What’s up friends! Got a new vlog up capturing a few snippets from my recent trip to Toronto, Canada! Had an amazing trip and definitely can’t wait to see more of Canada! Yet, as we all know vlogs these days are repetitive and pretty much all look the same. This vlog is the first of many more i’ll be doing when I travel that captures a “VLOG” with a more filmic and cinematic style.

Enjoy!

Filmed with:
Sony A6500
Sony A7RII
DJI Mavic Pro

Lenses used:
Sony 28mm F2.0
Canon 50mm F1.4
Canon 24-70mm F4
Metabones Adapter MKIV

Picture Profiles:
SLOG2 with Cinema, Black Level 0, Black Gamma Wide (-2), Saturation +10, Detail -7
D-Cinelike Sharpness +1, Contrast -2, Saturation 0
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Current Cameras:
Canon 80D — http://amzn.to/2miYMDy
Sony A7RII — http://amzn.to/2peu7oG
Sony A6500 – http://amzn.to/2nDaPvV
Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKII — http://amzn.to/2pLYvdi
Canon Powershot G7X – http://amzn.to/2ks4C3n

Link to Amazon Store for all of my gear

http://astore.amazon.com/dclee84-20


Editing Software/Design:
Canva.com for thumbnails — https://www.canva.com/
Final Cut Pro X
Adobe After Effects CC – USED IN THIS VIDEO
Adobe Premiere Pro CC – USED IN THIS VIDEO

Edited on:
Macbook Pro 15″, 2016: 2.9Ghz i7, 16GB RAM, 512 SSD, Radeon Pro 460 4GB

*DISCLAIMER*
All links above are Amazon Associated links. If any of the items purchased by you through Amazon come from this video a small portion is monetized to help fund the growth and increased production quality of this channel.

In a time where being yourself is so important, let’s remember that we all have a gift to offer.

A gift that is uniquely your own which no one else has. It’s always with-in you to make a change, to be the change you wish to see in yourself.

“Just Be You”

Filmed with Sony A6500
Lens: Sony 18-105 F4 G
Picture Profile: SLOG2 + Cinema, Black Level +5, Gamma Level -2 Middle, Saturation +10, Detail -7
Graded in Lumetri Color, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/atdclee
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Current Cameras:
Canon 80D — http://amzn.to/2miYMDy
Sony A7RII — http://amzn.to/2peu7oG
Sony A6500 – http://amzn.to/2nDaPvV
Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKII — http://amzn.to/2pLYvdi
Canon Powershot G7X – http://amzn.to/2ks4C3n

Link to Amazon Store for all of my gear

http://astore.amazon.com/dclee84-20


Editing Software/Design:
Canva.com for thumbnails — https://www.canva.com/
Final Cut Pro X
Adobe After Effects CC – USED IN THIS VIDEO
Adobe Premiere Pro CC – USED IN THIS VIDEO

Edited on:
Macbook Pro 15″, 2016: 2.9Ghz i7, 16GB RAM, 512 SSD, Radeon Pro 460 4GB

*DISCLAIMER*
All links above are Amazon Associated links. If any of the items purchased by you through Amazon come from this video a small portion is monetized to help fund the growth and increased production quality of this channel.

Looking for a tutorial on how to crop your videos from your DSLR or other camera for Instagram? Are you a final cut pro x user and are searching for the best way to crop and size your videos to fit the screen for mobile phones?

I have just the solution for you! I created a FREE class over on Skillshare.com where I give you the run down on:
– Which resolution to use for 1080p and 4K
– Framing and composition issues for Instagram
– The cropping process

This video is taken from the actual class so I hope you enjoy it and learn as much from it as you can!

Link to Class:
http://skl.sh/2qlTIQm

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What would it look like if your days, weeks, months and years led up to seeing your dream become reality?

Could you look past the doubt, confusion and uncertainty to bring in a bit of faith, courage and will to make that happen?

If you can, then you’ll be like my friend Chelsea who made her dream of moving to New York teaching Yoga and living her life a reality.

Filmed with:

Canon 80D
10-18mm F3.5-5-6, 24mm F2.8
Cinestyle Picture Profile
DJI Mavic Pro

http://www.atdavidlee.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/atdclee
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/atdavidlee
Snapchat: atdavidlee
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Current Cameras:
Canon 80D — http://amzn.to/2miYMDy
Sony A6500 – http://amzn.to/2nDaPvV
Canon Powershot G7X – http://amzn.to/2ks4C3n

Link to Amazon Store for all of my gear

http://astore.amazon.com/dclee84-20
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Editing Software/Design:
Canva.com for thumbnails — https://www.canva.com/
Final Cut Pro X
Adobe After Effects CC – USED IN THIS VIDEO
Adobe Premiere Pro CC – USED IN THIS VIDEO

Edited on:
2015 iMac 27″ 5k | 3.2Ghz i5, 32GB RAM, Radeon R390, 1TB Fusion, Samsung T3 500G SSD

*DISCLAIMER*
All links above are Amazon Associated links. If any of the items purchased by you through Amazon come from this video a small portion is monetized to help fund the growth and increased production quality of this channel.

