A New Bookmark: The Visual Science Lab. And Bill Fortney’s Travel Light Kit.
There are now about a hundred gazillion websites out there (including this one would be a hundred gazillion and one, I guess). Not all of them are worth reading; few are worth returning to regularly; fewer still are worth bookmarking. But I think I discovered one of the latter over this past weekend, The Visual Science Lab. It is a site with varied material that many photographers will find of interest. The writing is very well-done. And the content is fully fleshed out but geared to what I think of as the average shooter (me, I guess). I invite you to check it out today by clicking here.
What first caught my eye was an article on Elinchrom’s Ranger RX system (little lights, lots of power, very portable). I have been reading descriptions of AS heads versus S heads and stuff like that about the system for years now. But this article sort of described it all in easy-to-understand terms while realizing that many of us (me, again) never really have been told what all those designations mean from the ground up. I am interested in lighting as a part of photography in general and shooting portraits specifically. This article really cleared up a few things for me. So then I checked out what else the website had to offer, and it offered the same well-written articles about more and more of what I was interested in (or things that appeared so interesting that I gave them a chance). This is a neat place to browse and read at your leisure.
So, Monday assignment? Check out The Visual Science Lab and see if it is for you. I am betting that it is.
For Canon fans only – Canon Rumors has a very nice page with links to many of the major suppliers for August rebates on lenses and speedlites. Each link there will highlight a specific product and give you current prices from the various retailers and the stock-on-hand status. This is a very handy feature that takes the work out of online shopping (but not the fun). Click here for that link.
Finally, for those of you who are not yet following my mentor and dear friend Bill Fortney on a daily basis (shame on you!) comes an article from him on traveling light and still getting the shot you want. It deals with equipment and why you need to have certain items with you (while leaving some of the heavy stuff at home). Bill has put together a kit of Nikon equipment, but that is not the point he is making. You can substitute your favorite brand name for Nikon and still profit from his advice on what you need to carry with you and, perhaps more importantly, what you don’t. Bill knows photography and Bill knows equipment. When he speaks it is a good idea for the rest of us to listen. Click here for that link and see how your travel kit stacks up.
And that is it for a Monday. Enjoy the week.