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Shop Local / Think Local

December 16, 2008 - By 


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These posters were in every store window in Ballard Washington. It was a great small town just outside of Seattle. These small towns are disappearing, but you can help. Please think about where you shop as you buy gifts for your loved ones this season. Please drive past Walmart next time you head out and buy local. Especially for gifts. Get them something unique. Your dollar means a lot to your local businesses. Besides, you don’t really wanna go to Walmart anyway.


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GSG Print Suggestions

December 16, 2008 - By 

I have been thinking of making prints of some of my favorite photos over at the daily photo blog. I thought a pair of prints of these Cadillac vehicle portraits would be a good start. What shots of mine would you like made into prints? Post a link in the comments with your favorite. Want a print now? Head over to the Coudal Shop and grab a signed copy of my Comics Poster.


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Weekly Digest: This Week in iPhone

December 15, 2008 - By 

FourTrack is fun in a car.
“Say My Name” recorded in my car on FourTrack

Seriously, the App is so simple you can use it while driving. I did! The iPhone microphone leaves a lot to be desired, but for fun multitrack beatbox versions of your favorite top forty hit (listen above), it works just fine. Just ignore the road noise and the wrong lyrics:) Plus, the interface is really slick!

iPhone Headphones Control Macbooks

I subconsciously used the pause button on my iPhone headphones as they were plugged into my new Macbook and was surprised when it actually paused my iTunes. The best part is, it works even if your using a different App. Great touch Apple!

12 iPhone Tricks You Might Not Have Known

Great list of tips and shortcuts. “Scroll to Top of Page” and “Save Any Image from Safari” are very useful.

Field Runners is ADDICTIVE

What a great game for short trips on an airplane. It constantly saves your progress, so you can just shut the game down quickly, and pick up where you left off when you have more time.

Don’t forget about my friend Trevor who is doing a more comprehensive weekly digest on his blog.


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Dr Pepper Board

December 8, 2008 - By 

We just finished pitching on a Dr Pepper job. Here are my design boards. We won the job, but they decided to go with my friend Jason’s board. The bubbles and text are made with Cinema 4D and the rest was composited in Photoshop.


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Link Digest 12-7-2008 in 3D!!!!

December 7, 2008 - By 

Fuji 3D Digital Camera

3D photos and video are a small obsession of mine. I tried to strap two D70s together a while ago to get some 3D shots, but the results were inconsistent. I may have to get one of these cameras.

Cursive Buildings: Animated Stereographs

This is my favorite way to display 3D Stereo Photos. 3D red-blue glasses work well for prints, but for web display, this blinking stereo techique requires no extra hardware or glasses to see the effect.

Michael Jackson Captain EO

Watching this Michael Jackson movie in 3D at Epcot in Disney World when I was seven was one of my strongest memories from when I was young. If you haven’t seen it, your in for a treat. Jackson in his heyday.

Make a 3D Video Camera for $75

Has anyone made a DIY 3D video setup. I tried this with two cameras borrowed from school with varied success.

3D Lens Cap

I wonder about the quality of the images though one of these. It seems like a simple design.

Don’t forget to check out Trevor’s Weekly Digest


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Update: 85mm 1.4 and Nikon D3x

December 6, 2008 - By 

Just finished updating one of my most popular articles, Best Lenses for the D700 to include the excellent 85mm f1.4D and to extend the lens recommendations for all full frame FX Nikons, including the D3 and the new D3x.


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Greyscalegorilla: West USA Tour

December 2, 2008 - By 


Photo by Storm Crypt

Starting tomorrow, I will be in over eight different airplanes to five different cities across the fantastic US of A. Digital Kitchen is sending me on a job to photograph the people and architecture of Las Vegas, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, and Galveston. I am also super excited to work with one of my favorite photographers, Cody: AKA – Vectorsnob in Seattle. I will have intermintent internet access for the next week and a half, but I will try to continue posting at least a photo a day and probably a few blog posts. Stay tuned.


