TV Rule of Thumb

June 02, 2008

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I have a subscription to the site rulesofthumb.org in my RSS reader. One that just came up today is:

Look good, sound good, and do something good. To make a steady living, you need all three. To be on television, you can get away with only two.

Sounds about right to me for the TV side of things. I'm not sure I agree with the first part though. For the site itself, the User Interface could use some work. All the links on the home page to individual rules are designed to pop up into their own windows. This effectively removes the ability to link to individual rules/pages. In turn, this will result in less traffic for their site.


More comicbook nostalgia

May 28, 2008

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imageJust discovered that yet another old comic-book/cartoon world is being brought back to cash in on gen-x nostalgia. This time, it's G.I. Joe. Scarlett certainly looks great, but with Brendan Fraser as Gung Ho, I'm apprehensive. I will give them credit for making Snake Eyes look bad ass. Hadn't thought about it in a long time, but the main comic book I remember reading as a kid was Issue 21 of G.I. Joe (I had to look up the number). While I wasn't a huge comic book geek, that one blew me away. Snake Eyes being the main character certainly helped, but the real reason was that it didn't have any words in it at all. Stands out in my mind as one of the first times that I realized that conventions didn't always have to be followed.


Better computer sleep

May 24, 2008

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If you have a computer that you happen to leave on a lot when you aren't using it, check out this article about using "S3" Standby. It's for Windows, but there is probably something similar for Macs out there. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if they do it by default. It's a little bit tech heavy, so if you aren't up for it, buy some whiskey for you geek friend and get them to set it up for ya. The example cost listed in the article is about $35/month for an always on computer. Now most folks won't have machines that take up quite that much juice, but you can probably save at least a few bucks.


Full Spectrum CFLs

May 24, 2008

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imageDoing a little more research of CFLs trying to pick some to put in my office for viewing prints. Seems that the important factors are color temperature (which I knew) and the color rendering index rating (which I was unfamiliar with. The higher the color rendering index, or C.R.I. the closer to nature sunlight and the more accurate colors will appear. Without getting into to many details, most CFLs that are considered "Full Spectrum" that I saw had a C.R.I. of 80-86. The BlueMax line put out by the aptly named company Full Spectrum Solutions are described as having a C.R.I. of 96. So, they should be very close to sunlight. They are more expensive than some of the other lights out there, but I figure if their marketing is accurate and they are going to last years like CFLs tend to do, it's worth it. Going to get one to take a look at and then more if it seems like it's as good as advertised.


Dimmable CFL

May 24, 2008

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I switched over most of the lights in my house to compact fluorescent light bulbs a while ago. I've been quite pleased with them though the ones I got do have a touch of a green tint when. There are several lights that I didn't switch over though, because I have dimmer switches installed. Until recently, CFLs didn't work with dimmers, but new ones came out at the end of last year that are designed for dimmers. I haven't tried them yet, but I'm dropping a link to them here to get some. The other thing I'm doing is finally switching out the bulbs in my office to daylight balanced. In case I ever do any printing I can at least be sure that the fact that my colors are off has nothing to do with the lights that I'm under. Just that I'm not very good at color balance.


Bad Ass Graffiti

May 23, 2008

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This is a little shaky to look at, but you get used to it pretty quick. Totally worth a watch. There are some creative-ass people out there.

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.


Photo of Stephanie

May 13, 2008

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Did another photo workshop a few weeks ago. Just now getting to the edit stage. Here's one of the first ones of a model named Stephanie. Stephanie I really need to get back into using photoshop. Touch ups, contrast adjustment and color ballance are taking me forever. If I do much more of this stuff, I'm going to have to actually color balance my monitor too. Right now, I struggle to keep from just saying to hell with it and converting everything to black and white or a sepia tone.


Jim Marshall: Proof

May 12, 2008

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I saw "Jim Marshall: Proof" a year or so ago at Books-a-million and loved it as I flipped though. I'm not a big buyer of books (I prefer the library), but have often regretted not picking up a copy. Checking around on occasion I never saw it again and never really tried to search for it on the net till tonight. Took a little while, but I finally found it in the third slot of the Google results for: photo book music "contact sheets". This is the only book that I can remember that puts forward a photographer's contact sheets. The Amazon review starts out:

To say it's rare for a photographer to publish his proof sheets is an understatement. It's almost unheard of. As Chronicle Senior Pop Music Critic Joel Selvin says in his excellent introduction, "Proof sheets are like a look behind the curtain at the Wizard of Oz."

I'd go a step beyond and say having contact sheets out in public is like being caught outside in only your underwear. Not quite naked, but pretty close. To be able to see the frames shot before and after the "hero" shot provides an amazing and intimate opportunity to see a little beyond the single images. If you're not sure what contact sheets are, or you just want to see a few from the book, you can use this link to see a few scans that Amazon provides. The contact sheets are the ones where you see a whole bunch (either 35 or 12) little images on one page. As much as I love the conveniences offered by digital photography seeing proof sheets REALLY makes me want to be in a darkroom.


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