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Nov 02 2009

Low Cost Strobe Lights For Photography.

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The number one question by beginner photographers is about lighting. Light is the key to quality photography and can run from $25.00 to tens of thousands for top professional name brand equipment. If you have several thousand to spend then almost any known brand you want to buy will be of good quality and last for many years. Most beginners waste money trying to purchase a low cost unit that just does not work.

Light Options

  • Well Made Case
  • Mono Light
  • Digital Power Adjustment
  • Compact Size
  • Head and Power Pack

May go to Ebay for used equipment but Craig’s list is local and you can see whatr you are buying so that is a good place to look. Since quality lights usually last a long time you may find a lot of very old units. Some will be higher voltage than what can be safely connected to new digital cameras . Most can be used but you would need a voltage converter to reduce the power to a safe level. With those same older units most did not have brightness adjustments and were basic one brightness flash. All adjustments would be made in camera or with additional filters and compared to new adjustable units would be very hard to use. I would not suggest purchasing old flash units.

Both new and old units come in 2 variations. They are both strobe lights for photography .The first is a Head and power supply. The head is nothing but the strobe light without any power. The power unit is required to supply power to the strobe. Several heads can be connected to the power unit depending on the watt seconds required and model of the power unit. The heads can be much less expensive than self contained Mono light units. On the other hand the power supply unit can get expensive and must fit the head you purchased. Most start around $500.00 and quickly get over $1000.00 and as much as $5000.00 for top of the line power supplies. Before you buy a head make sure you know the cost of the power supply required to use it. Mono units have a built in power supply and require no additional attachments for use.

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Oct 22 2009

Searching for a great wedding photographer

Wedding Polly & Henry, Lagoon Bali #2
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The wedding is one of the most special days for a couple’s life. For a lot of women they have been waiting for this their whole lives.For the men it is the day when they can finally say that they got the women of their dreams.  With it being so special there are so many important jobs to make that day special.One of those important jobs belong to the wedding photographer.You should hire a good and talented one since it is one, if not, the most important job during a wedding.So how can you do that?

Well as a San Diego wedding photographer I have seen the ways couples have gone about trying to choose ones.Here are key points to look at when deciding and this is from my experience as a wedding photographer.

First thing you should know is the budget you can spend for a photographer.It would not do you any good if you find someone you like but is very expensive for you to afford. So you must decide how much your budget is then that is the time you can narrow down your choices.  Of course since it is such a special day my opinion as a San Diego photographer is to now worry about price.Since a photographer is given the hard task of capturing the magical moments of an equally magical day of a couple then the price should not be a factor. But if price is a deciding factor then you should be able to determine your budget for hiring one.Once you know the limit of your budget then it would be easier for you to look for a good photographer that you like.

After you have already determined the amount of money that you will spend on a photographer then it is time to look for one meticulously. It is like any job.Would you just hire someone to be your employee if, for example, you own a business?  Of course you wouldn’t and neither should you with hiring a photographer for the job.You would want to know if you are compatible personality wise.  You will want to see their work.  And from my experience as an event photographer San Diego, you want to see how much experience they have dealing with weddings. If you go and interview a lot of prospects then you should definitely find a photographer that you like.

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Aug 03 2009

Canon Digital Camera Accessories: Significant Items to Sustaining Your Photography

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Have you ever imagined having the Canon digital camera accessories? As the matter of fact, lots of people claim Canon as one of the leading brands in the world of digital cameras. For a point-to-click photographer, it is surely a trustable brand that will provide them with the perfect quality of the photographs. You can prove it by looking at the basics of printing until the art of lighting. Definitely, the Canon digital camera accessories will make you look like a professional.

More about the Photo Printer

One of the most important components in Canon digital camera accessories arsenal is Canon’s Selphy CP730 photo printer. By using this small accessory, you can easily print your photos without any need to connect with a computer first. The photos printing also can be done either directly by using PictBridge or print wirelessly with a Bluetooth adapter. With the capability in 60 second printing for a 4′ X 6′ color photo and also borderless printing, you can easily call it as the truly inexpensive photo printer.

What about Auxiliary Flash?

