It's the beginning of a new month... which means that it's time to move on to a new focus for what I'm doing in my free time. There are so many things to learn in this world and so many skills that can be developed that if you try and conquer learning about all of your interests at once, you will end up so spread out that it's hard to do anything well. To make my life skills a little more focused, I've decided that every month I'm going to try and learn more about one specific skill, or interest, as well as putting into practice whatever is associated with that skill set. Since today is the first day of May, that means that yesterday was the last day of April. April's topic for me was off-camera lighting for photography. and I had a lot of lighting assignments to get caught up on from the Strobist: Lighting 102 course that I had been working my way though. Wednesday night I finished watching the Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD set that I had started a couple of weeks ago which goes through most of the same material as the online Strobist: Lighting 102 "course" does (which is a series of blog entries that David Hobby put together to help teach lighting.) I didn't quite do all of the assignments from the course in order, but I worked on what I could, and here is what I ended up with.
We are nearing the end of another month.Â I'm sitting here asking myself "What happened to the month of April?" It seems like I just got started on this month's topic of lighting, and it's almost time to wrap it up.Â Sorry I didn't post more about my experience.Â It was one of those things where either I take my time to learn about lighting or I spend my time writing about it... which is hard to do if I haven't learned what I was going to write about. I was also planning on working my way completely through the Lighting 102 course... but due to traveling and loosing some of my lighting equipment, I haven't had the chance to finish that yet. I do plan on spending my time between now and then to finish the 8 DVD set that David Hobby of Strobist.com put together. Continue reading What happend to April?
So, you have a digital SLR but don't find yourself using it as much as your point-and-shoot because it is just too big to be carrying with you all of the time... or, you don't have a digital SLR and can't justify spending the money on one, or you just don't want a big camera. Don't worry, there are other options for getting the flash off your camera besides using big digital SLRs. I recently had a friend ask me about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.Â I did a little reading on it along with a good competitor that looks just a bit cheaper... the Canon G10. Continue reading Panasonic Lumix LX3 vs. Canon G10
Frozen Four" Division I Men's Ice Hockey National Championship Tournament. Since I was going to be road tripping out of Northern Minnesota to a place like Washington D.C., I was excited to try out some of the new photography techniques that I've been learning about... controlling lighting foreground/background using the inverse square law and off camera flash, controlling the light angle and getting more depth and dimension in my photos. Continue reading If you’re going to do something… take the time to do it
Sam Parsons, a friend of mine, expressed some interest in going through the Lighting 102 exercises as well. But I had enough free time today, that I figured that I had to do at least the next short section... distance. Continue reading Lighting 102: Distance
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