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Imagine Dragons Believer – Adobe Make The Cut

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!


Edited on my custom PC:
Acer x34 Predator
Intel Core i5 6600k
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4-3200 16×2=32GB RAM
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

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.

30 Years — What Film and TV Taught Me

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,


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.


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Beginners Guide Canon 80D – Still GREAT

There are plenty of reviews on the Canon 80D, but there aren’t too many perspective videos for beginners looking at their first DSLR.

This video is just that, a beginners perspective using the Canon 80D from vlogs, short films, product photos and more. With only 3 months in and my first ever DSLR, i’ve been able to shoot high quality videos for YouTube.

Whether you’re an aspiring film maker or beginning youtube channel, the Canon 80D offers a dynamic, robust and reliable camera for all of your video creating needs.

The lenses that Canon make are some of the BEST which is why many people who use Panasonic and Sony cameras also use Canon lenses.

If you’re looking for some really good reviews on the 80D here are two:


Canon 80D Hands-On Review

For color correction and color grading check out:

How To Color Grading In Premiere Pro CC 2017

Thanks for watching!
Snapchat: atdavidlee

Filmed with Canon 80D and Lumix G7K

Canon 80D —
Panasonic Lumix G7K —

Link to Amazon Store for all of my gear

Editing Software/Design: for thumbnails
Final Cut Pro X – 100% of vlogs
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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

Digital Creators – Creating Community

Why Digital Creators Should Unite

We all want a bit, or all, of our creative and unique endeavors to blossom to the greatest of heights. Arduous hours are spent creating graphics, filming vlogs, multicam shots for product reviews, short sound bites and iTunes music singles all with the hopes that our content will reach the masses and for our creativity to be appreciated.

Yet many creators are afraid to share their techniques and secrets with others with the fear their time, energy and efforts will be copied with no remorse.

There is some truth in that, but what happens when you aren’t focused on that. When you truthfully believe that what you present to the world will shine through all of the fake copy cats out there and TRUST ME, there are a lot of them out there!

So what has changed? What can creators do to fight against the wave of lies and laziness?

Honestly, they don’t need to do anything

Hours spent creating, can I keep it to myself?

With the tidal waves of fake news, CNN bashing and full transparency of the internet through forums such as reddit, there is no hiding. There are even people who make it their business to snuff out keyboard warriors, photoshopped celebrities and apparently copied melodies on Soundcloud.

It may be slightly different depending on what you create. The value I wish to share with you is to not be so bullish with your techniques and best kept secrets for adding your style and flair.

For me, it comes in the form of filming and editing. YouTube has been a blessing with various creators offering free tutorials and How-To videos on a wide range of applications. From color correction/grading, picture profiles, ergonomics and more — it’s literally free education.

If it weren’t for their willingness and compassionate gestures, i’m sure many of us out there wouldn’t be able to push the boundaries of digital creativity and presentations to our audiences. They weren’t worried about monetizing, they simply wanted to help.

That’s what it’s about friends, helping people without the requirement to “get paid” first.

Support each other, no one left behind

YouTubers Support

I recently had the privilege and honor to attend a digital creators workshop in Downtown Los Angeles, hosted by Matt Pearce of SunSquaredMedia with presentations and hands on feedback from Jonathan Morrison and Austin Evans, two YouTube creators with over 3 million subscribers combined.

The workshop was free…i’ll say it again FREE. There was no charge but limited availability as it was their first workshop. I had an incredible time as they were able combine education, experience and practicality into a full day workshop. They also provided us with free breakfast and lunch, like…what?!?!

Not only we were taken care of, what we all learned from them was invaluable. They shared with us their experiences, failures, successes and best tips when it comes to creating, uniqueness, pleasing your audience and pushing the limits with filming and editing.

Top level youtubers giving us their time and feedback

This is what it’s about — those who have been through the trenches and after 5–7 years of consistent efforts are now in a place where they want to share their experiences with others. Not to be monetized but to help promote the platform for other creators.

They understand and realize that by supporting others, they support themselves.

“You can have whatever it is you want, as long as you help enough other people get what they want” — Zig Ziglar

In my humble and personal experience, this statement holds very true. The more you give, the more you genuinely want to help people without the necessity or greed of receiving first. The universe will conspire to create a space that is genuine for you to organically reap the seeds you sow.

Start with quality, end up with quality

The Experience

After around 7 hours of info-jection and hands on time, I can honestly and graciously express that it was one of the best times of my life! Not only from an educational and highly practical side, but from a real world down to earth feeling. To be able to meet a few of the best on YouTube and to see how real and genuine they are, that in itself goes a long way.

