Archive for November, 2007

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Master Your DSLR Camera, Part 2: Manual Mode and More

November 30, 2007

Remember that swell photography article I wrote last week for Lifehacker.com? Here’s part 2, hot off teh digital presses.

In part one of this series you kicked your digital SLR camera’s auto mode to the curb with the help of program mode. In doing so, you learned to control the flash, the ISO value, and the white balance. Now in part two we’re going straight to manual mode to learn about aperture sizes and shutter speeds. So let’s do this thing. Put your camera in manual mode by turning the mode dial to the “M” setting.

Read the rest!

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Continuous Light Umbrella(s)

November 21, 2007

With gift-giving season approaching, I was perusing dealnews.com a week or so ago and found something I just had to buy for myself: a set of two continuous lighting studio umbrellas. I’ve wanted a couple of these for a while, and when I applied the dealnews coupon code, included two bulbs, and paid for shipping, the whole thing still came out to just $113.53!

It was a no-brainer, so I ordered. Of course I tracked my UPS package all the way, so I knew it would arrive today. When it did, I was less than pleased. Everything was just what I expected except for the fact that the box only contained one stand/light/umbrella combo instead of two.

I rechecked the product page: Yep, it clearly says the kit contains two. I checked my email receipt: Yep, two. I checked the packing slip inside the box: Two! But only one was in there.

I called up handhelditems.com and they apologized for what they called a warehouse error. Supposedly they’re shipping me a second light pronto.

if my second stand does come, I’ll be recommending these cheap-o lights. Here’s hoping.

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No Schmear

November 21, 2007

I object to the use of the word “schmear,” as in something one spreads on a bagel.

First of all, it must not be actual cream cheese, otherwise they’d say so. Kind of like “cheese food.” The one thing you know for sure is that it’s not cheese.

Second, and most importantly, it sounds vaguely like something that happens to women during a pelvic exam.

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Master Your DSLR Camera, Part 1: Program Mode

November 16, 2007

There’s an article up on Lifehacker.com today written by yours truly. If you own a digital SLR camera but don’t really know much about how to use it, this article may help.

You ponied up for a digital SLR camera because you hated the shutter lag on your little point-and-shoot. The good news: Your photos have improved! The bad news? You know they could be even better—if only you dared to let go of the camera’s “auto” mode. It’s as if you’ve been creeping around the neighborhood in a new Mustang using only first gear. No more! It’s time to take control, hit the highway, and learn what you can do in program mode.

Read the rest!

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Guess what?

November 13, 2007

Although this is a personal (some would say “vanity”) blog, I try not to write about my relationships with the people close to me. I think it’s a good policy, and it’s one I’m going to continue with. Sometimes, however, exceptions must be made, such as when there is a change so fundamental in my personal life that it simply must be mentioned if I am to continue blogging about personal matters at all. Now is one of those times.

So guess what? I have good news. Karen and I are planning to be married next fall!

Now that you’ve been introduced, isn’t she the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen? Thank you in advance for your congratulations and well-wishing. We are both very happy and excited and we hope you share in that feeling with us.

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Spooner, WI

November 2, 2007

Well, I’m off to lovely Spooner, Wisconsin to shoot a wedding in a very special venue. Congratulations Marc and Kristin!

It’s along drive up there. Thankfully I won’t be making the journey alone.

Bonus: my Lightsphere came in the mail yesterday so the photos will be even better than usual!

See y’all Monday.