“Making videos are so hard. I want to save memories of my kids and family on video, but I can’t do it”.

“I don’t have the money to invest in expensive camera and editing equipment to make videos. “

“I wish I was more technical and more creative to make good videos”.

“There’s only one of me. It’s too hard for me.”

These are just a few of the comments in the many conversations I’ve had with attendees after our video presentations at conferences. To each and every person who has felt and thought this way, I answer: No. Please, don’t doubt something that you haven’t yet started and know that I will try my best to support you on your video making journey.

If I can make a video, completely on my iphone 4, then so can you. If I can shoot a video using only my two hands, without a tripod, then you can you. If I can edit my video completely on my iphone, then you can certainly do it too.

Let’s for a moment forget all the fancy Canon 5D MII and Nikon D800 cameras out there that offer video. There will be no tripod, audio, lenses or complicated editing software discussion. Yes, Todd and I use these tools for our professional work, but when the time comes to write about higher scale video production, I’ll share that.

But for now, I just want to talk iphone, one of the most simple and inexpensive tools out there to make a video that you can be proud of.

I’ve always been an advocate of iphone photography and video since getting my first one in February 2011. My creative life changed completely and I felt such a heavy burden lifted off my shoulders when I wanted to make a personal video to document my everyday life of people I care about. When I wanted to spontaneously record our dogs playing in the garden or if I wanted to record special moments I witnessed throughout the day, I didn’t have to struggle and lug out my complicated dslr and lenses.

Now with my iphone 4, I’ve whittled down my video producing life to the most basic of elements: one simple tool, what I see and what moves me at that very moment.

What I witness in life can be captured and shared that is independent of expensive tools and gear. Fancy tools don’t define me as a photographer or filmmaker. You shouldn’t ever let expensive, complicated gear get in your way of making videos either.

I’m in the process of writing out a longer post about making a iphone video the best that you can, including how to get great audio on a limited budget. Please be patient with me while I get my words together for this series.

In the meantime, how I taught myself to make iphone videos was by watching tutorials online. Part of this video journey is taking it upon yourself to learn and teach yourself as much as you can. Included in this process will be plenty of frustration, mistakes, some failures and time investment. But if you really want to make the video that is meaningful to you, then you’ll push through and keep trying till you make the video you want.

For this video, Todd, Sierra and I took our walk on the beach and the sunset was just spectacular. I couldn’t help but to be in such awe at all the layers of light and love the sky and ocean had to offer that day. So I grabbed my iphone and started to video scenes on the beach.

  • I filmed this video on my iphone 4 and edited it completely on imovie app for iphone. For the text on the video, I used the “simple” template in the project setting of imovie.
  • I watched this video tutorial to learn how to edit on imovie.
  • For the vintage video filter, I used ’70′s filter on  CinemaFX for Video app for iphone.
  • I ended the video with my iphone photographs, edited on Filterstorm and Snapseed apps for iphone.
  • The song I used is Hem Me In that I licensed at With Etiquette.
  • It took me about 3 hours to completely edit this video with the results that I wanted.

Most importantly, the most valuable tools I used were my eyes to see, my heart to feel and a desire to tell my story. My hope is that you all have these tools as well.

This video is far from perfect, but it’s special to me. It’s perfectly imperfect, meaningful and reminds me of that beautiful evening I shared with those I love. That’s all that matters.

So for this weekend, I leave you with this video and hope that you’ll start capturing and making your special videos as well. Let’s all learn together.

Your eyes are your lens, your heart is your shutter.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

diane

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It’s like giving birth, they say. Sharing news of our very own cookbook.

by White on Rice Couple September 16, 2012
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Update: Our cookbook, Bountiful, is now available for pre-order on Amazon here. It’s our 300 page baby with over 100 fruit and vegetable inspired recipes. You can blame our garden for that. And also, some puppy pictures because our work would never complete without Sierra and Lexi!

Hello Friends.

We’ve said this many times in the past and we’ll say it again… because of your friendship and support, our lives are richer in ways that »

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My, How Puppies Grow!

by White on Rice Couple September 14, 2012
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It’s hard to believe it was just over a month ago we brought our little Lexi home. My, oh my.  How quickly things change.

