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The Worst Kind of Flickr Comments

September 13, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere

If you use Flickr, you probably get these kind of comments, wherein someone just copy and pastes some nonce about having seen your photo in some group.  What the hell is that all about?  I get these comments and am like “Good for you!  You saw a photo!”.  I usually delete them and block the person, because if you’re not going to give me at least a real comment, then don’t bother.  I don’t care if/where you saw the photo.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, while I’m on the subject, I’m not participating in any of your stupid “Award/Comment” things.

Stupid Craigslist Ads

August 19, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Cameras Elsewhere

I regularly troll the local (DFW) Craigslist photo page looking for potential bargains to add to my kit.  Unfortunately, I’ve never found anything that seemed like something I’d want to spend my money on.  And that’s probably because almost everything on there is being sold by people that have unrealistic expectations of the valuation of their gear.  I’m sorry, but just because you spent $900 on a Canon Rebel XTi with the kit lens four years ago doesn’t mean that it’s still worth $900.  Anyhow, I thought I’d share a few of the dumber ads that I found today.

  • “Canon Film Camera”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s nice and generic.  No description or model number or anything…just a demand for you to email them and fork over $250.  I’m sorry, but I can pick up a Canon 35mm camera on eBay for less that $50.  The only way I’d spend more than that on a Canon film camera is if it were a EOS 1, 3 or 1v (which is Canon’s last film camera and currently runs for $1,700, in which case, if you have one, I’ll take if for $250).  But I’m guessing, since you didn’t include any information in your ad, either you’re clueless about photography or are a scammer of some sort.

 

  • Canon EF-S 55-250..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is confusing, because in the header, they have the price as $250, but in the body, they’re asking for $300.  But it doesn’t matter…you can buy this lens brand-new for $200.  “But their price includes a hood!” you say.  So what?  That hood is only $25.  Or get a perfectly fine knockoff for less than $5.  So why would I want to pay a premium for a lens that you’ve probably dropped a couple of times and violated in other ways?

 

  • Trade…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you want me to trade my $1700 lens for your $1400 one? Oh, you’ve had a UV filter on it since you got it…that makes up for my $300 loss…

 

 

Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk

August 1, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere

If you’ve been doing digital photography for any period of time, you’ve probably heard of Scott Kelby.  He does some great Photoshop training and has written a bunch of great books on photography and post-processing.  A few years ago, he organized a photo walk–basically an event where like-minded photographers get together in a group and do a walk through an area taking photos, comparing notes and generally having a great time.  Only his wasn’t a regular photo walk–it was a world-wide photo walk, taking place in dozens of cities around the world on the same day.  And while I’ve participated in photo walks in the past, I’ve never done his World Wide Photo Walk, mainly because of scheduling conflicts and the fact that it used to be in the dead of summer…not fun in Dallas.  This year, however, he’s scheduled it for October, so, hopefully, it will be a bit cooler then (though I’m starting to have my doubts based on the weather so far this summer).

I’m looking forward to participating this year and encourage others to sign up.  More info can be found at the link below.

Breaking News: Announcing My 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk! « Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider Blog » Photoshop & Digital Photography Techniques, Tutorials, Books, Reviews & More.

Photo Class

July 29, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere Technique/Workflow

Here’s a great resource for beginning photographers (and, for that matter, intermediate and advanced photographers needing a skills/technique brush-up).

These are a collection of lessons Alexandre Buisse did on reddit.com/r/photoclass a couple of months back.

There’s some great stuff in here, including basics such as exposure and metering modes up to more advanced stuff, like composition, post-processing and workflow.  It even touches on the RAW versus JPEG that I alluded to in my previous post.

Photo Class | Alexandre Buisse Photography.

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