Camera Stabilizer

February 02, 2008

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

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

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

Found this on boingboing. Pretty creative.


DVD Flick

February 02, 2008

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

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

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

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

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

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.


What happens after I hit publish?

January 27, 2008

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

Wired provides an overview here.


One more from Ken Rockwell

January 26, 2008

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

I'm really enjoying kicking round this guys site. Here's another one I really like: The Seven Levels of Photographers. Of course, I think you can exist at multiple levels at the same time. Most of the whores (level 6) I know are also artists (level 7). Usually just not on the same shoot. Of course, I seem to be level zero these days: Armchair Photographer


So, you wanna be a photographer?

January 26, 2008

Note: This post was migrated from my old blog software. It hasn't been cleaned up yet (and might not ever be). Don't be surprised if the formatting, links, images, etc... are messed up.

This is an older article that I just saw by a guy named Ken Rockwell. It's called How to Become a Professional Photographer. It's long, but worth a read if you are in early stages of considering starting just about any business. He talks a lot about how the important part of running a photography business is the actual business side rather than the photography side. Also, about how important sales and marketing are. I've thought off and on since I probably about that time I first picked up a camera about having a photography business. I've worked directly for a few photographer and with a bunch more and freelanced myself for a while. From everything I've seen, the article pretty well nails it. Perhaps my favorite quote is up towards the top:

Would you like to photograph anything you want, anywhere you want, anytime you want, any way you want, with a great professional camera system? Would you love to travel to luxury destinations and photograph whatever, whenever you want? The only way to do this is to keep your real job and do photography on your own time.

I haven't been shooting much recently, but I couldn't agree more.


Go To Index Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106


© Alan W. Smith
RSS Feed