Autumn Is Awesome: 6 Solid Tips

§ December 6th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § Tagged , , § No Comments

With experience I came to see the yearly color extravaganza as an opportunity to sharpen basic photographic skills and explore new techniques that are applicable anywhere. Here are your tips, friends.

1. Polarizing the Light

Sweet leaves, baby.

Sweet leaves, baby.

Is it trite to say that photography is all about light? Fall offers a time to get out and experiment with the subtle effects created by the changing light and angles of the sun. I’ve always kept extra gadgets to a minimum, as I prefer to exploit “available light.” However, the reflectiveness of shiny leaves and vertical rock surfaces makes a polarizer absolutely indispensable. A slight twist of this filter can reduce reflections on shiny surfaces, and can also produce dramatically saturated colors in an otherwise drab scene.

2. Working with Early

A Milk Based Shoot?

§ December 5th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § Tagged , § No Comments

photomilkBecause the refrigerator wasn’t working, I did a little creative electrical wiring to get the interior light bulb to function. This bulb was directly wired to a plug so that it could be connected to an electrical outlet. I wanted this bulb to work so the interior of the fridge would appear to be lit solely by this source. But because it was a dim light source and I needed to freeze the motion of the model, I opted for using flash in addition to the tungsten bulb. Due to the limited space available to place a strobe head inside the refrigerator, I settled on a Nikon SB-24. This is a small “on-camera” unit which is normally used with a 35mm camera. This flash has an sync post which allows

RAID 5: Recover or Bust

§ December 1st, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § Tagged , § No Comments

raid5bHaving a RAID array can make you feel pretty proud of yourself. Either you made it yourself or you had someone do it for you. You feel pretty great knowing that you’ve increased the productivity of your computer and that the server you’ve been using or had planned is working out well. RAID 5 is different from RAID 1 and RAID 10 in that it doesn’t have hard drives that simply mirror each other.

Since RAID 5 uses parity data you need to determine the parity position and rotation in order to get the full configuration of your array. If you’ve had a failure and you want to manually recover your data you need to unsure you know where the parity data is being stored so that you can map your array and know exactly what needs to be corrected.

(Warning: If you don’t understand any of what you’ve just read, look here for some emergency data recovery tips. You don’t want to damage your server!)

This can be overwhelming for a lot of people, even some professionals like this Orange County data recovery service, so don’t think that you?re expected to know all of these things and be able to correct this issue on your own. There is software that can be downloaded that will do a scan of your set up and figure out those parity settings for you. This is a lot less time consuming and will allow you to get on with the repair sooner rather than later. § Read the rest of this entry…

The Phoenix RL-59 Ringlight – Beautiful Work

§ November 30th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § Tagged , § No Comments

The RL-59 consists of two main pieces, connected by a coil cord. The control unit mounts in the camera’s hot-shoe, and looks much like any hot-shoe flash unit, except there’s a cord coming out of a black plate where the flash tube normally would be. There’s even a tilting “bounce” head and a red AF-illuminator window, although neither serves a function with the RL-59: They’re there because the control unit shares a body shell with another Phoenix flash unit. The ring flash head measures about 3.6×4.5 inches, and screws into the adapter ring on the front of the camera lens.

ringliteSpecs include an ISO 100 guide number of 59 (in feet), an auto distance range of 1-10 feet, a flash duration that runs from 1/1000 at 10 feet to 1/40,000

Snoring: How To Avoid It

§ November 29th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

shtaiThere are several circumstances that can predispose snoring. These include weakness of the muscles within the throat, excess tissues within the throat and obstruction in the nasal passageway. The muscles within your throat can become weak as your age progresses. But these can also be weakened by unhealthy lifestyle. If you want to avoid snoring, you have to make certain that your respiratory structures are in good condition. You can do this by keeping a balanced diet and exercising regularly.

It is highly advised to include fruits and vegetables in your diet. Fruits that are rich in antioxidants can help prevent conditions that can harm your respiratory structures. These can also defend your body from illness that can cause obstruction in your nasal passageway. Exercise is advised because this can tone your muscles. This is also helpful in preventing fat tissues from depositing within the throat.

It is also advised to get enough rest because stress can also be a predisposing factor. A regular visit to the doctor is also recommended so your health can be closely monitored. If you are already snoring, you should come to the doctor right away. This is because snoring may indicate an existing health problem. Snoring can be treated using stop snoring mouthpieces and surgery.

When it comes to snoring, the problem is not just that weird sound that comes out of someone’s mouth, but it can be a serious breathing problem. There are many, more and less complicated anti-snoring products, and Vitalsleep is one of the best ones, mostly because it is not expensive, it is easy to wear, and it can really take care of snoring if that is not a symptom of another disease. However, it is recommended to learn about other medicines that are not dangerous, but still can be helpful. § Read the rest of this entry…

Processing Film The Easy Way

§ November 23rd, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § Tagged , § No Comments

The tank is light tight. The film is rolled onto a reel which is a spiral that keeps a space between the layers of film, so the developing solutions can flow evenly onto the surface of the emulsion. The bottle opener is used to pop the top on the 35mm cassette. The scissors are necessary to cut the film leader before loading film onto the reel. An accurate darkroom thermometer is extremely important because the length of the development time is determined by the temperature of the chemicals, and for proper processing all the developing chemicals need to be at the same temperature. You will also need as many measuring beakers as there are steps in the particular developing process you are using, according to Andrew Gibson.

It is important to have an accurate way of timing each step in development. A timer that lets you program in several steps is best. The chemicals needed will depend on the type of film you want to process.

I suggest starting with black-and-white film because it is the most forgiving and many times can be done at room temperature. Black-and-white film development uses three chemicals: developer, stop bath and fix.

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Birds Can Take Your Photography To A New Level

§ November 18th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § Tagged , § No Comments

If photographing birds while traveling, hang a collapsible water container over the buried saucer to create a water source. You can buy such containers where hiking supplies are sold. Attach plastic tubing to the container’s spigot, and extend the tubing to an area above the buried saucer. A two-gallon container holds enough water to drip for an entire day.

Taste the freedom!

Taste the freedom!

Either natural or artificial light can be used in bird photography. Don’t forget to consider lighting when choosing the location of the water set-up. If using sunlight, position your water station to take advantage of the pleasing light of morning and late afternoon. Avoid the harsh light of midday. If you plan on using a flash, choose a site that is in the shade.

Modern cameras simplify many

How Good Are Your Self Portraits?

§ November 17th, 2015 § Filed under Uncategorized § No Comments

selfportraitSelf-portraits require a different set of disciplines than other types of photography. The most obvious difference is that when the shutter is tripped, you are not looking through the viewfinder. This means that you must preconceive the results without the benefit of examining a composition through the camera. For example, the relationship of your face or entire body against a background has to be carefully considered. How will the elements behind you look if they are in focus, or out of focus? In other words, how much depth of field do you want? Should the portrait be tight, or should the background play an important role?

What about your facial expression? Do you see yourself as serious, joyous, depressed, intense, childish, or judgmental? These feelings about yourself change over time,

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