Mar 072014
 

Taken with Galaxy S4 in Panorama mode

Taken with Galaxy S4 in Panorama mode

Great meeting last night for the Tri-City Digital Photography Club. We had over 60 people show up to see what Dennis Mahaffey had in his 4! camera bags and why he has them. It was interesting to see what Dennis drags along to help “get the shot”.

Club members also brought their camera bags to show as well as the all their “secret” stuff inside.

A great meeting, again!


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Jan 252014
 

(Click to see larger version)

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I shared earlier the first two rows of photos on my office wall. The wall is now complete! I really like it in my office. I know my wife would not want it in the house but that is why it is at the office.

Now, when I get a new “Top 20 Photo” I can swap out photos easily without having to worry about matting and framing etc. Just $1.50 at Costco and I can have the new photo on the wall in an hour.

The 3/16″ rods do a great job and the little magnetic balls almost look like pushpins but don’t leave a hole in the photo or the wall.

Jan 182014
 
2 of the planned 4 rows of photos

2 of the planned 4 rows of photos

I helped my youngest daughter string some twine up on a wall in her room so she could hang photos using miniature clothes pins and decided I wanted to something similar at my office since it will allow me to rotate my photos as I create new favorites and don’t need to worry about matting or framing them. The string and clothes pins seemed a bit too girly so what could I do that would be a bit more rustic or “manly”?

I realized I had the little magnet balls that could act as ‘pins’ and just needed something on the wall that they could attach to. I went to the home improvement store and looked around and decided on some 3/16″ metal rods. I could use some hooks to attach them to the wall.

I bought a packet of hooks at 2 rods to see how it looked and would come back for another packet of hooks and 2 more rods if I liked it. I am very happy, so will be stopping in to the home improvement store this weekend to buy a second set of rods and add 1 above and one below the current pair.


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Nov 292013
 
DJI Phantom Quadcopter

DJI Phantom Quadcopter

I may have finally found something I want for Black Friday.

The DJI Phantom Quadcopter with GoPro Mount Version 1.1 is a quad-rotor RC helicopter that acts as an aerial platform for a GoPro HERO action camera. This product will appeal to a variety of potential users, from RC aircraft hobbyists seeking the ability to mount a camera so they can record their flights, to videographers and photographers looking to open up a whole new range of shooting possibilities. New for the Version 1.1 update is a self-tightening rotor design. Whereas on previous versions there was a slight danger a rotor not securely tightened could loosen up and come off in flight, with this improved design your props will always stay tight. The Phantom can achieve a maximum horizontal flight speed of 33 ft/s and can ascend and descend at up to 20 ft/s. It comes with 2.4GHz Transmitter (TX) that features an operational range of up to 984′ line-of-sight. The controller draws power from readily available AA batteries. Please note that many Wi-Fi systems, including the Wi-Fi used on GoPro HERO cameras, also operate on 2.4GHz and may interfere with the transmitter. Take care to ensure the GoPro’s Wi-Fi is turned off with operating this quadcopter. Because of the complexity associated with multi-rotor aircraft, the Phantom relies on the Naza-M autopilot system. This system uses GPS for navigation and to maintain flight stability. While fully manual operation is possible, most users, especially videographers hoping to get the smoothest possible shoots, will opt for GPS Flight Mode. GPS Mode is an autopilot system that keeps the Quadcopter stable and right-side-up when moving, and holds it in a fixed horizontal and vertical position whenever the controls are released.

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Aug 162013
 

Digital Wildlife Photography.
John and Barbara Gerlach.

Many cameras offer a second and superior form of histogram. It’s called an “RGB” histogram and it separately displays the histograms of each of the three color channels superimposed onto one image. The separate color data eliminates the subtle errors of the green favoring luminous histogram. Barbara and I use RGB histograms exclusively, and every year we teach hundreds of our students to do the same to achieve fabulous exposures. If you’re buying a new camera, be sure to look for this very important feature. The RGB histogram is always the camera’s most accurate means of evaluating your exposures. We will say more about histograms in Chapter 3.

