a free guide to understanding lighting for photography

This is something I’ve been wanting to create and share for a while. Since I was asked to lead a small photo workshop recently, I figured it was a good time to make it happen. Aimed toward beginners, this guide is a quick and easy look at basic facts about light and how you can use […]

As of September 25th 2014 I have published 735 blog posts to my blog. I start posting to this blog on May 21st 2012, so that means 735 posts in 857 days. I only had 2 posts in May of 2012. My rate of publishing got better and more consistent in late 2013 and even […]

great blogging tips for beginners

This is the beginning of a series of posts that will share my entire book, The Elements of Blogging, on my blog. One chapter at a time. Each chapter post will be accompanied with text as well as the audio version of the chapter. The entire audio book will be completed in this manner, when all […]

easy ways you can give to others without going broke

Today is one of those days where things are good. I’ve received good praises for multiple projects at work and I am being given more projects that I enjoy more than the usual work. Good vibes are flowing within me. When you have great days it’s important to embrace those good vibes. Not only embrace […]

how to do something that has never been done before

In a world that is saturated with things being constantly created, how do we find originality? How do we do something that has never been done before? It can feel pretty much impossible. We begin to realize that everything we say and do is influenced by something we have seen, heard or felt. This is […]

When you believe in yourself sometimes it can come down to mind over matter

This summer I told myself I wanted to really focus on music and more specifically my guitar skills over the next year. Last week I decided that I needed a plan and some sort of guidance to make that happen. So I decided to purchase a video series that completely covers the skill and techniques […]

Why it is important to confront your problems rather than run away from them

You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory. – J. Donald Walters This morning I woke up and did my usual routine. Shower. Breakfast. Coffee. Hello to my awesome room mate(s) and out the door to my car. […]

awesome video production company from Michigan

When a close friend of mine showed me the Michigan Beer Film at his place in upper Michigan,  I had a gut feeling the dudes that made it were pretty darn cool. Guess what? I was right. I saw it quite a while ago, but never took upon myself to reach out to them and […]

quotes about self entitlement

It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild When it comes to success in life, you and I are probably […]

Sometimes I feel like I am never good enough

You live in a time where we are able to see what everyone else is doing all the time. You constantly think that everyone is always busy creating and doing things you wish you could do. Everyone else appears to be better than you are at every moment of your life. You are never good […]

rent guitar pedals online and try them out with your own amp

I love music. Even more so I love guitar… And I have an obsession with guitar pedals. Guilty! I bet some of you are too. When I ran across TryAPedal.net I knew I had to give it a try. Not only that I was so curious as to who runs it and the story behind […]

Teach yourself motion graphics with skillshare and mt mograph

I am proud to share this motion graphics project that you see above. It was not all me either. I am blessed to work with a talented graphic designer, a copywriter and a fun and creative marketing team at my day job. I’m usually busy making videos with real people in them or snapping photos […]

How to find out what you want to do with your life

When I graduated high school in 2006, I pictured myself in a completely difference scenario in 2014. I thought I would have a wife, a kid or two and possibly living in a different state. Just didn’t end up being that at all. I’m single, no children and a daily commuter for work. I’m also […]

interview with photographer Scott Wyden Kivowitz

I’ve been quietly following Scott Wyden Kivowitz for some time now on Google Plus. I honestly cannot remember how I found him, but after I did, I started hearing other people talk about him too. Even in real life. His name would come up and I would think to myself, “yeah I know exactly who […]

how to grow your passion when you have a full time job

What is your passion? I can bet you don’t do it for a living. Most of us don’t. And if you do, it’s definitely not an easy life either. That’s part of the beauty of it though. Doing something you love for a career is supposed to be a challenge. Isn’t that what passion is […]

Inspirational desktop background with a quote about sharing the wealth

I feel like the word “wealth” is fairly misunderstood, abused and just lost in translation. It can easily be conveyed as a way to explain how much money you have at your disposal. That just seems like a wrong way of looking at it. Wealth should not be about finances. It should be about things […]

tips on how to prevent stress in your life

There’s a lot of strong positive signals being put in our faces every day. I even try to flood myself with positive energy all the time since I am always hustling to get things done. As much as we like to think they are healthy and good for us, it can be the most stressful addition to our life. It’s on social networks, on billboards, signs in schools and institutions… everywhere. Continue reading

street photography in downtown green bay wisconsin with Chris Kerksieck

It’s so refreshing to catch up with friends that you know have wicked amounts of talent just brewing up inside of them. It can be really hard to stay in touch, but when you do get together, it’s a good time. It’s a time of talking about the bigger picture, sharing the little details and […]

interview about blogging

I’ve been wanting to do more interviews on the blog with some amazing people. Photographers, designers, developers, filmmakers, bloggers and all sorts of creators. This is a hopeful start to a great series of interviews to come I thought I would kick off this interview series with someone from the blogosphere. Blogging is awesome and […]

teach a man to give and he'll be thankful for a lifetime

Relationships have tremendous value for us. Even when we are broke as hell and feel worthless, the greatest people in our life can lift us up. They see the potential within us. Not only that, they know how to create good within us. Seeing the good is half the battle. Teaching others to create good […]

stop procrastinating get it done kinetic bear photography jacob miller_1

You might be reading this because you have been one lazy bum lately and you need that little reminder to get you back in action and kick some serious butt. So if you are that person that has been procrastinating a lot lately, let’s go over a few reasons why you should just get moving and just finish the damn thing already. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings, I just want to see you succeed. Some of these responses are more serious than others….. Continue reading

embrace the creative seasons in your life kinetic bear photography jacob miller

It has been an incredible year for me from a creative aspect. I cannot stress how much I have been getting done in comparison to any other time of my life. I thought I accomplished a lot last year, but I have been kicking some serious butt this year. I will say that I am noticing my own progress much more than ever before. I have been writing more to my blog, writing my first ebook (to be released in April 2014), progressing in my photography and design skills and now more recently I have been writing so much music I don’t know what to do with it all. Continue reading

work without inspiration kinetic bear photography jacob miller

I ran across this post on twitter today from a teacher I had and it totally flashed me back. I can recall spending over 8 hours in that exact room on some days. I actually had a whole semester where I had two, 3-4 hour classes in a row in that room. It was quite […]

I’ve always been intimidated to write drum parts, but now I’ve been growing much more comfortable with it. Usually I write guitar first and then add drums, but this time I went with the other route. I sat down and planned out a few drum progressions and then jammed to them until I found something […]

photography workshop in green bay wisconsin

Recently I was asked to do a candid and open ended photography workshop for folks at my church for this saturday. I won’t be having a super fancy outline or agenda for the day, because it will be more of a Q&A type event. I’ll be an open book to those that come. I’m a bit nervous, […]

I used to think I had to spend a lot more time on projects, but that was in the beginning. Once I understood the process or mistakes I was making, I realized how much less time and energy I could use to get the same amount of work done. Great work too. It’s not necessarily […]

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —Howard Thurman

Just wanted to say it. Made by me in Adobe After Effects.

There is an incredible feeling you can receive when you realize how much you can help another person with something they really care about. As much as we love to satisfy your own desires and goals, when you enable someone else to reach a goal it can give you great joy. This is a joy […]

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While chaos is beautiful and can bring great creativity into your life, so can an organized space. It’s been a work in progress for me that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying in my life. One step at a time lets you feel things out and make each next step a better one. What one thing in […]

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I haven’t been shooting many photos lately. It’s almost like I’ve lost my groove. Then again I’ve been investing time in other things. You can only give to do much in a day. What do you choose to invest in? Why? Is it worth the investment?