Both Austin and John were incredibly humble, supportive and easy to talk to. The presentations from all speakers gave creators more to think about it. I certainly left with tips and feedback to implement with my own channel and videos but not to the point where I felt defeated in any way.

It’s not everyday when the best and brightest on a content viewing platform get together for donuts, coffee and speaking about their passions face-to-face with other aspiring creators.

John shooting the breeze with an aspiring YouTuber

Take Away

If we all do our small, but important, job of uplifting other content creators instead of keeping everything hidden like a leprechaun, I believe there will be even more room for growth.

Channels will receive more subscribers, blog posts and short films that we spend days and hours every week on will see the light of day, selling $1.00 tracks on iTunes will create rhythm. Most of all, it’s about supporting each other.

There’s no need to divide and conquer. Do what you’re passionate about, work hard every day for it and when you see a fellow creator struggling even a simple,

“Keep going bro!”

Helps out a lot.

Special thanks to:

Matt Pearce
John Morrison
Austin Evans

and the rest of the gang that drives SunSquareMedia.

Keep Aspiring, Keep Creating, Keep Going

David Lee

Getting Help From YouTubes BEST

Thursday, March 23rd 2017:
Had the opportunity to do something REALLY cool! Meet with a few of the best tech YouTubers out there Jonathan Morrison, Austin Evans and the rest of the crew from Sun Squared Media!

It was a digital creators workshop with only about a dozen or more of local YouTubers there. Matt Pearce and the rest of the gang shared with us their best tips, both for growing your channel but how to make the best possible video for YouTube.

We played with cameras (inluding The RED). worked with lighting, props, audio and got some amazing tips with Final Cut Pro X!

Enjoy the vlog friends!

Snapchat: atdavidlee

Shot with Lumix G7K and Canon 80D

Current Cameras:
Canon 80D —
Panasonic Lumix G7K —
Sony A6500 –
Canon Powershot G7X –

Link to Amazon Store for all my gear

Editing Software/Design: for thumbnails
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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

Saying Thank You

Appreciating Your Followers

In the world of blogs, video logs, inspirational videos, ad space, digital news and negative rants — when was the last time any of us (content creators) actually thanked the people who spend their time on the internet browsing through our feeds?

We have become so infatuated with giving and expecting something in return that the level of fake and down right absurd content being uploaded through the internet pipes is astonishing! Now, given I haven’t been doing this long but i’ve been consuming for years reading BBS posts at local university intranets.

I’m not advocating for,

“Things to go back to how they used to”

No…there’s no need for that. What I wish to share in this post is for each and every content writer out there to give thanks for their loyal and new followers.

NOT, to sell you through your sales funnel — what you choose to do is your ambition and I get that, but could you leave a simple thank you at the end? Perhaps even sending out your “newsletters” or posting public in your Facebook Group, Instagram Stories, Snapchat Feed, Tweet etc with simply this,

“Hey guys…thanks for everything”

A simple thank you goes a long way

A Little Goes A Long Way

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Creators know that for every post or video they make there will always be trolls, haters, doubters and envious people in the world. I can understand that it makes you want to modify your content to speak to not offend certain demos, but the truth behind being a “creator” is you create, not copy.

Copying is fine when you need that, but creation is something unique and special friends.

See when you create something uniquely your own AND can offer thanks for other people watching or reading your creation, then positive light and energy is returned your way. Use that to continue to create and grow with your craft — that keeps your followers happy knowing that you are genuine to you and builds trust.

Trust in others

I know we’re all seeking the metrics for length posts, 60 second IG and FB impact videos, filing away our IG stories and Snapchat stories until there’s 100+ clips long (which BTW, STOP DOING THAT), but friends the more you put out the more I invite you to say thanks.

Give thanks for you having the ability to do what you do. Find gratitude for your cell phone, laptop, audio mixer, internet service provider, car, bus and every other medium you use to display and express content for the entire world to view!

The internet is excited for you!

Take Away

I sole heartedly wish that anyone reading this (viewer or creator) take to heart what i’ve shared. In a world of full transparency you can’t hide any longer, there’s too many ways for people to sift through the sand and find out what’s behind it all.

Your fans will believe in you, trust you and support you — much of that starts with acknowledging them and letting them know how much you appreciate and are thankful for having them with you on your journey.

Always remember where you came from and your intentions for being a content creator. It’s in the process, the journey and the people you connect with along the way.

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.

Thanks a bunch and follow me around on my journey as a Powerlifter, Yoga Teacher, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Techie.


