Need Electronic Advice

Posted: March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Need some electronic help.  I run into problems at photo conferences with old projectors that run only VGA connectors.  My newer and better laptops have connections only for HDMI.  So I have to use an old laptop that has VGA but the images look terrible when I present using this old laptop and the VGA.  I want to use my newer laptop with the better resolution screen and the HDMI connection.  I bought a VGA to HDMI convertor for $90 but it doesn’t work.  Anyone out there with any experience with this problem.

Macro Boot Camps

Posted: March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized
The “MACRO BOOT CAMPS” are three days of in depth learning, fun, and entertainment. You will need a camera, macro lens, tripod, as you will be shooting in the classroom. It is for the beginner to the intermediate photographer wanting to learn more about the macro world in nature.
Times for the Macro Boot Camps,
Friday 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm
(SOLD OUT) Comfort Inn, Middleburg Hts,OH, April 17,18,19, Cost $199
(SOLD OUT) Chantilly, Virginia, April 24,25,26, Cost $199
Holiday Inn Express, Milwaukee,WI(near airport) May 1,2,3, Cost $199
Holiday Inn Express, Warminster,Pennsylvania, May 29,30,31, Cost $199
Hilton Garden Inn, St Augustine, Florida. June 12,13, Cost only $119.
Caribbean Photo Workshop Cruise – June 15-19 – http://vanelliandfriends.com/cruise/
(FALL 2015)
Red Lion Hotel, Kennewick, Washington, Sept 18,19,20, Cost $199
Macro Photo Conference – Ramada Inn – Seekonk, MA, Oct 10,11, Cost $199
TO SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOPS GO TO www.MacroStoreOnline.com

Hoodman Loupe Sale

Posted: March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized
Hunt’s photo is offering a sale price on a great product to help you see you camera’s LCD when outside in bright light.  I’ve used one for years and wouldn’t go out to shoot without it.
Here’s a video about the Hoodman Loupe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBM7EZXhbNk&feature=youtu.be
Here’s the sale price. http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=HLPP3M&mfg=Hoodman&show=yes&sp=PFU4f

 

People come to my Macro Boot Camps to learn about macro photography and many times I learn new things in the workshop.  Jim Norman showed me a very interesting new idea by adding water drops to the screen of his iPad. The little water drops capture different designs using the RGB colors in the pixels of the screen.  I asked Jim to send me some info and images about this. This can be done on your laptop screen as well.
Below are three examples from my experiment trying to coax “hidden” color from my iPad.  I think the different background images worked well in setting the overall color scheme, and I like the variety in the effects caused by the water focusing the RGB pixel colors.

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My Indoor Backlighting

Posted: March 24, 2015 in Uncategorized
Backlighting with early morning or late evening sunlight is a great way to create unique macro images. We can also create interesting images using a light table for backlighting different subjects. This is something I like to do during the winter months when I’m limited on subjects to shoot outdoors.
Here is a light table I bought for $40 at Hobby Lobby and it works great for backlighting a Nautilus shell like you see here, I’ve used it for feathers, leaves, flowers. and anything that is semi transparent.

Here’s some shots for the light table.


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The Photographer’s Wife

Posted: March 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Here’s a great post that was on naturephotographers.net a couple years ago, and thought you all would like reading it. Thanks Michele for this great insight as a photographer’s wife.

Photographer’s Wife
by Michelle Blanchard

Yes. I know not all photographers are men. But, being that my husband is one, I’ve learned that a photographer’s wife:

Knows that a “going for a walk” really means “stand for long, long periods in one spot”.

Becomes accustomed to seeing her husband lay on his belly in public places.

Knows that ‘the light’s gone’ doesn’t mean it’s dark.

Has learned that photography involves expensive gadgets which break, are easily lost, and are used only once in a very great while.

Has learned that photographic equipment multiplies and eventually fills up what used to be the guest bedroom.

Is resigned to the fact that camera manufacturers build obsolescence into each piece of equipment, and that after a year of use, the equipment needs to be replaced.

Never has to wonder what to get her husband for Christmas and birthdays.

Understands that when they board a plane, her bags will be checked, not his camera backpack.

Wisely refuses to carry that backpack.

Has learned that making statements like “watch your settings” and “did you charge the battery?” aren’t considered nagging.

Has learned that, no matter how many photos he takes, she will never see more than one or two.

Has learned that, “Okay, here we go” is always followed up with “Oh, wait”.

Has learned to check all his pockets for memory cards before washing his clothes.

Knows that “blowing out the whites” doesn’t involve explosions or Caucasians.

Cannot get her husband to sit still for a family portrait.

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