Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Early bird gets golden beak?

first appearance

I got up at 5am on a Sunday to catch the first light by the local lake. Actually I got there a bit late, and because of a last minute decision to change location I had to run a couple of minutes not to miss the sunrise. Also because of that I didn't have the time to experiment with manual settings, and ended up shooting in automatic mode. Nonetheless I'm quite pleased with the results.

I made a quick adjustment to the photo in Picasa2, and found the 'Graded Color' (Gradert Fargetone) in the effects section to be very useful in adjusting the colors of the sky.

Saturday, 21 July 2007

Zooming And Shooting


I'm starting to learn a few simple tricks. Like this one where I've focused on what I want to be clear, and then zoom while taking the picture. I think it's a cool and useful effect, which is more difficult to achieve in post-editing.

Thursday, 12 July 2007

First Home Studio Shoot

pink blue second

I've had my first photo-shoot with a beautiful, young-looking model. It was really fun, but the lack of equipment is obvious.

Monday, 18 June 2007

a place to live

Part of the room my ex' is renting. Just helping her move in..

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Comparing photosites - DropShots, Flickr, Photobucket, Webshots, Picasa

Photo Sharing - Upload Video - Video Sharing - Share Photos

I've started testing out DropShots, another new photo sharing site. Originally I thought Dropshots seemed slow, but after more testing (today is 2nd day) I've found that it was my own computers fault. I started using it with the web browser Flock, now I'm on Firefox - and its fast. Now photobucket is slow - guess it's due to what amount of traffic they get. Also Flickr is slow on occation.

I like DropShots' DropBox uploading tool although it doesn't have as many functions as Flickrs tool - nice for those not too savvy on these things. Webshots have a tool called Webshots Desktop. I wouldn't recommend using it (although I do on occation) - they nag on about all their extras (like the Webshots toolbar), and then fill your computer with spyware. My explorer still isn't behaving properly. However, their website is nice and easy to use - but stained with tiresome, blinking, stupid 'congrats you have won' ads.

Personally I'm quite fond of the Flock browsers integrated tools for viewing and uploading photos to Flickr and Photobucket. In Firefox you can use Fotofox - a quite similar tool.

The ads in DropShots are not as intrusive as in many other pic sharing sites. They use mainly AdSence, it seems.

Also it's a piece of cake using pics on other sites (like the one in this post), just click 'blog' and you get:
  • The HTML code for the photo - in the size you see here in this post
  • HTML code for thumbnails pointing to all your pics & videos of the same day (see below)
  • HTML code for thumbnails of your last 6 photos & videos posted (see right column)
  • The link to your webpage for email & IM
  • And finally you get the BBCode - for bulletin boards, message boards, or forums
Sunday, June 3, 2007

When I'm on it I might as well mention aaaanother photosite/webalbum-tool I use alot: Googles Picasa Webalbum. In conjunction with Picasa2 it works great! Mainly I use it for my family photos - although my family are chickens who don't dare beeing visible online, so most of the albums are hidden ;)