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    I don't have a DSLR - it's a Panasonic FZ20. ...

    I don't have a DSLR - it's a Panasonic FZ20.

    Okay, time to reveal photography's best-kept secret, at risk of being assassinated by marketers:

    It's the light, not the camera.

    Regards,
    Bill
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    There are two of us out there! Nikon, Canon, and...

    There are two of us out there! Nikon, Canon, and Kodak better watch out. :p

    I used one of those trendy new upscale shopping bags because it's almost as stiff as cardboard but folds up for storage...
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    Hi, Chris. The DCRP can be pretty slow at times -...

    Hi, Chris. The DCRP can be pretty slow at times - I find myself staring a gray screen quite a bit (it is 18% gray, isn't it? :)). But the slowness isn't consistent - if I click on one of Jeff's...
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    The Camera Critic and Serendipity

    I was walking along Toronto's busy Bloor street with my FZ20 on its neckstrap (and I had the lens hood on so I'd look really cool :p) when I noticed a guy in the crowd eyeing the camera. He...
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    Forty years, huh. Yup, been there too. I guess...

    Forty years, huh. Yup, been there too. I guess what we have is a semantics problem. When you say things like

    >>each of these three colors has a "compliment" or secondary color.
    >>the opposite of...
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    I don't mean to be nasty or rain on your parade,...

    I don't mean to be nasty or rain on your parade, but much of what you say is wrong. It must also be thoroughly confusing to beginners.

    >>then you MUST UNDERSTAND COLOR THEORY to understand HOW...
  7. Kodak Claims Better Low-light Performance

    Kodak has a new sensor filter to replace the ancient Bayer filter, and they claim that it could provide up to 2 stops better performance in low light. The link to a brief article is:
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  8. John, that picture is superb. DSLR quality, and...

    John, that picture is superb. DSLR quality, and all the more remarkable for being handheld at such a long focal length.

    Whether the photo shows any soul I couldn't say, but there might be some...
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    DIY: Add 6 Full Stops to Vivitar 285HV

    The Viv is a great flash with lots of features at a good price, which is why it's been around for 30 years. However, the manual range switch looks like an afterthought, what with the 1/8 power...
  10. I couldn't live without either a hotshoe or sync...

    I couldn't live without either a hotshoe or sync connector. On-camera flash has only one purpose, which is convenience. It's a good way to get mediocre photos. The attached photo has an external...
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    The Grass is Always Greener...

    http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s103/bmarkwick/chipflash17.jpg
    Okay, he has his cheeks full of peanuts I put there for him. Why is he looking up the tree?
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    Hi, cgl88. Well, that looks familiar - the Don...

    Hi, cgl88. Well, that looks familiar - the Don Valley and the old brickworks. Here's a shot from a little farther down the river - it's really a bridge to nowhere. It used to be where Richmond Street...
  13. Ah yes, I remember well the submerging of...

    Ah yes, I remember well the submerging of technique and the emergence of pure control. One time on a location shoot I checked every possibility very carefully, rhyming off all the many details...
  14. I think we've all been there. I assume you're...

    I think we've all been there. I assume you're using standard PC sync connectors, and I've had nothing but trouble from these for years and years. They often need a gentle squeeze with pliers to close...
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    Wein makes a number of "Peanut" optical triggers...

    Wein makes a number of "Peanut" optical triggers that they claim can deal with preflashes. They don't give a whole lot of information, but this link should start you off:...
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    Trying it out

    Update to the eBay wireless flash trigger: I've had my money's worth of fun already. It's not just the idea of having remote flash - being able to carry the flash without dangling cables is a real...
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    Sticky: Sparrow Noir

    Originally I adjusted the contrast on this and cropped out the cigarette butts. But then it just looked boring, so I left it untouched. All it needs is a black hat and a trenchcoat. :p

    Regards,...
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    Glad to see it isn't just me. I found Flickr...

    Glad to see it isn't just me. I found Flickr user-hostile and couldn't navigate it without losing my temper at least once. I used ImageShack for a while, but one day their images turned to thumbnails...
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    My wireless flash trigger just arrived. I used a...

    My wireless flash trigger just arrived. I used a different link (Norm's had expired), and it was shipped from a distributor called Pictures Unlimited in Woodhaven, NY. The 4-channel unit was $14 US,...
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    Vivitar 285HV Disassembly

    The Vivitar 285HV is a great flash, and really economical, but it has an oddity: both the auto and manual ranges are Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/16. What happened to 1/8? And where is the minimum, which is...
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    Thanks for the info, Norm. I've sent off for one,...

    Thanks for the info, Norm. I've sent off for one, so maybe in a week or two I can post some results.

    Bill
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    Hi, Norm! That was a great review - I was all set...

    Hi, Norm! That was a great review - I was all set to order a wireless trigger, but there's a point of confusion - your photo shows transmitter and receiver in the same package, but Link Delight's...
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    Thanks for writing this informative series. I...

    Thanks for writing this informative series. I was particularly interested in the Photoshop fixes, and I'll be trying them out soon.

    Regards,
    Bill
  24. Still there? I was a week late in finding this. ...

    Still there? I was a week late in finding this. Anyway, you could try this link - it's an educational series about high-speed flashes and how to trigger them. It's loaded with ideas.
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    I just had a struggle with ImageShack - they're...

    I just had a struggle with ImageShack - they're now sending out thumbnails that the viewer can click on for enlargement, though all my older posts are sent without downsizing. I sent an email asking...
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