Black & White Swing Thing, and Sailor Legion

Okay okay, I know; these should have been up two days ago. I’ve been busy, okay?

Regardless, here they are. I didn’t take too many photos at the Black & White Swing Thing, but I think I got a few keepers that turned out nicely. This past Legion event was sailor-themed, so I have a few from that as well. Enjoy!

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Photography Update: New Years 2010

Welcome to 2011 everybody. It’s been a couple weeks since posting, mostly due to a bad case of the social life, new job, and UMSwing prep. More updates on that later.

In the mean time, I have some photos from my new years party that I went to with a couple friends. I had a great time, met some new people, and took a few decent shots. All the best in 2011!

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Photography Update: Dec. 20 2010

In a moment of stupidity, I had an energy drink at 11:30pm last night while at a friend’s party. Needless to say, at 3:03am the following morning (ie. today), I am unfortunately still awake. I guess I got what was coming to me.

On the plus side, that now means that I had the time to go through some of my photos that I’ve taken since the last photo update, pick out a few of the decent ones, and prep them to go up on time today. I have some photos from the last blues class at UMSwing, our year-end potluck, and my friend’s potluck that I attended last night (or was it today? I guess I left after midnight…).

I added the ability to vote on specific photos and a gallery as a whole now, so when you view an image that you like (I hope there’s at least one or two!), you can give it a good rating :P. Of course, comments on the album are always welcome.

Without further ado and without further caffeine-induced ramblings, here’s the photos!

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Photography Update: Swing Dancing, Nov. 2010

I got to try out my friend’s Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, which was a dream to shoot with (albeit a bit heavy). I got a few decent shots and I started playing along with longer shutter speeds for a bit of deliberate blur.

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Chillin’ For Charity

Well, these are overdue to go up. Last month one of my friends participated in Chillin’ for Charity, which is put on by the business students on campus. I got a few good shots from it, so here’s a small selection.

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Give Credit Where It’s Due

Update: After talking with some people, I realized that all of this was worded pretty harshly. It was intended only to be a request for what I wanted people to do when they use my photos. My apologies to everybody.

Recently, I’ve noticed on more than one occasion people using my photos for their profile pictures on various social media websites. I think that’s great; it’s good publicity for myself and it shows that the photos are liked. Unfortunately, I’ve seen the growing trend of some photos getting cropped, removing the URL from the image. Most of the time this is unintentional. If this happens, don’t worry; just give me credit in the photo description.

Here’s my requests for my photo use:

  • Feel free to use the photos on any social website, provided that you give me credit. This can be either by:
    • Leaving the original URL watermark in tact, or
    • Giving credit in the description or caption, using both my name and website URL
  • Unless I give specific permission, I would not like my photos used for derivative works. Chances are just asking will result in a “yes”; I simply want to know where my photos are being used.

I believe that credit should be given where it’s due (not to mention that it’s a copyright violation). If you want to use my photos, just give me credit. Hopefully I won’t have to put watermarks in more obstructive locations in the future.

Hopefully that clears things up a bit. Again, for those that read this before the update, sorry about how harsh it came across. I guess that’s what Mondays do to me.

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The New Battery Grip

I just bought a battery grip for my Canon Rebel XTi a few weeks ago, and so far, I absolutely love it. It’s a great addition considering how little I paid for it.

Those of you now looking at the price of said battery grip on your favorite photography website will probably see a price around $250 – not exactly a cheap investment for the photographer on a budget. Thankfully, if you’re cheap like me, you can find 3rd party brands on bargain sites or eBay. I did the latter, and got a grip and two new batteries for $50, including shipping.

The grip serves a few purposes. First, because it has button duplicates on it’s side, it’s great for portraits. No more twisting your arm uncomfortably to get the camera aligned! Secondly, they typically hold two batteries instead of just one. With good enough batteries, I’ve heard of a few people getting up to 2400 shots off of the grip between chargings. As an extra ‘bonus’, people will instantly think your camera is much better than it actually is!

With the additional battery and mass on the bottom of the camera, there is the side effect of the extra weight; expect about a 500g increase. While it doesn’t sound like much, you’ll notice. Although some people may look at this as a burden, I look at it as an improvement. That extra weight increases the camera’s inertia, helping to steady your shot and get sharper shots.

The other feature I like about the grip is the extra AA battery cartridge included with it. Say, for example, that you’re out on a photo shoot and forgot to charge your batteries. All you do is put 6 AA batteries in the supplied cartridge, put it in your camera, and away you go! Granted, they won’t last for long, but it’s a great backup when you’re in a pinch.

I think it’s definitely something that every serious SLR photographer should pick up. The combined worth of the grip and batteries is far more than what I paid for them.

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Camera and Grip, shot by my iPhone

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The Gentlemen — Live At The King’s Head Pub


I got the opportunity to see a few old friends this weekend. They happen to be in a band, and I needed an excuse to pull out the camera and get some use out of it. I shot 175 photos that night, and here’s a selection of 37 of them (1:5 ratio ain’t bad!). I’m pretty happy with how these turned out. I normally hate shooting in dark rooms, but a 430 EX II with a poor man’s flash reflector (ie. a white sheet of paper with an elastic band to hold it on) does wonders when you’re that close to your subject.