First cinematic trailer I made for fun and to explore more of my creative side as a local orange county videographer.

Contact information below as well.

Hope you enjoy!

Shot with Sony A6500 & Canon 80D
Lenses used: Sony 28mm F2.0 | Sony 18-105 F4 | Canon 24mm f2.8

Leave a comment as well!

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Do It Anyway

Have you ever taken up a project for the sole means of growing your own creative experiences and knowledge? Probably not…

And that’s okay! Or is it?

Most people wouldn’t want to take up any more of their precious time by adding onto their workload — especially when you’re not going to be paid for it.

We already work 8–10 hours a day, 5–7 days a week so why do any more if there is no compensation involved? Well, you might want to reconsider that notion based upon the belief that,

“Do good things and good things will come your way”

That principle has supported me throughout my entire life. From martial arts training, to helping out friends, staying late to close up shop, working an additional 10 hours so my direct reports could get extra time with their family and so on.

That’s simply how i’m wired, not everyone is and this post isn’t designed to make anyone feel they need to change their life around. No…what I hope to share with this post is that not everything you do in life has to have the prerequisite of monetization.

Show me the money

As a content creator, my focus has shifted from managing people in I.T to sharing experiences through imagery and video. I’ve been doing it since 2006 creating highlight reels and demo reels for the martial arts school I used to manage, but that’s besides the point.

At every turn of my career there has always been opportunity. I will say that 90% never turned out to bring an immediate ROI

BUT

The long term economics of being selfless and supporting others gradually opened up doors that I would have never been presented before.

It’s drawing the line between doing the right thing and making a buck. If you’re good enough and work hard every single day the bucks do come — not everyone is willing to deploy enough #patience is the problem.

We have bills to pay, families to support, vacations to pre-plan and on and on. The logical thing then is to ensure we have the financial backing and support to live the lifestyle we wish to have.

It’s obvious how accepting projects for free would run counter-intuitive to your plans, but doing something for free with the mindset of new opportunities and personal growth as the reward can be one of the sweetest things in life friends.

Life is sweet, it really is

A Recent Example

On April 1st, 2017 I received an email from Adobe sharing a contest to create a music video for the new Imagine Dragons single “Believer” with prizes and all that good stuff. All of the footage, audio and accessory media was supplied by Adobe, all you have to do is…

CREATE

I jumped on this opportunity even with the deadline being April 8th, packed with current projects and meetings I finished everything up this past Tuesday, April 4th and went to work.

Creating in Adobe Premiere Pro

Did I do any of this because I 100% believed the $25,000 grand prize would be mine?

NOT EVEN CLOSE

I did it because it was an opportunity to test my creative skills and push my current knowledge to the limits, forcing a sense of expansion and internal growth to create something unique.

NOTE: Lots of coffee, breathing exercises and focus was involved

I’m not sure if anyone reading this has ever worked with a video editor doing post production but it’s not as “Easy” as slapping together a few clips and calling it a day.

Perfect frame. Okay we are done

After 72 hours of arduous work, I exported the project and uploaded it to Adobe’s servers for the judges to review. I’ll still have to wait of course for the results to come but i’m more excited at seeing everyone else’s projects!

It’s the pure rush and excitement to learn from other creative professional’s work, to see what I could do better and take note of what people like about my own work.

To me, even if 72 hours of blistering work for a project means not even 5% of the viewers watch my video

THAT’S OKAY

I know that it’s not about the end, it’s not about the destination.

It’s about the process, the journey, the love for the challenge and seeing where it takes you regardless of how you will be compensated. The only compensation I look for is the pure notion that my personal growth will create a genuine, honest and hard working aura that will bring success in its own way.


How could anyone think this way and not be broke or starving? Well, i’m sure you know of many people who are broke and starving pursuing their creative endeavors to the fullest. Sometimes you have to be humble and sacrifice MUCH in order to fully live the life you wish you have drawn out for yourself.

It’s about finding the right balance of working 14+ hours a day, 7 days a week to make ends meet while you work on your craft…

EVERY

SINGLE

DAY

It takes strong habits to get things done

Take Away

With all of my heart and altruistic being — I invite anyone reading this to re-evaluate your motives when it comes to taking on new projects or ventures.

It doesn’t always have to be about the immediate ROI, that sure is nice and if that’s what you’re looking for then keep doing what it is you’re doing.

What I share today is to be OKAY with not having something in direct return when putting forth effort and energy towards a new project. You will be rewarded IF your intentions are true and you give 100% of your creative talents to new opportunities.

I understand it’s hard, trust me i’m there with you, but you can’t give up your thirst for becoming better — a stronger version of you.

Keep Aspiring, Keep Creating, Keep Going

David Lee


Fear, Doubt, Confusion – The Unknown. That is where most of us stop when we think about living in the grey area. It’s easier to live life in black or white because we know what to expect.

