Casey Neistat is Right!

My CanonEOS400D and Gear, B&W I had stuffed a lot of gear into my many camera bags before my family relocated to Kangaroo Island just a few months ago.

Today I finally went through it all – and found a lot of accessories, cables, and a multitude of seemingly important yet almost unnecessary cra.. stuff, some of which has been missing for months!

I now totally understand why Casey Neistat keeps all his gear systematically organised and on display. It actually makes a lot of sense.

Because among all my stuff I found the following items:

  • SuperSlim USB Keyboard.
    Promptly disposed of after testing a few times. Internal mechanisms no longer connect with keypads. Bought on eBay a loooong time ago, so no loss.
  • Canon Sunhood – EW83E.
    I don’t have lens for this. Would like it, but would sell the sunhood for right price.
  • Two of my old film cameras – [Vivitar PS88] [Canon EOS500].
    I know why I packed them, but they are going back to Adelaide now – to be donated to my friend Vicki Kramer’s new shop in Blackwood – FotoSwift. (Technically it’s not new, but she bought the place recently and now manages it. How cool is that? tl;dr: Vicki wants old cameras for displaying in the shop. I said I may have a few.
  • One very old German AGFA ISOLETTE camera. [See photo series on instagram]
    Not being donated.
  • Assorted oddities:
    • Spud gun.
      Was received as a Kris Kringle one year at work. Useless unless someone else also has one, and prepared to fight till vegetables do we part!
    • Hand cuffs.
      I can’t remember where and when, I have had them a very long time.
    • A couple of Oscar statues. To be on display when I record vlogs at home.
    • 4 Point USB Hub + cable.
      Trust me, this is useful. This and a mouse are must-have’s in my day bag!
    • Lexar USB 3.0 Dual Slot Card Reader – Model LRW300U.
      Hopefully I still have the cable for it!
    • Fold up metal pliers.
      The last pair I owned were thrown into a bin at Adelaide Airport Security. Lesson learned!
  • A camera to laptop cable.
    It enables photographers to see their images on their laptop rather than the back of the camera, thus ensuring the art is focused or as required – thus limiting computer time later. Thanks Peter Coullson for suggesting this purchase during a seminar a few years back!
  • 2 x 1TB hard-drives.
    One now holds backup of all my vlogs to date since 2008! The other proved non-openable. Not happy.
  • Hahnel Giga T Pro Wireless Remote Control. It is what it suggests.
  • Horizontal thingmimob.
    Basically, it enables both a flash-gun and camera-body to attach along it, sitting left/right of each other. Great for event photography where easy handling is required. But I am using it to lessen the weight load on my arm of my vlog-rig. I will show usage in an upcoming TOG-vlog! Photo of rig appears below.

Plus the one thing I had actually been looking for the entire time:

  • An Allan-key for the Micro ThumbsUP on my EOSM.
    Yet, after inspection and much forehead smacking, I have now determined the ThumbsUp can stay attached now that I have the ‘Horizontal thingimob’.

The 75-300mm f4-5.6 EF III on my new Canon EOS M With the RØDE N3594 microphone (also temporarily misplaced in the big to Kangaroo Island) firmly attached onto my Canon EOSMi, I now have rig that keeps everything much more secure and easy to handle – and easy to edit with minimal to nil wind across the microphone. #HighFive!

Yes, this whole article was basically about the hell of dealing with wind-noise whilst vlogging – and how I remedied it! Here is my amended updated vlogging-rig!

Casey, your office is cluttered, but most of it makes perfect sense to me!

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GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS! (10 Years on Youtube)

Of all the YouTube channels I subscribe to, there is only one that I return to over and over again – Casey Neistat.

A recent vlog is now watched repeatedly. This one is a gentle yet constant reminder what I want to achieve on my own channel. I have watched it 5 times. It blows my mind. Which is it? Wait, it will be the last video I show in this list.

I have had a Youtube channel since 2007 – again, another 10 years with one channel – yet it’s not the longest! I digress. Back on track…

MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL HISTORY

For the longest time I did almost nothing on YouTube. I remember saying to someone in 2008“It’s just a fad, it won’t last.” Oh dear, how wrong was I! Mostly I liked and categorized videos, probably like a lot of people did. I had a U2 collection, plus some series of cartoons that intrigued me. But YouTube kept changing the privacy on stuff, and then deleted channels that somehow violated their terms – yet nobody could see why.

In early 2012, whilst working on a Government ITC Help Desk, I worked with a young guy who said “Instead of playing PS/Xbox/Wii games, I just watch their YouTube channels – it’s cheaper!” Within a month I was hooked on a few youtube gamer channels whose style was consistent, crazy-funny, and catching worldwide attention. You may know who I mean.

