3 Uncommon Steps to a Happier, Better New Year

For my last video of the year, I go through three powerful steps you can take to guarantee that next year will be better than the last.

My primary resource for this video was Tim Ferriss's book, Tribe of Mentors: https://www.amazon.com/Tribe-Mentors-...

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Shooting Beautiful Landscapes on my iPhone X

This week I’ve made two YouTube videos on my experience with the iPhone X as a photography tool!

The first video talks about how, ever since I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone X, I’ve been leaving my Sony A7RII at home more, for reasons including improved image processing, the telephoto lens, 4K video at 24p and 60p, portrait mode, and RAW shooting and editing. If you’re into the more technical side of things and been wondering if you should upgrade from a previous generation iPhone, this is the episode for you!

The second video talks about how my most popular landscape photo on social media this year was shot on an iPhone X and what that unexpected occurrence taught me. In this video I address the issue of the gap that exists between how we regard our work and how the audience receives it by digging into the question: If an iPhone photo that took me seconds to capture and edit is more popular than photos that took so much more effort to shoot and process, does that mean that the effort I put into the latter actually doesn’t matter?

Hope you enjoy and learn something from this week’s twin episodes! The truth is that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed shooting with the iPhone X as compared to my iPhone 6 and have gotten surprisingly good results from it. Check out my current gallery of iPhone X photos below (click on each image to see larger):

A morning in Sagada. iPhone X JPG, telephoto lens.

Elevated view of Bontoc. iPhone X JPG, telephoto lens, unedited.

Flying into Siargao. iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

Spectacular morning landing in Rome. iPhone X RAW DNG shot and edited Lightroom CC mobile.

Tappiya Falls, Batad. iPhone X live photo converted to long exposure.

Dead tree on Sabang Beach, Baler. iPhone X live photo converted to long exposure.


The Straight Life Path is a Lie, Don't Feel Bad If You're Not On It

Most of us have been told to live life in a certain way, but the truth is that there are so many ways to live a good life.

This is another short, off-the-cuff episode where I talk about how the straight life path most of us are expected to follow can become a source of unnecessary angst that hinders you from fully living the kind of life you choose. I cite another passage from Getting There: A Book of Mentors that many of my Instagram followers responded to a few days ago that shares the words of Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Company.

Links:

Getting There: A Book of Mentors [affiliate link]

Lazy Dog Homestay Baguio

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How Instagram Makes You Feel Uninspired

This week I share some ways that Instagram, despite the amount of opportunities and inspiration it provides, actually becomes a hindrance to creating after spending a lot of time on it.

I'm always searching for inspiration and new ideas, and Instagram is one of the easiest places to find it for visual art. But oftentimes it has the opposite effect on me, for reasons that in many ways correspond to how it makes you feel bad about your life.

About my channel: Aside from my films, I post weekly videos about life an emerging artist, in the hopes that the things I'm learning and doing will be helpful to you on your own journey, either as an artist or a person who wants to live a more creative and fulfilling life.

This episode what shot in The Seedling Eco-Retreat and Artist Residency at Sagada, Mountain Province, in the Philippines.

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Say No to Reality and Embrace Your Potential as an Artist

Nietszche once said that "No artist tolerates reality." Today I share Chase Jarvis's inspirational interpretation of this quote that can help you overcome your limiting beliefs and embrace your potential as an artist.

Link to the original post: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn6XeSQFwDh/

Video of Steve Jobs quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvEiSa6_EPA

About my channel: Aside from my films, I post weekly videos about life an emerging artist, in the hopes that the things I'm learning and doing will be helpful to you on your own journey, either as an artist or a person who wants to live a more creative and fulfilling life.

This week I'm coming to you from The Seedling Eco-Retreat and Artist Residency at Sagada, Mountain Province, in the Philippines.

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How to Advance Your Photography Career By Shooting What You Love

Today I share one of my favorite photographers' story on how focusing on shooting what you love can lead to your dream career in photography.

Chris Burkard is one of the world's most well-known and successful adventure photographers and his advice is simple: SHOOT WHAT YOU LOVE.

Welcome to my channel! Aside from my films, I post weekly videos about life an emerging artist, in the hopes that the things I'm learning and doing will be helpful to you on your own journey, either as an artist or a person who wants to live a more creative and fulfilling life.

Read the full interview with Chris Burkard here.

Watch his amazing film Under an Arctic Sky on Netflix.

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The Truth About Early Success as an Artist

Most of us dream of becoming famous at a young age. But is it really as great as it seems?

This week I share the story of AJ Hochhalter, a film composer who struck it big composing music for a film that won in Sundance when he was just age 25.

Read the whole interview here.

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Thanks to Bifoli2 for my knit checkered hat: https://bifoli2.com/shop/

Is It Time to Quit Being An Artist?

How do you know when it's time to call it quits on trying to be an artist? In this week's episode, I share the story of how Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner went through a seemingly impossible phase of failure to the eventual success he achieved with one of the greatest shows on television.

Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal [affiliate link]

Read the excerpt about Matthew Weiner

Ira Glass on "the Gap"

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How to Come Up With Ideas When You're Not Naturally Creative

How do you think of original ideas if you're not naturally creative? I learned that a simple change of mindset can unlock the creativity we all are capable of.

About my YouTube channel: Aside from my films, I post weekly dispatches from my life as an emerging artist, in the hopes that the things I'm learning, doing, and dealing with will be helpful to you on your own journey, either as an artist or a person who wants to live a more creative and fulfilling life.

My main resource for this episode is The Creative Thinker's Toolkit by Professor Gerard Puccio from The Great Courses on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Creati...

Matt Bellasai's Skillshare class on Writing Shareable Content: https://skl.sh/2OLpZJN

My film "No English" with Polish artist Agnieszka Rowińska: https://vimeo.com/248093730

Follow Agnieszka on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/agnieszka.r...

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The Best Advice I Ever Received as a Young Artist

In this week’s episode, I share a piece of advice my mentor gave me a decade ago that’s led to living a life I could only have dreamed of.

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This week, I had the chance to be a guest speaker at a Social Media Symposium at Holy Angel University in Angeles, Pampanga, alongside (much more famous) Filipino social media personalities including Nate Punzalan, Benedict Cua, Jericho Arceo, and Mr. Speaks. I was able to share with them some of my experiences as a young artist, including the key, life-changing piece of advice I received from my mentor right at the beginning of my career.

Thanks to Sorrento Sunwear for the awesome polarized shades!

My super cool Polish Milky Way t-shirt is from Pan Tu Nie Stał (not sponsored).

Thanks for watching and I’ll catch you again next week!