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Times are changing in the world of photography as fast as you can read this line. Canon has finally gotten the message that more megapixels and tiny space is a bad idea with the release of the new G11. They have dropped the megapixels from 12 to 10 which is still plenty big for 99% of the people out there shooting. I still shoot and use an older Nikon 950 2.1 megapixel rig because I LOVE the twist body.  Canon is dropping the count for low noise, finally.. I love pocket cameras but man can they generate the noise at a high (cough).. ISO 400. 

Video is another up and coming tidal wave. With the release of SD video and HD video on small cameras like the D90, Canon 5D MII and even the pocket cameras,  the ability to take a HD video stream and then “cut” out the one single image you want is very close indeed. This has been done for an advertisement using the RED camera and with the same camera, a wedding was recorded and then the stills were taken from the RED’s video stream. Expensive so far but prices are falling. I just walked into a favorite coffee bar and ran into a bunch of Chapman students finishing up a student project shooting with a RED. When the students can afford to rent a RED, it’s getting almost reasonable. My SD800 Canon takes better video than my Sony super duper 8mm or my Canon Mini video cameras. Still, all the video in the world does not make a good still, you still need someone who can compose and take a decent picture. Trees sticking out of persons head in video is still bad imagery, even in HD.

Speaking of video, I bought a itty bitty Kodak “flip” style recorder as a lark for a hundred bucks at target. It shoots “HD” which means that it has the right pixel count even if it’s washed out and a bit coarse compared to a real HD camera. But, for the price, it’s amazingly good. The unit is tiny and light.. the bad news is no image stabilization so the pictures goes all over the place trying to hand hold it but it does have a tripod mount. It uses standard SD flash cards and dumps the video out precompressed and ready to play. If you have a Zi6, then get the firmware update here:

http://tiny.cc/evMEM

When playing MR. Photographer, one has to have a few important items like liability insurance. I carry a million dollars and I just can not understand how someone would take the chance shooting with models, heavy equipment, power cords etc and have someone hurt themselves (real or feigned ) then sue them. The insurance is cheap compared to what you could lose. Same goes for wedding insurance, I also carry that to cover me against the bride-zillas of the world who feel they are entitled to anything they want for free if they complain loud enough. Or if I get hit by a car, or my camera is stolen and so on. Again, it’s so cheap compared to what is at risk you really can not justify not having through someone like the PPA.

http://www.ppa.com/

I love Lightroom, it’s my main “goto” editing tool nowdays with Photoshop doing the heavy lifting as required. There is so much to learn about it that a good reasource to use is at the Photoshopuser site:

http://www.photoshopuser.com/lightroom2/

Drop by and poke around if you like Lightroom and want to improve your skillset with it.

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We dont bounce as well as we used to

OK, not so much photography except my plate removal surgery ruined my chance of playing in the worldwidephotowalk this year 🙁  I really thought yesterday I could muscle through it today for a two hour walk, even got the Doc to change out the dressings on Friday instead of waiting till Monday. That was till I could not get to sleep till 1am and even then, very strange dreams. Ever since the surgery, my sleep has been bad, not restful at all.

So whats a person to do? Play with Lightroom of course 🙂  I had a “gallery show” coming up at a local coffee house  called:

Chapman Coffee House

505 N Glassell Street
OrangeCA 92867

Nice plan, good coffee and good rice balls (???)  No, I’m not telling the story, you gotta go there to get it.

Back to Lightroom, I found out I was not able to sort on images that are “broken” or in other words, LR is unable to find the original image. It would be the same thing as putting the images on a removable drive and then removing it after importing the images. You can see them but not edit them in LR. Seems to me to be a bit of an oversight.

Other fun news is that  the Kodak Zi6 pocket “Flip type” of video recorder actually works pretty well. At least for 120 bucks it does well and yes, even in HD 720. It needs image stabilization in a bad way but maybe next time. Rechargable batteries work but not for long. The device is sensitive to the 1.2 volts dropping much below that. The normal alkaline batteries at 1.5 volts will last a considerable amount of time longer.

Other news?  I dumped Backblaze as a backup solution. Its Mac application went stupid too many times and when it does, I have to reboot AND almost always have to spend time repairing permissions and whatnot since it’s a power off,  not a clean reboot. So I canceled my account and nobody there seemed to care enough to even send a form letter. I keep telling people that the Amazon S3 services is the best bet and after 2 years, nobody has done it better yet.

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