How Do You Shoot Video In Cuenca?

4 years ago I shot the video below with my Canon HD Vixia Camcorder. Now the camcorder gathers dust in my closet since I shoot all my videos with my Nexus 6 smartphone with 4K resolution. Never miss a photo or a video because my smartphone is always in my pocket.

Please take 10 seconds and take the poll. Enjoy the video

Smartphone Battery – Tips & Myths

The earthquake in Ecuador reminds all of us how important having a smartphone can be.  Right next to my smartphone is a portable battery so if I left the house in an emergency I would have a minimum of 4 days of battery life.

First 3 myths:

  • Leaving the smartphone on the charger all night is bad for your battery
  • You should completely discharge your battery before charging
  • Never use your phone while it is charging

Now 3 tips

  • Dim the screen
  • Minimize push notifications
  • Download the latest software update

The complete article on smartphone battery myths is here

The complete article on smartphone tips is here


7.8 Ecuador Earthquake

On April 17th a massive 7.8 Earthquake hit 12 miles off the Ecuador Coast The very large thrust earthquake was centered approximately 27 km (17 mi) from the towns of Muisne and Pedernales in a sparsely populated part of the country and 170 km (110 mi) from the capital Quito,[1] where it was felt strongly.

At least 413 people were killed and at least 2,527 others were injured in the earthquake.[4][6] It was the worst natural disaster to hit Ecuador since the 1949 Ambato earthquake.[15] At least 41 fatalities occurred in Manta, Portoviejo, and Guayaquil, all of which are located hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter.[14]President Rafael Correa stated that the reconstruction would cost “billions of dollars.

This very short post is mainly for my friends and family living outside of Ecuador. I’ve already received calls and email to see how you might help.  The following is a good link

For my friends in Ecuador that are over 65 you might consider suspending your IVA refunds for a year. I will be doing this making my contribution just over $700 for the year. It’s money that I don’t need to live on and for sure the Ecuadorian government will need for Earthquake relief.

The picture below is of a dog that would not leave his destroyed owners house.


Smartphone Photo And Editing Course – May 9, 2016

Are you fumbling with your Smartphone Camera and you missed a great photo. On May 9th you will learn how to better use your camera and create fantastic movies. The course information is here. The class is limited to six students.

The picture below was captured on my Nexus 6 and edited with Google Photos. The movie was created from past smartphone photos.

Dos Campasinas

Does Your Smartphone Battery Get You Through A Day?

My smartphone (Nexus 6) has a large battery (3220 mAh) and some days when I’m using phone for calling, video, and research I’m out of juice about dinner time. Fortunately for me I always carry a quick charger. I can get 50% of my charge back in less than 30 minutes. I highly recommend one for you.

Today, Amazon is offering a great coupon on the Kmashi 20000 mAh Quick charger.  You can pick it up for $20 with this coupon.