gbprosdcardMy favorite compact portrait lens: https://jer.fyi/sony55mmMy favorite compact wide lens: https://jer.fyi/sony35mm Product links direct to Amazon.Com or BHPhotovideo.com Today we’re talking about my first shots with the Sony A6400. Now, I got my hands on the Sony A6400 the same time anybody else could that pre-ordered it. I didn’t get a copy from Sony. I didn’t get invited to anything. So I just bought the camera because I liked the specs, and I liked what I saw in some of the other videos that people were putting out. So the A6400, for me, was going to be a nice camera for me to have here in the studio for shooting 4K video. But then also like …

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Top 7 Settings to Change on the Sony a6400

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The Sony a6400 is here and ready for some testing but first I have some settings I need to change to make the camera more fluid to use. Over the years I have found on just about every camera I use, there are settings I want to customize. That is why there are there, to customize. Each of us has a different workflow when taking photos and like our cameras to respond a certain way. Though each camera brings new features, it is best to find what works well for you and set your camera up accordingly. I produce videos like these to help you learn more about your camera and it’s functionality. In this video, I share my Top 7 Settings I Changed on my Sony a6400. Enjoy! Check out the Sony a6400: https://jer.fyi/a6400Pelican SD Card Case: https://jer.fyi/sdcardcaseMy favorite SD Cards: https://jer.fyi/64gbprosdcardMy favorite compact portrait lens: https://jer.fyi/sony55mmMy favorite compact wide lens: https://jer.fyi/sony35mm Product links direct to Amazon.Com or BHPhotovideo.com Learn how to Ditch Auto and take better photos with our free Ditch Auto course: https://jerad.courses/p/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual Let’s Get Started! Hey, what’s up? It’s Jerad with Ditch Auto, and I’m here with the Sony a6400. I’m gonna talk to you today about the top settings that I change first in this camera. Now, this is a popular video series that I do whenever I get a new camera. There are some settings that I like to customize. There are some things that I found that make these cameras a little bit easier to use. What’s funny is …

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DJI Osmo Pocket, is it a Game Changer?

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Now that I have the Osmo Pocket accessories I decided to share my revised opinion of the pocket camera gimbal. Is it really a game changer? Let’s take a deeper look. DJI Osmo Pocket: https://jer.fyi/osmopocketMy gogo-toD Cards: https://jer.fyi/64gbprosdcardManfrotto Pixi Tripod: https://jer.fyi/pixiMovi Cinema Robot: https://jer.fyi/moviWasabi Power Clutch (Power Bank Hand Grip): https://jer.fyi/batterystickGopro Tripod Adapter: https://jer.fyi/goprotripodadapter Product links direct to Amazon.Com Video Transcript: Hey, what’s up? It’s Jerad with Ditch Auto, and today, I am back to talk more about the DJI Osmo Pocket. You know, in the last video that I put together, I got a little bit of negative response because I didn’t really enjoyed the device. That’s a personal preference. I know that there are a lot of devices and a lot of options out there for all of us, and so sometimes, one person’s opinion differs with others, but now that there has been not only a firmware update to the Osmo Pocket but also the accessories have been released and I’ve had those for a little while now and been able to play around with them, I wanted to come back and talk more about the device and talk about if it’s an actual game-changer like a lot of people are touting it as, so let’s talk about it. All right, so the Osmo Pocket comes in this little package. You get this nifty little carrying case, which I actually like. The Osmo Pocket itself, I think, is a fantastic little camera. My arguments the first time around was just in comparing it …

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Sony RX100 VI Top 10 Settings to Change

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When I get a camera, the first thing I do is change some of the default settings. I want to get the best the camera has to offer when I capture photos and video. Here are my Top 10 settings I changed first on the Sony RX100 MK VI. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI: http://jer.fyi/rx100vi Sony AGR2 Attachment Grip: http://jer.fyi/rx100grip Sony PCKLM15 LCD Protector: http://jer.fyi/rx100screenprotector Lowepro Newport 30 Camera Case: http://jer.fyi/newport30 SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro SD Card: http://jer.fyi/64gbextremepro Hey, what’s up? It’s Jerad with Ditch Auto. Today I have the Sony RX100 Mark VI, and we’re going to talk about the Top 10 settings that I changed on the camera first. Now I just opened up this camera. Today is the day that everybody started receiving it if they purchased it. Of course, some folks are lucky enough to get things from Sony early for review but I bought it and here it is. As always, I have links down in the description below to the camera, the extra gear, the batteries, the SD card, anything that’s going to make your experience using this camera better. Clicking on those links help support our channel. I typically customized my camera a bit because I use other Sony cameras. I use currently the A7 III and the A7R III, and those cameras have a certain way of working. And I like all my cameras to kind of work the same. There are also shortcuts and things that I have come to just enjoy that actually make the camera a …