Flash Maintenance

The flashes are very old technology. Flash started in 1864 with magnesium wires. The first electronic flash tube was created in 1931 by Harold Edgerton.

I’m talking here about pocket flashes, aka Speedlites for Canon, Speedlights for Nikon and speed lights for Sony, Olympus…

Flashes haves shrunk in size. Power has improved with new power sources like batteries. Flashes can last for years and decades. There are three major points of failure:

  1. The flash …
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The Power Strip

I’ve always been taught that I should not overload a power strip by plugging too many things into it.

It’s supposed to be only a ‘short term’ solution according to health and safety.

Power Strip for the movie industry

Power Strip for the Movie Industry

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Telephotos for You: Vancouver, BC

These people belong to a photo club. They came to make photos of people rowing in False Creek, Vancouver, BC. There were 2 groups. This group was the ‘more bunched up’.

  • ¾ of these photographers were guys and the other ¼ were women but all of them where in their 50+.
  • The vast majority of these photographers were using Canon with 2 or 3 of them using Nikon cameras.
  • Only one person was using a mirrorless. It was a Sony A7II with some adapter for his Canon lens, but he was not happy with the autofocus missing far too many photos (I could hear him complaining to his neighbour).
  • Half of the people were using tripods. My problem with tripods is that once they are ‘planted’, people (including me) stay where the tripod is planted.

A bunch of people taking photos of people rowing

Photographers: Vancouver, BC

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Most Stolen Cameras of 2015

2015 — stolen cameras

Most Stolen Cameras of 2015

This infographic is published by Lenstag: https://www.lenstag.com/ a company that register cameras, lenses… The registry is free. It’s also possible to use Lenstag when buying used equipment on Craig’s list or eBay to see if it was stolen.

“I’m much more interested in solving the problem of camera and lens theft with Lenstag than making money,” Trevor Sehrer (Lenstag founder) said. “The site doesn’t cost a lot of time or money to operate since users only need it when their set of gear changes and the verification system can scale quickly to as many verifiers as I need to get through any backlog.”

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The Upside of Selfies

In 2014, InfoTrends predicted that that people will upload 1 trillion photos in 2015. That’s one thousand billion photos with 80% uploaded to Facebook and the other 20% to the rest of what used to be called the Information Superhighway. That’s Flickr, Instagram, Google+, websites…

The vast majority of these photos are selfies, are they the bane of the modern age.

The problem with selfies is that they are part of the human …

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Raw and Colour Space

Almost all dSLRs (except some of the really, really old dSLRs from the early 2000) provide two colour spaces, the ubiquitous sRGB (standard RGB)1 and aRGB (adobe RGB)2. aRGB was developed by Adobe as a colour space that would cover the full CMYK colour space used by printing presses like magazines…

A raw file has a much larger colour space than either sRGB or aRGB. The raw file has a colour space than …

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Why Are My Colors Flat?

Why are my colors flat when they looked so good on the review LCD of the camera? The photos looked fantastic for about 5 seconds in Lightroom, then they became flat.

It’s complicated because they are so many variables:

The Color Spaces

There are 3 main color spaces for us photographers:

  1. sRGB, the smallest color space. This is the basic color space in photography. And, it’s not fully supported by the vast majority …
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Canon: The Right Way of Metering

Canon has 4+ metering modes:

  1. Evaluative Metering
  2. Partial Metering
  3. Spot Metering
  4. Center-weighted Average Metering

All new dSLRs have similar modes, they just call it differently

And then there’s the manual mode. So what’s the right way? That depends:

  • On the direction of the wind
  • The age of the captain
  • What about the exposing to the right?

Does this sound whimsical? Because exposure is whimsical. There’s no right exposure. It just depends. The …

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The Camera Check: The Evening Before

When people go to church and pray, usually they are have a ritual. It involves getting dressed, gather the… It’s a ritual. Me, I have a similar ritual before going to create photos. I usually do it the evening before, so my bag is ready and I just have to pick it up. Since it’s a ritual, I always do it in the same way. Now it’s almost automatic and it usually …

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Color Space and Your Camera

If you are only using print and not using the web, then don’t bother reading this blog post. For the rest of us, this is one of the most important and fundamental to photography and the web. BTW ain’t you reading this on the web?

Go to this web page: http://regex.info/blog/photo-tech/color-spaces-page2 but not yet, let me first explain. You will need to have Javascript enabled on your web …

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How Tough is Your Camera?

I’m not sure that I would really want to test how tough is my camera, but some other dudes, at Digital Rev, tested the Canon 7D. Think of it as the “Jackass” movie but for cameras. For me it is much funnier since nobody gets hurt. They got their Canon 7D:

  • Run over, multiple times, by a truck.
  • Drop down, multiple times, down a set of stairs
  • Frozen solid in an ice block, including …
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