I haven’t taken full advantage of SmugMug yet, in fact I’ve hardly used it until lately. But I’m still planning on getting some photos loaded. In the meantime I was getting some use out of SmugMug by using it to post photos for review. But I can’t say the upload process is painless.
Our kids are raising some caterpilars and tadpoles. A great time to try out my macro lens. Results could be better, but it was fun.
Our kids are raising some caterpillars and tadpoles. A great time to try out my macro lens.
My next photo outing was a little more successful. I returned with some pictures and learned that a pro memory card is probably worth while. So is shooting in RAW.
This time I remembered to bring my memory card. I also brought along a spare 2gb backup card I purchased on the spur of the moment. The weather was cooperative (it wasn’t raining). In fact, with late afternoon sun mostly peeking through the clouds it was pretty good.
I had always planned on getting a spare memory card. After today a spare memory card I can leave in my camera bag just went to the top of my “to buy” list.
I had always planned to get a spare memory card. But I thought that a 2gb card would do me fine for a couple of months. Even with RAW+large JPEG files at something like 25mb per shot, you can fit a lot of shots on a 2gb card. Enough anyway for the kind of shooting I do, close to home, or at least close to a car where I could have a laptop if needed.
My new Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II finally arrived yesterday. I’ve only had time to unpack it and take a few snaps, but it’s awfully nice.
Well, it’s finally here, my new 1Ds Mark II. The two week estimate turned into three actual. But it’s here and it’s paid for and I can try out some new photos.
My thoughts on spending $12,000 to order the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, a couple of basic camera lenses and a flash.
Well, I finally did it. I put down a deposit for a new DSLR. I’ve got mixed feelings about this. It’s a lot of money and I’m just getting started. But by buying the top of the line Canon DSLR I know that the camera won’t let me down.
If you want to be a better photographer, you should take the time to actually look at the images and photographs that others have created.
Stephen King, in his fantastic book On Writing, said that if writers don’t make the time to read, they shouldn’t even attempt to make the time to write. I used to say something similar about actors or anyone who wants to work in the film industry: if you can’t get out to see movies, and if you’re not going to watch TV, you’re going to have a really hard time being creative in those mediums.
Naturally this applies also to photographers. If you want to take better photographs, you have to look at photographs.
I’m starting to do some online research into stock photography and found this interesting site. Too bad it looks like Bahar Gidwani is shutting down DIMdump. But there’s lots of good stuff, like this post about pricing models that got me thinking that the limited download smugmug pricing options I mentioned in my last post may not be so bad. Also, some encouragement from Bahar’s final post.
My plan had been for me to look into getting into stock photography sales sometime next spring. But I signed up for the two week smugmug trial and got hooked. There’s a lot to like about the smugmug web site if you’re looking to get online as a photographer (professional or not).
My current system is Minolta Maxxum based, and I’ve had it just about as long as the Maxxum line has been around. In fact I still have my original Maxxum 7000 kicking around.
Sometime soon I’m planning to get a new digital SLR, but I learned to take pictures with my 7000, and I have thousands of slides filed away.