Portable Photo/Video Studio

I’ve transported this set-up a couple of times up to my sister’s home, 230 miles away.  It all goes in 4 or 5 bags that easily stow in the back of my “extended cab” T100 (Toyota pick-up) – along with the rest of my travel gear, including my clothes, laptop bag, and three cat-carriers.  The only thing I put in the bed of the truck is the cat-box wrapped in a large garbage bag. I’ve also made a 4-part YouTube series covering this set-up. The first, and largest item is my Backdrop … Continue reading

Macro Photography – A Primer

Macro Photography; What is it? First let me define the difference between Macro photography vs. Close-Up photography. Close-up photography is just that, up close to the subject of the photo. Sometimes this makes the subject appear larger than life on the final print or output medium. Macro photography is when the image of the subject is actually captured on the film or sensor at life size or greater than life size, which will always render the image larger than life on any print or final output medium that is larger … Continue reading

Simple Product Shot – How To

For my simple product shot, I tried to use only things that I think most folks would have readily available, without having to buy anything special: Inexpensive Point-N-Shoot Camera Flash Diffuser Material (coffee filter, paper, tissue, etc) Flash Reflector (aluminum foil, small mirror) Backdrop Material (scarves, shawls, sheets, pillow cases, bath robes, etc) A way to drape your backdrop (I used a small table pushed up next to an overhanging shelf) And the ‘product’ (I just used a teddy bear for my example) My first shot, without any modifications – … Continue reading

Settling in…

The blog has been here at its new location for a week now, and things seem to be working the way they were back on wordpress.com.  They were able to migrate my stats, so I now have access to all of my statistics back to 2007 when I started this blog.  The new website seems to be stable, and my little experiments with AdSense and those Amazon Stores seem to be working. I’ve tried to make a couple more videos for my YouTube channel.  One was on macro photography and … Continue reading

A few bumps during the move…

Apparently when I moved the blog over to this domain I lost all my stats.  Bummer, since the blog has been around for over five years.  I did put in a help-request, but I’m skeptical that I’ll ever recover the stats from my old blog over on wordpress.com  🙁 In other news, I’m experimenting with doing some ‘How-To’ videos over on YouTube.  For now I’m concentrating on making some photography videos, but eventually I would also like to make some pertaining to gardening, web-design/programming, and maybe some occult topics.  I’ve … Continue reading