A dash of splash

First up – another web gallery of water drops – this time with a neutral black background that I developed in Lightroom.  I am tellin’ ya – this product is just too cool!  Photo management, editing, tagging, and gallery production all in one – what’s not to love?

Also up today, a little shout out to Dave Zarzacki, who owns a like new Canon XSi in mint condition, but just doesn’t need it in his gear bag (he’s trying to round out his collection with an SLR that will take all his current lenses).  It’s a great deal which includes the following:

  • XSi body (black) – $640 value from B&H
  • Canon 18-55 IS lens – $60 value as part of above kit from B&H
  • Tiffen UV filter – $7 value from B&H
  • 2 4GB SDHC cards – $25 value from Amazon
  • Gary Fong Puffer flash diffuser – $20 value from B&H
  • M-Rock Yellowstone bag ($54 value)

Individually, this would sell for over $800 easily, and Dave is only asking for $650 plus shipping.  I know the guy personally and can say that he knows how to take care of gear – this stuff will not have a scratch or scuff and will work as though new.  A great deal for someone starting out!  Any takers?  Drop me a line to get his email address and information.

Finally, for today, the Sigma lenses are in, and I can’t wait to start the review process on these this weekend!  Already found a few features that are just too cool for school!  Some other gear review items are on deck too – but I want to hear from you!  What do you want to learn more about in the way of products, gear, accessories, and such?  Sound off in the comments or with me via email!

Happy shooting all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

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8 comments for “A dash of splash

  1. June 4, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Lightroom rocks – it’s one of my favorite/most used programs.

    Also, nice set of shots Jason! It’s interesting how many water drop shots were taken as a result of the Strobist post. Speaking of that, I actually shot my own last weekend 🙂


    On a separate note, I’d love to see a review on the 5D Mark II. Maybe Canon’ll send you one!

    I’d also be interested to hear opinions on the best value (speed/quality vs cost) memory card readers.

  2. June 4, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Almost forgot to mention. I recently finished a Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts Quick Reference Card. It lists every Lightroom keyboard shortcut in a nice-looking format. Knowing all the keyboard shortcuts can really help increase speed while working.

    You can check it out here:

  3. June 4, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    In answer to Brian’s first question on the 5D Mark II. I recently purchased one, and I’ll be pulling together a full review very shortly. I’ll be sure to drop a note here to let you know when I do it. Being a previous owner of a 10D and 30D, and a current owner of a 40D as well I’ve got some observations from the point of a regular Canon user.

    Overall, sneak peak, it’s a good camera. No complaints beyond the oil on the sensor (the way it came to me). Once that was cleaned I’ve had a good experience with the camera.

  4. June 5, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Yep, LR is a beast of a product. I can only hope (but I’m sure this is going to happen), that Adobe shifts all the photo editing stuff that we still hop into PS for into a future version of LR. Being able to rely on just LR for photography would be stunning, then leaving PS for the digital artists/designers/web designers et al.

    For reviews Jason, I don’t know if you’ve looked at any of the new firewire card readers? I’m toying with the idea of getting one but I’ve yet to be convinced….

    And Brian – your LR PDF is killer. Downloaded and using it now. Thanks

  5. Alistair M
    June 6, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Loved the sensousness of your watershots. Any tips on the set up you used to capture them?

  6. Heather M. Smith
    June 7, 2009 at 11:18 am

    HI! Do you have any 411 about using the metadata in lightroom? I mean in regards to the various “IPTC” data fields…what do I put in there? Is it overkill to use all those fields…I don’t even know what those fields mean…. 🙁 I am anxious to try out this water droplet thing too!

    • June 7, 2009 at 11:34 am

      Hi Heather,

      The only data I enter in the IPTC fields is the copyright information – my name, address, website, and designation that work is copyright protected. I have Lightroom set up now with a pre-set template for that too, so just apply that whenever I do an import. Aside from putting in a few key words when doing the import, I don’t worry too much about the rest.

      Hope this helps!

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