This section is for all of the tips and tricks I pick up while shooting, editing or just goofing around.


1. Get comfortable with your equipment. It doesn’t matter if you’re shooting on a brand new $3,500 DSLR, a $600 camera body, film or even a point and shoot. The only way your going to get the shot is if you know your gear inside and out. So take it out and experiment. Shoot fast-moving objects, static landscapes, portraits and anything you see. Change the settings try out the different priority modes and SHOOT MANUAL! The best way to figure out what settings control what is to adjust them all yourself. I’m not saying that you must have your camera set to M at all times, but knowing your controls will help you determine which mode is right for the shot.

2. Forget gear envy! This is extremely difficult because every photographer would love to shoot with pro level gear but you are the one who controls the shot. you control the composition, exposure focus, color… etc. Using professional level gear only gives you more control over crafting the shot. If you can get the shot with an inexpensive DSLR and kit lens then imagine what it will look like when you upgrade. Too many people buy the newest and best tech and then leave it on auto and call it good enough. Master what you have and upgrade in stages. Photography is a developed craft. Sure some people have an eye for it, but you have to really work at it to get better.



I don’t know if anyone who reads this uses FCP7 but if it even helps one person with this INCREDIBLY annoying problem then its worth confusing some readers.

Every once in a while I’ll be editing a project and go to render and see this.


I know I’m NOT out of memory… In fact, I am currently only using 30% of my RAM. What the hell Final Cut? In searching the web I found a couple solutions that worked for some people but I figured out one that has worked every time this pesky error shows up.

Here is a simple timeline where the error popped up.


Nothing special. Just some opening graphics, interviews strung back to back with supers. How could something this simple cause any problems?

The sequence settings looked like this.


Here’s the solution:

– Click in the timeline.

– Select all (Command+A)

– Copy (Command+C)

– Right-click in the Browser window and make a “new sequence”


– Right-click on the new sequence go to settings.


– Manually set the settings to match the original sequence (if it is using Compressor settings of either HDV or H.264 you might want to change this to some form of ProRes)

– Paste the previously copied timeline in the new sequence. (Command+V)

– Render!

I bet you’ve never been so happy to see a progress bar have you? Now go get a beer and celebrate while your sequence renders and you feel that warm feeling of relief come over you… Unless you’re at work. In that case, GET BACK TO WORK. You’ve wasted enough time searching the web for this article!


Check back on this page often because as I get more time and learn new things I’ll be adding more tips, tricks and helpful hints here all the time. So get out there and get shooting!

If you have any of your own tips feel free to leave them in the comments section below.