Want to start a YouTube channel? Here’s what you need to get started

YouTube is amazing. It’s basically television recorded by the average Joe (or Jane), designed to fill all kinds of niches, this time from a visual perspective rather than a bunch of words. My wife and I run A Streamin’ Life on YouTube, which is a channel that follows our journey around the country. The experience … Continue reading Want to start a YouTube channel? Here’s what you need to get started

How to take stunning photos without expensive equipment

Taking stunning photos doesn’t require expensive equipment. On a reader’s request, this article describes my very simple process of making kick-ass photographs without spending stupid money on equipment that won’t do a thing to improve my photography. Here’s the key: In my view, the best camera system is whatever one that you feel the most comfortable … Continue reading How to take stunning photos without expensive equipment

Make cheap, kick-butt picture frames that look like clipboards

If you are like me, you love free stuff.  But if you can’t get free, an inexpensive do-it-yourself project might be the next best thing, and that is just what my wife and I did over the weekend to come up with some truly nice looking picture frames that look just like clipboards.


These clipboards are light-weight and easy to hang and make changing out your 8×10 pictures a snap.  Cheap, too.  A few bucks each gets you a unique and creative way to hang your photography.

Total cost: Including the photo, each clipboard “frame” cost about $6 bucks. Continue reading “Make cheap, kick-butt picture frames that look like clipboards”

Downsizing my photo equipment? What?!?

Well, I finally did it.  In the name of both frugality and minimalism (and maybe a little thinking ahead), I decided to officially buy into a camera system that is significantly smaller, lighter and easier to carry with me than my current – and much-beloved, Nikon-based camera system.

From our Memorial Day 2015 hike to Tanque Verde Falls.
From our Memorial Day 2015 hike to Tanque Verde Falls.

Everybody likes getting new stuff.  It was not easy to press that ‘Buy Now’ button for my new (to me) photography equipment, though.

Imagine for a moment working with a particular brand or type of equipment for years and years, and one day making the decision to sell it all.  The reasons for my switch are in my best interest, but still, letting go of the equipment that I’ve used, practiced with and know so well is still a bitter-sweet moment. Continue reading “Downsizing my photo equipment? What?!?”

Our amazing world: Last night’s halo

Allow me a moment to divert completely away from the topic of financial independence a minute and talk about what an amazing natural world that we live in.  Last night, one of our dogs – that RARELY barks unless something is truly wrong – started barking by the back door.  Naturally, my wife and I responded, but there seemed to be nothing there.

Last night's halo around the moonI went out into the backyard with my dog to check things out – again, nothing.  I suppose it was a false alarm.  But, just as I was about to call it a night and return to our comfy couch, I looked up and saw something amazing.  It was one of the biggest, brightest and beautiful halos around the moon that I’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing.

Of course, the photography side of me quickly kicked in and I ran inside to grab my Nikon digital camera, a wide-angle lens and a tripod.  I started shooting 30-second exposures and literally hoped for the best.  Even in the pitch black (minus a few ground lights here and there), it is amazing the detail that can be picked out of the darkness with long exposures. Continue reading “Our amazing world: Last night’s halo”