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    Hi folks, I’m back (well, I got back late last night) from just an amazing vacation with my family and some friends. Here’s the story:

    Q. So why you didn’t you tell us you were in Italy?
    A. Because my whole family, and extended family, and some of our close friends were all there with us, and my wife didn’t want me to post on the blog, what would essentially be; “We’re out of the country, all our family members are here, too. Obviously, nobody’s home—so help yourself.” So, I promised not to mention it until I got back, and well…now we’re back.

    Q. Ah, so that’s why you kept having Internet problems, eh?
    A. Precisely. Part of our vacation was a cruise from Genova, with stops in Portofino, Viareggio, Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and a day trip out to Lucca in Tuscany. The Internet on board was…well, I’m not sure if you could call it Internet. But I was still able to get most of my posts up, and I could get incoming email on my laptop, but couldn’t send any outgoing emails.

    Q. So who posted that “Scott’s post is going to be late” comment?
    A. I was able to send a text-message from my iPhone to NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker when I realized there was no way to get that day’s post up, and I asked Larry to post that for me. In fact, one post last week was written entirely on my iPhone, and Larry posted it for me (By the way; Larry gets up early each day, reads my posts, and fixes any typos he comes across. It’s not one of his official duties; he just does it ’cause he’s a great guy—which he truly is).

    Q. How many shots did you take?
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    Now, it really depends on how you look at it, because it can either sound like I was pretty conservative, or I was shooting like a bandit. For example, I took a 12-megapixel camera, so I used 8-GB memory cards (which are now routinely found for less than $100 at B&H Photo). I filled less than 1/2 a card per day. That’s not that

    Howdy folks. I'm a bit under the weather (just a cold), so I'll keep it short and sweet: John Hubb, one of my readers, sent me this article from the UK's Gaurdian newspaper called "Are photographers really a threat?" and it's worth the quick read. (Here's the link). After I posted the NAPP discount on the Epson 1900, I saw a number of comments about the 1900 itself, and more specifically how it compared to the considerably more expensive Epson 3800. Lots of readers jumped in with some really great info (which is one of the things I love about this blog), but there was one thing I didn't see anyone mention as a comparison, and that is; the 3800 makes up to 17"x22" prints, whereas the 1900 only does up to 13"x19" prints. Anyway, I hope that helps. MD (another reader) sent this…

    First though, a big thanks to David Ziser for this wonderful post yesterday. I am such of fan of David's work and his ability to pass on what he's learned in the way he does, and it was an honor to have him here on the blog. Each special guest blogger has total free rein to write about any topic that's on their minds, so it's always a treat for me to see what they come up with.OK, now on to the story: I meant to actually write about this a few weeks back, when I was in New York for the Lou Manna Workshop and my B&H Photo class, but it completely slipped my mind (embarrassing stories have a way of doing that). Anyway, RC Concepcion and I were to meet our buddy Matt Kloskowski the following evening for a shoot in New…

    What It Takes to be a Complete Wedding Photographer It's Friday and a quick check of the calendar reminds you of what you already knew - you have a big wedding on Saturday. How do you react to the calendar reminder - is it just another darn wedding, or is it news that fires you up with the photographic possibilities of the day. Many photographers I meet are pretty excited about being involved in wedding photography. But too many other photographers I have met over the years answer with a negative attitude, and that is just too bad. Too bad for them and too bad for the client who has hired someone who may not put their heart and soul into the job. What makes a good wedding photographer, or better yet, what makes a complete wedding photographer? What do I mean by complete…

    ......one of the most prolific photography bloggers out there, one of the finest instructors in our industry, and one of the most celebrated wedding photographers anywhere--the amazing David Ziser. If you haven't already, jump over to David's "Digital ProTalk" blog (here's the link) to learn a little more about his work, then be sure to come back here tomorrow to catch his post (I read it today and it's excellent--and while it is about wedding photography, any working pro in any photography field will get something out of it).

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