The GigaPan Epic is designed for small, compact digital point and shoot cameras. Yet a half hours work with some aluminum, a drill and a thread-tapping device will remove many of the limitations and allow you to take panoramas with larger cameras, including dSLRs. Continue reading “Using Larger Digital Cameras With the GigaPan Epic Panorama Unit”
Following comments about our After the Fires in Infrared Photography first article (the second will go up shortly), I am also putting up a series on the fire locations that I am shooting in color. Continue reading “After the Fires in Color, Part 1”
Over the last month I’ve been doing a lot of photography out in the country. Some of this has been of wild areas but much of it has been the rural farm country. I shot with my converted for infrared Canon 350D digital camera, mostly with either my Canon 100-400mm L series lens or with a Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 lens I have on loan for review. Continue reading “Infrared on the Land, IR Photography of the Rural Landscape”
Yesterday I needed to get out for some emotional recovery time doing photography. So I spent the day till the weather closed in too much driving through the country around Gisborne and Romsey in Central Victoria. Continue reading “Photographing Kangaroos in Infrared”
Late March, as part of my healing through photography process, I was up the You Yangs, a granite outcropping outside of Melbourne. From there I took this shot of Melbourne with my IR converted 350D and my 100-400 lens.
The Black Saturday bushfires in central Victoria occurred on the 7th of February, 2009. The day had temperatures that peaked at 46.4 degrees Celsius (115.5 Fahrenheit) and very high winds. Continue reading “After the Fires, an Infrared Photography Series Dedicated to Resilience and Recovery, Part 1”
As photographers, we are creative people, though how fully in touch with it we are can vary greatly. For many it defines us, but it can also have a negative side. Continue reading “Creativity is a Double-Edged Sword”
2009 has started out as a tough year for me personally, as well as a tough one for the world’s economies. Continue reading “Personal Trials and Tribulations”
Expiring domain names is a pain for web site owners.
As you would expect, you need to make sure your important domain names do not expire. I’ve had a friend loose his to a Chinese business that wanted large money to hand it back, because his hosting company screwed up the renewal.
Now this blog post over on Domain Name Wire shows that even Go Daddy, a company that many people use, may also be in on the act.
As I have said before, register your domains with a decent company and preferably not your hosting company, so you have direct control over them. Then make sure that your contact details are always correct with them, so you never miss a domain renewal notice.
A computer is a key part of our photography practice. It is worth keeping it healthy.
We all rely on our computers, whether you are a photographer or a digital artist. Keeping it in a healthy state is critical.
Over the years I have found that one of the keys to having an effective computer is to, on a regular cycle, do a complete reformat and reinstall of everything on the computer. This means backing up all your key data and then doing an operating system re-install doing a clean format of the disk first. Then reinstall the applications you need and then restore the files you need.
On Windows computers I see this as an important thing to do at least once a year. On a Mac about once every year to two years seems to be right.
There are many benefits from doing this. Some of these are:
- A chance to review just what applications you have installed;
- Removal of any virus or spyware that has somehow got past your anti-virus software;
- A complete defragmentation of the hard disk;
- Encourages you to update all your drivers to the latest versions and is also a good time to check for firmware updates.
In my case, recently, my Macbook was starting to run applications slowly, not helped by my tendency to have many open at the same time. I had also held off upgrading it to 10.5. I had taken my desktop to that a while back. So it was time to backup everything and do a full reinstall and upgrade.
To backup I copied everything over onto an external drive so I had a fully bootable duplicate. I then did an install with a full reformat of the disk. On the Mac things are helped by a Migration utility that will copy over just what you need. I had it recreate my main user account, with email, etc, but to not copy applications and other things over. I then manually copied over what I needed and reinstalled applications that I wanted, installing some new ones, like CS4, that I had trouble installing before because of testing the beta versions. This is a perennial problem for software and hardware testers.
By creating a complete bootable backup of my old system I could, if I needed to, simply either restore the old machine state or reboot to it for some time to get some work done while I was sorting out issues with the new setup. Windows users, of course, have their own way of making a bootable system backup.
The result is a laptop (in my case) that is running noticeably faster, is far more tolerant of lots of open applications and more available disk space. It also seems to have slightly better battery life, undoubtedly due to better management software in the new operating system version. I also know I have the latest printer drivers and such installed.
Over the years of running both Macs and PCs I have found that Windows machines benefit from this being done much more often. I know my next task like this is my daughters Dell laptop. I may take it Vista now that there have been enough cycles of bug fixes, drivers released, etc.
Practicing good computer hygiene means giving your computer a good cleanout every so often. Schedule it.