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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

time for a soap box!

If you're thinking about a new camera, but want something more than just a simple point-and-shoot without the bulk & difficulty of a dSLR, think about a prosumer. I bought one a while back & I love it. You can change alot of the settings and most come with a macro setting. The one I have is an Olympus, similar to the one above, but with a 15x zoom.
It uses the cheaper SD card, not the more expensive CF. It doesn't shoot in RAW, but if you're only taking pictures of your kid's bday party or family vacations or the likes, JPEG works just fine. If you use PhotoShop, you can later save it as a TIFF file to preserve the quality. It's also a lot cheaper. My prosumer only cost about $150 whereas a decent dSLR will run $600 or more, then you have the lenses. When we go on vacation or space is limited, I usually prefer this over a dSLR. It's easier to handle and weighs less. Plus, I don't have to take the time to focus and figure out the right aperature or shutter speed for every picture. That's why it's great for pictures of kids. They move around so much & this just focuses automatically. 
Another main reason: most people buy a dSLR then leave it on auto. The lens is left on auto. By doing this you just turned a $600 camera into a $50 point-and-shoot. 
Prosumer cameras also come with different pixels. Mine is 12mp, the one above is a 14. Most major camera makers have a prosumer camera: Olympus, Sony, Canon...and these are just the ones I've seen at my local RadioShack and Wal-Mart. 

So, see I provide more than just pretty pictures ;)

Monday, February 21, 2011

"light as the subject"

I'm not sure what that means, but my professor expects me to. That's the assignment due this week. And he seriously labeled it "Light as the Subject".
Anyway, I've already decided on one photo I'll be submitting for this project. I'm almost certain there are more icicles than humans in Rexburg.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


The latest class project has us capturing and freezing motion. The picture of the Rexburg temple at night is an example of capturing motion (the blurry lights). Here are few examples of freezing motion:

If you're wondering what's going on here, let me tell you! We have a pretty large vase that I filled with water and took outside (we have to use natural light). Then my patient, wonderful, and slightly confused as to why he was doing this husband, dropped a fake lime into the water. So, there ya go!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

temple at night

For my photo class I had to capture motion. I decided to set my camera up near the temple and catch the cars driving by. It was COLD, but totally worth it. Here's the result:
It actually looks better on paper. I think there was some dust on the scanner I used to scan my negatives. Sorry.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

frozen bubbles

The weather here really is something to behold. It gets so cold here, bubbles freeze! Case & point:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

baby p

So my friends A & J invited me over this morning to take some pictures of the latest addition to their family. Here she is in all her glory!