Creative & Productivity Tools

Being a minimalist and also being a tech-loving person can often be at odds with each other. I have to work hard to keep my G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) under control. Below is a list of my curated tools. I often evaluate this list and sell off items I no longer use. (updated 5.7.2022)

fujixt4

Camera

Fuji XT4
I love this camera and all the manual controls right on the body. The film simulations are stunning. The camera body is also not too large. All around one of the best cameras on the market today.

Lenses I Use

  • Fuji 23mm f 2
  • Fuji 60mm f 2.8 Macro
  • Fuji 18-55 f 2.8-4 for video
  • Fuji 55-200 3.5-4.8 for travel

macbook pro

Hardware

iPhone
Currently, I’m shooting the 12 Max Pro. 

iPad Pro
I love my iPad pro. I do most of my writing on my iPad with the Magic Keyboard and love editing photos with the Apple Pencil. It’s an amazing setup and when I travel this is all I bring. The laptop stays home.

14″ M1 MacBook Pro
I’ve been all Mac since the 1990s. The mac is powerful and just works. The new M1 Macbook Pro is absolutely amazing. I love that the SD card reader is back. The screen is beautiful and the keyboard has a wonderful feel while typing not to mention that the laptop is blazing fast!

lightroom

Software

Photo Editing
Lightroom CC and Classic – I use both versions of Lightroom to edit. Both have features that I use.

Video Editing
Final Cut Pro – Powerful video editor from Apple. I’ve tried Premiere Pro but always find myself back with Final Cut.

Projects & Tasks
Craft – This is a newer addition to my lineup but has become an important part of my workflow. I keep everything in Craft. I even wrote a whole post about it. This is a great way to organize my projects, write blog posts, keep track of inventory, and store everything I want to remember.

Apple Reminders
I’ve tried them all but keep coming back to the simplicity of Apple Reminders. I also love how it integrates with Fantastical so I can at a glance get a list of calendar dates and tasks. I also have Homepods around my house so I can ask Siri to add things to various lists as I think of them.