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    August 16th, 2008

    Shooting Tessa

    _MG_00841.jpgA couple of weeks ago I was hired to shoot young Tessa – the cute two-year-old daughter of some friends of ours. The shoot was great fun, and we got some good photos.

    I asked if we could meet up early – around 8am – to make sure we had some nice early morning light, and we did the shoot in the garden at Tessa’s house.

    This was partly so she’d be comfortable and have her stuff to play with, but it was also a great location as the trees provided some shade while the plants offered some pleasing backdrops.

    Primes all the way

    I brought a bunch of lenses, thinking it’d give me some options, but I pretty much only used my nifty fifty – the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II.

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    June 30th, 2008

    Apple Certified Pro!

    certified_pro_blk300.pngLast week I went to all4DVD in Orange County south of LA for a 2-day training course in Apple’s Aperture. And when the training was over I took the certification test, and passed. So I’m delighted to say I’m now an Apple Certified Pro Level 1 in Aperture.

    The course, taught by Aperture Master Trainer Victor Maldonaldo, was pretty intense – it’s been a long time since I spent 2 days solid doing one thing in front of a computer, let alone trying to absorb all the information and instructions coming at me.

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    June 28th, 2008

    Lens review: Canon 28mm f/1.8 USM

    41AJ4YRZ1FL._SL500_AA280_.jpg Once you start appreciating how good prime lenses can be, a zoom will be a useful option but lacking some great simplicity and appeal. So it was I came to buy a new grey market copy of this lens – the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM – on e-Bay for a good price, when I should have been saving for a mid-range zoom. Tests report some vignetting and chromatic abberation issues, and at around $420 it’s not cheap – but I love it.

    Back to the 50mm way of seeing

    On my cropped Rebel XT, the classic 50mm prime turns into a useful but tall 80mm portrait lens.

    This is particularly noticeable indoors, where you find yourself backing up against a wall to fit in a headshot of two people standing next to each other. The solution: a 28mm prime that equates to nearly a 45mm lens on my camera body.

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    June 13th, 2008

    Lens review: Canon 28-105mm USM II

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    Life through a lens

    I have a soft spot for this lens – the Canon 28-105mm f/3.5-4 USM (a bargain at $230), even though I no longer own it.

    It was given to me by my mother-in-law when she upgraded her film SLR to digital, and it was partly responsible for reviving my interest in photography.

    So, for that, I’ll always owe it a lot.

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    June 13th, 2008

    Canon announces new Rebel XS – entry-level DSLR

    My Rebel XT is getting longer and longer in the tooth. First was the XTi, then the XSi and now the XS.

    Pop Photo’s hands-on gives us a good overview, and it’s great to see a new entry-level SLR on the cards, rather than the bottom of the range camera being a higher-level one from a couple of years ago.

    The live view feature will help people coming from point and shoots, but I’m not sure how much I’d use it – if the camera’s away from my face it’s normally because it’s in a place where live view wouldn’t help me much anyway (above my head, on the ground . . . ).

    US pricing’s not released yet, but it’s sure to come in under the XTi’s $685-ish with the 18-55mm IS kit lens.

    If you’re already got a DSLR, it’d be a sideways move at best (unless it’s an original Rebel you’ve got), but it looks like a great deal for those starting out.

    Definitely the drug-dealer approach – start you out on a relatively affordable package that’ll still repay some effort, and before you know it you’re down the expensive road towards L-lenses. I should know – it happened to me.

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    June 6th, 2008

    Vote David!

    b-w-contest.jpgI’m happy to announce that I’ve been chosen as a finalist in the Radio Free Santa Fe/O’Keeffe Museum Landscape Photography of New Mexico contest.

    To tie in with the “Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities” exhibition running at the O’Keeffe at the moment, the contest (open to professionals and amateurs) is for black and white New Mexico landscape photography.

    The ten finalists’ pictures (including mine) are currently on display at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Education Annex.

    Democracy in action

    The grand prize winner will be decided by the visitors to the Radio Free Santa Fe site – free registration is required to vote.

    So head over to check out the finalists (at least 6 of them are from pro photographers), and if you’d like to vote for my entry, that’d be great.

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