Thursday Thoughts

As I have been packing for the eventual move which I am sure all of you are sick of hearing about by now, I have also been finishing up a few photo-related projects while in the process of packing all our earthly posessions.  That mountainous task is almost done, and a few good things have come about as a result of it.

You may or may not recall a project I began a while ago where I was collecting only the articles of personal interest I find in my magazine subscriptions.  I clipped these out, and would save them in a binder.  The rest of the magazine I threw away.  Well, as we have been packing, these magazines have no longer been thrown away as they now represented “packing material!”  That’s right, I’ve been using the other pages of magazines as packing material.  Granted, they’ve been through a cross-cut shredder, so are now totally illegible, but as you may recall from Week 5 of the “What’s This?”, it makes for a cool picture.

The other piece of good news that’s come from all this is that the Magazine Reduction Project is now almost complete.  I have about 6-10 magazines left to tear through, and the resulting kept articles will extend passed the reach of a single 1-inch binder (2.54cm for those of you on the other side of the pond)…the articles are filling the side pockets of each cover to the binder, so when I get to Colorado, a new binder will be in order.

The last piece of good news about this is that I have one subject that is always timely for photography that came from one of my more recent “shredding sessions”.  Naturally, alliteration is involved, as it’s a Top Ten Camera Tips!

These came from the March/April 2006 issue of PCPhoto.  The funny thing is that the more things change, the more they stay the same…as Joe McNally says at his Google Talk session, “Some of this stuff, you just gotta know it…”

Top Ten Camera Tips

  1. Be Wary of Underexposure
  2. You get what you pay for (most of the time)
  3. Raw is no substitute for shooting it right
  4. Avoid Increasing noise
  5. Minimize banding
  6. Overexposure can be a bad thing too
  7. Exposre to use the whole tonal range of your sensor
  8. Sharpness comes from shooting sharp
  9. Think ahead as you shoot
  10. Compose to get the best shot from the Start

As you can tell – not much has changed in the principles of shooting photography since 2006.  Gear sure has changed, but this just goes to show you that the fundamentals never go away.  Always take the time to learn the fundamentals and in the long haul, you will be both a better person and a better photographer for it.

Okay, that’s it for toda, I’ve rambed on long enough.  Happy Thursday all, keep on shooting, watch those apertures, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

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1 comment for “Thursday Thoughts

  1. July 24, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Jason –
    Just a quick note to let you know that I really like the photograph in the banner of your main web page.

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