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  • Monthly Archives April 2009

    I'm sitting at my desk one day---the phone rings, and I hear, "Hey, ya Mook; it's McNally." He told me he called to tell me that he was putting together a special week-long small-flash lighting workshop in the amazingly beautiful, lush, tropical island of St. Lucia down in the Caribbean, from July 5-12th. He told me that it would be limited to just a hand-full of students, and each day we'd all be shooting on location, including hands-on shoots on the beach, in the jungle; we'd be shooting all around the tiny island, and lighting everything from mountain bike racers to professional models, and that he was going to just immerse the class in how to absolutely nail location lighting with small flash. He said he'd cover his techniques for mixing flash with available light, how to incorporate reflectors and diffusers, how to work…

    I know a lot of you already watch Larry Becker's weekly NAPP news report, but for those of you who haven't caught his show yet, one thing I like about it is that he always covers different stuff from one week to the next. He just did a great interview with Corey Barker about the new Intuos4 tablet, and he's always got some new deal or discount cooking, usually along with what's going on in the industry. Anyway, the reason I'm bring this up is today; this week one of his stories is about where to get less expensive photography gear and studio lighting for advanced amateurs who can't drop $500 or $600 right now on something like a Westcott TD5 Spiderlight, but want something similar. Anyway, you can watch the show right here today (above), or if you're a NAPP member, each weekly…

    Last week I got an email from a reader in Denver, Colorado who had seen my post about my Indy Racing assignment, and he needed a favor. He was preparing to take his family to Walt Disney World in Florida (It's one of their favorite places so they're regular visitors) and since has shot it so many times he was wondering if I had any ideas he could use for a self-assignment at Disney World. The funny thing was: I had faced that same situation (both my kids are Disney fanatics, and I grew up about 45 minutes from Disney's Main Gate and I started going there back in October of 1971, so I've shot it "to death."). I shared with him a couple of self-assignment projects I had done at Disney, and one I hoped to do in the near future. Anyway, I…

    Happy Thursday everybody. I'm back from three-days in the Florida Keys as chaperone for my son's school trip to "Sea Camp." It was three solid days without my laptop, without meetings, without working. It was awesome! OK, about this Thursday's Embarrassing Photo: I really can't explain it. I can't explain our hair. Why we were dressed that way. Or how we got gigs, or dates, or paid our bills, etc. but somehow, we did. Hey, it was an 80s disco band. Not much was expected of us. The band was called "7th Avenue," named after Ybor City's main drag--7th Ave. (From L to R: Drummer Randy Wheat, Bass Player Mark Southwick, Lead singer Chris Denham, Me [yes, I'm actually wearing a square-ended, knit tie from "Chess King."], lead guitarist Tony Llanes [of Big Electric Cat fame], and lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player Jose…

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    “If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”
    – Woodrow T. Wilson

    I think that I know what Wilson had in mind back then. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines… My constant source of inspiration. :)

    Hi Scott and fellow bloggers-photoshopers… what a pleasure to be here!

    Since a topic of this blog was wide open, I had a reaaaaalllyyy hard time deciding what to talk about. It’s due tomorrow, so I better focus now… 3… 2… 1… focus. Opasinski, focusss…

    I would love to share some reflections with you guys, not fully Photoshop oriented, but associated to a certain degree by Photoshop existence.

    Long story short… or short story long, we’ll see… :)

    Here's what's up this beautiful Tuesday in April: Pinhole Photo Gear One of my readers, Holly Tarquinio, turned me onto a very cool "Pinhole Camera" kit called the Hole-OnEx (shown above), that you can pick up for around $20. It's made of cardboard (hey, it's under $20), and you have to assemble it yourself (you'll need some glue, and it doesn't hurt if you're crafty), but it's amazing the images you can take with it. I found a couple of links to the camera here and here (though I haven't done business with either of these companies). This got me digging around a bit, and I also found some slightly more expensive alternatives that don't require assembly, like the Hole-OnEx Pin Camera Kit" (for $22 on Amazon.com---here's the link), and the "Pinholga" with its own cable release for $62. I'm going to have to…

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