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DIY Afternoon: Denim-Covered Foam Pads

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Published on: 2015.11.30

I found myself with (1) a pair of ripped jeans that needed to be thrown out, (2) a camera bag that could use a little extra padding, and (3) some old foam “seat cushion” pads in the back of my closet. I put them all together. Sure, I could just put the foam pads into[…]

I Just Learned About ‘Perspective’ Cropping In Photoshop

Crop tool I’ve been using Photoshop since 2001 — when I joined the staff of a small newspaper, though it was far too expensive for me to own/use at home — especially now that I’m only a hobbyist, no longer making money from photography. But last year I recently began using it (version CS2) again,[…]

‘Word Crimes’, by Weird Al Yankovic

Categories: Grammar, Language, Music
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Published on: 2014.07.18

I’ll rarely blatantly promote a commercially produced music video. If you ask me, most of them aren’t worth the hundreds of thousands (or millions) of dollars required to produce them. But this one is worth watching, I think:  

Basic Problem Solving

Problem-solving is a basic life skill. Even people who appear to be bad at it can still solve problems, even if not in a logical, efficient manner. Take babies for example. Problem: hungry. Solution: cry. Someone will provide nourishment.

DIY: Grid Spot, Using Straws

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Published on: 2014.03.20

Having already made a cardboard snoot for my flash, and covered it in black duct tape, I was inspired by some “grid spot” instructions here and here to make my own DIY grid spot. Using black straws to make a grid spot for my flash (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)[…]

Taping The Snoot

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Published on: 2014.03.18

After a bit more reading about snoots, gobos, and grids, I’ve updated my DIY Cereal Box Snoot with a bit of black duct tape. Previously, the interior of my snoot was plain white — because the cereal box I used had a white interior — and the exterior was an unpaid advertisement for Cinnamon Toast[…]

DIY: Mini-Softbox

Sketched templates (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Here’s another just-for-the-fun-of-it DIY photography project. I had another Cinnamon Toast Crunch box (the oversized, reinforced kind from Sam’s Club) and didn’t want to stick the whole thing in my recycling tub if I could make something from it. Last time, I used it to make[…]

DIY Photography: Bang For Your Buck

When photographers use the phrase “bang for your buck”, they’re usually talking about lenses. The phrase pops up often alongside the term “nifty fifty”, referring to the fast, sharp, light, and relatively inexpensive 50mm lenses offered by both Canon and Nikon. But most photographers also have some sort of non-photographic equipment that they use in[…]

DIY: Cereal Box Snoot (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2014.01.16

(UPDATED 2014.01.16 to include photos shot using the snoot; scroll to bottom.) Inspired by this entry on the Strobist blog, I set about to make a cardboard snoot for my flashes. It took about five minutes. Materials: * thin, stiff cardboard (cereal box, for example) * tape (I used plain old Scotch tape) Tools: *[…]

DIY: Light Accessory Clamp

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Published on: 2014.01.09

Cactus V4 radio trigger held to light stand via cheap clamp from hardware store (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

DIY: Quaduple Flash Bracket

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Published on: 2014.01.05

Inspired by a post on DIY Photography, I spent $1.14 and made a flash bracket capable of holding up to four speedlights. The base piece is an electrical box, found at any hardware store — they’ll all vary in configurations; I chose one that had pre-drilled holes in the back for easy attachment to my[…]

DIY Triple Flash Bracket (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2013.12.14

As promised in yesterday’s post, I turned one of my DIY dual flash brackets into a triple flash bracket today, by drilling one more hole. Three flash units mounted to the T-strap with winged screws (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

Just For Fun: DIY Dual Flash Brackets

While searching for items to fill my Amazon wish list, I kept coming across flash brackets. Since I love off-camera lighting, they caught my attention. The cheapest multi-flash bracket I found was this one ($19.99), which — even in the company’s slick photo — looked a little flimsy. Then there were $50 flash brackets (Lastolite,[…]

A Foray Into Javascript, Just Enough To Solve A Problem

Categories: How To, Internet
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Published on: 2013.11.20

The last couple of days, I finally stumbled on a solution for a particular problem I’d been having with my website: adding identical content to every page without editing the code for every page. The solution was javascript, as hardcore coders likely already know.

Beware: Editing Signs’ Grammar Without Permission Is A Crime

Categories: Grammar, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.05.08

There is a school of thought, albeit a relatively unpopular one, that poor grammar or punctuation on printed signs should be corrected with a Sharpie or other tool, vigilante style. In the News: Vigilante Copy Editor (New York Times) And there are older instances, such as this one (The Virginian-Pilot).

DIY: Measuring Cup Holder

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Published on: 2013.05.01

For about $5, I made this measuring cup holder that’s hidden inside a kitchen cabinet: (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

DIY: Pringles Can Strip Light

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Published on: 2013.04.17

Inspired by another Flickr member’s project (which is a very cheap, homemade version of the expensive Saberstrip), I took a few minutes and made this Pringles can strip light. (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry. All rights reserved.)

Attack Of The Commas And Present Tense

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Published on: 2013.03.31

We all know the English language is still in flux. It’s a living, evolving set of rules and words. But sometimes that evolution produces strange byproducts, like this collection of words and punctuation from CBS News: Though, TV Guide is reporting that Lifetime is now, too, canceling the show. Let’s try that again, with more[…]

Reuse/Recycle: DIY Hanging Screw Holder

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Published on: 2013.03.30

Even before recycling was a craze or a common mantra in this country, my family has always reused old containers whenever possible. It’s just a smart, cost-saving measure. My grandmothers both used empty plastic “spread” containers to store leftover food, instead of buying expensive new leftover containers. (Neither of them had access to a recycling[…]

Windows 8: Imaginary Alphabetical Order (FIXED)

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Published on: 2013.02.14

UPDATE, 18:17: I fixed this issue; see the addendum at bottom. Several times I’ve been frustrated when looking for a particular file in Windows 8. It shouldn’t be difficult; I meticulously name all my folders and files and always sort every folder/directory in alphabetical order. But some files or folders would never be in the[…]

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