Page: 27

I have always set up my camera to display the single larger luminous histogram and not the RGB histogram. The author makes a great case for using the RGB histogram instead of the luminous histogram and I have changed the settings on my camera to make this my default.

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    Aug 142013
     

    Digital Wildlife Photography.
    John and Barbara Gerlach.
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    The imagery in this book is amazing. The only drawback is the NetGalley review copy has a digital watermark across the center of every page. Easy to ignore but distracting to read and detracts from the images. You can see  the images in the ‘free’ previews on Amazon

    You would never know by the title that this was in introduction to digital photography book. Wildlife is just the icing on the cake that allows the authors to showcase their incredibly beautiful images.

    The advertising for the book claims that you will learn:

    • How to integrate equipment with technique to capture superb wildlife images of birds, mammals, amphibians, and more with an emphasis on precision and speed
    • Where and how animals can be approached closely enough to photograph well
    • How not to disturb the critters around you, depending on environment (den vs. tree and everything in-between)
    • When (and when-not) to feed the animals
    • Technical info like cropping, frames per second for capture, pixels/enlarging, and even HDR
    • Where to focus on various types of wildlife
    • Lighting depending on which animals have high contrast
    • Ethics
    • Traveling with your gear
    • The “top 10” places in the world to shoot and how to find the best location for your interests

    Yet the chapter titles tell a different story:

    • Chapter 1 – Cameras and Accessories: The Best Wildlife Camera Systems
    • Chapter 2 – Choosing and Using Lenses: Selecting Quality Lenses
    • Chapter 3 – Exposure Strategies
    • Chapter 4 – Precise Focusing Techniques
    • Chapter 5 – Shooting Quality Images
    • Chapter 6 – The Crucial Role of Light
    • Chapter 7 – Composition
    • Chapter 8 – Electronic Flash
    • Chapter 9 – Getting Close to Wildlife

    Not that these topics probably aren’t covered in the above chapters but it is obvious from the chapter titles that this is an intro to DSLR photography and not an intermediate or advanced topic on wildlife photography. Luckily there is wildlife in everyone’s hometown environs, even if it on two legs, so everything in this book should be applicable to any novice DSLR photographer.

    I am glad to be reviewing this book because I have a lot to learn!

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  • Book Info

    Digital Wildlife Photography
    by John and Barbara Gerlach
    Publisher: Focal Press
    Published: 11/15/2012
    ISBN-10: 0240818830
    ISBN-13: 978-0240818832
    Started: 08/14/2013
    Finished: 10/09/2013
    Source: NetGalley
    Reason: Anytime I see a photography book on NetGalley you can be sure I will ask to review it.
    Format: e-book

    Publisher Synopsis

    Using a combination of artistic approach and impeccable technique, professional photographers John and Barbara Gerlach guide you through the field as you photograph intriguing and captivating subjects out in the wild. Learn how to integrate equipment with technique to capture superb wildlife images of birds, mammals, amphibians, and more, with an emphasis on precision and speed. This book includes all of the details you need to capture wildlife photos easily and consistently – choose the right lens and best lighting while following simple composition guidelines that are perfect for wildlife.

    John and Barbara Gerlach have taken more than a million wildlife images since 1978 and run seminars and workshops all over the world. Their pictures have been published in Outdoor Photographer, AudubonPopular Photography National Wildlife, Sierra, Natural History, Petersen’s Photographic, Ranger Rick, Birder’s World, as well as books published by National Geographic Society, Sierra Club and others.


    Author Info
    John and Barbara Gerlach have taken more than a million wildlife images since 1978 and run seminars and workshops all over the world. Their pictures have been published in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, Popular Photography National Wildlife, Sierra, Natural History, Petersen’s Photographic, Ranger Rick, Birder’s World, as well as books published by National Geographic Society, Sierra Club and others.


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