Saturday Speedlinks, 7-28-07

Saturday morning - a time to sleep in and wake up to the smell of hot links cooking on the griddle.

We got neat stuff today: More SitBonzo, interactive lighting toys, some smokin' Reuters photographers and a must-read about US Presswire.

• David Berman, AKA SitBonzo, is back with another Lighting Slideshow, this time from his colleague Carl Fox.

• A tip from reader Mieng Saetia turns us onto a neat little web page that lets you compare the effects of different light sources.

• And to think I thought it was hot covering football early in the season back in Florida. Well, that's nothing compared to what the Reuters photogs experienced covering the Tour de France.

• Hotter yet is John Harrington's series of articles examining US Presswire's treatment of it's shooters. If you are even thinking about hooking up with USPW, you'll wanna read it.

And finally, an actual job description for an actual, full-time job: Wanted for Hire: Dedicated and Friendly Strobist. (No kidding.)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg... just red the reuter's photographer's blog entry. just wonder they managed to keep up a good mood.

July 28, 2007 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Joan3RC said...

Thanks again to Carl Fox for another helpful slide show. I always enjoy his final projects;-)

Question about the other projects, I'm wondering how far you are setting the strobes from you subjects. Are the drawings pretty much.. eh... to scale?

July 28, 2007 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would guess that the drawing is sort of to scale, I know mine are as much as my drawing skills alow.

why does everybody take the mick out of the artwork.


July 29, 2007 3:39 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Here is a very interesting article about Jordan Cronenweth who was cinemaphotographer on Blade Runner. Lot of nice little tidbits about lighting, etc.


Naturally," Cronenweth continues, "to create shafts of light, one must have some medium, which necessitated the use of smoke. The story lent itself very well to it, in the context of a highly polluted environment. It was very interesting to work with this constant atmosphere. Smoke is wonderful photographically, but not without its problems. It's hard to control, mainly due to drafts, and a lot of people find it objectionable to work in. Beyond this, it's important to keep the smoke level density constant, as a very subtle change in this density can result in dramatic changes in contrast. The only practical way to judge smoke density is by eye."

He jokingly adds, "I find that a good density is achieved just before I lose consciousness."

July 29, 2007 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Joan3RC said...


Art? I didn't see any art;-)

Joking aside, I find the diagrams immensely helpful, in the Edward Tufte tradition. Simple, yet conveys a lot of information. Cuts down on the trial and error for us newbies. Many Thanks.

July 29, 2007 3:18 PM  

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