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New Photos: AICP Chicago 2008

December 1, 2008 - By 

I was the official photographer for the AICP Chicago event. Digital Kitchen put the show on so I was asked to photograph the guests. Most of the snapshots of guests were taken with my new Ray Ring Flash. I will have a full review soon, but for now, check out the Flickr set for some hot ring flash action.


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Happy Thanksgiving: Photo Fun

November 27, 2008 - By 


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am very thankful to share a wonderful meal with my family today. I am also very thankful for my readers. Thanks for visiting my site all these years and sharing in my passion for photography, ideas and words. Post a link in the comments to your favorite photo that you took today. It can be of food, or family or anything. Just post a link in the comments to a photo that shows what you are thankful for. Gobble Gobble!


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Seven Rules for Building Online Portfolios

November 26, 2008 - By 

Your site is a frame
A frame exists to hold its art. It should compliment your work, but never overshadow it. Think of your portfolio site as a frame for your work. Keep it clean and easy to navigate. Don’t let your site get in the way of letting me see what I really came for.

Make every project a link (AKA: Don’t use Flash)
Make sure I can link directly to a project. The best thing about using the web to promote yourself is the ease of how a link can be shared with people. If I want to show someone some cool piece you did, I should be able to copy the URL and send it. “Go to thiscoolsite.com and click on project number four” doesn’t cut it, yet this is exactly what I need to do with most Flash based portfolio.
This is mainly a problem with flash sites, but it can also happen with some php sites.

Make it simple
Potential employers aren’t coming to your site to see your fancy drop down menus or see a long flash splash page. You want to impress them? Show them your work. Whether you’re a web designer or not, your online portfolio is NOT the place to show off your new flash skills or that new javascript hack. Your portfolio exists to show off your projects, not to be a project in itself. You want to play around? Make a PERSONAL site and link to it in your PORTFOLIO.

Don’t be clever
Don’t make me learn a new system just to use your site. Use web navigation standards like putting your navigation on the left of the page to make me feel in control. Mystery meat (link) navigation is for entertainment sites, not your portfolio. Don’t make me think, just show me your work.

Make it easy for us to contact you
This is a no brainer, but some sites overlook it. Make your email address easy to find. Especially if you’re a freelancer or looking for a job. Think about adding a “hire me for freelance” button.

Make it easy to update
A simple design also makes it easy to manage and update on your end. Many people I talk to have a portfolio, but they say “I really need to update it.” They are ashamed to show it because it’s not current. You’re too busy making more cool stuff to worry about making thumbnails, adding new html, and changing that complicated navigation system to include your new project. Make it simple and you can update with ease.

SIMPLIFY!
It’s the bottom line. Your site only exists to show your work. Your portfolio is a frame used to feature your best work. That’s it. It’s not fun, it’s not fancy, it’s not clever. It is a tool to show off work. It’s your work that should be the fun part. Don’t over think it. Put your best work in a frame and hang it on a wall for everyone to see.


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Extreme Time-lapse: New Michel Gondry Video

November 25, 2008 - By 

Dick Annegarn “Soleil du soir” (par Michel Gondry)
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This new video by Michel Gondry is a time-lapse, stop-motion nightmare. It looks as though they took one frame for each scene hours apart. Some scenes evolve over the course of many days. What an artistic, technical and logistical achievement. Imagine, getting every detail in the right position for every shot. The coffee mug, the tripod, the previous position of the actors all have to be kept track of with meticulous accuracy to get the smoothest effect. Wow!


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Learn By Doing: Start With A Grand

November 25, 2008 - By 


Patron Saint of Startwithagrand, Jesse Lauriston Livermore

A great example of getting your hands dirty doing it rather than sitting on the sidelines until things are “perfect.” Jim Coudal from Coudal Partners started day trading starting with a thousand dollars and Twittering the result. There is no better way to learn then when your own money is on the line. He is just about breaking even so far (not bad in this market) and when asked about his project, Jim says “Real money. Real commissions. No tears.” Wonderful.