In photographs, lighting is the most essential thing. Most digital cameras have a built in flash. But in fact, there are still not gratifying outcomes in the form of too dark, too light, or with shadows on all the wrong places of the photos.

To answer that fact, Canon has a variety of auxiliary flashes that begin at around $90. If you attach the flash to the camera, you get the benefits of Canon’s pre-stored flash exposure control and the FE Lock for creative control. Another special feature is that when it is attached the camera, you get the FP Flash for high-speed synchronization which enables you to take flash photographs up to the maximum of your shutter speed. It makes the auxiliary flash is claimed as the diamond of Canon digital camera accessories.

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Jun 14 2009

Getting the Right Equipment for Wedding Photography

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There are a number of important things that must be covered by someone who is hoping to turn into in Richmond wedding photography. Here is a synopsis of the secrets to success of a fledgling Richmond VA wedding photographer. It is important to remember that the success of someone who is planning to pursue a career as a professional wedding photographer is largely dependent on the amount of training he or she has before starting in the business of wedding photography.

Invest on the perfect and appropriate camera and lighting equipment. These are obviously the most critical elements of the wedding photography besides the photographer himself. Completea full and comprehensive research on the types of cameras in the market and check out the features of each. You can also check out for some useful tips and information in the Web for those latest camera gadgets that are available in the market. There are also a lot of sites that provide some useful tips and information from professional wedding photographers. The most important things to remember while making your choice are the features and functionality these cameras offer.

A competent wedding photographer also has to identify with the location. Just like a soldier who must be able to see clearly the terrain, a competent wedding photographer must be able to read the layout of all the locations related to the wedding celebration. A professional wedding photographer should not forget to know both his subjects and his atmosphere. He must also carefully consider the surroundings and the background in the shots that he is taking. The surroundings are as important as the subjects themselves because they add to the drama and the highlights that make a truly composed wedding photo.

It is also important to aware of small details such as glare from subjects wearing eyeglasses. Make sure that your camera angles are made while considering the subjects with eyeglasses. In such a case, you may ask your subject to adjust his pose in order to relieve the big bright spot from showing in the pictures that you take.

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Apr 19 2009

Most Popular Cameras

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There are a number of ways to answer this question. One would be to obtain manufacturer sales data, if available. What I have today is a more easily obtained source –

This popular file sharing site can capture camera info from about 2/3 of the photos submitted to their site. If you are wondering how they do this, check out the term “exif”.

As of today, Sunday April 19, 2009, the 5 most popular DSLR cameras in use for Flickr uploaders are

* Canon Rebel XTi
* Nikon D80
* Canon Rebel XT
* Canon Rebel XSi
* Canon 40D (my baby!)

And in the Point and Shoot category?

# Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS
# Canon PowerShot SD1000
# Canon PowerShot SD750
# Canon PowerShot G9
# Canon PowerShot S5 IS

WOW! Canon sales people must love this.

To see an up-to-date version of this data, just visit

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Apr 17 2009

Canon’s New T1i DSLR

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And along comes one of the newest Canon DSLRs. The Rebel T1i.

* New 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor
* DIGIC 4 Image Processor
* Includes Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens
* Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution
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Mar 16 2009

What to Look for in the Best Digital Camera

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If you are trying to find the best value digital camera, you have some things to take into account. Many people just think about the price when it comes to the best value digital camera, but that’s not the only thing to consider. There are a few things that you should look at when you are looking for value in digital cameras, and we’ll go over them here.

One of the things that you should examine first is the digital camera’s resolution. You can tell the resolution that the camera is going to have by the megapixels it has. The camera that you choose should be one with a higher amount of megapixels than a lower amount. You will get better quality pictures with more megapixels.

The second thing to consider is the zoom lens that the digital camera comes with. You want to know that you are going to get some crystal clear pictures with your digital camera you chose a best value digital camera has a good zoom lens. It’s really frustrating to miss a good picture due to the fact that you don’t have a decent zoom lens.

It’s a good idea to choose one that has a big LCD screen. This helps in determining whether or not you want to keep the photograph or try taking it again.

Next, think about the weight of the digital camera when you are buying it. Even though it may not be at the top of your list when you are buying a digital camera, it might make a difference. If a digital camera is very heavy and you use it over a long period of time, you may find that it’s affecting the way that you take your pictures. It’s a good idea to look at the cameras that you are considering and take into consideration their weights and how you are going to use it.

Although people look at this first, usually, it should be the last thing to consider. A good cheap price won’t do you any good if the other things aren’t decent.

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Nov 14 2008

Flip HD

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The people at Flip are not stopping! Now they have an HD model, for only $229 US.

  • Holds 60 minutes of HD-quality video (1280 x 720 resolution at 30 frames per second; 16:9 widescreen) on 4 GB of built-in memory
  • Weighing only 3.3 ounces, MinoHD is the world’s smallest HD camcorder
  • Features one-touch recording and digital zoom
  • Flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your computer to launch built-in FlipShare software
  • FlipShare software lets you save and organize your videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, email your videos, and upload them
  • Records high-quality MP4 files that can be easily dragged and dropped into iTunes, iMovie, and iPhoto

Stunning HD Video

Flip MinoHD is the world’s smallest HD camcorder. But, in this case, small in size translates to high in quality. Flip MinoHD produces vibrant HD 720p (1280 x 720, 16:9 widescreen) video that can be enjoyed on any HDTV. Flip camcorders have earned a reputation for high-quality video, and MinoHD combines that signature Flip quality with the latest in HD technology. Its 4 GB of built-in memory lets you capture an hour of brilliant HD video, even in low-light situations. Plus, premier AAC audio means your videos will sound clearer than ever.

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Nov 08 2008

Jazz – Competitor to Flip?

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I recently bought and reviewed the Flip Camcorder. Now, along comes a lower priced competitor, the Jazz. How do they compare?

They both use 2 AA batteries, but my Flip included a starter pair and the Jazz does not.

They both work for YouTube, but the Flip is 640×480 and the Jazz is only 320×240, so if you want to make a full screen home video, get the Flip.

The Jazz has a better microphone.

The Jazz USB is only 1.1 so transfer is slower. BUT, the Jazz® Pocket Camcorder uses an SD card (bought separately) so you can remove it and plug it into your computer’s USB 2 port. Flip does not use removeable media.

I will stick with my 640×480 Flip.

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Aug 09 2008

Why My Photo Quality Printer Gathers Dust

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I have a photo quality ink jet printer that can print very good colour photos, up to 8×10, on photo style paper. I was intrigued when a number of well known retailers started offering to print digital photos for less than it costs me for the paper alone.

So, I ordered a group of 4×6 prints from one of them, by uploading the files to their website. If a store that does this is convenient to you, you can pick them up. If not, they will ship them for a small extra charge.

I ordered mine on a Tuesday, after supper, and they were delivered via regular mail that same Friday. I was impressed. That same store now has a walk-in 1 hour service for the same price.

To test the effect of extra pixels, I sent them the same photo 6 times. The only difference in the photos was the resolution:

– 150 dpi (600 pixels x 900 pixels)

– 200 dpi (800 x 1200)

– 250 dpi (1000 x 1500)

– 300 dpi (1200 x 1800)

– 350 dpi (1400 x 2100)

– 400 dpi (1600 x 2400)

The photo was a picture of a couple I know. One of them had highlights in their hair, and gel had been used, so hair was sticking out somewhat. When I looked very closely at the photos (naked eye only, no magnifiers) at fine details like the hair, I could detect a minor difference between the 150 dpi and the 400 dpi, (actually, there was even a bit of a difference noted between 150 and 200) but if the photos are destined for your photo album, you would never know the difference, in my opinion. I normally use either 200 dpi or 250 dpi.

On a 4×6, lets say you go with 200 dpi. That is 800 pixels by 1200 pixels. That is about 1 mega pixel. If you go to your local digital camera reseller today, you probably cannot buy a serious camera that is less than 6 mega pixels. A 6 mega pixel camera gives you about 2100 x 2800, which at 200 dpi lets you print a 10.5 x 14 print (most stores have 11×14 in their product offering). At 150 dpi, you can get an 12 x 18 easily from a 6 mp. (p.s. the store I used will NOT print anything less than 150 dpi). At my local store, a 12×18 was $11 Canadian in August 2008. My printer cannot even print that size. For a 4×6 they want 19 cents.

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