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conrad's Blog

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21/07/2008 - 9:42 PM

Ever Checked Out The Glossary?

Did you even know ePHOTOzine had one? Just in case you can't find it, here's a link. The Glossary is a work in progress. Every time I look at it, I see texts that need correcting or updating, I find that terms discussed on the forum aren't there. But almost every time someone asks on the forum &q...

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20/07/2008 - 8:38 PM

On-board Flash Diffuser Tips

Everyone knows that flashlight can be very harsh. So we like to diffuse it. There all kinds of methods. We have softboxes for studio flash lights. There are plastic diffusers for flashguns, like the famous Stofen products. But on-board flash has always been a bit of a problem. Main problem with t...

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19/07/2008 - 10:23 PM

Close Encounters

Of the Third Kind, no less! Not with aliens, though. With horses. Wild horses. Well, semi-wild, officially. (Is that Wildlife category, or Pets/Captive Animals? Will have to decide before I upload. Hmmm. Animals in a reserve. Wild or not???) Anyway, I took my dog on a photo outing tonight. The...

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18/07/2008 - 8:16 PM

Scaring People Off?

Today someone wrote: "There are many here on this site though, that I feel have become rather nervous of making any statement about an upload for fear of being torn apart in the forums. A great shame." (I hope the person who wrote this doesn't mind me quoting it.) Now, I've seen some wh...

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17/07/2008 - 6:46 PM

"Nice" - A Word as an Outcast

After the word "nice" has had a lot of use in the Gallery already, you can see it turning up on the Forum quite a lot nowadays too. Unfortunately, this word is not intended to be seen as positive there. On the contrary. It's being treated more and more like an outcast, like something t...

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16/07/2008 - 9:13 PM

I Love ePHOTOzine because...

... it offers every photography enthusiast something - from beginner to professional, and everyone in between. ... I still learn from other people's photos, comments and modifications. ... it's chock-full of useful information. ... the optimistic users still outnumber the pessimistic ones. ...

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For the umpteenth time, the Victor Meldrews among our members are using a thread about landscape photography to complain about certain locations, which in their view are over-photographed. Ranging from Black Rock Cottage and the Buachaille Etive Mor to Southwold Pier and the famous tree at Rannoc...

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I was surprised to see that the views statistics of my previous blog entry had gone through the roof - well, comparatively speaking, that is. I'd never got so close to a 100 views before. At first I wondered why it was that so many EPZ members were suddenly interested in my digital scribblings. ...

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13/07/2008 - 9:33 PM

Where The Heck Is The Ball?

[Edit: I've changed part of this text, because there seemed to be some confusion about what this blog entry is, exactly. Will explain later...] In my frustration about mowed verges (see my previous blog entry), I forgot to mention something else that happened. Some time ago I had the idea of d...

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12/07/2008 - 9:54 PM

They've Mowed The Verges!

I've had a busy month so far, but that doesn't mean that I haven't been thinking about photography. And I did even take some shots in a few stolen moments. Managed to get some entries in for the Tetley Tea competition at the very last moment, but it cost me some work time that I had to catch up on i...

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11/07/2008 - 8:15 PM

The Joys of eBay

I don't mean that in a sarcastic way. Truth is, I love eBay. Yes, I know. There are plenty of pitfalls to avoid when you purchase used goods, and even some pitfalls peculiar to eBay, but I still like it a lot. Mainly because it allows me to get kit I couldn't normally afford. Apart from the tw...

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10/07/2008 - 10:50 AM

No 10mm Prime?

Most serious photographers, both professionals and enthusiastic amateurs, would agree that using a prime lens often has advantages over using a zoom. Although there are exceptions, many prime lenses beat their zoom counterparts in quality, and many are faster. One of the zoom ranges that is discu...

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So we've been doing our best lately to leave helpful critique on photos in the Gallery. Some have liked the feature that allows others to nominate comments on photos as helpful critique, and they have exhausted themselves in writing whole novels, almost - especially about pictures in the Critiqu...

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Famous saying, which I saw in the description on tcavner's upload of today. On his way back from Skye, he decided to stop in Glencoe and shoot the Buachaille Etive Mor. And he said: "The light could have been a lot better, there wasn't a lot of water running ... and I am still trying to fi...

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07/07/2008 - 2:41 PM

I Need More Courage

[And I don't mean the famous beer! I don't want Dutch courage, or liquid courage, after all. ;-) ] Have you ever missed opportunities to take photographs because you lack courage? Join the club! Yesterday I was talking to an acquaintance of mine and thought that she might make a really good mo...

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