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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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May 28 2009

HD Video Players

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HD camcorders are the rage. But how do you play the HD videos you take, or worse yet, pass them on to friends?

Regular DVD formats are not compatible with the signal an HD video needs to use.

Most TVs that people have cannot utilize the memory cards that some modern HD camcorders use. Continue Reading »

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Nov 01 2008

Flip Cam

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I bought a Flip Camcorder a couple of weeks ago. I’d like to get a good camcorder, but nothing on the market interests me right now. The Flip is an interim measure.

Small, light, good on batteries, and for the price the quality is quite acceptable. Probably perfect if you are into YouTube postings. Holds up to 60 minutes of video on internal memory. You cannot add more memory and there is no optical zoom, only 2x digital. Attractive price is an upside.

Comes with a built in USB connector for super convenience. The built-in software lets you easily e-mail videos, upload to YouTube and AOL, and capture still photos from video. You can watch videos instantly on TV with an included cable.

I am using rechargeable AA batteries (it needs 2) and they last more than the hour if you do not do lots of playbacks. The better model (Mino) comes with an internal Lithium-ion battery which recharges when the built-in USB arm is connected to a computer.

Awesome deal and available at many retailers, including Amazon. There is the basic model Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder and an enhanced model Flip Video Mino Series Camcorder.

Highly recommended for size and convenience.

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Aug 28 2008

New Canon 50D

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Canon 50D Digital SLR My favourite photography store announced advanced ordering of the new Canon 50D. My 40D is less than a year old, and the main reason I bought it is still about the same in the 50D, so I see new reason to upgrade. The 50D does have 15 mega pixels, but I think I can go another year on 10.


New 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor (4752 x 3168) with improved noise reduction, wide range ISO 100-3200 (H1: 6400, H2: 12800), 14-bit conversion for smooth color tones and gradations. Uses the APS-C sensor, so we still get the 1.6 factor on our lens.

Next generation DIGIC 4 Image Processor for faster processing, 6.3 fps (this is what I love about my 40D) up to 90 JPEGS using UDMA CF cards; 60 consecutive JPEGS or 16 RAW using standard CF cards.

3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots/VGA) with multiple coatings for improved viewing and smudge-resistant protection.

Enhanced Live View shooting includes Face Detection Live mode.

9 cross-type high-precision sensors for accurate target subject acquisition and diagonal center cross-type AF point with f/2.8 and faster lenses.

New Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction setting to automatically even the brightness across the image.

Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System with a fluorine coating for better resistance to dust.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) output for displaying full high-resolution images on a High Definition TV.

Compatible with over 60 Canon EF/EF-S lenses and most EOS System accessories.

For more details, visit the Canon Press Release site.

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Jun 29 2008

Edible Picture Cake For Business Anniversary

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When a business celebrates an important anniversary, the celebration should be a memorable. With everything that must be done to prepare a party, many people do not choose to personalize many items. If owners wish to make their anniversary one to remember for a lifetime, they must go above and beyond the ordinary party foods or fototorte and choose snacks that reflect their businesses’ image. Companies now offer a new item called eatable cake photos. These are basically a photo transformed into a sheet of icing to cover the cake. eatable images may also be ordered for other foods, such as cupcakes, brownies, or cookies. Continue Reading »

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Jan 09 2008

New Video Site for Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop

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I have set up a new site for showing video clips about both Paint Shop Pro (my choice) and its competition, Photoshop. I have also included ones about Gimp, which is a free open source editor that has a good following.

Visit at:

Some of you may also use IrfanView, (not specifically described as an editor, but quite useful) so here are a small number of videos for you. (p.s. their homepage is



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Oct 20 2007

Kodak to end Olympic Sponsorships

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Photography icon Eastman Kodak Co. is ending its role as the official imaging sponsor of the Olympics after next year’s Beijing Games.

The company, which is undergoing an arduous digital overhaul, cited a shift in marketing tactics for halting a relationship that dates back to the first modern games in Athens in 1896 when it ran advertisements in the program.

“As we complete the transformation of Kodak, it makes sense for us to take a new direction,” Kodak director of brand management Elizabeth Noonan said Friday.

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Oct 20 2007

SanDisk Extreme III named best memory cards

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Earning high grades in the imaging school of hard knocks, the SanDisk Extreme III line of flash memory cards has been named favorite memory card by professionals in Studio Photography magazine’s 2007 Readers Choice Awards. The announcement was made during PhotoPlus 2007 International Conference & Expo in New York City, where SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) is exhibiting through Saturday at Booth 1808 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Readers expressed high regard for the SanDisk Extreme III line, according to Alice B. Miller, editor of the magazine. Full results of the annual awards are available in the November issue of Studio Photography.

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Sep 25 2007

Canon Ranks Highest in Photo Printer Customer Satisfaction

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J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Canon Ranks Highest in Photo Printer Customer Satisfaction

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Canon ranks highest among photo printer brands in providing its customers with a satisfying experience, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Photo Printer Usage and Satisfaction Study(SM) released September 20th.

For more details from this press release, see this web page

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Apr 01 2007

Canon and Comets

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What do Canon and Comets have in common?

Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy discovered a green comet on March 15, 2007 with a Canon 350D digital camera. For his efforts, the comet has been named Comet Lovejoy, with an official designation of C/2007 E2. Lovejoy’s discovery of this comet is believed to be the first one for an amateur with a common digital camera. Terry used a zoom lens set to 200-mm focal length at f/2.8, with exposures of 90 seconds each. He was able to see the comet near the edge of the frame in 16 of the exposures.

For more details on this story, visit either this webpage or this webpage or do a search in Google, with suggested search terms of “lovejoy comet camera”.

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