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As Art/Photo Editor of the Online Magazine All Things Girl, I not only review submissions but I also try to submit one or two photos for each themed issue. The theme for the upcoming May/June issue is Fork in The Road. I admit I had some trouble with this one. This is all I could come up with:
Title: Fork in The Road
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Taken: 22 Apr 2007 at 12:45 p.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm
EXIF: ISO 100; 1/250 sec. at f/5.0


Well, here it is: My new 20″ iMac with the Sony to the right. I love it and have to admit I hardly ever use the Sony any more but it is nice to have a laptop to take on trips still. I’m learning the differences between operating systems but can’t see myself ever going back to PCs.


Title: iMac
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Taken: 22 Apr 2007 at 5:51 p.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EFS 18-55mm
EXIF: ISO 100; 1/15 sec. at f/4.5

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My quick look at the list showed interesting differences between “entry level” and “professional” imaging products. Additionally, I am wondering what about the title “prestige camera?” Is this something you get just to impress others? Then we come to the Photo software–Apple Aperture 1.5. I wonder how the Expanded Photoshop will hold up in future competitions? I’ve not tried Apple Aperture. Can anyone who has tried both comment on the differences (pros and cons)? I was not surprised to see the Hasselblad listed as the best medium format digital system or Kodak Porta listed as the best film. I was however, a bit surprised by the winners for color management and monitor. Again, this may be a reflection of my lack of experience. Congrats to all winners. For the complete list go to PopPhoto.

  • DSLR entry level: Nikon D40x
  • DSLR professional: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
  • Entry-level lens: AF-S DX VR zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/3.5-5.6g IF-ED
  • Professional lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II USM
  • Prestige camera: Ricoh Caplio GX100
  • Medium format digital system: Hasselblad H3D, series
  • Digital rangefinder: Leica M8
  • Film: Kodak Portra II
  • Expert photo printer: Epson Stylus Pro 3800
  • Photo software: Apple Aperture 1.5
  • Accessory: Manfrotto 190XPROB
  • Color management system: X-Rite IL PhotoLT
  • Monitor: EIZO ColorEdge CG211

Lately it seems Photoshop News is offering a lot of assistance with Adobe and Windows products. There are several articles on troubleshooting when trying to use Adobe products with Windows Vista and a few on using the new Adobe CS3 product with Mac OS X and Windows XP.

Don’t you just love it when a product comes out of Beta?

Yep. I was there.

Yep. I loved the seminar and Scott.

Scott’s personality is very relaxed and entertaining. He knows the product and if all you walked away with were those little tips and tricks that make your workflow go smoother and faster–well that alone would be worth the seminar. But you get more–lots more. You go through the process from start to finish. We shot some photos, got them into Lightroom (via direct interface and card import), developed them (in Lightroom and Photoshop), showed them to the client via a webpage, and then printed final copies. Scott made the learning of metadata seem not so boring and shared his photography equipment and techniques with those present. It was a full day.

Loved every minute.

Highly recommend it.

Worth every penny and more.


Attention Photography Students! You could win a 15″ MacBook Pro for just 24 hours of insanity.

The first ever Insomnia Photo Festival challenges you to shoot the perfect picture in just one day. On Friday, April 27 at 5 p.m. Eastern (2 p.m. Pacific), we will post a photography assignment for you to complete. From that time, you will have 24 hours to finish and submit your ideal image.

Check it out and get registered today!

I’ve been taking a class at the local community college this semester. It reminds me (1) how much I hate semesters and love quarters; and (2) how much I hate using keyboards that get used by thousands of dirty hands.

Aside from those two annoying points, I am enjoying the digital photography class and have learned enough to make it worth while. To combat the second point, there’s a place on the web where you can get portable keyboard covers to take with you and place over any keyboard you wish to use. REALLY. This is so cool.

Check out KB Covers. They make keyboard covers to fit desktop keyboards as well as laptops. Sorry PC folks, so far KB is specializing in Apple keyboards only. The really cool thing is you can even get keyboard covers with the tips and tricks and clicks labeled right on top so that you don’t have to remember what it is. That’s cool!

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  • thebail: Reblogged this on Underwater Ap
  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn