Monday, June 27, 2016

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One of the things that the trolls like to say is that because I am a Youtube Partner and I make “money” from Youtube, everything I post must be fake.  

First of all, and this is probably the most important point, it is absolutely no one else’s business or concern if I make “money” off of Youtube or not.  Television Networks show video of real events, and they make money, (real money, not Youtube “money”)  does this mean that the news is fake because the networks make money off of it?  Of course not.  So why is it any different for me and other Youtube channel like myself.

You will notice that I put parenthesis around Youtube “money”.  The reason I did that is that I earn such a little amount of money of of Youtube, that it is not worth my time to be making fake videos.  I certainly am not earning enough to pay for the high end special effects that would be required to fake my videos.  Now perhaps some people would consider earning a few hundred dollars a month off of Youtube as a lot of money, but I don’t.  I earn more than that in a day in my job.  I am not bragging about my income, just putting things into perspective.

Now, why do I have my ads on my channel?  Well because Youtube is going to put ads on my channel either way, so I may as well take a cut of some of that money, as little as my cut is.  Why do I have a paid channel?  Well, quite a number of my viewers wanted a bit more than they were getting off of the free channel, like live streams, etc.  So I decided what the hell, I’ll make a paid channel that I spend a bit more time on doing live streams, video diaries and upload the videos in 4K resolution and if anyone wants to watch those videos, they can pay a small monthly fee.  No one has a gun put to their head to subscribe to the paid channel.  Yet I still get quite a few comments about “how dare I charge” to watch my videos.  I guess those people do everything in their life for free and don't charge anyone anything.  They must be saints.


Lastly, whilst I am not going to go into the intimate details of my financial situation or personal background, I will say this.  Everything I have in life, I have earned myself through hard work.  I never had anything handed to me.  I grew up with divorced parents and my mother never worked and was on welfare her whole life.  I never was homeless, or had to eat dirt to survive, but I sure as shit didn’t have much more than that.  I started working a part time job through high school at 14, and have always worked since.  Through years of hard work and striving to succeed, I do own a Porsche, in fact two of them now as I just bought my other half a Porsche last week as well.  So I have three words to say to those trolls that say I am scamming people or ripping people off by monetising my videos, and that is GO FUCK YOURSELF.  Get off your ass and make some money instead of spending all your time on the internet trolling on Youtube Channels.  For those that support my channel by either clicking on ads occasionally and especially my paid subscribers, I say thank you very much for the support.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Blog-19MAY16-What's In A Name



A lot of people think that because my Youtube username is “NQGHOSTHUNTER” that I am some sort of ghost hunter.  That could not be further from the truth.  I have no interest in hunting ghosts.  I have enough to deal with within my own home.  I think that some viewers expect that I should be doing things a certain way, you know as a “professional” ghost hunter.  Clearly these people have not watched enough of my videos to understand that I am not a “professional” ghost hunter.  I thought it would be good to tell the story about how the “NQGHOSTHUNTER” name came about.

Back in 2010 when I first started recording the poltergeist activity in the basement of the building where I had my gallery, I decided to upload this footage to Youtube.  I already had a Youtube channel for my photography business and I did not want to put these videos on that.  I wanted to keep my business seperate from this newly found paranormal activity.  I had to come up with a user name, didn't I?  Well, I thought about it and really could not come up with anything interesting.   From what I remember, I pretty much just came up with “NQGHOSTHUNTER” because I could not think of anything else.  

Things picked up fairly quickly with my “NQGHOSTHUNTER” Youtube channel, and within a few weeks, I was starting to get significant views, and within a few months, I was a Youtube partner.  So the name has stuck.  Today, I could think of something probably more interesting, but alas, it was not to be, so “NQGHOSTHUNTER” is here to stay.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Blog-16MAY2016

A couple of the most frequent questions I get is why I don't show my family in the videos, and does the poltergeist affect my family.  I will start with the first question, as it will help to explain my answer to the second question.  

The reason that I don't show my family in the videos is simple, privacy.  There is no reason to show my family in any of the videos.  There are some real wackos out there, and I have had my fair share of dealings with them over the past six years.  More than my fair share actually.  Sometimes people forget that my Youtube channel is my own, people don’t have the “right” to any information I don't want to give.  I decide what information and what videos I am willing to share with the viewers.  I share quite a lot, actually.  And for those that are subscribers to my exclusive channel, know that I share even more with them.  People can make their own conclusions about whether they think the footage of the poltergeist activity is real or fake.  Showing my family should not make any difference in people’s opinions of the poltergeist activity.


Having explained that above, you can understand that my answer to the second question is yes, the poltergeist activity does occur around other members of my family.  But I am not going to discuss that.  I will say that the poltergeist activity does centre around myself though, for the most part.  That is something I will discuss in more detail in further blogs.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Blog-15MAY2016

It has been a long, long time since I have updated this blog, over four years in fact.  I am hoping to keep this updated more often moving forward.  The content of the blog will vary.  I may discuss topics that have been raised in comments from viewers, I may also discuss my views on various elements of the paranormal.  I may even occasionally let you into some of my thoughts on the poltergeist activity I have been living with for almost six years.


I have had a lot of people ask me if I will get a “medium” in to help.  I can tell you that I have in fact had a few “mediums” in and I can say that in my experience, I have not met one that I believe to have any genuine ability.   They have all been full of shit.  I have had them in house (the old one) and would feed them false information to test whether they were genuine or not.  All failed, miserably.  I can talk about his now, as I will not ever try using another one again.  The reason I have not spoken about this previously is simply that I did not want any potential medium that I might get in to know about my test.  Do real mediums actually exist?  Possibly, I do have an open mind.  

Monday, July 16, 2012

MacBook Pro Retina Review for Photographers


Note: This is a Blog post I just put on my photography blog.  Thought I would put it here in case anyone is interested in the new Apple MacBook Pro Retina.

Let me start by saying that this is a non-technical review.  There are enough technical reviews of the new Apple MacBook Retina out there.  This is a hands-on preliminary review after a week of using the new MacBook Retina.

My first impression of the new Apple MacBook Pro Retina is WOW!  It is simply the best computer (both laptop and desktop) that I have ever owned.   I was not going to get one.  I was going to wait until an iMac Retina came out, hopefully later in the year.  Then I went in to my Local Next Byte store (We don’t have an Apple store here in Townsville, but Next Byte is the next best thing) and had a play with the new MacBook Pro Retina. 

I immediately noticed how sharp the display was.  Ever since I got my new iPad with Retina display back in March, every other computer screen (except for my iPhone 4s) has looked like crap.  There is no other way to put it.  Even my 27” mid 2010 iMac display looked fuzzy and pixelated compared to the retina display on the iPad.  Part of me wanted to purchase this badass computer right there and then.  Then I came to the obvious questions every professional photographer has to ask before buying a computer, “Can I calibrate the display to accurately display color?”  No one knew.  I could not find any reviews on the Internet from someone that had actually calibrated one using a Spyder Pro or other professional calibration tool.  I also was hoping that Apple would release a retina iMac sooner then later.

After a couple more weeks of reading over reviews, I finally found a review where someone had said that they had in fact calibrated the retina display and that it calibrated correctly.  I could not wait any longer, I had to have one.  So off I went back to my local Next Byte store and got my hands on one.

This was a really huge decision to make as I was used to using a 27” iMac .  For a professional photographer, screen real estate is important and after using a 27” iMac for the past couple of years, I had been spoiled with screen real estate.  I also knew that once I started using the retina display, I could never go back to using a non-retina display.  Hopefully Apple will release a 27” retina cinema display and I can go back to enjoying my much missed screen real estate.

Ok, lets get into it.  First things first, the screen is just as sharp as Apple claims.  No doubt about it.  I have good vision.  I am a professional photographer.  I can see pixilation in images that most people would not.  The display is razor sharp.

Color calibration.  The first thing I did when I got the new MacBook Retina home was to calibrate the display using my Spyder Pro 3.  I had no problems calibrating the display.  The colors look amazingly accurate.  This is a very big deal.  I have steered clear of laptops for the past few years as I had not been able to find one that you can actually color calibrate accurately.  That is until now.  I can now actually process images in the field.  As I am primarily a travel and landscape photographer, I have not had the requirement to rush images out to clients.  I shoot thousands of images in the field and it normally takes me about a month to edit through and process all of the images.  Having a laptop that can accurately display colors means that I can now process in the field to check my work before leaving a location.  Yes I know pros have been doing that for years, but as I said, I have yet to find any laptop that could accurately display colors.

Performance.  I went from using a 27” 2010 iMac with a 2.8GHz i5 and 16GB of ram to the base model MacBook Pro Retina with a 2.3GHz i7 and 8Gb of ram.  I was not sure of the base model would be fast enough, but I knew I could always give my wife this one and get the higher end model if it wasn’t fast enough.  I am glad I made that choice.  It saved me over $700 from going with the top end model at $3199 here in Australia.  The $2499 model is actually still faster then my high end 2010 iMac.  That’s right, faster.  And I tested it using not just Photoshop CS6, but Premier Pro CS6 , After Effects CS6 and Final Cut Pro as well.  I am not going to talk about benchmarks.  As I said in the beginning of this blog, there are enough reviews out there for that.

Adobe CS6.  What can I say, all CS6 programs look like absolute shit on the new retina display.  The interface on Lightroom 4 looks better then the interface for Photoshop CS6, but both are unusable for a professional photographer.  There is just too much pixilation in the images.  Zoom in, zoom out, no difference.  The images just look like shit.  There is really no other way to describe it.  This means that I am currently without a way to properly process my images until Adobe updates CS6 for retina display.  I am hoping that this happens sooner then later.  In the mean time, I will just keep all my raw images from my shoots, until such time as Adobe updates their software.

Office for Mac 2011.  Looks like even more shit than the Adobe programs does.  I am writing this blog using Word and it is so pixilated, I am getting a headache looking at the screen.  Given Microsoft’s track record for updating their software for Mac, I don’t expect a fix form them until at least the next version of Office for Mac is released.

Aperture and Final Cut Pro.  Both of these programs look amazingly sexy on the new MacBook Pro Retina.  I could not believe how good my images looked using Aperture.  Unfortunately, Aperture is not really compatible for Photoshop files with layers.  I don’t really do much work to my images in Photoshop, but I do use Photoshop heavily for web graphics and logos, etc.   And I had to make a choice between using Lightroom or Aperture and that was the deciding factor for me.  Lightroom can open any multi layer Photoshop images, Aperture can’t.    I do use Final Cut Pro as much as I use Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro truly does look good on the retina display.

Other programs and the web.  As soon as the new iPad with retina display came out in March, I had been working on upgrading my website to be retina display compatible.  That basically meant completely redoing all of the images and graphics on my website.  No small feat.  I am glad that I did though, because unlike most other websites, mine looks razor sharp on a retina display. My web address is www.kengoldstein.com.au for those that have access to a retina display.  Check out my website, then compare it to another one that is not retina compatible.  You will see the difference.  In regards to other programs, it is hit or miss, most non-Apple programs do not look to good on the retina display, but in time, I am sure most programs will get with the times and do software updates to be properly retina display compatible.

Final Thoughts.  If you are a professional photographer that needs to process images immediately, either wait for adobe to update their CS6 software, or ensure that you have access to a non-retina display to use in the mean time.  Beware though, once you get used to using the retina display, all other non-retina displays look fuzzy and pixilated. Or if you use Aperture, then no worries at I said before, Aperture looks amazing on the new MacBook Pro Retina.

Overall, I am happy that I made the decision to get the new Apple MacBook Pro Retina. It looks oh so good, and it is fast, really fast.  I just wish Adobe would update CS6, really soon.

I will post further blogs on the MacBook Retina as I use it more over the coming weeks.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Blog - 13 December 2011

13 December 2011

It has been a while since I last updated this blog. In fact, it’s been a few months. There are a couple of reasons behind that. One, I just have not felt in the mood to write out my feelings and thoughts. Second, I would not have had much time to anyway, as I have been extremely busy with my photography work these past few months, especially the last few weeks.

Ok, I am pretty sure this evil fucking entity wants to hurt me. That was evident in the video from this afternoon. I was lucky. I just got out of the way of the bookcase just in time. Would being hit by one of these shelves killed me? I doubt it, as the bookcase was stopped by the work bench, but the shelves that came flying out as the bookcase went over would have done some serious damage. I guess I was getting a bit cocky with that. When I last filmed it, the poltergeist rocked the bookcase back and forth, but didn’t knock it over. The poltergeist did do that a few times up in the house, but never with me in the way. Oh well, I am still here. The entity did not win, I won.

Now, my main purpose for filming this video was to show that there was not “mechanical” device under the bookcase. Yes, as ridiculous as it sounds, some smart arses left some comments claiming that because the bottom would piece did not move, it was hiding some sort of mechanical device. That piece of wood was simply the bottom front fascia of the bookcase that had come off when I moved the bookcase form the house upstairs, to the garage downstairs. I did at least manage to show that there was nothing underneath the piece of wood, even if it did mean that I had to go and change my underwear after this happened.

If you watch this video in slow motion, you can see just how close I came to getting hit by the falling shelves of the bookcase. This is what I get for trying to satisfy those that try and say my videos are fake. Well, from now on, fuck them. It is not worth the effort of almost having my skull crushed in just to prove shit to dumb arse skeptic trolls.

That’s enough about this video. I would also like to talk about those that think little kids should not be watching my videos. I agree, completely. But what anyone look up on the internet is not my problem. If people don’t want there kids watching poltergeist videos on Youtube, then they need to better control what they let there children do on the internet. And yes, these days there are loads of parental blockers on the market for parents to be able to control what their children look up. What I don’t understand is why everyone else has to deal with this. Not my fucking problem. There is some really sick shit out there on the internet, shit that would make my videos look like Mary Poppins. Anyway, I have had my rant on that topic. I will try and keep this blog updated more frequently.

Oh, by the way, I am currently working on an e-book as well as the feature length documentary. I will keep everyone updated on when I will be publishing that.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Blog - 10 September 2011

6 September 2011

I only caught it out of the corner of my eye. It was the most horrendous thing I have ever seen in my life. I have never been more freaked out by anything, ever. I was not sleeping. It was not a dream. I was wide-awake. I had just gotten out of the shower and I was drying my face with a towel when I saw it. I don't know how to describe it. Nothing I have ever seen in the scariest movie could prepare me for seeing this. Even just writing about this a few hours later is so upsetting that I still have tears in my eyes. I think the entity has shown it's true form to me. The only way I can describe it is to say that looking into it was like looking into death itself. A cold void of nothing. A feeling worse than death is how it made me feel. No, it was even worse than that.

I liked it better when it was just a shadow, occasionally showing itself for the camera. Now I have an image that has been burnt into my eyes. I can’t stop seeing the image. No matter what I do, I will never forget what I saw. Even in my sleep, I can't get it out of my head.

Why me? What does it want? These are questions that I have been asking myself for a while now, but now I feel like I need the answers to these questions. Was it trying to scare me by showing me its true form or was it showing me for another reason. I say that it showed me it's true form. I could be wrong, maybe that was not it's true form. I just have a feeling that it was in fact showing me it's true self. Maybe I should never have started filming the poltergeist activity in the first place. Perhaps it latched onto me because I gave it some attention that it wasn't getting. Perhaps it was always going to target me. Maybe I've done something in life that made me deserve to have this evil fucking piece of shit in my life. I just don't know.

I can deal with shit being thrown around and doors and cupboards slamming about. I can deal with shit going missing. But this is just too much. I am trapped by it and there is nothing I can do about it. I am trying hard not to let it control my life. I try to live my life as normal as possible, although at times it can be difficult. My wife is just as freaked out by it as I am, but the entity does not seem to target her directly. The activity when I am not at home is minimal. Why? What make me so special that it's latched on to me and won't let go?

I am determined to find out what it is and why it has attached itself to me. Until now, I had never seriously considered using an Ouija board. Could it possibly get any worse than it already is by using one? I don't see how. I know that a lot of my viewers have strong opinions both for and against the use of an Ouija board. I am going to do bit more research into it first before deciding.

17 August 2011

footage of this can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkSP-8JXaHY

The poltergeist let me know who’s the boss tonight. I guess it didn’t want me to open the wardrobe. This is the first time that it has ever actually thrown me like that. It felt like something ice cold grabbing me all over, in no particular spot on my body. There was nothing I could do about it.

It all started with the usual banging and scratching noises, so I grabbed a camera and went in to film at as I usually do. So as I usually do, I tried to open the wardrobe door to show that there was no one in there. The doors just would not open for me, even though as you can see, as soon as I stop trying to open them, the poltergeist appears to let the go, but as soon as I try to open them again, it does the same thing again and doesn’t let me open them. I wonder why that is?

Next thing I know I am being thrown up in the air and against the wall. That was some seriously fucked up shit. Analyzing the footage later, I can determine that I was probably about 1.5 to 1.7 meters off the ground. The wardrobe is just under 2 meters high; the bed is around 60cm off the ground and the ceiling in that room is around 3.2 meters high. So this is how I worked out roughly how high off the ground this thing took me.