There is the obvious change, Lexi is a weed. Every day she gets noticeably bigger and we have begun counting the days until when we’ll no longer be able to pick her up. A couple weeks ago we had a six day shoot in NY, and upon coming home we didn’t »

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Labor of Love. Have a great weekend everyone.

by White on Rice Couple August 31, 2012
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Pinch me to remind me that this weekend has finally arrived. Summer is officially ending on the calender, but by looking at all the wonderful produce around me, Summer still wants to hang around for a few more weeks. I’m still loving the tomatoes that keep ripening on the vines and oh our watermelons are just starting to peak and plump out!

I was organizing all the images we captured during our Summer travels and »

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iphone love: Snapseed photo app and puppy pictures

by White on Rice Couple August 16, 2012
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Warning: this post is part proud puppy papa wanting to show everyone pictures of his new baby girl, and part iphoneography geek sharing. – Todd

Over the last couple years, like thousands of people, both Diane and I have grown to love photographing with our iphones. But between the two of us, she is the one who has really delved into it. I’ve kinda tinkered.

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Meet our new joy! Baby girl puppy Lexi “Peanut” !!

by White on Rice Couple August 7, 2012
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Lexi says “Hello Friends!!!”. She’s probably going to be a little confused at all this blogging world, but hopefully you all can re-assure here that you’re all a group of super nice folks who will welcome her to the blog with open arms!

Meet Lexi, our itsy-bity-tiny cute-sy Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, aka “Peanut”.

Her nickname given to her by her breeders is “Peanut” because she is the runt of the litter of 11 puppies. Lexi »

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Three cities through our iPhones & favorite editing apps

by White on Rice Couple June 17, 2012
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Our bags are unpacked for a bit, laundry is almost caught up on and we’re happy to be back to Sierra and her garden bubbles. You know your pup missed you when they don’t want to leave your side, even when you’re in the shower! Though we were away from Sierra, she was certainly mentioned during all our presentations over our 3 city tour.

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Video: Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan of The Slanted Door

by White on Rice Couple May 23, 2012
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To be able to work with people who love what they do is why we always feel so lucky to be doing what we do. Being able to photograph and film someone immersed in their work is truly inspiring. Chef Charles Phan is the perfect example of dedication, passion and love of one’s craft. So when Ten Speed Press asked us to travel to San Francisco to film the video promo for Charles’s latest cookbook, »

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Strawberries and Cream Video – An unwritten recipe

by White on Rice Couple May 3, 2012
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Some dishes don’t require a written recipe. Many home cooks we know grew up cooking without the guidance of the written word. Their kitchen lessons and “recipes” were passed down from generation to generation by watching, touching, tasting, testing and cooking from the heart.

Do you know of anyone who cooks like this? We know of many home cooks who have prepared food for us and these were some of the most wonderful meals that »

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Video- Eggs Poached & appreciating life details

by White on Rice Couple April 29, 2012
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** At the request of those who have seen it, we’re finally sharing this private poached egg video we produced back in December 2011. We’ve only shared it at our Cuba photo night event, KitchenAid Luncheon and Food Blog Forum Orlando. Hope you enjoy it!

It’s the little details in life that always fascinate us. We often just sit and witness the small life moments that happen both in and out of our kitchen. It’s »

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Tomatillo Salsa Recipe and Food & Wine Festival Ixtapa/Zihua, Mexico

by White on Rice Couple April 19, 2012
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Mexican breakfasts are something we love to treat ourselves to on occasion and we always consider it such a treat. The flavor, textures and exciting spices of a plate of chilaquiles or breakfast tacos is a champion breakfast that fuels us for the long days. And when we have the opportunity to feast on such breakfasts in Mexico, we feel double lucky.

This year we had the opportunity to experience not only Mexican breakfasts, but »

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Minted Sangria Recipe from our Food Photography , Food Styling Workshop

by White on Rice Couple April 1, 2012
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Update: we have added new dates for our workshops!  If you’re interested, you can sign up here.

