Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Daniel Devine's 16:9 Cinema Shot

DD is a friend of mine from over at Camera Labs and he has recently started photographing weddings for a company called Devine images, in Scotland, This is a photo he took at his 3rd wedding, and I really like this shot, so I posted it here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

DIY 3 Dollar 10 Second Speed Strap

Seen those SpeedStraps by Honl Photo and you really think they're cool, but you don't want to dish out upwards of $20 for a bit of velcro. Well if you have 3 Dollars and 10 seconds, you can have you're very own, no-sew speedstrap for all your accesories.

First you're going to need to make a trip to your local supermarket and buy some 'Velcro Brand Design Straps' (the small size 8inches by 1/2inch) these are like those little cable ties.

Next you're going to need is a fat rubber band, you know how theres wider ones, and then thin ones, get a wide one that will be big enough to wrap around your flash.

Now put your rubber band around your flash head align your two velcro straps and strap them together, so to tighten it you pull one end throu the loop of the other.

I hope the video can illustrate that more clearly for you.

Monday, August 18, 2008

The Vivitar 285HV

I've been on vacation for the last week or so guys, and as promised my review, of the Vivitar 285HV flash unit.

First thing I would like to say a+ to B&H photo for super fast shipping, 2 days before expected. When I got my flash the first thing I noticed was the simplicity of the packing, which is awesome, just open the box, slide the flash out, and take out the book, the diffuser and sync cord which were in baggies. I think that its great packing, there's not a lot of plastic, and packaging and all that stuff that is really bad for the environment, plus the box looked cool--very retro. When I got the flash out the first thing I noticed, was how well built it was, it felt solid. I put in my batteries (which I am going to post about later on) I had a bit of trouble 'forming the capacitors' but from what I did, it seems you just put it on 1/1 power (the 'm' setting) and keep firing the flash a few times. Anyway, once I got it working it was AWESOME!
So, now I'm going to show you my little intro video, then continue going where I left off in the video.

So to go onto the exposure calculator dial, (which you can actually back light by pressing the white button next to the green indicator light) in the video I had no idea how to use it, really truely. I think after playing with it for a week I've deciphered the auto modes. What you need to do, is turn your ISO dial, to your selected ISO, and make sure that your other thing is at full power, (the bottom wheel) now, you look for the aperture you want to use, and set the dial on the front to the color the corresponds to the aperture. Then you set your shutter speed to 1/125th and aperture to the one you've used on your flash and voila. it may take a bit of fine tuning using the aperture to control the amount of light. Thats about it for the Vivitar, the manual features are great, but I'd really love to see a lot more, all you have is 1/1 1/2 1/4 and 1/16, i'd love to see 1/8 and lower than 1/16.

If you don't already have one, for $89.00 go buy one.