Late 2015, thanks to a friend on Facebook, I was advised to check out Casey Neistat Apple batteries vlog . Then he started vlogging daily. Vlogging became a word.

Early 2016 I revamped my YouTube channel, removing all the Liked videos and vlogs, and uploaded a dozen videos shot by my wife – using them to show off her honey business on Kangaroo Island, planning to use them on our GoFundMe page. The funding didn’t pan out as imagined, so that also needs a revamp! Yet I still love the bee vlogs I created…

Then I started vlogging our weekly visits to Cleland Wildlife Park … so all our Australian-Zoo visits also got uploaded!

In mid 2016, after a very long hiatus being the Dead Reds Wine Group photographer, I decided to vlog the night’s drinking – and everyone who went appreciated it. Actually, vlogging made it all the more fun – people spoke to their camera!

I found finances to buy a very decent movie editor program: Movavi. Windows Movie Maker was insufficient! Movavi has been great for creating eclectic music to go over wind-filled footage, converting and compressing, then uploading to YouTube without any problems.

Then in July 2016, I twisted my right knee so much that my vlogging took a backseat until I recovered sufficiently to get around without pain. I still shot a lot, but I was getting so tired from the exercise needed that tonnes of footage sits incomplete.

In early 2017 we moved to Kangaroo Island. Within a month I uploaded a short vlog that received 200 views in a few days – which blew my mind and reminded me of my journey. I was back on track!

Then Casey added his “DO WHAT YOU CAN’T” vlog. Wow. It was like a smack in the face for me.

It brings me back to his channel once a week to remind myself of what I am aiming to achieve.
Yet I say it is probably not the best mantra.

I prefer to say “GO BEYOND YOUR LIMITS”.

It’s true, a lot of people set limits on their goals, consequently limiting their potential. Ashamed to say I have done the same, and possibly still do on some issues.

Some people have budgetary constraints, some have fear of success or failure limits, and many put limits on themselves because they don’t believe in their ability – even though they have never had a go!

Whenever I think I have limits, I imagine living in a 3rd-world country where there is no money, life is all hand-outs from foreign aid, and living is day-to-day. You and I have a far better life than that: We have a roof over our head, a bed each night, and we know where your next meal is coming from – and it’s three times a day!

So what is your limit? Probably next to nothing by comparison!
I am not going to lie: When I had money, I bought things that I knew I would utilise and would last a long time. Good camera gear, particularly the accessories. What I didn’t forsee is how I would use them.

The planets have recently realigned for me.
Expect more vlogs over the next few months.
What will they be about now? Well, I have to thank my Radio show for revitalizing my self-confidence, particularly my speaking and writing skills. So I have a few ideas in mind. Now to create them with almost no budget!

Let’s see what I do next (week)….

The Basic Updates to HTML over the last 15 Years

First let me say that I STILL design my sites using CSS elements and HTML tags and attributes to give my websites improved function and form. I won’t deny that sometimes they are not pretty – but I design to suit my needs now, not for anyone else.

Whilst many other designers are now using purchased templates, I enjoy writing the background code. I enjoy that little yippee-moment when the CSS works.

I remember the first time I built a sprite based header navigation in blogger.com way back in 2004! Because blogger enabled users to modify the HTML and CSS, I spent many an evening tinkering, learning, applying, reapplying, until I had a site I liked. It was also at that time that I started creating graphics for sprites.

This morning I wanted to write an explanation of what I have enjoyed over the last 15 years of coding CSS, yet felt I couldn’t easily put it into words. Thankfully I found Casadaro Shearrod’s simplified yet succinct list displaying the basic differences/upgrades of HTML over the last 20 years.

HTML 1 – linked documents
HTML 2 – linked documents with stylized text and tables.
HTML 3 – more of 1 and 2 with some Browser specific features.
HTML 4 – a re-evaluation of 3 to removes some clutter that arrived in 2 and 3.
HTML 5 – pretty much the same as 1 with the ability to specify document structures and multimedia element.

His last line below is the #1  reason I stopped designing for others. 

Knowing HTML5 in practice means we know HTML and CSS. We can do what used to be done with HTML 1,2, and 3, but we can do those things more effectively, with greater efficiency, and on a larger scale. This is what gave birth to the Web application and server side programing and scripting but, that’s a whole different talk.

HTML and CSS are not difficult to learn, but it is time consuming to both unlearn and learn as updates occur. I chose to stop. I achieved what I set out to do, so was able to tick it off my bucket list of achievements, then move onto new ventures.

And that is where I choose to end this article. Does this mean I no longer code? Are you kidding?! Reading some of the URL‘s linked above gets me fired up and interested again … so I am already pondering my website revamp!

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Quotes from What are the differences among HTML2.x HTML3.x and HTML4.x?, written 7.Nov.2014 by Casadaro Shearrod.