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Lumix G7K – Time Lapse Review

Howdy folks! Are you looking for some footage of Time Lapses with the Panasonic Lumix G7K? Well I got a treat for you!

In this video I show the quality of Time Lapses in 1080p and 4K if you were looking at buying the G7K. I also offer one small “secret” about the G7K that I wish I knew before buying it, but i’m still VERY pleased with the versatility of this Micro 4/3 camera!

Hope you enjoy the video, feel free to leave a comment or question down below.


Shot with Lumix G7K and iPhone 7 Plus

Current Camera Gear:
Canon 80D —
Panasonic Lumix G7K —
Canon Powershot G7X –
Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod –
Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom –
Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand –

Canon 10-18mm EF-S f/4.5-5.6 IS STM —
Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS STM —
Canon 55-250mm EF-S f/4.0-5.6 IS —
Canon 24mm EF-S f/2.8 STM —
Canon 50mm EF f/1.8 STM —
Panasonic Lumix G Lens 25mm f/1.7 ASPH Micro 4/3 —
Panasonic Lumix G Lens 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Micro 4/3 —

Editing Software/Design: for thumbnails
Final Cut Pro X
Adobe After Effects CC
Adobe Premiere Pro CC

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

Moments of Feeling Lost

Moving Past The Uncomfortable

There are times in everyone’s life where we feel a little lost, confused, abandoned, alone. We have all been there at least once in our lives, even for a short moment. How you respond to the emotion is of upmost importance as I believe that is what allows us as human beings to evolve and move forward in life.

Whether you’ve lost your job, a loved one, or took a hard loss with your team — the fact of the matter is that feeling lost is okay. It’s what you do after that makes the difference.

As I write this blog post I am going through a bit of feeling lost. There are so many ventures I have attempted since leaving the corp realm of job security last September, some of proven quite fruitful and others were hard learning experiences. What I chose to do after the fact was critical in my own ability to overcome and continue on.

Always finding myself employed and with opportunity to grow in my past career, being on your own is completely different. At least once a day I doubt myself, not necessarily with my ability or skill but with how I will be able to provide a simple living for myself.

In this moment I believe two things will keep me going:

#1 — Being stubborn with my dream

#2 — Not wanting to go back to live another person’s dream

I remind myself time and time again of what my life was like before and I cringe at going back. It wasn’t the companies I worked for or the industries. No it wasn’t frustration at org chart disfunction or lack of transparency, it was awakening to the fact that I need to do what is right in my heart no matter how hard it is or however long it takes.

Follow your heart

Circling Back

I spent the past 7 years of life growing into a career in Information Technology — yearly budget reviews, disaster recovery schemes, software licensing woes, customer satisfaction priority, merger and acquisition involvement and a host of other systems and management tasks. I thought that was the life I wanted, but little did I know there is a big difference between making a living and making a life.

Along the way I spent time educating and receiving certification through teaching Yoga, Holistic Lifestyle Coaching and becoming a certified powerlifting coach. All which culminate into a big paraphrase of who I am. Since then I have started two YouTube channels, maintaining 4 individually branded websites, content strategy and creative deployment through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.

I don’t have a success record, heck I don’t even have a track record. All I have is intuition, self-awareness, work ethic and love.

Work hard because you have love

Closing Out

For the longest time i’ve always been one who was attempting to control everything. To rewrite my story each and every. I no longer am trying to control what I can’t change, rather I do what I can each and everyday while infused with drive and determination to make it happen for me, my family, friends and my girlfriend.

They are the ones who support me and keep me going when I doubt myself. It’s certainly not easy leaving comfort and security for looking at the monthly check balance and taking a deep hard look at myself.

I could go back to the corporate realm and return to steady income and equity, but a huge part of me is telling me to never go back.

You’ve had a taste of that for years, don’t torture heart

To me, i’d rather be poor and make ends meet for a few years in order to manifest my dream than to quit on myself. Quitting on my dream and me would be the biggest regret of my life and i’m not willing or able to wait until i’m 75 to have regretted the last 30–40 years of my life.

For anyone reading this, it’s not a call to action. It’s only what you make of it. That is what I represent in a nutshell.

To create experiences and provide you with insight and perspective.

Keep creating, keep aspiring, keep working

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.

Thanks a bunch and follow me around on my journey as a Powerlifter, Yoga Teacher, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Techie.


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Journal #2: Life Project

Entry #2 of my life project journal

These are daily journals that I will upload, uncut, to document my journey of leaving a “well paying and safe job” working in information technology to pursue my dream.

No promos, no sponsors, just a regular guy working everyday to make his dream into a reality.