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16
May

5 New Lightroom CC Features

This video by RC Concepcion, for c’t Digital Photography, will teach you about these new Lightroom CC features:

  • People View (Facial Recognition)
  • Merge to Panorama
  • Merge to HDR
  • Headless Mode (Background Processing)
  • Real-time Processing (GPU Utilization)

Here are some free-to-download examples of c’t Digital Photography’s articles. They will teach you all the technical skills that you need to make the best images.

8
May

Total FAWDOT

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Click on my pic to see the very same thing happened to Eno L. Camino.

Last week was what I call “total FAWDOT” (falling asleep while doing other things). I cannot drive when I get this way.

  • I fell asleep while sitting: repeatedly.
  • I fell asleep while standing.
  • I fell asleep while playing video games. Kay took a photo of me playing an exciting game of Destiny. I fell asleep, and woke up, six times. I have no idea what the other players thought I was doing.

I have myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). This list is a rebuttal to some myths about ME/CFS:

  • Please don’t say, “At least you get to sleep.” Sleeping is hellish for many reasons, and I am just as tired when I wake up. Do you want to know what I really want to do? I want to be a computer programmer. I did that for 20 years, but I can no longer do that.
  • Some people don’t believe that it exists, because they can’t see it. People can’t see headaches either, but they believe in them, because headaches are so common that most of us have had one. “I can’t see it, so it doesn’t exist” is a misuse of Occam’s Razor.
  • It is not only fatigue. Imagine having the flu, while being drunk, and staying awake for two days, and you will have an idea of what this is like. Yes, there are good days, and there are bad days, but most of my good days require 16 hours of sleep.
  • It is serious: “CDC studies show that CFS can be as disabling as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, end-stage renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and similar chronic conditions.”
  • It is not, or not only, caused by mononucleosis. A person with ME/CFS can usually tell you exactly what viral infection preceded their condition. The answer is different for different people.
  • It is not depression. A person with ME will tell you what they would be doing (kayaking, photography, riding motorcycles) if they could. People that are depressed don’t have that “positive” (for lack of a better word) outlook. That said: a person can have both.
  • It is not only seen in women. 20% of people with ME/CFS are men.
  • There is no known cure.
  • It is not the “yuppie disease”. “This term was popularized in a November 1990 Newsweek cover story… It reflects a stereotype that CFS mainly affects yuppies, and implies that it is a form of burnout. The phrase is considered offensive by patients and clinicians.
  • It is not a new, made-up, diagnosis. It has also been known as (from here, here, and here.):
    • Neurasthenia (as early as 1829)
    • Chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome
    • Chronic mononucleosis
    • Low natural killer syndrome
    • Atypical poliomyelitis
    • Tapanui flu
    • Royal Free disease
    • Epidemic neuromyasthenia
    • Post-viral illness
    • Florence Nightingale disease
    • Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS)
    • Neuroendocrineimmune disorder
    • Myalgic encephalopathy.

 

7
May

How To Use A Manual Lens

This video is by Mark Wallace for AdoramaTV:

6
May

The Water Drop Photography Of Markus Reugels

Here is Markus Reugels’ Facebook page.

16
Apr

What Can You Do With 12 $35 Speedlites (And 48 Batteries)?

By David Iliyn:

14
Apr

How Camera Angle Affects the Body Shape

By Jay P Morgan:

13
Apr

Creating Professional Photography w/ $30 Reflectors

By SLR Lounge | Photography Tutorials:

12
Apr

Outdoor Portraits Tutorial

Tony and Chelsea Northrup on outdoor portraits:

12
Apr

Air to Air with Justin de Reuck 2014

Here is Justin de Reuck’s website.
Here is Justin de Reuck’s Vimeo channel.

I used to take photos from small planes (many times) and a balloon (once). Most of those were lost. What do I miss the most? My images of the Thousand Islands.

What am I afraid of? Heights. How much? Terrified. Did I go up in planes anyway? Regularly. Nothing like this though.

How does he hold the camera when the plane is upside down? They are doing positive-g aerobatics, so it feels the same regardless.

Here’s Tex Johnston doing a positive-g roll in a 707:

Here’s Bob Hoover, poring an ice tea, while simultaneously doing a positive-g maneuver. Amazing:

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