It’s funny how this recipe came to mind. We were in teaching our food photography/food styling workshop this weekend and the students were tackling the subject of photographing drinks. Drinks can often be challenging, especially when it comes to reflections, styling drinks and how to add interest to simple liquids.

Diane was quickly setting up to style a »

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Stories of Friendship from Food Blog Forum Disney World

by White on Rice Couple March 25, 2012
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iPhone instagram photo of the Magic Kingdom @DianeCu 

Magic happens in different ways. Often times it happens in special life moments that are un-expected, yet full of meaning. Or magic can be a random act of kindness, like a hug or a kiss. Last week magic happened for us at Food Blog Forum in the form of friendship and community at the most likely place on Earth— at Disney World!

Seriously, the hugest thank »

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New Workshop Dates for Food Photography-Food Styling & Hello from Mexico!

by White on Rice Couple March 21, 2012
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Hello Friends, thank you so much for the amazing response to our workshops. Our first release date sold out quickly and we’re thrilled to be hosting small groups of students at our studio. The experience of sharing and learning as a group will be phenomenal & we’re so excited to meet and be creative with you!

Since we have a long wait list, we’ve announced two more dates for our food styling and photography workshops. »

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Kitchen Aid Luncheon at our Studio & Swiss Meringue Frosting Recipe

by White on Rice Couple March 13, 2012
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For the last 16 years that we’ve been together, there are a few items that still have made it through the entire decade and half relationship. Our photo albums documenting our mischievous younger days still exist in the back corner of our bookshelf. Two fruit trees in pots that started off on our apartment patio balcony have survived 2 major moves are and are currently flourishing in their final garden spot. And then of course, »

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Announcing Food, styling & craft photography workshops at our studio

by White on Rice Couple March 12, 2012
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We finally did it! We’re happy to be announcing new photography workshops at our studio.  Thank you to all our readers and supporters who encouraged us over the last few years to have photography workshops in our home town in Orange County, CA.

For the last few years, we’ve traveled across the country and around the world teaching workshops and speaking at industry conferences on photography. But we’ve never really formally organized local photography workshops »

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Photo Workshops for Food, Styling, Crafts & Video of Bi-Rite Creamery Cookbook!

by White on Rice Couple March 4, 2012
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Happy Sunday everyone! Now that were home for 10 days straight (yes!), we’re finally able to finish off some details of our upcoming photography workshop announcements. We have much to share with you today, but let’s start with the cookbook promo video we produced for Bi-Rite Creamery’s new cookbook!

 In our previous post, we mentioned that we produced the cookbook trailer video for Bi-Rite creamery. It was such an honor to be able to »

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Great Kitchen Tools Video: Michael Ruhlman Had Something to Say

by White on Rice Couple March 1, 2012
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It’s always so invigorating to discuss and debate the topic of Stupid Kitchen Tools with Michael during our last video segment. To follow up on the topic of kitchen tools, we have a great line up of videos of Michael sharing his “Great Kitchen Tools”.

Today, we’re sharing the latest one we produced with Michael on this project about “Great Kitchen Tools. The topic for this episode is basically what he calls “rocks and sticks”.»

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Stupid Kitchen Tools Video: Michael Ruhlman Had Something to Say

by White on Rice Couple February 22, 2012
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Michael Rulhman “Had Something to Say” – Stupid Kitchen Tools

We’re back with new episodes of the Had Something To Say video series! Michael Ruhlman visited us at our studio and we spent a few hours together stirring up some heated conversations about everything from kitchen tools to Ruth Bourdain. Amy Scattergood, editor of Los Angeles Weekly Squid Ink and food writer for Los Angeles Times Food, makes special appearances as the “voice of reason” »

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Where will you be a year from today? An Inspired Read from @Sassyradish

by White on Rice Couple February 9, 2012
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I remember a tweet from Olga of @Sassyradish about a year ago sharing the news that she had left her career on Wall Street. Olga was a risk taker, a determined dreamer and I very impressed. I love people who take chances.

She plunged head first into what she really loved to do, and that was food and writing. I knew from that moment on that her blog would be breathing a new energy from »

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