Category Archives: Gadgets

When It Rains, It Pours…

 

Everyone’s heard that popular phrase describing unfortunate circumstances that seem to pile up one after another. Well, pile up they have.

 

I think I mentioned in a post a long time ago (I’m not sure when) that I have horrid luck when it comes to technology. That bad luck came around to bite me yet again. Shortly after last Monday’s post, the laptop I’d been using decided it wanted to give me a hard time. The laptop boots up normally, but all the screen shows is a mash of colored lines, effectively disabling me from accessing anything. Yeah. Such is my luck.

 

But, it gets worse. I did a little research in a few stores and even asked a few employees if I would still be able to connect to the internet via dial-up (that’s how old-school my town is, we only have dial-up) with the new laptop I was considering. I was assured that I could, so I bought the laptop. Strike number two. It didn’t work. That’s twice now that I was mislead by employees at a popular electronics store that shall remain nameless (let’s just say it wasn’t the “greatest purchase“). So, I won’t be shopping at that chain ever again.

I returned the useless laptop that turns out was only capable of a wifi connection (which isn’t available in my town or the surrounding area). So, my internet access will be spotty at best. I’m going to try to keep to my weekly blog postings but if I miss a week or two (and if posts are a bit lacking in new photographs like this post), you’ll know why.

 

Anyway, I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Mine wasn’t so festive, but I covered the reason for that in last week’s post. And I also hope everyone didn’t fall into the Black Friday trap this year.

 

The Christmas season is quickly approaching with tomorrow being December 1st. I would urge everyone to not get swept up in the whole materialistic bull that stores have made the holiday into. It’s not about what new gadgets you get or who gives the best and most expensive gifts, it’s about being with family and friends, appreciating each other, and doing kind things for others instead of thinking about yourself. Giving gifts is all well and good, but try something different. Instead of buying something, make something. Instead of sending a generic card to a loved one, call them. Instead of texting, call. You get the idea.

 

 

 

Until next time…

 

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~A.M.

DIY Photography Equipment

Unless you come from a well off family or unless you have stellar luck breaking into the business, you probably have your eye on a lot of cool photography studio lighting equipment but don’t have the funds to acquire them. I know your pain well.

But there’s a solution! There’s always a solution.

DIY!

Need a snoot but don’t want to shell out the moolah for a name brand one? Make it yourself.

Need a light table but can’t afford the shiny professional one you’ve been drooling over in a catalog or online? Make it yourself.

You can easily find DIY photography projects online, but recently, I received an issue of Popular Photography magazine in which there was an article entitled “DIY Photo Studio”. This article had several pieces of photography lighting equipment that you can make yourself for a fraction of the cost you would have to shell out for a professional version, including a salad bowl light dish, a snoot made from straws and a Pringles can, a simple snoot made from foam, a light saber (no, not the Star Wars kind!), and even a light table made from a cardboard box and a piece of glass! These DIY tools are great to help you start off until you can afford those professional versions.

You can find the article and detailed directions for each piece, here.  I actually think I might try that light table…

Happy crafting Photo friends!

Until next time…

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~A.M.

Instagram Camera In The Works?

I‘ve never used photography sharing sites like Flickr and Instagram, but I know of several people that do and swear by them.

Recently, I came across an article about an “Instagram Camera” that’s in the concept stage.  It actually sounds pretty interesting.  Even though I don’t currently use Instagram, I think this camera would be a really cool addition to the world of Photography.

Check it out here.

I figured I‘d spread the word for those of you that may be interested!

Until next time!

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~A.M.

New Gadget For iPhone Photography…

Personally, I don’t use an iPhone, but I know a great number of you out there do.  Recently I came across a little gadget geared toward those of you iPhone users who are inclined toward photography.

I’ve seen how people take pictures with their iPhone and it looks a little awkward to me, but this little gadget seems like it may help.  Again, I can’t say for sure where I’m not an iPhone user, so you folks will have to judge for yourselves.

Check it out here.

Just thought I’d share!

Until next time!

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~A.M.