Monday, July 28, 2008

Holiday, and suggestions for new videos

Hello everyone, probably wont be posting for a while, because I am in Vermont helping out some family, and I will return home around thursday at which point I will be packing and heading back to my vacation home in northern New York. On my current trip I plan on doing some archetural shooting, unfortunetally I didn't bring my Fuji (which I use to make videos). As for Camp I plan on shooting a lot of landscape shots. I will bring my fuji to camp, and make a video there I hope, if I can get my Vivitar 285HV's get some flash use shots. I will also make some videos about landscape shooting, and shooting in the woods, I hope.

I'd like some suggestions for videos to make while on holiday in the woods, so post them down in the comments, I'd appreciate it loads.

Post again thursday...


Thursday, July 24, 2008

DIY: Water Resistant Hard Camera Case

Hey everyone, Just to fill you in I've created a DIY hard case that is water resistant, so this will be a bit of a tutorial/guide on how to make your own. Unfortunately I didn't take any shots during the making, but it should be super simple to figure out.
First we have our the bag that my cooler lives in I've attached a shoulder strap, this is just because the cooler is ugly. and now we have the interior of the cooler, which is made of 3 layers of 2" foam one is completely solid and the other two are cut out to fit around the kit lens. Because the cooler isn't large enough to cut the foam the way I'd like i had to add a very thin piece to the back that just slides in to protect the LCD and viewfinder. I also took 4 layers of quilt stuffing stuff and made a top.

How to make you're own:
Take an old cooler fill it with one solid layer of foam, now cut 2 layers of two inch foam to fit your lens and then take a thinner layer to protect the back, easy as that, cover the foam with fabric if you want. Email me if you create one so I can see, and if I like them I'll add the photos on here! (Jakeoc19 (AT) twcny(dot)rr(dot)com)

I've created a bit of a video just demonstrating the case, I should add now, that the case isn't water tight, but it would keep out rain and such.

Additional, you could post you're images in the comments, can't wait to hear from you.


Monday, July 21, 2008

Video: Simple 1 Light set up

The other day I saw some flowers in a salt shaker on my table and thought It would make a neat photo, so I made a video of the set up and break down of the set up. I used 1 75watt/hour Daylight Balanced CFL bulb cam left a gold reflector cam right, and a 5-1 reflector (white side) behind the subject acting as a background. I had to blur the background in Photoshop so that is a little evident around the edges. Way back when I first got my 40D I took a shot with the exact same set up I liked a little better, so check it out, here.

Sorry for the really bad audio quality!

Video: New Gear

I recently ordered a new camera bag and a large rocket Blower from B&H, which I highly recommend for buying photo gear, very competitively priced, and super fast shipping.

I ordered the Canon Deluxe Backpack 200Eg and the Giottos Large Rocket Blower. So I have a video of the opening of my new gear, and also the packing of my new bag, which will truely hold my 40D and 28-135 (ƒ3.5-5.6) just fine, can't wait to need a new bag though, because it will mean I have a lot of gear.

Video: Macro Photography

Hello again everyone, here's the second video in my series. I was out in my yard cutting the grass when I found a dead beetle, that was very large, so I decided to take a photo of it. In this video I will walk you through the set up I used to take it.

(Click on the Thumbnail for larger image)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Video: Canon 40D HighSpeed Shooting Demo

Hey everyone, this is my first post since the 'Welcome' which I believe blogger creates for you. That's because I have been deciding what to post about and, I have decided I will interview photographers, and also make a lot of videos, demonstrating techniques and all. This is my first video, demonstrating the 6.5FPS of the 40d, but actually putting it to use, and not just holding the shutter down.

I set my camera up on a tripod, and took photos while I threw water balloons at the ground.

here is one of the shots: (for more see the Gallery)