Archive for April, 2009

It’s hard to stay motivated

Looking over the blog entries over the past week, with the exception of Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider and a couple other blogs that pull news from other blogs, it seems that either there isn’t much new going around or everybody is just a little frustrated with coming up with new content daily (myself included).  As a lab guy, I see alot more ideas than I will ever have time to shoot.  Just this week, I’ve seen amazing wildlife, architecture and sports portraits.

So how does this help you? It doesn’t really.  All I’m saying is that with the hectic pace that life throws at you, sometimes it is hard to spend time on something that rarely gives back what you put into it.

I want to thank DIYphoto.net and portraits.com for linking to my site and the few brave folks who have left comments. Those comments are worth their weight in gold for this blogger.  Feedback is what makes it all worthwhile.

If you have bothered to read this far, please check out David Hobby’s two part series on real estate photography.  I am currently trying to sell my house as well and he has inspired me beyond words with these two entries.

Part One: how to use a free blog to sell your house

Part Two: working around the house (architectural lighting)

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Boost your business “know-how” – The Goal

Usually I write about photography or photoshop, but today I wanted to share some books that have changed the way I view business at the most fundamental level.

Today, I wanted to share a book called The Goal.  Written like a novel, this easy reading book is about the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and shares a powerful method for conflict resolution called the cloud diagram. This is one of the all time best business books out there (as well as one of the best selling business titles ever). It is very easy to read and will forever change the way you look a problems (business or personal).

TOC – in a  nutshell – is a method to identify areas in a system where the work backs up – “the bottleneck” – and how to alleviate the problem.  This can work for marketing, sales, production, workflow, scheduling, etc… If you can identify the problem area, this book gives you the tools to fix them.  Bonus – Understanding why most other popular business paradigms (Just in time -JIT, Total Quality Management -TQM, and six sigma, etc…)  work can be explained by TOC.

A couple of articles on composition

This morning I found a couple of articles on composition on the Digital Photography School Blog. They’re not amazing but they have solid basic advice.

4 rules of composition for landscape photography

5 more elements of composition

At first I thought it was a joke…

Good morning,

I was scanning all the blogs I follow this morning and ran across this page at Gizmodo.com.  It is a picture of a guy holding the biggest dang lens that I have ever seen!  After a little research, I found you can actually get it on Amazon.com.         -Truly Amazing

One other note,  David Ziser wrote an amazing article on his blog a couple of days ago in his Soap Box Friday article.

My 2 cents (We need more Composition)

Maybe it’s just me, but I have grown weary of lighting. 

  Granted, it is a very important aspect of photography, but what about composition?  It seems to me that everybody and their cousin is a fan of the strobist (which I think is a great site also), but that is only half of the equation.

  Last Tuesday, David Ziser did a very nice piece on the use of the horizon line with respect to composition.  I wish more photographers would address the various parts of composition: Crop, Composition, Posing and POV (point of view).  Mr. Ziser’s article was a great example of POV. When you think about camera position, you first need to decide whether there is a horizon line or not (like a seamless backdrop). The general rule of thumb is that, depending on the portrait crop (bust, 3/4s or full), determine the height of the camera.  Mr. Ziser’s video made me realize that it’s not that easy and a horizon line requires a different line of thought.

There’s 3 kinds of blogs…and then some…(a list)

As far as I can tell, there are three kinds of blogs.

  1. News (news to you) blogs
  2. Educational blogs
  3. Journal (news to me) blogs

News blogs are great, but require tons of new constant updates.  Three of my favorites are: portraits.com, digital-photography-school.com and photography.suite101.com  between these three I can usually find a wealth of new photography related content.  The other big three that I read are: Gizmodo, Digg and Canon Rumors.

If you are looking for an educational blog for tips, tricks, techniques as well as projects, I recommend the Strobist, Digital ProTalk and DIYPhoto.net for photography as well as the general site: Instructables.

Finally, there is the journal blog which pretty much is just about what someone has been up to.  Of all of the major blogs that I follow, I have found that Joe McNally’s blog fits the description best.  It’s not a bad thing, I enjoy reading it, but that’s just what it seems to be.

Two other blogs (just in case you’re not tired of reading my list yet ;-}  ), PixSylAted is a hybrid between news and education but a very good read.  Probabably my favorite for content – I especially like the regular post of “lessons I didn’t learn in Photo school”.   The other is one that most everybody already knows about (just like most of this list)  PhotoshopInsider.  It is a combination of news and journal – the author (Mr. Kelby) has plenty of other outlets for providing educational content.  One great item worth noting about this blog is “guest wednesday”. It is a section where a guest author writes for the blog and provides a lot of great content. It is kind of a who’s who of blogging special honor to be invited to write for this column.

That’s it, my list (not a complete list- just some of the big ones) of blogs by category.

Sorry for my absense, an update & thanks to Greg

I’ve been fighting bronchitis since friday and haven’t been up to much of anything.

I did, however, find a link that I meant to include in an earlier post (Catching Flies).

It is to a website that posts humorous stories from customer service reps.  The site is called “Not Always Right

I also wanted to thank Greg at Portraits.com for the referral.