Old Lenses? Great Lenses!

This is what you can do, handheld, with a Nikon D7100 set at ISO 6400(!) and an ancient (1977-81) Nikon 80-200 f/4.5n lens! Per Ken Rockwell, this is one of Nikon’s ten best lenses ever; it’s certainly one of the best I’ve ever used. I don’t focusing my own lens when I can get results…

I’m celebrating!

I have just spent the last week (yikes!) completely re-writing my SEO. (That’s short for “search engine optimization”, which is how you get found on Etsy.) It’s been quite the experience, know what I mean? Anyway, as we all know, celebrations call for presents! So here’s my present to you. Please use the coupon code THANKYOU10OFF for — you guessed it…

Hard Drive Reliability Study

I use the Backblaze online storage service, which I find inexpensive, easy to use, and reliable. They just released an updated report on the longevity of the traditional, spinning hard drives they use in their storage pods; these results do not apply to solid state drives. Please keep in mind that these are the drives Backblaze uses most often. If they don’t…

First Day of Fall!

Autumn In The ParkHappy Dance! Happy Dance!

• Finally, it will be cool enough to hit the streets with my camera — without fear of melting in to the pavement.

• Finally, the leaves will start to turn, providing a welcome burst of color to the landscape, all ready to turn into art.

• Finally, I can break out my sweaters again! (I love my sweaters.)

And if I’m really lucky, Garden Ridge (or whatever they call themselves these days) will have their garish, neon Christmas trees all lined up, just waiting for me to have a little iPhoneography fun! Do yourself a favor and go, especially if you need a laugh. They are so bad, they’re good!

I love the fall.

Debunking Etsy Myths

One of the key myths about Etsy is that the more items you have listed, the easier it is to be found in search. More listings means more opportunities to be found in search, which means more customers and sales. I agree, to a point: you have to be found in search before anyone can buy your work. When I first opened, I…

iOS 8 Upgrade Warning. Please read!

If you store documents in iCloud and use a Mac, be VERY CAREFUL when upgrading your iThings to iOS 8. Apple has a new version of iCloud storage called iCloud Drive. During the iOS upgrade process, you’ll be given a chance to upgrade to it. Most people should NOT upgrade. You should only upgrade to…

Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your favorite internet sites loaded at a snail’s pace, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird,…

Rain, Rain, Stay Away!

It’s been raining all day long. Hard. Enough to cause some serious flooding all over southeastern Virginia. I’m very happy that I didn’t have to go on a shoot today. It stopped a few hours ago, and you’d think it was over, but no. There’s a lot more of the stuff still heading for us.…

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