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Date : January 2014

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[…]

Lighting 102, Assignment: Umbrella Specular Portrait

Here’s my fifth assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is Umbrella Specular Portrait. Paraphrasing the assignment for brevity: “Make a portrait of a person, using one soft light source and angling it so it becomes a specular highlight in a darkish, semi-reflective background.”

Going Colorless

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.01.29

My friend and sometimes-mentor Richard Barron posted earlier today a great tip about processing black and white photographs, and included this statement: “But there are those of us who see black-and-white as more than an homage to our past, but as a very compelling visual option.” As part of the next generation of photographers after[…]

Please, No, McDonald’s

Categories: Business, InTheNews
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Published on: 2014.01.29

McDonald’s going all-coffee on us Copyright © 2008 by Ray Weitzenberg, Some rights reserved In the News: McDonald’s Seeks to Out-Latte Starbucks in Coffee War (Bloomberg, Jan. 29) McDonald’s Still Wants to Be the New Starbucks (Gawker, Jan. 29) Unlike the average American consumer, I’m not a fan of Starbucks — or any other coffee[…]

Lighting 102, Assignment: Cooking Light

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.01.26

Here’s my fourth assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course (though the post calls it “the first full assignment” for some reason). This one is Assignment – Cooking Light. Paraphrasing the assignment for brevity: “Photograph one or more kitchen utensils. The look you are going or is that of ordinary object elevated to high art.[…]

Light’s “Depth of Field”, Further Experimentation

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.01.25

What most people call “light falloff” (and the smug ones always bring up the Inverse Square Law), strobist guru David Hobby referred to as “depth of field”. I quibbled a bit with his analogy, but I understood why he used the term. In (hopefully) simpler terms for beginning photographers: * Light appears less powerful the[…]

Lighting 102, Unit 2.2: Specular Highlight Control

Here’s my third assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is Unit 2.2: Specular Highlight Control. Paraphrasing the assignment for brevity: “Choose a 3-D object that is reasonably reflective and explore what you can do by manipulating a specular highlight.” The stated purpose of the lesson is to understand the following: “The specular[…]

Lighting 102, Unit 2.1: Apparent Light Size

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.01.23

Here’s my third assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is Unit 2.1: Apparent Light Size. Paraphrasing the assignment for brevity: “Vary the apparent light source size and see the effects on your subject. Our subject will be a single piece of fruit. Using only one light source, and softening it however you[…]

The Saga Of Insomnia

Categories: Health, Personal
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Published on: 2014.01.22

I don’t have it anymore — insomnia, that is. For years, I had trouble getting to sleep, with no explanation. What I have now is missed sleep due to a baby being at that age where the parents miss a lot of sleep. (Actual insomnia is when you can’t fall/stay asleep “despite adequate opportunity for[…]

Lighting 102, Unit 1.2: Position (Distance)

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.01.22

Here’s my second assignment from the Strobist Lighting 102 course. This one is Unit 1.2: Position (Distance). Paraphrasing the assignment for brevity: “Make three or more images with the flash at varying distances from the subject, adjusting flash power and/or aperture each time for correct exposure. Demonstrates control over the relative tone of the background.”

Lighting 102, Unit 1.1: Position (Angle)

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.01.21

Just for fun, I’ve decided to do the photography assignments David Hobby came up for his free Lighting 102 course several years ago. The first lesson with an assignment was Unit 1.1: Position (Angle).

Book Review: Broke, USA (Rivlin, 2010)

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Published on: 2014.01.21

Full Title: Broke, USA: from pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.: how the working poor became big business Author: Gary Rivlin Year: 2010 Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN 978-0-06-173321-5 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books

Pitting One Flash Against Another

Categories: Photography
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Published on: 2014.01.20

I realize this probably falls into the category of measurbation (Level 7 in Ken Rockwell’s Seven Levels of Photographers), but I decided to test the brightness of a few of my flashes. However, unlike the measurbators, I wasn’t interested in the test for the test’s sake, but because I plan to actually use the flashes[…]

Common Sense About The Socialist Professor

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Published on: 2014.01.20

Someone I love and respect sent me this link and asked me what I thought of it. So here’s my analysis. Short description: It’s a story (the author indicates that it’s not even true) of a professor who decided to “socialize” the grades in his class, after students “insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that[…]

Reviewed: LumoPro LP180 Quad-Sync Flash

Categories: Photography, TechReview
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Published on: 2014.01.18

I’ve added another flash review to my site, this one of the LumoPro LP180, which is — so far — the best flash I’ve owned.

How Much Control Do You Have Over Your Income?

(These are just thoughts that roll through my head while I’m performing mundane tasks like folding laundry. I don’t think there’s really a point.) Like many youngsters in the U.S., the idea of The American Dream was simply instilled in me, the idea that anyone — if he/she works hard enough and fearlessly seizes opportunities[…]

DIY: Cereal Box Snoot (UPDATED)

Categories: DIY, Photography
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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: *[…]

Dear Store Clerk: Just Take My Money

Categories: Business
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Published on: 2014.01.12

I was glad to see this entry yesterday (New York Times); it’s something that I feel hasn’t been covered enough — and still wasn’t covered quite to my tastes. It’s about the darn store clerk who insists that the store needs your email address (or other non-necessary information). All They Need Is Your Money

Why I Won’t Buy iDevices

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Published on: 2014.01.11

For all the well-meaning cousins, siblings, friends, co-workers, and strangers over the years who’ve insisted that I “have to” buy a Mac or an iPhone or an iPad, this is for you: Why I Won’t Buy iAnything This why I won’t buy them. It has nothing to do with you buying them if you like.[…]

Oh, The Taxes

Categories: Government, Taxes
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Published on: 2014.01.11

We just got my wife’s W-2 for 2013 today, the first in a short list of stuff we need before we can file for an Income Tax Refund. Main thing I learned: 25.35% of our income is gone before we even earn it. Basically, my wife works 80 hours every two weeks. Twenty of those[…]

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