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Moving potraits

Did you know that I have a new puppy? I’m a little bit obsessed with her right now as she occupies most of my time and energy. She’s a four legged tornado (!) 40% of the time and the rest of the time she sleeps. I took advantage of this to work on a project I’ve had in mind for quite some time.

Remember the “Moving Portrait” trend? I remember seeing something about it on the Strobist blog (or maybe it was in the forum) and then I found this website and I’ve always wanted to try it. Teamed up with my burning desire to create a movie using just my iPhone, I created the following:

Please click the image to play the video

Make sure to watch to the end. If this doesn’t melt your heart then you’re obviously not paying attention. :)

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October 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Posted in Inspiration, Video

The big announcement

Before I announce the winners of the eBook giveaway I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who submitted an entry. I was so impressed by everyone who took the time to email and tell me about their journeys into this industry. Starting a business is never easy, especially in a creative field, never mind the current economic climate…

It was really tough to narrow the pool down to only five winners. Really. Tough. I received entries from all around the globe, heard stories of layoffs, heart attacks, and new babies. I was inspired many times over and hope that everyone, winner of the giveaway or not, will periodically keep in touch and let me know how your business is doing.

In the end, the winners were chosen based on a few things: their “glass is half full” optimistic attitudes and resolute belief that with hard work they will be successful with their business; their appreciation for everything Scott and Larry have contributed, not only in this giveaway, but over the past several years; and their passion for everything that I think Scott, Larry and I believe in – beautiful photography, marketing, sharing knowledge, and support of each other in this field.

And the winners are…

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October 16, 2010 at 8:20 am

Posted in Words

Great day for shooting exteriors in Seattle today

I love my job!

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October 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

I spoke at the NARPM Conference today

…and I feel awful for going over my allotted time and not being able to finish.  Especially since I kept saying the answers to your questions would be covered later.  And then we never made it to “later”!  I’m sorry, you guys!

So here’s a few things we didn’t cover (or covered as people were leaving/coming in and maybe you didn’t hear?): Buy a painter’s pole at Home Depot (or whatever your local hardware store is) and attach the Pole Pixie.  This will get you amazing, elevated shots for your exteriors.  Don’t bother with the resting plate, especially if you’re sending up a small point and shoot.  I use a Canon 20D on pole and the 2 piece pro set would have been more than enough. In the slideshow there’s a group of exteriors and the last two are comparisons – it’s a blue house shot at street level and then shot with the Pole Pixie.  Elevated exterior shots rock!

Compositional tips for different room types (this was what I was going through as we ended)

Some software I recommend : my resource for all my used gear. BGN level is usually almost perfect. If you’re looking for the Nikon SB-80dx be sure to add the “dx”… searching for sb-80 won’t yield any results for some reason.

It was a pleasure speaking with you this afternoon. Feel free to post any questions either here or send me an email (which I might post here anyway) – things we didn’t cover in the lecture, things we touched on that you’d like more clarification, things that didn’t come up but that you have a burning desire to ask… or if you just want to keep in touch that would be cool, too. Happy shooting!

Outline and slideshow after the jump

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October 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Posted in Words

Downloading iPhone photos to your computer (for Mac)

I recently upgraded to the iPhone 4 and, if you’ll allow me to be frank: the iPhone 4 rocks my world.

But this isn’t a post about how awesome(!) my iPhone is.  It’s a post about downloading photos from my iPhone.

I use my iPhone camera a lot and have built up quite the Camera Roll.  Now that I have video on my iPhone I’m noticing that storage is becoming an issue – I have my entire iTunes library on the phone so there’s not a lot of room for other files.  I decided that the best way to handle this was to periodically dump all photos and videos onto my computer, freeing up some space for new photos/videos on the phone. 

I have my own system of handling files on my computer which has nothing to do with iPhoto so getting all these photos off my phone quickly, without having to tediously email each file to myself and then tediously delete each image/video, was problematic.  Both Lightroom and Bridge recognize my iPhone as a drive and will download the photos wherever I specify but neither program was able to delete the images from the iPhone.

A quick google search found the, non-intuitive answer!  Image Capture!  Using Image Capture, an application on every Mac that I had no idea even existed, you can download and delete, en masse.  Image Capture rocks!

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October 11, 2010 at 8:32 am

Posted in How To

New postcards

Going to the printer today.

Malia Campbell, Seattle Real Estate Photographer

Malia Campbell, Seattle Real Estate Photographer

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October 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

October 10, 2010

Canon 40D, 85mm/1.8

Astrid wouldn’t hold still for me but Lamb would.

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October 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Posted in Photo of the Day