It doesn’t have to complicated

Sometimes it can be so easy to get caught up in gear, lights, backdrops, lenses, and all that jazz when trying to get good photos of your knives.

Sheeps-foot EDC with a textured finish

This evening as I was finishing up in the shop, I wanted a few decent photos of some knives I just finished. With all the shop lights on, things were looking pretty blahzay-blah behind the lens. Remembering photography is all about light, I decided to try the less is more approach. I killed the shop lights, grabbed my diffuser and used one task light as my main light source. Leaving the blades on my black worktop, and softening my light was all it took to completely change the images I was making.

As far as post-production goes I desaturated the images to black and white and done. That’s it, that’s all.

Gun-blued street scalpel with rock patterning and textured bevels

Simple is better. Very often that is true with photography as well.

One main light and a diffuser.

Just something to keep in mind when you’re struggling with getting decent photos of your knives.

Cheers,

Jeremy

You heard it here first…

Well, for the past two months I’ve been doing my best at daily vlogging the YouTube channel. It has been a lot of work, but I’ve sorted out a lot of tips and tricks that have made filming and editing much more efficient and streamlined. That is a huge bonus. At the best of it, I had 56 consecutive days of uploading a video to YouTube. That’s a lot of work.

Minimalist EDC Knife

One issue that kept creeping up, is that I would get behind on my knife orders, and then kind of rush the video and at the end just stopped making videos for days in a row until I caught up with my knife orders again. And then I’d be back on the daily videos but at the same time again, losing ground on keeping up with knife orders. I realize that this is kind of a vicious circle that I don’t see a way to get around. Daily videos, and full-time knife maker. They just don’t go smoothly together and still give some sense of a life for me and my family.

I’ve decided to shift the focus of my energy. I’m going to concentrate on one build video per week, as well as still doing viewer’s knives and maybe a weekly update vlog. The idea with the weekly vlog is a single video where I can dump any of the interesting little bits that happened during the week. This should allow me to focus a few blocks of time during the week to filming a knife build, free up the 3-5 hours per day that it took to produce the daily vlogs, and still allow me to keep with my knife orders.

I’m not saying this is how things will stay for sure 100%, but part of life is changing, adapting and trying different things until you find something that works well. And then eventually you’ll probably have to go through that cycle again and again and again. So we’ll try this. See how it works. See if this is a better fit. I hope so.

One other benefit is that it might free up a little time to actually work on this blog a little more. I love writing and blogging. I blogged long before I ever made YouTube videos and I still love doing it, but it just seems so hard to post here after I’ve spent hours posting to YouTube.

Tomorrow I will post a video on YouTube explaining all of this but figured I might as well post it here first.

I’ll close this post out with two of my last daily vlogs where I made a minimalistic EDC. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Cheers👍

Part 1:

Part 2:

Tool Time Tuesday – 1-2-3 Blocks

Okay okay, we’ve been pretty slack at updating this website lately, but all of that is changing. We’ve been busy re-vamping our YouTube presence and part of that is keeping up to date across all of our other Social Media Platforms as well. Including here.

So, with every new video that comes out, so will a new post. Also, I’ll try and get a better write on each post with some additional photos. Thanks for tuning in!