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Job Hunting Requires a Honed Resume

Of the nine CV mistakes outlined in 9 Common Resume Mistakes Every Job Hunter Should Avoid, I consider these two the most important:


Mistake #1: Emphasizing tasks instead of achievements.

Those bullet points underneath each job entry? They shouldn’t read like a list of daily duties. Instead, they should emphasize the impact of those duties.

What did you accomplish in each role? How did your daily responsibilities help make or save money, boost efficiency, solve a problem, improve customer acquisition or retention, or otherwise make the company better?

If you want your resume to stand out, you need to go beyond listing tasks and highlight the achievements that make you a valuable employee.

Mistake #8: Opening with your education

If you just graduated from college or are new to the world of work, ignore this. Otherwise, include your work accomplishments before listing your education.

Employers are more interested in your achievements in the workforce than they are in your degree. So keep your work-related information at the top.


This is said after 18 years of state government employment – wherein I read, wrote and assisted people in writing effective CV’s applications. Over those years I wrote over 200 applications, 20 in my first year. (I was a contractor, so it was expected). 

It’s a daunting task, yet if done right will sell your strengths and attributes.

The best thing about a well-presented CV – it becomes your persona. You read it regularly and say “Yes, I did that, I can do that, I accomplished that, I am that which I say I am.” Breathe in and out. Do you like that feeling? That’s self-pride. There’s nothing wrong with it, so long as you don’t proclaim it too much. Have a healthy ego, just don’t over-inflate it.

Yet like many around me, I too seek employment.We have moved our small family to Kangaroo Island to support my wife’s passion and small business, an island where day-jobs are scarce. Yet I do not sit idly: I am currently working on an entrepreneurial idea that involves my photography. The outcome of that will be published on facebook within the next few months.

Happy hunting to us all, may our CVs be filled with accomplishments & pride, and give us success.

I wrote this for my own benefit as much as for anyone else. A self-reminder of value, strengths and abilities is always important when rejected from jobs you feel positive you’ve done well.

POSTSCRIPT: Iwill publish a followup post soon outlining how winning interviews is easier than winning jobs!

I, The Photograph Reviewer

In mid 2016 I created this video where I review the why, where and how of seventeen of my own photographs. By the time I decided to edit the production, I had removed a few photographs from the online photo gallery they are in – yet I decided to go forward.

Finally, completed, here it is for easy viewing. Below it are links to every photograph. Take a moment to view them – then maybe buy a few. Or else buy a tshirt.

[01] Providence
[02] NO LONGER AVAILABLE
[03] Tranquiliser
[04] White Gums II
~ + : [ White Gums | White Gums III | White Gums IV | White Gums V ]
[05] Cart Behind The Horse
[06] Shell Necklace
[07] Austin A70 Hampshire Ute, Left Door
~ + : [ Austin A70 Hampshire Ute Portrait | Austin A70 Hampshire Tray II | Austin A70 Hampshire Ute Tray |
[08] Off His Hinges
[09] Waiting
[10] NO LONGER AVAILABLE
[11] Coffee in Carpark
[12] Spanish Dancer
[13] White Gums III
[14] Chair in Sepia
~ + : [ Chair Shadow | Ripped Chair | Sepia Shadow ]
[15] Waiting Red Bike
[16] Australian Icon
[17] Knotted Rope

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360° View of Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

I never expected standing in the middle of the road to shoot a video would make it so popular. Yet I am glad that I can, and that you like that I can! 

Not making sense? Here is the my early morning 360° video of the thriving metropolis of Kingscote on Kangaroo Island!

Because you all liked it so much, I will be shooting more like this at other locations over the next few weeks, both morning and evening!

Thanks for watching my videos. Take a moment to Like the video, subscribe to the channel, and tell all your friends! 

Life is getting better every day!

Everything Old is New Again (Part 2)

About a month ago I updated a few posts from my archives. Here is the next lot of posts from my archives, also updated. I couldn’t stop myself.

1. Can I Convert an Image from RGB to CMYK? ~ First posted on January 16, 2010

2. Laughter is the Only Answer ~ First posted on April 03, 2004

3. Optimise your Chances of Being Seen Online ~ First posted on Aug 1, 2006

4. Connection with Like-Minded Creators is Important ~ First posted on October 13, 2006 as ‘Written not Spoken’. Some titles just don’t make sense.

5. Sixteen Signs of Resignation ~ First posted on October 15, 2006

6. How a Canon 50D can Improve your Life ~ First posted on Aug 31, 2010. Originally titled ‘How a Canon 50D can Improve your Photography’, but I wanted to have a laugh.

7. The Pursuit of Happiness ~ First posted on October 22, 2006

I have managed to get this completed whilst big changes are happening in our family life – but I will tell you more about that in early February 2017.