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Found: The Perfect Medium Camera Bag (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2016.06.27

UPDATE, 2016.06.27: I’ve added the following video review of the camera bag. (The rest of this blog entry was originally published 2015.08.07, and is unchanged. Only the video above is new.) The Okeechobee Fats women’s tackle bag (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) A year ago, I complained that I couldn’t find the right[…]

Christmas In February, 2015 Edition (UPDATED)

(Originally published on 2015.03.10, I have now updated this list to include links to all the reviews I published about these items, including the books, which took most of a year for me to read.) Every year, my wife and I apply most of our income tax to our mortgage principal, but hold out a[…]

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[…]

The Time Machine Keeps On Clicking

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Published on: 2015.04.19

Photography has taken a back seat for me lately, as I focus on parenting and self-preservation — I’ve had a couple of molars extracted and quit smoking, just to name a couple of priorities. But I still occasionally get something I’m really happy with. For those of you who don’t follow me on Flickr, here[…]

Pixelated Memories: Wil, Part 2

Categories: Nostalgia, Photography
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Published on: 2015.03.27

Inspired in part by a recent Richard Barron entry, I hereby present the second of a two-part series (see the first part). These are photos of me that tell part of the story of my adult life. For most of these, I remember the event, location, and thoughts and emotions surrounding them. Oct. 2004, Seminole,[…]

Pixelated Memories: Wil, Part 1

Categories: Nostalgia, Photography
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Published on: 2015.03.27

Inspired in part by a recent Richard Barron entry, I hereby present the first of a two-part series (see the second part). These are photos of me that tell part of the story of my life. For many of them, the original memory is gone; all that remains is the memory of the photo.  […]

2014 In Pictures: A Few Favorites

My first-ever “sunrise-over-water” photo, Corpus Christi, Texas, July   (All photographs in this blog entry are Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry, with some rights reserved.)   The year just ended doesn’t feel like one of my better years in photography, nor do I remember any game-changing photographs from the year. Still, I produced[…]

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,[…]

Sometimes Minutes (Or Seconds) Matter In Photography

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Published on: 2014.08.31

In sports photography (how I cut my teeth), the importance of timing is obvious. What my friend Richard Barron recently called the “moment of conflict” doesn’t last very long. I’m not always conscious of how important timing is in other types of photography, other than the obvious “Jeb blinked, so let’s shoot this family portrait[…]

Black Is The New Black

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Published on: 2014.08.25

My Tamrac camera backpack (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve lived the bulk of my life in the hotter areas of the U.S. — and it’s hotter than it used to be — so I learned early that objects of a darker color are hotter that light colored objects when left out in[…]

Lighting 102: 7.2 | Time In A Bottle

My daughter, lit thrice by a single flash during a single 9-second exposure (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   This is the final assignment for David Hobby’s Lighting 102 course (which he finalized in 2008), the assignment called 7.2 | Time In A Bottle. Assignment: Your photo should contain a[…]

DIY Flash Gels Made Of Drinking Straws (UPDATED)

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Published on: 2014.08.05

(Updated 2014.08.05 to add test image at bottom) Before I bought the MagMod basic kit (mentioned yesterday, also see my review), I was thinking about flash gels and ways to do them cheaply. I’d already tried a piece of crepe paper streamer taped in front of the flash:   My daughter, lit by direct flash[…]

Lighting 102: 6.3 Assignment | Work That CTO

Self-portrait, using three speedlights, two of them gelled (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   Here’s my 13th assignment from David Hobby’s Lighting 102 course. This one is 6.3 | Assignment | Work That CTO. Assignment (paraphrased for brevity): Use a CTO gel in one of these two ways — both[…]

It’s All About The Gear, And Whether You Brought It With You

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Published on: 2014.08.01

I’ve posted before about the fact that sometimes your camera does indeed matter. It can’t substitute for your artistic vision (or make up for a lack thereof). And I think too many photographers get too caught up in “which lens is better” debates that waste countless man-hours. But I went to the beach this week.[…]

Another Use For Stitching Software

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Published on: 2014.08.01

My children, each from a separate photograph (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   I’ve been using Microsoft ICE (free) for panoramic composites (mentioned here and earlier), but today I found a new use for it. And it’s something that I assume other stitching software* could have done too. (* I’ve[…]

Posted: MagMod Review

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Published on: 2014.07.31

I’ve posted a review of the MagMod basic kit here. (It’s a flash modifier system that began on Kickstarter.)

What About White Balance? Kelvins And Sunsets

A single photograph of a sunset, formatted with four different Kelvin values (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   When selecting a camera two-and-a-half years ago, one reason I chose the Canon EOS 60D over the 600D was the white balance setting. My previous DSLRs (and current Rebel models) have the[…]

Self-Portrait

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Published on: 2014.07.21

Self-Portrait, July 21, 2014 (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   One flash on each side, low power, pointed downward at my mid-section    

The Tools I Use (Post-Processing)

Upon reading 12 Essential Photoshop Skills Every Photographer Should Know (I didn’t watch any of the videos), I realized a couple of things: (1) I almost never use Photoshop for anything, and (2) I apparently edit my image files less than the average photographer. When I do use Photoshop (I’m lucky to have a CS2[…]

Cropping For The Save

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Published on: 2014.07.19

This isn’t the original, but it’s what I published in my newspaper (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve long admitted that composition is the weak point in my photography. I know this to be true because I see the results every day. It’s a rare thing when I photograph a scene and don’t[…]

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