Getting The Shot: Shooting the Stars

If you’re lucky enough to have witnessed seeing the Milky Way with your own eyes at night, I can bet you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. But capturing that moment in a photo to share with people for the  rest of your life, now that is a different story. How many times have you tried to capture those incredible stars that blanket the night sky with your camera or phone and ended up with either a black screen or a blurry mess of dots? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.  And I wanted to explain how I …

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How to: Train your Adventure Dog

I used to be so envious of all those riders and trail runners, cruising down the trails with their dogs right behind them, off leash, the entire way! I remember thinking to myself, “How do they train their dogs to be able to run like that?  Every dog I know would be off running into the woods at the first sign of a squirrel and never come back!” But I was determined, that one day, once I got a dog of my own, that it’d be the best adventure dog. Fast-forward a few years, my girlfriend, Court, and I have …

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Backpacking & Camping Checklist

There’s nothing worse than after a long day of backpacking into camp, you realize you forgot a stove or fuel to cook your dinner. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to campsites and realized I forgot everything from a sleeping bag and pad to cooking utensils and food itself. To help make this process easier for you (and me) the next time I head into the backcountry, I made this checklist. Download a PDF Version of this List here:

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Guide to Utah’s Geographical Jargon

I grew up a flatlander in New Jersey, where describing a geographical feature would be limited to the following: street, hill, woods, or the beach. Since then, I’ve been exposed to what people would consider real, mountainous terrain in New England. Up there, we’d throw around terms like: Mountain, Summit, Ridge, Lake, and Elevation. All of which are pretty self explanatory and not too hard to follow along with in a conversation. But here in Utah, that list of geographical jargon has grown by 100x. And I’ll be honest most of the time I have no idea how to describe …

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Video Shooting, Editing, & Producing Tips

Having been shooting, editing, and producing videos for the past 5+ years, and I’ve definitely run into my fair share of problems. These issues range from video quality, audio recording and playback, and general story continuity for the final cut of the video. I figured I’d start to write down some of the tips and things I’ve learned along the way to give others a help in avoiding these issues/mistakes/bad practices. Note, I edit on Final Cut Pro 10 (FCPX), but all these tips can be extrapolated for use in Adobe, iMovie, cellphone apps, GoPro editor, etc. Video Video Transitions …

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Tips to Make Better Videos: Telling a Story vs Video-porn

One of the first questions you have to ask before you begin editing any clips, or even before you press record on your camera, is, “What type of video do I want to make?” I don’t mean the infinite cinematic-subcategories that are out there, but just these two types instead: are you going to tell a story to an audience or just make a video-porn/music video style video.

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Backpacking through Europe | How to Plan a Trip

We all have at one point, if not every single day, stared at our cubical walls and day dreamt about backpacking through Europe. You know, the way it’s been portrayed in novels and in cinema. You can picture yourself splitting a bottle of wine in the park at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or wandering through the ruins of ancient Rome. Maybe even partying all night on the beaches of Barcelona or raising your liters of beer for a cheers in Munich. If not find yourself enjoying the vices on the streets of Amsterdam or feeling the …

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The Jump from Gym to Crag

Picture yourself climbing up the third pitch of a massive rock face that overlooks the valley floor below as the sun is setting on your back during a late summer climbing trip with your friends. Or at least that’s what Instagram has implanted in your mind of what climbing is, and you are ready to take the plunge from the gym into the big-time world of climbing outdoors. Assuming you’re like most climbers, you started in the exciting, yet controlled environment of a climbing gym close to your house. You’ve finally gained the confidence on all the 5.10s the gym …

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How to get Perfect GoPro Shot: Part 2

The GoPro camera is first, and foremost, the best action video camera on the market. The possibilities with this tiny device are endless, which can be witnessed through the #GoPro on any social media platform. But what is it that sets your video apart from the epic videos that GoPro.com releases? How come their videos, no matter what the subject is, seem to be bigger, better, and more extreme? I will lay out a few helpful methods to boost your videos and create better content. Camera Shake This is the #1 issue I see with most videos created with GoPros, …

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Perfect GoPro Shot: Part 1

How do you capture the perfect moment when you’re hanging 10ft upside down or right when you blow a stash of powder? The GoPro camera has become synonymous with action sports and capturing all the epic moments along the way. But what makes the pictures and videos captured on that tiny action cam so much more awesome than any other? Versatility. The GoPro comes with hundreds of accessories and mounts for you to place them anywhere from your surfboard to your forehead. Below are some tips on how to get the most out of your GoPro and become a social …

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