When you like to make stuff people sometimes want to know what tools you use. So, with that in mind, here’s a list of the main tools I use for work and fun.
(Updated November 12, 2016).
• Apple 13″ MacBook Air – Dual Core i7, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM. Great machine.
• Apple 21.5″ iMac – This one features Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB Fusion Drive and more.
Apple iPhone 6s – It’s better, faster and stronger then the iPhone 6. Upgraded mostly for 4K video and because it was time to speed things up.
• Apple iPad – Switched back to the larger iPad from the Mini because I felt I needed a bigger screen. Turns out, I do. Plus, for a larger screen, this iPad is not all that heavy compared to the Mini.
• Dropbox – I had left the fold for a while, but now I’m back. It’s just so useful I couldn’t stay away.
• Apple Mail – It has some issues, but I still use it for several of my email accounts.
• Pixelmator – A great photo editing and cropping/resizing tool I use every day on the Mac.
• Final Draft – The best screenplay writing software available for OS X and the iPad.
• Ulysses – Use this every day now for writing pretty much everything except screenplays. Works great and syncs seamlessly between the Mac, iPad and even the iPhone.
• Transmit – The best FTP software available for OS X.
This is the main gear I use when taking pictures.
• Leica M6 – I’ve gone back to film for a lot of my photography. Simply put, I like the look of it better than digital. This camera is wonderful, especially when combined with a 50mm Summicron. I take it pretty much everywhere these days.
• Nikon FM2n – My other film camera. This one’s a tank and I’ll always be a Nikon user.
Kodak Tri-X – A classic for as long as I’ve been alive. I’m mostly shooting black & white and this film is my all-time favorite.
As for my digital gear.
• Fuji X100T – It’s small but it takes amazing pictures. It’s also a great gateway into the world of Fuji cameras and lenses.
• Lightroom – In the past I used Photoshop all the time, but I’m giving Lightroom a try to see if it meets my needs. So far, I like it. But I do still have Photoshop too … just in case.
• Field Notes Notebooks – Even though I love technology, I still use a notebook frequently. These notebooks rock and are small enough to take pretty much anywhere. I always have one handy, just in case.
• Rhodia Webnotebook – After using my venerable Moleskines for over fifteen years I made the switch to these notebooks from Rhodia. I love the way they’re put together and how well the paper holds ink. It’s really smooth. Beautiful notebooks that are a pleasure to use.
• Mirado Black Warrior pencils – My favorite pencil of all time.
• Palomino Blackwing 602 pencils. One of my new favorites. Sure, they look kinda weird, but they write nice.
• Uni-ball 207 – The best gel pen I’ve ever used.
• TWSBI Diamond 580 Fountain Pen – One of my recent “gadgets” is this great fountain pen. It’s not cheap, but man it is fun to write with. My handwriting has improved too.
• MoccaMaster Coffee Maker – This amazing coffee maker from the Netherlands is the ultimate device to make coffee at home. I use it each and every day.
• Baratza Preciso – If you make coffee at home, you need a good coffee grinder. This one does the job very well.
• Victorinox Swiss Army Cadet in Black Alox – I usually keep this one in my left front pocket with my keys. It also has the requisite bottle opener, small screw driver and nail file, just in case.