Monthly Archives: April 2009

5511 Project – Creepy Guy Self Portrait

I was bored and waiting for Lost to come on and decided to take 5 minutes and do some self portraits.  I had the Nikon 14-24 lens on my D700 from the previous day at the NY Auto Show so I decided to leave it on.  I placed an SB900 underneath the camera aimed up at my face.  For this shot I was actually tethered to the strobe because I had my gear set up for an event I have to shoot soon.  While I sat on my bed giving a creepy look to the shiny glass staring me in the eye I pushed the remote trigger and got some pretty sweet shots.  They aren’t amazing but it’s practice and it’s fun.   The SB-900 was set to the lowest possible output and the exposure was 1/250 at f/2.8

After a few shots I took some Sylvania DOT-it LED‘s and placed them around my bed.  It added some extra flavor to the shot, but nothing crazy.

Thanks for checking it out!

Scott

The ongoing battle of service from Comcast

It’s been a little bit since my last Comcast post but Comcast Steve of the Comcast Cares team is making things happen and I appreciate it. The latest is that Comcast came out (10pm at night however) and gave me a new modem in hopes that the problem was that simple. So far so good, although when the tech was at my house the problem wasn’t occurring.

Anyway, I will keep everyone posted on this craziness once it is all figured out. In the mean time. Enjoy this funny video I saw on YouTube. If I ever saw someone doing that in my house I’d slap them on the back of the head.

The perfect camera strap

In my opnion the perfect camera strap would be a mix of the following, with the key features being a must.

The Mix

Key Features

  • Comfortable (like the UpStrap)
  • Professional Look (solid black is fine)
  • Will not leave the ‘I’ve had my camera around my neck for way too long’ redness and pain
  • Storage for extra battery and memory cards (like the R-Strap and Nat Geo)
  • Ability to easily reach the camera from the side (Like the R-Strap)
  • Ability to clip on to a camera backpack while hiking, etc.. (Like the Think Tank & Nat Geo)
  • Won’t slip off the shoulder..ever (like the UpStrap)

Someone please design this…and give me a free camera strap.  I won’t even take credit for it.

I decided to ask the Twitter community what their thoughts on the subject were.

Twitter Recommends:

“Easy on, easy off strap. I love the OpTech straps with the snaps on it. Replaceable foam rubber shoulder part. Customizable.”

John Milleker

Web: http://johnmilleker.com / http://johnmilleker.com/weblog

Twitter: @JohnMilleker

I also posted a poll on Twitter via Polldady‘s Twitter Poll application asking what peoples thoughts where.  These are the results to the question “What is your idea of a good camera strap?” as of April 22, 2009:

  • Comfort (23 Votes)
  • Color (5 votes)
  • Padded (10 votes)
  • Non Slip (16 votes)
  • Media / Battery holder (5 votes)
  • Quick Sling (10 votes)
  • Other (was also an option although no one left a comment, or PollDaddy just isn’t displaying them..who knows – 13 Votes)

If you haven’t commented with your thoughts on Twitter, please share them here as I’d love to hear what you consider to be the perfect camera strap.

Thanks for reading

Scott

Happy Anzac Day

Tonight I am off to my friend Jade’s house to celebrate Anzac day with her and some friends as she is from New Zealand.   For those who don’t know what Anzac Day is, please visit the Wikipedia site for details! Photo via wikipedia

“Anzac Day is a national public holiday in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga.” – Wikipedia

Textured photographs

I’ve never been one for going overboard on post production but I had some free time and decided to play.  I spent a good amount of time tweaking a bunch of texture files to create the following two images. One is an old portrait I took back in college of another student.  The other is a self portrait.

Promote yourself when shooting events

As I do not reguraly photograph events I do not advertise it at all.  However, this is what I do when I am shooting at an event.  In fact, this is exactly what I am printing for a Bat Mitzvah I am shooting in May.

The front of the card I will be giving away should have your company name, and at least a website.  I prefer to not include a phone number or email address I want people to visit the website and see my portfolio.  I also include some of the things I like to shoot: Portraits, Headshots, etc…

evencard_web

On the back of the card I place a label which I make in Microsoft Word on Avery labels.  I make sure to have an exact URL to the event and not a generic one.

example: njphotographer.net/jobnamehere versus njphotographer.net

Here is a typical label I would create

eventbackI hope this helps some people out there just getting started and curious about what to do to promote yourself.  I will try to post other things I do to promote myself soon

Thanks for reading

Scott

Land Rover and Twitter #LRNY

Last Rover decided to hop onto the Social Media train by advertising to post your thoughts on their vehicles on Twitter.  The handrail definitely catches your eye since everyone is used to plain black rails.  Is it a good marketing campaign?  By how large Twitter is growing why not do what you can and get peoples direct feedback, right?  What are you thoughts?

Happy Earth Day & One Year with Melissa

One year ago today was a very important day.  Not only was it Earth Day 2008 but I also met my girlfriend Melissa.  It’s great being able to celebrate the time you spend with someone and the relationship you have, but it is even better to do it on a very important day.  Earth Day has to be be on the list of special anniversary days with Valentines, Christmas, etc.. at least in my opinion.

Anyway, thanks for reading

Happy Anniversary Melissa

Love,

Scott

The type of Tweeps that annoy me

  • Tweeps who you send a reply to asking a question and then send a direct message back in a pretentious mannor and do not follow you so you can direct message back
  • Tweeps who join Twitter, follow you and that is it.  That is an instant block in my book.
  • Tweeps who ONLY retweet.  We all retweet but if that is all you do then please leave twitter

If you aren’t one of these people then please follow me on Twitter because I’m a nice, cool guy

@scottwyden

Designed a teaser video for work

I designed a teaser video for work to send to dealers.  Now that the marketing kit is just about complete, the teaser video is now public.  This was done in Keynote.