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Date : February 2012

ITN: Romney’s Wealth Isn’t The Issue

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.02.27

In the News: Mitt Romney Okay* With Being Wealthy. “If people think there’s something wrong with being successful in America, then they better vote for the other guy. Because I’ve been extraordinarily successful, and I want to use that success and that know-how to help the American people.” — Mitt Romney

84th Oscars

Categories: InTheNews, Movie Reviews
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Published on: 2012.02.27

Another year in which I’ve not seen most of the movies that won Oscars. (List of nominees and winners.) Rango was the only winning movie that I’d seen, and I’ve seen Bridesmaids, which was nominated but didn’t win anything.

Finding Your Inspiration

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2012.02.25

I hear a lot of amateur photographers complain that they’re having trouble finding their inspiration or (as one person put it) “lost my mojo”. They’re sitting around with free time and a camera in their hands and can’t think of anything to take a picture of. Ignoring for a moment the sociological implications about modern[…]

Silly Comparison: Nikon S6100 vs. Canon 60D

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2012.02.24

This post isn’t about comparing sensor capability or lens sharpness. It’s just silly to compare a budget point-and-shoot camera to a “prosumer” (half-pro, half-consumer) DSLR. I’m only comparing field of view here. When I bought the Nikon Coolpix S6100, I noticed that its 5-35mm lens paired with such a tiny sensor gives the 35mm equivalent[…]

Sports Shooting Tips

Categories: How To, Photography, Sports
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Published on: 2012.02.24

Regularly, I’m asked about photographing sports, the equipment required, settings to use, and techniques to learn. Most people want an easy one-sentence answer, like “Buy X lens and you’re good to go.” If you’ve received that answer, you’ve been cheated. If someone answered you with specific settings, like “Set your aperture to…” then you’ve been[…]

Review: Vello Battery Grip

Categories: Photography, TechReview
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Published on: 2012.02.21

For me, a battery grip is a necessary extra expense, but I cut off as much of that expense as possible by getting third-party grips. In this case, the Vello BG-C6 Battery Grip for the Canon EOS 60D camera. Related entries: • Review: Canon EOS 60D • What’s the Point of a Battery Grip? (5[…]

What’s the Point of a Battery Grip?

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2012.02.21

“Should I get a battery grip?” is a question many new DSLR owners ask at some point. And if they ever decide to get one, the next question is “Are third-party grips as good as the OEM * grips?” I’ll answer both of these questions below. (3 images after the jump)

Face Detection Mode (60D)

Categories: Photography, TechReview
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Published on: 2012.02.21

(For my full review of the Canon EOS 60D click here.) When I initially reviewed my 60D, I didn’t even realize that the camera had a “face detection” auto-focus mode. After reading more in the manual (looking for something else), I saw the reference and decided to experiment. (3 images after the jump)

What Photographers Actually Do

Categories: Personal, Photography
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Published on: 2012.02.18

For some job types, it’s pretty obvious to everyone else what you do and how you spend your time. For others, it’s not so obvious. Police officers and lawyers might be good examples: most of us think we know what they do, because we’ve seen it on TV. But then when you actually see them[…]

Exclusive: Exclusivity Is Lost On Us

Categories: InTheNews, Pet Peeve
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Published on: 2012.02.17

It’s always bugged me when a reporter (either in print, on the web, or on TV) uses himself or his/her news organization in the story — except for the rare case where it’s actually part of the story. And of course, when I actually got a job as a reporter, I learned it’s generally a[…]

Favorite, Least-Favorite Lens

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2012.02.16

Many photographers (and keep in mind that the majority of photographers with whom I converse are amateurs, beginners, or simply hobbyists) like to refer to their “favorite lens”. There are lengthy discussions in photography forums about which lens is their favorite, and why, as well as related questions such as: “If you were to be[…]

Wireless Flash Control: Canon 60D

(For my full review of the Canon EOS 60D click here.) In my initial review of the Canon 60D, I briefly mentioned that I hadn’t tested the wireless flash control feature, saying that I’m already comfortable using my Cactus V4 wireless flash triggers for off-camera flash. However, since this feature was a major marketing point[…]

Calendar Reform

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Published on: 2012.02.11

Here’s something you probably haven’t heard about — mainly because no one’s talking about it, and almost no one cares… Calendar reform — fixing the calendar, that is. (Keep reading, or just scroll down to make fun of my proposal.)

Review: Canon EOS 60D (has MOVED!)

Categories: Photography, TechReview
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Published on: 2012.02.10

This review has moved. Read it all here.

A Little More Seriously (2012 Election)

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.02.05

In June of last year, in a blog entry called Seriously? (2012 Election), I questioned whether any of the Republican candidates for U.S. President had any chance of beating incumbent president Barack Obama. At the time, there were dozens of candidates, from the outright silly, to the questionable, to the few known and somewhat stable[…]

Lessons Learned From Lack of Style

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Published on: 2012.02.04

Artists of all kinds are regularly encouraged to “find your own style”. Usually, what is meant by this is “find a niche and stick to it”. This is true for painters, sculptors, poets, writers, and — you knew I was heading this direction — photographers. I don’t buy it. (5 images after the jump)

ITN: Invest In Workers

Categories: Business
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Published on: 2012.02.03

(ITN = In The News) As the somewhat related unemployment and jobless rates recede to a three-year low, there are still millions of unemployed workers, “underemployed” (part-time) workers, and people who’re working but not at jobs that match their level of education and training. At the same time, companies who are hiring are complaining that[…]

Behind the Times

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Published on: 2012.02.03

Two decades ago, I was ahead of the times, even among my own generation. Now it appears I’m way behind. Though it was a conscious decision, it sometimes feels like the wrong decision. Discuss:

ITN: Federal Employees’ Pay Frozen (Again)

Categories: InTheNews, Personal, Politics
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Published on: 2012.02.02

(ITN = “In The News”) “The House on Wednesday voted to freeze the wages of federal workers for a third straight year … The nation’s 2.3 million federal civilian workers currently are in the second year of a wage freeze imposed as part of efforts to trim budget deficits. Sponsors said the two-year halt in[…]

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