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Written by ian-chin | January 12, 2010 9:19 PM in Photographers
I fun way to experiment with photography is to paint with light - typically in a dark nighttime setting with camera on a tripod, light source to paint with (flashlight), and a cable release for the camera to avoid camera shake.
No matter what the scene is, as long as the shutter is open (ideally at least 1 sec-infinity), the camera will record whatever light is "painted" in the viewfinder.
For example, if you set up the tripod in a pitch dark room and leave it open for 10 seconds - any light...
Written by ian-chin | December 12, 2009 12:55 AM in Photographers
When shooting inside a nightclub, or any place that is really dark for that matter, it is recommended to put the focusing ring in the center position (on a DSLR). It makes focusing that much easier and quicker...if the focusing was on the whole scene for example, it would be searching more since the light would be very faint.
Also, when bouncing flash on the ceiling upward or pointing the flash straight towards the subject, keep in mind how high the ceiling is, what color it is, and what...
Written by ian-chin | November 20, 2009 1:07 AM in Home & Garden Services
Perhaps will get some flack for this, but a lot of the "Handymen" on Craigslist are really non-professionals...
I am a property manager for 54 units and when I first started, I needed to outsource and find the right people for certain jobs...100% of the people I found on CL for handyman services worked 90% hard. Like most people I didn't know any better and knew CL had everything (which it does I love the website).
Rather going to CL and emailing/calling a random person who says they do...
Written by ian-chin | November 20, 2009 12:52 AM in Photographers
The site consists of consumers, pro and amateur, who rate and discuss the pros and cons of all camera-related gear...whether you are a Canon, Nikon, Tamron, or Tokina person, among others, they have most "middle to higher end" quality products.
My favorite website when I decide on getting new gear...after reading dozens of posts, I have purchased 3 lenses and one camera body based on the positive responses from other users.
I have also learned a lot from it...
Written by ian-chin | November 12, 2009 12:24 PM in Pest & Bird Control
I am a property manager of 54 units in Daly City, CA, and I have come across my share of cockroaches...unfortunately, it is somewhat part of the job.
After a unit somehow out of nowhere became infected with roaches, I called the pest guy to take a look. Several hundred dollars later, I realized I could do it myself, instead of relying on some person to do it...which is where I found this website.
Not sure what type of roaches I had over here in CA, but this...
Written by ian-chin | November 5, 2009 12:39 PM in Photographers
Though this may seem obvious to photographers, I've noticed through friends' hand holding technique that this is one of the most common problems people have when they look at the pictures on the computer. Whether you are using an expensive DSLR or a compact point and shoot, the easiest way to improve photos is perfecting your handholding technique (a tripod is better but obviously bulkier)
For the majority of people out there, a simple point and shoot is all they need. 99% of...