Friday, December 19, 2008

Command your camera with your voice

As technology continues to amaze me (technologically challenged), I should not be surprised to see another advancement in photography that only a few years would have only been an idea. Software has been developed that allows us to talk to our cameras. That's right, voice commands to focus, adjust shutter speeds and fstops, change ISO and more has been developed by a company called Shutter Voice. How practical will it be? I see plenty of options for use today where I might have to hold a scrim because my clients does not have a budget for an assistant. At the moment it is only available for Canon cameras. Clear your throat and speak slowly.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Digital Workflow tutorial now available at Chromasia

One of our training partners, Chromasia, an online leader in digital photography and Photoshop tutorials has announced their newest tutorial on digital workflow. This latest tutorial is part four of an ongoing series of in-depth articles on processing digital images and is specific to ACR 5. I have read this and can vouch that it is quite informative and educational. Check it out here.
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cool new stuff from Think Tank Photo

I have stated it a number of times on my blog and that is, that I'm a big fan of the products made by Think Tank Photo. They have just come out with the new Airport Addicted version 2.0 and it has a lot of similarities with my beloved Airport International roller case. You can fit in lenses up to 400 mm and also include your laptop, use the seam sealed rain cover, and tuck away a shoulder straps.

These guys make fabulous products and are worth taking a look at. My wife and I took a quick trip to Mexico a few weeks ago and my Airport International went with me and here is a happy snap of it secured to the table in the room using the built-in cable and TSA approved padlock. This provided a fair amount of comfort because we not only were able to keep the laptop and some camera gear in their, but also our passports and wallets.

If you decide to order one be sure and use our discount code WS -- 151 and they will throw in something extra.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Are You Sitting There Waiting For The Phone To Ring?

A commercial photography business will not be successful these days if your marketing effort consists of sitting by the phone and waiting for it to ring. I am sure that most commercial photographers out there would agree that it's not quite like it used to be. Some photographers remain very busy while others are looking for different careers. I am one of those who agree that there does not seem to be quite as many assignments as there used to be and the ones that are there tend to be a little bit lower in budget. But there is work out there and I am fortunate to remain fairly busy.

I went to Brooks Institute in the 1970s and one of my fellow classmates remains one of my best friends to this day. We compare notes about the business and photography on average every 10 days and had a lengthy e-mail conversation this very morning. This is what prompted me to blog about him and his business. He is a fabulous photographer!
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