There is no guessing when living in the opposite colors of black and white – you know what will happen (for the most part) and that is comforting.

What if you decided to take a chance? To live life in the grey meaning that we HAVE to take a risk.

Well, sometimes the greater the risk the greater the reward.


Shot with Canon 80D

Current Cameras:
Canon 80D — http://amzn.to/2miYMDy
Panasonic Lumix G7K — http://amzn.to/2lckHaJ
Sony A6500 – http://amzn.to/2nDaPvV
Canon Powershot G7X – http://amzn.to/2ks4C3n

Link to Amazon Store for all of my gear

http://astore.amazon.com/dclee84-20


Editing Software/Design:
Canva.com for thumbnails -> https://www.canva.com/
Final Cut Pro X – USED IN THIS VIDEO
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Edited on:
Macbook Pro 13″, 2016 w/o Touch Bar | Base Config

This is my official entry for the Imagine Dragons Believer music video contest held by Adobe’s Make The Cut

Enjoy and please let me know what you think!

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Edited on my custom PC:
Acer x34 Predator
Z170 EVGA FTW
Intel Core i5 6600k
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 16×2=32GB RAM
EVGA GTX 980Ti FTW
Samung 950 Pro NVMe 256GB
Samsung 850 Evo 1TB
Kingston KC300 480GB x2 in RAID 0
Razer Deathadder Chroma
Razer Blackwidow X
Windows 10 Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

*DISCLAIMER*
All footage and audio was given by Adobe Inc for sole use of contest creation. I do not own any of this footage and have not published this for any monetary gains.

From Fox to Film

As a videographer and content creator, films and television have played a huge role in my life. From movie classics (at least for me) such as the Newsies, Forrest Gump, Terminator 2 to television series like Married With Children, Family Matters and 24 i’ve been drawn to the imaginary and endless possibilities of,

Story Telling

It’s about conveying emotion that can be connected to real life experiences. Creating a sense of hope, stress, fight and a visceral feeling that only the viewer can experience.

A part of you can extract faith that the hero will end up victorious, or the guy will end up with the girl — it’s the art behind structuring narrative, lighting, audio and words that create our viewing experiences.

Much of what we see today in film and TV has migrated to the internet. The content, more or less, is still the same. Except now we have YouTubers such as Casey Neistat and attention crafters like Gary Vaynerchuk who have pushed the boundaries of tradition and social norms.

A Much Needed Push

Belief + Action = Change

We all are living in the digital era, like it or not, you will consume ungodly amounts of internet bandwidth streaming HBO GO and Netflix. You’ll be sitting in front of your computer looking for a how-to on draining your toilet and YouTube will suggest a recommended video half way through that continues your viewing time.

Keep Watching From Anywhere

Beyond the marketing and advertising, the internet has opened up gateways to viewing experiences that we never had before. Through VR and unique creative filters, anyone,

Repeat…ANYONE

Can bring to life their own creations through our video screens. That is the beauty behind our current age of digital nomads and tribes. Platform such as YouTube have brought people from all walks of life together for entertainment, education and informational value. Instagram stories and Snapchat have created an innocently humorous way to share opinions, glimpses and moment with anyone.

Sharing Moments

Point of View

There was a time 3 years ago where I believed we had too much to view, too many distractions and were becoming “disconnected” to each other and the world as a whole.

I couldn’t have been more wrong

This is the point of view of a millennial who grew up around engineers and computer systems all the while found and studied martial arts, yoga, holistic health and powerlifting over the course of 20 years. I saw a lot of disconnection, but I wasn’t looking at the good technology was bringing.

Today it’s even more crucial that we found small ways to communicate, enrich and enliven the experiences for everyone on this planet.

Bringing life and joy back

We’re all looking for hope and light, that’s why there’s so much consumption of digital entertainment and resources. I don’t believe it’s because people are becoming lazy, to an extent, i’d like to think it’s that people have lost faith and hope in the goodness in our world. That’s what videos and season series offer us, a way to keep hope alive.


Take Away

In the end, there’s still much to witness as current technology matures and future technology is tested and deployed, but it’s happening. The wheels of motion have already began to spin and they are spinning faster each day.

How we choose to respond to it is our prerogative, but video is here to stay. Theaters will continue to rush in viewers for the new blockbuster film. Social platforms will endlessly battle the wave of slowing trends with new filters, new UI tweaks and more efficient and UX based ways for us to communicate with our friends, followers and the entire world.

The art of story telling will always have a place, I urge and invite all of my fellow content creators to continue their legacy of excellence. We owe it to our viewers and subscribers to bring them value.

That in turn creates a little more happiness and joy in a world that has much fog of anger and hate.

Keep Creating, Keep Aspiring, Keep Going

David Lee


I hope you enjoyed reading this rant, philosophical expression, psycho-something or other post!

If you have 1 second (just one!) please comment or ❤ the post if you liked it! I believe in communication and community which is why i’m here.

Don’t forget to follow me on my journey as a Powerlifter, Yoga Teacher, Holistic Health Advisor and Film Maker.

Namaste!

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