Monthly Archive: July 2011

Why I like the micro 4/3ds format on the Lumix GH-2

A nice feature of the Lumix GH-2 from Panasonic, as well as other micro four thirds cameras, is their ability to use a wide variety of lenses. I had two old Minolta film cameras and had several old lenses that work great with the GH-2, using a Minolta to m43 adapter ring. Here’s a photo of my collection (picture taken with a Canon SX-1): The lenses are from left to right:...

The story behind the Windows XP background photo #photography

I always thought it looked like rolling hills in northern California. But I had heard otherwise – from people supposedly “in the know”. But they were wrong – the photographer who took the photo says he took it in Napa County area. Windows XP desktop screen is a Napa image.   Related articles Microsoft only offering 1000 more days of Windows XP support (geek.com) Windows XP support ends in 999 days...

Clever way to scan film negatives and slides

How to Scan Film Using Your Ordinary Flatbed Scanner. I need to give this a try – actually, I think my scanner might have a top side illumination capability already. I have a bunch of old B&W 120 film that I’d like to shoot. No problem developing the film, but it seems that digital printing is the way to go today. Looks like I need to go experiment!

Video editing on the iPad #videography #ipad

I am apparently the last person on earth who does not yet have an iPad. Anyway, those that have them are using them for video editing, as described here: Quick-edit Videography with iMovie for iPad « Moving at the Speed of Creativity. Me, I still use my MacBook for portable work. Why? I like having over 100 Gigabytes of disk storage available, plus an external disk drive as well. I store...

Unique Micro Four Thirds (m43) Lenses

A neat opportunity with the micro 4/3ds cameras is the opportunity to readily use older lenses or, for DSLR-type cameras, non-standard lenses. I recently bought a remarkable Vivitar f2.8 135mm prime lens for the Minolta mount for $20 on EBay. Wow. On the micro 4/3ds camera, there is a 2x multiplier so that this becomes an f2.8 270mm lens. For $20 🙂 With a Minolta to m43 adapter ring, this works...

Altissimo. Changes in Pace. A short film.

Patryk Kizny sends word of his (with partners) newest short film, Altissimo. Shot entirely in time lapse, and some with sliders, over one week in Switzerland. See the video page for more information about the making of this time lapse film and licensing. Altissimo. Changes in pace. A timelapse short film from Patryk Kizny on Vimeo.

Stock Photos and Royalty Free music

Royalty Free Stock Photos at Fotolia.com. Good photos, low prices. Other good sources include the Zemanta plugin in WordPress that tries to fetch public domain photos for use on your blog. I only use them for non-commercial purposes as many of them go back to Flickr or Wikipedia and other public sources. For music, check out Incompetech.  Free for personal, non-commercial use – although I have donated to him as donations...