29 June 2007

Strobist 102 started

Strobist has started the Lighting 102 course. Why is it called 102, because the first one was called Lighting 101. Actually this week is already the second part and deals with distance. If you want to participate, you can still upload your assignment to Flickr. You can find more information on the Strobist Webpage. You might find this exercise less than exciting, but still do it. You learn by doing things more than just reading it. I did my assignment and encourage you to do the same.

David, the man behind Strobist just decided to take a leave of absence from work to concentrate for one year on the webpage and his family. As much as the strobist was worth the read and learning experience in the past, so much more is to be expected now.

That webpage is one of the best resources I know to learn about working with flashlights.

15 June 2007

New Nikon DSLR Rumor

If you want to spice up your life with some rumors after Apple's WWDC, there is a rumor out that Nikon is going to present a new Nikon DSLR camera. A journalist gave out the information. According to that, the camera would be better than anything that Canon released.

You can read more here. As I said, it is a rumor and might just be totally untrue, nice thought anyway. :-)

13 June 2007

Aperture Links

If you are working with an Apple Mac and enjoy working with Aperture, the following links might be interesting for you:

A reference point for a lot of information about Aperture is O'Reilly's Aperture Blog. You find most days at least two new entries tips, tricks and experiences around Aperture.

Related to O'Reilly's Aperture Blog is Aperture Plugged In with a presentation of plugins for Aperture. There are plugins for Flickr, istockphoto, Facebook etc. A lot of the plugins are for free, if you are using any of the related services. The webpage just received refreshed look, which makes it easier to navigate and find relevant information and there is so much more to explore. 

Another resource that I just found today via Aperture Plugged In, is Aperture Users Professional Network. This page appears to be resourceful as well. You need to sign up in order to be able to read some of the more in depth articles etc. There is a free membership (for which I opted, at least for now) and a paid membership. They organise course and tutorials, which you can attend as well.

If you have any other good links about Aperture, please let me know, so that I can upload them here.

04 June 2007

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs at D5 Interview transcript

Okay, computers again. I found this one today, a conversation between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, organized by All Things Digital.

read more | digg story

You can also watch it here:

Enjoy, just make sure to have a good internet connection. You can also download an audio or video podcast here

Do you really still need a tripod?

Some time ago, I read on a webpage that digital cameras replaced tripods. Somewhere else I read that the quality of a photographer is measured by how often he/she uses a tripod. What do I think about these statements? Though both of them have truth in them, they are also incorrect.

Why? Similar to computer technology, you find people who promote their way as the only right way. Apple users might say that only Apple computers are real computers, while Windows users say that Apple computers are overpriced and only for designers and rich people. I prefer my Mac to any Windows PC, but also know that some applications are only available for Windows or vice versa. Will I sell my Mac for that reason? For sure not, but I also know, where I might experience disadvantages. Skype, for example develops their software faster for Windows users and I have to be patient to be on par with my wife and her computer in that area.

Let's have a look at the issue with the tripod. What is my experience? I do use my tripod less since I work with my digital SLRs (Nikon D200 and D70s). It is amazing how little light I require to create beautiful pictures without using a flash or tripod. I don't use my tripod for weddings or portraits in general. (The exception just proves the rule.) I am more flexible and can move faster. There is less to carry around. Even for a lot of my landscape photography, I don't take my tripod with me. Hiking up Lion's Head with a tripod would be quiet tough. I still get some great images out of that.


there are occasions, where I want to concentrate on composition, work with long exposure or simply wait for a cloud to disappear out of the picture frame. In those moments I love my tripod and very often these are landscape shots. If I head for maximum sharpness, focus, depth of field, my tripod will be my companion. Or, if I work in my studio, I do very often use my tripod. It is so much more convenient, though I unmount it for portraits. I need the flexibility of moving around. The tripod might still serve a valuable service as secure spot to park my camera.

As so often, it is not about either or, but to know when to use the right piece of equipment. I love available light photography, but is it the answer to everything? No, not at all. Working with flashlight can create images, absolutely impossible with available light alone. Would I always use the flash? No, sometimes you can capture the right atmosphere with available light alone.

Believe me, I was a hardcore believer in only taking pictures in available light for a while. I learnt my lessons! There are also photographers, who's work mostly consists of pictures taken in available light. Herni Cartier Bresson is one of the many examples. I don't think that Ansel Adams took many pictures without tripod. Most of his camera were far too big to just hold in your hand.

There are some good exercises that you can assign yourself. Try for a week to take pictures only without a tripod. The next week, take pictures only with a tripod. Do the same for working with available light and flash light. Use only one focal length and change to another the next week. Your skill as photographer will grow as a result of this.

Strobist: Lighting 102: Introduction

Strobist: Lighting 102: Introduction

If you are interested in learning more about using flash photography creatively, check this one out. The strobist webpage is starting the 102 Lighting course. There will be assignments to complete, so you will be challenged.

I will be participating, will you?

02 June 2007

Video Interview with Steve Jobs

All Things Digital interviewed Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple. As I am enthusiastic about Apple computers and other products. Steve Jobs does not very often offers interviews. This interview gives some extra information about the iPhone, Apple TV and some other. Steve Jobs announces that the iPhone will be ready for customers by the end of June, latest by the 30th...

01 June 2007

Google bought Feedburner

It seems, today is blog day. Google announced today that they bought Feedburner. Feedburner is a tool for RSS feeds, which is used by a big number of bloggers, including myself. With the purchase, Google, clearly makes a point of showing their industry in user created content.

I would hope that Google will develop a new level of sophistication in using RSS feeds in the future. It's a bit scary to see this development as Google gains more and more influence into what the web community is doing. Google just bought Tube a few weeks ago... what will be next? Is Google becoming the Microsoft of the internet or will do things differently for the benefit of everyone?

"Offical wording: Q. Will Google assume full operational control of FeedBurner, or will FeedBurner remain autonomous?

A. We are excited to have the FeedBurner team join the Google team. The FeedBurner website will remain operational as we continue to integrate their technologies with Google's tools." (quoted from Feedburner's page)

Read more about this at Google's official blog

and here on Feedburner's page

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David Pogue on Microsoft's Surface Computer

I found this article yesterday at David Pogue's blog. David Pogue writes for the New York Times in the Technology section. This article was an interesting read for me as an Apple user...

Have fun reading it.

David Pogue on Microsoft's Surface Computer