Category Archives: Photography

Video – Taking the Train

I recently picked up a Polaroid Cube+ video/still camera. It was an end of the year sale, so I figured what the heck might as well check it out. So far my better videos have been transit items. So without any further ado, here is the video I took of riding the train from Terminal 2 to Remote Parking at… Read more »

Desktop photoshoot behind the scenes

My favorite culinary scientist, Alton Brown, has a rule for the kitchen that there should only be one unitasker; a fire extinguisher. Makes a lot of sense. I have been trying to apply that idea as I acquire things. I am trying to find a way to use one tool to do multiple things. Then again that rule goes completely… Read more »

Are Numbers Coloring our Judgement?

I recently purchased a pair of high performance headphones. Not high performance by brand but by specifications. Yes, I know how to read them. They are rated for 10Hz to 30kHz and they are relatively flat, with variable tuning plugs to change their response curve acoustically. I decided to give them a little test run using various material in my… Read more »

Some times the value exceeds the price

A friend of mine gave me a gift of a free 16×20 print from Metalpixs.com. I have been very happy with metal prints in general. Not only are they unique, but I don’t have to go through the process of getting a frame and mounting. I take the print out of the box, decide where I want it, hang on the wall, done. Yes, it is that easy. So when I got the free print I was happy to get it. I have been using BayPhoto through my SmugMug Pro account.

Making the interface work for me

Often times the controls for a piece of software are not always the friendliest locations for one-handed operation. By one-handed operation I mean one hand on the keyboard, one hand on the mouse. When working in graphic programs I find myself working that way quite often. It could be as basic as a drawing program where I need to use the Z key to initiate the zoom function and then using the mouse to decide where to zoom. Other times it is more complex, such as selecting an image, zooming into a one pixel to one pixel rendering, panning, and then marking the image as a keeper or a chucker. It could just as likely be a drawing program where I am documenting an idea. For my #AVTweeps, just think AutoCAD.

Understanding the Process

As things are becoming more and more automated, I feel that the understanding of the process is being lost. I believe that tools should make my life easier and allow me to spend my time doing other things. However there is a downside, does one always understand the automation that is being accomplished? While these can be great timesavers, what happens when it doesn’t work or you don’t like the results? Understanding the process that the automation process is simplifying is key.

Just because it is on the Internet doesn’t mean it is free

Recently I ran across this story http://thestolenscream.com/ about a picture that was taken from a photographer’s Flickr site and was being used around the world. He was not being compensated. It is both an amazing story of how something can go around the world from just being good and how at times people’s work is stolen. The video is 10… Read more »