Friday, September 4, 2015

What is the Best Focal Length for Portraits?

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It's commonly said that the best focal length for portraits is 85mm to 135mm.  That is often true, but what's the underlying rationale for it?  What if the subject is a child?  What if it's a group portrait?  What if you wanted to include the environment in the background?  The truth is there is actually no ideal focal length for portraits.  Instead, there are three factors that you need to keep in mind.  Hit the jump!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Taking Some Rest

This should be a short one. Mic have started this blog a long time ago. And I joined ship after we discovered we had lots of common interests and the same love for sharing knowledge with others. We don't make money for ourselves out of this blog. We're not selling anything here and we have no interest other than helping people who are like us.
 
I don't know how long I have been writing here. Just go check the updated index on the home page. We've written close to 950 posts if I remember correctly. Some of them have created some discussion, and others have lived in complete silence with no comments. Yet we never stopped posting. Maybe we slowed now, but never stopped. Without much mentl support, sometimes I feel like I am talking to myself in an empty room, despite the regular hits we keep getting according to the stats.
 
Anyway, time has for me to take some rest from posting here, and concentrate more on the projects I have on my hand. This is turning out to be the busiest time of my life till now. I will not go away and I will not disappear. But I will be around, and will make the occasional post whenever the time feels right and I have somthing worthy of sharing.
 
I also apologize for ruining some of the previous posts by removing some of the photos in them. But I have taken the decision to keep all my family photos private once more. This makes me more comfortable. So, wish me luck, and see you again soon. I have really enjoyed everything posted here.
 
Bye!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Strobist Sunday at Santa Monica with the Stylus 1



Last Sunday, we went to Santa Monica's Pacific Park, a small amusement park at the famous Santa Monica pier.  I took some shots Strobist-style (i.e. with off-camera flash).  In this post, I would like to share some samples comparing on-camera flash, off-camera flash, and no flash.


Friday, August 21, 2015

UAE Trip - Part 4


Welcome to the fourth and final part of the “Trip to UAE” series. We started with my arrival at Abu Dhabi at night, then spending the next morning visiting various famous locations in Dubai (Palm Island, Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and its dancing fountain). That same night we managed to rent a Corvette C7 Stingray for 24 hours from Dubai and left our car there and drove back to Abu Dhabi to get a night’s sleep. Next day we drove to the top of Jebel Hafeet mountain in the Corvette, went to JBR in Dubai for lunch, then finally returned the Corvette and drove back to Abu Dhabi in our car.

All of this happened in the matter of 48 hours and I only had one other day to spare in UAE. In this post I will tell you all about what we did there. Hit the jump.

Nissin Air Di700a (radio wireless TTL) now available for Sony

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The Nissin Air Di700a, a radio-based wireless TTL system which I wrote about here, is apparently now available for Sony cameras. According to another ebay listing, it uses the new Multi-Interface Shoe.(used in the a6000, a7 series, etc.), not the Minolta hotshoe.

The seller describes it as a "pre-sale" (pre-order) although the seller's specified release date has already passed, so it appears to be readily available.  You should probably contact the seller to confirm.  Also please note the price of this combination is significantly higher than the price of a similar kit for Nikon or Canon, which is around $300.  Hopefully, it becomes available at a lower price for Sony as well.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Drone on a Leash: Fotokite Phi



Fotokite Phi is a drone that is designed to carry a GoPro camera.  What makes it different is that it is controlled by a leash, like a kite.  Check out their Indiegogo campaign.  Early bird pricing is $259 (pre-order price is $349).  Note: There is NO camera included.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

True or False? "Aperture Controls Flash, Shutter Speed Controls Ambient"

One of the often-repeated rules of thumb for flash is that "aperture controls flash, while shutter speed controls ambient."  In this post, we'll see why this adage can be misleading.

Monday, August 10, 2015

PSA: Man Dies While Filming Bull Run

While using a cell phone to film a bull run in Spain, a man was gored in the neck and died.  AP News article here.  Just a reminder to stay safe when shooting photos or video.

Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Passport Photos part 3



It was time again for us to renew passports for my daughter and myself (note that children's passports expire after only five years).  As before, I wanted to do it myself so that I could have photos I would at least be satisfied with for ten years (the passport duration for adults).

For the passport photos in this post, I used the following:

To process the photos and prepare them for printing, I used Lightroom 6.  Here's how I took the photos.