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Archive for April 2010

Suggestions, please

Sadly, I’m getting to the point where my 6 Million dollar home is no longer cutting it and need to find a replacement. Ideally I need something that will comfortably fit my camera with the battery grip and a lens attached plus two lenses and 2-3 speedlights, plus enough pocket/storage room to fit a card wallet, trigger set up, remote, business cards, etc.

I prefer messenger/shoulder bags but, because my gear is so heavy am thinking maybe the backpack style is better? I don’t carry my bag around much (home to car, car to job location, back to car, back to home) so I’m leaning toward messenger bag. Any suggestions? What do you use?

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April 29, 2010 at 8:59 am

Posted in Words

Speaking of workflow

Workflow is something I’ve put a lot of thought into. I’ve created, tweaked, re-evaluated, retweaked and so on and so on. I have a system now that works pretty well for me but every now and then someone says something (or blogs something) that makes me rethink my current process.

Recently someone told me that they run everything through ACR before Photomatix citing the GIGO theory. This morning I read an article suggesting that TIFs are better to feed through Photomatix than RAW files. I’ve always called BS on these methods theorizing Photomatix compresses and mixes and mashes everything to such an extent that pre-work doesn’t really matter. It’s all conjecture, though, as I’d never taken the time to actually test it out.

I had some time this morning so I decided to find out once and for all.

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April 28, 2010 at 10:32 am

Posted in Words

Tuesday tutorial: I’ve got nothing

No Tuesday tutorial today – sorry!  I’m drawing a blank for topics to cover.

Feel free to leave a comment or email me directly with suggestions/ideas for tutorials.  :)

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April 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Posted in HDR Tutorials

Tips to avoid the window bloom

In today’s Tuesday Tutorial I mentioned that there are things you can do to avoid the dreaded window bloom. Here’s a small list of tips I use. Hit me up in the comments if I’ve missed anything.

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April 20, 2010 at 10:16 am

Posted in HDR Tutorials, Words

Tuesday Tutorial: Fixing Window Bloom


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April 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

Posted in HDR Tutorials, How To, Video

New section

I have this little notebook that I carry around with me, everywhere I go.  My inspiration book.  When I see things I like, things I want to try, things that get me excited I tear them out and glue them into my little notebook.  It occurred to me that since I have a scanner now I no longer have to do the Tear-And-Glue thing anymore.  Since I already have four other wordpress blogs (I don’t know what’s wrong with me!) I decided to just add a section to this blog for these little inspirations.  Hey, maybe they’ll inspire you, too!

See the entries here.

Edit: I changed my mind. Since only some of the things in my notebook are photography related I’ve gone ahead and created a separate blog for these inspirations. Feel free to follow me over to TulipChain Inspired.

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April 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Traveling with film

According to the TSA website, “The X-ray machine that screens your carry-on baggage at the passenger security checkpoint will not affect undeveloped film under ASA/ISO 800.”

My ISO 400 film would like to dispute this statement. Contact Sheet002 I have four rolls of film that were ruined by sending them through the X-ray machines at the security checkpoint.  So very disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about the extra security measures.  Just suggesting that if you’re flying with film of any ISO to have them hand inspect it instead of sending it through with the rest of your carry on luggage.

Or, as another patron at the lab suggested, get a lead lined bag to store it in.

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April 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

Posted in Words