Photoshop theme: Literal translations of popular idioms

February 09, 2008

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From Fark. A bunch of these made me chuckle. link


No more Polaroids

February 08, 2008

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Yet another part of the film world of photography is about to disappear. Seems Polaroid is going to stop producing film. Trigger nostalgia. I never had a Polaroid camera myself, but used Polaroid backs all the time when working on commercial and studio shoots. I'm glad they mention that part of it in the article. I don't think that most people know that pros used Polaroids all the time.


InfraRecorder

February 06, 2008

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I'm trying a new (to me) open source CD/DVD burning piece of software called "InfraRecorder". So far, seems pretty nice. I've said before, I'm a big fan of using open-souce software whenever it acts as a viable replacement for it's commercial counterpart.


Camera Stabilizer

February 02, 2008

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Can't believe in all my years of photography, I've never seen this before. At least, not that I remember, and I think I would have remembered. Here is a video of how to make what is probably a pretty good little stabilizer. Not as good as a tripod, obviously, but I'm sure is better than hand holding. Especially in tight spaces. It's nothing more than a bolt that you attached to the tripod mount of your camera with a sting attached that has a weight at the other end. You just drop the weight, step on it and pull up against the sting to provide some stability. If you are using a lens with image stabilization built in, you can probably do some pretty long hand held exposures.


Cheating

February 02, 2008

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Found this on boingboing. Pretty creative.


DVD Flick

February 02, 2008

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Haven't tried this one yet, but it looks quite nice. A free, open-source piece of windows software that purports to allow you to make a DVD out of most any video file or files on your computer. Link and a how-to.


Daytripper

January 31, 2008

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Yet another trip to Atlanta today. Left the house at about 6am, got back to the house about 11pm. So, only about 17 hours this time. I've been at least a little bit burned out for a while now. Unfortunately, I've got at least one day trip back up to ATL each week for the next five. Ugh…..


Hearing a word without knowing what it means

January 27, 2008

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I picked up "The Dark Tower" to read again this weekend. About halfway through the main character has an encounter with a demon. The word used to describe it is "succubus". I kinda knew what it meant, but decided to look it up and found this definition: a demon assuming female form to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep — compare incubus Makes sense, but I immediately latched onto the word incubus as a band name. I had never thought about the name of the band actually being something. Probably spawns from our culture where our names tend to be just names and don't mean other things. Anyway, here's the three definitions that m-w.com has for the word: incubus 1: an evil spirit that lies on persons in their sleep; especially : one that has sexual intercourse with women while they are sleeping — compare succubus 2: nightmare 3: one that oppresses or burdens like a nightmare Funny, the things you learn when looking up words you don't fully understand.


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