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DIY Strip Box

Self portrait shot using the DIY strip soft box.

I’m experimenting more with portrait lighting, trying to dial in something that doesn’t look like a department store. One look I keep coming back to uses a single strip light. Some of the commercial versions are very expensive, and the DIY versions seem to have some inherent flaws that make them less flexible or sturdy than I’d like.

This version is my first attempt at addressing as many of these problems as I can. Total cost is about $20US, and roughly 30 minutes of time.

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My new favorite photo gadget!

I did some bargain hunting for my trip to PhotoshopWorld in Las Vegas this September. The car was cheap, I stayed in a time share, and got seriously lucky for low-price air fare. I even stocked the fridge with cereal, milk, and water to save on breakfast and keeping hydrated. So I felt OK looking around for stuff I normally wouldn’t buy on impulse. That turned out to be an excellent strategy, because I ended with a Spider Pro Holster.

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More dark field and DIY tinkering

My new D800 just came in a few weeks ago, so I’m just learning some of the capabilities. I’ve paired it with an SB-910 flash, which is insanely powerful for a stock unit. I like to test things under controlled setups, but I don’t usually keep any kind of studio or table set up. That means when the bug bites, I make stuff up.

In this case, my son wanted me to get a picture of these really cool insect eggs attached to the bottom of a leaf. What a great excuse for a DIY macro studio!

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Shooting Horses

I thought that might get your attention. If you follow my online ramblings, you are sure to know that I am trying to get into equine photography. I recently completely shooting my 4th event for the local AERC club, and my gear lineup is getting fairly solid. I figured I’d log it here for anyone else who may be interested in such things.

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Photography workshops

I just found out that one of my favorite Photoshop gurus, the real Photoshop Diva Katrin Eismann, is teaching a Phase One workshop in Big Sur. Now, I haven’t taken one of these classes, but I’m betting this is not your run-of-the-mill workshop. According to the description, you’ll get to work with a Phase One digital back with a 60M sensor and a ‘complete range of lenses’.

Wow.

The workshops take place on location in places like Glacier Park, Iceland and Australia, as well as the aforementioned Big Sur. Prices seem to be around $5k and up, but include some of the transportation, lodging, use of the camera gear, and some benes to take home (a camera bag and a couple of 30×40 prints from images shot during the class. It sounds like quite a deal for what’s included.


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